Below are the results of some hard work performed by Mr. John Hubbard of Alabama, U.S.A.. His accomplishment will certainly give our old British cars some notoriety.
The letters from the North Alabama British Motoring Society to Mayors and County Commissioners in our area have been successful in producing official proclamations of Drive Your British Car Week and also, media coverage for the event and our club.
We have proclamations from the Mayors of Decatur, Huntsville, and Madison, Alabama, and from the Chairmen of the County Commissions of Morgan and Madison Counties (Alabama). The Decatur/Morgan County proclamations resulted in an article in the Decatur Daily (newspaper), the Madison (city) proclamation resulted in an article in the Madison County Record (newspaper), the Huntsville/Madison County proclamations are in an article in the Huntsville Times (newspaper), and the Huntsville proclamation will be covered by Channel 31 News (television). In addition, The Redstone Rocket (newspaper on & about Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) is doing a photo/article because several of our members are employed on Redstone Arsenal at NASA or related activities.
Needless to say, I am quite pleased with all this response and recommend that others try it in their locales.
John Hubbard (email@example.com)
Below is the text of the Decatur proclamation, which is fairly typical of all five:
City of Decatur Office of the Mayor Proclamation
WHEREAS, the North Alabama British Motoring Society is a recognized and respected organization in the City of Decatur and all of North Alabama; and
WHEREAS, the purpose of this society is to bring back pleasant memories of the days when MGs, Jaguars, Triumphs, Austin-Healeys, Morgans, and a host of other Little British Cars first promoted motoring as a fun and worthwhile American pastime; and
WHEREAS, the purpose of this society is to share the joy of restoring and driving British Sports cars, provide information, and inspire others to undertake a restoration of vintage vehicles;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Julian Price, Mayor of the City of Decatur, Alabama, do hereby proclaim the week of MAY 24-39, 1999, as DRIVE YOUR BRITISH CAR WEEK in our community, and do further call upon all citizens of Decatur to join me in recognizing the North Alabama British Motoring Society and salute their members for providing a nostalgic glimpse of days gone by.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused this seal to be affixed at Decatur, Morgan County, Alabama."
It is signed by the Mayor and attested by the City Clerk, and dated May 3, 1999.
Alabama update: (6-22-99)
John Hubbard writes:
The proclamations here in North Alabama stirred up a good bit of publicity, and having club members get their cars ready for photo shoots, etc., really got them fired up about DYBCW. Our local British car specialty shop, Jack's Toy Store, saw a remarkable surge in business as people scrambled to get their cars ready to roll. I think that even more publicity can be had next year. We certainly can get PSAs on the local radio stations (I just did not think of that this time), and probably fewer proclamations done jointly by city/county combinations, but with better organized media coverage. Maybe car clubs across the state could even get the Governor to issue a proclamation!