Auto Events Cancelled or Postponed Due to COVID-19: Updated May 23/20

2020 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Cancelled due to COVID-19

48th Annual Iola Car Show Canceled
24 Hours of Le Mans – POSTPONED until September 19-20
64th Annual Portland Roadster Show
ADRL Gateway Drags – POSTPONED until July 10-11
American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) – most dates revised
ARCA – all events POSTPONED until after May 3
Bahrain Grand Prix – not cancelled, but will run without fans in attendance
Beijing International Automotive Exhibition 2020 – POSTPONED indefinitely
CARS Tour Old North State Nationals – POSTPONED indefinitely
Chinese Formula Four Shanghai Round
COMP Cams Super Dirt Series – most dates revised
Crate Racin’ USA – most dates revised
F1 Australian Grand Prix
F1 Chinese Grand Prix – POSTPONED indefinitely
FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) – POSTPONED
Ferrari Challenge Europe Mugello
Ferrari Challenge UK Prologue – POSTPONED until April 17
Formula E Jakarta EPrix
Formula E Rome EPrix
Formula E Sanya EPrix
Formula Renault Eurocup Monza Round
Geneva International Motor Show
Grand Prix of Long Beach
Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Fla. – not cancelled, but will run without fans in attendance
GT Sports Club Europe Monza Round
GT World Challenge Europe Monza Round

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FIA finds a new home in Canada

The delegation of the sporting power to GDS follows a selection process initiated at the FIA Annual General Assembly in December 2019, where a mandate was given to the World Motor Sport Council to appoint a new governing body in Canada.

GDS was selected by the Council on the basis of the quality of its application and the significant motor sport experience of its leaders François Dumontier, President and Ron Fellows, Vice-president, as well as its intention to create an advisory committee composed of presidents of regional organisations and other motor sport stakeholders.

GDS joins the FIA’s membership of 242 motor sport and motoring clubs in 146 countries.

FIA Secretary General for Sport, Peter Bayer, commented: “The World Motor Sport Council is confident in the credentials of GDS and the quality of its application, and its executives, in delivering the favourable exercising of sporting powers in Canada. It has a strong commitment to the growth of national and international motor sport, from grassroots competition to world championships.”

François Dumontier, President Sports Development Group – ASN, Canada, commented: “I am honoured to have been elected to represent the Canadian National Sporting Authority within the FIA. The goals and vision for the new ASN in Canada will be aligned with the FIA and will concentrate on creating long-term stability through cooperative efforts from the various Canadian regions and motorsport disciplines.’’


Will it be Drive-ins to the rescue?

On April 12, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was considering allowing drive-ins to reopen while keeping regular theaters shuttered.

“Where is the public safety issue?” Cuomo asked during a media briefing. “You’re in the car with the same people [that you share a house with].”

Perhaps following the same logic, Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan said earlier this month that places of worship will not be penalized for holding drive-in services, so perhaps there’s hope for drive-in movie theaters, as well. Inquiries to several Michigan drive-in proprietors for comment have not yet been returned.

In New York, Warwick Drive-In owner Beth Wilson tells The Hollywood Reporter that she’s ready to open as soon as the state gives the go-ahead. “We want people to enjoy going out,” Wilson says, “but in a safe environment.”

Girls Playing Cards at Drive In Movie Theater
Photo by Gabe Augustine

There are an estimated 320 drive-ins in the U.S., but The Hollywood Reporter says only 25 are currently open. Will more soon follow? And if they do, will people come? Although a potential hurdle could be a lack of new movie releases, that hasn’t affected ticket sales in Germany, where reporter Scott Roxborough recently drove his family to an outdoor show.

“Regular German cinemas, like those across most the world, remain closed due to the coronavirus,” writes The Hollywood Reporter correspondent. “But drive-ins, those anachronistic remnants of a cinema industry from a generation past, are packing them in.”

Roxborough says Autokino Essen, one of only two year-round drive-in theaters in Germany, “has sold out every screening since the country went into lockdown in early March. On April 6, it sold 500 tickets for Manta Manta, a German comedy that was a huge hit… in 1991.”

Frank Peciak, manager of Autokino Essen, told Roxborough that “it doesn’t matter what we show, people just want to get out and watch a movie.” The movies sell out weeks in advance, he says.

Roxborough writes that Autokino Essen is also booked solid. To maintain social distancing, only 250 cars are allowed into the 1000-car lot.

Drive In Theater Lot Filled with Classic Cars at Sunset
Photo by Gabe Augustine

Makeshift drive-ins are also popping up. According to Roxborough, a cinema in the German town of Marl “found an open lot behind a biker bar and put up a 640-square-foot LED screen.” Opening night on April 6, featuring The Lion King and Parasite, sold out in hours.

South Korea is also reporting similar stories as people clamor for entertainment options. And Brian Allen, president of Canadian drive-in chain Premier Operating, told The Hollywood Reporter that he’s hoping his country will soon follow suit. “[It’ one of the] very few places where people can assemble anymore,” Allen says.

Considering the first movie projector developed in the U.S. was demonstrated on this date in 1895—125 years ago—maybe that’s an omen. Here’s hoping that health and government officials soon agree that the timing is right. Seems like a classic activity in which to enjoy your classic car.

Source: Hagerty Magazine online

Shannonville’s Spring Fling postponed.

Due to COVID-19 and Social Distancing restrictions, this event has been postponed to a later date.

Spring Fling is our annual preseason testing event primarily for competitive race car drivers.  Over a period of two days, drivers and teams can shake down their race cars and get ready for the upcoming race season.


Picton Regional Autoslalom I & II weekend is cancelled

If you had any doubts about the possibility of St LAC’s having to cancel our May Autoslalom Regional I & II events, well, wonder no more.  In all likelihood, it’s a done deal — for the month of May anyways.  But all is not lost, if things can turn around soon enough, we may rise up from the Covid-19 ashes and have something for early July.  Naturally we’ll keep folks updated the minute we know something.

Thank you to all for your patience and understanding but it will be alright…


Social Distancing: the motorized method

This just in:

Yes, you too can put some much needed space between you and the miscreant who refuses to give you the required six feet during these troubled times.

If you’re looking for an awesome 3 Wheeled Scooter, this is definitely it. So why not start your own biker gang today?  Rev up yer engines and remember, the Boomerbeast allows just about anyone to enjoy the outdoors as it was meant to. The Boomerbeast gives you balanced speed and a certain ruggedness that will turn heads when you ride by. Create your own roads and don’t let anything stop you from going where you want. Put a little bit of excitement back in to your day to day and embrace what life has to offer with the Boomerbeast!

Only $3,500 USD.  Act fast!

‘Hey kid!  Where’s my six feet? I’m outta here!!!’