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  • December 10, 2022 2:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    During the Club's Christmas party on December 3rd president Mike Woodward, board chair Ron Redding and incoming president Bob Chalker announced the 2022 award winners:

    President's Award

    Greg Fleischer


    Board of Director's Award: 

    Fran and Glenn Carpenter


    Back Seat Driver's Award 

    Angie Bard


    Ralph Diebert Award:

    Rich Colwell, 1959 MGA Twin Cam


    Alan Rayne Memorial Award 

    The Broken Crankshaft

    Larry Lovins


    MG Driver Award

    Most miles in an MG

    Roger Sykes


    Kimber Spirit Award

    Most events in any car

    Mike Woodward


    Safety Fast Award 

    Most events in an MG

    Gordan Bard


    Presidential Recognition Award

    Mike Woodward


    500 Mile Club

    Roger Sykes

    Rob Ficalora

    Bob Chalker

    Scott Hardy

    Rich Colwell

    Ralph Ratta

    Ken Evesson

    Gary Myers

    Alex Laverock

    Bill Sysman

    Ron Redding

    Dwight Dawson

    Gordan Bard

    Joe Schrodi


  • December 08, 2022 11:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration is now open for NAMGBR’s MG 2023, “MGs in the Foothills”, to take place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada July 17-20, 2023. The event will be held just after the world-famous Calgary Stampede closes on Sunday, July 16. The link for registration is https://mg2023.regfox.com/calgary.

    Scott and Trish Hardy, current members of the Houston MG Car Club, lived in Calgary for over 25 years before moving to Texas. In fact, we are in the blue MG pictured in the promotional photograph for the event!

    Scott and Trish would like to invite any HMGCC members who want to visit one of the most beautiful areas of North America to join them on the journey. The goal is to drive mostly MG friendly roads and visit many attractions on the way there and back.

    The general outline of our plan is to leave from a meeting place in Texas sometime between July 5 - 7 and arrive in Calgary Saturday, July 15. The route north will take us through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. These dates allow time for a scenic drive, stops at many attractions en route, and enable us to catch the final day of Stampede on Sunday, July 16. We will also offer a drive through the foothills of the Canadian Rockies on Monday before registration opens.

    We would depart on Friday, July 21 to return to Texas via an entirely different route going through Utah and Arizona, again stopping to see attractions on the way. Return to Texas would be the weekend of July 29 - 30. Trish and I will not lead this section of the trip, though we will organize it, because we will be staying in Calgary for our son's wedding early in August.

    We will be publicizing this drive with all the MG clubs in Texas to try and generate interest in the trip. There are practical limits to the number of participants, but we will face that issue if it arises. And we will welcome input on timing, routing and attractions from anyone who is seriously interested.

    At this point we are in the early planning stages of the trip, but we would like to get a rough idea how many crazy dedicated MG people would consider joining us. Please contact Scott at scott.b.hardy@gmail.com for any questions or to express interest. Further information will be sent out as our plans take shape.


  • December 08, 2022 10:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    UPDATE:  The TMGR has posted photos from the event.  To see and download the photos go to www.imagemaker.cc.  Once there Click on "Cars" button and scroll down to the bottom of the page and select the event. Once the page opens click on the words "Dave Nelson Photos".

    The Fall Gathering of the Faithful (GoF) was held November 3-6th in Clifton Texas and it was a wild affair.  No, not that kind of wild, it was held at the Texas Safari Exotic Animal Ranch.  The Houston MG Car Club was well represented by the Bowers, Carpenters, Chalkers, Crows, Hardys, Schrodis, Sessions and Roger Sykes.  One of the highlights of the weekend was seeing Steve Sessions MGB back on the road after a thorough restoration.


    By the way, did you know that Clifton has been officially recognized by the Texas Legislature as the Norwegian capital of Texas.  Clifton and the surrounding area was settled by Norwegian immigrants in the mid-19th century.   To this day they are proudly Norwegian and the town has more than its share of trolls to prove it.

       

    Knowing that we were in town one of the local's put their pride and joys on display along the roadside.  If you are looking for a new addition to your stable it looks like at least one of them is for sale.


    The weekend began with a wine and cheese party held at Valley Mills Vineyards on Thursday evening.  Attendance was great and everyone was happy to be back together again.

    Each morning Kim and I had breakfast at a wonderful cafe and soda fountain in town.  The food was great and the company even better.

    Friday was the busiest days we have experienced at a GoF.  It began with a road rally on the beautiful country roads between Clifton and Glen Rose.  These towns sit near where Texas transitions from the green climate of the southeast to the more arid in central Texas.  As the route meandered we moved back and forth between the different environments.  Along the route we passed St. Olaf Kirke church, or more commonly known as the Rock Church.  It is located just outside of Cranfills Gap a community often referred to as Norse.  The church was built in 1886 and served the local Lutheran community.  

    The rally ended in Glen Rose before noon allowing us to spend some time walking around the town and enjoying lunch.  There was a second rally planned for the afternoon but Kim and I took a more direct route home so that we could spend more time exploring the Rock Church and I would be back to Clifton in time to attend the tech session on carburetors. 

    One more fun fact, just outside of Glen Rose they discovered dinosaur tracks.  Although we did not have time this trip, I hope we will get back to Dinosaur Valley State Park to see the tracks for ourselves.

    Following the tech session, the ladies attended the 1st (and hopefully annual) ladies tea at the Bosque Arts Museum.  Peggy Schrodi was co-organizer of the event and by all accounts it was a tremendous success.  While Kim enjoyed the tea, I spent time cleaning the many bugs off the front of the car getting it ready for the car show the next day.

    Next up was a pizza party held in an old western town on the ranch.  Well maybe it wasn't so old and probably nota real town but it made for a great venue.  Getting to the town allowed us to drive across the ranch's property and to get up close and friendly with the many exotic animals on site.   We had fun meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends.


    Saturday began with the car show, there was a funkana in the afternoon and it ended with the traditional awards banquet.  Once again Houston was well represented claiming several awards:

    • Roger Sykes, Octagon of Honor with his 1974 MGB GT
    • Glen & Fran Carpenter, Vintage class 1st place with their 1934 PA
    • Bill & Sally Bowers, Special class 1st place,1974 MGB GT V6 conversion
    • Bob & Kim Chalker, MGB Chrome Bumper, 4th place, 1972 MGB.

    In addition Peggy Schrodi was given special recognition for her outstanding work in organizing the ladies tea.  Scot and Trish Hardy won the funkana and Kim and I were pleasantly surprised to learn that we won the morning road rally.  I have always said that Kim is one of the world's best navigators!

    If you haven't attended a GoF you really should make a point to do so soon.  MG is known as the marque of friendship, the Gof's make an exclamation point on this statement.

  • December 06, 2022 3:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Saturday club president Mike Woodward announced the 2023 officers and board of directors.  They are as follows:

    President:               Bob Chalker

    Vice president:     Candy Dawson

    Secretary:               Roald Lokken

    Treasurer:               Greg Fleischer

    Board of Directors:

    Ken Evesson

    Bob Schroeder

    Steve Sessions

    Gordon Smith

    Mike Woodward

    Congratulations to Bob, Candy, Ken and Mike on being newly elected into their role.


    In addition to the elected positions the following appointments were announced:

    Webmaster:               Rob Ficalora   

    Asst Webmaster:     Bob Chalker

    Regalia:                        Alex Laverock

    Event Coord:              Larry Lovins

    ROARS Editor:           Scott Hardy

    Membership:              Rob Ficalora

    A BIG, I mean really BIG THANK YOU   to all who serve the club.   We so very much appreciate their time and energy that you invest in the organization.
  • December 05, 2022 11:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As always thanks to Greg for keeping up with these.


  • December 05, 2022 11:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As always thanks to Tony for keeping upi with this.


  • December 04, 2022 6:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As always thank to Tony for all hjis hard work on this.


  • December 04, 2022 6:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks to Greg for his hard work on this.

  • December 04, 2022 5:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As always thank to Greg for his hard work keeping up with this.


  • November 15, 2022 4:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The morning of October 29 dawned grey and murky, the last vestiges of summer having blown out the day prior. The warriors grimly awoke in the gloom of pre-dawn, knowing they were to face their toughest battle. Yes, the day of the autumn Autocross had arrived, and the Triumphs were waiting to defend their trophy against the heroic onslaught of the Abingdon gang, Houston division.



    As our troops converged on the Houston Police Academy training track, the puddles from the rain on Saturday were drying, but a heavy cloud layer still threatened showers and the temperatures made several combatants regret that they had disconnected their weak British heaters. Slowly the battalion assembled, and it looked like the call to arms had been heard wide and far. Twenty-one assorted MGs gathered to face off against seventeen Triumphs, who were sitting smug with their slab sides and looking down their Michelotti noses.





    Our troops were led by Brigadier Glen Carpenter in his trusty 1934 MG PA, the most veteran charger in the field. Also joining the fray were a trio of MGAs, matched by a trio of MGB/GTs, and supported by a battalion of Bs. We faced off against a raggedy lot including a TR3A, a TR3B, a TR7, a TR8, four Spitfires, and a passel of TR6s.






    Wing Commander Michael Woodward gamely inspected the steeds to ensure that they were ready to face the rigors of the day. The rigorous technical inspection let to many a boot being emptied on the spot.





    A parade lap was held to familiarize the troops with the field of battle. At almost a mile in length, the troops would face a gauntlet of 50 gates in order to complete the course. It was a challenging layout, the longest one yet laid out by the field marshals.




    The battle commenced as the first of five heats got underway. Each car was allowed three runs around the course, and the air was soon filled with the bark of hot exhaust and the protest of tires being pushed past their limits. The scent of burning brakes and tortured rubber wafted over the field. The competitors watched and waited their turns as adrenaline surged through their veins.





    Early on, Team Abingdon suffered a major casualty as the gold MGB/GT belonging to Lieutenant Larry Lovins suffered “the worst that can happen” and had to be carried off the field to a hospital by ambulance. Fortunately, his was the only serious injury and the rest of the team’s steeds endured only minor cuts and bruises.






    Several feats of glory stood out amongst the fray. Early in Heat One, Corporal Scott Hardy set a blistering time of 110.013, which stood up for most of the day. The faithful PA of Brigadier Carpenter went the full measure, standing up to the rigors of six demanding laps. And in the last heat of the day, Sergeant Robert Nelson pushed his white MGB to an outstanding 109.974, earning his place in the pantheon of heroes!




    Alas, our efforts were in vain, as the dastardly Triumphs reigned, well, triumphant on this day, claiming both the fastest individual time of the day and the fastest average individual time. But we got them where it really counts, taking home the team spirit award by having more troops on the ground!




    Our thanks to the TTR for another outstanding event, and be sure to put this event on your calendar for next year. It’s the most fun you will have in your car all year!

    • -       Contributed by Scott Hardy
    • -       Photos by Ed Eveson. Visit ManCaveArt on Facebook to see them all!









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