The View from Behind the Wheel, by Gloria Ciarrocca
Well, I hope everyone had a nice holiday season. The annual Christmas banquet was a great success. The awards given out included “Enthusiast of the Year” which went to Ralph Spayd. And what a great help he has been this past year. Thanks Ralph. The “ Most Act ive New Member” went to Deb Eckert. She has jumped in with both feet helping at BIG and TOB and a ttending most meetings. The "Loose Wire Award” went to Larry Ciarrocca for having a flat tire on busy Route 33 north of Allentown, in the rain, on the way to Stowe, VT . The food was great at Fireside Inn, as usual. Joan Martin had an entertaining game where each table had to look up songs and then one lucky person attempted to sing the correct words to the song that the guests at their table had picked.
Did you make your New Year’s resolutions - or should I say did you break your New Year’s resolutions yet? Let’s hope we have a better driving season soon instead of this arctic winter weather. I’m tired of breaking old records of f reezing temperatures!
Rest up because this year there is a lot of events for LANCO. June 18-22 is MG-2018 at Gettysburg. Please register soon. Things are filling up fast. LANCO is in charge of the Funkhana. We will need volunteers to help pull off the fun event. Don’ t be a fraid to get involved .
We had 18 polar bears - I mean members - at our January meeting.
On a sad note, the MG world has lost another soul. Ken Smith, known as Mr. MGB, has passed away. He and his wife Barbie came across the pond from the UK 25 years ago. He is one of the founding members of NAMGBR. He always had a column in NAMGBR's publication starting with the first edition. He also worked for Moss Motors, traveling in the Moss motorhome across the country to MG events. He will be missed by many. You can go to
https://namgbr.org/ken-smith-mr-mgb/ to see him talk about his life and love of MG’s.
Annual Banquet – December 2017 by Steve Dellinger, photos by Steve Dellinger
The annual LANCO MG Club Holiday Banquet was held at the Fireside Tavern, Strasburg, PA on Saturday, December 2nd with 49 members in attendance. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Corporate and Foundation Giving Manager, Dave Carl was also in attendance.
Pre-Dinner Conversations, and Food!
As the Club did last year, a donation was made to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank .
Dave Carl from the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank accepts the Donation
Service awards for the year included the following:
Years of service in the Club:
30 Years of Service: Dennis and Carol Blevins, Andy and Kay Myers, Kent and Connie Williamson
25 Years of Service: Loretta Sawyer
20 Years of Service: Bruce and Sue Hurley
15 Years of Service: Mike and Betsy Lang, Susan Wagner, Charlie and Carla Welt, Sue Wright, Charlie and Cindi Filand
10 Years of Service: Forrest and Kay Collier, Tim Benedick
Dennis and Carol Blevins receive their 30-Year Service Recognition
Andy and Kay Myers receive their 30-Year Service Recognition
Bruce and Sue Hurley receive the 20-Year Service Recognition
Forrest and Kay Collier receive their 10-Year Service Recognition
Gloria 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 and Club Volunteers. Special “thanks” were also given to the following members:
Ralph Spayd – Meetings Coordinator (and Covered Bridge Tour)
Steve Dellinger - British Marque Editor and Photography
Skip Partlow – Photographer
Ann Partlow – Photo Editor
Dennis Blevins – WEB Master
Sally Harbold, Sue Hurley, Tim Martin – Men’s and Ladies’ Tech Sessions
Bob Arlotto – Chairman for BIG
Gloria and Larry Ciarrocca – Taste of Britain
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix – Jim Harbold
Kay Myers, Larry Ciarrocca, Ralph Spayd – Annual Picnic
Gloria and Larry Ciarrocca – October Crab Run
Gloria, Larry, et. al. – Annual Banquet
Mark Anderson and Ed Manbeck - Table Decorations for the Annual Banquet
The annual “Enthusiast of the Year” Award went to Ralph Spayd. This year’s “Most Active New Member” Award went to Deb Eckert. The “ Loose W ir e Awa rd” went to Larry Ciarrocca for his adventures on the road to Stowe this past year.
“Enthusiast of the Year” – Ralph Spayd
“Most Active New Member” – Deb Eckert
“Brown Wire Award Winner” – Larry Ciarrocca
The festivities concluded with Joan Martin leading the group in playing “Name That Tune meets The Voice”.
Another enjoyable end to a successful year!
January 2018 CC&C - By Steve Dellinger, Photo by Skip Partlow
The January 6th (and first “winter”) edition of Coffee, Cars and Conversation was held on a frigid (8º) morning at the Columbia Burger King with six drivers and only one (new) British car in attendance. The dedicated “CC&Cers” included Mike Williams, Charlie Baldwin, Cor Engelen, Gary Trautman, Skip Partlow and Steve Dellinger. One and one-half hours were spent discussing numerous club-related (and some not club-related) topics.
Some of the dedicated “CC&Cers”
January 2018 Club Meeting - By Steve Dellinger, Photo by Skip Partlow
President Gloria Ciarrocca convened the first membership meeting of the New Year at the Centerville Diner in Lancaster, with eighteen members in attendance. Bitterly cold weather, illnesses and southern vacations all contributed to the sparse crowd. Two new British Cars (MINIs) were also in attendance. We will be holding our membership meetings at the Centerville Diner from January through April this year. Minutes from the November 2017 meeting were distributed. The Treasurer was unable to attend, so no Treasurer’s report was presented.
Better Turnout than Expected!
Most of the discussion during the meeting focused on the scheduling of events for the year. In addition to regularly scheduled Club meetings and events, and the monthly Coffee, Cars and Conversation. The arrangements for the Tech/Crafts Session in May still need to be finalized. The Board of Directors will be meeting in the next few weeks to discuss the dates and locations for this Year’s “British Invade Gettysburg” and “A Taste of Britain” shows. Several possible road trips were discussed, including a trip down the Skyline Drive, and a trip to the Yuengling Brewery and Jerry's Classic Cars & Collectibles Museum in Pottsville.
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