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Fallout: Pandemic creating crowded autumn auto-event calendar

Our weekly roundup of news and notes from car shows and concours d’elegance


The coronavirus may have wiped clean the usual collector car springtime calendar of concours and shows, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do while you sit home and wait out the pandemic. Let’s face it, there’s always work awaiting you in the garage, and you also should start making plans for where you’re going this fall.

This fall, we’re figuring to go from famine to feast in the collector car world. Not only is there already an increasingly busy fall schedule of events, but many of the traditional and now postponed spring events have been rescheduled for autumn weekends.

Once upon a time, there was Monterey Car Week in mid-August, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg and Lime Rock festivals over Labor Day weekend, and the big Hershey swap meet in early October, and the collector car season was pretty much over.

But, hey, fall weather is wonderful and along came events such as the Oregon Festival of Cars, Cobble Beach, Hilton Head, Chattanooga, Newport, Las Vegas and others.

And now, in what we hope will be the aftermath of COVID-19, we’re looking at a fall car show and concours calendar that’s getting quite crowded, and with many events still to announce their revised dates.

Already, on Labor Day weekend there’s the ACD Festival, concours at Greenbrier and Crescent Beach, and the Sonoma Speed Festival.

The following weekend there’s the Radnor Hunt and Vail Classic, and the weekend after that there’s Cobble Beach, New York City, Dayton and the Oregon Festival of Cars.

Keels & Wheels and the Copperstate 1000 already have rescheduled for dates in October, which already includes concours at Newport, Hilton Head, Chattanooga and Las Vegas as well as the Fall Carlisle.

And the above doesn’t include rescheduled races (the 24 Hours of Le Mans plans to run September 19-20 and the 1000 Mille has reset for October 22-25) or auctions (Barrett-Jackson plans to stage its Palm Beach auction sometime in October), nor does it include events still likely to be postponed this spring and summer that will try to wedge into the fall timetable as well.

Of course, all bets are off and the calendar could be scrambled again should the pandemic last into summer and Pebble Beach push back its date by a month or more.

Goodguys set ‘virtual car show’ 

The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association plans to stage its inaugural “virtual car show” on March 28.

“Registration is open, easy and fast,” the group said in its announcement.  “Use the #goodguysvirtualcarshow on Instagram or visit https://www.good-guys.com/virtual-participator to get your ride uploaded there.  

“There is no fee to register and join us, so get your friends to register, too.  Gates open at 7:30 am PST and we can’t wait see you Saturday!”

Not only is there going to be a virtual car show, but at 2:22 p.m. there will be a virtual awards ceremony.

Griot’s hosts anniversary car show

It was 30 years ago that Richard Griot established Griot’s Garage and launched its growing line of car-care products. To celebrate, Griot’s Garage plans to host a 30th anniversary car show on June 20 at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington.

Forest Grove sets featured classes

Organizers of the Forest Grove concours are still hopeful of staging their event July 19 on the campus of Oregon’s Pacific University, and have announced that Jaguar will be the featured marque, with four classes as well as an exhibition of modern cars, and that other featured classes include 60 Years of Ford Thunderbird and Shelby: The Cobra and Ford Years 1961-1973.

In addition to the concours classes, there will be more than a dozen showcases of custom cars, pickups and drag racing vehicles.

Carlisle salutes Bloomington Gold 

As if the annual Corvettes at Carlisle show, scheduled this year for August 27-30, isn’t big enough, what with 5,000 cars and 60,000 people, this year it will include a special display of the best from Bloomington Gold, the big annual Corvette showcase held in early summer in Indianapolis.

In honor of Carlisle co-founder Chip Miller, Carlisle Events and Bloomington Gold will present a Chip’s Choice showcase with Bloomington Gold president Guy Larsen and event director Bill Locke picking the dozen cars to be featured.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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