How often are group drives held?
The NoBBC meets twice a month on the second and fourth Saturdays, except during the winter when we meet only on the second Saturday. This can be modified occasionally to accomodate other club events. Click the Events tab above for exact dates.
Where do you meet?
We tend to start all drives from the same location. This is currently Sonoma Valley Bagel, 350 Rohnert Park Expressway W, Rohnert Park, California 94928.
What time do the drives start?
Drivers get together around 10:00 a.m. and depart around 10:30. Roughly. Certainly never earlier.
How long are the drives?
The route is generally agreed upon at the start, along with a lunch venue, and typically ends up around 50-100 miles long. In any case it's perfectly okay to start with the group and depart early.
Do I need to be an NoBBC member to drive?
No, all British car owners are welcome along on any of our drives. The main reason for signing up is to receive email notices about upcoming drives. You also need to sign up if you want to post pictures or messages on this website.
Should I bring a lunch?
Not usually necessary. Most drives end at a reasonably-priced deli, drive-in, or restaurant. If this isn't possible, the drive notice email will include a reminder to pack a lunch, and the group will stop to eat at a scenic outdoor spot along the route.
What about the pace?
The NoBBC accommodates all types of drivers, from spirited to leisurely. The group stays together for the most part, but if it does get stretched out, it will stop to regroup within a few miles.
What about rain?
The NoBBC drives are fair weather events only. If the forecast is dicey, a few drivers will likely show up, but if it's pouring down rain when you look out the window, probably not.
What if I break down?
It turns out this is very rare. The group will come to a stop, and sometimes the tools, expertise, and/or parts will be available to effect repairs on the spot. No guarantees, but in any case the group won't voluntarily leave a fellow driver stranded alongside the road alone.
Who's in charge?
You are, as much as anyone. Or actually, everyone and no one. On any given drive, the route and destination are open for discussion, and the lead driver tends to default to whomever is willing and able. You are free to join in for any or all of it.
Why NoBBC and not NBBCC?
Not really a question about drives, but the NoBBC name was coined when the club was first formed, and no one today is concerned enough to do anything about it. It's close enough.
Can I bring a newer model British car?
You'll find mostly classic British cars on NoBBC drives, but if your car was made in England (or at least by a traditionally British car company), we'd love to see it, and you're more than welcome.
My car isnít in great shape, is that okay?
Most of our cars are drivers, not show cars. We all take a great deal of pride in our cars, but condition isn't a requirement of membership. If your British car runs and you think it'll go the distance, we want you here.