May 24, 2005

Vancouver British car show sees record number of entries

Story and photos by Greg Wilson

Vancouver, British Columbia – The 2005 Vancouver All British Field meet celebrated its 20th anniversary on Saturday, May 21st. A record 591 classic British cars were entered in the event. The featured cars were MGA, celebrating its 50th anniversary as a marque, and Morgan.

Organizer Patrick Stewart said the Vancouver ABFM is now North America’s second largest British car show. More than 5000 people attended the one-day show and accompanying swap meet held on the grounds of the picturesque Van Dusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver.

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British and British Columbia flags fly in front of an immaculate 1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith and a Rolls-Royce Corniche sedan

Trio of TR3s overlook field of Triumphs

A pair of Lotus Super Sevens attracts interest from enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike

1982 Aston Martin Lagonda was owned by Kuwaiti billionaire who painted the car in a bright pearlescent green colour

A large selection of “ordinary” British cars were on display, including Morris Oxford, Morris Minor, Ford Prefect, Ford Cortina, Vauxhaul Victor, Austin Marina, and Nash Metropolitan

John Perry’s 1961 MGA was one of many on display for the marque’s 50th anniversary

The aerodynamic bodywork of this rare 1951 Bristol 401 stood out amongst other British cars of its era

The car that became the Shelby Cobra, a 1960 AC Ace, is arguably even more attractive

This aluminum-bodied 1953 Allard Palm Beach was the pace car at the first race at the legendary-but-now-turned-into-a-housing-division Westwood race-track near Vancouver

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