Sponsored by The Houston MG Car Club
The Abingdon Poker Rally was held on Saturday, August 9, 2014, beginning at The Stag’s Head Pub. Coffee and donuts were enjoyed prior to issuance of the first of five playing cards. Twenty-four European cars with fifty participants braved the heat and 50 mile course to return to Stag’s Head for food, drinks and fun. Stops included Speed and Sport Chrome Shop, Reserve Supply and DriverSource.
Nancy and John Youens held the best poker hand and were awarded a $50 gift certificate from Reserve Supply. Pat and Mike Vecellio were second and received a $50 gift certificate from Speed and Sport. The third place winner also received a gift from Speed and Sport.
An impromptu car show was held in the parking lot, where judges agreed that the Triumph TR3A of Ziad Saliby represented the “Best Spirit of the Event”. The sleek Triumph in competition trim sported racing numbers, a roll-over bar and Brooklands screens. The fascia board was decorated with dash plaques from prior events. Ziad was awarded the Abingdon Poker Rally trophy, a 1957 trophy previously given in period to a racer from Kansas City, for his speed exploits in a 1955 Ford Thunderbird racer.
After viewing The Racers, a 1955 feature film starring Kirk Douglas and Cesar Romero, the final “Hard Luck” award was given to Nancy Youens for changing a flat on Gordon and Angie Bard’s MGB! With sweat and a smile, Nancy joyfully accepted!
Participants represented five different clubs in the Houston area. Despite the searing heat, a good time was had by all. Comments heard by Rallymaster Cragg Eubanks indicated that future joint club events should be well attended.