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Champagne British Car Festival 2020 Celebrates its 29th year in Central Illinois!

Champagne British Car Festival 2020 Celebrates its 29th 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?

  • Friday evening, May 29th 5:00pm – CBCF 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 by Hilton Hotel Bloominton
  • Saturday  May 30th – 10:00am  The fun continues 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
  • Saturday 5:30pm  Cash Bar / Social HourHost Hotel Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington 10 Brickyard Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701.  Hors D’oeuvresServed throughout cocktail hour.  Reserved parking area adjacent to host hotel.   Pre-Registration Packets Available
  • Saturday 6;30pm – Sit-down DinnerHost Hotel Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington 10 Brickyard Drive, Bloomington, IL. Combination (chicken & steak), Seafood and Vegetarian plate options available.  Options are selected during pre-registration. 
  • Entertainment – Awards and Music by Jim & Tommy – Saturday’s CBCF Poker Run Awards followed by Music by Jim & Tommy (of The Bygones)   
  • Sunday May 31st – Dawn Patrol – Dawn Patrol – Qik-n-EZ convenience store (1607 Morrissey Dr., Bloomington, IL) Group drive departs promptly at 7:00 am for scenic drive to Jack’s Café Family Dining. (210 Sunset Dr., LeRoy, IL).  Can’t make the drive?  Join us for breakfast at 8:00 am anyway!
  • Sunday May 31st  CBCF Car Show – The weekend culminates on Sunday, May 31st 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.

Triumph

ALL Triumph cars get the Featured Marque spotlight at the 29th annual Champagne British Car Festival being held May 31st at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site in Bloomington, IL.  

Triumph cars return as the 2020 CBCF Marque of the Year.  Triumph is a British automotive company with a rich history dating back to 1885.  The post-war revival of Triumph occurred in 1953, when the company released the TR2 sports car, which became the father of a whole series of sports cars and sedans, produced until 1980.     ALL Triumph cars are encouraged to come strut their stuff as the Featured Marque for 2020.

The festival’s car show runs from 9:00 am until the awards ceremony at 2:30 pm on Sunday, May 31st.  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.

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

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.

2020 CBCF Event Flyer

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2019 Champagne British Car Festival

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[4] that manufactures sports cars and racing cars in its headquarters in Hethel, United Kingdom. Lotus cars include the EspritElanEuropaEliseExige 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.

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

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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    2018 Champagne British Car Festival

    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.  CBCF 2016 Logo 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.

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