BCCD shifts into overdrive with activities throughout the Fall
The club held its first ever Fall show at the historic Friends of Bellanca Airfield in New Castle, DE on Saturday, Sept. 14. For photos visit the Gallery tab of this website.
The featured marque was Jaguar and 63 cars and their owners turned out to make the show a big success. It is estimated 300 - 400 people attended. Special thanks and congratulations are due to our new club president Terry Young, show chairs Bill Wilson and Duane Brown, and their dedicated team of volunteers who worked hard to pull this event together within a very short time frame. It is nice to know our statewide club is large enough and active enough to organize and support two quality shows each year - the Spring show in historic Lewes and the Fall show in historic New Castle.
The weekend following the show, Saturday Sept. 21, club members enjoyed a Fall fun road rally and picnic hosted by Trevor Mees and Betty Burleigh at their home near Lewes. For photos visit the gallery tab of this website.
The rally took place in gorgeous "top-down" weather and featured a scavenger hunt format where participants were challenged to solve a series of riddles describing local landmarks. Following the rally, everyone returned to Trevor and Betty's home for a potluck picnic on their patio overlooking their lovely gardens.
A special touch to the event was a presentation by Dana Mason to Frank Jacquette of a patriotic handmade quilt on behalf of the Quilts of Valor for his service during the Vietnam War. Quilts of Valor are a way of saying. “Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and valor” serving our nation in combat.
With the Christmas holidays around the corner, the club has a special holiday dinner planned at the University and Whist Club in Wilmington with the Brandywine Motorsports Club. For more information, please visit the Events tab on our website, our club FaceBook page British Car Club of Delaware, or the latest issue of The British Diamond Newsletter (which can also found on our website and the Facebook Page)
For many years, downstate club members have driven their decorated cars in the annual Lewes Christmas parade. The tradition will continue again this year on Saturday Dec. 7, followed by dinner at The Wheelhouse Restaurant on the Lewes/Rehoboth Canal. For more information, please visit the Events tab on our website and/or our club FaceBook page British Car Club of Delaware.
Regarding our club Facebook page; we now have 162 members following our page and we had 166 posts, comments or reactions during the previous 30 days. If you are not yet a member, visit the site and send a "friend request". While we do our best to keep the club website updated, the immediacy of Facebook and the opportunity for all page participants to post and react to content make it the best way to stay completely up-to-date on what your club and other club members are doing and let them know what you are busy with.
BCCD Northern Chapter Show Set for Sept. 14 in New Castle, DE
Giuseppe Mario Bellanca (or GM) immigrated from Italy in 1911 and continued his passion for aircraft design here in the United States. His aircraft achieved numerous endurance and efficiency records, and his plane Columbia (shown at left) wasCharles Lindbergh's first choice for a Trans-Atlantic crossing. Lindbergh was unable to secure the plane, but 2 weeks after that first Trans-Atlantic flight Columbia was flown non-stop from New York to Berlin (3,911 miles). In 1931, Bellanca's Miss Veedol was the first plane to fly non-stop across the Pacific from Japan to Washington State (4,500 miles, shown at right).
In 1928, Bellanca and Henry B. duPont built an airfield, aircraft plant, and service hangar in New Castle, Delaware. Located off Route 273 near the Delaware River, the plant produced approximately 3000 aircraft before closing in 1954.
FoBA volunteers are restoring the 1935 Bellanca Airfield service hangar, owned by the Trustees of The New Castle Common.
June 2019 Club Update
April 2019 Club Update from BCCD President Terry Young
Greetings Fellow British Car Club of Delaware Members,
These last few warm days have been terrific. I put the top down on the MGB and ran a few errands. I was a bit more bundled up than I’d like but the open air, the sound of the powerful 1800 CC engine pushing the screaming “B” up and down Route 13 with a couple back roads thrown in - great fun. In the next few days I’m anticipating more of the same.
But first there are some important events that will kick off the year for our British Car Club of Delaware. We have a full schedule. Let’s take a look at what’s coming.
- April 25, 2019 at 6:00 PM is the first meeting for the Northern Chapter at McGlynns Pub Pike Creek, 8 Polly Drummond Shopping Center, Newark DE;
- April 30, 2019 at 6:00 PM Southern Chapter’s meeting on at JD Shuckers, 21710 Roth Ave, Georgetown, DE. This will be the Swag Bag packing meeting in anticipation of;
- May 4, 2019 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Lewes Motorcar Show held at the Lewes Cape May Terminal grounds in Lewes, DE. Work call 07:30 AM.
- June 1, 2019 Winterthur Historic Autos. An invitational event open to BCCD members hosted by Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. A separate announcement sent a few days ago.
You can see our North and South Chapter’s activities are in full swing. Plan on giving each your full support and participation. Our Lewes Motorcar Show is no exception. Bill and his team have made an effort to identify and fill the many jobs it takes to make the Lewes Motorcar Show run smooth and above all a success. But we still need a few more BCCD volunteers to round out the roster. Email or talk to Dana on the 30th JD Shuckers meeting to get your name added to the list.
Focusing on the Northern Chapter for a moment or two. I‘m anticipating a great turnout on the 25th for a couple of reasons – well actually more than a couple.
I want to meet you learn about your “British” journey. Also, I hope you’ll drive your British Car to the meeting. Admiring the unique British marques up close is a reason I joined many years ago.
I want to get your ideas for scheduling and participating in a few events for the remaining year; i.e., drives, shows, parades, cruise-in’s, etc. An example. The Southern Chapter has a Rally planned. Rallies are great fun.
Of course the elephant in the room. We’ll have to talk about whether we want to have a fall car show. The dialog must include a possible date, location, all British, or include Euro Asian autos and a year range.
We should have a lively meeting. To stay on track I use an agenda, attempting to stay within our scheduled hour. We will begin at 6:00 PM using Robert’s rules – albeit loosely. Although, I don’t mind interruptions, please try to arrive a little early if ordering dinner. Above all let’s have fun and an open exchange of ideas.
We have a few exciting weeks ahead. I’m looking forward to seeing you on the 25th, the 30th and the 4th.
Pay attention to the road and Drive safely!
BCCD HAS A NEW PRESIDENT!
Mr. Terry Young of Dover volunteered for the 2019 Presidency of the British Car Club of Delaware and officially took the wheel in late March. He replaces Mr. Don Henderson who served as President for many years.
Terry, a British automobile enthusiast, joined the British Car Club of Delaware when he arrived in the Diamond State in 2017. He organized the club's visit to the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover last year and has been active with the club in other ways as well. Previously, he was a member of the British Motoring Club of Montgomery, Alabama serving as their President from 2014 to 2016.
Terry and his wife Georgia own two British cars. Their first British car was a 1999 Jaguar XK8, which Terry nursed back to health after buying it in 2012. Once bitten by the British bug, Terry purchased and restored a MGB bringing it back from the dead. Previous sports cars included a 1964 Volkswagen Karman Ghia Terry drove when out of high school and a brief run as owner of a 1985 Pontiac Fiero.
Terry and his wife Georgia moved to Delaware from Montgomery, Alabama. While living in Montgomery, Terry worked for the Air Force as an IT systems audit manager before retiring 2013. He also retired from the New Jersey Air National Guard as a Chief Master Sergeant in 2008. Georgia is a Master Gardener.
According to Terry, the Montgomery club he belonged to is primarily a driving club - drive to eat breakfast – drive to eat lunch – drive just to drive. The British Motoring Club of Montgomery sponsors an annual fall show, too.
Terry is looking forward to representing the British Car Club of Delaware and supporting all of its members and activities. He has scheduled a meeting for the BCCD's northern members and plans to work closely with southern chapter president Bill Tattersall in coordinating club operations.
Welcome and good luck to Terry and Georgia!
THE SOUTHERN CHAPTER'S LEWES SHOW IS MAY 4. ENTER YOUR CAR NOW & RECEIVE A SHOW T-SHIRT!
It is time to register for "The British are Coming Again", the Southern Chapter's May 4 show at the Lewes Ferry Terminal held in partnership with the Lewes Chamber of Commerce. Registration forms are available for download (2019 BCCD Lewes Show Registration Form). The cost per car is $20 in advance and $30 after the Friday before the show or the day of the show. Registration includes admission for the driver and a passenger, one raffle ticket for the participant raffle (car products or car related items) a goody bag and a show plaque to the first 100 preregistered cars. EARLY ENTRIES WILL RECEIVE A SPECIAL SHOW T-SHIRT BEING DESIGNED BY CLUB MEMBER RON JERNIGAN. Entries must be original British made vehicles, model year 2000 or earlier. Replicas, kits or reproductions are not accepted. For more information on the show, visit the Events page.
TWELVE LOCAL BUSINESSES BAND TOGETHER TO SUPPORT BCCD
Businesses that care for and cater to our British cars, as well as those who supply our insatiable appetite for things British have banded together to support our club and the Lewes British Motorcar Show. A special thank you is due to Lewes Gourmet & Puzzles, Rudy's European Motor Cars, Sussex County Customs, Go Brit & Go Fish restaurants, Peninsula Gallery, Coventry Motor Works, The Brimming Horn Meadery, Import Professionals Service Center, Sussex County Detailing, Daughters of the British Empire, Luxury Motors of Rehoboth Beach, and Victoria's Restaurant at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel for their generous contributions in support of our club activities. You can read more about these local small businesses in the sponsors section of our website.
BCCD's SOUTHERN CHAPTER LEWES SHOW IS AROUND THE CORNER
It is time to register for "The British are Coming Again", the Southern Chapter's May 4 show at the Lewes Ferry Terminal held in partnership with the Lewes Chamber of Commerce. Registration forms are available for download (2019 BCCD Lewes Show Registration Form). The cost per car is $20 in advance and $30 after the Friday before the show or the day of the show. Registration includes admission for the driver and a passenger, one raffle ticket for the participant raffle (car products or car related items) a goody bag and a show plaque to the first 100 preregistered cars. Entries must be original British made vehicles, model year 2000 or earlier. Replicas, kits or reproductions are not accepted. For more information on the show, visit the Events page.
NEW CLUB WEBSITE
Welcome to 2019 and to our new club website! It had been quite sometime since the old website had been updated, and a volunteer was needed to take up the task of reinvigorating our internet presence. After administering our club Facebook page for the past year, I figured “how hard can it be”? So here I am navigating the new (to me) world of GoDaddy domain names and web hosting, and WordPress website design software.
Suffice to say the process of getting a new site up and running took longer than expected. My only justification is that’s the way it is with all British car projects.
There has been one very important and necessary change from the old site, our address is different. It is now WWW.BCCDELAWRE.ORG. I dropped the old .com address because it lived on a different platform and was built with different software and it was easier for me to start fresh. I also didn't want to take down the old site in case there were items up there that others still needed access to.
Please change your bookmarks or however else you are used to navigating our club page, so you can easily find us again.
2019 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS ARE DUE
The first order of business for the new year and the new website is to remind everyone to mail in their $20 membership checks along with the renewal application form. The membership form is located under the membership tab on our home page and you can download it by clicking BCCD Membership Form.
CAR CARE & RESTORATION RESOURCES LIST
BCCD now maintains a helpful list of businesses that can assist you with your British Car needs. The list is available to members upon request via email.
As we go forward, please keep an eye on this site and on our club Facebook page for the latest club information, event announcements, reminders, photos, etc., and always be sure to check out Trevor Mees excellent “The British Diamond” monthly club newsletter. It is emailed to club members and can be found on our Facebook page. It is also available by clicking BCCD Newsletter 2018_11_12
Geoff Sundstrom, webmaster