Team Speed‘s 2019 Guide to North America’s Best Supercar Shows
From themed meets to big inclusive gatherings, our guide has something for fans of fine European luxury performance.
We’re only a few weeks away from the start of spring, which means only one thing: time to plan on showing and/or seeing the finest European luxury performance cars throughout North America.
Wondering where to go? Wonder no more. The Team Speed crew is here to help you with our guide to the best shows to come in 2019.
Monterey Car Week
Let’s get the big daddy out of the way. For an entire week around mid-August, McLarens, Porsches, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Alfa Romeos, and more gather in Monterey, California to celebrate the fine things in life. The Quail, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, big-name auction events, you simply can’t go wrong by visiting California’s central coast near the end of summer.
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
If you’re on the East Coast near the middle of July, then you’ll want to head over to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the 37th edition of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. The titular event is a battle on the street circuit of Schenley Park near the Carnegie Museum of Art, but the whole affair is a week-long gathering of every vehicle under the sun. And though 2019 is the Year of the Pig, the organizers have made it the year of the snake by declaring Alfa Romeo its spotlight car.
Big SoCal Euro
Here’s a Euro-exclusive show for ya, right here in Southern California. Big SoCal Euro brings all of the European makes under one big parking lot in San Diego on the first Sunday in September ever year, with over 3,000 cars on display. From classic Volkswagens and Audis to modern BMWs and Bugattis, it’s a European union unlike any other under the warm California sun.
All British Meet Edmonton
If you’re a fan of all things Britannia, and happen to be in Edmonton, Alberta in early June to escape the oppressive heat in the U.S., then All British Meet Edmonton is where you need to be. The 30th anniversary edition, set for June 9, will celebrate the 70th anniversary of Land Rover by featuring the storied builder as its spotlighted make.
European Car Show
Held every March since 2011, the European Car Show brings over 300 classic and modern European machines to help raise funds for local charities in Los Angeles. Since 2018, the Petersen Automotive Museum has been the host of this affair, and will be so again for the eighth edition. The ‘#EURO19’ event will also have a couple of new activities for children at the show, along with raffles and the popular show-and-shine.
PCA Boardwalk Reunion
For every Porsche fan, the Rennsport Reunion is the biggest gathering of all things Stuttgart. Of course, the reunion is only held every few years, so if you missed on Rennsport Reunion VI in 2018, here’s a chance to get in on something new: the first-ever Boardwalk Reunion. Both the Porsche Club of America and the 356 Registry will host this new reunion on the boardwalk of Ocean City, New Jersey October 19, where Porsches of all sorts will gather near the surf and sand of the Jersey shore.
FCA Annual Experience
If you prefer cars from Modena, Italy, the Ferrari Club of America’s Desert Region will host the FCA Annual Experience in Scottsdale, Arizona November 6 through 10. Kick off the holiday season with events and happenings like the FCA Concours d’Elegance, track time at the Apex Motor Club, cocktail parties at the Penske Racing Museum, and so much more. Registration begins in late February, so don’t miss out if you love Ferraris, and want to put off Christmas shopping for a few days.
Though focused on German makes, Berlin Klassik in Grand Bend, Ontario welcomes all European makes and models to strut their stuff over two days in early August. From competing for one of 140 trophies in stock and modded classes, to swap meets and dyno testing, there’s tons of fun to be had when surrounded by tons of Teutonic metal. All you need is a tent and some camping gear (and, of course, your Mercedes).
Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery Euro Car Show
What goes great with expensive European cars? Wine, of course. The Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery in Ronda, North Carolina hosts its Euro Car Show every late June, welcoming one and all to enjoy the vineyard and the fine examples of Euro-style luxury and performance (and, if old enough, a glass of wine or two).
Lauritzen Gardens All-European Show and Shine
If no wine is available, a botanical garden will do, too. Thus, the Lauritzen Gardens All-European Show and Shine at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska September 8. All sorts of European cars, trucks, and motorcycles will be shown alongside the many plants and flowers that call the 100-acre garden home. Like some of the flowers, though, the show is a brief affair taking up half of the afternoon, which leaves the rest for enjoying some steaks and, perhaps, get some investing advice from the ‘Oracle of Omaha’ himself, Warren Buffett.