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September 18, 2022

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BCD is an Open Event
written by Terence McKillen

Participation at BCD is open to any British manufactured vehicle regardless of membership in a British car club. Owners are encouraged to bring along their British cars, whether they be current model cars, daily drivers, partially restored cars, projects-in-progress or concours level models. The only stipulation is that your car is British or that is was manufactured and/or designed in the UK.


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written by Terence McKillen


The 37th Annual British Car Day® will be held on Sunday, 18th September 2022 at Bronte Creek Provincial Park when another great show is planned.   We are expecting well over 1,100 British Cars, great vendors, wonderful anniversary cars spanning 3 years and much more.  We have had to make a modest increase to our car registration pricing this year by $5 - the first change since 2010 - to cover ever-increasing costs.    Pre-registration through FASTLANE is now available and it's a great way to save money ($20 versus $25 at the gate).  In addition, you will save time by driving through the FASTLANE where you will pick-up an excellent programme together with a voting card and dash plaque.   Those paying cash at the gate will have to sign-in at our registration desk which is where you will collect your programme etc.   


We have almost 60 different car classes and 3 awards per class so the odds are pretty good that you might win one!   There will also be a panel of judges selecting the Best of Show car and a Long-Distance Award presented to the car driven the furthest (you must pre-register to be eligible).  Winner of the 2019 Best of Show car, a 1933 Morgan Supersports JAP owned by Dave & Pauline Smith for 53 years typifies the wonderful cars and enthusiasts that come to the show. 



If you are new to British Car Day® a little background.   it 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 more than 1,000 British cars and over 9,000 spectators, with room to grow even bigger.   British Car Day® is open to vintage, classic and current British-manufactured vehicles, including motorcycles.  The event is the largest, one-day, all-British car event in North America, with car owners and visitors travelling from Ontario, the northeast United States, the Maritime provinces, Quebec and Manitoba.   Over the years, we have even had visitors from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Texas, the UK, and New Zealand.


The venue for British Car Day® is Bronte Creek Provincial Park in Oakville, about 25 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 & 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 Vendor Village area. Over 50 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.  If you are interested in becoming a vendor please contact us.   For the first time in many years our pricing has increased by $20 to cover ever increasing costs.


BCD comprises almost 60 classes of cars and motorcycles, running the whole range of British automobile marques from Austin to Westfield with model names from Anglia to Zephyr and everything in between. The organizers encourage everyone to bring along their British cars whether they be current model cars, daily drivers, partially restored cars or projects-in-progress, to line up with the many classic and concours-class cars in the appropriate marque and model class.   British Car Day® is the opportunity everyone anticipates to chat, to scrutinize, and to plan for next year.   It's a car show but it is also a big, end of season, social event.


Notable British car anniversaries will include those from 2020, 2021 as well as this year.  They are:

  • From 2020 - MG TD & Morgan Plus 4 (celebrating 70 years) and Triumph Stag (50 years).
  • From 2021 - Jaguar E-type, Triumph TR4 and MG Midget, all celebrating 60 years and DeLorean 40 years. 
  • For 2022  - Austin 7 will be celebrating its 100th anniversary and the MGB, Triumph Spitfire and Lotus Elan will be celebrating their 60th anniversaries. 


Examples of these fine British marques will be located on Sponsor Street just south of Registration.


We are delighted to report that the Sunbeam Club is holding its annual North American get together in Oakville and they will be finishing their stay by participating in British Car Day®.  The organizers are expecting 75 to 100 Sunbeam models at the show so we’ll be letting them have a MUCH larger area than usual.   Welcome!


The executive and members of the Toronto Triumph Club, together with the organizing committee look forward to welcoming you to the 37th British Car Day®.  Enjoy!


Dave Sims

Chairman, British Car Day®





The Charlie Conquergood Memorial Award

Charlie Conquergood was a friend to all and a staunch supporter of the Toronto Triumph Club and British Car Day. Charlie passed away on March 9, 2009 from cancer.  He was always there to help and happy to do so. He never complained and most of all was well known and loved by many people throughout our hobby. Over the years he touched the hearts - and cars - of many.


Charlie took on many roles within the TTC including a term as President. He was instrumental in developing and computerising the master plan for the lay out of the various marques and models and vendor stalls at British Car Day and for many years would personally be involved in the laying out of the field on the Saturday morning before BCD.


Each year, his friends at the Toronto Triumph Club award a special commemorative plaque in recognition of Charlie’s passing and his unreserved devotion to his wife Sandy, his family and faithful Triumph Spitfire 'Gumby'.


The recipient of the award is decided by the Executive Committee of the TTC and their decision is based on members who have demonstrated a similar devotion and dedication to the Club and as a reflection of the life values and spirit of friendship, which Charlie Conquergood always shared with us.


At the 36th British Car Day, the Charlie Conquergood Award was presented to long-time club member, Johan Aaltink of Lefroy, ON. Johan is responsible for field layout at British Car Day and has been an active volunteer, including President, in Toronto Triumph Club for many years. Congratulations to Johan from all of your many friends at the TTC!


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