Sunday is a fun day at the Invasion
with basically four events going on:
The Competition of Colors
- Instead of being grouped by marque and model you're grouped by car color:
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. Participants then
vote for their favorite car by color.
Tailgate Picnic Competition- 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".
Parade of Winners - The best in each
class are asked to drive their car to the front of the field and tell us all
about their car.
Blindfold Driving Competition - The
driver is blindfolded and the navigator has to give them directions through
a cone "maze". Sounds simple but actually difficult and hilarious to watch.
Don't you love people who
have fun with their cars! THis is a '62 Morgan with a few "subtle" mods
Next up are some pictures from the Picnic Tailgate
Competition..........some consider it pretentious and snooty but I thought these
folks did a great job. I loved the way they got in character and had a theme for
There's a little story behind
these next two ladies. On the way to Stowe we ran into torrential rain
for about 20 miles and passed them driving this 1951 Lea Francis Woodie
Wagon while their spouses were in a 1948 Lea Francis Sport. The Wagon
had roll up windows but the wipers are manually operated. The lady on
the right was driving, right hand drive and hanging on with two hands
for dear life. The wiper control was on her right and she rarely tried
to even use it. The spouses were in the other car that had no side
curtains. It was not a good drive up for them! I saw the guys
drive in, dressed a couple of mafia thugs but I never got a picture of
Another fun event is the Blindfolded drive through
a short course lined with cones. You drive forward about 50 yards, turn left,
back up and drive back through the course. Time is added for every cone knocked
down. It's a BIG time penalty per cone so this is a case where the tortoise
approach works best. One guy actually ran the course in a full size Land Rover!