Road America: The Concours will go on

The iconic Elkhart Lake track will have both Friday and Saturday shows on site during the International Challenge weekend

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The race car parade enters downtown Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin | Sheboygan Press photo

Road America will continue the tradition of its race car and road car concours events during the WeatherTech International Challenge weekend July 23-26 – albeit not in downtown Elkhart Lake. The events themselves were in question, but after a successful and safe IndyCar weekend, the organizers are confident in the safety of the races and concours being held onsite.

To attend this event, advance purchase of a voucher, $10 per carload per day, is required. To purchase a voucher, visit the event website.

Since the Chicago Historic Races officially began in 1983, one of the great traditions has been Friday’s racecar parade from the track to the rustic downtown resort area. The cars are then arranged, admired and judged. After much association and libation, the cars then fire up and head back to the track with the acclaim of thousands of cheering fans.

While the parade won’t go to town this time, the parade will go around the track, then the concours will line up on the front straightaway near start/finish. Friday is the racecar concours and Saturday is the road car concours. In the past, anywhere from 130 to 150 cars participate in each event.

Both villages of Elkhart Lake and Plymouth declined to host the events because of COVID-19 restrictions.

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Just because the track is hosting the shows this year does not preclude the general public from enjoying all the sights and sounds offered by these iconic midwestern traditions. At 4 pm on both Friday and Saturday, the gates will be open for the public for a donation of $10 per carload with proceeds going to charity. The concours each day begins at 6 pm.

According to Road America spokesman John Ewert, “Fans are welcome to attend for only $10 per car each evening, with proceeds for each Concours d’Elegance being donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County and Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County.”

Guests will be able to walk the track to view cars and enjoy food, beer, wine and entertainment in the Paddock.

“Everyone is encouraged to follow safe practices at Road America during the show,” Ewert added. “Treat the event with the respect, such as social distancing (maintaining six feet from others), frequent hand washing, or using one of the many new sanitizer stations located throughout the facility. Cloth face coverings are encouraged in areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain.”

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