The motor festival pays homage to the historic motor races that took place between 1919 and 1924 on the beach of the neighbouring island of Fanø. Great importance is attached to the historical element, and thus all competitors and volunteers have to wear clothes that match the age of their vehicles. The general public is also encouraged to adopt this period dress code.
Rømø Motor Festival has gotten bigger and bigger every year since it began in 2016. The first festival saw 60 vehicles competing, whilst that figure in 2019 had risen to 115 from 13 different countries. The number of spectators has also been on the rise, with more than 30,000 people attending the beach race on Rømø in 2019.
The festival actually begins on Friday evening in Skærbæk on the mainland of Jutland, where there is technical scrutineering of the competition vehicles at skærbækcentret, which is where the festival race camp is located. Curious spectators can see the magnificent historic race cars and motorbikes up close, and the event has developed into something of a folk festival in Skærbæk.