If I were to put this year’s Nashville British Car Club Show description into a few words, they would be…
“Quality, not Quantity.“
For the last few years ( 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 to be exact), I’ve had the pleasure to try to showcase the magnificent automotive examples presented at the Nashville British Car Club Shows. But sadly, 2014’s event was washed out by heavy rain. There was a make-up show in November, but yours truly never heard about it until this year’s show. And from what I heard, not many folks were able to reschedule their cars for that show as well.
So Saturday, October 10, was this year’s date. And the day before we also had some rain, which is why I suppose few drove the distance (Cars have been here from Ontario) to attend this show. The ground was still a big mushy, and there was straw in a few areas to cover the mud. But overall it was a very pleasant day, and the lesser number of displayed vehicles gave time to enjoy what was there, rather than being rushed to take them all in at one viewing. Oh by the way, there were many nice cars in the show that weren’t featured here, mainly because I’ve shown them in posts of yore. So let’s get started!
We begin at what may be the most fundamental example of British motoring, this nifty 1963 Austin Healey Sprite…
…and proceed to the other end of the automotive spectrum, this 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 motorcar. It was a head turner, both coming…
A 1988 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur looked right at home here as well.
A bit down the path rested this 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud 1.
Not far away from the ‘Cloud’ was this Singer, awating…
…a restoration to make it look like this 1952 Singer Model 4AD.
This 1961 English Daimler SP250 (No relation to Daimler-Benz) is from the UK’s first car company, which started producing vehicles for Royalty in 1896. Originally called the Dart, this car is Number 840 of 2,645 ever made.
A locally-owned 1937 Riley Linx was featured in the 10th Anniversary Special Issue of Hemmings Sports & Exotic Cars magazine. Some of its special features include a 1496cc Twin Cam engine, preselector transmission centrifugal clutch, and Colonial headlight bracings.
The only 1935 Hillman Minx registered in America was here.
How about one of only 22 MG J3s ever produced? Supercharged and fitted with larger brakes, the J3 is the racing version of the MG J2. The engines were originally painted blue, and its body colour is Carmine Red.
A circa-1968 Ford Good Humour Humor Ice Cream truck was on site, selling delicious ice creams for $3 each. I spent several dollars here this day.
Speaking of trucks, this 1965 Land Rover Series II A was poised and ready for immediate speed and dispatch.
Possibly my favourite car at the show, this 2001 Jaguar XK8, in proper British Raging Green paintwork and tan leather interior was begging me to make its owner an offer. Discipline, Chuck… Discipline.
Another “Jag” at the show, this XK 150 prominently displayed its polished aluminium pieces for all to see.
Another kitty here was a black 1958 XK 150.
And the latest generation of Jaguar was represented by this 2015 F-type R.
Similar cars to this 1980 Aston Martin V8 were used in James Bond’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and The Living Daylights. Usually well-hidden from view, I’m not sure if this car had Q Branch’s host of the “usual refinements.”
I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say it again. Nobody can do an interior like the British, with fine woods and supple leather. Nobody.
Surprisingly, only a handful of gleaming MGs were here…
…and I only recall this single but superb example of a 1979 Spitfire.
As I was leaving, I caught this AEC Routemaster double decker bus pulling into the show. Please note that its lower deck seemed empty save for the driver; the passengers were enjoying this very nice Autumn day.
My bud David Booker brought his doggie Arrow to the show. Arrow seemed more interested in other pups than the Austins and Mini, since he’s only about 15 months old.
2016 should be an interesting show. Hopefully the weather will be more cooperative, and probably more unfeatured cars will attend. I hope to see you then.
—That Car Guy (Chuck)
Image Credits: David Booker took the image of his puppy; I did the rest.
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