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 The 31st British Car Day

12 February 2017

by Rob Jones

P76's of Ron Butler, Brian and Colleen Francis

At this late date of January 2018 I find I neglected to write a report on this event, one so dear to my heart! In my mind I must have written it several times, the title was to be The Blues Brothers, to reflect the small but proud collection of members cars, all in blue as you will see from the photo. With bonnets aloft, or as far up as Cliveísí will go we see the lovely Daimler S1, the AEB D 6 of Rob and Sonya and Ronís TFR V8. To our left was the two tone green Wolseley 6/110 of Hugh Mackenzie, leading a long line of Wolseley models.

Wolseley lineup

This was another successful event with the usual 450 plus cars in attendance, the day was fine and warm, or was that hot? I recall Sonya and I being able to make a pilgrimage to see the cars together, she patiently waiting while I caught up with many old friends from the HVJEC, MECC, WVBC, RR&BC and of course our hosts, the British Car Club. Notably absent was Lyn Shackleton who was away at the hospital at the time. This meant Keith made only a brief appearance too. As it transpires, they are now retired from the BCD committee and can come along in their BMW and enjoy the new format British and European Day, no longer responsible for the running of this huge event.

Wellington Free Ambulance again benefited from the participation and appreciation of owners and the masses who came to reminisce over the old British bangers, drool over the latest restorations and new models from Jaguar and the like. And check out the creations from the Constructors Car Club, a very competent group of designers and builders as can be seen by one of the following photos. Another great day out with a great bunch of friendly family people, all madly passionate about their British cars.

Scattered elswhere around the field were the following.
1936 Austin Ascot 1962 Austin Healey BT7 Mk2 Ford based special

1936 Austin Ascot

1962 Austin Healey BT7 Mk2

Ford based special

1964 Ford Thames 1966 Hillman Superminx stationwagon 1985 Lotus Excel

1964 Ford Thames

1966 Hillman Superminx stationwagon

1985 Lotus Excel

1961 Morris Minor Travellor 1958 Nash Metroploitan of Richard Davies 1985 Rover Vandenplas

1961 Morris Minor Travellor

1958 Nash Metroploitan of Richard Davies

1985 Rover Vandenplas