Sunday, May 26, 2019
Fly-In / Drive-in Breakfast at the Perry-Warsaw Airport, Departs at 7:30 AM from Tim Hortons, 4750 W. Henrietta Rd, Rochester – This is a Rochester Sports Car Meetup event that is open to all. “It might be called a fly-in breakfast but most people arrive by car for an $8 all-you-can-eat breakfast of eggs, sausage and pancakes. FIBs are usually fun because small rural airports are interesting and we’ll get a close-up view of small aircraft taking off and landing if the weather is good. This airport is home to a Civil Air Patrol squadron and the proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the cadets.
The plan is to get an early start so we’ll have time to do other things on Sunday, like change the front control arm bushings on a Z4. We’ll leave Tim Hortons promptly at 7:30 AM and probably take some interesting back roads instead of the expressway. Everyone will find their own way home after breakfast. The airport, located at 6522 State Route 20A in Perry, is about a 36 mile, 52 minutes drive from downtown Rochester.”
Monday & Tuesday – May 27-28, 2019
Louis Betstadt Memorial Driving Event, Watkins Glen International Speedway – “This is a non-competitive driving event, focusing on learning high performance driving techniques in a controlled environment. Includes in-car instruction, classroom presentations, and plenty of track time.” It is sponsored by the Niagara Region Porsche Club of America but all makes of cars are welcome and you do not need to be a club member. Tuition is $495, garages $60. To register, please log on to: www.clubregistration.net
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
First Burgundy Basin Inn Cruise Night of the season, 5 – 8 PM, 1361 Marsh Rd, Bushnell’s Basin NY – This free weekly Tuesday night car cruise is one of the best in the area. You’ll find a wide variety of cars that includes everything from classic hot-rods to contemporary sports cars and you’re welcome to show your car. The “cruise” is held at grassy park-like venue with live music that is provided by a different band every week. You’ll also find a very nice selection of food and beverages that you can purchase and a comfortable pavilion to eat or visit in. It’s sponsored by Van Bortel Corvette and Steamer’s Marathon convenience store.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
First Cruise of the Season at I-Square, 5-8 PM, 400 Bakers Park, Irondequoit NY (corner of Titus & Cooper near the House of Guitars) – This weekly show welcomes all makes and models. It has door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, food and music. Free ice cream coupon for cruisers.
Saturday, June 1, 2019
FLR 2019 Autocross Novice School, Xerox, Webster NY – Are you just starting out in autocross and want to learn a lot in a short amount of time? Have you been autocrossing a few times and want to learn how to get through that slalom quicker? Do you want more hands-on time learning about car control? The FLR SCCA Solo Novice school can get you there!! Throughout the day the drivers will practice various elements with an in-car instructor at different stations like slalom, braking, skid pad/figure 8. At the end of the day drivers get a try at a complete course to apply the skills learned and have some fun. You get a ton of seat time for much less $$ than most driving schools. The cost for the day is $80 and will include entry fee for the Western New York region autocross the next day (6/2) at the Seneca Army Depot.“
Car Show at the Sulphur Springs Festival, Clifton Springs NY – The car show on Main Street is from 10 AM to 3 PM. The festival starts on Friday and ends with a parade on Saturday at 6 PM. There will be live music, kid’s games and activities, a talent show, duck derby, lots of food, lots of vendors, and much more.
Camp Haccamo’s 7th Annual Car, Truck and Cycle Show, 8 AM – Noon, The Mall at Greece Ridge, in front of Macy’s – Vehicles of all makes, models and years are welcome and awards will be given. There will be music, food, vendors and a raffle. Bring the family to see cars, cycles, and trucks and support Camp Haccamo, a summer retreat for kids with special needs. Spectator donation is $3 and children under 12 are free. Vehicle entry is $10 if pre-registered by May 11 and $20 on the day of the show. Rain date is June 2.
5th Annual Fair Haven Car Show & Craft Fair, 9 AM – 3 PM, Fair Haven Beach State Park, 14985 State Park Rd, Fair Haven NY – A Benefit for the Boys Scouts and Girls Scouts of America. Music, food, vendors, raffle. Coffee and donuts starting at 7 AM. Car registration is only $5. Rain date is Sunday, 6/2.
Hamlin Wheel Fest, Hamlin NY
St. Rita Fiesta Car Show ‘n Shine, 4 – 7 PM, St Rita Church, 1008 Maple Drive, Webster NY – The show is part of the St. Rita’s annual festival, an alcohol-free, family-friendly event. Live music by The Breakfast Club starts at 6 pm. All vehicle types are welcome and there is no entry or registration fee. Registration is required because there are limited spaces. Please arrive between 3 and 3:30 PM.
Sunday, June 2, 2019
The 10th Annual Pittsford Car, Bike & Boat Show to benefit the Pittsford Food Cupboard, 11 AM to 4 PM, State Street Municipal Parking Lot (behind library & Thirsty’s), Pittsford NY – Music, vendors, raffles, door prizes, food and beverages. Free to enter or attend with the donation of two canned goods or non-perishable items. You must pre-register by calling Ron Bajorek at 585-248-3810 or 585-748-8777.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
First Fairport Cruise Night of the season, 5 – 8 PM, 6 N. Main Street, Fairport NY – This popular weekly car show with food and music is returning. It’s free and takes place in the Box Factory parking lot next to the canal.
Friday – Sunday, June 7-9, 2019
GVC June Ultimate Driving School and Instructor Training School, Watkins Glen International Speedway – “This is the second of four GVC HPDE (High Performace Driving Education) events at the Glen in 2019. Our driving schools offer intensive in-car and classroom instruction on the theory and practice of high-performance driving to drivers at all skill levels. GVC’s Ultimate Driving School #102. There are separate run groups for Novice (Group 4), Intermediate (Group 3), and Advanced (Group 2) students, each limited to 30-35 drivers. Drivers in these groups are each assigned a highly-trained and experienced instructor familiar with the performance characteristics of the student’s car. This personalized one-on-one instructional format is arguably the most important feature of our HPDE program.”
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Street Machines of Rochester – Super Cruise Night and Poker Run, 4 – 8 PM, Badgerow Park, 1120 Latta Rd, Greece, NY – (more details are coming)
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Porsche and Vintage Volkswagen Car Display at the 86th German Blossom Festival, 12 – 8 PM, Rochester Touristen Verein “Camp Lima”, 2375 Pond Rd, Lima NY – “The Niagara PCA, Finger Lakes Region Volkswagen Club, and the Volkswagen Association of Western New York, are invited by the Rochester Touristen Verein (Rochester German Club) to display their Porsches or vintage Volkswagens under the trees at the RTV’s 86th annual German Blossom Festival. This is a traditional German spring festival, with authentic German food, beer, fantastic homemade desserts, and musical entertainment. FREE parking and admission for club participants if you display your car. It is advisable to bring a lawn chair to relax in the shade and your favorite beer stein!”
45th Annual Street Machines of Rochester Outdoor Auto Show, Registration 9 AM- Noon, awards at 4 PM, spectator gates open all day. Badgerow Park, 1120 Latta Rd, Greece, NY – Dash plaques for the first 400 entries. Over 100 Favorite and Special Awards. Vendors, food & drink, door prizes and raffles. Car registration: $10 (preregistered), $20 day of show. Spectators $3. Part of the proceeds are donated to local charities. Show Flyer (PDF)
A Drive, a Brunch and a Tour, 9:30 – This Rochester Sports Car Meetup event is open to all. We’ll depart at 9:30 AM from the Tim Hortons located at 4760 W Henrietta Rd and head for brunch in Perry NY via a scenic and fun to drive route which will include taking the “back way” into Geneseo and crossing the flats in Leicester. The drive will take about 45 minutes.
We’ll then have a leisurely brunch at The Lumberyard which serves an excellent buffet for $13.95. At 2 PM we’ll take a free tour of the INSIDE of the Letchworth dam. There should have time between brunch and the tour for a leisurely drive through Letchworth Park, starting at the northwest-entrance, with stops at the overlooks. There’s a $10 vehicle fee to drive through the park and there are alternative routes. We don’t have to stay together after brunch and there are some interesting roads and other things in the area to explore if you want to skip the tour and go off on your own.
Auto Show, Ice Cream Social and Music Concert at the Heritage Square Museum, 12 Noon, 7147 Ontario Center Rd, Ontario NY – “The Auto Show will start at 12 noon, the ice cream social and music concert will start at 1:30 pm. The ice cream and toppings will be provided by Konstantinou’s Restaurant and the music will be brought to us by the Mad Kings. If you have an antique or classic car to show off, bring it along, the more the merrier. There will be a $3 a car admission charge for everyone except the exhibitors and band members. So bring your chair and be prepared to enjoy yourself. Food, as well as ice cream, will be available for purchase. In case of rain, the concert will be in the Train Station. Parking available behind the Train Station via Brick Church Rd. Hope to see you all there.”
Friday, June 14, 2019
Cruise In at the Winery, 4 – 8:30 PM, RG Brewery and Five Sons Winery, 1360 West Sweden Rd, Brockport NY – Classic car owners and car enthusiasts are invited to display their cars or view them. It’s free for owners and spectators. Owners who bring their classic car will receive 2 free beverages and a 10% discount on food orders. This is also Oyster Night and there will be live music from 5 to 8:30 PM. There will be an informal judging and the car with the most votes will win a prize. You will need to register your car ahead of time by sending a message with your name and description of your car.
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Cars and Coffee at The Little Speed Shop, 8 AM – 10 AM, 1770 Emerson St, Rochester NY – A monthly gathering of car enthusiasts that draws a wide variety of cars and owners, and which is one of the best in the area. There will be plenty of free coffee.
Sunday, June 16, 2019
13th Annual Father’s Day Car & Motorcycle Show, Sonnenberg Gardens, 151 Charlotte St, Canandaigua NY – (more details are coming)
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Wheels & Wings Car Show, 9 AM – 4:30 PM, Perry Warsaw Airport, 6522 Rte. 20A, Perry NY – A judged car show with aircraft on display. Sky diving and radio control aircraft demos all day. There will be food vendors and a concert in the hangar after the show. Free admission for spectators Car show registration starts at 10 AM and is $15. Call Ken for more info at 585-353-4666.
Saturday, July 13, 2019
Pirate Festival Car Show, Krull Park, 6108 Lake Rd, Olcott NY – “A small relaxing” 300 car show overlooking Lake Ontario that is held in conjunction with the Olcott Fire Company’s Annual Pirate Festival. Registration starts at 9 AM and car awards are given around 3 PM. The Festival has a midway, a fireman’s parade at Noon, pirate reenactors, pony rides, live music, vendors, food, drink and more. The show has a limit of 300 cars. Pre-registered cars are $12 and it’s $15 on the day of the event. Proceeds benefit the Fire Company. Dash plaques will be given to the first 150 entries and there will be more than 75 awards given to the top voted cars.
Monday & Tuesday, July 15-16, 2019
Sports Car Driving Association (SCDA) – Watkins Glen 2 Day Track Event – Watkins Glen International Speedway – Four on track driving sessions using the 3.4 mile long course. One-on-one in car instruction for novice drivers (with no or little track experience) along with classroom sessions. $389 for a single day or $719 for a 2 day event. Discounts available. A limited number of “arrive and drive” Miatas will be available for rent.”
Friday – Sunday, July 19-21, 2019
The 20th Annual PPG Syracuse Nationals, NY State Fairground, Syracuse NY – More than 8000 street rods and custom, classic, muscle and antique cars, 100s of vendors and almost 95,000 people are expected to attend this event.
Saturday, July 20, 2019
“Wheels in Motion” Car Show Hosted by the Rochester Corvette Club, 10 AM – 4 PM, Ontario Beach Park, Rochester NY – (more details are coming)
Sunday, July 21, 2019
ZCCR Motorfest 2019, Shriners Damascus Center, 979 Bay Road, Webster, NY – “Registration opens at 9am, trophies awarded at 3pm. It’s the 12th Anniversary year for the open classes show, featuring all vehicles domestic & foreign … if it’s motorized it may be eligible. Featuring Monster Hots, ice cream also a DJ livening things up. All proceeds raised at the show go 100% to a deserving local charity.”
MG Car Club’s Sports Car & Vintage Auto Festival, 9 AM to 2 PM, Rush Fire Department Field, 1971 Rush Mendon Rd, Rush NY – Sports Cars, Hot Rods, Classics, Trucks, Cycles, Food & Raffles. Pre-registration is $10 until 7/11, day of the show is $20.
Saturday, July 27, 2019
1st Annual Farmington Chamber Car Show and Swap Meet, 11 AM – 4 PM, Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track, 5857 Route 96, Farmington, NY – Free spectator admission. Car awards, vendors, swap meet for car related items, car corral – sell your car, hourly door prizes, music and 50s costumed characters, food, drink, and games. Car show entry is $10 advance, $12 day of show, swap meet $20, car corral $25, vendors $50.
Friday, August 9, 2019
Full Throttle Friday Cruise-In 2019, 6 – 9:30 PM, Harv’s Harley-Davidson, 3120 Kittering Rd, Macedon NY – a classic cars and hot rod cruise at a great venue. Music by Tommy Brunett.
Saturday, August 10, 2019
The 6th Annual Scottsville Car Show, 9 AM – 4 PM, 3 Browns Ave, Scottsville NY – All proceeds benefit the Golisano Children’s Burn Unit.
MPACT Motorsports Festival, Pocono Raceway, Long Pond PA – This festival attracts of huge number of BMWs and other German cars but all makes are welcome. It consists a number of activities that include a judged car show, High Performance Driver Education (HPDE) on the track for all levels from beginner to expert, 2300-ft side-by-side racing on the track (similar to a drag race but with a rolling start so speeds can exceed 100 mph), a four-seat “Drift Taxi” that will be giving rides, burn-out contests, and many vendors.
If there’s enough interest the Sports Car Meetup of WNY will be organizing a caravan to the festival (about a 4 hour drive). Please let us know if you have any interested in going. Here are a couple of YouTube videos that show what the festival is about: Over the Edge: Make an MPACT (Motorweek 4:16) and The 2018 “Official” Video (4K UHD, 11:10).
Sunday, August 11, 2019
B & C Auto Restoration Annual Open House and Hot Rod Event, 10 AM – 4 PM, 6360 Dean Pkwy, Ontario NY. Free. All cars and spectators are welcome. There will be food truck trucks, live music, and plenty of parking.
Perfect Pony All Mustang Car Show, Van Bortel Ford, 71 Marsh Rd, East Rochester NY – An all Mustang car show. Live DJ, great food, 50/50, door prizes. Pre-registration 10 AM – Noon, Show from Noon to 3 PM. $15 per car, $20 day of show. Rain date 9/18.
Saturday, August 17, 2019
6th annual Hilton Classic Wheels on Main Street, 8 AM – 4 PM, Hilton NY
August 22-31, 2019
2019 New England Caravan to the National Corvette Museum – Once every five years caravans of Corvettes from around the country travel to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green KY. Participants in the New England caravan will meet in Gettysburg PA and then travel about 350 miles per day with stops in Roanoke VA and Kingsport TN until they arrive at the museum to celebrate its 25th anniversary. There you’ll enjoy 3 days of activities in and around the museum. There is a limit of 225 cars and the caravan is already nearly full. You can learn more by reading this PDF and contacting Cathy Musselwhite at [email protected]
Friday, September 6, 2019
26th Annual Grand Prix Festival of Watkins Glen, 10 AM – 8 PM – About 25,000 people are expected to attend this annual festival which celebrates Watkins Glen’s motor racing heritage. The festival precedes the Hilliard U.S. Vintage Grand Prix races that will be held over the weekend at the Watkins Glen International Speedway.
You’ll find more than 600 classic sports cars parked along the main streets of the village. There will also be live music, wine tasting, food courts, vendors of racing items, and family activities. This year Triumph cars are being featured.
You can also watch 650 sport and classic cars drive the old 6.6 mile Grand Prix course that used public roads from 1948 to 1952.
Stone Bridge Driver Events, Various times, Watkins Glen – These are nine different events that take place during the Grand Prix festival. There are road rallies, tours of the area, and a “fun-khana.” Most include reserved downtown display parking during the festival and laps of the original 6.6 Mile Grand Prix course through the streets of Watkins Glen. Some events are limited to certain marques or kinds of vehicles such as Triumph, Lotus, roadsters and motorcycles. Costs very and the events fill up very fast. The “stone bridge” was part of the original Grand Prix course which used public roads.
Saturday, September 14, 2019
2nd Annual Rally for Serenity, Watkins Glen NY – Editor’s message: I was fortunate to hear about and participate in last year’s inaugural rally. I had a great time, the folks running it were wonderful and the proceeds went to a great cause. So we are helping to promote this year’s event. We don’t know many details yet but this year’s theme will be “Murder on the Lake.” It’ll start with three paced laps of the Watkins Glen International Raceway and then participants will head off to solve a murder. The road rally will end back in Watkins Glen with vendors, food trucks and music. The Serenity Scholarship Fund helps those who have struggled with addiction or mental health disorders to attend a technical program or earn an Associates Degree.
Saturday & Sunday, September 14 & 15, 2019
Wings & Wheels – Seaplane & Car Show, 10 AM – 4 PM, Hammondsport NY – “The greatest annual air and land show in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Free to attend by one and all.” There will be food, activities for kids, seaplane rides and car show awards. On Saturday night there will also be a banquet dinner in the display area of the Curtiss Museum. It costs $50 per person which includes beer and wine, and it is open to the public. All show car entrants and seaplanes are required to pre-register prior to arriving at the event and car show entrants are required to make a $15 donation to the Museum at the time of registration.
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Hoytoberfest: The 4rd Annual Ricky Hoyt Memorial Autoshow, 12 to 3 PM, Hickory Park, S. Lake Rd, Bergen NY – The focus of this show is BMWs of “the Neue Klasse to E31 generation” but you’ll also find other makes along with trucks and motorcycles. An entrance fee of $5 will benefit Unyts, the WNY Branch of Donate Life, which works to save and enhance lives through organ, eye, tissue and blood donations. There will be a food and drink and trophies will be awarded for: Best E30, Best Non E30 BMW, Best Non BMW European, Best Asian Import, Best Domestic, Best Overall in Show, Best Appearing Motorcycle, Best Off-Road Truck/SUV, Best Street Truck.
Monday & Tuesday, September 23-24, 2019
OctoberFast [email protected] Glen, Watkins Glen International Speedway – “This is a non-competitive driving event, focusing on learning high performance driving techniques in a controlled environment. Includes in-car instruction, classroom presentations, and plenty of track time.” It is sponsored by the Niagara Region Porsche Club of America but all makes of cars are welcome and you do not need to be a club member. Tuition is $495, garage space $60. To register, please log on to: www.clubregistration.net
Friday – Sunday, September 27-29, 2019
GVC & Boston Chapter HP Driving School, Watkins Glen International Speedway – The Genesee Valley and Boston BMW Clubs are holding a joint driving school at The Glen that will provide track time and instructions to drivers at all skills levels, including novices with no track experience. The cost varies from $325 to $780 depending on the number of days you sign up for. There is an extra fee if you’re not a club member and a membership costs $48.
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Tire Rack Street Survival®, 8 AM – 4 PM, Watkins Glen International Raceway – This school is for permitted or licensed drivers from age 15 to 21. It’s a day of in-car exercises and a couple of hours of classroom training that will improve their driving skills and teach them how to deal with real-world scenarios. While driving their own car they’ll practice skid control on a wet skid pad, go through a lane change/accident avoidance maneuvers, practice threshold braking and ABS exercises, and drive a slalom course. The cost is $95 per person and you can learn more by reading these FAQs.
November 7-9, 2019
The Fifth Annual Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium on International Motor Racing History, The International Motor Racing Research Center, 610 S Decatur St, Watkins Glen NY