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

We look forward to seeing you at our 39th British Car Day® which is scheduled for Sunday 15th September 2023.

Eligible Cars

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.

Event Flyer

2023 Poster
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.

Field Map

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.

Vendor Registration

For further information on being a Vendor at British Car Day in 2023 please contact Warren Beech

Online Vendor Registration
is now CLOSED


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.

Location Map

Want to Stay in the Oakville Area?

Here are 2 hotels that visit Oakville recommend you call first:

Staybridge Suites Oakville.  To book, call 905-847-2600 or visit Staybridge Suites Oakville

TownePlace Suites Oakville (newly renovated and opened June 2023).  To book, call 905-847-6667 or visit TownePlace Suites Oakville

BCD Regalia

British Car Day Posters and a limited number of T-shirts will be available at the Toronto Triumph Club tent on Sponsor Street.

Email Addresses

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

Some Background

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 2022

Last year, after 2 long years of COVID restrictions, we enjoyed a great British Car Day® where there were 1,062 cars and motorbikes on the field.   Congratulations to those of you who won a Participants’ Choice Award; a complete listing of winners is shown on this page.

The Best of Show car, selected by a panel of judges headed by Toronto Triumph Club member Tony Fox, was a spectacular 1955 Sunbeam Alpine owned by Milt Chesterman of Tillsonburg, Ontario.  Congratulations to Milt and many thanks to our team of judges for selecting this British gem.   It was a herculean task for Keith Smout, John Burrows, John Roden and David Tushingham to select the winning car from the many fantastic cars on the field!   Special mention To Michael Cleland who piped the Sunbeam into the winner’s circle.

Winner of the Charlie Conquergood Award this year, which is presented to a club member who has exhibited long-term dedication to Toronto Triumph Club, was David Tushingham.  Tush, past President of Toronto Triumph Club and former Chairman of British Car Day is a superstar on YouTube and has his own channel which meticulously captures rebuilds of a TR6, TR250, TR3 and much more.   Check this out …  Chef Tush Video   Congratulations on the award Tush and also for winning the top prize for your newly finished TR250.

For the third year we presented a Long Distance Award for pre-registered cars driven (not trailered) to British Car Day®.    The winner was Rod Patriquin who drove his 1959 Singer Gazelle some 1,397 miles from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.   Well done Rod!

You can view details of this year’s and previous British Car Day® Feature Cars by clicking on the red Feature Car  button at the top of the page.

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.


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Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Results by Year

Volunteers Needed

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 rob.ragsdale@bell.net or 416-303-4035. Thanks!