Jensen car buffs are gathering in Columbia

October 04, 2002

Owners and lovers of vintage Jensen cars are participating in an international convention organized by the Greater Chesapeake Area Jensen Enthusiasts at the Columbia lakefront this week.

Participants, driving the handcrafted cars made in the 1960s and '70s by the British coach-maker Jensen, will explore Columbia, Savage Mill and other historic sites in a caravan today, and they will hold a barbecue at Lake Elkhorn in the evening.

From 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow, 12 drivers will compete in "Funkhana," a test of driving skills, on the parking lot adjacent to the Columbia Sheraton Hotel.

The public is invited to see a lakefront display of the Jensens from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow on the large lot behind the American Cities Building.

The conference will conclude with an evening awards banquet at the Columbia Sheraton, when Alan Smith of the British Jensen Owners' Club will describe his experience in a 15,000-mile, 78-day Jensen rally in South America in November.

Information: Sherman D. Taffel, 410-302-3930.

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