PLYMOUTH — The British Legends Weekend car show will be held on Oct. 11-13 all around Plymouth.
The event will culminate in a gathering of the vintage vehicles from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at Plymouth Municipal Airport, 246 South Meadow Road. Attendees can see the Mayflower, a rare little automobile, one of more than 100 vintage English cars expected in town for the Cape Cod British Car Club’s 19th annual British Legends Weekend.
“We’re very excited to be in America’s hometown,” said Roberta Rousseau, club president. “Plymouth offers a ton of things to do, wonderful roads for sight-seeing and British roots reaching back nearly 400 years. I can’t imagine a more fitting venue.”
On Oct. 12, many of the British classics will be touring Plymouth and the South Shore. John Bowe, of Bradford, expects to be among them in his 1952 Mayflower. Bowe’s boxy little sedan symbolizes a big idea. After World War II, Americans were starved for new cars; none had been made for four years. England, in turn, was starved for money to rebuild its economy. The Triumph Motor Co. thought it had an answer to both problems. It figured that Americans would line up to buy Mayflowers, sending piles of cash back to England. To that end, the car received a patriotic name and hood ornament depicting the Pilgrims’ ship.
The plan didn’t work. The Mayflower was odd looking and grossly underpowered, and soon Detroit was building plenty of cars anyway. Americans bought only 510 Mayflowers between 1950-53. About 20 survive.
Bowe uses his to take friends to dinner, and has chauffeured brides to weddings and teens to proms.
This event is free. Donations will be accepted and given to Pilgrim Squadron Civil Air Patrol. For more information, visit http://capecodbritishcarclub.camp7.org/19th-Annual-BLW.