THE ALL BRITISH Meet's highest-ranked car was a newly restored 1956 MGA owned by Len Smith and his wife Bonnie from Qualicum.

THE ALL BRITISH Meet's highest-ranked car was a newly restored 1956 MGA owned by Len Smith and his wife Bonnie from Qualicum.

Crowd loved old English cars

On Sunday the Filberg Park's upper field was the showcase for a colourful array of unique cars and motorbikes...

The All British Meet at the Filberg was a very successful event.

On Sunday the Filberg Park’s upper field was the showcase for a colourful array of unique cars and motorbikes. The mostly overcast weather was perfect for viewing the cars and welcomed by the photographers.

The most pristine cars of the event were in the inner circle and were judged by Robert Kirk owner of the Courtenay Car Centre, who is very knowledgeable on British made vehicles.

The highest point scorer with 76 points, went to a couple from Qualicum, Len and Bonnie Smith, who had entered their newly restored 1956 MGA. The majority of the restoration work was done by the owner.

Second place in the judged category went to Mike Green with his 1939 BSA, and Richard Baxter’s 1935 Austin Nippy was third.

Of the cars that were on show, the general public had a very difficult time choosing just one to be their favourite. The car that got the most votes for Peoples Choice was the 1936 Talbot 10 owned by Shelly and Walt Hessler.

The car took everyone’s heart because it was totally original except for the installation of seatbelts. The little car has been lovingly maintained and has its original paint and upholstery!

Walt proudly stated that everything works, too, even the trafficators (the little wings that pop out to indicate which way it is turning).

The car has documentation proving that it was the prototype show car for the Talbot Company at the 1936 European car show. It was rated as having a 10-horsepower motor in England, which in American standards would be 40 hp.

We are lucky to see this car, which started life in Malta, and is now owned by the Hesslers here in the Comox Valley.

The Old English Car Club wishes to thank all members of the public who came and supported YANA (You Are Not Alone) and made the day such a success.

— Old English Car Club

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