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Subject: British Car Week
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2002 18:05:00 EST
Hello everyone,

For those of you who are familiar, this is the last time you will receive a 
message from this e-mail address. Not that I&#8217;m going anywhere, but if 
unless someone extremely important has other plans for me, I&#8217;ll be 
pestering you about this for many, many years to come!  For now on if you have 
any messages to send to me regarding British Car Week, you can reply to the new 
e-mail address  In fact, the British Car Week web site 
has a new address as well.  The new address is listed at the bottom of this 
message.  For those of you who have the old web page address listed within 
their links, that address will continue to work until shortly after this year's 
British Car Week.  I&#8217;d like to thank you in advance for changing your 
links to coincide with the new address.  So on to my annual reminder&#8230;..

This years British Car Week will take place from May 25 through June 2, so be 
sure to mark your calendars.  Also, please notify your British car club(s) so 
they can be aware of this special event.  If your club leaders aren't aware of 
this annual event, or maybe they don't understand what it's all about, then let 
please them know that British Car Week is a British car &#8220;awareness&#8221; 
week.  It's an opportunity for all British car owners to get their cars out on 
the roads in their part of the world at the same time, and show them off to the 
people who are not aware of them.  It's also a great opportunity to get 
together with other British car owners in your community, regardless of marque, 
and display your cars to the general public.
I guarantee you&#8217;ll meet some great people.  

There&#8217;s no mistaking, British cars of the past are becoming more and more 
special with each passing year.  Partly because they represent a very 
interesting and exciting time in automotive history.  A time when a body design 
could be scribbled on a piece of paper straight from the human brain, then 
brought to life by the bare hands of a skilled panel beater without the use of 
modern robotics or computers.  It would truly be a shame for anyone to miss out 
on the chance to learn more about these very interesting machines and how they 
came into this world.  To many people, these cars are a genuine work of art.  
They are as much fun to drive as they are to step back and take a few moments 
to appreciate their beauty.  In fact, several years ago the Jaguar XKE was 
entered into the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and is on permanent 
display.  The Jaguar was the third automobile of the history of the museum to 
have this honor, and the very first to be permanently displayed there.  This 
would be a sign of appreciation for all British automotive designs of the past. 

Very recently I had the opportunity to visit the Chicago Auto Show, 
representing most of the new models for this next year.  The enthusiastic crowd 
hovering around the new Mini was a sure sign that old designs are very much 
appreciated today.  People of all ages were crawling all over the car, yearning 
for the chance to sit in the drivers seat.  You might say there&#8217;s no 
replacement for the original, but there&#8217;s no mistaking that Sir Alec 
Issigonis&#8217; original design is what makes the new car so enticing.  Other 
than a few standouts, there are no modern car designs that capture my emotions 
like the British cars of the past.    

The old British motoring days are still fresh in the minds of many I guess, and 
maybe they&#8217;re slightly taken for granted by those who have been around 
for a while.  But for those who have never had the chance to experience the 
joys of vintage British automobile motoring, it is an opportunity that will not 
easily be forgotten.  The thrill of seating ones self onto a bargain sized 
bucket seat and holding onto a truck sized steering wheel in the cockpit of a 
sporty little car that could be purchased on Wednesday, raced at the track on 
Sunday, and then driven to work on Monday is a thrill to behold.  The sound of 
the rumbling engine that lets you know that it is a significant part of what 
you are about to do.  The smell of the hot engine reminds you that something 
important is taking place under the bonnet.  The gages on the facia are doing 
things that might disturb the casual observer, but they are all a part of a 
great symphony to the seasoned British car owner.  There is nothing timid about 
these cars, and no one can forget they are present.

But if you&#8217;re looking for a cushy ride, then you&#8217;ve come to the 
wrong place.  There is no GPS in case you get yourself lost, no electric 
windows in case you&#8217;re of the faint hearted, and no intermittent 
windscreen wipers&#8230;.unless of course you have an electrical problem.  The 
heater always works best during the hottest of days of the summer, and the 
electrics may drive you goofey if you&#8217;re not careful.  Your clothes will 
most likely smell like exhaust, and in many cases you may have to pull off to 
the side of the road, and turn off the engine in order to listen to the radio.

But be there no mistaking that these treasured automobiles are an extremely 
exciting pleasure to own and drive, and as time goes on they are becoming less 
known to the common public.  If it weren't for the great efforts of those who 
get them out on the roads regularly every year, they would become long 
forgotten by many more.  Cheers to those people who keep them on the roads!     

So grab your goggles and driving gloves, and be sure to top off your dashpots!  
It&#8217;s time to have some fun!

See you on the road&#8230;..

Scott Helms
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