27th Annual Lewes British Motorcar Show 2023

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27th Annual Lewes British Motorcar Show 2023

Welcome to the 27th Annual Lewes British Motorcar Show. This year's show is again overlooking the Delaware Bay and Lewes Cape May Ferry.

By Lewes Chamber of Commerce

When and where

Date and time

Saturday, May 6 · 8:30am - 3pm EDT


Lewes Terminal of Cape May-Lewes Ferry 43 Cape Henlopen Drive Lewes, DE 19958

Refund Policy

Contact the organizer to request a refund.
Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

About this event

  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

The British Are Coming...This time by invitation!

Twenty-seven years is an amazing milestone for the Lewes British Motorcar Show, sponsored by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the British Car Club of Delaware. The show will take place on the grounds of the Lewes Ferry Terminal for the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, overlooking the Delaware Bay.

In addition to welcoming Future British Classics, British cars 2001 and newer, we will also be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of MG. Let’s face it, The MG marque is so iconic, we all either had an MG ourselves, or had a family member, friend, neighbor, or school mate who did. The show will be a great opportunity to share MG and other British car stories with other car owners and spectators.

While there will be much to see at the show, visitors are encouraged to take advantage of historic downtown Lewes, home to a wonderful number of shops and restaurants, as well as all that the Delaware beach area has to offer.

Registration this year is electronic only through eventbrite.

On show day food and beverages will be available for purchase on site, courtesy of Grain On the Rocks, the modern waterfront bar and grille within the Ferry Terminal. Grain has graciously agreed to offer specials for show car registrants.

The Friday evening Meet & Greet / Cruise in was an overwhelming success the past two years and is back once again! For those interested, the “Meet & Greet” at Grain on the Rocks is held the evening before the show, Friday evening May 5th from 5-7 pm at the Dogfish Head Picnic Area at the Ferry terminal. The Meet & Greet at Grain on the Rocks is open to ALL BRITISH CARS and their owners of course. So, cruise on down with your British car of any year, whether local or from out of town. Of course, food and drinks can be purchased at the bar. Attendance is limited. Registration will be free, but we do need to keep close tabs on the registrations given limited space in the picnic area , so please be gracious and not to reserve a ticket if you are not going to use it. In the event you must cancel. please be sure to let us know. Invitations will be sent to those who have registered via eventbrite email as the show date approaches.

Class trophies, awarded by our esteemed show judges, will be presented at the conclusion of the show.

Show details:

  • Field opens at 8:30 am, with entry no later than 10:30 for the show field. Since this is a high pedestrian traffic area, please be aware that for everyone's safety, vehicles may not leave the field during the official show hours, from 11:00a-3:00p.
  • Car registration is $35.00 in advance. Onsite registration is NOT guaranteed. Last year's show was sold out well in advance. Onsite registration (if available) will be $40. There is a small convenience fee added by eventbrite for online registration. Since space is limited on the show field, advanced registration is highly recommended.
  • Registration includes admission for driver and a passenger. Additional passengers and spectator admission for the show is $5.00. Kids 12 and under are free.
  • Winners will be announced at 2:15 pm.
  • Winners must be present to receive their awards.
  • Please remember prominent "For Sale" signs are not permitted in or on show cars.
  • Since space is limited, please remember to register early! 100 vehicles model year 2000 or older are eligible to register. An additional 20 vehicles qualify for the Future British Classics 2001 and newer. Everyone is encouraged to drive their British car to the show regardless of registration.
  • This year we have a Rain Date of Sunday May 7th. In the event both days have inclimate weather it will be considered a "Rain or Shine" event; registration fees are non-refundable.

If you are planning on riding the Ferry from Cape May to attend the show, The Cape May - Lewes Ferry (DRBA) has graciously offered a significant discount for both vehicles and pedestrians attending the show. We will send out an update once available from DRBA.

About the organizer

The Lewes Chamber of Commerce was officially incorporated in April 1975, but there had been a chamber membership organization for many years prior to that date advocating for the area businesses. According to the original by-laws “The chamber was organized to advance the general welfare and prosperity of the Lewes area so that its citizens and all areas of its business community shall prosper.” All these years later, the chamber’s activities are still guided by that mission statement. In the past twenty-five years, the membership has more than doubled and the number of events sponsored by the chamber has also increased and includes the very popular Lewes British Motorcar Show, also known as “’The British are Coming…Again!” – a reference to the British bombardment of Lewes in the War of 1812. We make clear that they (the British cars) are back by invitation this time!! There have been three venues - the original site at Blockhouse Pond Park (now called George H. P. Smith Park), on the grounds of the Lewes Historical Society campus and since 2016, at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal grounds. The number of entries has also more than tripled since 1995.

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