38th British Car Day - Another Year Over and a wonderful display of LBCs
What a great day it was for British Car Day® on Sunday and I’m delighted to report that there were 855 cars and motorbikes on the field. I think we were fortunate to enjoy a fair-weather day and I do hope that everyone got home safely before the rains came.
Johnny Herbert was a great draw and he signed autographs, helped with selecting the Best of Show car and handed out prizes to the lucky winners of the Participants’ Choice Awards. CHCH ran a short piece on our show and here’s the link; CHCH TV Link – 17 Sept 2023
For a review of this year’s event please scroll down this page.
We look forward to seeing you at our 39th British Car Day® which is scheduled for Sunday 15th September 2023.
Participation at BCD is open to any British manufactured vehicle regardless of membership in a British car club. Owners are encouraged to bring along their British cars, whether they be current model cars, daily drivers, partially restored cars, projects-in-progress or concours level models. The only stipulation is that your car is British or that is was manufactured and/or designed in the UK.
A limited number of full sized 18″ x 24″ 2022 posters will be available for $5 at the Toronto Triumph Club tent at British Car Day® on 17th September 2023.
2023 Car Show Entry Form
On-line registration via FAST LANE is now closed. In the event that British Car Day is cancelled entry fees will be fully refunded. However you can still pay on the day. Here’s the registration form which you can complete and bring with you to British Car Day. Cost at the gate will be $25 for a car and $15 for a motorcycle.
Fast Lane Registration
Fast Lane Registration
Fast Lane registration is CLOSED however you can still pay at the gate.
Click here BCD Map of Field to see an overview of where each make of car is located together with a listing of the 57 classes.
For further information on volunteering at British Car Day in 2023 please contact Rob Ragsdale
Here’s a link to the Bronte Creek Provincial Park web site. In summary Vendors arrive at 7 a.m., Show Cars at 8 a.m. and Spectators at 9 a.m. The Awards Ceremonies are at 2 p.m. and cars start leaving at 3 p.m. for the long trek home. Spectators should enter the park via the main park entrance on Burloak Drive, please follow the signs. The entry fee to the park for spectators is $18 per car (or you can use a Parks Ontario season pass). Seniors are $14.50 and Disabled $9.00. There is no limit on the number of people in the car. To save time you can purchase an Advance Permit Please pay using cash if possible, as use of credit/debit cards really slows down entry to the park and causes long line-ups. Arriving early will help alleviate any delays. There is no entry charge for pedestrians and bicycles and dogs on a leash are welcome.
NOTE: The Toronto Triumph Club, organizers of British Car Day, have no financial connection with Parks Ontario and Bronte Creek Provincial Park. All fees collected by them at the main park entrance remain theirs and they do not offer refunds.
If you are driving a car for display at British Car Day, please follow the signs carefully and use the north maintenance entrance at the corner of Burloak Drive, where it turns into Upper Middle Road. Money collected at the show car entrance goes towards putting on the show and supporting the Toronto Triumph Club, a not-for-profit organization.
Click below for a
Bronte Creek Provincial Park Field Map
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British Car Day Posters and a limited number of T-shirts will be available at the Toronto Triumph Club tent on Sponsor Street.
BCD Event Information
The latest information for the 38th running of British Car Day will continue to be updated in 2023. Links to our sponsors are on the right-hand column. Further enquiries should be directed to the event Chair Dave Sims
Vendor & Exhibitor Information
For 2023 Vendor and Exhibitor information, please contact Warren Beech
BCD Programme Advertising and Editorial Submissions
Please contact the Editor of Ragtop Magazine at Terence McKillen for information on submitting articles and advertising in the 2023 BCD Official Show Programme.
Oakville Visitor Guide
For those of you visiting Oakville for the first time – or even after many times click on this link visit Oakville Visitor Guide
British Car Day® is hosted annually by the Toronto Triumph Club, on the third Sunday of September. Since its inaugural event in 1984 it has grown in leaps and bounds and now draws more than 1,000 British cars and over 9,000 spectators, with room to grow even bigger. British Car Day® is open to vintage, classic and current British-manufactured vehicles, including motorcycles. The event is the largest, one-day, all-British car event in North America, with car owners and visitors travelling from Ontario, the northeast United States, the Maritime provinces, Quebec and Manitoba. Over the years, we have even had visitors from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Texas, the UK, and New Zealand.
The venue for British Car Day® is Bronte Creek Provincial Park in Oakville, about 25 miles west of downtown Toronto, conveniently located at the Burloak Drive exit off the Queen Elizabeth Way. The south entrance is for non-British cars & spectators, while the north entrance is reserved for British car exhibitors and vendors.
Every year one of the most popular destinations at British Car Day® is the Vendor Village area. Over 50 British-related vendors offer their new and used goods for sale, including car parts, complete cars, t-shirts, hats, tools, books, supplies and so on. Many vendors offer end-of-season specials, so there are lots of bargains to be had and great food is available from the many food vendors on site. If you are interested in becoming a vendor please contact us.
BCD comprises 57 classes of cars and motorcycles Map & Car Classes running the whole range of British automobile marques from Austin to Westfield with model names from Anglia to Zephyr and everything in between. The organizers encourage everyone to bring along their British cars whether they be current model cars, daily drivers, partially restored cars or projects-in-progress, to line up with the many classic and concours-class cars in the appropriate marque and model class. British Car Day® is the opportunity everyone anticipates to chat, to scrutinize, and to plan for next year. It’s a car show but it is also a big, end of season, social event.
Notable British car anniversaries in 2023 include 100 years of Triumph Motor cars and 100 years of MG. so there will be special focus on these two popular British marques. Examples of these fine British makes will be located on the show car field. In addition it’s the 75th anniversary of Jaguar sports cars. Lots to celebrate this year!
What Happened in 2023
The event was held as usual at Bronte Creek Provincial Park on Sunday, September 17. BCD has long been accepted as North America’s largest one-day British car show and it is a tribute to the BCD Planning Committee, that a club like ours can continue to present such a great showcase of classic and modern British cars and motorcycles year after year, and unlike many similar car shows, without the support of manufacturer or dealership sponsorship.
This year the event celebrated the hundredth anniversary of both Triumph and MG car production as well as the 120th anniversary of the founding of the Standard Motor Company together with the seventy-fifth anniversary of the first post-World War II Jaguar sportscar – the inimitable XK120. Six anniversary cars were highlighted on the show field and included Triumph TR2 (70 years), MGTF (70 years), Daimler Conquest (70 years), Austin Healey 100 (70 years), Marcos GT (60 years) and Austin Mini Cooper S (60 years).
A special 100 Years of Triumph display was set up to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the commencement of Triumph car manufacturing, by assembling a special display of Triumph models at the north end of the field adjacent to the Registration area. The display represented about thirty different models spanning forty-five years of production from 1937 through to 1981, including examples of the TR2, TR3, TR3A, TR3B, TR4, TR4A, TR5, TR250, TR6, TR6 PI, TR7, TR8, Spitfire 4, Spitfire Mk II, Spitfire Mk III, Spitfire Mk IV, Spitfire 1500, GT6 Mk 1, GT6 Mk 2 (GT6+), GT6 Mk 3, Stag, Triumph 1800 Roadster, Triumph Mayflower, Triumph 2000 Roadster, Triumph 2000 Mk I, Triumph Herald 12/50 and Triumph Continental.
The day of the show dawned overcast with sunny spells and a temperature of about 15 degrees C which later in the morning climbed to 28 degrees C under partially cloudy skies. There were 855 cars and motorcycles on the field, a 15% drop on last year’s near record participation. It appears there were fewer visitors from the USA and last year’s numbers were boosted by a large number of Sunbeam Alpines and Tigers participating in a national event in Oakville at the time. Possibly some local owners paid too much attention to the forecast rain warnings too strictly – we were fortunate to enjoy a dry day and most people would have got home before the rains arrived. Ex-Formula One driver and F-1 television sports commentator Johnny Herbert was a great draw at the event this year as he signed autographs, chatted generously with fans, and participated in selfies, as well as helping with selecting the Best of Show car and later handed out prizes to the winners of the Participants’ Choice Awards.
Participants started arriving at the park at 8:00 a.m., and by 10 o’clock the field was as full as it was going to get, although stragglers were still arriving up to noon, while at the same time some cars were already departing. The final figures for spectators and participants were estimated at 8,155 which is just 345 less than last year.
There were 185 Triumphs present on the field, down 2.5% from last year. The Triumph participants included 8 GT6s; 32 Spitfires; 12 Stags; 11 TR2-TR3Bs; 22 TR4-TR250s; 71 TR6s; 12 TR7s; and 8 TR8s together with 8 Triumph Others (Herald, Mayflower, Roadster 1800, Roadster 2000, Continental). MGs came in second place at 165 cars (- 6% over 2022); Jaguar 127 (- 3% over 2022) in third place; followed by Mini 111 (- 2% over 2022); and Lotus 39 (- 21% over 2022).
Congratulations to those of you who won a Participants’ Choice Award; a complete listing of winners is shown on this page.
The judges choice for Best of Show was unanimous and was selected by a panel of judges headed by Toronto Triumph Club member Tony Fox. The rare and spectacular 1956 Jensen 541 owned by Peter Brook of Barrie was declared the winner for 2023,. Congratulations to Peter & many thanks to Johnny Herbert, John Burrows, Tony Fox, & Alan Lingelbach for selecting the winning car from the many fantastic cars and motorcycles on the field.
The Charlie Conquergood Award which is presented to a Club member who has exhibited long-term dedication to the Toronto Triumph Club was awarded this year to Keith and Christine Stewart. Keith and Chris are long-time members of Toronto Triumph Club and own spectacular Triumph motor cars including a TR3, TR4, TR4A & Stag.
Winner of the long distance award for a pre-registered car “driven” to the show was Julian Chin who drove his 1992 Mini some 730 kms from Sault Ste. Marie.
Of course, BCD doesn’t just happen; it takes the best part of a year in pre-planning, countless volunteer hours by the members of the BCD Planning Committee who met regularly from January through to September as well as members of our Club Executive. More than 100 volunteers (70 from within the TTC membership) were supervised by Volunteer Director Rob Ragsdale, who did an exceptional job ensuring that volunteers were assigned to all the tasks required over the two days preparing for, running the event, and cleaning up afterwards.
We also acknowledge the volunteer help from other car clubs, along with students and others finding us through the website or word of mouth. Thanks to all who supported BCD this year, including the sponsors, advertisers, participants, volunteers, committee members, and Bronte Park staff.
See you next year on Sunday, September 15, 2024.
The Charlie Conquergood Memorial Award
Charlie Conquergood was a friend to all and a staunch supporter of the Toronto Triumph Club and British Car Day. Charlie passed away on March 9, 2009 from cancer. He was always there to help and happy to do so. He never complained and most of all was well known and loved by many people throughout our hobby. Over the years he touched the hearts – and cars – of many.
Charlie took on many roles within the TTC including a term as President. He was instrumental in developing and computerising the master plan for the lay out of the various marques and models and vendor stalls at British Car Day and for many years would personally be involved in the laying out of the field on the Saturday morning before BCD.
Each year, his friends at the Toronto Triumph Club award a special commemorative plaque in recognition of Charlie’s passing and his unreserved devotion to his wife Sandy, his family and faithful Triumph Spitfire ‘Gumby’.
The recipient of the award is decided by the Executive Committee of the TTC and their decision is based on members who have demonstrated a similar devotion and dedication to the Club and as a reflection of the life values and spirit of friendship, which Charlie Conquergood always shared with us.
At the 38th British Car Day, the Charlie Conquergood Award was presented to long-time members Keith and Christine Stewart of London, Ontario. Keith and Chris own many Triumph models including TR3, TR4, TR4A and Stag many of which have won competitions over the years. Congratulations to Keith and Christine from all of your many friends at the TTC!
British Car Day Jewellery
Photos graciously provided by the photographer, Ian Grant.
Results by Year
We are always looking for volunteers to help out at British Car Day. Please follow the link to find out what roles are available, then contact our Membership Director, Rob Ragsdale at either email@example.com or 416-303-4035. Thanks!