25th Jun, 2022

8 of the most exciting motoring events across the country to check out this summer

Coventry Editorial 21st Apr, 2022

Got a passion for all things motoring? These events let you get close to the action, says Jack Evans.

The summer months open up a whole new door when it comes to events and days out – and this includes plenty to check out on the motoring scene.

In fact, with a calendar packed with options, choosing between them can be tricky – so we’ve plucked out some of the best motoring events planned for summer 2022.

Let’s take a look…

1. Rule Britannia Sunday

Goodwood, June 5, free but registration required

Things get off to a solid start with one of Goodwood’s famous Breakfast Club meetups. Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee means this event is particularly special and will be focused on the celebration of 70 years of British engineering. Expect the very best in Jaguars and Minis, as well as the chance to look at more modern British cars. Click here for more details.

2. Brooklands Festival of Motorsport

Brooklands Festival of Motorsport. Picture credit: Handout/PA.

Brooklands, Surrey, June 18-19, from £18.95 for adults

The Brooklands Festival of Motorsport is a high-octane look at both the past and present of motoring all wrapped up into one weekend-long extravaganza. You’ll be able to see cars taking part in speed trials at Mercedes-Benz World on the Saturday, with drivers then competing in further driving challenges on the Sunday. There’s also a Concours competition on the Sunday, with entrants checked over by a panel of judges for the win. There will also be a public-voted ‘People’s Choice’ award. Click here for more details.

3. Goodwood Festival of Speed

Goodwood Festival of Speed. Picture credit: Drew Gibson/PA.

Goodwood, June 23-26, from £47 for a one-day adult ticket

The Goodwood Festival of Speed acts as a real centre point to the summer’s line-up, collecting everything people love about motoring into one vast, exciting event. You’ll be able to see some of the latest metal taking on the famous Goodwood Hill, while rally aces are challenged in the off-road course. This year’s theme is ‘The innovators – masterminds of motorsport’ and celebrates some of the incredible feats achieved in the pursuit of speed. Click here for more details.

4. Formula 1 British Grand Prix

British Grand Prix. Picture credit: Bradley Collyer/PA.

Silverstone, July 1-3, from £115 for a one day pass

Formula 1 reaches the UK at the start of July, with the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. This year’s championship has seen a vast amount of change introduced, with new regulations mixing the teams up and levelling the playing field. Whoever you follow or support, the British Grand Prix always proves to be quite the spectacle. Click here for more details.

5. Hagerty 2022 Festival of the Unexceptional

Photo from the Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional. Picture credit: Nick Chivers/PA.

Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire, July 30, £20 per vehicle

Hagerty’s Festival of the Unexceptional has proved to be a massive hit among the motoring community, giving the opportunity for a light to be shone on the unsung heroes of the car world. It gets drivers to bring their ‘marvellously mundane’ cars together, while this year’s event will see television’s Mike Brewer attend as a special guest. You’ll be able to see hundreds of cars lined up in front of Grimsthorpe Castle, with cars from 1967 to 1997 in attendance. Click here for more details.

6. British Motor Show

Farnborough, August 18-21, from £18.50 for adults

The British Motor Show returns in 2022, bringing an even greater variety of cars and features than the popular featured last year. A live stage will be running throughout the day – hosted by television’s Tim Shaw and Fuzz Townshend – while a live arena will feature high-octane car exhibitions from Paul Swift’s stunt team. Click here for more details.

7. Salon Prive Concours d’Elegance

Salon Prive Concours d’Elegance. Picture credit: PA.

Blenheim Palace, August 31-September 4, ticket price tbc

The Salon Prive Concours d’Elegance is one of the most prestigious events on the motoring calendar, gracing the grounds of Blenheim Palace to display some of the rarest and sought-after cars in the world. The car park is often one of the highlights of the show, with collections of ultra-rare exotica displayed for all to see. Click here for more details.

8. Goodwood Revival

Goodwood, September 16-18, from £64 for Friday ticket

The summer draws to a close with the Goodwood Revival. Staged entirely as a period event, the Revival is a celebration of yesteryear, with attendees encouraged to dress up for the occasion and many choosing to adopt the look of the 1940s and Fifties. Plus, it features some of the best historic racing around, with classic cars and motorcycles battling it out on Goodwood’s circuit. Click here for more details.

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