British Marque Articles - 2012
January 2012 Articles
By Steve Dellinger
The annual LANCO MG Club Holiday Banquet was held at the Fireside Tavern, Strasburg, PA on Saturday December 10 th, with 41 members plus one guest from Toys for Tots in attendance.
Door Prizes Ready for the Drawing
Banquet dinner choices this year included Chicken Marasala, braised roast beef, Caesar salad, mashed and roasted potatoes and vegetables. For dessert we had Bourbon chocolate chip pie or hot apple crisp – complemented with freshly brewed coffee or hot tea.
A donation was made to the Lancaster County Marine Corps League Toys for Tots program . In November, we also donated to the Toys for Tots, Gettysburg.
Art Hall from Toys for Tots presents Award to Sally
Awards for the year included the following:
Years of service in the Club:
25 Years of Service - Ray & Ruth Emery, Randy Keeney, Alan & Louise Little, Jeff & Roberta Shank
20 Years of Service - Steve Jeffers
15 Years of Service - Judy Anderson, Brian Fry, Brooks Thompson
10 Years of Service - G. W. Lewis, Dick & Cheryl Tassinari, Richard Wilhelm, Kent Winkleman
Brooks Thompson – 15-Year Service Recognition
Enthusiast of the Year - Larry Ciarrocca
Enthusiast of the Year – Larry Ciarrocca
For the second year in a row, the Best Dressed Award went to Sally Harbold!! The following were inducted as Official Members of the “Gravity Hill Hoodwinked Society:” Jon & Edie Arendt, Charlie Baldwin, Dennis & Carol Blevins, Gloria & Larry Ciarrocca, Jim & Sally Harbold, Al Little, Andy & Kay Myers, and Norm & Sue Wright.
“Gravity Hill Hoodwinked Society” Inductees
Sally expressed recognition for last year’s meeting hosts, as well as for the numerous ”A Taste of Britain” and “British Invade Gettysburg” Volunteers, tech session organizers and other Event Volunteers. Special “thanks” were also given to the following members:
Steve Dellinger- Newsletter Editor/Photographer
Jeff Shank & Mike Lang – “Chefs Extraordinaire” for the annual picnic
Kay Myers - Table Decorations for the Christmas Banquet
Larry Ciarrocca and Andy Schneggenburger - TOB Registrar and Tech Support
The festivities concluded with a reading by Joan Martin and the annual carol sing led by Sally. Another enjoyable end to a successful year!
January 2012 Club Meeting
by Steve Dellinger
President Sally Harbold convened the first membership meeting of the new year at Isaac’s Restaurant in Lancaster, with twenty-eight members and one prospective member in attendance. Five (5) British Cars were also in attendance. Minutes from the November 2011 meeting were distributed. The Treasurer’s report was also presented.
President Sally Addresses the Membership
There was extensive discussion of the status of the club website. Larry Ciarrocca reported that much of the old site is back up and operational. The current task is to setup a new format for adding and managing photographs on the site – we are currently getting some assistance from other clubs on the best way to accomplish this task. Dennis Blevins indicated that he was willing to assist as needed. Forrest Collier volunteered to work with the photographs. Jack Butler will assist in the creation of links to other pages/websites.
More “Gravity Hill Hoodwinked Society” Inductees
Most of the discussion during the meeting focused on the scheduling of events for the year. In addition to regularly scheduled Club events, several “fun runs” have also been scheduled throughout the year – which could be organized by individual members and may only involve a small number of cars/members. Members attending the February meeting at Grey Beard Antiques will have the opportunity to purchase a “cold buffet” at the meeting. There will be a “drive” prior to the April 15 th meeting at the Cross Keys Diner. The start time and details of the drive are still “in process.” A preliminary discussion was held concerning a trip to the annual NAMGBR event in Georgia. Finally, the November 4 th member meeting will be a “pot luck” supper and will be held in the Community Room at The Village at Sprenkle Drive in York.
What to Order?
Steve Dellinger indicated that he had started the “interior project” on his Midget – new seat covers, interior panels, carpet kit and seat belts. [So don’t expect to see the Midget anytime soon!] Dennis Blevins provided some information on the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, specifically the charity rally that is held the Sunday before race/car show weekend. Charlie Baldwin described a recent tour of Keith Miller’s car collection at Miller’s Hershey Auto Storage. Bob McFarland reported that a friend of his has a 1980 MGB (white) for sale – 20K original miles on it. Finally, Ralph Spayd reported on the rebuilding of the steering column for his MGBGT – done by someone in Louisiana (see Ralph for more details).
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February 2012 Club Meeting
By Steve Dellinger
President Sally Harbold convened the second membership meeting of the new year at Grey Beard’s Antiques and Collectibles in Jacobus, with thirty-eight members in attendance. Two (2) British Cars were also in attendance. Minutes from the January 2012 meeting were distributed. The Treasurer’s report was also presented.
February Meeting Venue
The Smoothies were Good!
The group welcomed former member Tom Ensminger back – Tom was a member back in the mid-1990s – and has finally gotten his car restoration project completed!
There was discussion of the ongoing work being done on the club website. Progress continues to be made, with more to come in the future. Bruce Deisinger indicated that he is looking for “technical help” with his British spec MG Midget.
Jim Harbold reported that he has reserved six (6) rooms for the NAMBGR event (June 6 th -10 th). The list of attendees needs to be finalized, as does the planning for the road trip to and from the event. Andy Myers passed around some information on 1980s-era coins (from the island nation of Tonga) that depicted both a MGB-GT and a classic Mini.
Dennis and Carol recently visited Los Angeles, where they had an opportunity to tour the Peterson Automotive Museum. Dennis also provided the club with information on Halogen replacement headlights that are now available for classic cars.
The discussion of upcoming events included the mention (by Joan Martin) of the annual MGC national meet, which will be held in Watkins Glen during the third weekend of July. Charlie Baldwin and Steve Dellinger informed the club of a new venue for the Susquehanna Valley Vintage Sport Car Club’s car show this year – it will be held in conjunction with a York Revolution baseball game on Sunday, July 8 th (more details will be available soon). Charlie also noted that the Healey club is planning a visit to the Miller Storage collection in Hershey on June 9 th.
Jim Harbold reported that the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is scheduled for the weekend of July 20 th – 22 nd and that MG is the featured marque.
Finally, Ralph Spayd sold his TVR to a man in Florida. Unfortunately, the car didn’t quite make it all the way south (long and sad story)!
Larry Sees the Photographer!
Hey Bruce, What’s New with the Midget??
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LANCO MG CLUB (03/20/12)
March 2012 Club Meeting
By Steve Dellinger
After a hiatus of several years, LANCO returned to Coakley’s in New Cumberland, PA. for our March Club meeting - and an early St. Patrick’s Day get-together. The weather was unusually warm – which brought out a larger number of LBCs than normally seen in March. There were twenty-three members in attendance – and seven British cars driven. President Sally Harbold convened the meeting at 3:20 PM. Bob Arlotto reported that preparations were well underway for this year’s British Invade Gettysburg (BIG) event – one pre-registration form has already been received. Dennis Blevins reported that he has been working on the website as he gets time.
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April 2012 Club Meeting Wrap-up
By Steve Dellinger
The LANCO MG Club meeting was held on Sunday, April 15, 2012, at the Cross Keys Diner in New Oxford, PA. The meeting was called to order by President Sally Harbold, who thanked everyone for coming. Twenty-two club members were in attendance (the rest were probably at home working on their taxes). Due to the unusually warm weather, twelve British cars were driven – including new MINIs (assembled in Oxford). Note to Larry: a Mazda Miata is NOT a British car!!
(When the club was at the Cross Keys Diner in February 2007, the price of gas at the station across the street was $2.17 per gallon – last year it was $3.67 - on Sunday, it was $4.09!)
Sally Convenes the Meeting
(Most) Members Listen in Rapt Attention
Sally introduced our two newest Club members – Dick and Barbara Jo Brown, who recently moved to the area from New York State. Their MGA still has New York tags.
New Members Dick and Barbara Brown Introduce Themselves to the Club
Fresh from North of the Border
Secretary Steve Dellinger had copies of the Minutes from the March meeting available and Jim Harbold presented the Treasure’s Report. Bob Arlotto provided an update on the status of preparations for the July 15 th BIG (British Invade Gettysburg) car show. All the major clubs have been notified and registration forms are scheduled to be mailed out in the next week or so. Six preregistrations have been received to date. Sally reported that planning for the “A Taste of Britain” show is proceeding. She requested that all Club members start doing a “Sun (no rain) Dance” now – to insure good weather on August 26 th!
A Gaggle of British Cars
Larry Ciarrocca reported that Dennis Blevins has been working steadily on updating the Club website. Charlie Baldwin updated the Club on the planned visit to the area of members from the Gloucestershire MG Owners Club. They are scheduled to be in Lancaster County on May 2 nd and in the Gettysburg area the following day. Charlie and several other members expressed interest in meeting them for dinner while they are in the area. Charlie also mentioned that he has some friends who are bringing their Midget over from London later this year to drive Route 66. (It was suggested that they be provided with a copy of the NAMBGR “list of emergency contacts” for the trip!)
Charlie also made the Club aware of the signing by the Governor of “Year of Manufacture Plate” legislation. This legislation would give vehicle owners the option of using vintage, original model-year license plates on antique and classic vehicles. Under the new law, an application fee of $75 would be charged to use year-of-manufacture plates. The law provides that vintage plates must have been issued by the state of Pennsylvania between the years 1906 and 1975, must be provided by the vehicle owner and legible from a reasonable distance.
There was some discussion of the logistics for those attending (1) the NAMGBR event in Georgia in June and (2) the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix weekend in July. MG is the featured marque at the Pittsburgh event – there will be a special MG Car Show, with the opportunity to do some parade laps on the race course.
Jack and Bill Butler are planning on attending the NAMGAR 2012 GT-37 event in Dayton, Ohio in July ( 2012 marks the 50 th anniversary of the last MGA off the production line).Al Little announced that he was going to try to sell his car. Anyone know how much a 1973 MGB with 90,000-plus miles on it is worth? At the end of the meeting there was a general discussion regarding the appropriate types/grades of motor oil that should be used in our old British cars – as well as a discussion regarding the “issues” related to gasoline with ethanol added.
How Much is Al’s Car Worth?
MINUTES OF April 15, 2012 LANCO MG CLUB, Cross Keys Diner, New Oxford, PA.
Our fourth meeting of 2012 was held at Cross Keys Diner in New Oxford on Sunday, April 15 th.
MEMBERS PRESENT: Members present included Jim and Sally Harbold, Gloria and Larry Ciarrocca, Kay and Andy Myers, Jack Butler, Bill Butler, Steve Dellinger, Bob and Margaret Arlotto, Scott and Mark Walter, Andy Schneggenburger, Charlie Baldwin, Ralph Eriksen, Bob McFarland, Al Little, Norm and Sue Wright and Barbara Jo and Dick Brown. Sally introduced our two newest Club members – Dick and Barbara Jo Brown, who recently moved to the area from New York State. Their MGA still has New York tags.
- President Sally Harbold convened the meeting at 3:20 PM. Twenty-two (22) members were in attendance. Due to the unusually warm weather, twelve (12) British cars were driven to the meeting.
- Secretary’s Report (Steve Dellinger): Steve made copies available of the minutes from the March 11, 2012 meeting.
- Checking Account: Ending Balance = $8,300.34
- Savings Account: Ending Balance = $2,972.72
- BIG – Bob Arlotto reported that all the major clubs have been notified and registration forms are scheduled to be mailed out in the next week or so. Six preregistrations have been received to date.
- TOB - Sally reported that planning for the “A Taste of Britain” show is proceeding. She requested that all Club members start doing a “Sun (no rain) Dance” now – to insure good weather on August 26 th!
- Old Business:
- Club website - Larry Ciarrocca reported that Dennis Blevins has been working steadily on updating the Club website.
- Charlie Baldwin updated the Club on the planned visit to the area of members from the Gloucestershire MG Owners Club. They are scheduled to be in Lancaster County on May 2 nd and in the Gettysburg area the following day. Charlie and several other members expressed interest in meeting them for dinner while they are in the area. Charlie also mentioned that he has some friends who are bringing their Midget over from London later this year to drive Route 66. (It was suggested that they be provided with a copy of the NAMBGR “list of emergency contacts” for the trip!)
- There was some discussion of the logistics for those attending (1) the NAMGBR event in Georgia in June and (2) the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix weekend in July. MG is the featured marque at the Pittsburgh event – there will be a special MG Car Show, with the opportunity to do some parade laps on the race course.
- Jack and Bill Butler are planning on attending the NAMGAR 2012 GT-37 event in Dayton, Ohio in July ( 2012 marks the 50 th anniversary of the last MGA off the production line).
- Al Little announced that he was going to try to sell his car. Anyone know how much a 1973 MGB with 90,000-plus miles on it is worth?
- At the end of the meeting there was a general discussion regarding the appropriate types/grades of motor oil that should be used in our old British cars – as well as a discussion regarding the “issues” related to gasoline with ethanol added.
- Next meeting will be the tech session @ European Imports (Maytown) and the ladies’ session at Lawn Equipment Parts Company (Marietta), which will run from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM, followed by a Club meeting at 3:00 PM at McCleary’s Pub in Marietta.
- Charlie made the Club aware of the signing by the Governor of “Year of Manufacture Plate” legislation. This legislation would give vehicle owners the option of using vintage, original model-year license plates on antique and classic vehicles. Under the new law, an application fee of $75 would be charged to use year-of-manufacture plates. The law provides that vintage plates must have been issued by the state of Pennsylvania between the years 1906 and 1975, must be provided by the vehicle owner and legible from a reasonable distance.
- Upcoming LANCO/other events include the following:
- May 20 th – Tech Sessions; meeting at McCleary’s Pub in Marietta.
- July 15 th – British Invade Gettysburg.
- August 12 th – Annual Picnic, Rocky Ridge Park, York.
- August 26 th – A Taste of Britain 2012.
- September 9 th – Club Meeting @ Fiorentino’s Restaurant, Lancaster Airport.
- October 14 th – Annual Crab Run to Woody’s, North East, MD.
- November 4 th – Potluck Dinner and Club Meeting, Sprenkle Village, York
- December 8 th – Annual Holiday Banquet, Fireside Tavern at Strasburg Inn, Strasburg.
Business meeting adjourned at 3:52 PM.
Respectfully submitted, Steve Dellinger
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May 2012 Articles
2012 Get-the Dust-Off Rally
By Dennis Blevins
The MG's of Baltimore "Get the Dust Off" Rally was held on Sunday, May 6, 2012 - starting from Mary & Eric Saminen's home in Kingsville, MD. A total of 39 teams registered. Unlike in the past several years, there were only two teams competing for national SCCA points. That meant a whole lot of our "historic" teams plus novices and "seat of the pants" competitors. LANCO MG teams entered were Alan and Carol Tucker, Richard Barnes and Mike Reick, Michael and Silvia Swift , and Dale and Claudia Glatfelter . A special award of a $100 gift card from the Dejon Winery (the finish location) was presented to the best scoring MGOB team - Carol & Alan Tucker .
Richard Barnes and Mike Reick
Michael and Silvia Swift
Dale and Claudia Glatfelter
Eric Congratulates the Award-Winning Tuckers
Visitors from Across the Pond
By Steve Dellinger
Several months ago, LANCO MG member Charlie Baldwin caught wind of a planned visit to the U.S. by several members of the Gloucestershire ( England) MG Owners Club – whose planned itinerary included stops in Lancaster and Gettysburg. They included Adrian and Rita Mullins (Secretary/Web Administrator and Regalia/Welcoming Officer, respectively) and Club Chairman Bruce Clarke and his wife Teresa. After some emails back and forth, several LANCO members arranged to meet for dinner when they stopped in the Lancaster area. On Wednesday, May 2 nd, Gloria and Larry Ciarrocca, Charlie Baldwin, Dennis Blevins, Bob McFarland and Steve Dellinger met the two couples for an “Amish Farm Feast” at the Plain and Fancy Farm Restaurant in Bird-in-Hand. After introductions and the exchange of club memorabilia, we all settled down for lots of good Pennsylvania Dutch cooking.
Adrian presents Gloria with a Club Banner
There was no excuse for anyone to go away hungry. After several hours of eating, talking cars and numerous other topics, we parted ways, as they had to get up and travel on to Gettysburg – where LANCO members George and Ann Partlow had more activities planned for them (see George’s article below). It was a very enjoyable evening for all involved, For those who may be interested, the Gloucestershire Club’s website is http://www.glosmgoc.co.uk/.
Ready for the Amish Farm Feast!
Gloucester Invades Gettysburg
By George Partlow
Generally MG articles are about taking a trip and the trials and tribulations that are entailed, such as breaking down or getting stuck in a storm. Despite all the problems there is nothing else you would rather do. Or you buy a piece of junk and you transform this into a thing of beauty (at least in your eyes). This is neither of these. This is about a friendship that developed where the only common thread was a love of MG’s.
At the March meeting of the LANCO MG Owners Club, Charlie Baldwin, one of the club members, mentioned that members of the Gloucestershire MG Owners Club were coming to visit the states. Charlie had a copy of an email from a Gloucestershire member which had a copy of their itinerary. I noticed they were going to visit Lancaster County and then move on to Gettysburg. Since I live in between the two locations, I thought it would be nice to meet them and show them some American hospitality. I emailed one of the Gloucestershire members and offered an invitation to lunch and a tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield. My wife Ann makes Philly cheesesteaks better than you can get in Philadelphia, so these went on the proposed lunch menu, along with English mince pies, in case they missed their homeland. My mother was born and raised in Liverpool, so my wife was taught how to make them the correct way. Because of my love of history and my proximity to Gettysburg, I have studied the battle rather extensively, so I thought I was somewhat able to give them a memorable tour. My contact, Adrian Mullins, replied to the effect that it would be lovely, but only if it was not too much bother. He said the group would consist of him, his wife Rita, and Brian Clarke and his wife Teresa.
After numerous emails, many of which did not pertain to MG’s or their trip (it was as if we were pen pals) we made arrangements for when they would arrive at my home. I told him that as a point of reference I would park my bright orange MGB in my driveway. Prior to their arrival, I was somewhat apprehensive as to how our meeting would turn out. After all, they are from a different country with a somewhat different culture, and I wanted them to be comfortable. All we had in common was our love of MG’s. What would we talk about when MG material ran out?
Look – A Familiar Car!
They pulled into my driveway at 12:30. We had a brief discussion about our cars. Then we went inside where we exchanged some gifts. I got each of them a LANCO MG Club baseball cap. I received various Gloucestershire MG Owners Club goodies. The most important gift I received was a bar of Cadbury’s chocolate—“Made in England.” If you have never tried this treat, please do! It is the best tasting chocolate in the world.
We then had lunch. It must have been pretty good, because almost all of the four pounds of cheesesteak was eaten. In addition, only a few of the mince pies remained. My wife deserves the credit for a successful lunch. She was not only able to make the meal; she was also able to socialize and take care of my one year old granddaughter. Our British guests stayed until after 5:00.
Ready for Philly Cheesesteaks
They left to make sure they checked in to their motel in time. During their visit of over five hours, we very seldom discussed our cars—except they could not understand why Americans had to change a perfectly good car. What was the purpose, they asked, of putting in a V-8 engine, adding air conditioning, or modifying a perfectly good MGB? I told them it was an American thing, part of our identity that they would probably not understand. In addition to our brief talk about Americans desecrating LBG’s, our discussions ran the gamut from language and cultural differences, to politics and history and even British television. Their visit was so relaxed that it was as if we all had known each other for thirty years. When they were leaving, we set a time to meet for the tour of Gettysburg.
We met at their motel at 10:00 the next morning. I gave them all handouts that consisted of a map of the battle area and an itinerary of our stops. I also packed water and chairs for the wives. So they could better relate to the battle, I brought up English and European history. We started where the battle had commenced on that first day and concluded at “The Angle,” where Pickett made his charge on the third day. Of the ten locations on our agenda, the one they most wanted to visit and hear about was “Little Round Top.” I tried to give them both the Northern and Southern perspectives so they wouldn’t be too swayed by the famous movie’s account. We finished at 6:00.
On the Battlefield at Gettysburg
20 th Maine Monument on Little Round Top
My wife and I have plans to visit England and Scotland next year. They wanted to know our schedule so we could all meet up on their stomping ground. I am happy to say I have friends in England.
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June 2012 articles
May 2012 Tech Sessions and Club Meeting
By Steve Dellinger
Once again this year, the regularly scheduled Club meeting for May was preceded by two tech sessions - one for the girls and one for the guys. The girls’ Beauty/Creativity Tech Session took place at the Lawn Equipment Parts Company location on River Road, Marietta, PA (Tim Martin’s place of business).
The guys’ tech session was held at European Imports (on East High St, Maytown, PA) and conducted by owner Tom Hertzog.
Tom Hertzog Talks Petronix
After the tech sessions, both groups relocated to McCleary’s Pub Front Street in Marietta for the regular Club meeting. The meeting was called to order by President Sally Harbold, who thanked everyone for coming. 36 club members were in attendance. Since the day was warm and somewhat sunny, thirteen British Cars were driven to the meeting.
Tech Sessions Discussion at the meeting
Secretary Steve Dellinger made copies of previous meeting minutes available and Jim Harbold read the Treasurer’s Report. Bob Arlotto reported that preparations for the British Invade Gettysburg show are on schedule; 60 preregistrations have been received to date. Larry Ciarrocca reported that planning for this year’s “Taste of Britain” show was well underway. Since this year is the 50 th anniversary of the MGB, a dedicated parking area for B’s on the showfield is proposed (Dick Wachtman and Jim Harbold are working on this). Work on the website continues, with current efforts concentrated on organizing the photographs on the site.
Charlie Makes a Point
Larry and Gloria Ciarrocca attended the “Britfest 2012” Show at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna, New Jersey on May 5 th. Gloria won 1 st in Class for her MGB. Dennis Blevins reported that 39 cars participated in the Get The Dust Off Rally on May 6 th. There were only two SCCA cars – most of the cars fell into the “historic” class.
MG2012 – Dillard, GA – June 4 – 11
By Sally Harbold
Early on Monday, June 4 th we left for MG2012. Our group of four cars included Sally and Jim Harbold, Andy and Kay Myers, Ralph and Sandy Spayd, and Scott Walter and Al Little. We had great weather and traveled to Hillsville, VA the 1 st. day.
On the Blue Ridge Parkway
Day 2 started early with a beautiful drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. After many turns and switch-backs, stops at lookout points, and rest stops to stretch – we arrived at Ashville, NC. After a good night’s sleep we set out to tour the Biltmore; this wonderful mansion (which George Vanderbilt built for his bride) was unbelievably large and grandiose in every way. The tour through the house was followed by more tours of the gardens and terraces. The picture that accompanies this article doesn’t begin to show the beauty of the mansion. The shopping area and the winery deserved our attention too!
At The Biltmore Estate
We continued on to Dillard and found The Dillard House, the host hotel for MG2012. It was a very nice setting with many different areas to hang out and talk MG’s! Thursday included drives, shopping for the ladies and the Tail of the Dragon drive (see the accompanying article for details!). Many guys also attended Tech Sessions at this time.
Friday featured more Tech Sessions; John Twist was in good form – as usual. Others went antiquing in the many shops. Jim and Andy competed in the Funkhana; I’m glad I didn’t have to guide Jim while he was blindfolded! The Autocross was also a neat event to watch. The evening ended with a great Southern Barbeque and we enjoyed John Twist and his son’s company at our table. The show on Saturday couldn’t have been nicer; the cars were great and the weather was wonderful!
On Sunday Scott and Al and the Spayds left early and drove straight home. The rest of us left just as it began to drizzle. We drove out of the rain and spent the night at Roanoke, VA.
Arriving home on Tuesday, we looked back on a great trip, good friends and food, and many new MG Adventures to remember. Of course Al provided us with MANY jokes and stories and Al, I just want to know if things really are bigger in Texas???
318 Turns in 11 Miles, Yea right!!!
By Jim Harbold
If you are ever in the thriving metropolis of Deal’s Gap, North Carolina you would be remiss if you don’t take the opportunity to take a drive on what is referred to as “The Tail Of The Dragon.” This road actually has a U.S. Route Number of 129 if you look for it on a map, but so do hundreds or possibly thousands of other roads all across the nation.
Sally and I had signed up to take this “drive” while at MG2012, as did many other people that attended the show the first week of June. After driving 630 miles in two days, some of which was on the Blue Ridge Parkway(slow and windy) I figured she was not to anxious to do anymore, let alone 318 turns in 11 miles! The organizers had conveniently planned a shopping trip on the same day so guess what, Sally recruited club member Andy Myers to be my right seat passenger while she went in comfort on straight roads to the Mall.
At the assigned time Andy and I reported to the starting point for the run - joined by Scott Walter and Al Little in Scott’s 80 B. I was positioned 2 nd in line and Scott was the last of nine cars to leave Dillard Georgia. We drove 70 miles over roads which I thought were almost as much fun as the “Dragon”. We were told by our guide that motorcycles were “king” on the road and not to cross over the double yellow and risk being hauled off by the NC State Police (whom he described as not having any sense of humor). When we arrived at the “Dragon Store” (tourist trap) there were hundreds of cycles, and all sorts of four wheel vehicles getting ready to make the ascent. We pulled to the side of the road as directed and waited about five minutes to allow our guide time to take our photographer up to his assigned spot. As scheduled, we started the run and had a great time, except when we caught up to slow cycles (chickens) and a BMW sedan. The car went over the side and was wedged against a tree, which luckily prevented it from rolling down the side of the hill!
When we got to the top, we turned around and went back down the same 318 turns we just came up, again passing the treed Beemer, and various photographers that take pictures for sale online of your car on the run. At the bottom we stopped in at the “Store” and, other than pricy T-shirts, found for $7.75 you could get a giant bacon cheeseburger, pile of fries and a drink, not bad for a tourist trap. We needed the lunch and were soon back on the road again following our guide to another run he had wanted to do, only to find that a gate had been installed which blocked our “run” so we proceeded to take another equally fun 70 mile return trip to Dillard.
Like I said, if you are ever in the area, get the complete experience from the “store” to the 636 turns in 22 miles!!
Safety Fast, Jim Harbold
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July 2012 articles
Dillard Georgia Crunch Time
By Ralph Spayd
It all started very innocently at one of our LANCO meetings when President Sally announced that the NAMGBR meeting would be held in Dillard Georgia in early June 2012. Club plans were being made to caravan to the event and I suggested to Sandy, my wife and co-pilot, that it would be a fun adventure and since she was retiring the end of May, work would not be an issue. We decided that our 1970 MGB GT would be our vehicle of choice. It’s more rain proof then our roadster as the roadster needs a top.
It was time to make a “punch” list of things the GT would need for the trip from PA to GA. It all started with a front end rebuild in February. The winter was mild and working in my garage without heat was not a big issue, heck it went so well I did a front end rebuild on my 1970 MGB roadster. Learned more about setting end float on the hub bearings then I care to discuss, but I am now the proud owner of a magnetic based dial indicator!!! This was going to be a piece of cake getting ready for Georgia. Hey, why not get the bumpers rechromed, great idea. This was the only idea that actually went according to plan and budget. In early March my co-pilot and I decided to have the GT repainted and fix some very minor body work. I explained my time line to my body shop guy and he said 4 weeks max. I said I’d strip off the lights, bumpers, trim and all exterior stuff. He said, great, should have it back 1 st week in April. I was very pleased and excited, but as we all know that wasn’t gonna happen! As the paint process progressed, we decided to remove all the glass and replace the rubber seals, heck pop off the wings and POR everything, found pin holes in the rockers and off they came. Might as well fix the door locks since I have the parts and the doors are off the car. Heck I’m still OK with my time line. In fact, we decided to install an OD tranny and thought a radio would be a nice touch for the long drive. My body shop guy said he’d be done by the end of April. Well, that worked for me, as my wife and I were off on vacation the last week in April to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. We’ll just pick it up when we get back and I’ve still got time to install the OD and radio. Got back from vacation and the GT was not ready. Finally picked it up on May 20th, weeks late, but it did look like a million bucks. My son was graduating from law school on May 25th so I somehow lost another week…..It was getting to be crunch time to finish everything. Trust me when I tell you, putting a car back together after it’s painted takes significantly more time than the pre-paint strip down. Well after some long days and no shortage of angst, I finished everything on Sunday June 3rd which was fortunate as we were leaving on June 4 th!
What’s That Noise???
The first day was traumatic for me as I listened for phantom noise, and thought I smelled some nonexistent “something” as I watched my co-pilot tune the radio and enjoying our adventure. I actually did settle down, learned to trust my own work and to turn up the volume on the radio if I thought I heard something. We drove 1500 miles that week - thoroughly enjoying ourselves - and the car performed flawlessly. My co-pilot and I have been enjoying MGB’s together since 1968 and the love affair continues……..
Another BIG (British Invade Gettysburg) Accomplished
By Bob Arlotto, Event Chairman
We were a little lucky with the weather today, starting out cloudy, but turning to sun and hot by 1:00 PM. I had a few sprinkles on my way there, and a steady heavy drip all the way home. Our granddaughter had a good time riding home with me and the rain, with the "hood" down. I hope all the attendees were treated as well as we were. Margaret went through some downpours in the Hanover area on the way home. Glad I didn't go that way. Thank you Mother Nature!
Thank you, everybody who helped make the day go smoothly. Everybody jumps in and gets done what's needed, making the whole process look so easy, like driving a well maintained MG. Isn't experience great - it makes all the preparation worth it.
The people I talked to sounded like they enjoyed themselves, their rides, and others’ rides. That's what the "show" is about. I'm sorry so many of those who preregistered didn't come. Guess that's a function of weather patterns. I didn't hear about any hiccups, except maybe the lone Miata. Bob the "chief" at the Shoppes, said a few people were camped out behind the columns, but took care of that himself, no problem.
Thanks for your participation, it's greatly appreciated!
Notes from B.I.G.
By Steve Dellinger
Photos by George Partlow and Steve Dellinger
After twelve years, the B.I.G. crew has the show operation running like a well-oiled machine, with only an occasional leak (after all, it is a BRITISH car show)!
The “Crew” Gets Organized
158 cars were preregistered, of which approximately 120 made it to the show; rain – or the “hint” of rain – scared away a few. Sorry to miss you – but your registration fees will support a good cause – Toys For Tots. There were 79 “day of show” entries. [Note: It didn’t rain at all DURING the hours of the show.]
Open For Business
Many of our show attendees from previous years returned again this year, including a MG PA, a Morgan racer and a large contingent of Carlisle MINIs.
Morgan Racer with Friends
MINIs on Main Street
One new visitor was a recently discovered 1953 Riley RMF. According to the owner, the car was found in a barn in Pennsylvania in early 2009. It is believed that it was parked in 1965 (based on the license plate) – due to a Master Brake Cylinder issue. The RMF was the last of the traditional RM body styles. There were just over 1000 RMFs made, 699 in 1953. The car has a 2.5 liter, 4 cylinder engine with dual mid-engine cams, hemispherical cylinders, dual SU carburetors and a 4 ¾” stroke. The car produces 90 HP and has (had?) a top speed of 90 mph. The RMF was the first Riley to have all hydraulic brakes. The bonnet and doors are aluminum; top is wood and fabric and the frame is made of wood.
1953 Riley RMF “Barn Find”
The car got back on the road this year and the owner drove it to the show from his home some 50 miles away. When the car pulled into registration, it was smoking from the rear (seized brake) and spewing water (overheating). Although it had to be trailered home after the show, we hope to see it again next year.
And, since it’s the 50th birthday for the MGB …
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August 2012 Articles
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix-July 20-21, 2012
By Sally Harbold, Photos By Gloria Ciarrocca and George Partlow
The LANCO gang from York met the Lancaster group on Friday and headed for Pittsburgh. The group included Jim Harbold (Sally joined the group in Pittsburgh), Gloria and Larry Ciarrocca, Dennis and Carol Blevins, Andy and Kay Myers, Skip and Ann Partlow, Jon and Edie Arendt, Brooks Thompson and Andrea Wimmer, Scot and Sandy Thompson, Andy Schneggenburger and Al Little.
Cloudy skies gave way to rain and a few had the usual leaks. Skip Partlow had a windshield wiper malfunction - which was easily remedied. After a great lunch at the Jon Bonnet Tavern in Bedford, the group went to the Flight 93 Memorial at Somerset. Although a formal and fitting memorial has been established, many in the group felt the make-shift chain link fence - with heart-felt miscellaneous remembrances (that they viewed a few years earlier) really conveyed a starker reminder of what had actually occurred.
Lots of “Bs”!
Friday night was spent winding down from the drive and everyone was refreshed and ready to get on with the show at Schenley Park on Saturday The MGBs had their own “Featured Marque” show and the rest of the British cars were arrayed in the usual fashion – with a car to delight everyone! LANCO members were well represented in the awards for the "British Car Day (BCD) " and special 50th Anniversary for the MGB shows:
1st place - "Early MGBs" - BCD - Gloria and Larry Ciarrocca, 1970 MGB
2nd place - "Late Jaguars" - BCD - Dennis & Carol Blevins, 1994 XJS
3rd Place - "Late Jaguars" - BCD - Jon & Edie Arndt - 1999 XK8
4th Place - "Late MGBs" - MG Show - Andy Schneggenburger
5th Place – “MGB-GTs” - MG Show - Jim Harbold
Saturday night we were welcomed at the home of Ellen and Eric Stubna (Jim and Sally’s daughter and son-in-law). We had a wonderful barbeque and lots of great conversation for a good evening for all.
On Sunday, some chose to head for home early, while others went back to Schenley Park for a few vintage car races. After the MGBs took a Parade Lap on the track, we enjoyed a few races, and the remaining folks left for the drive home. Indeed it was a great weekend with good friends, rewards garnered, and no break-downs! A great time for all!
Queuing Up for the Parade Laps
Another Sunny Day for the LANCO Picnic, August 13, 2012.
By Steve Dellinger, Photos By Gloria Ciarrocca and George Partlow
Once again, the weather cooperated, as the LANCO MG Club gathered on a beautiful sunny (and NOT “stinking hot”) Sunday in the “Pheasant” Pavilion at Rocky Ridge Park in York for our annual picnic.
Food and Conversation
Hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken breasts, along with rolls, condiments and sodas and water were provided by the club. Forty plus people brought covered dishes and other items to share – including many, many desserts! There were numerous MGs (and assorted other LBCs) there as well. Jeff Shank and Mike Lang performed the cooking duties of grilling the meats (and cooking the onions) again this year.
Who’s Watching the Food?
After stuffing ourselves (as usual) we had a brief meeting to catch up on some events past and present. Bob Arlotto gave a report on the results of the British Invade Gettysburg show and Sally Harbold and Larry Ciarrocca updated the group on the preparations for A Taste of Britain. Club members reported on numerous car shows attended (and awards won) over the past three months. Information on several cars for sale was distributed. There also was a discussion of upcoming events and a call for volunteers interested in running for club offices. A 50-50 drawing was held – with proceeds to go to “Grace”, the Austin-Healey 100 criss-crossing the country to raise awareness to “Drive Away Cancer”. The annual “guess how many pieces of candy are in the container” contest was won by Larry Ciarrocca (AGAIN!?!).
What Did She Say?
Another 1 st Place for the MGB
Gloria and Larry Ciarrocca attended the Pennypacker Mills British Car Day, held at the Pennypacker Mills Historic Site, on August 4 th. Gloria took 1 st in class with her MGB.
T’s on the Field
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September 2012 Articles
IFFY WEATHER NOT KIND TO “A TASTE OF BRITAIN” AGAIN!
By Steve Dellinger
Well, we didn’t have a hurricane THIS year. But, unfortunately, the weather forecast for August 26th, the scheduled date of the 23rd Annual “A Taste of Britain” British car show and polo match was for “a chance of showers…” And, as all British car owners know, “rain = rust” – which resulted in a couple dozen “no shows” in the preregistered ranks and a somewhat lower number of “day of show” participants.
However, the weather got nice later in the morning, and the “day of show” cars began to filter in. Total cars on the show field numbered 142. Pennsylvania cars comprised virtually the entire total, with representatives of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Virginia also in attendance. Once again this year, the number of LANCO MG member cars was followed by a large continent (26) of PhillyMINI members.
Regalia Ready for Business
The “Rush” has Subsided!
Since this is the 50th anniversary of the MGB, a prominent area of the show field was reserved for the “Bs”. A total of 41 MGBs – representing all time periods/body styles were either preregistered and/or graced the show field for the event.
Lots of B’s
Those who were not scared off by the weather report appeared to have a good time. There was the usual good food at the snack bar, regalia for sale by Triple-C Accessories and other vendors (as well as door prizes for many of those in attendance) and an entertaining polo match – which ended in a win for the visiting Delaware team.
Always Carry Jumper Cables!
Action on the Polo Field
Sally congratulates the winers!
SEPTEMBER MEETING SUMMARY
By Ralph Spayd
Photos By Gloria Ciarrocca, Charlie Baldwin and Ralph Spayd
Our seventh meeting of 2012 was held at Fiorentino’s Restaurant at the Lancaster Airport. President Sally Harbold convened the meeting at 3:00 PM with twenty members in attendance, as well as two guests from Great Britain. We were entertained by the drone of small airplanes, as we were seated almost on the tarmac. There were 7 British cars that landed for the meeting.
Larry Ciarrocca reported on the results of the “A Taste of Britain” show. The weather held off and we were rain free during the show. 88 cars were pre-registered, of which 23 were “no shows”. 77 additional cars registered on the day of show - for a total of 142 cars on the show field. In the total we had 27 first-time attendees. The club agreed to donate $125 to the “Drive Away Cancer” program.
Lots of LBCs in Attendance
President Sally Addresses the Club
Jim Harbold discussed the progress on reestablishing the club’s non-profit status and commented we are one of countless organizations in this situation. This year’s club elections will be for President, Secretary, Treasurer and two Board Members. To date, nominations have been made for President - Ralph Spayd and the two Board Members - Charlie Baldwin and Scott Walter. Anyone else interested in running should contact Sally Harbold.
Charlie Baldwin introduced his friends Reg Dixie and Linda Veryard from London. They shipped their 1973 MGB GT to the Port of Baltimore to do a cross-country Route 66 tour. They hope to pick up the car this week through US customs. Reg gave a great overview of the process and the trials of shipping your car to the US. It can be difficult, expensive and not easy to get insurance for the trip. Reg and Linda have several cars and just recently picked up the GT as a “barn find”. The club shared tips and suggestions with them and presented them with a NAMGBR drivers aid directory. Safety Fast, Reg & Linda!!
Charlie with his British Guests Reg and Linda
GT Made it through Customs!
Stowe – The British Invasion
By Larry Ciarrocca
Photos By Gloria Ciarrocca
Once again this year, we went to British Invasion in Stowe, Vermont. We took a side trip to Freeport, Boothbay Harbor and Kennebunkport, Maine. When we got to Vermont, we stopped at Bennington to check things out at Hemmings. There was a car show the same weekend, so there were a lot of very old cars around town. We then stopped at the Vermont Country Store, Cabot Cheese Factory and, of course, Ben and Jerry’s.
MGBs on the Show Field
There were a few light showers at British Invasion, but as always a great turnout of hundreds of British cars. Singer was the featured marque. MGs were well represented. If you want to see British sports cars, put this event on your must do list. It is a beautiful area.
T’s Out in Force
Annual Crab Run Coming up!
By Gloria Ciarrocca
On Sunday, October 14th, we will be making our annual run to Woody’s Crab House in North East, MD ( http://woodyscrabhouse.com/ ) for crabs, seafood, or whatever else there is to eat. As in the past, we will meet at Valley View Restaurant (currently closed) south of the Buck on Route 272, at 11:00 AM. If you want to go and did not sign up at the September meeting, please call Gloria (285-7379) or send her an email so that she can call the restaurant and make reservations.
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October 2012 Articles
MG’S ON THE ROCKS-2012
By Gloria Ciarrocca and Ralph Spayd, Photos By George Partlow
Yes, yes it’s hard to believe, but LANCO MG Club was the largest club participant again! Keep on enjoying those little British cars you faithful members!
LANCO members who attended with their cars were Gloria and Larry Ciarrocca, Forrest and Kay Collier, Dennis Blevins, Bruce Deisinger, Mike Egliskis, Tom Ensminger, Dale and Claudia Glatfelter, Bruce Hurley, Mike and Betsy Lang, Andy and Kay Myers, George and Ann Partlow, Rick Smith, Eric and Mary Saliminen, Jeff and Roberta Shank, Ralph Spayd, Brian Thomas, Brooks Thompson and Andrea, Alan and Carol Tucker, Scott, Laura and Mark Walter. Others who attended were Neal Becker, Phil Cooke and Cathy Moore, and Tim and Joan Martin. That would make about 32 members and about 21 cars. Sorry if I missed anyone. Please let us know if we did.
Gloria’s 1st-Place “B”
Those members who won awards were Brooks Thompson [1st place for MGB/GT’s]; Forrest Collier [2nd place for MGB/GT’s]; Mike Egliskis [2nd place for MGB-V8]; Gloria Ciarrocca [1st place for 68-73 MGB’s]; Jeff Shank [63-67 MGB’s] - Jeff also was awarded the Dick Murphy cup - "Best MGB of Show"; Mike Lang [2nd rubber bumper MGB’s]; and Brian Thomas [3rd MGA’s].
I did see the absolute “cleanest” TR3 on the planet. The car was immaculate and spotless.
It was a great autumn day. Cool in the morning then it warmed up and later got cool again. The roast beef was delicious as usual and no one went home hungry. The day flew by fast and it’s always great to see club members, old friends and meet new MG car enthusiasts. There were several potential new members at the show, need to follow up with them.
We didn’t get a car show total, but it was very well attended and represented by local car clubs. We were told there were only twenty-five “no shows”.
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November 2012 Articles
WOODY’S - 2012
By Steve Dellinger, Photos By Gloria Ciarrocca
On a beautiful autumn day, 28 LANCO members and guests went for a drive for good food and great company - Sunday, October 14, 2012 was the Crab Run to Woody’s in North East, Maryland. You couldn’t have asked for a nicer day and everyone had a nice time.
LANCO members making the trip included Gloria and Larry Ciarrocca; Kay and Andy Myers; Al Little, Jon and Edie Arndt; Norm and Sue Wright; Charlie Baldwin; Bruce and Sue Hurley; Scott, Laura and Mark Walters; Ralph and Sandy Spayd; Tom and Mary Lynne Naples; Dennis Blevins; and Brooks Thompson and Andrea Wimmer .
Included in the group were Charlie Baldwin’s friends Reg Dixie and Linda Veryard from London. They were on their way back home after completing their cross-country Route 66 tour in their 1973 MGB GT –which they had shipped over from the “homeland”.
… and Linda
Dennis Attacks his Pile of Crabs
FIRST ANNUAL (?) POTLUCK DINNER
By Steve Dellinger, Photos By George Partlow
November’s Club meeting was something new! Village residents Sally and Jim Harbold hosted the first annual(?) LANCO “Potluck Dinner” and Club Meeting at the Glatfelter Center at Sprenkle Village in York. LANCO supplied pulled chicken and pulled pork BBQ and drinks, while members brought covered dishes, salads, veggies, desserts, etc. to share. Club members were in attendance, including Jim and Sally Harbold, Gloria and Larry Ciarrocca, Tom Naples, Andy Schneggenburger, Tim and Joan Martin, Kay and Andy Myers, Jack Butler, Bill Butler, Jon and Edie Arndt, Bob and Margaret Arlotto, Bruce and Sue Hurley, Bruce and Darlene Deisinger, Charlie Baldwin, Norm and Sue Wright, Steve Dellinger, George and Ann Partlow, and Louise and Al Little. A few of the retirement village’s other residents also stopped in – to sample the cupcakes and deserts!
After everyone had more than enough to eat, Sally Harbold convened a short membership meeting. Since he will be unable to attend the Holiday Banquet, Sally thanked Tom Naples for his two years of service on the Board of Directors. Steve Dellinger distributed copies of the Secretary’s Report. The Treasurer’s Report was read by Jim Harbold.
The Healeys are Here
All Lined up for Food!
The “A Taste of Britain” Report was given by Larry. The date of next year’s show is Sunday, August 25, 2013. Bob Arlotto indicated that the date for next year’s “British Invade Gettysburg” show is July 14, 2013. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s show will once again be donated to the Adams and Lancaster County Toys-for-Tots.
President Sally Convenes the Meeting
Sally Harbold listed the nominations to date for officers and board members:
President – Ralph Spayd
Vice President - ?
Secretary – Steve Dellinger
Treasurer – Jim Harbold
Board (2) – Charlie Baldwin, Scott Walter
Ballots will be sent out shortly, along with Club membership renewals and Holiday Banquet registration forms.
Member-attended past events were also discussed. Gloria and Larry Ciarrocca attended the annual event in Stowe, Vermont. They reported that it was as large as usual. Charlie and Jon attended Fall Hershey – Charlie was there trying to sell the ’69 XKE – with no luck! A number of members went on the run to Woody’s (see separate article). Jon and Edie Arndt went to the Vintage Festival at Watkins Glen. Charlie Baldwin attended Shawn Miller’s benefit show on September 29th – the same day as the Rocks Show in Maryland.
Sally put out a call for door prizes for the Holiday Banquet – so clean out your garage/closets! There was also a discussion about creating and distributing a list of cell phone numbers for club members – in anticipation of that next breakdown (ah - "traveling tech session" - ed.)! The meeting adjourned at 3:16 PM – in time for the old British cars to get home before sundown.
British Cars … all in a Row!
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