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Big Caffeine and Octane gathering to showcase vintage Broncos

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Live car shows have returned in many parts of the country, and what is billed as the nation’s largest monthly such gathering is scheduled for December 6 featuring “special and unique” vintage Ford Broncos as well as one of the new 2021 models.

It’s Caffeine and Octane, the Atlanta show that takes place in the parking lot at the Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, Georgia, just north of Atlanta. The show also has its own television series and even its own clubhouse/restaurant/TV studio.

Caffeine and Octane car show
Caffeine and Octane car show
Caffeine and Octane car show
Caffeine and Octane car show

The December car show, which will feature trucks as well as Broncos, runs from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. The monthly gathering, which typically draws more than 2,000 vehicles, is among the segments presented on the Caffeine & Octane TV show, which is in its fifth season on the NBC Sports Network, where it is shown on Tuesday evenings. 

Should neither the monthly car show date nor Tuesday evening television fit into your schedule, Caffeine & Octane has its own clubhouse, the Speed & Style Coffee/Garage.

Amelia countdown underway

Thanksgiving Day marked the start of the 100-day countdown to the 26th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on Florida’s northeast coast. The date is March 7, 2021, and the featured classes include Hispano-Suiza; Porsche 935; Muscle Cars of 1970; Chevy Thunder; Supercars of the ’80s and ’90s; Shadow Can-Am, F5000 and Formula 1; Weird and Wonderful; and Ferrari 275 GTB, as well as cars driven by the concours’ 2021 honoree, Lyn St. James.

For details and tickets, visit the concours website.

The history of Turkey Night Grand Prix

Because of the continuing coronavirus pandemic, for the first time in 65 years, there was no Turkey Night Grand Prix, the big annual U.S. Auto Club midget racing program in 2020. But plans already are under way for the 80th running in 2021. 

However, motorsports historian Harold Osmer has shared his 10-minute video history of the event.

AACA preps for 2021 events

The Antique Automobile Club of America’s 85th annual convention is scheduled for February 11-13 in Philadelphia, albeit with changes to conform with health guidelines.  

Other AACA events in early 2021 include the Western Spring Nationals, scheduled for March 10-12 and being held for the first time in Las Vegas, Nevada; the AACA Dual Nationals, March 17-20 at San Juan, Puerto Rico; and the Southeastern Spring Nationals, April 10 at the Charlotte Auto Fair in North Carolina.

The AACA also has announced a new Southeastern Division Fall Tour scheduled for October 11-15 that will include a visit to Mt. Airy, inspiration for Mayberry of Andy Griffith Show fame.

‘Tribute to Le Mans’ at Pasadera

The Concours at Pasadera, one of the many Monterey Car Week events canceled in 2020, plans to return in 2021 and has announced “Tribute to Le Mans” as its theme. Organizers said they will feature Ford v Ferrari and the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 917’s back-to-back Le Mans victories.

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.


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