British Car Week in Hot Springs National Park



The meet kicks off May 30 at The Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock.

After a tour, the cars ( led by Triumph Spitfires) travel to Hot Springs National Park for several days of meet ups that include driving tours ( to spots like Mount Magazine State Park and Crater of Diamonds State Park) and car shows.

On Saturday June 2nd there is a chance to see the British cars up close. Hot Springs Village hosts two free car shows at The Woodlands that are open to the public. Both take place from 10-2.

One of these shows is in the style of Concours d’Elegance (from French meaning a competition of elegance, lit. “concourse of elegance”, referring to the gathering of prestigious cars and cycles) dates back to 17th Century French aristocracy, who paraded horse-drawn carriages in the parks of Paris during Summer weekends and holidays. Over time, carriages became horseless and the gatherings became a competition among automobile and motorcycle owners to be judged on their appearance and originality.

Scott Helms founded British Car Week 16 years ago after reading an article titled “Seldom Seen Cars” by Peter Egan, which appeared in Road & Track Magazine. In the article, the author described the absence of popular cars that were once very common on the streets in his community. Since Helms was a British car enthusiast and was experiencing the same concerns in his own community, he came up with the idea of promoting an annual awareness week that would encourage all British car owners to get their cars out of storage and into the public eye within their own communities.

Mid-America Bike Week will be going on in Hot Springs during the same time so it’s a good chance to see motorcycles as well.

For more information and a peek at the schedule, click here.