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MG Vintage Racers

53 MGs Win Historic 25th “Collier Cup”

The “Vintage Collier Cup” began as a spark between Miles C. Collier and the Sportscar Vintage Racing Assocation (SVRA) in 1985. They inaugurated a new annual all MG race at Watkins Glen, in memory of the Collier brother’s early pioneering efforts from the 1930’s to the 1950’s in racing MGs. The MG Vintage Racers group also helped them formulate the criteria for the race. Only eight MGs raced in the first “Vintage Collier Cup”. Back then no-one could have imagined what that humble beginning would lead up to in the years to come! In 1994 there were 60 MGs; 72 MGs in ‘98; and a record smashing 143 MGs racing in 2004! Plus over the years four other additional awards were added to the race, increasing its stature. This year became its silver anniversary race on September 13th, and it would be SPECIAL! 53 MGs of all types showed up, ranging from a 1933 supercharged MG-L2, to a thundering MGB-GT V8. The Collier Cup is a “Spirit Award”, which gets presented to one of the MG racers in the race as selected by a vote of their peers, as the driver “Best Representing the Spirit of MG Vintage Racing”. But this year would be different. In celebration of its 25th running, “All The MG Racers” there were voted as “Collier Cup Winners” and each one received their own personal participant’s “Collier Cup” from the Collier family, along with a letter to them from Miles C. Collier, that said in part: “On behalf of my family, I would like to extend my most sincere thanks and appreciation for your 25 years of patronage in the Collier Cup and remembrance of my father, C. Miles, and my uncles, Sam and Barron, and their contributions to the MG marque in the USA and to the origins of modern American road racing…” This year there were no losers – only winners – and so many smiling faces! Other trophies awarded in the race included: The “T” Cup for first ‘T’ Series MG to George Shafer in his MGTD; The NAMGAR Sponsored Bucher-Decker Trophy for first MGA to Chris Meyers; The MG Car Club Western NY Centre sponsored Bill Glanville Memorial Cup for the first MG Midget to Dave Brown; And the Denver Cornett Trophy, sponsored by SVRA and Denny Cornett, for first overall finisher to Butch McKenzie in his MGB. Plus two of the MG racers from the first Collier Cup were back. Bob Colaizzi – who was awarded the first Collier Cup in 1985 – was reunited with his MGTD (now owned by Jeff Brown) so he could race it in this 25th Collier Cup. A most gracious offer by Jeff, and typical of the spirit of MG Vintage Racers! Plus Greg Prehodka returned, but this year as crew for his daughter Rachel, who was now behind the wheel of his MGTD in her first Collier Cup race, as the MG racing torch and traditions were being passed on. To find out more about MG vintage racing go to the web site: MGVR.org

Greg Prehodka
Publicity Coordinator
E-mail: MGracer53@aol.com

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Chicago British Car Show

by Bruce Magers

Sunday September 7th, 2008 was the 22nd Annual British Car Festival sponsored by the British Car Union, a consortium of several car clubs representing specific makes located in the Chicago area. The show was once again held on the campus of Moraine Valley College in Palos Hills, IL.

This is one of the biggest British Car shows in the United States attracting some 500+ cars with virtually every model produced. In addition to the vast array of vehicles on the field for viewing, a series of informative detailed discussions on the differences between models in a specific marque were presented by experts on a given vehicle.

The AMGBA was well represented with your officers staffing our “satellite headquarters tent” signing up new members and helping present members with questions and regalia purchases.

If you are in the Chicago area this is a “don’t miss” show. The 2009 event will be held on September 13th. The location will be moved back to Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, IL. Mark your calendars now!

AMGBA Meet 2008 in Armagh, Pennsylvania

by Frank Ochal

The American MGB Association held its 31st annual Meet on June 20 – 21, 2008 at Armagh near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The event was held in conjunction with the annual Roadster Factory Summer Party. This event has been going on for many years and this was purported to be the last one. I will be sad to see it go but there were hints that it may be resurrected in a different format and not every year.

On Friday, there was a barbecue picnic for the participants which consisted of hamburgers and hot dogs. They were then treated to music by Roadster Factory employee. The traditional Summer Party bonfire and a bedsheet drive-in movie showing “Animal House” followed the barbecue.

On Saturday, many of the cars participated in a “poker rallye” consisting of 86 miles of scenic driving. Participants received a playing card at stops along the way. The winning poker won a cash prize. Technical and information seminars were given at the Roadster Factory headquarters in Armagh during the afternoon.

Late Saturday afternoon, a downtown Indiana, Pennsylvania street near the Coventry Inn was closed off for the car show. The Coventry Inn is a British restaurant owned by Charles Runyan and he also serves at its chief chef. The cars lined up on the street in various classes awaiting popular vote balloting.

A fine meal was prepared for each of the participants at staggered times so that a quality meal could be served. This also allowed for a three hour voting and display while dinner was being served.

Secretary Margie Springer and myself handled the AMGBA awards presentation.

It was great to meet many of our long time members in the this area of the country.

Margie Springer and myself were kept busy all day signing up new members and providing other member services at the AMGBA table.

The AMGBA wishes to thank Charles Runyan an John Swauger at the entire staff of the Roadster Factory and Coventry Inn for hosting the event.

Winners of the American MGB Association popular vote were as follows:

RUBBER BUMPER MGBs

1. ’77, white – James Young, Canton, OH

2. ’79, black – Jeff Lee, Belle Vernon, PA

3. ’79, black – Howard & Joan Henry, Indiana,PA

CHROME BUMPER MGBs

1. ’65, white – Jim Royal, Warren, OH

MGB – GTs

1. ’72, green – Marilyn Phillippi, Homer City, PA

2. ’74, white – Scott Reinhardt, Spencer, OH

MG MIDGET

1. ’72, red – Bud Osborne, McDonald, PA

For information on next year’s event or on the American MGB Association, please contact the AMGBA, P. O. Box 11401, Chicago, IL 60611; phone: (773) 878-5055; email: meet@mgclub.org; website: mgclub.org .

1st place chrome bumper - '65 of Jim Royal 1st place rubber bumper - '77 B of James Young

1st place chrome bumper B – ’65 of Jim Royal

1st place rubber bumper B – ’77 B of James Young

1st place B-GT - '72 V-8 of Marilyn Phillippi 1st place Midget - '72 of Bud Osborne

1st place B-GT – ’72 V-8 of Marilyn Phillippi

1st place Midget – ’72 of Bud Osborne

2nd place B-GT - '74 of Scott Reinhardt 2nd place rubber bumper  - '79 of Jeff Lee

2nd place B-GT – ’74 of Scott Reinhardt

2nd place rubber bumper B – ’79 of Jeff Lee

3rd place rubber B - '79 of Howard and Joan Henry Charles Runyan saying farewell to his Summer Party attendees

3rd place rubber B – ’79 of Howard and Joan Henry

Charles Runyan saying farewell to his Summer Party attendees

Margie Springer announcing the winners The Roadster Factory - site of AMGBA Meet 2008
Margie Springer announcing the winners The Roadster Factory – site of AMGBA Meet 2008

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British Motor Trade Show January 2008

The January 2008 British Motor Trade Show was held in St. Petersburg, Florida. Photos by Tom Bruno.

The British Fog Clears, a Little
By: Tom Bruno

As I approached I spied through the dense fog a giant yellow and black Bumble-B, with two occupants huddled down behind the windscreen trying to stay warm. It was Arden Hance and his son Trace. It was 0630 AM and the green blur of the the STARBUCKS logo peered through the hazy morning darkness.
The strange looking little vehicle sported the bulging bonnet of an MGC with it’s peculiar chrome smiley face. But it was obviously a B.
78 B of Adren & Trace Hance Glen Lenhard inspecting Tom Bruno’s B With our tanks filled with mocha latte and petrol we embarked up the Autobahn through the thick cool soup, a caravan of two.
The bees buzzed effortlessly at a steady 100 k/hr pace and arrived at the crest of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in less than two hours despite barreling trailer trucks and the flashing headlights of intolerant speed demons.
We met the host of THE BRITISH MOTOR TRADE SHOW, Glenn Lenhard and representatives of the major LBC companies, i.e.
Moss, Victoria British, Hemmings, Haggerty and many British car shop owners. The guest speaker was John Twist, who is considered to be one of the top MG experts in the country. Glenn’s MG in St. Petersburg rebuilt my ’79 MGB engine and John Twist at University Motors in Ada, Michigan was my mentor throughout my DIY restoration. His YOU-TUBE videos, his detailed manual and his afternoon call in advice hour gave me invaluable assistance in restoring my MGB.
Adren and his son Trace headed south in the early afternoon in order to perform in a band concert. Interestingly enough, both Adren and Glenn Lenhard are both professional musicians and they both play trombone with their local symphony orchestras. I stayed around and had my car inspected by the experts, Glenn and John and I especially, enjoyed their closing “POINT/ COUNTER POINT session. It wasn’t much of a contest because they both agreed on many issues like non-platinum spark plugs, 20w-50 trans oil, SU carb tuning by ear, and power loss from large low restriction exhaust systems.
I zipped home in my Blue B with the top up this time and although I missed a 5PM wedding ceremony on the beach in Naples, I did make it in time for the cake cutting and a glass of Champagne after my arduous journey. I am in the doghouse because I missed the wedding, so I had to sleep in my car that night but the BRITISH MOTOR TRADE SHOW was worth it.
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AMGBA Meet 2007 – Charlotte, NC

The American MGB Association held its 30th annual Meet on September 29, 2007 at Mint Hill just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina.

The event was held in conjunction with the annual Mint Hill Madness and MGs on the Green. The Metrolina MG Club was formed as a result of several years of MGs on the Green. The original founders, Hank Rippert and Tom Cotter promoted MGs on the Green and now the MG Metrolina MG Club manages the event.

Many of the cars participated in the parade activities through downtown Mint Hill and then came onto the show fairgrounds. By later that morning the entire park area was filled. MGs represented the majority of the show cars but other marques such as Triumph, Sunbeam and a rare Alvis also joined the field of cars. One of the most viewed MGs was the 2003 Z3 owned by AMGBA member Michael Grosso. This was the first time that many of the attendees had seen this model as they have not been imported to the U.S.

The location of the event was at a park near the site of the annual Mint Hill Madness. Mint Hill Madness is an annual festival of regional arts and crafts featuring local cuisine. In addition, the festivities included a carnival, dog show and local business displays. Recorded British invasion music over the loudspeakers added to the ambiance.

There were rows and rows of MGs from early Bs through Limited Editions. President Frank Ochal, Secretary Margie Springer and myself handled the AMGBA awards presentation.It was great to meet many of our long time members in the Southeastern part of the U.S.

Frank Ochal, Margie Springer and myself were kept busy all day signing up new members and providing other member services at the AMGBA table.

The AMGBA wishes to thank Kyle Kirby and Lynda White and the Metrolina MG Club for hosting the event.
Winners of the American MGB Association popular vote were as follows:

RUBBER BUMPER MGBs
1. ’79, black – Frank & Donna Mooring, Rutherfordton, NC
2. ’79, red – Warren Christiansen, Concord, NC
3. ’76, green – Bill Lake, Weddington, NC

CHROME BUMPER MGBs
1. ’69, red – Dave Rushing, Matthews, NC
2. ’79, gray – Norm Davies, Charlotte, NC
3. ’71, red – Harold & Becky Cary, Concord, NC

MGB – GTs
1. ’74, gray – Ken Nicks, Elkin, NC
2. ’67, white – Bob White, Monroe, NC
3. ’74, cream – Mike Vick, Charlotte, NC

MG MIDGET
1. ’73, red – John Brechter, Asheboro, NC

For information on next year’s event or on the American MGB Association, please contact the AMGBA, P. O. Box 11401, Chicago, IL 60611; phone: (773) 878-5055; email: meet@mgclub.org; website: mgclub.org .
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2007 Naples, Florida Antique Car Show

While down in Naples, Florida, my husband Jim Springer and I went to an Antique car show on March 3rd.

There, I saw a pretty ’63 Midget owned by the Smiths (didn’t get to talk to them) and an immaculate ’77 B owned by John DeMado.

I spoke with him and he says he trucks it down every year from Connecticut and drives it all around Marco Island where he lives half the year. He had it painted the real British Racing Green. I introduced myself and asked to take a picture, which is shown here.

Margie Springer


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27th Annual San Diego British Car Day

The 27th Annual San Diego British Car Day took place at the Bonsall Farms on October 1, 2006. The featured marque was the DeLorean which had 16 cars at the show. There were, of course, hundreds of MGs of all types. The best of show was a Rolls Royce Phantom IV limo that had beautiful picnic side boards attached to the front wings.Lyle & Clair Abel's Award Winner
Lyle and Claire Abel took 1st place in the rubber bumper MGB roadster category again this year. The picnics were all enjoyed, the food and souvenir vendors did a great business.

David Johnston

AMGBA Meet 2006 Report & Photos

American MGB Association officers: Margie Springer, Bruce Magers and Frank Ochal The American MGB Association held its 28th annual Meet on September 30, 2006 at Rocks State Park just north of Baltimore, Maryland.

The event was held in conjunction with the 27th annual MGs on the Rocks. Cars started arriving very early despite threatening skies and a light drizzle. By later that morning the entire park area was filled. MGs represented the majority of the show cars but other marques such as Triumph, Jaguar and Riley also were in appearance.

The site of the event was scenic in a hilly, wooded area. Despite the continuous rain, participants enjoyed the food and the numerous vendors that were present The show included a special area for cars that had won in previous shows and cars the were for sale. A deejay provided lively music which added to the festivities.

There were rows and rows of MGs from early Bs through Limited Editions including Midgets. President Frank Ochal, Secretary Margie Springer and myself handled the AMGBA awards presentation.

It was great to meet many of our long time members in the mid-Atlantic area. I also had a chance to talk with Tom Bridges whom I first met in 1979 at the Ithaca AMGBA Meet.
Frank Ochal, Margie Springer and myself were kept busy all day signing up new members and providing other member services at the AMGBA table.

The AMGBA wishes to thank Richard Liddick and the MGs of Baltimore for hosting the event. Winners of the American MGB Association popular vote were as follows:

RUBBER BUMPER MGBs
1. ’75, red – Harry & Fay Walmer
2. ’79, black – Fritz & Adele Warner
3. ’77, yellow – K. Speakman

CHROME BUMPER MGBs
1. ’72, red – Jeff & Bert Shank
2. ’62, red – Brooks Amiot
3. ’72, dark blue – Dale Giatfelter

MGB – GTs
1. ’71, green – Lem Burnett
2. ’71, yellow – Bob Courtot
3. ’67, yellow – Elizabeth Edelen

MG MIDGET
1. ’79, red – Karl Kaminski
2. ’72, green – Lisa Aleen
3. ’74, orange – Krist Liebel

For information on next year’s event or on the American MGB Association, please contact the AMGBA , P. O. Box 11401, Chicago, IL 60611; phone: (773) 878-5055; email: meet@mgclub.org; web site: www.mgclub.org.

Bruce Magers

1st place rubber-bumpered B at AMGBA Meet 2006 1st place Midget at AMGBA Meet 2006 1st place B-GT of Lem Burnett at AMGBA Meet 2006 1st place chrome-bumpered B roadster of Jeff & Bert Shank

American MGB Association Meet 2006

29th Annual AMGBA MEET 2006 at Rocks State Park, Maryland for all MGs on September 30, 2006, in conjunction with the 27th Annual MGs on the Rocks sponsored by the MGs of Baltimore Contact: the American MGB Association at 773-878-5055 or AMGBA, P. O. Box 11401, Chicago, IL 60611; FAX: (773) 769-3240, email: meet@mgclub.org , www.mgclub.org or in Maryland, Mike Lutz at 410-592-8610, www.mgsofbaltimore.com, mgtlutz@verizon.net. 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.