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What’s On April 2020 | Worldwide Luxury Events

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Formula 1 Vietnamese Grand Prix | Hanoi, Vietnam | 3rd – 5th April 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19)

*Official Statement*

Vietnam Grand Prix LLC – the Promoter of Formula 1 VinFast Vietnam Grand Prix 2020, would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation for your ticket purchase to the very first Vietnam Grand Prix, which was previously scheduled on 3rd-5th April in Hanoi.

Please note that our race has been postponed only and not cancelled, and currently the Hanoi’s People’s Committee and Vietnam Grand Prix LLC are working tirelessly with F1, FIA and all relevant parties to find the best possible course for the event to ensure the safety of all participants.


Following on from the Bahrain Grand Prix, the third race of the season is the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix, set to be held at the newly completed Hanoi Circuit designed by circuit architect Hermann Tilke.

The Hanoi Street Circuit is a 5.6km track is a hybrid design with 23 turns that includes both street circuit sections and permanent track in the Nam Từ Liêm district of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

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

Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix | Shanghai | 17-19 April 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19)

*Status Update*

The Chinese Grand Prix Promoter, Juss Sports Group, officially requested the postponement after ongoing discussions with the Federation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of People’s Republic of China (CAMF) and Shanghai Administration of Sports.

Amid continued health concerns and with the World Health Organisation declaring the coronavirus as a global health emergency, Formula 1, together with governing body the FIA, jointly decided to accept the postponement request in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans.


Following on from Vietnam Grand Prix, for 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!

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

China Grand Prix

Watches & Wonder Geneva | Geneva | 25-29 April 2020 (Canceled due to COVID-19)

*Official Statement*

In view of the latest developments concerning the worldwide spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, it is the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie’s duty, as organizer of Watches & Wonders Geneva, to anticipate the potential risks that travels and important international gatherings could entail.

Therefore, in order to protect the health and wellbeing of all our guests, press, partners and teams, the decision has been taken to cancel the upcoming edition of Watches & Wonders Geneva (formerly known as the SIHH) and its ‘In the City’ program, initially due to take place in Geneva from April 25th to 29th 2020.

The Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie understands the disappointment this year’s cancelation may cause, and remains at the disposal of its partners and guests for any queries they may have. The FHH is already working on the organization of 2021 edition of Watches & Wonders Geneva.


This year Watches & Wonder Geneva is set to celebrate its 30th edition of the event. Previously known as the Salon International De La Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), the watch extravaganza began in 1991 when 5 watch-maker brands (Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Piaget, Gérald Genta and Daniel Roth) left BaselWorld to create an exclusive watchmaking event in Geneva.

Nowadays Watches & Wonder Geneva is a two part event, the “Salon” for professional media and special guests to meet with the exhibiting maisons and the “In The City” event which transforms the city center of Geneva into a week-long discovery of the art of watchmaking.

For more information and contact details, visit the website.

Auto China Motor Show | Beijing | 21 – 30 April 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19)

*Status Update*

To ensure the health and safety of exhibitors and participants, we on behalf of the Organizing Committee of the 2020 (16th) Beijing International Automobile Exhibition (Auto China 2020), have decided to postpone the event which was initially scheduled at the new and old venues of China International Exhibition Center (CIEC) in Beijing from April 21 – 30 this year. The rescheduled date will be notified separately.


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 Beihing and will be held at the China International Exhibition Center (CIEC).

For more information and contact details, visit the website.

Auto Show Beijing

Baselworld | Basel, Switzerland | 30 April – 5 May 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19)

Official Statement: For health safety reasons and in accordance with the precautionary principle following the bans issued today by the federal and cantonal authorities, Baselworld announces that it has taken the decision to postpone the show to Thursday 28th January 2021 to Tuesday 2nd February 2021 (Press Day on Wednesday 27th January), due to concerns related to Covid-19.


Known as one of the most prestigious events in every watch aficionado’s calendar, this luxury watch and jewellery tradeshow attracts visitors from over 45 countries and some of the biggest luxury brands in the industry like Patek Philippe, Rolex, TAG Heuer and more.

For more information, visit the website.

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What’s On July 2020 | Worldwide Luxury Events

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Goodwood Festival of Speed | Goodwood Estate, UK | 9 – 12 July 2020 (Canceled due to COVID-19)

Founded in 1993, The Goodwood Festival of Speed is a traditional hill climb event held in the beautiful parklands surrounding the historic Goodwood House and Estate of Lord March. The original plan of Lord March was to revive motor racing at the Goodwood Circuit, however the permit required to host the event was not possible so he opted to bring the party back to his place so to speak.

Often considered the ultimate summer garden party of motoring enthusiasts, the relaxed nature of the event allows visitors to roam the paddocks and get up close and personal with the drivers and cars, while reinforced straw bales separating the race track allows for excellent viewing by all. Not an event to be missed!

For more information and ticketing, visit the Goodwood website.

Goodwood Festival of Speed

Pure McLaren Summer Sprint | Donington Park, UK | 17 July 2020 (Canceled due to COVID-19)

Note: McLaren are committed to providing exceptional experiences, however, the safety and wellbeing of our customers and staff remains our highest priority. With the global uncertainly surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to cancel our activities throughout 2020.

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 one of the most famous tracks in the UK, Donington 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.

Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix | Red Bull Ring, Austria | 3 – 5 July 2020

The 2020 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria is the first race back for the amended 2020 season after earlier races were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be held behind closed doors and without spectators but is still a welcome start to the season!

To be able to complete as many races as possible in this season, race organizers have agreed to host the “Styrian Grand Prix” a week later on the same track, marking the first time in sporting history that the same venue and circuit layout has been used for back-to-back World Championship races.

For more information visit the website.

Mercedes AMG Driving Academy | Nürburgring, Germany | July 2020 (Canceled due to COVID-19)

Join the AMG family at the world famous Nürburgring Norschleife and receive expert training from qualified professionals on how to get the most out of your car around this track.

Drivers can hone their skills with experiences ranging from one day through to the 3 day AMG Camp.

For more information, visit Mercedes Experiences.

Mercedes AMG Driving Academy

Formula 1 Styrian Grand Prix | Red Bull Ring, Austria | 10-12 July 2020

The Formula 1 Styrian Grand Prix is the second round of the revised 2020 race season and will be held on the same Red Bull Ring as the Austrian Grand Prix (held one week prior).

Once again the event will be held behind closed doors and without spectators but race fans can still follow all the action live via your favourite streaming services.

For more information visit the website.

Formula 1 Red Bull Ring Austria

Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix | Red Bull Ring, Austria | 17-19 July 2020

The third race for the season is the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix, which takes place over 70 laps of the 4.381-kilometre Hungaroring in Budapest.

Once again, due to COVID-19 restrictions the event will be held behind closed doors without spectators to comply with government restrictions on mass gatherings.

For more information 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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