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  • November 02, 2019 8:39 PM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    By Tom Dooley

    It was strictly top down weather for the Great Pumpkin Rallye on October 26th. After sign-in and drivers meeting at Bleyl Middle school parking lot, one Morris, one Allard and seven MGs were sent off at 2-1/2 minute intervals for the 2+ hours of sports car adventure. Their mission took them through the pristine neighborhoods of Norchester, Cypress Forest, Lakewood Crossing and Lakewood Forest.

    A Very Focused Driver's Meeting


    Drivers & Navigators Heading To Their Trusty MG's

    These gallant MG enthusiasts spent the duration going forwards and occasionally backwards, looking for the answers to the great pumpkin questions. Along the way they learned of such fascinating oddities as a one legged horse, a tree growing out of a chimney, a house with crosshairs on it, the location of Peanut Island, what a clerestory is and what kind of windows it has, as well as a street named after a type of Toyota (or perhaps that’s the other way around).

    The Big Send Off

    Their journey brought this group of navigational and observational experts to Mo’s Irish Pub at Vintage Park for relaxation, camaraderie and a little low impact elbow exercise. All in all, the consensus seemed to be that it was a very good way to spend a Saturday afternoon with your best girl and your best car.

    The Houston MG Car Club Has The Best Girls In Town

    In the fine tradition of British motoring, there can’t be a challenge without a reward and therefore our best of the best were: 1st place Bob and Kim Chalker, 2nd place Scott and Trish Hardy, and 3rd place Paul and Karen Brownell. 

    I wish to sincerely thank everyone who attended for making this event as much fun to put on as it was to participate in. 

    Enjoying A Pint and Celebrating The Victors at Mo's Irish Pub in Vintage Park


    ** The Club thanks Tom & Jeanette Dooley for planning this outstanding event.  We are always looking for members who are willing to help plan an event.  If you are interested send a quick email to HoustonMGCarClub@gmail.com letting us know.  Remember the HMGCC is completely led and operated by volunteers, the more help we have the better the experience for everyone.

  • October 30, 2019 8:21 AM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    The Texas MG Register has posted an online album of photos from the GoF on their website.  Thank you to Gary Sandusky for his great work as photographer.

    https://www.tmgr.org/fall-2019-gof-photos/

  • October 24, 2019 8:56 PM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    Story by Dwight Dawson, Photos by Dale Schiller, Gary Sandusky, Mike Gentry & Bob Chalker

    It was a special weekend in October for the HMGCC, being our privilege to host the 2019 Fall Gathering of the Faithful. The Texas-sized event that MG aficionados enjoy once or twice a year was held at old Downtown Katy and several other nearby locations on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 17-19, 2019.


    Arriving at the Holiday Inn - Katy

    The Holiday Inn at Katy Mills Mall was our home base and registration center. Most participants from Dallas, Austin, and other cities north of us stayed there and enjoyed meals and adult beverages in nearby restaurants. The festivities began Thursday with a Nacho & Rita party at Los Cucos, a short walk from the hotel. 

    Thursday Night Dinner at Los Cucos

    Then Friday morning’s tour on swooping country roads west and south of Katy challenged driving skills in many of the MGs present. In the afternoon, participants enjoyed visiting Hemi Hideout in Brookshire, where owner John Hovas houses an amazing collection of American muscle cars, neon signs and memorabilia in the largest timber structure in Texas. 

    The GoF crowd touring Hemi Hideout

    Back in Katy, the No Label Brewery was an evening gathering place for thirsty drivers and navigators.

    Before the sun was up Saturday morning, heavy dew was being wiped from pristine MG paint of every color. Organized chaos ensued as nearly 70 LBCs were lined up for the caravan to the show site in old Downtown Katy. 

    Sunrise over MG's

    Every MG stopped en route for a photo with the caboose at the MKT Railroad Museum.


    MKT meets MGTD

    Photos attest to the wide display of the various classes of MGs parked on the streets near Katy’s historic City Hall. Street vendors of all description filled the Katy Market Day stalls, ensuring sauntering foot traffic from hundreds of admirers of our now little-seen British sports cars.


    A couple great views of the show field

    MG Expert and Technical Guru John Twist from Michigan spent hours at the show in his “rolling tech session.” A number of lucky GOF participants shared time under the tent with John as he made minor mechanical adjustments. His endless recitation of MG facts and recommendations were informative and entertaining for all who gathered around. 

    John Twist sharing his expertise

    The traditional awards banquet followed at Midway Barbecue as the sun retired for the day. A silent auction provided distraction during the cocktail hour and a generous buffet dinner followed. The evening closed with awarding of trophies to the winners in the show competition, along with more live auction fun and camaraderie.

    A sold out banquet at Midway BBQ

    Back at the hotel, participants extended their evening of socializing and storytelling on the patio and other gathering spots. Sunday morning provided yet another great breakfast as MGs rolled out at leisure for the road home.

    Back at the hotel, participants extended their evening of socializing and storytelling on the patio and other gathering spots. Sunday morning provided yet another great breakfast as MGs rolled out at leisure for the road home.

    The expansive efforts required to plan and produce a GOF were fully realized by Ron Redding, Bob and Kim Chalker, and the dozens of volunteers from the Houston MG Car Club. We have enjoyed the organization and hospitality of other clubs for many years and were pleased to take the lead this year as hosts of the 2019 Fall Gathering of the Faithful. GOFs occur twice a year, and we encourage all HMGCC members to attend and enjoy these great events filled with delicious food, friendly folks and twisting roads. It is truly a time-honored tradition. 

     

    Departing the Hemi Hideout

  • October 21, 2019 4:51 PM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)


    Just because you missed the Gof doesn't mean you won't be able to drive your MG in October.  On October 26th the club is hosting the Great Pumpkin Rally from 2:00 to 5:00pm.  Get your car out, put on your best Halloween costume and come on out for a bit of fun with the cars. Great Pumpkin Rally


  • October 21, 2019 4:30 PM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    Photos by Mike Gentry & Dale Schiller

    The 2019 Fall TMGR was this past weekend in Katy and by all accounts it was a huge success.  We had great weather, over 65 cars, hundreds of people and a great weekend full of driving, eating and enjoying a bit of merriment with friends, from across the great state of Texas, who love their MG's.  There will be more to share in the near future but for now here are a few photos from the event.  Enjoy!  

    HMGCC's Mike Gentry and Jim Early with the legend, John Twist


    Gracie - Wayne Kube 1937 MG VA Saloon


    We aren't sure what this is but it does have an MG logo


    Ron Redding's 1958 Magnette


  • October 03, 2019 7:21 PM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    We have learned that during tropical storm Imelda the post office in Houston had damage and there is the potential that mail has been lost or delayed.  If you mailed in your registration and have not received a confirmation email please contact Bob Chalker at houstonmgcarclub@gmail.com and let him know.  Bob and Kim will make arrangements for taking your registration.

  • October 02, 2019 5:20 PM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    We are pleased to share the award winners from this year's Houston All British Car Day.  We had an outstanding field of cars with over 70 entries.  I am sure that they crowd found the voting to be difficult with so many great cars.  

    Arnel Brown won Best of show with his 1953 MG TD

    We also gave away two prizes in a random drawing.  Kenny Daves won a $100 gift certificate from Moss Motors and Richard Langer won a $25 certificate from Rock Auto.  We thank both companies for the support of our event.

    CONGRATULATIONS to all of our winners. (click here to be taken to the award winners.

    Once again this year a significant portion of the proceeds went to support the Russ Seto Scholarship.

  • October 01, 2019 6:17 AM | Mike Woodward (Administrator)

    Thanks as always to Greg for preparing the below report :


  • September 28, 2019 9:47 AM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    The Houston All British Car Day was a true success despite the threats of tropical storm Imelda, the skies cleared and we had a beautiful day with over 70 British classics, from across the decades, on the show grounds at the Wild Stallion Vineyards.  

    Here are scenes from the day....




  • September 19, 2019 9:47 PM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    Several of you have asked if the Houston All British Car Day will be happening on Saturday.  AccuWeather is calling for the storms to be out of the area, partly cloudy skies and no rain for Saturday morning and early afternoon.  The organizers will be visiting the site tomorrow to confirm all is well but we are planning for the show to go on as planned.  If anything changes we will post it here.

    We have over 75 cars registered, even if you are not showing your LBC come on out and see these beautiful vehicles.

    Safety fast!

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Houston MG Car Club

PO Box 40711

Houston, TX   77240. 


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