2018 Past Events & Photos
June 16th – Cruise to Micro Cars
Jim Spruce led a very interesting trip to see the Annual Micro Car Gathering near Coldwater. As well as 4 members of GBBCC, we were joined by Barney Gaylord and his son Elliot. Barney is better known by his other name - “The MGA Guru”. He and his son are in the 4th year of a cross North America road trip with their 1958 MGA and trailer.
They have covered over 150,000 miles in the process, with a mission to help MG owners across the continent through visiting every British Car Club they can, where there is some interest in MG’s, and sharing both their knowledge and through hands on repair work. Having sold their house in Chicago 3 years ago, they then set off in their MGA. They attend Car Club meetings whenever they can, or alternatively drop in on events - today it was our turn to have them join our cruise. From our discussion it seems that the two men essentially live in the MGA, with McDonalds being a favoured respite spot. You can find out more information from their web site:
Apparently this has had well over 1 million site visits since it was first started.
Our visit to the micro cars, which was truly captivating - with over 20 micro cars present, including a Bond Bug, NSU Prinz, Heinkel, Isetta, BMW and Messerschmitt micro cars and a beautiful tiny French Rolax roadster, as well as 2 visiting Polish saloon cars built in the 1970’s but looking as if they were straight from the 50’s. As well as the Bond Bug there was also a Frogeye Sprite to satisfy the British contingent, and a number of newer Japanese K cars, including a Nissan Figaro and various Hondas and Suzukis. All of the owners were very enthusiastic - with some having 6 or more cars (which is understandable given that they take up so little garage space). They were most welcoming and pleased to see us there.
After the visit, we motored to the Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church, which is a National Historic Site, dating back to 1849. This unique property was built by Black Settlers on the first section of land set aside for a regiment of Blacks - “The Coloured Corps” after the war of 1812.
We then proceeded to Craighurst for lunch, followed by a swift visit to Chelsea Chocolates where we all bought handmade Belgian chocolates and truffles.
All told this was a great event - hopefully to be repeated next year with a more significant GBBCC turnout
May 22 – Western Cruise - Thornbury
25 members enjoyed probably the shortest cruise ever undertaken by the GBBCC – a total of 0.3 kms from the harbour at Thornbury to Maiolo’s restaurant!
Unfortunately the weather was very poor - little visibility, damp and cold.
Mike offered the group 3 options:
- full planned tour
- shortened tour
- or an immediate retirement to the restaurant
Option 3 won out.
After the obligatory group photograph, with those members willing to get out of their cars, we drove up the hill out of the harbour and then parked outside Maiolo's. Things were much better inside the restaurant, where the group enjoyed an evening of camaraderie and supper.
Mike is planning to try again in August - hopefully when the weather is better!
East Cruise – May 8th 2018
Bob Tremble led some 12 cars on a very interesting cruise. Starting in Collingwood and collecting a couple of vehicles in Elmvale, we drove to Body by Biggs, near Coldwater. This is a very impressive high end, auto restoration company that has been in business for some 30 years.
After the tour, the group then sampled some goodies at Hewitt’s Farm before going on great driving back roads to Big Chute Falls and then to Queens Quay British Pub in Victoria Harbour for lunch. Some of the group then visited Tom Haubert’s great collection of Austin Healeys. A great day’s outing – well done Bob and Janet.
Spring Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup – May 6th 2018
Bill Rogers led another successful Adopt-A-Highway cleanup. Some 20 GBBCC members came out for the Spring cleanup and all went well, except for one pair of wet feet (Dick Clark). TVR provided the three lovely gift bags.
Monthly General Meeting - March 12th 2018
Doug Simpson was presented with the amazing President’s Trophy by Mike. Two new members were introduced to the meeting. Graeme gave a detailed walk-through of our GBBCC website showing members how to navigate the various sections. There is a wealth of information on the website and members are encouraged to use it more frequently as well as to submit things to Graeme for adding to it.
Bill Rogers outlined the new British Car Enthusiast Award which has been established by the British Car Council. The award recognizes a club member who exemplifies the spirit of what it means to be a British Car enthusiast and very supportive member of the car club. The Executive selected Brian Bailey as our 2017 recipient of this award.
Bill proceeded to speak to Brian’s history as a car and racing enthusiast in general, and in particular his love of the Sunbeam Alpine roadster through the years since his first purchase in 1961. His first vehicle in the UK was a 1957 Morris Minor, which he often drove from his home in Blackpool to Greenock in Scotland. He moved to Canada in 1961 and purchased his first red Sunbeam Alpine - 1600cc engine. He used that vehicle in many car rallies and also took up marshalling at Mosport. He converted his Alpine for racing and, with the number 22 on his car started racing at Harewood Acres - he has many racing stories to tell! He stopped racing in 1967. In later years he purchased a red 1967 Alpine which he drove until 2017 until deteriorating eyesight forced him to stop driving. His Alpine is going to a car museum in Hamilton in the spring, for all to see and enjoy
Bill then gave us an interesting walk down memory lane with his British Auto News about the Austin Sheerline, produced in England between 1947 and 1954.
AGM & Monthly General Meeting - February 12th 2018
Bill Rogers, acting as Chair welcomed our guest speaker, OPP Constable John Gee He answered a wide variety of member’s questions from front licence plates, seat belts, travelling in convoy, distracted driving dashboard cameras, accident reporting, fastest driver caught, etc.
There was a moment of silence in honour of Tom Schutte, who recently passed away.
Our annual AGM took place and the new Executive committee was elected, as follows:
Past President - Mike Arkless
President - Doug Simpson
Treasurer - Eric Taylor
Secretary - Andy Hims
Membership – Joe Bimblich
Regalia & Public Relations – Peter Turton
Director – Bob Tremble
Director – Bill Rogers
Director & Webmaster – Graeme Wallace
After the AGM, Bill Rogers gave a very interesting short show-and-tell presentation on the Toronto Police Force – his father was a member from 1921 to 1964.
After the regular meeting agenda items, the monthly meeting ended.
Monthly General Meeting - January 8th 2018
Our monthly meeting featured an excellent pressentation by Bob Mills on his visit to the US Vintage National Champoinship races in Austin, Texas in November 2017. There were 432 cars in attendance in 14 categories and Bob showed many photos and videos of the cars in the pits and racing around the circuit, with amazing engine sounds.
Ken McNay provided details of a GPS speedometer that he has fitted to his 1976 Triumph TR6 - see Classic Automative Innovations
Bill Rogers gave us another of his very good British Auto News sections, this time featuring the Nash-Metropolitan car produced in the 1950s at the Austin plant at Longbridge (Birmingham).