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MG Gazette - North American MGA Register
Keystone Region MG Club
On the web at: Keystonemg.com
MG Gazette
Newsletter, Volume 22, Issue 11, November 2013
Collier Brothers, Sam and Miles with their MGTC’s at Watkins Glen, 1948
- 60th Anniversary celebration at Watkins Glen - September 2014
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The Steering Column – President Dick Horn
Cheers All!
Well the club's nominations and voting for officers is this coming meeting (Nov. 19th) at
the Blue Monkey Restaurant in Catasauqua so if you have someone in mind that you
would like to see get elected for office this is your chance. At present the current officers
have been nominated and also Bob Pilat has been nominated to run for vice president.
As some of you know I've had my MGA coupe for sale for some time and now I have to
report that it's been sold.
If you've ever sold a certain car it can be a relief/sorrow
feeling that you may feel and I guess that's what I'm going through, if you want to hear
the story catch me alone sometime.
Some of the club members got together for
breakfast a few weeks back at J&R's
Smokehouse in Wind Gap, we had eleven
people show and all had a great time. We
only had two MG's but .... who's counting!
Nothing much more to report til the
meeting, oops, I forgot to mention, my
article that was printed in our newsletter
has been published in the latest
NAMGAR "MGA!" November/December issue by our newsletter editor Greg Prehodka.
Thank you Greg.
Cheers! (Again?)
Dick
AFFLICTION!
– Learning to Live with a Life-Long Car Disorder
For those of you who get NAMGAR’s MGA! Magazine, check out pages 26-27 of the
November/December issue, where there is a feature article on our own club president
Dick Horn, about his life with MGs and other sports Cars. Dick will be available for
autograph signing at our November club meeting !
March Meeting, Tuesday November 19th
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At the “Blue Monkey”,
1092-1094 Howertown Road, North Catasauqua, Pa
(about 1-1/2 mile N.W of the Allentown airport)
ttp://www.bluemonkeysports.com/ 610-266-1550
Located minutes north of the Lehigh Valley Mall in North Catasauqua, Pa., the Blue Monkey offers patrons
a unique experience that blends a contemporary atmosphere and relaxed menu with over 200 different
beers. Check out our 15 flavors of wings and see why our wings were voted #1 in the Lehigh Valley!
NOTE: Meeting in Room Upstairs
PLEASE Wear Your Namebadges - Thanks
Meeting Agenda – November 19th
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Early arrival – order off menu
Green Table – bring in your stuff
Food Drive – collect food for Food Bank
 Meeting Starts 7:00
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Old Business and Recent Activities
New Business
o Election of Officers
o Dues
o Holiday Parties (December / January)
Keystone Region MG Club
Meeting Minutes, October 15, 2013
President Dick Horn opened the first meeting of the fall/winter season at The Widow’s
Tavern and Grille in Stockerton. We will alternate meeting places between The Widow’s
and the Blue Monkey in Catasauqua through the winter.
Treasurer Bill Page reported the club roster at 65 members, with an account balance of
$8,682. Most importantly, Bill announced he would be INVOICING the memberships in
December for dues renewals in the hopes of getting dues money in earlier, and also so
to make sure members updated their contact and car information.
Members reported on the following recent events:
— The British Car Club of the Lehigh Valley’s Autumn Leaf show at Moravian Academy
was well-attended, and Marybeth Chamberlain reported they had “the best weather
ever.”
— Bill Miers reported a great turnout for the annual fall Wine Run, with 20 people turning
out in 10 cars. “The weather was great, the roads were good, and no one got lost … as
least on the way there.”
— Dick Horn and Bill Page reported on their trip to the AACA Fall Meet in Hershey,
which was cursed with about nine inches of rain over the weekend. Dick and Bill said it
was a “good experience” nonetheless, although apparently Bill’s camper did spring some
leaks…
Dick reminded club members of some upcoming events:
— Brits at the Village show in Lahaska, Pa., on Oct. 19, hosted by the Philadelphia MG
Club.
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— Next club meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Blue Monkey in Catasauqua.
— The annual Holiday Cheer get-together with the BCCLV on Friday, Dec. 13 at K&T
Vintage Sports Cars in Allentown.
— The annual Holiday Banquet with the BCCLV on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the BarnHouse
Village in Bath.
Art Edinger announced that our old meeting place, Gregory’s Steakhouse in Allentown,
is undergoing extensive renovations after last December’s fire, and expects to reopen in
the middle of summer 2014. Dick said the club can consider meeting there again next fall
if they continue to offer a meeting room at no charge.
Charles de Bourbon will soon begin preparing his annual “Year in Review” video, and
asked anyone with photos from this year’s club events to please send them along, with
his regrets that he and Kim have been unable to attend as many club outings as they
would have liked.
Marty Chamberlain said he sent club T-shirts to the two couples who joined the club (and
boosted our points total) at the British Marque Car Club News Triathlon up in
Massachusetts in August.
Kim de Bourbon reminded everyone that the club’s library of reference books and other
material is hosted by Ken & Cindy Beck at K&T Vintage Sports Cars. A fairly up-to-date
inventory of books, manuals and videos is on the website at
www.keystonemg.com/library.html.
Mike Jones mentioned that he still has some club patches available for those who
volunteered at the 20th Anniversary Hellertown show. See him.
Our guest speaker at the meeting was Geoffrey Isabelle of Classic Motoring LLC, who
brokers, consults, appraises and researches classic car sales for
clients.(www.classicmotoringllc.com)
Thanksgiving Food Drive For
Nazareth Area Food Bank
Also to let you know in advance, at our November 19th meeting at
the Blue Monkey Sports Bar, we will be collecting non-perishable
food items for the Nazareth Area Food Bank, to help make
Thanksgiving a bit better for those less fortunate in our area. So
when you get a chance, - start collecting some food items
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“Green Table”
A way to share with your MG buddies. Bring in to the meeting your unwanted “anything”
that you are willing to give away for “Free”. Definitely “Car Stuff”, but anything else
too! Put it on the “Green Table” for folks to take from. Plus if you see anything on the
Green Table you’d like, please take it! Going “British Green”!
Members Helping Club Members
What a great facility we have in our Club. I sent out a call for help, yesterday afternoon,
to find 3 slightly unusual bolts that failed on my `74 MG B, rendering it immobile at a
garage that does inspections for my cars. If I had had to wait for the bolts to come from
California, I might have had storage charges to pay. But, seven of you tried to help me
so I was able to deliver the bolts to the garage at noon today so they could get the B
running again.
The supplier that had what I needed was Associated Fasteners located at 6854
Chrisphat Street, off of rt. 512 just south of Bath ,PA. So thanks to you all and especially
to Thomas Kobrick who suggested Associated.
Bill Miers, MGB
SEE THE MG3 ADVERT BEFORE THE PUBLIC
MG3 ADVERT DEBUTS ON TV
The MG3 advert will make its debut on national television on Friday 1st November
2013. However, because we value our MG friends and family so much, we would like
to give you the privilege to watch it before the general public. Here you go - enjoy
http://youtu.be/8lzhpAcyAOU!
Opinions on New MG3
Saw the video----No styling what so ever. Looks like just another foreign
import. No thanks. Where is the MG STYLE !?!!
Art Edinger
Art, I understand your comments. The new MG3 sort of reminds me of a warmed
over Mini Cooper. But at least it is keeping the MG name - and MG hopes alive in England (not here). Otherwise in the US - and we're seeing this
- MG interest and support is slowly dying, as (most of) our kids (and grand
kids) aren't really interested in our MGs. MG is becoming the car of the
AARP generation! Where will all our MGs end up some day? How many young
drivers here even "know what an MG car is", never mind wanting to have one?
The fact that the MG "badge" is still alive anywhere, is a small miracle!
I would have expected it to have gone the way of Packard, Singer,
Rambler, Triumph, Siata, Sunbeam, Turner, yada, yada. It almost did! British
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Leyland screwed themselves - and MG enthusiasts - years ago! (a sad story)
The Corvette club doesn't have our problems!
Greg Prehodka
Nomination and Election of Club Officers
A reminder that as per our club's by-laws, nomination of club officers is
open from October to the November meeting. Then elections will be held at
the November meeting. At our October meeting all current officers were
re-nominated for 2014 terms of office, but anyone else may still nominate
someone else up until we vote on them at our November meeting.
Dues for 2014
Another note as per club by-laws, "The dues for the club shall be reviewed
annually by the board of directors and voted upon by the membership at the
November meeting"
2013 “Before We Put ‘em Away Run”
Please join us for one last quick run before the snow flies...
This Run was founded by Robert Franz of the Bentley Drivers Group, and the DVRCCCA and is traditionally held on the last Sunday before Thanksgiving. Now open to all
antique, classic and sports cars, we will make what could be the last run of the season.
At 9AM on Sunday November 24, 2013, plan to meet at
Ragtops & Roadsters 203 South Fourth St. Perkasie, PA for coffee, scones and a shop
tour, then we hit the road around 10 AM. We will navigate the rural country roads of
Bucks and Montgomery County and take the long way to Pottstown.
We plan to arrive at our sister shop,
Pollock Auto Restoration 70
S F ranklin St. Pottstown just
before noon. Lunch will be
waiting for us and we can
join the already in progress,
Fall Open House.
Yes… That’s a fall drive
and two shop tours all in
one day!
Please RSPV to Dave at
215 257 1202 or
[email protected]
Watch the New Chervolet Corvette being built on U-Tube
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http://youtu.be/CTe2wnfsALo
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MG Winter Hibernation
By Greg Prehodka
Here are some of my suggestions for storing your MG (or classic car) for winter. Or on
the flip side, you can do what I do – drive your MG year round (but not necessarily
every day)! Advice on winter storage may vary, but you’ll get the idea. Not only will this
help to better preserve your car over the winter, but you will be ready to go come next
spring! These are guidelines for winter storage. Long-term storage is somewhat
different.
1. If you car needs any “Major Work” arrange for it NOW to get it done over the
winter. Do you need new tires yet? Engine rebuild? Brake job? Fact of life – any
major work usually ends up taking a lot LONGER than you figured! Trust me – I
know from experience!
2. Perform any routine maintenance on the car:
a. Change oil and filter
b. Clean the car inside and outside thoroughly
c. Check all fluids, top up as needed
d. Check all lights in working order
e. Check all belts and hoses
f. Check anti-freeze protection of cooling system (cheap antifreeze checkers
available in most automotive stores)
3. Gasoline/Gas Tank. Several options here. (fuel tank full or empty!)
a. Add a fuel stabilizer and fill the tank to the top if you have an ethanol
blended gas in it (read the sign at the gas pump). Ethanol will slowly
separate and combine with water in time.
b. OR - fill the tank with “non-ethanol added“ gasoline (preferred), and add a
fuel stabilizer. (Ike’s Airport Garage, 3220 Airport Road, Allentown, Pa.,
610-867-8921, Sonoco Gas)
c. OR – totally empty your fuel tank and fuel system.
4. Battery. A discharged battery in freezing temperatures can CRACK!
a. Disconnect the ground strap on the battery and clean it.
b. Clean the top of the battery (a dirty battery top can cause self-discharge via
the conductivity of the dirt when damp!)
c. Attach a “battery maintainer” charger to it - or put a battery charger on it
every few weeks.
d. If battery hold down is corroded, fix/repair as needed.
e. On 1977 and newer MGB’s, which have an electric clock, disconnect it by
removing its fuse from the fuse block to prevent it from draining the battery.
5. Before you park it, take it for a good drive that will bring the engine and exhaust
up to full operating temperature. A half hour drive is good. Do several HARD
stops from speed (say 50mph) in a row. This will heat up the brake components
to evaporate any moisture at the brakes. Shut off procedure: Bring the engine’s
revs up high, kill the ignition, and give it full throttle. This will help purge burnt
gases (and moisture) from the engine and exhaust.
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6. After engine is cooled down, generously spray plenty of a light oil (WD-40 or
CRC-56) on engine parts and around the engine compartment on items which
might corrode.
7. Tires. Increase tire pressures to around five pounds of pressure over maximum
recommended tire pressure. (usually to around 40psi) This to help prevent “flat
spotting” over the winter. Remember to re-set pressures come springtime. Tires
over 10 years old are UNSAFE! Bite the bullet and buy new ones. Optionally,
you can put the car up on stands or blocks. If you do this put the stands under the
suspension – not under the chassis. Keep the suspension under load.
8. Mice! They can cause more damage than you realize! They will burrow into seats,
insulation, carpeting, and wire insulation!! Close off ALL their access points into
the car! If you might possibly have a problem with mice where you store the car,
also put clothes dryer “Fabric Softener Sheets” in the passenger compartment,
engine compartment, trunk, and stuff some into the end of the exhaust pipe (or
duct tape it over). (I had mice living in my exhaust system one winter! When I
started the engine up in the spring, mice came blowing out the exhaust pipe!) For
those with T Type MGs, apply termite treatment to the body tub wood frame (just
kidding)!
9. Store the MG with the hood (TOP) erected up, windows and vents closed. The
top can develop nasty creases if left folded over the winter. Be sure the
handbrake is OFF!
10. Insure the trunk is DRY! Check. Sometimes rain can leak into it, and settle on
the bottom. If left damp, it can rust through!
11. Dust cover of some type is up to you. Never use plastic which can seal moisture
in.
12. Now order any parts you might need for next spring, so you’ll be ready.
13. DO NOT start the engine “occasionally” over the winter unless you are taking it for
a decent drive! Brief start/stop of the engine is about the worse thing you can do
to your car! It will create moisture condensation and internal corrosion!!
14. One last item: Insurance. Insurance is a must – even on a stored MG. Have a
theft, damage, vandalism, fire, etc. policy on your MG. BAD STUFF does
happen! Be sure you MG is covered!
Fun In
The
SNOW
With
Your
MG !!
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MG 2014 – North American MGB Register
By Kim de Bourbon
MG 2014, the annual gathering of the North American MGB Register, will be held
June 15-18 in southern Indiana, in a little town named French Lick that is known for two
things: Hometown of Boston Celtics superstar Larry Bird, and for two huge gilded-age
resorts that sprang from the “miracle waters” of the area’s natural mineral springs.
Charles and I visited there recently when we attended the NAMGBR Annual General
Meeting — each fall the AGM is held at the location of the next year’s convention, giving
everyone attending a sneak peak at the venue and environs. Two grand and huge old
hotels make up the French Lick Resort property where the event will be held. The
properties recently received a $580 million renovation to bring them up to modern
standards, although much of the charm of the early 20th century hotels remains.
The car show and related events (tech sessions and banquet) will be held at French
Lick Springs Hotel, which has 443 rooms and dates back to 1901. This is the official host
hotel, and features palatial details and an ornate gilded lobby. The French Lick has a 24hour casino and convention center attached, as well as a spa and fitness center, pool
complex, both casual and formal restaurants, and shops. The second hotel is the West
Baden Springs Hotel, an architectural wonder built in 1902 that features rooms circling a
200-foot domed atrium. Certainly worth a visit even if you don’t intend to stay there. It’s
quite spectacular. There’s free shuttle service between the two hotels and to the three
championship-level golf courses on the properties: two 18-hole and one 9-hole.
These grand old resorts are located in two very tiny rural towns featuring just a
smattering of small stores, bars and restaurants. French Lick (population 1,800) has a
very southern feel — after all, it is only an hour northwest of Louisville, Ky. — and there
are lovely rural roads in the rolling hills all around it, as well as the Hoosier National
Forest.
Anyway, if anyone in the club is interested in making the trip to French Lick next
summer with Charles and me, get in touch. It’s an 11-hour drive (nonstop) from
Allentown on the interstates. Although we drove it in one day in the Subaru, if there is
club interest in a caravan, we would consider a more indirect route and take two days
down. And, if you ARE planning to attend, go to mg-2014.com and get your room
reservations in NOW. Rooms are booking quickly at the French Lick Springs (host hotel,
where the action is.) Rooms are $135/night at French Lick Springs, and $189/night at
the exotic West Baden Springs Hotel. Alternatively, there is one modern franchise hotel
(a Comfort Suites) nearby, and it is about $111/night, plus a handful of local motels and
B&Bs.
Did you know that the
words "race car"
spelled backward still
spell "race car?"
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HILTON HEAD ISLAND CONCOURS d’ELEGANCE
Mike Jones
The Hilton Head Island Motoring
Festival and Concours d’Elegance
was held from October 25th through
November 3rd. Ken and Cindy Beck
and Myra and I attended. Ken has
been graciously transporting my
1950 MG TD to various concours
events since its restoration in 2008.
This year we attended the above
mentioned concours. At 825 miles,
it was the most distant. I made
application to show the MG in
February or March of this year. I
received an acceptance notice in
July. I began the clean-up work on my car in the middle of October. After a week of
cleaning, the car was ready for its trip.. We loaded up Ken’s enclosed car trailer on
October 30th and left for Hilton Head the next morning. We stayed away from I 95 as
much as we could until we got to South Carolina. We arrived in Hilton Head on the
afternoon of November 1. The next day we found the transporter parking site, left the
trailer there, and went on to the car show.
Saturday featured all kinds of cars arranged by car club. British, Corvette, Porsche,
Muscle, and many other clubs displayed cars. The featured marque of the week was
Porsche. There was a large corporate presence as well. BMW, Jaguar, Lexus, Lotus,
Porsche, and Tesla all had car displays. Most of these dealers offered test drives. Ken
drove the new Jaguar F Type.
The venue for this 12th annual show was new this year. They moved the show to the
historic Port Royal Plantation Golf Club. Showing cars on an old and beautiful golf
course adds a touch of elegance to the proceedings. It seems the entire community of
Hilton Head gets behind this “Motoring Festival and Concours”. Live music included the
Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, a lively jazz band, and a very good high school swing
band. Everything was well managed and they had a very willing and capable staff of
volunteers.
Sunday, November 3rd, was the Concours d’Elegance. Ken and I drove the TD onto
the show field at about 8:15 a.m. That gave me about 45 minutes to finish any last
minute touch-up work. Not much was necessary. A quick dust off and some time to
brush the grass off of the tire treads, was all I needed. I looked around at the
competition in the MG class and came to realize that I would probably not get Best in
Class. At about 9:45 my car was judged. Two judges gave the car a thorough
examination. As usual they checked that the car ran. This time, however, they checked
all lights and flashers, the instruments and the horn. Everything had to work or you
would lose points. I was so glad that we got the turn signals working before this show.
After the car was judged, Myra and I went to look at the other show car classes. When
we returned we saw that our car received a Palmetto Award. The Best of Class award
went to a very rare 1933 L1 police model MG (one of two in the world). The other
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Palmetto Award went to a freshly
restored 1933 MG J2. Myra and I
were very happy to drive through
the winners circle and share the
spotlight with these rare and finely
restored MG’s.
Our growing
collection of awards attests to
Ken’s fine restoration work at K &
T Vintage Sports Cars!
Ken – left Mike - right
Kjell Qvale passes at 94
Kjell Qvale, an auto retailer who helped pioneer
the importation of European auto brands to the
United States after World War II and also
played a key role in motorsports, died Saturday
at the age of 94.
Qvale started out by importing imported British
sports cars to his network of California car
dealerships, and went on to purchase the
Jensen brand. Developing an interest in
motorsports, Qvale produced cars for the Indianapolis 500, along with his namesake
sports car, the Qvale Mangusta. He established San Francisco's International Auto
Show, was one of the founders of the venerable Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in
Monterey, Calif., in 1950, and is credited with the vision that contributed to the creation of
the tricky “Corkscrew” turn at the Laguna Seca Raceway.
The first foray into the automotive field for "Mr. Q" was a Willy's Jeep franchise he
purchased in Alameda, Calif. in 1947. Later, during a meeting with the James motorcycle
importer in New Orleans, Qvale got a glimpse of one of the first postwar MG-TC
Roadsters. The next year, Qvale became the MG distributor for the West Coast, calling
his San Francisco based company, British Motor Car Distributors, Ltd. In 1953 Qvale,
along with partner Reynold C. Johnson, gave his first order to Volkswagen Germany for
12 VW Beetles to sell in Northern California. Along with his brother Knute, Kjell started
Riviera Motors as the sole Volkswagen importer for the Pacific Northwest in 1954, which
eventually grew to over 2,500 Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi vehicle sales per month.
At one point he was the distributor for more than 100 dealerships, selling 10 different
brands of German and British cars.
Qvale's interest in manufacturing led to his involvement in a series of BMC-powered MG
racecars, including the “MG Liquid Suspension Special” that ran in the Indianapolis 500
in 1963-'65 (RIGHT), with famed fabricator and designer Joe Huffaker. Qvale/Huffaker
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produced over 40 Genie and Formula Junior
race cars together and many years later
campaigned a factory SCCA Trans-Am
winning Mangusta.
In 1970, Qvale bought the Jensen factory in
West Bromwich, England, and with Donald
Healey, built the fast and sleek Jensen
Healey. The Jensen factory produced more
than 12,000 Jensen Interceptors and Jensen
Healey sports cars from 1970-76. The
roadster also became one of the few cars in
Sports Car Club of America history to capture
five SCCA national “D” production
championships.
“My father's passing leaves us with big shoes to fill,” said one of his sons, Bruce Qvale.
“His determination to succeed and passion for the car business has inspired me ever
since I was a young boy and our whole family has shared a love of the business as a
result of his enthusiasm. We will do our best to carry on the legacy Dad created.”
Cruise to Blair Vineyards - Kutztown
“On a leap of faith in our weather system
forecasts and despite some heavy rain late
Friday afternoon we decided on a GO far
Saturday. Ten cars gathered at the
Schnecksville Diner on October 12th for an
11:15 am departure. We enjoyed a beautiful
brisk Fall day as we cruised through the
country side colored with autumn foliage. We
exercised our cars transmissions and engines
as we adjusted for changing elevations and
twists and turns as we approached Blair
Vineyards.
The steep drive to the tasting house passes
through vineyards on both sides. The
20 of us gathered at tall tables on the
covered patio and enjoyed a tasting
of three whites and reds along with
our picnics. We also enjoyed meeting
new members and a couple from
Bloomsburg, driving a handsome
BRG Austin Healey, who used to live
in Allentown.”
Bill and Gini Miers
Tom Brobst photos
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MG Car Club’s On-Line Store in the UK
Lots of MG goodies here: www.kimberstores.co
ACAA
Eastern
Regional
Fall
Meet at
Hershey
R. Horn
Grandma Still Drives
Grandma is 88 years old and still drives her own car. She writes:
Dear Grand-daughter,
The other day I went up to our local Christian book store and saw a 'Honk if you love
Jesus' bumper sticker .. I bought the sticker and put it on my bumper. Boy, am I glad I
did; what an uplifting experience that followed. I was stopped at a red light at a busy
intersection, just lost in thought about the Lord and how good He is, and I didn't notice
that the light had changed. It is a good thing someone else loves Jesus because if he
hadn't honked, I'd never have noticed. I found that lots of people love Jesus!
While I was sitting there, the guy behind started honking like crazy, and then he
leaned out of his window and screamed, 'For the love of God!' 'Go! Go! Go! Jesus
Christ, GO!' (What an exuberant cheerleader he was for Jesus!) Everyone started
honking! I just leaned out my window and started waving and smiling at all those
loving people. I even honked my horn a few times to share in the love!
There must have been a man from Florida back there because I heard him yelling
something about a 'sunny beach'. I saw another guy waving in a funny way with only
his middle finger stuck up in the air. I asked my young teenage grandson in the back
seat what that meant. He said it was probably a Hawaiian good luck sign or
something. Well, I have never met anyone from Hawaii , so I leaned out the window
and gave him the good luck sign right back. My grandson burst out laughing. (he was
enjoying this religious experience!! )
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A couple of the people were so caught up in the joy of the moment that they got out
of their cars and started walking towards me. I bet they wanted to pray or ask what
church I attended, but this is when I noticed the light had hanged.
So, grinning, I waved at all my brothers and sisters, and drove on through the
intersection. I noticed that I was the only car that got through the intersection before
the light changed again and felt kind of sad that I had to leave them after all the love
we had shared. So I slowed the car down, leaned out the window and gave them all
the Hawaiian good luck sign one last time as I drove away. Praise the Lord for such
wonderful folks!!
Will write again soon, Love, Grandma
Visit to Pennsylvania College of Technology
On November 8th a group of nine members of the British Car Club of the Leigh Valley
went to the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pa. for a tour of their
facilities which support the college’s automotive restoration program. They offer the
only college-level vintage vehicle restoration program of study on the East Coast.
Students in the Automotive Restoration Technology program (they also have other
automotive programs) learn specialized restoration skills in the repair and maintenance
of these rare vehicles, with a curriculum that emphasizes research, structural, mechanical,
electrical, and refinishing skills utilizing the latest methods and technology. Fine
attention to detail, quality craftsmanship and professionalism and trademarks of this
industry are strongly reinforced in the coursework for this degree. These students will
become our future car restorers!
The BCCLV club sponsors a $500/year scholarship to an area student taking the
restoration program. (Greg Prehodka)
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Police Work Can Be Entertaining As Well as Dangerous.
Recently, a female police officer arrested Patrick Lawrence, 22 year old white male,
fornicating with a pumpkin in the middle of the night. The next day, at the Gwinnett
County (GA) courthouse, Lawrence was charged with lewd and lascivious behaviour,
public indecency and public intoxication.
The suspect explained that as he was passing a pumpkin patch on his way home from
a drinking session when he decided to stop, 'You know how a pumpkin is soft and
squishy inside, and there was no one around for miles or at least I
thought there wasn't anyone around' he stated.
Lawrence went on to say that he pulled over to the side of the road, picked out a
pumpkin that he felt was appropriate to his purpose, cut a hole in it, and proceeded to
satisfy his pressing need. 'Guess I was really into it, you know?' he commented with
evident embarrassment. In the process of doing the deed, Lawrence failed to notice an
approaching police car and was unaware of his audience until Officer Brenda Taylor
approached the side of his car.
'It was an unusual situation, that's for sure,' said Officer Taylor. 'I walked up to
Lawrence and he's just banging away at this pumpkin.'
Officer Taylor went on to describe what happened when she approached Lawrence . I
said: 'Excuse me sir, but do you realize that you're having sex with a pumpkin??'
He froze and was clearly very surprised that I was there, and then he looked me
straight in the face and said: 'A pumpkin? Shit ... is it midnight already?'
The court (and the judge) could not contain their mirth. The Washington Post wrote an
article describing this as ‘Best come-back line ever.'
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VSCCA Fall Finale – Lime Rock Park
The Vintage Sports Car Club “Fall Finale”
vintage car races at Lime Rock Park
October 11-12 was a wonderful event that
brought their racing season to a close, as it
brought back many memories for me. Yes,
I like the mega race events put on by clubs
with hundreds of vintage race cars (like
Watkins Glen), but it was refreshing to have a
low key club race event without the crowds of
cars, spectators, vendors, etc! It very much
reminded me of my early racing days with the
VSCCA in the 70's and 80's with my MGTD especially at LRP. Plenty of turf for everyone
and a much friendlier atmosphere, sans
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the expansive tractor-trailer rigs. Plenty of track time too! Great respect of driver for
each other on the track! And they had an “ALL MG” feature race too! Plus perfect
weather complimented the event, as fall colors were blooming around us! There was
lots of friendly dicing on the track, and we had a wonderful dinner Friday evening at a
nearby historic resort inn. Greg Prehodka
OFFICERS &
Positions
President, Dick Horn
[email protected]
610-253-4575
V. President, Art Edinger
[email protected]
610-760-8883
Treasurer, Bill Page
[email protected]
610-866-8626
Secretary
Kim deBourbon
[email protected]
570-4246259
Alternate Secretary
Sunny Sonnenrein
[email protected]
610-346-9624
Newsletter,
Greg Prehodka
[email protected]
862-686-5273
Technical, Ken Beck
[email protected]
610-865-3329
Regalia, Bob Pilat
[email protected]
610-262-2646
Keystone Region MG Club –
Founded 1977
The Keystone region MG Club, Inc.
is a club affiliated with both the
North American MGA Register and
the North American MGB Register.
The club meets on the third
Tuesday of most months. New
members and guests are always
welcome. Clbu information is
available online at
www.keystonemg.com. The club is
incorporated under the laws of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Keystone MG Club – On the Web
-
Upcoming Events
Regalis
Club History
Club Info
Classified ads
- British Car Event Cendar
- Links to other sources
- Newsletteers
- Club Library
- And MORE!
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K&T Vintage Sports Cars, Inc.
Restoration & Repair of Vintage Automobiles
1511 East Woodlan Street, Allentown, Pa 18109
Tel: 484-664-2353, Fax: 484-664-2354,
[email protected] / www.ktvintagecars.com
Kenneth P. Beck, Owner
Engine – Body – Brakes – Wheels – Tune-up
Upholstery – Glass – and more
November 2012 – November 2013
How time fly’s! I took over our club’s newsletter just a year ago. The newsletter
has been fun and challenging, as I slowly got my editor’s act to gether. And getting
a new Apple computer in January helped significantly. Many thanks to Kim De
Bourbon for helping me with the newsletter, as I came up to speed. The
newsletter has been a great way to share in our love of things MG and automotive,
and a way for me to share my car enthusiasm and experience with you. It is hard
to believe that I’ve had MGs for 47 years now! A big THANK YOU to all of you for
your support and contributions to the newsletter this past year! Rember this is
YOUR newsletter! An editor’s best problem is having “too much material”, but
that has yet to happen! So, keep sending me your stuff for the newsletter – thank
you. Every member should contribute sometime! I look forward to more MG
fun in 2014, and sharing our experiences and information with each other through
the newsletter, as well as encouraging folks to step forward to help with the club
and participate in events together. It has been a pleasure to be part of the
Keystone Region MG Club! Lets enjoy our MGs and each other while we still
can! Get your kids into MGs! Life is too short!
Cheers
Greg Prehodka
Editor, MG Gazette
(With Stiling Moss 1982)
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Will
Inherit
Our
Vintage
Steeds
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