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August 27th Copper Kettle, Creemore
Ten GBBCC members met behind Tim Horton’s on First Street in Collingwood and Bill Rogers led us on a short, scenic drive to Creemore, arriving about 9:30 am. Several other GBBCC members joined us en route and a couple more met us in Creemore. It was a very good day and a few of us stayed to surprise Bill and Chris Johnson for their 50th wedding anniversary celebrations put on by their two sons, Geoff and Kevin.
August 14th – GBBCC BBQ
The annual BBQ was held on Sunday 14 August at LionCrest, home of Kate and Doug Simpson. In spite of some dodgy weather the days prior, Sunday was nice and dry, and the bit of cloud cover kept the temperature pleasant. The Rotary Club of Thornbury Clarksburg again did a special job with the meal. Thank you Guys!
38 members and guests were in attendance. Brian Wootton was the emcee and acted as Chief Judge for the GBBCC Olympic game (aka Corn Hole). Gold medal winners were Anne Smith and Don Godfrey. Congratulations! All in all, a great day.
Many thanks to Kate and Doug for hosting our BBQ again.
August 11th - Stayner Music, Market & Parkit
Two Triumphs and one MGB from GBBCC made it to the Stayner Music, Market & Parkit (Clute, Hurst & Murphy). The market was busy and the Georgian Sound band drew a large crowd.
August 8th - Boot Challenge
It was a beautiful evening with a record number of members in attendance at our Show & Shine for this year’s Boot Challenge hosted by Dwight Dyson. Dwight prepared a list of items that he would expect to find in the "Boots" of the British cars in attendance. Each participating member studied the list, and then searched their boots for the required objects.
Throughout the evening we were fascinated to see what in fact the various boots contained, and were further interested to see inside the boot of John White’s Rolls Royce as well as Mike Donovan’s tools and parts storage in the front doors of his Jaguar.
Competition was tough with a number of members pleading with Dwight for points, while he tabulated their scores. In the end, it was a tie between Doug Teddiman and Ken McNay and after a short period of time, the judge declared Doug the winner. A presentation was made to Doug later, during the Monthly General Meeting.
August 7th - Brits on the
Lake Port Perry
Attending the show from GBBCC and travelling in a packet were Bill and Chris Johnson, Gerry and Kathy Murphy and leader Jim Armstrong and son Rob. Traveling on their own were Paul Shaw and Tom Hall each in their British cars. The weather couldn't be any better as it was sunny and warm (but not hot) with a cooling breeze coming in off Lake Scugog. The route we followed started at Craighurst (Horseshoe Valley Rd and Hwy #93) and travelled south to Dalston where we turned south east and followed County Rd #11 to Orillia where we married up with Hwy#12 and followed Hwy#12 through to Port Perry.
Because we were a little late arriving the premium parking spots had been occupied which left us with parking at the back end of the show.
The car judging was really a peoples choice selection with all sorts of categories by brand marques and year of model. Selection was really a monumental task for all. This year, as in past years our members have brought home the awards. For 2016 the First in Class award was won by Paul Shaw. Congrats to Paul and his XJS Jaguar.
Here are a few shots of some of the British cars and the pipers.
August 6th - Gathering of the Classics (Edenvale)
Over a dozen cars gathered at Sunningdale Corner early on Saturday for the short drive, led by Mike Arkless, to the Edenvale airfield, where the Club, as usual, had its own prime parking area, close to the flight line.
The annual gathering of the classics is one of the largest fly-ins in Canada.
As the day unfolded more cars joined our group and at its peak 25 or so British Cars were assembled by the Club.
This event combines the best of aviation and classic cars - both North American and European in flavour, and there was a good turnout of lots of interesting machinery.
There were well over 100 vintage and classic cars on display and over 180 aircraft were in attendance, including vintage, classics and ex-military. A newcomer this year on the aircraft front was a Czechoslovakian L-29 Delfin jet trainer from the Cold War era, which is now based at the airfield.
The weather was kind this year so all told a great run out, and this continues to be a firm favourite on the events calendar.
July 23rd - Huronia Cruise
It was an absolutely fantastic day. High blue sky, hot and the waters of the bay were sparkling. Eleven cars left the start point at 10:30 am, and wound their way through Allenwood, Waverly, Vasey and Fesserton to Waubaushene. There we stopped for 10 minutes for ice cream or coffee. Unfortunately, we lost the Woottons at this time as their Austin Healy was overheating so they returned home, safely, I am pleased to report.
Next, we proceeded to Honey Harbour via Port Severn. A short stop at the Delawanna Inn property to enjoy the sun and boaters. We found a couple of winding roads on the way back to Port Severn to let it out a bit.
A two hour stop at 1:00 pm at Port Severn allowed time for a nice lunch and visit to the locks. We resumed at 3:00 pm and headed west to Penetanguishene and a shady drive through Awenda Provincial Park. Unfortunately, Tom and Anne Schutte experienced a gear box malfunction. Tom, skillfully nursed his MGB, stuck in 3rd gear, all the way home to Collingwood.
A decision was made to abort the rest of the planned cruise so that we could accompany Tom and Anne safely back. So, Tiny Beaches will have to wait until the next time.
Nevertheless, we arrived back at Wasaga Beach at the planned 5:00 pm finish time.
I would like to thank Bob Crossan and my wife Jonna Chalmers for their assistance in planning this cruise and Brian Bailey for accompanying me in my MGB. Jonna and a friend took the Jaguar and enjoyed the a/c.
July 12 - 14th Twenty Valley Wine Tour
Five British cars departed early on Tuesday, July 12th from the “old” Foodland store parking lot in Thornbury, for a rather hot drive to the Stoney Creek Battlefield Park, where we had an enjoyable picnic lunch in the shade. Half the group walked up the hill to the monument for a lovely view of the area. After lunch, we continued to the Ramada Beacon hotel overlooking Lake Ontario. We checked in and relaxed before going out for dinner at a local establishment in Jordan Village. For a nightcap, we adjourned for a Scottish libation, which is fast becoming an intrinsic pastime on these tours.
On Wednesday after breakfast, we set off to visit various wineries. First was Flat Rock Cellars, then Westcott Vineyards and we had a very enjoyable lunch in a lovely setting at the Vineland Estate Winery. We sampled a couple of wines named after Kevin O’Leary (they were okay and we did not have to spit the samples into spittoons!) After lunch, we visited Malivoire Winery and ended our tour at the new Red Stone Winery which had only been open for a year. We were most impressed with the buildings of each winery and it was obvious that a lot of capital had been spent. All of our members spent their cash wisely also, and many a bottle found their way into the cars! We followed this up with an enjoyable evening meal in the Beacon hotel
Next day, one of our group set off immediately after breakfast to drive to Stratford to meet up with other car club members to see a matinee show, “A Chorus Line”. The rest of the group visited nearby Ball’s Falls - both the Upper and the Lower Falls were very dry, before returning home to arrive late in the afternoon.
This was a most enjoyable trip, well planned and organized by Brian and Laurie Wootton - very well done. Many thanks.
July 7th Stayner Music, Market and Parkit
Paul Hurst and Wayne Clute organized our attendance at Thursday evening’s Music, Market and Parkit event in Stayner. On a lovely evening, we had six GBBCC members who ate supper, shopped at the local farmers’ market and then listened to the Regal Jazz Band, featuring our own Bob Muir on the trombone. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and wonderful evening - many thanks Paul and Wayne.
July 7th - Hockley Valley Hill Climb Reunion 2016
5 cars departed from Tim
Horton’s in Collingwood, just before 9.00am for a drive to the 5th Historic Hockley Valley Hill Climb Reunion. We met up with like-minded enthusiasts driving other British sports cars from the
Headwaters British Car Club, to enjoy an informal run up the dirt road which was used for hill climbs back in the late 50’s and early 60’s.
We lost one MGB on the run down due to overheating, but picked up an E-Type Jaguar by way of replacement along the way and met Graeme and his MGB there (still with its top up). Despite the very high temperatures all the cars made it up the hill unscathed (despite an errant Honda interfering with Bill’s TVR and a waste truck coming down the hill just as Mike and Gillian were getting into their stride with the Morgan on the faster section).
Afterwards, the GBBCC team headed off to Terra Nova where we enjoyed our lunch prior to us all making our own way home.
Again our car club were key supporters of the event - hopefully next year there will be more certainty and earlier notification of the event beforehand so that we can have even more cars in attendance.
At our General Meeting on March 14th, 2016, Bill Rogers presented the President’s Trophy to our new President, Mike Arkless. Mike then presented Bill and Sharon Rogers with an Honorary Life Membership in grateful recognition of their excellent service to the success of our Club from 2006 to 2016
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GBBCC will be holding its monthly meetings in the upstairs room at The Huron Club, 94 Pine Street, corner of 2nd Street, Collingwood.
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Please check our Past Cruise Routes under Past GBBCC Events
This section of the website will contain details, including some maps of cruise routes that GBBCC has taken in the past few years so that our members may use them for planning future cruises for their own enjoyment or to make it easy for you to pick one and volunteer to lead a club cruise.
It is recommended that these routes be driven prior to leading a cruise to ensure roads are in good condition and are not under construction.
thanks to Ralph Kertcher who has re-created these routes for our website.
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