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NHRA drag racers to be featured at Goodwood Revival

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Noting that 2021 marks 70 years since the Festival of Britain and the founding of the National Hot Rod Association, the Goodwood Revival meeting, scheduled for September 17-19, will turn the clock back to 1951. In addition to a miniature Festival of Britain taking place at admission Gate 2, the Revival will feature more than 60 hot rods, including what figures to be the largest display of 1932 Fords in the UK.

“The summer of 1951 saw millions of visitors flock to the Festival of Britain on London’s South Bank, a national showcase of British manufacturing and design, six years after the end of World War II and one hundred years since the Great Exhibition of 1851,” Goodwood said in its news release. 

“Promoting British science, technology, industrial design, architecture and the arts, the Festival proved immensely popular as a beacon for change that helped reshape British arts, crafts, designs and sports for a generation.

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Artist’s rendering of anticipated Goodwood version of the Festival of Britain

“To celebrate the occasion, Goodwood will be recreating a slice of that festival atmosphere at Gate 2 of the Motor Circuit. There will be nods to the vibrant colors of the Festival of Britain with colorful ‘lollipops’ throughout the trees and geometric patterns on the buildings, while the famous Hans Tisdall Cockerel mural will also be re-created. 

“The area will be a hub of color and entertainment and a helter skelter and Punch and Judy stage will provide entertainment throughout the day.”

But there was more to 1951 than the British Festival, Goodwood notes. “2021 also marks 70 years since Wally Parks founded the National Hot Rod Association in America and Goodwood is hoping to host one of the largest ever gatherings of the mean machines in Europe with the aim of there being one car for every year of the NHRA’s age. This iconic slice of Americana will be celebrated at a relocated Gasoline Alley which will feature bleachers, a mock drag strip, performance stage and dancing.”

Among the cars being showcased are 16 of the Rolling Bones from a hot rod shop in Greenfield Centre, New York. Other clubs taking part include the Low Fliers, the Originals, the Vultures, and the Detonators, of which American racing star Dan Gurney was a member.

Porsche plans big Velocity Invitational display

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As many as five of the Porsche 917 race cars are expected for November showcase on the Monterey Peninsula | Velocity Invitational photo

The Velocity Invitational, scheduled for November 11-4 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, has announced its motorsports and luxury lifestyle event will feature an exhibition of Porsche 917 race cars as well as other historic Porsche models.

The event is being staged by the team behind the Sonoma Speed Festival and says Porsche will be the official sponsor. 

“Porsche vehicles have been a dominant force on the track and the street since the original 356/1 first took to the road in 1948,” noted event founder Jeff O’Neill. “Velocity Invitational will highlight some of Porsche’s greatest racing cars on track, while Porsche’s curated showcase of 917 race cars will give guests a rare opportunity to see these engineering wonders up close and in action.”

Five 917s are scheduled to take part, as are several 962 and 962C endurance-racing sports prototypes. Also included are 911 RSRs, Porsche racers from the late ‘60s including 908 and 910 and even cars such as the RSKs and two Abarth Carreras from even earlier periods.

In addition to race cars, the event includes a food and wine pavilion, and Porsche will be offering test drives of its Taycan on the streets of Monterey.

Concours for the Next Generation

The RPM Foundation and the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance will stage what they’re terming the “Concours For The Next Generation” as part of the South Carolina event this fall by offering eight places on the show field for participants who meet certain criteria:

They must be less than 30 years of age or current automotive students, interns or apprentices, and must own a vehicle produced before 1996 that is ready to be shown and in which they have had “a significant hands-on role in the restoration of at least one major component (such as engine, body, interior).”

13th annual Euro Fest is October 1-2

The 13th annual Renaissance Euro Fest Classic European auto and motorcycle show is scheduled for October 1-2 at Colony Park in Ridgeland, Mississippi. The event is open to vehicles produced at least 25 years earlier, except for a select group of by-invitation special-interest vehicles.

Registration to show a vehicle and spectator admission are free. More than 15,000 people are expected, according to show organizers who also are organizing police-escorted drives to the event for car owners from Memphis and New Orleans. 

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:


11 – Little Car Show, Pacific Grove, California; 12 – Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance, Monterey Peninsula; 12-15 – Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Salinas, California; 13 – The Quail, Carmel Valley, California; Porsche Werks Reunion, Seaside, California; Pacific Grove Auto Rally; 13-14 — AACA Western Fall Nationals, Loveland, Colorado; 13-15 – Goodguys Great Northwest Nationals, Spokane; 14 – Lincoln Homecoming, Hickory Corners, Michigan; Concorso Italiano, Seaside, California; Concours d’Lemons, Seaside, California; Legends of the Autobahn, Monterey, California; Back to the Museum Summer Swing Night,  El Segundo, California; 14-15 — AACA car show, Lindsay, Ontario; VW T(ransport) Chill, Beaulieu, UK: 15, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Monterey, California, 15 – Graham Walker Run (vintage motorcycles), Beaulieu, UK; 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; RADwood, Chicago; 28-29 – Taste of Motorsports, Portland, Oregon; 29 – Pierce-Arrow Gathering, Hickory Corners, Michigan


3-5 – Concours of Elegance, Hampton Court, UK; 4-5 – International Autojumble (swap meet), 6-12 — Mustang Week, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; 9-11 – AACA Southeastern Fall Nationals, Greenville, South Carolina; 10 – Luftgekuhlt 7, Indianapolis; 10-12 – Goodguys Colorado Nationals, Loveland; 

Porsche Sportscar Together Festival, Indianapolis; 11-12 – Off-Road Expo Arizona; 12 – Muscle Cars, Hickory Corners, Michigan; Simply French, Beaulieu, UK; 12-17 – Revival AAA Glidden Tour, Saratoga Springs, New York; 17-19, Goodwood Revival, UK; Oregon Festival of Cars, Bend; Vail Automotive Classic, Colorado; 18 – Ford Model A Day, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 18-19 – Taste of Motorsports, Sonoma, California; 19 – EyesOn Design, Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan; RADwood, Seattle; Simply BMW, Beaulieu, UK; 21-26, Motor Bella, Pontiac, Michigan; 24-25 – Cadillac-LaSalle Fall Festival, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 24-26 – Detroit 4Fest, Mt. Holly, Michigan; Goodguys Lone Star Nationals, Fort Worth; 25 — Autumn in the Mountains, Mills River, North Carolina; 26 – Catskill Conquest Rally, Saratoga, New York; Camaros at the Corners, Hickory Corners, Michigan;  Simply British Classics, Beaulieu, UK; 29-October 3 – Fall Carlisle, Pennsylvania; 30-October 3, American Speed Festival, Pontiac, Michigan; Audrain Newport Concours & Motorweek, Rhode Island


1-2 – Euro Fest, Ridgeland, Mississippi; La Jolla Motor Car Classic, California; 1-3 – Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Italy; Goodguys Del Mar Nationals, California; 6-9 — AACA Eastern Fall Nationals & Flea Market, Hershey, Pennsylvania; 6-10 – Zoute concours, Belgium; 8-9 – Z Nationals, Road Atlanta; 9 – RADwood, Austin, Texas; DesutscheMarques Oktoberfest, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 13-14 – Goodguys Get-Together, Pleasanton, California; 16 – Gilmore Fall Color Tour, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 19-21 – Goodguys Southwest Nationals, Scottsdale; 21-24 – Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance, Nevada; Auto e Moto d’Epoca, Padua, Italy; 22-25 – Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, Connecticut; 23 – RADwood, Greenwich, Connecticut; 29 – Fort Lauderdale Concours, Florida

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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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