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  • January 10, 2020 10:10 AM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    Year's ago Dwight Dawson had a blog about life with their MGB.  Following is an excerpt from that blog.

    Welcome to my blog about our longstanding and unshakable love affair with a car.  Well, its not just any car, but a 1973 MGB Tourer.  It is pictured here with a hardtop that I hauled around for 25 years before selling it to an MG colleague in Austin, TX.  As a resident of Houston, I found that the heat and humidity rendered the hardtop rarely used.  Plus, I needed the space.  When I bought the top we lived in Billings, Montana.  There, it got some use as I drove the car year round.


    Do you have a story about life with your MG?  If so, we would love to have you share it with us.  Simply send it to houstonMGCarClub@gmail.com.  

  • January 04, 2020 5:09 AM | Mike Woodward (Administrator)

    As always, many thanks to Greg for preparing the below report. 


  • January 01, 2020 4:44 PM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    By Mike Woodward, photos by Scott Hardy

    This year’s Christmas party was once again held on December 14th at Falcon Point Country Club in Katy. Mike Woodward presided over the event and handed out the annual awards.

    The 2019 Driver Award went to Gordon and Angie Bard, for the most round-trip miles driven in an MG to club sponsored events. Additionally, plaques were given to previous years’ winners of the Driver Award who did not receive them at the time, including:

    2011 John and Nancy Youens

    2012 Ray & Mary Dee Holtzapple

    2014 Gordon & Angie Bard

    2015 Bob & Kim Chalker

    2016 Roger & Kaye Sykes

    2017 Mike & Stephanie Woodward

    2018 Dwight & Candy Dawson


    The twelve members who received the 500 Mile Club Award for their extensive driving of 500 miles or more this year were Bob Chalker, Nick Roccaforte, John Blum, Alex Laverock, Scott Hardy, Walter Bernard, Ron Redding, Bob Schroeder, Ken Evesson, Mike Woodward, Dwight Dawson and Gordon Bard. Well done, drivers!


    The Alan Rayne Memorial Award, AKA the “Broken Crankshaft Award,” was presented by Dwight Dawson to Gordon Bard. After receiving both this year’s Driver Award and 500 Mile Club Award, Gordon appropriately pointed that “You gotta drive it to break it!”


    The Ralph Diebert Award went to Jim Early for the All-British Car Show’s most popular MG marque vehicle, his 1962 MGA MK II.


     

    In recognition of their respective outstanding leadership and service to the club, Ron Redding was awarded the Board of Director’s Award by Mike Gentry; and Dwight Dawson received the President’s Award.


    Finally, the first ever Back Seat Driver’s Award was presented to much-deserving Candy Dawson for her extraordinary behind-the-scenes work throughout the year.

    In addition to the awards celebration and wonderful buffet lunch, the customary silent auction and food donation took place, along with a unique and fun gift exchange. Most important of all, our members enjoyed both the spirit of Christmas and the lasting MG friendships within the club.



  • December 24, 2019 11:04 AM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    The Houston MG Car Club wishes all of our members and friends a very Merry Christmas and a joyous and prosperous New Year.  Thank you for making 2019 one of the club's most successful years.


  • December 10, 2019 10:24 AM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    The following article was published in the 25th Anniversary edition of The ROARS.  Joe Lopez, was the 4th member of the Houston MG Car Club and continues to be a member to this day.


  • December 01, 2019 6:22 AM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    By Mike Woodward

    On November 29, 2019 Gordon and Angie Bard, Roger Sykes, Ken Evesson, Mike and Stephanie Woodward and their granddaughter Avi met at Willowbrook Mall to start this year’s Black Friday drive. Amongst them were three MGs (LBC) and one Jaguar (BBC!!). Unfortunately, Fred Whitla and his MGB were stricken by the “Prince of Darkness” on the way to the mall, providing us with our first qualifier for next year’s Broken Crankshaft award!

    A picturesque one-hour drive through the countryside led us to the Cozy Grape restaurant in Montgomery. Joined there by Ed Rosenquist and Avi’s mom Fionna Phillips, we all enjoyed a wonderful lunch and, of course, great MG friendship. Towards the end of lunch Fred and Lisa appeared, courtesy of a local tow truck, and so at last the group was together, reminiscing about the wonderful “Prince of Darkness.”


  • November 22, 2019 3:33 AM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    …. and Houston MG Car Club members excelled at the Fall GOF.   The following HMGCC members and their cars took home awards:                                                                                                    

    First, club members swept the MGA Roadster Class with

    • Don & Dottie Lantz’s 1961 MGA taking 1st
    • Jim Early’s 1962 MGA MK II taking 2nd
    • Robert Schroeder’s 1957 MGA taking 3rd.

    In the other classes

    • Ron Redding’s 1958 Magnette – 1st Place Variant Class
    • Mike Woodward’s 1980 MGB LE – 2nd Place MGB Rubber Bumper Class
    • Roger Sykes’ 1974 MGB GT – 1st Place MGB GT Class
    • Terry Myers’ 1971 MGB – 1st Place MGB Chrome Bumper Class
    • Greg Fleischer’s 1971 MGB – 4th Place MGB Chrome Bumper Class
    • Dale & Debbie Schiller’s 1972 MGB – 5th Place MGB Chrome Bumper Class
    • Glen & Fran Carpenter’s 1954 MG TF – 1st Place MG TF Class
    • Arnel Brown’s 1953 MG TD – 2nd Place MG TD Class
    • Jim Chase’s 1948 MG TC – 1st Place MG TA/TB/TC Class.

    Sitting proudly in the Octagon of Honor were

    • Ron Redding’s 1952 MG TD
    • Greg & Dottie Ulrich’s 1953 MG TD
    • Alex Chaykoski’s 1954 MG TD.

    Congratulations to all award winners!


  • November 14, 2019 11:06 AM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    By Dwight Dawson

    Our monthly membership meetings are held in various parts of the Houston Metroplex. It means that active members sometimes have to drive a considerable distance. The November meeting, at Lyndon’s BBQ off 290, had 26 attendees. Among them were:

    Jim Chase, 50 miles 

    Bob Chalker, 52 miles in his MGA 

    Ron Redding, 65 miles

    Jim Early, 66 miles

    Ken Evessen, 75 miles in his MGA 

    10 Members drove their MG or other LBC 

     Well done Driver Members! 

  • November 08, 2019 7:55 AM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    By Bob Chalker

    During the last week in October, Kim and I had the pleasure of spending several nights at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. I was there for business and Kim came along to enjoy the changing color of the leaves, great shopping, and the company of several of my colleagues and their spouses. We also enjoyed a couple pints at a few of the over 100 breweries in the area. The Grove Park Inn, built in 1913 in the arts and craft style, is an incredible lodge located on pristine grounds with breathtaking mountain vistas. 

    The Grove Park Inn, Asheville, N.C.


    A highlight of the trip was visiting the automobile museum at historic Grovewood Village, located on the hotel grounds. Grovewood Village is a small collection of buildings that have been preserved to celebrate the history of the area. Along with the automobile museum there is an art gallery, gift shop from local artisans, and the Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum of weaving and woodworking factories established in 1901.

    Grovewood Village Car Museum


    The antique car museum was established in 1966 by Harry Blomberg, Asheville’s Cadillac-Pontiac dealer for more than 50 years, and houses his personal prized collection of antique and vintage automobiles. As you might suspect, this museum is a tribute to the American automobile that includes a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, a 1916 Willys Overland Touring car, a 1927 REO Flying Cloud, and a 1940 Packard Coupe along with many more rare and unique American made cars.

    1959 Edsel Corsair


    But there was one exception. The only non-American car in the collection is a 1950 MG TD roadster proudly on display in the very front of the museum. Like all the cars in the museum, the TD is unrestored but in excellent condition. In fact, the attendant at the museum told us that all of the cars are kept in running condition and are periodically driven. 

    MG TD leading the pack


    1950 MG TD


     

    1950 MG TD Interior


    As I stood there admiring this beautiful car, I imagined myself driving it up the Grove Park Inn’s long driveway on a crisp fall day with the smell of freshly fallen leaves mixing with the aroma from the inn’s kitchen in the air. The Grove Park Inn is a historic gem built from massive granite stones quarried from the local mountainsides. As we explored the hallways we came across a collection of paintings depicting the cars in the museum. I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of the MG TD painting. We couldn’t afford to buy it, so we will settle with a photo on my phone.

    If you are ever in the Asheville area, the Grove Park Inn and the Grovewood museums are a worthy destination. 

    1926 Cadillac Sedan


    1922 American laFrance Fire Truck


  • 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.

Contact Us:  HoustonMGCarClub@gmail.com


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Houston, TX   77240. 


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