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May 2011

Springtime in the Smokies

This was the 24th year of the British Car Gathering arranged and run by the Blount County British Car Club in Maryville, TN. Each year, the Gathering draws cars from all states surrounding and including Tennessee and as far north as Michigan, as far south as Florida and many other places in between. Last year several of us visited the event without our LBCs - rain was forcast. This year, even with rain in the forcast Charlie and Pat trailered their MG to the event. And yes it did rain. Springers dropped by to say hello along with Abe DeGraaf. they weren't showing cars, but wanted to see what the event looked like.


The Litle British Car Co. showed up as they have the previous years. That's a tent that's hard to pass up.  There is always something there that you need - okay, want.  

This year's crop of MG-Ts. Only four of them, but at least they were separated from the earlier Ys and pre-wars.

This is Failed Experiment # 438.  Charlie was trying to figure out a way to hold the tonneau cover down tightly to prevent the wind and rain from entering into the cockpit. This was using that plastic wrap the packers used on furniture and boxes.

From left to right, the classes are Spridgets, TRs and Minis.  This years turn out was lower than usual - just a little over 200 vehicles. Evidently the weather forcast kept many folks away.

The little beauty on the right is a 1958 Lotus 15. That was the first year for the 15 which carried a 2 litre engine.

  The TD on the left is the 1st place winner in the T class and the one on the right is the 3rd place winner (Charlie and Pat's )  

Crossville Cruise-In

The May 28th Crossville Cruise-In was advertised as the only one for Crossville this year. A primary sponsor withdrew its support making continuation of the event impossible. However, the following month it was announced there was a new sponsor and the Cruise-Ins continue.  


 We had 8 Little Brit Cars show up for the event and they attracted their share of attention.















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