Champagne British Car Festival 2017 Celebrates its 26th 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 2 with an informal gathering of care owners at our host hotel.
- On Saturday June 3 we’ll start with a group drive to Pontiac’s Route 66 Museum.
- Saturday evening’s banquet will be at Tony Roma’s and feature a presentation by John Kraman from Mecum Auctions.
- 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 4 with an All-British car display.
DeLorean cars get the spotlight at the 26th annual Champagne British Car Festival being held June 4 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.
The 2017 featured “marque” or nameplate is DeLorean, is a sports car manufactured by John DeLorean’s DeLorean Motor Company for the American market from 1981–83. The car features gull-wing and an innovative fiberglass body structure with a steel backbone chassis, along with external brushed stainless steel body panels. For more history – click here.
The festival’s car show runs from 10 a.m. until the awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 5. 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!