In this age of the coronavirus pandemic, virtual car shows have replaced those we’ve enjoyed for so many years, those held on weekends in parking lots or maybe even on a golf course fairway, where you could wander and admire, even get a peek under a hood or two.
With the temporary hiatus of Monterey Car Week, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is staging a virtual facsimile with a variety of events available online in August.
ACD Festival is a go
While so many in-person events have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, there are some that are scheduled to take place. With the proviso that plans are subject to change depending on state and local health guidelines, organizers of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival have assured the local kcpnews.com outlet that the 64th annual ACD Festival is a go for August 29-September 5 in the northeastern Indiana community of Auburn.
The event will celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Auburn Car Company as well as “Women Behind the Wheel.”
“The 2020 ACD Festival may be different in some respects this year as we remain mindful of the current climate, but will remain the quality classic car celebration and family-friendly event that attendees have enjoyed for 64 years,” festival board president Mike Boswell told kcpnews.
Meanwhile, the festival website notes that a complete schedule will be posted soon.
Goodwood festivals canceled for 2020
The Duke of Richmond and Gordon has announced the cancelation for 2020 of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival. Both events already had been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
He also announced the revival of the Goodwood Supporters’ Association, originally founded 25 years ago “to help overcome a seemingly insurmountable challenge – bringing racing back to Goodwood Motor Circuit.”
However, he added, “The challenge we face today is very different, but perhaps even more serious, as it threatens the future of the entire estate. Bringing people together to enjoy the things they love is fundamental to everything we do at Goodwood, so social distancing is having a catastrophic impact on all areas of our business. It is a worrying time, in the face of which we are doing what we can to salvage a future for our events.
“We have, of course, placed the safety of our customers and staff above all else, but now we begin to face the implications of the ‘new normal’ as the government attempts to balance the demands of health and the economy. We are hoping that we may be able to keep the flame alive with a ‘behind closed doors’ motorsport occasion in the autumn, for everyone to enjoy at home, but in terms of business the most this will do is limit damage.
“We count on our headline events to generate all of our operating profit, and their absence has left us with millions in overheads to pay and no income since March, placing not only future events but even the long-term survival of the estate under considerable strain. It is therefore my hope that, with the renewal of the GSA, you may consider standing beside us as we weather this storm.”
For more information, visit the Goodwood Supporters’ Association website.
London to Brighton announcement coming in July
Organizers of the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run say they will make an announcement about the fate of their annual November event sometime in July.
“The health and safety of the participants and all those needed to stage the event is our primary concern,” said Royal Automobile Club chairman Ben Cussons. “Delaying the decision will allow us to monitor the situation and develop our plans according to Government advice. We sincerely hope that travel and hospitality will resume, thus enabling enthusiasts from around the world to celebrate the World’s oldest motoring event.
“We are looking at a range of options and are determined to commemorate the 1896 Emancipation Run in one way or another, ideally with the traditional drive from London to Brighton.”
The annual event remains tentatively scheduled for November 1.
Burien car show becomes Father’s Day cruise
The annual Father’s Day car show in the Seattle suburb of Burien, Washington, will become a cruise rather than static showcase this year, according to the b-townblog.com.
The change is a response to the coronavirus pandemic. Under the new format, cars will cruise through Normandy Park and Burien on June 21 and those living along the route can participate in the People’s Choice award voting online.
For details, visit the Discover Burien website.
NSRA revises its show schedule
The National Street Rod Association has revised its 2020 calendar of events.
The Street Rod Nationals South in Knoxville, Tennessee, have been reset for October 2-4; the Mid-American Street Rod Nationals in Springfield, Missouri, are scheduled for October 16-18; the Western Street Rod Nationals in Bakersfield, California, are on for October 30-November 1 and the Southeast Street Rod Nationals in Tampa, Florida, will take place December 4-6.
The Street Rod Nationals East at York, Pennsylvania, have been canceled.
Arizona town resumes monthly cruise-in
The Prescott Antique Auto Club, based in what once was Arizona’s capitol city, resumes its monthly third-Thursday cruise-ins June 18. The gatherings are held in the Depot Marketplace Center in historic downtown Prescott. If needed, extra display space will be available in the BMO Harris Bank lot after 5 p.m.
Spring Carlisle is on, but without live auction
The postponed Spring Carlisle show is scheduled for the June 18-19 weekend in Pennsylvania, but Carlisle Events has announced that instead of a live collector car auction as part of the weekend lineup, those sales will be conducted online instead. For details, visit the auction website.
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 16, 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 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 Conquest 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), Mid-American Street Rod Nationals (Missouri)
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)