2015 Spring GoF Show Results

The Spring Gathering of the Faithful was once again held at The Venue in Salado, Texas.  There were 58 cars in the show, which was a great turnout with the threatening weather.  Fortunately, the weather during the show day was very pleasant.  The show awards went to the following recipients:


           1st Place – 1952 MG TD, Light Blue, Tom Luin (promoted to Octagon ofHonor)

           2nd Place – 1952 MG TD, Black, Ron Redding

            3rd Place – 1974 MGB, Aconite, Frank & Debbie Kopec


            1st Place – 1939 MG TB, Red, Tim & Joan Bloomfield


            1st Place – 1952 MG TD, Ivory, Bobby Galvez

            2nd Place – 1952 MG TD, Ivory, Jack & Sandra Thomason


            1st Place – 1954 TF, Red, Talley & Alice Bell

 MGA Roadster

            1st Place – 1959 MGA, Blue, Mark Dement

            2nd Place – 1957 MGA, Glacier Blue, Clay & Diane Sawyer

            3rd Place – 1961 MGA, Olde English White, Don & Dottie Lantz

 MGA Coupe

            1st Place – 1958 MGA Coupe, Mineral Blue, Bill & Carolyn Stewart

 MGB Chrome Bumper

            1st Place – 1972 MGB, Red, Eric & Beverly Van Note

            2nd Place – 1972 MGB, Aqua, Bob & Kim Chalker

            3rd Place – 1967 MGB, Green, Ken & Marsha Hayes

            4th Place – 1967 MGB, Red, Pete & Theresa Hottenstein


            1st Place – 1975 MGB GT, White, Derek Schwartz

 MGB Rubber Bumper

            1st Place – 1980 MGB, Inca Yellow, Rick & Carol Aguado

            2nd Place – 1980 MGB, White, Jimmy Lawrence (original owner)

            3rd Place – 1982 MGB LE, Black, Heyward & Marsha Green

            4th Place – 1980 MGB LE, Black, Hank & Lana Largey

            5th Place – 1980 MGB, White, Ken & Kay Bell

 MGC Roadster

            1st Place – 1968 MGC, Red, Danny & Georganne Allen


            1st Place – 1969 MGC GT, Black, Roger & Kaye Sykes

 Midget Rubber Bumper

            1st Place – 1976 MG Midget, Blue, Brandon Leshock

 MG Variant

            1st Place – 1980 MG V8, Dark Silver, Ralph & Fay Ratta

            2nd Place – 1959 MGA, Olde English White, Duane & Jimmi Peterson

            3rd Place – 1968 MGB GT V8, Bronze Yellow, Barry Glass

 MG Special

            1st Place – 1964 MG Magnette, Connaugh Green, Steve & Marilyn Fitch

 Octagon of Honor cars on display

            1947 MG TC, British Racing Green, John & Nancy Youens

            1967 MGB, White, Tom & Nancy Harrison

            1959 MGA, White, Danny & Georganne Allen

            1979 MGB V8, British Racing Green Metallic, Wayne & Vickie Kube

 Show Favorite – 1949 MG TC, British Racing Green, John & Nancy Youens

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A Soggy but Fun 2015 Spring GoF

On Thursday, May 7th, Nancy and I had to make a hard decision. Drive the TC up my favorite back roads to Salado, or load it up and trailer it. One final check with Intellicast Weather, and we decided to pack it into the trailer.

It was a pleasant and uneventful drive to Salado and surprisingly, we had only a few sprinkles along the way. We received a call about an hour outside of Salado from our super innkeeper, Will Lowery, to confirm our arrival time. By the time we were ready to unpack, our room was ready for us.

Check in at a GoF is always a fun time to see old friends and meet new ones in the Texas MG world. This year the GoF was sponsored by the “Tarrant County Breakfast Club” (a.k.a. Greg Poffenbarger, Melana Maxie, Don Browning, Jim and Linda Curzan, Eric Welty, Susan Seifker, and Stu and Cindy Bauman). After check-in we drove over to the Salado Wine Sellers with Ron Redding for a wine tasting and social event. This event was sponsored and paid for by Mike and Sheryl Mann, and Randy Zimmerman. We met the guest of honor, John Twist, at the wine tasting and he appeared to be truly enjoying both the Texas hospitality and the Texas wine.

After the wine tasting we met at Johnny’s BBQ in Salado for a great movie and music trivia party hosted by Stu and Cindy Bauman. Gordon Smith, you would have loved it! Our table won the grand prize although I won’t say whether or not small, black electronic devices loaded with the proper apps enabled this.

Friday morning kicked off with a great breakfast at the inn, and then on to the Poker Rally. At each checkpoint participants received a card and had the opportunity to get bonus cards by winning “feats of skill” contests. These included lawn darts, beanbag toss, and ladder toss. A great time was had by all, and with 10 decks of cards used, the scoring was amazingly high.

Friday evening events ranged from pizza and games under the oak trees at the Stagecoach Inn to an evening at Alexander’s Distillery. The after party at the distillery was memorable, and as they say; “what happens at the distillery, stays at the distillery” unless it happens to be posted on Twitter.

The car show on Saturday was graced by nice weather and we had an excellent turnout. After the show, John Twist gave a demonstration on how to tune SU carburetors and even worked on a few cars. Luckily, I was able to get John to tune the TC and set the mixture properly. He also gave me a few tips on keeping the vapor lock demons at bay.

The awards banquet that evening had an abundance of auction items and laughs. The big surprise of the evening came when my TC was voted “Show Favorite”. This was a great end to an enjoyable weekend.

John Youens

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Racers and Wannabes


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Salado GOF Caravan

If you are traveling to the GOF on Friday, May 8, please consider this  Caravan.

Mike and Stephanie Woodward (and others) will depart at 9:00 a.m. on Friday at the gas station at the 1488 exit off I-290.  They will be taking the backroads to Salado and stopping for lunch along the way.  With questions or to be included, contact Mike Woodward.  A map of the planned route is included here.

Wildwood to Salado maps via backroads   (for a map download)

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Spring Fling Fully Flung

Despite raging thunderstorms early on an April Saturday, a great representative sampling of MGs made an appearance at our annual Spring Fling.  The venue, Falcon Point Country Club in Katy, was outstanding with plenty of room for our classics and a most comfortable pavilion for socializing over lunch and beverages at the bar.  Thanks for making all the arrangements again,  Ron Redding!

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Featured MG

Don Lantz has a story or two to tell about his recently restored 1961 MGA 1600.  We have a photo of him in the Pits at a Florida racetrack in the 60’s, with this same MGA.  Great job in preserving the Marque Don! Don's  MGA IMG_0523 (2)

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The Old Iron Works

A member comment:

Name: G. Wayne Hardy
Email: gwhardy@suddenlink.net
Comment or Question: On the April 16 – 19 weekend we participated in the Antique Auto Club of America’s Texas tour event, this time based in Tomball TX. Yes it rained, but not for the car show on Sat. Only one old car didn’t start and that was a pure mechanical ailment not associated with moisture or flooded roads..a 1918 track racer Maxwell had a carb jet fall out. One thing we came across worthy of mention was an auto restoration shop up in Montgomery, just west of Conroe called the Old Iron Works. The owner, Richard Mitchell specializes in Stutzes from the prewar period. Amazing cars on display and under restoration including a 20s vintage Stutz LeMans racer being restored for track duty on the Vintage race circuit. They even have an old all aluminum block and head 14,000cc tank engine on a stand that they’ll run for you just for laughs.
This place is worth a drive for a visit on any weekend outing, and yes they do welcome visits from the public. Google them up and get the address and other info. You won’t be sorry you took the time. 

Wayne, you are right about that.  If you search Old Iron Works on our Blog you will see a bit on our November 2012 event at that place.  A good reminder…thanks.  

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Concours d’Elegance of Texas

An event you may  be interested in attending to appreciate other vintage autos…header2


All the details can be seen at:   http://www.concoursoftexas.org



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Family MGA Extension

A 2014 new member provided this update on his MGA:

I am a new member of the club and I would like to share a few photos and the history of my 1960 MGA.

As you can see from the photos, my car is currently being carefully restored by Ron Redding at 5R Restorations. My father originally purchased this car in 1966 for $300 in Ft. Stockton, TX. As the story goes, he drove the car to his home in Carlsbad, NM and the engine consumed more than 12 quarts of oil during the 150 trip. After some much needed shade tree TLC and a new crankshaft, he drove the MGA for the next 20 years.

My father passed away in 2012, so I wanted to have his car restored to original condition in his honor. Hopefully, I can pass it along to my grandson in a few years to keep my fathers memory alive. Attached is a photo of my son Shea and Grandson Caleb after dropping off the car with Ron Redding.

Thanks, and I look forward to participating in some future events when the car is completed.

Best regards,
Mike Gentry

Mike, we feel certain that everyone in our Club applauds your effort.  It is a worthy quest on multiple levels!  Keep up the good work. 

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Hidden Treasures

One of our Club’s LBC Sleuths, Bob Crow, discovered these 3 British Treasures while out and about in the Houston area.  With no shortage of Blaze MGBs, another one rolled up to a Sunday morning bicyclists’ breakfast in the Heights.  The owner, thoroughly attended by HMGCC members who also bike, will likely show up at our April meeting.  (note the personalized plate.)

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