If you’re a car enthusiast in Dorset looking for an opportunity to mix with like minded petrolheads, you may like to bookmark these top motoring events.
- Classic Cars on The Prom.com
Celebrating 16 years, the Classic Cars On The Prom.com season is running until the 18th September. Cars from the 1920’s up to August 1983 can be seen on most Sundays on West Overcliff Promenade behind the Bournemouth International Centre. Go to www.classiccarsontheprom.com for more details.
- The Great Dorset Steam Fair 25thto 29th August 2016
With over 100 vehicles on display, the steam fair has a wide range of vintage, veteran and classic cars from the dawn of motoring up to the sixties and seventies. One of the most popular events for visitors is the daily parade of cars in the main ring. There’s also an assortment of fabulous vintage caravans, so don’t miss out on these great reminders of the past.
- The Verwood Rustic Fayre – 29thAugust 2016
Held on the August Bank Holiday at Potterne Park, Verwood, about 15 miles north of Bournemouth, this rustic fayre, which includes a huge classic vehicle display put together by the Three Counties Vintage & Classic Car Club, is the town’s favourite fun day out. There’ll be a grand display of over 250 cars, military and commercial vehicles as well as some fabulous motorcycles.
- Beaulieu Supercar Weekend 20thand 21st September 2016
Booking is essential for the Beaulieu Supercar Weekend in the New Forest. This must-see supercar spectacular has a display of more than 350 cars, set in gorgeous Beaulieu parkland for a two-day celebration of the supercar, its history and its future.
For more info visit www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/beaulieu-supercar-weekend
- The Honda Owners National Rally – 16thto 19th September
The Honda Owners Club (HOC) National Rally is happening at Sandford Holiday Park, on the beautiful Dorset coast. Events will include ride outs on the Saturday and Sunday, arranged by Dorset HOC club members, a fun Saturday night party where the fancy dress theme is the Stone Age. And on Sunday night there’ll be even more entertainment. So don’t miss it!
- The Sun Inn Steam and Vehicle Meet – December 17th2016
Once again, the annual meet of vintage and classic vehicles and steam engines takes place at the Sun Inn, Lower Burton, Dorchester, Dorset. Come along with the family and view some of the great classic cars on display and wander amongst the magnificent, early steam engines.
Did you know that car enthusiasts get a bad rap sometimes? As you start to shape your life around your new found hobby, wives and children may have to take a back seat (literally), and paying social visits to relatives is suddenly less urgent. And if the wife suggests having a few friends over for a barbecue, be honest with yourself: do you give her the deadly glare?
Typical car enthusiast traits are said to include:
Urge to compare
When out on the road, car enthusiasts can’t resist comparing their car to every other make and model on the road. Conversation is limited to engines and tyres and torque (excuse the pun), and beware if anyone tries to turn on the radio to distract them because they might get their arm ripped off.
Need to customise
While wives struggle to make the monthly budget last, their car enthusiast husband happily spends hours browsing car part stores and racking up bills on stuff they think will add a little something to their little baby. The wife’s smile turns to a grimace because she knows half of what he’s bought will end up gathering dust in a dark corner of the garage.
Car show widows
Golf ‘widows’ complain they never see their husbands on weekends, but the wives of car enthusiasts have it worse. Car shows and rallies are ten a penny, with some car events happening all over the UK on weekdays AND weekends!
New model reviews
Car enthusiasts, with their extensive knowledge of everything car-related, are forever adding their tuppence when new car models are released, droning on about close-ratio transmissions, brake and stability control, frictional forces … ad infinitum.
Every tiny detail
Those same enthusiasts are forever attaching new bits and pieces to their cars – spoilers, vents, splitters, canards – and on Saturdays you’ll find them on their driveways, buckets in hand, washing, waxing and polishing their little beauties.
Cruising the hood
If you’ve got a great car, then why not flaunt it. You can count on car enthusiasts to regularly cruise the neighbourhood in their vehicle to make sure everyone else has spotted their pride and joy.
Car enthusiasts love to show off. They’ll swear they can tell you what kind of car is approaching just by the sound of its exhaust. What next? Identifying a car by the smell of its oil?
Keeping a collection
Cupboards, desk drawers and boxes are overflowing with car paraphernalia. A car enthusiast’s collections invariably includes magazines, pictures, miniature car models, car rally badges, T-shirts and anything else car related.
Article provided by Sara Bryant, an independent content writer working alongside a selection of companies including CDC Garage Doors, who were consulted over this post.