From Sunday car meets to race weekends – our top five events for 2022
2022 is looking up for the automotive events industry. Having had so many cancelled and postponed, we’re looking forward to getting back to an exciting calendar of automotive-themed activities up and down the UK. Here’s a selection of must-attend events, and activities that are pinned in our calendar, as chosen by Marc Brunel Recruitment’s team.
A firm favourite, and a long-standing, world-renowned celebration of all things motoring, the Goodwood Festival of Speed attracts hundreds of thousands of petrolheads every year. Promising never-before-seen cars, bikes and sometimes even jetpacks (!) which speed up the famed Hill route, advance tickets normally sell out for the weekend passes and day tickets.
As our business’ focus is primarily on classic cars, it’d be remiss of us not to mention the other Goodwood event, The Goodwood Revival. With its combination of vintage cars, exhilarating racing and the period-correct dress code, it really is a trip back in time. In recent years, The Goodwood Revival has showcased some of the people behind the restoration projects we all love, with the Make-Do and Mend area. Here, you can learn new skills and get your hands dirty (quite literally) with various workshops and classes from industry experts. This is one of our favourite aspects of Revival – we love to see the passion and mastery behind classic cars being kept alive for younger generations.
Another similar motorsport festival is The Classic, formerly known as Silverstone Classic. The Classic is one of the largest and best-known automotive weekends in the UK. Held at the track that is also home to the British Formula 1, a ticket includes the opportunity to walk through the paddocks at the iconic Silverstone track and speak to the mechanics, drivers and technicians. With an array of stands, you can also see the cars drive around the track.
If you’re looking to spend more time looking at the latest exotica and celebrated classics at a beautiful venue then the long held Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance offers just that. Its Concours event promises some of the most collectable, exclusive and iconic cars ever made, while its exhibitor paddock is home to a number of British manufacturers, marque specialists and luxury automobilia. Held at the stunning Blenheim Palace, it even features its own Tour Privé, a driving event featuring ultra-rare vehicles on the best roads in the Cotswolds, which is free to view!
Finally, nearby in the heart of Oxfordshire is Sunday Scramble. This quarterly, fan favourite event takes place at Bicester Heritage and always has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere (fantastic for networking and meeting other enthusiasts) with every sort of car you could imagine. However, what we love the most is that at Bicester Heritage you’ll find the Heritage Skills Academy (HSA). This specialist organisation offers courses in restoration, coachbuilding, and more all to do with classic cars – essentially ensuring that the skill of the craft is passed on to younger generations through its apprenticeship courses.
In 2022, Bicester’s team plans to show more non-specialists’ cars, as well as offering more events with their new Scramblers members’ club, created for petrolheads from every corner of the motoring world. The April edition of the Sunday Scramble event sold out in record time, so sign up to the Bicester Heritage newsletter to be the first to hear about the next set of events.
As passionate automotive enthusiasts, we love attending these events not just for the cars, but also to meet fellow petrolheads and to network. If you’d like to set up a meeting or find out where we’re going event-wise, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Akash Cheeda