The 17 best classic car events of 2019

| 18 Jun 2019
Classic & Sports Car – Best classic car events of 2019

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We may be over halfway through the year now, but there are still plenty of exciting classic car events still to come in 2019, be they charming local get-togethers, national celebrations or world-class historic race meetings.

Picking the 2019 classic car events we’re most excited about hasn’t been easy, but we eventually settled on this list of 17. And if you don’t see the one you’re looking for here, you can always check out our full classic car events calendar.

So get out there and enjoy yourself! Just don’t forget to take your car along, too…

Bicester Heritage Super Scramble

When: 23 June 2019

Where: Bicester Heritage, Oxfordshire, UK

This new addition to the classic car calendar promises all the fun and laid-back vibes of a usual Scramble, but with a little extra – specifically, track action.

There's not much information out there about it yet, but the Bicester Heritage website should have more details soon.

For full details, click here

Citroën Centenary Celebration

When: 19-21 July 2019

Where: La Ferté-Vidame, Eure-et-Loir, France

Citroën’s 100th birthday will be marked throughout 2019, but we think this celebration, run by the clubs of the Amicale Citroën and DS France, with support from the marque itself, could be something special.

Firstly, it’s Citroëns in France, and you know how wonderfully loyal the French are to their homegrown brands.

Plus, being manufacturer-backed and with heavy club involvement, it should be a super mix of serious, whole-hearted enthusiasm and fantastic cars.

Why not make a weekend of it? There’s an on-site campsite, after all.

For full details, click here

Festival of the Unexceptional

When: 20 July 2019

Where: Claydon Estate, Buckinghamshire, UK

A cheap and very cheerful antidote to the more exclusive affairs taking place elsewhere this summer, the brilliant Festival of the Unexceptional swaps multi-million pound motors for those everyday heroes we used to drive but now rarely see on the road.

In short, don’t expect to see too many Ferraris: last year’s event was won by a 1977 Chrysler Alpine ahead of a Datsun Bluebird 1.6 GL saloon, with the People’s Choice award going to a 1982 Fiat Strada 65CL. 

With a change of venue for 2019, expect the Hagerty-organised festival to move a further step towards mainstream acceptance this year. 

For full details, click here

Traversée de Paris estivale

When: 21 July 2019

Where: Paris, France

Fancy driving your classic car across Paris, in the summer? Who wouldn’t! Which is why this event is rather special.

We’ve enjoyed its sister run, held in January, and part of the charm of the July edition is that it culminates in a picnic. This year is the 12th Traversée de Paris estivale and expect an eclectic mix of vehicles, with enthusiastic participants.

For full details, click here

Silverstone Classic

When: 26-28 July 2019

Where: Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, UK

If you’ve never made it to the Silverstone Classic before, 2019 is a good time to make the trip as it’s the first time that F1, F2 and F3 cars will all be competing at the event.

Held between 26-28 July at the home of the British Grand Prix, in addition to the packed programme of world-class track action, expect huge (we mean it!) numbers of car clubs, plus trade stands and kids’ entertainment.

It’s a great opportunity to get close to a host of super historic racers and enjoy a fun family day out.

For full details, click here

National Metro & Mini Show and Mini world record attempt

When: 3/4 August 2019

Where: British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire

The Metro & Mini Show itself is always great fun – as pretty much anything concerning Alec Issigonis’ diminutive marvel is – but the 2019 version promises to be something quite special.

With the Mini celebrating its 60th birthday in 2019, the organisers are gathering around 600 examples at the British Motor Museum the day before the show itself, and arranging them to spell out ‘Mini 60’ – and thus set a new Guinness world record. They’re keen for owners to get involved, so if you fancy that, head this way.

But of course, this is just one of many events throughout 2019 at the British Motor Museum – click here for the complete list.

For full details, click here


When: 9-11 August 2019

Where: Nürburgring, Germany

The Nüburgring needs no introduction for petrolheads, so what better than a summertime motorsport extravaganza in this iconic setting?

Racing at the AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix takes place on both the Grand Prix circuit and the famous Nordschleife, and attracts around 60,000 visitors to enjoy seven decades of motorsport at one of the biggest such events in the world.

Once you’ve left the ferry port or train terminal, the ’Ring isn’t as far away as you might think – a trip is awfully tempting, isn’t it?

For full details, click here

Monterey Car Week

When: 9-18 August 2019

Where: Monterey/Pebble Beach/Carmel, California, USA

The world’s premier classic car festival takes place over nearly two weeks in several sun-kissed locations around the town of Monterey in California.

There’s a wealth of events, including big-ticket auctions hosted by RM Sotheby’s, Bonhams and Gooding & Co, quirky fare such as the Little Car Show and Concours d’Lemons and glitzy affairs including the Concorso Italiano and Pebble Beach Tour D’Elegance. It all peaks with the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance: probably the finest of all such classic car competitions.  

For full details, click here

Salon Privé

When: 5-8 September 2019

Where: Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, UK

Salon Privé is now firmly established as one of the UK’s best classic car shows, a position cemented in 2018 when it was chosen as one of the eight concours events eligible for the Peninsula Classic Awards

The location doesn’t hurt: it takes place in the grounds of the stunning Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, a backdrop which can’t help but make the beautiful classics on display look even more breathtaking. 

In addition to the concours itself, there are driving tours, exclusive hypercar debuts and enough luxury brands on offer that you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve accidentally wandered into a Harrods summer party.

The 2019 edition has now been expanded to four days, with a cheaper public day closing proceedings. It will also feature a special tribute to Bentley, so expect plenty of Crewe’s finest on display. 

For full details, click here

Concours of Elegance

When: 6-8 September 2019

Where: Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, UK

After several years spent moving around various royal palaces, the Concours of Elegance settled into a five-year residency at Hampton Court Palace in 2017 – and swiftly proved that it’s the perfect backdrop for priceless classic cars. 

Sixty of the rarest vehicles from around the world will take part in the concours – which, unusually, is voted for by the owners of the cars themselves. And with many of the classics also joining in on a two-day driving tour prior to the concours itself, there’ll be plenty of opportunities for visitors to cast their eyes over the machines on display.

For full details, click here

Ford Capri 50th Anniversary

When: 8 September 2019

Where: Brooklands, Surrey, UK

Brooklands Museum isn’t short of brilliant events throughout the year – you can see the full list here – but the venue’s bash to celebrate the half-century of the Ford Capri should be pretty special.

Of course, Capri owners are welcome and are encouraged to bring their cars, but whether you’ve got, or have had one in your garage, or you’re just an admirer, there will be lots to see, plus runs up Test Hill.

For full details, click here

Goodwood Revival

When: 13-15 September 2019

Where: Goodwood Estate, West Sussex, UK

The highlight of the classic car year, in the UK at least, has to be the Goodwood Revival.

Why? Well partly because it offers three days of wheel-to-wheel racing in often priceless classics; last year’s Kinrara Trophy was reportedly the most expensive historic race ever to take place, with more than £100million worth of Ferraris, Jaguars and more competing.

But more than that, the Revival has always been about the whole feel of the thing. Everyone dresses up in fabulous period style, there’s a retro funfair, ’30s-era shops and evocative buildings everywhere… even the music is in keeping with the ethos.

Frankly, you’d have a wonderful time even if you didn’t watch a single race or didn’t even like cars. Although that said, the car park is so packed with delectable classics that it’s an attraction in itself!

For full details, click here

The Warren Classic and Supercar Show 

When: 22 September 2019

Where: The Warren Golf and Country Club, Essex, UK

The Warren is a well-established Essex-based show and concours which often draws a broad range of classics, making it well worth the trip.

Stars from the 2018 edition included a 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Kellner and the Alvis TC 108G Graber Coupé that scooped the day’s top prize.

For full details, click here 

Autumn Classic

When: 5 October 2019

Where: Castle Combe, Wiltshire, UK

The Autumn Classic is an event that sometimes seems to fall off the classic car radar, but we think it deserves much praise.

A cracker of a day out, it takes place at the lovely Castle Combe in Wiltshire and mixes club stands and superb wheel-to-wheel racing with an access-all-areas paddock; it certainly packs a lot into a single day.

And tickets are already available for the 2019 event on 5 October – with early-bird discounts to further sweeten the deal.

For full details, click here

Bicester Heritage’s Sunday Scrambles

When: 6 October 2019

Where: Bicester Heritage, Oxfordshire, UK

If you’ve not yet experienced a Scramble at Bicester Heritage, make it your New Year’s resolution to do so in 2019.

In just four years, these informal events have gone from coffee ’n’ cars affairs to essential gatherings of thousands of enthusiasts and varied vehicles.

Anything goes – you’re just as likely to come across a Lamborghini 400GT as you are a Peugeot 505 – and many of the Technical Site residents open up for more delights. Anyone is welcome to attend, whether in a classic car or not, and tickets are cheap: from just £5 if you are in a classic, £8 if you’re not. 

We’ve already had the first two Scrambles of 2019 and they were both crackers, as you can read here and here. The final one is on 6 October. We’ll see you there!

For full details, click here

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

When: 3 November 2019

Where: various locations from Hyde Park to Brighton seafront

As the world’s oldest motoring event, the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run should need no introduction.

The next running is on 3 November 2019 and we’re sure many participants will be hoping for the unseasonably mild conditions enjoyed at 2018’s running.

Whatever the weather, expect a spectacular range of pre-1905 vehicles and even if you’re not taking part, why not join the crowds and cheer on the cars as they tackle the famous route.

For full details, click here

NEC Classic Motor Show

When: 8-10 November 2019

Where: NEC, Birmingham, UK

The UK’s biggest indoor classic car event is also one of the biggest and best anywhere in the world. We’re talking, of course, about the Classic Motor Show, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham and which offers a bewildering array of halls packed with beautiful classics.

There really is a huge amount to get stuck into, from literally hundreds of club stands to dealer displays, a vast trade area, and even a live stage featuring celebrities aplenty; no matter what point you’re at in your classic car ownership journey, there’ll be something for you.

What’s more, the Classic & Sports Car team will be out in force at the show and will reveal the winners of the C&SC Club Awards that same weekend. The 2018 version was superb, and we’re very much looking forward to doing it all over again. 

The only downside? With a million square metres to cover, you’ll need to wear comfy shoes…

For full details, click here

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