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18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 23 - May 29, 1997 C00PE LIFE British invasion of They came from points near and far just to get a glimpse of the British horde making its encamp- ment at Block House Pond Park in Lewes, on Saturday, May 17. The "British" were scores of clas- sic sports and touring cars partici- pating in the second annual all British Motorcar Show, "The British Are Coming ...... Again! " sponsored by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce. With some 67 entries, the array of carefully arranged restored roadsters, coupes and touring salons attracted nearly 400 car lovers and folks simply interested in remembering the days when the term "sports car" referred to vehicles made in England. According to chamber director Betsy Reamer, this year's show attracted nearly a third more cars, and attendance almost doubled. "The volunteers from the Cham- ber and the British Car Club of Delaware at the registration table were working full-bore Saturday morning before the show to sign up late entries along with those who pre-registered. I guess the great weather had a lot to do with their decision to participate." This year, prizes were awarded in four categories and for best of show. Winners were selected by popu- lar vote submitted by car regis- trants and show goers. In Catego- ry I, cars up to 1958, Van and John Horneff, of Saddle River, N.J., took first place with their 1958 MG A roadster. Second place went to Howard Barth of Wildwood Crest, N.J., for his 1953 MG-TD and a 1951 MG-TD owned by Ken and Sharon Olszelowski of Fallston, Md., took third. In the second category, cars from 1959-1967, Phillip and Bev- erly Dempsey from New Castle, won top honors with their 1967 Jaguar XK-E roadster. In second place was the second car entered by Howard Barth, a 1962 MGA Mark II roadster. Third place was awarded to Rehoboth Beach resi- dent Lynda Rifle for her bright red 1964 Morgan Plus Four. Category III, cars from 1968 through 1973, saw Dover's Fred Vetter win first with his 1973 Jaguar-XK-E. Second place winner was Jere Conner who drove his 1972 MGB roadster from his Manchester, Pa., home. Third place went to Mike Hol- lick of Wilmington for his1968 Triumph TR-250. In the final category, cars from 1974 to the present, Michael Browne, Galena, Md., was award- ed the first place trophy for his 1974 MGB-GT. Rehoboth Beach's Mary Burr Lankford won second place hon- ors for her rare model 1986 Jaguar XJ-SC. Third place went to Karl Kaminski, Newark for his 1979 MG Midget. Hundreds of ballots were cast for the Best of Show favorite. It was a sleek black 1951 Jaguar Mark V drophead convertible with 29,000 original miles owned by Norman Ross of Viola. According to Mike Tyler, show car chairman, "The show attracted a number of local folks. We were excited that two winners were from Rehoboth Beach and also participating were Bob Miller, owner of Franklin Hardware with his 1977 MD Midget, Mel Larsen of Milton and his 1979 Triumph TR-7, Mark Slaughter, Rehoboth Beach, and his 1974 Triumph TR- 6. Lewes residents participating attracts hundreds of car lovers Angle Moon photo Ross of Cantebury stands with his best in show 1951 Mark 5-DH convertible Jaguar durg the British Motorcar Show in Lewes on May 17. / wer Joe Baker, TR-4A; Eric Clin, 1978 Triumph Spitfire; Ewet Lennon, 1980 MGB; Rob Davis, 1972 MGB-GT; Philip Meal, 1974 MGB and Tom Broos and his 1961 Bentley 61- S-2.'] Th finale of the show was a "Witner's Circle" parade along Sec.nd Street in L'ewes. The wlnlng cars were joined by abou 25 other participants creat- ing rolling car show. The parable of roadsters was spon- - appropriately, by Road- Hazzard's Big A Auto contributed to the car regis- packet. Mary Butt Lankford of Rohoboth Beach took a second for her rare 1986 Jaguar XJ-SC. Brace yourself- Memorial DayWeekend has arrived All week long, I've been hear- ing the music to the movie "2001," in the background. You know, the theme that builds to a crescendo and then there is a pounding of drums and finally a space ship bursts out of the darkness and onto the screen. Today, I finally fig- ured it out. Yes, it's Memorial Day Weekend! In a matter of hours, hundreds of people will be milling around town wearing T-shirts embla- zoned with electric colors that spell out "Tourist from Hell.'" You will leave your house enrolled in a private insurance plan. You will wait in your car for someone'in front of you to finally make the green left hand turn arrow. By the time this happens, you will be eligible for Medicare. You will develop a facial tic if you try to drive from Lewes to .... :::::::::::::: ::: ........... Men iiiiiiiiiiiiii  .... iliiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii tions ! i . i  nitie unite pate i all w fit ir '': bePht'n TI weel whe on R to ca som( Rehoboth using Route One on a avem Saturday afternoon. More sea- that s soned drivers will pack their cars I dot with emergency rations left over am from those Mount Everest Going since Out of Business Sales. hour These are just a few of the fond in e v orial Day Weekend tradi- that surround resort commu- But local residents have to nber and attempt to partici- n the common tradition that ',us all .... going to the beach. now I have been practicing :ek in preparation of trying to , something that any recent graph of me points out will t to impossible. first lesson I learned last was if I park my car any- ; near the tree lined divider ;hoboth Avenue, I will have ry my own first aid kit. For reason, the trees along the te have these enormous roots tick up out of the ground. If 't look down as to where I alking, which I never do it takes me at least half an o realize I have left the car, I tahly stumble and trip, almost to the point that I resemble the opening act of the "Dick Van Dyke Show." After I have the attention of the entire block, I then lug my ratty beach chair, because last year I forgot that the summer really does end and then all remaining beach chairs, which I thought I could pick up for a song, where shipped to Zaire. Go figure! Anyway, after several false starts, I finally make it down to the sand. Carefully, I removed my shorts, exposing a set of matching milk-white, crime scene chalked outline legs. Did you ever see those baby grand pianos.., awe, forget it. For some reason, this sight caused an uproar of screaming and screeching from the seagulls. It was like being at a political ral- ly, where the guy next to you in the mustard stained tie is yelling in your ear "four more years," even though the candidate con- ceded hours ago and is already holed up in some bar dropping quarters in ajuke box to hear Con- way Twitty sing "Four Walls." Personally, I thought this whole thing was overkill. O.K., so I spent twenty bucks buying them Thrashers French Fries for the rest of the afternoon to shut them up. But with the scraped knees, ratty beach chair and piano legs, I just couldn't afford to deal with the possibility of the paparazzi selling photos of this to some tabloid. Once settled, you can look out on the ocean, under a cerulean blue sky and ponder on the real tradition of Memorial Day. The privilege of hearing about, having known or being related to some- one who served their country.