Car enthusiasts often seek out cities that offer a combination of automotive history, culture, and events. Here are eight cities worldwide that are considered paradises for car enthusiasts.
1. Florida, USA
Florida boasts an impressive total of 24 race tracks, and for any NASCAR aficionado, visiting the pilgrimage to the hallowed grounds of the Homestead-Miami Speedway is an absolute must. The Palm Beach International Raceway is another smorgasbord of tracks, from a lightning-quick quarter-mile drag strip to a sprawling two-mile road course and even thrilling kart and mud racing tracks to unleash your inner daredevil.
2. California, USA
Abundant sunshine gleaming on the race tracks, California itself proudly boasts the second-highest tally of race tracks in the nation, a total sum of 22. If the sound of roaring engines and the sight of blazing rubber get your heart racing, then the Sacramento Raceway is your calling. Here, people can witness adrenaline-pumping drag races and motocross showdowns that will leave them breathless. It is also a place to discover what you and your own set of wheels can truly achieve.
3. Detroit, USA
Famously known as the ‘Motor City’, Detroit is considered the birthplace of the American automotive industry. Ford, General Motors and Stellantis are emblems of innovation and history, and Detroit is home to all of them. The Henry Ford Museum is also a point of interest for those who wish to peek into the history of American Automobiles. Unlike other museums, the Henry Ford Museum is a testament to the greatness of American automobiles, located in Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit.
4. Sussex, U.K.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is a celebration and coming together of cars, speed, thrill and automotives. It is held each year, and vehicles of all sorts participate in the Hillclimb track race. It also constitutes the ‘Soapbox Challenge’, the Forest Rally Stage track and the Supercar Paddock, which is any speedster’s dream to do a timed trial run.
5. Tokyo, Japan
The streets of Tokyo city pulsate with the rhythmic car culture. Here, automotive enthusiasts find their nirvana amid the vibrance of custom cars, tuning shops and iconic car-related spectacles such as the Tokyo Auto Salon. Nissan and Toyota find roots in this sprawling madhouse and have set foot firmly worldwide. The annual Tokyo Motor Show is an extravagant phenomenon where innovation and design come together to unveil some of the most groundbreaking creations. Japan sets the stage for innovation and spreading its own ‘JDM Culture’, domestically made Japanese cars tailored to every car enthusiast’s needs.
6. Monaco, Monte Carlo
Monaco is a playground for the rich and famous, swarming with supercars, luxury cars, exotic cars and F1 cars. The famous Casino de Monte Carlo is the best place to spot some Lamborghinis and Ferraris or some notorious others like the Koenigsegg. The Prince Rainier of Monaco is widely known for his exquisite taste for cars. He was a genuinely avid car lover whose car collections grew so big that his vast garages couldn’t accommodate them anymore. In 1993, he decided to relieve some space and opened up his car collection for the common public to see.
7. Havana, Cuba
Havana is famously known for its streets brimming with classic and exotic cars. The 1959 revolution left Cuba with a trade embargo, which meant no influx of imported vehicles and car parts. So the Cubans took it upon themselves to restore and maintain the classic American, French and Russian imported cars, which have now become a part of their history. Nobody can visit Cuba and not take a ride in one of these spectacles of a car, with vivid colours and history attached to it. These cars signify Cuba’s resilience and resourcefulness alike. Havana also hosts several car shows annually that attract many tourists and car enthusiasts.
8. Los Angeles, USA
The perfect blend of car culture, style and innovation, every car lover must visit Los Angeles, which has an impressive array of cars on the road and also available for purchase. It makes room for several automotive design centres, including BMW, Mercedes, Ford, and others. Personalisation and unique builds provide for a healthy community and enthusiast groups. Some of the greatest car customizers in the world can also be found here, which includes the four-time Ridler award winner Chip Foose.