As soon as the excitement of the festive season is over, it's time to start thinking about the year ahead and all the things you've got to look forward to. For us, that starts with the 2016 motoring calendar and all the automotive events taking place in the next 12 months. From a multitude of vintage and classic car shows, to rally and motorsports events, there's plenty in the pipeline.
We have picked out our most anticipated motoring events from around the globe, with information on tickets and how to get involved yourself. A must read for all motor enthusiasts - stay tuned as this list will be updated throughout the year:
The London Motor Show (5th - 8th May)
The London Motor Show marks a return of the latest cars and concepts to the capital, after the London-based British Motor Show closed its doors in 2008. No ordinary show, the London Motor Show will be held at Battersea Park (just two miles from Stratstone of Mayfair), and intends to showcase the cutting edge vehicles of tomorrow. Alongside this will be a multitude of other favourites to cater for every taste and lifestyle from SUVs and MPVs to Hybrids, Electric cars and Luxury Saloons.
There will be the chance to test drive some of the vehicles, as the team are on hand to escort you off-site to try out a car which you need to get behind the wheel of. A motor show designed for the whole family, there's plenty on offer including a giant remote control racetrack, video games and even the opportunity to meet Formula One Drivers!
Goodwood Festival of Speed (23rd-26th June)
If you're familiar with any event in the motoring calendar, then it's probably this one. The Goodwood Festival of Speed is arguably one of the biggest events of the season, covering a huge area on the iconic Goodwood estate. Its humble beginnings as a short sprint and Hill Climb have evolved into an internationally heralded event which sees in excess of 150,000 visitors each year! It's back again for 2016 with its usual dazzling array of cars, old and new.
Up to 300 cars will tackle the famous 1.16-mile course each day - though there are plenty of other attractions too. From a custom-designed rally stage to the moving motor show, there's something for everybody to enjoy. In fact, from the manufacturer stands debuting their newest vehicles and concept cars to the shopping village, there's simply too much to list!
Stay tuned as Goodwood announce the latest entrants to their fabled event.
Le Mans Classic (8th - 10th July)
Le Mans Classic, now in its eighth consecutive year, is a slice of nostalgia on an epic scale. Classic will see over 450 cars which raced at the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1923-1979 once again take to the track in a bid for glory. They will be joined by over 1,000 drivers (some of whom are previous Le Mans winners) for three days of intense action which transcends 50 plus years of motorsport.
Over 111,000 visitors make their way to Le Mans classic every year to watch this unique event. Six grids, each covering a defining era of racing, will face off against each other over the weekend. New for 2016 is the Group C racing category which sees an entirely new class of cars from 1982 to 1993 take to the track.
Stratstone Club are this year hosting our illustrious Le Mans Classic Experience. Along with fellow motoring enthusiasts, you can ensure we will make it a trip to remember with accommodation, catering and transport included. For more information, visit our dedicated page.
Le Mans 24 (17th-18th June)
If you're a motoring enthusiast you will be familiar with the famous endurance race, '24 Heures du Mans'. Held in Northern France in the city of Le Mans - this is one of the oldest sports car races and Le Mans has welcomed the event for 84 years. The race challenges the durability of the racing cars and the endurance of the participants by putting them through their paces throughout a 24 hour period. The race has encouraged innovation in manufactures producing reliable and fuel-efficient cars.
The race covers more than 3,000 miles and takes place on the legendary Circuit de la Sarthe. At present the race circuit is an impressive 13.639 kilometres which makes it one of the longest circuits in the world.
There is plenty to see and do, with the racing atmosphere extending beyond the circuit and throughout the town with the famous 'Drivers Parade' taking place in the heart of the city. Throughout the weekend experience unique oppurtutnies, enjoy the pre-race buzz by visiting the pit lanes and garages and see a great display of vehicles which took place in races between 1923 - 1993.
Silverstone Classic (29th - 30th July)
The Silverstone Classic is the world's biggest classic motor racing festival, home to the UK's most iconic racing track and Formula 1 venue Silverstone. Last year, Silverstone Classic celebrated its 25th anniversary with a 'Silver Jubilee' parade with all-silver vehicles. However, 2016 is already shaping up to be a great year for the Silverstone Classic with plenty of exciting additions already in the pipeline.
The BMW Car Club GB are organising a parade all of their own around the circuit to celebrate 100 years of BMW, after the original factory opened in 1916. Not to mention several iconic cars, such as the Lamborghini Miura, Triumph GT6 and Lotus Europa will all be receiving parades to celebrate their half-century.
However Silverstone Classic isn't just famous for its cars. It's a festival too, with stalls, live music and static cars displays. Their live show is also a force to be reckoned with - acts at Silverstone Classic last year included The Who and ZZ Top!
Cholmondeley Power and Speed Motor Event (9th,10th, 11th June)
Cholmondeley Castle welcomes the famous auto mobile festival for a family orientated celebration of super cars. Set amongst a beautiful and historic backdrop of Cheshire, over 40,000 visitors attend over the weekend.
This three day celebration features head-turning super cars of the past, present and future. You can see a range of amazing vehicles both competing and merely to gaze at. There is fierce competition on the tracks from the most dynamic of cars such as the BMW M4 Convertible, Lotus Evora 400 and the Aston Martin Vanquish. With over 50 car clubs attending the event features fantastic vehicle displays from the likes of the Jaguar Enthusiast club, Club Audi and a display of the ultimate supercar - the 2008 Ferrari FXX.
Having played host to motoring events since 2006 the Cholmondeley race circuit has undergone a major investment to make it suitable for a wider range of vehicles – this attracts over 150 track entrees to the competition each year, so the action is none stop. The track also has great viewing from all angles so you are sure to see competitors put through their paces at all points!
Shelsley Walsh - Classic Nostalgia (16th-17th July)
Set in the picturesque countryside of Worcestershire, Classic Nostalgia is the biggest event in the Shelsley Walsh calendar. This year they will be recognising 111 years of history at the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb - the oldest motor sports event in the world, which has been staged on its original course throughout this time! Watch a large selection of both classic and vintage race cars take to the hill to see who can ride to the top of in the quickest time.
This event is great for a family of motor enthusiasts, it is action packed with live entertainment and fantastic vehicle displays featuring 500 pre 1984 vehicles from the likes of the Regional Porche Club and Jaguar XJS Club. Not forgetting the chance to experience Shelsley's own Concours d'elegance, judged by Classic and Sportscar Magazine - be dazzled by the top judged vehicles parading up the hill over lunch.
For 2016 Shelsley celebrates and rekindles the past - the event will be paying tribute to the Group B rally cars, with the likes of the Lancia 037 and the Metro 6R4. The weekend also features a special appearance from Derek Bell 5 times Le Mans winner as he celebrates his 40th anniversary year of his first win in Le Mans! For this summer you can expect to leave feeling Nostalgic as Shelsley embraces a pre-war theme, with period music, fancy dress and even more vintage cars.
Salon Privé (1st-3rd September)
If you have a prestigious social calendar, the Salon Privé will be an event you will want to attend this September. Set in the countryside of Oxfordshire, the beautiful Blenheim Place plays host to a motor show unlike any other. Known as the UK's most exclusive automotive Garden Party, Salon Privé flaunts what happens when luxury and automobiles collide - it is an affair filled with glamour and extravagance. From the 1st - 3rd September you can expect to experience the finest and rarest of brands at this intimate event.
Over the course of the event experience a celebration of performance, style and heritage with all days bringing together the world's most stunning of vehicles to be judged against one another to win the ultimate prize. Alongside judging and awarding, there will be iconic parades from phenomenal brands and the rare opportunity to see the finest of cars gathered together in one place. You can expect to see displays from exhibitors such as Bentley, Ferrari and collections from classic car dealers Tom Hartley which are guaranteed to astound you.
However, this motor show is not only famous for its exquisite cars. You can visit the luxury brands village where there is a relaxing atmosphere to browse a collection of finer goods and memorabilia. Being well known for its award winning menu and lavish extras- with the Salon Privé full hospitality ticket you can enjoy being taken away from the busier atmosphere to unwind in the restaurant with a range of fantastic treats to choose from, including Lobster and Champagne. Hospitality tickets includes entry to the three day event, luncheon, complimentary bar, afternoon tea and access to all areas of the Salon Privé.
Concours of Elegance (2nd-4th September)
Set amongst the finest of grounds of Windsor Castle, The Concours of Elegance returns to the royal venue for its fifth consecutive year. Expect to be dazzled by the most prestigious and rarest of cars from across the globe. Being the only automotive event held at a royal venue, this event is a must attend and a classic day out for the family.
For 2016 Concours of Elegance plans to standout more than before as it pays special attention to her Majesty in a celebration of her 90th Birthday. The weekend will exhibit the most spectacular of cars from each of the decades of the queen's life - highlights include icons such as the Land Rover Series I, McLaren F1 and the best of British Mini. This is a fantastic opportunity to get up close to the most extraordinary royal vehicles.
What makes the Concours of Elegance unique from other motor shows is that it is strictly an invite only display - exaggerating how remarkable these cars are, they're already deemed winners. But, everyone enjoys some competition, so you can stick around for the announcement of the 'Best in Show'. Where uniquely the owners of the cars select the winner, and the winning wheels receives the Concours of Elegance Pullman Trophy!
Alongside the Concours of Elegance, the event welcomes legendary car clubs such as the Aston Martin, Bentley, Rolls-Royce and Jaguar owners Clubs. Not to mention there will be a host of stands displaying the most iconic cars such as the Ferrari 250 GTO and the 1900 Daimier 6ph which is owned by the Queen herself.
Goodwood Revival (9th - 11th September)
Experience wheel-to-wheel racing at an unchanged race circuit which creates a truly unique atmosphere. Taking place on the 9th - 11th September, Goodwood Revival Festival is one of the world's most popular race meetings which recreates the iconic era of motor sports from 1948 to 1966.
Set in the grounds of the magnificent Goodwood house, this three day festival is full of roaring action amidst an elegant backdrop. You can expect to feel nostalgic as Goodwood is proud to have hosted the first post-war motor race at a permanent venue and bases the race circuit around a Second World War air field.
The weekend features a three day adrenaline pumping programme with historic motor cars competing head to head. See exhilarating vehicles racing into the sunset in the popular Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy race, St Marys Trophy race and the Sussex Trophy, a big one for sports car enthusiasts! New for 2016, the festival introduces the Kinrara Trophy race which invites pre 1963 GT racers to burn rubber on the circuit - see some iconic GT's battle for the spot including the Aston Martin DB4GT and the Ferrari SWB. Also for the weekend, expect to spot some famous faces from the motor sports realm, including Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Plato.
Staged in period dress, Goodwood Revival gives you an excuse to pull out your pencil skirts, polka dots and stylish tweed items to join in on celebrating the iconic style of this golden motoring age. You can be transported to this fabulous era with authentically dressed crowds and hit the Revival high street for a shopping experience like no other - explore retro design and some fantastic brands. Don't forget to head to the 'Over the Road Event' for a vintage extravaganza packed with vintage fun fair attractions, entertainment and top notch catering.