2019 May Long-Weekend All-British Events
Gear up for the 34th annual All British Field Meet – Vancouver’s most exciting day for British Classic Car enthusiasts!
Celebrate the heydays of your favourite roadsters from Astons to Austins, Bentleys, Morgans, Triumphs and so much more in 61 classes.
Close to 500 classic cars showcase their classic lines and curves throughout the luscious lawns of VanDusen Botanical Garden on Saturday, May 18, each with a story to share under their boots and bonnets.
This spectacular gathering of classic cars only comes together once a year to swap stories, parts, pieces of nostalgia and possibly snag a “Best in Show.”
Pack a picnic, visit the food trucks or book a table at our pop up English Tea pavilion and let our brass band bring you back to an era where the roadsters ruled the roads with style and charm.
To book your classic or new British-built vehicle, click here for the entry form.
Dubbed “The Greatest Show on British Wheels,” the Vancouver All British Field Meet (ABFM) will celebrate its 34th year on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Featured marques are Bentley, Mini and AJS Motorcycles.
Walter Owen Bentley founded the company that carries his name on July 10, 1919. Now, almost 100 years later, his name is known across the globe for creating cars with an unrivalled blend of performance and the finest craftsmanship and materials.
The original Mini, celebrating its 60th anniversary, is considered an icon of 1960s British popular culture and was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century in 1999.
Featured motorcycle marque is AJS., celebrating 110 years. The name AJS stands for A.J. Stevens & Co., the firm’s full official name, but that’s quite a mouthful to fit on the side of a motorcycle tank, so they made do with the initials.
Expect to see a selection of these magnificent vehicles, ranging from pre-war to the most modern examples.
FRIDAY May 17, 2019: MEET & GREET/SILENT AUCTION at VanDusen Garden—5:30pm to 8:30pm
The May long-weekend All-British celebration begins on Friday, May 17 with a Meet & Greet Reception/Silent Auction Event at VanDusen Garden, 37th & Oak Street, Vancouver, BC.
All ABFM registered entrants may collect their entrant’s packs in the VanDusen Main Lobby. Last-minute entrants may register in person by collecting an Entry Form and paying their registration fee.
ABFM registered entrants attending the Meet & Greet Reception/Silent Auction (register on appropriate section of Entry Form below), receive one (1) complimentary drink ticket: choice of coffee, tea, wine, beer or soft drink—served at Truffles Café, adjoining the VanDusen Main Lobby Reception area.
For those staying for dinner, make reservations at Shaughnessy Restaurant, VanDusen Garden, 604-261-0011; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complimentary overnight parking at VanDusen Parking Lot for ABFM registered entrants.
SATURDAY May 18, 2019: VANCOUVER ABFM CAR SHOW (34th annual) at VanDusen Garden—7am to 4:30pm
The celebration continues on Saturday, May 18 on the magnificent lawns of VanDusen Botanical Garden, with brass band music, pipe band, food trucks, swap meet, dealer future classics, restoration demonstrations, cars for sale and vendor booths. All of which complement the spectacular display of 500 British cars and motorcycles and make this a very special ‘Garden Party’ for enthusiasts and those merely looking for a walk down memory lane.
If you own a British car or motorcycle or have a car for sale, fill out the appropriate section on 2019 Entry Form.
10am-4:30pm—Gates open to public—Car display, swap meet, vendors, food trucks, exhibitor booths, Cars for Sale Corral, Bandstand
10am-3:30pm—Event merchandise and Regalia for sale at ABFM official tent in VanDusen Garden
11:45am—1st seating for Plated High Tea in tented area
1:30pm—Entrants’ Choice & individual Class Voting closes
2pm—2nd Seating for Plated High Tea in tented area
3:30-4:30pm—Pipe Band, Awards presentation, special prize awards.
NOTE: All vehicles must remain parked in field position until conclusion of the Award Ceremony at 4:30pm—Vancouver Parks Board Liability Ruling. VanDusen gates locked and marshalled.
Each car & motorcycle entry receives a goody bag with official colour poster, metal dash plaque, show magazine and samples of sponsors’ available products, and is eligible for applicable special prize draws and class awards.
Due to advance order requirements, entrants registering AFTER April 20, 2019 are not guaranteed a goody bag.
Vancouver ABFM Car Show Cost per vehicle Entry:
EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION (registered by April 30, 2019)
1 Car Entry: $30; Additional car entries: $25 each
1 Motorcycle Entry: $20; Additional motorcycle entries: $17
LATE REGISTRATION (registered May 1-17, 2019)
1 Car Entry: $35; Additional car entries: $30 each
1 Motorcycle Entry: $20; Additional motorcycle entries: $17
No refunds after April 30, 2019.
SATURDAY May 18, CAR SALES CORRAL at VanDusen
Owners wanting to sell their British vehicles at the Saturday, May 18, 2019 Vancouver ABFM at VanDusen, may register by clicking the Car Sales Corral Entry Form link below:
Vehicles registered “For Sale” are not eligible for judging, awards or prizes.
Car Sales Corral, Cost per vehicle Entry: $60 Additional car entries: $50 each
SATURDAY May 18, The CARRIAGE TRADE TEAHOUSE Pop-Up Tent at VanDusen Garden
A plated High Tea served in a tented area in VanDusen, surrounded by beautiful British cars.
Served at 11:45am and 2pm.
Savouries: Sandwich platter selection of Smoked Salmon, Cucumber, Egg Salad, Ham & Cheese
Freshly Baked Pastry Basket: Muffins, Scones, Mini Croissants, Mini Danishes, Jam, Clotted Cream
Miniature Dessert Platter: Shortbread Cookies, Coconut Macaroons, Petit Fours, French Macaroons
Tea & Coffee
2 Serving Time Slots: 11:45am or 2pm
Carriage Trade TeaHouse, Cost per person: $45 each
Each ABFM Carriage Trade Teahouse entry ticket will be entered to Win one of Four Grand Prizes: Murchie’s Gift Basket; Gift Basket of car-detailing products; $50 Gas Card; 4 Limited Edition ABFM Beer Steins.
SUNDAY May 19, 2019: Vancouver-Whistler All-British Run, starting from Park Royal, West Vancouver—8:30am to 3pm
The weekend culminates on Sunday, May 19 with a drive on one of the world’s most scenic roads, the Sea-to-Sky Highway, departing from Park Royal Shopping Centre in West Vancouver to the Resort Town of Whistler, Creekside.
Maximum number of 120 cars will be displayed in the rejuvenated Whistler Creekside Village plaza, site of the first Whistler gondola.
This fun event includes awards and prizes. Register early, event has sold out each year.
9am-10:30am—Drivers depart at will from Park Royal South Mall, West Vancouver, BC. Departure time and arrival time in Whistler is clocked—Grand Prize of Trip for 2 to Yellowknife, via Air North will be awarded to entrant whose time is closest to ABFM secret time. Complimentary coffee and muffins served to entrants.
10am-3pm—Whistler Creekside Plaza car display, awards and prizes.
Each Vancouver-Whistler All-British Run car entry receives a metal dash plaque and is eligible for applicable special prize
draws, including a trip for 2 to Yellowknife, courtesy of Air North.
Sunday, May 19 All-British Whistler Run Entry Cost
1 Car Entry: $28 each
No refunds after April 30, 2019
Vancouver ABFM Official Host Hotel(s) Accommodation
Special Block Booking Rates: A limited number of rooms have been reserved in each of the two Vancouver ABFM event hotels until April 17, 2019 (event dates: Friday, May 17-Monday, May 19, 2019).
The official 2019 event hotels for those visiting from the U.S. or other parts of B.C. and Canada are as follows:
Sandman Signature Vancouver Airport Hotel & Resort—10251 St. Edwards Drive, Richmond, BC V6X 2M9
[May 17-May 19] Standard Two Queens $166; Deluxe King with a View $176; Signature King Suite $206. Rates are in Canadian currency and are based on Single/Double Occupancy and do not include applicable 16% tax.
Above-ground hotel Parking. Rooms and preferred rates held until April 17, 2019.
Reservations: Call 1-800-726-3626 (1-800-SANDMAN), Reference: British Classic Car Show #984259. A valid credit card is required at the time of reservation to secure any guests rooms under the British Classic Car Show.
Sandman Hotel – Vancouver Airport—3233 St. Edwards Drive, Richmond, BC V6X 3X4
[May 17-May 19] Standard Queen $143; Standard Twin $152; Executive Queen $161. Rates are in Canadian currency and are based on Single/Double Occupancy and do not include applicable 16% tax. Rooms and preferred rates will be held until April 17, 2019. Reservations: Call 1-800-726-3626 (1-800-SANDMAN). Reference: British Classic Car Show #836366.
Travel Route to the Vancouver ABFM at VanDusen Garden from event hotels (2 options)
(i) Travel North on Oak Street to West 37th Avenue and Turn LEFT. Follow the sign to the VanDusen Garden Entrance (most congested route).
(ii) Take Bridgeport Road West over the Oak Street Bridge towards the airport. Follow the Vancouver Exit around and under the bridge. Take the immediate RIGHT at the light and proceed over the Arthur Laing Bridge; keep RIGHT and take the Granville Street Exit. Keep RIGHT. Go NORTH on Granville to West 37th, then turn RIGHT and follow the sign to the VanDusen Garden Entrance—2 blocks (recommended route for the least delay and to avoid overheating in traffic).
ALL-BRITISH WHISTLER RUN EVENT ACCOMMODATION HOTEL(S)