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21st annual Champagne British Car Festival Sunday at David Davis Mansion

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[May 31, 2012]  BLOOMINGTON -- Rare Aston-Martin automobiles worth more than a million dollars will be on display during the 21st annual Champagne British Car Festival on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site in Bloomington.

More than 150 British cars are expected at this popular annual event organized by the Illinois Flat Land British Car Club. In addition to Aston-Martins, this year's featured marque, there will be plenty of MGs, Triumphs, Austin-Healeys, Jaguars, Lotuses, Minis and cars from other English manufacturers. 

A vintage MG racecar in which kids can sit and parents take their photographs will be available, and a free seminar will be presented by Barney Gaylord, the MGA guru. 

An informational booth will be set up from the Bloomington-Normal Cancer Center, as June 3 is National Survivors Day. 

The festival will include a luncheon tent staffed by Boy Scout Troop 20. Treats from Uncle Bob's Homemade Ice Cream from Eureka will be available. Music will be provided by "Bones" Bach during the lunch hour. 

The day will conclude with an awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. 

A donation of $5 per person and $10 per family is requested of those who attend the event.

The suggested donation, as requested by the David Davis Foundation, provides admission to the grounds, a tour of the David Davis Mansion and the heritage garden.

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For more information on the car festival, visit

The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, was built in 1872 for Supreme Court Justice David Davis and his wife, Sarah. The site is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for public tours.

[Text from file received from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]

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