The growing global coronavirus crisis is impacting events in the Northeast. The plug has been pulled on the Mark’s Northeast Motorsports Expo scheduled for this weekend at the Big E in West Springfield, MA.
The show mixes classic cars with a few motorcycles. It was set to run from 4 to 8 p.m. today, 1 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
“We apologize for any inconvenience and we share in your disappointment,” said a statement on the event’s Facebook page.
No Decision Yet On Ride 1 Rally
Meanwhile, the fate of the Ride 1 Rally scheduled for April 18 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT seems tenuous at best.
While an Events post on Facebook states that “This event was canceled,” a statement from Lime Rock this morning said a firm decision to cancel the event hasn’t been made. On Thursday, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont issued an order that bans gatherings of 250 people or more through April 30.
“Yesterday’s Executive Order by Governor Lamont will obviously have some impact on upcoming events. At this moment we are working diligently to fully understand the implications of the executive order and plan to have a more definitive statement as soon as possible,” said Lime Rock Park general manager Steven Sewell.
“Lime Rock Park has every intention of heeding the Governor’s executive order but at this time no specific action has yet to be taken concerning the Ride 1 Rally.”
A separate Events posting by Max BMW for the Ride 1 Rally // MAX BMW Track Day also notes that the events have been canceled.
Also getting impacted by the coronavirus situation is the Connecticut Rider Education Program, which is beginning a new season of training riders.
Community college campuses where many of the CONREP courses are taught have been shut through April 5 at least, meaning classes at some locations cannot be held.
(Graphic supplied by the CDC)