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. In 2010, the festival moved to Bloomington, IL where the show found its current location at the David Davis Mansion on the City’s near east side. The CBCF Committee Members at the festival have always worked hard to give the CBCF an identity of its own.
What’s happen at the Champagne British Car Festival THIS YEAR?
- Organized activities begin on Friday evening June 1st with an informal gathering of care owners at our host hotel. The host hotel for 2018 will be the Bloomington Hawthorn Suites.
- Saturday June 2 will start with a group drive from the host hotel over scenic backroads to a lunch destination . You will return to downtown Bloomington to reserved parking around the historic courthouse, now the McLean Co. Museum of History.
- Saturday evening’s banquet will be at Michael’s Restaurant and feature our speaker for the evening, Tim Suddard, publisher and founder of Classic Motorsports magazine.
- The weekend festivities will be capped on Sunday afternoon June 3 with an All-British car display.
More than 140 British cars are expected at this popular annual event, organized with the help from members of 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.
ALL Mini/MINI cars get the Featured Marque spotlight at the 27th annual Champagne British Car Festival being held June 3 at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site in Bloomington.
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 introduced 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 8:30 a.m. until the awards ceremony at 2:30 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!