Wheels Across The Pond is an annual car and motorcycle show that features exclusively British and European makes and models and takes pace at the beautiful Carlin Park in Jupiter, Florida. The 15th annual show will take place on Saturday April 8, 2023. Cars start arriving before 9am and continue the registration process until 11:45am. The event opens to the public starting at noon and continues until 3pm.
Started in 2006 when a group of British classic car enthusiasts started a Quarterly Meet at the Queen Mary British Pub in Jupiter Farms, although at this time the group didn’t have a name – it was just a meeting place and an excuse to get the cars out on the road at the weekend.
As time went on, our Quarterly Meet attendees grew in numbers until one day we had 45 classic cars – and we found ourselves asking the question, “Why don’t we have a car show”?
So, we put our heads together and came up with the name, Wheels Across The Pond. The date was set and on April 7th 2007, the First Annual Wheels Across The Pond took place.
We wanted the show to be fun, like our Quarterly Meets, just on a grander scale – and our first show attracted 171 registered entries with the Best in Show going to a 1947 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith.
In 2009, we introduced our Star Cars feature, a display of very special cars that you don’t get to see very often, and also introduced our Euroclass which allowed those people with beautiful European cars (that aren’t British) to enjoy the show with us. We had entries from Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, VW and many more – and our 2009 entry list was 205!
For the 2010 show, we brought back the Star Cars and the Euroclass and a new addition for 2010 was our Star Guest. The 2010 show featured awards for Best in Class and Class Runner-up in no fewer than 25 Classes as well as some fun awards including Most Potential, Most Rust, Oldest Car, Oldest Motorcycle, Oldest European and of course, the coveted Best in Show.
New for 2011 was our Motorcycle Euroclass which will opened up the possibilities for some European classic bikes such as BMW and Ducati – this is a great addition to the show. Also in 2011, and based on Pre-registered numbers, we added a Porsche Class – we ended up with 12 Porsches on the day which really gave these owners a bit of a competition by pulling them out of the Euroclass.
Putting all of the above into perspective, Wheels Across The Pond has become known for its quality and its size and we pride ourselves in the fact the this show has become the largest of its kind in South Florida and some have even told us that it’s the best British classic car show in Florida.
Throughout the year, we use almost every and any excuse to get out on the road together with our cars, whether it be a caravan together to a local restaurant, a cars and coffee or show up at a retirement community for their residents to see the cars, or even be get out onto the race track at prestigious events such as Brian Redman’s Targa 66.
In 2019, there were 301 entries and 46 separate classes including 46 motorcycles in 8 classes, 76 European cars in 9 classes and 179 British cars in 29 classes.
We’re not officially a club, we’re just a group of people that like to drive our cars – we hope that you will join us at Wheels Across The Pond and also for some of the fun events we have throughout the year.
SPECTATORS & PARKING
If you don’t have a classic British or European car or motorcycle to show, we welcome you to bring the entire family and see for yourself one of the largest displays of the most wonderful examples of these cars in South Florida.
Carlin Park will have lots of activities from 10am onwards. Cars and bikes will be entering the show field between 8am and noon, so please be aware while walking around during this time.
Spectator Admission is FREE – all we ask is that you donate a few dollars to the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary who are our benefiting charity on the day. There will be a cash raffle taking place with some awesome prizes along with a silent auction. We have food vendors and permanent restrooms and displays from local automotive dealers and businesses including Jaguar Palm Beach, Land Rover Palm Beach, Aston Martin Palm Beach, McLaren Palm Beach, Braman Motorcars, Autogeek, Wirewheel.com, Palm Beach Driving Club, Palm Beach Classics, Palm Beach Garage, Torque Classic Cars, Audi Palm Beach, Off Lease Only and many more – and we’re a stone’s throw from Jupiter’s fabulous beach. Make a day of it.
There is limited free parking close to Carlin Park across the street and along the beach road but this is usually take up by beach goers on the day – if you find a spot, take it.
For your convenience, we have Preferred Parking right at Carlin Park to the north of the show field for $10.00 per car. This is the closest parking to the event and access in and out of the parking area and the show will be a breeze. We have a significant investment tied up in having show preferred parking so we would like to encourage you to use it and you’ll be situated in the closest parking area for the show. Any profits from parking fees benefit Busch Wildlife – just follow the signs to Preferred Parking and try and have the right $ amount ready.
Pre-registration (The deadline to register is March 20th, 2023)
Vendors should call 561-568-8882