The situation surrounding Covid-19 continues to affect the show calendar with yet more 2020 event cancellations and postponements; and in some cases, is affecting events that have already been rescheduled once already.
Techno Classica Essen, originally due to be held in March, was subsequently rescheduled for June. Its fate looked sealed when Germany banned large gatherings until August 31, and though it has since taken steps to exempt certain trade shows and exhibitions, the uncertainty and travel restrictions from other countries led the organisers SIHA to cancel it for 2020. It will return next April.
Moving forward a month, the Silverstone Classic is due to take place from July 31 to August 2. However, it’s understood that Silverstone is currently working towards back-to-back British Grand Prix F1 races to be held behind closed doors on July 26 and August 2, although the dates have yet to be officially confirmed. That would affect the Classic, with an announcement on the 2020 event expected by the end of May.
In addition, the relaunched British Motor Show was due to take place in Farnborough on August 20-23 and include classic content. However it’s now been reorganised for August 2021. Likewise, the 2020 Triumph Weekend, jointly organised by TR Register and TSSC and scheduled for August 14-16 at Stratford-upon-Avon Racecourse, has also been cancelled. Ticket refunds will be automatic, with the weekend now set to take place ‘virtually’ via www.triumphweekend.com.
There is better news for other events. The National Metro and Mini Show and the BMC and Leyland Show at the British Motor Museum have been moved from their respective June and July dates and combined into one event on September 6 (Government guidance permitting). Similarly, Bicester Heritage has rescheduled its June Scramble for October 4, 2020.
With all motoring events in these fast-moving times, we strongly advise you check it’s still happening before you travel.