AMGBA Meet 2013 and Brits on the Bluff, Natchez, MS

story by Bruce Magers, photos by Frank Ochal

AMGBA Meet 2013 and Brits on the Bluff 2013

The American MGB Association (AMGBA), a nationally recognized organization for MGB’s, MGB-GT’s and Midgets held it’s 36th annual meet on September 20th and 21st, 2013 in Natchez, Mississippi.

The meet was hosted by the English Motoring Club (EMC) of Mississippi which sponsors their annual Brits on the Bluff show each year in Natchez, Mississippi. Natchez is the oldest city on the Mississippi River and also the start of the famous Natchez Trail. Many antebellum homes have been carefully preserved which makes Natchez a “must see” if you are ever in the area.

The weekend got under way on Friday evening with an informal gathering at Bowie’s Tavern located just across the street from the famous Mississippi river bluffs. This location provided an opportunity for this years show participants to greet newcomers and renew old friendships in a truly historic venue.

Unfortunately the “weather gods” interrupted the planned activities on Saturday somewhat and the “bluff” portion of the Brits on the Bluff had to be moved from the grassy (now muddy) field on the bluff to the parking lot at the hotel. The rain did stop at the proper time which allowed the days events to go on as planned. The British tradition of keeping a “stiff upper lip” prevailed and it all went on without a hitch. Kudos to all of the EMC members and their staff!!

The AMGBA officers were kept busy all day enrolling new members and processing renewals and selling regalia items.

The AMGBA wishes to thank Charles Durning, President and John Turbeville, Vice President of the EMC and all of their members for hosting this excellent event.

Information on next years AMGBA Meet can be found at www.mgclub.org.

Here is a list of the winners in the MG categories:

MGB Chrome Bumper:

1st – Clay Johnston, ’72 harvest gold, Mt. Olive, MS
2nd – Blake Sonnier, ’72 yellow, Lake Charles, LA
3rd – Richard Bishop, ’66 white, Fairhope, AL

MGB Rubber Bumper:

1st – Grady & Donna Wilkerson, ’78 red, Brookhaven, MS
2nd – Danny Varnado, ’76 red, Denham Springs, LA
3rd – Armand Breard ’74 red, Monroe, LA

B-GT:

1st – Jim Lynch, ’74 blue, Jackson, MS
2nd – Jim Enzman, ’74 yellow, Meadville, MS

Midget:

1st – Steve Whitlow, ’74 red, Jackson, MS

1st place Chrome Bumper MGB  - '72 B of Clay Johnston

1st place Chrome Bumper MGB 
’72 B of Clay Johnston

1st place Midget - '74 of Steve Whitlow

1st place Midget –
’74 of Steve Whitlow

2nd place rubber bumper MGB - '76 of Danny Varnado

2nd place Rubber Bumper MGB –
’76 of Danny Varnado

Bruce Magers with English Motoring
Club Vice-President and
Meet coordinator, John Turbeville

1st place B-GT –
’74 of Jim & Valerie Lynch

1st place Rubber Bumper MGB –
’78 of Grady & Donna Wilkerson

2nd place Chrome Bumper MGB - '72 of Blake Sonnier

2nd place Chrome Bumper MGB –
’72 of Blake Sonnier

Meet 2013 reception at
Bowie’s Tavern in Natchez, Mississippi