More events postponed or canceled by pandemic

Our updated list of automotive events impacted by the global pandemic

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Tire-smoking performance is part of the annual Import & Performance Nationals | Carlisle Events photos

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 Mitty vintage racing weekend, scheduled for April 23-26 at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, has been canceled. In addition, the Historic Sportscar Racing Fall Histories, originally scheduled for September 23-26, will be postponed to a later date in the fall to run in support of the Petit Le Mans race.
  • The EyesOn Design, a concours-style “automotive design exhibition” annually held on Father’s Day weekend, has been postponed until September 13, which is Grandparent’s Day. The event is held at the Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan.
  • Carlisle Events has postponed its Import & Performance Nationals show until August 14-16. The event was scheduled for May 15-17.
  • The National Street Rod Association has postponed three events. The Street Rod Nationals South at Knoxville, Tennessee, will be held October 2-4; the Western Street Rod Nationals at Bakersfield, California, have been rescheduled for October 30-November 1 and the Southeast Street Rod Nationals at Tampa, Florida, will be delayed until December 4-6.
  • NASCAR will postpone until the 2022 season the introduction of its Next Gen race car.
  • RM Sotheby’s has postponed its sale of “The Elkhart Collection” to October 23-24. The event had been scheduled for May 1-2.
  • Mecum Auctions has postponed its Gone Farmin’ Spring Classic auction in Davenport, Iowa, until June 17-20.

Meanwhile, this notice on the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance homepage: “We care deeply about the entrants, judges and guests of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and we want to act wisely in regard to this new challenge that we are all now facing. Our event is several months into the future, and we still hope to be able to celebrate our love of cars together on August 16, 2020 — so we continue to plan accordingly.”

The Monterey Herald newspaper reported on April 2 that its survey of Monterey Car Week event organizers indicated that all events are still scheduled. The newspaper quoted the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau as saying it is too soon to assess the situation, but it also quoted one event organizer as saying that 90 days in advance would seem to be the point of no return. 

According to the Pebble Beach website, we are 135 days out from the concours.

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 car show

Merzouga Rally

RM Auctions Auburn Spring sale

Monaco, Dutch and Spanish F1 races

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Monaco Historic Grand Prix

RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction

World of Outlaws California spring tour

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

Paris Motor Show

Mecum Auctions Portland, Oregon, sale

The Mitty vintage racing weekend

Postponed — 

New York Auto Show (rescheduled for August 28-September 6)

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)

Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction (rescheduled for October)

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)

NASCAR races (through May 3)

Bicester Heritage April Scramble (rescheduled for June 21)

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)

LaJolla Concours d’Elegance (rescheduled for September 19-20)

London Concours (rescheduled for August 19-20)

Mecum Auctions Indianapolis sale (rescheduled for June 23-28)

HSR Fall Historics races

Introduction of NASCAR’s Next Gen race car

Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin’ Spring Classic auction (rescheduled for June 17-20)

EyesOn Design concours (rescheduled for September 13)

Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals (rescheduled for August 14-16)

RM Sotheby’s Elkhart Collection auction (rescheduled for October 23-24)

National Street Rod Nationals South (rescheduled for October 2-4)

National Street Rod Western Nationals (rescheduled for October 30-November 1)

National Stree Rod Southeast Nationals (rescheduled for December 4-6)

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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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  1. The public health authorities have recommended that when it appears that we (the USA) can begin to return to somewhat normal activities, both commercial and social, it should be done in stages, not all at once. As the upcoming 2020 Pebble Beach Concours and related events are pretty much intensive, all-at- once events, this doesn’t seem to fit the description of a slow, careful return to normal public behavior. If the “point of no return” is 90 days, as suggested, we’re running out of time to decide. For that reason I think that if the event is to be postponed or cancelled for this year, the decision ought to be made no later than the end of this month, April. Many people and organizations will be affected, either way, from transport companies and local caterers, to private entrants and auction companies and all their suppliers and volunteers. IMO large public gatherings such as the PB Concours- not to mention other events such as various local music festivals (Bach, Jazz, etc)- should be postponed indefinitely until either a remedy or a vaccine for the virus has become available and proven effective. Be safe, not sorry!

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