NADA has been the hot topic in automotive lately. But with the big show wrapping up earlier this week, it’s time to mark our calendars for a few other can’t-miss auto events this year!
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Corvette Heroes’ drawing to give away the Lost Corvettes is set to happen soon, featuring the 36 classic Corvettes made popular in a 1989 VH1 sweepstakes. The music TV network had given away one Vette from every year a new design was released, starting with the iconic car’s first year (1953) up until 1989. (There wasn’t a new Vette released in 1983.) Now, Corvette Heroes is giving away each of these American beauties, fully restored, and donating the proceeds to veterans.
You have until April 30 to enter the drawing.
Curious what Elon Musk has going on at his “Gigafactory 2” in Buffalo, NY? Well, wonder no more – the Tesla CEO recently tweeted that he’ll be offering customer and media tours of the typically-kept-under-wraps Giga in April. We can’t speak for anyone else, but it’d be our first tour of a photovoltaic cell factory. Stay tuned for details!
For the only leg of the Triple Crown of Motorsport that’s held on American soil, don’t miss the Indianapolis 500 on May 24. Hailed as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the 500-mile open-wheel, open-cockpit race is where legends including Andretti, Mears, Sullivan, and Unser were born. It’s also the world’s oldest operational automobile race.
As if you need another reason to visit Colorado (besides the mountains, of course!), we hear that the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb simply cannot be missed. The annual automobile and motorcycle hillclimb to the 14,115-feet summit of Pikes Peak measures 12.42 miles and has more than 150 turns. 2018 saw the first win by an all-electric car, a Volkswagen I.D. R. It’s June 28 this year, with the Fan Fest on June 26. Be a part of the 98th “Race to the Clouds” …
The 11th Annual Collector Car Appreciation Day is set for July 10. Have a special collector car sitting in the garage, just waiting to be driven? This is your day to get it out and go cruising! Find (or even help organize) an event near you. CCAD was started by SEMA Action Network to celebrate and help bring awareness to the vital role that automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.
You can’t make a “can’t miss” automobile event list without mentioning the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It’s like half a dozen awesome auto events wrapped into one. Celebrating its 70th year on August 16, the Concours will display both prized collector cars and the latest new car debuts on the famous 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. It’s the climax to an entire week of exciting events catering to a variety of auto interests. Come see why The Wall Street Journal calls Concours “the world’s best annual display of historic and beautiful cars.”
Love EVs? Or just want to sit in a few and learn more about them? Now in its 10th year, National Drive Electric Week (September 26 to October 4) has events happening all around the U.S. Last year, all 50 states got in on the fun, with more than 10,000 test drives made, local EV parades, and the announcements of proclamations and new programs aimed at raising awareness of EVs and their benefits.
We say “TROG,” you say “????” The Race of Gentlemen just might be the coolest event in automotive you’ve never heard of. Started in 2008, TROG celebrates pre- and post-war car and motorcycle racing every autumn on a sandy beach in Wildwood, NJ. Cars are pre-1936 and motorcycles are pre-1947, creating a distinctive “time warp” atmosphere. You’ll feel cooler just watching this promotional video. Oh and yes, “gentlemen” includes women. September 30 to October 4.