If you’re a die-hard motor enthusiast and or even a race nerd, you probably have a bucket list of automotive experiences, car shows, and races you’re looking forward to checking off this year. After 2 years of a global pandemic, roadshows are back this year, and how!
As the automotive industry drives into the future, it’s important for car enthusiasts to remain in the driver’s seat.
Whether you’re looking to buy classic cars or superbikes or just want to take a look around and experience the best of the auto world, there’s something at these roadshows for every enthusiast. We explore the 8 biggest car shows in the world happening this year and see what they have to offer.
1. Overland Expo
Overlanding was already growing by leaps and bounds prior to COVID, but if anything, this vehicle-based adventure travel pastime has been turbocharged by the pandemic. Perhaps that should come as no surprise because with its inherent emphasis on off-the-beaten-path exploration, camping, and self-reliance, Overlanding is all but tailor-made for these socially distanced times.
Whether you’re just looking to dip your hiking boot into this activity for the first time or you’re or a seasoned pro with a dedicated off-road rig or an RV with piles of gear, there are few better places to learn more about this outdoor hobby and buy gear to support it than Overland Expo. This series of family-friendly events travels across the country from Arizona to Virginia between May and October, and naturally, there’s plenty of camping space for attendees. The event is slated to take place at various locations.
Overland Expo West – May 20-22 – Flagstaff, Arizona
Overland Expo Mountain West – Aug. 26-28 – Loveland, Colorado
Overland Expo East – Oct 7-9 – Arrington, Virginia
Radwood, the 1980s and ’90s-themed car show, continues to grow in popularity, and it’s easy to see why. Focused on automobiles produced from 1980 to 1999, Radwood doesn’t just celebrate those rare and expensive models that are starting to acquire classic status. It also wholeheartedly embraces period custom cars and individually imported vehicles from Japan and Europe. Basically, Radwood keeps it weird in the best way possible.
The event is slated to take place on various dates this year. To book your tickets, click here.
3. New York International Auto Show
If you want to flaunt your knowledge of the latest automotive trends, the 2022 New York International Auto Show is the event to attend!
Every year, the New York International Auto Show showcases an incredible collection of cutting-edge car designs and extraordinary automotive innovations. Car enthusiasts are spoiled for choice with more than four floors of displays to visit. World-famous manufacturers will be featuring their newest models and latest concept cars. With almost 1,000 cars and trucks on display, it’s no surprise that this auto show is one of North America’s most highly attended auto shows.
The event is slated to take place between March 25 – April 3 in 2022 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, USA. To book your tickets, click here.
4. Los Angeles Auto Show
Launched in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show is one of the most influential auto shows in the world. So it’s no surprise that over 18,000 auto industry decision-makers and journalists from more than 58 countries attend the event each year.
Every November, the event showcases the best models and manufacturers, who unveil the future of the automotive world. Each year, the show opens its doors to hundreds of thousands of qualified car shoppers and auto fans. It’s known as the nation’s biggest car-buying market.
Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience! The event is slated to take place between November 19 – November 28 in 2022 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, USA. To book your tickets, click here.
5. Bonneville Speed Week
Set on the vast salt flats of northwest Utah, Bonneville Speed Week has played host to Land Speed Record (LSR) attempts for over a century. As a 30,000-acre temple of speed, the Bonneville Salt Flats really picked up momentum in the 1930s. If you’re a casual automotive fan and need things like adjacent rock concerts to have a good time, this might not be the event for you. That said, anyone who is obsessed with going fast and with automotive history knows that Bonneville Speed Week deserves a top spot on their bucket list.
There are record classes for just about every type of vehicle and method of power, from modern and vintage streetcars to commercial semi-trucks, motorcycles, and even pedal-powered bikes.
The event is slated to take place between August 6 – August 12 in 2022. To book your tickets, click here.
6. Monterey Car Week
The largest automobilia show in America, Monterey Car Week is nothing less than the nexus of America’s collector-car universe. This 10-day-long series of car shows, auctions, cruise-ins, and vintage racing happenings is a spectacle where you’ll see more blue-chip classics and exotics in the parking lots of many of these events than you’ll see entered in other top-notch car shows.
This epic celebration of automotive beauty is held at the beautifully renovated Monterey Conference Center, just steps away from downtown Monterey and Fisherman’s Wharf.
The event is slated to take place between August 12 – August 21 in 2022. To book your tickets, click here.
7. Woodward Dream Cruise
Held every year on the third Saturday of August, Motown’s Woodward Dream Cruise isn’t just the world’s largest cruise-in, it lays claim to being the world’s biggest single-day car event, period. Running up and down Woodward Avenue, America’s first paved street, this metropolitan Detroit event has more classic muscle cars and trucks than you can possibly imagine. And this open-to-the-public event isn’t just limited to vintage American iron. You’ll see supercars, wild Japanese customs, 4x4s, and just about every type of car or motorcycle you can imagine.
The event is slated to take place on August 20 in 2022. To book your tickets, click here.
So there you have it! The biggest auto shows taking place this year. With covid restrictions easing worldwide, this is the perfect time to explore what a world-famous auto show looks like. How many of these must-see events are on your own personal automotive wish list?