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Old Car Festival, splendor in France, and new upcoming events


The Old Car Festival, known as the longest-running antique car show in America, takes place at one of the most significant automotive locations in America, Greenfield Village, where Henry Ford gathered together historic buildings from around the nation to create his own idyllic small town U.S.A.

Located in Dearborn, Michigan, Greenfield Village hosts two key classic car gatherings every year: Motor Muster in the spring and the Old Car Festival in the fall. This year, Old Car Festival takes place September 9 and 10, featuring a host of cars and trucks that “offers a raucous ride of vehicles that epitomize the earnest optimism of the American Dream,” according to the event website.

With vehicles ranging from the 1890s through 1932, the festival presents an interactive sweep of automotive history, with live demonstrations, startups and a parade of vehicles powered by gas, electricity and steam.

Spectators watch an antique during the Old Car Festival parade | Old Car Festival

“Wander through the village, and talk to owners about their treasured vehicles,” the website says. “The ongoing Pass-in-Review parade is a car lover’s dream, as electric, steam and gas-powered engines are constantly in motion around you. Watch drivers engage in games of skill, see a Model T assembled in just minutes or just sit back and enjoy our experts sharing ‘car talks’ while historic vehicles cruise.”

Special this year is a centennial celebration of the founding of Lincoln Motor Company, established during the First World Car in August 1917 by Henry Leland, who named the company after the first president for whom he cast his first vote, Abraham Lincoln.

For more information, visit the event website.

The Classic Auto Show has announced that it will stage its second event at the Los Angeles Convention Center on March 2-4, 2018, with never-before seen collections and vehicles from more than 65 Southern California car clubs, and expanding to a pair of new stages and expansion to two complete floors.

“Back by popular demand will be the Grand Boulevard, which will provide show-goers with a historical walk-through of automotive history, with a stunning display of the finest classic and historic vehicles from all eras,” the show organizers said in a news release.

The Grand Boulevard will return at the next LA Classic Auto Show

Vintage rides, custom cars, parts, vendors, demonstrations and famous celebrity faces will be featured in the jumbo-size event.

“We are pleased with the features and elements we’ve created for the 2018 show based on the enthusiastic feedback we received from our 2017 attendees,” said Michael Carlucci, senior vice president at Clarion UX, the show’s producer.  “We’ve brought back our fans’ favorites and added more talent, cars, exhibits and interactive areas for our fans to experience.”

For more information, visit the event website.

From the nation that invented the concours d’elegance comes the fourth annual Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille on September 9 and 10 at Chateau de Chantilly in France. Featured this year among all the vintage cars, new cars and concepts, fashion displays and artworks will by the 70th anniversary of Ferrari with 30 significant models on display.

Pure elegance at the Chantilly concours | Mathieu-Bonnevie

The event is threefold, with a Concours d’Elegance for manufacturers and their concept cars, Concours d’Etat for classic car collectors from around the world, and Grand Prix des Clubs, which is a juried “garden party” organized around various marques.

For more information, visit the event website.

The inaugural Super Run Classic Car Show will be hosted by Mesquite Gaming and the Las Vegas Cruisin’ Association from September 22-24 at the Casablanca Resort and Virgin River Hotel in Mesquite, Nevada.

The new event comes on the heels of the 2017 Mesquite Motor Mania at the resort, which attracted more than 1,000 vintage, hot rod, muscle car and custom vehicles, and prompted the organizers to add a second show.

The Super Run will include a variety of fun car events, including competitions and demonstrations, concerts and films, and the Classic Car Show with awards and prize drawings for participants.

For more information, visit the event website.

More concours and events

The 17th annual Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance takes to the field September 10 at the Radnor Hunt Club in Malvern, Pennsylvania, with its main feature focusing on Art Deco automobiles. For information, visit the event website.

The Vail Automotive Classic will be held September 8-10 at Vail Village in Vail, Colorado, sponsored by Barrett-Jackson collector car auction. For information, visit the event website.

A Mercedes 300 SL roadster is awared at the Danville Concours

The fifth annual Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance returns to the Cobble Beach Golf Resort in Kemble, Ontario, Canada on September 16 and 17. For more information, visit the event website.

The Danville Concours d’Elegance takes place September 16-17 in Old Town Danville, California. For more information, visit the event website.

The Hemmings Motor News Concours d’Elegance moves to a new location for its weekend of events September 15-17 at Charles R. Wood Park in Lake George, New York. For more information, visit the event website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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