Celebrating the “oddball, mundane and truly awful” of the automotive world, the Concours d’Lemons has announced its 2022 schedule, as have the Lemons Rally and 24 Hours of Lemons racing program.
The concours schedule includes four events — March 5 on Amelia Island, Florida; June 4 at Greenwich, Connecticut; August 22 at Seaside, California; and a date yet to be announced in September in Detroit.
“With 21 races, six rallies, and four Concours d’Lemons car shows, Lemons gives oddball cars and their enthusiasts a broad, rust-strewn playing field,” Lemons organizers reported.
The rallies operate under the banner of “Why break on track when you can break on the side of the road?”
For 2022, those rallies are scheduled for March 4-6, the Southern Friend Heaps from Mobile, Alabama, to Cedar Key, Florida; April 21-24, the Rocky Mountain Breakdown, based in Denver; July 15-17, the Rust Belt Ramble, from Detroit to Buffalo, New York; August 5-7, Hall On Wheels California Rally based in Sacramento; September 30-October 2, the Fall Fail-lage Rally based in Boston; and November 8-12, the great River Road Lemons Rally from New Orleans to St. Paul, Minnesota.
The 24-hour races for $500 cars are February 5-6 at Barber Motorsports Park, March 12-13 and December 3-4 at Sonoma Raceway, March 26-27 at NOLA Motorsports Park, April 9-10 at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex, May 28-29 at Thunderhill Raceway, June 4-5 and September 10-11 at High Plains Raceway, June 11-12 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, June 25-26 and October 8-9 at Gingerman Raceway, July 16-17 at Oregon Raceway Park, August 6-7 at Thompson Speedway, August 13-14 at Autobahn Country Club in Illinois, September 24-25 at NCM Motorsports Park in Kentucky, October 1-2 at Buttonwillow Raceway, October 15-16 at The Ridge in Washington, October 29-30 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, November 4-6 at MSR Houston, December 10-11 at Road Atlanta, and an event in April or May at a track yet to be determined.
McLaren showcases supercars at Goodwood
McLaren celebrated “a decade of supercar innovation and success” at the Goodwood Members’ Meeting this past weekend, noting that its first customer delivery of the first 12C model was done in 2011.
“Led by the production 12C – the car that marked the arrival in 2011 of McLaren Automotive in the modern era – some of the most memorable high-performance, luxury cars launched in the past decade celebrated McLaren’s achievements with laps of the Goodwood circuit,” McLaren Automotive said in a news release.
“Lining up alongside the 12C were a McLaren P1 – the world’s first hybrid hypercar – the extreme, track-focused McLaren Senna, a GT, two convertibles – a 675LT Spider and 720S Spider – and the most recent McLaren Ultimate model, the Elva. Completing the celebration parade was McLaren’s all-new, high-performance hybrid supercar, the Artura.”
McLaren also did a photo shoot of customer racing cars and track safety cars it has produced.
The company also offered a reminder of the Pure McLaren Festival scheduled to take place November 11-14 at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas.
Goodwood announces 2022 calendar
At the 78th Goodwood Members’ Meeting, the famed British racing circuit announced dates for its 2022 motorsports events. The 79th Members’ Meeting is set for April 9-10, the Festival of Speed is scheduled for June 23-26, and the Goodwood Revival will be held September 16-18 .
The 2022 schedule marks a return to the traditional dates for the Goodwood events after what Goodwood host, the Duke of Richmond, termed “a challenging 18 months” of cancellations and postponements and schedule shuffling because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Bertone concept cars displayed in Italy
One of the highlights of the Auto Moto d’Epoca show taking place October 21-24 at Padua, Italy, is a group of 16 prototype and concept vehicles by Bertone. Located inside Pavilion 4 will be the ASI Village with its special exhibit, “Universo Bertone,” featuring cars designed by the Turin-based studio since 1967.
To be displayed are cars such as the Ferrari Rainbow, Chevrolet Ramarro, Porsche Karisma, Aston Martin Jet2 and others.
The Automotoclub Storico Italiano was able to acquire and preserve many of the vehicles through the Bertone bankruptcy sale in 2015.
Zoute crowns Best of Show duo
Best of Show winners at the Zoute Concours d’Elegance in Belgium were pre-war — a Lancia Lambda Casaro — and post-war — a Lamborghini Countach LP400. Also, an Amicar C6 won the preservation award while a 1959 Cadillac 62 convertible took most exciting design honors.
Babinskys selected for Hilton Head Pinnacle honors
The Hilton Head Island Concours & Motoring Festival has selected Steve and Susan Babinsky as Pinnacle collectors of the year for the event November 7 in South Carolina.
Steve Babinsky not only is a car collector, but mayor of a city in New Jersey and helped establish the preservation class at Pebble Beach.
While championing unrestored vehicles, the Babinskys are restoring an 18th-century farm house.
Custom motorcycle show winners
The most recent round of the Progressive IMS Outdoors, J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder custom bike show was held at the Sun ’n Fun Expo Campus in Lakeland, Florida, where the winners were: Custom Classic — Richard Ruck’s 1977 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead, Custom Street and People’s Choice — Mindy Hunley’s 2010 Harley FLTRX, Freestyle — Brian Butter’s 1977 Harley Shovelhead.
2021 car show and concours calendar
The following are dates currently set (but subject to change) for a variety of concours d’elegance, car shows and driving tours scheduled during 2021:
21-24 – Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance, Nevada; Auto e Moto d’Epoca, Padua, Italy; 22-25 – Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, Connecticut; 23 – RADwood, Greenwich, Connecticut; 24 – Gearhead Homes Trunk or Treat show, Dexter, Michigan; 29 – Fort Lauderdale Concours, Florida
2-5 – SEMA Show, Las Vegas; 5-7 – Hilton Head Island Concours, South Carolina; 7 – Exotics on Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Simply Smart, Beaulieu, UK; 11-15, AACA Southeastern Fall Tour, North Carolina; 11-13 – AACA Special Western Nationals, Phoenix; 12-13 — Carlisle Events at Lakeland, Florida; 14-17 – AACA Western Divisional Tour, Arizona; 15-17, RADwood, Los Angeles; 19-21 – Goodguys Southwest Nationals, Scottsdale; 28 – VW Santa Run, Beaulieu, UK
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