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@example.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)