Autumn may be beckoning but the action is hotting up Down Under and elsewhere
Not a race, but an extraordinary meeting of racing cars at Linas-Montlhéry circuit just outside Paris. The grids feature many of the cars and motorcycles that graced the track in period, as well as a number of their ‘heirs’, as the organisers like to put it.
Classic car enthusiasts decamp to the city of Wels, half an hour south-west of Linz, for a show that is a fixture on the calendar of Austria’s many marque clubs.
Cotswold Airport Revival
The base formerly known as
RAF Kemble opens its gates
to classic vehicles and vintage aircraft, 100 of which will fly
in over the weekend to mark
the centenary of the RAF.
Brooklands Great War Day
Pre-1919 machines assemble
to mark 100 years since the end of World War One. Expect to see cars, motorcycles, bicycles, military vehicles, aircraft and impressively accurate costumes.
Zoute Grand Prix
This multi-attraction event will again turn the seaside resort of Knokke-Heist in Belgium into
a car-lover’s playground. The programme for 2018 includes
a concours, a rally, a tour, and
a Bonhams auction.
Action on the hill, a ‘show ’n’ shine’, a wall of death, and more hot rods and Yank tanks than you can count. This is as good as American car shows get on this side of The Pond.
Combining the Mdina Grand Prix, the Mdina Concours d’Elegance and a hillclimb in Mellieħa, the Malta Classic offers more than enough to justify the flight, and you won’t want for company: the locals turn out en masse to enjoy the cars and some spirited driving.
Far and away the biggest classic car show Down Under and
held at the spectacular Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. This year’s event will include Art Deco vehicles,
a celebration of Cadillac and a special gathering of microcars.
Espiritu del Jarama
The oldest permanent circuit
in Spain, largely unchanged in layout for 51 years, is visited by many of the cars and bikes that raced there half a century ago.
Algarve Classic Festival
Much-loved by Brits seeking top-notch racing and sunshine during the gloomy autumn months, the ACF is held at Portugal’s Portimão Circuit,
a favourite of Walter Röhrl
and Sir Stirling Moss.
The great and the good of
the old-car world put on their glad rags and convene at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel for the eighth annual Historic Motoring Awards. Most winners will be decided by a panel of judges, but Car of the Year is voted
for by Octane readers.
Peter Auto returns to Imola
for its season-ending meeting, bringing with it all manner of machinery: there are grids for classic GTs and prototypes, Touring Cars, F2 single-seaters and Group C behemoths.
National Restoration Show
Held at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, this show offers DIYers the chance to pick up