Villa d’Este concours switching to mid-October dates

Our updated list of automotive events impacted by the global pandemic

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Lake Como provides a backdrop for Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este | Dirk de Jager 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: 

  • Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the heralded Italian concours on the shores of Lake Como, has been postponed from May 22-24 to October 16-18. The new dates, however, are subject to the ongoing pandemic, organizers noted. 

“We will continue to monitor the development of the spread of the coronavirus and expect a final confirmation this June,” they reported.

 “Our early cancellation for May will hopefully make planning easier for our many overseas guests, knowing they have longer lead times for logistics, travel arrangements, etc.”

  • The Trans Am Speedfest, postponed from May 1-3, has been rescheduled for December 3-6 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
  • The Le Mans Classic vintage races have been canceled for 2020. The 2021 date has been set for July 1-4.
  • The National Association of Automobile Museums and World Forum for Motor Museums will delay its 2020 conference, scheduled for November, until April 28-May 1, 2021.
  • The British Motor Museum at Gaydon has reworked its car show schedule. The Land Rover show has moved to August 1-2, the Slot Car Festival is canceled, the Jaguar Breakfast Meet is postponed until sometime in July, the Banbury Run is rescheduled for August 16, and the Classic & Vintage Commercial Vehicle Show has been postponed until August 8-9.

Here is the 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

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

Detroit Grand Prix race weekend

Keenland Concours d’Elegance

Le Mans Classic vintage races

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

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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)

Leake Tulsa auction (rescheduled for June 26-27)

Sandhills Motoring Classic (rescheduled for September 4-6)

Bonhams Swiss auction (rescheduled for September 20)

Mini Takes the States road rally (rescheduled for summer 2021)

Luftgekuhlt 7 (rescheduled for November 1)

Road America Spring Vintage Festival

Villa d’Este concours (rescheduled for October 16-18)

Trans Am Speedfest at Laguna Seca (rescheduled for December 3-6)

Monterey SportsCar Championship (rescheduled for September 4-6)

Sea Otter Classic races at Laguna Seca (rescheduled for October 1-4)

National Association of Automobile Museums conference (rescheduled for April 28-May 1, 2021)

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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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