What's Happening in the Auto World in April?

18 April 2017

The Formula One season has kicked off, new number plates have been released and one of the world’s largest car events, the Geneva Motor Show, has been. That doesn’t mean April is going to be a quiet month for the auto world though. There are still plenty of interesting and fun events going on, especially over Easter. So, whether you’re after something new, classic, fast or for the family, here are some of the top auto events taking place this month.  


When: 16th and 17th April

Where: Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard, Shifnal

Across Easter weekend the 29th Motorfest will be returning to Weston Park. Up to one thousand classic vehicles will be on show, including around 200 American motors, classic tractors, stationary engines and more. A fun family weekend, an Easter egg hunt will be taking place as well as live music on Sunday from versatile vintage trio The Glamophones and on Monday from rock and soul outfit The Quik Beats. A family ticket costs £25 (2 adults, 2 children, including the show, park and gardens.)

Classic Marques Speed Challenge

When: 15th, 23rd and 29th April

Where: Goodwood Circuit, Gurston Down, Salisbury and Tŷ Croes, Wales

The Classic Marques Speed Challenge is a series of races hosted by the Classic Marques Sports Car Club from April until October. It was designed for sports cars and sports saloon car drivers wishing to sprint and hillclimb fairly at the best racetracks across the UK. The first race of the series is a sprint at Goodwood on the 15th April, followed by a hillclimb on the 23rd at Gurston Down and another sprint at Tŷ Croes on the last Saturday of the month.

National Drive It Day

When: 23rd April

Where: Towcester Racecourse, Towcester

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs celebrates the annual Drive It Day on the 23rd April. It aims to grow awareness about the importance of the classic vehicle in the UK and raise funds for local and industry related charities. There are events all across the country, organised by the hundreds of clubs involved. One of the highlights will be the 80 mile Drive It Day tour, starting at Towcester Racecourse and finishing at Bicester Heritage, where the regular Sunday Scramble will be taking place as well.  

Donington Historic Festival

When: 28th to 30th April

Where: Donington Park, East Midlands

Over the last weekend in April, the seventh installation of the Donington Historic Festival will see hundreds of quality historic racing cars tearing round the legendary track. Along with seeing classic cars in such fast-paced action, visitors can enter the paddocks and get up close to many of the cars and drivers, as well as experience the trade village. Friday is for qualifying while Saturday and Sunday are packed with races from 9am until 6 or 7pm.

St Mawes Classic Car Festival

When: 1st to 5th May

Where: St Mawes, Cornwall

April appears to be the month for classic car events, though the Mawes Classic Car Festival does start on 1st May; it is however the Monday of the bank holiday weekend. A celebration of Cornish cuisine, hospitality and motors, the whole thing lasts five days. On 2nd May the cars will be doing a tour of the north coast, with a hillclimb on the 3rd and at Caerhays Castle on the 4th between 10.30am and midday, along with various other appearances.

There’s plenty of car activity to keep you and your family entertained over Easter, the bank holiday weekend and throughout the rest of April.     

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