For those attending the eighth annual British Motoring Festival in Windsor July 15, having the chance to show off their rides, talk with like-minded individuals and indulge in all things British, was a ticket to happiness.
“When I was a teenager, this is the car I always wanted to have and a neighbour friend of mine had one. I decided right then that someday I would buy one. Much later in life, I was in a position that I could,” said Don Aldous, of Newport, when asked how he came into possession of a shiny red 1973 TR 6 — a vehicle he's had for about 23 years.
“It's been a dream come true for me.”
Aldous is one of the committee members who volunteers his time to keep the popular festival going.
He said the car show, which is held at King's-Edgehill School every July, serves as a way to pay homage to a way of life that is quickly disappearing.
“All of these cars represents when motoring was fun and people went out for drives on Sunday and they enjoyed getting there,” said Aldous. “It wasn't just getting from Point A to B that mattered. It was how you got there and the fun of getting there. A lot of us are nostalgic for those days.”
Aldous has been participating in the festival since its inception.
From Jaguars and Aston Martins to Land Rovers and Triumphs, the festival had something for fans of vintage British automobiles to get excited over. Aside from the show and shine, visitors to the Saturday event could watch valve cover races, enjoy English cream teas and tap their toes to the sounds of Emerald Tide.
This year's festival highlighted two types of vehicles — models manufactured in 1967 and orphan marques, which are cars that are no longer manufactured and are not commonly encountered while travelling.
Drivers came from throughout the Maritimes and the eastern United States to participate. In 2016, there were 166 participating vehicles from New England, Ontario, Quebec, and the Atlantic Provinces.
Aldous said car enthusiasts should be sure to mark next year's festival on their calendars.
“I think they should come here to check out what motoring was all about in the past. That's what this is all about,” said Aldous.
For more information about the British Motoring Festival, or to stay apprised of when the 2018 event is taking place, visit: http://www.britishmotoringfestival.com.