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September 18, 2016

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BCD is an Open Event
written by Terence McKillen

Participation at BCD is open to any British manufactured vehicle regardless of membership in a British car club. Owners are encouraged to bring along their British cars, whether they be current model cars, daily drivers, partially restored cars, projects-in-progress or concours level models. The only stipulation is that your car is British or that is was manufactured and/or designed in the UK.


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written by Terence McKillen

The 33rd Annual British Car Day will be held on Sunday, September 18th, 2016 at 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 well 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.

Vendor Village

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. In 2016, Crescent Oil, Budds' Fine Cars (Jaguar & Land Rover), Auto Glym, Oakville Tourism, Exotic Motorworks, Lant/Hagerty Insurance and Edward Jones are among our 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 & Best of Show judging begins in earnest. The judging wraps up at 1:00pm and the awards ceremony begins at 2:00pm. Some cars attend from a long distance away, so they may leave the show early to make it home before dark. Best to plan to be at the show as early as possible so as not to miss any of the amazing vehicles on display.

56 Classes
BCD comprises 56 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.

Featured Models 2016

Notable British car anniversaries in 2016 include the MG TA Midget & Triumph Vitesse (80 years), Triumph 1800 Roadster (70 years), Morris Minor 1000 (60 years), Triumph GT6, Triumph Vitesse II & Jensen Interceptor (50 years), Aston Martin Lagonda, Ford Fiesta, Lotus Esprit & Rover SD1 (40 years), Rover 800 (30 years).

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 33rd

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 32nd British Car Day, the Charlie Conquergood Award was presented to long-time members, Wayne and Debbie McGill, of Oakville. Wayne's membership number is in the single digits recording his early participation, and he and Debbie attend almost every club event and are/have been active volunteers at British Car Day and many other club events. Congratulations to Wayne and Debbie from all of your many friends at the TTC!


In 2014, the British Car Day© committee hired a professional photographer to capture the event for our show marketing and club magazine use.

Robin Leworthy-Wilson, who owns Aerial Promotions of Dundas, Ontario, recorded the hard work our amazing volunteers put into the show every year, both during set-up on Saturday and on the big day itself. Even though it rained, until mid-morning, for the first time in 30 years, Robin carried on shooting and caught some very dramatic shots of the cars arriving and our volunteers happily going about their duties.

Robin has made these amazing photos available to anyone who would like a memento of their day. You can buy just one image, multiple images, have them framed or put onto canvas to hang in your den or garage. You can even produce a book or greetings cards!

You can view the photos (all 1301 of them!) HERE .

There's also a VIDEO on YouTube

The photos are available only through Presentitphotos and Aerial Promotions. The Toronto Triumph Club and British Car Day© have no financial interest in the sale of the photographs, we provide this opportunity purely as a "Thank You" to our many volunteers, attending car owners, and anyone else interested in our show.

Please Enjoy!

Media Coverage
2014 BCD
written by David Fidler

Great article on the "Driving" website HERE


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