This past Sunday the perennially 72° and sunny Southern California weather turned out to be more befitting of the British Isles. That was a good thing however, and equally appropriate because Sunday also brought out the English cars in droves, all coming together for the annual Queen’s English Car Show and Jumble, held annually at Van Nuys’ bucolic Woodley Park.
This year’s event was quite possibly the most heavily attended in the show’s history, there being not just hundreds of cars on display, but copious numbers of each as well. More than two dozen Sunbeams vied with an almost equal number of Mogs for attention, while some of the most arcane and rare offerings from Great Britain surprised and delighted. When was the last time you saw a Peerless? How about a three-wheeled Bond Mark F, its single lung motor sitting atop its lone front wheel?
The depth and breadth of the cars on display was so great that Jay Leno needed to make two trips, first showing up in a gorgeous maroon coloured Bristol 403 coupe, and later in yet another toy from his massive collection. And while the show was exclusively a show of English class, I was lucky enough to top it off with a drive in a what could eventually be an American classic- a Tesla Model S p85. That car showed not only how far we’ve come from the likes of the Bond Commercial, but also an easy way to lose your fillings due to its neck-snapping acceleration.
Make the jump for a slide show of some of the show’s highlights, and if you are a Southern Californian who has never attended, you owe yourself to make the trek to the Valley for next year’s show.