Presented by the Central Coast British Car Club Annually
The Coveted Tartan Surfboard Award is presented at the Central Coast British Car Club Car Show held annually in July in Ventura, California. It is awarded to the car that best represents the history, uniqueness and quality of British Motor Cars during the show. The award is presented by the Chief of the Seaside Highland Games, Chief John Lowry, and the winning automobile is the featured vehicle at that year's Seaside Highland Games British Car event.
1960 Morris Mini Traveller Woodie Wagon
This "Woodie Wagon" is a 1960 Morris Mini Traveller living with Mr. Stephen Karolyi in Camarillo, CA. The Traveller was built in England on 27 October, 1960 at the Longridge Plant, Morris Motor Car Company, as an export to Canada. (That is why it is left-hand drive with the steering wheel on the left side of the cockpit and not on the right side as it would have been had it been built to remain in the UK) In the 1960's two British Automakers built the Woodie Wagons: the Morris Motor Company with vehicles called "MORRIS MINI TRAVELLER" and the Austin Motor Company whose woodies were called the "AUSTIN COUNTRYMAN." The vehicles were identical in all respects with the only difference being the badging on the hood.
Now THIS Woodie may well be the oldest surviving Woodie Wagon in existence due only to the fact that it was shipped to Canada the day after it rolled off the assembly line. Had it remained in the UK, it would surely have succumbed to rust many many years ago. There is an organization in Great Britain called the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust (BMIHT) whose task it is to certify the authenticity of all autos manufactured in the UK. When Stephen submitted his data to the BMIHT their representative noted that this Traveller was the oldest they'd been asked to authenticate. The original vehicle type was manufactured in 1959 and as many of us know, it is still being produced by BMW and features the latest in automotive technology.
1952 ALVIS TB 21 Sports Tourer
1954 Triumph TR2"
1965 Sunbeam Imp
Event not held
"Blue Train Special"
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