Current “planned” 2022 events are below in chronological order:
Note……All the events below have already taken place (or cancelled). They are here for reference and archival purposes only!
Future CTR Monthly Meetings Cancelled
Our Monthly Meeting Get-Togethers are on the third Monday of each month (except for December). The gatherings will be held at the Wood-n-Tap Bar and Grill at 970 North Colony Road in Wallingford CT (Phone 203-265-9663). Please join us (at 6:30PM-ish) for some good food, good fun and good libations! To see the menu, go to https://www.woodntap.com/menu/ Our reservations are under “CT Triumph Register”.
Deep River Historical Society “Orphan & Discontinued Car Show”
Saturday September 17th 2022
“Day with Dave”
April 9th 2022
NOTE: DAY WITH DAVE 2022 HAS BEEN POSTPONED…..STAY TUNED FOR NEW DATE
It’s time to get your LBC back on the road, so give it a little TLC by joining Dave and Jean Icaza for the annual Day with Dave at D&J Restorations in Manchester. Get your car ready for the driving season with oil & filter changes, lubrication, and visual inspection with your car up on the lift. Enjoy some car-comradery with hot coffee and donuts and our friends from the MG club! Please call 860-649-5533 in advance to reserve a spot in the schedule.
Cars and Coffee at Abington Spares
Saturday April 16th 2022
Join us at Abingdon Spares for Cars & Coffee and Conversation on Saturday,
April 16th from 9-11 am. This will be the first one of hopefully many this year,
so come early as they expect a big crowd! Bring your LBC or “come as you are”, all
are welcome! The Rain Date will be Sunday, April 17th, but only if Saturday is a total
washout. See you then, at 900 Industrial Park Road, Deep River, CT.
ALL BRITISH AUTO PARTS SWAP MEET
Sunday May 1st 2022
Cruise to Roe Jan Brewery
Saturday May 7th 2022 – Rescheduled to SUNDAY May 8th due to inclement weather predicted for Saturday May 7th.
CTR driving events get under way with a tour to the Roe Jan Brewery in Hillsdale, NY on Saturday, May 7th (rain date: Sunday, May 8th). The tour will gather in Thomaston at the parking lot on Pleasant Street at exit 39 on CT route 8. We will gather at 10:45am for an 11am departure to Hillsdale. The drive to Hillsdale is 65 miles and is expected to take about 2 hours.
The Roe Jan Brewery was built in 1851 by Joshua Bulkeley and housed the Hillsdale Mercantile Association. Selling a variety of goods including clothing, patent medicines, and food the Mercantile Association was in business until 1890. Two of the Association’s clerks carried on the trade into the twentieth century. Over the following years a variety of businesses occupied the building including a shirt factory and a beer bottling business. From the late 1920s onwards the building served the local farms, first as a GLF Feed store (GLF stood for Grange League Federation) and a John Deere dealership, and then from the late 1950s as Hillsdale Feed, an Agway distributor. As the 21st century arrived the building was in poor shape.
Kathy and Steve Bluestone bought the building in 2018 and carried out extensive renovations to restore the building to its current magnificent form. The renovation included a new foundation and reinstating the balcony (which would be very nice for outdoor dining if the weather is a little warmer next month!) The interior is a beautiful blend of original timbers and modern décor that will provide us with an excellent inside setting for enjoying a meal and a drink while preserving the history of the structure. Twelve beer taps provide a beer to appeal to most tastes, including an excellent Extra Special Bitter. All the food is reasonably priced and well prepared and presented.
If you would like to join us, please let Neville Wardle know in advance so that he can give the Roe Jan Brewery an accurate headcount and send you a route description. Email Neville at email@example.com
Tech Session at Abington Spares
Saturday May 14th 2022
Great opportunity to learn all about SU carburettors from Joe Curto, an acknowledged expert, Joe Curto.
Ed Cooke at Abingdon Spares is hosting this tech session which runs from 10am to noon.
If you plan to go, you MUST call Ed and let him know because space is limited.
Call Ed at 800-225-0251.
CTR Jaunt to Putnam!
Sunday May 22nd 2022
***PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DATE!
Our tour will depart at 11am from Abingdon Spares just off route 80 in Deep River for a 90 mile jaunt to Putnam.
Putnam’s downtown district offers a variety of antique stores to browse and perhaps find that perfect treasure. There are some interesting places to grab a bite to eat and a trail along the Quinebaug River to stretch your legs.
If you are planning to come on this drive please email Neville at firstname.lastname@example.org so that he can send you the route description.
Lime Rock Trans Am Memorial Day Classic
May 27-30th 2022
The lush 300-acre hillsides of Lime Rock Park will play host to a riveting mix of modern and vintage race cars, a craft beer festival, live music and two curated car shows- this Memorial Day weekend.
Lime Rock Park kicks off the summer season with the Trans Am Series by Pirelli, Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) and International GT (IGT), for the long-standing Trans Am Memorial Day Classic (May 27-30).
Starting Friday, May 27, a “rolling history” of motorsports from 200-mile-per-hour IndyCars and vintage Formula 1 cars to classic Jaguars and Porsches will take the track with SVRA and IGT.
Trans Am will deliver a massive dose of Americana in a pair of 100-mile races on the original 1.53-mile Lime Rock circuit. The highly competitive TA2 class, which features muscle cars like Mustangs, Camaros and Challengers, will storm the field on Saturday, May 28, (1:20 p.m. ET). Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) will once again be celebrated with the thunder from 850-horsepower American V8s in the Trans Am class along with top production-based GT cars battling it out in the XGT, SGT and GT classes (1:55 p.m. ET).
New to the weekend schedule this year is the Connecticut Craft Beer Grand Prix. Accompanied by the area’s best food trucks, more than two dozen local breweries will showcase the outstanding quality and variety of Connecticut craft beer on the Lime Rock grounds on Sunday, May 29. Also on Sunday, fans can mingle amongst hundreds of cars that will be on display from the Royals Garage Car Show and Hagerty Cars and Caffeine as part of the Sundays at The Park event.
Come for the beer, the car shows, the racing, or all three! With flexible ticket packages, fans can customize their Memorial Day experience at Lime Rock Park.
Fans are encouraged to reserve tickets and camping spots ahead of the weekend. Advanced general admission tickets start at $55, with full weekend passes, VIP Fan Hospitality Tent and Semi-Private Cabana upgrades available.
For Race and Royal Garage Car Show Tickets visit: Memorial Day Classic – Lime Rock Park
For CT Craft Beer Festival Tickets: CT Craft Beer Grand Prix – Lime Rock Park
Annual Triumph vs MG Club Mini Golf Challenge
Sunday August 7th 2022
CTR President Jay Jablonski has reserved the Farmington Mini Golf Course (at 1048 Farmington Avenue) for this year’s event on Sunday, August 7th. Tee time will be 12:00, (please show up by 11:45am) Ice Cream after all that exercise! Special parking area for CTR and CTMG club cars!
CT MG Club 2022 Dust-Off Rally
Saturday July 9th, 2022
Event organizers are pleased to announce that a recent review tour of the route has found all in order and that everything is in place to run DUST – OFF 2022!
This years’ dust-off rally will start in Southington, CT at the exit 28 park and ride lot located at 2125 Meriden-Waterbury Road, route 322. (West side of RT 84). The lot entrance will be marked with CTMG event signage. Google maps coordinates: 41.563285, -72.915361. Gas, coffee, and munchies are located near the start.
Please arrive with adequate fuel for a 70 mile tour. The “driving tour” will end at a family style eatery on the Goshen-Torrington town line where we can enjoy a lunch and the company of our fellow participants while the event results are tabulated.
Plan to arrive by about 9:30 a.m. A drivers meeting will take place at 10:00 am with the first car off by about 10:20 a.m. The driving event is a GTA style (Game Tour Adventure) rally designed to be a low pressure, fun driving tour. Participating teams consist of a driver and a co-driver; navigator. Driving distance will be approximately 70 miles. There will be an opportunity to take a break approximately mid-way along the route. Teams will be challenged to answer questions whose answers will be found along the route.
Participants will need to bring a clip board (route instructions are printed on 8-1/2 X 11 inch paper) pens or pencils and some way of keeping track of the time of day and cumulative miles driven.
Questions / RSVP’s may be sent to the Rally Master at email@example.com. Come join us and blow the dust off your LBC!
Registration: 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Drivers meeting: 10:00 a.m.
First car off: 10:20 a.m.
Car#1 approximate finish time: 1:30 p.m.
Awards approximately: 2:30 to 3:30-ish p.m.
Annual Triumph vs MG Club Mini Golf Challenge
Sunday August 7th 2022
CTR President Jay Jablonski has reserved the Farmington Mini Golf Course (at 1048 Farmington Avenue) for this year’s event on Sunday, August 7th at noon…..Further details to follow, stay tuned!
2021: Annual CTR and CTMG Holiday Party
This years annual holiday party will be held on December 11th at Il Monticello, 577 S Broad St, Meriden,CT on the Meriden/Wallingford line, starting at 5pm.
As has been the custom in the past, we will be collecting holiday donations for the the residents of Waterford Country School. These donations will be given to the residents living at the school during the holidays. The school works to meet the special needs of children and families at risk.
2021: Join Neville for the Last, Last Ride of the Season!
The English county of Kent has had an east-west divide going for quite a while. Those from the area east of the River Medway are Men (or Maids) of Kent, those from west of the Medway are Kentish Men (or Maids). It’s been that way since about the 5th Century AD when the Jutes expanded their Kingdom of Kent westwards over the river at the expense of the East Saxons.
Since being a Man of Kent carries a bit more status than being a Kentish Man, it follows that the former
term was chosen for the name of a roadside pub in Hoosick Falls, NY.
On Saturday, November 6th I will be heading up that way to see if their beer selection is as good as the last time I went there before the plague ruled out such jaunts. In case there may be some interest in what
might be a last drive of the season I’m throwing it open to anyone who fancies a longish run up NY
route 22 with its light traffic and generous speed limit.
The gathering point for anyone who wishes to accompany me is the Clock Tower in Sharon (the junction of (CT routes 4, 41, and 343),. Departure time from Sharon is 10:30am.
This won’t be one of my typical drives in that there will be no low-speed, winding roads. It’s too long a
drive for that stuff (from Sharon to the Man of Kent is 78.2 miles), so this will be a wind-in-your-hair drive up 22 at the road speed to get there and back before dark. It will also be a less organised caravan in that everybody is free to run at their own speed, make whatever stops they need and follow the route instructions if they don’t quite make it through a traffic light.
The route is quite simple and the normal route instructions will be available.
If you want to give your car a workout, let me know via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll send you a
pdf of the route and as the date arrives advise if for any reason (e.g., early snowfall) the drive is postponed or cancelled. The rain date will be Sunday, November 14th.
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2021: CTR Fall Foliage Drive to Great Falls Brewing Co.
Please join us on Sunday, October 24th for our annual ‘Great Fall’ Foliage Drive. This year we will meet at 11:45am for a noon departure from the commuter car park on CT route 188 at exit 16 off I-84. The route will run through Bethlehem, Morris, Washington Depot, past Lake Waramaug, through Kent ending up at Falls Village. That’s about 72 leisurely miles of driving on some of the country roads less travelled. The drive ends at the old Canaan Union Station which today is the home of the Great Falls Brewing Company (greatfallsbrews.com).
CTMG September Cruise
The CT MG Club invites everyone to join in a drive on Sunday September 27thl led by one of the best route-masters in CT. Meet them at Roberts Food Mart, at Rt’s 79 and 80, ready for a one pm (1300) departure. Anticipate 2.5 hours of great driving, in which 18th century engineering will be prominent. Bring your 20th-century self, car and CB radio. Please tell Bob Howard of your plans to participate, MGBobH@gmail.com, 203-453-2842, so we can keep track of everyone and can call if rain forces postponement. If postponed, rain date will be Sunday, 11 October, and be part of their Pumpkin Run (already scheduled).
CTMG’s British Car Cruise Night
UPDATE: There will be only 2 more British Cruise Nights at Abingdon Spares for 2020. They will be Thursday September 10 and Thursday October 8. The hours will remain the same 5-7 PM
Abingdon Spares in Deep River is hosting a British Car Cruise Night every Thursday night this summer from 5 – 7 pm. Join us at Abingdon Spares, 900 Industrial Park Road, Deep River, CT for cars and conversation.
Masks and Social Distancing observed, we want this to be a safe and enjoyable, low key event for everyone. Not much going on, this is a good excuse to get out and drive your British Car on a summer evening!
Hope to see you there. Weather cancellation info at 800-225-0251.
Concours and Gathering of the Marques
Although the racing over Labor Day Weekend may be without spectators, the Sunday in the Park Concours & Gathering of the Marques car show at Lime Rock Park will be opened to participants, car enthusiast, and vendors!
Lime Rock Park will be hosting its annual car show on Sunday, September 6, 2020. The Sunday in the Park car show fills the entire race track with some of the most beautiful/rare/incredible vehicles that many would only dream of seeing in person. The Concours D’Elegance portion of the show displays some of the rarest and prestigious collector cars in the market today. The Gathering of the Marques outlines the remainder of the track with hundreds of vehicles from various car clubs and marques from across the northeast. We understand that this year has been difficult for many, so we are happy to provide the car community with a little piece of normalcy this year by continuing our traditional car show this year over Labor Day weekend. COVID-19 precautions and guidelines will be in place and enforced to ensure guests and vendors have a safe and positive experience.
We are asking all car enthusiasts/collectors who are looking for something to do over Labor Day Weekend to consider wiping off the car and showing it off during our Gathering of the Marques car show. With over 80 different marques, there is a spot around the track for almost every type of vehicle, even an Autocross section! There will be awards and prizes throughout the day as well, so make sure you polish off that hood. If you are part of a car club and would like your own designated parking area, please let me know and we can discuss various options!
Event: Sunday in the Park Concours & Gathering of the Marques
Date & Time: Sunday, September 6, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Where: Lime Rock Park, 60 White Hollow Road, Lakeville, Conn.
Cost: $25.00 Advance Price (8/28 – 8/30) or $40.00 at the gate!
Rallye For A Cure
The event has been rescheduled for September 12, 2020. A great amount of consideration has been incorporated into planning and scheduling this popular event. Please visit their website via this link http://caea.net/RFAC/ for more information and to register.
CTR Tour of Paddock Classic Car Restorations – February 29th 2020
Bowling Challenge and Pizza is Saturday March 14th
In light of the arrival of COVID-19 here in Connecticut, and after consultation with the CT MG Club, we have decided to cancel this event. We do plan to reschedule our Bowling Challenge for a date and time that would work for both our clubs. After all, bragging rights are still up for grabs…….!
Please join members from the CT Triumph Register and the CT MG Club for a night of bowling and pizza. This event has been held annually for many years and it is always a night of fun, food, and friendly competition. It a great way to spend a wintry Saturday evening!
The date is Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 6PM-8PM at Apple Valley Bowl in Plantsville: Address: 1304 S. Main Street, Plantsville, CT Phone: 860-628-4553
After bowling (around 8 PM), we will head to Dominic and Vinnie’s Pizza just a few miles away for pizza and refreshments…….Address: 868 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT Phone: 860-621-9846
Please arrive a few minutes early for bowling so we can get started right at 6PM and get a full two hours of bowling in.
If you have any questions, please contact organizers Janet and Alex Thomson at ALJLThomson@charter.net or 203-266-4067 (landline/leave message).
Sunday, April 26th, 2020 at 10am — Shop Skills Tech Session
and Spring Bar-B-Q/Pot Luck Lunch
All CTR and CTMG members are invited to attend a tech session where we will revisit some of those old time shop skills such identifying fasteners, cutting threads, installing helicoils, identifying tubing connections and sharpening drill bits. Alex & Janet Thomson are hosting this event at their shop at 21 Peter Rd. in Woodbury. This will be a hands-on session in the heated shop so dress appropriately. Coffee and other light refreshments will be provided.
At high noon, we will put away the tools, clean off the tables and enjoy a pot-luck lunch. Janet and Alex will have a charcoal grill set up and will cook hot dogs and hamburgers. We will also have space available for crock-pots for those who wish to bring a warm dish and there will be plenty of refrigerator space available, as well.
Directions from US Rt. 6 in Woodbury: Turn north onto CT Rt. 47 across from Canfield Corner Pharmacy. Proceed for 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Peter Rd. We are the first house on the left – Red house, red barn, red shop – if you see a traffic light on the shop with “Gulf” gas pumps, you are probably at the right place.
Space is limited to 15 so please RSVP Alex or Janet by calling 203-266-4067 or e-mailing at ALJLThomson@Charter.net
Saturday May 30th — Robert J. Beeney Memorial Car Show
June 12 & 13 — British Motorcars of New England BRITS IN BRISTOL
Friday June 12th and Saturday June 13th
Friday AM Tour with optional Luncheon
Friday Evening Parade of Brits –
Friday evening Downtown block party on Independence Park
Saturday British car show and festivities with 33 classes. Other fun stuff during the day! Picnic Basket Contest, Hat Contest – Raffle items!
More information to come. Save the date and stay tuned………
June 20th, 2020 – Rallye For A Cure
NOTE: Cardone & Daughter Open Shop has been POSTPONED
August 1, 2020 — CT MG Club 2020 Dust-off Rally
This years’ dust-off rally will start in Thomaston, CT. in the commuter parking lot located across the street (Pleasant St.) from Duncan Donuts. Exit 39 off CT route 8. GPS coordinates: 41.674446, -73.064099.
Plan to arrive by about 9:30 a.m. A drivers meeting will take place at 10:00 am with the first car off by about 10:20 a.m. This driving event is a GTA style (Game Tour Adventure) rally, designed to be a low pressure, fun driving tour. Participants will follow a published route, answering a few questions whose answers will be found
along the route. Participating teams consist of a driver and a co-driver; navigator. Driving distance will be approximately 83 miles.
Participants will need to bring a clip board (route instructions are printed on 8-1/2 X 11-inch paper) pens or pencils and some way of keeping track of the time of day and cumulative miles driven. Participants should consider themselves personally subject to all rules then in effect as established by state and local authority
regarding the present health emergency so bring your mask and keep your distance.
The start location has enough room to permit us to park in alternating slots, it will make for quite a lot of room between cars. Event organizers will bring your documentation to you so that safe distances may be maintained so stay in /with your car on arrival. Signatures for registration etc. will be collected while you are in/with your car. The drivers meeting / event updates may be achieved by updating several small groups of cars as the rally master moves down the line. Cars will be started onto the event from the places where they are parked.
The event end location has been carefully chosen to permit attendees to safely submit their route instructions for score and 1: To allow for those who wish to bring their own lunch and beverage and eat apart. 2: To have a call in-take out menu (copies will be provided) that can be taken to the car for consumption and social distancing (BYO beverage) and 3: Has outdoor seating for those who wish to eat off the menu at a table.
Prizes/trophies will be placed into a plastic bag and tossed to (at) you from a distance. The rally master will be wearing a “full moon suit” PPD. (Or maybe a quarter moon). Or the equivalent thereof.
Questions / RSVP’s may be sent to the Rally Master at email@example.com.
Come join us and blow the dust off your LBC!
Registration: 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Drivers meeting: 10:00 a.m.
First car off: 10:20 a.m.
Car#1 approximate finish time: 1:45 p.m.
Awards approximately: 2:30 to 3:15-ish p.m.
On Monday July 26th, (weather permitting) the Connecticut Triumph Register goes on the road to Mark’s Drive-in in Granby, CT.
The plan is to assemble at Gio’s Pizza (3 Turkey Hill Road, East Granby) at 5:30pm and drive to Mark’s in a caravan at approximately 5:45pm. If you arrive later, just head straight to Mark’s and look for the British car contingent.
The cruise is located on 25 acres of land in East Granby, Connecticut. This family friendly cruise is dedicated to perpetuating the memory of antique, classic and special interest vehicles.
Marks Classic Cruise is an OPEN cruise night; which means anyone is welcome to attend regardless of year, make, and model driven. The theme for the 19th is Corvette.
Vehicles must be clean. The cruise runs every Monday night (unless inclement weather or saturated field conditions.) from 5pm to 9pm between May and September (excluding holidays). Food vendors offer a menu of: burgers, chili, pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, soda, water, coffee, and desserts. Often times there are specials available too.
Mark’s Classic Cruise is adjacent to Bradley International Airport. From I-90, take exit 40 (CT route 20), turn onto East Street and take a right onto Russell Road. The website for Mark’s is at www.markscruisenight.com Check their website if the weather looks doubtful.