How To Find Antique Car Shows

By Owen Jones

Are you interested in gorgeous old cars? Many people are and there are lots of antique car exhibitions in America and Europe to prove it. Antique car exhibitions are a great method of seeing these old cars and getting up close to them. They are a fully working part of automotive history - many of them are a hundred years old and still working fine.

So, if you would like to go to a show of ancient cars, how do you go about finding one? It depends on what you would like really, because there are in essence two kinds of car show.

There is the permanent form, a sort of museum, usually a private collection which is open to the public like the one owned by the Marquis of Beaulieu, the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, the New Forest in the UK.

Then there are the rallies of antique car aficionados and owners like the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. There is a similar event organized by Louis-Vuitton which takes place at different European locations, but I last saw it at Portofino in northern Italy.

The museums tend to be open all the year round, but the rallies usually take place in the summer, because lots of the old cars were open topped and uncomfortable to drive in the rain and the cold.

The obvious place to start searching for a collection or rally of antique cars in your region is on the Net, but there are also lots of magazines on the subject full of beautiful glossy pictures of old, unusual cars. These magazines will also carry notification of up and coming events.

If you favour the personal touch, look up an antique, veteran or classic car club in your region and go along to their next meeting. You are certain to meet someone there who can advise you on the best up and coming rallies of old cars and the best collections or museums in and around your area.

Really, this is almost certainly your best option if you live in a city. You cannot beat the face to face approach for getting the best information and seeing the enthusiasm in the eyes of the vintage car driver. It is infectious to talk with anyone who is passionate concerning their hobby.

If you still decide to look on the Internet, one of the more personal ways of obtaining knowledge on vintage car activities, is to sign up for some newsletters.

Just do a general search on, say, 'vintage car rallies' or 'vintage car museums', visit a couple of sites and sign up for the newsletters of the sites that you like.

In this fashion, you are certain to get advanced notification of all the top vintage car shows and you may even be given a coupon to save you money on the entrance fee too.

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