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December 29th 2012
And a Happy New Year!

Now the future!

Calendars are still available
Contact Tony


 




The Adventurists Rickshaw Run

The Adventurists are starting the new year off with start of the Rickshaw Run.

This is the winter run, 3,500km run north along India's west coast. Starting in Jaisalmer, in the south, it runs to the northern high plain city of Cochin. it is an non-routed, non supported run in what is essentially a Indian version of Piaggio Ape. A vehicle totally unsuitable for the task.

Entrants spend the days before learing how to drive and possibly fix these little gems


 




The Adventurists.com

It looks like an idyllic scene here, but this is just the beginning




The Adventurists.com

Darjeeling Gentleman Racer? I think not, this is an entireley new generation




The Adventurists.com

Told you!



This run starts the first of january, there is no organized coverage and no organized route. Entrants make their own way along the course. There are no organized night stops and the finish can trail on for some time. I think the last entry came to the finish of the Mongol Rally 105 days after the start.


Dakar Rally Smart Car

On January the 5th the Dakar starts. This is organized, professionally, with daily stages as it winds its way from the northern deserts of Peru, across the Andes (twice), and down into Chile. Television coverage in the past has been great. This event has classes for bikes, cars and trucks. This year there are a couple of new cars, one of them may not be much larger than an Indian Rickshaw. José Luis Alvarez of Spain is driving a Smart Car on the event. This is not your normal Smart Car, maybe it should not even be referred to as a Smart Car. It has a fiberglass body of a Smart Car grafted onto a Polaris X900 side-by-side Quad. I think it looks good, he has been testing it since the build up in the summer.


José Luis Alvarez Dakar-Smart 2013 Facebook site

I think this looks impressive




José Luis Alvarez Dakar-Smart 2013 Facebook site

the car is ready to go



Now for the bad news. José has had to pull out of the Dakar. He just simply ran out of money. Having spent € 80,000 to develop the car he is short the € 17,000 to actually enter it to the Dakar.

Thanks to Alan Brand for posting this daft little car to our Facebook page.
Check out:
Rickshaw Run
Dakar Smart Car Site
Dakar Smart Car Facebook Site
Dakar Site
Dakar Facebook Site
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December 22nd 2012
Merry Christmas!

I bring you the gift of the past.

This summer I was to the Highwaymen Graffiti Car Show, just north of Waterloo. Among the cars was this 1925 Model T Racer owned by Wade Knowlec.


David Wood

It was a nice little "T", clean on the outside




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Clean on the inside




David Wood

This roundel caught my attention

The Christie Sprints have not been run in more than 15 years

I think Wade really had a love for this event



I was at the event in 1993 and 1994 and loved it. This week I came across the slides from the 1993 event. These slides were under exposed, almost black. I tried every trick I could think of to get some useable pictures from them and have uploaded them here. They are not perfect, but they are here. You may see yourself, a friend or favourite car.
Check out:
BSCCoC Pictures
ettenw's Youtube 1994 Video
Freddie the K's Youtube Video
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December 15th 2012
From the "We'll Never Set This" Files
Apollo Rovers For Sale

Apollo 15 Rover 1971

Condition:Used One owner
Mileage/Run Time:27.8 km, 3 hours 2 minutes
Power:2 36-volt silver-zinc potassium hydroxide non-rechargeable batteries with a capacity of 121 amp-hr
Drive:4 DC series wound 0.25 hp motor capable of 10,000 rpm, attached to the wheel via an 80:1 harmonic drive
Braking:mechanical brake unit
Steering:4 Wheel Electric Steering
Location:Hadley-Apennine region, Moon
Delivery:Not Available, must pick up
Asking:$5,000,000 US OBO
Contact:soyouwantamoonbuggy@nasa.gov

Apollo 16 Rover 1971

Condition:Used One owner
Mileage/Run Time:26.7 km, 3 hours 26 minutes
Power:2 36-volt silver-zinc potassium hydroxide non-rechargeable batteries with a capacity of 121 amp-hr
Drive:4 DC series wound 0.25 hp motor capable of 10,000 rpm, attached to the wheel via an 80:1 harmonic drive
Braking:mechanical brake unit
Steering:4 Wheel Electric Steering
Location:Descartes Mountains approximately 50 kilometers west of the Kant Plateau, Moon
Delivery:Not Available, must pick up
Asking:$5,000,000 US OBO
Contact:soyouwantamoonbuggy@nasa.gov

Apollo 17 Rover 1972

Condition:Used One owner
Mileage/Run Time:35.9 km in 4 hours 26 minutes
Power:2 36-volt silver-zinc potassium hydroxide non-rechargeable batteries with a capacity of 121 amp-hr
Drive:4 DC series wound 0.25 hp motor capable of 10,000 rpm, attached to the wheel via an 80:1 harmonic drive
Braking:mechanical brake unit
Steering:4 Wheel Electric Steering
Location:Taurus-Littrow valley at the eastern rim of the Serenitatis basin, Moon
Delivery:Not Available, must pick up
Asking:$5,000,000 US OBO
Contact:soyouwantamoonbuggy@nasa.gov

Why?

They found something better!

Landrover Defender

Condition:Used
Mileage/Run Time:Varies
Power:2.5 107 hp Diesel to 3.9l 182 hp petrol
Drive:5 and 6 spd Manual, 4 spd Automatic
Braking:hydraulic brakes
Steering:2 wheel front
Location:Many places, Earth
Delivery:Available, world wide
Asking:$10,000 to $80,000 Ca. Est.
Contact:EBay


Check out:
NASA Apollo Rovers
Apollo 15 Mission
Apollo 16 Mission
Apollo 17 Mission
Apollo Landing Site Panoramas
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December 8th 2012

Two New Cars in the Family

Doug Frechette is now the new proud owner of this 1933 Morris Ten. There was a Morris Eight availabe for free, but that the car had to be removed immediately due to a house sale. After extricating it and brought it home, he determined that the car was in fact a Morris Ten of early 30s vintage.

He would be interested in hearing from any owners of similar vehicles, or from anyone who has patterns for the missing doors. He will keep hunting, they are still out there!

Doug Frechette


Kirk Blake-Dickson has also jumped back into British car ownership. This Sunbeam Imp is his newest. There is a bit of work to be done before its unveiling.

Kirk Blake-Dickson


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December 1st 2012

My Blue Lemon


 
In early June of 2012 I was casually browsing the classic car section of Kijiji Winnipeg when an ad for a 1957 Morris Oxford caught my eye. Being a self described anglophile and lover of all things British I decided that I HAD to have it. I telephoned the seller and he indicated to me that he had had some serious interest from other buyers already. This was on a Thursday, and my family and I were leaving for a week at the lake on the following Monday. Being the impulsive buyer that I am I promised him I would purchase it if he held it for me for a week.


Matt Giesbrecht
Returning from my week’s holiday, I gathered two of my co-workers and my girlfriend, and we set of for Winnipeg (35 minutes away) with a truck and a rented U-Haul trailer. The car was squished in a tiny garage in a narrow back lane inhabited by a slightly angry red squirrel. The previous owner (now deceased, his wife and son sold the car to me) had placed the car on jack stands, but these had broken through the thin concrete floor and the car was resting on it’s suspension. I attempted to get all the wheels spinning, but three of them were stuck fast. With no room to pull the car straight out, we used a winch chained to the bumper of our truck to get the car out of the garage. Once the car was out of the garage we hooked a chain to it and straightened it out in the lane. We were ready to pull the car onto the trailer, but there was a small problem; our winch had died. We ended up unhooking the trailer, blocking the wheels and pulling the car up with the truck. It wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had but it worked and we were on our way.he job I thought was going to take less than two hours had ended up taking over three. Back at my shop we quickly unloaded the car and headed home. It was nearly midnight.





Matt Giesbrecht  
The next morning I woke up around 5 AM and decided to go examine what I had actually bought. The Morris Oxford Series III was built from 1956 until 1959 and was equipped with the standard BMC B Series 1500 engine coupled to a 4 speed manual gearbox (or an optional manumatic transmission). The Oxford was a unibody car and had torsion bar front suspension. It is actually still produced in India as the Hindustan Ambassador, and is very popular there. 58,117 units were produced by Morris Motors at their plant in Cowley, Oxford. As I opened the door, the squirrel that had been living in the car for years came flying out and ran off into the field behind the shop. The Oxford seemed to be fairly complete, however it was missing the speedometer, clock, clutch knob/cable, and the front seat was totally destroyed by animals. The body was in very good shape and there was minimal rust-through on the floors. There were also two substantial rust holes just ahead of the front doors, and a small rust hole in the trunk. The brake system including the master cylinder and clutch slave were shot and the fuel pump was in terrible condition. The fuel tank itself was full of rust but should be an easy repair. Other than that, I was fairly impressed with the condition.





Matt Giesbrecht
My first job was to make the car mobile. The steering worked fine, but the wheels were still locked up. I freed up the wheels and over the next month slowly worked on the car in my spare time. I removed all interior carpets, trim and seats and generally cleaned up the car. Work slowed as school started again. As the months dragged by, tinkered with the car for no more than 3 hours a week, plus about one full day ever weekend. I purchased both the shop manual and parts books for it. No matter how hard I tried, though, I just couldn't get the engine to start. Because the fuel tank and pump were out of commission, I hooked up a lawnmower gas tank directly to the carburetor. I replaced the spark plugs, ignition wires, and the coil. I purchased a new battery and I set the timing according to the manual. I squirted oil into the cylinders. It felt like I had tried everything. It refused to run. All it would do was sneeze and backfire through the carburetor. For some reason it didn't occur to me until October that the timing was off by 180 degrees. After switching around the spark plug wires the car started right up no problem. The previous owner had had the wires on wrong, and I assumed they were in the correct position when I installed the new ones! After nearly 35 years of sitting, it was running for the first time. Phoning my mother, who hadn't approved of the purchase, I exclaimed "It's running! You didn't think it would, you thought I bought a blue lemon!". And the name stuck.






Matt Giesbrecht
That weekend I took apart the carb and cleaned it. I’ve purchased and installed a new master cylinder and clutch slave and done a LOT of cleaning in the engine bay. I also found a speedometer and clock in New Zealand, they should be here by spring. Unfortunately this winter the Oxford will have to sit outside as there is no room in my shop to store it.

Matt Giesbrecht
Matt Giesbrecht,
Steinbach, Manitoba


November 24th 2012

Jim Ellis' Lowlight Minor

Jim Ellis found a 1949 Minor in a barn, they still happen, and hopefully will for many generations to come.

Here we are a year later He and friend David Moore are attempting to start it.


From Jim's Facebook




From Jim's Facebook




From David Moore's YouTube

Tony Fox Spotted at the NEC


From the Stag Owners Club Facebook

Tony seen at the Stag Owner's Club display at the NEC Classic Motor Show




From the Stag Owners Club Facebook

Stag Owner's Club display at the NEC Classic Motor Show

Check out:
Triumph Stag Owners Club
Triumph Stag Owners Club Facebook
Classic Motor Show
Classic Motor Show Facebook
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November 17th 2012

A MINI-malist Wedding

Back, the tail end of September Elva Allen's Mini, Nigel, Was invited to the wedding of Curtis Weber and Candace Hetzler. Hired actually, seems the Bride and Groom are Mini fans. It probably made for the largest Mini gathering in Walkerton.


Elva Allen




Elva Allen




Elva Allen




Elva Allen




Elva Allen




Elva Allen




Elva Allen

Candace




Dave Allen

The Newlyweds Curtis and Candace Weber!
And Nigel




Elva Allen




Elva Allen

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November 10th 2012

Writer's Block

What do I do when I can't think of anything to write?

Well, I wrack my brain for hours.

Then I give up.

What you get is a Canada Track & Traffic Road Test

Enjoy (click to enlarge)


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November 3rd 2012

XJ-S Juniors: Oddities


TM Worchester



Some things are rare.
Some things are valuable and rare.
Some things are just odd and a strange compulsion overcomes one to import it from the UK.

Here we have a half scale model of a Jaguar with an electric engine and top speed of 20 km/h. Now that’s the best toy in the world.

Being a Jaguar there are (of course) Connelly leather seats, leather inserts, carpeting, wood trim, a working radio and functional headlights and running gear.

This particular example was exported from U.K. to Canada is a RHD, BRG with a doeskin (darker form of biscuit) interior. There is not much difference between shipping half pint toy car and shipping a real car at this size!

How rare is it? So rare that no-one knows how rare it actually is. There are no production figures. There are no official surviving records but for the brochure and promo shot, some press coverage and book references. It is estimated that there were about 20 actually made before someone woke up and pulled the plug on this folly.

It is rumoured Harrods of London had examples for sale for 5,000 pounds for the Christmas season of circa 1989. Those were some lucky kids if they got this toy-car under the Christmas tree! An XJ-S Junior is about 8 feet by 3 feet by 2 feet so you need a large living room.

In 2012, there are about 4 or 5 other XJ-S Junior examples known to survive (all are signal red ext/black int.). This XJ-S Junior is the only one known to be in North America and also the only example known to be in green ext/doeskin int.

The XJ-S Junior is a real artifact of time when Jaguar was financially strapped but rich with that famous, British quirkiness that existed before Ford took over Jaguar in 1989 and pulled out the clip boards and rolled out the bean-counters.

The Ford empire would not tolerate hand-built nonsense (be it the toy XJ-S Junior or an XJ-220 supercar). Ironically, Ford built did a junior sized cars in the 1950s including an Edsel Junior.

That long, gone British quirkiness at Jaguar has only been further demolished by the Indian takeover under Tata from Ford. Pardon me for saying so but the Ford/Tata Jaguars today jus get more and more blah and slabby in appearance. Sales may be up (or not) but I miss the old Coventry spirit of “why not?” and “ we can do that” that built the E-Type or full-size XJ-S or the XK-120.

I crave more of the spirit of Peter Sellers (and less Daniel Craig) in modern Jaguars please.

My young daughter can be glad that her first car (at 5 years old) was an electric one and a Jaguar too.

D Lokun


From the Web




From the Web



Check out the rest of the brochure! (click to enlarge)


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October 27th 2012

Rockton British Car Flea Market


David Wood


Check out:
Rockton Swap Meet
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October 20th 2012

British Car Council Toy Run


David Wood

The day was perfect. There was food, music, camaraderie, and British Cars!
and Toys, for young and old



 

This Sunday



 

Next Saturday the 27th

The next tour of the Grey/Bruce Chapter of BSCCOC will be Saturday Oct. 27 and will go to St. Jacobs Market.

John Park, one of our members serves as engineer for Waterloo Central Railway driving a restored locomotive on a tourist run from Waterloo Station to the St. Jacob's market and up the town of St. Jacob's.

We meet at the St. Jacob's Market arriving at about 11:30 and everyone can choose shopping or a train ride for themselves. If we can get 20 people together we get a discount on the train ride. Hope to see you there.

Mini Happy Returns,
Dave Allen

(drop Dave an e-mail if you are coming)


Check out:
BSCCoC Toy Run site
British Car Council
St. Jacobs Farmers Market
Waterloo Central Railway
WCR Train Schedule
St. Jacobs Market Map
St. Jacobs Market Google
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October 13th 2012

More Fall Colours


Jeff Fenwick

Jeff's Real Mini Tilting at Windmills



David Wood

Bugsy ready to tour on a fine Thanksgiving Day afternoon


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Bugsy out and about


Also out and about was the Austin 7 driven by Guy Butcher and Eunice Kratky is continuing south along the Pacific shore of the US. As I write this they are in Tulare California, the most adventurous part of the trip is coming up. They have updated their site, adding in more pictures from the trip. Some of the Canadian pictures are shown below.


Guy Butcher,Eunice Kratky

Entering Yukon


Guy Butcher,Eunice Kratky

A long road winds ahead


Guy Butcher,Eunice Kratky

Austin 7 meets the MVPA Alaska Road Tour
At the Yukon Transport Museum, Whitehorse August 25th


Check out:
BSCCoC Fall Colours site
BESPK
BESPK Facebook
Austin Build Photos
Travel Photos
Whitehorse Transportation Museum
Whitehorse Transportation Museum - Facebook
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October 6th 2012

Fall Colours 2012 Edition

I went to Facebook again! This time with a request for Fall Colour Tours, Fall Festivals with cars wit a bit of British flavour.

I received pictures from John-Peter Smit, and James Tworow, to which I do thank.

This is the Internet, I have room for more! I have built a place. If you send them I will post them!!


David Wood

Bugsy In the Leaves



Rover History

Kirk Blake-Dickson came across some Wild Rover history from the early 50s to the late 60 in these two videos from the Television show Classic British Cars.


 


Vauxhall Heritage Centre

From Facebook, I read and article by Russell Campbell of Classic & Sports Car Magazine who went off to the Vauxhall Heritage Centre. Here is the Blog article, doubtless there will be a fully fleshed out article in the magazine. From the Vauxhall Heritage Centre website is a short video produced by GM.



The First Start

As I was writing this, a post to Britcartalk, our Yahoo Group, came from Matt Giesbrecht. For the first time in 35 years his 1957 Morris Oxford is running.



Check out:
BSCCoC Fall Colours site
Wild Rover History
Vauxhall Heritage Centre
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September 29th 2012

From Facebook - Weird Little Car Club

Doug Frechette Here's a shot of the cars at the meeting of the WLCC (Weird Little Car Club) of Edmonton. Not sure if I'd call a Porsche 911 little or weird, but hey, it's a pretty relaxed club. They decided to put the smaller cars in front and larger ones in the back; think this is the first time my Vanguard has ever been referred to as large...

David Wood Ok, Riley Elf, Messerschmitt KR200, Fiat 500, Borgward?, what is next to it and the car behind the Fiat. It looks like fun!
Doug Frechette First three are right. Then there is a NSU Prinz, and a Nissan RHD. In behind is the 911, Vanguard, Ford Model T buckboard, Smartcar. This is the most interesting club I've belonged to, very laid back, very accepting, and the members are extremely eccentric, which means I fit right in...

From the Colburne Bronte Files
Daniel Colburne
Here's looking at Andy's Rolls
Check out:
Daniel Colburne's Bronte Album #1
Daniel Colburne's Bronte Album #2
Our Facebook Page
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September 22nd 2012
Fall, It Is Here

The events in Southern Ontario are starting to peeter out.
But They are not over yet!

Ottawa MG Car Club Fall Colour Run
Sunday September 30th




Lindsay To Brighton Run
Saturday, October 6th




British Car Council Toy Drive
Sunday, October 14th




Fall Rockton Swap Meet
Sunday, October 21st




MG Car Club of Toronto Brass Monkey Run
Sunday, October 28th (date may be tentative)




These are the events I know of, this Saturday. There are others, I am sure.

There are also Fall Fairs all over the country and Non British car events.

So crash a couple, bring a toy, or toys, and buy some bits and bobs.
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September 16th 2012
Check out:
Bronte
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September 8th 2012

Marshville Heritage Festival

Wainfleet's Marshville Heritage Village holds a full weekend's Marshville Heritage Festival.

The Festival showcases agricultural machinery through the years, rural life and in general, the past.

Part of that past is the automobile. Saturday's car show was for vehicles 1950 and older, Sunday was for vehicles from 1950 to 1974.

Monday was British Car and Vintage Motorcycle Day at the show. This day was organized by the Niagara British Car Club & Vintage Motorcycles Niagara Division.


Tony Fox

Tony sent me more pictures, check them out our Marshville Heritage Festival page.

Milton Steam-Era

While Tony and crew were in Wainfleet for the weekend I was in Milton for the Steam-Era.

There were fewer British cars but more steam and garden tractors.


David Wood

Porsche Super Export 329


Check out the Milton Steam-Era page for more pictures. There is some British Iron!

Check out:
BSCCoC Marshville Heritage
BSCCoC Milton Steam-Era
Marshville Festival
Steam-Era
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September 1st 2012
Belated Mini Birthday

Kirk Blake-Dickson posted a Happy Birthday message to our Facebook Group
Happy Birthday to the Mini.
The Mark 1 was introduced on this day (August 26) in 1959.

Edmonton 567 Club Annual "Bow Ties vs. the World" Show and Shine

On Saturday August the 25th Edmonton's 567 Club hosted their Show and Shine at the Northgate Centre Mall. According to the Club Website the weather was not cooperative but more than 110 vehicles of all shapes, sizes, and years were out to show off their cars and support Kids with Cancer Society.

Doug Frechette made it and sent back a couple of pictures of the "World" combatants, both British, to our Facebook Group.


Doug Frechette

Very nice 1965 Vauxhall owned by a very proud R.C.A.F. Veteran.




Doug Frechette

There was also this Morris Minor. The owner built the pedal car himself. He got the body kit from Sri Lanka, and the lights are all from a Harley-Davidson and are fully operational. Beautiful job done on both vehicles.



Check out:
Austin Memories
MiniOnlineMuseum.com
Edmonton 567 Club
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August 25th 2012

Chris Bamford

Guy Butcher and Eunice Kratky are driving this small car a great distance in a land where every other vehicle is larger and faster.

This Austin 7 is purpose built for a journey across North America, north to Alaska, then south to Argentina, A Journey of 25,000 miles, crossing into 13 Countries.

Gary and Eunice, working through BESPK (Bringing Extra to SPecial Kids), aim to fund raise a £1 million or more for children with special needs and their families with this road trip.

Both have recently retired, having spent most of their professional lives working with children, particularly those with special and additional needs. They both have lots of energy and wish to continue to support these vulnerable children and their families.


Guy Butcher's Google Plus

Eunice Kratky and Guy Butcher In Butler PA,
the home of the American Austin



They hope this crazy mad adventure offers both of them the chance to continue to do just that.

They are fund raising for nationally (UK), Dame Hannah Rogers and internationally, Save the Children.


Guy Butcher's Google Plus

At the shippers, heading to America




Guy Butcher's Google Plus

Meeting kindred spirits, American Austin, Ford Model T and the BESPK Austin 7




Guy Butcher's Google Plus

Much of the Midwest behind them




Guy Butcher's Google Plus

And still more ahead of them, follow that train!



They crossed the border into Saskatchewan at Portal south of Estevan. Where they were questioned thoroughly about them and their means of support should anything go wrong, There were few questions about the Austin. No car guy at the border :o(

They stayed in Regina for a couple of days doing the touristy places and regular services on the Austin. After that there was the trip to Saskatoon then off to Edmonton where they were met by Chris Bamford where they met members of the Edmonton Antique Car, Edmonton Classic Sports Car Clubs, and some from the British Saloon Car Club of Canada.


Guy Butcher's Google Plus

Not a problem getting passed by a wide load here




Guy Butcher's Google Plus

In Edmonton with Chris Bamford (left) on his Dodge, Guy Butcher (right). This Dodge has been to the ends of North America. It could carry all of them, including the Austin anywhere.



The tour is heading north to Alaska, they are grabbing a ferry from Skagway AK to Ketchikan AK. Then from there Bellingham WA. So we won't see them again in Canada again.

The next roads await them in Central or South America.

Thanks to Frank French and Dave Allen for sending me the picture at the top!

Check out:
BESPK
BESPK Facebook
Google Plus Photos
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August 18th 2012

Brits On the Lake


 
Congratulations to Bob DeShane and all that helped make the weekend a great event. Above you can see some of the plotting and planning that went into the event.

Brits On the Lake was huge this year, and it was dry. Well, drier. This year's event added a Saturday rally and Dinner Cruise to the agenda.

So far I have pictures from the Sunday car show, and the No-Uboats Cruise, from Tony Fox, Bob DeShane, and Lynda Hill. I have nada on the Saturday Wing Commander's Rally, so far.

Enjoy!

British Car Day 2012 - Call no.2 for Volunteers
Pre-registration, Cars!


 
Still wanting Volunteers (see below)

Please take advantage of our "FastLane" pre-Registration for BCD and save time and $5 over the entrance cost. Register at www.britishcarday.com

Calling All Spitfire Owners!!!

1962 was the first year of production for the Triumph Spitfire and at this year’s British Car Day we are planning to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this great marque. What better way to accomplish this than to get at least 50 Spitfires at the show, so come on down and show your support for the Spitfire and the Toronto Triumph Club.

We have allocated a special area at BCD to showcase the Spitfire and at the centre of the display we are planning to show 5 great examples of the marque:

• Spitfire 4 (Mark 1) built between October 1962 and December 1964
• Spitfire Mark 2 built between December 1964 and January 1967
• Spitfire Mark 3 built between January 1967 and December 1970
• Spitfire Mark 4 built between November 1970 and November 1974
• Spitfire 1500 built between December 1974 and August 1980

For this we need your help.

We’ve already identified outstanding Spitfire 1500s, however, we need really good examples of the Mark 1, Mark 2, Mark 3 and Mark 4 cars. If you have a good quality example of one of these Spitfires and would like to have your car showcased, will you please send details of the car, together with a few photographs, to this year’s chairman of British Car Day, Dave Sims, who can be reached at dave.sims@cogeco.ca.

Please respond asap so we can select cars to represent 50 years of the Spitfire and prepare the information boards (which you get to keep).

Thanks for your support

Dave Sims Chairman,
British Car Day
2012 Toronto Triumph Club
dave.sims@cogeco.ca
905-331-1496
Check out:
Brits On the Lake Pictures
British Car Day 2012
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August 10th 2012

Canal Days 2012, Wet


From Niagara Falls Review, Niagara's 50 Great Experiences, Maryanne Firth
I don't think the day went as shown above. From what I understood from the Facebook posts When Jim Colburne posted these pictures, there was confusion about the event going ahead. Then I found a site, "Kustomkarzclub.com" that had a note on it that the show was rained out in the early afternoon.

Jim, with his iPhone, along with his Morris made it before the heavens opened. Check out his pictures.


British Car Council - 1st Annual Toy Drive

On Sunday, October 14th, the British Car Council will sponsor its first Toy Drive run; and we certainly hope it will become an annual event! You are invited to join us for this event!

We want to attract as many members from various British car clubs in Ontario as possible.

The event will take place at the
Country Heritage Park in Milton, Ontario, starting at 9am.

All British car club members, driving their British car, will get free admittance to the park. (normally, admission is $8).

Each car will be given a ticket, for a number of draw prizes, to be held in the mid-afternoon.

The first 100 people to arrive & register, will be given tickets for tea or coffee and a doughnut.

And also a ticket for a bowl of homemade soup, a bread roll and a dessert around lunch time.

The park staff have very kindly given permission for us to use the old Ford garage display, with its antique petrol pumps, for photo opportunities with our cars. (see below)

We ask that you bring a new, unwrapped gift for a child or a teenager, which will be collected as part of the Salvation Army Toy Drive.

The Country Heritage Park is a lovely spot, and so you may want to pack a picnic.

Tour Master Paul Dullaert has organized an optional, but highly recommended, scenic drive through the fall colours of the Niagara Escarpment, with a ninety minute duration, to leave at about 11:30 am. When the tour returns, we’ll have lunch, draw the prizes and the rest of the afternoon you’ll be free to explore the park.

Please plan to attend; this will likely be one of the last runs of the year!

Together, we can have a great day out with friends, and, with your gift donation, we can help make Christmas Day a bit more special for some less fortunate children.

Google Map
The Imperial Oil Station / Ford Sales & Service display is a great place for a photo op with your British car!

 
The British Car Council hopes you will attend this special event.

For further information, contact Phil Miller.


North to Alaska

2012 is the 70th anniversary of the building of the Alaska Highway. As I write this, there is a convoy of American historic military vehicles, from the
Military Vehicle Preservation Association, driving a loop from Dawson Creek BC through to Fairbanks and Anchorage Alaska, and back to Dawson Creek. They are encountering Canadian military equipment enthusiasts all along their route. There may even be some Canadians in the convoy.

MVPA Alaska Convoy heading to Rolla, BC

 
Check out:
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British Car Council
Country Heritage Park
MVPA
MVPA Facebook
Ontario Military Vehicle Association
Western Command Military Vehicle Historical Society
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August 7th 2012

Midweek Notice
Peterborough Motor Sports Club Track Day Invite


 
Peterborough Motor Sports Club is inviting folks interested in a little track time to come out for their annual Lapping Day at the Driver Training Track at Mosport.

Pre-registration is only $140.00 and at the track, the cost is $150.00. this is a great opportunity to get some seat time in a safe and fun way for considerably less money than other similar offerings.

Why not take advantage and get the cobwebs out of your carbs?

Here is the link to the registration form on their website:

http://www.pmsc.on.ca/files/LappingDay2012.pdf

From Bob DeShane
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August 3rd 2012

Picnic Pictures


 
It was a great day out at the Country Heritage Park. Members from all over gathered to meet in the park.

There were cars, kids and dogs, with an almost empty park to explore!

Check out the pictures here

Thanks to everyone who helped me with names and cars.


 

British Car Day 2012 - Call for Volunteers

Calling all Toronto Triumph Club members, friends and families!

Once again, the Toronto Triumph Club is putting out a call for volunteers for the 2012 British Car Day Weekend, Saturday September 15th and Sunday September 16th, 2012

We will need 110 volunteers (20 for Saturday set-Up and at least 90 for Sunday) in order to make this event a success. As you probably know, BCD is the biggest car day of its kind in North America and it takes a lot of time and effort from many people within the club to make it happen.

Saturday volunteers are needed for field layout and set up of signage. This will take place between 9am and noon and we will provide a pizza lunch for everyone who comes out to help.

Sunday volunteers are needed for registration, front gate traffic flow, Flea Market, collecting entrance fees, traffic directions on show field, counting Participants Choice votes, and field clear up at the end of the show. Shifts will start as 7am and will be spread out throughout the day.

We will also have an area leader who will help direct volunteers in each area throughout the day.

Each volunteer will receive a "Limited Edition" T-Shirt as well as coupons for food and drink. We would like to invite all TTC members and their friends and families, to come out and volunteer two to three hours of their time either Saturday and/or Sunday. Many of you have already expressed interest in helping out again in 2012 which is great to see - Thank You!

Please contact Chris Lindsay at treasurer@torontotriumph.com or by telephone at 416-970-6837. Let me know which days you are able to help on and if you have a preference for time and area. As well, if you have helped before, I am looking for "area leaders" for each of the volunteer areas (field traffic flow, registration, gate, and entrance traffic control. If you would be interested in taking on an area leader role for a part of the day, please indicate your willingness to assist.

Thanks very much for your help with this great event.

Chris Lindsay (BCD Volunteer Coordinator)
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Country Heritage Park
British Car Day 2012
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July 28th 2012

Lots of stuff this Saturday!

If you are reading this on Saturday, the 28th of July, get your beehind to Country Heritage Park, Tremaine Rd., Milton for our picnic. TODAY, get a movin', you can read this stuff later!


Fractional Ownership
The Other Side of the Coin

Alan Brand responded to last week's post on Dan's fractional ownership with this, half 'a Marina for sale on Ebay.

The item description is as follows:
This morris marina has been cut in half to use on a display at the recent golf open. It still has some useful parts.

Ebay listing
I can't fathom which parts are useful; the other half of the car is missing. From the pictures the wings and door skins look buckled, so there is not much left there. The lock set is probably not complete, missing the offside door, and the boot.

Ebay listing
On the other hand, in the Ebay listing there is a postage tab. This car could conceivably be mailed.

Ebay listing
The opening bid was £100, of which there was none. Maybe it is destined for scrap, the bin is just on the other side of the car. Someone with an American style diner may be able to put it up on a wall.

Ebay listing
The Marina has the last word. WYH?
(Check the remaining registration)

Fancy A Trip to St. Marys?

We've been invited to a Car Show. I don't know if it because of my good looks or charm or I was shotgunned along with many others. But here it is!

 

Fancy A New Home in Kendal Ontario?

This arrived in my mailbox mere seconds after the notification of the St. Marys Car show arrived. It is not my usual submission or request, but what the hay!

I thought one of your members might be interested in a property with a 30’X50’ 4 bay mega garage. It is a 2 storey, full foundation, heated, insulated, finished, with one bay being full height, with asymmetrical lift. It has computerized controls, a lift, compressor and professional air system (separate oiled and dry air lines, dryers, oilers etc) water in all bays, jacked for TV and storage. A staircase to a finished 2nd floor studio (30’X38’) used as an office, gym, family room, pool hall large TV screen. This property also has an eight stall barn with loft, updated brick century home with modern addition sitting on 14 .65 acres and steps to the Ganaraska Forest in the hills of Kendal. I have provided a link to a virtual tour of this property and the MLS # is E2389276 The address being 8215 The Dell Road. I would appreciate if you could pass this on to anybody you might think might have some interest.

My name is Geary White from Remax First Realty Ltd Brokerage my number is 1-866-539-3300. I thank you for your time.

http://idx.imprev.net/03782F07/53/81153/1718512/index.ipv

 
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July 21st 2012

EUREKA: FRACTIONAL OWNERSHIP!


 
Six years ago, I discovered an E-Type, Series I, OTS, in Red which was apparently in good nick on the Internet on Autotrader.

Having had a good experience with the Autotrader 10 years ago and thereby acquiring a decent 1990 Signal Red, XJ-S for my spouse, I probed this new find further.

The seller was surprised that I was contacting him as his advertisement was erroneously a week early on the Internet. The seller thought the advertisement would coincide with the release of “Old Auto Trader” magazine several weeks later.

The seller was nice fellow but definitely not a haggler. He restated to me his (rather reasonable) price and advised that he did not want to be re-negotiated from his price any further. By the way, the car was in North Bay and available for a look (6 hours straight north of Toronto one-way).

My interest was waning until I received a further email with vehicle particulars: the VIN# was real early. First year of production, it was a pretty Carman Red, OTS, having 9:1 Compression, a build date of October 1961, original interior, an original engine and (mostly) original body paint with about 50,000 miles on the odometer, etc.

What stood out to me was the understated comment in the seller’s description: “mostly original”. Now Jaguar fever was starting to rise.

And so off to North Bay. After a mandatory washroom and burger stop at the Webbers BBQ, we arrive a butt numbing 6 hours later, we behold a red roadster out for our tire-kicks.

One or two 100 mph (seriously) sample drives (by the seller - no-one tosses you the keys to an E-Type) and I am in all the way: the best thing since sliced bread.

And yet, it was too much money to tie up in a man-toy.

Winter comes and goes and then spring. A second trip to North Bay to check the car out again.

The asking price does not go down a penny.

Hmmmm, too much money ... Price is fair but no steal ... What to do?

EUREKA!

Call some mates and make a fractional ownership syndicate.

I was leery of 100% of the investment in the purchase price and 100% of the maintenance costs and 100% of storage costs for likely a monthly drive ... But what if 4 four people each take a week end a month for 25% each of the costs? Well that works.

A third trip to North Bay and the Syndicate of 4 is ready to buy.

I recommend that you make the seller load the vehicle on your flat bed trailer and keep your cheque in your pocket until the car is loaded. You guessed it - the seller almost dropped the precious car three feet off the trailer. There is nothing dumber than 3 people (myself included) running to catch a car about to fall. In any event, nothing tragic happened. In the future, I will run AWAY from a falling car - it’s safer.

Here is what the Syndicate of 4 bought: a car that:
  • is the 12th car imported to Canada from first year of production, built in October 1961
  • was sold the first in Canada in January 1962
  • has the bonnet-latch pre-drilled holes in the engine bay
  • has the original bucket seats intact
  • has the welded bonnet louvers on the bonnet
  • has the original lacquer paint 90%+ original
  • is a 92-94 point car in concours in preservation class
  • looks great (always) and goes like stink (usually)
In the end, the Syndicate of 4 was reduced to 2 and all is well.

If you fancy a Brit car upgrade (say an to an AC Bristol, E-Type, XK-120 or an Austin Healey, which are all costly, consider a fractional ownership syndicate amongst your mates instead of dreaming about lottery wins.

Motto of a Fractional Ownership Syndicate: Share the pleasure, share the pain.

Dan Lokun
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July 14th 2012
Grey Bruce Matters

Booze Crooze

Grey-Bruce Chapter had our first cruise of the season starting in Belgrave at Gary Clayton’s Olde Tyme Radio Centre. Gary repairs and sells all sorts of antique radios from car models to old wooden cabinet types. This is definitely worth the trip. From there through the forty hills of Carrick Township to Mildmay for lunch at Harley’s Pub and Perk.



The next stop was Carrick Wines for a tour. This place was the sum of several well known stories. We met Gary Fischer the owner and Stella the Australian Shepard and official greeter along with Elvira and friends, the sheep. When we were there Stella still had her 9 pups with her. Already we have some 101 Aussie Shepards and Sean the sheep from Wallace and Grommit. From mingling with dogs and sheep we go to what was Gary’s implement shed which is now the wine cellar and fermentation and bottling plant. We get introduced to Fiona the bottling machine. She is a princess when working properly and an ogre when not. From Shrek we move on to David and Goliath.

Gary made his first batch of wine from a kit in 2006. Never one to follow tradition blindly he is growing a variety of grapes which are not formally recognized in the industry in an area deemed unsuitable for the purpose. His vines are twice as tall as they should be, but it is just the right height for Elvira and friends to work as weed control and also prune the plants.

Since opening the doors of the winery in 2010 Carrick Wines has garnered three awards in international competition taking on the best in the world. This is the David and Goliath story.

This is yet another destination in Grey-Bruce worth a visit.


Grey-Bruce Waterfall Tour

We have once again had our world famous Waterfall Tour. Many people are unaware of the tremendous beauty of our area and the fact we have the second highest waterfall in Ontario. I can’t remember where the tallest is.

Rob Ockenden and Jim Ellis did a great job of putting this together. We met at Munshaw House in Flesherton and proceeded to Eugenia where we stopped at a rather unique burger joint run by a very personable pair. From there we went to Eugenia falls for some pics. The next falls on the docket is Hogg Falls, a short walk from the parking lot, more pictures and away again.

The next stop was Barrhead and the Barrhead Inn for lunch. Many craft brewed beers and local ingredients are featured on the menu. After taking on nourishment we proceeded to the barn where the 1949 Morris Minor of Jim’s is housed. This very early survivor is from out west originally and the motor has run just 2 years ago. It is a very solid and extremely complete restoration candidate.



Timing was impeccable as the clouds started to open up just as we were about to head for home. Hope to see more people out for the next WF tour.

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July 7th 2012
Flesherton Car Show

Calling all British Car Enthusiasts!

Got a sweet set of wheels? The Flesherton and District Farmers' Market 4th Annual Vintage & Classic Car Show - the Diamond Jubilee Edition, invites you to bring your vintage or classic car, truck or farm vehicle on July 14 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Flesherton Arena - Highway 10 and Highland Drive. See map.

All British cars of any era are especially welcome! The British Car Council of Canada, in recognition of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, is sponsoring prizes. Who knows what you might win!

We offer:
• Free registration
• Free dash plaques for the first 50 cars
• Free swag bags
• Free light lunch for driver + passenger
• Drivers' Choice Award
• Peoples' Choice Award
• Lots of door prizes

Rain date August 18, same time & place.

You might consider making a weekend of it. Grey County is one of the prettiest places in this province and there is plenty to see and do. See the Visit Grey Website for more information.

Like our show on our Facebook Site

RSVP: Drop us a line to let us know you are coming so that the lunch ladies have some idea how much food to cook. :-)

See you at the market!

Don Horne
Chair, Flesherton and District Farmers' Market
Vintage & Classic Show n' Shine
mailto:fleshertoncarshow@yahoo.ca
519-986-2669

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July 7th 2012
Hot Enough For Ya?

We are baking, or is that brazing, in the summer heat. BC has finally warmed up and probably won't need the benifits of this post.

I can't magically cool you off through the web. Technology just has not reached that level, yet. But I can try to cool you off with picture therapy!

John Stevenson

John Stevenson, of Paradise Newfoundland and Labrador, posted this picture of his MGF at Cape Spear to our Facebook page. Any farther east floatation, devices are required. With The icebergs in the sea on their annual trip south, do you feel cooler?

No!

Ok, if anything will make you feel cooler, this is it.

Europe had a severe cold snap this past February. Freezing temperatures, with on shore winds from a freshwater lake creates ice. Walking is dangerous, and parking can be even more challenging.

Found on the Web

It looks like an MGF to me. And, it is icing up and will not move.

Found on the Web

After a little more time, this car is cryogenically preserved, and may not move until Spring.

I hope no one was sleeping it off inside.

And one more attempt to make you feel cooler!

Found on the Web

How about an Ice Mini!

Well that is about all I can do, I have three fans on me right now in my own attempts to beat the heat!

Keep Cool

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June 30th 2012
The Great Race

The Great Race came through Northern and Eastern Ontario this year. The Monday night stop was at Barrie's Heritage Park. Here the teams arrived, fresh after completing the final stage, for their overnight stop. Here they found out their day's scores. From 5 PM to roughly 8 PM drivers and their cars were along Simcoe St.; teams were working on their cars, showing their cars and answering questions from the public.

At 8 PM the teams started leaving for various locations, I encountered a few while I was making my circuitous route out of Barrie; who knew there was a one way section of Bayfield, just where I wanted to go.

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June 23rd 2012
A Look At The Past

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June 16th 2012

Dan Lokun

I just received my new (old) British coupe.

Once upon a time, I vainly pursued a mint Jensen Healey I had lusted after. I also acquired a Jaguar or two. But now it's time for something completely different, a Honda Civic designated the EP3.

The EP3 was part of the 7th generation roll-out of the ubiquitous Honda Civics but was the only variant built exclusively in the UK and purposely built to compete in the European "hot hatch" market.

Dan Lokun

Dan Lokun

The EP3 is a lightweight, high-revving, feisty, little overachiever making ample use of technology to tweak the most punch out of its tiny 4-cylinder engine. The EP3's sportiness is not what you expect in a Honda Civic. The EP3 is more Acura RSX than Honda Civic in feeling.

Dan Lokun

The EP3 was only available with standard shifting (dash mounted), IRS, Momo sourced steering wheel and Recaro sourced seats and for a few years it dominated the European "hot hatch" market.

Dan Lokun

Dan Lokun

The EP3 was built exclusively by Honda UK at Honda's plant at Swindon (midway between Bristol and Reading) as a UK/Europe market destined car (the 2nd generation Honda Civic Type-R). However, by popular demand, it was also tweeked for export to America (as the Honda Civic Si) and to Canada (as the Honda Civic SiR) and Japan (as the Honda Type-R "JDM").

The SiR was mixed in with the gamut of other 7th generation Civics, which we know as those grey, uninspired daily drivers. Sadly, the SiR was trumped in Canada by the simultaneous launch of the Acura RSX which had basically the same engine with more luxury and prestige and all for less money.

Like the Citroen Traction Advants built in Slough or the many Fords made at Dagenham (London), Honda UK injects some British quirkiness and pep into a non-British marque.

EP3 is an example of the tuning madness that is commonly used by Honda in Japan but kept in Japan and often not allowed to slip into pedestrian Canada.


Dan Lokun

The UK built Civic Type-R was good enough to be exported from the UK to Japan in a JDM ("Japanese Domestic Market") variant in top of the line trim and with performance tweaks. Strangely, there was one car dealer in the UK which was allowed to sell the Type-Rs in JDM spec as Japanese imports to the UK (although having never touched the shores of Japan) as grey market sleepers for the British fans with large wallets. Many of the JDM variant of the Civic Type-Rs that did burn up the roads of Japan have now have been on extended "walkabouts" from UK to Japan and then into the caring hands of Australian enthusiasts.

I was looking for a daily driver car - a wreck basically - when I found this gem. I knew nothing about the existence of Honda UK. I never gave Hondas a second look and, frankly, the person who researched, pursued and fettled this SiR was the seller. I can only credit blind luck and a hot tip from a BSCCoC (Lotus driving) member that his neighbour (100s of miles from where I live) was in a selling mood which ultimately led to the deal coming to fruition.

This SiR variant was sold in Canada only from 2002 to 2004 and in relatively small numbers (for Honda) and so chances are it is destined is become a future classic. It is an uncommon car in Canada and many were abused, crashed and parted out.

My "new" SiR is stock and will wear its BSCCofC regalia and eventually the correct, Japanese-made Union Jack emblem (an OEM Honda Part) to flaunt the fact that this is a genuine, uncommon British car.

Dan Lokun

I was told that, in the US, most Si owners traded-in their racy little Hondas for a Lotus Elise: now that's a good sign!

If you find a SiR in good nick - grab it while you can, but, watch out, your teenage kids may want to borrow it!

Dan Lokun

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2002 Canadian Auto Review Test Drive
2002 Autos.Ca Test Drive
2004 Autos.Ca Test Drive
2004 Top Gear Review of Civic Type-R
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June 9th 2012
Track Day June 21 @ Toronto Motorsports Park

The Alfa Club is hosting the Canada/US Alfa Romeo Convention this month and they are extending an invitation for owners and clubs of other car makes to join them for their Track Day at Toronto Motorsports Park on June 21st.

Below, you will find the invitation from Brian Crockatt and there is an attached pdf file of the brochure. It looks like a very affordable fun day where you can get some good seat time, maybe a little instruction or coaching and make some new friends. Why not contact Brian and reserve your spot for a fun day?

Bob Deshane


Subject: Invitation to other marques: 21-June-2012 @ TMP

Thanks for offering to contact other marque clubs that might have members wanting to enjoy a super day of Time Trials, Advanced Driver Training, Parade Laps, and of course, the soon-to-be-famous Trackside Lunch!!!

Thursday, June 21st, 2012 is the date!!! This track day is an institutional part of the annual Alfa Romeo International/National Conventions. ... and we expect to have some very significant representatives of our marque, covering a great span of years: early-60's through to mid-90's. present for all events offered.

This year the Canadian Alfa Romeo Club is hosting the annual convention (that is more-usually held in the US - hence the International titling this year) - more can be found on the whole convention at www.alfacanadese.ca.

We are most pleased to invite participants from other marque clubs, such as Ferrari, Lotus, Porsche, BMW, MG, Fiat, Triumph, Austin-Healey, Datsun, Sunbeam, Riley, Morgan and others with great cars from our largest period-representation: to, say 1975.

Come all and lets enjoy the day!!! BMW 2002tii, Porsche 930 turbo, Ferrari Dino, Fiat 128, Mercedes Benz 280SL, MGB, Triumph Spitfire, Lotus Elan, Riley, Morgan, Austin-Healey, Datsun 240Z, Jaguar E type, VW Bug, Sunbeam Tiger, Saab Sonnet, and/or Volvo p1800... and on goes the list!!!

And, we also want to extend the same warm greetings and welcome to keen, same-minded drivers of other marques of significance that also date more through to the present - for example, I know the Miata Club has a host of very keen enthusiasts who love to drive their more-modern versions of the Lotus Elan inspiration for their creation.

And if I've missed any great marques - I send my apologies in advance as for a meet like this, "the more the merrier" - so please take no offence, rather come out and enjoy!!

In order to give good background to this invitation, I am including the original Article about this great Track Day as it appeared in the Alfa Owners' Magazine.

It lays out the general organization of the day's events. Further details will be sent to anyone interested in learning more - or booking their spot now.

Pricing for non-members of the Alfa Clubs is:
  • $175.00 for Time Trials (TT);
  • $175.00 for Advanced Driver Training (ADT);
  • $40.00 for Parade Lapping at the noon-time;
  • $17.00 for the Trackside Lunch.
The Trackside Lunch is the same price as for Alfa Club members.

The cost of the TT, ADT and Parade Lapping is the same as for Alfa Club members + $15.00 to cover the insurance coverage..

We hope to be joined by any and all like-minded drivers who want to enjoy a great day of auto-sports and the camaraderie of a multi-marque gathering (gladly hosted by the Alfa Romeo Clubs).

Oh, I should also mention that on the evening of 20-June, there is an evening Lapping Session at TMP, for any wanting as little 'advance' practice before our Track Day. This event is run by Toronto Motorsports Park and, if interested, should be booked directly with it.
http://www.torontomotorsportspark.com/raceway/open_car_lapping.html

If I've missed any key details, please let me know and I'll try and send them along ASAP!!!

Contact Info:

further details regarding the Track Day and its events:
timetrials@alfacanadese.ca

registration:
registration@alfacanadese.ca

Cheers - and looking forward to a GREAT DAY - 21 June 2012 at Toronto Motorsports Park!!!

Brian Crockatt

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www.alfacanadese.ca
Toronto Motorsports Park
TMP's regular track lapping
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June 9th 2012
Egyptian Austin

Derek Foy

Derek Foy

I am not a member but thought someone might be interested. It looks like an early 50s Austin A 30 convertible found in Cairo Egypt.

That is all I have, we were on a tour 8 with people and had so many things to see and had to move quickly. That, plus the political situation (The Uprising had already happened) you don't want to touch things that belong to someone else. What we did see was great, our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.

I bought my car, a 1953 Morris Oxford, last September and loved it ever since. It is all original, except for paint, with 34,000 miles and the original spare tyre. Wherever I go I get so much attention it is in such good condition.

Derek Foy
Windsor

Yes, Roger, I did ask if he wants to join - DW


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June 2nd 2012
I Scream, You Scream
We All Scream for Ice Cream

It is the beginning of Summer, well its supposed to be. For us in Southern Ontario June is forecast to come in like a cold soggy cloth on a cement floor. Eww.

May came in not half bad for those in Alberta, but has remained on the fence since. Between there and here rain comes in torrents that wash away roads. The same daily torrents traveled out through Quebec and the Maritimes.

Better days are coming! The Ice Cream trucks say it is so. Soon the days will be hot and sunny. Kids will be running after these with their looneys and tooneys for their favourite summer treats! I am guessing quarters don't amount to much anymore.

Robert Knight

This Ice Cream van was created by Whitby Morrison of Crewe Cheshire,
the countries leading manufacturers of ice cream vans
Picture was taken at the Sandbach Festival of Transport April 18 2010

cherokeeflyer100

Leading the parade is the 1982 Mini Van. A Bedford Pickup and Van follow

www.oldclassiccar.co.uk

mimiss @ Caradisac.com

Batman is a working Ice Cream Mini at Goodwood.
Apparently rare on Minis, the Batman fiberglass was affixed to Bedfords normally


Your Old Junker MG or Rover Could be Worth Money!


Bob Deshane thought you may want to take advantage of the offer! :o)

Mine Was Worth Money!
Mind you, I did not get £2,000 and I did not have to buy a new MG



Rob Ockenden, and friend Jim Ellis (also a Minor owner) came and picked up my RWA Midget. There is not much to the car but a complete drive train. Rob is thinking of giving his Minor, Lily, a bit more pep. Jim is thinking of using the shell as a welding exercise for kids.
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May 26th 2012
Waterloo Cruzin' on the Public Square

Bugsy next to some potent American Pony Muscle


Some body likes him


Big Healey up at the other end of the show. When I told the owner there was a smaller sibling at the other end of the street he replied, "Yup needs work".


Triumph TR 6


From Bronte, a couple of years ago, I have this Morris Minor 1000 owned by I Clayton.


This 1959 Rolls Silver Cloud belongs to Ian Hasler


From Fergus, last year, I have this 1993 Rover Mini Cooper Sport owned by John Write.
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May 19th 2012
Year of Manufacture Plates

Jim Colburne

Just picked up a set of YOM (YEAR OF MANUFACTURE) PLATES for The Morris at the License Plate Show in Acton last weekend. There is another show in the Fall in Grimsby, but if you can't wait that long, Eric sells them on his website and if he doesn't have what you need, Jon can help at OntPlates.com

The plates are restored, (sand blasted, primed, and painted) and are guaranteed to pass inspection at the MTO. Got mine back from Kingston inspection in 2 days. PLUS the 59 plates match the car so nicely, and make it look more "British", don't you think.

Head off to Ontario MTO for more info...

Jim Colburne

Check out:
YOMplates.ca
OntPlates.com
Ontario MTO
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From Britcartalk
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Not here in Saskatchewan.

ED
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Michigan permits the use of YM plates. They are required to carry the original colors, although I have seen some that are painted the color of the vehicle - assuming, I suppose, that few police officers will know. . .

Ken McGuire
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One is allowed to use YOM plates on your classic vehicle here in Alberta, However the current classic plate must be in the vehicle.

The YOM plate should be registered with the Classic Plate. I believe that the YOM plate number shows up on the registration as well as the Classic Plate number. Not everyone has done that, in part because when the province moved over to computers in the late 70's a lot of paper registrations were disposed of and it still causes confusion at the Registration offices.

There are still members of the different police forces that aren't aware of that, so members who run YOM plates often carry the relevant section of the motor vehicle regs to show the officer should they be stopped. This doesn't happen as often as it had when the rule changes came into effect.

There's a brisk business in YOM plates at many of the swap meets around the province. I think it can add a nice touch to a vehicle's look. Though I'm running the classic plate on my B, but then looks aren't a big thing with Ugly Betty B.

The Edmonton Sports Car Club has it in their bylaws that anytime a member drives their vehicle it's considered an Official Club Event. As the society's bylaws were vetted and approved by the Solicitor General's Office it could make for a fun court case should it ever happen. A club event of one

Frank
Edmonton
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A little disagreement here
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First, a comment about historic plates(which include YOM) in Ontario. They are intended for very restricted usage in Ontario. If you take your car on a drive as a club activity or a car show, they are legal. If you take your car on a drive by yourself, they are not. Although I suspect it wouldn't be a problem, it could be. Check this out;
Ontario Highway Traffic Act

Cheers, Dave Creer
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In Ontario, historic plates and YOM plates are not one in the same as to the rules for their use. Historic plates look similar to traditional Ontario plates but have the first characters as 1H or 2H and the word HISTORIC embossed on the plate. This is a special registration that has significant restrictions for use.
The car with historic plates can be used on roads with posted speed limits of 70 mph without restriction but all other roads can only be used when participating, going to or coming from an historic car event, show or parade. There is also a limited annual mileage but I do not know what that is.

A YOM plate is considered to be the same as a normal registration and does not have restrictions. However, one must keep up to minimum speeds on 400 series highways which is 80 km/hr.

We had a club vehicle appraisal day over the long weekend and our appraiser is licensed by the Minister of Revenue and is the owner of 5 historic vehicles. We had this same discussion because some of the vehicles being appraised had YOM plates and others had Historic plates.

Cheers,
Brian.
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I delved into the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

Year of Manufacture plates are in the same category as Passenger car Permit number 1, and 2. These are $74 a year. Historic Vehicle plates are in Permit number 2. These are $18 a year. MTO Schedule 4

I'm guessing that if you are paying full pop for plates per year, with $251.65 just to get the plates registered you can drive your car anywhere at any time.

In saying this, let it be known that I cannot go through the Highway Traffic Act. I cannot survive that much legalese!

Just Writing, DW


May 12th 2012
Orangeville Lions Autofest

Orangeville Lions Autofest was a time to take in everything.
Including what's under Jim Colburne's Minor.


Here are Jim and Daniel.


Jim has a new toy.


It can make a picture like this!


Or, like this!


While Dad had the iPhone Daniel had the regular camera :(
He got this Bugs eye view of my Bugeye! :o)
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May 6th 2012
Stop the Presses, Again!!
Niagara Chapter's No Trailer Queens Run

Tony Fox sent me some pictures of the Niagara NTQ Run.

Enjoy!

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No Trailer Queen Tour pictures
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May 5th 2012
Stop The Presses!
Don Has A New Baby!
And, It Needs a Name!!

From: Don Walker [mailto:dwalker4@cogeco.ca]
Sent: May 5, 2012 7:01 PM
To: 'David Wood'
Subject: I Am Now a Real Saloon Car Owner!

Hey David,

It is now official......I am an actual owner of a British SALOON Car!!! My 1969 MGB GT was a quasi saloon in that it was not a roadster.

I just bought this beautiful 1957 Wolseley 6/90 from Gordon Lawson. He lovingly spent 3 years in restoring my new baby. You can see his painstaking work of the restoration at www.gblandco.com/gb/wol/wol1.html.

Don Walker

She runs absolutely smooth, quiet, and comfortable. The gearshift is on the left between the drivers seat and door. It is a tad wonky with a complex linkage That has been worn over the years. I had her out today practicing my shifting, and after a few bad starts in the wrong gear, I think I have it sort of mastered. Thank goodness for the "C" series 6 cylinder engine (same as Austin Healey 100-6) that has the bottom end torque which cancelled out me using 3rd gear instead of 1st.

Don Walker

My MGB GT unfortunately now is in the driveway with the Wolseley taking her place in the garage. She is a tad upset about this with her oil pressure dropping off to about 20, when she normally runs at 60+ when she went to bed in November. I think she is trying to tell me something.

Don Walker

Now my new Wolseley Saloon now needs a name.

Cheers,
Don
BSCCoC Membership Guy

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Gordon Lawson's Restoration Work
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May 5th 2012
Nash Metropolitan Prototype

I found these pictures while doing some aimless surfing of the web.

Jalopy Journal

There was no context for these pictures. It does look like a showing of the car, but not a big public release. I have to tell you the bonnet looks like a head and upper body trauma waiting to happen.

The motor is not an A series, and I would guess not British.

Jalopy Journal

The body size and shape looks Metropolitan. The styling, just bit different. Could this be an early prototype? Anybody with a better grasp on history than me?

Jalopy Journal
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April 30th 2012
Sunny Days Bring out Mini, Morrie, and Maggie!

Dave Allen

Members of the Grey Bruce area got together at Williamsford, Sunday, to plan out the rest of the summer.

From left to right. Sharon Park with Dave's Mini, Jim Ellis with his Minor, and John Park with his Magnette Varitone. Dave was behind the camera.


You thought you could buy a Mini "In need of TLC", cheap?





Bonhams

Well, maybe not this one.

It was figured to fetch £15k

Bonhams just sold it for £40,250 including premium.

Bet that put you back in your seat.

XLL 27, this 1959 Austin Mini Se7en is one of the first few built. It is the oldest unrestored Mini in existence.

Read more...

Here is XLL 27 some time before the auction.
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April 22nd 2012
Ancaster, Overcast and Chilly, But Warm Inside

Thanks to Daniel Colburne

Thanks to the British Sports car Club of Hamilton, the Austin Healey Club of Souther Ontario and all of the volunteers they got together to host this event!

The Ancaster British Car Flea Market was today. Not a bad day, for the tail end of April. There was no blizzard, which was a definite improvement

Check out my pictures and Jim and Daniel Colburne's pictures

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Jim and Daniel Colburne's pictures
My pictures
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April 21st 2012
Drive Me, I'm Mosport!

SPECIAL CLUB MEMBERS INVITATION
JUNE 14, 15,16 &17
HIGH PERFORMANCE DRIVING EXPERIENCE
& TOURING SESSIONS AVAILABLE

VARAC invites car club members to actually drive the race course at its 33rd annual Canadian Historic Grand Prix sponsored by Wilson-Niblett Performance to be held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (MOSPORT) this coming June.

That is right! We are making available driving opportunities so that more enthusiasts can see and feel what it is really like to crest the top of Corner 2 and experience the world falling away, sweep sharply down hill through Corner 4 and climb rapidly up to 5, then the long uphill sprint to 6 & 7, sweep through 8 then carefully choose your apexes through 9 & 10 before being released to the Start/Finish straight, then do it all over again! It is great stuff that you won’t want to miss.

Read More.....

Check out:
Press Release
VARAC
Mosport International Raceway
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April 14th 2012


On a Happier Note!
Bugsy Is Back Up And Running!

I put Bugsy's battery on trickle charge Monday. It just gets the battery back up to snuff before I throw it into Bugsy.

It's now Friday, and I have a fully charged battery. Usually I skip this step and have to take it back out when the starter fails to engage fully. There is no electricity in Bugsy's garage.

Bugsy would not start, as usual. It would turn over, chuff a couple of times. It was time for Glenfiddich. Well not really, there is gas in the bottle of a different type. I could not get anything but more chuffing. I took the rest of the gas in the can and poured it into Bugsy's tank. Now I had some results. Bugsy was now running and after a short time not badly

All there was then was to check all fluids and tire pressure. I am ready for the Summer!

However there is the nagging question of where does all of my gas go. Please no naked flames anywhere near my garage.

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Niagara Forum
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April 7th 2012
The Great Race Returns to Canada!

http://www.greatrace.com/

'61 Morris Minor driven by Arthur Willenbrock and Joe Litchro
Behind, David and Shirley Lowe in their 1928 Ford Boattail Speedster
2011 Great Race

This year the round the Lower Great Lakes Route will take the race along Hwy 17 from Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury, south on Hwy 69 and 400 to Barrie. The route then takes them east to Ottawa. The last day (in Ontario), the route turns south to Kingston, crossing to Clayton NY for an overnight stop.

http://www.greatrace.com/

From the Great Race Website, "The Great Race is an antique, vintage, and collector car competitive controlled-speed endurance road rally on public highways. It is not a test of top speed. It is a test of a driver/navigator team’s ability to follow precise course instructions and the car’s (and team’s) ability to endure on a cross-country trip. The course instructions require the competing teams to drive at or below the posted speed limits at all times".

This is a great opportunity for those across the Nickle Belt, Georgian Bay, Kawarthas, and Eastern Ontario to see a great rolling car show or get up close and personal at the lunch or overnight stops.

The schedule may change. Keep an eye on http://www.greatrace.com/ for any new information and updates. This site also has a wealth of blogs, and information.

Check out:
Great Race Website
Great Race Facebook Site
Sault Ste. Marie MI Tourism Site
Elliot Lake Standard
Sudbury Star
Elliot Lake Standard
Perry Sound Chamber of Commerce
Tourism Barrie
Barry's Bay This Week
Kanata Cruise in for CHEO
Watertown Daily Times
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March 31st 2012
Only A Small Cresta Comes Out Of A Box

 

Doug wanted a Vauxhall PA Cresta from an early age. He could not find one for the longest time. Then in a great wash of fortune several came his way.

None of these cars were, by no means, complete and just in need of restoration. They weren't even the same year. But they all seemed to compliment each other.

Read on....


BSCCoC Niagara No Trailer Queens Run
April 15, 2012

 

C'mon, blow the cobwebs off of and out of your LBC. The Niagara Region members are planning an early spring run, the middle of April. Details at: Niagara Region Forum

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Vauxhall PA Cresta: Jukebox on Wheels
Niagara Region Forum
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March 24th 2012
What is it? Are There More?

Facebook

From Hemmings Listing

From Hemmings Listing

From Hemmings Listing

In the Hemmings ad this is listed as a 1966 Morris Mini-Cooper Lightspeed Roadster/convertible. The ad then goes on to list a bit of history and work done to the car with a picture link, and two video links (video 1 video 2)

Both Alan and I were curious if there were more like it or if it was a one off. He went searching. I google searched "Lightspeed Mini", "Lightspeed Roadster", and any other combination of words in the ad description. All I could come up with was this car in it's sale ads from 2008 or 2009 until now. All getting cheaper as I went back in time.

I was about to give up and figure it was a one off. I did one last google search on "lightspeed magenta" (magenta from the photobucket site). I found the Magenta Register, with a picture of a car that was our car above. From this is the Magenta Register on Facebook. The website has information on the different cars Light Speed Panels Ltd. provided new bodies for. The Facebook site is active with new builds, restorations and activities.

Light Speed Panels built 5 different kits from the early 70s to 1986. The Magenta 1100/1300 is based on the BMC 1100/1300, The LSR (Light Speed Roadster) is based on the Ford Escort, and the Mini Sprint was built on a donated Mini. These were sporty 2 and 2+2 seater sports cars that did get some experience on track and rally courses. The Magenta 1100/1300 was the most numerous, at about 500 kits made. The LSR and Mini Sprint were about 40 and 20 respectively.

The 2 remaining kits were the Magenta Tarragon and Tarragon TXR. These were not sports cars but estate wagons. The Tarragon used mechanicals from an Escort Mk 1 and 2. The TXR, made in the final year of the company, was made for a Capri donor. Production numbers were 35 for the Tarragon and "very few" for the TXR.

Light Speed Panels Ltd. ceased operations in 1986

Now for the answer to, "What is it?".

From communications I had with the Magenta Register Facebook site members Ken Warburton, and Leigh Smith, the car above is a Mini Sprint with an 1100/1300 bonnet. It is one of 20 built.

Check out:
Hemmings ad
Photobucket Site
video 1   video 2
Magenta Register Site
Magenta Register Facebook Site
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March 17th 2012
Drive Me I'm Soused!

 

It is now the high point of St. Patty's week, it is St. Patty's day. Seeing as it is on a Saturday, it may be even more of a bender than normal

Don't drink and drive! You may miss driving this summer. Take a cab, pull an overnighter, have a designated driver!

Have Fun!

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March 10th 2012
Drive Me I'm Irish!

 

It is St. Patrick's Week! Why not? If there can be a "Grey Cup" week, there should be a St. Patty's week!

So, let's raise our Guinness, Harp, Bushmills, Jamesons or whatever to St. Patrick and all that is Irish, including the Shamrock.

Shamrock?

John DeLorean was not the first to attempt to bring automobile manufacturing to Ireland. In 1959 William Curtis tried this with the Shamrock.

Curtis was not an automobile manufacturer but a restaurant equipment manufacturer in California. His motivation was to help bring industry to Ireland, his ancestral home.

The Shamrock was basically a fiberglass body on a ladder frame with Austin A55 mechanicals. It made it through the prototype development to early production, where everything ground to a halt.

Most sources state that only 8 cars were built, while others claim up to 60 were made. You either have no chance at finding one or you have a reasonable chance.

Read all about it!


Jellybean Fall Colours Tour - Official Invite!


Jellybean AutoCrafters




Jellybean AutoCrafters

Jellybean AutoCrafters would like to invite you, your car club and your friends to our annual Fall Colours Tour. Registration is now open so I've attached a few pictures of what you can expect to see and experience on the event.

The 3 day driving adventure covers up to 1100 kilometers (680 miles) of scenic paved roads designed for a great driving experience. While the route can be enjoyed in almost any vehicle we plan it with the classic car enthusiast in mind, choosing enjoyable driving roads that are unknown to most folks and having enough scenic stops to take in the sights while giving time to socialize with other participants. The magnificent hotels and dinner on Saturday evening enhance the relaxing atmosphere of the event.

The $500 per vehicle entrance fee includes 2 people for both nights and dinner for 2 on Saturday evening. We anticipate having a variety of interesting vehicles participate ranging from European & British sports and classics to hotrods and such. We are limiting the event to 60 vehicles with entry preference given to pre 1986 vehicles.

We’ll have the rooms reserved for each night stop so the route will remain unknown to the participants until the day the event starts giving an element of surprise and adventure to the tour.

The event starts on Friday morning September 28, 2012 at our shop in Surrey BC and ends on Sunday September 30, 2012 by mid afternoon.

At this point we have participants coming from Alberta, BC, Washington & California so please feel free to pass this invitation on to anyone whom you think may be interested

Have a great day & hope to hear from you soon

Ewald Penner

Jellybean AutoCrafters
205, 14770 - 64th Avenue
Surrey, BC V3S 1X7
Phn: 604-594-6800
jellybeanautocrafters@telus.net
Registration Form

Check out:
The Shamrock
Cars Magazine May 1960
Jellybean AutoCrafters
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March 4th 2012
2011 Lindsay to Brighton Run TV Debut

Bob Deshane has just brought to my attention that on Saturday March 10th at noon, the TSN television show MOTORING 2012 will air a segment filmed of Little Britain Motor Company’s "LINDSAY TO BRIGHTON RUN" in October 8, 2011. It features a lot of British Cars, great locations and interesting folks.



This year's Lindsay to Brighton Run will be Saturday October 6th. Keep the date open!

March 16 2012

Motoring 2012 Episode 10 March 10 2012
It is in the second half of the show

Check out:
Larry Llewellen's pictures from 2010
Little Britain Motor Co. Facebook Album 2011
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March 3rd 2012
The Story of Annabelle

Doug Frechette

Doug Frechette had empty space. He figured it should be occupied by a car. It was three years through a false start and ended up with a Vanguard from a most unlikely source.

Niagara Chapter Forum

(Artists representation)   

The new Niagara Chapter co-ordinator, Darrell McDonald, has set up a forum for, primarily, contact amongst the members in the chapter. Come by, visit, join up.

Check out:
The Story of Annabelle
Niagara Forum
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February 29th 2012
In honour of Leap Year and Leap Day I bring you a Leaping Austin!

Found On the Internet
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February 25th 2012
Canadian International Auto Show - A Triumphant Display

Tony Fox sent me in some pictures from the Triumph display at the Canadian International Auto Show. I am guessing he was there helping with the set up as there are no crowds of people.

I information on some cars, if you have more send it to me. I also have room for more pictures.

Enjoy!

Check out:
Tony's Pictures
Auto Show
Randy Narine's Flickr set
Steven Vultao's Flickr set
Grant Chen's Picasa Album
Jason Maggiacomo's Picasa Album
Kris Bujold's Picasa Album
Oleg Gorchkov's Picasa Album
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February 18th 2012
Bundle Up!
Prom' des Neiges Classic

The Automobile Club de Nice is one of the oldest car clubs in the world. Being in the south of France, they know motoring in just about any type of car, through any weather, any time of the year.

February 5th and 6th the club had their inaugural running of the Prom' des Neiges Classic. Fifteen cars took place, starting from the Centennial Monument on Promenade des Anglais, in Nice, and ending in the ski village of Valberg. They don't stop for winter.

The cars in the run varied from a rare Hotchkiss AM 80 through to a Triumph Spitfire driver










The Automobile Club de Nice

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Automobile Club de Nice (translated)
Picasa Album
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February 11th 2012
Time Capsule, Arrested Development
or
Alternate Future





Take a Morris Oxford straight from England. Transport it, lock stock, barrel, and tooling to the Hind plant in Uttarpara, West Bengal India. It becomes the Hindustan Landmaster (Oxford MO and Series II) and later the Ambassador (Series III).

From late 40s to the present the Hindustan Landmaster and Ambassador followed the English Oxford evolution up to the Farina redesign. It has stayed the same car since, with only minor styling changes. There was no Farina styling to take the Ambassador in an entirely different direction.

In 2004 Hindustan Motors came out with the Avigo. Again, there was only minor styling changes with the Morris still showing strong. This model is history already.

In the present day Hindustan is competing with many Asian car manufacturers, and falling in market share. A redesign along the lines in the picture below is supposed to keep the Uttapara plant in operation. I still see the Morris in it, at least a bit. Time will tell if this venture is successful.

According to Wikipedia Ambassadors were imported to the United Kingdom in 1993 as the Fullbore Mark 10. The importer went bust very quickly. Hindustans became available in the UK in 2002 from Merlin Garages, an importer in Wales.

Now, you could import one of these babies to Canada, as long as it is 15 years or older. There has been some quirky stuff imported in the last few years. Why not one of these?

Check out:
Hindustan Motors Limited
Wikipedia
Bharath Autos
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February 4th 2012
Another Point of View

I had posted the pictures above to our finds page back in May of 2011. They are of Dror Wassershtain's new project Rover P2 16.

Its a clean rust free car. Britcar people will give it a look over and say they had better or worse. Some may say, "I have a grille for that", or "I need that windscreen." Any one who has seen Dror's Morris 8 will agree that Dror does quality restoration work.

Now for a different point of view.

Scroll up a bit, look at the right side of the pictures above. Notice anything?

You could be forgiven if you did not.

Its a gun carrier. I knew this at the time, but did not think much of it.

Others noticed. Members of the OMVA (Ontario Military Vehicle Association) posted the following thread to their Maple Leaf Up forum.

MLU FORUM MILITARY VEHICLES The Carrier Forum PDA Carrier under a junk pile BSCCoC Finds

Below, in a picture my Father took, is Cfn Maloney in a Bren Gun Carrier at the Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry B ech L.A.D in Korea, 1952. This is very similar to what is next to Dror's Rover in the pictures above.


Fordson Van in Korea, 1951

Seeing as we need something British here, from my dad's pictures is this Fordson 7V van used as a NAAFI canteen in Pusan Korea in 1951. NAAFI is the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes, a patronage of HM the Queen. It brings a bit of home to British, and Commonwealth, forces where ever they are serving in the world.


Every second year our club the Hudson Antique Car Klub presents the Hudson British Car Show in Hudson, Que. This has become the biggest British car show in this part of the country.

This years show is scheduled for Sunday 27 May and as usual will be held in St. Thomas Park in the center of the quaint little village of Hudson just 20 miles west of Montreal.

All though the public is invited and we usually get about 2000 visitors, this show was conceived and is planned as a "car guys" show. We don’t charge a registration fee, there is no pre-registration, once your vehicle is safely parked on the field you return to the registration desk where the first 300 cars to register get a goody bag containing a dash plaque, information package and gifts from our sponsors.

The show grounds are conveniently located in town within easy walking distance of shopping, restaurants, antiques and sight-seeing.

This will be our 6th show, we regularly get about 400 cars. The show field is only open Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:30 PM however for those who would like to make a weekend of it, on Saturday a flea market visit and country road run have been organized, followed by a bar-b-q and evening get-together at the Chateau Du Lac, our local watering hole.

If you might like to stay over-night there are many local B&B’s, motels and hotels and we would be glad to put you in touch with them.

This is a totally volunteer run show. All income generated from our sponsors and the raffle goes towards the expenses incurred in running the show and any money left over is donated to local charities.

Please see www.hudsonantiquecarclub.com For further info, pictures.

Contact us at hudson.british@gmail.com.

Check out:
OMVA
Maple Leaf Up forum
NAAFI
Hudson Antique Car Klub
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February 2nd 2012

Marmota Monax, Weather Prognosticator





Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is the home of Marmot weather forecasting since 1887. At 7:20 AM Punxsutawney Phil is to emerge from his home, gaze about, and determine if his shadow is visible.

In Wiarton, Ontario, Wiarton Willie has been forecasting winter's end for many years. Every few years the Groundhog shadow cabinet looks for the next incarnation of Willie. This is much like Tibetan Monks looking for incarnations of the Dalai Lama.

Shubenacadie Sam lives in the Shubenacadie Provinical Wildlife Park in Shubenacadie Nova Scotia. Because of the Atlantic time zone he and his Cape Breton competitor, Two Rivers Tunnel of Mira River NS are the first to give their learned opinion.

Balzac Billy lives in Balzac Alberta. He holds the fate of southern Albertans in the palm of his... paw.

Remember!
Don't Drive Angry

If you look at Wikipedia's entry for "Groundhog Day", you will find 26 groundhog forecasts for 2011. There is one groundhog I did not notice at Sutton Ontario. Both Sutton Sammy and Wiarton Willy forecast an early spring last year. Tell that to the attendees at Ancaster Flea Market in April. Anyway, here are the forecast for the major Marmots I could find on web this morning.

Punxsutawney Phil Phil saw his shadow, and many more of them. Six more weeks of winter for Pennsylvania. Is this multiplied by the number of extra shadows?
Wiarton Willie No shadow, an early spring coming. We'll see when Ancaster comes around.
Shubenacadie Sam No shadow, an early spring. But isn't spring like winter only warmer?
Two Rivers Tunnel No shadow, an early spring. This guy must be grumpy before his morning coffee. He does not get up 'til 11 AM local. At 11:20, local, he made this prediction in front of somewhere between 70 and 80 onlookers.
Balzac Billy At 8:12 MST this morning Balzac Billy emerged from his burrow and put on his sunglasses, indicating 6 more weeks of winter. I wonder if this is a mixed message. Calgary has not been doing too bad this winter. Sunglasses could mean sunny, sunny weather!

There you have it. There were more than a couple of dozen groundhogs last year, and this morning I found a half dozen more. Search out your own groundhog, hold him, squeeze him, seek medical attention!

Check out:
Wikipedia entry for "Groundhog Day"
Punxsutawney Phil
Wiarton Willie
Shubenacadie Sam
Balzac Billy
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January 28th 2012

One Lady Owner

1959 Anglia Deluxe Saloon
105E, Sunburst Yellow
87,000 Miles

"She was my life line really when you stop to think about it. And here in all these far flung places I got means of moving and I could pack things in to her and be independent.

And, oh no, I liked it, I just liked it."
- Doris Clark

Doris Clark liked her Anglia so much she kept it for 36 years, but after it became too much for her to look after, she gave it away.

Now in the corner of a Sussex barn it waits for restoration.

There are three parts to this episode of the TV show, Classic British Cars. I can find a reference to the show on the IMDB site and a few other references to it in web searches, but no direct link. I am guessing the show has been out of production for some time now.


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Youtube playlist.
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January 21st 2012
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January 14th 2012
Miniatures

Back when I was a kid I loved the hobby show. In the one back hall of the International Centre was the Toronto Society of Model Engineers. These people built scale motors that ran on gas or steam. There were blocks of aluminum, brass, steel and iron carefully machined into components and assembled into machines that were simply beautiful.

They would have the models run on compressed air to display their workings. Steam pistons would drive a flywheel, hardly making a sound. Tappets would tick away as a gas motor was turning over or a governor kicked in to spark a hit and miss engine.


Artus V12 Motor


Chevy


Ford

This is the best of the show. It goes through showing how this little engine was built. Practical Classics posted it to their Facebook page a couple of days ago.


Patelo's Motor

Check out:
Artus Motor-Manufactur
Moyer Made
Toronto Society of Model Engineers
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January 7th 2012
Victoria Island Morris, Little Mo



Hi there, I was reading things on the British Car Club website and you asked for any pictures, maybe you’d like to take a look at our baby.

We have a 1966 Minor 1000 in mint condition, thanks to hours of labour on my and the previous owner’s parts. We live in Saanichton BC and are the talk of the town when we go shopping on sunny days in "Little Mo". It’s a magnet to folks who remember the Morris. It has 56000 miles on the clock and runs like a sewing machine.

I found little "Mo" in North Vancouver with a gent named Doug Herbert, he had owned Mo for 27 years. He advertised on Kijiji where I saw his ad the day he put it on. We went over that weekend and after a check over, we gave him the cash and the following weekend went over and brought Mo home on Totem. That was August 2009. I did quite a bit of work to Mo to bring it to my satisfaction, as you can see by the attached file, now she’s perfect for me. I pop along to the meetings of the BCC on the Pat Bay, but have not joined the club, mainly because I am now retired and free of all the many meetings I had to attend before, so I am reluctant to get hooked up again. I really enjoy the meetings at times and take little Mo to the British Car Show in Beacon Hill Park, where I get swamped with friendly enquirers.

I love that.

We are ex-South Africans and I was an auto/diesel mechanic and worked extensively on these Morrises in the 50’s and 60’s. Everyone had one. Just thought you’d get a kick out of having a look at the little car.

Yours in British cars,
Jack Foster.



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David E. Wood
bsccocwebguy@hotmail.com
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January 1st 2012
Happy New Year!

What can I tell you, its been a great year!

Between Tony's pictures from the Stag Party Weekend, revamping the Business Card section, moving all of the 2011 posts to an archive, and have it work (somewhat), along with my own work I am bushed. I am hitting someone up for lunch at the AGM! :o)

I have always been dissatisfied with the business cards, so I enlarged them. Now they are readable. Some are a bit tatty after being photocopied (from the old days), scanned and re-scanned. I would appreciate it if owners of these cards would check them out, For linking them, I had to type the links and e-mail addresses by hand. The links, themselves are alright, but there may still be typos for the e-mail addresses. There are many cards that could do with replacing, and some have dead links.

Why now? Well, Ian Cox sent me a better copy of his British Car Shop card. Then, Andy Henderson contacted me wanting to promote his business . So, after absolutely no arm twisting of any kind, I ended up with a new member and two new cards. The decision was made, time to revamp.

In addition to that I got Andy to send in a picture or two of his rides. He is a bike guy with a Triumph, a Norton, a BSA, and an Ariel in his stable. Add to that, he lives in a great riding area in Western Alberta.



Tony still has calendars
Contact him at: tonyfox@sympatico.ca
Or mail him at the address in the Oily Rag

It is also time to get your stuff in for the Oily Rag!
Deadline is: Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012

(I had better be getting my stuff in too, sheesh)

Check out:
The Stag Party Weekend 2011 (work in progress)
Member Galleries and Biz Cards
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David E. Wood
bsccocwebguy@hotmail.com
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January 2nd
Ha! I got my stuff in! Whoo Hoo

D.W.




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