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Tentative American MGB Association Meet 2021 and Chicagoland British Car Festival in Palatine, Illinois

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Contact: 43rd Annual AMGBA Meet 2021 will tentatively be at the Chicagoland British Car Festival at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois on September 12, 2021. More information regarding this show can be found at www.britishcarunion.com .

The American MGB Association’s 43rd Annual Meet – AMGBA MEET 2021 – for the MGB, MGB-GT & Midget – at the Chicagoland British Car Festival at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois – September 12, 2021

MG sports car production as we know it was discontinued in 1980 with the closing of the famed Abingdon-On-Thames works in the United Kingdom. But these modern day classics are being preserved forever here in North America by members of the American MGB Association which serves enthusiastic MGB, MGB-GT, and MG Midget owners throughout the USA, Canada and throughout the world. Each year, the AMGBA holds its National Meet.

The 1978 initial gathering was held in Chicago. In 1979 and 1980 the AMGBA National Conventions were held in New York state, in Ithaca and Glens Falls. The organization’s success led to renting the world famous Indianapolis 500 Motor Speedway in 1981 for the AMGBA National Convention. In 1982, the AMGBA held its National Convention outside the USA in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. In the years 1983 and 1984, the AMGBA went west for the first time in Lake Tahoe, California and Boulder, Colorado. In 1985, the AMGBA held two conventions in Santa Barbara, California and Abingdon, Illinois. In 1986, we visited Texas during its 150 year anniversary in San Antonio, Texas and in 1987 we visited the Saratoga Springs area of beautiful upstate New York. In 1988, the convention site was Kansas City, Missouri. In 1989, we visited the Great Northwest part of our country in Springfield, Oregon.

In 1990 the convention was held in Atlanta, Georgia which was a first for that area of the country. In 1991 we returned to the site of our first convention in Chicago and in 1992, we returned to the West Coast to the beautiful San Francisco Bay area in Palo Alto, California. In 1993, we traveled to New England at Keene, New Hampshire near the site of the Westminster MG Museum. In 1994, we went for the first time to the San Diego, California area at the Del Mar race track. In 1995 we went to Memphis, Tennessee, home of the blues and Elvis Presley. In 1996 we joined with all of the major MG clubs in North America for MG Indy ’96 in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Indy 500 track. In 1997 we were on the West Coast in the San Francisco area at Palo Alto, California. In 1998, we were in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Lake Campus of Davidson College. In 1999, we went to Los Angeles, California.

In 2000, we went to Armagh, Pennsylvania and joined with the TRF Summer Party and in 2001 we were in Houston, Texas for the Houston MG Club’s All British Motor Vehicle Exposition. In 2002 we again went to the San Francisco, California area for the Palo Alto British Car Meet. For 2003 we visited Florida and the Space Coast in Titusville, Florida. In 2004, we visited picturesque Cape Cod in Massachusetts for the Cape Cod British Car Club’s British Legends Weekend. In 2005, we were in San Diego, California at Fairbrook Farms in Bonsall for San Diego British Car Day. We were in Maryland in 2006 at the MGs on the Rocks Show and in 2007 we went to Charlotte, North Carolina at the MGs on the Green Show. In 2008 we were in Armagh, Pennsylvania with The Roadster Factory Summer Party and for 2009 we planned for a show in the Central Valley of California.

In 2010 we went to Sussex, Wisconsin for the British Car Field Day. For 2011 we were in Ohio for the first time at Dayton in conjunction with the Annual British Car Day at Eastwood Metropark. We went to the Jersey Shore in 2012 with the Annual Brits on the Beach Show in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. In 2013 we visited Mississippi for the first time to the oldest city on the Mississippi River in conjunction with the English Motoring Club of Mississippi’s Brits on the Bluff Show in Natchez, Mississippi. In 2014, we were at New England’s largest British car show at the British Invasion in Stowe, Vermont. Meet 2015 was in South Carolina at the Britfest in Myrtle Beach. In 2016 we were in Virginia for the first time in Waynesboro at the Shenandoah Valley British Car Festival and in 2017 we made our initial trip to Alabama in Fairhope which is near Mobile and the Gulf Coast at the South Alabama British Car Festival. In 2018, we went to the Philadelphia area for the first time at the Brits in the Village Show in Lahaska, Pennsylvania. For 2019 we will be at the Grand Strand British Car Club’s Britfest at Market Common in Myrtle Beach, SC. Meet 2020 was not held due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

For 2021 we will be back where it all started tentatively at the Chicagoland British Car Festival at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois It promises to be a great time and a memorable experience for all that attend. For more information contact the above, write to the American MGB Association, 5433 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60640, call 773-769-7084, email us at info@mgclub.org or explore our website at www.mgclub.org.

The American MGB Association (AMGBA) is North America’s oldest, largest and best cub for all MGBs, MGB-GTs and Midgets.  It was established in 1975 and has provided continuous services to owners of MGBs, MGB-GTs and Midgets throughout North America since then. National conventions have been held annually since 1978 from New York to California and Texas to Canada. Membership in the AMGBA is not required to attend but it is encouraged. For membership info call 773-769-7084, email: info@mgclub.org , website: www.mgclub.org or write to: AMGBA, 5433 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60640 U.S.A. Membership is $35 per year or $45 per year outside the U.S.A.

American MGB Association Meet 2019 and Britfest in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


story by Bruce Magers, photos by Frank Ochal

The American MGB Association (AMGBA) held its 42nd annual meet in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on October 4-5, 2019. The event was held in conjunction with the Grand Strand British Car Club’s Myrtle Beach Britfest which has been going for the past 7 years.

The event began with a Friday night welcoming party at Nacho Hippo that was an opportunity to get together with old friends or meet new ones. The car show on Saturday was held in the Market Common, the former site of the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base which has been developed into an upscale dining and residential area. The “English Tea” event was a big hit as well as “Canine Angels Service Dogs” who benefited from the proceeds of the event.

Thanks to Rod Smith and his assistants for their cooperation in organizing this event.

The AMGBA officers were kept busy throughout the car show with member inquires as well as signing up new members for the association.

Next year’s 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 Meet 2019 winners were as follows:


CLASS 2 – MG Midget/Austin Healey Sprite

1. Sandra Clark, ’74 red MG Midget, Danville, VA

2. Buddy & Pat Batson, ’61 Austin Healey Sprite

3. Thomas Meservey, ’76 yellow MG Midget, Awenda, SC

CLASS 17 – MG B /C /GT Chrome Bumper

1. Jim & Neal Smith, ’72 blue MGB, Myrtle Beach , SC

2. Susan Beck, ’63 blue MGB, Spartanburg, SC

3. Jack & Sue Brennan, ’73 green MGB, Myrtle Beach, SC

CLASS 18 – MG B /C /GT Rubber Bumper

1. Suzanne Hammer, ’80 blue MGB, Little River, SC

2. Jim & Neal Smith, ’79 red MGB, Myrtle Beach, SC

3. Billy & Kathleen Morris, ’77 green MGB, Myrtle Beach, SC

AMGBA Meet 2019 - 1st place Chrome Bumper B - Jim & Neal Smith,'72 blue MGB, Myrtle Beach , SCAMGBA Meet 2019 - 1st Place Midget - Sandra Clark, '74 red MG Midget, Danville, VA
1st place Chrome Bumper MGB –
Jim & Neal Smith, ’72 MGB, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1st Place MG Midget –
Sandra Clark, ’74 MG Midget, Danville, Virginia
AMGBA Meet 2019 - 1st Place Rubber Bumper MGB - Suzanne Hammer, '80 green MGB, Little River, SCAMGBA Meet 2019 - 2nd place Chrome Bumper MGB - Susan Beck, '63 blue MGB, Spartanburg, SC
1st Place Rubber Bumper MGB –
Suzanne Hammer, ’80 MGB, Little River, South Carolina
2nd Place Chrome Bumper MGB –
Susan Beck, ’63 blue MGB, Spartanburg, South Carolina
AMGBA Meet 2019 - 2nd place Rubber Bumper MGB - Jim & Neal Smith, '79 red MGB, Myrtle Beach, SCAMGBA Meet 2019 - 3rd place Rubber Bumper MGB - Billy & Kathleen Morris, '77 green MGB, Myrtle Beach, SC
2nd place Rubber Bumper MGB –
Jim & Neal Smith, ’79 MGB, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
3rd place Rubber Bumper MGB – Billy & Kathleen Morris,
 ’77 green MGB, Myrtle Beach, SC
Awards Ceremony at AMGBA Meet 2019 and Myrtle Beach Britfest in Myrtle Beach, South CarolinaAMGBA Meet 2019 and Myrtle Beach Britfest Welcoming Party at Nacho Hippo in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Awards Ceremony at AMGBA Meet 2019 and Myrtle Beach Britfest in Myrtle Beach, South CarolinaAMGBA Meet 2019 and Myrtle Beach Britfest Welcoming Party at Nacho Hippo in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina