Groesbeck is a group of about 4,500 individuals residing round 40 miles east of Waco, Texas. But it is also within the strategy of turning into the headquarters for The Gentleman Racer: Life at Speed, the automotive web site and clothes firm run by Mike Satterfield, who additionally was liable for organizing the latest and inaugural Groesbeck Grand Prix Festival of Motoring.
The occasion included a concours at historic Old Fort Parker and a 1.5-mile time trial on a closed part of freeway.
“The feedback from the drivers has been great,” studies race director Richard Tomlin. “They love the relaxed family atmosphere, the challenge of the course, and the overall uniqueness of this event, many are already planning to come back next year and figuring out how they can optimize their cars to chase the course record set by Craig.”
That can be Craig McCormick, who ran the course in 47.34 seconds in a Ford Mustang.
“We had to put in an artificial cap on the event due to COVID so we could allow people to spread out and feel comfortable,” stated Satterfield, “but even so the fact that we sold out of tickets so quickly is encouraging.”
Proceeds from the weekend benefited Parkinson’s care and analysis by means of the Drive Toward A Cure program.
BYO is theme for British automotive breakfast
British automotive leaders from motor reveals, the automotive business and different sides lately staged an inaugural breakfast cruise-in at Bicester Heritage, the place the twist on “run what you brung” was “bring your own vehicle.”
“Cheap to expensive, vintage to modern, (the) car mix demonstrates that depth of enthusiasm that runs through the auto industry,” in accordance with the post-breakfast information launch on the occasion.
“Bringing together movers and shakers from all aspects of the car industry, from senior executives to high profile motoring media, the day was as much about networking as it was about enjoying the cars, which ranged from a £50 Volvo 850 to an Aston Martin Vantage, via all stops in between,” organizers reported.
“As well as a chance to talk motors and business, have a late Sunday breakfast and swap car buying stories, the attendees also took to the track to give their classics a workout – an opportunity that 2020 hasn’t offered for many of them so far.”
“We had a far bigger turnout than expected and the eclectic mix of cars and characters at Bicester underlined what a fabulously enthusiastic industry UK Automotive is,” stated Andy Entwistle, British Motor Show chief govt.
“While we all work tirelessly and professionally in all aspects of the car industry, a lot of us work in automotive because we adore it. We love cars and we love meeting fellow petrolheads, and it was so reassuring to see just how many true enthusiasts there are working in the industry today.
“The diverse selection of vehicles at the event each had one thing in common – they are owned by a true enthusiast who chose it out of a love of cars, be it a battered old Volvo or a beautifully restored MGC. That passion is the one thing that unites us all.”
Virus impacts Muscle, Japanese, NYC occasions
Two extra hits towards the collector automotive interest by the coronavirus pandemic:
- The annual Japanese Classic Car Show in Long Beach, California, will develop into a week-long digital occasion this 12 months. World Matsuri Week is scheduled for October 3-10 (Matsuri is the Japanese phrase for competition).
- The annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals, held in Rosemont, Illinois, has been canceled for 2020 on account of state laws limiting such indoor occasions to 100 individuals. Dates for the 2021 occasion have been set for November 21-22, 2021.
- Also canceled is the New York City Concours, which was scheduled for September 17-18. Organizers are planning a collection of smaller “club concours” beginning in November at varied places within the metropolis.
- Another latest cancelation is the PRI present, the annual motorsports gear commerce present in Indianapolis.
“Nothing is more important than the well-being of our family, friends and community during this unprecedented time,” stated concours founder Maria Jannace. “It would be irresponsible of us to try to hold The Concours during the health and economic challenges we are currently experiencing.”
Vintage Rolls membership welcomes latest mannequin
A number of days after unveiling its new Ghost mannequin, Rolls-Royce invited members of the 20-Ghost Club, the oldest Rolls-Royce automotive membership, to an unique occasion at which 20 pre-1936 vehicles have been staged within the firm’s central courtyard for a photograph shoot with the brand new Ghost.
The 20-Ghost Club is dedicated to pre-1940 Rolls-Royce motor vehicles and people displayed within the picture shoot all have been pushed to the occasion.
Among the vehicles participating was a 100-year-old Silver Ghost limousine by Mulliner. The automotive was acquired by its present homeowners in 2011 and has been pushed 17,000 miles since, primarily on 20-Ghost Club excursions.
Fall car-show calendar
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the autumn car-show and concours calendar continues to evolve. Here’s the up to date schedule, primarily based on official bulletins however topic to alter, as of September 15, 2020:
September 18-20 —Street Rod Nationals Northeast (Vermont), Arizona FuelFest, Balfour Car Show (Denver), Holley MOPARty (Bowling Green, Kentucky), Art on Wheels Weekend (Wisconsin), Classic Car Drive In Weekend (Bicester Heritage)
September 23-27 — Salon Prive (England), Telluride Festival, Ironstone Concours d’Elegance (California), St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance (Maryland), Goodguys Lone Star Nationals (Texas), Catskill Conquest Rally (New York)
October 2-4 — Fall Carlisle, Street Rod Nationals South (Knoxville, Tennessee), Jagstravaganza Concours (California), Holley Ford Intergalactic Festival (Bowling Green, Kentucky)
October 9-11 — Zoute Grand Prix and Concours (Belgium), AACA Eastern Fall Nationals (automotive present solely), Chico Concours d’Elegance (California)
October 16-18 — Goodwood Speed Week, Keels & Wheels, Lake Mirror Concours d’Elegance (Florida), Mid-American Street Rod Nationals (Missouri), Astin Mansion (Texas), Off-Road Expo and Sand Sports Super Show (Arizona)
October 19-23 — AACA Central Divisional Tour (Oklahoma), Astin Mansion automotive present (Texas)
October 23-25 — Charlotte Auto Fair
October 30-November 1 — Copperstate 1000 classic rally automotive present, Western Street Rod Nationals (Bakersfield, California), Rennsport Collective (England)
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