My name is Alain Lemire from Laval, Canada. I'm passionate about all things on four wheels and its history, and automotive photography.
I invite you to visit this site regularly, where you'll find articles on events, private vehicles, and museums related to my passions while on various trips.
I also had the opportunity to visit events outside Quebec. Here's a fairly complete list of what I saw.
- Greenwhish Concours (Greenwish, Connecticut)
Separate in 2 days, domestic car brands and import car brands back in 2016, this Concours offers 2 versions of high end restored classic cars mix with some exotic and luxury car booths.
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- Cavallino Classic (West Palm Beach, Florida)
There are historic car races and a Ferrari concours d'élégance. I went 4 or 5 times between 2000 and 2009. The event takes place annually in January.
A great opportunity to visit Miami's Art Deco District, stroll through the Keys to Key West or stroll along Daytona Beach.
- Lemans Classic (Circuit des 24 heures du Mans in France)
For fans of automotive history with a capital "H", this is the perfect place to see racing cars from past decades in action. And the icing on the "sunday", between 6,000 and 9,000 cars on display, mostly European brands, including a large number of Porsches. The event takes place every 2 years, in even-numbered years, in mid-July. I was lucky enough to visit this event in 2006 and 2008.
It's a good starting point for trips to Brittany, the Loire Valley and the region around La Rochelle, Champlain's port of departure.
- Geneva Classic (Geneva, Switzerland)
I've only been to this indoor show once, but what memories I have. It was posh. Mostly European cars, including the 1961 Jaguar E-Type, which was exhibited at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, the car's first appearance at a motor show. The event has not been held since 2010, which is a shame.
It was a great opportunity to visit this Swiss town and explore the surrounding area on vertigo-inducing mountain roads. These are the same roads that the Tour de France cyclists take during the mountain stages.
- Adirondack Nationals (Lake Georges, New York)
Hot rod and original muscle car heaven as only Americans can restore them. There's more action on the main streets in the evenings, especially opposite the campsite, where it's the festival of improvised burn-outs, or at least it was until 2013. The show brings together around 2000 cars and takes place annually in September.
I've been there 5 or 6 times, going for a day at first and checking in for a night afterwards. It gave me a chance to take the road along Lake Champlain and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
- Supercar weekend (West Palm Beach, Florida)
I visited this outdoor show in 2009, on the same weekend as Cavallino Classic. As the name says, it was all about exotic cars. A host of specialist dealers and owners of exceptional cars came together to create this January event.
During my only visit, I had the opportunity to take a stroll around Lake Okeechobee, Florida's largest lake.
- Meadowbrook Hall Concours d'Élégance (Troy, Michigan)
I went to this Concours d'Elegance twice, in 2000 and 2001. The event was held on a golf course adjacent to Meadowbrook Hall, a mansion that belonged to the Dodge brothers in the 1920s. It was the ultimate showcase of cars, from the Duesenburgs of the '30s to the best-restored Ferraris, Alpha Romeos, Mercedes and Aston Martins. A number of automotive artists were also on hand with original works.
Being in the Detroit area, this event provided an opportunity to visit museums such as the Henry Ford museum, the Chrysler museum and an exhibition center located in the GM tower downtown.
- Daytona Beach Car Show (Daytona International Speedway Infeild)
Florida's original muscle car paradise is how I'd describe this open-air exhibition. And what about the flea market... spectacular for the items on display. I really liked the Trans Am and Cougar clubs. It was interesting to see these 2 models together in their respective clubs.
Before the event, I had visited the pretty town of St-Augustine, the oldest city in the United States, founded by the Spanish around 1565.