GBBCC 2012 Christmas Gala - December 11th 2012

Our Christmas Gala was held at the Blue Mountain Golf and Country Club in Collingwood and 90 members attended the Gala. After a lovely social reception, we sat down to a delicious turkey dinner provided by the Georgian Manor, who are the caterers at Blue Mountain G&CC.  Wayne Buttery played wonderful background music during the reception and dinner and then played great dance music that allowed several members to show off their wonderful dancing prowess.

Members brought donations for the local Salvation Army Food Bank and we held a raffle draw for a bottle of local Collingwood Rye (given by Fred & Edna Terry) and two baskets (given by Brian Cullingford). GBBCC donated $225 in cash as well as a large quantity of food to the Food Bank.

Everyone agreed that it was a great event and should be repeated in future years.

Adopt-A-Highway Fall Cleanup - October 21st

Well, it was cool, dry, and a bit windy, but we had eighteen GBBCC members attend our Fall highway clean-up event. At our wrap-up meeting after the cleanup, the usual suspects created wonderful and far reaching stories vaguely pertaining to some ordinary piece of litter that they found. Many thanks to the story tellers – you should all be on the stage!

The following members were in attendance; Brian & Cindy Bailey, Harry Drover, Dwight & Sonja Dyson, Jim & Pam Giblon, Ralph Kertcher, Bob Mills, Bob Muir, Don Godfrey, Hannah Plante, Peter Smith, Tom Schutte, Jim Spruce, Graeme Wallace, and Bill & Sharon Rogers

GBBCC Ear Muff Cruise - October 14th

Eric Taylor led a very successful Ear Muff run that attracted 27 people with eight British cars braving the elements - remember, they were born in wet Britain. Two MGBs arrived with tops down but quickly put them up just before the rains came.  There was a great collection of “ear muffs” – please see the photo gallery below. We had a lovely hour long drive along the top of the escarpment and through the Beaver Valley, ending up at Bridges Tavern in Thornbury. Some of the Fall colours were spectacular.


Fred and Edna Terry joined us for lunch and they were presented a gift of a wooden carved “Blue Jay” decoy made by Jim Harkness who is near Stayner. They are moving to Port Hope to live closer to one of their family.  The "Ear Muff" trophy went to our surprise participant, "The Stig".

GBBCC Annual BBQ - September 23rd

The annual BBQ was held at Paul & Tina Shaw's horse barn near Collingwood Airport, where we enjoyed the comforts of being sheltered from the elements.

31 GBBCC members showed up and enjoyed themselves.  Joe MacDonald did a great job of cooking the hamburgers and hot dogs and we enjoyed the wonderful selection of salads and desserts brought by everyone.

Most members brought their British vehicles and we parked them inside the barn


Many thanks to Paul & Tina Shaw for hosting this very enjoyable event.

"Gathering of the Classics" Edenvale Aerodrome - September 22nd

Despite the cold weather many classic planes and cars came to Edenvale. The hot coffee and freshly made pancakes were very popular.

GBBCC was very well represented with more than twenty members:  Brian Betty, Brian Bailey, Russ Bullock, George Christie, Dick Clark, Wayne Clute, Alex Faitynek, Jim Giblon, Ralph Kertcher, Joe MacDonald and Jean, Bud MCCannell, Bob Muir, Les Robson, Paul and Martina Shaw, Jim Spruce, Ken Stephenson, Peter and Ann Smith, and Graeme Wallace.  Sorry if I missed anyone.

There were a few Triumph Spitfires and MGBs celebrating their 50th anniversaries and Toronto Triumph Club's Don Johnston from Barrie won the Best of Show "Imports" prize with his spotless Spitfire. 

George Christie's beautiful 1950 Studebaker Land Cruiser recently won First prize in the Concurs d'Elegance at the 48th annual meet of the Studebaker Drivers Club held in South Bend, Indiana

British Car Day - September 15th

British Car Day (BCD) again was a great success with another year of wonderful weather – well done Toronto Triumph Club (TTC). Many members of GBBCC travelled down to Bronte Park in various different convoys. Allan Lewis led the way in his fully loaded Spitfire, leaving Singhampton just after 5:00am, followed an hour later by George Christie, Jamie Forsyth and Graeme Wallace. Many members met in Shelburne and two convoys made their way south to Bronte, arriving about 10:30am.


50th Anniversaries were celebrated by the TTC with Triumph Spitfires, MG Car Club of Toronto with the MGB in an great curved display, and Lotus with the Elan.  There must have been at least 1,050 British cars at the show.  There was at least 26 GBBCC family members who attended BCD this year - well done.

GBBCC was represented in the BCD Awards by Don Grimwood, who came second in the Triumph Spitfire 1961 to 1973 class and Rick Crawford, who was second in the Triumph TR6 chrome bumper 1969 to 1973 class.

Morgan Sports Car Club - September 7th, 8th & 9th

The Morgan Sports Car Club stayed at the Royal Harbour Resort in Thornbury and started the weekend on Friday evening with a “Noggin & Natter”, followed by dinner at the Dam Pub.


Saturday was a very wet and miserable day but Eric Taylor gallantly led the Morgans on a cruise through our wonderful country roads to Coffin Ridge Winery, ending at Montanas in Owen Sound for lunch.  Many of the Morgan owners dressed for the rain but some still got soaking wet.


Tom Hall brought a change of weather for his cruise on Sunday which took us through the picturesque scenery of the Beaver Valley, visiting the Ravenna general store for their butter tarts, Lake Eugenia and the Eugenia Falls. The cruise ended at Ted’s Range Road Diner for lunch before the Morgans departed for their journey home.


It was a great visit despite the rains on Saturday and we look forward to welcoming them all again in the future.

Copper Kettle Classics Creemore - Saturday August 25th‏

We had a great turn out for this function which took place in Creemore. Some members met at Tim’s in Collingwood, and convoyed to the festival, while others made their own way direct.  There were at least 18 members there.


The weather was perfect (albeit too hot in the direct sun) and lots of brew and food were consumed. A great time was had by all.


Members attending (please excuse if we have missed anyone): Brian Bailey, Ken Bickerton, Wayne Clute, Paul Egan, Alex Faltynek, Jim Giblin, Ralph Kertcher, Joe MacDonald, Dorothee-Anne McLean, Norm Redpath, Bill Rogers, Tom Schutte, Jim Spruce, Ken Stephenson, Eric Taylor, Doug Teddiman, Fred Terry and Graeme Wallace.

The Honey House Cruise & BBQ - August 16th 2012

Brian Wootton led us on a lovely one hour cruise thru the Beaver Valley to Clarksburg where we had a tour of the Honey House. Kerri took us thru the honey making process & give us time to look thru their wonderful retail outlet for their own honey, beeswax candles and products of the hive.


We then drove to the new Thornbury Yacht Club pavillion at the harbour, where we enjoyed a lovely BBQ.  Many thanks to Brian and Laurie Wootton

6th Annual Bill North Memorial Fun Rally - July 22nd 2012

Hello Everyone


Many thanks to Graeme and my wife Sharon for assistance in putting this new “Photo Scavenger” type of rally together. Judging from the excitement and enthusiasm from those who participated, the format seems to be one to be used in the future.


We were hoping for a greater turnout, but it was quite evident that you ‘rallyers’ who did attend, had a wonderful time.  The following is a list of participants by car number:

  1)  Jim Spruce and his sister Irene

  2)  Ken McNay

  3)  Ken and Shannon Stephenson

  4)  Harry and Cathy de Ruiter

  5)  Fred Terry and Ralph Kertcher

  6)  Sharon North and Dave Smalley

  7)  Brian and Cindy Bailey

  8)  Tim and Mary North


There was a possibility of 60 points for a perfect score for the three categories in the rally. The winners and runners up this year are, as follows:

  1.  Sharon North and Dave Smalley

  2.  Harry and Cathy de Ruiter

  3.  Ken and Shannon Stephenson


An honorable mention goes to Ken McNay, who covered the rally route in his TR6 in less than two hours without a navigator! He obtained most of the photos required, with a very good score, all by himself!   I am already planning the rally for next year.


Cheers,   Bill

Well done, Bill. Thank you from all participants

Elmvale to Bala Cruise - July 14 2012

The turnout was outstanding and 19 cars and 33 driver/passengers left Elmvale at 10 am en route to Bala in Muskoka on a beautiful sunny, if slightly overcast day. The roads were shaded and lightly travelled. We had an interim stop at the Trent-Severn waterway where the facilities were slightly limited but we managed to depart in order to make the the next stage - 31 kms of curvy, windy, twisty roads which did not disappoint. Traffic was light, conditions were perfect and, many drivers reported they would do that section of road again.


After lunch in Bala, the group departed for a quick run through the Wahta Mohawk reserve, being careful to watch the 70 km speed limit, followed by a short run down the 400 then onto the twisty Big Chute road which brought the group to the marine railway early afternoon.  Some enjoyed a presentation on this interesting facility while others sought refuge from the blistering sun - kudos to Cindy Bailey who had a swim in the refreshing waters.


We then drove to Wyebridge with a brief stop en route at Severn Falls to replenish body fluids.  There was a somewhat disappointing situation upon our arrival at Mad Michael's restaurant, when it was revealed they had run out of draught beer (questionable management to be sure).  Fortunately, they had the bottled stuff. However the company of the group was excellent, the food, and ambiance was good, service not bad once the menu commitment was admitted.


A passing 1978 MGB from Penatang stopped to look at our cars and the owner came in to meet some of us.  He told us that he obtained the B a couple of years ago from an aunt and it had less than 15,000 original kms on the odometer.


18 slightly sunburned participants enjoyed the finale of this long, but wonderful day of cruising.  

"Brits in the Village" - May 26th 2012

The “Brits in the Village” car show in the village plaza at Blue Mountain was a great success with 57 British cars on display. The weather was very kind to us and we had 35 members of GBBCC and 22 guests at the show. Various British marquees of cars were represented:


Austin, Austin Healey, Damiler, Jaguar, Jensen, Lotus, MG, Rolls Royce, Rover, Triumph, and TVR.

"Brits in the Village" May 26th 2012 - Photo Gallery by Nicole Kertcher's Friend

"Brits in the Village" May 26th 2012 - Photo Gallery by Bill Rogers

"Brits in the Village" May 26th 2012 - Photo Gallery by Doug French

"Bloomin Brits" Show & Shine May 14th 2012

Bloomin Brits” Show & Shine.  On May 14th, it was a lovely evening and our members brought their British vehicles to show them off to fellow members.  There were a record 37 vehicles on display.  Later Bob Yule, President of the Southern Ontario Austin Healey club gave a presentation about his AutoFarm company, followed by many wonderful photos of a tour of Northern England and Scotland last year by six members of the Southern Ontario Austin Healey club who shipped their vehicles over to Liverpool for the tour.

Adopt-A-Highway Spring Clean-Up April 29th 2012 - With a bright sun, cloudless sky and a light breeze out of the north-west, 22 members (plus Fred Terry) attended our Spring 2012 highway clean-up. The most interesting item found in the ditches was the ten dollar bill ($10.00) found by Ken McNay. Other members found somewhat uninteresting items, but, with intense imagination they were able to fabricate clever stories involving the items.


All attending appeared to have a wonderful time out in the fresh air and they did a wonderful job of cleaning the highway.


The following is a list of those who attended; Cindy & Brian Bailey, Cathy & Harry de Ruiter, Harry Drover, Sonja & Dwight Dyson, Paul Egan, Lora Gibson & Dick Clark, Don Godfrey, Paul Green, Barbara & Andy Hims, Ralph Kertcher, Tom Hughes, Ron McCann, Ken McNay, Sharon Rogers & Bill Rogers, Tom Schutte, Fred Terry (group photo only), and Graeme Wallace.  Click on the following link to view more photos.


Many thanks to Bill Rogers, who continues to organize this event.


Ancaster British Car Show & Flea Market – April 22nd  Some GBBCC members were led by Graeme from Collingwood to Shelburne to met Brian Wootton, who then led the group on a very enjoyable route to Ancaster. GBBCC members were; Graeme Wallace (MGB), George Christie (Spitfire), Bud McCannell (MGB), Don Godfrey (MGB) & Brian Betty, Bob Mills (MG TD top down) & Richard Rood, Peter & Ann Smith (regular vehicle), Wayne Clute (TR6), Mike O’Rourke (Jaguar XKE), Ron & Rosemary McCann (regular vehicle), and Brian Wotton who took a ride from Bud. We met several GBBCC members at the event, including Phil Hall, Peter Johnson, Bob Muir, Harry de Ruiter, Bill Rogers, Ralph Kertcher, as well as many friends from various other car clubs. Despite it being cold, this was a very successful event.

Bob Mills & Richard Rood
Six GBBCC members stopped for lunch, en route home

APRIL 10th MEETING - Bill Rogers informed and entertained over 40 members and guests in the Timber Room at Swiss Chalet, talking about his favourite subject – TVR. He covered the history of the auto manufacturer from the early days when the company was started by TreVoR Wilkinson and brought us through the years up to present day.  The audience then learned about how Bill got involved with the brand, and also learned about the cars he owns, or has owned.


One member was noted as saying that the presentation was well–crafted, and contained a good mixture of humour, private thoughts, and technical facts.  For those who could not attend the meeting and have a laptop and a screen, Bill advises that for a glass (or bottle) of cabernet sauvignon, he would gladly run the presentation again.

----- TVR factory in Blackpool -----
Parts ID Quiz

March 12th Meeting -  Dwight Dyson lead us with a wonderful quiz to identify twenty various automobile parts from different vehicles. Brian Wootton finally beat Les Robson when they tied scores at the end of the Parts ID competition.


The Car Trivia was a team event and the winners were Jim Giblon, Jim Spruce, Don Grimwood and Doug Teddiman after they had tied with Allan Lewis, Russ Bullock, Brian Cullingford and Tom Hall.


A most enjoyable evening - well done Dwight.


Oldest Running Car Fetches $4.62M at RM Auction in Hershey, Pennsylvania

October 10 2011 by Motoring Staff


This is the oldest motor vehicle car in the world that still runs. It was built one year before Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler invented the internal combustion engine.


The world's oldest running motor vehicle has been sold at auction for an astonishing $4.62 million, more than double the pre-sale estimate, as two bidders chased the price up in a three-minute bidding war.


See article and photos in Gallery section, submitted by Harry Drover - thank you.

What has happened at GBBCC

- See Past Events for more details

Tuesday, Dec. 6th - The GBBCC Christmas Party was a great success.  Over fifty members had a very social time at Kelsey's with good finger food, a slideshow of photos from 2011 events, and the Salvation Army food drive.  Many thanks to our sponsors who donated many door prizes for our members:  

  •    Cullingford Motors
  •    Jonna’s Interiors
  •    Swiss Chalet
  •    Ideal Supply
  •    Carquest Auto Parts Thornbury
  •    Carquest Auto Parts Collingwood
  •    Krown Rust Control
  •    Apple Auto Glass
  •    McKee Tire
  •    TVR Car Club
  •    McKee Muffler
  •    Peninsula Import
  •    Gabriele Photography
Santa's Elves decorating the Tree
Some of the Food Bank donations
Loading our donations into the Salvation Army van

Nov. 14th General Meeting at Swiss Chalet.  35 members attended our regular monthly meeting followed by a movie featuring “Victory by Design – Aston Martin

Oct. 11th General Meeting was held with a record number of 22 “Show & Shine” cars on display.  At our meeting, Jonna Chalmers showed some impressive photos of her father racing in early days in Denmark, no seat belts, fiery crashes and a lack of safety standards.

Oct. 16th Ear Muff Run was well attended with 9 cars, led by Graeme (filling in for Eric Taylor). The wonderful scenic route ended up at the Admiral's Post.  The winning participant was Ms. Wilheminia Rogers (see photo below).

Oct. 23rd Adopt-A-Highway Fall Cleanup saw a beautiful fall day and about 21 picker-uppers enjoying their collection tasks.

"Snoopy Went to Reno & is Now Home"


Please check the article about our members Bob & Lynn Mills “Snoopy Went to Reno”.


They travelled from Collingwood, Ontario in their 1953 MG TD to attend the MG 2011 event in Reno, Nevada,then up the West Coast to Victoria and Vancouver, then Home - a total of nearly 14,000 kms.