Amelia Island Concours 2015 - Sunbeam Tiger
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Amelia Island Wrap-up 2015

The Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance, held March 12-15, once again presented an amazing collection of rare, exotic and highly-collectible cars.  There were a smattering of British marques represented at the Concours, with best in class winners of two pre-war Rolls-Royce, an Aston Martin DB4 and gorgeous 1947 Bentley coupe.   The real British-action, however, was experienced in the high-end auctions of Gooding’s and Bonham’s.  So while affordability is in the eye of the beholder, there were several tempting offerings, like a driver-quality 1968 jaguar XKE coupe for $44,000, and a pristine 1952 MG TD for $29,000.  After those, however, the appreciation curve shot upward, with an unbelievably original 1965 XKE Series 1 4.2 coupe going for $200,000 and a similarly original 1961 E-Type Roadster hitting $380,000.  And in the I’ve-never-seen-one-of-those-before, a 1951 Lotus, claimed to be the very first road-worthy […]

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Sunbeam Gathering – Rootes United XXXIV

Sunbeam Alpines and Tigers unite! Preparations are underway for Rootes United XXXIV to be held in Dayton, Ohio July 30-August 2, 2015. This event is being hosted by Tigers East / Alpines East. “The purpose of Tigers East/Alpines East is to promote interest in the Sunbeam Marque, in general, and the Tiger/Alpine segment in particular; to aid in the restoration, preservation, and enjoyment of these vehicles; to promote cooperation among other similar Sunbeam organizations; and to increase communication and fellowship among those persons so inclined.” Thursday will be arrival day with registration, parts room, and hospitality room set up. Friday morning will feature a tour of the US Air Force Museum where they will have a special reserved parking area for Sunbeam cars. From there the Sunbeams will take a country drive and tour to the world famous Young’s Dairy […]

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Weekend Only Aston Martin Bond Car Exhibition

20 March 2015, Gaydon: This weekend (Saturday & Sunday, March 21 & 22) Aston Martin will display some of James Bond’s most famous cars in London’s Covent Garden.  Bond in Motion is the largest collection of original Bond vehicles in the world, currently celebrating its first anniversary at the London Film Museum. Among the line-up on show for one weekend only will be an original Aston Martin Vanquish from Die Another Day, as well as the iconic Aston Martin DBS sports cars used in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. There will also be a selection of current Aston Martin models on display, as well as a line-up of classic Aston Martins courtesy of members of the Aston Martin Owners Club. Due to popular demand, Bond in Motion will now remain open at the London Film Museum until further notice. […]

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Texas 40th Anniversary Spring GOF

Thursday, May 7th- Sunday, May 10th– Texas MG Register 40th Annual Gathering of the Faithful, Salado, Texas. Great MGs, a car show and awards banquet, activities including a couple of driving events will be topped off with a tech session with the MG guru, John Twist, University Motors. For specific details, times and the host hotel go to www.TMGR.org. THURSDAY • 2:00 – 3:45 Registration at Room 115 Patio, near Pool • 4:00 – 6:00 Wine Tasting at Salado Winery, located at 841 N. Main Street. Hosted by Sheryl & Mike Mann & Randy Zimmerman. • 7:00 – 9:00 Dinner & Trivia/Quiz Night at Johnny’s Steak and Barbeque, 301 Thomas Arnold Road (walking distance from the Stagecoach) Organized by Cindy & Stu Bauman, dinner on your own dime. FRIDAY • 9:00 – 11:30 Registration at Room 115 Patio, near Pool […]

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Morgan Thrill-On-The-Hill

On Saturday 11th July 2015 the stunning Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb in Shelsley Walsh, Worcestershire, England, will become the setting for one of the UK’s largest gatherings of Morgan vehicles. Sports cars from past and present will delight the crowds as hundreds of them will tackle the challenging climb. With music, entertainment and much more to see and do, this is a ‘not to be missed event’ for any Morgan enthusiast and their family. Morgan is pleased to announce that tickets for Thrill On The Hill 2015 are now on sale via their website. Having held two very successful events over the past two years, they are pleased to offer even more this year and expect tickets to sell very quickly. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets

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All British & European Car Day, Texas

What: Join the area clubs for their 31 st annual exhibition of British and European vintage motoring. Bring any ‘show’ or ‘driver’ vehicle or motorbike to compete for awards. Each class has 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Plus a Best of Show-Classic, Best of Show-Modern, and Diamond-in-the-Rough! When: Sunday, May 3, 2015; Gates open 10am Where: Dreyfus Club Point, White Rock Lake Park (Lake Highlands & Buckner Blvd), Dallas, TX Why: This event benefits Shoes for Orphan Souls. Make a difference in a child’s life and bring a pair of new, closed toe shoes (athletic, canvas, or black school shoes in sizes youth 4-adult 11). Sponsors: Jaguar Owners Association of the Southwest & Kip Motor Company Online Registration: Registration: $20 pre-registration for each show vehicle, $25 at the gate. $10/$15 for motorbikes. Information and Online Registration: www.allbritishcarday.com Free to spectators, food vendors […]

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Geneva Motor Show

Just a few more photos to round out a week filled up with the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The 85th annual show opened to the press in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday, March 3, and then opened to the public on March 5. The show continues through the next week, but it can be assumed that most of the big announcements have now been made. New Rolls Royce Serenity (AP Photo/Keystone,Sandro Campardo) Lotus Evora 400(AP Photo/Keystone,Sandro Campardo) Wolfgang Duerheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley, presents the New Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept. (AP Photo/Keystone,Sandro Campardo) Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept(AP Photo/Keystone,Sandro Campardo) Aston Martin Vantage GT3(AP Photo/Keystone,Sandro Campardo) McLaren 675 LT(AP Photo/Keystone,Sandro Campardo)  McLaren 650 S(AP Photo/Keystone,Sandro Campardo)

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VotW – 1969 British Saloon Car Racing

For this week’s Video of the Week we are going to go 35 years back. Yes, back all the way to 1969 for some great BBC footage of the British national saloon car championship from Crystal Palace. Above the race, you can hear commentary from Murry walker. As the original poster of this video to YouTube stated, “this is a great video and I wish motorsport was a bit more like this these days and less technical and money orientated.” I can whole-heartedly agree with that. 1969 was the last year of Group 5 in Britain – and the last year of that plastic bomb called the Falcon Sprint. The rules had become a little more strict now – so no FVA engine in Cortinas or Escorts now, in line with the rest of Europe. Class divisions were like 1968 […]

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GOF South Mk XLIX in Florida, April 17-19

The Classic MG Club of Orlando invites MG lovers everywhere to Gathering of the Faithful South XLIX from April 17-19, 2015 at the historic Mission Inn in “Old Florida” Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. Gear-heads of all brands are welcome to walk around and see over 100 MGs on display. “Gathering of the Faithful” (GoF) was coined in 1965 by the late Frank Churchill of the New England MG T Register as an event for MG owners to gather and meet other faithful MG owners. Now, GoFs are the premier MG events each year in four areas of the country: New England, Central, West, and South. The Classic MG Club is the host of this year’s GoF South. The club, founded in 1963, is one of the most active MG clubs in the U.S. The first GoF South was three years later in […]

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2015 MGB Meet at Britfest in Myrtle Beach, SC

The American MGB Association’s 38th Annual Meet – AMGBA MEET 2015 – for the MGB, MGB-GT & Midget – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – October 3, 2015 MG sports car production as we know it was discontinued in 1980 with the closing of the famed Abingdon-On-Thames works in the United Kingdom. But these modern day classics are being preserved forever here in North America by members of the American MGB Association which serves enthusiastic MGB, MGB-GT, and MG Midget owners throughout the USA, Canada and throughout the world. Each year, the AMGBA holds its National Meet. The 1978 initial gathering was held in Chicago. In 1979 and 1980 the AMGBA National Conventions were held in New York state, in Ithaca and Glens Falls. The organization’s success led to renting the world famous Indianapolis 500 Motor Speedway in 1981 for the […]

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HSR Historic Sportscar Racing Schedule

Historic Sportscar Racing, Ltd. (HSR) has announced its schedule of 2015 events, starting in the winter wonderland of Palm Beach, Florida in January, and extending right through to December in Sebring. In between are five other Southeast events, making it a total of seven HSR events within 650 miles during the year. The complete 2015 HSR schedule includes: January 29 to February 1 – Palm Beach Grand Prix March 18 to 21 – 12 Hours of Sebring April 23 to 26 – The Mitty September 17 to 20 – Atlanta Fall Historics October 22 to 25 – Savannah Speed Classic November 12 to 15 – Daytona Historics December 3 to 6 – Sebring Historics HSR was formed in the mid-’70s with an event at Road Atlanta. There was one goal then and it remains true today: to celebrate the race […]

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30th Annual Charleston British Car Show

The British Car Club of Charleston will be holding its 30th Annual British Car Day at Memorial Waterfront Park, Mt. Pleasant, SC, just over the bridge from downtown Charleston. Wow, 30 years! And by the way, yes. I was there at the first of these shows nearly 30 years ago. In fact I was the organizer of that first show, and that show was held at Charles Towne Landing.  But let’s not dwell on my age, instead go enjoy the beautiful cars. In addition to the British car show itself, of course there is the beauty of the water front park to enjoy. SATURDAY – October 25, 2014 British Car Show – Let’s show off all those great British cars we have acquired and love to share. You are guaranteed to have enthusiastic admirers. The show is open to all British beauties, not just […]

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Portland All-British Field Meet

Billed as the largest British car gathering west of the Mississippi, the Portland All-British Field Meet regularly draws well over 800 cars for the weekend long event. This year the meet will be held Friday, August 29 through Sunday, August 31, 2014. The weekend kicks off with the Friday Welcome Party, followed by the Saturday car show, which includes a BBQ, a slalom competition, People’s Choice balloting, a Funkhana, a huge photo concours, a Best in Show designation and a Land Rover Adventure Ride sponsored  by the Pacific Coast Rover Club. Sunday’s activities include a Rallye, a swap meet and an off road excursion for registered Land Rovers. In conjunction with the event, SOVREN will be holding the Columbia River Classic vintage races. SOVREN, the Society Of Vintage Racing ENthusiasts, is a Seattle based non-profit racing organization with members throughout Washington, Oregon, […]

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Southeast British Car Festival

Announcing the 2014 Southeast British Car Festival in Dillard Georgia, hosted by the Peachtree MG Registry in Atlanta. This biannual event, started in the early 1990’s, has grown in importance and stature over the past few years as it has shifted from an all MG event to an all British Car show. After the Peachtree MG Registry hosted the NAMGBR National Show in 2012, the Southeast Festival has been expanded to build on everyone’s great experiences and this year is sanctioned by both NAMGBR and NAMGAR. This event will take place, at the award winning Dillard House from September 18 to 21, when the Georgia weather is perfect for stimulating drives on some of the most beautiful roads in America- including the challenging 11 mile, 318 turn Tail of the Dragon. The show will continue to feature MG’s along with […]

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Head Island Motoring Concours Selects Jaguar as Honored Marque

The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing automotive and motorsports enthusiast event weeks, has selected Jaguar as the Honored Marque for the 2014 Festival. With nearly 80 years since the SS Jaguar name first appeared, the marque has far-reaching appeal and a wide breadth of history to feature at this year’s Festival, to be held October 24 – November 2. Both Motoring Festival venues will honor the contributions Jaguar has made to the automotive industry: Hutchinson Island’s The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa (Savannah Speed Classic) and Hilton Head Island’s Port Royal Golf Club (Concours d’Elegance, Motoring Midway and Car Club Jamboree). “With a display of Jaguar racecars planned for this year’s Savannah Speed Classic and three classes of Jaguars to be displayed at this year’s Concours d’Elegance as […]

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Highlands Motoring Festival, June 5-8, 2014

Beautiful Highlands, North Carolina, is gearing up for the return of the British at the Seventh Annual Highlands Motoring Festival. This year the Cars of Great Britain will be the Marque of the Year. These Brits will be welcomed with parties, movies, road rallies, and certainly, the Car Show.   Be sure to check out the Events page on the event’s website page that describes the activities. And while Cars of Great Britain, are the Marque, we also will welcome cars from all countries…USA, Germany, Italy, France, Sweden, just to name a few. The only restriction is the age of the vehicle must be 1989 or older. However, there is a Special Interest class that does not have the age restriction. However, this is for special production, and/or featured cars. (Details in the Classes webpage). As in past years, this […]

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Pride of Longbridge Show A Success

This year’s Pride of Longbridge (POL) Rally in Cofton Park, Birminham on Saturday (April 12) was the best-attended in its nine year history after 2,800 people went along to the event. The annual event, which began after the collapse of MG Rover, saw hundreds of car enthusiasts from all over the country and even as far as Belgium and Holland bring a multitude of vehicles ‘back home’ to where they were built. Among the motors on show were everything from Minis, Metros and Allegros to Autin 7s, MGs and Rovers. Dave Coulson, who used to manufacture engines at the Longbridge plant, was there in his 1968 Austin Mini Cooper Mark II. The Mercia Minis club member told The Standard: “I was there for 21 years, so it’s like coming home.” John Collins and his aptly-named son Austin from Tamworth went to […]

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British Cars at Greenville Scottish Games, May 24, 2014

The 2014 Great Scot! British Car Show, coinciding with the Greenville Scottish Games, will be held on the beautiful shaded mall of Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, May 24, 2014. This year’s show, the 6th annual, will honor the Sunbeam as this year’s featured marque. Hosted by the Southeastern British Motor Owners Club, the show will exhibit Jaguars, MGs, Triumphs, and other classic cars from the heyday of the British automotive industry. From the big, luxury vehicles of Rolls Royce, to the diminutive and sporty Austin Healey Sprite, there will be something of interest to everyone. All British cars and motorcycles are eligible. Winning classes are: First, Second, and Third place class awards (depending on number of entries) – Best of Show – Special awards to include President’s Award and a featured Marque award. Judging will be by the Participants, […]

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27th Annual British Car Gathering, Townsend, Tennessee

The 27th annual British Car Gathering, hosted by Blount British Cars, will be held May 9, 10, 11, 2014 in Townsend, Tennessee, on the grounds of the Talley Ho Inn. This year the club is partnering with the Knoxville English Auto Society and inviting their European neighbors to enjoy a spring day in the Smokies. Relax in the beauty of the Smoky Mountains and share your passions and experiences with other enthusiasts who are committed to the enjoyment and preservation of British & European cars and motorcycles. Festivities begin Friday night hospitality – a time to mix, mingle and cozy up to a warm fire and swap tall tales. Saturday will offer a field of British and European cars and motorcycles, participant voting, trophy presentation, a car drive, ‘For Sale’ corral and a casual, yet proper, afternoon tea for the ladies. […]

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Atlanta British Motorcar Day 2014

This will be the 31st Annual British Motorcar Day, this year on Sunday, May 4 in Roswell, Georgia. British Motorcar Day is an annual gathering of all of the British Car Clubs in the Atlanta, Georgia region. The event is now in its Thirtieth year from its beginnings with sixteen cars in Grant Park in 1983. The show is in a new location this year, just off Hill Street in downtown Roswell, just north of Atlanta. You can see the Hill Street location on Google Maps, or get full directions from the attached flyer. The event that started over thirty years ago with a handful of cars in Grant Park has moved back closer to where it began. The City of Roswell and the Historic Roswell Merchants Association are hosting the 31st BMCD in the parking lot behind City Hall off Hill […]