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Collector Car Appreciation Day 2020 set for July 20

Our weekly car show roundup includes Spring Carlisle, Ridge Runner and London Concours updates


Although it seems likely that the emphasis this year might be on moving rather than in-a-parking-lot gatherings, the 2020 Collector Car Appreciation Day has been set for July 20, the date announced by the SEMA Action Network.

“Intended to celebrate the classics of the past and the future, the U.S. Congress has helped launch CCAD by introducing resolutions each year at the SAN’s request,” the group said. 

“The previous resolutions were sponsored by co-chairs of the SEMA-supported Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus.  These Congressional leaders have been strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington, D.C., and recognize the integral role collector cars have played in fostering our nation’s appreciation for the automobile’s unique historical place in our history.”

As usual, SEMA asks groups planning appreciation day events to publicize them free for display on a special website. To register your event, use this link.

Shelter in Your Car event

With social-distancing guidelines still recommended in my locations, one way to get your car group together is to stage a “Shelter in Your Car” driving event like the one recently by the Mississippi Valley Region of the AACA. 

The group started in Milan, Illinois, traveled through the Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, crossed the Mississippi River at Muscatine, Iowa, headed back through several river towns before a “stretch your legs” stop in Davenport, Iowa, on the way home.

Another AACA group, 26 members of the Northern Neck Region of Virginia, staged what they called “Cabin Fever Relief” with a drive through three counties on the North Neck peninsula between the Rappahannock and Potomac rivers and Chesapeake Bay.

Classic car drives salute various groups

In recent weeks, classic and collector car rolling tours have been staged to lift spirits in Vacaville and San Luis Obispo, California; to encourage shut-in residents of Watertown, Wisconsin; to honor students and especially high school graduates in Flavanna County, Virginia; and hospital workers in Huntington, New York.

Meanwhile, in Iowa, the mayor, Mark Robe, organized the Kalona Classic Car Cruise, which drew more than 65 vehicles for a drive through the town.

Rescheduled Spring Carlisle set for June 17-20

Originally scheduled for April, but postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, Carlisle Events plans to host it annual Spring Carlisle collector car flea market, corral and auction June 17-20 at the Carlisle Fairgrounds site in Pennsylvania.

“We are undertaking the proper steps necessary to assure our guests feel comfortable,” said auction operations director Tony Cline.

The annual Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals are scheduled for the same location on June 26-27 and will feature 50 years of the Monte Carlo model.

Ridge Runner Rally is June 22-25

Historic Sportscar Racing says its second Ridge Runner Rally will take place June 22-25 and will follow parameters set by CDC and state guidelines as it travels through the Smoky Mountains.

“Officials from HSR have been in contact with every hotel and planned tour stop on this year’s Ridge Runner Rally route and have been given across-the-board assurances that all properties are in compliance with current novel coronavirus countermeasures and state-mandated safety protocols,” HSR said in its news release.

The event, a rare non-racing drive for the vintage racing sanctioning body, visits Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee, starting in Chattanooga and ending in Robbinsville, North Carolina.

London Concours features ‘Lost Marques’

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London Concours will feature forgotten marques at its 2020 event | Concours photo

Facel Vega, Bizzarrini, Austin Healey, Alvin, Jensen and other “Lost Marques” will be featured August 19-20 at the London Concours staged at the Honourable Artillery Company headquarters in the British capital.

“Not all car manufacturers make it,” the concours said in a news release. “In a global industry that’s so fast-moving, so heavily regulated and so financially ruinous, manufacturers that may have deserved to stay, are often forced to disappear. 

“But, thankfully, their vehicles remain as moving sculptures of their achievements, and at London Concours 2020 we’ll once again be celebrating some of the finest Lost Marques; the beautiful, the innovative and the fast from the brands that no longer exist.”

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 June 2, 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 19-23 — London Concours, 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 Nationals (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)

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 — 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 — 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. Larry,
    Don’t forget the Santa Barbara Woodie Show, “Woodies at the Beach” is still on for July 25.
    Of course we are altering the format for more distancing, and ability to take your surfboard and get out into the water.


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