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150 Classic British Cars converge on Downtown Historic Norcross for Saturday's Car Fair

Atlanta, GA-- The phrase “British invasion” takes on a whole new meaning when it’s happening in downtown Historic Norcross. This Saturday, September 11th, over 150 classic British cars converge full throttle onto the downtown area, where they will be on display from 10am until 4pm. With gleaming paint and chrome so shiny you can see yourself ogle, a full array of Jaguars, MGB’s, Austin Healey’s (think James Bond!) and many more classic treasures will be present. An annual event, Norcross’ British Car Fayre is one of the biggest shows of its kind in the Atlanta metro area, with local sponsors bearing legendary manufacturer labels like Lotus of Atlanta, Aston Martin Atlanta Land Rover Repair Shop, Hennessy Jaguar and Hennessy Land Rover of Gwinnett. 

In addition to an amazing lineup of Britain’s famous four-wheeled engineering, this year there will be a section for British Motorcycles, with many rare vintage models on display. Triumph Motorcycles is another event sponsor, as is The True Oldies 106.7 radio station, which will be on hand doing a live remote with Randy and Spiff, and their traffic report guru, Greg Talmadge.

For those who appreciate the culinary aspects of British culture, or at least are willing to check it out, there will be an afternoon tea served at 45 South Cafe from 12 Noon until 4 pm, complete with English Cream Teas and scones with Devon Cream. Another event sponsor, Norcross’ own Iron Horse Tavern will offer a boxed ready-to-go Ploughman's lunch, with a proper pork pie, cheese, pickled onion and Branston pickle. It is an ideal treat for those who'd like to picnic in the nearby parks, or find a spot on a bench to enjoy the music and people-watch. Of course, if you’re more Anglophile than actually an experienced Brit, you can enjoy the other delicious foods being served up at Norcross’ eclectic selection of great restaurants and bistros.

The event is run by the British American Business Group (BABG) and Taste of Britain, an authentic British grocery and gifts shop located in the heart of Norcross’ historic commercial hub.  The event’s charitable benefactor this year is the Rainbow Village, a non-profit organization that works to break the cycles of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence in the Duluth, Gwinnett, and north Metro-Atlanta areas.

While the display ends at 4pm, the show itself goes on outside the Iron Horse Tavern, as the British band “Turnstile” goes onstage, performing on Norcross’ signature flatbed truck-turned-stage, provided by local business, Ace Truck & Body. Turnstile, a 5-piece band based out of Atlanta, plays songs from the early 60's to present and covers mainly bands from the UK. The lead guitarist and vocalist are originally from Crawley, England, so the English accents you’ll hear are authentic as the Ploughman’s picnic you had for lunch. It is a classic event for a good cause, in Norcross’ charming downtown setting that is an experience in itself. And who can resist spending time with the Brits? They’ll agree with you that they are a jolly lot, and invite everyone to “tootle in” and join them for a great day out!

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