One of many world’s largest classic automobile racing occasions is the Donington Historic Pageant, and this yr it included a race for Ford GT40s. However due to a last-minute change in British pandemic rules, the occasion was held earlier this month with out spectators. 

Nonetheless, the races may (and nonetheless can) be seen free on Historic Motorsport TV, billed because the world’s first devoted (YouTube) video channel for historical past racing. 

“There was a palpable sense of pleasure and ‘we’re again’ within the socially distanced paddock because the vehicles, rivals and preparers started to reach at Donington Park on the Friday earlier than the Pageant,” organizers stated in a information launch. 

“And, whereas no motorsport occasion is ever fairly the identical with out spectators, the tenth working of the Donington Historic Pageant was an excellent basic motor racing assembly, with the keenness to be part of it evident in over-subscribed grids of very particular racing vehicles, and highlights together with a race completely for Ford GT40s.”

Amongst different featured occasion was a race with a beginning grid of 32 Jaguar E-types and a full grid for the Historic Grand Prix Automobiles Affiliation occasion for pre-1966 F1 racers.

As for the GT40 race, 11 had been entered in a race received by a comparatively new (2012 continuation-car manufacturing) GT40 pushed by Gordon Shedden and Miles Griffiths. Not less than three of the 11 entries had been vehicles from the Sixties.

The Royal Car Membership Pall Mall Cup – a brand new sequence of three-hour races for GT, Sports activities Racing and Touring Automobiles constructed earlier than 1966 — made its debut at Donington

Amelia honors Lyn St. James 

Lyn St. James | Concours picture

Amongst different issues, Stirling Moss, Dan Gurney, Carroll Shelby, Parnelli Jones and Roger Penske are among the many stars of motorsports who’ve been featured as honorees on the Amelia Island Concours d’Magnificence. However there’s one thing else they’ve in widespread; they’re all males. 

That males’s monopoly ends this weekend when, for the primary time within the occasion’s historical past, the honoree might be a lady: Lyn St. James.

“Lyn has been an integral a part of the racing group for years and adopted within the steps of the likes of Elizabeth Junek, Janet Guthrie, and Lella Lombardi who received races, set information and broke obstacles,” concours founder Invoice Warner stated in saying the choice “Her unimaginable profession, compassionate spirit and highly effective presence are an inspiration to us all.”

St. James went from racing a Ford Pinto in SCCA regional competitors to profitable rookie of the yr honors at Indianapolis, the place she drove within the 500-mile race seven occasions. She has pushed within the 24 Hours of Le Mans, twice received the GTO class within the 24 Hours of Daytona, and held girls’s closed-course velocity information.

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She additionally has been a champion for ladies athletes away from the race tracks, working to broaden alternatives for ladies not solely in motorsports however as president of the Girls’s Sports activities Basis from 1990-1993.

Atlanta present joins Amelia occasion

Caffeine and Octane, the Atlanta-based automobile present and tv program, has introduced it’ll co-host the Amelia Island vehicles & espresso occasion scheduled for Could 22. 

“We’re excited and honored to be partnered with the Amelia Concours d’Magnificence group and concerned in one of many week’s signature occasions,” Caffeine and Octane founder Bruce Piefke is quoted.

“Amelia is a high-octane sweet retailer for automobile aficionados and lovers… It’s additionally a terrific probability to seek out these particular tales to share with our Caffeine and Octane followers.”

Who wants a trophy when you’ll be able to win a pie?

In case you’re anyplace close to Kansas this Memorial Day weekend, you would possibly need to head to Gypsum to partake within the annual Pie Pageant and Automobile Present on Could 30.

Because the story goes, and as recounted by Ron Wilson of Kansas State College within theSalina Submit, a number of years in the past, Sandy Kruse and her household — she’s a semi-retired nurse who now serves as Gypsum’s mayor — hosted a Memorial Day picnic and invited associates to reach of their basic vehicles. 

The occasion has developed into the official Gypsum Pie Pageant and Automobile Present and is held in town’s major avenue, the place as many as 200 collector vehicles have been displayed.

Many group teams promote pies and the pageant’s proceeds are used for group beautification. 

Oh, and as an alternative of trophies, award-winning vehicles drive house with pies as their prizes.

Rally ‘around the lake 

The inaugural North East Motor Sports activities Museum rally-tour Across the Lake is scheduled for July 31. The occasion begins on the museum in Loudon, New Hampshire, and can take scenic roads to the Classic Racing Stables automobile assortment in Sanbornton. the occasion is restricted to 1972 or earlier autos.

Retro Rides returns to Goodwood

The primary Retro Rides Weekender because the UK locked down final yr for the coronavirus pandemic is scheduled for Could 29-30 on the Goodwood Motor Circuit. The occasion options curated show paddocks that function “momentary museums” showcasing vehicles from the Eighties, inventory vs. customized, retro supercars and 2021 builds simply being unveiled. Additionally to be featured are resto-mods, rally vehicles and drift vehicles. 

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There additionally might be laps across the racing circuit and a solo-style agility circuit. 

Retro Rides was based in 2004 as a web-based automobile group and held its first present in 2007. It yearly phases an occasion in Could at Goodwood and one other in August at Shelsley Walsh.

FIVA urges consideration to classic autos

The Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens says it’s lobbying the European Parliament to acknowledge “a risk to our cultural heritage.”

“Whereas FIVA totally helps the transfer to a greener and extra sustainable future,” FIVA president Tiddo Bresters is quoted, “forthcoming modifications to mobility rules throughout Europe may unintentionally threaten using historic autos on public roads. FIVA works arduous to guard this ‘cellular museum’ for future generations to take pleasure in.”

FIVA notes the European Fee Sustainable and Sensible Mobility Technique printed on the finish of 2020 and its latest “Roadmap” for a brand new Europe-wide city mobility framework that anticipates no less than 100 climate-neutral cities in Europe by 2030. 

“In lots of international locations (together with Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Romania and Sweden), historic autos are exempt from low emission zone (LEZ) rules as a result of such autos are sometimes well-maintained, hardly ever used, and a part of our motoring heritage,” FIVA reviews.

“Nonetheless, there isn’t a consistency in LEZ guidelines throughout Europe – certainly, in some international locations, automobile entry and pricing situations differ even between cities and cities. Because the variety of LEZs (and ZEZs – zero emission zones) grows quickly, this patchwork of native guidelines is inflicting elevated shopper confusion; therefore FIVA urges the European Fee to publish LEZ steerage for member states and concrete authorities – steerage that acknowledges the distinctive position of historic autos in our cultural heritage.

“To cite UNESCO: ‘Heritage is our legacy from the previous, what we stay with in the present day, and what we cross on to future generations. Our cultural and pure heritage are each irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration’.”

FIVA added that it “totally acknowledges the necessity to cut back city emissions, however a distinction ought to be made between an previous (and probably poorly maintained) technique of transport and a automobile that’s ‘historic’.”

2021 automobile present and concours calendar

The next are dates presently set (however topic to alter) for quite a lot of concours d’magnificence, automobile reveals and driving excursions scheduled throughout 2021:


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; Retro Rides, Goodwood, UK

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2 – GM on Show, Macungie, Pennsylvania; 2-6, Retromobile, Paris, France, AACA Japanese Divisional Tour, Cambridge, Maryland; 4-6 – Carlisle Ford Nationals, Pennsylvania; Road Machine Nationals, DuQuoin, Illinois; 

Goodguys All Star Get-Collectively, Fort Value, Texas; 5-6, Buddies of Steve McQueen, Chino Hills, California; 6, Albuquerque Lowrider Tremendous Present, New Mexico, Merely Porsche, Beaulieu, UK; 8-10 – London Concours, UK; 12 – Drop High Showcase, Seal Cove, Maine; Heritage Auto Present, Cape Cod; Oddballs & Obscurities, KC Auto Museum, Olathe; Catskill Conquest Lined Bridge Rally, Saratoga, New York; 12-13 – Cincinnati concours, Ohio; E-type 60 years, Shelsley Walsh, UK; 13 – Fabulous Ford Ceaselessly, Irwindale, California; Mini Cooper Day, Beaulieu, UK; 17-19, AACA Japanese Spring Nationals, Saratoga, New York; Merely VW, Beaulieu, UK; 18-19 – Micro-Mini Automobile World, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 19 – All Air-Cooled Gathering, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 20 – Father’s Day, KC Auto Museum, Olathe; Blackhawk Museum, Danville, California; Scorching Rod & Customized vehicles, Beaulieu, UK; 25-26 – Carlisle GM Nationals, Pennsylvania; 25-26 – Congress of Motorcars, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 26 – Miles by way of Time, Clarkesville, Georgia; Neighborhood Automobile Present, Barrington, Illinois; 27 – Oldsmobiles & Orphans, Hickory Corners, Michigan; Merely Jaguar, Beaulieu, UK


1-3 – AACA Central Spring Nationals, Auburn, Indiana; 2-4 Goodguys Heartland Nationals, Iowa; 3-4 – Austin 7 Rally, Beaulieu, UK; 8-10, Iola Automobile Present, Wisconsin; 8-11, Goodwood Pageant of Pace, UK, 9/11 – Carlisle Chrysler Nationals, Pennsylvania; Goodguys, Columbus, Ohio; 10 – Steam Day, Seal Cove, Maine; DeutscheMarques, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 11 – Mad Canine & Englishmen, Hickory Corners, Michigan; Merely Land Rover, Beaulieu, UK; 11-16 – AACA Classic Tour, Lock Haven/Wellsboro, Pennsylvania; 16-17 – Horseless Carriage Membership, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 16-18 – Road Machine Nationals, St. Paul, Minnesota; Auto Royale, Aylesbury, UK; 17 — Philadelphia Concours d’Magnificence, Pennsylvania; Albaugh Traditional Automobile Present, Ankeny, Iowa; 17-18 – Traditional Nostalgia, Shelsley Walsh, UK; 18, The Nice Automobile Present, Kansas Metropolis; Merely Ford, Beaulieu, UK; Corvette Envy, Hickory Corners, Michigan; ; 22-24 – AACA Grand Nationals, New Ulm, Minnesota; 23-25 – Concours d’Magnificence of America, Michigan; Goodguys Pacific Northwest, Payallup, Washington; 24 – Mopars On the Pink Barns, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 25 – Merely Japanese, Beaulieu, UK; Final Truck Present, Hickory Corners, Michigan; 31 – Hagerty Pageant of the Unexceptional, Linconshire, UK.

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