As the Bank Holiday Weekend arrives, it is the perfect time to dust down your car and get out to enjoy the various car events in the UK. The weather is starting to warm up, the days are getting longer, and there are plenty of events to choose from. Whether you're a fan of classic cars, modern supercars, or anything in between, you're sure to find something to enjoy.
At Nicholas Mee we have handpicked some of our favourite events for 2023
The Ice St Moritz
24-25 February 2023
We have yet to go there, but the images from previous editions of the event held in February and titled The Ice (‘International Concours of Elegance’) look simply stunning.
It’s a different type of occasion, a refreshing take on the concours d’elegance concept. The Ice is a totally magical environment where drivers, collectors, and just plain car enthusiasts enjoy a late winter’s day in the sunshine, surrounded by the landscape and atmosphere that only the millionaires’ paradise that sits on top of the world, St Moritz, is able to offer.
One day, we fancy escaping the British winter and joining in the fun.
Simply Aston, Beaulieu
2 April 2023
It’s an early season excuse for an exhilarating run down to the beautiful New Forest for the annual Simply Aston festival. Just park up within the museum complex and enjoy a superb day out with other Aston Martin owners and marque enthusiasts.
All ages and models of Aston Martin are welcome, so there’s a great opportunity to connect with fellow enthusiasts while admiring some of Aston Martin’s finest.
There’s also a fun concours where all participants have the opportunity to win the People’s Choice Award, a prize selected by public vote.
Aston Martin Display at Hatfield House for Aston Martin Owners Club Area 12
8 April 2023
Many Area 12 members will recall our visit to Hatfield House in 2019, during which we displayed our cars around the feature fountain in the courtyard in front of the house. We have been invited by Hatfield House to put on a static display of Aston Martins on the Saturday of the Easter weekend. This will again be in the courtyard in front of the house. The event is open to AMOC members who wish to attend.
Access to the park, is available from 8:30, however we suggest that attendees aim to arrive by 10:30 to set up. The event runs until 16:00 but attendees can leave earlier if they wish.
Price: The usual Hatfield House and park entry charges will apply and are payable on entry. These are currently £12 for the Gardens and Park or £22 for the House, Gardens and Park.
How to attend: If you would like to attend, please email Simon Newton (Area Rep) at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ten Two Club, Essendonbury Farm
13 May, 1 July, 23 September 2023
We very much look forward to throwing open the doors of Essendonbury Farm once again on three dates in 2023. Clients old and new will be welcomed at the informal Saturday morning get-togethers held at our award-winning premises in Hertfordshire. It will be an opportunity to enjoy barista coffee and other refreshments while talking cars and touring the showroom and workshop.
Members of the NM&Co team will be on hand to answer questions on sales, purchases or simply getting the best out of your treasured Aston Martin and how to look after it.
Tickets for each event will be released nearer the time, so keep your eyes peeled for the announcement of our Midsummer Classic BBQ and 30th birthday celebrations which will take place next summer.
Our September event can now be booked here: September Event
Aston Martin Owners Club Spring Concours, Duxford Aerodrome
14 May 2023
With a new chairman and fresh thinking, the AMOC has bounced back from the internal wrangles of the last few years. Club concours inevitably took a back seat during this period but are now back and the highly regarded AMOC Spring Concours will be held at former WW2 fighter base Duxford on Sunday, 14 May 2023.
It’s a relatively short drive away from our premises in Hertfordshire and we very much look forward to being there in force.
Le Mans 24 Hours
10-11 June 2023
With next year being the centenary of the ‘World’s Greatest Motor Race’, and with four major manufacturers (Ferrari, Peugeot, Toyota and Porsche) battling it out for outright victory, the 2023 Le Mans 24 Hours is one not to be missed.
It is an annual pilgrimage for many UK-based enthusiasts, one that generally starts off with a memorable drive – with an all-important lunch stop – to Le Mans from the Channel ferry terminals and Eurotunnel. That’s followed by almost a week immersed in car culture and then 24 hours of epic, non-stop endurance racing. Le Mans is a bucket-list event for many. With years of experience of the great 24-hour race, the NM&Co team recommends it highly and is at your disposal for advice on how to get the best out of it.
12th August 2023
This Summer The Aston Martin Heritage is celebrating 25 years with the Aston Martin Heritage Festival at The British Motor Museum in Gaydon . The perfect day out for any Aston Martin enthusiast this event coincides with 60 years since the DB5 launched, 20 years of the DB9, 75 years of the DB Bloodline and 110 years of Aston Martin Lagonda.
This event provides a fantastic opportunity to see a wide range of Aston Martins in one place, from Heritage models from the A3 and early DB's to New era models like the Vantage and Rapide.
The event runs from 9-4pm
Address: British Motoring Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ
Tickets must be booked in advance
Celebrating 75 years of motorsport at Silverstone
Britain's home of Formula One Silverstone celebrates 75 years of Motorsport with a 3 day festival to mark the end of Summer. A 3 day packed event celebrating the best historic motorsport from classic cars to modern day models, packed with the best music and food around, this event is perfect for all the family.
Expect to see classic races, vehicle parades and displays from throughout the past 75 years as well as plenty of Formula 1 events and previous F1 Cars to have raced on the circuit over the years.
25-27 August 2023
Address: Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 8TN
The Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland
With word firmly out on one iconic driving route, the North Coast 500 that we featured in our 2020 edition of FullBore and now a firm favourite with a number of readers, our next recommended road trip route is The Wild Atlantic Way. It is the 1,600-mile (2,600km) network of coastal roads that follow the beautiful west coast of Ireland. Starting at the Inishowen Peninsula in the north, it winds its way down to the picturesque town of Kinsale, County Cork.
A new delight awaits visitors behind every bend on this magical coastal road.
Bicester Heritage Scramble Events
Throughout the year
The 444-acre former Royal Air Force site has, since 2013, become a destination of choice for many 1,000s of classic car enthusiasts – 10,000 came to just one meeting – who flock to its sold-out ‘Scramble’ events. Now considerably redeveloped, it’s also home to many classic car specialists and even the magazine The Road Rat co-founded by Cold Play bass player Guy Berryman.
If you are looking for an eclectic mix of cars – McLaren F1 to Austin 7 – knowledgeable owners and quality catering, a Bicester Scramble is the place for you. It does get sold out, so do book in advance.
April, July and September 2023
The drive there is worth a visit to the famous super-fast south coast racing circuit alone. If approaching from London or the north, travelling by car to Goodwood will take you through chocolate box villages in Surrey and West Sussex, then over the South Downs before arriving at the unofficial UK mecca for motoring enthusiasts, the wonderful Goodwood Estate.
Whether visiting for a track day, one of the regular Breakfast Club meetings, the Members’ Meeting, Festival of Speed or the world-beating Revival, Goodwood is a must and, in our opinion, never fails to disappoint.
The 2023 dates for Goodwood’s three flagship motoring events are:
80th Members Meeting 15-16 April 2023
Festival of Speed 13-16 July 2023
Goodwood Revival 8-10 September 2023
Please note: Dates correct as of December 2023. Do check with the organisers before booking or setting off.