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Stratstone brings you the very best motor shows currently in the UK this year. No matter what your favourites are; from vintage vehicles and classic cars, to unreleased models and unique concepts, they're all on show at some of the UK's biggest venues. Find out how to book your tickets and get involved with some of the best UK car shows in 2015:

Goodwood festival of Speed

Goodwood FOS, Goodwood festival of Speed 2015

June 25th - 28th

For three days every year, the Goodwood Estate becomes home for all car and motorsports fans around the world as it celebrates its Festival of Speed. Now in its 22nd year, the annual hill climb welcomes over 100,000 visitors, and attracts cars and manufacturers from across the globe.

No normal hill climb, Goodwood's principle attraction showcases all manner of automotive delights from exclusive unreleased models, concept cars, excerpts from the world of motorsport and rally, as well as classic and vintage vehicles. They all take to the famous 1.16-mile course; a twisting tree-line run through the southern sector of Goodwood's estate.

In just one day, the course can see over 300 different cars and motorcycles sprint past the finish line. The current course record stands at 41.6 seconds, set in 1999 by Nick Heidfeld in the McLaren MP4-13 Formula 1 car.

This year promises to be one of the most exciting yet, with the all-new Ferrari 488GTB, the uncompromising Aston Martin GT12 and the McLaren P1 GTR all taking to the climb. There's even an open-air music festival and Goodwood's very own rally stage. To find out more, visit the Goodwood site.

Silverstone Classic

Silverstone classic 2015, car show

July 24th - 26th

The Silverstone Classic is billed as the World's Biggest Classic Motor Racing Festival. This year is particularly special for Silverstone, as 2015 marks the event's 25th anniversary year. They are celebrating their 'Silver Jubilee' with a parade of all-silver vehicles around the track - an event which is open to anyone with a silver car.

The Silverstone Classic takes place over a long weekend in July, attracting enthusiasts the world over to celebrate the icons of motorsport. The Classic invites cars from all walks to race the emblematic Formula 1 track, which is traditionally home to the British Grand Prix.

Over 100 car clubs will also be in attendance, from the Aston Martin owners Club to the Jaguar XK and F-Type enthusiasts club. Finish off your day with a fantastic twilight aerial display, or relax with some retail therapy in the shopping village. But that's not all, as the Silverstone Classic even features live music - this year from ZZ Top and The Who!

You can find more details about the event on the Silverstone Classic Website.


Carfest North 2015, Carfest South 2015

July 31st - August 2nd / August 28th - 30th

Carfest is the brainchild of one of the country's biggest petrolheads - Chris Evans. Taking the very best elements of festivals and cars, Carfest is a fun, family-friendly event designed to raise money for Children in Need.

Split over two separate events; the North in the county of Cheshire and the South in Hampshire, Carfest raised around £1.5 million for charity in 2014. To help beat that this year, the team have enlisted the help of acts such as the Boomtown Rats, Joss Stone and Seasick Steve to create a huge 3-day music festival over both sites.

Of course, there will be a huge selection of cars too. Each event will feature a unique track sprint and a dozen different acts, with the likes of the Race Car Ten and the Funky Four taking to the sprint. Notably, this event allows you to camp over for the full weekend - making sure that you don't miss out on anything that's going on.

And with the stunt-packed showground, the muddy mega-land and the vintage village, you'd certainly need three days! Visit the Carfest site.

Concourse of Elegance

Concourse of Elegance 2015, Concourse of Elegance Scotland

September 4th- 6th

Celebrating the rarest, most sought-after vehicles, The Concourse of Elegance is the UK's answer to the Concourse d'Elegance, the motor show which originated in France. It takes places in the scenic, yet historical surroundings of Edinburgh's Holyroodhouse and celebrates the cars which can be considered automotive art.

The event will have around 60 cars on show, though the emphasis here is definitely on quality over quantity. Every car is selected by a panel of experts to attend the event, and each strives to win the coveted 'Best of Show' award.

This will be the fourth annual Concourse of Elegance, and 2015 promises to be one of the best. This year's location in Edinburgh lends itself to a Scottish theme, and legendary driver Jackie Stewart's collection of Formula One cars will make an appearance.

The Concourse of Elegance is entirely for charity, and proceeds will be awarded between three different organisations; Walking with the Wounded, Action on Addiction, and Springfield Motor Racing's Club for Young Pain. The event has raised over £650,000 for good causes to date. To get involved, visit the Concourse of Elegance site.

Goodwood Revival

September 11th - 13th

Goodwood Revival is the ultimate retro racing festival, celebrating the classic vintage vehicles which would have raced at the Goodwood circuit during its 50's and 60's heyday. One of the most popular nostalgic motoring events in the world, Goodwood go all-out to ensure that the entire event really takes you back in time - and this year is proving to be the most exciting yet.

On the racetrack, a grid-full of classic cars race throughout the weekend in classic wheel-to-wheel action. Races such as the Lavant cup will be an all-Ferrari affair, whilst the Brooklands Trophy will feature pre-1939 vehicles that hark back to the endurance races held at the iconic Brooklands circuit.

Off the track there is a chance to walk the revival high street, a fully-functional street of nostalgia. Explore a period Porsche Garage, stop and have a drink with Delonghi Coffee, and even pick up your shopping from the 1960's themed Tesco! It's also an event where people dress to impress with many wearing period dress vying for their mention in the best-dressed competition.  Elsewhere theatrical sets and vintage aircraft also help set the scene.  Revival really is like stepping back in time and Goodwood is the perfect place to do this.

The NEC Classic Motor Show

Porsche 911, Porsche 911 Carrera

November 13th-15th

The NEC Classic Motor Show is huge. Over 1,800 cars from various manufacturers and retailers will feature inside the Birmingham NEC, along with trade stands, live performances and auctions. This year the show will see some of Television's biggest icons roll through the doors, including Knight Rider's KITT, Ghostbusters' Ecto-1 and even the DeLorean from  Back to the Future.

The NEC brings classics from across the globe closer to home, and with over 250 classic car clubs -from Fords to Ferraris and Porsches to Peugeots - it means there's something for everyone.In fact, as part of the Porsche Restoration Project, we have had our very own vehicles featured at the Classic Motor Show in the past. This included a lovingly restored Porsche 924 from Porsche Centre Bolton.

The Dream Rides charity will also have a station set up. Ever wanted to ride inside your favourite car? To be chauffeured in a Ferrari, or take the scenic route in your favoured Jaguar? Dream Rides offers just that. Their stand at the NEC Motor Show will allow you to take a 10-mile drive in a car of your choice whilst raising money for charity. To see what else is happening visit the NEC Classic Motor Show site.