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Flatlander Road Trip to Georgia’s Southeast British Car Festival

By Alan Kleinschmidt

Wednesday September 14th 2022 was a beautiful day for traveling. The Sun was bright and the temps were in the low 70’s.

We met friends, Greg and Chris Oakes, from Roscoe Illinois, at their Hotel in Bloomington and started our journey to the Southeast British Car Festival, sponsored by the Peachtree MG Registry in Dillard Georgia.

We would be driving “Black Betty’ the 1980 MGB LE and Greg and Chris would be in “Buttermilk” the 1972 MGB. Our goal for the day was to overnight in Sevierville Tennessee which lies 562 miles Southeast of Bloomington.

Buttermilk and Black Betty

We got onto Interstate 74 in Bloomington and traveled East through Indianapolis Indiana and on to Cincinnati Ohio where we picked up Interstate 75 and traveled South to Knoxville Tennessee before turning East on Interstate 40 to Sevierville.

Greg and I both prefer secondary roads when traveling in the MG’s, but sometimes you just have to get on the Interstate and go. We both have Overdrive, so cruising at 70 to 75 is not a problem. The cars ran great and about 10 hours later we rolled into the Hotel at Sevierville.

Thursday September 15th was another beautiful day. We headed South through Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg TN before heading up the mountain at Smoky Mountain National Park. The road through the park is very twisty and affords some spectacular views. We came down off the mountain and arrived at Cherokee NC just in time for breakfast at Peters Pancakes. There was a 45 minute wait, but it was well worth it.

We arrived in Dillard Georgia, early afternoon and went to Dillard House to check in and get directions to the house we had rented for our stay. We got the cars unloaded and enjoyed a cold adult beverage on the veranda with Nigel & Jane who had come down separately from Bloomington trailering their MGB.

Friday we were up early and on the road. We traveled to Highland NC for breakfast and then Route 64 to Franklin stopping to view the various falls and rapids along the way

The Peachtree Registry put on a “Low Country Boil” Friday evening at the main banquet hall at Dillard House. The menu included Shrimp, Mussels, Clams, and of course the famous Dillard House desserts.

Saturday was Show Day! There were many gorgeous cars in attendance. The show runs from 9 until 1 affording more time for cruising the back roads around the area.

Georgia’s Southeast British Car Festival

We traveled South this time and made a run around Lake Rabun before heading to Tallulah Gorge and then up Black Rock Mountain. We finished the afternoon at 12 Spies Winery, in Dillard with friends Greg and Chris and Nigel and Jane. The wine was very good and we picked up an extra bottle to bring home.

Another good meal was provided by Dillard House at the Saturday night Banquet and award ceremony. Nigel brought home an award for his modified 1980 MGB.

Sunday found us saying good bye to Georgia and heading home. We traveled to Lawrenceburg Indiana to spend the night. Our Hotel room provided beautiful views of the Ohio River which ran just on the other side of the Levee. There was a floating restaurant a short distance from the Hotel that we walked to for dinner. We were treated to a float equipped plane flying in and tying up for dinner. Pretty cool!

Monday morning found us back on the road, heading for home. The most challenging part of the trip was navigating our LBC’s through traffic in Indianapolis. With I-65, I-70 and I-74 converging there, traffic is always heavy.

We arrived home around noon on Monday. We traveled 1561 miles total for the trip and Betty averaged 31 mpg. Not bad for a 42 year old with 150,000 miles on her odometer.

Congratulations to ALL of our Award of Excellence winners

Congratulations to ALL of our Award of Excellence winners at the 2022 Champagne British Car Festival Car Show on Sunday June 5, 2022. Your personalized award plate is being prepared and will be mailed to you as soon as we receive them.

THANKS to ALL of the participants in our show at the David Davis Mansion.

We had a fantastic day and hope you enjoyed it as much as the members of the Illinois Flat Land British Car Club (IFLBCC) members enjoyed hosting it.

At the Champagne British Car Festival’s Car Show Ken Shure with his 1959 TR3 was second overall in the Triumph Featured Marque, Dan and Connie Goodrum with their 1980 TR7 made the top 25 Award of Excellence awards.

SIX Austin Healey “Award of Excellence” Winners (one not pictured) at the 2022 Champagne British Car Festival’s Car Show. www.CBCF-Bloomington.com

CBCF Route 66 Atlanta, IL Cruise-In

Join the FUN!  We’ve created a Route 66-themed Poker Chip Run and Pop-up ALL British car show destination to showcase the restaurants and attractions on the Mother Road in our area.

We’re anticipating 30-40 British cars will be cruising down old Route 66 on Saturday June 4th, 2022 to our ultimate destination . . .Historic Atlanta, IL.

Atlanta’s tourism office ( https://www.facebook.com/visitatlantail ) will be rolling out the red carpet during the Champagne British Car Festival’s All British car street show. They are opening up their museums, shops and restaurants especially for our Saturday visit.

While you’re there, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to visit the Route 66 attractions that are all within easy walking distance of our downtown car show.

We plan to have opportunities for a group photo shoot and maybe even individual shots in front of the iconic Atlanta Route 66 billboard.

Click the link to view their digital guide to Atlanta, IL! https://simplebooklet.com/theultimateguidetoatlantail

Burgers & Brits – CBCF Cruise-in and Pop-up Car Show

The Champagne British Car Festival is hosting a Cruise-in to Historic Atlanta, IL where the main street will be blocked off for our pop-up All-British Car Show. During the optional box lunch break the City will be opening up their Route 66 and Pinball museums for our use.

Fresh as fresh gets! Chubby’s, a locally owned & run hometown spot, will be cooking up classic style griddle burgers and fries, grilled cheese baskets and salads for those lucky cruisers that have pre-ordered their meals during event pre-registration. Beverages and dessert are included.

The Chubby’s box lunches will be delivered to the Atlanta Museum’s Ballroom above the Arch St. car show. We’ll have the tables set up and ready for lunch. Do yourself a favor and make a point to order lunch during pre-registration!

There will be several more opportunities to collect Poker Chip Run chips during your Atlanta visit. Poker Chip Run awards will be presented during the evening’s Pub Night in the Courtyard – Meet & Greet  More information.

IMPORTANT! You MUST pre-register and pay for Cruise-in Box Lunches (optional) and the English Pub Night in advance at the time of Registration. Meal and Entry Tickets will be included in your registration envelope.

Misspend your youth all over again – one quarter at a time! (and most are FREE)

The Champagne British Car Festival is hosting a Cruise-in to Historic Atlanta, IL, on Saturday June 4th, where the main street will be blocked off for our mini All-British Car Show.

During the optional box lunch break the City will be opening up their Route 66 and Pinball museums for our use. 

The Route 66 Arcade Museum focuses on arcade games from 1935 through 1980. Although it contains primarily Electro-Mechanical (EM) games, there are about 15-20 early videogames on display (and ready to be played) as well.

Visit their Facebook page for some (dated) pictures of some of their machines. Route 66 Arcade Museum Facebook Page

Location: 201 Southeast Race Street – Route 66 Arcade Museum Visit Atlanta, IL

CBCF 2022 Event Apparel Webstore is OPEN – Custom Colors and Designs

Custom Printed Quality Clothing by Minerva of Bloomington, IL –

CLICK HERE TO ORDER

We’ve partnered with Minerva Promotions to supply Champagne British Car Festival with quality Gilden shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies that you can pick up throughout the Festival weekend.

How Does It Work? Click Here to open the CBCF Webstore hosted by Minerva Productions. Select the product, style, color and size(s) you need for your family and place your secure order by May 16, 2022. THAT’S IT!

Why Do I Need To Order By May 16? Once Minerva has ALL of the orders for 2022, they will custom print all of the products and individually package and label them for pick-up during the CBCF Weekend. Then need approximately 3-week lead time to get all of that completed.

CBCF Supports the Midwest Food Bank for 2021

Donate to Midwest Food Bank in
Illinois-Bloomington-Normal
 

Each year the CBCF Festival selects and supports a local charity. This year we are again proud to support the Midwest Food Bank.  

It is the mission of Midwest Food Bank to alleviate hunger and malnutrition locally and throughout the world and provide disaster relief. ​

We feel sure you will agree with us that this is a
charity very deserving of our support.  

Please help us continue our donations!
Donation Box located at Welcome Desk  


For more information on the Foundation please visit the
Midwest Foodbank website. MidwestFoodBank.org

Champagne British Car Festival Set for June 5th

BLOOMINGTON, IL – The Illinois Flatland British Car Club IFLBCC.club has announced the 30th Champagne British Car Festival All-British Car Show to be held on Saturday, June 5, from 10:00am to 3:00pm, at the historic David Davis Mansion, Bloomington, IL (daviddavismansion.org). Admission to the car show is free and open to the public. Donations to the Mansion are encouraged.

The Champagne British Car Festival’s (CBCF) All-British Car Show is an annual charitable event which is open to any and all British cars and motorcycles.  This year, the show organizers hope for a record setting number of cars and bikes to be on display.

This is a wonderful opportunity to view classic British cars representing over 60 years of British motoring history. Come join classic and modern British cars and their owners for a day of unparalleled British automotive history. See great British cars including MG, Morgan, Mini, Austin-Healy, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar, Triumph and more.

Each year, the festival committee chooses a designated charity that benefits from the fund-raising efforts of the car show. For this year’s event, the designated charity is the Midwest Food Bank (2031 Warehouse Rd, Normal).

Come join us for great family fun. We are sure you will have a wonderful experience and a fun-filled Saturday.  Check out the beautiful vehicles, chat with the owners, stroll the grounds, visit the Mansion and grab a bite at the on-site food truck.

For 2021, the CBCF has received significant support from the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site.

The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site (1000 Monroe Drive in Bloomington) was built in 1872 by David Davis, a political ally of Abraham Lincoln and a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. All entrance donations will benefit the David Davis Mansion Foundation.

The site is operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. IDNR protects the state’s historic resources, which contribute to education, culture and the economy. IDNR sites include ancient burial grounds, forts and buildings erected by settlers, and homes connected to famous Illinoisans.

The David Davis Mansion Foundation is a not-for-profit organization supporting education, preservation and acquisition programs for the David Davis Mansion.

Further information may be found at http://www.cbcf-bloomington.com