“Wheels Across the Pond” Proves to be a Jolly Good Show!
This car show was by far the best I’ve been to, so mark your calendars for next year! First off the show is located in Carlin Park, just across from one of our beautiful beaches here in Jupiter. Jupiter has hosted some powerhouse locals, such as Celine Dion, Burt Reynolds, Tiger Woods, and Bill Parcells just to name a few. We were known as a retirement community by the sea, but in the 12 years I have lived here, it is definitely growing as a young family community. And in going to the car show, the atmosphere reflected this. The show is a fundraiser for our Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, a great place to visit and see rescued animals, from Florida panthers to otters. It’s almost like a mini zoo except it’s a non profit that runs on donations.
Wheels Across the Pond had something for everyone- animals from the sanctuary, Rolling Stone and Beatles tribute bands, Bag Pipers whinsically imitating classic car horn sounds in between their pieces, a Buckingham guard (well it was a mannequin, but a great photo prop,) helicopters, food trucks, auto geek demos,owners being walked by their dogs, and of course there were the hundreds of cars!!!
The show was well organized with designated parking according to the make of each vehicle. We took our 1968 MG B GT and shared the space with about twelve other MGs. There were Austin Healeys, VWs, Jaguars, Mercedes, Triumphs, Minis, Lotus and more. And there were voting ballots for the public to participate in as they walked the show. It’s easy to see why this British car classic celebrated it’s tenth year!
One car that attracted a whole lot of attention was this 1959 Daimler. Originating in England,not many of these roadsters were produced. In reading up on these, I came across this fun fact- Ironically The SP250 was unofficially voted as the ugliest car in show in the 1959 New York Motor Show! I beg to differ!From headlight to tail light, this is one classy little roadster! Prestine engine and body…just lovely!
My pick of the show was one of my favorite classics, a Volvo PS 1800.
Maybe it’s because I’m partial to these “Saint like” cars, but I am always thrilled to come across one . If you are not familiar with these cars, they are like the box of chocolates Forrest referred to because who would guess these sporty beauties are related to the Swedish plain Janes that you immediately imagine as soon as someone says Volvo. It’s a gorgeous mix of curves and fins. I want one!
So if you have family in the area, or want to take a road trip with the fam, make it a point of stopping by next spring. With over 300 cars to stroll around, and a beautiful beach just steps away, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a smashing good time! And if you would like to be reminded of this show 1 or 2 months ahead, I would be more than happy to send you a reminder. Just send me an email, and I’ll put you on our car show reminders list. You can also contact the show coordinators at WheelsAcrossThePond.com
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