Hagerty cancels British festival event for 2020

Our updated last of events postponed or canceled by the coronavirus pandemic

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The scene at the festival in 2019, when around 500 beloved but unexceptional vehicles took part | Hagerty photo

Our updated last of events postponed or canceled by the coronavirus pandemic

  • Hagerty will not stage its annual Festival of the Unexceptional as scheduled on July 25 at Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire, England. The company said in its announcement that it expects to set a 2021 return date.

“It was an agonizing decision to cancel this much-loved event, but it is the right thing to do in light of the situation we all find ourselves in,” said Marcus Atkinson, managing director of Hagerty UK. 

“We can assure fans of the event that it will return in 2021 bigger and better than ever. Until then, Hagerty extends best wishes to all clients, partners and car enthusiasts and urges everyone to do all they can to follow government advice and stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.”

The festival launched in 2014 as an event that celebrates what have been considered ordinary, unexceptional vehicles that have been lovingly maintained by their owners.

  • The Indianapolis Historic Racing Exhibition, an on-track display of vintage racing cars, will not take place in 2020 even though the 500 itself has moved to a later date. 

Here is the updated list of automotive events impacted by the global pandemic:

Canceled — 

Geneva Motor Show

Historic Vehicle Association Drive History conference

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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

McPherson College car show

Legends of the Autobahn show

Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional

Indianapolis Historic Racing Exhibition

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)

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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)

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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)

Carlisle Spring (rescheduled for June 17-20)

Wisconsin Dells car show (rescheduled for September 12-13)

Salon Prive (rescheduled for September 23-26)

NASCAR races at Martsinsville, Virginia

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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