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More event cancellations and museum closures announced to counter coronavirus pandemic

Published in blog.hemmings.com

Photo courtesy Circuit of the Americas.

Even if you weren’t already planning to practice social distancing, that’s going to become the default over the next couple of months as more states and municipalities declare emergencies, ban large gatherings of people, and do their best to keep everybody from spreading coronavirus. And that means even more event cancellations, postponements, and other changes of plan in addition to the ones we ran down over the weekend.

Thanks to everybody who sent in tips already. If you know of any others that we missed, make sure to add those in the comments.

* Circuit of the Americas announced last week that the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas will be postponed until November 15 after the city of Austin and Travis County banned gatherings of 250 people or more through May 1. Along with IndyCar’s decision to cancel its April 26 race in Austin and news of layoffs at the facility amid its indefinite closing, there’s concern that the Formula 1 race there scheduled for October may not go on as planned.

* Goodguys officials have canceled three events so far: the Spring Lone Star Nationals in Fort Worth, Texas, originally scheduled for this past weekend; the Spring Nationals in Scottsdale, Arizona, originally scheduled for March 20-22; and the All American Get-Together in Pleasanton, California, originally scheduled for March 28-29. RADwood officials have postponed two events: the Greenville, South Carolina show, originally scheduled for March 21; and the Philadelphia show, originally scheduled for April 5. The Portland (Oregon) Roadster Show, originally scheduled for March 20-22, has been canceled. The Mid-Atlantic Indoor Nationals in Oaks, Pennsylvania, originally scheduled for March 28-29, has been canceled. Daytona’s Spring Turkey Run, scheduled for March 27-29, has been canceled (h/t Charlie Jones). The New Canaan, Connecticut, Caffeine and Carburetors gathering scheduled for April 19 has been canceled (h/t Jost). The Spring French Car Meeting in Longwood, Florida, originally scheduled for April 11, has been canceled (h/t Citroenvie), and the organizers of the Rendezvous in Saratoga Springs, scheduled for later this year, have issued a survey for participants to see whether it’s worth proceeding with their plans for the event. The Road Racing Drivers Club’s Evening with Rick Mears, originally scheduled for April 16 in conjunction with the Long Beach Grand Prix, has been postponed to a date to be announced. And the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show in Birmingham, England, originally scheduled for March 27-29, has been postponed to a date to be announced.

* Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials still plan to hold the Indy 500 for now. Goodwood’s Members’ Meeting, scheduled for March 28-19, is still on at this point. As is the AACA Hornets Nest Region’s Charlotte AutoFair, scheduled for April 2-5. Carlisle Events officials have so far announced no event cancellations. Billetproof, under new management this year, has yet to finalize its schedule and thus has yet to make any coronavirus-related announcements. The Copperstate 1000 rally, which starts March 29, will continue as scheduled, but its kickoff event in Tempe has been canceled. And the Easter Jeep Safari will continue as scheduled, though without FCA’s participation and without its vendor expo.

* The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum in Cleveland has closed its facilities through April 5 (h/t Nan Gelhard). Studebaker National Museum officials have now announced that they will close the museum through March 27 (h/t Bob Palma). The Early Ford V-8 Museum has now closed through April 13 (h/t Bob Palma). The Petersen Automotive Museum has now closed through March 31 (h/t Stu). The Simeone Foundation Museum, as mentioned previously, remains open, but has canceled all of its upcoming events, including its 12 Hours of Sebring Demo Day, its Model Car Show, and its Concours d’Elegance.

We’ll keep updating this list as we get more information. In the meantime, wash your hands, see a doctor if you’re sick, and stay informed.