We live in Historic times and our fascination of everything from a bygone era has never been greater. The motorsport world is no exception. The fastest growing form of motorsport in Europe is historic racing. The number of events is increasing and so are the numbers of people watching it. Nearly every track in Europe now hosts a retro-classic race weekend. The 2020 calendar is almost full, but not all events are the same. So which events should you be visiting in the next 12 months? Here we take a look at some of Europe’s best historic motorsport events and suggest which ones are worth a visit.
Le Mans Classic, 2nd – 5th July 2020
The Le Mans Classic only takes place every other year, so it is important not to miss out. 2020 will see the 10th running of the Le Mans Classic. This Le Mans retrospective has always seen cars from 1923 to 1979 take to the famous circuit. This has now been updated to include Group C cars and Endurance Racing Legends, bringing the cars through the 80s & 90’s and in to the 2000s. In addition to the competitive action on track, the Le Mans Classic boasts the largest car club gathering in Europe, and if you come to the event in your classic car, then there is the opportunity to take your car out on track to complete the full Le Mans circuit. If you only attend one historic race event in 2020, then it has to be the Le Mans Classic.
Spa Classic, 22nd – 25th May 2020
Described as the little sister of the Le Mans Classic, the Spa Classic is no less entertaining. If anything, the Spa-Francorchamps circuit is more spectator friendly & the scenery is greener, so if you like your classic racing with a picturesque back-drop then attending the Spa Classic is a must. We really love this event and have been present since its inception. Our classic & sports car parking area is pride of place, adjacent to the F1 garages & our exclusive hospitality suite overlooks the famous Eau Rouge. The action on track may focus on the latter half of the 20th century, but the variety of sports cars, touring cars and prototypes makes for some great action on the track. A whole grid of Italian sports cars and another of 2 litre Porsches makes the Spa Classic paddock a great place to hang out.
Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or, 4th – 8th June 2020
The Grand Prix of the golden age is hosted at the Dijon circuit each year. Less well-known than some of the other events, this event still has plenty to offer. A great variety of cars on track will be matched by the clubs on the infield, giving the whole weekend a relaxed atmosphere and cheerful vibe. Endurance racers, touring cars and sports cars will take to the track whilst the shopping village provides a distraction during the few quiet moments. If you like quality racing but don’t like the hustle and bustle that other circuits provide, then seek out the Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or.
Nurburgring Oldtimers Grand Prix, 6th – 10th August 2020
Around 600 vehicles will take to circuit in the 48th running of the Nurburgring Oldtimer Grand Prix, next summer. This event attracts one of the largest driver entries in the world, as everyone loves to drive at the Nurburgring. Expect to see a bit of everything out on the track, from pre-war beasts to single seater Formula 1 competitors. If awards for this sort of thing were given out, then the Nurburgring Oldtimer Grand Prix would hold multiple trophies for most welcoming paddock and there I so much to see that multiple trips are required.
Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix, 4th – 7th September 2020
Set within the sand dunes of the Dutch coastline, the Zandvoort circuit boasts a spectacular location to match the action hosted on the track. Zandvoort is very spectator friendly. Not only does the circuit offer great views of the racing, but there are some great hotels within walking distance of the track. Expect to view historic Formula 1 cars and sports car on the track whilst enjoying local delicacies in the relaxed paddock. If the weather is good you could even go for a swim in the sea! Although you can drive up to Zandvoort via Calais, we recommend taking a look at the crossings from Harwich – Holland, as this cuts down the driving miles & is not so busy on the roads.
Circuit des Remparts; Angouleme, 17th – 22nd September 2020
The old walled town of Angouleme in France, will remarkably be holding the 81st running of this wonderful motoring weekend in 2020. If you love the sound of multiple classic cars, racing around the tightest of street circuits, then Angouleme has to be seen to be believed. Within the shadow of the cathedral, the historic walls (remparts) of the town reverberate to the tune of multiple Bugattis from the 1920s, classic sports cars from the 1960s and even a few Minis and Porsches from the 1970s and 80s. Away from the track there are classic car rallies, concours competitions and car displays, making staying in the town this weekend a motoring fans delight.
Spa Six Hours, 25th – 28th September 2020
The Spa Six Hours is a relaxed weekend of historic racing, that allows spectators to wander everywhere around the circuit. So open are the paddocks and garages, that it is difficult not to feel guilty as you wander among the machinery being prepared for battle. This really is an event for the drivers, that spectators have been allowed to witness. It is unique and a great event to be part of. Around 600 cars will be on the track over the weekend, with the signature race being the six hours endurance race that begins in the afternoon and continues in to the night.
Daytona Classic, 11th – 15th November 2020
The European racing season may be over, but the classic racing continues in warmer climates. The famous banks of Daytona host this retrospective look at the Rolex 24 hours over the past six decades. Witness the evolution of endurance racing six different grids compete on the track. Expect this event to focus on turbos and power, providing smells and noise of the recent past. GT and production cars will be joined by prototypes taking the 1960s Daytona experience through to present day.
All of these events are now available with Travel Destinations. Find out more about each event by following the links above. Alternatively please call our reservations team on 01707 329988 to book your place.