Auto agenda: Auto China 2012, EcoVelocity in London

This weekend, Auto China will open to the public for the first time for a run which lasts through May 2. On May 5, London's EcoVelocity event returns for its second year, highlighting the latest and greatest electric cars and new infrastructure in the British capital.

Auto China
April 23 - May 2
Beijing, China

The world's automakers join their Chinese peers in trying to woo the world's largest automotive market at this event, one of the largest on the year's calendar. The public show opens April 27 and runs through May 2.

May 5-10
London, United Kingdom

London's low-carbon motoring show returns for its second year in early May, offering the public a chance to examine and drive some of the world's most advanced vehicles.

Mille Miglia
May 17-20
Brescia > Rome > Brescia, Italy

Widely regarded as one of the finest endurance races in the world, the Mille Miglia attracts enthusiasts keen to compete through miles of Italian countryside, with stops in some of the country's finest towns and cities. Look out for time trials, spectator events and parades along the route, along with new cities Ferrara and Ravenna, and the new legs of Vicenza and Padua.

Monaco Grand Prix
May 24-27

One of the world's most prestigious automotive races, the Monaco Grand Prix draws spectators from around the world and is screened live internationally. This year will be the 70th edition.

Indianapolis 500

May 27
Indianapolis, IN, USA

Considered (along with the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans) to be one of the three most prestigious motor racing events in the world, the Indianapolis 500 is the biggest event of the season. The 500 mile (800 km) race is thought to attract some 400,000 visitors and is screened nationally in the US.