It’s not quite in the mode of American patriot Paul Revere, but those who breathe for their historic motor machines are crying: “The British are coming!” on Wednesday, May 4.
It’s the third annual British Classics Tour with more than 150 famous UK cars and motorcycles gracing the southern Fleurieu region on tour, starting and finishing at Victor Harbor.
Hosted by the Victor Harbor branch of the Historic Motor Vehicles Club, it will be held in true British car-run style and local businesses are asked to add a touch of good old British flavor to their shop fronts.
The event has become an important part of Australia’s motoring calendar, and has attracted entries from individual owners and car clubs throughout South Australia and interstate. It will include examples from early models to late 1970s featuring sports cars, elegant limousines, family sedans and well known early motorcycles.
Spectators can relive old motoring memories when they the vehicles assemble on the Esplanade, and in the foreshore car park from 9.30am before going on a short tour of the south coast. Vehicles will be then flagged off at 11 am at Albert Place, which will be closed.
HMVC event coordinator and chairman of the tour’s organising committee, Graham Withers, said that as the number of entries had exceeded previous years, it was decided to have the starting point in the centre Victor Harbor. It provides spectators the opportunity to view vehicles assembled from 9.30 am in the foreshore car park. The vehicles will then return from a short tour of the south coast via Inman Valley and return to Victor Harbor at 12.30pm. Entrants will drive down Seaview Road, along Ocean Street to assemble for a large display on Warland Reserve.
The featured car make for the day will be Jaguar, with entrants forming a special display. Special trophy awards will made in numerous categories.