CUMBRIA CLASSIC, TATTON OFF, LONDON CONCOURS ON...
WIGTON MOTOR CLUB have announced the cancellation of the 2020 Cumbria Classic & Motorsport Show, Mortons have scrapped their Passion For Power Show, both due to take place in August, but London Concours organisers say their event the same month is very much on.
Wigton MC, were hoping that this year's Cumbria Classic, at Dalemain House, Ullswater, would still place this year on Sunday August 23, but now have finally given up the ghost on one of the region's biggest classic vehicle events for this year.
Wigton's Graeme Forrester, long time organiser of the event and CMM columnist, told us: "You may well have been expecting this news, but this is to confirm that we are cancelling the Cumbria Classic Weekend for 2020.
"We have considered: Government regulations to counteract the spread of the virus which may change from week to week : Motorsport UK regulations with the regard to the virus : Common sense.
"The committee do not wish to endanger or risk the health and lives of members and enthusiasts at this difficult time and are not planning to run any events over the next few months. We also know that many competitors and marshals are in the vulnerable categories and will be unwilling to be involved.
"We will be reviewing the situation as it develops and hopefully, we can start both social and competitive events later in the year."
Grame added; "For those that have already entered the show, we will hold your entries for 2021 unless we hear from you differently."
Mortons have also scrapped their last remaining 2020 show at Tatton Park, Knustford, Cheshire, due to take place in August. A statement on their website reads:
"Following the UK Government advice on the coronavirus pandemic, we have now had to cancel our last remaining Tatton car show of the year, Passion for Power, which was scheduled for August 15-16.
"The safety and well-being of our visitors, exhibitors, partners, contractors and staff is the most important factor and the key reason for cancelling the event. The event team have been continually monitoring the latest public health and government guidelines regarding the evolving Covid-19 situation and acting in accordance with their advice.
"We will announce the 2021 dates for all three of our shows – the Classic Car Spectacular, Stars & Stripes and Passion for Power – when we can. They will be, as ever, held in the grounds of the stunning Tatton Park, Knutsford.
"Any trade bookings for our 2020 shows will be automatically refunded as quickly as we can over the next few weeks so please bear with us.
Meanwhile, the London Concours, originally due to take place in June, has been given formal approval to run on 19-20 August by its venue, the Honourable Artillery Company HQ in the City of London, meaning it’ll be the UK’s first major automotive event to take place since February.
Organisers say: "With audience welfare in mind, we have created a new operational plan that has been put in place including revised hospitality, audience capacity and increased venue space as well as separate morning and afternoon tickets."
Rowan Kitching, Director of Events at The HAC, said: ‘We are delighted to support the return of London Concours to The HAC. As such a key event in our calendar it was welcome news that outdoor spaces could reopen their doors in order for us to showcase this fabulous event on the beautiful Artillery Garden at The HAC. I’ve been hugely impressed by all the hard work behind the scenes that our teams have shown to make our venues and events a safe and secure place to visit.”
The London Concours has now increased its venue space at The HAC by more than a third, taking the total space to 20,000 sq/m. Combined with a limit on the number of people allowed in the venue at any one time, the event will offer visitors more space to enjoy the content than ever before. A special rate has been negotiated for parking close to the venue, for those who may now choose to drive to the event.
Andrew Evans, London Concours Director, said: “We’re enormously excited by this breakthrough. The event has received so much support from partnering brands and we look forward to welcoming many more in addition to our visiting guests. We can, and we will, create an extraordinary event comparable to previous years thanks to our robust event plan.”
An event spokesman added: "Ticket allocation is restricted compared with previous years, but spaces are still available at www.londonconcours.co.uk/tickets. In the unlikely event of cancellation, ticket buyers will be given a full refund or their ticket can be deferred to 2021."