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27th Annual San Diego British Car Day

The 27th Annual San Diego British Car Day took place at the Bonsall Farms on October 1, 2006. The featured marque was the DeLorean which had 16 cars at the show. There were, of course, hundreds of MGs of all types. The best of show was a Rolls Royce Phantom IV limo that had beautiful picnic side boards attached to the front wings.Lyle & Clair Abel's Award Winner
Lyle and Claire Abel took 1st place in the rubber bumper MGB roadster category again this year. The picnics were all enjoyed, the food and souvenir vendors did a great business.

David Johnston

Editor's Desk – December 2006 Octagon

Welcome to the new members that have joined since the last issue. We would like to thank all the contributors to this issue of the Octagon. Be sure to send in photos and stories so we can include them in future issues of the Octagon.The 29th Annual AMGBA Meet for 2006 was held in conjunction with the 27th Annual MGs on the Rocks in Rocks State Park in Maryland on September 30, 2006. The report appears in this issue of the Octagon (and on this Blog).

The club has a new and much improved message board. This is something that many of our members have wanted for a long time. Be sure to check it out. You can access it through the club website at or directly at We have a members only section of the message board. Members can request club membership to the Message Board by making the request in the form of a reply on the message board or by email to us.ÿ This allows you to access the MEMBER ONLY QUESTION & ANSWER and UPKEEP & PERFORMANCE HINTS area.ÿ It also allows you to post items in the FOR SALE and WANTED sections as well as post photos in the MEMBER PHOTOS area. You must first register for this Message Board site.ÿ Be sure to include your membership name along with your membership number if known.

The club also now has a Blog located at Members can publish items to the Blog by making the request in the form of a comment on the Blog or by email.
The new American MGB Association photo gallery is located at The same login is used for the gallery as the Message Board.

Members now receive monthly publications. The Octagon is published in February, April, June, August, October and December and the eOctagon is published in January, March, May, July, September and November.

We now offer a 3 year membership or renewal rate which includes a free t-shirt. The rate is $95 or $125 for members outside the USA. So save some money and get a free t-shirt in the process!

Send us your email address so that we can send you the eOctagon. The eOctagon is sent via bulk email so if you are blocking this type of email you will not get it.

Remember the AMGBA “pays” for stories and info you send in the form of a credit toward regalia or renewal. We appreciate the increased number of color photographs that have been sent in since we changed to color printing of the OCTAGON!

Send in your list of spare parts that you have for sale as we send out all lists we have received during the year to members that request lists of spare parts available. These lists are also now appear on our web page in the “members only” section!

We have improved our web site and it now includes on-line ordering of club regalia. You can also print out renewal forms. You need an ID and password to access the “members only” section of our web site at You will find the ID and password on page 3 of the OCTAGON. These change with each issue so be sure to use only the ones listed in the latest issue.

Have a great holiday season!
Frank 🙂

AMGBA Meet 2006 Report & Photos

American MGB Association officers: Margie Springer, Bruce Magers and Frank Ochal The American MGB Association held its 28th annual Meet on September 30, 2006 at Rocks State Park just north of Baltimore, Maryland.

The event was held in conjunction with the 27th annual MGs on the Rocks. Cars started arriving very early despite threatening skies and a light drizzle. By later that morning the entire park area was filled. MGs represented the majority of the show cars but other marques such as Triumph, Jaguar and Riley also were in appearance.

The site of the event was scenic in a hilly, wooded area. Despite the continuous rain, participants enjoyed the food and the numerous vendors that were present The show included a special area for cars that had won in previous shows and cars the were for sale. A deejay provided lively music which added to the festivities.

There were rows and rows of MGs from early Bs through Limited Editions including Midgets. President Frank Ochal, Secretary Margie Springer and myself handled the AMGBA awards presentation.

It was great to meet many of our long time members in the mid-Atlantic area. I also had a chance to talk with Tom Bridges whom I first met in 1979 at the Ithaca AMGBA Meet.
Frank Ochal, Margie Springer and myself were kept busy all day signing up new members and providing other member services at the AMGBA table.

The AMGBA wishes to thank Richard Liddick and the MGs of Baltimore for hosting the event. Winners of the American MGB Association popular vote were as follows:

1. ’75, red – Harry & Fay Walmer
2. ’79, black – Fritz & Adele Warner
3. ’77, yellow – K. Speakman

1. ’72, red – Jeff & Bert Shank
2. ’62, red – Brooks Amiot
3. ’72, dark blue – Dale Giatfelter

1. ’71, green – Lem Burnett
2. ’71, yellow – Bob Courtot
3. ’67, yellow – Elizabeth Edelen

1. ’79, red – Karl Kaminski
2. ’72, green – Lisa Aleen
3. ’74, orange – Krist Liebel

For information on next year’s event or on the American MGB Association, please contact the AMGBA , P. O. Box 11401, Chicago, IL 60611; phone: (773) 878-5055; email:; web site:

Bruce Magers

1st place rubber-bumpered B at AMGBA Meet 2006 1st place Midget at AMGBA Meet 2006 1st place B-GT of Lem Burnett at AMGBA Meet 2006 1st place chrome-bumpered B roadster of Jeff & Bert Shank

American MGB Association Meet 2006

29th Annual AMGBA MEET 2006 at Rocks State Park, Maryland for all MGs on September 30, 2006, in conjunction with the 27th Annual MGs on the Rocks sponsored by the MGs of Baltimore Contact: the American MGB Association at 773-878-5055 or AMGBA, P. O. Box 11401, Chicago, IL 60611; FAX: (773) 769-3240, email: , or in Maryland, Mike Lutz at 410-592-8610,, If you are planning to attend contact the above to be placed on a mailing list for any last minute details. The American MGB Association (AMGBA) 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 the convention but it is encouraged.

AMGBA is the best MGB club!

The American MGB Association is North America’s oldest, largest and best club for all MGBs, MGB-GTs and Midgets. A nonprofit organization which was founded in 1975 and offers color magazines, emagazines, technical advice, member recommendations on service, body and parts sources, registration of your MG, a tradition of service and FREE member classified ads that appear in the Octagon magazine AND on the AMGBA web site on the Internet. The website is