Hispano-Suiza would be the “honored traditional” marque on the twenty sixth Amelia Island Concours d’Class, scheduled for March 23 close to Jacksonville, Florida.

“The Spanish-Swiss marque was integrated in Barcelona in 1904 as La Fabrica de Automoviles La Hispano-Suiza shaped from the remnants of two companies struggling monetary issues,” the concours mentioned in its announcement. “An govt of each organizations was 26-year-old Swiss engineer Mark Birkigt. He held engine and chassis patents and was made manufacturing facility supervisor of the brand new concern with the title Hispano-Suiza: Spanish-Swiss. 

“Engineer Birkigt favored to drive. He was identified to commute from the Hispano works in Paris to the Barcelona manufacturing facility making the journey do double obligation as a commute and real-world check session. The lengthy drives confirming his assumptions and prejudices with Birkigt studying firsthand how near perfection had been his creations. Hispano high quality was a lofty goal. The addition of four-wheel servo-assisted brakes on the landmark H6 rewrote the principles for premium automotive engineering.

“Although Hispano-Suiza has been referred to as ‘the queen of the highway,’ it’s actually the automotive of a king. Particularly, King Alfonso XIII of Spain. The king owned as many as 30 such vehicles and in 1909, the manufacturing facility obtained royal permission to name the T15 the ‘Alfonso XIII.’ In 1911 his consort, Queen Victoria Eugenia, introduced him with a white T15 with gold-plated fittings and golden wire wheels for his birthday.”

The automotive’s 3.6-liter 4-cylinder engine might propel it to speeds of 80 mph.

Birkigt returned to Barcelona throughout World Struggle I and created a V8 plane engine. He was awarded the Legion of Honor from France, which used the engine in its fighter plane. After the warfare, Hispano used the flying stork, La Cigogne Volant, image of a profitable French air squadron, as its emblem. 

Thought-about probably the most glamorous of all Hispano-Suiza autos was the 1938 Xenia Dubonnet designed by Jean Andreu and produced by Carrosserie Saoutchik. The automotive was hidden away throughout World Struggle II, was restored within the Nineteen Sixties and received Better of Present at Amelia Island in 2001.

“The Hispano-Suiza class for the 2021 Amelia Island Concours is a rare group of well-known, and in some case virtually priceless, vehicles,” mentioned Invoice Warner, concours founder. “Price was by no means an object with Hispanos and it reveals.

“Whereas fewer than 300 survive, it’s nonetheless a grand story. Most of the gamers within the Hispano-Suiza saga are royalty; there are warfare heroes, film stars, all types of worldwide celebrities and some sports activities heroes. All of it helps make Hispano-Suiza some of the legendary, elegant, fascinating and unique vehicles in historical past.” 

2 spots added for Amelia vehicles & espresso

1957 Chevrolet
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air attracts consideration at Amelia Island vehicles & espresso | Concours pictures
Vehicles & espresso present discipline

The day earlier than the Amelia Island concours, the present discipline is given over for a vehicles and low occasion open to 400 “classic, unique and collectible autos.” Effectively, these 400 spots offered out rapidly, however the Amelia organizers have provide you with house for 2 extra vehicles.

If you would like your automotive to be a type of two, you may enter a raffle for $5. The cash goes to the Amelia concours charity basis and two raffle winners can be invited to show their vehicles on Might 22.

For particulars, go to the concours vehicles & espresso web site.

Concorso Italiano set to return

A row of Ferraris at Concorso Italiano | Bob Golfen photograph

After a one-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, officers of Concorso Italiano have introduced a return, scheduled for August 14 on the Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside, California, albeit in compliance with “required and prudent” well being practices.

Featured on the present would be the thirtieth anniversary of the Lamborghini Diablo (initially set for 2020) and an Alfa Romeo celebration targeted on the Giulietta Sprints, 2000, 2600 and Montreal. 

To register a automobile, use this web site.To purchase tickets, use this web site.

Classic Indy vehicles return to Highway America

Classic Indy vehicles will race once more at Elkhart Lake | Observe photograph

The Highway America racing circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, has introduced the return of the REV Group Grand Prix, a race for classic Indy vehicles, the weekend of June 17-20. Vehicles raced at Indy and elsewhere on the circuit between 1911 and 1997 are eligible.

Avenue Machine Nationals set

Bonnier Occasions has introduced the dates and places for the Avenue Machine Nationals — the Continental Tire occasion is scheduled for June 4-6 on the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Illinois and the Avenue Machine Summer time Nationals is ready for July 16-18 at St. Paul, Minnesota.

For particulars, go to the StreetMachineNationals web site.

FIVA card functions go browsing

The Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens has introduced two adjustments for its FIVA Id Playing cards, paperwork that confirm a automobile’s credentials “as a real piece of cell historical past, worthy of belonging to the ‘transferring museum’ that we owe it to future generations to protect.”

With the coronavirus pandemic persevering with, FIVA Id Playing cards are going digital. As of March 2021, no extra paper FIVA Card functions can be accepted, the appliance course of strikes to on-line. Automobile inspections will nonetheless be executed in individual.

The second change includes FIVA’s so-called Youngtimer Registration Doc for vehicles 20-29 years into manufacturing, or what FIVA phrases “historic autos in ready.” These additionally may have on-line relatively than paper functions and FIVA notes {that a} bodily inspection normally will not be wanted till such vehicles are 30 years outdated. 

For particulars, go to the FIVA web site.

Arizona Route 66 Enjoyable Run canceled

For the second yr in a row, and once more due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Historic Route 66 Affiliation of Arizona has canceled its annual Route 66 Enjoyable Run, which was scheduled for early Might.

The Enjoyable Run began greater than three a long time in the past and follows a piece of the historic roadway from Seligman to Kingman. The occasion had grown to incorporate round 800 autos yearly for the drive alongside the 140-mile route.

2021 automotive present and concours calendar

The next are dates presently set (however topic to alter) for a wide range of concours d’class, automotive reveals and driving excursions scheduled throughout 2021:


13 – California Vehicle Museum docents present, Sacramento; 20 – Winter Motoring Meet, Hickory Corners, Michigan


10-12, AACA Western Spring Nationals, Las Vegas; 12-13 – Goodguys Lone Star Nationals, Fort Price; 13-14 – Style of Motorsports, Chandler, Arizona; 27-April 4 – Easter Jeep Safari, Moab, Utah


8-11, Charlotte AutoFair, North Carolina; 11th of September, Goodguys at Scottsdale, Arizona; 19-22, AACA Southeastern Division Chain of Lakes Tour, Florida; 21-25 – Spring Carlisle, Pennsylvania; 23-25 – Derbuy GT tour, Belgium; 25 – Merely Aston Martin, Beaulieu, UK; 30-Might 1, Darryl Starbirds Nationwide Rod & Customized Present, Tulsa, Oklahoma.


1 – Huge Displacement Showcase, Seal Cove, Maine; McPherson Faculty CARS Membership, Kansas; 9 – Merely Vauxhall, Beaulieu, UK; 14-15 – Carlisle Import & Efficiency Nationals, Pennsylvania; 15 – Classic Journey Trailer Rally, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 15-16, Goodwood Members’ Assembly, UK: 16 – Merely Audi, Beaulieu, UK; 20-23 – Amelia Island Concours d’Class, Amelia Island, Florida; AACA Founders Tour, Davis, West Virginia; 23 – Merely Electrical, Beaulieu, UK

Have an occasion so as to add? E-mail particulars to [email protected].


Larry Edsall

A former every day newspaper sports activities editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek journal earlier than making the transition to writing for the online and turning into the creator of greater than 15 automotive books. Along with being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Instances and The Detroit Information and was an adjunct honors professor on the Walter Cronkite College of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State College.