Woodies will show in Santa Barbara, but Nomads, Pittsburgh GP canceled for 2020

Usual Woodward Dream Cruise sideline events won’t be allowed, but the road is a public thoroughfare so cruisers still expected

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20th annual Woodies at the Beach event will be scaled back in line with health standards but will display cars at Santa Barbara, California, in late July | Santa Barbara Woodie Club photo

The 20th annual Woodies at the Beach show in Santa Barbara, California, is still on for July 25, though officials might require social distancing and other health precautions, notes Santa Barbara Woodie Club president Rick White.

“We have non-profits that depend on us that help clothe and feed and do essential things,” White noted.

So while the event won’t be as large as in some past years, when as many as 150 of the historic wood-sided station wagons have taken part, the show still will go on, this year at the beach near the east entrance to the University of California Santa Barbara campus.

The change actually returns the event to its roots, White said, noting that 20 years ago, the show began with a gathering that included surfing.

“But now we’re too old,” he added.

With the fund-raising goal in mind, White said the club is asking those unable to attend to consider sending the equivalent of what they would have spent on gas and other expenses to the club to contribute to the check to charity.

Nomad convention canceled

While the woodie wagons will be gathering, the 2020 convention of the Chevrolet Nomad Association has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The event was scheduled for July 12-16 at Pontiac, Michigan. The group was founded in 1989 to preserve and restore the 1955-57 Chevrolet Nomad station wagons. 

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The 2021 convention is scheduled for July 25-30, 2012, in Reno, Nevada. For more information, visit the association website.

Pittsburgh vintage events canceled for 2020

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix includes sports car races through Schenley Park | Event photo

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, a festival of vintage vehicles scheduled for July 16-26, has been canceled, though at least two of its events — a waterfront cruise July 21 and a countryside tour July 23 — still take place, organizers said.

The organizing committee also plans to work with other groups to stage driving tours this summer in support of charities supported by the Grand Prix . Last year, the events, which includes a pair of vintage sports car racing opportunities, raised more than $350,000 for the autism research and treatment.

Woodward side events banned 

In light of the coronavirus, suburban governments along Woodward Avenue between Detroit and Flint have voted not to allow events that need special permits in conjunction with the annual Woodward Dream Cruise

As one suburban city manager told the Detroit Free Press, there will be no special permits, no pop-up tents allowed, no special parking, no concession stands, no (non-moving) car shows.

However, since the boulevard itself is a state highway, thousands of vintage vehicles are expected to cruise up and down the roadway on August 15 and in the days before.

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The Dream Cruise started in 1995 as a fund-raiser for a local soccer team and since has grown into the world’s largest single-day automotive festival, with thousands of vehicles parading past more than a million people lining the avenue for several miles.

Fall car-show calendar

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the fall car-show and concours calendar continues to evolve. Here’s the updated schedule, based on official announcements, as of May 26, 2020: 

August 9-16 — Concours at Pasadera, Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals, Woodward Dream Cruise (Detroit suburbs), Street Rod Nationals Southeast (Kentucky), Goodguys Great American Nationals (Pennsylvania), Indy 500 Corvette pace car homecoming

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), Goodguys Nashville Nationals (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)

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September 11-13 — Goodwood Revival, AAA Glidden Tour (Sarasota Springs, New York), Vail Classic, Goodguys Colorado Nationals, Wisconsin Dells Automotion

September 18-20 — 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), Catskill Congest Rally (New York)

October 2-4 — 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, Charlotte Auto Fair, (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)

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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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