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British Invasion 2009
Stowe Vermont


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One group shot of the TBI powered gang courtesy of Rick Patton's engineering skills.

From left front and working back: Aaron Cropley, his girlfriend Kim, Patty & Dave Friedlander, Rick & Teen Patton and Jeanne and I


We've been attending the Invasion for about 10 years now but only the past three with the car. In the past we'd make it golf weekend with a side trip to the show for a few hours. Even since taking the car up we've only participated in a couple of the events that take place over the full four days of the show. To give you an idea of the magnitude of the show, here's the event schedule from their web site.

Champlain Islands Driving Tour - Thursday
For those arriving in Stowe early, this driving tour will leave from Ye Olde England Inne on Thursday morning, around 10:00 AM, for a scenic Vermont country drive to the shore of Lake Champlain, where a special lunch has been planned. This is one of the prettiest spots in Vermont and a great drive over paved roads. The cost of $40.00 per person is for lunch. Lunch coupons will be provide on departure.

Driving Tour - Friday
A driving tour of the scenic Vermont country side, culminates at the show field at the beginning of the Registrants' Reception. The tour will travel over paved roads around Stowe.

Registrant's Reception- Friday 4-6pm
The official kick-off reception for this year’s British Invasion is to be held under the tent at the STOWE SPECIAL EVENTS FIELD. This event is open to all Pre-Registered participants in the British Invasion Weekend, Car owners and Vendors alike. An opportunity to renew old acquaintances and make new ones. Registration name badges are required for admission and must be worn at all times.

British Classic Motor Car Show
Judging of the British Classic Motorcar Show will be by the vote of the Registrants (People's Choice). In addition to Class Awards, "Special Awards" may be presented by Sponsors, and the Executive Committee. Meguiar's Products will present a special Sponsor's Choice Award for their pick of the show.

Concours d'Elegance- Saturday
The Concours d'Elegance is a "Judged" competition, attracting exceptional show cars; must be British, over 15 years old, and may NOT be replicas. Judging of entrants in the Concours d'Elegance competition will be based on a 100-point system, similar to the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) judging rules. Criteria for judging includes mechanical operation, paint, interior, woodworking, undercarriage, chrome, engine compartment, and authenticity. A minimum of 90 points is required for 1st place, 85 for 2nd place and 75 for 3rd place. In case of a tie score, multiple awards will be presented. All entrants will receive participation ribbons. A special Award for the "Best of Concours" will be presented by Meguiar's.

The British Pub- Saturday, Sunday
Beverages will be provided by Ye Olde England Inne, former recipients of "The Vermont Inn Keepers Award".

The Notch Run Driving Tour- Sunday
A driving tour of the scenic Vermont country side, which will culminate at the show field. Leaving from the High School parking lot the tour will travel over paved roads through the Notch for a 70 minute morning drive.

Tailgate Picnic Competition- Sunday
A display of creativity, good food, and things British. This event has become a "Classic" and perhaps one of the best Tailgate Competitions on the East Coast! Awards will be given for "Most Elegant", "Most Creative", "Most British", "Best Costume", "Best Tasting", "Most Practical", "Most Outrageous", and "Most Humorous".

British Market Place & Auto Jumble- Friday noon to Sunday
A collection of British Companies and vendors selling British, and British like products and services. Hard to find car spares, motoring accessories, motoring teddy bears, British candy, Regalia, Barbour jackets, and more.

British Car Corral - Friday noon to Sunday
An opportunity to buy or sell a British Motor Car or Motorcycle. "For Sale" signs are NOT allowed on the show field. You may place a car for sale in the Car Corral. but in so doing, it cannot compete for honors on the show field. The Registration fee for the Car Corral includes a Tour Plaque, admission for two to all field events Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and the Registrants' Reception. If you are among the first 300 to register for the show you will also receive our special "Meet Gift."

The Competition of Colors - Sunday
On Sunday, vote for your favorite British Classic by color. Competition includes RED, WHITE, BLUE, BRITISH RACING GREEN, BLACK, TWO-TONE (for those of you who couldn't decide what color to paint your car in the first place), and RAINBOW, for all other colors not previously mentioned.

And they forgot to mention that on Friday night, the main street in Stowe Village is closed to just British cars while a Beatles' Tribute Band plays until 9:00 PM.

OK..... time to get to the car pictures!