The British are coming

by Cole Dittmer
Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Staff photo by Cole Dittmer 

This red 1971 Triumph Stag will be at the British Motor Club of the Cape Fear’s annual show in Wrightsville Beach along with around 150 other British and European automobiles on Saturday, Sept. 14. 

For the first time in the club’s existence, the British Motor Club of the Cape Fear will host its annual car show in Wrightsville Beach on Saturday, Sept. 14, during which a diverse collection of British cars will be on display. 

Club member Carl Wilson said more than 150 cars are expected to journey to the car show on the lawn in front of the old Wrightsville Beach firehouse from all over North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. 

“We have had a ton of buzz with it being at the beach this year; we have had more preregister than we ever have,” Wilson said. “We have some of the best cars in the state that come to this car show.”

The different makes of cars the club expects include Triumphs, Mini Coopers, Austin Healeys, Rolls Royces, and a wide array of Jaguars and MG models. Club president Edie Cutler also said there would be an assortment of Sunbeam cars at the show as well. 

For the past couple of years the British Motor Club has held its show at Poplar Grove Plantation later in the year but for the club’s 15th annual show Cutler and Wilson said they wanted to bring it down to the beach and have it earlier in the year to draw more participants and spectators. 

“Now they have a reason to come to the beach and we have stuff in our packet showing that restaurants are close by,” Wilson said. “It is going to be a little of a boost for the beach economy after Labor Day.”

With the reception the beach show has received so far, Wilson said the club wants to make the show at Wrightsville Beach a long-term annual event. 

As a nonprofit organization, the club will be selling raffle tickets at the event for $1 each to raise money for the local and international charities it supports. In the past Cutler said the funds raised by the club have benefitted the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, Doctors Without Borders, the victims of Hurricane Katrina and Drive Away Cancer Now. This year Cutler said Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter would be the beneficiary of a portion of the proceeds because a few of the club’s members have used hospice services recently. 

Wilson said the club has always helped local charities and that the members always help each other with issues other than car troubles. 

“People think a car club is just a bunch of motor heads standing around,” Wilson said. “This is as much of a social club and a tight family, the cars are just a common denominator.”

To date the British Motor Club of the Cape Fear has a membership of 86 families and the daughter of one of those members is the British Vice Consul, Claire Newman, who will be at the show to present the event’s awards. 

Wilson said although the club is a British motor club, anyone is welcome to join, even if they don’t have a car. 

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