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American MGB Association’s 42nd Annual Meet –

The American MGB Association’s 42nd Annual Meet – AMGBA MEET 2019 – for the MGB, MGB-GT & Midget – in participation with the Grand Strand British Car Club’s Britfest in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – October 4-5, 2019

The seventh Annual Myrtle Beach Britfest 2019 Car Show to be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at The Market Common of Myrtle Beach!

The Myrtle Beach Britfest will be held at The Market Common located on Farrow Parkway between Highway 17 Business and Highway 17 By-Pass in Myrtle Beach. In addition to all of the beautiful British cars, only a block away is The Market Common which boasts lots of shops, restaurants and a cinema so your weekend will be packed with fun for everyone!

Dash Plaques will be given to all early registration entrants and will be available for most late and “day-of” registrations. Award Plaques or Trophies will be presented to winners in each class. A Special Award for the entry with the “Best Picnic Presentation” will be given. And back by popular demand will be a “Ladies English Tea and Crumpets” featuring a contest for the “Best Hat”. Special “Britfest” t-shirts will also be available. Food vendors, restrooms, local restaurants, and shopping are available nearby all day!

Friday (October 4) Evening Reception:

6-9 pm     Nacho Hippo Restaurant

Saturday (October 5) Events Agenda:

10 am     Show Field Opens to Parking

10-11 am     Ladies English Tea

11 am     Late Registration Closes and Voting Begins

1:30 pm     Popular Voting Ends

2:30 pm     Awards Presentation, Raffles, Etc.

If you would like to show off your British automotive beauty, then you need to fill out and mail a registration form today. Early registrations receive better rates. Register early and plan to stay all weekend to soak up the fun! Registration is $25 if paid by September 15, 2019, $30 if paid after September 15, 2019.

For more information contact Rod Smith, Myrtle Beach Britfest Committee Chairman, at jrodsmith@yahoo.com or phone: 843-651-7644. Or visit our website at www.grandstrandbritishcarclub.com . This will be a fantastic event and we would hate for anyone to miss out on the fun!

For more information contact: the American MGB Association at 773-769-7084

or AMGBA, 5433 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60640, email: info@mgclub.org,
website: www.mgclub.org

or in South Carolina: Rod Smith, Phone: 843-527-7840, email: jrodsmith@yahoo.com ,
website: www.GrandStrandBritishCarClub.com  

American MGB Association Meet 2019 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: More information on the 2019 Grand Strand British Car Club’s Britfest at Market Common in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at www.grandstrandbritishcarclub.com

The American MGB Association’s 42nd Annual Meet – AMGBA MEET 2019 – for the MGB, MGB-GT & Midget –

in participation with the Grand Strand British Car Club’s Britfest in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – October 4-5, 2019

For 2019 we will be at the Grand Strand British Car Club’s Britfest at Market Common in Myrtle Beach, SC.

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 2018 in conjunction with Brits at the Village in Lahaska, Pennsylvania

On October 13, 2018 the Philadelphia MG Club hosted its 22nd annual Brits at the Village Car Show in Lahaska, PA along with American MGB Association Meet 2018. As with many car shows this season the threat of rain became a reality and lasted longer than expected. Though many say that it was good “English weather”, never the less it does put a damper on the show and curtail the number of cars that come out to play.

Despite the rain though many of our participants arrived with smiles and towels – well some of our cars do leak when it is raining. The day started out slow, with raining still coming down at the time the show field opened, mostly staff and a few brave souls arrived. The rain was supposed to have stopped by this time but you know weather forecasts and it was almost one and an half hours later, around 10:30 that the rainy, gloominess finally ended. That is when cars started to show up and by about 11:30 most of the participants that were coming had arrived.

This year our Featured Marque was the MG T. We were happy to see many of these fantastic cars arrive despite the weather. An MG TB, driven by Michael Bartell, even brought along an extra engine. This engine had its own stand and could even be turned it on which created a buzz with participants and spectators alike. One interesting side note is that most of the MG Ts were British Racing Green. These place were placed right out front along Route 263 for everyone to enjoy.

The day continued fairly uneventful. We had a fabulous 50/50 drawing and auction that were going on throughout the day. About 50 cars arrived throughout the day and even though it was a little light on attendance, it was a very fun day. We had two new British cars arrive. They told me it was their second car show, one was a Bentley and the other was an Aston Martin, both of which were really nice to see.

The day ended around 2 p.m. with the awards. Everyone who attended had a fantastic time despite the weather. Thanks to everyone who braved the English weather to enjoy the day with us.

The MGB, MGB-GT and Midget Meet 2018 winners were as follows:

MGB CHROME BUMPER

1st place: 1967 MG B – Bill Gobble

2nd place: 1974 MG B – Lester Weinraub

3rd place:: 1973 MG B – Peter Baumbach

MGB RUBBER BUMPER

1st place: 1979 MG B – Stephen McDowell

2nd place: 1979 MG B – Jeep Tenneson

3rd place: 1980 MG B – Ed Emery

MGB-GT

1st place: 1969 MG-BGT – Daniel Kelley

2nd place: 1971 MGB-GT – Roger Searle

3rd place: 1967 MGB-GT – Carl Bussler

MG MIDGET CHROME BUMPER

1st place: 1974 Midget – Annie Kubanoff

MG Midget RUBBER BUMPER

1st place: 1976 Midget – James Trauger

Meet 2018 in Lahaska, Pennsylvania
Meet 2018 in Lahaska, Pennsylvania
Meet 2018 in Lahaska, Pennsylvania
Meet 2018 in Lahaska, Pennsylvania
Meet 2018 in Lahaska, Pennsylvania
Meet 2018 in Lahaska, Pennsylvania
Meet 2018 in Lahaska, Pennsylvania
Meet 2018 in Lahaska, Pennsylvania

32nd Annual Chicagoland British Car Festival

The 32nd Annual Chicagoland British Car Festival was held on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Harper Community College in Palatine, Illinois just outside of Chicago. The show 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.

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. Door prizes and popular vote awards were presented to the lucky winners.

The weather was perfect again although a little windy – sunny and mild but a gloomy forecast limited the overall attendance. In addition to the vast array of stunning vehicles there was also the obligatory valve cover racing. British food was provided by food stands and a new additions this year was Robinson’s ribs, an award winner. Numerous vendors were also in attendance offering everything for the British car fan.

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 33rd annual event which will be held on September 8, 2019 at Harper Community College in Palatine, Illinois. For further information go to www.britishcarunion.com or www.mgclub.org.

American MGB Association Meet 2018 and Brits at the Village in Lahaska, Pennsylvania

The American MGB Association’s 41st Annual Meet – AMGBA MEET 2018 – for the MGB, MGB-GT & Midget –

in participation with the Philadelphia MG Club’s Brits at the Village Show in Lahaska, Pennsylvania – October 13, 2018

American MGB Association Meet 2018 in conjunction with Brits at the Village in Lahaska, Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: More information at the 2018 Brits at the Village Show website at www.phillymgclub.com .

The American MGB Association’s 41st Annual Meet – AMGBA MEET 2018 – for the MGB, MGB-GT & Midget –

in participation with the Philadelphia MG Club’s Brits at the Village Show in Lahaska, Pennsylvania – October 13, 2018

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 Grand Strand British Car Club’s 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. For 2018, we go to the Philadelphia area for the first time at the Brits in the Village Show in Lahaska, Pennsylvania.

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 2017 and SABCC Festival in Fairhope, Alabama

story by Bruce Magers, photos by Frank Ochal

The American MGB Association (AMGBA) held its 40th annual meet in Fairhope, Alabama on October 14, 2017. The event was held in conjunction with the “South Alabama British Car Festival” which has been going for the past 27 years.

The event began with a

Friday night reception dinner that was an opportunity to get together with old friends or meet new ones. The Car Show on Saturday offered music, door prizes, and food. Fairhope is on Mobile Bay and offers scenic drives and beaches near the Gulf Coast.. Thanks to Brian Daly and Michael King 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, MGB-GT and Midget Meet 2017 winners were as follows:

CLASS G – MG Midget 1961-1979
1. Steven Whitlow, ’76 Damask red, Jackson, MS
2. Fletcher Thompson, ’73 yellow, Jackson, MS

CLASS I – MGB Mk 1, 1962-1967 Chrome Bumper
1. Charlie & Mary McCrary, ’64 tartan red, Thomaston, GA
2. William Richard Bishop, ’66 white, Fairhope, AL
3. Paula Quinn, ’67 green, Daphne, AL

CLASS J – MGB Mk 2, 1968-1974 Chrome Bumper
1. Jonathan Leslie, ’71 teal blue, St. Louis, MO
2. Ken McIlaney, ’72 green , Mobile, AL
3. Clay Johnston, ’72 harvest gold, Mount Olive, MS

CLASS K – MGB Mk 3, 1974 1/2 -1976 Rubber Bumper
1. Keith Vezina, ’76 damask red, Kenner, LA

CLASS L – MGB Mk 4, 1977-1980 Rubber Bumper
1. Stuart Waddington, ‘7 damask red, Daphne, AL
2. Gene Johnston, ;73 white, Ridgeland, MS
3. Charles Durning, ’74 yellow, Magee, MS

CLASS LL – MGB GT, MGC GT and MGC Roadsters
1. Stewart Reisinger, ’66 British racing green B-GT, Daphne, AL
2. Gene Johnston, ’73 white B-GT, Ridgeland, MS
3. Charles Durning, ’74 yellow B-GT, Magee, MS

   
1st place B-GT – ’66 B-GT Stewart Reisinger from Daphne, Alabama 1st Place Midget – ’76 Midget of Steve Whitlow from Jackson, Mississippi
   
1st Place MGB Mk 4 – ’77 B of Stuart Waddington from Daphne, Alabama 1st Place MGB Mk 3 – ’76 B of Keith Vezina  from Kenner, Louisiana
   
1st Place MGB Mk 2 – ’71B of Jonathan Leslie
from St. Louis, Missouri
1st Place MGB Mk 1 – ’64 B of Charlie & Mary McCrary
from Thomaston, Georgia
   
AMGBA Officers at Meet 2017 in Alabama: Bruce Magers, Margie Springer and Frank Ochal Brian Daly Giving Out an Award at Meet 2017 in Alabama

 

31st Annual Chicagoland British Car Festival

Story by Bruce Magers, Photos by Frank Ochal

The 31st annual Chicagoland British Car Festival was held on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Harper Community College in Palatine, Illinois just outside of Chicago. The show 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.

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 600 cars were gathered on the field representing virtually every marque produced in England. Door prizes and popular vote awards were presented to the lucky winners.

The weather was perfect – sunny and mild which obviously helped boost attendance. In addition to the vast array of stunning vehicles there was also a display of British motorcycles for those who “like their fun on two wheels”. British food was provided by food stands. Numerous vendors were also in attendance offering everything for the British car fan.

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 32nd annual event which will be held on September 9, 2017 at Harper Community College in Palatine, Illinois. For further information go to www.britishcarunion.com or www.mgclub.org.

Wheaton, Illinois Autojumble

The Wheaton, Illinois Autojumble & Swap Meet was held March 19, 2017 and is organized and conducted by the Chicagoland MG Club alone although it has the enthusiastic support of all the other British car clubs in the Chicago area. The event now includes all marques of European sports cars and motorcycles and is conducted with the goal of providing a meeting place of buyers and sellers of used parts, new parts, accessory items, tools, memorabilia and just about anything else of interest to the European sports car and motorcycle enthusiast.

The 13,200 sq. ft. facility had 65 vendors occupying 85 spaces displaying their wares. Over 550 shoppers participated. The American MGB Association participated with a table where it welcomed members with club information and club regalia for sale.

Chicagoland Autojumble in Wheaton, Illinois Chicagoland Autojumble in Wheaton, Illinois

 

40th Annual AMGBA Meet 2017 in participation with the South Alabama British Car Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

 Online registration and more information at the 2017 SABCC British Car Festival website at www.sabcc.org/bcf2017.htm .

The American MGB Association’s 40th Annual Meet – AMGBA MEET 2017 – for the MGB, MGB-GT & Midget – in participation with the South Alabama British Car Festival in

Fairhope, Alabama – October 14, 2017

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 2016 was in South Carolina at the Grand Strand British Car Club’s Britfest in Myrtle Beach. In 2016 we were in Virginia for the first time in Waynesboro at the Shenandoah Valley British Car Festival.

For 2017 we will make our initial trip to Alabama in Fairhope which is near Mobile and the Gulf Coast at the South Alabama British Car Festival whose website is www.sabcc.org .

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.