More cancelations, but VanDerBrink plans live auction for May 30

Our updated list of automotive events impacted by the global pandemic

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A 1951 Hudson Hornet 4-door sedan is among the vehicles on the VanDerBrink docket. Also being offered is the adjacent 1963 Studebaker Avanti R2, one of 9 Avantis, and not countinng nearly half a dozen Avanti engineering prototypes | VanDerBrink Auctions photo

The coronavirus pandemic is having a major impact on automotive events, many of which are being canceled or postponed. Here are the latest announcements: 

  • The North American International Auto Show in Detroit, formerly held in January but moved this year to June in an effort to reinvigorate the event, has been canceled because the host TCF Center has been designated as a field hospital for virus cases for at least six months.
  •  The AACA has canceled its Western Spring Nationals and Founders Tour, scheduled for April in Arizona, and has canceled its Central Spring Nationals, scheduled for May in Auburn, Indiana.
  •  The National Corvette Museum’s Motorsports Park has extended its closure until April 22.
  • The LaJolla Concours d’Elegance has been rescheduled for September 19-20.
  •  Scuderia Southwest has canceled the Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering scheduled for April 4 in Arizona.

On the other hand, VanDerBrink Auctions plans to resume live in-person events with a sale of the Virgil Marple Collection of around 100 collector cars and antique tractors on May 30 in Maple Plain, Minnesota.

“(The late) Virgil Marple and his wife traveled the U.S looking for orphan cars,” VanDerBrink reports. “His collection has over 40 Studebakers, many Packards, Pierce Arrow, Franklin, along with Chevrolet, and several antique tractors. 

“Being an engineer, he was constantly looking for cars that showed excellence in mechanical engineering. Studebaker, Packard, along with other 0rphan cars proved to intrigue his engineer thinking.”

Here is our updated list of automotive events impacted to date by the pandemic:

Canceled — 

Geneva Motor Show

Historic Vehicle Association Drive History conference

Australian Grand Prix F1 race

Goodguys events in Texas and Arizona

Greenwich Concours d’Elegance

Buffalo Motorama

MAG auction, Peoria, Arizona

Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance

Studebaker Extravaganza at AACA Museum

Muscle Car City March 21 car show

Merzouga Rally

RM Auctions Auburn Spring sale

Monaco, Dutch and Spanish F1 races

Monaco Historic Grand Prix

RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction

World of Outlaws California spring tour (through April 18)

Bonhams Goodwood Member’s Meeting auction

  McPherson College C.A.R.S. Club car show and motoring festival

Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance

AACA Central Spring Nationals

Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering for April

Detroit auto show

Postponed — 

New York Auto Show

Techno-Classic Essen and RM Sotheby’s auction (tentatively rescheduled for mid-June)

Bahrain, Vietnam and Chinese Grand Prix races 

IndyCar races at St. Petersburg, Alabama, Long Beach and Texas

IMSA races at St. Petersburg, Sebring (rescheduled for November 11-14), Alabama and Long Beach

RADwood events in South Carolina and Philadelphia

F9 movie (rescheduled for release April 2, 2021)

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Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction (rescheduled for October)

RM Auctions Palm Beach auction (to be held as online-only sale)

NASCAR races at Atlanta and Homestead-Miami

NHRA Gatornationals

Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 2020 induction ceremony

Team Shelby Bash

Road Racing Drivers Club Evening with Rick Mears

Michelin NCM Bash at the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park (rescheduled for May 28-30)

Vehicle production at Lamborghini and Ferrari

Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show (UK)

ZF installation education program (through March 31)

NASCAR races (through May 3)

Bicester Heritage April Scramble (rescheduled for June 21)

National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park (all events suspended until April 6)

Arizona FuelFest, rescheduled for September 19

Porsche, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Volvo, Aston Martin and Skoda suspend vehicle production

General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Volvo and Nissan suspend vehicle production in the U.S. through March. Ford also has suspended production in South America, India, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam.

Scottsdale Off-Road Expo

Charlotte Auto Fair (rescheduled for June 12-14)

Spring open house at Lingenfelter Collection

Caffeine and Octane events scheduled for April

Mecum Auctions in Iowa and Texas

Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance (rescheduled for September 4-6)

Formula E racing season

24 Hours of Le Mans (rescheduled for September 19-20)

Gooding & Company London auction

Mille Miglia (rescheduled for October 22-25)

Ferrari Challenge races at Indianapolis and Snetterton

Michelin NCM Bash (rescheduled for May 28-30)

Spring Goo car show and auction (rescheduled for May 27-31)

Copperstate 1000 vintage rally (rescheduled for October 31-November 4)

Sonoma Speed Festival vintage racing weekend (rescheduled for September 4-6)

Keels & Wheels (rescheduled for October 17-18)

2021 Pirelli Calendar

Goodwood Festival of Speed

Indianapolis 500 (rescheduled for August 23)

Relocated

Classic Car Auctions (UK), moving to Warwickshire Event Centre

Temporarily closed — 

Newport Car Museum (until further notice)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum (until March 30)

Studebaker National Museum

Owls Head Transportation Museum

AACA Museum

Petersen Automotive Museum (through March 31)

California Automobile Museum (through March 31)

The Henry Ford museum (through April 5)

National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park (until April 22)

Phoenix Art Museum (through April 6)

Blackhawk Collection museum (through April 7)

Automotive Hall of Fame (through April)

Motorsports Hall of Fame (until further notice)

Stahl’s Auto Collection (until further notice)

LeMay — America’s Car Museum (until further notice)

Saratoga Automobile Museum (until further notice)

Gilmore Car Museum (until further notice)

Mustang Owner’s Museum (until further notice)

California Agriculture Museum (until further notice)

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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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