If 2012 is anything to go by, then 2013 is going to be a tough act to follow in the world of motorsport. Not only did Britain flourish in the car market, producing desirable and luxury models that customer’s lust for worldwide, there was immense interest in events – Silverstone F1 and Goodwood as two great examples.
Luckily 2013 has yet another exciting year planned and here’s a list of what you can expect.
Although predominantly a motorsport show, the past few years has seen an introduction into live events and a substantial supercars exhibition. A great motoring introduction to 2013. Specialised Covers will be on hand to showcase their exciting Photocover, so visit stand 19440, Hall 19 for your chance to view this truly exciting product.
Race Retro offers a great combination of classic cars and the racing variety. It’s a compact event but plenty to see, and buy.
Formerly known as the Thunderball, the Santa Pod Festival of Power features European-level drag racing “funny cars” and much more. Pack the earplugs and enjoy.
The Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon holds a number of events throughout the year, but the Classic and Cream Tea Run that takes place in May certainly caught our eye.
London’s biggest motorsport event is at Crystal Palace rather than the Queen’s digs.
Cholondeley Pageant of Power has been referred to as the Goodwood of the north, but it has much more to offer. As well as car there’s powerboat races, helicopter displays and demonstrations of British military might. A great family day out
The highlight of the British motorsport calendar is the Grand Prix at Silverstone. Or at least it is if it doesn’t rain. However that doesn’t seem to put the punters off, as there was a record attendance in 2012.
The Goodwood Moving Motor Show has quickly established itself as a fixture on the international motor show calendar. But then, it comes the day before the sublime Goodwood Festival of Speed, which needs no introduction here. Put them both in your diary now
Salon Prive is a concours event, which means plenty of expensive metal, overlooked by expensive people, and the inevitability of an expensive entry price. This does tend to include a lobster lunch and champagne, though, so that doesn’t mean it’s poor value.
Santa Pod traditionally hosts the FIA European Drag Racing Finals in September – your chance to see the fastest dragsters in Europe. At the very least a one-time must for speed freaks and car enthusiasts everywhere.
Need an elusive part for a classic, or perhaps a piece of motoring memorabilia? Then get yourself down to the Beaulieu International Autojumble, where you’ll find stalls absolutely packed with all manner of exciting car-related stuff. Beaulieu also holds an Autojumble in the spring (18 - 19 May 2013)
Here’s a separate entry for the Goodwood Revival, which many believe has done more for classic motorsport than any other event in the last decade.
Our final spot goes to one of the most consistent motoring events - the Chelsea Auto Legends. Although dates haven’t yet been confirmed, what we do know is that it’ll host a strong line up often supported by Sir Stirling Moss, Derek Bell and Richard Attwood.