Friday, April 11, 2014

Hemmings Motor News Reports on BCF 2013

The May 2014 issue of Hemmings Motor News carried an article featuring the 2013 British Car Festival. The two-page spread included a write up by Executive Editor Richard Lentinello and numerous photos from the event.

Details in the article about the community of Fairhope, past cars shown at the event and dates for the 2014 event were included as well. I recommend that you purchase a copy from your favorite bookstore or newsstand, but if you can't wait, the nice folks from Hemmings have an excerpt from the feature that you can browse here.

British Car Festival 2014 Venue Change

After three successful years on the South Lawn of Faulkner State Community College in downtown Fairhope, 2014's British Car Festival is on the move. 

Last year Dr. John L. Borum, the college's chancellor shared the plans for development of the South Lawn. He told show officials that the school was to build a pavilion, restrooms and an attractive wall around the perimeter of the field. He stressed that he was doing his best to schedule the construction so that the festival would not be affected. It turns out that circumstances will not allow the site to be finished in time for the show. 

Site committee members reacted quickly and approached Fairhope United Methodist Church - the site of last year's Friday evening welcome party - about moving the show to their lovely church campus. The church leadership graciously agreed and British Car Festival has a site directly across the street from the college venue. 

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The church site is shaded by old-growth oak trees and the show site is a mixture of well-maintained asphalt and fine gravel. There is a gourmet class barbeque pit near the site as well as restrooms and a dining hall open to the event. It is one block further south from downtown Fairhope so access to the shops and galleries will be just as convenient. 

SABCC is looking forward to another fine British Car Festival on October 25th as we celebrate the musical "British Invasion" of 1964 and the fiftieth anniversary of the introduction of Sunbeam's V8 powered Tiger.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Movement to Ban Jaguar E-Types

A mothers movement has been established to remove the classic Jaguar E-Type from the nation's highways because it resembles a phallus. Wendy Bouffant, 41 of Dallas, Texas is a mother of three teenage daughters who was horrified to see what she calls, "a shocking resemblance between that car and the male sexual organ." 

Wendy Bouffant
Ms. Bouffant's crusade began last year on April 1 when she and her daughters happened upon a group of Jaguars parked outside a high-end restaurant in downtown Dallas. "We stopped on the way in to admire these old cars - they were all parked right at the front door - when my oldest daughter, Kaylee- she's 17, saw a long sports car and mentioned how much she liked its looks. I looked over at the car she was talking about and saw her running her finger down the fender of it and I was just dumbstruck," she said. "I was almost screaming at her to get away from it and don't touch things like that."

Ms. Bouffant's cries were overheard by the maitre d' who rushed outside to offer his assistance. Upon hearing of the cause for her distress, he explained that these cars were owned by some of his most loyal customers and, having known them for many years, could vouch for their impeccable taste and community standing. Thoroughly nonplussed, Ms. Bouffant gathered up her daughters and left the parking lot, shielding her 13 year-old's eyes from the sight of the sports car that upset her sense of propriety.

"When I got home, I started searching the Internet to see exactly what that horrible car was. I found out that it was called an XKE." 
A Jaguar E-Type, Being Touched

The more Ms. Bouffant researched the Jaguar, the more convinced she became that it was menace to the young women of America. "I knew instantly," she said snapping her fingers," that its first initial being an 'X' it had to be something smutty. I saw pictures of that car with young women just draped all over it. Let me tell you, it does not belong out in public. It's pornographic."

With the counsel and encouragement of her pastor, the Reverend Will B. Dunn of the Congregation on the Edge in Dallas, Ms. Bouffant is organizing Texans United to Remove Disgusting Sportscars. Its mission is to ban the iconic E-Type from the highways of the state of Texas, "and hopefully, the rest of America, too," Ms. Bouffant adds. 

A core group of TURDS is bringing the issue to the attention of Texas state politicians via phone calls and face to face visits with state representatives and the governor. Ms. Bouffant stated that aides to Governor Rick Perry "listened closely and offered support for her fledgling organization. They told me that they have been investigating the possible connection of these disgusting cars to Obama's liberal agenda".

A rally on the statehouse steps drew tens of people to hear about this threat to the minds of Texas' young women. Ms. Bouffant stated that afterwards she was approached by several "like-minded, right-thinking people," for assistance in starting a chapter of TURDS in their hometowns.   

When contacted by this writer for a reaction to this story, a Jaguar Land Rover North America spokesman said, "Go away."

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Visit to the Morgan Factory

The folks from /DRIVE visited the Morgan factory in Malvern Link last year. The tour was hosted by Charles Morgan shortly before his dismissal from the firm. 

For those of you who may not know, /DRIVE is an Internet automotive news video magazine that covers topics ranging from modern supercars to classics. If you have a half hour or so invest, /DRIVE is an interesting site to browse.

This is blog post number 600. Thank you for visiting this site over the years.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Shut It!

It’s something of a tradition at US car shows that the entrants raise the hoods (or in our case, and from here on out, the bonnets) of their cars to display the engine compartment.
Courtesy 4pphotography

Some owners even raise the trunk (ahem, boot) lid while on the show field.

Our cousins across the pond normally show their cars with the bonnets firmly latched, according to the photos I’ve seen of British events over the years and I think they could be on to something.

When our cars were designed, they were drawn so that they were at their most attractive with all panels closed: boot lids, bonnets, doors – everything. It would follow, then that when we display our cars, we would want to show them to their best advantage with everything in the closed and stowed position. 

Naturally, when cars as uncommon as the ones we enjoy are displayed, other enthusiasts would like to see how a well turned out model looks under the bonnet and perhaps in the boot area, too. Maybe they’ve got one in restoration and want to pick up a few tips on how everything should look.  We’ve all been the beneficiaries of a peek at other similar cars with me, gratefully included. 

Maybe we, as participants and organizers of British car shows could pick up an idea from our U.K. friends and do at least a portion of our day-long shows with the opening panels closed. Let our cars speak for themselves as the unique vehicles they are.  Then, when the popular choice ballots are given out, invite the owners to open them up for inspection inside and out. 

What do you think?

Saturday, February 8, 2014

BCF 2013 in Classic & Sports Car Magazine

C&SC February 2014
The February 2014 edition of the U.K.'s Classic & Sports Car magazine has devoted about half a page to SABCC's 2013 British Car Festival. The article includes three photos of select cars at the festival and several paragraphs describing the record-setting event. Some of you may recall a C&SC blog post from last November highlighting the show as well.

The February 2014 issue of Classic & Sports Car is just now hitting newstands here in the U.S.   

Friday, January 17, 2014

The "New" Four Door Coupe Body Style

German automakers are introducing their latest styling innovation in the form of the four door coupe. These low roofed four door cars offer the convenience of the extra doors in a coupe-like body style. Some examples:

BMW Gran Coupe

Mercedes CLS
Audi RS 7

And the original four door coupe:

Rover P5 Coupe

Sunday, January 12, 2014

A Mini Needs a New Home

Fellow Mini enthusiast and all around good guy, Manuel Barje of Birmingham, Alabama is seeking an adoptive parent for his classic Mini. This rare automatic version has been treated to an upscale interior with leather and wood details. It is air conditioned and has a fabric sunroof.

If you have a Mini-shaped hole in your life, get in touch and I will pass along Manuel's contact details.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Your Move, Mercedes

Some of you may have seen a television ad by Mercedes-Benz touting their "Magic Body Control" system for the high-zoot S-Class. In the slightly bizarre ad, Mercedes demonstrates how a chicken's head will stay is one spot while a handler moves its body around in several different planes. 

Here is the advert:

The post-Ford Jaguar has sharpened its claws a bit both from product and marketing standpoints. The sublime F-Type has garnered almost universal praise and its advertising has taken on a bit of an edge.


Yeah, I thought you would laugh.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Merry Christmas from Postive Earth

With wishes for a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year. Thank you for visiting Positive Earth!