1972StagThe British Car Club of Charleston began in 1983 with a handful of young men and women and is now 225 members strong and growing steadily. We are proud to state that the average monthly meeting attendance is 35 to 40 members including an average of 8 to 10 women.

The British Car Club of Charleston is a group of enthusiasts, both men and women, dedicated to the preservation of British cars, many of which are no longer in production and are too quickly becoming extinct. (more…)

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Dr. Tom’s History Tour Drives On! Feb 20!

Professor Horton

The British Car Club of Charleston’s own, Dr. Tom Horton, will again regale us with one of his wonderful history talks at Breach Inlet where we’ll get treated to a spell-binding account of the Revolutionary War battle that took place there. Tom does this like no one else, he is the best. His setting the stage and description of the events and characters makes us all feel like we are a part of Charleston’s amazing history.

The club will meet at Breach Inlet on Sullivan’s Island then drive down to Magnolia Cemetary to finish the talk. Lunch will be just up the road at the cool Rutledge Ave. Cab Co.

If you missed the first of Tom’s talks, you won’t want to miss this one. That was one of the most talked-about drives the club has ever done and we’ve all been clamoring for another one. So don’t miss this opportunity to have a really great Saturday morning.

Some of the Club members will meet at the 450 West Coleman garage in Mt. Pleasant, on Feb. 20th, at 9:30am to drive over to Breach Inlet for the history talk that will start around 10:00am.

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Hilton Head Motoring Festival

The last weekend of Oct was a picture-perfect autumn backdrop for the Hilton Head Motoring Festival. Situated at the Port Royal Golf, the festival included the Car Club Showcase on Saturday and the Concours de Elegance on Sunday. This was the BCCC’s fourth invitation to the Saturday event and as a club we did not disappoint. Thirteen cars made the trip and were displayed on the first fairway. Upon entering the festival our club was the first one on the left and everyone naturally migrated over to our cars. The Car Club Showcase has several award parts; one is the Crescent Award, where the participants chose their top five cars from the entire field which are then refined into the Top Twenty Five. The other is a judged award where cars are picked from a “Best …” category. The winner is a “Top…” and the runner up is awarded a Palmetto Award. A new award was created this year called the “Port Royal Award” and is given by a committee to the car that exemplifies elegance.
As usual we had a strong showing. Harry Cramer received his 4th Crescent Award with his XK120, which is probably a record. Joining him were Irene Breland in her TR4 and Paul Palmer in his Superperformance Cobra. Millie Horton was awarded the Port Royal Award for her Bentley. Wray and Susanne were gobsmacked to be awarded “Top English, Small” with their newly finished Magnette. All the Top Twenty Five awardees participated in a parade across the checkered square where the Master of Ceremonies spoke about their cars as they were presented their award. The judged awardees went across the checkerboard, received their awards, then formed a chevron display in the middle of the show field for a half hour.
Saturday night found us at the Longhorn Steakhouse for a good meal and good fellowship.
Sunday was the Concours de Elegance and our Club was represented our very own Kevin Kalman with his rare Berkeley. Kevin’s rare car, which is only one of six made, by mere coincidence, was judged by Bill King, a member of the BCCC. Kevin was awarded “Most Significant Microcar” and drove across the checkered square to be presented with his award.
The concours show field was a delight for the eyes with more fantastic cars than could be taken in at one time. Three of my favorites were there, two Desoto Airflows and a Chrysler Airflow. There was just too much to see and not enough time.
With seven awardees out of fifteen cars, the British Car Club of Charleston acquitted itself very well and represented the essence of British Car ownership. Congratulations to the Club!BCCC.HH.2015
The BCCC members who enjoyed Hilton Head
Harry Cramer – Jag XK120
Jane Schmitt and Jim Dove – MG TC EXU
Millie Horton – Bentley R-Type
Wray and Susanne Lemke – MG Magnette
Lewis Hay – Healey 100BN
Steve and Jana Edgington – AH Sprite
Paul Palmer – Superperformance Cobra
Dennis Wunch – Triumph Stag
Irene Breland – Triumph TR4
Bill and Lisa Unger- Jag E-Type
Phil and Rosemary Odom – Jag XJS
Richie and Michelle Hartley – Austin Mini
Gordon Hill – Lotus
Mike Carnell – Vanden Plas Princess
Kevin Kalman – Berkeley
Lemkes and the Queen Mum @ HH 2015a

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Dr. Tom’s Historic Drive – Wow!

Professor HortonReport: We had 18 cars meet at the Coleman Garage last Saturday to motor up to Quinby Plantation and St. Thomas and St. Denis Church in Cainhoy. We even had a drop-in guest join us, Bill Ahern, with his ’65 VW as well as Lane Anderson from the Cars and Coffee group.

Tom gave two wonderful, enthralling talks at each location. His familiarity with the history made it easy to visualize what happened on those important dates in history as he described the players and their backgrounds, their actions, their thoughts, and how things moved and played out at those locations. You could feel the heat, the desperate actions, the determination of the parties involved.

It was a beautiful day, a wonderful drive up through the backcountry north of Mt. Pleasant, ending in a great lunch at the Cainhoy Cooking Depot. If you weren’t there you missed a special morning. But, don’t fret, we’ll do another one soon.

Our thanks to Tom and Millie Horton for an absolutely splendid Saturday morning, well spent driving British cars to interesting places to learn fascinating history, finishing off with a great lunch!

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