British Marque Articles - 2008
March 9, 2008 Meeting Wrap-Up
by Steve Dellinger
President Andy Schneggenburger convened the March membership meeting at the Elephant and Castle Pub and Restaurant in New Cumberland, with thirty-plus members in attendance. We always can manage to find an Irish pub for our March meeting! The weather wasn’t too cold, so several MGs ventured out, as well as a couple of new MINIs. It was reported that three new members had joined in the past month. Most of the meeting was spent discussing the event schedule for the year. Next month’s club event will be Andy’s “Mystery Tour” which is scheduled for April 13 th (see article below). The Williamsburg, VA car show is scheduled for the weekend of April 19-20. Len Piction’s Rally School is also scheduled for the 20 th.
Charley Demmy, who is a member of both LANCO and the Susquehanna Valley Vintage Sports Car Club, brought the club up to date on SVVSCC’s Hershey Vintage Hillclimb, which is scheduled for the weekend of May 3-4. The club will be attending on Saturday (look for the LANCO canopy). The 20 th Annual “Get the Dust Off Rallye” is scheduled for the following day (May 4 th). May 16-18 is Import Show in Carlisle - Gloria will be manning the yellow LANCO MG tent in Space A-52 in the swap meet area.
Several rooms are still available in the block of rooms reserved for the MG 2008 Event in King of Prussia in June (contact Jim Harbold if you need one). Arrangements are also being made to “caravan” down for one day during the event.
Andy reported that a pavilion has been reserved for the Picnic in August. It was also reported that A few “volunteers” are need for the Taste of Britain Show on August 24 th. Mary Lynne Naples reported that a total of nine cars have signed up so far for the Leesburg, Virginia trip on October 3 rd through 5 th.. Anyone needing a room should contact Mary Lynne or Tom.
??? Lanco MG Club Mystery Tour, PA – April 13, 2008
by Andy Schneggenburger
This year’s mystery tour will be Sunday April 13 th. We have two meeting places York and Lancaster. The York group will meet at the corner of North Hills and Route 30 at 11:45 AM. We will leave at 12:00 PM and travel to Lancaster. The Lancaster group will meet in the Brimmer’s Notary parking lot on the Harrisburg Pike (next to the Post Office and across from Long’s Park) between 12:15 PM and 12:30 PM. When the two groups meet we will divide into traveling groups of 4 – 5 cars and follow the instructions provided to our destination. Tour participants can decide on where to stop and eat following our activity. Hope to see you there.
20 th Annual “Get the Dust Off Rallye”
by Steve Dellinger
For all you LANCO “Rally Hounds” - the MGs of Baltimore will be conducting the 20 th running of the Get The Dust Off Rallye on Sunday, May 46 th. This will be a Time-Speed-Distance Monte Carlo style rally of approximately 60 miles (two hours long). The rally will start at the Hereford “Park and Ride” lot on MD Route 137, off of I-83 Exit 27 in Hereford, MD. The rally will finish at Cherry’s Inn on Middletown Road, near the PA line. Contact Rallymaster Michael Egliskis at (410) 357-4993 or via email at MGBABYBEAR@aol.com for additional rally information. Copies of the registration form can be downloaded from the LANCO MG website or from the MGs of Baltimore website at http://www.mgsofbaltimore.com.
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??? Lanco MG Club Mystery Tour – April 13, 2008
by Sally Harbold and Steve Dellinger
Photos by Steve Dellinger (Click here to see pictures)
Lanco MG Club kicked off the Spring driving season with a Mystery Tour on a sunny – but chilly - Sunday, April 13! The York group met up with folks from Lancaster. Those present were Gloria/Larry Ciarrocca, Kay/Andy Myers, Chuck Stiefvater, Carol/ Dennis Blevins, Shawn Miller and his daughter, Brooks Thompson, Al Little, Laura/Scott Walter, Andy Scheggenburger, Mary Lynne/Tom Naples, Eileen/Charlie Baldwin, Sally/Jim Harbold, Sue/Bruce Hurley, Sue/Norm Wright and Steve Dellinger. There were a total of 15 cars – including two Healeys and 13 assorted MGs.
After a 45-minute drive through Lancaster County we all ended up at the Seiverling Antique Car and Pedal Car Museum in Ephrata. Members were surprised to find themselves surrounded by 162 restored pedal cars – in tip top shape, along with three full-size antiques – a 1932 Chrysler Series CP Cabriolet, a 1930 Graham Special 8 Sedan and a 1967 Ford T-5 (German export Mustang) Fastback.
The museum and collection was started in 1991 was by the late Richard P. Seiverling. [Visit the museum’s website http://museum.seiverlingonline.com/ for more information.]
Mr. Seiverling’s nephew Darren now maintains the museum and gave an informative talk about his late uncle’s passion. Some members even related details about pedaling their own cars in younger days – saying they were hard to drive
After the tour some members went to various restaurants for more lively conversation. The group that ended up at the Silk City Diner had a great meal and actually left without incident – a somewhat unusual event for this group! A few “thirstier” souls ended up at Stoudt’s Black Angus Pub in Adamstown – for a few “cold ones!” Look out Valley Forge!
REMINDER: May 25 - 31 is “British Car Week” Drive your British Car to work this week – or take the week off and drive somewhere else!!
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Got The Dust Off!
By Dennis Blevins
LANCO’s May event was the MG’s of Baltimore twentieth annual “Get the Dust Off” rally held on May 4. As has been the case for the past several years, the event was co-sponsored by the Washington DC Region of the Sports Car Club of America and was included in the Mid-Atlantic Region Rally Championship Series. Competitor classes were open to our “historic” sports cars (Vintage – pre-1960, Historic 1 – 1960’s, and Historic 2 – 1970’s through 1983) as well as the standard SCCA competition classes. Rallymaster Michael Egliskis organized a Monte Carlo-style run with seventeen manned checkpoints. The route began at the Interstate 83 Park-and-Ride at Mount Carmel Road in Harford County, Maryland and covered approximately sixty miles of great-driving roads through that county and southern York County, Pennsylvania, eventually ending at Ello’s Inn on Middletown Road – just shy of the Mason-Dixon border. SCCA-WDC’s Chris Bean promised, and delivered, quick scoring results for the twenty-two competing teams.
MGOB’s April rally school, presented by Len Picton, proved beneficial to those attendees – after top-two honors went to national SCCA teams, Cathie and Joe MacInnes finished 3 rd overall, LANCO’s Lenny Casper and Nancy Parr came in fifth overall, first in the Historic 1 class, and Sergio Zarbin and Tom Psoras, Charlie and Debbie Miller, Dale and Claudia Glatfelter, and Glen Abott and his daughter swept second through fourth places in the Historic 2 class. Alan and Carol Tucker took the top prize in that class in their MGB/GT. Eric Salminen and navigator Kevin Agnew posted a notoriously off day, taking “dead last, but finished” honors.
Aside from those mentioned as competitors above, LANCO members Andy Schneggenburger, Bruce Bubeck, Dennis Blevins and Bonnie McGeggie volunteered their day to man checkpoints. Their assistance was greatly appreciated by the MGOB organizers. Coming up on July 20 th will be the “Mason-Dixon Trials” event.
Next Rally Hound Event – Mason-Dixon Trials/Benefit Event
By Len Picton (MG’s of Baltimore)
This year's Mason-Dixon Trials will be held on July 20 th and will finish at Fiore Winery in Harford County, where there will be a wine tasting accompanied by live music. This year's event will be held to benefit the fight against ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). All profits from this event will go to this charity. The winery is already kicking in reduced rates for the day, the Mason-Dixon wine glasses everyone will receive and the special Mason-Dixon wine which will be the trophies for the event. The SCCA National Office has waived the $5 Weekend Membership Fee for the event. It remains only for us to make the event profitable. Here's how we do that:
1. Set aside Sunday, July 20th to either run or work the event. Checkpoint workers will get in to the tasting to enjoy the live music for free.
2. Encourage others you know to enter.
3. Assist in the distribution of flyers when they become available.
4. Make a small contribution to the event. A five dollar contribution will buy two of the wine glasses to be given out to the competitors. That will mean that event profit will increase by $5 for every such contribution.
5. Make a $10 contribution to buy one of the bottles of wine that will be given as trophies. This will increase event profits by $10.
6. Remember that all profits from the event will go to fight ALS
7. We will release more information as it becomes available. Flyers will be out soon.
Please come and join the fight.
Another Successful Hershey Vintage Hillclimb and Motor Show
By Steve Dellinger (Photos from Charlie Baldwin and Steve Dellinger)
The weather cooperated again this year for the Hershey Vintage Hillclimb and Motor Show during the weekend of May 3 rd and 4 th. The event is sponsored by the Susquehanna Valley Vintage Sports Car Club (SVVSCC).The featured marque of the Hillclimb this year was Corvette, with special Corvette Corral parking and the opportunity to take a couple parade laps around the track on Saturday. Due to major construction, the Motor Show – normally held on the Hotel Hershey grounds - was moved down the hill to Boathouse Road. The weather was somewhat “iffy” on Saturday, but the rain held off during the daytime events. Sunday was a beautiful, sunny spring day.
Wearing my hat of a member of the SVVSCC, I volunteered as a course worker again – this year I was stationed at the finish line. As a result, all I saw was cars going by – at varying rates of speed – and the spectators who ventured to the top of the hill.
According to Charlie Baldwin, LANCO was represented by the following members: Norm and Sue Wright; Bruce Hurley; Scott, Laura, and MG (Mark) Walter; Shawn, Tammy and Healey Miller; Jim and Jeanie Ruth; and Joe Spear. Anyone we missed?
The final results/times will be posted on the Susquehanna Valley Vintage Sports Car Club (SVVSCC) website @ www.svvscc.org.
Carlisle Import Show Wrap-Up
By Steve Dellinger
The annual Import Carlisle and Kit/Replicar Nationals were held at the Fairgrounds in Carlisle, PA during the weekend of May 16-18, with several LANCO members in attendance. As is the custom, it rained at least once over the weekend – this year’s monsoon was on Friday. Saturday, however, turned out to be a partly sunny and pleasant day – and the show field filled up as a result.
One of the events held during the weekend was the Sprite Jubilee ’08 – which brought a large group of Sprites to the field. Other British marques well represented included Triumph, Sunbeam and Mini/MINI.
Norm and Sue Wright’s 1954 MG TF was part of the Invitational Display in Building Y. According to the Official Event Magazine, “Norm purchased his MG TF in nearby Lancaster County in 2000. At that time the previous owner had disassembled the entire for restoration and then lost interest. Norm bough the car as a basketcase and performed a frame up restoration in 2005.”
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A Beautiful Day at the Original British Car Day at Lilipons
By Charlie Baldwin (Photos by Charlie Baldwin)
On June 1 st, I attended the 31st annual Original British Car Day at Lilypons Water Gardens, Adamstown, Maryland (sponsored by the Chesapeake Chapter of the New England MG "T" Register.) I also saw Dale Glatfelter and Alan Tucker there. It was an absolutely beautiful day, but I must have left at the right time because I heard a shower went through and screwed up the awards ceremony. I got about three drops on the windshield from a black cloud near Thurmont. Pretty good turnout of cars.
Many MGBs, MGAs, most Triumph varieties, Healeys. There were more square body Sprites than Midgets and a bunch of Bugeyes. Other British had a Bristol, English Ford, Elva Courier race car, Berkeley. One of the MGAs was a 1957 factory backed Sebring race car, very special.
There were a bunch of Morgans including two flat rad, one of them that 1938 maroon one that has done the Hershey Hillclimb. Also of course the high end Aston Martins, Rolls Royce, Bentley and Jag.
There was even a good turnout of “Loti.” There were at least a half dozen classic Minis and one new MINI.
More Pictures in Photo Gallery Click here
LANCO Represented at the Columbia Memorial Day Parade
By Charlie Baldwin
In response to a request by Gil Bixler, our contact for Toys for Tots, I assisted at the Memorial Day Parade in Columbia, Lancaster County on Sunday May 25th. I was surprised that more LANCO members didn't show up, but I was glad that I had the opportunity to give a little bit back to honor our fallen heroes and help out the veterans. Most of the cars were Corvettes, with one Austin Healey BJ7 and my MG TD. The other LANCO member was Kent Williamson, who had the Healey and also a Vette. He let his son drive the Healey because he was concerned (as I was also) of how well his clutch leg would hold up. I stretched my calf muscle out a lot before the parade started. We were also a bit concerned about overheating, but that turned out okay too. We led off the parade with the Healey first carrying the grand marshal, a Korean war era Marine. Next was Kent's Vette with the keynote speaker, an Army General (Ret.) for the festivities after the parade and I was next with a Navy Commander/Chaplain (Ret.) who was to do the prayer to kick off the speaking part of the day. It was getting late, so I didn't stay for the speakers. The parade itself was much larger than I had imagined it would be.
Don’t Forget the Mason-Dixon Trials/Benefit Event
By Dennis Blevins (LANCO) and Len Picton (MG’s of Baltimore)
As was reported in last month’s British Marque, this year's Mason-Dixon Trials will be held on July 20 th and will finish at Fiore Winery in Harford County where there will be a wine tasting accompanied by live music. Pennsylvania clubs/competitors note that the finish is only one mile south of the Mason-Dixon line between Fawn Grove and Delta. No reason to be shy and stay away!! This year's event will be held to benefit the fight against ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). All profits from this event will go to this charity. For more information, log onto the LANCO site and follow the link on the Calendar of Events page.
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Lanco goes to MG2008 at Valley Forge!
By Sally Harbold
On a hazy Thursday the York group set out for Lancaster to pick up the other members.
We were missing Andy S… - who had to work ‘till noon – boo!! . Of course it began to rain and we had to look for an overpass for Al Little to put his top up. When we arrived at the Myers’ house - behold we were to have our 1 st. Tech Session (the 1 st. of many!). Jim Harbold’s B needed attention and soon all heads were peering over the engine. Tools appeared and the problem was quickly fixed and we were on our way. After a lunch stop we enjoyed beautiful scenery along Rt. 23 – good choice Andy Myers! We finally arrived at Valley Forge and were met by Andy S… who beat us even if he had to work! When we got there Gloria’s car had problems – alas another tech session! Gloria decided to look for John Twist!
For dinner we drove to Lake Mermaid – a beautiful park with a great pavilion for a delicious BBQ! After another tech session Gloria and Larry made it back to the hotel for a party in the Martin’s room (after a stop in the hospitality room!).
BBQ at Mermaid Lake
Friday found the guys attending tech sessions or hanging out in the parking lot while the ladies went to King of Prussia Mall. Gloria found John Twist, who laid his hands on the B and healed it!
John Twist healing Ciarrocca's "B"
Dinner was a Philly Feast at the hotel (the only collective comment was that it sure wasn’t like South St.!). We then enjoyed the movie “ Sherman’s Way” – which was especially great because the Producer, Craig Saaredra was there to speak afterwards. Again-hospitality room and the Martin’s party!
Saturday we were off to the car show at Green Lane Park. There were approximately 300+ cars, a DJ and great food. It started to get dark and windy and by 1:00 we were sitting in a torrential downpour – complete with mud and all! We scrambled to pack up and by the time we got back to the hotel the sun was out!
Healey at the Show
For dinner, some attended the banquet and others enjoyed a meal at the Iron Hill Brewery in Phoenixville. The winners were announced and 6 Lanco members received the following awards: (Kudos to all!)
|Best of Show (Any Class) - Neal Becker
|MGB Mark 2 Recessed Grille 1970-72
||Dale Glatfelter - 1st
|MGB Mark 3 Rubber Bumper 1974 1/2 - 76
||Mike Lang - 1st
||Andy Schneggenburger - 2nd
|MGB Mark 4 Early 1977-78
||Neal Becker - 1st
|MGB/GT Chrome Bumper 1965-74
||Forrest Collier - 1st
|Class N MGB/GT Modified V6, V8, etc.
||Mike Egliskis - 2nd
Neil Becker - Best in Show
Mike Lang - First in Class
The Beckers “Clean Up” – 1 st in Class AND Best of Show!!
The Winners!!! (Plus Mike Lang)
Sunday morning we headed out and arrived home without any problems! All in all – a great weekend!
Attendees were - Sally & Jim Harbold, Sue & N orm Wright, Al Little, Andy Schneggenburger, Kay & Andy Myers, Ti & Dave Trout (Guests), Gl oria & Larry Ciarrocca, Jeff & Roberta Shank, Jack Butler (and Little Joe!), Betsy & Mike Lang, Shawn & Tammi Miller (and Healy), Neil & Suzanne Becker, Dale & Claudia Glatfelter, Mike Egliskis, Joan & Tim Martin, Laura & Scott Walter, Bill Shields, F orrest & Kay Collier, & Charlie Baldwin.
Some of the LANCO MG Crew! (Where’s Larry?)
More Pictures of MG 2008 in Photo Gallery Click here
Don’t Forget the Annual LANCO Picnic Scheduled for August 10th
The annual LANCO MG Club picnic is scheduled for Sunday, August 10 th at Rocky Ridge County Park in York. PA. The park is located just off of PA Route 24, north of U.S. Route 30 (east of York). We will set up at the " Crow" pavilion near the front parking lot (behind the one we were at last year). The start time is around 1:00 PM. The Club will provide hot dogs and hamburgers with rolls and condiments, as well as drinks. Members should bring a covered dish to share. (And don’t forget the desserts!)
After lunch, there will be a “short” members’ meeting (@3:00 PM +/-) to discuss past events and future plans. We hope to see lots of Club members (and British Cars) there!
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Another Sunny Day for the LANCO Picnic
by Steve Dellinger
Once again, the weather cooperated, as the LANCO MG Club gathered on a beautiful sunny (and NOT “stinking hot”) Sunday in the “Crow” Pavilion at Rocky Ridge Park in York for our annual picnic.
All Assembled at the “Crow” Pavilion
Hamburgers and hot dogs, along with rolls, condiments and sodas and water were provided by the club. Forty plus people brought covered dishes and other items to share. There were numerous MGs (as well as assorted other LBCs) there as well.
Once again, Jeff Shank and Mike Lang performed the cooking duties, for grilling the meats again this year. However, they were without their aprons!
And Where are your Aprons???
After stuffing ourselves (as usual) we had a brief meeting to catch up on some events past and present. Dennis Blevins reported on the results of the Mason-Dixon Rally. Twenty-six cars were entered in a variety of classes and $1,000 was raised for the ALS Association. Carol and Alan Tucker finished second in the Historic Class in their MGB-GT. Dale and Claudia Glatfelter reported on their visit to the Pennypacker Mills British Car Day show near Schwenksville – approximately 60 cars were in the show.
With the storm clouds gathering, everyone headed for home. [I managed to beat the “deluge” home with 5 minutes to spare!! Hopefully everyone else “survived” as well.]
Andy S. addresses the Crowd
Pics from the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
Charlie Baldwin attended the car show and races at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix in Schenley Park over the weekend of July 19-20. Here are some of his photos from the car show and the race action.
Lots of T’s
Don’t let that Lotus get by!!
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Club Members attend the Meeting of the Marques
By Steve Dellinger
Several LANCO MG Club members attended the 18 th Annual Meeting of the Marques on Sunday, September 21 st at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, PA. The event is conducted by the Susquehanna Valley Vintage Sports Car Club (SVVSCC). The weather was great again this year. LANCO/SVVSCC members Steve Dellinger and Norm Wright spent the morning “parking cars” on the show field. Other LANCO MG Club members in attendance included Charlie and Eileen Baldwin, Bob and Margaret Arlotto, Neal and Jackie Brewer, Ralph Erickson , Dave Kupp and Lenny Casper. Neal & Jackie Brewer took 1 st Place in the Premier Class (previous winners) in their 1959 Austin Healey Sprite MK 1.
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