Hershey Fall Meet, Hilton Head concours canceled

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

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In normal years, the Fall Meet at Hershey is a mammoth event, one of the largest gatherings of the collector car community | AACA photo

Even as many businesses and sports events are being allowed to re-open across the country, automotive events that draw large crowds continue to be cancelled. The latest include the annual AACA Eastern Fall Meet at Hershey, Pennsylvania, and the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance.

“Please note: As of 5/28/2020, the Eastern Fall Meet has been cancelled,” it was reported on the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Fall Meet website.

This is the first time in the events 65-year history at the Fall Meet has been canceled. The AACA’s Hershey Region executive board said the decision was difficult, that it knows some people will be upset and others will applaud the decision, but that the “health and welfare” of those involved in staging such an event had to be considered.

Meanwhile, Hilton Head organizers said, “Without a clear picture of how the virus will be impacting lives come October, and with no influence or control over potential new or ongoing safety processes, we have concluded that we cannot assuredly provide a safe environment for this gathering of over 20,000 people.  

“Further, our major supporters and sponsors face the same ambiguity as they consider their financial investment for a fall 2020 event, as well as the safety of their own event staff.”

And the Hershey Fall Meet and Hilton Head concours aren’t alone. Also being canceled or postponed are:

  • The Concours d’Elegance at Copshahlom in South Bend, Indiana, canceled for 2020. The 2021 date has been set for July 10.
  • The Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance in Malvern, Pennsylvania, canceled for 2020. The 2021 dates are September 10-12.
  • At the recommendation of the Russian Ministry of Sport and Russian Automotive Federation, the 10th Silk Way Rally, scheduled for July 2-11 from Paris to Moscow to Beijing, has been canceled for 2020. Officials say they are working on 2021 dates for an event that is part of both the world auto and motorcycle cross-country rally championships.
  • Mecum has canceled its collector car auction at Denver and has rescheduled its sale at Houston for December 3-5.

Here is the updated list of collector and other 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

EyesOn Design concours

Iola Car Show

Concours d’Elegance at Copshahlom

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Radnor Hunt concours

AACA Hershey Fall Meet

Mecum Denver auction

Silk Way Rally

Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance

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

Mecum Auctions Indianapolis (rescheduled for July 10-18)

Mecum Auctions Vannoy Collection

Indianapolis 500 Corvette pace car homecoming (rescheduled for August 13-16)

Goodguys Nashville Nationals (rescheduled for August 28-30)

Mecum Houston auction (rescheduled for December 3-5)

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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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  1. Add the NY Auto Show to the list of events now cancelled as they were unable to make the revised date for the show work either.

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