Category Archives: CBCF – Champagne British Car Festival

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

CBCF 2021 – COME JOIN THE FUN! JUNE 5, 2021

The Champagne British Car Festival (CBCF) has been an annual event held the first weekend after Memorial Day since 1991. Our festival has been a three-day event culminating with a car show at the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington, IL and we have enjoyed excellent attendance from the public as well as car owners. Of course, in 2020, we cancelled the festival due to COVID-19.

We are resurrecting CBCF for 2021 in a limited fashion, consisting of a one-day outdoor car show, Saturday, June 5 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

We have been in touch with officials at David Davis Mansion and they have indicated, as a State of Illinois property, they will be open and supportive of the event. This will be strictly an open-air event and proper COVID precautions will be encouraged.

Here are a few notable changes for this year only:

• No classes, judging, or awards

• No formal registration • No registration fee (although donations for expenses and charity will be welcomed) • No welcome bags or door prizes

• No printed program/brochure

• No indoor activity (although David Davis Mansion will be open to groups of 10 or fewer)

BUT, You CAN expect to find our typical field of beautiful British cars, friends and the public!

Parking will be somewhat “park as you can” although we would hope the MGs, Triumphs, Healeys, Jags, etc. will park as a group although not necessarily by class, model or year.

Please connect with the CBCF and IFLBCC sites and Facebook to see up-to-date information.

Looking forward to seeing you at CBCF 2021!

http://www.CBCF-Bloomington.com

https://www.facebook.com/groups/IFLBCC/

CBCF Event Link – https://fb.me/e/4ZuozeuiS

NEED TO REACH US?

Jim Broach Co-Chair: cbcftreas@gmail.com

Brian Davis Co-Chair: bjdavis@paddysgarage.com

Alan Kleinschmidt Co-Chair: alankleinschmidt@yahoo.com

John Lewellyn CBCF Registrar: cbcfreg@gmail.com

CBCF 2020 – Friday Night Welcome Reception

Start your Champagne British Car Festival weekend by joining us Friday evening, May 29, 2020 for the CBCF Welcome Reception, sponsored by the Illinois Flat Land British Car Club.

Our reception is an informal Meet & Greet with fellow British car owners at the Host Hotel – Double Tree Hotel and Conference Center.

The reception will be held from 5:00pm to 9:00pm on the interior patio area of the Double Tree Conference Center.

We hope you’ll enjoy the complimentary appetizers provided by the IFLBCC. A cash bar with a wide variety of beverage options will be available.

If you’re already registered for Sunday’s show, you may pick up your Welcome Packets at the reception.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to meet fellow British car enthusiasts, hang out and check out each other’s cars!
Not registered yet!?  Click here . . . http://www.CBCF-Bloomington.com   

CBCF 2020 – SATURDAY Schedule

CBCF 2020 – SATURDAY

The fun continues Saturday, May 30th, with a self-guided “Poker-Run” tour of local Route 66 and other attractions followed by a delicious sit-down banquet at our host hotel’s Conference Center, Double Tree by Hilton, 10 Brickyard Dr., Bloomington, IL

10:00AM – 3:00 PM Self-Guided Poker Chip Run

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

All participants will pick up their Poker Run Score Sheets and instructions at the 9:45 am Driver’s Meeting at the Double Tree Conference Center Bloomington, 10 Brickyard Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701

All “Hands” must be turned in by 3:30 pm on Saturday. Prize winners will be announced at the banquet

5:30 PM | Cash Bar Social Hour

Hors D’oeuvres – Served throughout cocktail hour

  • Bacon Wrapped Dates
  • Vegetarian Spring Rolls
  • Sweet Hawaiian Chicken Bites

6:30 PM |Dinner

Combination Plate: Petite Bistro Sirloin Steak & Chicken Dijonaise (marinated chicken breast finely dusted in herb crumbs and roasted in a white grape and artichoke Dijon sauce) with oven roasted baby Yukon Gold potatoes

Seafood Plate: Tilapia (tri-corn tortilla crusted tilapia with black bean and roasted corn salsa) and Yukon Gold potatoes

Vegetarian Plate:  Three cheese lasagna rolls rich ricotta, mozzarella and asiago cream cheese rolled in a pasta sheet, accompanied with marinara sauce and vegetable du jour.

7:30 PM | Entertainment 

  • Awards and Announcements – Saturday’s CBCF Poker Run Awards
  • Music by Jim & Tommy (of The Bygones) 

CBCF 2020 – SUNDAY

Beautiful Clover Lawn at David Davis Mansion in Bloomington, IL is the site of the 29th Annual Champagne British Car Show, Sunday, May 31, 2020.

The entire grounds will be festooned with colorful Union Jacks and manufacturer’s flags, including such venerable British marques as MG, Triumph, Jaguar and Austin Healey.  ALL Triumph cars are the featured marque for 2020.

Dawn Patrol

The Sunday Car Show is free to spectators, but donations to benefit the David Davis Mansion Foundation are encouraged.

7:00 AM Dawn Patrol – The Dawn Patrol has always been a highlight of the Champagne British Car Festival. It affords the chance to drive the less traveled scenic back roads on an early morning quest for breakfast. Click for more info…

9:00 AM| Registration opens at David Davis Mansion

The David Davis Mansion provides a historic backdrop to display over 125 classic British cars.   Music, food and beverage vendors will enhance your experience.  Tables and chairs will be available. 

12:30 PM| Award balloting closes

2:30 PM | Awards ceremony

The day concludes with awards for the top three cars in their individual classes.  The State Farm Cup is awarded for the car selected as the best among the previous year’s class winners. The People’s Choice award is voted on by show spectators. 

For more information, visit www.cbcf-bloomington.com  or the IFLBCC Facebook Event – Click Here

  • 4:00 PM | Mansion grounds close