Auto Events Schedule

By Gayot Editors

From historic concourses d’élégance showcasing classic automobiles to gatherings that highlight the best new sports cars, our Auto Events section features all of the best car-related happenings across America.

While you may not be able to afford all of the exotic cars on display at these cool events, you’ll sure get a kick out of ogling over them the next time they roll through your town.


1. Palm Beach Cavallino Classic

Palm Beach Cavallino Classic is all about Ferraris

1 S. County Rd. Palm Beach, FL 33480 U.S.A.

The five-day gathering for Ferrari lovers will showcase 400 exotic and classic cars.

The first event of the larger Palm Beach Cavallino Classic is the The Cavallino Classic Competition at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Florida. This two-day track meet featured a field of competition Ferraris, Maseratis and Alfa Romeos on the 11-turn, 2.043 mile track.

The Concorso d’Eleganza on the front lawn of the Breakers Resort Hotel features a field of 150 Ferrari automobiles judged for originality and elegance, vying for Class Awards and the important Major Cups, along with the Cavallino Cup for Best in Show.

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2. Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions

The inaugural Russo and Steele Collector Automobile from Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

7555 N. Pima Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85258 U.S.A.

Interested car buyers and casual automobile enthusiasts alike will all find something to ogle at during the event in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The auction displays more than 800 European sports cars, American muscle cars, hot rods and custom vehicles. The five-day extravaganza will include an opening night gala, a Champagne brunch, and daily auctions running from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Wednesday evening charity gala will feature live entertainment, a hosted bar, silent auctions, and appetizers from fourteen of Arizona’s finest chefs.

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1. McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction

McCormick's Palm Springs Collector Car Auction

277 N. Avenida Caballeros Palm Springs, CA 92262 U.S.A.

Auto enthusiasts will find more than 500 classic and exotic cars in the heart of Downtown Palm Springs.

Real veterans in auctioning, entrepreneur Keith McCormick’s semiannual collector’s events brings more than 520 rare and collectible vehicles to the auctioning block over a long weekend at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

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1. Amelia Island Concours d’Élegance

Amelia Island Concours d'Élegance

4750 Amelia Island Pkwy. Amelia Island, FL 32034 U.S.A.

Hosted at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton hotel, the annual event features panels, a Sotheby’s Sale Preview and silent auction.

Admire more than 300 rare, unique and historic vehicles from around the world at the Amelia Island Concours d’Élegance, held at The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Additional car-gazing opportunities are available at the previews for the RM Sotheby’s auction and the Cars & Coffee event. Meanwhile, the informative panels feature notable race car drivers, vehicle designers and famous car enthusiasts.

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2. Festivals of Speed St. Petersburg

Luxury brand cars on display at the Festivals of Speed in St. Petersburg

701 Bay Shore Dr. NE St. Petersburg, FL 33701 U.S.A.

Car enthusiasts can expect a showcase of more than 300 exotic cars, motorcycles, watercraft and luxury brands at Vinoy Park.

The festivities kick off with a cocktail reception at the Priatek Tower in downtown St. Petersburg with open bars featuring wines and spirits and fare from local restaurants and their award-winning catering team along with live entertainment. Each guest will receive a special VIP gift bag and official fine art event poster.

During the festival at the waterfront-park on Sunday guests can check out designs by Porsche, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Aston-Martin, BMW, Mercedes and McLaren. Fine wines and food will be available plus a cigar lounge, cafes and live jazz in the gardens.

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1. La Jolla Concours d’Élegance

World-class cars come together for the La Jolla Concours d'Élegance

1133 Coast Blvd. La Jolla, CA 92039 U.S.A.

The chic allure of La Jolla’s avenues has drawn the finest automobiles to this coastal town for the 10th consecutive year.

An ever-sunny La Jolla beach is set in the background for annual La Jolla Concours d’Élégance offers a unique display of vehicles for everyone in attendance to enjoy.

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2. Pacific Coast Dream Machines

Car enthusiasts flock to Pacific Coast Dream Machines every year

9850 N. Cabrillo Hwy. Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 U.S.A.

Taking place at Half Moon Bay Airport along California’s central coast, this annual gathering provides plenty of fun for guests on the track, in the dirt or in the sky.

Motor enthusiasts’ dreams do come true at Pacific Coast Dream Machines, a one-of-a-kind event combining rare automobiles, vintage scooters, antique tractors, airplanes and more. The self-proclaimed “Coolest Show on Earth” offers multiple events featuring more than 2,000 machines of all kinds on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are car shows, air shows, motorcycle shows, tractor shows, maker fairs, music festivals, food festivals and living history festivals.

Above the tarmac, look for historic military aircraft aerobatic pilots doing fly-overs. You can even get in on the action yourself by signing up for a ride in one of the many unique machines. The celebration also features a kids fun zone replete with zip-line, 24-foot climbing wall, Zorbs (aka human hamster balls), a remote-controlled NASCAR race track and more. Grown-ups can enjoy cocktails and beer along with an all-day lineup of live music.

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1. Indianapolis 500

The Running of the Indy greets guests at the Cummins Headquarters in downtown Indianapolis

4790 W. 16th St. Indianapolis, IN 46222 U.S.A.

On Memorial Day weekend, drivers will take the green flag at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

Since the reunification of open-wheel racing in 2008, an increased field of competitors has sought to qualify for the Indy 500, ensuring that race day is a nail biter. If you can’t make it to the race, practice and qualifying days are open to the public, and often provide easier access to the garages and drivers.

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1. 24 Hours of Le Mans

24 Hours of Le Mans is the oldest active sports car race

72000 Le Mans, France

It is the world’s oldest active sports car race in endurance racing and one of the most prestigious.

An event of historical importance, the 24 Hours of Le Mans combines performance with endurance for this grueling 24-hour race. Drivers compete in one of the oldest circuit tracks in the world.

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1. Concours d’Élegance of America

The 1923 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, Riviera Town Car featured in the 2017 Concours d’Élegance of America

44045 Five Mile Rd. Plymouth, MI 48170 U.S.A.The Concours d’Élégance of America taking place at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan features rare and collectible vehicles. This event gives guests an up-close look at some of the finest rare and collectible vehicles in the world, ranging from vintage mopeds to classic Indy cars.

Differing from the original model of the Concours d’Élégance, which combined high-end automobiles with couture fashion, the Concours d’Élégance of America features a number of unique events over the course of the weekend, including seminars, a motoring tour of the scenic Plymouth countryside and a vintage car auction. Of course, the main draw of the weekend is still the Concours itself.

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1. Pebble Beach Concours d’Élegance

Pebble Beach Concours d’Élegance

1700 17-Mile Dr. Pebble Beach CA 93953 U.S.A.

Car enthusiasts will convene at Pebble Beach for five days of fun culminating with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance.

The annual Concours d’Elegance features around 200 of the most prized collector cars in the world. Along with the many events will be an exhibition drive of the Concours d’Élegance vehicles, an auction, and a historical RetroAuto display.

Automobiles and motorcycles are judged for their historical accuracy, their technical merit and their style—and the best garner reward and recognition.

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1. Danville Concours d’Élegance

The 1946 Cisitalia 202MM Vignale Aerodynamica was the 2016 featured car of the Danville d’Élegance Weekend

Danville, CA 94506 U.S.A.

Once again descending upon the small East Bay town’s historic Old Town, this weekend car event benefits Parkinson’s research.

On Saturday, the weekend’s festivities begin with a Tour d’Élegance along the scenic country roads of North Bay. When the sun goes down, guests get dressed up for a night out at the Blackhawk Museum, where the establishment’s own classic car collection will be on display before dinner and a live auction.

Sunday morning, vintage automobiles, motorcycles, yachts and trailers take over the streets of Old Town for the Concours d’Élegance. Although the main draw is rare and exotic autos, visitors will also enjoy chowing down on gourmet food, sampling Napa wines and racing remote control cars with the kids. Sunday’s Concours is free to guests; however, donations are encouraged, with proceeds benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Parkinson’s Institute.

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2. Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion

Route 66 Cruisin' Reunion is host to more than 2,000 classic vehicles

2000 E. Convention Center Wy. Ontario, CA 91764 U.S.A.

The festival encompasses 35 blocks of Ontario’s historic downtown and is host to an assortment of more than 2,000 classic vehicles.

For a heavy dose of automotive nostalgia, join the more than half million people who will gather in downtown Ontario for the annual Route 66 Cruisn’ Reunion, a four-day celebration of America’s “Mother Road.” Downtown Ontario’s historic block of Euclid Avenue will be the center of vintage automobiles and motorcycles.

Spectators will enjoy food, vendors, live entertainment and special events in addition to the beautiful automobiles. Some of the events include the Burnout Contest, with vehicles competing to see which can best smoke their tires, and the Neon Light Cruise, a nighttime cruise with classics all aglow.

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1. Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Élegance

Expect vintage vehicles during the Hilton Head Concours d’Élegance

10 Clubhouse Dr. Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 U.S.A

Visitors will find everything from the latest European performance cars to museum-quality vintage car at this celebration.

Taking place on Saturday at the Port Royal Golf Club, the Car Club Showcase will feature Clubs from throughout the Southeast and beyond with each club selecting the ten cars that best represents their passion. Cars, grouped by Club, will span the 1st and 18th fairways of Planter’s Row Golf Course at the Port Royal Golf Club and will be split between American and European marques.

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1. Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals

Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals

5555 N. River Rd. Rosemont, IL 60018 U.S.A.

Take a walk down memory lane with more than 500 of the country’s finest, rarest and most highly sought-after collectible automobiles.

This all-indoor event, to be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, will feature dealer-built supercars from the likes of Nickey, Mr. Norm’s, Royal, Yenko, and Motion. Along with the Hemis, Bosses, and COPOs there have been Corvette L88s, Shelby Fords and sYc supercars.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy a Triple Diamond Corvette gallery and competition. There are also activities for kids, including a scavenger hunt, bicycle show and free “Make & Take” model car build.

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