Champagne British Car Festival 2018 Celebrates its 27th year in Central Illinois!
The Champagne British Car Festival (CBCF) had its beginnings as an all-British car show held at a community college in Springfield, IL. It soon relocated to Urbana-Champaign in the spring of 1992.
Around 2004, a decision was made to move the festival to the
Hawthorn Suites in Champaign. The show was held in a nearby private parking lot. The CBCF remained here until 2009. In 2010, the festival “moved on down the road” to Bloomington, IL where the show found its current location at the David Davis Mansion in the near east side. The host hotel is the Bloomington Hawthorn Suites.
The CBCF Committee Members at the festival have always worked hard to give the CBCF an identity of its own.
- Organized activities begin on Friday evening June 1st with an informal gathering of care owners at our host hotel.
- Saturday June 2 will start with a group drive from the host hotel over scenic backroads to a lunch destination .
- Saturday evening’s banquet will be at Tony Roma’s and feature a topical British car presentation.
- For the early risers, we’re bringing back the Sunday “Dawn Patrol” (weather permitting). The Dawn Patrollers will take an early morning drive to a breakfast destination with plenty of time for pre-show clean up.
- The weekend festivities will be capped on Sunday afternoon June 3 with an All-British car display.
ALL Mini/MINI cars get the spotlight at the 27th annual Champagne British Car Festival being held June 3 at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site in Bloomington.
More than 140 British cars are expected at this popular annual event organized by the Flat Land British Car Club. Along with the usual influx of MGs, Triumphs, and Austin-Healeys, other British marques on display include Jaguar, Bentley, Cobra, Morgan, Lotus, Mini, DeLorean and Rootes.
The Mini/MINI will return as the 2018 CBCF Marque of the Year. The Mini is the little car that can. It’s the little vehicle that won three of four Monte Carlo road rallies in the ’60s, besting all the better-known competitors. More than 5.7 million Minis have been sold since it was first made by British Motor Corp. in 1959. It disappeared from the American scene in the mid-’70s when it didn’t meet safety and emission standards, reappearing in 2002 under the current ownership of BMW. ALL vintage and modern MINIs are encouraged to come strut their stuff as the Featured Marque for 2018
The festival’s car show runs from 10 a.m. until the awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 3. The day will conclude with awards for best of show and best in individual classes. A Premiere Class award will also be given for the car selected as the best among the previous year’s class winners.
The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, was built in 1872 for Supreme Court Justice David Davis and his wife, Sarah. The site is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for public tours. To learn more, visit http://DavidDavisMansion.org. Donations of $5 for adults and $2 for children, or $10 for an entire family, are requested to benefit the David Davis Foundation.
As with most car shows, the enthusiasts who volunteer their time and efforts have made the CBCF what it is today. The Champagne British Car Festival has become an annual event for many British car enthusiasts in the Midwest for 26 years.
May the devotion and energy continue!