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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