British Marque Articles - 2020









The View from Behind the Wheel By Dennis Blevins

I know, I know. We are all frustrated with the restrictions placed on us because of this virus “pandemic”. We would like to get out and gather as a group but the governor’s “traffic light” (red, yellow, green) classification of our counties really puts a damper on what businesses, restaurants and even parks are “allowed” to do. And wearing face masks is so much fun! I don’t know about you but they’re difficult to breathe through and my glasses fog up. Just sick and tired of it all.  But – a couple of consolation prizes; anything is better than getting seriously ill, and the old saw – we’re all in this together! My family took the plunge and went ahead with a preplanned week of vacation in Sedona, AZ. Empty airports, social distancing on airplanes, required masks, restaurants with take-out only, closed businesses, etc. And least the weather was great, and the red rock scenery was still beautiful.

So – we march on into the unknown and make plans for club events and then turn around and cancel them. We finally did hold a CCC at a new location (as Steve reports below). I understand that there are mixed reviews on that, but we’ll try one more time in July. Our annual August picnic at Rocky Ridge Park near York appears to be a “go”. And – unfortunately – we have had to cancel this year’s “Taste of Britain” car show and polo match. The polo club has cancelled the remainder of their schedule for this year and the local township owns that “park” and has kept it closed during the pandemic. There was just not enough time to try to make alternate arrangements so for now TOB is on for August 2021. I do personally plan on preparing a couple of driving events to be held during the next few months. River Road past our house has been full of motorcycles. If they can get out for massed drives, so can we.

Since all these events and plans are rather fluid watch our website and your e-mails for updates as we go along. It’s the best that we have to offer at this time.

Safety fast - while you stay at home,

June 2020 CC&C – and Ice Cream By Steve Dellinger, Photos by Skip Partlow

Since the April and May CC&C get-togethers were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions/concerns, a discussion was held as to whether or not to hold a June event. Our normal location at the Burger King in Columbia was a no-go because Lancaster County was still under “RED”. However, across the Susquehanna River, York County was scheduled to go “YELLOW” on June 5th. Club member Charlie Baldwin suggested that we meet at Jim Mack’s Ice Cream between Hallam and Wrightsville, where under “YELLOW”, outdoor dining was allowed – with the proper social distancing, etc. As many members where anxious to get out with their cars, a 10 AM meet at Mack’s was quickly organized.

Jim Mack's Ice Cream was established in the late 1950s. They still make the ice cream on the premises and have a menu that includes burgers, hotdogs, French fries and more. In 1984, they added a 24-hole miniature golf course, bankshot basketball, playground and arcade, which is  known as Cones & Clubs. They also used to have a mini-zoo, but that’s another story.

The weather was sunny and warm on June 6th and, as a result, we had a great turnout. Twenty British cars and twenty-four people! Included was new member Joe Markle with his “slightly modified” MGB. After a two-month hiatus, there was a lot of “catching up” to do!

The “unofficial” decision was made to continue to meet at Mack’s during the upcoming “fair-weather” months. This decision, of course, is “subject to change”.

New CC&C Fair-weather Venue

The June Crew

Great Turnout!

Deb arrives!

Charlie added Flags

Planning the “British Job”

Masks On! (Next to Diane’s “New” Car)

Cars and Mini Golf



Upcoming LANCO Events:

July 4 - Coffee, Cars & Conversation 10:00 AM at Mack's Ice Cream. - 5745 Lincoln Hwy, York, PA 17406. (Located on PA Rt 462 east of York, between Hellam and Wrightsville, PA).

August 1 - Coffee, Cars & Conversation 10:00 AM at Mack's Ice Cream. - 5745 Lincoln Hwy, York, PA 17406. (Located on PA Rt 462 east of York, between Hellam and Wrightsville, PA).

Sunday, August 9 – Club Meeting/Picnic 1:00 PM at Rocky Ridge Park, York, PA. . Bring a covered dish and/or dessert to share -

Friday, August 14 - Sunday, August 16 Carlisle "Import / Performance Nationals" -

Saturday, September 5 - Coffee, Cars & Conversation 10:00 AM at Mack's Ice Cream. - 5745 Lincoln Hwy, York, PA 17406. (Located on PA Rt 462 east of York, between Hellam and Wrightsville, PA).



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LANCO MG CLUB (07/13/20)


The View from Behind the Wheel -By Dennis Blevins

We’re told that we’re transitioning to the “new normal”. Folks – things are going to have to get a heck of a lot more “normal” for me before I can come up with something meaningful and applicable to our British car “hobby” to pass on to you each month. So, in the meanwhile you’ll have to suffer through my miscellaneous ramblings.

A couple of things happened to my wife and I over the last week or so that made me think about the core value of our hobby and what the future of the “Little British Car” hobby may be. Over the last many years, we’ve been hammered that we must get younger people involved. And that’s become a self-fulfilling prophecy. We relate to our little sports cars because they were  part of our youth back in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. Today’s younger folks are rarely interested in those cars because they didn’t grow up with them when they were teenagers – they relate to an entirely different set of vehicles (if at all) – Toyotas, Hondas, Mitsubishis, Volkswagens (NOT Beetles), etc. And as we get older there is fewer and fewer people that desire to have an MG, Triumph, “original” Mini, etc. Just like the Ford Model “T”, “A”, and “B” market. You see those cars sit on the classified listings for months and months.

Now how does that relate back to what I started in the previous paragraph? It’s not all about the kids. It’s how we get or keep others excited and interested in our cars – quite often our friends, neighbors, and even relatives. The first of the two happenings mentioned above – Yep, were getting older – into our seventh decade – and getting, ah, slightly “larger”. Carol had a nice MG logo jacket acquired back when we were much younger and “smaller”. She had worn it maybe a handful of times – like new condition. She “passed it forward” to another club member that it would fit and would use it. That person was ecstatic with the “gift” and ready to wear it in the middle of July! Just one simple MG item going to see use in the future and not whiling away on a Goodwill rack. The other “happening” occurred during our local village’s annual community yard sale. We set up in the big garage. The Jaguars were under cover, but the MG Midget was not. Many of the yard-sale folks would ask about it – what it was, etc. and Carol started telling folks “it’s for sale”. (Many of you know of my on again-off again thoughts of culling my herd of vehicles – and the Midget was on the top of that list.) Sure enough, one young woman became interested. (Now, to me, anyone under 45 is young.) She asked for a ride. Off we went. She asked all the right questions. We talked a price. We exchanged telephone numbers. She left stating that she was extremely interested but had to mull it over for a couple of days. I said, “No problem, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon”. You got it – another young woman, one of our neighbor’s daughters who we hadn’t seen in years stopped by to chat and the topic of all of my cars that she remembered when she was a kid living next door came up and Carol said again “That Midget’s for sale”. That quickly turned into “How much.” And “I have to have it”. She brought her husband back a couple of hours later and the deal was done. (Yes – now I’m MG-less.)

The gist of all this? We don’t have to get the twenty-somethings interested in our cars and hobby – there’s our friends, neighbors, and relatives. Some may already be involved. Some may have memories of a neighbor down the street that had one of those “neat” cars. Take your grandchildren, nieces and nephews, neighborhood kids (ask the parents first!) for a ride. Give people happy thoughts. Start making memories in others!  

(UPDATE - 7/25/2020!!) By the end of two weeks after the yard sale both young ladies backed out of buying the Midget. Deposits returned, seller's remorse cured. One's husband is 6' 7" and could not even ride in the car, let alone drive it. "At this point in our lives it's not right that we each have "toys" that we cannot enjoy together". After many conversations and texts the other said "It's a lovely car, but I'm not in love with it". So - the Midget is still here, and we have two new friends!

July 2020 CC&C – and Independence! - By Steve Dellinger, Photos by Steve Dellinger

The first Saturday in July was the 4th – Independence Day, so I didn’t know what kind of turnout to expect at Jim Mack’s Ice Cream. It turned out that (1) the weather was great - sunny and warm - and (2) everyone must have been dying to get out. At least 32 people and 21 British cars showed up! Was it in poor taste to have a British car get-together on the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain??

Oh well … lots of the usual CC&C Crew showed up, as well as some old and some new faces. Masks were worn (generally …) and the proper social distancing was observed (kinda …). Paul Miller drove the XKE, which is starting to look really good! Jim Harbold made an appearance in the MB, as did Rob Shingle in Jagger (the XK140 Roadster). New members Mark and Cat Litwin drove their ’73 red MGB. Among others in attendance were former member Eric and his son in the old red TD and Tod Brenner in his “barn find” and “under renovation” 1958 Powder Blue TR3A (with a 4-speed sync overdrive trans).

It was “ice cream weather” for sure - so Mack’s did a brisk business. As was the case last month, there was a lot of “catching up” to do. Next month’s CC&C is scheduled for August 1st.

Great Turnout


Food’s Open!

The Litwins’ B


Mike and Tom talk cars!

Hi Al! (and Brooks)

Social Distancing in the Shade

Car is Looking Good Paul!

Tod’s Work-in-Progress

Past Member Eric’s TD


July Mystery Tour - By Steve Dellinger, Photos by Steve Dellinger

As President Dennis stated, “We’re all tired of being cooped up at home with our cars setting in the garage. Although things have loosened up a bit, we still can’t meet at a restaurant as usual – so - I’ve laid out a drive that we can take in lieu of our July meeting.”

On July 12th at 2:00 PM. we gathered at the K-Mart parking lot at Prospect Road and Columbia Avenue, near Mountville. Sixteen cars (14 British and two Other), twenty-seven people – plus Princess (our mascot) showed up for a drive! After Dennis held a brief drivers’ meeting and handed out directions, we all headed out in our cars for a "mystery tour" of southern Lancaster County. The drive took approximately 1-1/2 hours (longer for those who got lost) and covered 50 miles. [Note to self – don’t follow the old guy in the Mercedes!] The weather was sunny and WARM! We all returned to a location near our starting point (Scoops Ice Cream & Grill) where light refreshments (ice cream) was available. Social distancing and face masks were required when not in our cars – or eating. Hopefully everyone got home before the thunderstorms hit!

It was good to see familiar faces (behind their masks) and to meet new people, and “new “ old cars!

Drivers Meeting Impending

Princess is Ready!

Don’t Ask!

Nice Sprite!

MGs and MINIs

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(August) (08/10/20)


The View from Behind the Wheel, by Dennis Blevins

You may remember that in last month’s column I related to you how our ’76 Midget finally came to be sold. Well – as Paul Harvey would say “Here’s the rest of the story”!  

By the end of two weeks after the yard sale when the Midget was “sold” both young ladies backed out of buying the car. Deposits were returned and seller's remorse was cured. One's husband is 6' 7" and could not even ride in the car without his knees against the dash, let alone drive it. "At this point in our lives it's not right that we each have "toys" that we cannot enjoy together". And after many, many conversations and texts with the other young lady the final one was  "It's a lovely car, but I'm not in love with it". So – much to our sixteen-year-old grandson Owen’s delight, the Midget is still here.

Now you must endure more of my semi-non-MG-ramblings…. Our annual LANCO MG picnic was held this past Sunday (August 9th). (More on that later from able-correspondent Steve D.) Upon talking and reminiscing between my wife and I and other club members, we concluded that most of us do not hold family reunions any longer. In our (much) younger years that was a given fixture of summertime. All the grandparents and aunts and uncles along with all the children would gather one summer Sunday afternoon at whichever family’s “turn” it was to host the gathering that year. Covered dishes were brought to share. The host family would often supply the meat course – fried chicken, etc. The kids would play all kinds of games in the yard or nearby meadow. Swimming in the pond was often included depending on the venue. And the older folks would kibitz while playing Pinochle, Hearts, or Canasta. And heaven forbid in the more organized groups, “minutes” of the various family occurrences over the past year were assembled and read aloud and OFFICERS were elected. You knew who had brought the best dessert (Aunt Mary’s secret recipe Black Walnut white cake with coconut icing), whose casserole to avoid (Yuck, double yuck - that seven-bean concoction! And whoever came up with Watergate salad?) It was a banner day if Dad was able to supply his bar-b-que chicken cooked over oak hardwood reduced to burning coals in his special racks on that cement-block pit.

So, what has become of us all? Sure, some families are far flung, but many are not. Are we that much of wussies that we must take refuge in our air-conditioned homes? (Come on – as comedian Bill Engvall would quip “When has it been this hot and humid in southeastern Pennsylvania? Ah – last year! Next year”!) Fortunately, LANCO MG’s annual summer picnic is much like a reunion for our local British Car group. We get to gather with friends – some we see often, some only occasionally. We have (too much) great food. And it’s always a great time to reconnect with our “family”.

In closing, with all the changing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic be sure to keep up to date on club and other LBC events by checking back regularly at our club website:


August 2020 CC&C, by Steve Dellinger, Photos by Steve Dellinger

Another great weather day (albeit  a tad steamy) led to another great turnout at the August 2nd edition of Coffee, Cars and Conversation at Jim Mack’s in York. Several new faces and cars showed up this month.

Nice Mix Today

New member Lonnie Graybill showed up in his 2003 Morgan Plus 8. Gregg Swartley from Bowmansville saw the event online and drove down to check it out in his MG Midget (which has interesting LED headlights). And Steve Rineer’s Lotus was back on the road – and in attendance.

New Member Lonnie’s Car

Visitor from Berks County

As previously mentioned, the temperature heated up quickly and shade was in great demand. As the morning get-together was coming to an end, a classic American car drove by, made a U-turn and stopped into visit. It turns out that the owner of the very clean old Dodge also has a TR-3 at home! Here’s hoping for another good weather day on September 5th.

Chilin’ in the Shade

The German(?) Contingent

He also has a Triumph


August Meeting and Club Picnic, by Steve Dellinger, Photos by Steve Dellinger

The ongoing COVID-19 phenomenon definitely had an impact on attendance at this year’s annual Picnic. Masks and social distancing were in force and twenty-four members (and 10 British cars) showed up. Kudos to Gloria and Larry Ciarrocca for taking the reins to obtain the food and coordinate the setup for the picnic. Larry also assumed the role as head chef – and recruited Ralph Spayd (off the street?) to assist. Great care was taken to try to minimize the potential for the need of multiple people handling common food items and utensils. Hopefully everyone was comfortable with the arrangements. As usual. There was no excuse for anyone to go home hungry.

A brief Club meeting was held after lunch, where most of the discussion, unfortunately, was centered around all the cancelled events. Ralph Spayd has volunteered to organize and lead a Covered Bridge Tour of Northern Lancaster County on September 13th – the date that was originally scheduled for a Club Meeting. The Tour will start at the Donegal Middle School in Marietta and end at a location yet to be determined. Please check the Club website for updated information on time, etc. The annual Woody’s Crab Run to North East, MD. is still on for Sunday, October 18th.

During the course of the afternoon, we had two British car owners stop by – who noticed the cars and ended up filling out applications for membership! One was a MG TD (and Triumph) owner who was in the park taking photographs. The second was a MG Midget owner whose son saw us and went home to have his dad drive their park back to the park.

I believe that all those in attendance had a good time again this year. (And only one British car needed to be jumpstarted at the end of the day !!)

Who is that Masked Man?

Cor is Here!

Pre-Lunch Confab

Time to Eat

Time to Eat 2

You see the Strangest Things!

Future Member?


AACA Museum Car Show by Steve Dellinger, Photos by Steve Dellinger

On Sunday, August 2nd, the AACA Museum in Hershey, PA held what was dubbed the “Thanks for Giving – Reopening Cruise In & Celebration” - to celebrate the Museum’s reopening. Admission to the event was free, as was admission to the Museum. Those who registered early were also treated to a free catered lunch and a free limited edition Museum hat! Current, special exhibits in the Museum include the “Highlights of the Collection” exhibit and the “First Responders and Frontline Workers” exhibit.
While the turnout was dominated by American muscle cars, there were a few British cars in attendance, as well as a beautiful 1969 Jaguar XKE Roadster on display in the lobby of the Museum and a nice British Racing Green 1954 MG TF on display downstairs.

Socially-distanced Midget

Older British

1969 Jag

1954 MG TF



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LANCO MG CLUB (09/14/20)

The View from Behind the Wheel by Dennis Blevins

With the end of this year getting closer and closer and only a few “normal” club events on tap, it’s time to turn to a couple of “house-keeping” duties.

The first is that this is an election year! No – not THAT one, but the bi-annual election of officers of the club. We are seeking nominations for the club President, Vice-president, Treasurer, Secretary, and two Board members. As mentioned many times before – this is YOUR club! If you would like to influence the operations of the club, setting up events and drives and other club activities please throw your hat into the ring by contacting myself or one of the other current officers before our October meeting (October 18th). All officers and Board members serve a two-year term, beginning in January following the election. If adequate nominations have not been received, we will resort to our usual procedure of arm breaking. (Strike that – arm-twisting.) If you feel that the club is run by a clique, this is NOT the case. You see the same folks taking charge only because no one else – YOU – steps up to the plate. Ballots will be distributed in early November with the announcement and reservation forms for our annual holiday banquet. All members, including joint members, may vote for the slate of officers. Results of the election will be announced at the December banquet.

That brings us to the second item of note – the December banquet. At the most recent contact with the staff at the Strasburg Inn – where we have December 5th reserved for our dinner – whether that reservation could be honored or not was in question. At that time, due to the Governor’s mandate, the Inn was permitted to seat only a maximum of twenty-five guests at a time and they were operating on an extremely limited schedule. The only advice given was “Check back later on”. I will do that soon. Hopefully the recent relaxing of inside dining maximums to fifty guests will eliminate the uncertainty of the ability to hold our banquet as scheduled. Watch your mail, e-mails, and the club’s website for future announcements concerning this.  

Safety Fast!


“Brits” Invade St. Michaels – AGAIN!, By Cliff Maurer. Photos by Diane and Cliff Maurer and Charlie Baldwin

The little town of St. Michaels Maryland was settled as far back as the 1600’s, it being a safe harbor on the Chesapeake Bay. In 1813, British Admiral George Cockburn attacked by shelling the town. Little damage was done because according to legend the residents dimmed all lights in the town and hung lanterns high in the trees behind the town. The British gunners overshot the town.

On Aug 28, of this year, the town was invaded by the British again! But this time from the North, by land, in the form of five British sports cars from the LANCO MG Club. Their objective was a Cars and Coffee at the Classic Motor Museum, a driving tour of the local area, a tour of the Maritime Museum and of course good food and CRABS.
The invading force first formed up in Elkton MD and drove, en masse, to Easton on a warm sunny Friday afternoon. Arriving in Easton, we had BBQ with some of Charlie’s connections; Charlie’s friend Bob Little, owner of a gorgeous TD, restored as a tribute to the Cream Cracker MG racing team of the mid 30’s, George, from Annapolis, with his Volvo powered MG TD and Dave, from the DC area, driving a Volvo Amazon. After lunch we visited a family owned restoration facility, Coventry Motor Works. The Tomson family specializes in Triumphs. The family had immigrated from Nova Scotia. The family supports the future of our hobby by bringing in interns from the local Vo Tech school.

The Crew (plus Lucy)

Dinner that evening at Foxy’s Harbor Grille was delicious despite the fact that as we drove to the grille the sky’s opened up. England is known for its wet weather so you would think a Little British Car would be watertight. Not so, as a few of us found out!

Duck Weather!

Saturday was no better but allowed for us to participate at the Classic Motor Museums’ Cars and Coffee. Did I say participate?  We WERE the Cars and Coffee. Of all the antique cars in the area, the five of us from LANCO were the only cars there. The museum harbors’ some fine examples of restoration with a mixture of British and American cars. One car, a 1916 Maxwell was driven off the showroom floor in Newark and drove to Los Angeles in 10 days! The driver’s grandson attempted to repeat it in the 21st century but could not do it. You can’t get from one side of Los Angeles to the other in 10 days! The museum also supports the hobby by sponsoring a student chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Kudos to them and Coventry Motors for their efforts to preserve the hobby.

The Cars

At the Museum

Then we were off to the Crab Claw famous dockside eatery for lunch. Bob Little then negotiated our entry to the Maritime Museum as his guests. The Maritime Museum is dedicated to the nautical life around the Bay. Active restoration of large ships, a real lighthouse, several exhibits of classic sailing vessels and workboats. Also, a shed full of very old “canoes” and a display of a crab shelling facility. We toured the facilities between heavy downpours. Our trip back to the hotel demonstrated that flat land near large bodies of water has poor drainage. We had to drive down the middle of main street St. Michael’s because that was the shallowest water.

[SM5]At the Seashore

Sunday rose bright and sunny, so it was back to the Motor Museum for their drive. This time we were joined by the locals. Neat cars and trucks. A really classy Model A roadster, a Chevy Corvair convertible with an unremovable “roadster” cover over the back seat, a 48 to 50 Chevy pickup in Pennsylvania Railroad livery (The owner had been an engineer on the “Pennsy”. Yeh, the guy that blew the whistle!)

On the Sunday Drive!

About 20 cars were led out on the drive by a gorgeous ‘58 – ‘60 blue Corvette. We went from St. Michaels to Easton and then South by Southwest (had to get nautical) to the little town of Oxford with its beautifully restored old houses on quaint narrow streets. The cars drove around town and then back to the museum. We lost some of them, notably the Model A and The Cream Cracker! They took the ferry as a shortcut .

All those cars and driving made us hungry, so Bob Little led us out of town to the little village of Bellevue where we caught the Bellevue to Oxford Ferry. Six little cars and two BIG pickup trucks squeezed onto the ferry for a 15-minute ride back to Oxford for lunch at the Capsize restaurant. Delicious food but everything was upside down!

Ferry Ride!

And then it was time to retreat to Pennsylvania. And all who participated, Steve and Lucy, Brook and Andrea, Liz, Margaret, Diane and I would all like to thank Charlie for organizing and guiding us all on a wonderful weekend. When he retires, he could become a travel agent?

September 2020 CC&C, By Steve Dellinger, Photos by Steve Dellinger

Mother Nature was good to us again – as a result we had another great turnout (at least 18 British cars – plus several non-British) at the September 5th (Labor Day Weekend) edition of Coffee, Cars and Conversation at Jim Mack’s in York. Many of the “usual suspects” showed up this month, as well as several new faces and cars. Ralph Spayd returned from “the Dark Side” and traded his Mercedes for a late model Jaguar! Diane and Cliff Maurer drove both of their cars from Kutztown – and brought friends Ann and Karen with them. Several muscle cars showed up (there was a charity car show down the road in East York). We even had a brief appearance from a Lambo! A late arrival was a 1957 Chevrolet Handyman 2-Door Station Wagon (not a common model) that stopped on its way home to Denver, PA from the nearby charity car show.

Tammi and Shawn Miller showed up in their Bugeye and Austin Healey, respectively, along with daughter Healey’s puppy, Cooper. Tammi’s Bugeye was equipped with full “anti-scratch” protection.

Usual Suspects

Checking out the Jag

The Maurers’ Stable

1957 Chevy Handyman

Cooper Miller

 “Anti-Scratch” Protection

Women, Racing and MG’s, By Cliff Maurer

Janet Guthrie, first woman to drive in the Indianapolis 500. Danika Patrick, drove in the Indy racing series and went on to win a race in NASCAR. But these are post World War II, bra burning, Helen Reddy “I am woman, hear me roar” women. They are a product of times that saw the beginning of women’s Lib, remember Gloria Steinem.

What about stuffy old England. We had the 19th Amendment giving women the vote in 1920. England didn’t get it until 1928. So, imagine women racing cars in England in the 20’s and 30’s!

Starting in the late 20’s, MG was using racing to market their cars. Remember the famous NASCAR slogan, “Race it on Sunday – Sell it on Monday”?  MG was doing it in the 30’s. At MG, someone had the marketing idea to use 3 cars and 6 women to run the 1935 Le Mans 24 Hour race. Sounds like a publicity stunt but these were serious drivers. A race team was formed of some of the fastest driving women in the country. Captain George Eyston had been working with MG to establish several world speed records. He was given the assignment of managing the team. The cars were MG PA’s with numbers, #54, #55 and #56. The last of these is the only one surviving and was sold at Sotheby’s in August 2019 for $246,000. The team was named Eyston’s Dancing Daughters by the media. Supposedly named after a popular BBC Show but there was also a silent movie introducing Joan Crawford in 1928 with the same name.

The six women were Margaret Allan and Coleen Eaton in car #54, Doreen Evans and Barbara Skinner in Car #55 and car #56 driven by Joan Richmond and Barbara (Joan) Simpson.

Who were these women?

Margaret Allan - One of only four women to ever earn the 120 MPH badge at Brooklands circuit. The daughter of a family that owned a steamship line, she started driving at age 21 competing in trials. She started racing for MG in 1934.

Coleen Eaton - almost nothing is known of Coleen, she does not come up when you list the women drivers at Brooklands race circuit. She was born in 1901.

Doreen Evans - was from a racing family that owned the Bellevue Garage, a famous MG racing garage. Born in 1916 Doreen started racing with her brothers at the age of 17. She eventually married an American “cowboy” and spent a great deal of her life in Colorado. The Bellevue race team cars were all painted a pale blue with a tan striping down each side. One of Doreen’s cars, a 1934 MG NA is owned by Brenda Benzar of Cincinnati. Brenda had it on display at the Simeone Foundation during the 2019 Kimber Festival.

Barbara Skinner  - Born 1903. Daughter of G. H. Skinner, who invented and patented the SU carburetor, she learned to race with her brother in cars built by her father and known as “Skinner Specials”

Joan Richmond - Born in Australia in 1905. A racehorse trainer in her twenties she took up motor racing when women were banned from training in Victoria in 1931. She and two friends drove 3 Riley 9 cars overland from Melbourne to Italy to compete in the Monte Carlo Rally. I am assuming there was some ferrying activity somewhere.

Barbara (Joan) Simpson – A mysterious person with multiple names she was also known as Eva Gorden Simpson. Not much can be found about her other than she was a member of the Dancing Daughters race team and Joan Richmond was her protégé.

All Three tiny cars (.8-liter engines) finished but managed only 152 laps compared to the winners 222. They demonstrated the durability of the MG. The only maintenance performed on all three cars was a light bulb in one car! The picture below was taken at the dock after the race showing the three MG PA’s lined up in their order of finish.

But these were not the only British women racers. Flying Faye Taylor, tiny 4-foot 10-inch Faye Petro and Elsie “Bill” Wisdom. But that is for another time.



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LANCO MG CLUB (10/12/20)

The View from Behind the Wheel, By Dennis Blevins

Now, for something completely different…….  Instead of what has become monthly ramblings of my incessant thoughts, this month I’m going to write about something that I could take part in that was actually “car” related.

On September 20th the “Ironmasters Car Rally”, organized by LANCO MG members Rob Shingle and Jim Keener, was held. This rally – actually, more of a driving tour – was the Lancaster portion of the “Rally Across America”.  “Rally Across America” provides a structure for regional and local ambassadors and car clubs to use their "rally-in-a-box" model to raise money for local charities in the absence of car shows and concours events during the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning at Rob and Jim’s Meadow View Farm in the environs of rural Manheim, the route covered about forty miles of northern Lancaster County, the Cornwall area of Lebanon County and continued south through Lancaster County and ending at their garage on the Harrisburg Pike near Lancaster.

That short synopsis does little to adequately describe the top-notch details of the event. First off, the weather was wonderful – brisk and cool, but sunny. Perfect for top-down touring. Coffee and donuts were provided before the start in the magnificently restored barn on the farm. The route covered great country roads with plenty of views. And the “garage” at the finish would rival any other in the country, excepting for size. And a lunch of BBQ sandwiches, potato salad, coleslaw, drinks, and desert finished off the day. Approximately twenty-five teams participated in the tour driving everything from a Ferrari to an Austin-Healy Bug-eye Sprite. LANCO MG members taking part, other than Rob and Jim, included Jim Harbold and Bonnie in Jim’s Mercedes “Kompressor”, Kent and Chad Williamson with Kent’s ’63 A-H 3000, Mark and Cathyann Litwin with their ’74 red MGB, and myself with the ’94 Jaguar XJS 2+2 convertible.

In all twenty-five hundred dollars was raised for the day’s targeted charity – JDRS of Central Pennsylvania. (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.)

Great job, Rob and Jim. Can we do it again next year?

Safety Fast!


Lined Up and Ready to Go!

Jim and Bonnie

Kent and Chad

Mark and Cathyann

Some of the “Stable”

More of the “Stable”


The View from THE Backseat, September - Covered Bridge Tour, By Ralph Spayd, Photos by Steve Dellinger

Well since Dennis is driving the bus this year and is behind the wheel, I thought it appropriate to write an article from the back seat. Now as you know only the 2+2’s have conceptual backseats so imagine I’m sitting sideways……but maybe too much of a mental visual for most….sorry!! Since we’re always pressed for articles and I’m sure Steve will submit this I’m going to continue to ramble but promise I will actually finish with a report on the covered bridge tour. I’ve been driving LBC’s (Little British Cars) since 1967. I started driving when I was 3 so you can do the math on how old I am. Please no fact checks…….so you ask, Ralph what does that have to do with anything. Well, my point being, I understand convolution as well as anyone who has ever driven a British car. They are full of surprises and strange going on’s.  But even with 50+ years of LBC training I was not fully prepared for 2020 and CV19. Now CV19 sounds like some kind of sports car model. Albeit, it does move fast and IS taking the world by storm. And by and large we were woefully unprepared and taken back by the onslaught. Wow, talk about drifting off point, but maybe not. So, what does all this have to do with a covered bridge tour? We’ve run these things for years and have taken it all for granted. First, I’ve learned to not take things for granted. We’re incredibly privileged to have the ability to enjoy these things. Second, getting out and about with friends is something I miss dearly. All this has reinforced for me the special bond we share as a car community at LANCO. Third, I’ve learned things about myself, my faith in humanity and my tolerance for risk. I came up short for quite a while in these categories. One of the most powerful things I heard about isolating and staying safe is we all need to evaluate our own tolerance for risk and develop our own “quaranTEAM”. Meaning the social groups we feel safe associating with again. Fourth, I learned there is no right or wrong answers to all this “stuff”, only what we as individuals feel safe adopting. Soooooo, back to the bridge tour. The tour for me represented a bit of normalcy during a very stressful time. That we can, by being diligent and observing the recommended safety rules return to some of the things that brought us together as a club. The tour was held on September 27th, with 15 cars. We had a great turnout and a great time. The weather was iffy, but didn’t dampen our spirit. Now, I looked and reviewed the directions and mileage 20 times and still had an error on the final sheet. But doesn’t explain why the first 4 cars took a right turn out of the parking lot instead of a left….you know who you are!!!! Just reinforces we’re not perfect, but human and full of character. The tour covered 8 bridges and is a very scenic drive. The “corrected” directions are on our web site. I could ramble on about the tour but won’t. For me the covered bridge tour represented what we can still do as a club during these strange times. We continue to run a very successful Coffee – Cars & Conversation on the first Saturday of the month. We’re still active and growing as a club and will continue to morph events as we move forward. It was a real privilege for me to coordinate this event and I thank all who participated. I guess all our collective understanding with convoluted LBC’s is finally paying off in a convoluted world. Stay safe and positive. Remember to check out our web site at and mark your calendars for the upcoming events.


Getting “Queued” Up!

Deb Made It!


Fall Carlisle, By Diane Maurer, Photos by Diane Maurer

Diane and Cliff Maurer showcased their 1953 MGTF 1500 “Maggie” on the stage at Fall Carlisle Meet during the week of 9/29-10/1. This was in conjunction with the AACA as a showcased group. 

Cliff and “Maggie”

“Maggie” on Display


October 2020 CC&C, Photos by Skip Partlow

Another sunny, but definitely cooler, day for the October 3rd edition of Coffee, Cars & Conversation at Jim Mack’s in East York. Sixteen people and at least nine British Cars were in attendance. NOTE: Next month (on November 7th) CC&C will move to the parking lot at Oregon Dairy (2900 Oregon Pike, Lititz, PA).


Winter CC&C Location

Masked Up!


Some of the Crew



Jack and Larry


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LANCO MG CLUB (11/09/20)

The View from Behind the Wheel, By Dennis Blevins

Even though it’s just the second week of November while I write this the content will be geared as though we’re wrapping things up for the year. And what a year it has been. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of most public events – including our hobby’s car shows all across the country down to local clubs’ (including our own) meetings and events of all types leaving very little to comment on or report.

As you now know our Holiday banquet and annual awards program was even affected. We paid the reservation fee for the Strasburg facility a year in advance last December. Then the virus struck and everything and everybody was locked down for several months. But then restrictions were gradually lifted. That was (and continues to be) a major blow for the hospitality industry. As little as five weeks ago Historic Strasburg/Fireside Inn was limited to twenty-five percent capacity and operating on a shortened weekly schedule. It was seriously looking like our event in early December would have to be cancelled altogether. Then, within a few days, their capacity restrictions were lifted a bit and that hurdle was passed. But, by rigidly following CDC operating guidelines, a buffet-style banquet was economically prohibitive for us. So – back to the drawing board. Have a served meal – one size (menu) fits all, defer to springtime in hopes of return to normalcy, skip forward to December 2021, or just forget the whole thing. The members attending the “Woodies” outing in October were surveyed and the general consensus was to go ahead and have the event and ratchet down to the served meal option so we could continue to get together for the camaraderiethat the Club provides us all. So, that’s how we got to where we were for the banquet.

And being an even-numbered year, it was time for election of officers and Board members for the coming two years. With a volunteer or two and typical arm twisting we were able to put forth a complete slate of officers. Yes – most of the names are very familiar to you, those folks having been involved with the club for many many years and have cycled through these positions several times. They’re not an elitist group, it’s just because the LANCO MG club is like the majority of other organizations – you have never ever seen eighty percent of the members, fifteen percent regularly attend meetings and participate in club events, and the remaining five percent “run” the organization.  Don’t like it? Step forward and get involved. Don’t be afraid of not knowing what to do or how to do it – there’s plenty of experienced members that would be glad to mentor you along. One thing for sure though – it wasn’t difficult – or time consuming – to count the ballots!

And this being my last column as your president, thanks for putting up with me and have a safe and joyous holiday season.   


Annual Woody’s Run, By Steve Dellinger, Photos by Gloria Ciarrocca and Steve Dellinger

Unlike last year, this year’s run to Woody’s Crab House was held under cool, but sunny skies! As usual, participants convened in the Giant parking lot at the Buck late Sunday morning on October 18th to head south of the border to North East, Maryland. This year’s caravan included 22 members and 9 British cars, along with a Volvo P1800 (nice car, Cor), a Mercedes and a Subaru. Four additional members met the group at Woody’s.  Due to pandemic restrictions, the group was spread out more that the usual – but the food (and drink) was superb as usual. Dennis convened a very brief meeting, and later had time to “twist some arms” for candidates for the upcoming Club elections. Memo to Dennis and Carol – make sure that you are hungry before you order a “piece” of cake for dessert!


Getting Ready to Go!


The Crew #1


The Crew #2


The Crew #3


The Crew #4


The Crew #5



Charlie’s Cannon Shoot By Steve Dellinger, Photos by Steve Dellinger

Once again this year, members of the Club were invited to Charlie Smithgall’s annual “Cannon Shoot”, which takes place at the farm in southern Lancaster County. Charlie Smithgall has been collecting vintage cannons, gatling guns and related memorabilia. The “Cannon Shoot” includes the firing of cannons at a “sacrificial” vehicle (which was NOT a British Car) – with the goal of firing a cannon ball through the vehicle’s engine block. After the cannons are done firing the mortars got their opportunity to bombard the vehicle. Then, the gatling guns got their opportunity to fire at various targets (including many pumpkins). For the grand finale, the vehicle was towed onto the field for the gatling gunners’ pleasure. After the completion of the Shoot, visitors had an opportunity to tour Charlie’s complete collection – which is impressive!

Unfortunately, this year the weather was cool and raining. As a result, the LANCO contingent was limited to a few brave souls. The nearby pavilion (and food truck) came in handy. Hope for better weather next year!


Rainy Day Fun!


Cannons Ready?


Gatling Guns Ready?


Not a British Car!!


November 2020 CC&C By Steve Dellinger, Photos by Steve Dellinger

Indian Summer arrived on Saturday, November 7th for the first edition of Coffee, Cars & Conversation to be held at the Oregon Dairy (north of Lancaster).The sun was out, and the temperature hit the mid-70s by midday. It was obvious that everyone wanted to get their cars out for (maybe) on last time before the weather goes South for the winter. Thirteen (at least) British cars showed up – some of which were new to the monthly event. Noel (from Blandon) showed up with his ’63 MG Midget and Jack showed up with the nearly complete BRG MGA (it goes in for a new “hood” next). Several Carlisle MINI members showed up, as well as someone from Delaware County who arrived in a very clean Datsun 1600 Roadster.

The deck of the Oregon Dairy Restaurant was open for a late breakfast/early lunch for those who were interested. Takeout coffee, hot cider and ice cream was also available. Great turnout for a good location! We’ll need to decide if we want to hang out there over the winter months.


The Mini/MINIs and Lotus are Here!


Great LBC Weather!


The BRG A is Here!


NICE ’63 Midget! (and 914)


More Red MGs


November Meeting By Steve Dellinger, Photos by Steve Dellinger

The weather was exceptional on Sunday afternoon, November 8th – sunny with temps in the 70s. Everyone must have been out raking leaves – because not many members attended the November Club meeting at the Centerville Diner in Lancaster. 13 member and seven British cars were in attendance. President Dennis conducted a brief (15 minute) meeting to fill those in attendance in on the set up and procedures of the Club Banquet in December, as well as to present the slate of candidates for the upcoming election. Hopefully, we will be scheduling lots of events for next year!!



Carol Wanted to Drive the Midget Today


Dennis Conducts a “Brief” Meeting



Women Racers of Brooklands By Cliff Maurer

Last time we wrote about the Dancing Daughters, six women driving in the 1935 24 hours of Le Mans for MG. These women all drove at Brooklands, but this time we will write about other women at Brooklands. The famous Brooklands racetrack was the first “purpose built” auto racetrack with a banked track. It was built in 1907 and continued until August 1939 when it was taken over by the RAF as an airfield. From the beginning women were racing at Brooklands. That’s hard to believe that 20 years before women were granted the vote, daring females were racing ancient autos around this track at speeds faster than modern highway speeds. Officially women were banned from racing, but they did anyway. In the late 1920’s special female only races were run. Finally, in 1932 the ban was lifted and off they went. These women had little in common. Some were aristocrats looking for adventure, others were working class women who had a desire to go fast. Let’s look at some of them.

Kay Petre
At 4’ 10” this attractive daughter of a Canadian lawyer did not look the part of a racing driver. Especially when she climbed behind the wheel of a 10.5-liter V12 Delage. This car was huge, the engine the size of a modern bulldozer engine. In photos taken of Kaye standing next to the car the bonnet is as high as her shoulder. The seat and pedals had to be modified for her to drive it. Many men could not control this monster, but Kaye did. In fact, in 1934 she set a women’s track record at Brooklands of 134.24 mph in it.

Elsie “Bill” Wisdom 
Yes, a woman with a nickname “Bill” in 1930! Whatever you are imagining there is a story. It seems Elsie was one of seven children; she was the only girl. Her brothers gave her the nickname and it stuck. Her parents bought her a motorcycle when she was only sixteen. By the age of 21 she was buying her own cars and racing them. Her husband Tommy Wisdom, a motorsport journalist, entered her in a race just a week after their wedding. He did it without Bill’s knowledge and when she found out she would not speak to him for weeks. On race day she put it all behind and won the race. Three quarters of a mile ahead at an average speed of 95 mph.

Kitty Brunell
Daughter of motorsports photographer Bill Brunell, Kitty started driving in rallies in 1929. She holds the distinction of being the only woman to win the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) rally. She did it in 1933 driving a four seater AC Ace sports car, the forerunner of the AC cobra which in turn sired the Shelby Ford Cobra. Kitty disappeared from the public in 1934, rumored to have been married.

“Flying” Fay Taylour 
Faye was the daughter of an upper-class Irish military family. She started driving motorcycles at 12. She became so good at racing motorcycles that she was banned at several tracks. Remember this was 20’s and 30’s England and she was a woman, and she was Irish! That drove her to four wheels and in 1930 she won the Calcutta to Ranchi race in India driving a Chevrolet. With that she was invited to Brooklands to race. Her name would be well known except for her politics. She was an outspoken supporter of the German National Socialists and Adolph Hitler!

Eileen Ellison
Daughter of an English solicitor Eileen was one of those upper-class women who had a need for adventure. She raced a Bugatti with a college friend of her brother with the name Thomas Pitt Cholmondley-Tapper (I bet he was 12 before he could spell his name!)  Around the track she was extremely quiet and reserved. With her blond hair and little speech, the rumors started that she was German or Austrian and could not speak English! She won the Duchess of York’s race at Brooklands in 1932 with famous names like Kaye Petrie and “Bill” Wisdom coming in second and third.

I hope you have enjoyed this tromp into racing history. Ladies, next time you climb into your Little British Car and drive off through the countryside remember Kaye, “Bill” and “Flying” Faye. Maybe you can pay tribute to them by going into that turn a little faster and cut that apex tighter!


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