Six must-see car shows of 2016

Carlton Boyce / 04 April 2016

Plan your summer with our guide to six of the best car and motoring shows in the UK.



If you are a petrolhead, spring means the opening of the car show season rather than the opening of the daffodils and snowdrops.

Here are the must-visit car shows of 2016 for you to ponder. 

Tickets should be freely available for them all, with the exception of the two CarFest events. You’ll need to plan carefully to beat the rush for that one, so perhaps you could bribe a grandchild with a ticket of their own to sit by their computer on the morning of the 28th to order them on your behalf?

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Cholmondeley Power and Speed

Held in the grounds of Cholmondeley Castle in Malpas, Cheshire, the Cholmondeley Power and Speed Family Motorsport Festival (formerly the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power) features supercars, vintage and classic cars, aeroplanes, and powerboats.

The name of the event might include ‘speed’ – and there is a prize for the fastest time up the hill – but the emphasis is on celebrating the sheer delight of having almighty power at your disposal, so expect the drivers to make as much tyre smoke and noise as they possibly can.

When? 10-12 June 2016

How much? Prices start from £20 a day, with children going free. On sale now.

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Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the original motoring garden fete. As a result, it is crowded, noisy, expensive, and worth every single aching bunion and pound note it will extract from you.

No one does detail like Lord March, so expect to find small jazz bands, current and former racing drivers, and wonderful cars around every corner. If you’ve never been, why not make 2016 the year you finally make it down to Goodwood?

When? 23-26 June 2016

How much? Prices start from £55 a day, with children going free. On sale now.

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CarFest North and South

The brainchild of Radio 2 DJ and Top Gear host Chris Evans, CarFest North and South are both wildly over-subscribed, which can only be a good thing as the aim is to raise money for Children in Need.

While cars might take centre stage, food and music some a very close second, making this a fantastic place to spend the day looking at cars, and the evening dancing to a variety of fantastic bands, both old and new.

When? 29-31 July (North) and 26-28 August (South) 2016

How much? Prices start from £64 a day for adults and £12 for children. The Spring release of tickets is available from Thursday 28 April.

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Pendine Sands Hot Rod Races

Organized by the Vintage Hot Rod Association, the Pendine Sands Hot Rod Races are only open to members in their pre-1949 vintage hot rods. 

Honouring a long line of high-speed racing, Pendine Sands is hallowed ground for the true motoring enthusiast, making it my left-field event of 2016. Expect eye-watering exhaust fumes and lots of noise.

When? 4-5 June 2016

How much? Spectating is free, although expect delays on the day given the huge influx of visitors that are expected.

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Donington Historic Festival

The Donington Historic Festival is held at Donington Circuit, the most perfect venue for a series of hard-fought races you can imagine. 

Spread over a three-day Bank Holiday weekend, it features a series of races comprising classic racing cars driven by drivers who appear to have forgotten just how valuable some of the machines are.

When? 30 April – 2 May 2016

How much? Prices start from £21 a day, with children going free. On sale now.

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Silverstone Classic

The Silverstone Classic is all about, er, classic cars being thrashed around Silverstone. 

That much is obvious. What might not be quite so obvious is the sheer scale of the event, which incorporates a car auction, aerial displays, a Saturday night music gig, and more shops than even Kim Kardashian could browse. (Award yourself bonus points if you have no idea who I’m talking about. I wish I didn’t.)

When? 29-31 July 2016

How much? Prices start from £35 a day, with children going free. On sale now.

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