Champagne British Car Festival Celebrates its 28th 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.
What’s happening at the Champagne British Car Festival THIS YEAR?
- The CBCF weekend begins Friday evening May 31st with an informal gathering of fellow British car owners in the Eastland Room of the Eastland Suites Hotel and Conference Center .
- The fun continues Saturday June 1st with a self-guided “rally-style” tour of local car collections and a delicious sit-down banquet at the highly rated Biaggi’s Italian Restaurant.
- The Saturday evening banquet features this year’s Honorary Chairman and Guest Speaker, Burt Levy, the “World’s Fastest Novelist”. Burt authored The Last Open Road , a story that transports the reader to the summer of 1952 and incredible characters that leading us on one hilarious adventure after another. http://www.lastopenroad.com/index.html
- The weekend culminates on Sunday, June 2nd with the Champagne British Car Show on beautiful Clover Lawn of David Davis Mansion, Bloomington, IL. The David Davis Mansion provides a wonderful backdrop to display over 125 British cars. The festival includes music, vendors, food and beverage options, tables and chairs to enjoy your meal and drinks. The entire grounds will be festooned with colorful Union Jacks and British car manufacturer’s flags.
More than 125 British cars are expected at this popular annual event, organized by 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 and Rootes.
ALL Lotus cars get the Featured Marque spotlight at the 28th annual Champagne British Car Festival being held June 2nd at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site in Bloomington, IL.
Lotus cars return as the 2019 CBCF Marque of the Year. Lotus Cars is a British automotive company that manufactures sports cars and racing cars in its headquarters in Hethel, United Kingdom. Lotus cars include the Esprit, Elan, Europa, Elise, Exige and Evora . Lotus has had motor racing success with Team Lotus in Formula One. ALL vintage and modern Lotus cars are encouraged to come strut their stuff as the Featured Marque for 2019.
The festival’s car show runs from 9:00 am until the awards ceremony at 2:30 pm on Sunday, June 2. Awards are presented for the top three cars in their individual classes and for the spectator selected “Peoples Choice”. The State Farm Cup is awarded for the car selected as the best among the previous year’s class winners.
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 since 1991.
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