Classic British Cars at Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Sunday September 20, 2009

The 26th annual British Car Day

Gary went with his friend Shaun Browne to British Car Day at Bronte Creek Provincial Park in Oakville on a beautiful day - a mere two days before the official start of Fall. This annual event is hosted by the Toronto Triumph Club and we were told by one of the officials that the event this year drew approximately 1400 British cars.

Shaun had been in previous years, but this was a first for Gary. The event was a blast.

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    While driving there, Gary passed a number of cars on the highway that were obviously heading to the judged event - vintage Jaguars, Minis, MGs, etc. One in particular stood out - a red MGB pulling a small trailer that had been made out of the back end of another red MGB. It looked quite peculiar. Gary and Shaun met up at the park before the scheduled gate opening time of 10:00 am, and with that were able to watch the procession of a number of entering British vehicles. The cars were directed to their appropriate area of the grounds - with the same model cars being kept together. As the morning progressed, more and more of the cars arrived to fill up the display area used for the event. By the end it was a fabulous view of all manner of vintage and not so vintage British cars - plus the odd not at all British car such as a Lamborghini Gallardo, what was that about?

    The day started great, with Gary and Shaun both having the opportunity to sit inside a beautiful 1959 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud before most of the cars and people had arrived at the park. The owner of the Roller mentioned that he had spent $250,000 restoring the vehicle. It looked fabulous. And, the smell of the leather and wood inside was intoxicating. Absolutely wonderful experience.

    The cars were judged in a number of classes, and the car that won the overall “car of the show” was a 1924 Rolls Royce - but for Gary and Shaun’s unofficial but never the less important judging, the G&S “car of the show” was a lovely 1948 Singer Nine Roadster. The Singer owner, Robert Moreau from Terre Bonne Quebec, had spent 23 years scouring the globe for parts and restoring the car. He had done a great job. It did officially win its class.

    We stayed until the judging was finished around mid-afternoon and some of the cars started leaving the park. With that, we went for a late lunch/early dinner and a chance to reminisce about the day and tabulate the G&S results. The whole day was wonderful.

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