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.
Now in our 6th year (would be 8th if not for COVID!) at Doncaster Racecourse, we're back there again for more of the same!

We've evolved from a small meet of enthusiasts back in 1998 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 16th April 2023!



10% discount when you book & pay for your trade pitch before 31st Jan 2022

Car Clubs


Head over to the clubs page to book your pitch now!

Indoor Show & Shine


Space is limited, so ensure you enter as early as possible to stand a chance of being picked.

Outdoor Show & Shine


To enter outdoor show & shine, simply turn up on the day with your VAG motor in pristine condition. Gates close @ 9am sharp. Spaces are very limited and entry is first-come-first-served, so arrive early!
See THIS page for more info

SPECIAL DISPLAY - Drivers Collection


Our friends at the Drivers Collection are our special guests this year, bringing their own flavour of automotive finesse to the show.
Entries for this zone are by invitation only - contact via their socials


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

Looking for somewhere to stay?

Here are a few ideas to get you started...

The luxurious and brand-new Hilton Garden Inn is right next-door to the Racecourse, meaning you won't have far to walk to be at the heart of the action!

A short bus or taxi ride away is the Innkeeper's Lodge (aka Punches Hotel). Rooms here aren't as in-demand so you should bag a bargain. The pub downstairs serves good food and the drink prices are pretty decent too.

A stone throw from the Racecourse you will find the Campanile Hotel. It's really handy for the show, just a few minutes walk away.
Plus there are the usual suspects of Premier Inn and Travelodge close-by.



Early-Bird tickets for the 2023 show are now on sale!
CLICK HERE to be redirected to our PayPal store where you can secure your tickets at a discounted rate.

Don't want to book in advance?
That's great, just pay on the day, however we are not able to offer a discount.

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 2023 our 25th 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!

more 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 a Club Stand

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


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