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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance & 2020 Monterey Car Week Events Cancelled Due to COVID-19

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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is the first to announce they will be canceling all activities for this year’s Monterey Car Week in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show and several other auto-related events earlier this year, many car lovers were holding out hope that the 2020 Monterey Car Week to be held in August and headlined by the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, would still be going ahead.

The 2018 Best of Show Winner - Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta. Credit: Pebble Beach Company
The 2018 Best of Show Winner – Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta. Credit: Pebble Beach Company

Unfortunately, that is not to be the case with Pebble Beach Company announcing their decision to cancel the 70th Pebble Beach Concours’ d’Elegance due to the health concerns of many of their entrants, judges, volunteers, and guests surrounding COVID-19 pandemic.

First held in 1950 on the Pebble Beach Golf Links, the luxury event is considered by many as the centerpiece of Monterey Car Week and has long been a favorite amongst young and old alike for its combination of classic show cars and new car unveilings.

Speaking on the decision to regrettably cancel the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Concours Chairman Sandra Button shared, “My heart goes out to all of the people who are involved in the Pebble Beach Concours and who are impacted by this decision. Many of our entrants have been working on a special car for years, and this was to be their moment. Some of our overseas entrants were nearing the point of putting their cars on boats and planes, and their own travel arrangements have long been made. The same is true for many of our international cadre of judges.”

“We thank all of the enthusiasts who have gathered at Pebble Beach time and again to renew long-standing friendships, celebrate great cars and give so generously to Concours charities — and who have already expressed their support for the coming celebration no matter the date.”

With the show cars having already been selected for the Concours d’Elegance, entrants have been ensured they will still be invited back in 2021 for the delayed 70th Pebble Beach Concours to be held on Sunday, August 15, 2021, and ticket purchases for this years event will also be valid for next year.

Now that Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has bowed out of Monterey Car Week, many other classic car events have also chosen to follow suit.

As of the 24th April 2020, the following events have been canceled:

  • Automobilia Monterey Expo (rescheduled to August 9, 10 and 11, 2021)
  • Carmel Concours on the Avenue (rescheduled to August 10, 2021)
  • McCall’s Motorworks Revival (rescheduled to August 11, 2021)
  • The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering (rescheduled to August 13, 2021)
  • Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction (rescheduled to August 13, 2021)
  • Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auctions (rescheduled to August 13 and 14, 2021)
  • Concorso Italiano (rescheduled to August 14, 2021)
  • Exotics on Broadway (rescheduled to Saturday, August 14, 2021)
  • Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (rescheduled to Sunday, August 15, 2021)
  • RM Sotheby’s Monterey Auction (new date TBA)
  • Legends of the Autobahn (new date TBA)

For more information and updates regarding the remaining events, visit the Monterey Tourism website.

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What’s On December 2020 | Worldwide Luxury Events

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Art Basel Miami Beach | Miami, USA | 3 – 6 December 2020 (Canceled Due To COVID-19)

UPDATE: We regret to announce that the 2020 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach has been cancelled. Given the ongoing impact of the pandemic, which spans from South Florida to other parts of the country and the world, limitations and uncertainty about the staging of large-scale events, international travel restrictions and bans, as well as quarantine regulations within the United States and internationally, Art Basel has no other option but to cancel the 2020 edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach.

The next edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach will take place from December 2 to December 5, 2021, with preview days on December 1 and December 2, 2021.


Hosted annually in Basel, Switzerland, Miami Beach and Hong Kong, Art Basel is an international art fair that showcases the work of emerging and established contemporary artists to collectors and members of the public. In previous years, supercar brands like Lamborghini have even presented “artwork” pieces in the form of sketches or new designs.

This year Art Basel Miami Beach will run from December 3 through 6 and will bring together more than 4,000 artists and 269 leading international galleries at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

For more information, visit the website.

Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous | Phuket, Thailand
10-12 December 2020

An invitation-only event, the three day Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous is designed to bring like-minded guests together from the Southeast Asia region and signals the opening of Phuket’s charter season. KRSR participants includes yacht owners, builders, industry professionals and brands and gives an opportunity flagship vessels to be showcased and guests to socialise and network in a world-class cruising beach destination.

This year organizers will also be bringing the famed American Poker Run event to Phuket. Designed for fast speed boats, a Poker Run is a friendly rally race where the entrants pick up a poker card at each of five designated locations around the course. The winner has the best poker hand with their five cards so it is purely a game of chance.

The inaugural Kata Rocks Poker Run will take place on 12th December 2020 and will be an around the island race. Starting from Kata Rocks, participating boats will circumnavigate the island in a clockwise direction picking up a playing card at each of the five designated checkpoints before returning to Kata Rocks for beers, burgers and a Poker Run T-shirt. The captain of the winning boat, with the best poker hand will win a trophy and a 2-night complimentary stay in a villa at Kata Rocks

For more information visit their website.

Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous

Purist Winter Toy Drive 2020 | Industry Hills Expo Centre, California | 6 December 2020

Join the 8th Annual Winter Drive Winter Drive being held by the Purist Group and bring along toy donations to support disadvantaged children and families during the holiday season.

Winter Drive itself is a a fun toy collection event featuring exotic cars, live music, entertainment and giveaways. In years gone by over 20,000+ units of toys have been donated to charities worldwide and this year they are hoping to smash that goal and need your help!

SUPPORT THE CAUSE. BRING A TOY.

*There’s no entry fee but please bring a new, unwrapped toy (minimum $10 in value) to be collected on the day.

Date: Sunday, December, 6th, 2020

Time: 8:00AM

Location: Industry Hills Expo Center
16200 Temple Ave, City of Industry, CA 91744

For more information and to register your car, visit their website.

Purist Winter Drive
Purist Winter Drive.

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race | Sydney, Australia | 26th – 27th December 2020

In its 76th year, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has become a highly anticipated event on the Australian sporting calendar and attracts global media coverage as the yachts set sail from Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day.

At 628 nautical miles, the course is often described as the most grueling long ocean race in the world. Sail crews from around the world compete in this timed race, starting from Sydney Harbour and sailing down the south-east coast of mainland Australia, across the often choppy Bass Strait and down the east coast of Tasmania to Hobart in a race for the finish line!

The Start Line
Visitors and guests are welcome to participate in the Sydney Race Village festivities from the opening of the Village until after the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Sponsored by Mumm Champagne and Carlton & United Breweries, the Village has a number of attractions and events, including the highly anticipated Rolex Sydney Hobart Crew Party on December 21. Organised by the CYCA Associates Committee, one of the Club’s biggest December events boasts a DJ and late-night dance floor – free to attend for all Members and Rolex Sydney Hobart crews.

The Finish Line
Hobart’s waterfront is busy and buzzing, anticipating and celebrating the arrival of the boats.  Come and enjoy the packed program of entertainment, food and drinks, family fun, displays and information at the Hobart Race Village.  Nearby, The Taste of Tasmania festival is in full swing celebrating the best Tassie food and drinks on offer and Hobart’s hot spots are within walking distance.  Once the boats start rolling in, the atmosphere at Hobart’s Constitution Dock rises excitingly, culminating in the celebration of New Year’s Eve on the waterfront.

For more information, visit the website.

The Hofburg Silvesterball | Vienna, Australia
31st December 2020 (Canceled Due To COVID-19)

UPDATE: Due to the current situation and the unforeseeable development of worldwide travel restrictions, the HOFBURG Silvesterball will unfortunately not take place on December 31, 2020.

Since our ball guests have come to Vienna from more than 45 nations so far, we are unfortunately forced to take the situation into account. We thank you for your trust and we are confident that there will be a time for all of us to celebrate again.


Held in the Hofburg Palace, the Hofburg Silvesterball is the highlight of New Year’s Eve in the heart of Vienna. The program includes top-class performers from Vienna’s opera houses, dancers, bands and orchestras playing everything from waltz to jazz to modern pop, making your night at the former imperial winter residence truly unforgettable. In addition to a spellbinding opening ceremony, you will be treated to a fantastic midnight show and a firework display above the old town. Once the fireworks have subsided, keep dancing on until the early hours of the morning. There are plenty of attractions away from the dancefloor too: pick your own lucky four-leaf clover or attach your resolutions for the year ahead on the wish tree.

There are varying levels of tickets – some offering a full 4-course dinner, others reserved seats at a table (categorized by different ballrooms) while others are just entrance and nothing else. Guests can also choose to purchase Waltz dance lessons which are held at the palace earlier in the day (so that you feel confident to whirl around the dance floor later that evening)!

For more information visit their website.

Hofburg Silvester Ball Vienna
Hofburg Silvester Ball Vienna.

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What’s On November 2020 | Worldwide Luxury Events

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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2020 | Yas Circuit Marina, Abu Dhabi |10 – 13 December 2020

World class motorsport action will return to the UAE when Yas Marina Circuit hosts the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2020 on Sunday 13 December, the culmination of a three day race weekend which brings the racing season to a close.

Complying with the current pandemic health and safety precautions, the  12th installment of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be a special edition of the race, where organizers have been granted permission access for Frontline Hero professionals, to thank them for their significant work and sacrifice over the last year.

For more information visit the website.

The Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi
The Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Los Angeles Auto Show | LA Convention Center
20 -29 November 2020 (Rescheduled to 21-31 May 2021)

UPDATE: Due to the ongoing pandemic, the LA Auto Show® held annually at the Los Angeles Convention Center will move six months into the spring of 2021. Originally planned for November 20-29, 2020, the Public Show will now be held on May 21-31, 2021.


One of the world’s largest auto shows, the Los Angeles Auto Show brings over 1000 vehicles to the LA Convention Center and is your one-stop-shop for comparison shopping cars, trucks, SUVs, electric vehicles & more without any sales pressure.

Whether it’s new vehicle shopping, free test drives, experiencing the latest tech or exploring an assortment of customized rides and exotics, there is something for everyone at the show. It’s highly recommend purchasing your tickets online to save money, avoid potential box office lines and to enter with your mobile phone or tablet.

For more information visit the website.

Cars at the LA Auto Show
Cars at the LA Auto Show.

Dubai International Boat Show | Dubai Canal, Jumeirah | 24 – 28 November 2020 (Rescheduled to 9-13 March 2021)

Update: Following close consultation with Dubai Harbour and Dubai International Boat Show stakeholders, Dubai World Trade Centre shall reschedule Dubai International Boat Show to March 2021, when Dubai Harbour will be fully operational to offer the most seamless marina lifestyle experience to all international event participants, yacht owners and residents.

Dubai Harbour is the region’s latest iconic, innovative and luxurious waterfront development, creating a world-class maritime facility. It will also be the new host destination for the next and future editions of Dubai International Boat Show.

Dubai International Boat Show will take place on 9-13 March 2021 at Dubai Harbour.


Over 28,000 visitors to the Dubai International Boat Show will have the chance to see more than 450 of the finest superyachts and leisure craft from across the world. There are also plenty of live-events, water sport stunt-shows, sailing demonstrations and even diving experiences, offering something for everyone. For more information and to get tickets to the Dubai International Boat Show, visit the website.

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What’s On October 2020 | Worldwide Luxury Events

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Motorclassica | Melbourne, Australia
23 – 25th October 2020 (Canceled Due To COVID-19)

Held in Melbourne at the Royal Exhibition Building, Motorclassica plays host to the Australian International Concours d’Elegance and is Australasia’s premier event for vintage, classic and exotic motoring enthusiasts. Visitors will have the opportunity to see over 160 cars from some of the best collections around Australia including art deco cars, Grand Prix winners, American supercars and beyond alongside displays from Aline, Mercedes-Benz, Lamborghini, Porsche and more.

Be sure not to miss Australia’s most elegant and stylish day out, where over 20,000 fellow enthusiasts can enjoy fine food and wine either under the dome of the iconic, World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building and under Melbourne’s Spring skies at Club Sandwich on Museum Plaza.

For more information visit their website.

Motorclassica Australia
Motorclassica Australia.

Abu Dhabi International Boat Show
14 – 17 October 2020 (Canceled Due To COVID-19)

Whether you are a yachting enthusiast, a boat owner or simply looking for a family day out, the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show caters to everyone bringing together luxury yachts, leisure marinecraft, water toys, fishing and more into one convenient location!

Drawing over 20,000 visitors in its inaugural year, many leading brands will be present again this year and on hand to help with any questions you may have.

For more info and ticket prices, visit the website.

Pure McLaren Experience Silverstone | Silverstone, UK
October (Canceled Due To COVID-19)

Pure McLaren is the exclusive driving program of McLaren, held throughout the year at some of the world’s greatest tracks with this months experience being held on Silverstone Circuit, home of British Motorsport.

Courses range from the entry level “experience” for prospective owners who want to get a feel for the McLaren range through to Owners Track Days and the Performance Academy for the track focused under the watchful guidance of their team of professional driving coaches.

  • Pure McLaren Experience: The perfect half day option for those looking to get their first taste of a McLaren.
  • Owner Track Days: For owners to learn how to maximise the use of their machine
  • Performance Academy: For owners who want to really test their skills and the limits of their car.

Each European Pure McLaren event is also part of the 2019 Pure McLaren GT Series making it an all round exciting weekend of track action.

For more information and to book your spot on the track, visit the website.

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este | Lake Como, Italy | 16 – 18 October 2020 (Canceled due to COVID-19)

Note: Originally scheduled to be held in May this year, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este was postponed to October due to COVID-19 pandemic. It was hoped the event could still be held in 16 -18 October 2020 however due to the ongoing developments unfortunately organizers have now had to cancel the event and reschedule to 2021.

Held at the end of May each year, the grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and Villa Erba are transformed into an elegant showcase of some of the finest historical cars and motorcyles as they compete for awards in a “beauty contest” of the motor vehicle kind!

For more information, visit the website.

Ferrari Finali Mondiali | Mugello, Italy
24 – 27 October 2020

This year the 2020 edition of the Ferrari Finali Mondiali returns to the Ferrari owned Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, giving passionate prancing horse fans will the chance to attend the last of the three Ferrari Challenge series as well as the special practice sessions of the exclusive XX Programmes and F1 Clienti. Held on the iconic Mugello circuit where Ferrari test their Formula One cars, Ferrari Challenge drivers from all over the world will be racing the final event of each championship (Europe, North America and Asia Pacific) along with alternating sessions of F1 Clienti and XX Programmes activities.

For more information visit the website.

Ferrari 488 Pista Finali Mondiali 2019
Ferrari 488 Pista Finali Mondiali. Credit: Ferrari

Singapore Yacht Show | Singapore | 15 – 18 October 2020 (Canceled Due To COVID-19)

Update: After initially rescheduling the March 2020 show to October due to COVID-19 restrictions, Singapore Yacht Show has now been canceled for 2020 and will continue as planned in April 2021.

Official Statement: In view of the continuing coronavirus situation and the likely effect it would have on attendance and participation in the Singapore Yacht Show scheduled for 19-22 March, we sought the opinion of our major exhibitors and partners as to whether they thought we should postpone the event to later in the year.

The Singapore Yacht Show is one of the premier marine events in the Asia-Pacific region and an excellent opportunity for prospective clients to meet with a wide range of yachting professionals and see the latest designs and innovations in yachting.

Held at ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove, the Singapore Yacht Show is a four day celebration, offering visitors the opportunity to step aboard superyachts, browse a select range of luxury lifestyle brands and also join in a wide range of interactive activities, gala dinners and glamorous parties organized for the exhibitors and visitors alike.

For more information and contact details, visit the website.

Lurssen Superyacht M/Y TV

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show | Florida, USA
28 October – 1 November 2020

This year celebrates the 61tst Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) with exhibits ranging from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. A wide variety of boats will be on display including superyachts, high performance boats, tenders, sailing yachts, motor yachts, ski and jet boats plus many more so you’ll be bound to find something you like!

For more info and ticket prices, visit the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show website.

Australian Superyacht Rendezvous | Whitsundays, Australia | 15 – 18 October 2020 (Canceled Due To COVID-19)

Update: Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, organisers of the fourth annual Australian Superyacht Rendezvous – have postponed the event that was to be staged in the Whitsundays by Coral Sea Marina Resort from 15th to 18th October 2020. New dates will be announced in the future.

Scheduled to be held this year in the beautiful Whitsundays, Australia, The Australian Superyacht Rendezvous is a showcase of the leading sailing and motor superyachts in the region for owners, captains, senior crew, designers, brokers, yards/marinas, suppliers, tourism operators and yachting associations.

Multiple events will be held for industry professionals to generate ideas and discuss ideas for the future of the yachting industry along with opportunities for industry professionals and owners to mingle and celebrate a mutual love of yachting!

For more information and contact details, visit the website.

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