Noteworthy New England British Automobile Events of 2018
There are several standout summer car events scheduled for the greater Boston area this year, with a couple further afield. Each promises an excellent opportunity to gather with friends and meet new enthusiasts, while seeing a wonderful range of British vehicles. I will likely attend all of these. In some cases the venue is as compelling to see as are the cars. Please contact me to discuss these events in detail, or if you would like to meet up at any of them. My contact information: David Kellogg 781 424-9254 Babadawv@gmail.com
In the overview, these events range from very old to quite new: the Museum of Transportation lawn events are the oldest in the country and the British Motorcar Festival among the newest.
Larz Anderson Museum of Transportation
15 Newton Street, Brookline MA
Larz Anderson, a wealthy Franco-American diplomat was doubly fortunate to have a wife who shared his passion for automobiles. Their 62 acre estate on Goddard Heights in Brookline overlooks Boston’s skyline and is worth the trip simply for this view, but also for its gorgeous pond and grounds. The Museum of Transportation resides in a 3 story Carriage House that now holds many of the Anderson’s early motor cars, each one a Rosetta Stone. From 1927 the Andersons opened their collection to the public. This is the oldest car collection in America and arguably one of the oldest car shows as well.
Lawn Events at the Larz Anderson Museum of Transportation in Brookline cost $10 to attend, $20 to show a car if registered in advance, done via their website
Sunday, June 24: BRITISH CAR DAY at Larz Anderson Museum
There are usually 200+ cars at this morning event, held on the lawns of an extraordinary facility 10 minutes from downtown Boston. All marques are accepted, and it would be really fun to see a Singer or two on hand. It’s a really nice event, finished by 2:30 PM. Anyone feel like coming down for it? Call ahead to let me know you are coming. We could caravan into Brookline from Andover, about a 30 minute drive / trailer. My contact information: David Kellogg 781 424-9254 Babadawv@gmail.com
Saturday, October 20: EXTINCT CAR DAY at Larz Anderson Museum
This is clearly something for which Singers qualify. Invitation remains the same.
August 30- September 3: HISTORIC FESTIVAL
Lime Rock Park, 60 White Hollow Road, Lakeville, CT, This event features a very broad spectrum of period cars racing in North America today. If the trip to Monterey for the Historics is too far afield, come to this event for an ever-changing cast of cars, raced and shown. Sunday features over 600 cars and motorcylces on display, including a sizeable contingent from the Shelby American Club. Admission varies based on the number of days attended. On-site camping is available. I will be in B Paddock, working on my Sunbeam Alpine or crewing for Phil Perron. Phil races a dark blue Alpine, No 22. ticket prices and more info
September 14-16: BRITISH INVASION
Stowe VT, The unofficial NASOC annual gathering in the Northeast, this has proved to be an exceptional event, for the character the Men in White bring to the affair, for their cars, and also for the recently revived Stowe-Ballam Rally. The Canadian contingent bring tremendous esprit de corps with their annual Singer displays and have set a high water mark for others to aspire to. Bring a Singer when you can, but don’t miss this event, specially for the camaraderie! General Admission for both Saturday and Sunday is $15. more info here
Sunday, September 23: THE BOSTON CUP
Boston Common, Boston, MA, is a small Concours d’Élégance held in the heart of Boston, a week after Stowe (September 14-16). One of the founders is a friend and Charlotte (CRL157), my 1936 Nine Sports has been invited since the first year, but has yet to be ready for a public appearance. If any of you wanted to come down for this event, just to attend –or to bring a car– the invitation remains. The Boston Cup is free to the public, readily accessible by car and public transportation. more info here
Other noteworthy events, further afield in New England are:
June 1-3: Greenwich Concours d’Élégance,
Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Greenwich, CT This event is also relatively new, but also growing as is the British Motorcar Festival, below. The Concours has a two day format, featuring American and European cars on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Nearby, Bonham’s offers an auction of high end vehicles over the same weekend. Bring your checkbook –or sit on your hands! More info here
Friday and Saturday, June 8-9: British Motorcar Festival
Colt State Park, Bristol, Rhode Island, with a street party like Stowe’s on Friday night. This is sponsored by the same people who manage the British Invasion and is the newest event on the schedule. The setting is nice, and it’s less high-brow than Greenwich. More info here
In hope that these might be a step toward bringing Sunbeam owners together more frequently.