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Britain on the Green

May 1, 2011

Submitted by Charlie Adams

On the first Sunday of May, the Capital Triumph Register held its annual car show at Collingwood along the Potomac River near Alexandria, Va. This is a lovely garden setting on the grounds of an elegant colonial mansion, a good spot for a car show. The light gray sky made for a pleasant day and undercut the forecast of rain. The weather cooperated provided no more than a short and very light spritzing of the field.

The turnout was healthy, with many more cars appearing than the 118 that had been pre-registered.

More than 25 MGs were at the show, including a strong group of MG TDs and TFs. The MGs included a lovely 1933 tan MG J2 which held a sign saying “the best thing about this MG is that it runs.”

As for MGAs, three appeared, including the 1962 MKII MGAs of Liz Ten Eyck (who received the first place award) and myself (second place award), along with Dick Farwell with his daughter Kathryn in their beautiful black and tan 1961 1600. Dick told me that he is planning to retire to his lake home near Buffalo, N.Y., and pass his MGA to his daughter Kathryn, who is a senior at Virginia Tech.

Of particular interest to me was the 1964 Turner MKIII, the first Turner I have seen. Turners were produced in Wolverhampton England by Jack Turner from 1949 to 1965. Of the 670 cars produced by Mr. Turner, 317 are known to have survived. His cars were known for good competition performance. In addition to the Turner, this show included a rare 1958 Lister-Jaguar “Knobbly” in completely restored form; a delight to see. An example of this car can be seen at Canepa Designs.

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