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I figured I'd put together an event summary for 2019 now that it's close to driving season, even if the area is kind of dead.

As before:
  • please follow the formatting style
  • copy over the entire list when you've added events so that the newest post is the most current, updated list. Quoting the post will copy all the hyperlink markup that a simple copy-paste won't. If you just post a single event, I'll make an effort to add it to the master list when I have time.
  • Hyperlinks to event details are helpful, but not absolutely necessary.

I'm including a few nearby events that might be of interest to fellow enthusiasts, even if they are out-of-state.

April

4/13 : Chrome and Coffee @ Iron Gate Motor Plaza, Naperville, IL
4/27 : WCMC Autocross @ Boomers Stadium, Schaumburg, IL
4/27-29 : Northwoods Shelby Club HPDE @ Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI
4/28 : Fuelfed Coffee and Classics @ Winnetka, IL

May

5/4 : Supercar Saturdays (tentative) @ Location TBA
5/4 : MiRPA Coffee & Cars @ Cary, IL
5/5 : Coffee And Classics Barrington @ The Foundry, Barrington, IL
5/5 : WCMC Autocross @ Boomers Stadium, Schaumburg, IL
5/6 : MVP Track Time @ Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, IL
5/10-11 : Laps Inc Track Day @ Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI
5/11 : Chrome and Coffee @ Iron Gate Motor Plaza, Naperville, IL
5/13 : CGI Motorsports Track Day @ Gingerman Raceway, South Haven, MI
5/18-19 : Chitown Subaru Club/WCMC Autocross @ Boomers Stadium, Schaumburg, IL
5/19 : WekFest Chicago @ Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
5/22 : Cruise Night at Iron Gate Motor Plaza @ Iron Gate Motor Plaza, Naperville, IL
5/26 : Fuelfed Coffee and Classics @ Winnetka, IL
5/30 - 6/2 : GRIDLIFE Midwest 2019 - Music & Motorsports Festival @ Gingerman Raceway, South Haven, MI
5/31 - 6/2 : Champagne British Car Festival @ David Davis Mansion, Bloomington, IL

June

6/1 : Supercar Saturdays (tentative) @ Location TBA
6/1 : MiRPA Coffee & Cars @ Cary, IL
6/1-2 : Northwoods Shelby Club HPDE @ Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, IL
6/2 : WCMC Autocross @ Boomers Stadium, Schaumburg, IL
6/3 : Lotus Corps Carl Grabowski Drivers Education Track Day @ Blackhawk Farms Raceway, South Beloit, IL
6/3 : Laps Inc Track Day @ Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, IL
6/8 : Chrome and Coffee @ Iron Gate Motor Plaza, Naperville, IL
6/8-9 : MVP Track Time @ Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI
6/12 : Laps Inc Track Day @ Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, IL
6/15 : British Car Show @ Scottish Festival and Highland Games @ Hamilton Lakes, Itasca, IL
6/16 : WCMC Autocross @ Boomers Stadium, Schaumburg, IL
6/17 : CGI Motorsports Track Day @ Gingerman Raceway, South Haven, MI
6/22-23 : WCMC Autocross @ Tire Rack, South Bend, IN
6/23 : Coffee And Classics Hinsdale @ Hinsdale, IL
6/23 : 6th International Auto Show @ Iron Gate Motor Plaza, Naperville, IL
6/24 : Laps Inc Track Day @ Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, IL
6/26 : Cruise Night at Iron Gate Motor Plaza @ Iron Gate Motor Plaza, Naperville, IL
6/29 : Chicago Alfa Romeo Club Track Day @ Blackhawk Farms Raceway, South Beloit, IL
6/29-30 : GRIDLIFE - TrackBattle Round 4 - 2019 @ Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, IL
6/30 : Fuelfed Coffee and Classics @ Winnetka, IL
6/30 : Michiana Brits British Car Show @ Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN

July

7/4-7 : Northwoods Shelby Club HPDE @ Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI
7/6 : Supercar Saturdays (tentative) @ Location TBA
7/6 : MiRPA Coffee & Cars @ Cary, IL
7/6-7 : Mad Dogs & Englishmens British Auto Faire @ Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, MI
7/7 : WCMC Autocross @ Boomers Stadium, Schaumburg, IL
7/10 : Laps Inc Track Day @ Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, IL
7/13 : Chrome and Coffee @ Iron Gate Motor Plaza, Naperville, IL
7/14 : Coffee And Classics Barrington @ The Foundry, Barrington, IL
7/15 : Laps Inc Track Day @ Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, IL
7/15 : CGI Motorsports Track Day @ Gingerman Raceway, South Haven, MI
7/20 : Car Show for Veterans @ Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, North Chicago, IL
7/24 : Cruise Night at Iron Gate Motor Plaza @ Iron Gate Motor Plaza, Naperville, IL
7/27-28 : WCMC Autocross @ Boomers Stadium, Schaumburg, IL
7/28 : Fuelfed Coffee and Classics @ Winnetka, IL
7/31 : Laps Inc Track Day @ Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, IL

August

8/3 : Supercar Saturdays (tentative) @ Location TBA
8/3 : MiRPA Coffee & Cars @ Cary, IL
8/3-4 : GRIDLIFE Track Day Picnic - (TDP) 2019 @ Blackhawk Farms Raceway, South Beloit, IL
8/4 : WCMC Autocross @ Boomers Stadium, Schaumburg, IL
8/5 : MVP Track Time @ Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, IL
8/10 : Chrome and Coffee @ Iron Gate Motor Plaza, Naperville, IL
8/10-11 : WCMC Autocross @ Boomers Stadium, Schaumburg, IL
8/18 : Coffee And Classics Hinsdale @ Hinsdale, IL
8/19 : CGI Motorsports Track Day @ Gingerman Raceway, South Haven, MI
8/24-25 : Northwoods Shelby Club HPDE @ Blackhawk Farms Raceway, South Beloit, IL
8/24-25 : WCMC Autocross @ Boomers Stadium, Schaumburg, IL
8/25 : Geneva Concours d'Elegance @ Geneva, IL
8/25 : Fuelfed Coffee and Classics @ Winnetka, IL
8/28 : Cruise Night at Iron Gate Motor Plaza @ Iron Gate Motor Plaza, Naperville, IL

September

9/7 : Supercar Saturdays (tentative) @ Location TBA
9/7 : MiRPA Coffee & Cars @ Cary, IL
9/7 : Midwest Racing Preservation Association Meadowdale, Motorsports & Memories Car Show @ Raceway Woods, Cary, IL
9/7-8 : GRIDLIFE - TrackBattle Finals - 2019 @ Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI
9/8 : Chicago British Car Union Show @ Harper College, Palatine, IL
9/8 : Coffee And Classics Barrington @ The Foundry, Barrington, IL
9/9 : CGI Motorsports Track Day @ Gingerman Raceway, South Haven, MI
9/14 : Chrome and Coffee @ Iron Gate Motor Plaza, Naperville, IL
9/13-15: VSCDA Vintagefest @ Road America, Elkart Lake, WI
9/16 : Laps Inc Track Day @ Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, IL
9/22 : Cartoberfest @ Iron Gate Motor Plaza, Naperville, IL
9/25 : Cruise Night at Iron Gate Motor Plaza @ Iron Gate Motor Plaza, Naperville, IL
9/29 : Fuelfed Coffee and Classics @ Winnetka, IL

October

10/7 : CGI Motorsports Track Day @ Gingerman Raceway, South Haven, MI
10/12 : Chrome and Coffee @ Iron Gate Motor Plaza, Naperville, IL
10/12-13 : MVP Track Time @ Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI
10/13 : Coffee And Classics Hinsdale @ Hinsdale, IL
10/14 : Laps Inc Track Day @ Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, IL
10/23 : Cruise Night at Iron Gate Motor Plaza @ Iron Gate Motor Plaza, Naperville, IL
10/27 : Fuelfed Coffee and Classics @ Winnetka, IL
 

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good work! This is a nice guide. Regarding the area being dead, in some ways I think it depends on who your crowd is. The people I've met through Lotus Corps and at Laps events have stayed pretty consistent, what seems to have died are spirited drives, the Midwest Lotustalk forum (and the facebook equivalent is pretty dead too).

For whatever reason, newer owners in the area seem to be less chatty online.
 

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It's much appreciated, this info is strangely difficult to find/compile!
I attribute a lot of the difficulty in finding information to two main factors:
1. The capture of huge swaths of people into Facebook and other social media "walled gardens" which hide information from the public (e.g. "to see this post, sign in with your [whatever BS] account")
2. Event promoters who aren't super savvy at using social media or don't have a strong understanding of how to best employ internet marketing (which is often as easy as posting information somewhere publicly visible and linking back social media posts)

good work! This is a nice guide. Regarding the area being dead, in some ways I think it depends on who your crowd is. The people I've met through Lotus Corps and at Laps events have stayed pretty consistent, what seems to have died are spirited drives, the Midwest Lotustalk forum (and the facebook equivalent is pretty dead too).

For whatever reason, newer owners in the area seem to be less chatty online.
Thanks. I suppose I mean that the forum section is kind of dead. It's pretty sad to see how all the disparate car forums have died out due to user migration to centralized walled-garden (or gilded cage, depending on how you look at it) social media sites. I personally go to a lot of import events, and I've noticed that the number of events and attendance has steadily decreased. It is notable that this site and other forums associated with higher-end vehicles (and higher net-worth individuals) have bucked the trend. Not making a value judgement, but it's hard not to notice the trend.
 

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This is wonderful. Thank you @gray for taking the time to compile this list of activities for a much anticipated summer driving season. One more you might want to add I got out of the Lotus Corps newsletter:

MiRPA Coffee & Cars
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Wow! Awesome list. Been a rough winter and been dying to get her out to drive. Appreciate the time and effort put into this list. That Iron Gate one just sounds so cool to check out and look at owners garage setups. Thanks again @gray.

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This is wonderful. Thank you @gray for taking the time to compile this list of activities for a much anticipated summer driving season. One more you might want to add I got out of the Lotus Corps newsletter:

MiRPA Coffee & Cars
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Added the MiRPA events on the same dates as Supercar Saturdays because it's my best guess. I don't actually know what dates they actually have the event (1st of Sat November? 1st Sat of January? who knows...)

Wow! Awesome list. Been a rough winter and been dying to get her out to drive. Appreciate the time and effort put into this list. That Iron Gate one just sounds so cool to check out and look at owners garage setups. Thanks again @gray.

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I've been meaning to go out there too, but Naperville is a loooooong way out for me.
 

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Update: Supercar Saturdays schedule and locations were published a little while back. The next one in June is at Streets of Woodfield (used to be a big location for car meets in the mid-2000s.
 

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Just a heads up. Supercar Saturday for June 1st has been cancelled. Streets of Woodfield gave them permit issues. Doesn’t sound like they plan on moving it elsewhere as of now either. See you all for the July meet!


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I wanted to go, but resposiibilites intervened. Did you go?
Yeah, I did. Went to the one in Gingerman and also the one at the Autobahn club. Gingerman's drew a bigger crowd and it was pretty good. They had wheel to wheel racing with several drift events. A lot of cars on show and some swags.

The one at the Autobahn is a bit more low key, or perhaps more focused. There were time attacks, a Viper, Ariel Atom, and a few other interesting vehicles. This one I didn't stay, had to leave before noon.

Both event's pretty good. Nothing too extravagant, a fun afternoon. Planning to go to the next one.
 
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