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The Quail returns with Montreal, Citroen SM features

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Aerial view of The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering | Event photo

“The 50th anniversary of the Alfa Romeo Montreal” and “Automotive Couture, French Cars featuring the 50th Anniversary of the Citroen SM” are the featured events for the return August 13 of The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering during Monterey Car Week.

“The 18th annual event will welcome more than 200 sports and racing vehicles and honor the 50th anniversaries of some of the most unique sports and grand touring cars of the 1970s,” the event said in announcing its return after being canceled by the pandemic in 2020.

In addition to the featured classes, the event will include pre-war sports and racing cars, post-war racing cars, sports and racing motorcycles, “The Great Ferraris,” “Custom Coachwork,” post-war sports cars 1945-60, post-war sports cars 1961-75, and “The Evolution of the Supercar.”

The event at The Quail Lodge also serves as a major car week garden party with five gourmet culinary pavilions, a series of fireside chats with “motorsports legends and (auto) industry luminaries,” and admission to the Bonhams auction.

Philadelphia concours features Corvette

After being canceled by the pandemic in 2020, the Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance returns in 2021 and on July 17 will feature the Chevrolet Corvette, “America’s Sports Car.” The concours and a car corral are staged by Cool Cars for Kids at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, which benefits the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

In addition to the automotive displays, the day will include a panel discussion about Corvette racing, and a stop on the Rally Across America tour.

43rd Mitty vintage racing wrap up 

Eric Lux in the Goldcrest Motorsports 1973 Porsche 911 RSR (No. 0) | HSR photo

Eric Lux drove two cars to victories in three events at the 43rd Historic Sportscar Racing Mitty vintage races this past weekend at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. Lux drove the Goldcrest Motorsports 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 to victories Friday and Sunday and in between he led the large-displacement Sasco Sports competition in the Goldcrest Motorsports 1973 Porsche 911 RSR.

It was a Porsche sweep of the Sasco events with Craig Watkins topping the Race B group in a 1968 911.

The weekend marked the start of Goodyear’s sponsorship of the HSR stock car class, with Mark Furcini winning in a 2005 Dodge Charger.

The HSR series resumes competition May 20-23 with the Barber Historics in Alabama.

Hot Wheels Legends Tour launches

The fourth annual Hot Wheels Legends Tour launches its North American schedule April 29, albeit with a virtual event scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. (Pacific) via the Hot Wheels Facebook page and YouTube channel. 

“Hundreds of cars have been submitted by custom car builders across the United States and Canada, all competing to become the next Hot Wheels Garage of Legends inductee and have their ride turned into a Hot Wheels die-cast vehicle that will be sold – and played with by kids of all ages – around the world,” Mattel said in its announcement.

“While we look forward to the Hot Wheels Legends Tour returning to in-person events, the virtual contest format has created opportunities for more fans across the United States and Canada to share their passion projects,” added Ted Wu, head of Hot Wheels Design. “With so many submissions already in North America and immensely popular events in Australia and New Zealand earlier this month, we’re confident this year’s competition will be fierce.”

Plans call for 13 in-person tour events around the world, culminating with a 2021 finale at which the full-scale custom car to be turned into a 1:64 scale die-cast will be announced. Dates and locations for the live tour events are to be announced soon, Mattel added.

Barrington sets collector car show

Barrington, an upscale community in Chicago’s northwestern suburbs, is the home to so many classic car collectors that the local Chamber of Commerce has decided to showcase those collectors and their vehicles at a downtown community car show scheduled for June 26. 

“Collecting classic cars is more than a hobby, it is about preserving a story and a piece of history,” Chamber president Suzanne Corr told the local Daily Herald.

“Classic car collectors pour their enthusiasm, energy, and, yes, money into restoring and showing vintage vehicles,” the newspaper noted.

“Owning classic cars can be irresistible and emotionally compelling for the stories they represent. They capture the art and history of engineering and design,” Corr added.

Scaglietti to be featured at Auto Royale

Scaglietti designed 1956 Ferrari 290 MM 250 TR | Concours photo

The UK’s Auto Royale, aka the British International Concours d’Elegance at Waddlesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, has announced a featured showcase of six race cars and six road cars designed by Sergio Scaglietti. 

“When one thinks of Italian coachbuilders, many iconic names come to mind,” said event director Paul Mathers. “But when one considers Italy’s most collectable marque, one carrozzeria trumps them all.  The son of a carpenter, Sergio Scaglietti founded his eponymous design and coachbuilding company in Modena in 1951, and its location across the road from Ferrari, combined with Sergio’s accomplished bodywork and design skills was destined to bring him and Enzo together for some of the finest automotive collaborations of the last century.”

And thus the 70th anniversary of Scaglietti’s work will be celebrated July 12.

“Starting out as a body shop, and having caught the eye of Ferrari, Scaglietti soon began building Ferrari coachwork to Pininfarina designs,” Mathers added. “However, because his own designs were both lightweight and aerodynamic, Scaglietti was soon given the job of both design and construction, particularly of Ferrari’s race cars.” 

30 under 30 at Hampton Court

The Concours of Elegance, scheduled for September 3-5 at Hampton Court Palace in England, will encourage the next generation of automotive enthusiasts with what it is calling its 30Under30 category. 

The category includes six classes and is open to car owners aged 30 or under and to vehicles produced from 1900 to 1999. The classes are:

  • Pioneer Petrolheads for vehicles from 1900-1939
  • Best of British, 1940-1979
  • Italian Stallions, 1940-1979
  • French Fancies, 1940-1979
  • American Muscle, 1940-1979
  • Leg Warmers & Spice Girls, vehicles from 1980-1999

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:

April

30-May 1, Darryl Starbirds National Rod & Custom Show, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

May

1 – Big Displacement Showcase, Seal Cove, Maine; McPherson College CARS Club, Kansas; 1-2 – Keels & Wheels, Seabrook, Texas; Boulder City Rod Run, Nevada; 9 – Mother’s Day, KC Auto Museum, Olathe; Simply Vauxhall, Beaulieu, UK; 14-15 – Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals, Pennsylvania; 14-16 – Houston Art Car Experience, Texas; 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

June

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; Heritage Auto Show, Cape Cod; Oddballs & Obscurities, KC Auto Museum, Olathe; Catskill Conquest Covered Bridge Rally, Saratoga, New York; 12-13 – Cincinnati concours, Ohio; E-type 60 years, Shelsley Walsh, UK; 13 – Fabulous Ford Forever, Irwindale, California; 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; Community Car Show, Barrington, Illinois; 27 – Oldsmobiles & Orphans, Hickory Corners, Michigan; Simply Jaguar, Beaulieu, UK

Have an event to add? Email details to journal@classiccars.com

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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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