Woodstock British Car Show this Sunday

Triumph grill (photo by Dion Ogust)

If your knowledge of British sportscars is limited to knowing that the sleek Union Jack-painted “Shaguar” that Mike Myers drove in the first Austin Powers movie is really a 1967 Jaguar E-Type, then check out the lawn in front of the Woodstock Playhouse on Sunday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the owners of more than 100 British sportscars will converge there with their Triumphs, MGs, Jaguars and Austin Healeys for the fourth annual Woodstock British Car Show.

Organizer Len Sapiro says that most of the cars at the show will be from the ‘50s through the ‘70s, and visitors will get to see a rare 1973 Jensen Interceptor, a sporting car that was hand-built in the UK by Jensen Motors between ‘66 and ‘76. Members of the Brits of the Hudson, Ltd. British sportscar club and the Adirondack Triumph Association will caravan to Woodstock for the show, some driving as far as 100 miles to get there. British motorcycles and pre-1980 European cars are invited, too.

Sapiro, owner of a few British sportscars himself, started the show four years ago as an enthusiast, and because he thought that the event would be good for the town as well. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Woodstock Playhouse. “I’ve been to every summer stock performance they’ve had since they’ve opened,” he says, “and I’d certainly suggest to people that it’s a way to see Broadway-caliber performances for a fraction of the cost.”

His 14-year-old daughter Emma is a member of the New York Conservatory for the Arts Troupe at the Playhouse, a group of 20 teenagers who will perform at the Car Show on Sunday, doing excerpts from various Broadway plays and a ‘50s-themed song-and-dance production that they recently performed on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean. The time for the performance isn’t set yet, says Sapiro, but will take place sometime in the early afternoon.

Refreshments will be available for purchase from the ‘Cue truck (of the Saugerties-based barbecue restaurant). Spectators are welcome, and admission to the Woodstock British Car Show is free, as is the parking. If it rains, the event will take place the following Sunday, September 30.

Cars will enter the field starting at 8:30 a.m., and around 2 p.m., awards will be presented, including People’s Choice and the Longest Distance Traveled. The preregistration cost is $15 per car, or $20 to register at the show. Preregistration forms can be downloaded online at www.woodstockbritishcarshow.com.

The Woodstock Playhouse is located at 103 Mill Hill Road at the intersection of Routes 212 and 375 in Woodstock. For more information, call (845) 679-6900 or e-mail woodstockbritishcarshow@gmail.com.

The fourth annual Woodstock British Car Show, with more than 100 classic British sportscars on view, will take place on Sunday, September 23 (rain date Sunday, September 30) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn outside the Woodstock Playhouse, located at 103 Mill Hill Road at the intersection of Routes 212 and 375 in Woodstock. Admission and parking are free. Food will be available. For more information, visit www.woodstockbritishcarshow.com, call (845) 679-6900 or e-mail woodstockbritishcarshow@gmail.com.

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