The UK may not have a new car show of its own any more, but its classic car shows are some of the best in the world.
A lot of people in the car industry bemoan the fact that we don’t really have a Motor Show to call our own any more in the UK. Yes, the London Motor Show is due to make a comeback but until that happens we’re left without a world-class ‘new car show’.
But Britain’s car shows are actually in better shape than ever – it’s just we’re now extremely good at putting on classic car shows instead. The next couple of months are a real testament to that: Salon Privé, Concours of Elegance, Goodwood Revival and Classic and Sports Car – the London Show are all within just a few weeks of each other.
And these shows are truly world-class. Car collectors from all over the globe pay to transport their cars to these events at great expense to themselves. By using our heritage, we can showcase these cars in some truly incredible settings, too. Salon Privé is this year at the jaw-dropping Blenheim Palace, the Concours of Elegance is at the Palace of Holyroodhouse (the Queen’s official residence in Scotland) and the Goodwood circuit speaks for itself.
One thing you can really experience at each of these events that you won’t get at a new car show is the passion of the owners and drivers. They’ll often stand next to their car for the duration of the show, keen to answer questions from interested punters – they always want to share their incredible cars with as many people as possible.
What’s more, you don’t have to be a millionaire to get involved. Car clubs up and down the country hold events of their own, meaning that when you buy that sub-£10k Mercedes you’re also buying entry to a passionate community of like-minded enthusiasts. There’s a sense of community you just don’t get with modern car-buyers – and that’s why we’re not counting down the minutes until the return of the London Motor Show.