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 1000 British cars and 8,000 spectators, with room to grow even bigger. The event is the largest, one-day, all-British car event in North America, with visitors from throughout the northeast United States, the Maritime provinces, Quebec, and Manitoba. We have even had visitors from Alberta, 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 & vendors.
Every year one of the most popular destinations at British Car Day is the Vendors' 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.
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 10:00am and Participant's Choice judging begins in earnest. The judging wraps up 1:00pm and the awards ceremony begins about 2:00pm. Last year, there were well over 1000 vehicles, in 52 classes of cars, commercial vehicles, and motorcycles, running the whole range from Mini to Rolls-Royce, from Austin to Zephyr and everything in between. Many people bring their daily drivers, or projects-in-progress, just to line up with the many concours-class cars in their class. This is the opportunity everyone looks forward to, to chat, to scrutinize, and plan for next year. It's a car show and it's also a big end of season social event.
The 30th Annual British Car Day in 2013 will celebrate the 60th Anniversaries of the Triumph TR2, MGTF and Austin Healey 100. There will be examples of each in special displays on the field. Not represented, but celebrating 90 years, is the Triumph 10/20, Triumph's first production car.
The Toronto Triumph Club, organizers of British Car Day, looks forward to welcoming you to our 30th show!
Our 30th Show now in the History Books!
The 30th British Car Day is now in the history books, and what a day it was!
Once again it didn't rain on British Car Day (well, not until 5pm!) and over 1000 cars poured into Bronte Park to help celebrate the 30th presentation of the show. An amazing and diverse selection of British automobilia was on display and the "Vendor Village" and "Sponsor Street", were full to capacity all day long.
An awesome display thrilled spectators at 12 noon when the Great War Flying Museum from Brampton put on a mock dogfight in their WWI replica aircraft. Something really special for our 30th BCD celebration. A stiff breeze prevented our planned hot air balloon rides from taking off, and for safety reasons it was packed away for the day. We hope to have them try again in 2014!
The winners list will be posted here soon (watch for a link appearing bottom left) and we want to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone who won an award (we handed out 156!).
A big thank you to everyone for coming and to our hard working volunteers and amazing sponsors!
See you at our 31st British Car Day, Sunday, September 21st, 2014!
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!