Car enthusiasts who hope to get together to have fun in the car will have to stay at home, parked in their garages for now. Today, the Woodward Dream 2020 cruise and the 2021 Geneva Motor Show have been canceled due to concerns related to COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic. The plight of the Woodward Dream Cruise was terrible last month when cities began to vote to cancel the event, and the organizers of the Geneva show were honest about the financial uncertainties of the show after canceling the 2020 show.
Woodward, the one-day pilgrimage for one million car enthusiasts, has been set for Saturday, August 15. The one-day event has turned into a week since its inaugural show in 1995 with approximately 40,000 people descending along Woodward Avenue. Events, stands, and pop-up car shows often lined the famous street with automakers joining their own screens. Organizers have reported to the cruise website that this year’s rally has been canceled.
The cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show 2020 caused a financial crisis for the organizing body. According to The edge, with the majority of exhibitors preferring to ignore the 2021 show for 2022, the organizers had no choice but to cancel the event next year. The Geneva Motor Show is one of the largest in the world where automakers often reveal important new models and concepts, particularly luxury and performance automakers like Mercedes, Ferrari and Koenigsegg.
Woodward and the Geneva Motor Show 2021 are just the latest in a series of cancellations related to the automotive industry. At the end of last month, organizers canceled the new 2020 New York Auto Show, which was slated for August, while the British Motor Show was postponed to 2021. The cancellation of events is only one of the effects of the virus. Car manufacturers have had to cease production in many factories around the world, although operations are starting to resume.