If you are a vintage car enthusiast, there are a number of places and ways to meet other like-minded devotees. Here, we review some meeting places for fans of these fine vehicles.
One good website to find the dates and locations of upcoming vintage car meetings is www.classicshowsuk.co.uk which lists approximately 1,100 vintage, veteran, classic and sports car shows throughout Britain every year. You can also search the calendar of events by week and month, or by individual areas of the country. Shows are held in locations extending from the north-west coast of Scotland down to south-east England and London.
One example (of many) is the weekly meetings held at Earls Barton in Northamptonshire, which take place on Wednesday evenings between April and September. Located quite centrally and near main road connections, the organizers advertise ample parking. Importantly, the site is on reasonably flat ground – an important consideration for older cars which often have low-mounted exhausts and low-slung suspensions.
Some of the events also feature stands where you will find a range of traders and organizations including tyre suppliers, breakdown rescue services, photographers and vehicle parts and supplies. Most shows charge entry fees, although Classic Car Meet (for example) is very reasonably priced at only about two pounds. Many of the venues also offer catering and refreshments.
In Ireland, the RIAC (Royal Irish Automobile Club) National Classic Car Show is relatively new and held in early March with displays by many enthusiasts. The exhibits range from family saloon cars of the 1950s and sixties to classic Rolls Royce and Lotus.
For more international events including Holland, France and even the USA, classicandsportscar.com offers a diary page, in addition to forums which you can join for classic car chat, recommendations, technical chat and parts for sale or wanted. In addition, there is a Blog section where various knowledgeable contributors post their views and experiences on topics associated with vintage cars.
The VSCC (Vintage and Sports Car Club) was established in 1934 and aims to preserve what it calls the golden era of motoring. Its headquarters in Oxfordshire has a large library of books, magazines, photographs and films available for members to borrow. Visit vscc.co.uk for more information, including events and forums.
For a listing of car clubs in your area, two further options might be useful: firstly,
www.classicmotor.co.uk which has a comprehensive alphabetical list of mainly U.K. clubs, although some overseas organisations have also been included. Finally, the ‘Car and Classic’ site www.carandclassic.co.uk lists car clubs grouped by make and category.