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.
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 quality of Amelia Island, the intrigue of an 18th century French salon, and the intellectual stimulation of a 19th century Chautauqua.
September 23–24, 2023
at Turtle Garage in Bedford, New York
69 Stone Hill Road, Bedford, NY 10506
The 2023 Turtle Invitational will be held over the weekend of September 23rd and 24th. 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.
Cost per vehicle is $250 and all profits benefit the Pray Family Foundation.
Turtle Garage is proud to announce the Turtle Invitational 2023 Honored Guest and recipient of the Golden Turtle Award will be Rick Wagoner, former CEO of General Motors.
The show field is reserved for pre-registered invited and accepted cars and motorcycles. These cars and motorcycles are hand selected and approved by the Board based on their rarity, beauty, and historical significance. Only cars that have been pre-selected (in advance) by the board will be granted access to the show field and are eligible to be judged and partake in the awards ceremony. We require invited and approved cars to provide payment well prior to the event. WE WILL NOT HANDLE ANY REGISTRATION PAYMENTS ON SITE DURING THE EVENT. EXHIBITORS MUST PAY THEIR REGISTRATION FEE AHEAD OF TIME. Please be sure to pay the $250.00 prior to the show if your application is approved. You can make your payment by logging into MotorsportReg. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or problems.
There will be plenty of secure trailer parking for the whole weekend.
Non-Registered Cars and General Spectators:
If your vehicle is not accepted for the show field in 2023, you are welcome to bring your car or motorcycle and enjoy the event. We will be providing non-registered classic vehicle parking at an adjacent meadow contiguous to the show field. Hagerty Youth Judges will pick one car from the non-registered field that will be invited to the podium for a special award. There is a $20 gate fee for all spectators (including those with classic vehicles that are not registered for the show field). We will accept cash and credit cards for spectator fees and lunch tickets on-site at the gate. Kids under 15 are free. We ask that all attendees also consider a tax-deductible donation to the Pray Family Foundation. Finally, given the generosity of Danbury Porsche/Audi, there is a designated parking area on the south side of the show field reserved for any spectators that arrive in a Porsche, Audi, or VW.
Turtle Invitational Team
Philip E. Richter
Founder & Chairman
Chief Operating Officer
Board of Directors
Lorraine Janus Hathaway
Carter Kelly Kramer
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.
2021 Award Recipients
Audi Danbury Best in Show Post War Award
Presented by Audi Danbury
Porsche Danbury Best in Show Pre-War Car
1935 Auburn 851 S/C Speedster
Presented by Porsche Danbury
The Donald and Muffy Miller Award
1936 Ford Pick Up Truck Flathead V8
Presented by Touch of Glass Detail
Best Original Vehicle
1949 Healey Silverstone
Presented by Hagerty
The Pursuit of Passion Award
1966 Corvette 427
Presented by Sports Car Market
1971 Porsche 911 S
Presented by Pray Body Shop
The Malcolm Pray Judge’s Choice Award
1929 Packard Tourer
Presented by Pray and Richter families
The Lime Rock Park Award for Best Race Car
1952 Allard J2X
Presented by Lime Rock Park
Best Italian car
1961 Ferrari Testarossa
Presented by Meccanic Shop
Best German car
1963 Volkwagen Beetle
Presented by CMC Motorsports
Best British car
1934 SS 1 ‘Walmsley Roadster’
Presented by Hannelore & Co and Bedford & New Canaan Magazine
Best Japanese car
1997 Acura Integra Type R
Presented by Pray Body Shop
Best American car
1940 Ford Woodie
Presented by Future Value Associates
The Youngtimer Award
1947 Indian Chief Roadmaster
Presented by Hollow Brook Wealth Management and Turtle Garage
Hagerty Youth Judging Award
1964 Volkswagen 21 Window Bus
The Robert Freeman Best in Show Motorcycle Award
Presented by MAX BMW and Robert Freeman
The Eric Keller Award
Best post-war motorcycle
1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport
Presented by Putnam Leasing
Have questions? Reach out to Turtle Garage’s Chief Operating Officer Christina Hughes.