Busy Sunday of concours shows as the fall schedule gets under way

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A Stutz Bearcat crosses the bridge at Cobble Beach | Cobble Beach Concours

Sunday will be a busy day for concours d’elegance events, with four major shows from the west to east coasts holding their annual showcases.

First up is further inland, with the 12th annual Dayton Concours d‘Elegance at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio, where more than 200 of the “Midwest’s premier classic and antique” automobile and motorcycles will be on display in the invitational event. This year’s featured marques are Cadillac and the Jaguar E-Type.

For more information, visit the event website.

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Cord Phaeton at Dayton Concours | Dayton Concours

Moving west, the Danville Concours d’Elegance takes place in the town just east of California’s Bay Area with a weekend of events that includes a public classic car tour on Saturday and the concours on Sunday.

The concours takes the form of an old-car festival in Danville’s historic downtown, which “will overflow with the sights, sounds and smells of classic, sports performance and exotic automobiles, as well as fine wooden yachts and cruisers, motorcycles and vintage trailers,” according to the concours website.

The Dayton Concours also will feature a Craftsman Guild Model Exhibition, a special appearance and show by the professional automotive model makers.

For more information about the tour and concours, visit the event website.

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1946 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 by Pininfarina at Cobble Beach

North of the border is the sixth annual Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Kemble, Ontario, Canada, presented on the Cobble Beach golf course on the shoreline of Lake Huron. Also a full weekend of collector car happenings, the event features a participants tour, seminars and a Cars and Coffee cruise-in on Saturday, and the concours on Sunday.

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“This extraordinary bayside course will play host to a rich assortment of international automobiles and distinguished guests,” the event website says.

 For more information about the tour, seminars and concours, visit the event website.

Also Sunday, the Hemmings Motor News Concours d’Elegance will be held at a new venue: the Charles R. Wood Park in Lake George, New York, near the shores of the scenic lake.

There’s a cruise-in at the venue on Saturday, with the main concours on Sunday, this year featuring Lotus Road Cars, Cars of Pininfarina, Chrysler Letter Cars, Prewar Cadillac, 1957 Ford E- and F-Code Cars, Prewar Motorcycles and Fresh Restoration, focusing on cars never shown since being restored.

For more information, visit the event website.

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The Oregon festival attracts a diverse collection of cars | Festival of Cars

A Festival of Cars

Another major event happening this weekend is the Festival of Cars in Bend, Oregon, which calls itself “The Northwest’s Premier Car Enthusiast Weekend.” The big Saturday show will be held at a new location at Deschutes Historical Museum, and the organizers report that the city will close down the street in front of the museum for a large display area of cars without any regular traffic nearby.

Friday will feature a group drive, and after the main-event car show Saturday, there will be the Sunday Dash and Lunch, another open driving tour.

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For more information, visit the event website.

The Celebration of Speed

The Celebration of Speed car show presented for the second year by Petty’s Garages will feature more than 400 American muscle cars, European performance cars, vintage race cars and classic motorcycles as it takes place Saturday, September 22, at the Greensboro Auto Auction Classic Cars at the Palace in Greensboro, North Carolina. The indoor show this year also celebrates the 70th anniversary of Porsche. 

For more information, visit the event website.

More concours and events

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The Boston Cup’s Ferrari corner | Boston Cup

The seventh annual Boston Cup classic car show at the Boston Commons will be held Sunday, August 23, in the Massachusetts capital city, with New England’s most prestigious automotive event. More than 30,000 people attended last year’s show. For more information, visit the event website

The St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance takes place Sunday, August 23, on the waterfront lawn of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland. The 12th annual concours features rare, pre-war (1900-1942) European and American coach-built automobiles as well as significantly important post-war (1946-1969) Sports Cars. A special class of previous Best in Show winners also will be showcased. For more information, visit the event website.

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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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