Petrol head or not these motor sporting events are truly magical to watch and we guarantee you’ll get swept along with the electric atmosphere. With something for every budget and racing preference from motor cycles to rally, get your family and friends together and head to one of these once in a lifetime events.
Belgian Grand Prix This 4.35-mile road course is one of the few grand prix tracks left on the Formula 1 calendar (as well as Silverstone, England and Monza in Italy). The most dramatic viewing area is Eau Rouge, which is a swooping kink and one of the most challenging on the course.
24 Heures du Mans A real car lover’s fantasy, and the oldest active sports car race, this is a true test of endurance, for the attendees as much as the cars! When the flag goes up at the circuit, near the French town of Le Mans watch in awe as the drivers do their best to battle with the cars’ consumables to run their vehicles for 24 hours with pit stops and relief driver stops.
Bathurst 1000 Held in Bathurst, Australia, this 1000 kilometre touring car race is regarded as the pinnacle of Australian motor sport. The annual race, takes place at Mount Panorama Circuit and is more recently run exclusively for V8 supercar owners.
Isle of Man TT Known as the most prestigious motorcycle race in the world this motorcycle race is held on public roads, closed for the event. The idea of the race is that the competitors complete a time trial, usually in the final week of May and first week of June. There is a real carnival atmosphere with fairground rides, food stalls and bars offering outdoor space to spectate on the race.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Of all of the NASCAR competitions this is said to be the highest level of professional competition throughout the US and Canada. It was also recently changed format so the season consists of 26 races over 10 months
Rally Finland Rally competition held in Jyvaskyla in the Finnish Lakeland this ambitious course is driven on wide and smooth gravel roads that feature big jumps and blind crests. In the area of rallying this is the fastest event and has been dubbed the ‘Grand Prix of rallying’. This event is notoriously hard for drivers that aren’t nationals of Finland and Sweden and only four drivers outside the Nordic region have ever won.
Monaco Grand Prix World famous, and known to be one of the most prestigious Formula One motor racing events this circuit has a fairly dangerous course. In a location with such glamour, the race doesn’t disappoint and is held on the narrow streets of Monaco, with tight corners and a tunnel.
Indy500 500 miles on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is usually held on the last weekend in May and usually has approximately 400,000 attendees. This event usually has around 33 participants, who complete the race by completing anti clockwise laps of the course. The prize is a hefty sum of money so always guarantees an eventful race.
The 24 hours Nürburgring A touring car and GT endurance race, similar in format to 24 Heures du Mans, this event has in excess of 200 cars participating and over 700 drivers (due to needing to swap every 150 minutes) that are mainly amateurs. Pack up your close friends and Schumacher wannabes, take your car over to Germany using a transportation service and bag yourself the trophy!
Italian Grand Prix at Monza Interesting, the Italian Grand Prix has been held in Monza every year since 1950, due to the terrific course. As one of the longest running Formula One races this has a lot of media coverage but is amazing to watch live and with talk of a possible location change to Rome, go and see it in Monza while you can.
This article is a guest post for the T W White blog courtesy of Ian Owen from http://classiccarmag.net – a celebration of classic, vintage and historic cars and classic motor-sport.