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Better check with local authorities before getting your car crowd back together

Our weekly roundup of news and notes about collector car shows


The Dayton Daily News reported over the weekend that several police departments were involved in dispersing a gathering of “several hundred people” who were taking part in a car show in a shopping center parking lot in that southern Ohio community.

The newspaper said that while police were chasing cars out of the parking lot, other cars were arriving for the show despite Ohio’s “Stay Safe Order” having been extended through May 29.

The same thing happened in Massillon, Ohio, where an estimated 600 collector cars and their owners were chased out of a former Kmart parking lot as they were getting ready for an evening cruise in a stretch of the historic Lincoln Highway between there and Canton, Ohio.

CantonRep.com reported that health commissioner Terri Argent “said if drivers had remained in their vehicles and kept a safe distance, there wouldn’t have been an issue, but many of those attending the event were hanging out in big groups and interacting with each other posing a danger to the public.”

Woodward Dream Cruise still on

Almost annually, fans of collector cars have faced a dilemma — that Monterey Car Week and the Woodward Dream Cruise have shared the same August dates and you can’t be in the Detroit suburbs and on California’s Monterey Peninsula at the same time. 

With the cancelation of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and most other Monterey events this year, it figures that the Woodward Dream Cruise could be the biggest ever (pending whatever social distancing regulations might remain in effect this summer in Michigan).

The official Cruise is scheduled for Saturday, August 15, but classics, muscle cars, customs and hot rods cruise up and down the historic avenue throughout the preceding week. In previous years, typically 40,000 cars would take part in the official event with more than a million people lining both sides of the boulevard for many miles, from just north of Detroit to Pontiac. 

Carlisle reschedules Ford Nationals

Instead of the original dates of June 5-7, Carlisle Events has announced it will reschedule its annual Ford Nationals showcase for July 31-August 2 at its fairgrounds facility in Pennsylvania. Carlisle Events says the new dates are the result of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s recent announcement of the steps that will be used to “re-open” the state. 

“The new July 31-August 2 dates offer guests even more time to enjoy the biggest and best all-Ford event of its type,” the company said. “Nearly one month into the official start of summer, days will be longer, with historically sun-shiny skies blanketing the facility and the decades of Ford-branded vehicles.”

AACA updates event calendar

The Antique Automobile Club of America has updated its 2020 event calendar. The Southeastern Spring Nationals at Charlotte, North Carolina, have been set for June 12-13 and the Eastern Division Tour re-set for August 12-15 in Maryland. The Reliability Tour based in Pennsylvania has been canceled. 

Virtual car shows

Online car shows have become popular in this era of social distancing, and Griot’s Garage will stage its third such “Caffeine & Gasoline” event May 9, with awards going to the best of show, worst of show, best story/history, best non-car and to Chris’ Pick, the favorite entry as selected by automotive television celebrity Chris Jacobs.

To enter, send a photo of your car to [email protected].com or us the #VirtualCNG on Instagram.

British show benefits health service

Another such online show was held this past weekend in England, where the Classics for Carers stay-at-home show raised money through entry fees for the National Health Service’s Charities Together fund. The format was to photograph your collector car in your driveway and submit it to the www.justgiving.com website.

Fall car-show calendar filling quickly

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

August 9-16 — Concours at Pasadera, Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals, Street Rod Nationals Southeast (Kentucky), Goodguys Great American Nationals (Pennsylvania)

August 19-20 — London Concours

August 21-23 — Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance (Colorado), Geneva (Illinois) Concours d’Elegance, Street Rod Route 66 Nationals (New Mexico), Goodguys West Coast Nationals (California), AACA Southeastern Fall Natioanls (Indiana) (plus the Indianapolis 500)

August 27-30 — Corvettes at Carlisle, Fountain Valley (California), 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, Groesbeck Grand Prix Festival of Motoring (Texas), 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, AAA Glidden Tour (Sarasota Springs, New York), Vail Classic, EyesOn Design, Goodguys Colorado Nationals, 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, Street Rod Nationals Northeast (Vermont), Arizona FuelFest (plus the 24 Hours of Le Mans)

September 25-27 — Salon Prive (England), Telluride Festival, Ironstone Concours d’Elegance (California), St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance (Maryland), Goodguys Lone Star Nationals (Texas)

October 2-4 — Audrian’s Newport Concours d‘Elegance, Fall Carlisle, Street Rod Nationals South (Knoxville, Tennessee), Goodguys Del Mar Nationals (California)

October 9-11 — AACA Eastern Fall Meet, 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)

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. The Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance presented by Porsche has decided to cancel our 2020 show, scheduled for the weekend of September 19 & 20, 2020. We care deeply for our stakeholders and the health of our local community. The Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance has grown to be Canada’s most prestigious automotive event and one of the top Concours in North America.

    After speaking with many key partners and stakeholders we believe it is our duty to cancel our 2020 show to help minimize the spread of Covid-19 both at our event but also for all those travelling to it. We will refocus our energies towards planning our 2021 show which along with other activities will be held the weekend of September 18 & 19, 2021 with the main Concours event on Sunday.

    All currently accepted vehicles & features are expected to be at the 2021 show.

    On behalf of the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Cobble Beach Golf Resort Community and the McLeese family, we would like to thank everyone for the incredible support we have received. The show could not take place without the support from our community.

    Our event supports two great Hospital Foundations: The Sunnybrook Foundation & the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation. “We encourage all our supporters if you are able to please continue to support these charities this year” said Mr. McLeese. You can find links on the Concours website to donate.

    All tickets purchased for 2020 will be valid for the new 2021 dates. Anyone who can’t accommodate the new dates can request a refund at [email protected]. We appreciate your patience as we work through refunding tickets. All refund requests must be made prior to September 1st, 2020.

    On behalf of the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance team, we hope you continue to stay safe through these uncertain times and we appreciate your continued support for 2021! We look forward to welcoming everyone the weekend of September 18 & 19, 2021.

  2. Thank you Larry,
    As of now the Santa Barbara Woodie Show, Woodies at the Beach” is still scheduled for July 25,
    In Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara City College says, practice social distancing and all precautionary practices and you are still “good to go!”


  3. Just heard the Audrain Museum Newport Concour d’ elegance has cancelled their second annual event from October 1-4. They are now planning to hold the next Concour in October 2021. With 70,000 attendees last year this cancellation while very disappointing was not unexpected. They hope to still hold several much smaller events on that weekend this year if they can be arranged.


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