The 17th Annual British Car Week will take place during May 25 through June 2, 2013. We will also be celebrating the 2nd Annual British Car Week National Meet that will take place during May 29 through June 2, 2013 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. This was a great success last year, and there are a
lot of great British Car activities planned at the national event this year. You can learn more by going to the British Car
Week Events Page that is linked off of the main page. Be sure to mark your calendars! While you're at it, please help us promote these events by notifying your British
car clubs so they can participate by helping us spread the word about British Car Week and the classic British car hobby.
new to British Car Week, here's a little bit of history....
The idea came about during the early spring of 1997 after reading an article
written by Road & Track columnist, Peter Egan (Side Glances), in the March, 1997 issue or Road & Track Magazine, titled "Seldom
Peter writes in his article about his trip to the Dentist's office, which spawned a conversation about cars. While sitting
in the Dentist chair with his mouth full of gauze, the doctor commented that he hadn't seen a Porsche 356 on the road in years.
the remainder of his time in the dentist's chair Peter couldn't speak, so he had plenty of time to sit with his eyes closed and ponder
about that comment. So he asked himself the same question.... "When was the last time I saw a Porsche 356 on the road?"
quite a few at organized car events, vintage races at Elkhart Lake, Mid Ohio, and Monterey, but noted that once he got more than 25
miles away from those landmark events, most of the old cars seemed to evaporate into thin air.
The exception was Southern California,
where he used to live, where on any Saturday or Sunday, he could hang around by the Pacific Coast Highway or Mulholland Drive and
watch the traffic go by. He would see one of almost everything in a given hour's time, from Cobras, Speedsters, '32 high-boy roadsters,
to MGA's, TC's, E-Types, and Woodie wagons. Porsche 356 coupes? They were everywhere! Peter continues to tell us in his story that
the last time he spotted a 356 Porsche on the road was in 1976.
As a response to Mr. Peter Egan's story, birth came to British Car
Week during that very same spring of 1997. This very first successful British Car Week began as an earnest attempt to help create
interest among enthusiastic British car owners, who would pull together to help generate awareness of older model British cars in
their home town environment. Car owners and entire clubs came together to make it a success.
Since then, British Car Week has been
an ongoing, annual opportunity for all classic car owners to get together with other classic car owners in their own communities,
regardless of geographical origins, and share stories, answer questions, and display their cars among those who rarely get a chance
to learn about and appreciate them. Whether it's a church parking lot, town square, local restaurant, pub, park, shopping mall, or
car rally, the intent is to get these cars out of their hiding places and into public view.
There's no mistaking, historic British
cars are a special breed of automobiles that have played an important role of shaping automobile design as we know it today. Even
though they have characteristics that are not easily replicated, car manufacturers of today are constantly struggling to create the
same kind of excitement that British car designers of the past were able to accomplish so naturally without the use of modern technologies.
With each passing year, their history, design features, racing pedigree, and even their idiosyncrasies become increasingly appreciated.
This appreciation is especially true for those who experience these cars for the very first time. Once bitten by the British car hobby
bug, these newly born enthusiasts begin buying books, magazines, regalia, cars and parts, and anything else they can get their hands
on to fulfill their yearning for British car fun. They soon become an integral support that helps keep the hobby thriving for many
enjoyable years to come. If these cars are tucked away in a dark corner of a garage, this scenario will never happen.
So if you're
the owner of a British car, grab your goggles and driving gloves, and be sure to top off your dashpots! It's time to have some fun!
If you're not the owner of a British car...maybe it's time you join us! See you on the road....
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