20th Anniversary

20th. Anniversary Event-May 14th 2016
May 14th. 2016, t6he British Car Club Midlands Centre celebrated twenty (20) years of serving the British Car community. This was a time to reminisce and ponder the last twenty years since the launching of the Car Club at the Mid-Carolina Auto show on May 14th. 1996.
A group of MG enthusiasts jumped at the opportunity of displaying cars within 2,000 sf of floor space under cover. W3 were able to cobble together seven MG.s with hay bales to represent a paddock area, checkered flags, photographs, etc. to create our show stand. All this in two weeks.
This exposure led to the formation of the MG Car Club Midlands Centre which in time grew into the British Car Club Midlands Centre that as we know it today with the inclusion of all other popular British Marques.
Our event this past Saturday May 14th, 2016 drew fifty (50) members, family and their cars to the Paw-Paw Shelter at the beautiful Saluda Shoals Park on the bank of the Saluda River in Columbia for this commemorative event. We were lucky enough to have in attendance three of the founding members with three of the original MG’s from the 1996 Show.
Dinner was supplied by Hudson’s Catering of Lexington, arriving at precisely 5:00 as planned. A tasty meal of BBQ Pork, creamed potatoes, broccoli casserole, iced tea and rounded off with peach cobbler.
The usual chatter after the meal was interrupted with the presentation of Special Member name badges denoting their new name status to Founding Member to Chris Powell, Ed Stanfield and Ken Wells. At this point Chris explained to the assembled members how the Club was founded accompanied by comments from Ed and Ken. A slide Show was running concurrently with the proceedings highlighting events over the last two (2) decades.
The Club also had the unexpected attendance to the Shutler’s from Florida, who were on their way up to Michigan. They were involved in the transition of the Triumph Club of the Carolinas into the BCCMC.
Also of note, Special regalia commemorating the 20th. Anniversary logo was handed out and worn by club Members. Laurel wreath framing the existing badge really does look special.
7:00 pm saw the members packing it all up and leaving the Saluda Shoals park just as the shadows from the surrounding trees began to lengthen.
With good guidance The Car Club should be around for many decades to come.
Thanks to all the members who helped with the preparation and successful conclusion of this event.
Ken Wells.

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