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Audrain, Cobble Beach concours canceled for 2020

Mecum delays Indy auction, Great Race postponed until late August


The world may be in the process of reopening, but the effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue. The Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance, scheduled for September 19-20 in Ontario, Canada, has been canceled for 2020. So has the Audrain Concours & Motor Week, scheduled for October 2-4 in Newport, Rhode Island.

  • In Canada, concours organizers expressed continuing concern about Covid-19 and its potential presence at the event and the possible spread of the virus as people traveled to and from the show. 

Founded in 2011 by the McLeese family, the Cobble Beach event quickly became Canada’s premier concours. The concours raises money for two hospitals, the Sunnybrook Foundation and the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation. Event organizers expressed the hope that its supporters would continue to support those institutions.

A Stutz Bearcat crosses the bridge at Cobble Beach | Cobble Beach Concours
  • Meanwhile, the Audrain event, which made its debut in 2019, won’t take place again until September 30-October 3, 2021.

“After a careful review of Governor Raimondo’s Reopen RI phased approach and in the best interest of our visitor guests, concours participants, judges, staff, volunteers, partner sponsors and the general public, we have come to the decision,” organizers said.

“After welcoming nearly 70,000 visitor guests in 2019, it would be difficult to imagine a way to host them in the manner Newport and the event deserves in the current conditions,” said Audrain chief executive Donald Osborne. 

“This is especially important to us as the enthusiastic response from Concours entrants, volunteers and partner sponsors indicated that all were eager to come together and build on the excitement and success of our inaugural event.”

  • Though not a cancelation, the annual Great Race for vintage vehicles sponsored by Hemmings Motor News has been postponed from June 20-28 to August 22-30. The route this year runs from San Antonio, Texas, to Greenville, South Carolina.

“The Great Race will follow all CDC, state and local guidelines, and officials have been working closely with cities to have spectators line the streets on the way into the venue to ensure social distancing rather than in large groups,” event organizers said in their announcement.

  • Mecum Auctions announced that it will postpone the Eddie Vannoy Collection sale, has postponed Dana Mecum’s 33rd Original Spring Classic sale at Indianapolis until July 10-18, but plans to go forward with its Gone Farmin’ auction in Davenport, Iowa, on June 17-20.

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

Vicari Auctions at Nocoma, Texas

47th annual Back to the Fifties car show

Barrett-Jackson Northeast auction

Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Audrain’s Concours d’Elegance and Motor Week

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

The Great Race (postponed until August 22-30)

Mecum Auctions Indianapolis (rescheduled for July 10-18)

Mecum Auctions Vannoy Collection

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.


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