Typically, car shows start to become a real common occurrence at this time of year due to the fact that the weather improves (please!) and that we’re entering summer holiday season.

From the end of May and through to the start of September, car enthusiasts pretty much have their pick of events and festivals to go to. And – let’s not forget – there are mass amounts of high-tension competitions that are hugely celebrated throughout the world

Two that we have particularly enjoyed recently included the Modified Nationals and the National Hot Rod and Customs Car Show.

If you haven’t heard of these, then shame on you! Nah, not really, but they are brilliant car shows that are packed with fun and high-quality motors, so if that’s your thing you should go and check them out next year.

This year the Modified Nationals was on between 27th and 29th May, while the Hot Rod and Classics took place from 28th to 29th May.

Both shows were on in Peterborough in the Arena and the Showground respectively and each drew a massive crowd of enthusiasts and car fanatics.

One of the best features of these festivals is that you could buy one ticket for both shows – this will be the same deal next year, so it’s good to have that one in the old knowledge bank!

New features that we enjoyed this year

Although the shows are always a great couple of days out, there were a few new treats that we particularly enjoyed at this 2016 edition.

The Modified Nationals had two additional show car sections this year, which included the outside SLAMMEDUK SHOW PLAZA and Too Good for the Car Park. Well, they were certainly good enough for us: Gull-winged car doors as far as the eye could see we tell you.

At this part of the show you could also get your own car shined at various areas within the ground, which was something we thought about ourselves after seeing the display.

Shorty got low

Yup, you don’t see them often in the UK, but there was an amazing array of vehicles from UK Lowriding on site.

They came to the show as part of their European tour – we’ll tell you, it’s rare to see a car dance that well, but it was seriously impressive.

Plenty for the kids

We don’t just mean the overgrown kids, as there were several things in the programme for children to enjoy too.

One of the top events was Drift Karting, which gave a bit of thrill and a serious injection of adrenaline for anyone who was 12 years of age or older.

These are specially designed and incredibly safe, so it was a bit like organised chaos, which is the best kind really. They’re also perfect for beginners, so this was an activity that catered to a really wide group of people.

Hot Rod & Custom – Best in Britain

Unsurprisingly, one of the most popular categories over the weekend was the Hot Rod & Custom – Best in Britain Trophy event.

All top-level show cars were invited to this one, including Hot Rods, Classics, Custom-made vehicles and American models.

This section allowed for owners to show their cars for the entire weekend and the best of the bunch got not only a trophy, but they also received £1,000 as a prize!

Other happenings

If you’re thinking, ‘This sounds great, but my mates aren’t that into cars,’ then you don’t have a problem, as this show encompasses so much more than the automotive industry.

This year saw an incredible Fire and Mayhem stunt show – albeit with cars and stunt bikes, but still, it was quite the spectacle.

Other events included the Ink and Oil Tattoo Convention, trade stands and live music across a couple of different stages.

Whether you go to this to show off your car to the masses, or purely for the stunts and the music, you’re guaranteed a brilliant time at the Modified Nationals and Hod Rod and Custom Car Show – we can’t wait for next year. Check out the rest of the shows gallery below!

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