take center stage at car show
David Davis Mansion hosts 23rd British Car Festival on June 1
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[May 27, 2014]
BLOOMINGTON – Austin-Healey cars,
including one being used to fight cancer, get the spotlight at the
23rd annual Champagne British Car Festival being held June 1 at the
David Davis Mansion State Historic Site in Bloomington.
The festival runs from 10 a.m. until the awards
ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 1. The day will conclude with
awards for best of show and best in individual classes. Donations of
$5 for adults and $2 for children, or $10 for an entire family, are
requested to benefit the David Davis Foundation.
More than 130 British cars are expected at this
popular annual event organized by the Flat Land British Car Club.
The featured “marque” or nameplate is Austin-Healey, which produced
its jaunty sports cars from 1952 until 1972.
A 1953 Austin-Healey named Grace will make a
special appearance at the car show. Owner John Nikas drives Grace
around the country for the Drive Away Cancer program. Sick children
get to take rides in Grace, and others can sign the car to honor
someone they love who has battled cancer.
The day of the show is also National Cancer
Survivors Day. An information booth will be provided by the
Community Cancer Center.
“We hope that it will be a very special day
here at the David Davis Mansion,” said Dave Hauman, chairman of the
In addition to class awards recognizing various
manufacturers and models, the mayors of Bloomington and Normal will
each present awards. And this year, for the first time, a Premiere
Class award will be given for the car selected as the best among the
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The festival will also include a vintage race
car in which children will be allowed to sit, have their pictures
taken and talk with the owner, a former vintage car amateur racer. A
junior judging contest will be conducted with representatives from
the Boys and Girls Club as judges.
A luncheon pavilion will be staffed by members
of Troop 20 of the Boy Scouts, and Bob’s Ice Cream from Eureka will
be there to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
For more information, visit
www.cbcf-bloomington.com. Details about Grace are available at
[Text received; CHRIS WILLIS,
ILLINOIS HISTORIC PRESERVATION AGENCY]
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. To learn more, visit