The British Experience



June 22, 2011

With 3,000 spectators and everything from MINI Coopers to Austin Healeys, Bentleys to MGs on display, you can bet the 23rd Annual Western Washington All British Field Meet on July 23rd is going to be a vedy, vedy good time.

It’s been 50 years since the debut of the iconic Jaguar E-Type so, says show Chairman Steve Hanegan, the legendary car will certainly be in the spotlight for the 23rd Annual Western Washington All British Field Meet (ABFM).

“But this year we’ll also be celebrating the eightieth anniversary of the MG Car Club,” he says. Technically, the MG Car Club—founded in 1930 and headquartered in Abingdon, Oxfordshire—turned 80 in 2010. 

Last year, however, longtime ABFM organizer Arnie Taub passed away. Taub had spearheaded the organization of the Seattle-area show for over a decade, so it seemed more fitting to make 2010’s meet a tribute to Taub.

“Arnie was a great organizer, but a terrible note taker,” Hanegan quips, affectionately. “It’s been fun. But there’s a lot involved in putting together an event of this kind—a lot more than just buying all the pizza and getting everyone together in the same place at the same time.”

The 23rd Annual ABFM will be held again at the campus of Bellevue College next month. Here, as in years past, the 16 major British car clubs from the Puget Sound Area will come together to display roughly 400 historic British cars. Vendors like Jeff and Jan Zorn of the “Little British Car Company” will also be displaying a full array of their wonderful parts and accessories at the show.

“Three friends from the MG Car Club Northwest Centre founded the show in 1988,” says Hanegan. “This is the third largest chapter in North America, so that means—in addition to seeing some rare and one-of-a-kind British classics—you will also see lots of MGs as well as MINI Coopers, Bentleys, Jaguars, of course, and every other major British marque.”

Hanegan says that there are other British-themed shows in places like Vancouver, British Columbia, and Portland, Oregon. But the ABFM is different.

“This show is really geared toward the everyday enthusiast. Club volunteers have spent a lot of time and effort to create a venue that’s welcoming, friendly and fun—a place where you can come and talk to experts, buy some parts, or maybe even an entire car.” 

For more information on the 23rd Annual Western Washington All British Field Meet, go to www.abfm.com.

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