Last month we took a look at a selection of great music festivals coming up in 2015. This time, we thought we’d bring you the low-down on our pick of car-related events for the year ahead.
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015
If you’re really into cars and motor racing, particularly with a historic slant, the Festival of Speed (FoS) is a must. It’s an epic indulgence of cars, celebrities, racing and fashion, held over four days on an enormous country estate in Sussex. The Thursday is when the Moving Motor Show fires into life, parading the latest models from car manufacturers. The theme for 2015’s main Festival is ‘Flat-out and fearless’ with a focus on some of the most amazing, on-the-edge moments from motorsport past and present. Watch as supercars and a whole host of other vehicles race up the Hillclimb, then get up close and personal with beautiful cars of all ages in the Paddock. To soak up the colourful atmosphere, celeb’ spot and get your fix of food, drink and petrol fumes, tickets are now on sale for the 25th, 26th, 27th or 28th of June, or all four days. Prices for 17-to-21-year-olds start at just £15 for the Moving Motor Show and £25.50 for the Friday, which we think are well worth it.
Cholmondeley Pageant of Power
So many car events are held down south, but you needn’t feel left out if you live up north, as this one is a belter. This year it’s taking place a fortnight before the Goodwood FoS, from June 12th to 14th at its home in Cheshire, and if you can’t get enough of powerful cars, you’ll be amazed. One of the track races will feature cars all with more than 1,000bhp each like the Bugatti Veyron. In addition to field after field rammed full of incredible cars on display, they normally put on breath-taking stunts involving speedboats, motorcycles, hovercraft and helicopters, so there’s something for everyone, including live music and fireworks in the evening. Tickets are priced from £20.
The UK Slot Car Festival
Maybe you fancy something a little different, in which case we reckon this event sounds pretty cool, devoted to Scalextric and other slot cars. You’ll get the chance to relive your childhood by getting hands-on with a fantastic variety of racing tracks, from drag strips, digital tracks and off-road layouts to Carrera circuits and even a couple of Top Gear test tracks. The festival is on the 16th and 17th of May at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire, with tickets available from just £8. The main manufacturers will all be there, showcasing their latest slot cars and circuits, and you’ll have the opportunity to have a chat with them as well as meet slot car clubs from around the country.
Bournemouth Wheels Festival
Running from the 29th to 31st May, this one is totally free so well worth checking out. The monster trucks that will be tearing around Bournemouth beach sound amazing and you’ll even get the chance to have a ride in one. The 4×4 cars most people buy are put to shame by military vehicles and the ones that race the Dakar Rally, so seeing unbelievably tough vehicles like these in the Desert Driving Arena will be jaw-dropping, that’s for sure. Classic cars and stunt displays also form part of 2015’s festival and F1 cars will be giving speed demonstrations. If you’re up for it, just get yourself down to Bournemouth and enjoy.
Coventry and the wider Midlands are steeped in automotive history and home to manufacturers including Jaguar Land Rover, MG and Peugeot, so what a great idea they had to celebrate all things motoring by opening up Coventry’s streets to a giant festival. A variety of cars will be racing along Coventry’s Ring Road, this time without any restrictions thanks to the police’s co-operation, and there will be loads of live action displays, demonstrations, live music, food and drink. It’s another free festival, supported by donations, and definitely worthy of consideration.
And some others
Other noteworthy days out include the Silverstone Grand Prix on the 3rd to 5th July, motorexpo held in London from 8th to 14th June and Top Gear Live, which sees Jeremy, Richard and James tour the UK on various dates from Liverpool in February to London in November. If you can recommend any other motoring events in 2015, we’d love to hear from you on Facebook and Twitter.