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2020 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance cancelled among concerns over coronavirus spread

The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance attracts thousands of visitors each year.

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The annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is seen as one of the premier motoring events in the world. This year, the auto elite will not have their usual opportunity to ogle each other's million dollar lust-worthy collectors items as the organizing body has cancelled the event in reposes to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event had been scheduled for August 16, 2020. This was to be the 70th anniversary year of the heralded event, which takes place in and around the Pebble Beach, California area in conjunction with a number of other events including in Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Carmel Valley.

2014 Infiniti Pebble Beach Infiniti traditionally has a presence during the week's worth of festivities surrounding the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.Photo courtesy of Infiniti Motors

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering that was to take place April 13 and 17 in the region, has already been cancelled. Along with Pebble Beach, the two events traditionally are the hallmark events of the Pebble Beach weekend and serve as a platform for automakers to debut their new products.

Infiniti has hosted a number of vehicle introductions and showcases during Pebble and The Quail in the past. They are one of the companies that was to debut a new product at the New York International Auto Show, which was also cancelled this year, and was likely to have had a model revealed at the Concours-surrounding events. The premium automaker now has two vehicles in the queue that will need to find other forums for unveiling.

Other automakers like Rolls-Royce use the event to connect with the elite client base. In the past Rolls-Royce has debuted special editions at the event and has hosted parties for current and potential clients.

The next edition of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is scheduled for August 15, 2021. It will be the 70th anniversary event.

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Yamaha Grand National Cross Country University gives drivers the opportunity to hone their skills.

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Registration for the Yamaha Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) University is now open. The unique school allows off-road racers and riders to hone their skills with some of the best off-road racers of all time. Each master class highlights off-road racing fundamentals including sportsmanship, training, proper nutrition, and race preparation, along with hands-on technical riding instruction.

The event will return to Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia and be followed by a full weekend of racing. Dates for the event are September 23-25, 2020. Reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis with 80 openings evenly split between ATV and motorcycle disciplines.

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"Racing is back, Yamaha GNCC University registration is open, and the resilience of the Powersports industry was on display this past weekend as many appreciated the opportunity to get back outdoors and enjoy the sport we love while still respecting the space and wishes of fellow race fans," said Steve Nessl, Yamaha's Motorsports group marketing manager. "We celebrate podiums and championships at the end of a race day, but it is the time spent at the races on the whole that we take away as precious memories. That's why Yamaha GNCC University is such a special event, as it offers the next-generation of racers the opportunity to build not only memories, but also their race skill-set alongside past champions and legends of the sport."

ATV Classes will be led by:

  • Johnny Gallagher, XC1 Pro ATV rider celebrating 26 years racing at a pro-level.
  • Walker Fowler, five-time GNCC XC1 Pro ATV champion, and current undefeated series leader.
  • Traci Pickens, 12-time WXC ATV champion.
  • Mark Notman, retired Pro ATV racer and elite Walker Fowler Racing mechanic.
  • Josh Merritt, XC1 Pro ATV racer.

Motorcycle classes will be led by:

  • Randy Hawkins, seven-time AMA National Enduro champion and AmPro Yamaha Racing team owner.
  • Jason Raines, five-time AMA National Hare Scramble champion.
  • Layne Michael, XC1 Open Pro motorcycle rider.
  • Michael Witkowski, XC2 250 Pro motorcycle rider.
  • Becca Sheets, WXC motorcycle and undefeated class leader.
  • Rachael Archer, WXC motorcycle rider.

Rider can register by calling the resort at 877-441-4386 or find more information online at GNCCRacing.com.

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