Scuderia Southwest, which organizes the annual Concours in the Hills and the monthly Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering in the Phoenix area, reports that is has surpassed raising $1 million for charity.
“The club made a commitment to Phoenix Children’s Hospital to raise $500,000 over five years to build a special playroom in the Oncology and Blood Disorders Department,” the club announced. “This commitment was achieved in just three years.”
The group also has made donations of Boys & Girls Clubs, Ronald McDonald House, Make-a-Wish, Child Crisis Center, various police officers funds and to Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Center.
“We are very fortunate to have our own ‘toys’ to play with and we wanted to provide a sanctuary, where after debilitating treatments kids could go and play with toys, and hopefully for a few hours forget their troubles and put a smile or laugh on their faces,” the 250-member club said in announcing its charity donation total.
Goodguys link with Utah college
The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association canceled its 10th annual Lone Star Nationals in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as the 11th annual Spring Nationals that were to take place March 20-22 at the WestWorld complex in Scottsdale, Arizona.
However, the hot rod and custom car group remains optimistic about the inaugural Salt Lake Nationals, scheduled for May 15-17 at Utah State Fairpark, and has announced a marketing partnership with the Utah Valley University Technology Program for the event.
The school will help staff the Salt Lake Nationals and Goodguys will sponsor the school’s Auto Expo, which this year will take place in conjunction with the inaugural Salt Lake Nationals.
“The goals of this strategic partnership are to produce an annual automotive event with UVU, help raise funds for the UVU Transportation Technologies students and to prepare and train both UVU students and automotive enthusiasts for a career in the automotive industry,” the Goodguys said in their announcement.
The university is based in Orem, Utah, just south of Salt Lake City.
Goodwood announces Breakfast Club dates
From Goodguys we go to Goodwood, where the British circuit has announced several Breakfast Club events for its 2020 calendar. They include “Everything but the Car Sunday” on May 3, an event open to vehicles except for cars with 4 wheels (everything from bicycles to buses, tanks to tractors can participate); Supercar Sunday on June 7; and Classic Car Sunday on August 2. A fourth Breakfast Club event will be held November 1 with the category of vehicles to be announced at a later date.
Aston Martin to be featured at London event
The London Concours, scheduled for June 10-11, will feature a special display, “Great Marques — Aston Martin,” including 11 of “the finest privately owned cars that have ever worn Aston Martin’s famous wings.”
McLaren F1 GTR featured at British Royal Concours
The Concours of Elegance, AKA British Royal Concours, will feature the 25th anniversary of the McLaren F1 GTR, which in 1995 placed first, third, fourth and fifth in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The event is scheduled for September 4-6 at Hampton Court Palace.
“The McLaren F1 GTR was an afterthought, demanded by F1 customers that wanted to take their cars racing,” concours organizers said in their announcement. “To that end, the F1 GTR began testing in January 1995, with the Le Mans 24 Hours race only 5 months away, where it would be competing against not only modified production cars but prototype vehicles designed specifically for endurance racing.
“Unfazed, the F1 GTR swept to victory in one of the most comprehensive motorsport victories of all time, taking four of the top five places overall and the top four GT1 places. The achievement shouldn’t be understated; with only very few modifications to the road car, the F1 GTR beat many vehicles specifically designed and engineered for the track, in a race that takes in a whole season’s worth of racing in just 24 hours.”
All four of those top-5 McLarens are scheduled for the concours showcase.
Father’s Day festivities
Father’s Day is a big day for car shows on both sides of the Atlantic.
Over there, Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu hosts its Simply VW show on June 20 and a hot rod and custom car show on June 21.
Over here, there’s the annual EyesOn Design show on June 21 at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Point Shores, Michigan. Organized by the heads of automaker design studios, the annual show is basically the car designer’s concours d’elegance.
Cancellations and postponements
Due to escalating health concerns related to coronavirus, the Historic Vehicle Association has canceled its 2020 Drive History Conference, scheduled for April 23-25 at Allentown, Pennsylvania. At the same time, the HVA said it would stage its 2021 conference in April 2021.
RADwood, that automotive celebration of the 1980s and ‘90s, has canceled events scheduled for South Carolina and Philadelphia and has put the rest of its 2020 calendar on hold “until further notice” due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
See our list of other events canceled, postponed, rescheduled or moved.