Moscow is preparing for a foreign invasion.
A fleet of British cars old, rare and new will tour the Palouse and be on display downtown Saturday, June 29 as part of a summer tour organized by the Idaho British Car Club.
About 90 cars, from the 50s to newer models, are expected to begin arriving today from around the Northwest and Canada. Several are classified as rare, and some may be among a few of their kind remaining, according to event organizer Wes Seideman of Boise.
And dont be surprised if you see one broken down on the side of the road. Its part of the experience.
What distinguishes American cars from British cars, especially the older models, is reliability. American cars are much more reliable, Seideman said.
The Boise-based club has a special award for this occasion called the Travelling Trophy of Woe, to be given to someone forced to complete a roadside repair, as long as the car arrives on its own in Moscow.
Older model British cars are notorious for breaking down, Seideman said.
In the 60s and 70s, breakdowns were so common that service vans were in constant circulation in the big cities (of the U.K), he said. They would carry a number of parts they knew were common problems.
People troubleshooting ways to keep these vintage cars running was one reason the Idaho British Car Club formed.
It takes a certain kind of personality to fall in love with these old cars, said Seideman, who owns a restored green 1963 MGB, a two-door, soft-top sports car.