The 12 best classic car events of 2019

| 7 Aug 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…


AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix

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?

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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.  

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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. 

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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.

And this year, as a C&SC reader you can get discounted tickets and the use of an exclusive car park! Sounds good, right? Then click here to find out more and we’ll see you there.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Motorclassica

When: 11-13 October 2019

Where: Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Australia

This year is the 10th running of Motorclassica, the Australian International Concours d’Elegance and Classic Motor Show.

Expect anniversaries galore as this special event returns to Melbourne’s elegant Royal Exhibition Building on 11-13 October.

Plus, C&SC is sponsoring the Club Sandwich awards as part of our ongoing support for the classic car club movement. 

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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.

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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…

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