DLOC-NA Rally – September 15, 2013
British Car day is hosted annually by the Toronto Triumph Club, on the third Sunday of September. Since its inaugural event in 1984, it has grown in leaps and bounds, and now draws over 1000 British cars and 8,000 spectators, with room to grow even bigger. The event is the largest, one-day, all-British car event in North America, with visitors from throughout the northeast United States, the Maritime Provinces, Quebec, and Manitoba. We have even had visitors from Alberta, Texas, the UK, and New Zealand.
The venue for British Car Day is Bronte Creek Provincial Park, about 20 miles west of downtown Toronto, conveniently located at the Burloak Drive exit off the Queen Elizabeth Way. The south entrance is for non-British cars and spectators, while the north entrance is reserved for British car exhibitors and vendors.
Every year one of the most popular destinations at British Car Day is the Vendors’ area. Over 60 British-related vendors offer their new and used goods for sale, including car parts, complete cars, t-shirts, hats, tools, books, supplies, and so on. Many vendors offer end-of-season specials, so there are lots of bargains to be had and great food is available from the many food vendors on site.
Show cars gain access to the park via the north maintenance/service entrance, at the bend where Burloak Drive becomes Upper Middle Road, from 8:00am onwards. The spectator gates open at 10:00am and Participant’s Choice judging begins in earnest. The judging wraps up at 1:00pm and the awards ceremony begins about 2:00pm. Last year, there were well over 1000 vehicles, in 52 classes of cars, commercial vehicles, and motorcycles, running the whole range from Mini to Rolls-Royce, from Austin to Zephyr and everything in between. Many people bring their daily drivers, or projects-in-progress, just to line up with the many concours-class cars in their class. This is the opportunity everyone looks forward to, to chat, to scrutinize, and plan for next year. It’s a car show and it’s also a big end of season social event.
The 29th Annual British Car Day in 2012 will celebrate the 50th Anniversaries of the Triumph Spitfire, MGB and Lotus Elan. There will be many examples of each in special displays on the field.
The Toronto Triumph Club, organizers of British Car Day, look forward to welcoming you to our show!