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Festival of the Unexceptional returns in late July

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Although the setting is the historic 16-century Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire, UK, the cars expected July 31 for the 7th Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional tend to be mundane, but that’s precisely the point for this Concours de l’Ordinaire.

This car show is not focused on the expensive or exotic, but on the vehicles that “were once a common sight but are not a rarity on UK roads.”

“Dust off your Datsuns, polish your Peugeots, and rev up those Reliants,” Hagerty said in its call for entries as the show returns after a year off because of the coronavirus pandemic.

 Hagerty said it’s delighted that the world-famous Festival of the Unexceptional will return in 2021.

Grimsthorpe Castle will provide the backdrop fo the 2021 Festival of the Unexceptional

“The unique event celebrates cherished everyday classic cars and acknowledges this growing movement among owners and enthusiasts alike,” Hagerty’s announcement continued.

“Showcasing much-maligned and long-forgotten ‘ordinary’ classic cars and commercial vehicles of the late 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, Festival of the Unexceptional remains the only concours that applauds an Applause, believes in basic, makes a case for a Cavalier and fawns over an FSO. In keeping with the spirit of the event, guests are welcome to arrive in the latest supercar but are forewarned that an Ambassador will gain more privileges than an Aventador when it comes to being offered forward parking.”

The show sounds like a lot of fun, and for ordinary folks with ordinary cars that they have loved and maintained. Wonder when Hagerty will host a similar event on this side of the pond?

Two-stroke motorcycles featured at Amelia Island

Devlin 428 | Ryan Hunt photo courtesy Amelia Island concours

“Race, fast, exotic and eccentric” is how organizers of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance describe the two-stroke motorcycle class that will be featured at the 26th annual event May 23 in northeast Florida.

“The two-stroke motorcycle engine has a foot in two worlds,” the concours new release notes. “For developing nations (and those emerging from defeat in World War II) the two-stroke motorcycle was the path of least resistance for individuals requiring personal transportation. The two-stroke is simpler, easier to build and ultimately easier to coax big power from than a four-stroke engine. 

“For decades exotic two-stroke engines ruled Grand Prix and motocross racing until they were legislated out of existence. Two strokes were lightweights without the bulk of a valve train or separate lubrication system. Every stroke brought ignition. Simplicity was a core strength. So was power. And so was that hazy blue exhaust smoke.”

Among the two-stroke machines to be featured at the concours is a 1924 Scott Flying Squirrel, a water-cooled two-stroke twin; a DK-powered 50cc Victoria Avanti known as “the Tin Banana;” a 1974 Suzuki T500 that was among the bikes that brought the two-stroke into the American mainstream motorcycle marketplace; and the Devlin 428, a 2013 build by Devlin Hunt with an exotic hammered aluminum body and built to pre-1978 road racing-class specifications with a 67-horsepower engine based on a 1976 Yamaha RD400 two stroke. 

1924 Scott Flying Squirrel | Mark Scott photo courtesy Amelia Island concours

Mustang Club staging 45th anniversary gathering

The Mustang Club of America states its 45th anniversary gathering April 2-4 at the Road Atlanta racing circuit in Braselton, Georgia. The schedule includes car shows with judging and autocross, parade laps and even a high-performance driving event (helmets required) on the track.

Ontario show celebrating 50 years

The Ontario region of the Antique Automobile Club of America hosts its 50th annual AACA Automotive flea market and car show, scheduled for August 14-15 at the fairgrounds in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada. For more details, visit the region’s website.

GM show ready for 42nd year

The 42nd annual “General Motors on Display” car show is scheduled for June 2 from 9 a.m. until noon in Macungie Memorial Park in Macungie, Pennsylvania. The show, open to all GM vehicles, is staged by the Keystone State Chapter of the Pontiac-Oakland Club International. In addition to vehicles on display, the event includes a GM parts flea market.

Le Mans vintage races postponed again

The Le Mans Classic, one of Europe’s biggest vintage racing festivals, was canceled by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and has been canceled again for the same reason. The biennial event is now scheduled for July 2022.

“Due to the more than capricious changes in the constraints applied to large-scale events, Peter Auto and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest were forced to postpone once again the 10th edition of Le Mans Classic to the first or second weekend of July 2022,” organizers said.

“It is totally impossible to organize a miniature of the event, which normally welcomes 200,000 spectators,” they added of a reduced format.”

Although generally staged every other year, the organizers also plan at 2023 event to celebrate the centennial of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

HSR season opens this week

Kremer Porsche 934
Kremer Porsche 934 | HSR photo

Historic Sportscar Racing launches its 2021 season March 31 with the Spring Fling at Sebring International Raceway in central Florida, where a Wednesday through Saturday scheduled will allow competitors and spectators to head home for Easter Sunday.

Among the highlights of the entry list is the former No. 65 Kremer Porsche 934 which has been restored to its 1976 Le Mans livery by car owner Tom McGlynn and the 901 Shop. The car finished 19th overall at Le Mans with Bob Wollek, Didier Pironi and Marie-Claude Beaumont driving.

McGlynn took delivery of the car in 2018 in the orange Jagermeister livery it wore in its second Le Mans appearance in 1978 and ran it that way at the 2019 Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

The Spring Fling event also will feature four generations of cars that competed in the Ferrari Challenge competition, as well as former NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, who will be racing in a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro. 

2021 car show and concours calendar

The following are dates currently set (but subject to change) for a variety of concours d’elegance, car shows and driving tours scheduled during 2021:


2-4 – Mustang Club of America, Braselton, Georgia; 9-11, Goodguys at Scottsdale, Arizona; 10 – Meadowbrook Park, Prairie Village, Kansas; 19-22, AACA Southeastern Division Chain of Lakes Tour, Florida; 21-25 – Spring Carlisle, Pennsylvania; 23-25 – Goodguys North Carolina Nationals, Raleigh; Derbuy GT tour, Belgium; 24 — Carolina Cruise, Kannapolis to Concord, North Carolina; 25 – Simply Aston Martin, Beaulieu, UK; 30-May 1, Darryl Starbirds National Rod & Custom Show, Tulsa, Oklahoma.


1 – Big Displacement Showcase, Seal Cove, Maine; McPherson College CARS Club, Kansas; 1-2 – Keels & Wheels, Seabrook, Texas; 9 – Mother’s Day, KC Auto Museum, Olathe; Simply Vauxhall, Beaulieu, UK; 14-15 – Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals, Pennsylvania; 15 – Vintage Travel Trailer Rally, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 15-16, Goodwood Members’ Meeting, UK: 16 – Simply Audi, Beaulieu, UK; 20-23 – Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Amelia Island, Florida; AACA Founders Tour, Davis, West Virginia; 21-23 – Goodguys Salt Lake Nationals, Utah; 23 – Simply Electric, Beaulieu, UK; 28-30 – Goodguys Nashville Nationals, Tennessee


2 – GM on Display, Macungie, Pennsylvania; 2-6, Retromobile, Paris, France, AACA Eastern Divisional Tour, Cambridge, Maryland; 4-6 – Carlisle Ford Nationals, Pennsylvania; Street Machine Nationals, DuQuoin, Illinois; 

Goodguys All Star Get-Together, Fort Worth, Texas; 5-6, Friends of Steve McQueen, Chino Hills, California; 6, Albuquerque Lowrider Super Show, New Mexico, Simply Porsche, Beaulieu, UK; 8-10 – London Concours, UK; 12 – Drop Top Showcase, Seal Cove, Maine; Oddballs & Obscurities, KC Auto Museum, Olathe; 12-13 – Cincinnati concours, Ohio; E-type 60 years, Shelsley Walsh, UK; 13 – Mini Cooper Day, Beaulieu, UK; 17-19, AACA Eastern Spring Nationals, Saratoga, New York; Simply VW, Beaulieu, UK; 18-19 – Micro-Mini Car World, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 19 – All Air-Cooled Gathering, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 20 – Father’s Day, KC Auto Museum, Olathe; Blackhawk Museum, Danville, California; Hot Rod & Custom cars, Beaulieu, UK; 25-26 – Carlisle GM Nationals, Pennsylvania; 25-26 – Congress of Motorcars, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 26 – Miles through Time, Clarkesville, Georgia; 27 – Oldsmobiles & Orphans, Hickory Corners, Michigan; Simply Jaguar, Beaulieu, UK

Have an event to add? Email details to [email protected].

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, 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.


  1. Dear Classic Car readers
    I have here in Finland an oldie, Chrysler New Yorker Fifth Avenue from 1990, my fathers old car. Now I have lost the head rests by rebuilding, and cannot find anywhere, and this car is very rare in the whole Europe. Could somebody have a hint, where I could find them. The material is blue velour.
    Wir from Finland, Turku


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