The British are coming to downtown Norcross and they are bringing with them their classic and iconic cars at the 16th annual Atlanta British Car Fayre on September 10 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The featured marque Rolls-Royce will be on display in addition to the gleaming elegance of other classic British cars including over 400 Jaguars, Triumphs, Aston Martins, Lotus, Land Rovers, MG's and more, plus motorcycles. With over 100 Sunbeams ringing Thrasher Park, a Car Boot Sale and downtown Norcross merchants, the British Car Fayre revs up the fall festival scene thanks to thousands of spectators and hundreds of classic British cars and motorcycles.
In its second year, the Car Boot Sale is the British version of a yard sale where local vendors and entrepreneurial participants will be selling their goods from the trunk or “boot” (that’s what the Brits call the trunk of a car) of their cars. The Fayre typically attracts around 10,000 visitors, so there will be plenty of shoppers. Participants are encouraged to clear out the attic and pack the car or truck with anything that might sell. The vehicle doesn't have to be British born—if it has a "boot," it qualifies and the cost is only $15 per vehicle to participate. After shopping the Car Boot Sale, festivalgoers can then walk just a few yards to the Iron Horse Tavern for fish and chips and an ale or over to the Mason's Lodge for a real cup of English tea with a light lunch, scones or a full English afternoon tea.
"The tea is hosted by the Daughters of the British Empire and is wonderfully authentic," explains Car Fayre organizer Edna Berkshire.
Over 10,000 British car and motorcycle fans typically flock to downtown historic Norcross for the event, which raises money for metro Atlanta-based charities while celebrating all things British.
"This will be the second year in a row that our proceeds go to the Amanda Riley Foundation—last year we were able to donate $2,000," explains Berkshire, a native of London, England. "Thanks to the event’s 'super sponsor' WastePro USA, we'll be able to offer even more raffle prizes!" The Amanda Riley Foundation is dedicated to working with children battling cancer and their families in the Atlanta area.
As always, admission to this annual event is free to the public. Complimentary shuttle buses will run regularly between 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. from One Heart Church on North Peachtree Street and Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church on Hunter Street to and from historic Norcross. To learn more about registering your vehicle, participating in the Car Boot Sale, or simply attending the festival, please visit www.atlantabritishcarfayre.com.