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8 UK car events in 2023

Want to attend some automotive extravaganzas? From classic car shows to live auctions and to car rallies, here’s some of the best automotive events set to take place this year

There’s nothing like a shared love for cars to bring enthusiasts together.

And the UK hosts some of the best car events in the world.

Offering unique collections of classic cars, live auctions, car rallies and automotive jumble sales, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best UK car events set to take place this year.

It’s time to gear up your engines and head out to the best car events in 2023!

The London Classic Car Show: 24-26 February 2023

The London Classic Car Show is a must-attend for any car lover. Returning for its ninth year, the classic car scene brings together some of the very best dealers, experts, car collectors and enthusiasts for an exciting weekend.

Staged between 24-26 February, the three-day event takes place at the Olympia London, the historic home of motor cars. Promising live music, interviews with motoring celebrities, discussions and debates about the classic car world, there will be something for everyone.

Spend the weekend walking amongst some of the most iconic and incredible cars you’ll ever see. This year, you'll even get to see the replica of the iconic Chitty Car. There’s also a buzzing live auction set to take place meaning you could walk away with the car of your dreams.

This car show is sure to excite all car enthusiasts, big and small. If you’re interested, tickets cost £27.50 for adults and if you want to bring the family, entry for children costs £22.

The Devon Car Show: 11 June 2023

With Father’s Day on 18 June, the Devon Car Show could be the ultimate Father’s Day out!

The event features both indoor and outdoor vehicle displays. There will also be children’s entertainment and a food village so the whole family can come too and have a fun day out.

With an all-day live action arena, attendees can enjoy hours of motorsport and performance demonstrations. It’ll feature drifting, BMX ramps, motorcycle stunts and freestyle motorcross.

Sounds boisterous!

If you’d like to attend BHP Fuel Fest, it takes place at Westpoint Arena, Exeter on 11 June. Gates open at 10am and the event concludes at 5pm. Advance tickets cost £25 but if you leave it until the day, admission costs £25 cash on the gate.

Goodwood Festival of Speed: 13-16 July 2023

Described as the world’s greatest celebration of motorsport and car culture, everyone’s heard of the Goodwood car festival. The ultimate summer garden party, there’s always some jaw-dropping aspects to the event.

This year, the Festival of Speed will celebrate 75 years of the Goodwood estate and 30 years of the legendary festival.

More information will be announced in the coming months, but you can expect to see multiple champions, both drivers and cars, making this year’s event not one to miss.

There will even be an ‘Electric Avenue’ where you can expect to see a glimpse into the future and what it’ll be like when you make the switch to electric if you haven’t already.

From glamourous vehicles to a mix of motorsport royalty and stars, the Festival of Speed will be a superb four-day event. A large range of tickets and packages are now available to book but be quick, they’re selling out fast!

Classic Nostalgia: 22-23 July 2023

A two-day motorsport festival, Classic Nostalgia celebrates the glory days of motorsport and features competitions for pre-1985 cars, demonstrations, parades, displays and live music. The non-stop entertainment makes for a great garden party atmosphere.

You’ll spot the very best racing cars, some vintage specials, track action with rally cars and some of the coolest cars you’ll probably ever see.

There’s lots going on away from the racetrack too. There will be quality trade stands selling everything from clothing to motoring books to memorabilia. There will also be a vintage fashion competition.

A highlight in the UK’s motorsport calendar, Classic Nostalgia is not one to miss.

Taking place at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, Worcestershire, standard advanced tickets cost £25 and children under 16 go free. If you’d like to attend both days, a weekend ticket would cost you £40.

Silverstone Festival: 25-27 August 2023

A weekend for the whole family, the Silverstone festival is packed with a wide range of activities. From lots of motorsports to incredible music to family fun and amazing food, it’ll be a weekend to remember.

Non-stop action, the festival will see three days of flat-out historic motorsport.

You’ll also be able to party into the night thanks to the live performances from chart topping artists. Plus, there’s a free funfair all weekend so you can bring the kids and not worry about them getting bored.

There are so many things to look at as well as the collection of cars that you might not see anywhere else in the world so what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now!

Prices vary depending on which day you go but if you opt for the three-day ticket, it’ll cost you £135.

Beaulieu International Autojumble: 2-3 September 2023

The biggest outdoor sale of motoring items this side of the Atlantic, the Beaulieu International Autojumble is a weekend of automotive enjoyment.

Hundreds of stands and stalls will be filled with motoring spares, automobilia and historic vehicles for sale.

You can also see over 285 vehicles at the famous National Motor Museum, visit the Palace House, explore Beaulieu’s serene grounds and gardens and take the kids on the ‘Skytrain’.  

It costs £14 for a one-day ticket, a child (5-16) only costs £10.50. If you’d like to browse the stalls and stands on both days, the tickets cost £27.50 and £15 respectively.

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run: 5 November 2023

Returning for the 127th time, the London to Brighton veteran car run is the world’s oldest motoring event.

It commemorates the Emancipation Run held on 14 November in 1896 which celebrated the ‘Locomotives on the Highway Act’. Light locomotives could now travel up to 14 mph (raised from 4 mph) and they no longer needed a man on foot waving a red flag ahead of the vehicle.

It’s a great day out for both those taking part and spectators, so even if you just want to stand on the sidelines and wave, you’ll definitely enjoy the unique atmosphere and camaraderie.

The route starts in London’s Hyde Park and finishes at Madeira Drive, Brighton. Keep an eye open, entries for the 2023 Veteran Car Run will open in the Spring.

Le Jog: 2-5 December 2023

Up for a road trip?

Le Jog is a 1300-mile endurance car rally where everyone is a winner as soon as they cross the finish line.

This car rally is not for the faint-hearted as you’re expected to take on the entire length of the British Isles in just 75 hours.

Starting at the famous Cornish destination of Land’s End, drivers can deal with an array of different obstacles and conditions as they make their way North to the finish line in John O’Groats, Scotland.

The rally is open to cars of a specification built before 1991 and it costs £4,215 to enter with a £760 deposit.