With the summer season upon us, we detail 5 of the top motorsport events taking place that each boast an array of automobiles from different eras; all with different focuses and themes.
From classics to family festivities, we cover it all. If you're a motorsport mad fan or looking for fun things to do in the summer with kids, you'll be sure not to be disappointed visiting one of these fantastic events.
1. Classic Nostalgia Experience with Evans Halshaw, Shelsley Walsh (22nd – 23rd July 2017)
For those who would love to take a step back in time and experience a weekend of classic cars, vintage festivities and trackside views, at the oldest operational motorsport venue in the world, this is the perfect retro weekend.
Classic Nostalgia will welcome Group A rally cars which took over from 1987 and then the World Rally Car from 1997; the era of word champion's such as Colin McRae and cars such as the Ford Sierra Cosworth and the Lancia Delta Integrale.
This year the event will give a very special recognition to The Campbells which will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Donald Campbell. The occasion will feature of selection of cars once owned by the record-breaking family along with a special unveiling of a car dedicated to Bluebird - a moment not to be missed. Book your tickets now.
2. Silverstone Classic, Silverstone (28th – 30th July 2017)
The world's biggest classic motor racing festival is the place to be for any petrol head. Taking place over 3 days, the event will feature free access to more than 10,000 classic cars, displays from over 100 car clubs and to the grandstands and paddocks.
On-track action will showcase races from hundreds of the world's finest racing cars and bikes including; single seaters, GTs, sports cars, touring cars and the revival of the Golden Era of motorcycle racing.
In addition to the automotive activities, the event boasts an array of activities to suit the whole family with live music, air shows, a shopping village and a vintage fun fair; ensuring that there is something for everyone.
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3. Billing Off Road Show, Northamptonshire (28th – 30th July 2017)
If off-roading is more your style then this is the experience to add to your motorsport calendar. Hailed as one of the most challenging and exciting courses in the country, visitors can either join in and put their own cars to the test for as little as £10 or sit back, relax and watch the professionals in action.
Billing Off Road Show is now the only show in the country to offer long, deep water stretches, testing mud runs as well as steep and technical terrain to test vehicles to the max. This year, the show will feature two off road courses; the original Riverside Course and the newly opened challenging Lakeside Course with the infamous mud run.
The event has a real fun vibe and will incorporate stalls, entertainment, music and beer tents; catering for all the family and to add to the experience there is an option to camp, making this so much more than just a weekend show. Book now.
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4. Championship Challenge Experience with Evans Halshaw, Shelsley Walsh (12th – 13th August 2017)
A highlight of the racing calendar for any hill climbing fanatic has got to be the celebration of 70 years of the British Hill Climb Championship. The two one-day meets return to Shelsley Walsh and, as usual, will see the very best hill climbers in the country. All competitors battle it out for the title in the British Hill Climb Championship, 500 Owners Association Championships and Paul Matty Sports Cars Lotus Championship.
To make your summer extra special, book an Evans Halshaw's VIP experience, which gives access to a private enclosure, grandstand seating with views over the start line, all day refreshments and acoustic music. Be sure not to miss this momentous celebration of 70 years. Book now.
5. CarFest North, Cheshire (28th – 30th July 2017) and CarFest South, Hampshire (25th – 27th August 2017)
CarFest is a car show with a difference and one for the motorsport calendar; an event that brings together an eclectic mix of cars, hill climbing action, cooking demonstrations and live music, all in the name of charity.
As well as the quirky bands and the fabulous food, the show will feature a range of car-packed action; the 'Car-Nations' track sprint showcases over sixty of the fastest and innovative cars from across the six biggest manufacturing nations. The CarFest Paddock gives visitors the chance to see the cars in action along with exclusive interviews with the drivers, and for the thrill-lovers, the CarFest Demo Zone supported by Hot Wheels is where stunts, tricks and fast action take place.
Visitors also have the opportunity to ride in one of the exclusive cars available; Ferrari California 30, the Lola T70 Spyder or the Jaguar X J220, with the money made going to charity. For your weekend car show with a difference book now.
[Image source: http://www.carfest.org/carfest-2016/amg-01371]
With so many different events to choose from, your summer is sure to be packed full of family fun, festivities and motors galore!