On any sunny Charleston day, you may even see a classic automobile that you could be not acknowledge on the gorgeous reside oak lined streets of Charleston. Likelihood is good it’s a Little British Automotive (LBC), and its proprietor is a member of the British Automotive Membership of Charleston.
The British Automotive Membership of Charleston (BCCC) started in 1983 with Michael Carnell and a handful of buddies who loved hanging out in his storage and tinkering with British vehicles. Thirty-nine years later, we’ve 192 members with vehicles ranging in age from a 1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost to a 2020 Caterham.
Most of the member vehicles are two-seater convertibles of quite a lot of completely different fashions, together with MG, Triumph, Morgan, Austin-Healey, Lotus, Sunbeam, and Jaguar. There’s nothing like taking within the websites of Charleston in a classic convertible, and the BCCC typically does simply that.
BCCC sponsors month-to-month group drives for our members to get pleasure from their basic vehicles, spend time with fellow British Automotive fans and, most significantly, introduce the Charleston group to those superbly restored vehicles.
Whereas visiting the various historic websites round city as a gaggle, we’re thrilled to have the ability to discuss with everybody about our love of those LBCs. We now have pushed to the Sheldon Church web site, Edisto Seashore, Charleston Tea Backyard, Hobcaw Barony, Cypress Gardens, McClellanville, Breach Inlet, Mepkin Abbey, Birds of Prey, the Hunley and Magnolia Cemetery, simply to call a couple of. We’ve even taken our finicky vehicles on a multi-day journey to drive the well-known ‘Tail of the Dragon’ on the North Carolina-Tennessee border. As well as, a couple of annual social occasions embody our oyster roast (March), drive-in film (July) and vacation dinner (December).
Talking of finicky, nobody will ever accuse an LBC of being a dependable, on a regular basis driver. The truth is, a typical saying is “A British car doesn’t leak oil, it’s just marking its territory!” Because of this, BCCC has a really energetic technical assist group, full with storage restore periods. It doesn’t matter what the mannequin, these enthusiastic LBC homeowners mix their technical data and deal with such issues as defective brakes, slipping clutches, grinding transmissions, and defective wiring or poor engine efficiency. Unbelievably, the definition of enjoyable for these members is to rebuild an engine from begin to end.
Lest you assume that is an all-male pastime, among the most stunning vehicles within the membership are owned by girls and embody a Bentley, Morgan, MGA, MGBGT, MGB, TR4A, and Austin-Healey. These feminine automobile fans are sometimes in attendance at our normal tech periods and have even made a video we affectionately name the ‘All Girls Garage!’ Take a look at among the tech periods on our web site, britishcarclubcharleston.com.
The hallmark occasion of The British Automotive Membership of Charleston is our Annual British Automotive Day. This 12 months’s occasion will happen on Saturday, October 29 and will likely be our thirty seventh 12 months. Following a day of historic drives and a conventional British tea and welcome reception at MacLeod Plantation on Friday, 150 Brit Beauties from everywhere in the East Coast will collect at Palmetto Islands County Park on Saturday. The present at this stunning venue is free, open to the general public and is a superb strategy to see greater than twenty-five lessons of British Automobiles and their homeowners who love to speak in regards to the historical past of their autos and their restorations.
The women and men of the BCCC take delight of their basic vehicles but additionally take delight in supporting the Charleston group. Traditionally, the membership has donated funds and instruments to the scholars in Garret Academy’s auto physique class, donated to the Marines Corps’ Toys for-Tots reward drive as a part of our vacation celebration, and, extra lately, has made financial and in-kind donations to Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary in Hollywood.
The British Automotive Membership of Charleston is various in its membership, however we’re united by the love of those stunning, stylish British beauties.
Dave Rosato, who did a frame-off restoration of his 1958 MGA, is the present president of The British Automotive Membership of Charleston and hosts a lot of the technical periods in his dwelling storage.