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British Cars + Car Shows/Clubs in Florida

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►   APRIL 17-19, 2020.  The Classic MG Club in Orlando, is hosting its annual “Gathering of the Faithful” for MG automobiles in Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida. MG owners from all over Florida gather here.  All lovers of British cars welcome to attend!  Full details on their website.  Ogle over a hundred glorious MGs of all colours and years.  Website www.gofsouth.org    QUESTIONS:  Contact Lonnie Cook show Chairman on 407-670-9679 or send email to gofsouth2020@gmail.com.

►►  April 2020 [See website for actual date] ANNUAL BRITISH CAR SHOW WHEELS ACROSS THE POND in Jupiter Florida.  Famous British cars and racing drivers attending all day. This show has been going for many years.  INFO  www.wheelsacrossthepond.com or Call British organizer Neil Archer on [561] 601-3212        

►   MOUNT DORA  Classic Cars and Coffee Morning for any British/European Classic car owners  from 9a.m till 12 noon. Usually at Renningers showground in MOUNT DORA.  but check  current venue first with organiser  Phil Barnard before setting off .  British breakfast available from Mount Dora’s British pub and the Magical Meat Boutique. Free coffee, free entry. Call British organizer Phil Barnard – (352) 735 0025 or  [352 ] 223 6238

►  All British Car Club based in Orlando area.   See website  www.allbritishcarclub.com for latest event.

►►  Sunday FEBRUARY xx, 2020  BRITISH CLASSIC CAR SHOW at the Royal Palm Plaza in Boca Raton.  I’ve heard it will move to West Palm Beach in 2020, so check with their website www.goldcoastbritcar.com for details. Enter your classic British car or just come as spectators.   Got an e-type Jag or an Aston Martin? Neither do I.   But you can ogle these triumphs of British engineering, along with vintage Rolls Royces, MG’s, Triumphs, Mini Coopers, Jensens, Morris Minors and other magic motors at the annual British Classic Car Show.  It’s a hugely successful, well-organised event,  hundreds of British car owners and admirers attend and I spend the day there most years.  Part of the fun is bumping into Britpals you haven’t seen for ages, some of whom are as old as the cars they’re drooling over.  British booths and vendors, British foods etc there too. To enter your car, take a booth or an ad in their programme to promote your British business, call Brian Jenkins on [954] 581-2893.  Free entrance. Show is from 11a.m. to 4p.m.   SHOW INFO: www.goldcoastbritcar.com    

►    Brevard British Car Breakfast and Driving Group meets monthly in Cocoa Beach for breakfast. Then there will be showing of the attendees cars and then a drive through the scenic Brevard back roads.  For breakfast location contact Mike Euziere cell [321] 514-2965  email:   Mike53fun@yahoo.com  

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►  MINI CLUB of MIAMI–rallies and events throughout the year for owners and lovers of Minis.
Call Peter Diez on [305] 804-4051

 

►  IN APRIL—- BRITISH CAR FANS!    MG CLUB’s annual GATHERING OF THE FAITHFUL South in Ocala every April.   Event is open to MG owners or enthusiasts. Show is in Silver Springs, Florida. See website  www.britishcarclub.net   for info.

►   OCTOBER—MG Car Club event – All British car and motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to BRIT BASH, the annual celebration of British motorcars and motorcycles in Vero Beach. This year’s date and details on www.mgcarclubflorida.org or call Norman Ridgeley on [772] 532-4265.

►  EVERY OCTOBER in Main Street Safety Harbor, west Florida.  Call them for this year’s date. The annual All British Car Show and Autojumble—-Main Street is filled with over 200  British cars classic and modern.  The event also features a DJ, raffle, vendors, British regalia and food.  Free admission. Funds raised benefit a worthy charity.  Includes awards where you can vote for your favourite British car.  From 10a.m.-3p.m.  rain or shine.  Run by the Tampa Austin Healey Club.  INFO on their website www.tbahc.com or phone [941] 320 4971 and ask for Walt.  

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NORTHWEST FLORIDA BRITISH MOTORING CLUB holds shows, events, ralllies throughout the year.   INFO: Phone Charlie O’Connors  [850] 212-0779   

 ►  FLAME CAR CLUB   for British Mini owners or lovers in the Orlando area.  Holds shows, rallies and events throughout the year.  INFO on  www.flamemini.net  Call Gwen Bowen [407] 756-4477.

►  APRIL—–TAMPA area BRITISH MOTOR CLASSIC SHOW at the Peter O. Knight Airport as part of the Davis Islands Festival.  Enter your British car, be a spectator, vendor or sponsor.   Call Rick [352] 650-5135  INFO:   www.britishmotorclub.net

SUNCOAST MG CAR CLUB—-many British car events, including their huge annual MG Jamboree in November.  INFO: Glenn Lenhard 727-521-9890   www.fsmgcc.com    or email glenn@glennsmg.com     ALSO Their website lists dozens of other British car clubs in Florida on their Links page.

►  FOR OTHER CAR CLUBS around Florida.  I was going to put the list up here, but preliminary research revealed there are just too many. —I’d be typing forever.  I last updated files May 2017 and found some had merged, folded etc.  So just Google to find current ones. Search by “Austin Healey Florida” or “Triumph cars Florida”  or “Jaguar Club Florida” and you’ll find them all.  Most have websites.    ALSO: www.goldcoastbritcar.org has some of the other Florida British car clubs on its website.  

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flagman►►   YOUR UK PENSION:  ARE YOU OVER 55?  DID YOU PAY INTO A UK COMPANY/PRIVATE PENSION?    Do you know whether and how you can access your lump sum and bring it over to the USA?    For a FREE review of your UK pension contact Mark Solomons in Florida with Florin Pensions direct on [561] 793-1311 or via email  msolomons@florinpensions.com  On Subject line put:  “To Mark Solomons—UK pension query”.    Include your name + city + phone + a sentence about the type of company/private pension you paid into. Mark is a longtime member of the Florida Association of British Business.  As FABB’s UK pensions expert he has unfrozen many pensions for USA expats over the years.   

£   TIP:  WANT TO SAVE WHEN TRANSFERRING over UK CURRENCY?   DON’T USE YOUR BANK!  Use Moneycorp.  [ I use Moneycorp myself–FABB President.]   The pound is shaky.  That affects all expats in Florida who still have UK dealings. To transfer your precious funds, we highly recommend you use the services of Moneycorp.  At lower rates than any bank!  This will save you fees and grief, as we Londoners say!  What your own bank won’t do is save considerable  exchange fees, like Moneycorp.   NOW is an advantageous time for you to transfer any funds you have.  THE BEST WAY:   Moneycorp, the UK company with an office in Florida and droves of satisfied Florida clients. It is the only UK currency exchange company licenced to deal in 50 states.   Many expat Brits here have used this currency service for years and report huge savings and satisfaction.   TO FIND OUT MORE:    Phone Moneycorp’s Kelly Cutchin on  [863] 207-6616 at their USA HQ in Orlando to ask all your questions.  Or email your query to Kelly Cutchin  kelly.cutchin@moneycorp.com    Moneycorp’s HQ is in England.   Posted by the Florida Association of British Business [FABB].  Moneycorp have been trusted members since 2005.