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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, motorcycles, cocktails, and conversations.

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, motorcycles, cocktails, and conversations.

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, motorcycles, cocktails, and conversations.

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, motorcycles, 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, motorcycles, 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 2021 Turtle Invitational will be held over the weekend of September 25th and 26th. Festivities will begin on Saturday afternoon with a rally commencing at 3 pm at the Hagerty Garage + Social, touring through bucolic northern Westchester County, and ending with dinner at the Pray Achievement Center in Bedford New York. Sunday’s show will start at 10:00 am, with the Turtle Invitational gates opening at 7:30 am for the arrival of show cars and motorcycles, followed by judging, lunch, and the celebratory after-party featuring Veuve Cliquot champagne.

Logistics: The show field consists of a special designated area for pre-registered invited cars and motorcycles. These cars and motorcycles 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.

Honoree: Turtle Garage is proud to announce the Turtle Invitational 2021 Honored Guest and recipient of the Golden Turtle Award will be the legendary Bob Sharp.

Read Bob Sharp's Bio

Bob began racing, and selling, Datsuns in Connecticut in the 1960s. His racing prowess boosted his sales numbers and his profile, and by the 1970s he was the premier Datsun racer on the East Coast, as well as a successful dealer.

Bob was born in Mt. Vernon, NY, and grew up in Westport, CT, which was SCCA’s headquarters, and in New Canaan. Bob’s first car was a 1949 Ford convertible, followed by a 1952 MG TD. In 1956-57, Bob was the driver for a friend’s VW Beatle in the Fairfield County, CT, road rallies.

After graduating from New Canaan High School in 1957, Bob joined the Army. He then went on to Mitchell College, achieving a degree in Marketing from Nichols College. 1958-59 saw Bob autocrossing a 1958 VW Beetle around CT. Turning 21 years old, Bob bought a 1960 Austin Healy Sprite as a go-to-college vehicle and SCCA drivers school and racing vehicle. The HP Sprite was replaced with a GP Sprite, followed by a 1963 Lotus 7.

Bob was chosen as one of the two race drivers for a Greenwich, CT, Rambler-Datsun Dealer, which fielded a Datsun 1500 race car. Bob won a few races and was invited to the 1st SCCA Road Race of Champions at Riverside, CA.

1965 saw Bob Sharp Racing chosen as the Datsun factory-assisted East Coast racing team. The next 5 years saw Bob Sharp Motors-Used Cars, run from a Gulf gas station, sell 750 used cars. Fielding Datsun 1500, 1600, and 2000 race cars led to the Datsun 240Z. At this stage, Bob had built a dual-purpose Datsun dealership to run the racing team and sell 200 Datsuns per year. The next 10 years saw sales go from 200 to 2000 per year.

In 1972, Paul Newman got his start with Bob Sharp Racing, driving a Datsun 510 B-Sedan in SCCA racing. By 1975, Bob had accumulated a total of 6 SCCA National Championships and an IMSA GTU Championship.

Newman, even after retirement from professional racing, continued to race an ex-Newman-Sharp Racing Nissan 300ZX Turbo at Lime Rock Park and other local venues. He also ran an ex-Scott Sharp SCCA Trans Am Camaro and Corvette with car numbers reflecting his age and painted in Newman-Sharp Racing team livery; the last one was #83.

The Datsun 510 was just one of the many Nissan automobiles Sharp ran during his career. In his 12 years competing in the SCCA National Championship Runoffs, across three classes, Sharp drove a Nissan machine every time – scoring six wins. He would be car owner and constructor to a dozen more champions driving Nissan products.

Bob’s son Scott Sharp, was a member of the Newman-Sharp Racing team. At 18 years old, Scott won his 1st SCCA National Championship with a Datsun 280Z GT2 race car, followed with 2 GT-1 Championships. Scott continued the tradition of racing with Nissan, winning three SCCA Runoff titles of his own in Nissan 280Z and 300ZX machines. In total, Nissan and Datsun have scored more than 100 victories at the annual SCCA Runoff event

Bob Sharp was one of eight inductees announced for the Sports Car Club of America’s Hall of Fame 2018 honors, recognizing a lifetime’s worth of racing achievements, three-and-a-half decades’ worth of which were accomplished with Datsun and Nissan cars. 

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

Christina Hughes,
Chief Operating Officer

Board of Directors

J.R. Amantea
Tom Champion
Luigi Chinetti
Tom Ferrara
Christina Hughes
Alan Keeley
Carter Kelly Kramer
Jonathan Mazella
Melanie Pray
Philip Richter
Dicky Riegel
Marikay Satryano-Medina
Andy Shapiro
Aaron Whisenhunt

September 25–26, 2021

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 23, 2021.

Schedule of Events

Saturday:

3 pm
Tour leaves from Hagerty Garage + Social in Bedford Hills
Railroad Ave #1404, Bedford Hills, NY 10507 

5 pm
Tour culminates at Pray Achievement Center
Camaraderie, Cocktails, Dinner

Sunday

7:30 am – 10 am
Gates open for
Turtle Invitational Entrants and Non-Participating Vehicles

10 am
Show starts – Judging begins
Music on the Patio by “SOLSTICE”
Happiness Is Food Tent open

12 pm
Awards Presentation

2 pm – 4 pm
Champagne Reception

Profits benefit the 
Pray Family Foundation

The Pray Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, continues the work of Malcolm Pray through the Malcolm Pray Achievement Center. Malcolm Pray’s passion for automobiles and his journey as an entrepreneur inspires young people, families, and youth groups through innovative programs.

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. You will be notified via email should your vehicle be accepted.

Award categories:

  • 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
  • Best Japanese 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

Contact Us

Have questions? Reach out to Turtle Garage’s Chief Operating Officer Christina Hughes.

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