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Christmas Gala on December 6th 2016
Some 60+ GBBCC members gathered at the Blue Mountain Golf Club for our annual Christmas Gala. Doug Simpson was a fine MC for the evening and we had a very good dinner.
There were several door prizes including bottles of wine and some lovely Christmas baskets kindly donated to the club by Brian Cullingford. Wayne Buttery provided excellent background music and after our meal, he played good dancing music.
It was a most enjoyable evening and our GBBCC members provided generous donations to The Salvation Army Food Bank, including $485 in cash donations. Many thanks to Bill Rogers, who took the following photos of us enjoying ourselves.
Ear Muff Run – Sunday, October 23rd 2016
Doug Simpson was the leader for our annual Ear Muff run and GBBCC members in twelve British cars met at the old Foodland parking lot in Thornbury. Doug led the group on a very scenic drive of about an hour and a half, ending at The Corner Bistro in Thornbury where we were joined by a few more members for an enjoyable lunch in the private room.
Doug awarded the Ear Muff trophy to Nancy and Don Godfrey for their leafy headgear. It should be noted that Harry de Ruiter did an excellent job of upgrading the trophy, so that additional winners can be added to it. The last driving event for this calendar year was a great success.
On leaving the restaurant, an old DeLorean vehicle was spotted on a trailer, parked on one of the back streets of Thornbury.
Fall Colours Cruise – Thursday, October 13th 2016
A large contingent of members gathered in the parking lot of the Galaxy Cinemas but, out of the 14 vehicles, only four were British. Although the weather was not great, the drive through the Pretty River valley and the fall colours were magnificent.
The sun did try to show itself a few times and the brilliant colours of leaves glistened with the rain drops. We then drove to Glen Huron and down Hwy 124 and across through Honeywood in Mulmur Township. This brought us out to Airport Road, down to 20 Sideroad that took us to the Terra Nova Public House. This Fall Colours route will be posted on our GBBCC website for possible future use.
27 of us sat down to a lovely lunch washed down with a variety of liquids.
“GBBCC Memories of Fred Terry” – Friday, October 7th 2016
31 of us met behind Tim Horton's in Collingwood and had a lovely drive through the Pretty River valley with great Fall colours, ending at Myler & Loreta's restaurant. We were joined by Fred's family (Edna, Christopher and Vicky) who drove up from Port Hope.
We had an enjoyable early supper there and Fred's son Christopher gave a very good speech about his Dad. Graeme presented Edna with a Photobook (see copy below) consisting of over 50 photos of Fred and Edna taking part in many car club events, some dating back to 2006.
33rd Annual British Car Day
Sunday, September 18th 2016
GBBCC was well represented at British Car Day with the following five members on the 2016 Car Show Winners’ list:
1st Triumph Spitfire 1974-81 Don & Judy Johnson
2nd Triumph Stag Robin Searle
3rd Austin Healey 100 Mk1 Tom Haubert
3rd MGB GT Tom Hall
3rd TVR Bill Rogers
Congratulations and well done
A Day at the Track, September 6th 2016 - leader Eric Taylor
On another of this summer's hot sunny days 14 members and friends gathered at the Wasaga 500 Go-Kart Track to test their skills on the mile long track. Some drivers displayed considerable skill and we all enjoyed dicing on the twisty course. While no winner was identified, the event leader probably qualified for the title of "Captain Slow". All agreed that it was a lot of fun and we should possibly make it an annual event. After the track, many of us cooled off with lunch and a beverage at Yammas Grill in Wasaga Beach.
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.
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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.
Why not bring your partner and enjoy supper in this fine restaurant before our meeting. Come early (before 6:00 pm) and
let them know you are with the car club. There are food and drink specials between 5 & 7 pm.
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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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