It’s a new decade, and it looks like being an interesting year for the motor trade, with new technology and changing regulations driving the industry. 2020 also promises a packed calendar full of motoring events, so whether you want to watch high speed racing, admire classic cars, or keep up to date with the latest models, there’s guaranteed to be something for your diary.
For Car Buyers
Potential purchasers of new and used cars can make a more informed decision, and perhaps find a bargain by visiting a motor trade event. The London Motor Show returns in May, bringing the latest models along and a wide range of new and second-hand vehicles to view, try or buy.
If you’re interested in finding out more about electric and hybrid vehicles whilst also being entertained, book for a live edition of Robert Llewellyn’s Fully Charged at Farnborough at the beginning of May.
For Car Owners and Enthusiasts
Fans of a favourite manufacturer will find themselves well catered for. The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, in Hampshire’s New Forest, is running a series of single marque days which include Aston Martin and Audi in April, Ford in May, and Porsche and Jaguar in June.
London’s famous Ace Café on the North Circular (A406), holds meets almost every day for everything from Minis to French classics and performance cars. You’ll find all things Land Rover at the British Motor Museum on May 9-10, while VW enthusiasts can head to Horsham in Sussex on May 26 for Plum Jam.
Your insurance policy isn’t likely to cover a test drive in the car of your dreams, just go along, admire, and chat to the owners. You might still find yourself invited to sit in the driving seat.
For Speed Demons
It’s one thing to admire a car on display, and another to get your heart racing by watching vehicles speed round a track. Formula 1 racing returns to Silverstone on July 19.
It doesn’t come much more exciting than the Isle of Man TT, held from May 30 to June 12, which sees modern, classic, and electric motorcycles race the famous road circuit.
Watching racers from days gone by can be just as thrilling as modern motorsports. Brooklands Museum, which still has its original racing circuit and a Hillclimb, runs events all year round, culminating in the Festival of Motorsport on June 13 and 14.
There’s also Motorsport at the Palace, held on the late May Bank Holiday weekend in Crystal Palace Park, the traditional home of motor racing.
For the Classics
Classic cars lovingly restored by their owners are all unique, each with its own story. Go and see them at the London Classic Car Show at Olympia on February 20 to 23, or at Bromley Pageant of Motoring on June 21.
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If not everyone in your family is equally interested in cars, pick a day out that has alternative entertainment, like live music, food and drink and perhaps a fun fair to keep them all happy.
The Goodwood Revival, held on September 11-13, is now a well-established part of the motoring calendar. Visitors are encouraged to dress up in period costume to enter the spirit of post-war motoring.
CarFest North, held at Bolesworth Castle, Chester, on July 24-26, and CarFest South, on August 28-30 at Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire, have gained a reputation as a great family day out, while raising money for disadvantaged children and their families.
Whatever events you attend in 2020, enjoy a fun and safe year of motoring adventures.