24th Annual British Car Festival Oakton Community College
In celebration of the second largest oil spill to hit thiscountry in 2010, approximately 450 vintage cars and bikes gathered in Des Plaines, Illinois on the second Sunday in September for the 24th Annual All British Car Club Festival. Touted as one of the largest gathering of British iron in North America, every imaginable marque was represented from Austin's to TVRs. As usual, MGs took center stage with our Club having the largest presence among the many clubs represented. In addition to the car show, there was entertainment consisting of traditional Irish dancers, a bagpiper, multiple parts vendors, food vendors and the opportunity to reunite with old friends who we hadnít seen in far too long.
For anyone who hasnít been to this event, (which I find hard to believe) this is a must attend and the highlight of the car show season. The venue was the beautiful Oakton Community College campus with plenty of free parking and grassy picnic areas. Admission without a car is a $5 donation at the door; with a car itís only $25. At the conclusion of the show awards were given based upon popular vote from the other car owners in multiple categories for each marque. Winners for MG include the following:
MGA ? 1962 MGA John Cline
393 1959 MGA Earl Campbell
47 1960 MGA Gary Picard
MGB (chrome bumper) 280 1970 MGB Rick & Sandy Hamaker
63 1964 MGB Ronald Wilson
424 1973 MGB Jim Ruedisueli
MGB (rubber bumper) 459 1980 MGB Jerry Johnson
75 1979 MGB Steve Chiarito
35 1979 MGB LE Oscar & Diana Gonzales
MG Midget 232 1970 Midget Bruce & Debbie Bodven
11 1976 Midget Bernard J Matlage
381 1972 Midget Neil Janota
Be sure to highlight your calendar for the second Sunday in September 2011 for the 25th Annual ABC Festival. It promises to be a special event Ė even if you donít have a running car. Iíll see you there.