One of the neat things about the east coast is being able to run through towns which date back some 400 years or thereabouts.Â Â Founded in 1631, Lewes, Delaware, is like a lot of these old communities in that the town has a well preserved, historic downtown area with a mix of residential and commercial. Â Â This show, the 20th and sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, took place among a collection of several historic structures known as the Lewes Historical Society Complex, at Third and Shipcarpenter Streets.
Now again, I was on my way to Lewes primarily to visit and document the equally historic Fort Miles, a former US Army Coast Artillery installation on Cape Henlopen (and now, appropriately, Cape Henlopen State Park); I only found out about the Brits in Lewes by pure blind luck but I’m glad I did, because it was a great show and I had an absolute ball.
I talked with event organizer Mike Tyler who’s been with the show since it’s start, he indicated about 150 cars total scattered around the historic buildings including several rarities (stand-outs included the two Rileys, an RMA and RMD drophead plus the Jensen-Healey-of-Many-Colors).Â Â Rolls-Royce and Bentley served as the featured marques.
Anyway, I happily found parking in a lot over by the old lightship, grabbed camera and notepad and spentÂ great two or so hours taking a lot of photos and talking with a lot of people.Â Â More details will show up in the June Exhaust Notes with an expanded article in the next issue of The Vintage Triumph (assuming I can get this project past my boss the editor!).
By the way, Triumph clubs and/or Brit car clubs with a Triumph presence included my old buds with Capital Triumph Register (probably little-known fact, but I’m the official SLTOA rep to CTR, an honor bestowed during my visit to Bowie/Annapolis last September) and Triumphs Around the Chesapeake (TRAC), along with the British Car Club of Delaware-Southern Division; MasonDixon TRA; Positive Earth Driver’s Club (now THAT’s a great name…great logo, too); and undoubtedly several others that I didn’t write down.
Congratulations to all of the participants, the organizers and the Lewes Chamber of Commerce.Â This was one fine show!