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What’s On March 2020 | Worldwide Luxury Events



Geneva International Motor Show | Geneva | 5 – 15 March 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

Official Statement: The 90th edition of the GIMS, which was supposed to welcome the media from next Monday and the general public from 5 to 15 March 2020, will now finally not take place. This is an injonction decision of the Federal Council of 28 February 2020 that no events with more than 1,000 people are allowed to take place until 15 March 2020. The decision falls 3 days before the opening of the exhibition to the media.

Held in the Swiss city of Geneva, the Geneva International Motor Show is an 11 day annual auto show celebrating its 90th year and is hosted at the Palexpo convention near the Geneva International Airport. One of the largest auto shows in the world, GIMS is popular with a wide array of auto-makers and gives visitors chance to see the latest designs and many world premiere reveals from the major players in the industry including Pagani, Bugatti, Koenigsegg, Rimac, Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz and more.

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

Moscow Boat Show | Moscow, Russia | 5 – 9 March 2020

Now in its 10th year, the Moscow Boat Show caters to a growing demographic of people who enjoy being out on the water whether in speed boats, yachts or participating in water sports.
For this reason the demand for relevant services has also grown over the years and this years show is proud to also host an array of industry experts from navigation companies, yacht schools, transportation suppliers and more. Alongside the service industries there will of course still be a wide range of products including motor and sailing yachts, boats, electric boats, electric motors, helicopters, design trimarans, pontoons, components and diving equipment.

For more info and ticket prices, visit the website.

Dubai International Boat Show | Dubai Harbour | 10 – 15 March 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19)

Official Statement: In light of the evolving global developments around the COVID-19 virus, Dubai World Trade Centre has been closely monitoring the situationBearing this context, the Dubai International Boat Show, the MENA’s largest leisure boating event and one of the world’s most influential gatherings for the global yachting community, is being postponed from 10-14 March to 24-28 November 2020 and will be located at its new home – Dubai Harbour, the region’s largest luxury marina and most advanced cruise terminal.

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.

Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020 | Melbourne, Australia | 12 – 15 March 2020 (Canceled due to COVID-19)

As the F1 World Championship gets under way, Albert Park will once again play host to an array of international teams and drivers looking to add points to the scoreboard early on! Aussie fans will especially be interested to see how crowd favourite Daniel Ricciardo fares and if he can get some early points on the scoreboard.

For more information and contact details, visit the website.

Singapore Yacht Show | Singapore | 19 – 22 March 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19)

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 event will now be rescheduled to October 2020.

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.

Superyacht Shopping in Singapore. Credit: The Singapore Yacht Show

Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2020 | Bahrain | 19 – 22 March 2020 (Postponed due to COVID-19)

Bahrain plays host to the second race of the 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship and it’s the perfect opportunity to see one of the great night races as the race cars speed around the track under the lights!

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

McLaren At Goodwood Members Meeting | Chichester, UK | 28 – 29 March 2020 (Canceled due to COVID-19)

First things first, this event is for McLaren Owners ONLY, however if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in that category then you’ll have special invite to join McLaren as they celebrate their British heritage at the Goodwood Members Meeting – the opening event of Goodwood’s motor racing season jam packed with historic racing and demonstrations.

For more information, visit the website.

McLaren’s at Goodwood Members Meeting. Credit: McLaren



What’s On May 2020 | Worldwide Luxury Events



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



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



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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