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What’s On April 2019 | Worldwide Luxury Events

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Singapore Yacht Show | Singapore | 11 – 14 April 2019

Held over four days at the ONE°15 Marina in Sentosa Cove, the Singapore Yacht Show, now in its 9th year, is one of Asia’s leading yacht and luxury shows of the year. Supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, the show highlights the best of the region including superyachts, supercars, fine dining and fashion and is an event not to be missed! For more information and to get tickets, visit the website.

Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix | Shanghai | 12 – 14 April 2019

Following on from Bahrain, the next race in the F1 World Championship is held at the Shanghai International circuit. The track is inspired around Chinese history and has been designed to look like the character “shang”, meaning “high” and with the main grandstand seating 29,000 and providing panoramic views over nearly the entire track you can see why! This will be another exciting event to see who moves up the ranks of the championship! For more information and to get tickets, visit the website.

China Grand Prix

Auto China Motor Show | Shanghai | 18 – 25 April 2019

Alternating each year between Beijing and Shanghai, the Auto China Motor Show is one of largest auto shows in the region. This year it’s in Shanghai and will be held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center. The theme of this year’s Auto Shanghai 2019 is “Create a Better Life”, which aims to present the achievements of innovative development in global automobile industry as well as push the deeper integration of automobile with advanced manufacturing, information communication, internet, big data and artificial intelligence. For more information and contact details, visit the website.

Auto Shanghai Lamborghini Aventador

Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix | Baku City Circuit | 26 – 28 April 2019

Held for the first time in 2017, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix runs along the Baku City Circuit, a street circuit that runs through the heart of the city. With one win in the bag for Daniel Riccardo and another by Lewis Hamilton on this track it will be interesting to see who wins the trophy on this track for the third time! For more information and to get tickets, visit the website.

Cars & Coffee | Australia | April 2019

This month we’re featuring Cars & Coffee events in Australia. Be sure to be up and early for your caffeine and engine fix!

  • Cars & Coffee Australia | Brisbane | 6 April 2019
  • Cars & Coffee Australia | Byron Bay | 14 April 2019
  • Cars & Coffee Australia | Melbourne | 13 April 2019
  • Cars & Coffee Australia | Gold Coast | 7 April 2019

For more information and to see Cars & Coffee events worldwide, visit the website.

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What’s On May 2020 | Worldwide Luxury Events

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Hublot Diamond Rally | Canada | 2 – 3 May 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19)

Hublot Diamond Rally is a driving rally from Vancouver to Whistler that follows Canada’s most scenic road from the sea to Sky Highway 99 and gives drivers the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for their individual charities they support!

  • 2nd May – Rally Day! Drivers leave from Vancouver and head to Whistler and beyond
  • 3rd May – Checkout and day at leisure if you have chosen to stay overnight

For more information and to get tickets, visit the website.

Note: Has now been rescheduled to Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th September 2020

Diamond Rally 2019
Ready to take on the Diamond Rally? Credit: Diamond Rally

The 1000 Miglia | Brescia, Italy | 13 – 16 May 2020 (Postponed to October 2020 due to COVID-19)

Now celebrating its 38th year, the original Mille Miglia (translated 1000 Miles) was an open road endurance race held in Italy between 1927 and 1957 that has now been reborn as a modern day classic and vintage race to recapture what has been described as “the most beautiful race”. To take part in the 4 day round trip from Brescia to Rome (staying true to the original route), entry price begins at €8,000 and participants are limited to driving classic cars manufactured prior to 1957 that attended or were registered to the original race. Each day of the rally, 400 cars will leave at 20 second intervals before setting off to take in the Italian countryside all the while competing for winning times.

For more information visit the website.

Formula 1 Barcelona Grand Prix | Catalunya Circuit | 8 – 10 May 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19)

One of the oldest races in the world, the Spanish Grand Prix held on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is the 5th race of the Formula 1 World Champion Ship series. Originally the race began as a production car race but was interrupted by the First World War and experienced a break for a decade before starting again and becoming a staple on the European race calendar and has been a regular part of the Formula One World Championship since 1968 at a variety of venues.

For more information and tickets to see the best battle it out on the track, visit the website.

Formula 1 Circuit de Catalunya Barcelona

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show | Gold Coast, Australia | 21 – 24 May 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19)

Celebrating its 31st year, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is the southern hemisphere’s most highly anticipated boat show and has something for all the family to enjoy. Held over four days, 45,000 visitors will get the opportunity to see hundreds of boats and thousands of marine products from the industry’s leading brands in one unique waterfront location at The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove.

For more information and contact details, visit the website.

Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix | Monaco | 24 – 27 May 2020 (Canceled due to COVID-19)

Held on the Circuit de Monaco since 1929, the Monaco Grand Prix is considered one of the most prestigious car races in the world and gives spectators an incredible experience to see the race cars wind their way through the streets of Monaco on the same track that Brazil’s Ayrton Senna won the race more times than any other driver (winning five races consecutively between 1989 and 1993)!

For more information and contact details, visit the website.

Monaco Grand Prix 2019

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este | Lake Como, Italy | 22 – 24 May 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19)

Not one to be missed, 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.

Note: New dates have been announced with the event now taking place 16 – 18 October 2020

Pure McLaren Portimao | Spa Francorchamps Circuit, Belgium | 28 – 31 May 2020 (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 month’s experience being held in Belgium on the Spa Francorchamps Circuit.

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 2020 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.

Pure McLaren Experience Spa Francorchamps

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Formula 1 Season Set to Start in Austria July 2020

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Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey announces the 2020 Formula 1 racing season is set to start in Austria with a targeted start date of 3-5 July 2020.

Since the abrupt cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing cancellations, race fans around the world have been waiting and wondering when teams will be allowed back to the track this year (if at all) and it appears the answer has arrived sooner than later.

Formula 1 set to start from July. Credit: Formula 1
Formula 1 set to start from July 2020. Credit: Formula 1

In a statement released by Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey this week, the racing organization is continuing with plans to commence racing from this July with the first Grand Prix of the season being held in Austria July 3-5.

“All of our plans are obviously subject to change as we still have many issues to address and all of us are subject to the unknowns of the virus” Chase Carey commented. “ We all want the world to return to the one we know and cherish, yet we recognise it must be done in the right and safest way. We look forward to doing our part by enabling our fans to once again safely share the excitement of Formula 1 with family, friends, and the broader community.”

While teams are set to resume regular racing activities, the initial races will be held without fans and only be viewable via broadcast. F1 organizers are hopeful however that fans will be able to participate once again later on in the schedule.

Although the French Grand Prix to be held in June has already been canceled (along with the Monaco Grand Prix), the remaining European races are tentatively scheduled to proceed from July to early September before all teams continue on to the Eurasia, Asia and America’s race events between September and November and finish off the season with Bahrain and Abu Dhabi in December.

Formula 1 2020 Start Date

While the 2020 race season was originally scheduled to see drivers complete 22 races, organizers are now looking to safely complete between 15-18 races instead given the dramatically different circumstances under which this season is being held.

The final calendar is still yet to be published and is still reliant on each individual track owner’s willingness to participate dependent on their own countries restrictions.

The upheaval of the 2020 race season has also meant that new regulations regarding teams cost caps and race car designs that were set to come into play in the 2021 season will now be delayed until 2022.

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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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