While many will be nursing a sore head on New Year’s Day, why not take advantage of the crisp winter air, clear roads and take your classic for its first outing of the year? If you enjoy using your classic all year round, then here is a roundup of some of the best motoring events taking place throughout January. If you want an excuse to get your car out of the garage, then look no further, we have compiled a list of some of the best motoring events this month.
Footman James’ first event of the year is also the inaugural Coffee & Chrome event at Chateau Impney; home to the famous historic Hill Climb in Droitwich. Doors open from 10am to 1pm but you do have to pre-register as space is limited to 200 cars. In return, Footman James offers a free hot drink and bacon butty to all attendees.
The famous classic car night, this month featuring the Lotus 7, Midget and Sprite clubs. All are welcome to attend this iconic venue, no tickets or booking are needed and the event will run from 6pm until 10pm.
VDK has teamed up with the latest destination for all petrol-heads, Caffeine & Machine. This event is billed as a come one, come all affair, so if you drive it and you love it, bring it along. The venue has hard standing parking for over 60 cars, and with ample indoor space in which to mingle, it’s a no-brainer to attend.
If the inclement weather is proving a challenge, then why not stay warm indoors and head to Autosport International. Spanning four days and with three shows within it, the NEC’s first motoring event of the year attracts all enthusiasts to the Engineering Show, The Race Car Show and the Performance & Tuning Show. Don’t miss the launch of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship on the first public day (10 January). Advanced tickets are available on the day for £34 each for an adult or £16 for a child.
Now in its 20th year, this fair is all about the classic Mini and attracts visitors from across the UK and Ireland. The event includes a broad mix of trade and autojumble stands, and a charity auction will be held in the afternoon. One not to miss if you’re a classic or modern Mini fan, tickets to the show are £10 per person in advance or £12 per person on the day. Children Under 12 years have free entry when accompanied by an adult.
The team at #DriveClassics launched their first ‘Classics at the Manor’ event in 2018 and it was a huge success, so much so it’s back for 2019. Set in the stunning grounds of the St Michael’s Manor Hotel in the heart of St Albans, the inaugural 2019 Classic at the Manor promises to display a wide range of classics from all ages.
Attendance is free, although places are limited, so advanced registration is necessary. 10am-1pm.
The UK entrants of the 2019 Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique will be setting off from the centre of Banbury for the start of this five-day endurance event. With a broad mix of vehicles of all ages entering, there should be cars to suit all tastes, but as Porsche Club GB is hosting the event, there will also be the added attraction of a display of classic Porsches lining the route.
The event is open to the public, no tickets are needed.
If you’re heading to an event in January with your pride and joy and want us to know about it, please leave a note in the comment box below.