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  • June 17, 2021 10:25 PM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    Ray Holtzapple takes first in class at MG 2021 in Atlantic City

    Ray with Flat Bernard and his 1974 1/2 MGB GT Jubilee

  • June 09, 2021 12:04 PM | Scott Hardy (Administrator)

    The HMGCC monthly meeting in June was only our second face-to-face meeting since Covid restrictions started, but we made the most of it by taking the meeting on the road to Montgomery. Our meeting site, Ransoms Steakhouse and Saloon, was suggested and vetted by Bob Schroeder, who also generously agreed to be the guest speaker.

    Club members started arriving around 11:00, and six members took advantage of the warm May sunshine to exercise their MGs for the drive. Smiles and chatting were first on the agenda as members greeted each other and embraced the new experience of seeing old friends in person. When the restaurant had re-arranged the tables for our use, we moved inside and ordered drinks and food while fearless leader Mike Woodward set up the microphone and audio.

    The official agenda started at noon when Mike banged the gavel and the serious business began. We all quietly imbibed and enjoyed our meals while we approved the previous meeting minutes and engaged in a hearty discussion regarding plans for the 50th anniversary celebrations coming up in September. The conviviality (and the drinks) encouraged great ideas and volunteers for organizing future events.

    One highlight of our monthly meetings is always the presentation of the guest speaker, and Bob Schroeder did not disappoint. He entertained the assembly with a mix of history and automobile trivia, such as the City of Montgomery being the birthplace of the Texas flag, the story behind various monikers given to convertible cars, how to bid at an auto auction, and the reason why later model MGBs have three miniature windscreen wipers.

    Dwight Dawson reported that club membership has reached a record high of 179, and we were joined at the meeting by new members Charles and Cindy Still (1948 MG TC) and Delila Carlock (1960 MGA).

    As always, we ended the meeting with giveaways and sharing our names and cars. Laughs, smiles and handshakes between the members accompanied our exit as we completed a fun filled day at Ransoms. We left with full stomachs and good memories as we looked forward to the next time we can get together.

    - Contributed by Bob Schroeder. Photos by Bob Schroeder and Dwight Dawson

  • June 04, 2021 5:34 PM | Mike Woodward (Administrator)

    Dear All,

    Please see current standings of the driver's award. As always many thanks to Greg for keeping up with this.

    Safety fast!


  • June 04, 2021 2:16 PM | Scott Hardy (Administrator)

    It may have been a year later than planned, but warm May temperatures and well-timed breaks in the clouds made for a delightful setting as the Spring Gathering of the Faithful finally took place Killeen, TX, home of Fort Hood and a new venue for the annual event.

    Many of the HMGCC members travelled in style with an LBC convoy through Bellville and on to Kenney for a patio lunch and refreshments at the iconic Kenney Store.

    Continuing our adventures a few more miles to the north, we stopped at the Blue Bell Creamery in Brenham. Each of us selected a personal flavor choice for a cup of the World's best ice cream. Our cultural caravan continued with a brief stop at The Downtown Art Gallery, one of many attractions in Historic Downtown Brenham with which members may not be familiar. (Shameless Plug - this Historic Downtown area will be our destination for a July 31 HOT NIGHTS / COOL TUNES event.)

    Our caravan ended Friday evening in Killeen, where we parked our cars amongst the many other MGs and trailers and indulged in pizza and heavy socializing on the hotel’s back lawn.

    GOF Car ShowThe car show on Saturday morning was conveniently close-by at the Convention Center around the corner. With tons of room, at least 60 MGs of all description were on proud display. As usual at these events, we had the chance to discover little-known MG details and unique features. The wheel pictured was spotted on a right-hand-drive MGB at the show this year. Most of us have never seen these chrome Rostyle wheels. They were a factory option in the early 70’s but were discontinued in the North American Market due to excessive warranty claims that stemmed from the plating rusting through because of our penchant for using lots of salt on our roads. At the same time they became standard equipment on the other markets.

    After enjoying a box lunch at the hotel, several of us ran the Hare and Hound Rallye which covered 40 miles of rolling and twisty countryside roads. This event required you to guess the proper direction to turn at every intersection, but also provided clues to keep you on course. The most creative run may have been by Trish and Scott Hardy. When they realized they were hopelessly off course, they wandered off down to Salado and found a vineyard for alternate entertainment.

    The Saturday night banquet featured the traditional blue blazer and fancy hat photo shoot for participants, a matchbox derby race, and the ever popular silent and live auctions. After a delicious barbeque dinner, Houston members who received trophy recognition at the banquet included: Roger Sykes 1974 MGB-GT (won Premier Class and advanced to Octagon of Honor), Ray Holtzapple 1975 MGB GT Jubilee, Glenn Carpenter 1954 MGTF, and Scott Hardy 1972 MGB.

    The clouds caught up with us on the ride home on Sunday, which featured light to very heavy rain depending on timing and route taken. Wet conditions are always a convenient method for verifying how all MG’s are water-tight-challenged. All things considered, this Spring GOF was a fun time with MGs and friends, both new and long-seasoned.

    Houston Members participating in some or all of this weekend were:

    Peggy and Joe Schrodi, Bob and Kathy Schroeder, Mike and Stephanie Woodward, Roger Sykes, Greg Fleischer, Ken Evesson, Past President and Brenham resident Tom Sturm, Trish and Scott Hardy, Linda and Terry Myers, Gordon and Angie Bard, Ray and Mary D. Holtzapple, Glenn and Fran Carpenter, Candy and Dwight Dawson, Flat Bernard, Nick and Julie Roccaforte, and new members Steve and Jackie Session, who promise to bring their MG next year!

    - Photos and article by Dwight Dawson

  • May 16, 2021 8:16 PM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    Registration is now open for the Club's 50th Anniversary Celebration Party. The organizing committee, chaired by Rich Coldwell, has a wonderful afternoon planned with great food & drink, a bit of nostalgia and lots and lots of friendly chit-chat and laughter with old and new friends.

    The event is scheduled for noon to 4pm, Saturday, September 11, 2021 at the Falcon Point Country Club.  Following the event we will take a drive to a nearby establishment to continue the fun.

    Attendance for the event is limited to 150 people so make your reservation early.  The Club has grown significantly over the past two years now with over 175 member families.  Because of this we are limiting attendance to two people per family.  We want to give as many members as possible the opportunity to attend.   

    Don't wait - make your reservation now.

  • April 16, 2021 12:44 PM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    Better late than never, please find a link to the recording for the Club's April meeting. 

    https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/9-0Ah4kzhShIzQkcgIhORiHKBBjzlcbbV1WERWK-Xlj_JY9kWwfIv7BgxPpTqTPy.RKfk6FUHpJk_oPgh Passcode: 9!rqImT8

    Don't forget, beginning in May we will return to face to face meetings. Here is a link to register for the May Monthly Meeting.

  • April 16, 2021 12:37 PM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    For club members who might be interested, we have just posted a summary of the club's finances from 2017 through 2020.  You can find this information under the Members Only tab of our website.  

  • April 13, 2021 11:58 AM | Scott Hardy (Administrator)

  • April 09, 2021 8:08 PM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

  • March 31, 2021 4:17 PM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    by Dwight Dawson

    In 1985 Candy and I moved to Houston from Oklahoma.  In 1986 we traveled to San Antonio for the national convention of the American MGB Association.  A young John Twist and his wife were very active in the organization at the time   The image below is from the fall 1986nissue of their publication The Octagon.  This was the first MG show we ever attended and we snagged a 3rd Place award in the Concours d'Elegance.  Our pewter plate is still somewhere in the house.  I noticed recently that the 2nd place winner was Ed Malmgren with his 1974 MGB.  Ed was the president of the Houston MG Car Club in 1982.  We did not join the club until 1992.

    Dwight & Candy's 1973 MGB is on the lower left

    ** Do you have an MG Story?  We would love to have you share it with the club.  To submit your own MG story send it to HoustonMGCarClub@gmail.com.  Don't worry about being a great writer, we have editors who will help refine the writing. **

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Houston MG Car Club

PO Box 40711

Houston, TX   77240. 

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