New York plans Concours d’Glamour + Grit

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New York skyline provides backdrop for the concours on the roof | New York Concours photos

“d’Elegance” has no part in the name of the New York Concours, now scheduled for its second-year showcase on September 19. 

For one thing, the setting for this concours is different; it is staged on a rooftop.

For another thing, the traditional concours is a competition of elegance, “a judged beauty competition celebrating the artistry, history and craftsmanship of the automobile,” the New Yorkers note, adding that such events display “precious vintage and classic cars, some of which might only be seen once in a lifetime.”

 “We are not using d’elegance in our name as we feel New York City is more glamorous with a dash of grit than classically elegant,” the organizers add. 

“Therefore, our vision is to create a Glamour + Grit event that exudes New York City culture and offers more than a car show or just viewing beautiful cars. We curate experiences of pop culture, luxury lifestyle and live music for you to enjoy with family and friends. All with the backdrop of New York City.”

The second New York City Concours is scheduled to take place on The Rooftop at Pier 17 in the Manhattan Seaport District on the East River, “with stunning 360-degree views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines.” Since it runs from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., it also includes a view of sunset over the New York Harbor. 

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The NYC Concours features 50 “rarely seen iconic classic cars” as well as live music, a special display of collectible “sneakers,” a collector car forum, local art and fashion, all within walking distance of the Oculus and new World Trade Center. 

The event also raises funds for the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club.

Carlisle reschedules Spring show, auction

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Carlisle Events will move its Spring Carlisle car show to June 17-20. 

“Social distancing seems to be working and our country is on the right track to getting back to normalcy,” said Carlisle Events co-owner Bill Miller.  “While we are all going in the right direction, we also recognize a continued need to protect our community of Carlisle, staff, guests and customers who historically attend Spring Carlisle and our auction… A summertime car event with Dad over Father’s Day weekend is how we’ll present the event.”

Wisconsin Dells delays 34th annual car show

Wisconsin Dells Festivals has announced that its 34th annual Automotion Classic Car Show has been postponed until September 12-13. Show organizers anticipate 1,200 classic vehicles to be on display at the Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park venue.

Fall car-show calendar filling quickly

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the fall car-show and concours calendar continues to evolve and to fill to overflowing some dates. Here’s the updated schedule, based on official announcements, as of April 14, 2020:

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August 9-16 — Monterey Car Week, Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals

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, Foothills Motoring Festival (Pinehurst, North Carolina), Royal Concours of Elegance (England)

September 11-13 — Goodwood Revival, Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance, Vail Classic, EyesOn Design, Wisconsin Dells Automotion

September 18-20 — Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance, New York City Concours, 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, Street Rod Nationals South (Knoxville, Tennessee)

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, Western Street Rod Nationals (Bakersfield, California), Luftgekuhlt 7 (Durham, North Carolina)

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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.

3 COMMENTS

  1. It would be nice if added a section of cars for trade I don’t know of anyone that has that you would be the first gus

  2. This is a very stupid show made for the 1%, elitist and not for enthusiast. My wife and I live 5 minutes from where the show is held. We currently own 2 vintage air cooled 911s both, quite original and both, quite valuable.
    We also are PCA members and frequent most of the car culture events in the Tri-State area. Before sunrise the morning of the show while walking our sheepdog puppy Thaddeus, I watched them unload the cars and talked to a few of the handlers. Later in the day when it was time to attend the show, we were shocked, horrified and insulted by what we found. Entry, $150.00 each! I calmly asked what we would be getting for $300.00 and I was told we get to look at the cars plus, view a sneaker collection, eat hors-d’oeuvres, drink the selected alcohol and get to mingle with other like minded people. When I questioned the motive of the show and who they were hoping this show was to appeal with I was told very matter a fact that the show was not for people like me since it was obvious, I could not afford the admission. Hmmmm, did I say I have 2 vintage Porsches worth over $200,000, did I say I live 5 minutes from the show and by the way own my coop loft in a historic building and have a sheepdog puppy? A couple from Germany who also wanted to attend were also blindsided by the arrogance and greed and walked away. Needless to say, we walked away, too but, before leaving, I gave quite a sincere and heartfelt Sicilian-New Yorker opinion on the entire proceedings.

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