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Goodguys launches 2019 season while Amelia Concours gears up


The Goodguys Rod and Custom Association launches its 2019 season with the ninth-annual Spring Lone Star Nationals, to be held March 8-10 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

More than 2,000 street rods, customs, muscle cars, classics and trick trucks through 1987 vintage are expected for the “giant three-day American hot-rodding festival,” according to Goodguys. The March 10 show hosts All-American Sunday, which welcomes American-made or -powered vehicles from all years.

The second Goodguys show takes place the following weekend, March 15-17, with the 10th annual Spring Nationals at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona, also featuring All American Sunday.  More than 2,500 rods and customs are expected at WestWorld.

Three custom entries at Goodguys | Bob Golfen

The association hosts 18 full-scale extravaganzas around the U.S. through November, each open to the best of custom vehicles from the local area and acclaimed national builders, with the coveted Top 12 Cars and Trucks of the Year awards, autocross racing, swap meets, vendors, cars-for-sale corrals, live music and such crowd-pleasing events as the Burn Out Competition.

For more information about Goodguys events, visit the association website.

Amelia Island car week

Headlined by one of the nation’s greatest collector car events, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on March 10, the festivities at the scenic enclave north of Jacksonville, Florida, get started next week with car shows, tours, auctions, seminars and events.

More than 300 rare and special vehicles will be shown at the Amelia concours, which has gained renown as just a notch behind in glamour and esteem to the venerable Pebble Beach Concours in Monterey, California.

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A 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K will be shown in an Amelia Island special class | Amelia Island Concours

Among the special classes for the 2019 concours are Volkswagen Custom Coachwork, the Porsche 962 Dynasty, Revolutionary Innovations of the Indianapolis 500, Cars of the Rock Stars, Mercedes-Benz 500K-540K, Mid-Engine Sports Cars, the Cars of Heads of State and the 60th Anniversary of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Coupe.

On Saturday, March 9, classic and exotic cars from local clubs and collectors will be shown in a Cars and Coffee on the same fairways of the Golf Club of the Ritz Carlton Resort where the concours will be held the next day.

On Friday, March 8, the Porsche Werks Reunion Amelia Island, a reflection of the popular Monterey event, will be held at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, hosted by the Porsche Club of America.

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A 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster at the Werks Reunion | Bob Golfen

Festivals of Speed Amelia Island, a luxury lifestyle event featuring exotic cars, motorcycles, watercraft and luxury brands,  takes place March 9 at the Omni Plantation resort.

Six major collector car auctions take place during the week: Bonhams on March 7, Russo and Steele’s inaugural Amelia sale March 7, Gooding and Company on March 8, Hollywood Wheels on March 8-9, RM Sotheby’s on March 8 and BlueChipCar by Motostalgia on March 9.

For information about the Amelia Island Concours and related events, visit the concours website.

Texas concours, auction canceled for 2019

The Concours d’Elegance of Texas and the Texas Classic Auction have been called off for 2019 because of major construction of a 5-star hotel and the Texas Live! entertainment complex at the events’ annual venue in Arlington, according to Worldwide Auctioneers, which sponsors the concours and holds the collector car auction.

“Worldwide and the concours have decided to let the dust settle in Arlington this year and postpone the auction and concours for 2019,” Worldwide said in a news release. “With the extensive redevelopment and improvements at the venues this year, we each will resume the Texas Classic Auction and the Concours d’Elegance of Texas in April 2020.

“We are pretty sure you will LOVE all the upgrades available to us in 2020!”

Worldwide’s next sale takes place in Pacific Grove, California, on Thursday, August 15, during Monterey Car Week.

Imports and JDMs in Costa Mesa

The Import and Japanese Experience will be featured during the third annual Classic Auto Show to be held March 16-17 at its new venue, the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California.

A custom 1970 Toyota Crown set for the Classic Auto Show in Costa Mesa | Classic Auto Show

Sixteen immaculately restored vehicles, selected by noted tuner and designer Big Mike and Terry & Koji Yamaguchi, CEOs of the Japanese Classic Car Show, will be shown, including a 1970 Toyota Crown, a 1974 Mazda RX-3 and a 1973 Datsun 240Z.

“Show visitors will also have an opportunity to attend panel discussions focusing on the evolution of import modifying, tuners and the similarities with American treasures like vintage muscle cars and other collectibles,” according to an event news release.

The Classic Auto Show is a wide-ranging event experience for classic and exotic car enthusiasts, this year hosted by comedian and noted car guy Adam Carolla.

For more information about Classic Auto Show, visit the event website.

Other concours and events

The 32nd Annual Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show will take place March 23-24 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  Billed as the largest custom motorcycle show in the Midwest, the show is held in the 200,000 square-foot indoors venue featuring some of the biggest names in biking world.  For more informaiton, visit the event website.

AutoRama World of Wheels shows continue with the 67th Meguiar’s Autorama on March 1-3 at the Cobo Center in Detroit and the 57th O’Reilly Aurto Parts World of Wheels March 8-10 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago. For more information, visit the events website.

Bob Golfen
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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