The 31st Annual British Car Day
Sunday, September 21st, 2014
Bronte Provincial Park
About British Car Day
British Car Day© is hosted annually by the Toronto Triumph Club, on the third Sunday of September. Since its inaugural event in 1984, it has grown in leaps and bounds, and now draws over 1,000 British cars and 8,000 spectators, with room to grow even bigger. British Car Day© is open to vintage, classic and current British manufactured vehicles, including motorcycles. The event is the largest, one-day, all-British car event in North America, with visitors from Ontario, the northeast United States, the Maritime provinces, Quebec, and Manitoba, representing membership in 100 British car clubs. However, you do not need to be a member of a car club to participate. Over the years, we have even had visitors from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Texas, the UK, and New Zealand.
The venue for British Car Day© is Bronte Creek Provincial Park, about 20 miles west of downtown Toronto, conveniently located at the Burloak Drive exit off the Queen Elizabeth Way. The south entrance is for non-British cars & spectators, while the north entrance is reserved for British car exhibitors and vendors.
Every year one of the most popular destinations at British Car Day© is the Vendor Village area. Over 60 British-related vendors offer their new and used goods for sale, including car parts, complete cars, t-shirts, hats, tools, books, supplies, and so on. Many vendors offer end-of-season specials, so there are lots of bargains to be had and great food is available from the many food vendors on site.
Another popular destination is 'Sponsor Street' where our valued sponsors demonstrate their products and services. The Guild of Automotive Restorers, Mini Canada, Crescent Oil, Budds' Fine Cars (Jaguar & Land Rover), Auto Glym, Oakville Tourism and Lant/Hagerty Insurance are among our current sponsors, the list of which is growing every year.
Access & Times
Show cars gain access to the park via the north maintenance/service entrance, at the bend where Burloak Drive becomes Upper Middle Road, from 8:00am onwards. The spectator gates open at 9:00am and Participant's Choice judging begins in earnest. The judging wraps up at 1:00pm and the awards ceremony begins around 2:00pm.
Last year, there were well over 1,000 vehicles, in 52 classes of cars, commercial vehicles, and motorcycles, running the whole range of British automobile marques from Austin to Westfield with model names from Anglia to Zephyr, and everything in between. The organizers encourage everyone to bring along their British cars, whether they be current model cars, daily drivers, partially restored cars or projects-in-progress, to line up with the many classic and concours-class cars in the appropriate marque and model class. British Car Day© is the opportunity everyone looks forward to, to chat, to scrutinize, and to plan for next year. It's a car show but it is also a big, end of season, social event.
Notable British car anniversaries in 2014 include the Triumph Gloria Southern Cross (1934), the Jaguar XK140 and Austin Westminster (1954), the Sunbeam Tiger, Austin 1800, TVR/Griffith 200 and Mini Moke (1964) and the Triumph 2000TC and TR7 (1974). In addition, the Rover Car Company was founded 110 years ago this year, the MG Car Company 90 years ago, and Jensen Motors and Jaguar 80 years ago. The last Triumph left the factory 30 years ago in 1984.
The featured anniversary marques and models at British Car Day 2014 are the Jaguar XK140 and Austin Westminster (60 years), Sunbeam Tiger (50 years) and Triumph TR7 (40 years).
New for this year
You'll see a new and improved look to British Car Day© this year and our BCD Programme will be printed as part of our club's magazine "Ragtop" and will be FREE to all registered car owners. FAST LANE registrants will receive it at the main gate, "pay-on-the-day" British car owners will receive theirs when they register at the registration building. Spectators will be able to purchase a copy as they arrive for only $4. This will include a map of the BCD area, a history of our featured cars, interesting facts, a list of vendors and companies advertising a full range of classic car parts, products and services.
The executive and members of the Toronto Triumph Club, together with the organizing committee for British Car Day©, look forward to welcoming you to the 31st show! If you aren’t currently the owner of a classic British car, we hope the cars you see on the field at BCD or read about in the Programme will inspire you to become involved in this amazing hobby.
We still need volunteers for Saturday, September 20th - start time is 9:00AM, with pizza and pop by 1:00PM. On Sunday, September 21st, we need people in two shifts to greet over 1,000 show cars, register and marshall them as well as people to man the computers. Early risers are needed to greet and marshall the vendors. Early risers will start at 6:30AM and should be done by 10:00AM. First shift volunteers are needed from 7:45AM to 11:15AM. Second shift volunteers are needed from 10:30AM until about 2:00PM. Finally, we need people to put away all of the equipment after the show. This should take no more than an hour and a half if we can muster a small army. Commemorative T-shirts and lunch will be provided to all Sunday volunteers. Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Ron Etty, or 905-547-2419.
The Charlie Conquergood Memorial Award
Charlie Conquergood was a friend to all and a staunch supporter of the Toronto Triumph Club and British Car Day. Charlie passed away on March 9, 2009 from cancer.
He was always there to help and happy to do so. He never complained and most of all was well known and loved by many people throughout our hobby. Over the years he touched the hearts - and cars - of many.
Charlie took on many roles within the TTC including a term as President. He was instrumental in developing and computerising the master plan for the lay out of the various marques and models and vendor stalls at British Car Day and for many years would personally be involved in the laying out of the field on the Saturday morning before BCD.
Each year, his friends at the Toronto Triumph Club award a special commemorative plaque in recognition of Charlie’s passing and his unreserved devotion to his wife Sandy, his family and faithful Triumph Spitfire 'Gumby'.
The recipient of the award is decided by the Executive Committee of the TTC and their decision is based on members who have demonstrated a similar devotion and dedication to the Club and as a reflection of the life values and spirit of friendship, which Charlie Conquergood always shared with us.
At the 30th British Car Day, the Charlie Conquergood Award was presented to long-time members, Robert & Dorothy Corbin, from New York. Despite the distance, they attend almost every Spring Fling, Canadian Classic and are very active volunteers at British Car Day every year. Congratulations to Bob & Dot from all of your many friends at the TTC!
British Invasion Weekend
For special "British" events in the Oakville area over the weekend, please click on the poster below!