23rd Annual British Motorcar Show Sponsored by the Lewes (Delaware) Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, May 5th, 2018
Cape May-Lewe Ferry Terminal
2018 Featured Marque – AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE
The Lewes British Motorcar Show “The British are coming...Again!” will welcome a wide array of classic British vehicles to Lewes on Saturday, May 5 (NO RAIN DATE). The Lewes Chamber of Commerce sponsors the show with assistance from the British Car Club of Delaware. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal. The show is supported by County Bank and Southern Delaware Tourism.
Twenty three years ago, Car Show chairman Mike Tyler and the British Car Club of Delaware originated the concept of staging a British Motorcar Show in the spring to attract visitors to Lewes before the summer season got into full swing. Each year the show features a different marque. The 2018 Featured Marque is the Austin-Healey Sprite, produced from 1958 to 1971. The Sprite is often called Frogeye, Bugeye or Crabeye.
According to Betsy Reamer, executive director of the Lewes Chamber of Commerce, “The popularity of this show has continued to grow over the years and one of the unintended consequences is the number of entry cars now exceeds the capacity to stage it on the grounds of the Lewes Historical Society complex.” The show’s venue at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal allows for staging 100 + vehicles with the backdrop of the beautiful Delaware Bay. One of the many attractions to attending this show, both as a car entrant and as a spectator, is the show’s proximity to the historic business district with its shopping (Sidewalk Sale bargains!) and restaurants. To that end, there are free shuttles during show hours (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.) to downtown Lewes for all the British car owners entered in the show and to the show attendees who pay the show’s $3 entry fee.
MERCHANTS’ SPRING SIDEWALK SALE MAY 4-6
The British Motorcar Show is scheduled the same weekend as the Merchants’ Spring Sidewalk Sale in the Historic Lewes Commercial District around Second Street. Their three-day sale begins Friday and ends Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are other events sponsored by Lewes Chamber members taking place that weekend including the Lewes in Bloom Spring Plant Sale; the Blessing of the Fleet at Fisherman’s Wharf; the Historic Lewes Farmers Market in George H.P. Smith Park; the DE Center for the Inland Bays Native Plant Sale at the James Farm Ecological Preserve; Wheels for Meals Bike Ride, presented by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery; the Cold War Bike Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park; Peninsula Gallery opening reception “The Artist Abroad”; and presentations at the Clear Space Theatre and the Rehoboth Beach Film Society films at their Cinema Art Theater. Details about all these events are on the Lewes Chamber of Commerce website’s calendar of events - www.LewesChamber.com