2017 Past Events & Photos
Christmas Gala - December 12th, 2017
Despite the wintery road conditions, 65 GBBCC members bravely drove to Blue Mountain Golf and Country Club to attend our annual Christmas Gala. "Burger Bob" and the golf club staff did a great job of providing a delicious Christmas dinner.
This social occasion was enjoyed by everyone and many members joined in with dancing to the wonderful music of Wayne Buttery. Our members generously donated a large amount of food and some money for the Collingwood Salvation Army Food Bank - see our web page:
It was a great start to the Christmas holidays.
Ear Muff Cruise – November 15th 2017
Fifteen hardy members plus a guest enjoyed a rather late in the year, Ear Muff Run. Led by Mike Arkless, the group drove from Thornbury to Elsie’s diner in Owen Sound. Another three members joined us for lunch, where we enjoyed some excellent food and service. Although the weather was quite miserable, three British Cars (all Jaguars) took part in the drive, with other members using their regular cars.
MS Stig and Jean Claude - aka Sharon and Bill Rogers drove off with the award for best Ear Muff costumes.
Adopt-A-Highway Fall Cleanup – October 1st 2017
With what started off to be cool and windy morning, the day turned out to be a very nice, Autumn day. Fifteen members, (one on the disabled list), turned out to carry out our community commitment of picking up trash in the Grey County Adopt-a-Highway program on our designated section of Grey Road 2, which we have been doing since 2006.
Many thanks to all of you (see below) for taking time from your busy schedule to suit up in the reflective vests and rubber gloves to carry out our commitment.
Barrie Hill Farm – September 26th 2017
Jim Spruce, together with 3 other members, led a drive to the Barrie Hill Farms complex, starting at Sunnidale Corners on September 26th. All enjoyed the scenic tour, the sunshine and shopping for fresh farm produce.
After filling up with fruit and vegetables, the group then drove on to Linda’s restaurant for a hearty lunch - very good food, service and value, and well worth stopping there if you feel hungry on the way back from Toronto!
Thanks to Jim for setting up the drive.
Pop Up Run – September 6th 2017
15 members with a total of 9 cars enjoyed an afternoon drive to the beautiful village of Creemore, organized at short notice by Mike Arkless, as an informal and impromptu event.
With the help of George Christie, we explored some wonderful driving roads along the Pretty River, through to Singhampton and then to Creemore where the members enjoyed a variety of activities - including shopping, a visit to a cafe and a pub.
Five members joined a tasting and guided tour of the Creemore Brewery. This is highly recommended for anyone who has not enjoyed this experience before - well worth the hour that we spent there.
We were joined on the drive by two new GBBCC members, David and Lisa Philp with their recently acquired MGB roadster.
GBBCC Annual BBQ - August 13th 2017
Creemore Valley Classics - July 15th 2017
6th Annual Hockley Valley Hill Climb Reunion – July 6th 2017
Mike Arkless led 7 cars to the Hockley Valley Hill Climb reunion event this year, with 13 members and one guest in attendance. The weather was kind and we enjoyed a comfortable drive down, after meeting at the usual gathering area behind the Tim Horton’s in Collingwood.
After a get together with cars and drivers from other clubs, including Headwaters BCC, who were the event organizers, at the Hockley Village Store (excellent ginger biscuits BTW), we drove to the “hill”. We all arrived eventually - even those who were led astray by Graeme who decided to try an alternative route and explore some local unmade roads!
Everyone made it safely to the top of the hill, with no repeat of last year’s challenge of vehicles coming down the hill as participants attempted to drive up!
Most of the group called in at the Terra Nova Public House on the way home where we enjoyed some hospitality on the patio, in glorious sunshine. A good day was had by all.
Canada Day Parade - July 1st 2017
Manitoulin Tour June 14 to 16, 2017 by Brian Wootton
What a great cruise to Manitoulin Island! The weather was next to perfect….rained once while we were boarding the ferry and making the crossing…..only to have the sun
reappear upon our arrival in South Baymouth, Manitoulin.
The Island provides great cruising with paved roads, unique villages 30 minutes down the road and ready access to a variety of restaurants and pubs. Our travels took us through towns with names like M’Chigeeng, Kagawong, Tehkummah and Mindemoya while providing a greater appreciation for the First Nations history and culture.
The accommodations in Gore Bay at the Queens Inn were first class.
The camaraderie among the participants was excellent; the sundowner tradition continued…..all had great fun.
Caledon, Headwaters British Car Club - June 10th 2017
We had an excellent attendance of some sixty British cars of varying models and vintages, gathered at the Blue Mountains Village for our annual GBBCC ”Brits in the Village” car show. Thanks to the Blue Mountain Village Association and Blue Mountain Resorts, we had about 35 cars displayed in the main Events Plaza and 25 cars at the Lift Plaza. This provided plenty of space to let people wander around the cars and speak to the owners. A newly married couple even had their photo (see below) taken in one of our cars. We were well supported by the Headwaters British Car Club who brought eleven vehicles to our show. We manned a GBBCC information booth to let the public ask questions about the cars and our club. We were very fortunate to have great weather on Saturday and we feel it was our best show ever.
Creemore Vintage Festival - May 27th 2017
Adopt-A-Highway 2017 Spring Cleanup – May 14th 2017
Despite the cleanup being postponed by one week due to bad weather, we had a fine day to get out and pick up garbage, before Mother’s Day Brunch.
Bill and Sharon Rogers again did an excellent job of planning the whole event. We truly thank all of you for taking time from your busy schedule to help out with this important Community program and for taking the opportunity to spend time with other GBBCC members.
The following wonderful people took part in the cleanup; Gillian and Mike Arkless, Cindy and Brian Bailey, Joe Bimblich and Henny Bakker, Harry Bunker and Alison Postma, Pam and Jim Giblin, Andy Hims, Ken McNay, Bill and Sharon Rogers, Tom Schutte, Kate and Doug Simpson, Jim Spruce (who travelled all the way from Barrie), Peter Turton, Olav Vanderzon, and Graeme Wallace