15 events not to be missed in 2015

Grab a pen and that calendar you received for Christmas – these are the must-attend classic car events of 2015…

London Classic Car Show, 8-11 January

The classic car year opens in January at the London Classic Car Show. The headline feature is the ‘classic car catwalk’, which sees exhibits paraded up and down the Grand Avenue.

Rétromobile, 4-8 February

Early February will see attention turn to Paris and, more specifically, the results achieved by Artcurial for the 60 lost classics. Elsewhere at Rétromobile, there will be themed exhibitions dedicated to Pegaso and Tatra, as well as the unique collection of Corrado Lopresto.

Amelia Island Concours, 12-15 March

The Amelia Island Concours not only gives you an excuse to escape the European winter, but also to experience a field of world-class cars. The 2015 event will include a tribute to British legend Sir Stirling Moss.

Goodwood Members’ Meeting, 21-22 March

The 73rd Members’ Meeting will kick off the historic racing season proper, and will be supported by Group C machines carrying out high-speed demonstrations, plus a new Bonhams auction.

Essen Techno Classica, 15-19 April

The Essen Techno Classica is the world’s largest classic car trade fair – and is a good gauge for new trends and prices. Numerous Classic Driver dealers from across Europe and beyond will be in attendance with some of their stock.

Tour Auto, 20-25 April

The Tour Auto Optic 2000 is considered to be one of the most demanding rallies in the classic calendar. This year, the route travels from Paris Grand Palais to Biarritz, via Vichy, Clermont-Ferrand, Toulouse and Pau.

Mille Miglia, 14-17 May

Although now more of a marketing and VIP-massaging event, you should take part in the ‘Mille’ at least once in your lifetime.

Spa Classic, 22-24 May

The only thing that beats watching the Spa Classic is riding the Ardennes rollercoaster yourself – but if that’s not an option, at least it’s far less crowded than certain other historic racing events.

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, 22-24 May

Once you’ve been, you’ll go back whenever circumstances allow. The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on the shores of Lake Como is by far the most glamorous automotive event of the year.

Goodwood Festival of Speed, 26-28 June

This year’s Festival carries the motto ‘fast and fearless: racing on the edge’. The 90th anniversary of the first Grand Prix World Championship titles will be celebrated, as will the 60th anniversary of Sir Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson’s famous victory on the Mille Miglia.

Monterey Classic Car Week, 11-16 August

Monterey Classic Car Week is a marathon of great events, races, concours and auctions. We’re excited to see if more record-breaking sums can be achieved at the sale, but more so to discover whether a post-War car can clinch the Pebble Beach Concours of Elegance crown for the second year running.

Salon Privé, 2-4 September

Salon Privé is one of the few events where you can admire the greatest classics of the past alongside the supercars of today (and sometimes tomorrow), all while eating lobster and sipping champagne. Also, prepare for a big announcement from the organisers over the coming months…

Concours of Elegance, 5-7 September

After hopping between royal venues in England for the past few years, the Concours of Elegance now takes a trip to Scotland – more specifically, Holyroodhouse Palace in Edinburgh.

Chantilly Arts & Elegance, 5-6 September

Another must-attend event run by Peter Auto to add to the calendar is the Chantilly Arts & Elegance, one of our unexpected highlights of 2014. After the success of last year’s event, 2015 promises to be even better.

Goodwood Revival 2015, 11-13 September

The Goodwood Revival needs little introduction. Planning for it needs some thought, though – sort out a ticket, an outfit and an hotel as soon as possible. Oh, and a suitable means of transport, of course.