This year's Spring Fling was hosted brilliantly by Keith and Chris Stewart in London Ontario. Centred at the Ivey Spencer Conference Centre some 48 MGs and Triumphs enjoyed a wonderful weekend including a trip to RM Restorations in Blenheim where the car show took place and car buffs had a chance to enjoy a tour of the RM premises.
This was our first official drive of the year on some of the nicest back-roads along the Oakville Moraine and the Niagara Escarpment northwestward towards the Campbellville area with a lunch stop at the Risposta Bistro in Campbellville. After lunch we wended our way southwards to Rattlesnake Point hill climb course to Oakville. 17 cars were on the drive including a colourful collection of 8 TR6, 3 Spitfire, 2 Stag, 1 TR4A, 1 TR8, 1 TR250 and a Jag XJ6.
What a beautiful day it was!
On Sunday morning a group of 10 cars including 9 Triumph and 1 Bristol headed out along the by-ways of north Oakville, Burlington, Nassagaweya and Milton to a rest stop and coffee break at the Trail Eatery in Campbellville. Our onward journey took us down the legendary Rattlesnake Hillclimb course as we wended our way back to our starting point at the Tim Horton's at Postridge Dr. What an excellent drive it was - great route Terence!
The 33rd running of British Car Day at Bronte Provincial Park was held on Sunday, September 18, 2016
The weather was fantastic, the Black Forest Inn was great ... I’m not sure how many other restaurants would have coped with 52 people so readily, the roads were good (with the exception of 1.5 miles of dirt road) and Gord’s car collection was magnificent!
Thanks to Alex McLeod for organizing a superb Canadian Classic weekend in Peterborough. Stay tuned for an article coming up in the Fall edition of Ragtop. Here are some pics in no particular order.
A beautiful weekend in Prince Edward County with lots of wonderful Triumphs and MGs on display. Triumph award winners included Jamie Broad (TR8), Frank DeCarlo (TR3), Paul Boyd (TR6), Chris Stewart (TR6), Robin Searle (Stag), Peter May (TR6), Steve Wilkie (TR7), Merle Cole (TR3) and Dave Sims (TR250).
For the first Toronto Triumph Club event of the year we did something completely different - went bowling, which was quite a hoot!.
On Sunday Terence led 3 TR6, 2 Stag, 2 GT6, 2TR4A, 1 Spitfire and a TR250 on a spectacular drive through the fall foliage along the Niagara Escarpment in the Burlington-Ancaster-Hamilton area. We were joined by Dan Proudfoot in his Porsche 911SC ... and we may see an article in the Globe and Mail Drive section with his impressions ... stay tuned! We lunched in Ancaster, prior to which a number of our group left to visit the Rockton British Car Meet. We returned to Oakville via south Hamilton, Burlington Beach and the lift bridge to Lakeshore Road through Burlington. A great day out, if a little chilly ... and it's probably our last "official" drive of the year. Here are a few pics.
Cheers; Dave Sims - President Toronto Triumph Club
A fantastic day which broke all records for attendance... 1097 cars! Lots of rare beauties, many never seen at BCD before. Thank you to everyone who came and made the day so memorable.
All photos by Michael Cleland.
Thanks to everyone who attended and supported our 32nd British Car Day, On Saturday we completed the set up just before the rains came and Sunday was a spectacular warm and sunny day ... just like BCD is supposed to be! Numbers were up substantially from last year (our first wet year ever) with 1,097 show cars, over 50 sponsors and vendors and around 9,000 people in attendance. I've never seen the field look so busy, vibrant and colourful in the sunshine as it did this year. What a great day and hopefully some of these photos will capture some of the essence of BCD. Please book your calendars for Sunday 18th September 2016.
Some more of my photos!
Terence McKillen and I (Dave Sims) had the pleasure of attending Cobble Beach courtesy of VIP passes kindly given to us by Dave Lambert of AutoGlym. We had a vey good day! Hopefully I've captured some of the splendour with these photos.
The Saturday drive via Glen Williams in beautiful weather brought out a wonderful array of Triumphs – 1 each of Spitfire, GT6, TR6, TR4A, TR250 and 2 Stags. A huge thank you to Terence for his usual excellent choice of route and to Svea for putting on such a great feast for lunch.
Keith and Chris Stewart organized a superb event. The hotel, food, drives, excursion to Steve Plunkett's Estate, trivia contest, banquet and of course the cars were excellent. Even the weather cooperated and we had a grand time meeting up with our TTC friends.
Initial estimates were that there were over 400 LBCs in attendance. It was great to have a chance to chat with lots of TTC friends in lovely Port Perry and while our club did not retain the Nigel Shiftright award we did our best. The MG Car Club beat us this year … bring on 2016 so we can win it back! A number of our members won Peoples’ Choice awards in the 4 Triumph categories including Don and Judy Johnson in their Spitfire, Lyal Moffat, Lombardi Fausto and Paul Boyd with their TR6s and Larry Llewellyn in Miss Penny Lane. Congratulations to you all!
5 Spitfire, 1 GT6, 8 TR6, 1 TR250, 2 TR4A and 1TR8 followed a scenic route from SW Burlington to our lunch stop at The trail Eatery in Campbellville via Snake Road and Kilbride. After lunch we traversed down Rattlesnake Hill Climb (see Summer edition of Ragtop) and completed our journey at theTrafalgar and Dundas Tim's. Good weather, good drive and good company! Thanks to Terence McKillen for organizing. 75 miles was like a "walk in the park" after the Lake Erie circumnavigation!
Taking us through 1 Province and 4 States 1 TR3A, 2 TR4As, 1 TR250, 3 Stags, 4 Spitfires, 1 GT6, 2TR7s, 2 TR8s, 10 TR6s, as well as a Jag, Ford and Toyota travelled well over 750 miles to circumnavigate Lake Erie in 4 days. We made it!