For car enthusiasts, motor shows offer a unique opportunity to mingle with other petrolheads and to sample the best that the motoring world has to offer.

Motorsport at the Palace – 26th – 27th May, Crystal Palace

Now in its fourth year, Motorsport at the Palace brings together the community and car-lovers alike for a weekend of motoring fun. Over 200 cars compete for Fastest Time of the Day, whilst spectators can enjoy the Kit Car Village and exhibitions from companies and clubs, and kids can get stuck in at Diggerland.

Goodwood Moving Motor Show – 11th July 2013, Goodwood House, West Sussex

An extension of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Goodwood Moving Motor Show lets visitors see the very latest models and, in many cases, drive them on the dedicated vehicle evaluation route. With exhibitors from all sectors of the market, live music, and a supercar paddock – it’s the perfect day out.

Goodwood Festival of Speed – 12th – 14th July 2013, Goodwood House, West Sussex

Billed as ‘the largest motoring garden party in the world’, the Festival of Speed lets car enthusiasts see the latest and greatest vehicles competing in what has become an internationally-renowned event. All cars are personally invited by Lord March, and include Formula 1 racers, 200mph supercars, dragsters and classic rally cars. The event is attended by thousands, and tickets must be bought in advance.

Classic Motor Show – 15th – 17th November 2013, NEC Birmingham

The Classic Motor Show is the biggest and most popular classic car exhibition in the UK, and offers something for every classic car owner, collector and enthusiast. Over 1400 cars are exhibited, and the show attracts tens of thousands of people every year. Not only that, but there are plenty of companies and traders offering their products and services, including restoration and engineering, and cars for sale, with something suitable for every budget, from 10k to 100k. Will you be attending a motor show this year?