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Top Five Summer Motoring Events

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If you're not into the Grand Prix, there are a number of alternative automotive events taking place this summer which you can enjoy with your family. Apart from the rather eccentric 'Festival of the Unexceptional,' there are some more traditional shows to choose from:

1,000 Mile Trial, 12-19 July

This re-enactment of the original Thousand Mile Trial of 1900 will be Britain's first ever reliability and endurance challenge. The event is open to veteran and pre-war cars, which will follow the original route as much as possible over the seven day event, running from Epsom's Woodcote Park clubhouse to Edinburgh and then back again.

The first event, driving around Britain in 1900, helped to introduce motoring to the public as a practical transport method. This year's event participants will enjoy a full programme of events, including dinner on the Royal Yacht Britannia, mechanical assistance en route, a Concours d'Elegance and the cheers of spectators along the way.

Salon Prive, 3-5 September

Visitors will be able to gawp at the most spectacular and sophisticated super, hyper and even mega cars in Britain at the Salon Prive event, at Isleworth's Syon Park. Premium and niche manufacturers will be presenting their latest concepts and bespoke build options over three, themed days: Wednesday features the Concours d'Elegance, Thursday is Boodles Ladies Day and Friday is Supercar Day.

Hampton Court Concours, 5-7 September

The third edition of the international concours at Hampton Court will feature 60 rare motor cars, dating from 1896 right up to the present day, competing for a 'Best of Show' award. Each owner votes for a car other than their own to win the Pullman Trophy, among other awards. Visitors can choose from elegant hospitality options or bring their own picnics, while enjoying the Octane Tour, the Pre-74 Car Park, a shopping village and a display of more than 300 cars by owners clubs, including Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce.

Goodwood Revival, 12-14 September

The annual event celebrates the vintage racing years pre-1966, with both participants and visitors attending in period dress. There is an action packed racing programme over the weekend, including a celebrity event, saloon racing and single seaters. Visitors will also be able to enjoy helicopter pleasure flights and vintage music performances. There are plenty of watering holes and food outlets, on site camping facilities, a Revival hair salon and lots of vintage style exhibits.

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