For those of us who have an interest in all things classic car, one of the biggest treats that is on offer to us is a visit to a car show. It might be that you are intending to exhibit your recently restored little gem, maybe are thinking about buying a classic car and looking for some inspiration or maybe you just love wandering around and admiring the handy-work of others.
There are, however an almost infinite number of car shows that you can visit, some obviously better than others, so how can you find the best ones for your taste?
Morgan`s Historic and Classic Vehicle Events Yearbook is published and distributed each year by the York Vikings Rotary Club. It has a comprehensive list of events for enthusiasts of all classic vehicles, including classic car shows, vintage motorcycle runs, steam rallies, displays of classic tractors, buses… you name it.
Although the yearbook in published in February, they publish updates throughout the year on their website to ensure that you are always in the know about the latest additions. The yearbook publishes over 1000 events and gives you the event name, location, date and contact information.
You can find out more about the Morgan`s Historic and Classical Vehicle Events Yearbook on their website.
Classic Car Weekly
Another excellent source to find out some of the best classic car shows is through the magazine Classic Car Weekly. It is the UK`s most read classic car magazine and if there`s anything that you need to know about car shows, it will be here.
Whilst an excellent source of car show information, Classic Car Weekly also publishes reviews of classic car shows so you can see what is likely to be good next year – and what`s not!
You can find out more about Classic Car Weekly on their website.
Picture the scene. You go to a car show, and you see the most beautifully restored TR2. It`s something you`re never going to forget. It has a perfectly glistening new paint job, a purring engine and windows which you could use as a mirror. And it`s likely that if you stay on the car show circuit, you`re likely to see it again. So why not have a chat with its owner and ask them what other shows they will be exhibiting at – or that they can recommend.
The longer that classic car enthusiasts exhibit at car shows, the more information they have, and these people can be a great source of insider knowledge.
Word of mouth is a fantastic way to find out what`s hot and what`s not in the world of classic cars. You can also have a chat with us here at Rusty bug for recommendations about classic car shows and hill climbs, especially in the north.
Exhibiting at or visiting a classic vehicle show is one of the best ways to pass the day, especially in the summer. But it is important to know a little about the show before you invest your time and money. By researching in the Morgan`s Yearbook, Classic Car Weekly, and by talking to people – car owners, enthusiasts and the people who work on classic cars like us, you can be sure to choose the right shows for you and have the time of your life!