10 Biggest Car Shows and Best Motoring Events for 2021

There’s nothing like a shared love of cars to bring like-minded people together. So it’s no wonder thousands of petrolheads attend car shows and festivals every year.

The events are a great way to get close to incredible cars and bikes, and even take them for a test drive. You can preview the latest releases and rediscover old classics, or watch adrenaline-filled races with the world’s best drivers. Due to the challenges faced by the events industry in 2020, and mass cancellations as a result, we expect an impressive entertainment line-up and even bigger turnout for these motoring shows in 2021.

Whether you want classic cars or supercars, motorbikes or motorsport, there’s something here for every enthusiast. Explore the 9 biggest and best car and motorbike shows and festivals around the world in 2021, including racing and motorsport highlights.

1. Geneva Motor Show

The Geneva Motor Show is one of the largest international motor shows and is the launchpad of many new cars every year. Since it started in 1905, it has grown phenomenally and last year saw 200 exhibitors from 30 countries, as well as 130 car and product premieres. At the 90th international motor show, visitors can see new cars and models, parts and accessories, tech and future developments, and speak to car manufacturers from around the world. Plus find out which car wins the coveted ‘Car of the Year’ prize.

Unfortunately, The Committee and the Foundation Board have decided not to organise an event in 2021: A majority of GIMS exhibitors who took part in a survey, stated that they would probably not participate in a 2021 edition in and that they would prefer to have a GIMS in 2022.

Cancelled. Next show in 2022, TBC.

2. London Motor Show

The UK’s largest car show is back! Head to Evolution Battersea Park in London in the summer to see a whole host of cars and learn about the latest technology innovations. Carl Cox Motor Sport is also displaying a selection of vehicles from his private selection alongside all the big car brands, plus an exciting selection of historic and iconic vehicles. Motorsport and motorcycle areas are also a welcome addition to the London Motor Show for 2021.

16 – 18 July 2021. Buy tickets here.

3. London Classic Car Show

2021 marks the 7th annual London Classic Car Show at a new COVID-compliant venue providing visitors with the opportunity to fuel their automotive passions in the wonderful surroundings of Syon Park. More than 500 stunning classic cars will be on display alongside a feast of additional attractions to entertain and inspire show-goers of all ages. The headline theme of the 2021 show will be ‘The Evolution of Design’.

16 – 18 April 2021. Buy tickets here.

4. Le Mans 24 Hour Race

The 2021 Le Mans race will be the 89th running of the world’s most famous endurance race, held in La Sarthe on the legendary circuit. It’s the pinnacle of sports car racing featuring the best cars and famous drivers over a gruelling 24 hours. The race begins at 3 pm on the Saturday and ends at the same time on the Sunday. Watch from the grandstand for a thrilling motorsport experience.

12 – 13 June 2021. Buy tickets here.

5. Formula 1 British Grand Prix

Watch the British Grand Prix in person as the Formula One season comes to Silverstone racetrack. The three-day weekend event is a celebration of motorsport, with some of the best cars and drivers out on the track. There’s a range of ticket packages available, from grabbing a seat in the grandstands to exclusive access into the T1 Enclosure area.

16 – 18 July 2021. Buy tickets here.

6. Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Festival of Speed calls itself the largest and most famous of all the car shows in the calendar. Held over a long summer weekend at Goodwood Estate in Chichester, the Festival is an extravaganza to celebrate motorsport, from Edwardian classic cars right through to cutting edge supercars and F1 models. Enjoy the famous Hillclimb and supercar run for your dose of speed and check out the FOS Future Lab for a look into the future of motoring.

8 – 11 July 2021. Buy tickets here.

7. Carfest Retro, North and South

This all-encompassing car show is the brainchild of Chris Evans and now has three locations for 2021 – Retro in Bicester, North in Cheshire and South in Hampshire. It’s a true car festival, with car exhibits and races alongside live music stages, food and drink venues and funfair rides. New for this year, Retro CarFest celebrates classic and iconic cars in a truly ‘retro’ setting with a roller disco, vinyl fair and performances from some of the finest tribute bands money can buy. All the proceeds go to Children In Need, too.

Retro: 18 – 20 June 2021; North 23 – 35 July 2021; South 27 – 29 August 2021. Buy tickets here.

8. IAA - International Motor Show - former Frankfurt Motor Show

Munich is now set to host the completely redesigned IAA, previously held in Frankfurt as the Frankfurt Motor Show. The autumn event sees many carmakers showing their new designs and models to the world. See highlights from the incredible German automotive industry and explore the latest concept cars and technological ideas. The Bavarian capital is set to help the IAA continue to evolve from a motor show into a mobility platform where visitors can get a glance into technological advances and the future of mobility.

7th - 12th September 2021. Buy tickets here.

9. The British Motors Show

Making a return for 2021, The British Motor Show combines past, present and future into 4 days’ worth of car content. Taking place at Farnborough International Expo Centre, brands will be showcasing their latest cars and you can even get a look at famous industry faces over on The Live Stage. There’s stunt shows, pro-drifting, passenger rides with the Sporting Bears, supercars, motorsport, classic cars, monster trucks and The Technology Hall for all the latest motoring tech. Ahead of the main event will be The Virtual Motor Show to deliver the latest news, car releases and expert advice.

19 – 22 August 2021. Buy tickets here.

10. Motorcycle Live

Hop on two wheels for the UK’s largest motorbike show at the NEC Birmingham. See incredible motorbike displays and speak to manufacturers about all your questions. You can also sit on the bikes and try out the best accessories and merchandise. There are live events including stunt displays, a wheel challenge, show of strength and Question of Bikes quiz.

20 – 28 November 2021. Buy tickets here.

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