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A passion for cars can bring together people from all walks of life. Regardless of differences in culture, language, and ethnicity, the language of autos is universal. But each nation brings their own flavor to car showcases. Here are nine of the best.

London Motor Show

The continued success of Top Gear shows how much the Brits love cars, and there’s no better regional event than the London Motor Show. Over 150 cars are on display, and you can even test drive the newest models and meet luminaries in the field.

Le Mans 24 Hour Race

There’s no automotive race with more prestige or renown than Le Mans. This grueling endurance race takes place over the course of two days, as the best drivers in the world converge to test their skills.

Geneva Motor Show

The Geneva Motor Show is one of the oldest automotive showcases in the world, with a legacy that dates all the way back to 1905. Exhibitors from over 30 countries show up to reveal some of the hottest new designs in the industry.

Frankfurt and Paris Motor Shows

France and Germany alternate years to highlight the best automotive designs Europe has to offer. Each show manages to offer a different flavor and puts the emphasis on domestic brands.

Classic Motor Show

Every November Birmingham hosts classic cars from around the world. With over 2000 classic cars and 300 classic bikes, this is the premier event in the United Kingdom for fans of traditional design.

Carfest North and South

While many automotive events have the professional and sometimes stuffy ambiance of a convention, Carfest is a vibrant and exciting celebration. Live music, food, and drinks complement the crammed schedule of races, exhibitions, and auctions.

Goodwill Festival of Speed

The Goodwill Festival is more than just an auto show. It’s a celebration of the United Kingdom’s contributions to the field of automotive design. It serves as a sort of living museum for people passionate about the history of the car.

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are plenty of other events taking place throughout the year, and you’re sure to find something that strikes your fancy.