17 May 2010

All-British Field Meet turns 25

British car lovers gathered in Vancouver, British Columbia, on May 22 for the 25th anniversary celebration of the All-British Field Meet.

The car show is the largest of its kind in western Canada. More than 600 cars and motorbikes were displayed in 61 classes on the grounds of the VanDusen Botanical Garden. Featured marques included the E-Type Jaguar and English-built Fords. The show also celebrated 100 years of BSA motorcycles.

Hagerty had a strong presence at this year’s show; staff and experts held a seminar series focusing on British car values over the past 25 years. The sessions were led by valuation expert Dave Kinney, a member of the American Society of Appraisers with more than 35 years of experience in the hobby.

“Part of our mandate is to inform and educate the general public about the collector car hobby,” said event co-chair Patrick Stewart. “Hagerty has an impressive track record in this respect.”

Hagerty also led a group of Youth Judges through the show as part of its ongoing Operation Ignite! initiative. The kids had an opportunity to learn about the basics of judging by examining a cross-section of classics on the field – including the vehicles entered in the Young Timers class for owners under the age of 25.

2010 Vancouver All British Field Meet from Warwick Patterson on Vimeo.

2010 ABFM Awards

Special Judged Awards
Young Entrant Award—Sponsored by Silk Cat Automotive
Car #308-Kate Lawrence, 1977 MGB

Youth Judging Program Awards—Sponsored by Hagerty Insurance
Car #260-Derek Neale, 1959 Jensen 541R GT
Car #21-John & Marny Pierson, 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
Car #366-Steve Woodyard, 1960 MG A Twin Cam

Lewie Award—Recognizing someone who has contributed to the classic car hobby
Dick Frankish who is 92 years old and a Triumph Spitfire specialist

Best Original Car, Unrestored—Sponsored by Mother’s Polishes & Waxes
Car #42-John & Nicky Waite, 1955 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith

Best Debuting Restoration (Under $35,000)—Sponsored by Octagon Motors Group
Car #114-Bob & Anna Cutting, 1965 Triumph TR4A

Best Debuting Restoration (Over $35,000)—Sponsored by MCL Motor Cars
Car #51-William Holt, 1939 Lagonda V-12 Drop Head Coupe

Best First-Time Entrant—Sponsored by Canterbury Dark Mild Beer
Car #260-Derek Neale, 1959 Jensen 541R GT

Neatest Little Car—Sponsored by Mini Yaletown
Car #179-Steve Blake, 1930 MG M-Type

Most Elegant Car—Sponsored by Rolls-Royce Vancouver
Car #21-John Pierson, 1911 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost

Best Modified Car—Sponsored by IWE Rear Ends Only
Car #91-Rod McLellan, 2009 Lotus Eleven Replica

Best Race Car—Sponsored by Pennzoil
Car #Display-John McCoy, 1968 Ford Escort

Entrants Choice Overall—Sponsored by Shortstop Automotive
Car #328-John Fairclough, 1939 Aston Martin Ulster

Best Motorcycle—Sponsored by Western Driver
Bike #618-Ian Scott, 1964 Triton
Honourable mention: Guy Stafford, 1940 Vincent HRD Black Shadow

Best Debuting Restored Motorcycle—Sponsored by Western Driver
Bike #8-Kevin McDiarmid, 1972 Triumph Tiger 650

People’s Choice Winner- Public Attendees Cell Phone Vote
Car #449-Robert Knapfl, 2007 MINI Cooper S

Long Distance Driver Award—Sponsored by Lotus Vancouver
Car #163-Paul Williams, 2010 MINI Cooper S—driven from Ontario
A distance of 2,687 miles

Land Rover Spirit Award—Sponsored by Rover Tech Automotive
Car #569-Ian Moore, 1963 Land Rover 88” Series IIA

Featured Marque Awards

  • 50th Anniversary of Jaguar E-Type—Presented to Jaguar Club President, Krista Briggs
  • English-built Ford—Presented to Euro Ford Club President, Michael MacSems
  • 100 years of BSA Motorcycles—Presented to BC British Motorcycle Club President, Wayne Dowler

Voting Card Winner
Car #597-Shelley Preston, 1976 Triumph Spitfire

Best Picnic Award
Car #67-Steve Harris (and Basil Fox), 1947 Humber Sedanca DeVille

Trip Winner
John Worthen, Airfare and Accommodation to Haida Gwaii.

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