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Gooding links with Britain’s Concours of Elegance

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After a successful debut in 2020 in England, Gooding & Company will become a sponsor of the Concours of Elegance, also known as the British Royal Concours. The next Concours of (rather than d’) Elegance is scheduled for September 3-5 at Hampton Court Palace, however, it will not feature a Gooding auction.

“The Concours of Elegance has underlined its reputation as a gathering of the world’s rarest cars and finest global brands with an all-new long-term relationship with the world’s leading automotive auction house, Gooding & Company,” the concours said in its announcement.

“Gooding & Company returns to the Concours of Elegance for the start of the new sponsorship in 2021, having hosted a record-breaking auction at the event last year. In 2020, the ‘Passion of a Lifetime’ auction presented for viewing a selection of automotive masterpieces from a revered private collection. These vehicles represented a meticulous commitment to bringing together the most coveted and valuable examples of European sports and racing automobiles of the 20th century.”

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David Gooding (left) and his British company’s auctioneer Charlie Ross

“We are elated  to announce our new, multi-year sponsorship of the Concours of Elegance and broaden our reach as an international auction house,” David Gooding is quoted. “We are proud to partner with James Brooks-Ward and his team, and following last year’s highly successful inaugural auction at the Hampton Court Palace, we are confident in the long-term trajectory of this joint endeavor.”

There has been no announcement regarding a possible Gooding sale at the concours in 2022. Gooding did say it will have a display of vehicles at the 2021 event.

Special features of the upcoming concours include a Gulf vs. Martini celebration, a display of bespoke modern rarities in the Future Classics class, and a line-up of the coachbuilt Rolls-Royces. Also, there will be a gathering of 95 British cars to celebrate “Her Majesty The Queen’s” 95th birthday.

Salon Privé open to public for final day

England’s Salon Privé runs from September 1-5 at Blenheim Palace but is open to the public only on the final day, which it calls Classic & Supercar Day and when it doubles in size, using both north and south lawns of the palace.

“It won’t just be static displays that people will be able to revel in,” the event proclaims in its announcement. “Up until the late 1990s, Blenheim Palace regularly hosted a stage of the RAC Rally, and those sights and sounds are set to return thanks to a magnificent collection of Group A, Group B and WRC machinery that will tackle a course running from the North Gates down to the Great Vanbrugh Bridge.”

That run is being billed as the “Hill Sprint” and the grand finale expected to draw spectators at “just £45 ($62) per person.” 

“For the first time in the event’s history, enthusiasts of all ages can see and hear the very latest super and hypercars in action as they take to the hill,” the news release promises. “With special model anniversaries being celebrated, food concessions, bars and live entertainment, it’s a day for the whole family to enjoy.”

Mini sets WTF Day

To promote friendship among Mini owners, August 26 has been declared WTF Day. Oh, that’s WTF as in Wave to Friends, and it’s being celebrated on August 26 because that was the day in 1959 when the Mini was launched.

Callaway to debut its C8 Launch Edition at Carlisle

Callaway C8 Corvette

Callaway Cars will unveil its Callaway Corvette C8 “Launch Edition” August 26-28 during the Corvettes at Carlisle showcase in Pennsylvania. The illustration above shows some of the special Callaway components being used on the car. Other features include interior trim and, under the hood, Callaway ported intake manifold and Callaway Honker C8 inlet air system.

‘Roarin’ 20s’ is Dayton concours theme

Cars and motorcycles from the 1920s will be featured September 19 at the Dayton Concours d’Elegance at Carillon Park in Ohio. In addition to the concours on the historic grounds, a model car exhibition will be held inside the Dicke Transportation Center. A cars & coffee event is scheduled September 18.

Carillon Park is a 65-acre site that, like Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan, celebrates history with period buildings showcasing historic artifacts including the 1905 Wright Flyer III, an 1835 steam locomotive and the first automobile self-starter, a device created in Dayton.

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:


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


1-30 – Cars at the Capital, Washington, D.C.; 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; Dayton Concours, Ohio; 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


2-5 – SEMA Show, Las Vegas; 7 – Simply Smart, Beaulieu, UK; 11-15, AACA Southeastern Fall Tour, North Carolina; 11-13 – AACA Special Western Nationals, Phoenix; 12-13 — Carlisle Events at Lakeland, Florida; 14-17 – AACA Western Divisional Tour, Arizona; 15-17,  Chattanooga Motorcar Festival, Chattanooga, Tennessee; RADwood, Los Angeles; 28 – VW Santa Run, Beaulieu, UK

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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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