This year, treat you and your clas­sic to one of these 85 great ad­ven­tures – from a day in the Cheshire coun­try­side to three weeks in Ja­pan

With more events to choose from than ever be­fore, 2017 is the per­fect year to start tour­ing or com­pet­ing in your clas­sic car. Here’s our de­fin­i­tive guide

Classic Cars (UK) - - Contents - Words NIGEL BOOTHMAN

No one with an in­ter­est in old cars can have failed to no­tice how the scene has grown in re­cent years. You can see TV pro­grammes on buy­ing, sell­ing and restor­ing clas­sics ev­ery night of the week, while ma­jor car shows and his­toric mo­tor sport meet­ings jos­tle to find a sum­mer week­end that isn’t al­ready bagged by a ri­val event. But own­ing a clas­sic car should be about more than just watch­ing other peo­ple talk­ing about them and driv­ing them, shouldn’t it?

Hap­pily, the range of or­gan­ised tours and clas­sic ral­lies has grown along­side ev­ery other facet of the hobby. There are now far more of them than we could ever hope to in­clude – Scenic & Con­ti­nen­tal Car Tours alone is of­fer­ing more than 250 trips this year – but we’ve cho­sen a tempt­ing cross- sec­tion with the em­pha­sis on the UK and Europe. You’ll find an im­mense range of events be­tween a sin­gle day out in a scenic cor­ner of the Bri­tish Isles and at the other ex­treme a three­week lux­ury mo­tor­ing hol­i­day in Ja­pan us­ing global car- ship­ping com­pa­nies and the finest ho­tels. Like­wise, rally en­thu­si­asts can choose any point on a slid­ing scale be­tween an in­ex­pen­sive Sun­day spent skid­ding around cones in a farm­yard to full­blown trans- con­ti­nen­tal com­pet­i­tive epics. In ev­ery case, the or­gan­is­ers can ad­vise you about li­cens­ing re­quire­ments, in­surance and car prepa­ra­tion, if any is needed. And if you’ve read this far and you’re not a clas­sic car owner, don’t de­spair – some com­pa­nies such as HERO (His­toric En­durance Ral­ly­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion) of­fer ‘ar­rive and drive’ pack­ages that in­clude the rental of a clas­sic, and there are tours set up that in­cor­po­rate the use of an in­ter­est­ing car – a Fiat 500 or a clas­sic army Jeep, for in­stance. All you have to do is block a few days out of your cal­en­dar, get out there and have some fun.

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