If the Goodwood Festival of Speed has given you an appetite for motor shows, here’s a guide to what else is on the calendar for car enthusiasts. Whether your interest is casual or professional, be sure to visit the trade stands for great offers on a brand new Sat-Nav to an insurance policy. You will find the latest new and used cars for sale, alongside futuristic concept cars and all the classic roadsters, you may even get to take to the driver’s seat yourself.
For Petrol Heads..
Taking place over four days, the Goodwood Festival of Speed makes use of the famous hill climb at the Goodwood Estate. Expect to see classic and modern cars tackling the course, as well as stunt shows and displays throughout the grounds. During the one day Moving Motor Show, manufacturers parade their latest models around a circuit, and visitors have the opportunity to try them out while they’re still on trade plates.
The brainchild of radio host Chris Evans, CarFest combines cars and live bands for a day of motors and music. Uniquely, the show is held in two locations, one in the south of England and one in the north, over two separate weekends. Hill climbs and driving experiences are all part of both CarFest North and South as are appearances by car clubs dedicated to one marque.
NE1 Newcastle Motor Show makes its debut in 2015, taking over Grey Street in Newcastle for a weekend in July, the show’s sponsors will be displaying their latest models alongside classic cars.
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The Goodwood Revival, held in September, celebrates the circuit’s glorious past. It’s not only a chance to see cars from the post-war era on the track with some of the great racing personalities of the age, but also to have some fun dressing up in period clothes from the 1940s, ‘50s or ‘60s. Part motor show, part nostalgic pageant, it’s a great day out for everyone.
Cars and aeroplanes make a perfect match at Dunsfold Wings & Wheels, where motorsport, static exhibitions and a parade of military vehicles compliment airborne action from historic and contemporary aircraft.
For the Motor Trade..
If you work in the automotive industry you might be lucky enough to get a trip to Europe thrown in with your ticket to one of the annual UK trade shows, purely for work purposes of course!
Mondial de l’Automobile, in Paris, takes place every two years, the next Paris Motor Show will be in October 2016 and should be well worth the wait. This vast complex has millions of visitors and is the place to get a first look at new production models and concept cars.
The International Geneva Motor Show is an annual event held in Switzerland. With special attention paid to electric and alternative fuel vehicles, and an area focusing on repair and maintenance. This is a key show for anyone interested in the future of the car.
Although these shows are aimed at the motor trade, there is still plenty to interest a casual visitor, and you’ll find the vendors more than willing to talk to you and demonstrate their products. The customer is the most important part of any motor show.