LONDON -- Goodwood Festival of Speed, one of UK's most popular automotive events, will be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The show is scheduled to run from July 9-12. Alternative dates for late summer or early autumn are being explored, the festival organizers said in a statement.
Goodwood attracts automakers looking to show off new cars in a more dynamic setting than traditional auto shows. It has grown in popularity as more automakers stay away from shows such as Geneva, Frankfurt and Paris.
The annual festival showcases historic and modern cars in the open-air setting of the countryside estate 100 km (62 miles) southwest of London owned by the organizer, Charles Gordon-Lennox, the 11th Duke of Richmond.
Last year Ford, Aston Martin and McLaren gave the public their first view of newly debuted cars, while Land Rover, Lotus, Aston Martin, Volkswagen and Honda gave demonstrations of disguised prototypes of forthcoming models.
Moving the event to August could create clashes with other automotive events, for example the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California, due to be held on August 16.
The Belgium Grand Prix, a key event in the Formula One, is also held on the last weekend in August, while the New York auto show has been postponed to August 26 from April.
The coronavirus has already seriously disrupted auto events globally. As well as New York, the Beijing auto show has been postponed from April with no date yet set.
The Geneva auto show in early March was canceled. The Detroit auto show, which last year was moved from its traditional January date to June 9, is still scheduled to go ahead.