British Marque Articles - 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANCO MG CLUB (01/13/15)

 2014 President’s Award Summary . By Ralph Spayd, photos by Steve Dellinger

As had become my tradition as president ... Oh alright! I only did it last year, but tradition has to start someplace. I gave out some presidential awards to members for some “special” recognition. This year we gave out three Presidential Special awards.

But first, we did present a well-deserved award to a worthy member. For the first time in club history, the LANCO Enthusiast of the Year award went to a member who is not currently a British car owner. The 2014 winner was Margaret Sultner and she truly embodies the spirt of enthusiasm for both the club and British cars. Margaret in her short tenure as a LANCO member has been an outstanding supporter and participant in all club activities throughout the past year. Well done Margaret and well deserved!

Enthusiast of the Year

Now, on to the less then serious awards but equally well deserved recognition by these recipients.

The “Good Idea” Award presented to Charlie Baldwin

Charlie is chocked full of ideas some better than others, but his idea to stop at Quaker Steak and Lube in York after the BIG car show was a winner. With his encouragement and expert help, we polished off a “lube tube”, enjoyed some food and laughs while resting our tired feet. Well done Charlie and we had the photographic evidence to prove it!

PS - We also had evidence that Margaret was working on her “enthusiast” award……..

 

 “Good Idea” Award Winner!

 

The “Oh So Close” Award presented to Sally Harbold

This award was presented to Sally after coming in 3rd at the November club meeting in a 2nd place contest. As the award says, she was oh so close to winning. But in the true spirit of competition, we gave Sally some lovely parting gifts and “50 bucks” to enjoy. Well at least we all enjoyed the 50 bucks. Maybe not so much for Sally…….better luck in 2015! Jeeze and Jim is the treasurer. I’ll let the two of you work that out!

 

 “Oh So Close” Award Winner

 The “Brown Wire” Award presented to Skip and Ann Partlow

The club has gone to GREAT expense to develop a traveling award to be held by the winner for the next 12 months or longer if they can’t unload it! If you’re remotely familiar with British wiring, you know why it’s called the “brown wire” award and represents some level of trouble. Now the Partlow’s were not present to receive the award and we hope it wasn’t due to car issues…..but Skip and Ann were bitten twice this year with trouble at club events. The award was presented for their tenacity and for not selling their MG. Well done guys. [FYI – the award is waiting for you at the next meeting or whenever we can catch you.]

“Brown Wire” Award presented in Absentia!

And as they say, my work here is done……..

Ralph

Annual Banquet – December 2014 by Steve Dellinger, photos by Gloria Ciarrocca and Steve Dellinger

The annual LANCO MG Club Holiday Banquet was held at the Fireside Tavern, Strasburg, PA on Saturday, December 6 th, with 43 members in attendance. Two guests from the Central PA Food Bank, Jennifer Powell and her friend Ross, were also in attendance to accept a donation check from the Club.

Contribution to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

 Awards for the year included the following:

Years of service in the Club:

30 Years of Service: Tim and Joan Martin, Michael and Carol Schmuck, Joel Beck

30 Years – Joan and Tim Martin

25 Years of Service: Robert Derr, Peter Slesser

20 Years of Service: Mark Anderson, Ed Manbeck

20 Years - Ed Manbeck

20 Years - Mark Anderson

15 Years of Service: Dion and Heather Yanez, Stephen and Barbara Weaver

10 Years of Service: Neal and Jackie Brewer, Taylor and Mary Jane Miller, Tom and Mary Lynne Naples

Ralph 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

Skip Partlow – Photographer and Events

Andy Schneggenburger – Membership

Dennis Blevins – WEB Master

Scott Walter, Sally Harbold, Sue Hurley, Tim Martin – Men’s and Ladies’ Tech Sessions

Bob Arlotto – Chairman for BIG

Mike Lang and Larry Ciarrocca – “Iron Chefs” for the annual picnic

Gloria and Larry Ciarrocca – TOB Registration, Door Prizes and Stuffers

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix – Jim Harbold

Charlie Baldwin - Watkins Glen Vintage Festival

Dick Wachtman – TOB Field Prep and “Trailer Jockey”

Gloria and Larry Ciarrocca – October Crab Run

Mark Anderson, Ed Manbeck - Table Decorations for the Christmas Banquet

The festivities concluded with the annual carol sing led by Sally, accompanied by Bruce Deisinger, and a reading by Joan Martin. Another enjoyable end to a successful year!

 

 

 

January 2015 Club Meeting by Steve Dellinger

Newly-elected President Dennis Blevins convened the first membership meeting of the new year on January 11th at the Apple Tree Family Restaurant in Lancaster. We will be holding our membership meetings at the Apple Tree from January through April this year. Twenty-five members were in attendance. Two new British Cars (MINIs) were also in attendance. Minutes from the November 2014 meeting were distributed. The Treasurer’s report was also presented.

 

President Dennis Addresses the Membership

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 (or will be) also been scheduled throughout the year – which could be organized by individual members and may only involve a small number of cars/members.

President Blevins announced that the monthly “Name Tag” drawing will officially kick off at the February Club meeting – starting with a “pot” of $20. He also announced that the annual MGs of Baltimore’s “Get the Dust-Off Rallye” will be held on May 3rd this year, with the Rally School scheduled for April 19th.

British Invade Gettysburg (BIG) Show Chairman Bob Arlotto is looking for addresses/email links to other area car clubs to add to/update his mailing list for the event. Larry Ciarrocca distributed an attendance summary report on last year’s A Taste of Britain show, which detailed the number of attendees by marque, state, club affiliation, etc.

Pre-Meeting Conversations

Events Coordinator Ralph Spayd noted that the Annual Banquet this year will start at 5:30 PM (earlier than in previous years). Ralph passed around the clubs new traveling award, The Brown Wire Award, which will be awarded annually to the most deserving club member (i.e., the one who had the most car trouble during the year). The award was presented (in absentia) to Skip Partlow at last year’s Annual Banquet. Ralph indicated that he is looking to schedule some tours and other “spontaneous” drives throughout the year, with details to be disseminated by email and posted on the website. Ralph reported that he inquired about volunteering opportunities with the Central PA Food Bank – to help pack up food, etc. He will get more information for next month’s meeting.

 

 

 

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LANCO MG CLUB (02/13/15)

The View from Behind the Wheel, by Dennis Blevins

First off folks, I’m going to tell you that I don’t feel like I’m “behind the wheel yet”. It’s been a long time since I’ve been an officer in our club and secondly, coming in behind Ralph Spayd as chief executive is a tough act to follow. You know how it is, “sometimes you’re the truck, and sometimes you’re the bug”. However, with two club meetings under the belt I feel confident that I’m gaining ground on the truck!

As noted in Steve Dellinger’s “British Marque” articles, those meetings have been well attended, the winter weather has been cooperative on our meeting dates, and the staff and accommodations at the Apple Tree Restaurant in Centerville have met our needs well. If you haven’t attended a meeting recently please come on out and join us. We’ve even relaxed the rules for our name tag drawing. You don’t have to be wearing your name tag – just show up! In March the kitty for that drawing will be $30; it could be yours. Our next two monthly meetings will also be held at the Apple Tree and then we’ll be breaking out into true sports car weather and all of the great events that Ralph has lined up for the Spring and Summer. As I write this on February 11 th and have just finished bringing the club’s website up to date, it just seemed unbelievable to be able to put our “Coffee, Cars, and Conversation” back on the front page events list – that being an event within the next two months! Come on, April – I’m ready!

Those of you that attended the February meeting know that I and our 77 MGB had an altercation with a utility pole the week before. I’m fine, other than having some sore and stiff spots, and I’m still “in the process” with the insurance company. Repair or total? It’s going to be a close call with the agreed-value policy. Trust me, not the way to thin down your fleet. The very worst part – I was returning home from filling the gas tank because a prospective buyer was coming from Philadelphia to check the car out. Woulda, coulda, shoulda. Oh, well – much worse scenarios can easily be imagined. I’m firmly in agreement with my sister now – utility poles are magnetic. How else when they’re anywhere from 125 feet to 200 feet apart can a vehicle be drawn to them? There’s plenty of open space in between!

Be safe out there.

Dennis

 

February 2015 Club Meeting by Steve Dellinger. Photos by Skip Partlow and Steve Dellinger

President Dennis Blevins convened the second membership meeting of the new year on February 8th at the Apple Tree Family Restaurant in Lancaster. Twenty-nine members and one guest (potential member) were in attendance. Three British Cars were also in attendance. Minutes from the January 2015 meeting were distributed. The Treasurer’s report was also presented.

 

President Dennis Addresses the Membership

President Blevins conducted the initial “Name Tag” drawing of the year – starting with a “pot” of $20. Trent and Suzette Bentzel’s names were drawn – but they were not in attendance. So the “pot” increases to $30 for next month’s drawing.

Most of the discussion during the meeting focused on the scheduling of events for the year. Several club meetings have been rescheduled to other dates. They include (1) the June meeting, which will move to June 7th; and (2) the Crab Run to Woody’s which will move to October 18th. Ralph Spayd reported that the annual Volunteer Appreciation Barbeque has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 25th at Clipper Stadium in Lancaster. In addition to regularly scheduled Club events, several “fun runs” have (or will be) also been scheduled throughout the year – which could be organized by individual members and may only involve a small number of cars/members. These will be announced on the website and/or through email “blasts”.

 

Pre-Meeting Conversations

 

British Invade Gettysburg (BIG) Show Chairman Bob Arlotto is looking to send out invitations to other area car clubs in the near future. Larry Ciarrocca reported that he had prepared a letter to send out to all clubs requesting that they add this year’s "A Taste of Britain" show to their club calendars.

Events Coordinator and Past President Ralph Spayd presented Ann and Skip Partlow with the initial Brown Wire Award, which will be awarded annually to the most deserving club member (i.e., the one who had the most car trouble during the year).

 

Brown Wire Award Winners!

 

 

It’s Rally Time Again! by Steve Dellinger

The 26th running of the “Get The Dust Off (GTDO)” Rally is coming soon! This year, LANCO member Eric Salminen is once again the Rallymaster and LANCO President Dennis Blevins is the Registrar. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, May 3rd. This will be a time-speed-distance Monte Carlo style rally covering approximately 60 miles. The start location will be at 12321 Jerusalem Road, in Kingsville, MD. Registration opens at 10:00 AM; drivers’ meeting starts at 10:30 AM. The Rally will finish at the Dejon Vineyards, 5300 Hydes Road, Hydes, MD. Registration is $30 per car until April 25 th - $35 per car afterwards. The registration form can be downloaded from the MGOB website: http://www.mgsofbaltimore.org/ .

 

 

Instructors from the MGs of Baltimore and the Sports Car Club of America will once again conduct a Rally School prior to the GTDO, so that drivers can learn (or brush up on) the skills of automotive road rallying. The Rally School will be held on Sunday, April 19th at the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, 1403 Old Mountain Road, Joppa, MD. Preregistration of $20 per car is required. Registrations are due by April 11th. Check out the MGOB website or the LANCO website for updated information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LANCO MG CLUB (03/17/15)

 

The View from Behind the Wheel, by Dennis Blevins

As noted in Steve Dellinger’s “British Marque” article, the start of our March meeting involved a bit of a surprise. As we all began to gather at our planned meeting spot – the Apple Tree Restaurant on Columbia Avenue – it became quickly apparent that the business had closed, with no advanced warning to us. Some quick phone work by Larry Ciarrocca yielded another venue just one-half mile away. Larry and Andy Schneggenburger stayed behind at the Apple Tree to redirect folks while the rest of us adjourned to the Villa Nova Sports Bar and Restaurant down the street. For a bit there it looked like it was going to by a typical LANCO MG road trip parking lot meeting of “Where are we going to eat?” “I don’t know, what do you want?” “Doesn’t matter to me, what about you?” Yada, yada, yada; ad infinitum. In the end, all turned out well. Great punting Larry, and thanks!

As a follow-up to the saga to the altercation I and our 77 MGB had with a utility pole in early February, after all the back and forth’s with the independent appraiser and with the subsequent review (and help) by the staff at Horsepower Enterprises in Lancaster, the car has been declared a total loss. At first glance it may not look so bad; but now the shape of it, as well as its original color, does make one think of a banana.

Passenger Side View from the Rear

We had first right at the salvage bid and the car is going to Charlie Baldwin’s friend, Joe Lazenby, who is rebuilding another ’77 B. So, parts on the yellow B will live on. There’s a lot to be learned through this. First of all, be ever vigilant and wear your seat belts – it’s unbelievable how fast those fractions of seconds go by. Secondly – our MGB’s have amazingly strong unibodies, especially when you think back to when they were designed and built. Thirdly, your insurance company’s agreed value policies – if you don’t have one, get one. In our case, Hagerty’s staff was very professional and a pleasure to work with. Not like the insurance ads that you see on television – the adjuster was working for us, not for the appraiser. And lastly, heaven forbid if this ever happens to you, you’ll sadly have to deal with an appraiser, but remember, he’s punching the details in a standard appraisers’ computer program which only is geared toward getting your 2004 Ford Focus back on the road at the least possible cost. Get a qualified classic car rebuilding shop on your side (and hopefully your insurance company, like Hagerty, knows that Joe’s Bang ‘Em and Body Shop is not the place to repair your baby (or even provide a proper estimate). And in the end, no matter how attached you may be, or how much money you’ve put into it over the years – it is just a car, and it can be replaced.

Passenger Side View from the Front

Enough of that! Mother Nature has just given us a couple whiffs of Spring in the past few days. (We did take the E-type Jaguar out for a short run on Sunday, and “yes” – I was very apprehensive, given my last LBC driving experience!) But in a few short weeks it will be April and we’ll be holding our first Cars, Coffee, and Conversation at the Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia on the morning of the 4th, and a new driving season will be upon us.

Be safe out there!

Dennis

March 2015 Club Meeting, By Steve Dellinger

President Dennis Blevins belatedly convened the third membership meeting of the new year on March 8th at the Villa Nova West Family Restaurant and Sports Bar – NOT at the previously scheduled Apple Tree Family Restaurant – which apparently closed/changed ownership since last month’s meeting and was closed for remodeling – with no notice. Fortunately Larry Ciarrocca was able to find a space in the back room of the Villa Nova – which is where we will meet in April as well. Twenty-five members were in attendance. Five British Cars were also in attendance – including Bruce Hurley’s new “toy” – a 2002 Aston Martin DB7 V12 Vantage!

 Tim and Joan Check Out Bruce’s New Toy

Minutes from the February 2015 meeting were distributed. The Treasurer’s report was also presented. President Blevins conducted the monthly “Name Tag” drawing – starting with a “pot” of $30. Judy Anderson’s names was drawn – but she was not in attendance. So the “pot” increases to $40 for next month’s drawing.

12 Cylinders!

Most of the discussion during the meeting focused on the scheduling of events for the year. Events Coordinator Ralph Spayd is planning a mid-week trip on April 8th to the AACA Museum in Hershey to view the Lotus (and Tucker) exhibits. We will met at the Soda Jerk Diner and Ice Cream Bar, Hummelstown, PA for lunch at 11:30 AM, and then travel to the Museum. Ralph Spayd also reported that he has enlisted 17 convertibles (to date) from LANCO to serve as parade lap rides for ballplayers at the Lancaster Barnstormers Opening Day ceremonies at Clipper Stadium on April 30th. (Volunteers were assured that the ballplayers will be sitting in the passenger seats). Ralph is also working on a Covered Bridge Tour / Picnic for Sunday, May 31st. The Triumph and Healey clubs will be invited to participate. More information will follow on this event in the near future.

British Invade Gettysburg (BIG) Show Chairman Bob Arlotto reported that he is already getting preregistrations in for the show. Larry Ciarrocca reported that the flyer for this year’s A Taste of Britain show is in the works – to be completed shortly.

 

Speaking of Rallying … By Steve Dellinger

Back on Saturday, January 21st, LANCO Member Eric Salminen (Driver) and LANCO President Dennis Blevins (Navigator) participated in the 2015 Finger Lakes Ithaca Winter Rally in Ithaca, New York. They were not driving a British Car – they were in a Subaru. The rally, which was conducted by the Finger Lakes Region, SCCA, had a length of approximately 190 miles using paved and unpaved roads in the southern parts of West-Central New York. Eric and Dennis finished third overall and first in the Equipped Class with a total of 96 points (96/100 of a minute "error") over the 190 miles through 14 checkpoints.

NOT a British Car …

 

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LANCO MG CLUB (04/14/15)

 The View from Behind the Wheel, by Dennis Blevins

After a few teasers from Mother Nature in late March, it looks like we’re actually turning the corner into Spring. Finally! Our club’s calendar of events is certainly heating up. Between today (April 14th) and our next club meeting there’s nine items on the docket. From our next Coffee, Cars, and Conversation, the Spring and Import Carlisle events, a nearby road rally, neighboring clubs’ Spring car shows (Delaware and Frederick, MD), and helping the Lancaster Barnstormers to get their season off to a big start on their home opening night. Truly something for everyone. And if all that is not enough, our energetic events coordinator, Ralph Spayd, is hatching up more. Keep checking our on-line calendar at www.lancomgclub.com/all_events .

With all the options (and non-optional) items that hit our schedules nowadays, it is truly great that we do have many choices to get our cars out on the road to enjoy. And remember, if we keep those cars tucked away in the garage, few people would have an opportunity to see them and get bitten by the same bug that we have. Then what would become of our “hobby”?

Be safe out there.

Dennis

 

 

LANCO 2015 Season Kick Off, by Ralph Spayd. Photos by Skip Partlow and Charlie Baldwin

At times, I didn’t think it would actually happen, but winter finally came to an end! The LANCO club kicked off the 2015 season with our Coffee – Cars & Conversation (CCC) on April 4th. This is our third season and we meet April through October at the Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia at 9 AM on the first Saturday of each month. It’s a VERY informal gathering and is open to all British car enthusiasts, British car owners or anyone who has ever driven/rode in a British car (we have to draw the line somewhere). We had ten people attending with an eclectic mix of cars and good conversation and problem solving. Charlie B. led us on a road trip to see his newest addition (formally Dennis B’s) MGB at the Bluestone body shop in York. The shop was impressive and has a frame straightening table. I’ll let Charlie or Dennis comment on the outcome later. All in all it was a great kick off and a good time was had by all.

 

CCC Kick-Off

Our next event was on April 8 th meeting for lunch and a tour of the Lotus exhibit at the AACA museum in Hershey. We dined at the Soda Jerk in Hummelstown. It’s a diner/car themed restaurant with good food. We then trekked over to the museum for the tour. The Lotus display was impressive and like everything at the museum it was well done. The Tucker car/history display was very interesting. We’re quite fortunate to have such a resource in our backyard.

1962 Lotus Type 22

 

1958 Lotus Eleven Series 2 Le Mans

1978 Lotus Type 79

 

1959 Lotus Elite Type 14

 

1948 Tucker #1001

 

Finally, a couple of us attended the tech session at Triumph Rescue in Bally, PA. Matt Bakes and his crew put on an exceptional program and supply a fantastic lunch. Their shop is quite impressive and the work they do is exceptional. If you haven’t attended a session you’re missing a great program. We’ll wrap up the month on April 30 th, with LANCO participating at the Lancaster Barnstormers opening day celebration. The club is supplying 20 convertibles to shuttle the ball players around the field in an award ceremony recognizing the Barnstormers championship win in 2014. Could be interesting as some of the players might exceed the height requirement of the LBC’s….more on that next month!

Ralph’s Car is NOT the Aston Martin!

 

Work in Progress

May looks to be very busy with our monthly CCC session on the 2nd and a covered bridge tour on the 31st. Remember to check out our web site at www.lancomgclub.com and mark your calendars for the upcoming events in 2015.

 

 

April 2015 Club Meeting, By Steve Dellinger

President Dennis Blevins convened the third membership meeting of the New Year on April 12 th at the Villa Nova West Family Restaurant and Sports Bar. Twenty-three members were in attendance – including brand new member, Paul Peterson, whose children gave him a 1974 MGB as a retirement gift! Since the weather was sunny and in the 60s, seven British Cars were also in attendance.

Minutes from the March 2015 meeting were distributed. The Treasurer’s report was also presented. President Blevins conducted the monthly “Name Tag” drawing – starting with a “pot” of $40. Tom Naples’ name was drawn – but he was not in attendance. So the “pot” increases to $50 for next month’s drawing.

Pre-Meeting Banter

It was decided that the Brown Wire Award will be deemed a travelling trophy. As a result, the trophy was presented to Dennis Blevins for his recent exploits with a utility pole. Most of the discussion during the meeting focused on the scheduling of events for the year. Events Coordinator Ralph Spayd reported that he has enlisted 20 convertibles (to date) from LANCO to serve as parade lap rides for ballplayers at the Lancaster Barnstormers Opening Day ceremonies at Clipper Stadium on April 30th. Ralph and Skip Partlow are also working on a Covered Bridge Tour / Picnic for Sunday, May 31st. The Triumph and Healey clubs have been invited to participate. More information will follow on this event in the near future. Ralph is also looking into scheduling a mid-week visit to the Simone Museum in Philadelphia, as well as monthly Friday evening “ice cream” runs.

It was reported that British Invade Gettysburg (BIG) Show preregistrations are coming in. Larry Ciarrocca reported that everything is progressing satisfactorily in preparation for this year’s A Taste of Britain show. The Tech Sessions are scheduled for May 17th at European Imports in Maytown (rumor has it that Dennis’s wounded MGB may be the prime topic of discussion …). The ladies will again convene at LEPCO. The Club meeting will be held at LEPCO, with dinner to follow at McCleary’s in Marietta.

 

 

 

 

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LANCO MG CLUB (05/12/15)

 

LANCO Participates in Lancaster Barnstormers Opening Day Celebration. By Ralph Spayd, photos by Tony Sinkosky and Skip Partlow

Take me out to the ball game…well you know the song and I’ll spare you listening to my singing! (But maybe I planted that little song in your head and now it won’t stop…hahahahahaha). Well that’s exactly what LANCO did on April 30th; we went to the ball game. To be exact, we had 27 members and family participating in the event and 20 convertibles. And what an event it was. But first some background. It all started when I was working with Liz Welch from the Lancaster Barnstormers baseball club events group to set up our 2nd annual volunteer event at the ballpark. Liz sent me an email asking if the club would like to participate in the opening day and championship ring celebration by supplying some convertibles from the club. Each car would deliver a player or manager to the presentation site by entering the stadium at right field and driving our assigned passenger around inside the ballpark past home plate. That was an easy question to answer with a resounding yes! A call went out to the club membership opening up the invitation to not just members British cars, but any convertible they had in their stable. The response was outstanding and LANCO supplied the majority of the convertibles for the event.

 

Gloria Leads the Way

The weather was very iffy, but held out; but it did cause us to lose a few participants. We had a wonderful eclectic mix of cars for the event representing MG both A & B, Morgan’s both 3 and 4 wheeled types, a beautiful Corvette…hehehe, BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, Mustang, Chrysler Crossfire, Audi, VW, Mini and hopefully I didn’t forget anyone. It was a real treat to drive around inside the ballpark with the crowd cheering and waving. We heard that the York Revolution said they never got this kind of opening day celebration. Way to go Liz and crew! It really was a very special event for the club and our members and family. As a bonus each car received two complimentary tickets to the game.

Andy M. enters the Field

 

Thumbs Up!

Not Ralph’s ‘Vette!

 

Morgan on Parade

“B” Heading for First Base

Thanks to all who participate and making the evening a special event. Now like all events there is something to learn. So what did we learn from this one? Well, Jack Butler was the most photographed car. What we don’t know was it due to Jack or his 2 passengers…..we’ll never know for sure, but Jack is very photogenic!

 

Jack B. and the Girls

May looks to be very busy with our tech session AND our covered bridge tour on the 31st. So remember to check out our web site at www.lancomgclub.com and mark your calendars for the upcoming events in 2015.

 

“Get the Dust Off” Road Rally Report by Dennis Blevins, Photos by Bruce Bubeck

The MGs of Baltimore held the twenty-sixth annual running of the “Get the Dust Off” rally on Sunday, May 3rd. The event was sanctioned by the Washington, DC region of the Sports Car Club of America.

As has been the case in the past several years, the event started at Eric and Mary Salminen’s “farm” in Kingsville, MD and finished at the Dejon Vineyards and Winery in Hydes, MD. The sixty-file mile rally route covered scenic country roads in northern Baltimore County and Harford County, MD. There were forty-four checkpoints in the “Monte Carlo” route but just fifteen were manned and scored. In a Monte Carlo rally the instructions tell the competitors where the checkpoints are and the perfect time to be at each one, the trick is they don’t know which ones will count toward their total score. Thirty teams registered for the event and included cars from a 1948 MG YA through 2014 Mazdas and Subarus, plus everything in between. Competition classes were provided for the standard SCCA groupings – equipped, limited, stock, and novice – plus “Vintage” (prior to 1960), “Historic 1” (1960’s), and “Historic 2” (1970’s and early 1980’s). There was also a “seat of the pants” class provided for those inclined toward “let’s not get too serious about this and have fun”. Sixteen British sports cars were registered to run the route. Eric Salminen and Dennis Blevins served as rallymasters.

 

Signing In with Registrar Dennis

LANCO MG’s Richard Barnes with navigator Michael Reick and Rick and Judy Smith competed in the novice class in their MGBs, finishing third (197 points) and sixth (474 points) in that class, respectively. Bruce Bubeck served as the “official” photographer for the event as well as helping to man two checkpoints. Alan Tucker also manned a checkpoint while wife Carol served as navigator for Jason Picton in Jason’s dad’s ’73 Saab 96 which is dubbed “Slug 2”. When the Saab died at the mid-rally break Carol jumped shipped and continued on as navigator for MGOB member Sergio Zarbin in his ’69 MG Midget. Carol obviously was “in the zone” as navigator – until their Saab breakdown Jason and Carol were posting single-digit scores , then Sergio and Carol went on to capture third place in the Historic 1 class!.

Richard Barnes on the Course

 

Rick and Judy Smith Underway

While the scores were being tabulated at the winery finish, the competitors enjoyed picnicking, swapping tales (or lies) of their day’s adventures, and participating in the wine tasting which was included in their rally entrance fee. Bottles of Dijon’s wine were awarded to the first, second, and third (and sometimes fourth) place finishers in each class. Due to the number of classes and participating teams, thirty-four bottles of wine were handed out. A GOOD time was had by all.

 

Winners’ “Booty”

(Note: Eric & Mary Salminen, Alan Tucker, Bruce Bubeck, and Dennis Blevins hold memberships in the LANCO MG and MGs of Baltimore clubs.)

 

 

Coffee, Cars & Conversation By Steve Dellinger, Photo by Skip Partlow

Another good turnout at the second Coffee, Cars & Conversation on May 2nd - nine cars (not counting Skip’s “non-sports car)! Once again, the Triumphs outnumbered all the other British marques (let’s go MG drivers!). The weather was warm and the conversations lasted well past the scheduled quitting time. The next event is Saturday, June 6th at 9:00 AM – hope to see you then!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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