Pebble Beach has the Quail. Bedford has the Turtle.
Every two years, the Turtle Invitational brings together spectacular vehicles and hundreds of passionate enthusiasts for a weekend of camaraderie, cars, cocktails, and conversations.
The Turtle Invitational is the ultimate collector vehicle experience and takes place biennially at Turtle Garage in pastoral Bedford, New York.
What: A group of passionate enthusiasts come together for a weekend of camaraderie, cars, cocktails, and conversations. A stunning roster of classic vehicles fill the show field. The Turtle Invitational does not aim to be just another stop on the crowded and stale Concours de’ Elegance tour. Our goal is to put on a spectacular weekend gathering where old friends are seen and new ones are made. The Turtle Invitational blends the gravitas of Davos, the beauty of Amelia Island, and the intellectual stimulation of a 19th century Chautauqua.
When: The 2019 Turtle Invitational will be held over the weekend of September 21st and 22nd. Festivities will begin on Saturday afternoon with a friendraiser dinner at the Pray Achievement Center in Bedford New York. Sunday’s show will kick off with a breakfast tour through bucolic Fairfield and Westchester County. The show field will open at 10 am and the event will culminate with an early afternoon award ceremony and catered lunch. Following the show, there will be a celebratory after-party featuring Veuve Clicquot champagne. Mark your calendars!
Logistics: The show field consists of a special designated area for pre-registered invited cars. These cars are hand selected and approved by the Board based on their rarity, beauty, and historical significance. There is also an adjacent show field for vehicles that are driven to the event without pre-registration. Finally, given the generosity of our title sponsor Danbury Porsche/Audi, there is a designated parking area adjacent to the show field reserved for spectators who arrive in a Porsche or Audi.
Honored Guest, Judy Stropus: Professional auto race timer/scorer, race car driver, author, Concours Judge, award-winning public relations expert Judy Stropus is our Honored Guest at the 2019 Turtle Invitational. She is the recipient of numerous automotive and racing awards, and competed in the notorious “Cannonball” Trophy Dash in 1972. Her amazing career is detailed in her must-read biography. Read her bio…
Accommodations: We recommend Holiday Inn Mt. Kisco. Click here to reserve…
Cost per vehicle is $100 and all profits benefit the Malcolm Pray Achievement Center.
Philip E. Richter,
Founder & Chairman
Chief Operating Officer
Board of Directors
September 21–22, 2019
at Turtle Garage in Bedford, New York
In order to give a margin of weather safety, the Board will make a judgment call Thursday before the event based on meteorological information. Should inclement weather warrant moving the main show to Saturday, participants will be notified of any date change by Thursday, September 19th.
Schedule of Events
Cars line up for Tour
Tour of Bedford / Greenwich begins
Stop at Happiness Is for Breakfast
Return to Turtle – Placement on Show Field
Cars not participating in Tour de Bedford arrive and placed on field
Show starts – Judging begins
Music on the Patio by “SOLSTICE”
Happiness Is Food Tent Opens
1 pm–2 pm
3 pm–5 pm
Profits benefit the Pray Family Foundation
The mission of the Pray Family Foundation is to continue the legacy of Malcolm Pray – to teach young people the tools of success. He found his passion in life and turned it into a career that enabled him to own a successful business, give back to his community, and live a good life, sharing his success with others.
Special thanks to our sponsors!
Register for Turtle Invitational
Register as a Spectator
Please click the button below to register as a spectator at the Turtle Invitational. Non-show cars that are an Audi or a Porsche will have Platinum Turtle parking status on the show field, courtesy of Danbury Porsche Audi.
Register a Vehicle
Please click the button below to apply to show your vehicle at the Turtle Invitational. Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis. The management of the show meets quarterly and will review applications on a rolling basis. Applications close August 15, 2019. You will be notified via email should your vehicle be accepted.
- Danbury Porsche/Audi Best in Show Award — Presented by Danbury Porsche/Audi
- Best Pre-War and Post-War cars — Presented by Collier Auto Media
- Best Original Vehicle — Presented by Hagerty Drivers Club
- The Malcolm Pray Judge’s Choice Award — Presented by the Pray and Richter families
- The PJN Award for Best Race Car —Presented by Clea Newman, daughter of Paul Newman
- Best Italian Sportscar — Presented by our rescue dog, Luigi Chinetti
- Best German car — Presented by Meccanic Shop
- Best British car — Presented by Turtle Garage
- The Pursuit of Passion Award — Presented by Sports Car Market
- The Robert Freeman Best Motorcycle Award — Presented by Robert Freeman