British Marque Articles - 2018


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LANCO MG CLUB (06/11/18)

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

If the rain ever stops, we may get to enjoy our British Cars.  Remember this year’s Taste of Britain is one week earlier, on August 19th. Since we will not have the car show at the Gettysburg Outlets this year, we will have a meeting on July 8th at the Centerville Restaurant, at Centerville Road and Route 462, south of the Route 30 Centerville exit.

May 18th-20th was Import Carlisle. I was up on Friday and it was cool and cloudy and windy. I thought Saturday was a total loss but was told it really was not bad.

LBCs Scared away by the Rain on Saturday

The Covered Bridge Drive on May 20th with the Volvo club had a great turn out. There were somewhere between 40 and 50 cars. Although it rained at the start, the sun came out and the rest of the tour was nice.  LANCO had 8 cars participating, including Gloria and Larry Ciarrocca, Al Little, Pam and Bob Preston, Tim and Joan Martin, Steve and Lucy Rineer, Cor Engelen, Charlie Baldwin, and Kay and Andy Myers. It ended at the Warwick Township building and park. Some people hung out in the parking lot and talked and then some decided where to go to eat.

May 26th was a Jaguar show at Sunset Lane Park, Shiloh. It was a warm day. There were some beautiful cars there

June 2nd was the Coffee, Cars & Conversation gettogether at the Turkey Hill Experience parking lot in Columbia. Fifteen members turned out. We acquired a new member, John Crocenzi from Etters, who owns a 1966 MGB.

Good Turnout this Month


Checking Out Deb’s New “Toy”

June 2nd was also the Cars of England at Hope Mills, near Philadelphia. It is a Jaguar car show and a British car show combined, but with separate awards.

June 3rd was Original British Car Day at Lilypons, Buckeystown, MD. The weather was misty off and on, and then later in the day it started to rain (what else is new!). TVR was the featured car. Gloria got a first for her 1970 MGB.

June 10th was the British Motor Car Gathering in Hellertown, PA. It was a light rain all day. Gloria got a first. (The 2nd and 3rd place MGB’s were both trailered.) There was a nice turn out of MG’s, Triumphs, Healeys, Jags and Minis.

There are lots of events coming up:

July 7th – Coffee Cars and Conversation, Turkey Hill Experience, Columbia

July 8th – Club Meeting, 3:00 PM at the Centerville Diner

July 14th – British Car Day, Pittsburgh in conjunction with Pittsburgh Vintage Races

July 14th – 2018 Wings & Wheels Fly In and Car Show, the Golden Age Air Museum, Grimes Field, Bethel, PA

Check our website and the newsletter for other upcoming events.

2018 “Wings & Wheels Extravaganza" Fly-In and Car Show

This year, Charlie Baldwin has organized a Club run to the 2018 edition of the "Wings & Wheels Extravaganza" Fly-In, Vintage Automobile Show, & Big Band Swing Dance, which will be held at the Golden Age Air Museum, Grimes Field, near Bethel, PA. According to the Museum’s website (, the event will be featuring “The Great War, WWI”, with WWI aircraft, Vintage aircraft, Vintage automobiles and tractors, reenactors, and memorabilia collectors invited and encouraged to attend. Biplane Rides will be available, as well as breakfast, lunch and refreshments.


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

Well, summer has finally arrived, and as I figured, we went from spring to August in one week.

NAMGBR 2018 is now history. Gettysburg was the place to be June 11-15. Wednesday was the Funkhana. I would say it was a success. LANCO members who helped were Gloria and Larry Ciarrocca, Gary and Lori Jo Trautman, Steve Rineer, Bob Brown, Charlie Baldwin, Andy Myers, Skip and Ann Partlow, Cor Engelen, Margaret Sultner, Bob Arlotto, Deb Eckert, Andy Schneggenburger and Steve Dellinger. The course involved throwing a bean bag in a hole (corn hole toss), putting fan belts on 3 cones, putting in and taking out spark plugs from a cylinder head, throwing 3 balls in a bucket, spelling a word with wood blocks and backing into a space to get as close to cones as possible without touching them. There were 47 cars signed up, but only about 35 took part.

Queued at the Start Line

Ready for Business

Heading for the Belt Toss

Cylinder Head Station

The next day, Thursday, was the car show. There were about 350 cars on the show field. An early morning shower made entering the show field a little messy but it soon stopped for the rest of the day, making it rather hot. I will attempt to list the LANCO members who either entered or attended the events (I am sorry if I missed anyone): Dennis Blevins, Gloria and Larry Ciarrocca, Steve Dellinger, Claude and Donna Dencler, Karen and Bill Gerth, Dale Glatfelter, Skip Partlow, Dave Sewak, Robert and Connie Strunk, Scott Walter, Deb Eckert, Rick Smith, Sue Wright, Alan and Carol Tucker, and Al Little.

Some of the MGBs in Attendance

Dale, Dennis and Friends

In the evening, the banquet finished off the day. A large selection of food, along with great desserts, was served buffet style.  Those who won awards included Gloria Ciarrocca, 1st place (70-72 MGB), Karen Gerth, 2nd (72-74 MGB-GT), Rick Smith, 3rd place (77-78 MGB), and Gloria Ciarrocca, 1st place for Photography.

Larry and Gloria

John Twist and Rick Smith


MG2018 Road Rally School and Road Rally. By Dennis Blevins, photos by Eric Salminen

The North American MGB Register held their 2018 annual convention in Gettysburg, PA on June 18th through the 22nd. Two of the events that attendees could participate in were a Road Rally School held on the 19th and a Monte Carlo style road rally on the 20th. Both events were organized by Eric Salminen and Dennis Blevins and sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America.

Thirty-one teams took advantage of the Rally School which included two hours of classroom work followed by a thirty mile, two hour training rally. Each team also received an electronic copy of our ninety-page Road Rally Textbook which was prepared over several years by rallyists from the MGs of Baltimore club and the WDC Region SCCA.

Rally School

Twenty-seven teams ran the Wednesday rally. The seventy-mile country road route encircled the town of Gettysburg and finished with a driving tour of the seldom visited East Calvary Field of the Gettysburg National Military Park. The Monte Carlo style route contained forty check points although just seventeen (unknown to the competitors) were manned for scoring the event.

Checkpoint Ahead

It is not possible to give enough “Thanks” to all of the individuals from the MGs of Baltimore, the LANCO MG Club (Lancaster, PA – covering the central Pennsylvania area), and Heidi of the WDC Region who provided hours of their time helping to make these two events a success.

For the uninformed, this being NAMGBR’s national convention, over 400 MG owners (and a few other British car owners) travelled (in their MGs!) to Gettysburg from all over the United States and Canada to attend the event – the most-distant driving in from Vancouver, British Columbia. This was an outstanding opportunity to showcase our mid-Atlantic region and hospitality to these folks.


July 7 CC&C. It was a beautiful day and the numbers reflected that. There were 18 cars present. Members attending included Gloria and Larry Ciarrocca, Dennis Blevins, Karen and Bill Gerth, Charlie Baldwin, Bart Sheaffer, Brooks Thompson, Michael Swift, Jon Keeler, Chris Hofmann, Ralph Spayd, Jeremy Smith, Mike Clemens, Bud Cadwallader, Rob Shingle and Jim Keener, Trent and Suzette Bentzel, Steve Dellinger, and new member Don Eisenberger.

CC&C #1

CC&C #2

July 8 was the monthly meeting at Centerville Dinner. Although there were only ten people in attendance, we discussed a lot of things and the meeting lasted until 4:30. It was nice to see Ralph Spayd again and he said Sandy is doing better with her treatments and hopefully on the mend to good health.

There are lots of car shows coming up:

  • August 3, 4 & 5 is Das Awkscht Fescht, Macungie.
  • August 4 is CC&C, Turkey Hill Experience, Columbia, 9:00 AM.
  • August 4 is Pennypacker Mills British Car Show, DVCMG, 10:00 AM.
  • August 12 is LANCO’s Annual picnic at Rocky Ridge Park, York County. Bring a dish and join the group for a nice relaxing day. 1:00 PM.
  • August 19 is ‘Taste of Britain’  British Car Show at the Lancaster Polo field in Rothsville, Lancaster County, Brownstown exit off Rt. 222 north of Lancaster. 11 AM -4:00 PM.
  • August 25 & 26 is British Car Festival, Altoona.


Bob Brown. By Charlie Baldwin, photo by Charlie Baldwin

Our LANCO member and friend Bob Brown has passed away, I learned at Darrell's Garage last night.  Bob was a regular with his orange rubber bumper Midget at CC&C and at Darrell's.  He came to a few meetings, and helped at the Funkhana in Gettysburg only a few days before he died.  I enjoyed talking to him and wish I could have known him longer. (So do we!!)

We’ll Miss You Bob!

Other Events Attended. By Charlie Baldwin, photos by Charlie Baldwin

Charlie Baldwin attended the Latimore Valley Gettysburg AACA show in June.   Due to a soft show field they moved up the hill to the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing grounds.  Charlie got a 3rd place trophy with his TD, which you can see in the background behind the grey car.  That was the only LANCO MG in attendance, though Alan Tucker was also there.  There is also an MGA in the museum, which was at the Hershey hill climb when Lloyd Geib, Jr. was still alive.

Latimore Valley Gettysburg AACA

1959 Hillclimb Car

Charlie was also the only LANCO member to attend the NAMGAR GT-43, the MGA meet in Richmond, VA. Jack Butler was registered, but didn't make it due to health issues.




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