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.
Whether you want classic cars or supercars, motorbikes or motorsport, there’s something here for every enthusiast. Explore the 10 biggest and best car and motorbike shows and festivals around the world in 2018, including racing and motorsport highlights.
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 88th 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.
8 - 18 March 2018. Buy tickets here.
The UK’s largest car show is back! Head to ExCel London in the spring to see over 150 new cars and test drive the latest vehicles. You can also meet ‘motoring legends’ and try out the latest technology innovations. All the big car brands will be there, plus an exciting selection of historic and iconic vehicles.
17 - 20 May 2018. Buy tickets here.
Smell the burning rubber at the Isle of Man TT, the iconic motorsport event for motorbikes. The challenging 37-mile track, plus Mountain Course, is filled with bends, bumps, jumps and stone walls. The bikers show true skill and bravery, with speeds pushing 200mph. Join in the action on the Isle of Man, with a mix of racing and entertainment set among stunning scenery.
26 May - 8 June 2018. Buy tickets here.
The 2017 Le Mans race will be the 85th 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 3pm on the Saturday and ends at the same time on the Sunday. Watch from the grandstand for a thrilling motorsport experience.
17 - 17 June 2018. Buy tickets here.
Watch the British Grand Prix in person as the Formula One season comes to Silverstone race track. The three-day weekend event is a celebration of motorsport, with some of the best cars and drivers out on the track. Real enthusiasts can book a Pit Walk to explore the cars in the pit and get up close. Or grab a seat in the grandstands to watch the action around the bends.
5 - 8 July 2018. Buy tickets here.
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 Hill Climb and supercar run for your dose of speed, and check out the real life replicas of Wacky Races cars. Plus mingle with a host of celebrity guests.
13 - 15 July 2018. Buy tickets here.
This all-encompassing car show is the brainchild of Chris Evans and has two locations – 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 fun fair rides. There’s a hill climb track show, car club displays, vintage village and Sporting Bears Dream Rides exhibit. Plus watch the colourful ‘Car’-nival Parade. All the proceeds go to Children In Need too.
North: 27 - 29 July 2018; South: 24 - 26 August. Buy tickets here.
The autumn event sees many carmakers showing their new designs and models to the world. The international motor show is held every two years, alternating with the Paris Motor Show. See highlights from the incredible German automotive industry and explore the latest concept cars and technological ideas.
20 - 27 September 2018. Buy tickets here.
The Classic Motor Show is one of the largest classic car shows and is held every year at the NEC in Birmingham. Go along for over 2000 classic cars, 300 classic motorbikes and hundreds of trade stands. The UK’s biggest car clubs attend too, so it’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded petrolheads. Hosts from Wheeler Dealers will take over the live stage while restoration demos take place in the theatre. There’s also a two day auction if you’re looking to buy.
9 - 11 November 2018. Tickets will be available online here.
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 change challenge, show of strength and Question of Bikes quiz.
18 - 26 November 2018. Buy tickets here.
Want to get a taste of car shows? See the best concept cars from the 2016 Paris Motor Show.