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11th Atlanta British Car Fayre rolls into Norcross

NORCROSS -- The British are coming -- to Norcross. Tomorrow, the British American Business Group and Taste of Britain present the 11th annual Atlanta British Car Fayre displaying cars and motorcycles that originated from across the pond. Luckily, they won't be driving on the left side of the road.

IF YOU GO

• What: Atlanta British Car Fayre

• When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday

• Where: Historic Norcross, 73 S. Peachtree St.

• For more information: Visit www.babg.org/Brit...

More than 100 cars and motorcycles have registered for the event and many more can come to the show on Saturday because the car registration never fills up. They will take any one who is willing to display their automobiles.

People who registered were predominately from Georgia, but there is one person who is traveling from Louisiana to showcase their car.

This year, the organizers are anticipating 4,000 attendees for the event.

"We have a feeling there is a greater interest each year," Edna Berkshire, owner of Taste of Britain said. "There is a huge British community in the greater Atlanta area. Americans also love to look at these cars."

Auto enthusiasts of all ages flock to the car show because there are various makes, models and years with the most excitement around the older rides.

"The greatest interests are in the very old Rolls-Royces," Berkshire said. "They are just out of any one's recognition."

Other cars that will be parked on the streets will be Jaguars, MGs and Lotuses, plus Triumph motorcycles.

"Many people enjoy looking at the cars because they owned one when they were younger, or still do," Berkshire said. "They've still got this love for them."

Radio station 106.7 FM Atlanta's Oldies Channel will have a tent set up with a live broadcast from the event. The Iron Horse Pub will be serving traditional fish and chips picnic style to eat on the go and the Masonic Lodge will have an afternoon tea available from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tea time includes teas, scones with cream, choice of small sandwiches and finger food for $7 to $9 per person. For advance reservations, call the Taste of Britain at 770-242-8585.

"We don't plan any extra activities and we don't bring in any other food vendors," Berkshire said. "We don't want to compete with our downtown vendors."

The car show will be offering a raffle with prizes. Grand prize includes a night at the W Hotel in Atlanta, plus $500 spending cash. There will also be various tickets to the Fox Theatre and vouchers to local businesses. The tickets are 3 for $5 with the drawing at 3 p.m. -- you do not need to present to win.

All the proceeds from the raffle benefit the Rainbow Village of Duluth and the Masonic Home of Georgia of Macon. Other proceeds benefit the BABG's scholarship program that send University of Georgia students to study at the University of Oxford in England.