August Bank Holiday days out for car fans

Wings & Wheels: Action on track and in the air (Picture © Wings & Wheels)

Wings & Wheels: Action on track and in the air (Picture © Wings & Wheels)

Looking for something car related to do this August bank holiday weekend? Want something for all the family to enjoy? Look no further. Here’s our pick of four events happening over the weekend that will please petrol heads while providing ample entertainment for other members of the family too. 

Wings & Wheels lets you ogle a huge variety of vehicles and then watch them in action around the famous Top Gear test track. The demos are organised by the nearby Brooklands Museum, which means powerful and fast pre-1939 vehicles along with more modern supercars and bikes. There’s an assortment of 250 cars including Formula One racers, rally cars, Ferraris, Aston Martins, Jaguars and AC Cobras. There’s also a military vehicle parade including 80 trucks, tanks and motorbikes from both World Wars. The wings part includes around five hours of air displays featuring demonstrations by the only flying Vulcan bomber left, Lancaster and Mitchell bombers, the World War One display team and the Red Arrows.
Where: Dunsfold, near Guildford, Surrey
When: 23-24 August
How much: Adults from £21.20; Children 5-15 years £6.40
More info: www.wingsandwheels.net

Coventry Festival of Motoring: Free family fun (Picture © CFoM)

Coventry Festival of Motoring: Free family fun (Picture © CFoM)

The Coventry Festival of Motoring is a free, fun for all the family event with a heavy car bias. In addition to 1000 vehicles on display, there’s the Imagineering Show which is a family celebration of the imagination, ingenuity and innovation of companies from Coventry and the West Midlands. There are also free off-roading sessions with the Land Rover Experience. In addition there are passenger rides in exotic cars plus a fairground including an old-fashioned Wall of Death. More thrills can be had watching lawnmower racing and if you fancy relaxing into a bygone age there’s a steam traction engine display and an animal petting zoo for younger visitors.
Where: Stoneleigh Park, West Midlands
When: 23-24 August
How much: Free (Parking £5)
More info: www.festival-of-motoring.co.uk

NASC Street Road Nationals: Britain's largest street rod show (Picture © Beaulieu)

NASC Street Road Nationals: Street rods on show (Picture © Beaulieu)

The National Association of Street Clubs is offering a walk on the wilder side of motoring at its meeting in Ipswich. The largest custom car show in the UK, there are more than 1000 models on show. Family entertainment is provided by live bands while there are also bumper cars and even a food court. Although the event is on throughout the weekend, it’s only open to the public on the Sunday.
Where: Trinity Park Ipswich
When: 24 August
How much: Adults £10; Under 16s free
More info: www.rodandcustom.co.uk/events-nationals

Gurston Down Hill Climb: Get close to cars racing up the hill (Picture © Honda)

Gurston Down Hill Climb: Get close to cars racing up the hill (Picture © Honda)

The Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb is the perfect way to watch a hill climb if you’ve never been to one before. And the beauty of the venue is you can get really close to the action for an affordable price. The principle is simple: cars race against the clock up a hill. But the cars themselves vary hugely from roadgoing production models through to historic 500cc racers and modern, hi-tech single seaters with monster engines. As this is a round of the British Championship, the 140-car entry will be made up of some of the top hillclimb drivers in the country.
Where: Broad Chalke, near Salisbury Wiltshire
When: 23-24 August
How much: Adults £6; Under 15s free
More info: www.gurstondown.org

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