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Car show brings bit of Britain to Johnson City

May 28th, 2013 2:56 pm by Jennifer Sprouse

Car show brings bit of Britain to Johnson City

The last week in May is known to many British car enthusiasts around the country as “Drive Your British Car Week,” and one local group will be participating by hosting a car show Wednesday.

Sponsored by the Smoky Mountain Jaguar Club, the group will be celebrating the 14th Annual Drive Your British Car Week Celebration at Gourmet & Company, 214 E. Mountcastle Drive, from 6-7:30 p.m., as locals bring out their personal vehicles to showcase to the public.

“We have all different types of British cars,” British Car Week spokesman Peter Davis said. 

He said the group of cars, mostly British sports cars, usually includes MGs, Austin-Healeys, Jaguars, Triumphs, Minis and Rolls-Royces, ranging in manufacturing dates from the ’30s to present-day.

Davis’ own car, a 1934 green Supercharged MG Midget, is one of the cars he showcases at these events.

He said the year of his MG is “significantly pre-war. That’s one of the earliest MGs that were made over in the UK and that car was imported to the states considerably later.”

Davis said that in the past the show has seen as many as 35 to 40 cars if the weather’s good. He said the show’s atmosphere is very relaxed.

“In this particular show it’s not a competitive Concours show. It’s just a matter of getting the cars together to have people get to see them and ask questions and sit in them and press buttons. It’s just sort of a friendly get together of people with the same sort of types of vehicles who can swap ideas and ... get to show the cars at the same time,” he said.

Davis said the event is free to the public, but said a representative from the American Cancer Society will be at the show collecting donations for the organization’s Relay for Life. He said that in the last 10 years, the Jaguar club has collected more than $20,000 for Relay for Life.

For more information on the show, call 929-9007.

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