Agri Park in Fayetteville, Arkansas hosted 170 entrants from all over the States for the 14th Brits in the Ozarks All British Car & Cycle Show on 11-12 September. Special guest at the British Iron TouringClub of NorthwestArkansas fixture was MGA guru Barney Gaylord. He had been travelling acrossthe US with sonElliott, in an MGA of course, with the aim of meeting as manyBritish car clubs as possible.
Gaylord said thatthey had covered 50,000-plus miles in nine months and regaled the crowd with yarnsfrom their adventures. A large MGA presence featured the lovely one-owner 1959 TwinCam thatFrankMcElroy picked up while stationed with the military in Germany. Recounting the tale of buying the roadster, McElroy also reported that he acquired his wife at the same time and hasretained both ever since.
The combination of a rare, original car accompanied by a great story resulted in him receiving the Chairman’s Choice award. Morgans were out in force, too, ranging from Graham Podd’s 1935 Matchless-powered three-wheeler to open and closed versions of the Aero. The recentrise in interestfor the Jaguar XJ-S was apparent with 10 ondisplay,while the varied selection also included Jim Peckham’s fabulous 1935 Rolls-Royce,Woody Woodliff’s early Sunbeam Alpine and a trio of Jensen Interceptors. The Hard Luck award went to Michael Piggot after the starter on his TR4 died en route from Shawnee, Oklahoma (c200 miles away) so it needed a push after every stop. Brits in the Ozarks raises money for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
There were also sufficientfunds(in the $17,000) for the local technical school to offertwo scholarshipsfor students in the auto mechanics and bodywork classes who have an interest in working on old cars. About 600 classics converged on Canvey Island Transport Museum forits Annual Show on 11 October.
One of the oldest cars attending was Foster and Jan Jones’ 1927 Humber 14/40, in which they’ve toured north Wales, Devon, the Lake District and France in recent times, while Boysie Turner brought the 1958 Buick Super Riviera that he’s owned for more than 40 years. Nearby was the 1970VauxhallViva 1.6 SL, bought new by Mr EN Townsend from.
Normand Garages, Basildon. Following Townsend’s death in ’87, his daughter and her partner have looked after theVauxhall, which remains in outstanding condition with just 69,000 miles on the clock. An excellent group of coaches included a Harrington Grenadier-bodied AEC Reliance in Western Welsh Omnibus Co livery, destination Barry.