Right this moment we open with a unique type of automotive present. This isn’t a present you drive to attend. You attend this present proper in your individual dwelling, by going to YouTube.com and dealing your approach by way of John Smart’s video travelogue as he travels Route 66 from Chicago to LA.

As Ron Warnick alerts us on the Route 66 Information web site, YouTuber John Smart “tries to go to in every single place on the planet and drink each taste of slushie.” 

Warnick notes that Smart accomplished his Route 66 drive just lately, and his video collection not solely gives a glimpse, generally very fleeting glimpse, of each city alongside the way in which, however consists of him backtracking at occasions to cowl different routes the Mom Street adopted by way of the years.

I write this after watching the primary of the 9 movies — there’s one for every state and one other that includes almost 4 minutes of drone footage — however I plan to take time quickly to observe the others.

Smart’s 3-day drive by way of Illinois is condensed into 18 minutes of video and consists of 59 communities, many roadside sights, and a few drone footage of things like an unique bridge now not open to vehicular visitors.

I grew up about 1½ miles from one of many previous Route 66 alignments in Illinois and significantly loved Smart’s inclusion of the White Fence Farm restaurant, Lake Renwick (the place we used to sneak in to go fishing), and the Outdated Joliet jail (the place my grandfather was the warden) within the pre-Blues Brothers period.

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Hilton Head pronounces featured lessons

The Hilton Head Island Concours d’Magnificence, scheduled for November 5-7 in South Carolina, has introduced its featured lessons for 2021. There shall be three separate lessons for honored marque Stutz, together with Bearcats from 1911-1925, 8-cylinder open automobiles from 1926-1935 and 8-cylinder closed automobiles from 1926-1935.

There shall be an Anniversary Courses of Duesenberg 100 years, “Little Brothers – American Compacts 60 Years,” Jaguar E-Sort 60 Years, Jaguar E-Sort 12 Cylinders 50 Years, an Automotive Beginnings class of Brass Period automobiles to 1922, an Electrical Evolution class, and particular lessons that includes Micro and Mini automobiles.

Along with such normal lessons as Open 1923-1932, American Efficiency, and many others., the concours will function three lessons of future classics — certainly one of European sports activities automobiles post-1973, certainly one of homologation specials and one other as a part of the Driving Younger America program.

For extra data, go to the concours web site.

Glory days revisited at Shelsley Walsh

The Wise way to prepare for a Route 66 road trip
Hill climb motion at Shelsley Walsh
The Wise way to prepare for a Route 66 road trip
Rally automobiles shall be featured in July | Shelley Walsh pictures

Shelsley Walsh, the British hill climb venue first utilized in 1905, and in steady use since, will host a Traditional Nostalgia occasion July 17-18 that can have a good time “the glory days of motorsport” with a basic and sports activities automotive concours d’class, a showcase of Components 1 and Can-Am racing automobiles, and a gaggle of automobiles pushed by rally stars Richard Burns and Colin McRae. 

Additionally deliberate are races up the hill climb course, car-club gatherings, reside music and a swap meet, and guests are inspired to put on interval apparel.

For particulars, go to the Shelsley Walsh web site.

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Auto Royale provides Maharaja Automobiles class

1930 Delage DB Sport Tourer
This Figoni-bodied 1930 Delage D8 Sports activities Tourer initially was owned by the Maharaja Holkar of Indore, a  younger king well-known for the standard and personalization of his automobiles, together with his trademark black on orange paintwork | Auto Royale pictures
1949 Bentley Mk VI Light Touring Saloon by Hooper
1949 Bentley Mk VI Mild Touring Saloon by Hooper

Auto Royale, the “Fashionable, new tackle the standard concours d’class,” drew consideration with its current announcement of a featured class for women-owned automobiles. Now it follows up with an announcement that one other featured grouping July 16-18 at Waddesdon Manor shall be The Maharaja Automobiles, a category that “will have a good time the epitome of colonial class with a hand-picked choice of 10 unimaginable cars, a few of which shall be taking the lengthy journey from India for the very first time.”

“Within the first half of the twentieth century, rich Indian regional rulers competed with one another to accumulate a number of the most interesting cars of the time, leading to opulent collections which ranged from the unique to eccentric,” Auto Royale organizers mentioned. “Whereas these Maharajas may need misplaced their official powers when India gained its independence in 1947, the fantastic automobiles that marked the times of the Raj have achieved royal standing within the concours world, and have been celebrated at occasions from California to Paris.”

Auto Royale additionally introduced basic admission tickets to be priced at £48 ($67).

2021 automotive present and concours calendar

The next are dates at the moment set (however topic to vary) for quite a lot of concours d’class, automotive reveals and driving excursions scheduled throughout 2021:


24-27 – Ponies within the Smokies, Sevierville, Tennessee; 27-April 4 – Easter Jeep Safari, Moab, Utah


2-4 – Mustang Membership of America, Braselton, Georgia; 8-11, Charlotte AutoFair, North Carolina; Sep 11, Goodguys at Scottsdale, Arizona; 10 – Meadowbrook Park, Prairie Village, Kansas; 19-22, AACA Southeastern Division Chain of Lakes Tour, Florida; 21-25 – Spring Carlisle, Pennsylvania; 23-25 – Goodguys North Carolina Nationals, Raleigh; Derbuy GT tour, Belgium; 24 — Caroline Cruise, Kannapolis to Harmony, North Carolina; 25 – Merely Aston Martin, Beaulieu, UK; 30-Could 1, Darryl Starbirds Nationwide Rod & Customized Present, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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1 – Massive Displacement Showcase, Seal Cove, Maine; McPherson School CARS Membership, Kansas; 9 – Mom’s Day, KC Auto Museum, Olathe; 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’Magnificence, Amelia Island, Florida; AACA Founders Tour, Davis, West Virginia; 21-23 – Goodguys Salt Lake Nationals, Utah; 23 – Merely Electrical, Beaulieu, UK; 28-30 – Goodguys Nashville Nationals, Tennessee

Have an occasion so as to add? E mail particulars to journal@classiccars.com.


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 changing 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 Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State College.