Ever fancied seeing a 1886 Karl Benz Patent Motor Car or the all-original Daytona Coupe in person? As summer comes around, owners of some of the world’s most desirable cars take their gems out for a little spin at the classic car festival. August sees a slew of events, starting with Schloss Dyck.
2016 Classic Days Schloss Dyck – August 5-7, Neuss Castle, Germany
This show offers auctions, racing and dedicated displays of German and US classics. Mercedes will be bringing a host of its most significant cars, including the 1886 Karl Benz patent model — in other words, the modern motorcar ‘ancestor’.
Concours d’Elégance Bürkliplatz-Zurich – August 17, Zurich, Switzerland
With a backdrop as picturesque Lake Zurich and the Alps, this classic car lovers’ paradise is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Expect more than 70 concours-level cars from Edwardian to post-war era.
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elégance – August 21, California (pictured top)
Dubbed the world’s most famous classic car event and the main highlight of Monterey motoring week, the event will see legendary vehicles including every Ford GT40 that ever took to the track, and witness record prices go down at the show’s auctions.
Salon Prive – September 1-3, Oxfordshire UK
Now in its 11th year, the show’s highlight is the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance, considered one of the top five in the world for the quality and rarity of the cars on display.
Chantilly Arts & Elégance – September 4, Chateau de Chantilly, France
The event might only be in its third year, but its already garnered attention from some of the most impressive classic car owners in the world. This concours also honors the most beautiful privately owned veteran cars, the best concept cars and grand prix owners’ clubs and holds a supercar rally.
The Goodwood Revival – September 9-11, Chichester, UK
You should be familiar with this but don’t confuse it with the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Next month, the car show will feature some of the world’s most desirable classic cars and race cars compete on a track once used by some of the greatest drivers in motorsport history.
Ferrari Passione – September 23-24 Silverstone, UK
The Italian marque will display more than 100 of its key models from its seven decade history, while pitting classic models against each other on the race track. Look forward to contests between 1970s Ferrari 308s against 1990s F355s. You’ll also get a rare glimpse at the the firm’s XX experimental race cars there.
The 12th Annual Japanese Classic Car Show – September 24, Long Beach, California
If you’re a fan of Japanese cars, this would easily be paradise for you. An unadulterated celebration of all automotive things Japanese, expect brands the likes of Nissan, Datsun, Mazda and Toyota at the show. It will also celebrate 50 years of the iconic Toyota Corolla, honor the life of racing driver Yoshimi Katayama and will unveil the Honda N600 Serial Number 1 following a large-scale restoration.