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Watch: Ride along on Audrain concours tour

Our weekly roundup of car show (and sometimes vintage racing) news and notes


Torque Media has finished the first of its video reports on the 2021 Audrain Newport Concours & Motor Week, this one featuring The Tour:

Audrain to sponsor Goodwood Members’ Meeting

Audrain Motorsports, a division of the group that includes a car museum and concours in Rhode Island, has announced a deal that makes it the present sponsor for the next four years of the annual Goodwood Members’ Meeting vintage racing weekend at the Goodwood Circuit in England.

“When we revived the Members’ Meeting in 2014, we wanted to recapture the intimacy and camaraderie of the members-only race weekends held at Goodwood Motor Circuit from 1949-66, for our wonderfully supportive GRRC Members and Fellows,” the Duke of Richmond is quoted in the announcement. “Audrain Motorsport absolutely shares Goodwood’s philosophy for creating and sharing exceptional motoring experiences, and I am delighted to welcome them as presenting partner for the Members’ Meeting.”

Dine with the designers at Hilton Head

Designers past and present from Ford, General Motors and Pixar have agreed to provide a “behind the scenes” glimpse into their work in a special fund-raising event scheduled for 6:30 p.m. November 6 as part of the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance and Motoring Festival in South Carolina.

The dine-with-the-designers event will be held at the Harbour Town Clubhouse at The Sea Pines Resort and will benefit Driving Young America, the concours program that supports charities and automotive education.

Earlier in the day, the designers will take part in a “greatest hits tour,” from 11:15 a.m. until noon as they tour the show field at the Car Club Showcase and discuss the design of selected vehicles.

Designers agreeing to take part — and to have some original sketches put up for auction at the event — include Michael Simcoe, head of design at General Motors; Moray Callum, former vice president at Ford; Craig Metros, former Ford truck design director; Jay Ward, creative director of the Cars franchise at Pixar Animation Studios; and Kip Wasenko, former GM designer.

The Hilton Head concours also announced a film festival and ‘80s car display for November 4 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

How Smart is this show?

Hundreds of Smart cars are expected to turn out at Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu on November 7 for the “Simply Smart” show. 

And inside the museum, the exhibit “Bond in Motion — No Time to Die” opens October 15. 

Road America featured on Wisconsin license plate

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has approved a “special recognition” license plate honoring the Road America race track. Personalized plates with the track outline also are available, the track announced.

HSR sets 2022 vintage racing calendar

Historic Sportscar Racing has set an 8-race calendar of vintage events for 2022: 

April 6-8 — Sebring Spring Fling

April 28-May 1 — Mitty at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta

May 19-22 — Barber Historics, Birmingham, Alabama

Augus 11-22 — Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Pre-Reunion

September 15-18 — Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival

October 13-16 — Atlanta Fall Historics

November 2-6 — Classic Daytona

November 30-December 4 — Classic Sebring: Pisstons and Props

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:


13-14 – Goodguys Get-Together, Pleasanton, California; 15-16 — Chattanooga Motorcar Festival, Tennessee; 16 – Gilmore Fall Color Tour, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 17 — Packard Proving Grounds fall open house, 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 – Exotics on Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; 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

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 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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