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Author: Dennis McKinley

For the fourth time over 100 British, Italian and German cars graced the grass of scenic Jaycee Park in Cape Coral. On March 1st one hundred and eleven well-polished, some rare, cars sat in the shade under majestic oaks on the bank of the Caloosahatchee River. The owners compared, kibitzed and voted on their favorite car in each class, while their passengers and the public spectators Oooed and Awed.

This year this annual event, first established in 2013 by the Triumphs of Southwest Florida, was hosted and organized by the Southwest Florida Alfa Romeo Owner’s Club. The park is divided by winding trails and trees into three sections, one each for each nationality.

Just North of the British Cars in the show is a permanent pavilion where the Boy Scouts cook and served hot dogs and hamburgers. At the Southern end of the Park between the British and Italian cars is a large gazebo where the awards were presented.

There is still room for more cars in the park, but as the show grows each year, a limit will take affect when the participating cars reach 200 cars.

Half of the cars on display were British because the British sports car invasion of the 1950s brought so many of them across the Atlantic first and because there were many more British marques. The British marques at the B.I.G Show were:

BRITISH

The British cars were divided into eleven classes which all were awarded trophies. Their vintage range was from a 1952 to a 2015.

Triumphs

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’54 Lagonda 3-Litre MK1 DHC, ’62 Daimler SP-250, ’57 Morgan Plus 4 & a ’54 Sunbeam Talbot Alpine

Jaguars

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MGs

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Austin Healeys

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Minis

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ITALIAN

There were 20 Italian cars of which 14 were Alfas which is exemplary considering Alfa Romeo did not import Alfas for twenty years, 1995-2015. The Italian cars were divided into five classes that were awarded trophies.

Alfas

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GERMAN

The 35 German cars, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche were divided into eight classes. Their vintage range was from 1959 BMW 600 to a 2019 Porsche 718.

BMWs

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Porsches

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Mercedes

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Race/Competition

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The last category in the show was Race/Competition cars. There were two cars in the class.

[blockquote]The show turned out great! From my point of view, there was more competition with strong TR2’s and TR3’s in the show than ever before. Well worth the trip to see all the cars that just deal with us. It can only get better with more cars participating. Glad I was part of it and really look forward to next year.
Author Mike Bohardt, Triumphs of Southwest Florida[/blockquote][blockquote]Venue for show was great. The crowd was friendly, and I got lots of good questions from people. With the boy scouts there, it came off more as a family picnic with cars than a conventional car show. Perhaps having only cars from three Countries made the difference.
Author: Brad Brown, Triumph of Southwest Florida[/blockquote][blockquote]Show had very good awards given out and I liked the hats.
Author: Bruce Skaggs, Triumph of Southwest Florida[/blockquote][blockquote]This show was a huge success from a car owner’s perspective.
Author: Bob Lombardo, Alfa Romeo Owners Club of Southwest Florida[/blockquote]
[blockquote]Kudos for a great job with the B.I.G. show. Lots of really, nice cars in a great setting with near perfect weather.
Author: Buddy Guynn, Alfa Romeo Owners Club of Southwest Florida[/blockquote][blockquote]There was an amazing TEAM effort. Thanks to Dennis for having the wisdom to put this group of folks together. The Italian’s ROCKED-IT this year
Author: Stan Dale, BMW Club[/blockquote][blockquote]I believe the show went very smoothly and Stan did a great job with the German cars. Next year we will be a bit more organized leading up to the event. I hope to bring in 30 registered Porsches.
Author: John Petracco, Everglades Region of the Porsche Club of America[/blockquote]

WINNERS

BRITISH WINNERS

ClassPlaceCar #Last NameFirstCar
B 117BOHARDTMICHAEL1961 Triumph TR3A
B 3194BROWNPAUL1980 Triumph Spitfire
B 4150WILSONJIM1973 Triumph TR6
215MAJOREDWARD1973 Triumph TR6
B 5166REISENFELDHAL1975 Triumph TR-6
B 8124LAMBERTTHOMAS1953 MG TD Mark II
B 9152LONGMIKE1958 MGA
264KONDRATPATRICK1960 MGA
B11174WOODJANET1956 Jaguar XK-140-OTS
B13179ENGLEMANRICHARD1995 Jaguar XJS 6.0 Coupe
2 (tie)39SKAGGSBRUCE2006 Jaguar XK8
2 (tie)75CLARKDENNIS2008 Jaguar XJ8 L
B171100EBERTKARL1961 Austin Healey 3000 MK1 BN7
217TEDDERROBERT1963 Austin Healey 3000 BJ7
B20123BROWNEMICHAEL1996 Rover Mini Cabriolet
235NEWMANWILLIAM1972 Mini 1275 GT
B24122SCHALLERHERMANN1954 Lagonda 3-Litre MK1 DHC
272LICKLITERDAN1954 Sunbeam Talbot Alpine

MISC WINNERS

RACE
R 1144MCKINLEYDENNIS1965 Triumph TR4A
Oldest Italian CarDelmas Greene1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider
Longest Distance DrivenPhillip Rosile Trinity , FL1969 Alfa 1750 Spider Veloce
Presidents AwardJanet Wood1956 Jaguar XK-140-OTS

ITALIAN WINNERS

ClassPlaceCar #Last NameFirstCar
I 1116GREENEDELMAS1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider
213HEEDHARMON1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Veloce Abnormale
I 3133HAYWARDJOSEPH1993 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce
240LOMBARDOBOB1992 Alfa Romeo Veloce
I 7199RAUSEOTONY1981 Fiat Spider
I 8187CARUCCIOFRANK1966 Alfa Romeo GTV Sprint
I 9168MOODYSTEVE2007 Ferrari F430 Spider

GERMAN WINNERS

ClassPlaceCar #Last NameFirstCar
G 2197PERRAULTLEE1976 BMW 2002
G 6149HARMONCARY2016 BMW I3
G 8121KLEETHOMAS2020 BMW 840
G91108REITZBRANDON2000 BMW M Roadster
288VILLARMARIO2006 BMW M Roadster
G10127*CONNELLGEORGE1965 Mercedes Benz 230SL
254*LONGBERNARD1970 Mercedes Benz 280 SL
G1119MCCARTTLARRY2002 Mercedes SLK
G14157SAWYERW. TOM2016 Porsche Boxster GTS
230ANDRADEMICHAEL2003 Porsche 996 Turbo
G15193DALESTAN2008 BMW 550i Dinan
2104GREENSTEINSTEVEN2003 Porsche Boxter S

You can view FSC Flickr galleries at 2020 BIG Show and 2020 BIG Show Winners

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