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06:00 24 April 2022



Whether you like classic cars or not, there are plenty of vintage vehicle shows in Ipswich this year.

Here are five that we have selected for you to attend in 2022:

wheel festival

The Festival of Wheels returns for another year to Trinity Park in Ipswich, which organizers have described as ‘not to be missed’.


John Derrick Thomas with his Mustang GT 4.6 V8 at the Festival of Wheels
– Credit: Denise Bradley

The event, which will feature monster trucks, classic cars, stunts and amazing cars.

Over the past few years, event organizers had death wall experience, multiple live action arenas, live wrestling arena, BMX stunt shows, shopping village, live music and children’s entertainment.

When: August 6 – 7

Or: Trinity Park, Ipswich

retro festival

A retro festival full of classic cars, music and antiques from a bygone era will be held in Ipswich for the first time this summer.


Our 2012 photos of the Stonham Barns American Car Show

There are plenty of car shows to visit in and around Ipswich this year
– Credit: Phil Morley

The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Vintage Day Out has already proven successful in Essex but has now announced plans for an event in Trinity Park.

Organizers promised the festival would be a chance to step back and experience what life was like in decades past.

When: Sunday July 3.

Or Trinity Park, Ipswich.

Ipswich to Felixstowe Motor Rally

One of Suffolk’s biggest attractions is set to return this spring – with organizers announcing that entries are already full.


The classic car show at Stonham Barns.

Motor shows are very popular in Ipswich
– Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

The classic vehicle race and rally from Ipswich to Felixstowe has been canceled for the past two years due to the Covid pandemic.
But it’s set to return on Sunday, May 1, and the event – which typically attracts around 500 old and veteran cars, motorcycles, utility vehicles and military – has a full lineup for the day.

When: Sunday May 1

Or: The event usually starts in Christchurch Park before departing for Felixstowe

The festival of classic and sports cars

Visitors will be able to see more than 1,000 classic and sports cars at the Helmingham Hall festival.

More than 7,000 people visited the 2021 event with cars representing the last 10 decades of automotive history.

Many vehicles come from the heyday of British motoring – brands on display included Alvis, Bristol, Jensen, AC Riley, Armstong Sideley, Lea Francis, Crossley, BSA, Lagonda, Lanchester and Gordon Keeble.

The oldest vehicle that has taken part in the event is a 1914 Ford Model T.

When: Sunday August 7 – 10am-5pm

Or: Helmingham Hall

American car show

The Carrot Town Garage American Car Show is coming to Stonham Barns for a second year which will feature everything American – as long as it has an engine.


The grill carving on a Beauford is polished by owner Nigel Whitworth at the classic car show in St

The grill carving on a Beauford is polished by owner Nigel Whitworth at the classic car show at Stonham Barns.
– Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

In addition to classic cars, there will also be food and drink stalls and live music.

Or: Stonham Barns Park

When: Sunday July 24

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