Canadian association recommends car clubs cancel events

But at the same time, the group is making plans for appreciation day in July

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Canadian car clubs plan another cross-country tour for vintage vehicles in 2022 | Coasters illustration

In light of the continuing coronavirus pandemic, the National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada has recommended that country’s car clubs cancel all activities, including any meetings involving more than 5 people, until further notice. 

Hopefully, however, that recommendation might be lifted by July 12, which the group notes has been designated as International Collector Car Appreciation Day, and not only in Canada but in the United States and elsewhere. In Canada, July also has been proclaimed as Automobile Heritage Month. 

Fraser and Dorothy Field, shown with their 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air ambulance, again will be trip leaders for a vintage vehicle drive across Canada in 2022 | Coasters photo

Everyone in the hobby on both sides of the border has to hope that things are back to normal long before the next Coasters Cross Canada Tour, which already has filled with 55 vintage vehicles scheduled for a drive from Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia, starting July 5 and ending August 28 in 2022. The 2022 tour will mark the 55th anniversary of the inaugural Coasters tour held in 1967.

Concorso Italiano raising money for Italy relief effort

Italy is among the countries struck most severely by the coronavirus pandemic and organizers of Concorso Italiano, the celebration of all things Italian that takes place each August on the Monterey Peninsula, are raising money to support the Bergamo region northeast of Milan.

“Bergamo and the surrounding regions are also home to many of the manufacturers and suppliers of our favorite Italian automotive brands,” writes Thomas McDowell, Concorso chairman. “This beautiful area is where many of the news stories of the thousands of infections and hundreds of deaths are occurring in Italy.”

Thus $10 from each Concorso ticket and vehicle registration by May 1 will be donated to the Cesvi Foundation. Those who already have purchased tickets or registrations can made an additional contribution and the Concorso Italiano Foundation will match those contributions. To make a direct contribution, visit the Cesvi Foundation’s Go Fund Me page.

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Fall car-show calendar filling quickly

The postponement of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, one of the world’s premier collector car celebrations, figures to only make more complicated the car-show calendar this fall. 

Goodwood is looking at a late summer/early autumn time slot, and already has its annual Goodwood Revival vintage racing event scheduled for September 11-13. 

Here’s how the calendar is shaping up with events originally scheduled and those postponed because of the pandemic:

August 9-16 — Monterey Car Week

August 21-23 — Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance (Colorado), Geneva (Illinois) Concours d’Elegance (plus the Indianapolis 500)

August 28-30 — Corvettes at Carlisle, Artmobilia Weekend (Carmel, Indiana) (plus the rescheduled New York International Auto Show)

September 4-7 (Labor Day weekend) — Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance, Lime Rock Historic Festival, Crescent Beach Concours d’Elegance,  Sonoma Speed Festival, Royal Concours of Elegance (England)

September 11-13 — Goodwood Revival, Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance, Vail Classic

September 18-20 — Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance, New York City Concours d’Elegance, Dayton Concours d’Elegance, Oregon Festival of Cars, LaJolla Concours d’Elegance, Arizona FuelFest (plus the 24 Hours of Le Mans)

September 25-27 — Telluride Festival, Ironstone Concours d’Elegance (California), St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance (Maryland)

October 2-4 — Audrian’s Newport Concours ‘Elegance, Fall Carlisle

October 9-11 — Chico Concours d’Elegance (California)

October 16-18 — Chattanooga Motorcar Festival, Keels & Wheels, Lake Mirror Concours d’Elegance (Florida)

October 23-25 — Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance (plus the Mille Miglia race/rally)

October 30-November 1 — Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance, Copperstate 1000 vintage rally car show

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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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