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Collector Car Appreciation Day set for July 9

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Collector Car Appreciation Day 2021 has been set for July 9, the SEMA Action Network has announced.   

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“Intended to celebrate the classics of the past and the future, the U.S. Congress has helped launch CCAD by introducing resolutions each year at the SAN’s request,” the SEMA lobbying arm said, noting that the day, to be held for the 12th time, is supported by Congressional resolutions.

“Each resolution was sponsored by co-chairs of the SEMA-supported Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus,” SEMA said. “These Congressional leaders have been strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington, D.C., and recognize the integral role collector cars have played in fostering our nation’s appreciation for the automobile’s unique historical place in our history.”

As usual, SEMA has established an online calendar of events related to the appreciation day and a link to car clubs, individuals and business owners can publicize their related events. 

How do you do a virtual wine tasting?

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Former NFL coach Dick Vermeil hosts virtual wine tasting during Philadelphia concours | Concours photo

Part of the 2021 Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance is a virtual wine tasting featuring car guy and former football coach Dick Vermeil. How, we wondered, does someone do a virtual wine tasting? Here’s how:

In addition to being a car guy, vintage racer, and former football coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and other NFL teams, Vermeil has a winery and also is heavily involved in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia through Cool Cars for Kids. Participating in the virtual tasting on July 16 is a Zoom event. 

You register for the event by June 18 (there are 5 levels of donation, from $500 to $10,000) which is early enough for three bottles of Vermeil Wines to be shipped to your location, along with a gourmet “Taste of DiBruno” box of cheeses, meats, crackers and nuts. You then join the Zoom event with Vermeil for the tasting, which may be virtual via Zoom but which will be real wherever you take part.

By the way, Vermeil Wines is not just a hobby for the coach. His great grandfathers arrived in the Napa Valley in the late 1880s and among other businesses, they founded a winery.

Back to the Bricks tour under way

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Back to the Bricks includes a series of car shows with the big finale in Flint, Michigan | Back to the Bricks photo

The Woodward Dream Cruise (scheduled this year for August 21 through Detroit’s northern suburbs) may be on classic car collectors’ bucket lists, but there’s another event just a little farther to the north that may not be quite as large, but that may make it easier to manage.

It’s The Back to the Bricks classic car celebration that takes place on in Flint, Michigan, the original home of General Motors. 

Like the Detroit cruise, Back to the Bricks actually stretches out for several days, though in the case of the celebration in Flint, it actually began June 4 with a series of car shows in various Michigan communities. 

Those shows conclude this week with an event June 9 in St. Johns. 

Bricks organizers also plan another promotional event, a road rally, on July 24.

Great Race begins June 19

The Great Race, a 2,000-mile, 8-day drive for vintage cars, launches June 19 from San Antonio, Texas, and heads for the June 27 finish line in Greenville, South Carolina.

The annual event, first held in 1983, was postponed last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The event is a competition based on maintaining a specified average speed on various stages. 

Vehicles are of pre-1974 manufacture with teams competing in Grand Championship, Expert, Sportsman and X-Cup (student) divisions.  

Corvettes join Carlisle GM Nationals

Carlisle Events has announced that its annual Carlisle GM Nationals, scheduled for June 25-26, will include more than 200 Corvettes taking part in a special charity car show to benefit the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation.

“Corvettes for Chip” usually is held in the fall, but it is being moved this year to be part of the GM showcase, which also will feature a Comic-Car Con, 50th anniversary celebrations of the Vega and H-Platform, a GM Swaps display and a Solid Lifter exhibit.

Sheryl Crow headlines Motor City Car Crawl

Sheryl Crow will be the headline entertainer August 7 during the inaugural Motor City Car Crawl, a 4-day event being staged by the Detroit Auto Dealers Association and the Downtown Detroit Partnership.

“Following a year that had a negative impact on many organizations, especially non-profits, we are thrilled to create and host a new event that will raise money for children’s charities,” Doug North, DADA special events chairman, was quoted in the announcement. “We are especially thankful to feature a big name, like Sheryl Crow, as our headliner to help draw people downtown.”

The event runs August 5-8 and will benefit nine children’s charities.

Race of Remembrance set for November

The Race of Remembrance Weekend has been set for November 12-14 in the UK, Mission Motorsport has announced.

Mission Motorsport, The Forces’ Motorsport Charity, uses motorsport and the automotive industry aids the recovery of those affected by military operations. As it approaches its 10th anniversary, the charity reports that it has hosted more than 2,000 wounded, injured and ailing service personnel at events and helped an additional 2,000 veterans find employment.

The Race of Remembrance is a go-karting competition that includes a 12-hour endurance event at the Anglesey Circuit in North Wales.

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:


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; 19-27 – Great Race, Texas to South Carolina; 20 – Father’s Day, KC Auto Museum, Olathe; Blackhawk Museum, Danville, California; Rodeo Drive tour, Beverly Hills, California; Hot Rod & Custom cars, Beaulieu, UK; 25-26 – Carlisle GM Nationals, Pennsylvania; Star City Motor Madness, Roanoke, Virginia; 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


1-3 – AACA Central Spring Nationals, Auburn, Indiana; 2-4 Goodguys Heartland Nationals, Iowa; 3-4 – Austin 7 Rally, Beaulieu, UK; 8-10, Iola Car Show, Wisconsin; 8-11, Goodwood Festival of Speed, UK; 9 – Collector Car Appreciation Day; 9-11 – Carlisle Chrysler Nationals, Pennsylvania; Goodguys, Columbus, Ohio; 10 – Steam Day, Seal Cove, Maine; DeutscheMarques, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 11 – Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Hickory Corners, Michigan; Simply Land Rover, Beaulieu, UK; 11-16 – AACA Vintage Tour, Lock Haven/Wellsboro, Pennsylvania; 16-17 – Horseless Carriage Club, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 16-18 – Street Machine Nationals, St. Paul, Minnesota; Hillsborough concours, California; Auto Royale, Aylesbury, UK; 17 — Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance, Pennsylvania; Albaugh Classic Car Show, Ankeny, Iowa; Simply Vauxhall, Beaulieu, UK; 17-18 – Classic Nostalgia, Shelsley Walsh, UK; 18, The Great Car Show, Kansas City; Classics on Main Street, Forest Grove, Oregon; Simply Ford, Beaulieu, UK; Corvette Envy, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 21 – Woodward Dream Cruise, Michigan; 22-24 – AACA Grand Nationals, New Ulm, Minnesota; 23-25 – Concours d’Elegance of America, Michigan; Goodguys Pacific Northwest, Payallup, Washington; 24 – Mopars At the Red Barns, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 25 – Simply Japanese, Beaulieu, UK; Ultimate Truck Show, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 31 – Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional, Lincolnshire, UK.


1 – GM/Chevy Show, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 5-8 – Motor City Car Crawl, Detroit; 6 – Concours at Pasadera, Carmel Valley, California; 6-8 – Carlisle Truck Nationals, Pennsylvania; 7 – Red Barns Spectacular, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 7-8, Supercar weekend, Beaulieu, UK; 13 – The Quail, Carmel Valley, California; 14 – Lincoln Homecoming, Hickory Corners, Michigan; Concorso Italiano, Seaside, California; 13-15 – Goodguys Great Northwest Nationals, Spokane; 14-15 — AACA car show, Lindsay, Ontario; VW T(ransport) Chill, Beaulieu, UK: 15, Pebble Beach Concours, Monterey, California, 15 – Graham Walker Run (vintage motorcycles), Beaulieu, UK; 19 – EyesOn Design, Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan; 20-22 – Goodguys Great American, York, Pennsylvania; 21 – Woodward Dream Cruise, northern Detroit suburbs; Back to the Bricks, Flint, Michigan; Relix Riot (hot rods and customs), Hickory Corners, Michigan; San Marino Motor Classic, Pasadena, California; 22 – Simply Mercedes, Beaulieu, UK; 24 – Import Showcase, Seal Cove, Maine; 26-28 – Corvettes at Carlisle, Pennsylvania; 27-29 – Goodguys WEst Coast, Pleasantom, California; 28 – Automobilia: Art & Design, Carmel, Indiana; 28-29 – Taste of Motorsports, Portland, Oregon; 29 – Pierce-Arrow Gathering, Hickory Corners, Michigan

Have an event to add? Email details to 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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