At the concours at today’s 2015 British Invasion motorcar show in Stowe, Vermont . . .
Gus & Christine Bjorklund of Chelmsford, MA took 3rd place in a black 1978 Bentley T2 sedan
Modern Car Society president Jim Facinelli drove all the way from Pennsylvania in his 1989 Silver Spur to take 2nd
|1989 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur - Jim Facinelli (c)2015 JE Robison|
We presented John Rando’s 1972 long wheelbase Silver Shadow, for a 1st place win. As 1st place winner I had an opportunity to speak for a moment and I think the audience was surprised to hear I am autistic and the detail they saw in this vehicle is in part a manifestation of my autistic fixation on motorcars. I also thanked the car's owner John Rando for his support of us, and making this restoration possible. It's funny . . . millions of people have read my books and writings on autism but I'll bet that part of my life was unknown to 99% of the people at that show.
There was a very nice 1927 Bentley from Quebec.
Paul and Catherine Stanley’s 1951 Bentley Mark VI took Best in Show, from Gloucester MA
Finally, out on the people’s choice field there were 12 more Rolls-Royce and Bentley motorcars, and two for sale in the corral.
In the Land Rover area my friends David and Shelly Rifken brought their two Land Rover Defenders
My son drove up our 1990 Jaguar XJ-S convertible
And the field was filled with 650 magnificent British cars on a fine early fall day
We had a great time at the how. It's always good to see our friends from the world of collector cars. And thanks to everyone at Robison Service and of course my family for making it all possible.
(c) 2015 John Elder Robison
John Elder Robison is the general manager of J E Robison Service Company, celebrating 30 years of independent Land Rover restoration and repair in Springfield, Massachusetts. John is a longtime technical consultant to the Land Rover clubs, and he’s owned and restored many fine Rovers. Find him online at www.robisonservice.com or in the real world at 413-785-1665
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