big Stowe British Invasion was this weekend in Stowe,
Vermont. If you have never been to this one and I
am sure many of you have not ;) It is one of the
largest shows we attend each year and one that has about
the most fun activities for the participants. The
event starts at noon on Friday and ends around 1PM or so
on Sunday. They had about 600 cars
reregistered this year and many more folks showed up as
a one day visitor on Saturday and Sunday.
Aaron (one of our sons visiting from school in Atlanta),
Roger (the Range Rover) and I left Detroit at 6:30AM on
Thursday. Each way is about 820 miles so it makes
for a long long ride, but at least it is in a
"BBC" (Big British Car) ;) The weather
was sunny and unseasonably hot pretty much the whole way
and the weather was looking good. We exited I-87
to take the Essex Ferry to Vermont around 6:45PM (the
ferry at that time runs every hour and is about 12 miles
away.) I got back in the drivers seat as Jan tends
to have a lead foot normally (Roger has been known
to hit 90 many times on the way to a show) , but on two
lanes roads drives about 10 under <g>.
was still warm, but getting overcast and the weather was
not looking grand as "Roger and Me", hum good
name for a movie, maybe I can get Roger Moore to produce
and direct it ;) took off on the twisties. These
are great roads and Roger, just loves to think he is and
LBC as he negotiates the curves (even with the trailer)
like a British Sports Car. We were about two
miles into our 12 mile run when I saw the lights behind
coming up fast, they were bright red and flashing ;(
Oops, seems the speed limit in that little stretch was
pulled over one of NY States finest walked up and asked
me do I know how fast I was going? Yes I said
sheepishly about 60. I explained that we had
been trying to make the ferry as we were on our way to
Stowe for the British Invasion. Seems he had
a good side, probably been stopping LBC's all day on the
way to Stowe. He asked me to slow it down (which I
did) and let us go. Whoa what luck for a change!
(didn't see him on the way back, but also did keep my
speed down, would not have been good to be stopped by
the same officer twice ;)
we pulled on the ferry ramp the boat had already
left so all that was for naught anyway. On
top of it we were hungry, but did not want to leave the
dock for fear of not getting on the next ferry at 8PM.
We just enjoyed our time to relax for a while and then
off we went on the ferry ride to the other side of Lake
Champlain and our final destination of Stowe.
morning came all to soon as we were at the field to set
up about 9AM. Our little shop was under the big
tent next to our good friend Jerry LaBant of Liverpool
Motor Works. If you ever need any original items
such as tools, head and fog lamps, jacks, manuals, Jerry
most likely will have them. He can always be
reached at LMWJerry@aol.com.
show opened at noon and it was a pretty relaxing day as
folks were arriving and enjoying the very hot, off and
on Sunny and Cloudy weather. For the participants
there were driving events and other fun things to do.
Several of our Windsor Detroit MG Car Club members had
decided to visit Stowe this year so they stopped by to
closed up shop about 6:30 and joined the LaBants for
dinner at the new 108 Grille then back to the hotel
for an early day on Saturday, which came all to soon.
was overcast for most the time and we had a few
drizzles, but nothing to get worried about. There
were tons of cars on the field and Aaron took some
photos for me which you can find on our site. Wish
we could have gotten a full field view of it for
you, but there was no way to do that. Jan and
I never got to leave the tent as it was just too busy.
So many folks stopped by to say hi again this year.
We really do appreciate it that you take that time
to come over and let us know who you are. So many
old and new faces again this year. British Car
Folks are about the nicest folks out there IMO.
were so many cars this year that the voting took forever
and the award ran till late in the afternoon. We
were supposed to meet some friends at the Foxfire
again this year so we closed up about 6:15 and drove
over. When we got there it was just starting to
rain and rain it did. It came down all night long
and off and on again on Sunday. I would say
Sunday's attendance was off a bit as some folks left
early due to the weather, but there was still a good
crowd of hearty soles. Sunday was the peoples
choice by colors as well as the Picnic Basket
were only about 5 displays this year, but they were darn
good. An MGA Igloo scene was one of the more
inventive ones. I took some photos of this which
you can see on our site as well.
we packed up and were on our way by about 5PM for the
800+ miles back. Figures we missed the darn ferry
again so had to sit in the lot for an hour (this
time we missed it by 2 minutes!) The rain was
coming down harder now, in fact you could hardly see and
we were again starved. No place to eat till we got
to the other side though so we had to wait. Once
over though we did have a good meal and got soaked by
the time we ran into the marina restaurant. It was
really coming down still. We had a great dinner
regardless and then jumped back into Roger for the rest
of the long journey home.
weeks Show Email Gift Certificate Winner for Stowe
British Invasion is Cheryl Major, congrats. Please
contact me via email and you will receive a $20 LBCarCo
Gift Certificate good on most items from our website.
week you will find us at MG's on the Rocks (State Park)
in Maryland. This is not only an MG Show, but all
British and they have a very unique way of passing out
the awards. If you are in the area come on down
and join us for fun in the SUN in Maryland, you will be
glad you did as it is a very enjoyable Saturday Show.
More details below.
starts our final stretch and we have about the longest
distances we travel all year long coming up all in
a row. Each weekend we will travel about 600-750
miles or so each way and turn around and head home.
Starting to feel like a Gypsy here, but it is fun once
we get there ;) Hope to see you at one of the
shows in the upcoming weeks.