Who can claim title as America’s longest-running weekly car show?

Kissimmee, Florida, stakes its claim

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Kissimmee claims its weekly car show is the longest-running in the United States. Any challengers for that title out there? | PositivelyOsceola.com photo

The coronavirus pandemic has interrupted local weekly car shows from coast to coast, but things are opening up and  PositvelyOsceola.com reports that when the Friday Muscle Car Show and Saturday Classic Car Show resume the weekend of June 12-13 in the Old Town section of Kissimmee, Florida, the tandem shows will maintain a claim to the title of “America’s Longest Running Weekly Car Show.”

If Kissimmee sounds familiar, it’s likely because you recognize it as the site for Mecum Auctions’ huge collector car sale each January. (Either that, or you’re a big fan of the Florida Fire Frogs minor league baseball team, or perhaps you’ve been to the community’s mouse-hosted theme park.)

“The shows have been a weekly tradition for over 30 years,” the website reports, adding that on June 13, “There will be a limited number of cars cruising at 4 p.m. to maintain the title of ‘America’s Longest Running Weekly Car Show’.”

But is “more than 30 years” really the longest-running such weekly gathering of collector cars in the country? Perhaps. But feel free to use the Comments section below to stake your local show’s claim to that title.

Meanwhile, in Kissimmee, social-distancing will be practiced as the weekly shows resume, and while there will be live music, the website notes, “dancing in front of the stage” has been temporarily suspended.

EyesOn plans Pop-Up cruise for Father’s Day

Just as in the 20201 event poster, your car can be photographed in front of the Ford House during Father’s Day 2020 ‘pop-up’ cruise

Although its’ annual concours has been canceled for 2020, EyesOn Design plans what it’s calling “A Father’s Day Pop-Up Event” for June 21.

Here’s the plan: Cruise along Lake Shore Drive between the War Memorial in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, and the Ford House in Grosse Point Shores between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. June 21 (click here to go to the registration form; there’s no charge to participate). 

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At the Ford House, enter the main (South) gate and drive to the main house where a professional photographer will be waiting to capture your car in front of the historic home of Edsel and Eleanor Ford. (You’ll exit via the North gate.)

After the event, EyesOn judges will select 16 vehicles to be judged via social media in a contest to select the “Car I Most Want to Cruise In.”

Goodguys set Hall of Fame road tours

“The time has come to lock in your spot,” the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association says, for its annual Hall of Fame Road Tours. Both tours begin this year in Salt Lake City, Utah, but each will have its own route to Fort Worth, Texas, and the 28th annual Lone Star Nationals.

Each route is open only to 50 vehicles. The Parks & Plaines Tour will visit such locations as Yellowstone and the Grand Teton, the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore, Carhenge, and a variety of garages and car museums. The Rocky Mountain Tour includes Yellowsone Park, the Garden of the Gods, a drive up Pikes Peak, Royal Gorge Bridge, and, of course, garages and car collections.

For details, visit the road tour website.

Las Vegas announces concours features

The second Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for October 23-25 in the new Las Vegas Ball Park in Summerlin and has announced the featured marque will be Cadillac, as well as celebrating  30 years of Lamborghini Diablo and — how much more Vegas could it get? — the cars of Elvis Presley.

Orphan, Oregon shows canceled for 2020

All cars at the Orphan show earn a spot in the pass-in-review ceremony. In 2019, Ernie Brown drove away from the review stand with a trophy as the judges’ favorite Studebaker | Larry Edsall photo

The 24th annual Orphan Car show, planned for September 20 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, has been canceled for 2020. The show celebrates classic vehicles from American automakers no longer in business and from import brands that no longer sell cars in the U.S. 

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In addition, the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum said it also is canceling its cruise nights program for this summer.  

Meanwhile, organizers of the Oregon Festival of Cars have announced cancelation of their September 2020 event at the Deschutes Historical Museum in Bend.

Global virtual show entry deadline is June 15

Concours Virtual is the name of a global online car show planned to run from June 30 until August 9, backers have announced, adding that judges for the online show include the likes of Nick Mason, the Duke of Richmond and Wayne Carini.

“Given the present circumstances, a virtual concours is far superior to no event at all,” Mason is quoted in the announcement. “But perhaps best of all, it’s an opportunity to raise much needed funds for that most worthy of organizations – Unicef.”

The show’s goal is to raise £100,000 for Unicef UK.

The show will offer 17 vehicle classes, including Cars of the Art Deco period, Concept Cars of the 1970s and 70 Years of F1. Entry deadline is June 15 and entry can be made through the Concours Virtual website.

“The love of the automobile endures,” McKeel Hagerty is quoted in the news release. “Through pandemics, wars, recessions and uncertainty, people who love cars will carry on. The Concours Virtual is a celebration of that spirit.”

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 9, 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

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August 19-20 — London Concours (England) 

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 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, 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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