8 attractions every car lover must tick off their bucket list
If you’re so into cars you can name the podium finishers of every F1 race from the last 10 years, or even just mildly interested in four-wheeled motorised transport there’s no shortage of incredible museums, drives, attractions and pit stops t
You could spend a lifetime of planning separating the must-sees from the maybes. So to get the ball rolling, we’ve narrowed it down to the non-negotiables for travellers with oil in their veins. Here are eight attractions every car lover must tick off their bucket list.
If you’re the sort of person who’s inclined to book spur of the moment flights without considering the consequences, we recommend proceeding with caution!
- Monaco Grand Prix – Monte Carlo, Monaco
Easily one of the most glamourous races in motorsport, the Monaco Grand Prix is an annual celebration of everything that is decadent about Formula One. As the rich and famous mix and mingle, motorsport purist will enjoy watching drivers navigate one of the world’s trickiest courses. High speeds, high stakes and heart-stopping hairpin turns show why it’s become one of the most prestigious races in the world.
- Mercedes-Benz Museum – Stuttgart, Germany
The world would be a different place were it not for this famous brand, and over 130 years of automotive history are on display at Mercedes-Benz Museum. More than 160 vehicles are on display charting the birth of the modern automobile and the evolution of the luxury vehicle. It’s worth a trip down the autobahn to see the distinct exterior which was designed by renowned German architect Han Günter Merz.
- Vintage cars – Havana, Cuba
If you’re a fan of vintage American muscle, you owe it to yourself to at some point make the trip to Havana, Cuba, which can make you feel as though you’re walking back through time. The streets are adorned with old-school Chevrolets, Buicks, Fords and Chryslers that have been updated, restored or meticulously maintained. A drive through the city of Havana, even if you’re caught in traffic, is an unforgettable experience.
- Bonneville Salt Flats Speedway – Utah, United States
This jaw-dropping site in Utah will always have a special place in motorsports history, and the Bonneville Salt Flats Speedway has seen some of the most incredible land speed records on the planet. Anyone can visit the flats for free and marvel at the sheer, expansive wonder of the site but if you want to get your blood pumping be sure to check it out during Speed Week, where automotive speed records are routinely set and broken.
- Andorra mountains – Andorra
It only stands to figure that a country so well known for hiking and skiing would have equally as spectacular drives. The Andorran mountains make for some truly spectacular mountain roads that can be demanding at times, but with a bit of patience and skill offer ample rewards for car loves who appreciate the scenic route.
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- The Henry Ford Museum – Michigan, United States
America’s proud automotive history is on display at The Henry Ford Museum, where you can learn the story behind one of the world’s most famous automotive brands. Over 130 vehicles are on display including the first production car in America. If you’re passing through this part of the country and you’re interested in cars, the Henry Ford Museum is simply a must-visit.
- Ferrari World – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Ferrari purists might prefer a trip to Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari in Modena, but if you’re after something a little more light-hearted Ferrari World is definitely worth the flight. It’s called the world’s fastest theme park and it definitely lives up to the billing with a range of indoor and outdoor attractions to get your heart pumping. It’s also home to Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster and incredible pieces from the famous brand’s history.
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Indiana, United States
With a history dating back to 1909, Indianapolis Motor Speedway gives a new meaning to the word ‘rush’. The race is a spectacle in and of itself, and there’s also a fascinating museum on site that provides an interesting insight into the history of NASCAR, a national obsession for many Americans.
Ben Squires is a freelance writer based in Sydney interested in all things travel, finance and comedy.