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    • #93549

      Come join all of your Sunbeam friends at our Sunbeam Invasion/BASH! No Kilt required but wearing one at the adjacent Scottish Games lets you fit in….
      We had 30 Sunbeams attend for the weekend and show last year.
      More info and car registration is here
      PS-BASH=Bring A Sunbeam Here

      The host hotel contract has been signed-here is a link so you can reserve your room…3&checkOutDate=04/02/2023&groupCode=033023BRI
      The room rate is $109+tax. They gave us the same rate we have had for years.
      We also reserved the swap meet and hospitality room and got the adjacent room to it as well. Last year we ran out of swap meet space and luckily got the adjacent room at the last minute. So LOTS of space for everyone. We will also have several tables for free stuff so bring some parts to give away and maybe you will find what you need there too!
      The all day swap meet is Friday March 31st. The British car show/Sunbeam Invasion show and Scottish Games are on Saturday April 1st.

      Schedule for the Invasion

      Friday March 31st Set-up the swap meet in the parts room which opens at 10 AM. Pizza and subs in the parts room at 6 PM. A few tech sessions during the day, tire kicking in the parking lot, and socializing all day long!

      Saturday April 1st British Car Show and Tartan Day Festival at the Columbia Motor Speedway 8:30 – 3:30. Dinner at Hudson’s BBQ at 7:00 pm.

      Sunday April 2nd Sunbeams head for home

      Please let me know if you plan on joining us so we can have enough food and supplies for everyone. Make sure you reserve your hotel room early to get the best rates and fill out the car registration form and mail it soon!
      Also this year if you are bringing a car trailer please let me know. We will have trailer parking in a locked parking lot near the hotel.

    • #95036

      PS-there are three judging classes at the British car show on Saturday April 1st
      Rare Rootes
      If you have a V6 Alpine you can enter your car in the Alpine class or the Special & Modified Class number 35. Your choice!

    • #95039

      The block of hotel rooms at the special rate has expired-but you can call the hotel directly as per the note below

      Good morning!

      Unfortunately, once the cut off date has past, I cannot alter the block. The computer will not let me.

      Luckily, there are plenty of rooms still available at the hotel level. They will need to call the hotel directly and we can push through the reservations into the block, and they can get the group discount.

      I will let the front desk know to expect some calls for this group.

      Thank you,

      Peggy Kellerhals

      Front Office Manager

      Wingate by Wyndham


    • #98238

      Over 20 Sunbeams registered for the show on Saturday so far and lots of folks coming minus a Sunbeam and all are welcome.
      We even have a member flying in from Canada and one from California!
      I have heard from many that they are bringing parts for our all day swap meet on Friday at the hotel.
      It will be in the low 80’s for both Friday and Saturday so wear shorts or a kilt…..
      Safe travels to all and we are looking forward to seeing y’all.

    • #98526
      Richard Fritz

        The Rootes Group takes the B.A.S.H. to the 15th Annual Carolina British Classics Car Show and Tartan Day South Festival in Cayce, SC.
        Sponsored by the British Car Club – Midlands Center
        Having fourteen years of prior experience planning and organizing the Carolina Classic in Columbia, the British Car Club of Midlands Center has got their collective act together.
        Registrations, breakfast treats and coffee, boxed lunches, awards, music, and organization of the worker-bees all developed to perfection. My hat is off to Eric Gibeaut and Todd Smith for the outstanding job they did with the B.A.S.H. based accommodations, parts room and pizza/subs supper at the Wyndam Hotel in Lexington and at the Cayce Speedway; however, one imperfect aspect of any show is the weather. You can predict it, but you can’t guarantee it.
        This year’s weather was iffy from the get-go. Storms were predicted but their arrival time and duration were changing frequently, well, like the weather. Everyone was watching the overcast skies for signs of rain, but the show went on. The drummers and bagpipers from Tartan Day South Festival were marching around and playing without a care for the alleged oncoming storm. All the British Car guys went on about their business with set-up, detailing and discussing their LBCs. Spirits were high and the weather was just something we would deal with, whatever it would be.
        There were those registrants who decided to change their plans for the Carolina Classic when storms were posted for the day. About one-third of them stayed home or, were here but didn’t leave the hotel. It’s understandable that people don’t want to drive an antique car in bad weather or even take a chance on it happening at all, but those who tossed the forecast out the window had a great day in spite of 45 minutes of not too bad precipitation. The upside of that short rain delay was the good opportunity to get to know each other better as we crammed under the tents to stay relatively dry.
        With about a third of the registrants missing, the show’s content was thin, but the quality was still quite high. Being the 100th Anniversary of the MG there was a significant number of MG’s on the field. TD’s, TF’s, BGT’s, A’s, and B’s made up the largest marque presence on the field. There were a couple of new MG’s, a custom V8, called the Silver Lady, a 4X4 B, with a few sedans rounding out the MG display. Austin Healey’s came on strong too, followed by Triumph, Jaguar, Lotus, and Wolseley.
        Sunbeam owners had their onsite B.A.S.H. and made their presence known with a strong showing of 15 cars including two Harrington Le Mans Coupes, two Alpines, six Alpine V6’s, and five Tigers. Looks like V6 cars are going to need their own class soon.
        Tiger winners were 1st – Joel Martin; 2nd – Bill Bulpitt; 3rd – Todd Smith
        Alpine winners were 1st – Bob Sharkey (V6): 2nd – Richard Fritz (GT): 3rd – Whitt Taylor (V6)
        Rare Rootes winners were 1st – Eric Gibeaut ( ’63 Harrington); 2nd – Dave Hall (’62 Harrington)

        All-in-all it was a great start to the 2023 Car Show year. And it only gets better the more we all participate in sharing and introducing others to the British Car experience.

        Richard Fritz

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