British Marque Articles - 2018

 

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JANUARY (01/16/18)

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

 

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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FEBRUARY 2018

The View from Behind the Wheel

President Gloria is on vacation in “warmer climes”. The “View” will return next month!

February 2018 CC&C By Steve Dellinger, photos by Steve Dellinger

The February 3rd (and second “winter”) edition of Coffee, Cars and Conversation was held on a cold (20º) morning at the Columbia Burger King with five drivers, one old and two newer British cars in attendance. The dedicated “CC&Cers” this month included Chris Hofmann, Jack Butler, Bob Brown, Steve Dellinger and new member John Cathey. Chris drove his 2005 Morgan and Bob drove his ’78 MG Midget – both with hoods (tops) up! John has a 1970 MGB and an early Austin Mini – both of which will need “work” to get them back on the road. Most of the morning was spent discussing car repair/restoration ideas, along with a few club-related (and some not club-related) topics.

February’s dedicated “CC&Cers”

Midget, Morgan (and MINI)

3/5th of The Crew

 

February 2018 Club Meeting By Steve Dellinger

In the absence of President Gloria Ciarrocca, “President Emeritus” Dennis Blevins convened the second membership meeting of the New Year at the Centerville Diner in Lancaster, with twenty members in attendance. Cool, rainy weather, illnesses and southern vacations all contributed to the sparse crowd. Three new British Cars (MINIs) were also in attendance. Minutes from the January 2018 meeting were distributed. The Treasurer was unable to attend, so no Treasurer’s report was presented.

Most of the discussion during the meeting focused on the scheduling of events for the year. The Board of Directors met at the end of January to discuss the dates and locations for this Year’s “British Invade Gettysburg (BIG)” and “A Taste of Britain (TOB)” shows. Several members visited the Gettysburg Outlets Management to discuss the proposed relocation of the show cars – moving off “Main Street.” In light of the proposed change, along with the GT-43 (MGA) meet in Richmond, Virginia and the MG2018 meet in Gettysburg – both in June - the Board will be meeting to decide whether or not LANCO will be holding of the BIG Show this year. The continued presence of the TOB Show at the polo field in Rothsville also needs to be discussed. Arrangements for the Tech/Crafts Session in May also need to be finalized.

LANCO MG has been placed in charge of the Funkhana at the MG2018 meet. The plan for the course and stations is coming together, but additional volunteers may be needed to help during the event. Dennis has been “volunteered” to conduct a rally school; and Dennis and Eric Salminen are also in charge of running a car rally during the meet.

Dennis provided an update on the Club website. Our current web software was purchased in 2004. Dennis is currently investigating updates to the existing software – or switching to a different software. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!

MGs of Baltimore’s "Get the Dust Off" rally is scheduled for Sunday, May 6th. This year, it will be a “Scavenger Hunt” format, not a timed rally. The event with both start and end at the Gunpowder Lodge on Bel Air Road in Kingsville, Maryland.

 

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March 2018

The View from Behind the Wheel

By Gloria Ciarrocca

After a very nice couple of weeks of warm weather in North Carolina and Florida, Larry and I came back to more of old man winter. Yuck! Although we have not had a lot of snow, it still seems like a long…. winter. I hope that in about 4 or 5 weeks we can start to enjoy MG weather.

The March meeting went well with 21 members attending. There were a few British cars in the parking lot.

Getting Ready

There are few things happening in the club, starting with our website. We have bought an updated software version for maintaining the website. You may not notice much difference, but Webmaster Dennis Blevins says it will make his life easier when posting things. Speaking of posting things, if you get an email or message from me, don’t respond, especially if it sounds weird. I was hacked. I think in my Facebook account. I have changed passwords and changed some other things, but I guess you may continue to receive them. Sorry!

Prez Gloria Conducts the Meeting

MG 2018 is coming up June 18-22. LANCO is running the Funkhana on Wednesday, June 20th. There may be up to 50 cars entering. We will have about 5 stations, where the participants will test their skills such as ring toss, balls in buckets and spark plugs inserted and removed from an engine block. We have about 15 volunteers to help make this a success. Dennis is running a rally, at the same time and will need some help at check points. Please contact us if you would like to help.

And then I said …

We are going to have Taste of Britain the year. The date is Sunday, August 19 (a week earlier than in previous years). The Polo Club asked us to come back and we felt most people enjoy the event.

However, due to various reasons, we are not going to have British Invade Gettysburg show this year. We may look into a different venue for next year.

Check our website and the newsletter for other upcoming events.

March 2018 CC&C

By Steve Dellinger
Photos by Skip Partlow

The March 3rd (and last (?) “winter”) edition of Coffee, Cars and Conversation was held on a cold, windy morning at the Columbia Burger King with nine drivers and one old British car in attendance. The dedicated “CC&Cers” this month included Skip Partlow, Mike Williams, Larry Ciarrocca, Paul Miller, John Paxson, Jack Butler, Steve Rineer, Bill Brown and John Cathey.

March’s dedicated “CC&Cers”

 

 

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April (04/17/18)

The View from Behind the Wheel, By Gloria Ciarrocca, Photos by Skip Partlow

I’m not sure but I think spring is finally arriving. I was in NC for Easter and everything was blooming. The Wisteria was ever where, and Azaleas were so pretty.

Started the MGB up and she is raring to go. Don’t forget to do some safety checks before taking your baby on the roads - belts, wiper blades, oil and filter and transmission fluid to name a few. Don’t forget your tires. Check the tire pressure and check for cracks; and also check the spare for cracks and tire pressure.

The April CCC which was inside at Burger King, next to Turkey Hill Experience, was well attended. We got one new member. April 8th was our monthly meeting. About 20 members attended and we signed up another new member. We went over some upcoming events.

Getting Ready to Meet

“Old” and “New” Jags

New Member Kurt’s “New” Morris

May 6th is the annual tech session (car maintenance) - 1:00 PM at Tom Hertzog’s European Imports in Maytown. Bring a chair. Following the tech session will be a Club meeting at 3:00 PM at Nick’s Bistro, 324 W. Market Street, in Marietta.

The same day as the tech session is the MGs of Baltimore "Get the Dust Off" Rallye”, which will start and end at the Gunpowder Lodge, US 1 in Kingsville, Maryland. It is not a timed event.

Don’t forget Import Carlisle, May 18th - 20th at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. There are still a lot of parts and MG related items waiting for you. It is also a great place to catch up with old friends.

May 20th is the Covered Bridge Drive with the Volvo club. We will be leaving from the Donegal Intermediate School, Rt. 441, Marietta. Be there by 11:30. This a great drive through Lancaster County. The drive ends in Lititz. I was told there will not be a designated restaurant this year. Dust off your cars and enjoy a great drive with other sport car enthusiast. You can register on line (there is a link on the club website).

MG 2018 is coming up June 18-22. LANCO is running the Funkhana Wednesday afternoon. There may be up 50 cars entering. We will have about 5 stations where the participants will test their skills such as ring toss, balls in buckets and sparks plug inserted and removed from a cylinder head. We have about 15 volunteers to help make this a success. Dennis is running a rally, at the same time and will need some help at check points. Please contact us if you would like to help.

We are going to have Taste of Britain the year. The date is August 19 – a week earlier than in the past. The Polo Club asked us to come back and we felt most people enjoy the event.

Check our website and the newsletter for other upcoming events.


April 2018 CC&C, By Steve Dellinger, Photos by Skip Partlow

The April 7th – and supposedly first spring edition of Coffee, Cars and Conversation was held on a cold, windy morning. So, we moved back to the warmth of Columbia Burger King. Despite the weather, there was an excellent turnout, with sixteen drivers/passengers and four old British cars, two new British cars (Lotus and MINI), and a Porsche in attendance. The dedicated “CC&Cers” this month included Skip Partlow, Chris Hofmann, Bart Sheaffer (and Jerry), Gary Trautman, Mike Williams, Steve Dellinger, Charlie Baldwin, Brooks Thompson, Nathan Zimmerman, James Bowders (and Susan), Gloria and Larry Ciarrocca, John Paxson and Jack Butler

April’s dedicated “CC&Cers”

Included in the group were LANCO’s 1st and 2nd original members – Gloria and Nathan!

Members #1 and #2

I see British Cars!

 

 

 

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May 14, 2018

The View from Behind the Wheel, By Gloria Ciarrocca, Photos by Skip Partlow and Steve Dellinger

This is the weather that I've been waiting for. Off with the tops and away we go!

The May CCC was again well attended with about 15 members. There were at least a dozen British cars, along with a classic BMW (whose owner also has a MGA). 

Great Turnout

Talking Cars!

Some of May’s dedicated “CC&Cers”

May 6th was the annual tech session at Tom Hertzog’s European Imports in Maytown. About 22 people attended. Following that was the Club meeting at Nick’s Bistro, 324 West Market Street, in Marietta, which about 17 people attended.

Meeting Time!

The same day as the tech session was the MGs of Baltimore "Get the Dust Off" Rallye ”, which started and ended at the Gunpowder Lodge, US 1 in Kingsville, Maryland. LANCO members Eric Salminen and Dennis Blevins served as Rallymaster and Registrar, respectively.

The Covered Bridge Tour, with the Volvo club (to be held on May 20th) will also be a past event by the time you read this. Between 50-60 cars were expected to participate, so hopefully we had good weather. By the time you are reading this, the Carlisle Import Show (May 18-20) will also have come and gone. Keystone MG club invited us to stop by their tent and get a hot dog and say hi.

MG 2018 is coming up June 18-22. LANCO is running the Funkhana on Wednesday. It is booked solid with 50 cars entering. We will have about 5 stations where the participants will test their skills such as ring toss, balls in buckets and sparks plug inserted and removed from a head. We have about 15 volunteers to help make this a success. I will contact people by June 10. Dennis is running a rally, at the same time and will need some help at check points. Please contact us if you would like to help. Andy S. will be bringing a tent, table, cones and flags. We need 2 stop watches. If you are signed to help bring a chair and water.

There are lots of car shows coming up in June:

  • June 3 - Original British Car Day – Lilipons Water Gardens, Adamstown, MD
  • June 10 - British Motor Car Gathering – Hellertown, PA
  • June 23 Wings & Wheels, Lancaster Airport – Lancaster, PA
  • June 13-16 NAMGAR GT-43 – Richmond, VA
  • June 18-22 NAMGBR - Gettysburg, PA
  • June 27-30 NEMGTR – GOF Mk 102 -Lebanon, NH

Check our website and the newsletter for other upcoming events.

 

May 2018 Tech Session, by Steve Dellinger, Photos by Steve Dellinger

It’s May – so there must have been a Tech Session at European Imports in Maytown! A big THANK YOU goes out to Tom Hertzog for once again graciously hosting our club’s annual tech session. There were approximately twenty LANCO members and other interested parties in attendance this year.

Tom provided updates on several topics discussed last year – “premium” ignition condensers; the “good” Russian-made fuel filters; and where to get non-ethanol gasoline. Last year, Tom put the “Fear of The Lord” into us with warnings about brakes and dry-rotted tires. This year – the “topic of fear” was batteries - how to safely handle them; how to safely store them; how to safely charge them; how to safely jump start them; etc.

Tom also stressed the importance of having a modern jack – in addition to the “original” – but possibly less than functional one. Another topic discussed was spin-on oil filter adaptors – and the need to occasionally replace the oil ring in the adaptor.

Tom left us with a homework assignment – to try to figure out the origin/manufacturer of the set of mag wheels he’s had in the shop for years (see photo). They supposedly came off a Midget and are 13-inch diameter and are 4½ to 5 inches wide. Any suggestions??
Once again, it was a very interesting and informative session!

I’m Not Trying to Scare You … 2nd Edition

Charlie explains how it’s supposed to work

After-presentation discussion

Any ideas??

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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