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More Monterey cancelations: The Quail, Concorso, Lemons, Jet Center showcase

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


After the announcement the evening of April 22 that the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance had been canceled for 2020, several other Monterey Car Week events following suit with their own announcements in the following 36 hours:

  • The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering will be “delayed” until August 13, 2021. 

“Now is the time to stay home and stay safe,” Quail Lodge general manager Kai Lermen was quoted in the cancelation announcement. “The Quail will return in 2021 with all the grandeur, elegance and excitement for which the event is renowned.”

The Quail also announced that Bonhams, which annually holds a collector car auction in conjunction with the Motorsports Gathering, plans “an alternate auction in California around this time (the original 2020 dates)” but added that Bonhams has yet to announce specific details of that sale.

The Motorsports Gathering is organized by McCall Events, which also announced that the annual McCall Motorworks Reunion, held mid-Monterey week at the Jet Center, will not take place in 2020.

  • Also canceling for 2020 is Concorso Italiano, which said on its Facebook page that it plans to return on August 14, 2021.
  • The founder of the Concours On The Avenue in Carmel-By-The-Sea said the event will not take place in 2020 because it could not obtain a permit from the city council because of pandemic fears.
  • The Concours d’Lemons California 2020, also scheduled as part of Monterey Car Week 2020, has been canceled. Organizers announced the date for 2021 as August 14. and said the show again will be held at the Seaside City Hall.

“Have you seen the types of cars that show up?” Lemons “head gasket” Alan Galbraith, is quoted in the announcement. “Our participants risk their lives enough just by driving these rust buckets to the show.”

As for the postponement until 2021 in light of the coronavirus pandemic, he added, “We didn’t want to expose participants or spectators to anything worse than the jokes I tell at the awards ceremony. They make enough people ill as it is.” 

He added, however, that an online virtual Lemons show is in the works, with details to be announced on the organization’s website.

  • The Knights of Columbus chapter that stages the annual Carmel Mission Classic show early in Monterey Car Week says on its website that it has suspended 2020 ticket sales and car registrations as it considers whether to stage the show this year.
  • Among auction companies, Gooding & Co. already has announced cancelation of its Pebble Beach sale, Worldwide Auctioneers has canceled its sale in Pacific Grove and Russo and Steele has removed mention of its Monterey 2020 sale from its website but does report plans for an auction there in 2021.

Other collector car events announcing postponements are: 

  • The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association has postponed its inaugural Salt Lake Nationals, which was scheduled for May 15-17 to July 17-19 at Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City.
  • The 48th Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance at Pacific University has been postponed until July 2021.
  • The FountainValley (California) concours-style car show has been postponed until August 29.
  • Historic Sportscar Racing has postponed its Atlanta Fall Historics until October 8-11 at Michelin Road Atlanta.

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

McPherson College car show

Legends of the Autobahn show

Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional

Indianapolis Historic Racing Exhibition

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Gooding & Company Pebble Beach auction

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

McCalls Motorworks Reunion

Concours d’Lemons

Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance

Concours on the Avenue

Concorso Italiano

Russo and Steele Monterey auction

Worldwide Auctioneers Pacific Grove auction

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)

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

Goodguys Salt Lake Nationals (rescheduled for July 17-19)

Fountain Valley (California) car show (rescheduled for August 29)

HSR Atlanta Fall Historics (rescheduled for October 8-11)

Bonhams Carmel auction

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
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.


  1. I find it interesting that all the car venues for Monterey car week in August have cancel/postponed except for Mecum ? Are they holding out as long as possible ?


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