Indoor Show & Shine

Entries for indoor show & shine are now closed. Successful applicants will be notified by email and must arrive to park up in the SATURDAY between 10am and 4pm.

Outdoor Show & Shine

Entrants for outdoor show & shine are still open - please arrive between 7-9am on the day of the show and follow the signs on the main road. Those arriving after this time will not be admitted.

NOTE: all persons in the vehicle must purchase an entry ticket (under 16s are free)

OldSkool Gathering

Entrants for OldSkool show & shine are still open - please arrive between 7-9am on the day of the show and follow the signs on the main road. Those arriving after this time will not be admitted.

NOTE: all persons in the vehicle must purchase an entry ticket (under 16s are free)

Entries for OldSkool clubs are now full.


Applications to trade are now closed.

Traders who have applied and paid, please look out for further instructions by email and your passes will arrive by post.

Car Clubs

We have now reached capacity for club entries, which are now closed. Successful clubs leaders, please ensure your members all purchase a ticket ASAP to ensure the fastest possible entry on the day of the show
NOTE: all persons in a vehicle must have a valid entry ticket (under 16s are free)

Welcome to Elsecar at the Races!

We're a family-orientated car show held at Doncaster Racecourse, in the North of England, showing VW Group and retro cars.
Our first and second years at Doncaster Racecourse were a great success, so we're back there again for more of the same!

We've evolved over the last 20 years from a small meet of enthusiasts at the Elsecar Heritage Centre (hence the 'Elsecar'  in our name) to what is now one of the UK's largest specialist car shows at the fantastic venue of Doncaster Racecourse (the 'Races' bit of the name).
The venue has space for over 100 cars in the indoor exhibition centre plus space outside for over 600 additional show cars.

All the information you need to know can be found on this website–  what’s happening, how to book a club stand, trade pitch or indoor space, how to buy a ticket and much more.

Scroll down for all the info and if you need to know about something that's not shown, get in touch via the CONTACT US page and we'll get back to you.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 15th April 2018!


2016 opened a new chapter for both our show and Doncaster Racecourse - 10 years since the Racecourse hosted a car show and a massive leap in to the unknown for the Elsecar show.

The prestigious Doncaster Racecourse & Exhibition Centre is regarded as one of the finest sporting venues in Europe and home to the world's oldest classic horse race - the St Ledger Stakes.

After recently undergoing a £34million redevelopment, with outstanding indoor/outdoor facilities, it is a perfect venue for one of the UK’s longest established specialist car shows.

The indoor exhibition centre has the capacity to hold over 200 display vehicles/traders and space for a further 500+ vehicles in the outdoor display area.

A wide range of places to eat and drink available plus excellent car parking facilities with over 5000 spaces, mean you won't be scrabbling for a space.

Superbly located near the heart of Doncaster, the stunning Racecourse is a convenient venue for nearby Sheffield and Leeds, with links to the A1, M1, M18 and M62 making it easily accessible to the other areas of the UK and Europe.

Doncaster Racecourse & Exhibition Centre, Ledger Way, Doncaster, DN2 6BB

** PLEASE NOTE - THE VENUE DOES NOT ALLOW DOGS ON SITE **no-dogs-allowed-vector-sign-seeklogo-com


Tickets are priced at just £15 on the day, cash only, as we do not have the facility to take card payments at the venue.

Under 16s go free when accompanied by a paying adult.
We are also pleased to offer FREE ENTRY to OAPs (over 65s) - you don't need an advance ticket, just turn up on the day, but please bring proof of eligibility.


'Elsecar at the Races', formerly ‘Elsecar Mega Meet’, formally known as ‘Club GTI Mega Meet’ has been running for the last 18 years - making 2016 our 19th birthday!
Over the last 12 years the Mega Meet has grown gathering over 200 show cars and 200 club cars at the old Elsecar venue, to 700+ vehicles at Doncaster Racecourse.

Due to the popularity of the meet we have outgrown the Elsecar Heritage Centre and have had to move to a bigger venue – Exciting!

A new venue comes with a new name and great opportunities to make our little meet into a great show!
However we still want to keep that 'family feel' so we hope you will join us in taking the event to the next level.

Show & Shine

Think your beloved car is the best? Then why not enter our Legendary Show & Shine?!

Follow the link below for info!


Car Clubs

Member of a car club and want to exhibit? We'd love to have you!

All we need you to do is fill out a quick form and purchase an entry ticket for each car that will be on your club stand to reserve your spot. Simple as that.
Closer to the time, we will email over all the info you need for the big day.
If you have any questions drop us a line at

Apply for your club stand here!

Traders & Exhibitors

As one of the UK’s leading specialist car shows, why not have a trade stand to either sell or promote your business.

Apply to trade here!


Thank you to our sponsors – please click their logos below and give them as much support as you can.


Alongside the main show, Elsecar at the Races also has some additional displays, which include....

UK Rallye Golf Show

Once again, as organisers of the UK Rallye Golf Show, Doncaster hosts a collection of Rallyes from across the UK and Europe.
To some, the Rallye is the ultimate Golf with its wide box arches and square headlamps making it a VW icon. What better than to display them inside our fantastic Exhibition Centre…
Previous years has seen us bring together 28 Rallyes. Help us to beat it.

Sponsored by

OldsKool Gathering

New for 2018, Elsecar at the Races teams up with social media sensation OldsKool to bring you a retro automotive gathering, the likes of which has never been seen before.
So if you fancy showing off your kool retro ride, as an individual or as part of a club, follow the link below to book your place from 6th December.

Show your car @ OldSkool Gathering 2018

Book a Club stand @ OldSkool Gathering 2018

Buy entrance tickets for OldSkool Gathering 2018

Sponsored by


Matt Gill Restoration is sponsoring our Aircooled display area.
So if you fancy showing your vehicle, no need to book, just turn up on the day and you can enter the Aircooled Show & Shine class.

South Yorkshire Safer Roads

South Yorkshire Safer Roads continue their support and are one of the official show sponsors.

Working closely with the community, Elsecar at the Races are very proud to have them working alongside us as we have always been known as a family show.

Why not visit them on the day with your family and educate yourselves with road safety via their interactive displays.

Visit their website at

Jo's Fab Lab

We're thrilled to welcome back a very good friend of the show, and all round metalwork genius, Jo.

If you aren't following his Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory) on Facebook, then you're missing out on watching Jo at work on all kinds of vehicles and crazy projects.

This year, Jo has made us a very special creation to raffle at the show - a 125cc one-off pit bike worth over £3500.
We all want one of these bad-boys, so being able to win one is a real bonus!

Dream Rides by Sporting Bears

Elsecar at the Races are also hosting the fantastic Sporting Bears organisation with their 'Dream Rides' event. The members of The Sporting Bears Motor Club are a dedicated group of classic car and sports car enthusiasts with one primary aim - to raise money for children's charities through Dream Rides and their own social and touring events, and to support other charitable events. It is to the club's credit that annual subscriptions support the club overheads thus allowing all monies raised from events to be directed towards the selected charities.  Since the Club was formed in 1989 they have been very active and have raised well over £1,000,000 for children's charities in the UK. The Dream Rides will be available to purchase near the entrance to Doncaster Racecourse.
See website for further details -

Wath Animal Rescue Centre

Our local charity, who we have supported for a number of years, will again be in attendance at the new venue with their live bird of prey display.

Make sure you take the time to see the birds and have a chat with the fabulous dedicated team.

Why not get a selfie with a bird of prey and donate to a worthy charity.

Pilgrim Bandits

We're honoured to have the Pilgrim Bandits attending our event!
The Pilgrim Bandits are a charity with a firm goal: to give injured ex-servicemen and women the opportunities to put their ailments aside and carry on with life's great adventure.

ben torchLocal lad and their patron, Ben Parkinson, needs no introduction. He has done his home town of Doncaster proud and we welcome him and the team to Elsecar at the Races. Pop along to their stand on the day and do all you can to help their worthy cause.

Visit their website for more info

Doncaster Racecourse & Exhibition Centre

  • 01302 304 200
  • Doncaster Racecourse,
    Leger Way,
    South Yorkshire,
    DN2 6BB