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British Cars + Car Clubs in Florida

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►   March 22-25, 2018 the Classic MG Club in Orlando, is hosting the 52nd annual “Gathering of the Faithful” for MG automobiles at the Hilton Hotel in Altamonte Springs.  The hotel cost for two people and one MG (optional) is $50 plus room and meals.  Carshow entry itself is free—see 100 MGs on Saturday morning March 24.  Website:  http://www.gofsouth.com  INFO:   Lonnie Cook, Show chairmam  gofsouth2018@aol.com  407-670-9679

►   MOUNT DORA  Classic Cars and Coffee Morning for any British/European Classic car owners  from 9a.m till 12 noon. Usually at Renningers showground, 20651 US441.  MOUNT DORA 32757, but check  current venue first with organiser  Phil Barnard before setting off .  British breakfast available from Mount Dora’s British pub and the Magical Meat Boutique. Free coffee, free entry. Call British organizer Phil Barnard – (352)735 0025 or  [352 ] 223 6238

►  All British Car Club based in Orlando area.   See website  www.allbritishcarclub.com for latest event.

►    Brevard British Car Breakfast and Driving Group meets the second Saturday of each month in Cocoa Beach. Breakfast starts at 9 am. Then there will be showing of the attendees cars and then a drive through the scenic Brevard back roads.    For breakfast location contact Mike Euziere cell [321] 514-2965  email:   Mike53fun@yahoo.com  

  ►  BUSINESS FOR SALE:   Automotive Repair Shop in Palm Beach county.    This is an operating business that has serviced and restored Rolls Royce and other high end British vehicles for 30 years.Retiring and offers this business as turnkey. The facility has also dealt with used and rebuilt parts. The repair shop is not limited to the vehicles mentioned above, It can feature service for most any type vehicle. Includes Parts Inventory and is set up as a parts remanufacturing facility.   Added bonus:  The facility where this business exists is an Air Conditioned building and work shop.  Owner retiring after decades.  $85,000 firm.  Serious inquiries only.   Call [561] 832-7908 and ask for current British owner Laurence Tull  or send email to  RollsPart@aol.com  On Subject line put  “Rolls Royce business sale.”

►EVERY FEBRUARY.  See website for this year’s date.  BRITISH CLASSIC CARSHOW BOCA RATON  at the Royal Palm Plaza in Boca Raton.  Enter your classic British car or just come as spectators.   Got an e-type Jag or an Aston Martin? Neither do I.   But you can ogle these triumphs of British engineering, along with vintage Rolls Royces, MG’s, Triumphs, Mini Coopers, Jensens, Morris Minors and other magic motors at the annual British Classic Car Show.  It’s a hugely successful, well-organised event,  hundreds of British car owners and admirers attend and I spend the day there most years.  Part of the fun is bumping into Britpals you haven’t seen for ages, some of whom are as old as the cars they’re drooling over.  British booths and vendors, British foods etc there too. To enter your car, take a booth or an ad in their programme to promote your British business, call Brian Jenkins on [954] 581-2893.  Free entrance. Show is from 11a.m. to 4p.m.   SHOW INFO: www.goldcoastbritcar..com    


►  MINI CLUB of MIAMI–rallies and events throughout the year for owners and lovers of Minis.
Call Peter Diez on [305] 804-4051

►►  EVERY APRIL—see their website for this year’s date.     ANNUAL BRITISH CAR SHOW WHEELS ACROSS THE POND in Jupiter Florida.  Famous British cars and racing drivers attending all day. This show has been going for many years.  INFO  www.wheelsacrossthepond.com or Call British organizer Neil Archer on [561] 601-3212        


►  IN APRIL—- BRITISH CAR FANS!    MG CLUB’s annual GATHERING OF THE FAITHFUL South in Ocala every April.   Event is open to MG owners or enthusiasts. Show is in Silver Springs, Florida. See website  www.britishcarclub.net   for info.

►   OCTOBER—MG Car Club event – All British car and motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to BRIT BASH, the annual celebration of British motorcars and motorcycles in Vero Beach. This year’s date and details on www.mgcarclubflorida.org or call Norman Ridgeley on [772] 532-4265.

►  EVERY OCTOBER in Main Street Safety Harbor, west Florida.  Call them for this year’s date. The annual All British Car Show and Autojumble—-Main Street is filled with over 200  British cars classic and modern.  The event also features a DJ, raffle, vendors, British regalia and food.  Free admission. Funds raised benefit a worthy charity.  Includes awards where you can vote for your favourite British car.  From 10a.m.-3p.m.  rain or shine.  Run by the Tampa Austin Healey Club.  INFO on their website www.tbahc.com or phone [941] 320 4971 and ask for Walt.  

NORTHWEST FLORIDA BRITISH MOTORING CLUB holds shows, events, ralllies throughout the year.   INFO: Phone Charlie O’Connors  [850] 212-0779   

 ►  FLAME CAR CLUB   for British Mini owners or lovers in the Orlando area.  Holds shows, rallies and events throughout the year.  INFO on  www.flamemini.net  Call Gwen Bowen [407] 756-4477.

►  APRIL—–TAMPA area BRITISH MOTOR CLASSIC SHOW at the Peter O. Knight Airport as part of the Davis Islands Festival.  Enter your British car, be a spectator, vendor or sponsor.   Call Rick [352] 650-5135  INFO:   www.britishmotorclub.net

SUNCOAST MG CAR CLUB—-many British car events, including their huge annual MG Jamboree in November.  INFO: Glenn Lenhard 727-521-9890   www.fsmgcc.com    or email glenn@glennsmg.com     ALSO Their website lists dozens of other British car clubs in Florida on their Links page.

►  FOR OTHER CAR CLUBS around Florida.  I was going to put the list up here, but preliminary research revealed there are just too many. —I’d be typing forever.  I last updated files May 2017 and found some had merged, folded etc.  So just Google to find current ones. Search by “Austin Healey Florida” or “Triumph cars Florida”  or “Jaguar Club Florida” and you’ll find them all.  Most have websites.    ALSO: www.goldcoastbritcar.org has some of the other Florida British car clubs on its website.  



►►►   ARE YOU OVER 35?  DID YOU PAY INTO A UK COMPANY/PRIVATE PENSION?  Do you know whether and how you can access your lump sum and bring it over to the USA?     For a FREE review of your UK pension contact Mark Solomons in Florida with Florin Pensions direct on  [561] 793-1311 email  msolomons@florinpensions.com  On Subject line put:  “To Mark Solomons—UK pension query”.    Include your name + city + phone + a sentence about the type of company/private pension you paid into.  NOTE: The UK’s decision to leave the EU has resulted in Gilt yields reaching all time historic lows,  pushing up the transfer values of UK defined benefit pensions schemes.  That means your unfrozen pension is worth MORE since July 2016.  Mark is a longtime member of the Florida Association of British Business [FABB].  As FABB’s UK pensions expert he has unfrozen many pensions for USA expats over the years.


► TIP £$£$:      If you want to bring your money from the UK to Florida. Or vice versa.
DON’T USE YOUR BANK!  Use Moneycorp.

The pound is pitiful!  That affects all expats in Florida who still have UK dealings.  But Moneycorp’s rates are currently [2017] the best.  To transfer your precious funds, we highly recommend the services of Moneycorp.  This will save you fees and grief, as we Londoners say!  What your own bank won’t do is save you the considerable exchange fees.  Moneycorp does that for you.   NOW is the most advantageous time for you to transfer any funds you have.  THE BEST WAY:  Moneycorp.   At lower rates than any bank.   Moneycorp is the only UK currency exchange company licensed to deal in 50 states.   Expat Brits here –including many personal Brit friends of mine–have used this currency service for years and report savings and satisfaction.   TO FIND OUT MORE:    Phone Moneycorp’s Kelly Cutchin on  [863] 207-6616 at their USA HQ in Orlando to ask all your questions.  Or email your query to Kelly Cutchin  
kelly.cutchin@moneycorp.com for details.  Moneycorp has a UK office too so Kelly may set up your account in the UK—whichever suits you.    Posted by the Florida Association of British Business [FABB]  Moneycorp have been trusted members since 2005.   [2017]