Another year means another conveyor belt of exciting car events, motor shows, motorsport and other days out involving things on four wheels. Next week, The Root will be bringing you a roundup of the best bits from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016, which is taking part in the glitzy city of Las Vegas right now. In the meantime, we thought petrolheads out there might find it handy if we highlighted what we think are 2016’s picks when it comes to car-related events – so here goes, in date order.
Autosport International – mid January
Billed as ‘the world of motorsport under one roof’, this show, open to the public at the NEC in Birmingham on the 16th and 17th of January, is a dream come true for anyone into car racing at any level, from karting and British Touring Car (BTCC) right up to Formula 1. Motor racing heroes Damon Hill, Felipe Massa and Peter Solberg will all be at the show, which will feature a Live Action Arena. Tickets range from £35 for standard entry and £46 for a Paddock Pass which gets you into the Live Action Arena, upto £127 for a VIP ticket.
London Motor Show 2016 – early May
Held on the 5th to the 8th of May in Battersea, most of the world’s main car manufacturers will be there proudly displaying their latest models, concepts and technology. Simulator rides, safety demonstrations and off-site driving experiences will bring the show to life. Tickets are nice and cheap at £15 each and the Show’s patron is none other than HRH Princes Michael of Kent, who recently presented us with a road safety award.
Truckmania – late May
If you’re someone who is into trucks, this is the event for you. Staged at Beaulieu in Hampshire, which is home to the National Motor Museum, an amazing array of trucks, lorries and wagons will be there, from incredible military vehicles and monster trucks, to classic lorries and massive American rigs. Tickets are again very reasonably priced at £15 for adults and the event runs on the 29th and 30th of May, where you’ll also be able to witness people working up a sweat by tugging heavy trucks along with ropes.
Goodwood Festival of Speed – late June
An unmissable event in the motoring calendar for anyone who’s a little bit nuts about cars, this epic event held in the grounds of a stately home down in Sussex is this year staged on the 23rd to the 26th of June. The organisers always keep the juicy details ‘hush hush’ until the festival draws closer, but with a ‘Full Throttle’ theme, it’ll be packed from field to field with supercars, new models, a Moving Motor Show, stacks of celebrities and some great action to savour. Tickets for the Saturday cost from £65 for adults.
The Scottish Car Show – mid July
For those of you who live in Scotland or the North East and find it difficult to travel to the North West, Midlands or South to attend anything, this could be your chance to taste the atmosphere of a car show, although it’s only held on one day, July the 17th, in beautiful Edinburgh. As well as supercars, classics, stars from the world of motorsport and even the army in attendance, the Scottish Car Show will also feature an animal petting area, bouncy castle, slides and face painting for kids, and Road Safety Scotland will be there to promote safer driving.
Carfest – late July (north) & late August (south)
Chris Evans, one of the busiest blokes on TV these days, hopes his C4R-Fest shows in the north (Bolesworth Castle, July 29th to 31st) and south (Laverstoke Park Farm, August 26th to 28th) will be even bigger and even better than before, after a tremendous reception in 2015. If some of your friends or family members aren’t really fussed about cars, Carfest still provides something for everyone, with huge sand pits for kids to play in, a circus, live music and various sports activities. What’s more, at least 25% of ticket sales will go to Children in Need. Tickets themselves will go on sale in the spring.
Other worthy mentions
Anyone living in reach of Cheshire where Carrot is based will especially enjoy the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, as long as the weather stays dry. Fans of Scalextric and other home racing games might be interested in the UK Slot Car Festival, which is back for another year, this time on the 14th and 15th of May at the Heritage Motor Centre in Warwickshire. And of course, there’s the British Grand Prix, which in 2016 is staged from the 8th to the 10th of July.