1. The London Motor Show - Battersea Park, London, England (Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th May 2017)
Located in Battersea park, in the heart of the capital, The London Motor Show gives visitors the chance to get up close and personal to over 150 brand new cars, from a wide variety of popular mainstream and prestige manufacturers including Aston Martin, Porsche, Vauxhall, Tesla and Nissan to name but a few. It's not just for petrolheads either, as families can enjoy a wide variety of things to see and do which include experiencing the latest tech, learning about new motoring initiatives, witness state-of-art simulators and sit in, and even test drive some of the latest cars. The London Motor Show also enables visitors the chance to meet well known motoring personalities, as well as ex formula 1 drivers and celebrities.
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2. Le Mans 24 Hours - Le Mans, France (17th and 18th June 2017)
Some motoring events are steeped in iconic history. The Le Mans 24 Hours is perhaps one of, if not the most iconic there is. Each year thousands of racing enthusiasts flock to the French town of Le Mans to watch the 24-hour endurance race - which takes place on the historic 8.4 mile Circuit de la Sarthe. Many spectators head over to France and camp within the grounds of the race circuit to soak up the unique atmosphere. This is all very surreal seeing supercars such as Ferraris and Lamborghinis parked up next to humble little tents. Then of course you have the experience of trying to catch forty winks, with the sound of cars lapping the circuit. Eventually, if you do manage to get some sleep, waking up to the evocative sound of racing and a pretty sunrise is quite something.
3. Goodwood Festival of Speed - Goodwood House, West Sussex, England (29th June - 2nd July 2017)
The Goodwood Festival of Speed was founded by Lord March, who, every year turns his Goodwood estate into an automotive Festival of Speed. The highlight is the constant flow of race cars and supercars speeding up the iconic hill climb throughout the action-packed weekend. With supercars, classic cars, racing cars from a number of eras, new cars and anything with wheels - not to mention famous faces everywhere from motorsport to TV and even film stars. Goodwood is one unbelievably exciting car event for any avid Petrolhead, motorsport enthusiast or anyone who enjoys getting up close and personal to some iconic pieces of automotive excellence.
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4. Car Café - Pendragon HQ, Annesley, Nottingham (First Saturday of every month from April to September)
The winter months can be pretty bare in terms of car events and car meets, especially outside. Come April however, when spring is motion, Car Café will be in full swing welcoming everything from supercars, classic cars, performance cars and the like to the Pendragon HQ car parks in Annesley Nottingham - every first Saturday between April and September between 8:30am - 10:30am. What's more all attendees get a free hot drink, so you can admire all the metal on display whilst enjoying a nice cuppa, or coffee of course. The event is popular with petrolheads of all ages, and it's a great place to chat cars with like-minded enthusiasts. Come rain or shine, Car Café is the perfect way to kick off the weekend - and still have time for all your other plans.
5. Classic Nostalgia Experience - Shelsley Walsh, England (22nd and 23rd July)
Take a trip back in time with Classic Nostalgia. Visitors can enjoy a wide display of various vintage and classic cars - including a 'Concours D'Elegance' for those who have driven their personal classics to the event, as well as seeing some classic race cars take on the iconic hill climb throughout the weekend. The weekend will also give visitors the chance to purchase from the many trade stands in the trader's village. The event is fun for all the family with many attendees choosing to dress in a period style. Visitors can also enjoy live music, as well as interviews with special guests.