Brits and Friends Invaded the Hills House

August 2, 2019

 

by Len Lathrop

For the fourth year the British Cars of New Hampshire started early Saturday morning driving or trailoring into the fields at the Hills House, when registration came to a close there were 213 special cars in front of historic house.

This year’s show was truly an international effort which included two classes of non-British vehicles.  Class 27 Non-British-American parked on “Route 66” and Non-British-The Rest of the World parked on “International Drive”.  The fields right down to the rest areas have names of different British streets and areas. A Beefeaterwalking through the fields enforced the British theme for the 887 spectators who came in to check out the refurbished cars from around the world.

The oldest vehicle on the field was a 1903 Dickinson Morette Tricycle (Motorcycle Class #1), while the Best of Featured Marque winner was Geoff Dupont with his 1970 Jaguar XKE.

The Best of Show winner was a 1938 Bentley 4 1/4 Van de Plas owned by Mark Harrison.

British Cars of New Hampshire was established in 1991 by Mike Sweet of Barnstead, N.H.  Mike had been a member of the New Hampshire Chapter of British Motor Cars of New England, which was headquartered in Fall River, Mass.  Most of the club’s events and activities were held in areas south of Boston, making it difficult for the New Hampshire Chapter to participate.  There were no activities held in New Hampshire or the Southern Maine area.  In 1990, Mike and six couples met in a restaurant in Concord and decided to establish a new club that would better suit the needs of New Hampshire’s British Car enthusiasts.

Since this humble beginning, BCNH has had a steady growth in membership and now has about 250 members.  In June of 1997, BCNH sponsored its first annual British Car Show at the High Hopes Festival in Milford.  This show attracted over 100 British Car registrants from the New England area. Proceeds from the BCNH show are donated to the High Hopes Foundation of New Hampshire to benefit seriously ill children and the New Hampshire Food Bank.  BCNH has held its British Car Show, now known as the Show of Dreams, every year since 1996.

Missed the show? Mark your calendar for the fourth Saturday in July for the 2020 event.