The British Are Coming
Writer / JJ Kaplan
Zionsville will soon be home turf to an invasion of British automobiles on August 2 for the 26th annual Indy British Motor Day. This one-day event at Lions Park, hosted by the Indiana British Car Union, will showcase a bevy of British beauties. Included will be MG, Triumph, DeLorean, Lotus, TVR, Riley, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Singer, Jaguar, Mini Cooper and more. The only thing missing will be fish and chips!
Each year the club decides to feature a particular Marque automobile to highlight. This year’s car is the famous DeLorean. According to volunteer Greg Albers, “We expect about 10 DeLoreans from across the Midwest.” These sleek machines boast a stainless steel body with doors that ascend into the air. These cars still seem light years ahead of their time.
Awards are by popular vote from all the entrants, including Best of Show, Best of Class, Excellence in Class, and specialty trophies. Classes are by Marque and Model with four pre-registered cars needed to create a voting class. There are also classes for Masters, Featured Marque and Motorcycles. There will be drawings throughout the day for the entrants, featuring nice automotive-related prizes.
Feast your eyes on these beautiful cars from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Lions Park on August 2. While there is no admission fee to bring your family, there is a registration fee if you would like to display your British vehicle as an entrant.
Another event sponsored by the Indiana British Car Union is the London to Brighton Run fun drive, which ran this year on June 28. The original London to Brighton Run in England celebrated the raising of the speed limit to 14 mph with the Locomotives on Highways Act of 1896 (14 mph being the estimated speed of a horse being driven furiously). Today, the Indiana British Car Union celebrates this event with a drive challenging drivers and passengers to seek clues along a scenic drive with a dinner and fun awards at the conclusion.
For more information about British Motor Day or the London to Brighton Run, visit the Indiana British Car Union at ibcu.org.