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It’s roadster show weekend

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Not to be overlooked amid the hype of Arizona Auction Week is the Grand National Roadster Show, January 28-30 at the Pomona Fairplex near Los Angeles. 

This year, the event not only crowns America’s Most Beautiful Roadster but celebrates the 90th anniversary of the ’32 Ford, offers “A Gathering of Hot VWs” showcase, and an expanded outdoor “Grand Daddy Drive-In” display with as many as 800 vehicles. 

That’s 800 vehicles outdoors in addition to the 300 featured inside.

Chrysler featured at Studebaker concours

Chrysler will be the featured marque but its vehicles won’t be the only stars of the fourth annual Concours d’Elegance at Copshaholm, scheduled for July 9, 2022, in South Bend, Indiana.

The Studebaker National Museum, where the event is held in the city’s West Washington Street Historic District, will feature a class called “Walter’s Chryslers” with Chrysler-branded vehicles from 1924 to 1942.

But Walter’s Chryslers is only one of the special classes. Others are: 

  • The American Motors Corporation: 1958 and later AMC and Rambler cars
  • The Avanti at 60: Studebaker and post-Studebaker Avantis
  • Studebaker Commanders & Dictators
  • Independent Thinking: Hudson and Nash vehicles
  • Only In A Jeep
  • Personal Luxury: Two-door personal luxury vehicles from the 1950s through the 1980s
  • Ultimate Luxury: Packard, Pierce-Arrow and Peerless
  • Stablemates: The American Pony Car: Mustangs, Cougars, Camaros, Firebirds, Javelins and Challengers
  • Teutonic Transportation:  German automobiles of all years

Judging, led by automotive historian Matt Short, will be French Traditional, and “special guest” for the event will be Avanti historian Dave Kinney.

Vehicle applications are open for an event that runs all day with a pass in review starting at 2:30 p.m.

La Jolla sets Bugatti as featured marque 

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La Jolla Concours overlooks the Pacific Ocean | Concours photo
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1939 Bugatti Atalante | Petersen museum photo

Bugatti will be the featured marque for the 16th La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, scheduled for April 22-24 high above the shore of the Pacific Ocean just north of San Diego.

“The genius of Ettore Bugatti will be celebrated at this year’s La Jolla Concours as the show proudly welcomes the finest examples of the French marque,” concours organizers report. “It is a can’t-miss collection ranging from classic to modern-day models that will cross off many car enthusiasts’ bucket lists.”

Among the Bugattis to be showcased is the Type 57S Atalante S, of which only 17 were produced, and only three bodied by Swiss coachbuilder Gangloff.

The La Jolla begins with the inaugural “Ferrari Friday.” A Tour d’Elegance is scheduled for the morning and early afternoon of April 23, followed by Le Cabaret du Concours event. The weekend is based at La Jolla Ellen Browning Scripps Park.

Maserati donated for Boca Raton auction

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Rick Case Automotive Group and its 14 dealerships in South Florida and Atlanta, a Maserati MC20 is being put up for auction in conjunction with the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, Florida.

The concours is scheduled for February 25-27 and will feature entertainer Howie Mandel and will feature former NASCAR racer Jeff Gordon. 

Free admission at Greenbrier

Organizers of the fifth annual Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance, scheduled for May 8 at the restort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, report that a gift from Hagerty will enable another year of opening the event without an admission fee for those who register in advance.

“This is the third straight year that Hagerty has stepped forward with this type of donation, and we are extremely grateful for their support,” said Tom Cox, a concours committee member. “The automobiles that are on display are nothing short of incredible, and we want as many people as possible to be able to come see them and experience a Concours, many of them for the first time.”

Goodwood sets Breakfast Club dates

Goodwood Road & Racing has announced dates and themes for its 2022 Breakfast Club shows. They are:

May 1 — Supercar Sunday

June 5 — Rule Britannia Sunday

July 24 — Classic Car Sunday

October 2 — Anything but the car Sunday

November 6 — Vee-power Sunday (including V-twin motorcycles)

If you’re wondering about that October event, Goodwood says it will provide the chance to see an eclectic lineup of all shapes and sizes of machinery from mini motos to tanks, perhaps even a plane or two.

Snetterton gets new vintage event

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Richard Attwood drives a Ford GT40 in the 1966 Archie Scott-Brown Memorial race at the the BRSCC Snetterton Meeting.| Snetterson photo

Motor Racing Legends has announced a new vintage racing event, the Snetterton Historic 200, to be held July 16-17 at the British racing circuit.

“Snetterton is long-overdue its own top-level historic meeting,” said Legends chairman Duncan Wiltshire.

“The ‘Snetterton Historic 200’ will pay homage to the often-overlooked historical races that have been the foundation stone of the circuit that opened just over seventy years ago,” according to the announcement.

“The Norfolk venue is steeped in history having hosted many legendary races across the past seven decades; strongly associated with Touring Cars and a perennial fixture on the British Touring Car Championship calendar.”

In addition to six classes of cars from Motor Racing Legends, the Historic Racing Drivers Club has announced it will participate with three starting grids.

“Snetterton is long-overdue its own top-level historic meeting,” said Legends chairman Duncan Wiltshire.

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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