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Wheaton, Illinois Autojumble

The Wheaton, Illinois Autojumble & Swap Meet was held March 19, 2017 and is organized and conducted by the Chicagoland MG Club alone although it has the enthusiastic support of all the other British car clubs in the Chicago area. The event now includes all marques of European sports cars and motorcycles and is conducted with the goal of providing a meeting place of buyers and sellers of used parts, new parts, accessory items, tools, memorabilia and just about anything else of interest to the European sports car and motorcycle enthusiast.

The 13,200 sq. ft. facility had 65 vendors occupying 85 spaces displaying their wares. Over 550 shoppers participated. The American MGB Association participated with a table where it welcomed members with club information and club regalia for sale.

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40th Annual AMGBA Meet 2017 in participation with the South Alabama British Car Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

 Online registration and more information at the 2017 SABCC British Car Festival website at www.sabcc.org/bcf2017.htm .

The American MGB Association’s 40th Annual Meet – AMGBA MEET 2017 – for the MGB, MGB-GT & Midget – in participation with the South Alabama British Car Festival in

Fairhope, Alabama – October 14, 2017

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 which 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. In 2014, we were at New England’s largest British car show at the British Invasion in Stowe, Vermont. Meet 2016 was in South Carolina at the Grand Strand British Car Club’s Britfest in Myrtle Beach. In 2016 we were in Virginia for the first time in Waynesboro at the Shenandoah Valley British Car Festival.

For 2017 we will make our initial trip to Alabama in Fairhope which is near Mobile and the Gulf Coast at the South Alabama British Car Festival whose website is www.sabcc.org .

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, 5433 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60640, call 773-769-7084, email us at info@mgclub.org  or explore our website at www.mgclub.org .

The American MGB Association (AMGBA) is North America’s oldest, largest and best cub for all MGBs, MGB-GTs and Midgets.  It 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 but it is encouraged. For membership info call 773-769-7084, email: info@mgclub.org

, website: www.mgclub.org or write to: AMGBA, 5433 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60640 U.S.A. Membership is $35 per year or $45 per year outside the U.S.A.

30th Annual 2016 Chicagoland British Car Festival

The 30th annual Chicagoland British Car Festival was held on Sunday, September 11, 2016 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.

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 600 cars were gathered on the field representing virtually every marque produced in England. Door prizes and popular vote awards were presented to the lucky winners.

The weather was perfect – sunny and mild which obviously helped boost attendance. In addition to the vast array of stunning vehicles there was also a display of British motorcycles for those who “like their fun on two wheels”. A bag piper and traditional Irish dancers helped to put the crowd in a festive mood. 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 30th annual to be held on September 10, 2017 at Harper Community College in Palatine, Illinois. For further information go to www.britishcarunion.com or www.mgclub.org.

   
’74 B of Jeremy Kinsey from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin ’79 B of Carol and Rick Lehman from Lake Zurich
   

 

’73 B-GT V8 of Joel Weinberger from Hinsdale, Illinois ’95 R V-8 of Dino and Lisa Perez from Lake in the Hills, Illinois
 ’74 1/2 B of Peter Neil from Plainfield, Illinois  ’68 B V-8 of Helen Kohn from Chicago, Illinois
   
’72 Midget of Pat Killean from Park Ridge, Illinois ’76-’79 B Limo of Dino and Lisa Perez from Lake in the Hills, Illinois

 

AMGBA Meet 2016 and Shenandoah Valley British Car Festival

The American MGB Association (AMGBA) held its 39th annual meet in Waynesboro, Virginia this year from September 30 thru October 1, 2016. The event was held in conjunction with “The Shenandoah Valley British Car Festival” which has been going for the past 35 years.

The 2 day event began with a Friday night reception that had videos in the background and was an opportunity to get together with old friends or meet new ones. The Car Show on Saturday offered music, door prizes, and food. Waynesboro is the home of Fishburne Military Academy and is only minutes from the famous and scenic Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway. These are a joy to drive, and offered a beautiful view of the fall foliage. Thanks to Mike FitzGeorge and Mark Brown 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 web site (www.mgclub.org) or in future issues of the Octagon for details. This year’s MGB, MGB-GT and Midget winners are as follows:
CLASS K – MG Midgets/Austin-Healey Sprites

  1. Bill Krzastek, ’59 Austin- Healey Sprite, Waynesboro, VA
  2. Jorge Antezana, ’74 MG Midget, Corapeake, NC

 

CLASS N – MGB-GT/MGC-GT

  1. Craig Cummings, ’69 MGC-GT, Williamsburg, VA
  2. Gary Edwards, ’71 MGB-GT, Kernersville, VA

 

CLASS W – BEST IN SHOW

  1. Jimmy Harris, AC Greyhound, Middleburg, VA

 

CLASS P – MGB-CHROME BUMPER ROADSTER

  1. John & Cindy Hull,’66 MGB, Palmyra, VA
  2. Jim & Ellen Conley, ’69 MGB, Troy, VA
  3. Greg Hastings, ’71 MGB, Roanoke, VA

 

CLASS R – MGB-RUBBER BUMPER ROADSTER

  1. Greg & Donna Jones, ’80 MGB LE, Eagle Rock, VA
  2. Peter Kareski, ’77 MGB, Front Royal, VA
  3. Kenny Grandle, ’80 MGB, Unionville, VA
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1st place Chrome Bumper MGB – the ’66 B of John & Candy Hull from Palmyra, Virginia 2nd place Chrome Bumper MGB – the ’69 B of Jim & Ellen Conley from Troy, Virginia
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2nd place Midget – the ’74 Midget of
Jorge Antezana from Corapeake, North Carolina
2nd place Rubber Bumper MGB – the ’77 B of
Peter Kareski from Front Royal, Virginia
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2nd place B-GT – the ’71 B-GT of
Gary Edwards from Kernersville, North Carolina
3rd place Rubber Bumper MGB – the ’80 MGB of
Kenny Grandle from Orange, Virginia
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1st place Rubber Bumper MGB – the ’80 MGB LE of
Greg & Donna Jones from Eagle Rock, Virginia
3rd place Chrome Bumper MGB – ’71 B of
Greg & Mary Hastings from Roanoke, Virginia

39th Annual AMGBA Meet 2016 – Waynesboro, Virginia

FOR ALL MGs

September 30 thru October 1, 2016

in conjunction with THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY

BRITISH CAR FESTIVAL

HOST HOSVBCCTEL: HOLIDAY INN

Fairway Lane Staunton VA, 1-855-809-3505

OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS’ CLOSE TO THE SHOW:

DAYS INN STAUNTON NORTH

Bells Lane Staunton VA, 1-855-799-6859

MOTEL 6 STAUNTON:

Baker Lane Staunton VA, 1-866-599-6674

Contact:

the American MGB Association at 773-769-7084

or AMGBA, 5433 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60640; fax: 773-769-3240

email: info@mgclub.org

, website: www.mgclub.org

or in Virginia:

CarShowChair@svbcc.net or website: www.svbcc.net

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

Celebrating its 35th year, the Shenandoah Valley British Car Club has the distinction of running one of the oldest annual British car festivals on the East Coast. This year’s show is presented by Crown MINI of Richmond with generous support from Mike Gassman Automotive – British Car Specialists.

Open to British marques in any condition (and occasionally some motorcycles) gather from more than 12 states beneath the massive trees of Ridgeview Park in Waynesboro, Virginia.

From show winners to daily drivers to even the “I-barely-got-it-running”, all British cars are welcome at this fun family event celebrating British automotive design and the people who drive these Little British Cars.

Awards, based on voting of the participants, will be presented at the Saturday night banquet. Door prizes will be awarded on the field to pre-registered participants. Pre-registration fee is $25, registration at gate is $30. So register now!

We are very happy to be again featuring The Holiday Inn Staunton Conference Center as our host hotel – site of the Friday night reception and the Saturday night awards dinner. The hotel is conveniently located near the intersection of I-81 and I-64, in historic Staunton, Virginia.

Our Friday night reception has proved to be very popular, so please add it to your schedules. We will have a special room available where you can purchase drinks, bar food/snacks, or a full meal. With videos in the background, this is an opportunity to get together with old friends or meet new ones. If you have not participated in this event before, you may want to make it a priority this year!

The Car Show on Saturday offers music, door prizes, and fabulous food on site. Waynesboro is the home of Fishburne Military Academy, and the Moss Museum and is only minutes from the famous and scenic Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway. These are a joy to drive, and offer a beautiful view of the fall foliage.

Come join us for a wonderful time and a chance to see many exciting British cars and meet the people who love them! Please note preregistration cutoff is 9/25/16 and this is a rain or shine event so registration fees are non-refundable, and banquet fees are only refundable on request up to the cutoff date of 9/25/16.

Event details:

Friday, 9/30 at 6pm: Pre-show get together at Holiday Inn, Staunton, Virginia

Saturday, 10/1 from 9am to 2pm: Car show at Ridgefield Park, Waynesboro, Virginia

Saturday, 10/1 from 7pm till late: Awards Banquet at Holiday Inn, Staunton, Virginia
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 MEET 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.

For Immediate Release: AMGBA Meet 2016

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

or www.mgclub.org

The American MGB Association’s 39th Annual Meet – AMGBA MEET 2016 – for the MGB, MGB-GT & Midget – Waynesboro, Virginia – September 30 thru October 1, 2016

 

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 which 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 tAmerican MGB Associationwo 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. In 2014, we were at New England’s largest British car show at the British Invasion in Stowe, Vermont. Meet 2016 was in South Carolina at the Grand Strand British Car Club’s Britfest.

For 2016, we will be in Virginia for the first time in Waynesboro at the Shenandoah Valley British Car

Festival.

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,

5433 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60640, call 773-769-7084, email us at info@mgclub.org or explore our website at www.mgclub.org .

AMGBA Meet 2015 and Myrtle Beach Britfest

The American MGB Association Meet 2015 and the 3rd Annual BRITFEST was by all accounts, a great success! The weather was perfect, we had a great variety of vehicles and the entire event went off without a hitch. Thank you to everyone who registered and a huge thank you to all the volunteers for your tireless and cheerful efforts! Be sure to check out the list of winners below.

After a torrential washout on the originally scheduled date of Oct. 3, 2015 the rescheduled date of October 24, 2015 provided weather that was fantastic … not too hot, not too steamy, just right! And GSBCC (Grand Strand British Car Club) was well represented with almost two thirds of the membership bringing out their shining Brit beauties. We had a DJ handling the music and sound system. Registrations, photos, balloting, raffles, and awards presentations went off remarkably well without any major hitch. So well in fact that other area clubs have asked for our procedures. “Practice makes perfect” as we continue to learn and improve each year. $300 was raised and will be presented to Canine Angels Service Dogs.

Thanks to the following for all of your valuable help and input with making Britfest 2015 a premier GSBCC event:

Committee Members: Jim Hendricks (GSBCC Immediate Past Pres., Advertising and Sponsorships), Greg Hoch (GSBCC Vice President), Rod Smith (GSBCC President, Britfest Show Chair, Location and Logistics), Jim Smith (GSBCC Treas., Awards & Trophies, Dash Plaques, T-Shirts), Bob Puttbach (GSBCC Club Events Chair, Photography), Bill Unger (GSBCC Secretary, Artwork, Promotions, Registrar, Balloting), Stancy Bender (Raffles and Door Prizes), Felicia Sachs (Social Media Editor), Skip Robertson (Signage).

Bill Unger,

Editor, Grand Strand British Car Club Newsletter

MG AND MIDGET WINNERS

MG B (chrome bumper)

1st 1972 MGB Smith, Jim & Neal

2nd 1973 MGB Monteforte, Al & Joanne

3rd 1963 MGB Favro, Bill & Brenda

 

MG B (rubber bumper)

1st 1977 MGB Castelli, Joe & Arlene

2nd 1979 MGB Hoch, Greg & Patsy

3rd 1977 MGB Morris, Bill & Kathy

 

MG Midget

1979 MG Midget, Ralph Cozart

 

50/50 Raffle:

1972 MGB Smith, Jim & Nea

 

Longest Distance Driver

1979 MGB Gillenwater, Gen

 

Editor’s Note: As you probably know the original date of October 3 and AMGBA Officers Margie Springer, Bruce Magers and Frank Ochal were only a few hours away from the show location when it was cancelled due to historic rains and flooding. The officers could not return on the rescheduled date due to work, family and time conflicts. We therefore are reprinting accounts of the show that appeared in the Grand Strand British Car Club Newsletter. We appreciate their efforts.

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2015 Chicagoland British Car Festival

story by Bruce Magers, photos by Frank Ochal

The 29th annual Chicagoland British Car Festival was held on Sunday, September 13, 2015 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.

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 600 cars were gathered on the field representing virtually every marque produced in England. Door prizes and popular vote awards were presented to the lucky winners.

The weather was perfect – sunny and mild which obviously helped boost attendance. In addition to the vast array of stunning vehicles there was also a display of British motorcycles for those who “like their fun on two wheels”. A bag piper and traditional Irish dancers helped to put the crowd in a festive mood. 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 30th annual to be held on September 11, 2016 at Harper Community College in Palatine, Illinois. For further information go to www.britishcarunion.com or www.mgclub.org .

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’73 B of Timothy Bradley from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin ’72 B-GT of Jack Feldman from Downers Grove, Illinois
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’70 B of David Fitch from Normal, Illinois ’68 B V8 of Helene Kohn from Chicago, Illinois