The 2012 Nashville British Car Club Show
Call this a hat trick if you will. The 2010 and 2011 Nashville British Car Club Shows have been featured here at Car Lust, so now we complete the trilogy with the October 13, 2012 presentation, which included the Sunbeam Alpine Invasion.
The weather for each of these three shows was simply superb... dry October days with temperatures in the low 80s. Quite the contrast from the damp country that built these magnificent automotive specimens, which may explain why many of them are here in the first place.
2010 and 2011 brought a multitude of Triumphs, MGs, Jaguars, and the like. They were lined in rows that seemed almost endless. And there were a number of those roadsters at the 2012 show, but this year seemed to be devoted to the rarest of the species. And that's what we'll concentrate on here... so let's start with the really rare:
This 1963 Sunbeam Harrington LeMans is one of only 250 ever made, and has only 39,000 original miles.
Next to the Harrington LeMans was this 1967 Sunbeam Tiger racing car. From the animal graphics on the rear, it looked like this car may have once had a tiger in the tank. (Five points goes to whoever gets that one.)
Whether you said, "Sorry about that, Chief," "Missed it by that much," or "Would you believe 10 Boy Scouts with pocket knives?," this pristine '67 Alpine looked like it just rolled off the showroom floor or onto a Hollywood TV production set.
These people had never seen or heard of a DeLorean. Seriously. They were asking questions like, "When was it built?" and "Why don't they make them any more?" Boy, do I have a movie to recommend to them.
Before there was 007, there was Brown. David Brown. And he built this 1952 Aston Martin DB2 which bears his initials. Only 308 of these cars were made, and today this car is used in vintage rallyes all over the world.
As stated earlier, this was a day for rare cars. Only 252 of these 1978 TVR 300S models were ever created, and fewer than 75 were brought into the USA and Canada. If you think you met another one of these on the road, you might want to have your eyeglasses prescription checked.
And speaking of not meeting another one of these on the road, this is Number 366 of 701 Morgan Aero 8s ever produced for the world. Our example is a 2005 model, and will git cha from naught to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds.
This badge is proudly displayed on the front of the Aero 8.
A proper British car show should include a Rolls-Royce motorcar, and this 1924 Silver Ghost, Chassis 3AU, filled the bill. This car was featured at the Paris Motor Show in 1924, and is reportedly the first Rolls-Royce motorcar shown to the public with four-wheel brakes.
So indeed, some very rare and beautiful iron from the United Kingdom.
Also, maybe the weather next year will be as nice as it was this year, and there will be more truly amazing and unique vehicles from across the big pond.
--That Car Guy (Chuck)
Image Credits: Thank goodness for sunny days.