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What’s On September 2018 | Worldwide Luxury Events

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Pure McLaren Hockenheim Experience | Germany | 1- 3rd September 2018

Held at Hockenheimring, a challenging track and home of the 2018 German Grand Prix, this Pure McLaren’s 2018 Driver program offers various different options for McLaren lovers.

Pure McLaren Experience: For those who are getting their first taste of McLaren and experiencing all that the cars have to offer
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
Pure McLaren GT Series Racing: For owners who want to compete in motorsport races

Prices start at approx. $1000 for 1/2 day experience.

For more information and prices, visit McLaren’s website.

Pure McLaren experience

SupercarsClub Arabia Andelosia Rally | Lake Maggiora – Marbella | 2-12 September 2018

Each year SupercarsClub Arabia have some incredible rally’s lined up year around the world and this year they are heading back to Europe with their “Andelosia” tour. Drivers are in for a treat with their cars with the adventure starting from Lake Maggiore and then making their way through the Swiss Alps, on to Courmayer, navigating the highest mountain in Europe, Mont Blanc, back down to the French Riviera, onto Carcassonne, through Andorra and dropping into Spain with a visit to Barcelona, Valencia, Córdoba, Granada, Ronda and winding up in Marbella. It’s a jam-packed adventure that you DON’T want to miss!

For more information visit their website.

Supercars Club Arabia

Luxury SuperCar Weekend | Vancouver, Canada | 8 – 9 September 2018

Being held for the 9th year, Luxury SuperCar Weekend is Canada’s premier luxury, lifestyle & automotive event held across 17 acres of the Vandusen Botanical Garden. Visitors are treated to speciality food from pop-up bars and food stations, while being able to view the latest in supercar design, bespoke watches, fashion, collectibles and participate in a live supercar auction

For more information visit the website.

Dodgeball Supercar Rally | London – Croatia | 6 – 9 September 2018

This years Dodgeball’s Summer Supercar Rally (they also hold Desert & Winter versions!) sees the party setting off from London before heading for the Swiss Alps, stopping at the famous Italian Lakes, paying a visit to the Venice Film festival and driving along the stunning coast line of Croatia.

What are you waiting for? For more info head over to their website.

Dodgeball Rally

The Challenge – Private Rally | St Tropez to Purobeach, Marbella | September 2018

Hailing from Holland since 2002, The Challenge is a private rally of around 35 cars with an “invitation only” policy (you are welcome to contact them directly of course) with no-one knowing the exact route details until the rally starts or where they are going until each day. Each team is required to have their own theme and attend all events in their team outfit with plenty of challenges and the like required to win points and take home one of several awards including “The Challenge Trophy, Best Theme and Car Wrapping Award, Challenge Ambassador Award and Challenge Bad Luck Award”!

For more information visit the website.

The Colorado Grand® Car Rally | Colorado, USA | 10 – 15 September 2018

If you love the Rockies and autumn leaves, then this drive is the one for you. Founded in 1989 by Englewood automotive enthusiast Bob Sutherland, the Colorado Grand® is an annual charity tour for 1960 and earlier sports and race cars of distinction . A non-competitive event, the tour is a 5 day event that attracts 85+ vintage cars for the scenic 10,000 mile drive.

The tour attracts makes like Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Maserati and Allard, not to mention lesser known but equally exotic makes like Amilcar, Cisitalia, Squire, Delahaye, and Talbot-Lago. You’ll be sure to spot several 1920’s and 30’s cars too.

Celebrating its 30th year anniversary, The Colorado Grand® currently generates well over $400,000 annually for small Colorado charities and Western Slope towns and has raised over $6 million since 1989.

For more information visit their website Image by John Waugh

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Cannes Yachting Festival | Cannes, France | 11 – 16 September 2018

Held every September in Cannes since 1977, the Cannes Yachting Festival is the first show of the boating season and an event you won’t want to miss.
Many of the major brands use this show to launch their new models and guests will have the opportunity to see these masterpieces up-close.

Location
Cannes Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto.

Opening times
Open every day 10 a.m. to 7 p.m..
Late opening until 10 p.m. Friday 15 September.
Closed at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information and tickets visit their website.

International Motor Show (Commercial Vehicles) | Hanover, Germany | 20 – 27 September 2018

This year celebrates the 68th year of the IAA Motor Show and will see many visitors pass through the trade fair grounds all keen to see the latest designs and technology on display.

Note: This show alternates each year with passenger vehicles exhibiting on odd years in Frankfurt and commercial vehicles on even years in Hanover.

For more information visit their website.

International Motor Show 2018

Singapore F1 Grand Prix | Singapore | 14 – 17 September 2018

For those that love the speed of F1, the Singapore Grand Prix is one you won’t want to miss. The Marina Bay circuit was the first night race as well as being the first F1 street circuit in Asia which gives it an entirely different experience than that of a track.

Besides the racing, Singapore comes alive for this event and there is also plenty of entertainment and night life to be a part of between races.

For more information and to book tickets visit their website.

Singapore Grand Prix

Bernina Gran Tourismo | St Moritz | 21 – 23 September 2018

Held over 3 days, the Bernina Gran Turismo is a modern day hillclimb race for historic cars that seeks to revive the heritage of the original Bernina Grand Prix held in St Moritz back in 1929-1930. With a maximum of 80 competitors this is a friendly and intimate event, participants are treated to spectacular scenery as they race to complete six runs along 5.7 km of closed road along the Bernina Pass road between La Rösa and Hospizio Bernina.

More than just a race though, the Bernina Gran Tourismo offers a chance to enjoy the surrounding areas of St Moritz and in the past has included events like an automotive film festival held at the Hotel Reine Victoria in St Moritz-Bad and parties held at St. Moritz’s private members-only Dracula Club (founded in the 1974 by one of St Moritz’s most colourful characters, Gunter Sachs who was married to Brigitte Bardot).

For more information, visit their website.

Monaco Yacht Show | Monaco | 26 – 29 September 2018

Set in the iconic Port Hercules of the Principality of Monaco since 1991, the Monaco Yacht Show has become one of the “must-go” annual boat shows with over 120 extraordinary superyachts on display and 40 new launches to be unveiled. Bringing together the worlds best superyacht builders, designers and brokers into one place, this weekend is the perfect opportunity to talk to the experts regarding your future superyacht purchase, charter or refitting needs.

For more information, visit their website.

Monaco Yacht Show

Cars & Coffee | Australia | September 2018

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 | 1st September 2018
  • Cars & Coffee Australia | Byron Bay | 9th September 2018
  • Cars & Coffee Australia | Melbourne | 9th September 2018
  • Cars & Coffee Australia | Gold Coast | 15th September 2018

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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