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  • October 17, 2018 12:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Dwight Dawson

    The Houston MG Car Club was represented at this year’s statewide gathering of MGs by Glenn and Fran Carpenter, Bob and Kim Chalker, Alex Chaykoski, Dwight and Candy Dawson, Rob and Shelly Ficalora, Bob and Kathy Schroeder, Ron Redding, Mike and Stephanie Woodward, John and Nancy Youens, and Jane and Cole LeMaster.  

    About the GOF

    (Pronounced Gee Oh Eff)

    Twice yearly since 1964 the members of the New England MG T Register have gathered to enjoy the magic of the MG marque and the people who own them. The first GOFs were billed as a "low key weekend to enjoy the cars and new friends." And it is much the same now. The GOF provides owners of MG T series and other early MG variants a chance to gather for a weekend of tours, talk and tire kicking.

    Our Texas GOF has been coordinated by the Dallas club, Texas MG Register, for many years. To join them for the 2018 event, 3 Houston MGBs met at Hwy 290 and FM 1488 and caravanned 190 miles along the country roads to Waco. Drivers were Woodward, Dawson and Chalker. Greg Fleischer even made the trip out to 1488 in his B to see us off. Others from Houston arrived in Waco with their MGs safely secured in trailers.  

    Upon our Friday morning arrival, there were various venues for beer, wine, burgers, and more. Dinner was organized for the Houston group at Outback Steak House. I was impressed with them for the food and because you could actually HEAR conversations at the table. Some good restaurant design at work that ensured a fun evening with good friends. 


    Saturday morning provided light rain for the Show Parade on the hilly, twisty, tree-lined MG-style roads just out of town to Bosque River Park. For the first time, the show itself was held in a parking garage—different, but it worked out great and included a sumptuous box lunch. After the show there was an optional event to Balcones, a whiskey distillery in Waco. Ask Bob Chalker for details about it! He and Kim also toured the Dr. Pepper plant. Back at the hotel, with the rain picking up, several of us enjoyed adult beverages and snacks in the lobby.  

    The Saturday banquet was at the Baylor Club in McLane Stadium. We enjoyed a great Baylor buffet dinner. The evening continued with awards and intermittent offerings of auction items. A very rare 1937 MG VA Salon owned by Wayne Kube from Plano, Texas won the award for Show Favorite. I had a short ride in it and can report it was a luxury ride in its day. The unique interior features, like the fold out windshield, are impressive.

    It seemed that Honorary Member Flat Bernard had a high-time and was always where the action was. 

    The following HMGCC cars were AWARD WINNERS: 

    Ulrichs’ 1953 MG TD Octagon of Honor. 

    Chaykoski’s 1954 MG TF 1st place Premier Class;

    Redding’s 1975 MGB 4th place Premier Class;

    Ficaloras’ 1976 MGB V8 1st place VARIANT MG; 

    Chalkers’ 1972 MGB 2nd place Chrome Bumper

    Woodward’s 1980 MGB 2nd place Rubber Bumper

    Rob and Kathy Schroeder took 2nd place in the rally.   

    The drivers from Houston accumulated about 430 miles traveling to and from the 2018 GOF.  

    Houston MG Car Club members breaking bread together on Friday night

    Ficaloras' MGB V8 took 1st place in the Variant class

    Rain, rain go away....

    A highlight of the show was this 1937 VA Salon.  

    Glenn Carpenter spiffing up his 1954 MG TF

    Bob & Kim Chalker with their 2nd place trophy in the Chrome Bumper class

    Alex Chaykoski accepting his 1st place in the Premier class for his 1954 MG TF

  • October 12, 2018 6:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • October 08, 2018 6:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As always many thanks to Greg Fleischer for keeping up with all the events. Do not forget you still have many more qualifying events to go.

  • October 04, 2018 12:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Attached is a great report from Dwight Dawson on the Texas All British Car Days, where club members took home a few trophies.

    TABCD 2018[22085].pdf

  • October 01, 2018 11:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Greg Ulrich

    Do you get all excited and weak-kneed every time you see an MG in a movie? I do. Ever since I saw Love Story with Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw and that little black MGTC, I have been on the lookout for MGs in the movies. A couple weeks ago I was watching the made-for-TV movie, Curacao with George C Scott. Nine minutes into the movie, the main character is hand cranking a rather natty looking MGTC and driving around the island of Curacao. I added the film title to my list of MGs in the movies and told a couple of friends who happen to own TCs. While one friend was trying to locate the movie, he came up with an amazing website. In fifteen years of searching, I probably had a couple dozen titles of movies with MGs in the film. Suddenly, I was looking at a website with 720 movies with over 60 different MG models in those movies.

    Wait, it gets even better. You click on the model of MG you are interested in, say “TD,” and photos of MGTDs from 39 different movies pop up as thumbnails with a photo of the TD taken from a scene in each film. A link also pops up showing thumbnails of all other vehicles shown in the film. Even tractors and heavy machinery are shown and identified in every film listed. You next click on the thumbnail and up pops a full page photo with comments about the car and the film. The comments also frequently have additional photos of the MG from other scenes in the film.

    There’s more. Every thumbnail has a one to five star rating for the role the MG played in the film. A single star would be a background vehicle such as an MG in a parking lot, down the block from the main scene. Three stars might mean the vehicle was used in a chase scene. Five stars would mean the vehicle was used throughout the film. Someday we will probably be able to click on the thumbnail and actually watch the movie but not yet.

    Be warned. This site can be addictive. You can spend hours looking at the 720 thumbnails of MGs. You also can look up any of the 2000 other models of cars, trucks, and heavy equipment that appeared in thousands of films.

    Oh! In my excitement I almost forgot to tell you the name of the website. It is the Internet Movie Cars Database at: .

    And remember, it’s always

    Safety Fast!

    Greg Ulrich

  • September 28, 2018 1:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We have recently learned, from Helen Savitsky, that former Houston MG Car Club member and long time MG aficionado Danny Savitzky passed away after a hard fought battle with cancer.




    Danny's MGA which is now owned by Parker Floyd, a very patinaed survivor that many club members found fascinating because of its originality.  

  • September 24, 2018 4:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    “After launching the postwar sports car boom here in the States, all these decades later the T-series remains a staple at nearly any British car event. What is it about this simple machine that continues to captivate the soul of sports car aficionados the world over?"   


    he attached article from Classic Motorsports Magazine answers that question.

  • September 16, 2018 3:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dave Renner has graciously made some of his cartoons available for us to publish in the ROARS, the first of which is below.  A BIG THANK YOU to Dave, your work is excellent.

  • September 16, 2018 2:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • September 16, 2018 2:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By  Don Lantz

    Start by removing both air filters, and (brass or black plastic) dash pot covers. Check to make sure that enough oil is in the piston dampers on both carbs (no higher than the top of the smaller part of the inside bore of the inner moving piston. Also, feel the bottom of the carburetors to check if it is damp indicating a bit of fuel leakage.

    From inside the car, pull out the choke full open and release it. The choke on both carburetors should be closed. Check by reaching under each carb and pressing up to check if the jets have returned to the full up rest position. In the process, if you noticed a jet is not up to the rest position, then check that the jet tension spring is attached to the jet lever and carburetor body.


    1)     Start the engine and run it up to normal running temperature. Loosen one of the screws on an accordion (zig-zag looking) clamp on the throttle shaft between the carbs so that the carbs can be adjusted one at a time.

    2)     With the engine running, turn the idle screw on one of the carbs back (counter clockwise) until its lever is resting on the top of the throttle stop and the throttle disc is completely closed.  This will isolate that carb so the other carb can be adjusted and tuned. The engine will not stop running as there is a balance tube on the intake manifold connecting the two carbs so that all the cylinders will continue run on the fuel air mix from the one carb.

    3)     Now, set the idle just below 1,000 RPMs using the idle screw of the operating carb.

    4)     Keep the idle adjusted to stay below 1,000 RPMs during the tuning process.

    5)     Turn the jet adjusting (mixture nut) clock wise when looking down from above (this lowers the jet in the bridge area of the carburetor) which allows more fuel to be exposed to the incoming air, causing the fuel air ratio to be richer.

    6)     Continue turning the jet nut downward until the car engine makes a galloping like sound at idle.

    7)     Then turn the jet nut back slowly towards lean until the engine begins to shake and may have a slight misfire indicating the fuel air mixture is too lean.

    8)     Next, turn the jet adjusting nut back towards the rich directions until the engine shake just goes away.

    9)     Then turn the jet adjusting nut two more flats towards rich. As the engine smooths out, the idle speed will increase slightly.

    10)   Reduce the idle speed back down to under 1,000 RPMs.

    11)   That carburetor’s mixture adjustment is now complete.

    12)   Close the throttle on that carb and open the second carb’s throttle. 

    13)  Repeat steps number 5 through 11 on the second carb.


    1)     After completing the second carb’s mixture adjustment, the carbs need to be synchronized. This can be done with or without special equipment.

    2)     We will synchronize without any special equipment.

    3)     Carefully determine when the throttle arm and its adjustment screw contact the throttle stop at the same time. Do this by slowly backing the idle screw out while placing a finger on the idle arm. When the idle arm stops moving, turn the idle screw back and forth several times to be certain of when the idle arm is just resting on the idle stop. Now turn idle screw ½ turn clockwise to open the throttle for slow idle on that carb.

    4)     Do the exact same procedure for the other carb.

    5)     Tighten the previously loosened screw on the accordion clamp to lock together the two synchronized carbs.

    6)     Adjust the engine idle to just below 1,000 RPMs by turning both idle screws the same amount in the same direction.

    7)     Any time the idle needs adjusting, adjust both carb’s idle screw the same amount of turn, and in the same direction.

    8)     You can check for proper adjustment by reaching under the rim on the right side of each carb pressing upward on the piston lifting pin. This pin raises the air piston about 1/32”. If the engine stumbles, the mixture is too lean; if the engine speeds up and runs faster, the mixture is too rich; if the engine speeds up a small amount and then slows back to the original speed, the mixture is well adjusted. Note that the difference between being too rich and too lean is about one flat turn of the jet adjusting nut.


    Next is the adjustment of the linkage connection between the two carbs. This can be very important especially in cold climate areas as they allow for more fuel to enter the carbs for richer start up and running till the engine reaches normal operating temperature.

    1)     Remove the slack out of the choke linkage at the interconnector link by loosening the top and bottom nuts.

    2)     Tighten the lower nut on the interconnector so that there is a slight bit of pressure on the lever. Do not over compensate as it preloads the choke causing a richer mixture.

    3)     Tighten down the top nut to lock the adjustment.

    4)     Hook up the choke cable by giving it a slight twist and a little slack before locking it down.

    5)     Connect the choke cam link to the #2 hole on the cam for our climate area and secure it.

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