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With a third of a century without a rain cancellation in the history book, the Connecticut Triumph Register Gathering of British Motorcars at Wickham Park in Manchester was a resounding success. The September 8th event found a combination of excellent weather, enthusiastic participants, dedicated volunteers, admiring spectators and a location that matches the best.
One hundred ten cars registered for the field with at least a dozen other LBCs lurking in the parking lot. As always, the Triumph, MG, and Jaguar marques were well represented. A new class for TVRs found four entries this year. Also, six full size Healeys were on board, a major increase over years past. Only a single Nash Metropolitan came this year but there was a 300% increase in the GT6 population (three rather than one). BMC Mini’s also had a dedicated class this year with three entries. This year’s best-of-show was bestowed upon a beautiful 1959 Rolls Silver Cloud belonging to James Royster of Middle Haddam, Conn.
From their website, www.WickhamPark.org, “Wickham Park is a non-profit, private foundation whose property extends into both Manchester and East Hartford, Connecticut. The park contains 250 acres of gardens, open fields, woodlands, ponds, picnic areas, sports facilities, and other attractions.” On this Sunday, there were a variety of family and group picnics being held in the wooded and open areas. Those folks had a wonderful show of all the British and other cars that rolled into the infield. Youngsters were encouraged to hop into the driver’s seat of some cars as an effort to encourage interest in our hobby. This year, we noticed a large increase in the number of spectators that arrived to see the variety of cars. As always, the park personnel were wonderful. Besides providing a post card picture location, they help to distribute picnic tables, assist with set-up and provide the flexible accommodation that makes the show a true success.
An annual favorite, Boy Scout Troop 28 from Hebron provided early morning coffee along with an expanded lunch menu. The highly modified hamburgers, with all sorts of accessories, were a new favorite for many. We also enjoyed hearing each of the scouts at the microphone, telling us about their scout projects as well as their future goals. Local youth organizations (Scouts, 4H, FFA, Church groups) can be an excellent partner for all car clubs.
Each year, we recognize a youthful exhibitor or spectator who shows an interest in the classic car hobby. This year we had two recipients. Charlie Trebbe of Hampden, Mass. and Cesar Ramos of Middletown, Conn. Will both receive a year’s subscription to Classic Motorsports Magazine. We hope to see both of these gentlemen next year as continuing participants of the future.
Show bag stuffers and raffle prizes were provided by event supporters such as Liz & Donny Mathis, Classic Motor Sports Magazine, Hemmings, Apple Hydraulics, D & J Restoration, Hagerty Insurance, Victoria British, British Marque News, British Wiring/Triumph Rescue, Bob Danielson, Moss Motors, Lime Rock Park, C & G Woodcraft, Little British Car Co., The Roadster Factory, and Dunkin Donuts. Also, thanks to Kevin Craw and Tom Wunder for donating a plethora of used parts to needy recipients.
And then there are the various volunteers that make the show work. Marjean and Terry Telke, Jean and Dave Icaza, Matt Strus, Paul Zucco, Fred McNutt, Andrew Pascal, Liz and Donny Mathis, Angelo Sevarino, Pat and Tom Wengler, Brian Jablonski, Julie and Ken Andresen, Jay Jablonski, Debbie Hansen, Bill Kaplita, Stan Chandler, Joan and Joe Bloeman, and Janet and Alex Thomson along with the leaders of Boy scout Troop 28. Also, thanks to Bill Kaplita for bringing his nicely done poster about the history of Standard – Triumph.
By Alex Thomson