British Car Days of New Brunswick

How it started…

The British Car Days of New Brunswick started during a conversation in 2007 between Ernst Zwahlen and Pierre LeMonde. Both had previously attended British car events and thought it would be nice to have a British car event in New Brunswick. They brought the idea to Barry Glencross, Rexton’s Administrator. It was instantly agreed this idea had great potential. The idea was then shared with others and after receiving overwhelming positive response, the three decided to get serious and start planning the event.

The first major question, where could such an event be held? How large an event could be workable? Having the Bonar Law Common Heritage Site within the community, this concern was quickly dealt with. This beautiful site snuggled on the bank of the Richibucto River makes for a beautiful display area. With its unique connection to Great Britain, restored heritage buildings, local museum and welcome centre, combined with the infrastructure of the festival grounds, to hold the event at the Bonar Law Common was a very easy decision. As well, the size of the grounds could easily handle future growth of the event.

Soon a committee was created and with the full support of the municipality and staff of the Bonar Law Historic Site, the idea took off. Once everyone was assured in the ability to put on such an event, the next step was to get in touch with British Vehicles owners and get their thoughts on it.

The first outside meeting was held at a Tim Horton’s in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Ernst, Pierre and Barry went to Nova Scotia to meet with some members of the British Automobile Touring Association of Nova Scotia (BATANS). The Rexton group could not have wished for a more encouraging or a friendly welcome than we received from members of BATANS. So much so, that we actually came away with a potential date for the first British Car Days of New Brunswick.

Immediately following the meeting with BATANS, meetings and contacts were made with as many British Auto Clubs as possible. The Rexton organizers met and contacted the Greater Moncton British Motoring Association, the Fredericton Area British Automobile Club, the British Motoring Association of PEI, as well as, many individuals associated with British Vehicles. The former “British Car Days across the Bridge” of PEI was also visited. The organizers were very helpful. They allowed the British Car Days of New Brunswick’s group to promote their event and actually assisted by sharing our event’s information with their members.

The next was to pick the date and, following much consideration to avoid other similar events, a date was decided upon.

Earlier on it was agreed that the British Car Days of New Brunswick would be more than just a car show; it would need a purpose and should work with local volunteer organization. It was agreed that the main focus, (other than a car show) would be:

  1. to host a fun filled event which would assist in maintaining the Bonar Law Common Heritage Site and promote the region’s tri-community cultures,
  2. to support local volunteer organizations through supporting their fund raising activities and,
  3. to annually choose a worthy cause to donate 25% (?) from the net profits.

So in short, The British Car Days of New Brunswick’s purpose is to host an enjoyable event while promoting this beautiful region of New Brunswick while working with various volunteer organizations and supporting recognized worthy foundations whenever possible.

Checkout the previous British Car Days of New Brunswick events as well as the links to our event supporters and other British Associations.

British Car Days of New Brunswick

British Car Days of New Brunswick 2012

The British Car Days of New Brunswick kicked off its 5th edition on August 10th, 2012. Although Mother Nature wasn't in full cooperation, the participants enjoyed a lovely day visiting our beautiful Village of Rexton. Since this year's Rexton Homecoming Festival was focused on "Getting Back To Our Roots", we decided to follow suit and incorporate our rich history in this year's Rally Tour. The participants had to find eight (8) locations within the municipality and answer different questions. They enjoyed an interesting tour with Jade Carruthers, a local student working at the St-Andrews United Church; and also met Alan Hermitage, a local history buff and antiques dealer. They may have seen a thing or two at his shop ;-) Our community prides itself on its rich and vibrant history and it was our pleasure to share some of it!

The Meet and Greet evening began a little earlier this year to accommodate the Pontoon Tour of the beautiful Richibucto River with another local resident, Timmie Hébert. After some delectable food and great local wine from the Richibucto River Wine Estate, the participants strolled the river for an hour tour and got the chance to see a part of Rexton visitors don't usually get to see!

Although the morning of the show began with very promising sunshine, the skies eventually opened up for a few brief showers… Even the British Car Gods were sad at the low attendance! On the bright side, it did allow the participants to mingle with each other and allowed us to get to know everybody better. And I now know the difference between an MGB and an MGA! The participants represented the various clubs around the Maritimes, with representation from the BATANS , the FABAC , the BCCCB, and the newly formed E.A.T.S

Allie and Carlin entertained everyone at Saturday evening's Award Banquet. After a "finger licking" good meal, the awards were presented.

The winners were as follows:

LONGEST DISTANCE DRIVEN:
Ed & Esther Ingold, Lunenburg NS
2006 Land Rover Range Rover HSE
 
COOLEST CAR (Voted by Kids 13&Under):
Karen Johnston, Scotch Lake NB
1959 Triumph TR3A
 
PEOPLE'S CHOICE:
Gerry Hull, Waverley NS
1960 Austin Healy Sprite
 
MAYOR'S CHOICE:
Wanda E. Woolaver, Bible Hill NS
1961 MGA Roadster
 
PARTICIPANT'S CHOICE:
Gerry Hull, Waverley NS
1960 Austin Healy Sprite
 
BIGGEST SUPPORTING CLUB/ASSOCIATION:
British Automobile Touring Association of Nova Scotia
BATANS

The winner of the Rally Prize was Curry and Sherri Alders. The prize contained a special clay necklace, handmade by Jade Carruthers. The winner was chosen among those who participated in the Rally and who correctly answered all the questions.

The winner of the Early Bird Draw for those who registered before July 29th, 2012 was Wanda E. Woolaver. She received a $50 gift card at Petro Canada. Honestly, who couldn't use free gas??

We wrapped up the weekend's events with a traditional breakfast, followed by the unveiling of the Mgr-Marcel-Francois-Richard monument in St-Louis de Kent.

Being a "Glass-Half-Full" kinda gal, I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to sit and talk with all the participants. And I know next year will be even more exciting! The planning has already begun and will include an Afternoon and Evening Pontoon Tour on Friday with Timmie, more activities during the Car Show, including Inflatable Games, live entertainment, special obstacle course races and so much more!

We would like to thank our local sponsor Rexall: The Rexton Pharmacy, for their generous support! Also, a big Thanks goes to the many volunteers and the Bonar Law Common staff for all their help!

British Car Days of New Brunswick 2011

The 4th Annual British Car Days was held among the most beautiful rays of sunshine the summer has yet to see! After so much rain these last few weeks, the vitamin D was a welcome surprise!

Some of the participants arrived bright-eyed and bushy tailed on Friday morning to start the Rally Tour. They spent the morning touring Kent County and discovering the most interesting and unique spots we could find! A certain someone, who shall remain nameless, will never again confuse her left and her right!

The evening's Meet and Greet offered great food and wine with even better company! Old friends were reacquainted and new friendships were made! All in all, a great evening!

Saturday morning, the participants gathered at the Bonar Law Common for the show and prepared their vehicles; some scrubbed until they could see their own reflection… Ok, most of the participants did! The afternoon was spent discussing all things British and escaping the beautiful sunshine! Thankfully, Bonar's Bar was open and serving ice cold refreshments!

The Awards Banquet was held at the Rexton Lions Community Hall, catered by James Kelly. The meal was delicious and the entertainment was amazing. The participants enjoyed Heather Morton, a local whistler and the dance sensation Kyle Jones, who brought us back in time with his "Dance Revolution".

The awards were presented and the winners were as follows:

LONGEST DISTANCE DRIVEN:
Ed & Esther Ingold, Lunenburg NS
2006 Land Rover Range Rover HSE
 
COOLEST CAR (Voted by Kids 13&Under):
Jurg & Ellsbeth Pilgrim, Mundleville NB
1923 Vauxhall Kington Tourer
 
PEOPLE'S CHOICE:
Curry & Sherri Alders, Upper Kingsclear NB
1966 Austin Healy
 
MAYOR'S CHOICE:
Curry & Sherri Alders, Upper Kingsclear NB
1966 Austin Healy
 
PARTICIPANT'S CHOICE:
Curry & Sherri Alders, Upper Kingsclear NB
1966 Austin Healy
 
BIGGEST SUPPORTING CLUB/ASSOCIATION:
Fredericton Area British Automobile Club
FABAC

The winner of the Rally Prize was Jurg & Ellsbeth Pilgrim. The prize contained a special memorabilia from the three (3) municipalities, Rexton, Richibucto and St-Louis. The winner was chosen among those who participated in the Rally and who correctly answered all the questions.

The winner of the Early Bird Draw for those who registered before July 29th, 2011 was Preston and Betti Ann Smith. They received a $50 gift card at Petro Canada.

Congratulations to all the winners!

We wrapped up the weekend's events with a traditional breakfast, followed by a parade to the Daigle Park in St-Louis de Kent.

The camaraderie between the British car owners is really something to see! When one participant had car troubles, many stayed behind, delaying a long trip home to help each other out! It just goes to show how their common love of beautiful vehicles can unite this group in more than just a car club!!

We want to thank all the participants for allowing us the pleasure of hosting a wonderful weekend for you! We enjoyed your company and we hope to see you all again next year.

We would also like to thank our local sponsor Rexall: The Rexton Pharmacy and the Warren Group for their generous support! Also, a big Thanks goes to the many volunteers and the Bonar Law Common staff for all their help!

British Car Days of New Brunswick 2010

The third annual British Car Days of New Brunswick was another great success! This year started off with a guided tour of the region on Friday afternoon. The weather was just wonderful and all reports suggest it was very well enjoyed despite the section of "surprise - surprise" road construction.

Then back to the Bonar Law Commons in time to enjoy Friday evenings meet & greet and the official registration. A little wine, your choice of tasty treats and a burger or two! Lots of time for a leisurely stroll through the beautiful Bonar Law Heritage Site or to check out the local talent during the Common's "Friday Night Music by the Water". Just a great finish to a beautiful day.

Saturday morning arrives and its show time. Another sunshine and lollipop day, the same as last year! Cars start rolling-in at 8 am for a wash & shine. It was soon to be noticed that some required more elbow work than others. The question of the day… what's on your car… where did you go last night?

The new facilities were very well received. New washrooms, roofed structures, and new parking area kept everyone in shouting distance, worked very well. The screened refreshment building on the bank of the beautiful Richibucto River and Ed and Nicole Saulnier, father and daughter music team, were enjoyed throughout the afternoon and during the banquet. There was even a little time for the partners to try a little farmersgolf.

However, once again as the residents came through the gates, the main focus was on the beautiful British vehicles. With the Saturday morning entries, the show vehicle numbers surpassed the 50 mark. We very much appreciate the attendance of British car enthusiasts from around the province. Once again, this year the BATANS and FABAC British Car Clubs very well supported the British Car Days of New Brunswick. New this year was a great contingent of wonderful folks from the BCCCB club in Cape Britain NS. The BCCCB Club was just completing a tour of Gaspé region and had been on the road for some time. During their travels, the BCCCB members crossed paths with MG lovers from Ontario and being true Capers, enticed them to join us for the weekend.

We were extremely pleased to meet and make new friends and have the opportunity to get reacquainted with old friends. This is what our show is about, displaying our pride and joy; letting the rods cool down; recharging the batteries; while telling a few stories between new and old friends.

As the delightful afternoon drew to a close, the banquet was fast approaching and the judging was fast and furious. With such a great range of cars to choose from judging the various categories was a challenge.

The folks attending the banquet received more than they bargained for in the way of delicious meal with overflowing plates with delicious deserts. The following awards were presented during the banquet.

This year's award winners:

PEOPLE'S CHOICE:
Debbie and Rodney Krolouski from St. George, NB
1952 MGTD
 
PARTICIPANT'S CHOICE:
Jerry Hull from Waverley, NS
1965 Austin Healey 3000MK3
 
MAYOR'S CHOICE:
Curry and Sherry Alders from Upper Kingsclear, NB
1969 Jaguar E Type
 
LONGUEST DISTANCE TRAVELED:
Todd and Jen Steeves from Munster, ON
1978 MG B

Once again, this year the awards for each category were unique hand carvings by local artist Pat Doiron. These awards were smaller carvings of the larger carving permanently on display at the Bonar Law Common. The carvings are of a 1923 Vauxhall Kingston, locally owned by Jurg Pilgrim.

Following breakfast served at the Richibucto Lions Club, it was back to the Bonar Law Common to organize for the parade to Daigle Park in Saint Louis. Following a warm welcome from Saint Louis Mayor Louis Arsenault, there was just enough time for a game of washers before everyone had to go there separate ways.

In order to obtain input from the participants, a survey was presented. The high number of participants that took the time to fill out the surveys indicated a strong support for the British Car Days of New Brunswick. Presently, all comments and suggestions of this survey are being analyzed.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers and Bonar Law Common staff as well as local sponsors for making our 2010 British Car Days of New Brunswick possible. Without this support, this event would not be possible.

British Car Days of New Brunswick 2009

The second, British Car Days of New Brunswick started at 6 pm on Friday. A meet and greet was held at the Bonar Law Common on what started as a beautiful Friday evening. Then, rain, thunder, lighting, no… no… not again. However, cooler heads prevailed and it was agreed with the weather being out of the organizers control and with such beautiful buffet, delightful tasting wine from Maury Winery, Alex’s delicious oysters, it was time to relax on the porch and enjoy the great company. Tomorrow is another day!

Saturday, show day, what a day it was! It was a sunshine and lollipop day! It started off with additional cars landing on site at 8 am. 41 cars were registered and with the event drawing attention on British made vehicles there were more then 50 vehicles on the grounds throughout the day. We had approximately 300 visitors viewing the wonderful display of vehicles. Susan Ueffing played for the crowd while the Rexton Lions Club flipped burgers and hotdogs and the RCMP displayed their rollover display vehicle. With great weather, beautiful cars, wonderful entertainment and fun loving people all gathering at the Bonar Law Common, on the banks of the Richibucto River, always makes for a grand day.

This year’s banquet was held at the Lions Community Hall. Lovely dinner music was performed by Doris Richard followed by many favourites performed by Duane Lewis and sung by Susan Ueffing. Premier Shawn Graham and wife Roxanne attended the banquet. Premier Graham addressed those present and showed support for the British Car Days of New Brunswick by suggesting the province would be interested in supporting future events.

This year’s award winners were:

PEOPLE'S CHOICE:
Curry and Sherry Alders from Upper Kingsclear, NB
1966 Austin-Healey 3000 MK III
 
PARTICIPANT'S CHOICE:
Debbie and Rodney Krolouski from St. George, NB
1952 MGTD
 
MAYOR'S CHOICE:
Bob Hamilton
1954 Sunbeam Talbot Drophead Coupe
 
LONGUEST DISTANCE TRAVELED:
Ed & Esther Ingold from Lunenburg, NS
Land Rover

This year the awards were hand carvings by local artist Pat Doiron. These awards were smaller carvings of the larger carving permanently on display at the Bonar Law Common. The carvings are of a 1923 Vauxhall Kingston, locally owned by Jurg Pilgrim.

Sunday started with a great breakfast served at the Richibucto Lions Club. Following breakfast it was back to the Bonar Law Common to organize for the parade to Daigle Park in Saint Louis. This was another grand day, especially for a parade and a drive along the eastern coastline of New Brunswick.

In order to obtain input from the participants, organizers held the annual review, before everyone departed. Lots of good suggestions were put forward to continue to improve the British Car Days of New Brunswick. Plans are already underway for next year and some new fun ideas are being worked on.

We would like to thank our local supporters of our 2009 British Car Days of New Brunswick.


As well, the continuing support from BATANS and FABAC is very much appreciated. Thank you to everyone that helped to make this event such a great success.

The BATANS is the British Automobile Touring Association of Nova Scotia
http://www.batans.ca/

The FABAC is the Fredericton Area British Automobile Club
http://fabaclub.blogspot.com/

2009 Photo Gallery:
http://www.bonarlawcommon.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=14

British Car Days of New Brunswick 2008

The first ever, British Car Days of New Brunswick started at 4 pm on Friday. A meet and greet was held at the Bonar Law Common Welcome Centre on what was a beautiful Friday evening. The meet and greet offered a chance for participants to taste the delightful Maury wines and sample La Fromagerie du Fond des Bois goat cheese display and fresh muscles and oysters from Alex Cormier. Rexton’s Mayor David L. Hanson, along with the Mayor of Richibucto, Meldric Mazerolle and the Mayor of St- Louis, Louis Arsenault welcomed one and all. A nice surprise was a visit from Premier Shawn Graham who popped in to welcome and greet the participants.

Saturday, show day, started off with a little sun but soon turned into a day of torrential rains that went on and on and on. Hoping the rain would subside the Rexton Lions Club and other vendors continued setting up. It was not to be so plan B to move to the curling rink went into operation. Can you imagine the first ever British Car Days of New Brunswick and it had to be moved inside? However, by noon it was all set up inside the club. Eventually, we had a nice crowd attending even with the pouring rain. The participant’s partner tour and the balance of the day including the banquet went off without a hitch. To our amazement the participants’ spirits never dampened.

Saturday evening a banquet was held and catered at the curling club. Trophies were awarded to:

PEOPLE'S CHOICE:
Jurg and Elsbeth Pilgrim
1958 Jaguar XK 150
 
PARTICIPANT'S CHOICE:
Bob & Pat Hamilton
1953 Sunbeam Alpine
 
MAYOR'S CHOICE:
Jurg and Elsbeth Pilgrim
1923 Vauxhall Kingston Tourer 23/60
 
LONGUEST DISTANCE TRAVELED:
Preston and Betti Ann Smith from Head of St. Margaret's Bay, NS

The evening’s guest speaker was Ronald Durelle, Assistant Deputy Minister of Corporate Operations/Tourism and Parks, New Brunswick. As well as special guest Al Capone dropped in (Emery Comeau) to present awards to the winners as recognition of the local Rum Running era.

Sunday morning brought out the sun while the Rexton Lions Club served up breakfast at the Lions Community Hall. Following breakfast, the R.C.M.P. lead the parade of British vehicles, on a gorgeous August morning, on a 25 km tour to Daigle Park in St-Louis where we had the closing ceremonies hosted by the three tri-community Mayors. The event closed with very positive comments from the participants, along with requests that the local committee not let the weather discourage them from holding another event next year.

The organizing committee would like to thank all the participants for attending the first British Car Days of New Brunswick. Special thanks to members of the BATANS; we appreciate all your support.

2008 Photo Gallery

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