American MGB Association Meet 2021 and Chicagoland British Car Festival in Palatine, Illinois
story by Bruce Magers, photos by Frank Ochal
The American MGB Association (AMGBA) held its 43rd Annual Meet in conjunction with the 34th annual Chicagoland British Car Festival on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at Harper Community College in Palatine, Illinois just outside of Chicago. The American MGB Association Meet/Convention was initially held in the Chicago area in 1978 and it was good to be back where it all began. The AMGBA meet was loosely organized with this show because of the ongoing pandemic fears. Neither show was held in 2020 because of it.
The show itself is organized by a consortium of British Car Clubs in the Chicago area. It has become the premier event for those interested in British cars in the Chicago area.
Each year the show features hundreds of automobiles ranging from those in Concours condition to just normal everyday drivers. This year was no exception as approximately 500 cars were gathered on the field representing virtually every marque produced in England under almost perfect weather conditions. Door prizes and popular vote awards were presented to the lucky winners.
Food was provided by Robinson's Ribs. Many food vendors as well as some of the entertainment did not attend because of the uncertainty of the show due to the pandemic.
The American MGB Association (AMGBA) was on the field welcoming old members and signing up several new participants. If you have not had the opportunity to attend this popular event be sure to mark your calendar for the 35th annual event which will be held on September 11, 2022 at Harper Community College in Palatine, Illinois. For further information go to www.britishcarunion.com or www.mgclub.org.
Next year's AMGBA Meet is still in the planning stage. Keep an eye on our website (www.mgclub.org) or in future issues of the Octagon for details. The MGB and Midget winners were as follows:
MGB- Chrome Bumper Roadster
1. '73 red B, Philip Wydra, '73 red B, Fox River Grove, IL
2. '67 red B, Denise & Pete Ballard, Plainfield, IL
3. '64 red B, Chuck & Gail Haskins, Burlington, WI
MGB - Rubber Bumper Roadster
1. '80 red B, John Frost, Kenosha, WI
2. '79 yellow B, Dean Hickenlooper, Darien, IL
3. '79 B LE, Melissa Gonzales, Pingree Grove, IL
1. '74 gray B-GT, Jeremy Kinsey, Burlington, WI
1. '65 red Midget MKII, Stephen Sparks, Chicago, IL
2. '74 blue Midget, Paul Polaski, Lyons, IL