Friday, October 14, 2016

Post-Battle: Brits at Bakers

It's been a busy, busy month since the 2016 Battle of the Brits. I hadn't yet written up Part 2 of that day, when a few fine British cars motored over to the weekly Baker's Sunday Cruise-In.

For those who haven't heard of it, Baker's is a restaurant near Milford that hosts a truly enormous weekly cruise event every Sunday afternoon in the summertime. The great thing about it is that it's really pretty casual. You can pull in, walk around and check out whatever you want, chit-chat with other car owners, and then head out whenever you want. There's a bit of prize-giving and stuff at the end of the day, but for the most part it's just a stop-in event. You don't even need an exotic or classic car to stop by. There's parking space aplenty for regular cars, too.

Anyway, after last month's Battle of the Brits at Camp Dearborn, also in Milford, I swung by Baker's, and it turned out that several other British car owners made the same stop. It was fun for me to see the Brits sprinkled about the lot because most of the time the Baker's crowd tends towards muscle cars and domestic classics.

Here's what caught my eye.

1950 Studebaker.

1961(?) Corvette.

1948 Dodge.

Here's what a classic Mini looks like among modern cars.

A Big Healey next to a C2 Corvette. Coincidentally enough, there was a fun article comparing a 1966 Corvette to a 1966 Austin-Healey 3000 recently in Hemmings Sports & Exotic magazine. It's a good read: The Evolutionary War - 1966 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III vs 1966 Chevrolet Corvette: It's Britain versus America when we pit a '66 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III against a '66 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster.

I have a well-known weakness for the dark green and tan interior. I lust after this Vette every time I see it.

Corvette next to a Lotus Elan.

Monique objects to giant hood-piercing superchargers and flames on cars. But, c'mon. This is COOL!

Beautiful old 1937 Diamond T truck.

Triumph Spitfire.

MGB and a Jaguar XKR Coupe.


1963 Dodge work van converted by Lyn Airvan.

Finally, check out this excellent Ford 4x4 crew cab pickup truck.

More on the truck issue coming soon!

(Foreshadowing. A common literary device often used to retain blog traffic!)