’80 MGB L.E. of Jeffrey Schroeder of Watertown, Wisconsin

An American MGB Association Queen B – the ’80 MGB Limited Edition of Jeffrey Schroeder of Watertown, Wisconsin. Here is his story:

Here are some photos of my 1980 MGB Limited Edition with 54,000 actual miles. It has a rebuilt engine and transmission.

I do all my own work and it has the original interior. Please note I took our the cigarette lighter and installed a voltmeter in that location. Perfect fit.

This is my 5th MG. I have had 3 MGBs and 2 MGB-GTs.

I would love to see this in the Octagon. I think it would be cool!

Editor’s Note: Here are your photos and story in the Octagon. I hope you think it is cool!

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MG Returning To Its Roots – Developing Two-Seat Roadster

NewMGTFfrom Motor Authority

For a whole generation of drivers, the name ‘MG’ conjures images of two-seat British roadsters. They might not have worked every day and leaked like a colander when it rained, but when they worked they were a load of fun. MG might finally be returning to those days, with rumors that the now Chinese-owned company is working on another two-seat roadster.

Auto Express describes the car as a spiritual successor to the MG TF, a mid-engined sports car sold in the 1990s and 2000s that for a time out-sold the Mazda Miata in the U.K. Speaking to the British magazine, an insider confirmed that MG bosses have discussed a return to the roadster market, and intend to produce the vehicle once the brand has re-established itself under Chinese ownership.

MG has not revealed a timeframe for the model just yet, as it’s keen to develop its existing range of vehicles and put several other volume models on the market first. One of these is likely to be a compact SUV based on the CS concept unveiled in Shanghai last year. The other, badged MG5, will compete against vehicles like the Ford Focus. Whether either of those models will find their way to the U.S. is unconfirmed.

The company is also hard at work developing new powerplants for the MG range, led by a team at SAIC’s U.K. technical center.

Top Installation

Q:     I am installing a new Robbins top on my ’77 MGB. There are no instructions included. How is the loose material hanging at the rear window attached to the moveable frame bar? Any other tips will be much appreciated. Safety Fast!

Don Boudwin
Clayton, Delaware

A:     A trick taught me on changing my ’73 top was to leave that rear bar loose and not attach it to the top. It leaves some slack in putting the top up, making it easier (after it’s up, you then move the bar into place and it tensions the top nicely). And gives the same in taking it down.

It also reduces creases and allows you to fold the top own that reduces damage to the plastic back windows and top itself. It involves pulling the top back flat on the boot and using 3 beach towels in stowing it. Takes a few minutes extra, but my AMCO vinyl top (considerably cheaper than a Robbins) is almost 20 years old and the windows are clear and unscratched and it is only now starting to show some wear at the attachment points at the rear.

Using Velcro also gives you the option on how to handle that bar. The way I do it is to put a towel on the boot, lay-out the top flat onto the boot, lay a second towel on top of the center window, fold the side-panel windows at the cloth divider (between them and the center pane) and one more for good measure on top of the folded windows. I fold the ends of the towels such to keep them from falling off in handling and further protect the plastic windows.

This covers all the clear plastic, ensures none are creased and protects them from the frame. The last part (partially done simultaneous with all the above) is to bring the frame back and down, draping the opaque part of the top partially into the well below the frame and just the window portion, now cushioned in towels, draped over the front top bar.

The window section now hangs mainly behind the seats and is mostly hidden by the front of the boot cover or the front of the tonneau cover when put behind the seats once opened.

The photos will make it clearer. Safety Fast!

Art Isaacs

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American MGB Association Meet 2014 – Stowe, Vermont

story by Bruce Magers, photos by Frank Ochal

The American MGB Association (AMGBA) held it’s 37th annual meet in Stowe, Vermont this year form September 19-21, 2014. The event was held in conjunction with the “British Invasion of Stowe” which has been going for the past 24 years. This show annually hosts 600 plus entries but his year there were over 700 cars on the field. It was truly a magnificent display of virtually every British marque produced over the years.

In addition to the wonderful display of vehicles there were some 20 vendors on hand to tempt the participants to purchase not only auto-related products, but also pure Vermont maple syrup to take home as a souvenir of the weekend.

The AMGBA officers were kept busy throughout the day with member inquires as well as signing up new members for the association.

Next years meet is still in the planning stage. Keep an eye on our web site (www.mgclub.org) or in future issues of the Octagon for details.

This years winners are as follows:

THE CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE – MGs:

  1. Bob Baker, ’72 B roadster, Groton, CT
  2. Michel Foti, ’94 B Rover V8, Montreal, QB, Canada
  3. Louis Morrissette, ’77 B roadster, St. Charles, QB, Canada

PEOPLES CHOICE

MGB- EARLY RUBBER BUMPER

  1. Michael Oliva, ’66 B roadster, No. Weymouth, MA
  2. Ralph & Donna Littlefield, ‘ 63 B roadster, Kittery, ME
  3. Rich Wagner, ’63 B roadster, Pittsfield, MA

MGB-LATE CHROME BUMPER

  1. Rachel & Richard Sugalski, ’72 B roadster, Spencer, MA
  2. Loie Mechetti & Paul Andrews, ’74 B roadster, Phoenix, NY
  3. Perry Reed, ’73 B roadster, Leominster, MA

MGB-EARLY RUBBER BUMPER

  1. Linda Lamontagne, ’74 B roadster, Scarborough, MA
  2. Jack E. Balonis, ’75 B roadster, Groton, MA
  3. Roger Bissonnette, ’75 B roadster, Blackstone, MA

MGB-LATE RUBBER BUMPER & LE

  1. Barry S. Humphrey, ’79 B roadster, Hingham, MA
  2. Ray & Joanne Smith, ’80 B LE roadster, West Rutgers, VT
  3. Don & Donna Weldon, ’79 B roadster, Princeton, MA

MGB-GT & MGC-GT

  1. Lloyd & Cathy Besaw, ’70 B-GT, Norwood, NY
  2. Colon & Lorna Wheeler, ’74 B-GT, Hebron, CT
  3. Charles Robbins, ’72 B-GT, Ridgefield, CT

MG MIDGET- CHROME BUMPER

  1. David & Cheryl LeBlanc, ’71 Midget, Nottingham, MA
  2. Roger & Crystal Treadwell, ’72 Midget, Deering, NH

MG MIDGET-RUBBER BUMPER

  1. Connie & Craig TerBush, ’79 Midget, Schenevus, NY
  2. Stephen & Virginia Slowik, ’75 Midget, Huntington , NY
1ConcoursMGs-72BBobBakerGrotonCTConcours d’Elegance Winner –
’72 B Roadster of Bob Baker, Groton, CT
1BGT-78BGTLloyd-CathyBesawNorwoodNY1st place B-GT – ’78 of Lloyd & Cathy
Besawof Norwood, New York
1BLateRubber-79BBarryHumphreyHinghamMA1st place B (Late Rubber Bumper) –
’79 B of Barry Humphrey of Hingham, Massachusetts
1BLateChrome-72BRachel-RichardSugalskiSpencerMA1st place B (Late Chrome Bumper) –
’72 B of Rachel & Richard Sugalski of Spencer, Massachusetts
1MidgetRubber-70MidgetConnie-CraigTerBushSchenevusNY1st place Midget (Rubber Bumper) –
’70 of Connie & Craig TerBush of Schenevus, New York
1MidgetChrome-71MidgetDavid-CherylLeBlancNottinghamNH1st place Midget (Chrome Bumper) –
’71 of David &Cheryl LeBlanc of
Nottingham, New Hampshire
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’63 B of Dennis and Nannette Bakko

An American MGB Association Queen B is the ’63 B of Dennis and Nannette Bakko.

Here is the story:

As an Air Force pilot in 1972, I was assigned to a flying squadron over in the United Kingdom. My wife and I spent 5 years at RAF Alconbury, a U.S. Air Base about 60 miles north of London. As time went by, I became more and more interested in British motorcars. I decided to look for an MGB and bring it back to the United States.

In July 1975, I purchased this 1963 MGB for 200 British pounds (about 400 dollars) in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, a town on the outskirts of Northeast London.

The car was not in very good shape. It had already been painted twice and the floor boards were rusting. We then brought the car back with us to North Dakota in 1977. I drove the MG two or three times a year for the next 35 years hoping to restore it someday. Finally in 2012, we had it fully restored by an MG shop in Arizona.

We now drive it quite a lot while wintering in Arizona. We didn’t even buy a new top for it because the sun shines almost every day. The reaction we get from people to the red right-hand drive MGB has been amazing. By the way, the red paint we used is actually a Ferrari color.

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’71 B of Bob Noll at Wadkins Glen International

The photo is one of me driving the full course at Watkins Glen International during the opening weekend on April 12 – 13 this year. On both days 3 laps of the full course can be driven for a $20 donation to the Alzheimer’s Fund.

I am entering the “inner loop” or “bus stop”. It was a thrill and even though I visit the track many times a year it is quite different being on the track. Those tight turns, especially going onto the “boot” and around the “toe” of the boot come up in a hurry.

I won’t tell you my fastest speed since the rules are no passing and not to exceed 55 mph.

Bob Noll
Endicott, New York

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’69 B of Dr. Dean Saluti

The MGs in My Life

By Dr. Dean Saluti, Director, Boston Area MG Club

r. Dean Saluti’s 1969 MGB, the “Red Jewel,” on display at the Boston Area MG Club Faneuil Hall British Car Day event. It was the summer of 1966. I had just graduated from high school and I lived with parents in Quincy, MA. My father had decided that I needed a car to commute into the city for my freshman year at Boston University. It was his idea to take me to a small used car dealership in East Milton, MA. He found a 1962 MG Midget. It was red, it was beautiful, and it had neat plastic windows that came on and off the door panels. I was fascinated. We dipped into my “college fund” that I had built up from working hard at a local supermarket, as a caddy at a local golf course, and as a paper boy. For $600, I became an instant MG fanatic.

About a year later, a friend of mine from high school asked me if I would be interested in buying his MGA. I had heard about MGAs, but knew no one who actually owned one. Well, it was blue with a red interior, and I quickly sold my Midget and “upgraded,” in my mind, to the A. The A was older, bigger, and faster. Thanks to my Midget, I had no problem with the removable plastic windows and the wire on the inside of the door panel that served as a “rustic” door handle. What a car!

As an ROTC Cadet, I was required to go to Basic Training during the summer between my junior and senior years at Boston University. Basic Training was to be at Fort Indiantown Gap in Pennsylvania. I decided that I needed a more reliable car for the long trip from Quincy, MA to Harrisburg, PA. Of course, my idea of reliable was to go back to another 1962 MG Midget. I felt that this Midget was more reliable because it was yellow. My father, a former WWII airplane mechanic and, at the time, an airplane mechanic for Eastern Airlines, helped me make the Midget even more reliable. He put a hole in the dashboard and inserted an 8-track player and put speakers in the doors. I was all set for the long trip – it was 1969 and 18-wheelers wouldn’t bother me; I could listen to the Beach Boys and the Temptations on my 8-track.

After graduation from Boston University and commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the Army, I received my first Active Duty assignment. I was to go to graduate school to get a Master’s Degree. I begrudgingly accepted this assignment even though the alternative was Vietnam. My father, the WWII veteran, convinced me that I could go to Airborne “jump school” later. During graduate school, I upgraded yet again to my first MGB. It was blue when I bought it, but I made it better. First, I had it painted white and then, I bought a white top. My friends convinced me that I should put in red shag rugs that I bought at a local rug store. I installed them myself. My father was, of course, appalled at all of this.

r. Dean Saluti’s 1969 MGB It was at this time that I experienced my first “mechanical setback” with an MG. My MGB just wouldn’t start. How lucky was I to have an ace mechanic as a father? He took the entire car apart. The seats came out. The car was jacked up. The wheels came off. The engine came apart. He worked with this car for about a week. After he had disassembled the entire car, he came to the correct conclusion that his “idiot son” had run out of gas. Years later, my father was 88 years old and failing with Alzheimer’s. He was sleeping and I lovingly kissed him good night on his bald head. Suddenly, his eyes opened wide, he awakened, and yelled at me, “Dean, you idiot! You forgot to put gas in the MG!”

Over the years, I have owned 8 MGs. My 1969 red MGB, referred to as the “Red Jewel,” is my very best yet. It’s got a new Moss black rugged interior (not shag), new black leather seats with red piping, a beautiful top that has never been removed so that the plastic windows are perfect, Bluetooth, Sirius radio, and automatic door locks. Recently, I installed a badge bar for Lucas “flame throwers” with Lucas covers and several antique badges. What a car! My wife, Marjorie Cahn, and I are very proud of this jewel. But every time I get behind the wheel and we go off to a car show or an organized ride, I hear that voice lovingly bringing back the reality of my complete lack of mechanical ability – “Dean, you idiot! You forgot to put gas in the MG!” 

American MGB Association Meet 2014 and The British Invasion – Stowe, Vermont

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37th Annual

AMGBA MEET 2014

Stowe, Vermont
FOR ALL MGs

September 19-21, 2014

in conjunction with New England’s largest British Car Show – The British Invasion

A Weekend Celebration and Salute to the Great British Motorcar and British Lifestyle

the car show will be at the The Stowe Special Events Field

Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa at 1746 Mountain Rd, Stowe,  Vermont will offer special accommodation packages, phone: 1-800-253-2232,  website: www.stoweflake.com

Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa at 1746 Mountain Rd, Stowe, Vermont, phone: 1-800-253-2232, website: www.stoweflake.com will offer special accommodation packages

Contact:

the American MGB Association at 773-769-7084

or AMGBA, P. O. Box 11401, Chicago, IL 60611; fax: 773-769-3240

email: info@mgclub.org

website: www.mgclub.org  or www.amgba.com or www.americanmgbassociation.com

or in New England: Michael Gaetano, Phone: 508-395-6663, email: mgaetano@britishinvasion.com, website: www.britishinvasion.com

if you are planning to attend contact the above to
be placed on a mailing list for any last minute details.

The American MGB Association (AMGBA) was established in 1975 and has provided continuous services to owners of MGBs, MGB-GTs and Midgets throughout North America since then. National conventions have been held annually since 1978 from New York to California and Texas to Canada.

Membership in the AMGBA is not required to attend the convention but it is encouraged. For membership info call 773-769-7084 or write to:

AMGBA, P. O. Box 11401, Chicago, IL 60611 U.S.A.

Membership is $35 per year or $45 per year outside the U.S.A.

Press Release – AMGBA Meet 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: The American MGB Association at 773-769-7084, info@mgclub.org or www.mgclub.org

The American MGB Association’s 37th Annual Meet – AMGBA MEET 2014 – for the MGB, MGB-GT & Midget – Stowe, Vermont – September 19-21, 2014.

MG sports car production as we know it was discontinued in 1980 with the closing of the famed Abingdon-On-Thames works in the United Kingdom. But these modern day classics are being preserved forever here in North America by members of the American MGB Association.

Headquartered in Chicago, the AMGBA serves enthusiastic MGB, MGB-GT, and MG Midget owners throughout the USA, Canada and throughout the world. Each year, the AMGBA holds its National Meet.

The 1978 initial gathering was held in Chicago. In 1979 and 1980 the AMGBA National Conventions were held in New York state, in Ithaca and Glens Falls. The organization’s success led to renting the world famous Indianapolis 500 Motor Speedway in 1981 for the AMGBA National Convention. In 1982, the AMGBA held its National Convention outside the USA in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. In the years 1983 and 1984, the AMGBA went west for the first time in Lake Tahoe, California and Boulder, Colorado. In 1985, the AMGBA held two conventions in Santa Barbara, California and Abingdon, Illinois. In 1986, we visited Texas during its 150 year anniversary in San Antonio, Texas and in 1987 we visited the Saratoga Springs area of beautiful upstate New York. In 1988, the convention site was Kansas City, Missouri. In 1989, we visited the Great Northwest part of our country in Springfield, Oregon.

In 1990 the convention was held in Atlanta, Georgia which was a first for that area of the country. In 1991 we returned to the site of our first convention in Chicago and in 1992, we returned to the West Coast to the beautiful San Francisco Bay area in Palo Alto, California. In 1993, we traveled to New England at Keene, New Hampshire near the site of the Westminster MG Museum. In 1994, we went for the first time to the San Diego, California area at the Del Mar race track. In 1995 we went to Memphis, Tennessee, home of the blues and Elvis Presley. In 1996 we joined with all of the major MG clubs in North America for MG Indy ’96 in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Indy 500 track. In 1997 we were on the West Coast in the San Francisco area at Palo Alto, California. In 1998, we were in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Lake Campus of Davidson College. In 1999, we went to Los Angeles, California.

In 2000, we went to Armagh, Pennsylvania and joined with the TRF Summer Party and in 2001 we were in Houston, Texas for the Houston MG Club’s All British Motor Vehicle Exposition. In 2002 we again went to the San Francisco, California area for the Palo Alto British Car Meet. For 2003 we visited Florida and the Space Coast in Titusville, Florida. In 2004, we visited picturesque Cape Cod in Massachusetts for the Cape Cod British Car Club’s British Legends Weekend. In 2005, we were in San Diego, California at Fairbrook Farms in Bonsall for San Diego British Car Day. We were in Maryland in 2006 at the MGs on the Rocks Show and in 2007 we went to Charlotte, North Carolina at the MGs on the Green Show. In 2008 we were in Armagh, Pennsylvania with The Roadster Factory Summer Party and for 2009 we planned for a show in the Central Valley of California.

In 2010 we went to Sussex, Wisconsin for the British Car Field Day. For 2011 we were in Ohio for the first time at Dayton in conjunction with the Annual British Car Day at Eastwood Metropark. We went to the Jersey Shore in 2012 with the Annual Brits on the Beach Show in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. In 2013 we visited Mississippi for the first time to the oldest city on the Mississippi River in conjunction with the English Motoring Club of Mississippi’s Brits on the Bluff Show in Natchez, Mississippi.

For 2014, we will be at New England’s largest British car show at The 24th British Invasion in Stowe, Vermont.

It promises to be a great time and a memorable experience for all that attend. For more information contact the above, write to the American MGB Association, P.O. Box 11401, Chicago, IL 60611, call 773-769-7084, email us at info@mgclub.org or explore our website at www.mgclub.org .

for MGB, MGB-GT and MG Midget owners