History of the All British Field Meet
In 1988, Rob Broderick, Ken Bottini, and Roger Los, MG Car Club Northwest Centre members, developed a car show of British car marques found in the Seattle area. Based on similar events in Portland and Vancouver, British Columbia, Bellevue Community College served as the venue for the first All British Field Meet (ABFM). The show found an appreciative audience that numbered in the hundreds.
After a few years, Dennis Howell and Kevin Cobley took over running the ABFM. In 1992, the Puget Sound British Automotive Society (PSBAS), Guy and Carita Boswell, and Arnie and Sue Taub continued with the show in Bellevue. In 1998 when the venue switched to Marymoor Park.
In 2000, the ABFM returned to the campus of Bellevue College, where it stayed until 2014. Arnie Taub and PSBAS continued to shepherd and nurture the show until Arnie’s unfortunate passing in February 2010. Sue Taub, along with her son and daughter, Garrett and Jenna Taub, with the legions of enthusiasts and friends, managed to put the show on for 2010.
Starting in 2011, Steve Hanegan and the members of the PSAA took over the operations of running the show. This group enjoyed the support of several of the founders who gave the show wings from day one. Due to construction at the Bellevue Community College in 2014, the show moved to Saint Edward State Park. The move was a wise choice and popular with the show participants.
The Western Washington All British Field Meet
In 2015, a committee of local British car clubs took over operations of the show from the PSBAS and renamed it the Western Washington All British Field Meet (WWABFM) to continue to promote, preserve, and showcase British cars and bikes and their use.
The Western Washington All British Field Meet is a non-profit organization, and representatives from five of the region’s British automobile clubs direct the WWABFM:
- Cascade Austin-Healey Car Club
- Seattle Jaguar Club
- MG Car Club Northwest Centre
- Pacific Coast Rover Club
- Tyee Triumph Club