If you’re visiting Glasgow, the Ignition Festival of Motoring is a must for those interested in motorsport. There’s a vast display of classic vehicles, rally cars, super cars, motorbikes and much more. The indoor arena has also seen antics carried out by the Top Gear Stunt team, while outside there is a temporary street circuit set up for a wide range of displays. Rally driver Jimmy McCrae (father to the legendary Colin McCrae), Formula 1 drivers Mark Webber and David Coulthard have all taken to the track. In the evenings, fans have also had the opportunity to hear talks from their favourite drivers.
The festival is held at the SECC, which is close to the city centre. Glasgow airport has international flights and is only a short distance away from the heart of the city. Reaching the Ignition Festival of Motoring is easy on public transport, with SECC having its own Exhibition Centre train station. Day tickets cost £28 in advance, or festival pass is available for the whole weekend at £45. Children aged 8 to 16 cost £15 or family tickets are available at £65 (under 8s go free). Opening times are 10am to 8pm Friday, 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Booking online gives a slight discount but will also help avoid longer queues. Upgrade to a premium ticket or join the ignite club. These will give you exclusive access to special events, grandstand seating, light refreshments and memorabilia. If you are travelling in groups over 10 or 20 then group tickets are available, book these in advance for discounted prices. Before going review the exhibits so you know what to expect, for any special guests check online which day they will be appearing. There’s something for everyone so be sure to bring the family, or treat yourself to a test drive.
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There’s gothic architecture all around the city, take a bus tour and explore the history of the area. Take a walk around the docks and watch the shipping in and out of Glasgow Port. Scotland’s biggest football clubs, Rangers and Celtic, both play in Glasgow or there are various museums and plenty of night life.
To find out more information on the Ignition Festival of Motoring, including: details about the festival and its history, past events and photo galleries, exhibits and sponsorship, Ignition Festival of Motoring news and contact details, check the official website.
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