In This Issue
  • Through the Rearview Mirror
  • Through the Windscreen
  • ABBR

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Mark Your Calendar


10-12: SVRA Zippo Vintage Gran Prix, Watkins Glen, NY

10-12: Radnor Hunt Concours, Edgmont, PA

11: Moss Motors Fall Fest 2010, Dukes Island Park, Bridgewater, NJ

17-19: Glenmoor Gathering, Canton, OH

17-19: The British Invasion, Stowe, VY

18: British Car Show, Delaware City, DE

18-19: Jaguar Drivers Club Concours Show, Centerport, LI, NY

19: Buckingham Concours, Buckingham, PA

19: Hagley Antique Car Show, Wilmington, DE

23-25: VRG Vintage Weekend, Millville, NJ

24-29: Starfire Mercedes Benz National Event, Winchester, VA

24-26: American British Reliability, Montgomery County, PA

24-26: TVR "Out of the Woodwork" Washington Crossing, PA

25: Annual British Car Show, Ocean Grove, NJ

25: 9th annual "Brits on the Bay" Virginia Beach, VA

25: 31st Annual MGs on the Rocks, Bel Aire, MD

22-26: GOF Gathering of the Faithful MK88, Mystic, CT

26-Oct. 1: Carolina Trophy 1,000 KM, Lake Lure, NC

29-Oct. 3: Ferrari Club of America National Meet, Millville, NJ


This is a web-based calendar of British Motorsport Events for the 2010 driving season. We have included most major British Car Marques and their websites. We suggest that you explore many other events that are listed on each website.  If we have missed listing your event please let us know so we may include it in our next calendar!  Auctions, concours shows, charity runs, local, regional, national shows, rallies, vintage races, and even Sunday drives, are also listed. 

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September 7, 2010

A Look Back
Through the Rearview Mirror

By Dave Hutchison

The new "Doylestown at Dusk" was a major success. With less than 100 cars pre-registered, somehow more than 400 classic car owners from the area drove into town the day of the show, creating a minor classic traffic back up.  Some cars had to wait for 45 minutes as more room was made for the larger crowd than was originally expected.  
The weather could not have been better for those who turned out to stroll along quaint downtown Doylestown streets.  We saw many fellow Delaware Valley Triumph Club members as they stopped by our exhibit.  Vendors brought in food and awards were presented around 10 p.m.
It was a good move from the hot days at the Heart of Bucks shows to the downtown venue.  I am told that the organizers will be ready for the larger attendance next year.  We hope to see you there.

Cars lined up for the "Doylestown at Dusk"
car show last month.
The weather was on our side this year as we enjoyed three sun-filled days in Macungie, Pennsylvania for Das Awkscht Fest. Ragtops & Roadsters (and Pollock Auto Restoration) set up in our usual spot just off the show field; we had quite a few of visitors throughout the weekend, many of them to see the very nice 1948 Plymouth on display under our tent.
There were hundreds of beautiful cars on the field all three days, clear evidence that this area of the state is well-populated with avid automobile enthusiasts.
The flea market was full of vendors selling all sorts of unusual parts and business seemed brisk.
Put this one on your calendar for 2011 -- August 5-7 -- as it is a not-to-be-missed event! 
The New Hope Auto Show saw a huge surge
in attendance this year.

The next weekend we attended the "new" New Hope Auto Show.  This year, the first-ever New Hope Auto Show Rally was run the weekend before the show.  About two dozen vintage and modern cars enjoyed a nice day and toured through Bucks County, ending at the Bowman's Hill Tavern for a drink.
This year’s show attendance was up by 70 percent as some 7,500 spectators came through the gates!  Over the weekend, 460 cars were judged on the show field.  
On Saturday, we were pleased to sponsor the ACD Class First Place Award that went to Dick Wainwright for his beautiful 1928 Packard.  Clouds came in Sunday morning but they it did not keep the cars away.  Overflow show fields not used in recent years were put into service.
Our First Place Award for the Jaguar Class went to Byran Edwards for his 1974 Jaguar E-Type. 
This show is back on track and is one not to missed next year.
The same weekend as New Hope, the Philadelphia region of the Austin Healey Sports and Touring Club hosted their annual “Encounter” this year at Normandy Farms in Blue Bell, Montgomery County.  
Ragtops & Roadsters shop Manager Rick Brodeur attended and served as a Concours Judge.  He reported that venue was great and the attendance was up from last year. 
Mr. Gordon Whitby served as guest speaker. As a former regional service manager of Hambro, the U.S. distributer for BMC, he spoke about the challenges of communicating the American owner feedback to BMC in England. It is my understanding that they are still sorting out some problems……I know we are!

  A Look Ahead
Through the Windscreen

As the summer shows are now ending, its time to look ahead to cooler fall events that, in my opinion, can be the best of the year. The Grand Prix Festival of Watkins Glen (September 10-12) is always a great weekend.  The downtown ‘Friday Festival” culminates with some of the vintage race cars driving down from the racetrack onto Franklin Street in town. You get the opportunity to get up close and talk to the drivers after a day of qualifying. Racing on both Saturday and Sunday provides a non-stop weekend.
The 100 Motorcars of Radnor will be held on Sunday, September 12.  This year’s featured marque is Studebaker along with Italian coach builder Pinninfarina. The Radnor Road Rally has grown in participants and is held on Saturday this year.
If you have a British car, you owe it to yourself to make the pilgrimage at least once to Stowe, Vermont for the “British Invasion.” It’s the largest gathering of British cars here in the states and is held on the third weekend of September (17-19).
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the “grand pobah” of them all, the “AACA Fall Hershey” on October 6 through 9.  It has the largest auto flea market in the world!  Look for us this year on the Red Field at RCC-38.  

Happy Motoring…..Dave

America's British
Reliability Run 2010

The ABRR is on!  Now in it's sixth year, ABBR once again will be held in three regions of the country.  Founder and Michigan ABRR organizer, Blake Discher, will have runs originating in Alabama, Pennsylvania and Michigan on the weekend of September 24-26.
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Participants gathered in Quakertown at the conclusion of nearly 700 miles in the ABRR in 2008.