October 22nd thru the 24th was the 19th annual British Car show
at the Choo Choo, sponsored and run by the Southern British Car
Club (SBCC) of Chattanooga. Friday afternoon, Charlie and Pat
Bunnell, Denny and Mary Jo Burmeister and Wayne Baker drove their
LBCs down to the show and spent the weekend. Wayne did have to
leave Staurday afternoon, but we think it's because the dessert
table was empty.
Talk about organized - Wow! SBCC had arrangements with the Choo
Choo hotel (the old train station) for all of us to be lodged
in the same hotel building out of the three they have there. And
it was right next to the Grand Central Station building where
the meals and meetings would take place. Our cars were right outside
those buildings in an area being patrolled by guards. It is a
pet friendly hotel and has an enclosed, lit doggie walk/play area.
Friday night was a free meal in Grand Central Station with the
Mid South Concert Band providing music while we ate. Wayne kept
circling the desert table. Later in the evening was the valve
cover racing. Unfortunately there were only 4 racers present.
Saturday morning was free breakfast (donuts and fruit, but Wayne
noticed that the desert table still had some full dishes), wash
your car time, and registration. Then from 10:30 to 1:00 was car
display and judging. All participants voted. Lunch was available
in the Station and Wayne finished off the desert table. At 1:30
there was a 2 hour drive through the mountains around Chattanooga
- we passed on that as we did that on the way in and were going
to do it on the way out. After that was awards and in the evening
we had dinner on the river boat Southern Belle.
There were a total of 96 or 110 cars-I heard both numbers. There
were 4 in Charlie & Pat's class (MG TD 1952 & 1953), 2
in Denny and Mary Jo's class (A-H 3000, w/side curtains), and
2 in Wayne's class (MG A). There were lots of MG Bs and more than
a couple of Triumphs.
Charlie and Pat's MG TD took first place in Class.