The NM&Co insiders’ guide to must-do events for Aston Martin enthusiasts in 2024
This year we were once again spoiled for choice when it came to enjoying our Astons with fellow marque aficionados and anyone who just loved getting together and talking cars.
From simple ‘Cars and Coffee’ meetings and classic car gatherings on the local village green, to the sold-out main Le Mans 24 Hours, the packed LM Classic, glorious Goodwood(s), the Concours of Elegance and Monterey Week, it’s been another vintage year. All these terrific events help our hobby and industry continue to thrive.
Here at Essendonbury Farm we enjoyed hosting three Ten-Two Club gatherings that included the inaugural ‘Midsummer Classic’ BBQ, which everyone said was a definite hit. Away from HQ, the team had a stand at the wonderful Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace where we enjoyed meeting friends new and old. And, of course, there were all three meetings at Goodwood, brilliantly executed as ever. Back on track with matters of the marque, the Aston Martin Heritage Trust organised another superb summer Festival, this time in the grounds of the British Motor Museum, just down the road from Aston Martin’s global headquarters at Gaydon.
So, looking ahead to 2024, what’s coming up? Here’s a selection:
1st January 2024
Get your motoring year off to a flying start!
The home of pre-War motoring, and the scene of many a triumph for Aston Martin in the ’20s and ’30s, hosts what it describes as “probably the largest New Year’s Day Classic vehicle gathering in the UK”.
Over 1,000 classics are expected, and visitors can expect live music, a winter BBQ and other food outlets offering breakfast and lunch.
All cars registered before 31 July 1994 are invited to form a static display against the backdrop of the historic site and its collection. Modern sports and supercars are welcome too, with a dedicated parking area.
Bicester, Oxon | 7 January 2024 and more to be confirmed
For a decade now, the 444-acre former Royal Air Force site has seen many 1000s of classic car enthusiasts – 10,000 came to just one meeting – flock to its sold-out ‘Scramble’ events.
As the years have gone by, steady redevelopment of the site has repurposed many WW2-era buildings into offices or workshops for those in the classic car industry. Insurance giant Hagerty has its UK HQ there. Highly rated car magazine The Road Rat, co-founded by Cold Play bass player Guy Berryman, has offices at Bicester Heritage
The mix of cars that turn up at the pre-booked-only event defines ‘eclectic’. Think McLaren F1 GTR, 1960s drag racer, Austin Seven and WW2 Jeep. With knowledgeable and friendly car owners, high quality catering and easy access to the M40 motorway, it’s a rewarding but low-key way of spending a Sunday morning. Advanced booking is essential.
St Moritz, Switzerland | 23-24 February 2024
It’s the ultimate event to celebrate on social media and everyone who goes loves it. Just visit Instagram and search for #theicestmoritz – you’ll soon be booking Eurotunnel and researching winter tyres.
‘The I.C.E.’ actually stands for ‘The International Concours of Elegance’ but it’s a neat name for an event held in the billionaires’ winter playground of St Moritz on the frozen waters of the lake.
It’s a visually stunning event like no other. One day we fancy escaping the British weather and joining the fun.
Beaulieu, Hampshire | 7 April 2024
One of the best things about this one is the drive down through the beautiful New Forest. Once at Beaulieu you park up with other Aston owners and fans of the marque for a day celebrating the cars with the famous winged badge.
The event welcomes all ages and models of Aston Martin, so there’s a great opportunity to connect with fellow enthusiasts while admiring some of Aston’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.
Goodwood, West Sussex | Members’ Meeting 13-14 April 2024, Festival of Speed 11-14 July 2024,
Goodwood Revival 6-8 September 2024
The events at Goodwood are widely considered to be the best in the world. Years of constantly refining the formulae of all three has kept them ahead. Each year there’s something new and exciting to talk about.
The downside is that, as victims of their own popularity, they sell out quickly. It’s worth splashing out on some good hospitality and grandstand tickets for any of them – you will not regret it.
And don’t forget the drive through the South Downs, one of the great motoring routes that passes through chocolate box villages in West Sussex and finishes at the Goodwood Estate.
11 May, 29 June, 28 September 2024
We very much look forward to throwing open the doors of Essendonbury Farm once again on three dates in 2024. 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.
Two venues; Warwickshire and Bedfordshire | All Year Round (but booking in advance is required)
Earlier this year in 2023, Caffeine and Machine opened their second venue, located close to the Millbrook testing facility in Bedfordshire and handily about 45 minutes drive away from Essendonbury Farm.
Caffeine & Machine exists, first and foremost, as a brand that caters to everyone with a love for things that move. From first cars to hypercars, spotless classics to superbikes, microcars to trucks, there’s a place for it at C&M.
Their physical spaces are designed to be all things to all people – they’re a place to enjoy wonderful food and drink, soak up an ever-eclectic display of brilliant machinery, and above all else, come be around friends, whether they’re ones you’ve known for years or ones you didn’t know you had yet.
Sunday 26th May 2024
The AMOC Spring Concours made a welcome return to the events calendar in 2023 with a cracking event held at the Duxford Aerodrome. Both the Concours lawn and visitor car park were very well attended and a lively yet welcoming atmosphere.
AMOC HQ has recently announced that their Spring Concours will take place next year at Sandringham, in Norfolk. Not only an impressive venue but also a very nice part of the world to visit for a weekend!
Germany has built some of the automotive world’s finest creations, which is reflected in the nation’s passionate collector car culture. Next year, the organiser of the Concours of Elegance and London Concours, Thorough Events, will host the inaugural Concours of Elegance Germany on the shores of the beautiful Lake Tegernsee.
The Concours of Elegance Germany will be hosted by the Gut Kaltenbrunn estate, just 40 minutes south of Munich. The event will feature over 200 historic vehicles, paying tribute to the country’s finest cars and enthusiasts.
“We’re excited to be bringing a truly world-class collector car event to Germany,” said James Brooks-Ward, CEO of Thorough Events. “We already have the foundations of a spectacular new addition to the global motoring calendar, and with the enthusiasm of our entire community of automotive collectors, we will translate all the magic of our other events into the Concours of Elegance Germany, with a crucial Bavarian twist.”
Hampton Court Palace, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames | 30 August-1 September 2024
For many people ‘Britain’s Pebble Beach’ is a highlight of the calendar, and the NM&Co team loves spending a few days there admiring the fabulous classics on display, chatting to visitors and showing them some of our latest cars for sale.
The quality of the display is out of this world. This year the organisers put on a special class for cars that had competed at the Le Mans 24 Hours. In the 1920s and 1930s category, the 1929 Bentley Speed Six ‘Old Number One’ Le Mans winner took victory again and the 1950s and 1960s award went to a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, a type of car that won outright in 1965. Aston Martins won the Future Classics Trophy (2023 Valkyrie) and Classic & Sports Car Trophy Saturday (1967 DB6 Vantage Volante – as restored by Nicholas Mee & Co in 2023!).
The weekend is given over to clubs such as the AMOC. With generally pleasant late-summer weather it’s a great day out for all the family with handy nearby parking in the park.
Sonoma Raceway, California, USA | 4-6 October 2024
It’s a relatively new event broadly along the lines of the August Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion but held at the Sonoma Raceway, only 30 minutes north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge, right in the heart of wine country.
Modern F1 plays a big part in proceedings, though this year the list of races included the ever-popular 1966-1973 Trans-Am cars and 1966-1978 IMSA GTs. Experienced classic car commentator David Lillywhite enthused about it during our recent Talking Heads discussion forum.
Unlike Monterey Week, it’s a standalone occasion so it should be easier to make travel arrangements. Half the fun is travelling there and finding lovely places to stay in a beautiful part of the world.
Please note: Dates correct as of December 2023. Do check with the organisers before booking or setting off.