Every year since 1996, Greenwich, Connecticut, has held a classic and vintage car show with a title sharing their name, the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance. Instead of celebrating the 25th anniversary of the show this summer, however, the coronavirus pandemic has caused it to be cancelled.
Like all major car shows across the world right now, Greenwich's Concours d'Elegance has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak; nevertheless, event organizer Hagerty announced that it will "offer additional local 2020 car activities once the 'all-clear' is given."
The classic and vintage car show will return in 2021. Those who purchased a ticket to attend will receive a full refund within the next two weeks via Showclix.com.
Other major automotive shows cancelled due to the outbreak include the Geneva Motor Show, the New York International Auto Show, and the Beijing Motor Show. In response, several car manufacturers who had intended to reveal new models or tech at the events instead hosted digital debuts online.
These successfully implemented and cost-effective alternatives to being physically present at a conference could potentially encourage automobile companies to cease appearing at car shows at all, as doing so often costs millions of dollars. Coronavirus may not have put car shows on hold for 2020, but instead pushed them towards discontinuation completely.