The Lewes British Motorcar Show, The British are coming...Again! will welcome a wide array of classic British vehicles to Lewes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 6, at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal. There is no rain date. The Lewes Chamber of Commerce sponsors the show with assistance from the British Car Club of Delaware. The show is supported by County Bank and Southern Delaware Tourism.
Some 22 years ago, car show Chairman Mike Tyler and the British Car Club of Delaware originated the concept of staging a British Motorcar Show in the spring to attract visitors to Lewes before the summer season got into full swing. Each year the show features a different marque. The 2017 Featured Marque is the Triumph TR6, produced from 1968-76. It was the best seller of the TR range built by Triumph. Of the 94,619 that were produced, 86,249 were exported.
The car show Winners' Circle Parade will start at 3 p.m. from the ferry terminal, and travel across the drawbridge and then down Second Street. Admission is $3 for adults; children under 12 attend free.
Lewes Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Betsy Reamer said, "The popularity of this show has continued to grow over the years, and one of the unintended consequences is the number of entry cars now exceeds the capacity to stage it on the grounds of the Lewes Historical Society complex." The show's new venue at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal was very successful last year, despite the rainy weather that developed after the show started. More than 50 of 100 preregistered cars arrived at the terminal and stayed during the duration of the show. One of the attractions to attending this show, for both car entrants and spectators, was the show's proximity to the historic business district with its shopping, including sidewalk sale bargains, and restaurants.
This year, free shuttles to downtown Lewes will be offered to all the British car owners entered in the show and to the show attendees who pay the $3 entry fee. In addition to the Merchants' Spring Sidewalk Sale, other events sponsored by Lewes Chamber members taking place that weekend include the Lewes in Bloom Spring Plant Sale; the Blessing of the Fleet at Fisherman's Wharf; the Historic Lewes Farmers Market in George H.P. Smith Park; the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays Native Plant Sale at the James Farm Ecological Preserve; the Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park annual Wine, Cheese and Beer Tasting; Fish 'n' Kids at the Lewes Canalfront Park; and Fantastic Reality art exhibit at Peninsula Gallery, located under the Beacon Motel.
Car show registration fee is $15 in advance and $25 the day of the show. For more information and to register a car in advance, go to www.LewesChamber.com or call 302-645-8073.