Despite disbelief it is 2020 and summer is fast approaching. It’s clear that 2020 is set to be a year for change in the automotive industry, with laws and regulations being put in place to ban the sale of new, combustion engine cars in just 14 years.
As enthusiasts it’s often discussed that the thing we’ll miss most about ICE cars is the sounds. Now, I’m all for change and I’m excited to see what the future will bring for the four-wheeled boxes I hold so dear. I also still love seeing, hearing and smelling the cars of the past (and present) with their gas guzzling engines. So, there’s a couple good options if you want to see and hear some proper machines at full chat – racing circuits and car shows.
Let’s take a look at events coming up in 2020 that you’re not going to want to miss!
13-14th June – The Le Mans 24hr
This year marks the 88th edition of what is possibly the most famous race in the world, the 24 hours of Le Mans. It is also the final year for the LMP1 class, the top class in the World Endurance Championship. Later in the year when the 2020/21 season begins the LMP1 class is set to be replaced by the new Hypercar Series. So this is likely to be the last chance you’re going to have at seeing a full 24hr of Le Mans featuring LMP1 cars.
19-21st June – Players Classic
For something different to the usual classic or supercar show, Players Classic is the one to go to. This show has everything – as long as it’s modified and as long as it’s cool. From stanced Ferraris to track prepared mk1 Golfs, Players has it all. Held at the iconic Goodwood Motor Circuit, the show is host to some of the most impressive cars from the UK and Europe, with on-track action as well as the static show and shine. This year the show will be held over three days with Track Days on Friday and Saturday, Sunday will be show & shine only.
9-12th July – Goodwood Festival of Speed
If you have even the slightest interest in anything automotive, chances are you’ve heard of Festival of Speed. A ‘bucket list’ event for many people, Festival of Speed is an event you have to go to at least once in your lifetime. This year’s theme is ‘The Maestros – Motorsports Great All-Rounders’, celebrating the drivers, teams and manufacturers who have conquered challenges in motorsport across multiple disciplines. Festival of Speed is known for its diversity – you’ll see everything from professional drift displays to some of the earliest classics taking on the infamous hill climb. Take a look at our highlights from last year’s event to get a feel for what to expect!
31st July – 2nd August – Silverstone Classic
2020 marks the 30th anniversary of Silverstone Classic so we can expect this summer’s event to be extra special. As the name suggests, this festival is all about historic motorsport, with over 20 races over the weekend you can expect to watch pre-1990 F1 cars racing the circuit – an experience you wont soon forget! There are also thousands of car clubs, trade stands and exhibitions on site displaying some of the finest automobiles around, there’s definitely something for everybody at Silverstone Classic.
20-23rd August – The British Motor Show
Making its return in 2020, The British Motor Show will take place at the Farnborough International Expo Centre. Set to feature everything from classic cars to new releases and future technologies, as well as having a live stage and 2km test drive track offering visitors the opportunity to ride in and drive EVs, hybrids and alternatively fuelled vehicles. The British Motor Show looks to be a great experience for all the family, with plenty action, interactive displays and of course, cars!