A lifetime passion for British sports cars brings the British to Hudson
The British are coming -- to Hudson that is. On Aug. 10 Hudson is hosting for the third time, BritFest 2013, Vintage British Car Show. The show, sponsored by Dick's Bar and Grill runs from from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be located on Walnut Street between Second and First Streets.
Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. Organizers are encouraging people to bring their British bikes and other types of vintage sports cars in addition to the many British brands expected to participate.
June and Tom Moerke, Hudson residents, have a passion for British sports cars than started when they were young.
Tom recalls, right after World War ll riding to town in a 1934 International truck and seeing a sports car go by with a girl sitting in it with a scarf flying.
"It looked like fun and it was so sporty," said Tom. As a young man, Tom owned a variety of British cars, and when he met and married June, it wasn't long before she caught the sports car bug.
The couple lived and worked in Duluth in their early years and had no problem navigating the hills, even in the winter with their British sports cars.
That was BC -- before children. After a 35-year gap their interest was rekindled.
"But I had longed for one the whole time," said Tom.
June surprised Tom on his 70 birthday with a 1975 Jensen-Healey. Soon she purchased her own British sports car, a 1978 MGB in original condition.
The couple finds they are more passionate about their cars than they were in their youth. Today, they belong to several clubs.
"Each club has a social event each month," said June. "They have technical sessions as well." At some of the events the owners are requested to dress in period clothing that matches the vintage of their cars.
All in all, the Moerkes are revisiting their youth and enjoying every minute of it.
They are members of the Minnesota MG Group which is the club hosting the Britfest 2013. Cars will be judged by Charity Voting, the proceeds benefitting Boy Scout Troop 148.
For more information contact Tom Belongia at (715) 781-0361