2020 SHOWS UPDATE - GREAT DORSET AMONGST MANY TO FALL TO THE VIRUS
AS THE LOCKDOWN continues more enthusiasts shows are being cancelled or postponed, as organisers come to terms with the stark fact that public gatherings will be well down the list of things to be released from the coronavirus shackles.
Indeed, many events that rescheduled early in the pandemic are now finding that those plans are having to be trashed ; the 2020 show scene may well be almost - if not entirely - written off.
The biggest casualty this week is the huge Great Dorset Steam Fair, now postponed until 2021. In a statement posted on the event website, event MD Martin Oliver says: "Following a further review by the Great Dorset Steam Fair Board of Directors, it is with much regret and sadness that I have to announce that the 52nd Great Dorset Steam Fair will no longer be taking place this year and will be postponed until 2021 (Thursday 26th to Bank Holiday Monday 30th August 2021).
"We have been closely monitoring the unprecedented Coronavirus situation over the past few weeks and have explored all options. However, it has become increasingly evident that it would be both irresponsible and unfeasible to continue with the event this year, during these uncertain and challenging times.
"This difficult decision has not been taken lightly, however, the safety and wellbeing of our visitors, exhibitors, traders, staff and contractors is always our primary concern, combined with the effect to the local area, towns, parishes and residents.
"We are also very conscious of the impact that the event would have on the NHS, emergency services and local authority, they are doing an amazing job and we do not want to unnecessarily stretch their resources any further.
"We offer our sincere apologies to all involved and I can assure you that we at the GDSF are equally as disheartened and disappointed. However, this is the right thing to do. Over the past 51 years we have managed to run the event in difficult circumstances and during sometimes impossible weather conditions, but the current situation is simply beyond our control.
"For those of you who have already booked their tickets and/or camping in advance for the 2020 event, these bookings will remain valid for the re-scheduled 52nd event in 2021, this will happen automatically. Alternatively, should you prefer a refund for the 2020 show, please contact us at [email protected]. quoting your Order Number and we will arrange this as soon as possible.
"We were so looking forward to welcoming you all to this year’s show but sadly it is not meant to be. I would like to take this opportunity of personally thanking you all for your continued support of the GDSF and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2021. Keep safe everyone and look after yourselves.
"In the words of our Queen “we will meet again”."
Organisers of the London Concours, originally scheduled for 10th-11th June, say it will now take place on 19th-20th August. Classic Stony, originally set to take place June 7 has been postponed and will take place, say organisers "as soon as the advice indicates it is safe to do so."
The Peak and Dales Charity Run (June 21) is cancelled. The 46th annual Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza which was due to take place on Friday 31st July - Sunday 2nd August 2020, has been cancelled. Those that have purchased advance tickets will be issued an automatic refund say organisers.
The British Motor Museum has posted a 2020 update: "With the British Motor Museum now closed due to COVID-19, the Museum has had to make the difficult decision to postpone or cancel some of its upcoming shows. The intention of the Museum is, where possible, to postpone rather than cancel shows, whilst consistently adhering to government advice. Shows set to take place later in June and July will be reviewed in the coming weeks.
"The Gaydon Land Rover Show which was scheduled to take place on 9 - 10 May, has already been moved to 1 - 2 August. The UK Slot Car Festival was unfortunately cancelled by the organiser and will return for its 11th year in 2021. The Jaguar Breakfast Meet in May has been cancelled but is currently scheduled to return to the Museum in July. The Banbury Run has been postponed from 31 May to 16 August and the Classic & Vintage Commercial Show has been postponed from 13 - 14 June to 8 - 9 August.
"Tickets for cancelled events will be refunded and processed over the next few weeks. For postponed events, all sold tickets will be valid for the new dates. For ticket FAQs visit the website at https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/news/coronavirus-update-for-visitors."
The Leigh Food Fair and Vintage/Classic Car Show on 18th July 2020 would have been the last. Alas says organiser Elizabeth Turnbull it's not to be. "I am sure you are not surprised to hear that I have had to cancel this event because of the Virus. I am obviously very disappointed as it was to be my last one. There have been suggestions that I should make next year the last instead, but sadly this won't be practical, as the field the general public park on has been made into a Village Green."
Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding us here in the UK and around the world, the Directors of Salon Privé have taken the decision to move the 2020 edition back three weeks, with the event now taking place from Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th September.
Hagerty has postponed the 2020 Festival of the Unexceptional until 2021. In light of government guidance surrounding Covid-19, the team behind the delightfully unconventional cult car show, due to be staged on 25th July, took the decision to guarantee the safety of 100s of participants, thousands more visitors, valued partners and the team at Hagerty. New dates will be announced later this year.
John Brook tells us that the Ackworth Steam Rally, planned for July 18/19, will now not take place in 2020.
And Huddersfield based Classic Shows have updated their 2020 schedule: "We promised to provide further updates as to our 2020 schedule of events upon the receipt of further Government guidance regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19).
"In line with recent Government guidance, the following Classic Shows events, due to take place in May, will now be cancelled and rescheduled:
"Sunday 3 May 2020 - Notts Classic Car & Motorcycle Show - Thoresby Park, Ollerton. Rescheduled to Sunday 30 and Monday 31 August 2020
"Sunday 10 May 2020 - Bowood Classic Car & Motorcycle Show - Bowood House, Calne. Rescheduled date: TBC - further announcement due
"Sunday 17 May 2020 - Festival of 1000 Classic Cars & NW Classic Bike Show - Cholmondeley Castle, Nr Malpas. Rescheduled date: Sunday 20 September 2020
"The remaining schedule of events for 2020 are currently unchanged and we will continue to assess the position and provide updates as we approach each respective event.
"Those visitors, traders and exhibitors who have already booked into one (or more) of the above events will automatically have their tickets moved to the rescheduled event."