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It will be fast and furious when FuelFest erupts in Phoenix area

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Fast and Furious franchise stars Cody Walker and Tyrese Gibson are scheduled to take part in FuelFest, an “automotive, art and entertainment experience” scheduled for December 4 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona.

The event will be the third such FuelFest, the previous two taking place in Los Angeles and London. A beneficiary of the event is Reach Out WorldWide, the non-profit founded by the late actor Paul Walker.

The event includes a car show, a movie car display, a showcase of cars on the docket for the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, live drag racing, drift shows, live music, and craft food and beverages.

Great Race sets 2022 route

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Route for the Great Race in 2022 | Great Race illustration

The 2022 Great Race has set a route for its run that includes 10 Northern states. The event is scheduled to begin June 18 in Warwick, Rhode Island, and to end June 26 at Fargo, North Dakota.

Overnight stops are scheduled for Windsor, Connecticut; Binghamton, New York; Erie, Pennsylvania; Perrysburg, Ohio; Plainfield, Illinois; the Wisconsin Dells; and Duluth and Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.

The 2021 event, from Texas to South Carolina, was won by sisters Olivia and Genna Gentry in a 1932 Ford 5-window coupe. Finishing second, just 41,31 seconds behind, were their mother, Beth, and her nephew, Jody Knowles.

Vintage aircraft return to Sebring vintage weekend

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Racing cars and vintage aircraft featured at Sebring | HSR photo

Vintage racers will share the Sebring circuit with vintage aircraft for the Classic Sebring 12 Hours: Pistons and Props, hosted December 1-5 by Historic Sportscar Racing in central Florida.

The pandemic forced cancelation of the aircraft portion of the program in 2020, but it returns to the former Hendricks Field, a World War II-era military air field where cars have raced for nearly 70 years.

Featured aircraft include a a 1942 Vultree BG-15 Valiant and a 1943 Vultree BGT-13 Valiant. Only four BG-15s remain in operation. The one that will be at Sebring was a military service until 1945, and then was sold as surplus for $200. It has flown regularly since and never been restored.

British concours preparing for 10th anniversary

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England’s Concours of Elegance celebrates 10 years in 2022 | Concours photo

Organizers of the Concours of Elegance plan an enhanced event in 2022 to mark the 10th anniversary of what also is known as Britain’s Royal Concours, including a Gooding & Company auction, a Grand Prix class featuring race winners and Formula 1 innovators, a special display of Royal household vehicles, and a new Prince of Michael of Kent class comprising previous best of show winners.

The event is scheduled at Hampton Court Palace for September 2-4, 2022, and will be a celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 70 years on the British throne.

Also featured will be a 12-car collection of Packard Twelve motorcars owned by Jack Boyd-Smith, a 30Under30 class for the “next-generation” of car collectors, a Junior concours and a Club Trophy event featuring winners from British car club events.

New vintage vehicle rally for 2022

Organizers of the Zoute Grand Prix vintage rally in Belgium have announced a new event, the Rallye des Chateaux, to be held June 22-26, 2022, in France. The event will be “a rally along the most famous French royal castles,” according to the organizers.

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:


11-15, AACA Southeastern Fall Tour, North Carolina; 11-13 – AACA Special Western Nationals, Phoenix; 12-13 — Carlisle Events at Lakeland, Florida; 13-14, RADwood Sonoma; 14-17 – AACA Western Divisional Tour, Arizona; 15-17, RADwood, Honda campus, American Torrance, California; 19-21 – Goodguys Southwest Nationals, Scottsdale; 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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