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Bueller? Bueller? Classic flick stars at ‘Motor-In Movie Night’

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Hagerty has scheduled what it calls a “Motor-In Movie Night” for October 29 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, where a big screen will be erected on the track’s “lakebed” area.

The main attraction will be the viewing of John Hughes’ 1986 movie  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but we suspect that the event itself will turn into a pretty spectacular car show with lots of folks showing up in their classic and collector cars.

Might someone even show up driving a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder like the one that tumbles out of the house in the movie? 

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Perhaps, though Hagerty notes that there were only 100 such real Cal Spyders produced, and they’re worth around $17 million each. There also were three replicas made for the movie, and one of them sold for $396,000 earlier this year at auction.

However, if you don’t have a collector car of your own but would like to show up for the movie in one, Monterey Touring Vehicles offers a 50 percent rental discount for the night to those using the “Ferris1029” discount code.

The parking lot opens at 5 p.m., last car will be admitted at 6 p.m.  and the movie begins at 6:30, Hagerty notes. Food will be available, but you have to do an online pre-order. Parking will be done on a social-distancing basis, and all visitors will have a no-touch temperature check.

Admission is $20 for cars with families that include members of the Hagerty Drivers Club and $40 for non-members, with all proceeds going to the Monterey County Fire Relief Fund.

To register for the movie night, visit the special Hagerty website.

Goodwood Speed Week review

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Cars on the track during Goodwood SpeedWeek | Goodwood photo

“Debuts, Drift and Drama” was the headline on Goodwood’s wrapup of its once-in-a-lifetime (really? are we sure this wasn’t just the inaugural) SpeedWeek, staged this past weekend to make up in part for the cancelation of the Festival of Speed and the Revival, both victims of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

With all the anticipation of Le Mans-style sports prototypes claiming the all-time, all-out lap Goodwood Motor Circuit record in the SpeedWeek Shootout, the fastest lap — 1:09.914 — was posted by Nick Padmore in a vintage 1989 Arrows A11 Formula 1 car.

Two other one-off events were the Rally Super Special, won by Rhys Yates in a Ford Fiesta R5, and the Goodwood Driftkana, with 3-time Formula Drift champion James Deane winning 2 of the 3 rounds.

Among vehicles making debuts, in the UK if not the world, were the Ford Mustang Mach-e 1400 McLaren Elva, and Lotus Ejiva. Also celebrated were 40 years of the Audi quattro and 50 years of Range Rover.

Among celebrities taking laps were Jay Leno, Keanu Reeves and architect Norman Foster.

“We’re thrilled that we’ve been able to deliver SpeedWeek to fans across the world,” said the Duke of Richmond, host to the events.“In what has been a challenging year for all, we’re pleased that we were able to bring a little bit of joy to our international Goodwood community and new fans, when so many other events couldn’t take place.”

And technically, SpeedWeek continues, with judges Kevin McCloud, Twiggy and Richard Petty having until October 25 to announce winners in architecture, vintage fashions and liveries on the Mini. 

Pop-Up follow up

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The scene at the Pop-Up show | British Motor Show photos
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A week ago, we shared news of the launch of a series of “Pop-Up” car shows being staged to help create interest in the 2021 British Motor Show scheduled for next August. Show officials report that the opening weekend of that first show at the Festival Place shopping center in Basingstroke, UK, drew more than 4,000 visitors.

And that even with coronavirus pandemic measures in place.

“It was an amazing weekend and surpassed all expectations, especially given that we didn’t overly promote the event to ensure Covid-19 compliance and not risk creating big queues,” said British Motor Show chief executive Andy Entistle.

Among the featured vehicles in the “Pop-Up” was a Tesla that has been driven 150,000 miles, shown to demonstrate the longevity of EV drivetrains.

People attending the “Pop-Up” shows can buy motor show advance tickets at a discount.

Radwood offers online car show

Radwood, which was staging a series of car and lifestyle shows that turned the clock back to the 1980s and ‘90s, will participate in the Classic Motorsports Concours d’Cancelation virtual car show. Entries close on October 30. For information, visit the event website.

Historic Vehicle Association cancels conference

The Historic Vehicle Association has announced cancelation of its 2021 DriveHistory Conference, and has rescheduled the event for 2022. For more information, visit the conference website.

To share news of your local car shows and cruises, email journal@classiccars.com

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.


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