American MGB Association Meet 2019 and Britfest in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


story by Bruce Magers, photos by Frank Ochal

The American MGB Association (AMGBA) held its 42nd annual meet in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on October 4-5, 2019. The event was held in conjunction with the Grand Strand British Car Club’s Myrtle Beach Britfest which has been going for the past 7 years.

The event began with a Friday night welcoming party at Nacho Hippo that was an opportunity to get together with old friends or meet new ones. The car show on Saturday was held in the Market Common, the former site of the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base which has been developed into an upscale dining and residential area. The “English Tea” event was a big hit as well as “Canine Angels Service Dogs” who benefited from the proceeds of the event.

Thanks to Rod Smith and his assistants for their cooperation in organizing this event.

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

Next year’s Meet is still in the planning stage. Keep an eye on our website (www.mgclub.org) or in future issues of the Octagon for details. The MGB and Midget Meet 2019 winners were as follows:


CLASS 2 – MG Midget/Austin Healey Sprite

1. Sandra Clark, ’74 red MG Midget, Danville, VA

2. Buddy & Pat Batson, ’61 Austin Healey Sprite

3. Thomas Meservey, ’76 yellow MG Midget, Awenda, SC

CLASS 17 – MG B /C /GT Chrome Bumper

1. Jim & Neal Smith, ’72 blue MGB, Myrtle Beach , SC

2. Susan Beck, ’63 blue MGB, Spartanburg, SC

3. Jack & Sue Brennan, ’73 green MGB, Myrtle Beach, SC

CLASS 18 – MG B /C /GT Rubber Bumper

1. Suzanne Hammer, ’80 blue MGB, Little River, SC

2. Jim & Neal Smith, ’79 red MGB, Myrtle Beach, SC

3. Billy & Kathleen Morris, ’77 green MGB, Myrtle Beach, SC

AMGBA Meet 2019 - 1st place Chrome Bumper B - Jim & Neal Smith,'72 blue MGB, Myrtle Beach , SCAMGBA Meet 2019 - 1st Place Midget - Sandra Clark, '74 red MG Midget, Danville, VA
1st place Chrome Bumper MGB –
Jim & Neal Smith, ’72 MGB, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1st Place MG Midget –
Sandra Clark, ’74 MG Midget, Danville, Virginia
AMGBA Meet 2019 - 1st Place Rubber Bumper MGB - Suzanne Hammer, '80 green MGB, Little River, SCAMGBA Meet 2019 - 2nd place Chrome Bumper MGB - Susan Beck, '63 blue MGB, Spartanburg, SC
1st Place Rubber Bumper MGB –
Suzanne Hammer, ’80 MGB, Little River, South Carolina
2nd Place Chrome Bumper MGB –
Susan Beck, ’63 blue MGB, Spartanburg, South Carolina
AMGBA Meet 2019 - 2nd place Rubber Bumper MGB - Jim & Neal Smith, '79 red MGB, Myrtle Beach, SCAMGBA Meet 2019 - 3rd place Rubber Bumper MGB - Billy & Kathleen Morris, '77 green MGB, Myrtle Beach, SC
2nd place Rubber Bumper MGB –
Jim & Neal Smith, ’79 MGB, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
3rd place Rubber Bumper MGB – Billy & Kathleen Morris,
 ’77 green MGB, Myrtle Beach, SC
Awards Ceremony at AMGBA Meet 2019 and Myrtle Beach Britfest in Myrtle Beach, South CarolinaAMGBA Meet 2019 and Myrtle Beach Britfest Welcoming Party at Nacho Hippo in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Awards Ceremony at AMGBA Meet 2019 and Myrtle Beach Britfest in Myrtle Beach, South CarolinaAMGBA Meet 2019 and Myrtle Beach Britfest Welcoming Party at Nacho Hippo in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

’70 B of Dean Zywicki

An American MGB Association Queen B is the ’70 B of Dean Zywicki. Here is his story:

I bought my ’70 B a few months ago with just under 65,000 miles on it. It was last titled in 1991 with 63,000 miles. It took a few weeks to get through everything to make it road ready again (suspension rebuild, fluids, brake hoses, etc.). I just love seeing photos of it and other Bs everyday.

 

2019 33rd Chicagoland British Car Festival

The 33rd annual Chicagoland British Car Festival was held on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at Harper Community College in Palatine, Illinois just outside of Chicago. The show is organized by a consortium of British Car Clubs in the Chicago area. It has become the premier event for those interested in British cars in the Chicago area.

Each year the show features hundreds of automobiles ranging from those in Concours condition to just normal everyday drivers. This year was no exception as approximately 500 cars were gathered on the field representing virtually every marque produced in England despite the very British weather of intermittent rain sprinkles most of the day. Door prizes and popular vote awards were presented to the lucky winners.

The weather overcast with a light drizzle and the weather limited the overall attendance. British food was provided by food stands along with Robinson’s ribs and a Polish food vendor. Numerous vendors were also in attendance offering everything for the British car fan.

The American MGB Association (AMGBA) was on the field welcoming old members and signing up several new participants. If you have not had the opportunity to attend this popular event be sure to mark your calendar for the 34th annual event which will be held on September 13,2020 at Harper Community College in Palatine, Illinois. For further information go to www.britishcarunion.com or www.mgclub.org .

'72 B of Sandy Rapp from Glenview, Illinois at 2019 Chicagoland British Car Festival
'78 B of James Compton from Elgin, Illinois at 2019 Chicagoland British Car Festival
2019 Chicagoland British Car Festival - AMGBA Tent
'74 B-GT of Jeremy Kinsey from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin at 2019 Chicagoland British Car Festival
'99 Mini Cooper, '95 R-V8 and

MG Hector SUV

Chinese-owned British carmaker MG will make its India foray this year. And its first product for India will be the Hector SUV. The MG Hector launch is scheduled for June 2019.

Measuring 4,655mm in length, 1,835mm in width and 1,760mm in height, the MG Hector is larger than its rivals like the Jeep Compass and the Tata Harrier. The monocoque-bodied Hector has the much-sought-after SUV stance, though the large rear overhang looks a bit ungainly. And the 17-inch diamond cut alloys are also a size too small. What grabs your attention right away is the chrome-studded grille up front that’s flanked by high-set LED running lights. The actual headlights sit within C-shaped brackets lower down on the front bumper. Scuff plates at the front and rear add to the design, and a ‘floating roof’ has also been neatly incorporated.

The MG Hector interior will offer seating for five and feature lots of soft touch materials for a premium experience. Another area where the SUV promises much is equipment. The MG Hector’s features list will include a 10.4-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen infotainment system, a 360-degree surround view camera, a panoramic sunroof, tyre pressure monitoring system and power adjustable driver’s and co-driver’s seats. The Hector will also feature class-leading connectivity technology.

MG Hector engine and gearbox options will include a 170hp, 2.0-litre diesel from Fiat with a 6-speed manual and a 143hp, 1.5-litre turbo-petrol unit that will be available with 6-speed manual and dual-clutch auto transmissions. The petrol-manual powertrain will also be offered with an optional 48V mild-hybrid system.

MG will start its India operations with heavy localisation and this will reflect in a competitive price tag.

MG Hector

’69 B-GT of David Haines from Washington, DC

An American MGB Association Queen B is the ’69 B-GT of David Haines from Washington, DC. Here is the story:

Over a period of approximately 4 years (2011 – 2015), I performed a ground-up restoration of this car for my son, David R. Haines, who at the time was a Captain in the Marines and was a pilot for the V22 Osprey.

Extensive body work was required including the installation of new/ middle outer sills and new floorboards along with extensive metal patching. The RH fender was replaced with a used unit. The front cross member was removed, sandblasted and painted. The entire body was chemically stripped prior to repair and repainting.

The restoration included an engine rebuild along with a new radiator and oil cooler. I bought and then rebuilt, at a University Motors session, an overdrive transmission to replace the original non-overdrive unit.

The carburetors were rebuilt at a University Motors class. The front suspension includes new swivels, anti-roll bar and coil springs. The rear springs were replaced. The interior has been completely replaced including the headliner. The seats, both front (leather) and rear (vinyl) have been reupholstered. New carpeting and interior trim panels were installed. A new wiring harness and alternator were fitted. I fabricated a new radio console to house a modern digital radio and additional switches for accessories. The bright work includes new front and rear bumpers, a new grill and re-chromed window frames. The car was originally pained Mineral Blue. The present color is GM Dar Metallic Blue (base coat/clear coat).    

American MGB Association’s 42nd Annual Meet –

The American MGB Association’s 42nd Annual Meet – AMGBA MEET 2019 – for the MGB, MGB-GT & Midget – in participation with the Grand Strand British Car Club’s Britfest in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – October 4-5, 2019

The seventh Annual Myrtle Beach Britfest 2019 Car Show to be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at The Market Common of Myrtle Beach!

The Myrtle Beach Britfest will be held at The Market Common located on Farrow Parkway between Highway 17 Business and Highway 17 By-Pass in Myrtle Beach. In addition to all of the beautiful British cars, only a block away is The Market Common which boasts lots of shops, restaurants and a cinema so your weekend will be packed with fun for everyone!

Dash Plaques will be given to all early registration entrants and will be available for most late and “day-of” registrations. Award Plaques or Trophies will be presented to winners in each class. A Special Award for the entry with the “Best Picnic Presentation” will be given. And back by popular demand will be a “Ladies English Tea and Crumpets” featuring a contest for the “Best Hat”. Special “Britfest” t-shirts will also be available. Food vendors, restrooms, local restaurants, and shopping are available nearby all day!

Friday (October 4) Evening Reception:

6-9 pm     Nacho Hippo Restaurant

Saturday (October 5) Events Agenda:

10 am     Show Field Opens to Parking

10-11 am     Ladies English Tea

11 am     Late Registration Closes and Voting Begins

1:30 pm     Popular Voting Ends

2:30 pm     Awards Presentation, Raffles, Etc.

If you would like to show off your British automotive beauty, then you need to fill out and mail a registration form today. Early registrations receive better rates. Register early and plan to stay all weekend to soak up the fun! Registration is $25 if paid by September 15, 2019, $30 if paid after September 15, 2019.

For more information contact Rod Smith, Myrtle Beach Britfest Committee Chairman, at jrodsmith@yahoo.com or phone: 843-651-7644. Or visit our website at www.grandstrandbritishcarclub.com . This will be a fantastic event and we would hate for anyone to miss out on the fun!

For more information contact: the American MGB Association at 773-769-7084

or AMGBA, 5433 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60640, email: info@mgclub.org,
website: www.mgclub.org

or in South Carolina: Rod Smith, Phone: 843-527-7840, email: jrodsmith@yahoo.com ,
website: www.GrandStrandBritishCarClub.com  

’76 B Roadster of Gordon Osborn

An American MGB Association Queen B is the ’76 B roadster of Gordon Osborn from North Muskegon, Michigan. Here is the story:

This car has a lot of John Twist/all the guys at University Motors involvement. I worked just down the road from them in Grand Rapids and spent a lot of time there. As you see, we took off the Zenith carb and I actually spent a day with John Twist himself building the SU carbs from scratch parts he had…he would just instruct me what to do thru each step…all the while having a beer in this hand. ??

I now stop in and see Forrest, Curt, and Mike at Rusty Moose…but it’s a little more out of the way and don’t stop as much as UM!

Hope all is well…and thanks.

Gordon “Jeep” Osborn

American MGB Association – for MGB, MGB-GT and MG Midget owners

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