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SW British Auto Classic 2013

Fine weather greeted British car enthusiast on Sunday 7th April as 90 “pommy car” travelled south and presented their cars for display at the Railway Reserve, Busselton. The big range of makes and models on display shows that the old cars we grew up with will be around for a long time to come. Cars travelled from as far as Perth, south to Augusta and Nannup and all towns in between.

The “best car’ as voted by the viewing public was a 1932 Alvis Speed 20 belonging to Roger and Christine Fry of Rolystone. It really was a beautifully restored and well presented car. The car a make not known to a lot of Australians due to its few numbers in Australia attracted a huge amount of attention and was a runaway winner in the People’s Choice award.

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Above: “People’s Choice” winner of the SWBAC 2013

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A display to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rover P6 attracted six cars, a bit of a disappointment in only a small number turning up. The club had a wealth of information to give the viewers and was able to send anyone with a question away happy and well informed. The best P6 on the day was won by Arthur and Shelia Patton with their P6B with club president Brian Skinner’s P6B a close second.

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When attending events like the SWBAC you always come across a car that you have only read about but have never seen, this year was no different and a car that attracted a lot of attention and the owner a lot of questions was an Austin Metropolitan. From talking to visitors as well as car owners only about five people could ever remember seeing one of these cars before.

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A British car day would not be complete without the cars that continue to be in every body’s memory when they think of English cars, they being the MG and Jaguars, in which there was plenty to see on the day. The MG was very well represented with around 14 cars turning up TC’s, MGA’s and MGB’s The Jaguar not to out done also had a large number attending, ranging from the E type to the more modern models.

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Also on display were a few Lotus open tour cars, again very popular with the public, especially with the young ones. I think the warm weather had a lot to do with them turning up as we have battled to get one at earlier events.

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So far I have only mentioned the posh cars or the fancy cars that turned up, but there was a good range of other cars on show that many have either owned or knew someone that did when they were young such as the Morris Minor, Ford Prefect, Austin, Triumph and course a range of Rovers.

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All in a good day was had by all (we hope) and hopefully next year we will be able to pick another fine day to encourage car owners back.

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SW British Auto Classic 2012

Rain did not deter British car enthusiast on Sunday as 90 cars braved the early rain and presented their cars for display at the Railway Reserve, Busselton. The big range of makes and models on display shows that the old cars we grew up with will be around for a long time to come. Cars travelled from as far as Perth, south to Augusta and Nannup and all towns in between.

The “best car’ as voted by the viewing public was a early Vauxhall belonging to Les Power of North Lakes, Perth. It really was a beautifully restored and well presented car. Runners up were an E type Jaguar and a very nice two door Cortina. Before everybody emails to tell me that it was a Ford and not a British car, remember that like many Australian Fords they had their design and first production in England and many British Fords were exported to Australia.

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Above: “People’s Choice” winner of the SWBAC

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A display to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MGB sports cat put together by Julia Parkes of Busselton attracted ten cars, this was a great effort considering that they are open touring cars and people would have had to travel in the early rain to get there. Julia had a wealth of information to give the viewers and was able to send anyone with a question away happy and well informed.

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Of course no British car day could be complete without the inclusion of the Jaguars and the Rovers, yes that also means the Land Rover. The selection of these two makes from the late forties models to the modern was all on show. A good display of the series one Land Rover up to the last of the Rover cars was represented, Graham Dobson’s 2005, Rover 75 being the last model Rover car to be sold in Australia.

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Also on display were several kit cars, these cars are copies of old cars in fibreglass and fitted with modern running gear, companies such as JBA have been producing model kits in the UK for over twenty five years, while not a model in their own right they still represent a section of the British automobile industry. Two kit cars were on show on the day a JBA from Capel and a “C” Jaguar type from Nannup.

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All in a good day was had by all (we hope) and hopefully next year we will be able to pick a fine day to encourage car owners back. This is the last year that the show will be at the Railway reserve as the Council is developing Signal Park near the jetty for all future car shows.

 

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