Safety Harbor Car Show 2021

For thirty-four of the past 35 years, Main Street in Safety Harbor, Florida has been taken over by the display of some fine examples of classic British motor cars.

The fourth weekend of October featured two concurrent events in Safety Harbor, Florida. From October 21-24, the national Austin Healey Southeastern Classic was headquartered at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa. Then, on Saturday, October 23, the Tampa Bay Austin Healey Club held its 34th Annual All British Field Meet and Autojumble. Anchored at one end by the Resort, it extended up eight blocks of Main Street. As SBCC member, John Magine, related, “I have never seen so many beautiful Healeys in one place.” 

John further reported: “It was a great show with over 250 cars filling both sides of Main Street. The weather was warm and sunny with hundreds of spectators, dogs and kids. The Tampa Bay club did a super job placing all the cars and coordinating the event. During the awards ceremony in the park, the counting software had a glitch so winners were notified by email later. Other than that issue, it was a great show.”

In past years, our club has had upwards of 10-12 cars entered in the All British Field Meet. Safety Harbor is a manageable hour and a quarter drive north from Sarasota. For a variety of reasons, including the continuing pandemic which forced the cancellation of the event last year, only three of our members participated this time. However, even with fewer numbers, club members were again successful bringing home (or, more accurately, receiving later in the mail) some noteworthy awards. John and Joan Magine got a Second in Class for their 1966 Austin Healy 3000 and Steve and Patti Phillips got a Third for their 1980 MGB.

Thanks to John Magine for the feedback and photos and to Bruce Skaggs for additional input.

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