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Hundreds gather to look at British vehicles

George Hayes of Crabapple, Ga., drives his 1950 MG TD through S. Peachtree Street in Norcross during the 13th annual British Car Fayre on Saturday afternoon. (Staff Photo: Meghan Kotowski)

George Hayes of Crabapple, Ga., drives his 1950 MG TD through S. Peachtree Street in Norcross during the 13th annual British Car Fayre on Saturday afternoon. (Staff Photo: Meghan Kotowski)

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Crowds gathered to look through hundreds of cars and motorcycles during Norcross’ 13th annual British Car Fayre on Saturday afternoon. (Staff Photo: Meghan Kotowski)

NORCROSS — John Skach, his son Jay and son’s buddy Henry Crooks swarmed around a pearl blue 1965 Ford GT40 with silver racing strips parked in front of Dominick’s Italian restaurant.

The three looked inside of the American-British racecar and took pictures as others gathered to take a look, too. The owner didn’t mind the commotion. It was part of Norcross’ 13th annual British Car Fayre on Saturday afternoon.

Skach and his crew drove up from the Little 5 Points neighborhood in Atlanta for the event. It wasn’t their first time ogling these vehicles from across the pond.

“Last time, it was great, I thought it would be better this year — and it is,” he said. “I personally love Triumphs, but everything is awesome. There’s Rolls Royces over there that are beautiful. And this GT right here is amazing.”

With the Union Jack proudly waving in Norcross, hundreds of visitors crowded Jones and S. Peachtree streets looking at a variety of British cars and motorcycles while listening to The Beatles, drinking Boddingtons beer and nibbling on fish and chips from the Iron Horse Tavern.

There was everything from a replica of James Bond’s Lotus Esprit S1 from “The Spy Who Loved Me” to a 1974 Austin FX4D that had served as a London taxi.

While motorheads had their faces buried under the hoods, others came out specifically to take photos and people watch, like Bill Manning of Woodstock.

He brought is girlfriend and camera for a day of automobiles.

“I’m no car connoisseur, but I like to come out to these types of events,” Manning said. “We saw some of the Jaguars, Aston Martins and the sport cars that we really liked.”

He added with a laugh, “She wants me to buy one.”

The car show also offered a raffle with prizes. The grand prize included a weekend for two at the W Hotel Atlanta, cash prizes and contributions from Norcross shops and restaurants.

Proceeds from this year’s event, including the raffles, benefits the Winston Churchill Society of Georgia and Annandale Village of Suwanee.