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  • December 09, 2020 7:07 PM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    Everyone already knows why we held a virtual “Christmas party” on Zoom this year. As the photo reveals, the attendees of our December meeting were festive and a lot of fun. A competition was held, based on screen appearance, in three categories. It was a demanding task with so many creative contestants, but Judges Dwight and Candy Dawson named the following winners:

    BEST CHRISTMAS SPIRIT:  Bob and Kathy Schroeder

    MOST CREATIVE:  Scott and Trish Hardy

    MOST OUTRAGEOUS:  Joe and Peggy Schrodi

    Each winning couple received a $25 Amazon gift certificate.  

    With so many worthy contenders, consolation prizes were suggested. Trish Hardy kindly offered to prepare a special Canadian Christmas treat for Gordon and Angie Bard. And all contestants will receive the recipe for that rare treat, a Canadian meat pie called Tourtiere. 

    We also announced the Club’s officers and board of directors for 2021. They are:

    PRESIDENT: Mike Woodward

    VICE PRESIDENT: Joe Schrodi

    SECRETARY: Roald Lokken

    TREASURER: Fran Carpenter

    Newly elected DIRECTORS: Rich Colwell, Ron Redding, Bob Schroeder

    It goes without saying that the Christmas party was not the same as it would have been with a roomful of 100 or so members, but we always find a way to have a good time. 2021 will be much better... 

    Merry Christmas!

    To watch a replay of the party click HERE

  • December 07, 2020 4:51 PM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    By Rob Ficalora, Photos by Angie Bard

    I am, admittedly, very late in writing about the wonderful trip from Houston to Groesbeck over Labor Day weekend. Not officially an HMGCC event due to Covid, this trip started with a simple note on the club’s Facebook page posted by fellow member Gordon Bard. He simply posted to say he was planning to go to the inaugural Groesbeck Grand Prix and Concours and wanted to know who else was up for the trip. Before long, several club members and a few club prospects made plans to participate! We had a great time— and I’ll tell you more about that in a moment— but first I want to extend truly heartfelt thanks to Gordon and his wife Angie. Had they not put out the initial feeler, this trip would never have happened. And they went way above and beyond with great planning, including pre-checking a local hotel for availability and pricing, planning a great route, and even personally buying and making goodie bags for the participants! THANK YOU GORDON AND ANGIE. You did a phenomenal job!!

    In addition to its being a driving event, one thing that attracted me to participate was that Gordon had planned the roughly 140 mile trip with only about five miles of highway. That meant some great driving roads, and what MG driver can pass up a chance to get out on the back roads?!

    By trip day, twelve people in six cars including four MGs were planning to participate:

    Gordon and Angie Bard
    new members Cecil and Margaret Ellis
    Ken Evesson and Carol McCoin
    Mike Shouse
    new members Bobby and Randy Nelson
    Bryce Gunthrie, friend of the Nelson brothers
    Rob and Shelly Ficalora.

    On the morning of Saturday, September 5th, the group congregated at the pre-designated Buckee’s in Cypress, a great location with ethanol-free gas for those who don’t run gas with ethanol in their cars. (NB: Ethanol can wreak havoc by deteriorating some rubber hoses and other materials and, because it absorbs water, can contribute to corrosion in the fuel system.)

    As trips like this go, the group had the obligatory drama, but nothing serious. One driver had to bow out at the last minute and one car wasn’t running well—a problem solved by a quick trip to a local parts store for a new fuel filter. Special thanks to Greg Fleischer who came out to see us off.

    My wife, Shelly, and I live north of Houston in Willis on Lake Conroe, so rather than drive down to Cypress, we’d arranged to meet the group in Navasota at the intersection of Highway 105 and Highway 6. With some time while the group was sorting out the fuel filter issue, we had a surprise opportunity to check out downtown Navasota. We drive by there all the time going to College Station but had never explored the town. It’s a nice half-day trip from Houston with some neat shops and a great coffee shop (that had ice cream, too!). 

    The rest of the trip was “smooth sailing” …for the most part. About 30 minutes outside of Groesbeck, however, it was truly “sailing.” We found the rain. And, when I say rain, I mean RAIN. I mean HARD RAIN! All of our cars, were hydroplaning and Ken and his wife didn’t have a top on their car so they were getting drenched. We didn’t know them and were worried about them, so were happy when the group pulled off the road to let the heavy rain pass. I was pleasantly surprised to find they were taking it all in stride and actually having fun! I knew then we were with a couple of real adventurists– especially given that they had entered the concours and would have to dry out and clean up their car before the show the next morning. Now that I’m thinking about it, Ken, I apologize for not offering to help!! For some reason that didn’t even occur to me then but seems like a horrible oversight now!

    Once we arrived in Groesbeck, we all checked into the hotel and then headed over to the races— well, all except young guns Bobby, Randy, and Bryce, who had decided to camp out. The Groesbeck Grand Prix was not your typical race where the cars are on the track at the same time. Rather, it is a timed race where the “track” was the park road at Old Fort Parker Historic Site. The cars raced against the clock with one car going at a time. There were two classes; one for vintage race cars and one for more modern cars. It was a lot of fun, especially when we found a vantage point at the end of a long straight with a 90° curve at the end. More than one car found itself in the dirt trying to make that turn!

    Saturday was time trials for the main event on Sunday. After watching the racing for a while, we decided it was time to go get dinner. We found a restaurant that happened to have great food. More importantly, it was a great opportunity to get to know each other in a way you never seem to have time for in one day events!

    The next morning we grabbed a quick breakfast and headed over to the races again. We made our way through the fort where the cars were displayed, and managed to find Ken and Carol. I’m not sure what time they had to get up, but I know it was early as their beautiful MGA was already on display. It was a fun time getting to know the Evessons a bit better while watching the races.

    We ultimately did have to return home, and headed back at about 3pm on Sunday. Again, I can’t thank Gordon and Angie Bard enough for planning and coordinating the weekend. It was a lot of work for them to plan the overnight trip, but such an opportunity to connect with folks wouldn’t have happened if the event had been packed into one day up and back. 

  • November 28, 2020 8:08 PM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)


    The club’s Leadership has decided to once again help the local community during the Covid crisis. In this case, it is by providing toys for kids who would otherwise not receive a present at Christmas.

    We are asking you to bring unwrapped toy(s) to one of our officers  homes between now and December 15.  Alternatively, you can drop the toys off at Eats BBQ on Hempstead Rd.on Saturday, December 12 between 8:00 and 9:00 AM.

    The collected toys will then be delivered to the Toys for Tots collection center on December 17.       

    These Leaders ready to receive your donations:

    Dwight Dawson (Near Northwest Houston - off West Little York)

    Tony Galt (Clear Lake)

    Ray Holtzapple (Midtown)

    Tim Weeks (Brenham)

    Mike Woodward  (Sam Houston Tollway and West Rd.)

    (Addresses and phone numbers can be found on our website, MEMBERS ONLY tab.)

    Thanks for your generosity and, Safety Fast!

    Mike Woodward

    President, Houston MG Car Club

  • November 25, 2020 3:37 PM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    We are very sad to report that long time club member Jane LaMaster passed away on November 18th, a short 32 days after the death of her husband Cole.

    Jane Ann LaMaster, 86, passed away Wednesday October 18, 2020. She was born on February 25, 1934 in New Carlisle, Indiana, the daughter of the late Dr. John E. Luzadder and Dorthy Dorland LuzadderShe was predeceased by Coleman LaMaster, her loving husband of 64 years, by one month and a day. She was a graduate of New Carlisle High School and Indiana University, BloomingtonShe was noted for her intelligence (she was valedictorian of her High School and a member of the national education honorary Phi Lambda Beta in college) as well as her beauty (she was the Indiana University Homecoming Queen and Miss Indiana University in 1955). She taught school for several years, and then raised her and Cole’s two children. She was very sociable and loved spending time and chatting with her many friends. She and Cole lived in several locations around the U.S., including Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Florida and Texas. She and Cole travelled extensively, including throughout Europe, the Caribbean and China. She is survived by her son John (Betsy) LaMaster, daughter Kathy (ML Taylor) LaMaster, as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Due to the current circumstances no memorial is planned at this time. Donations in Jane’s memory can be made to CanCare, where Jane volunteered for many years.

  • November 15, 2020 9:57 AM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    RADIATOR MGB - Google Search | Radiators, Google search, SearchYesterday's Q&A tech session on the MG Cooling System has been added to the Member's Only section of the website.  If you missed it, go check it out by clicking HERE

     One of the valuable benefits of club membership is our growing library of technical resources.  There are videos, books, tools available and access to our area's leading experts.  If you are not a club member click here to JOIN US

  • November 15, 2020 9:03 AM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    Are you looking for a stocking stuffer for you children or grandchildren?  Here is a new book written by a fellow MG owner based on his real life experiences with a little mouse while working on his MGB.

    Click on the book cover above to be taken to the book on Amazon.

  • November 10, 2020 2:02 PM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    Club member Jim Early shared that Classic Cars Journal is featuring a 1953 MG TD for sale in Prescott, AZ.  Check it out if you are looking to add to your stable of MG's.  Click on the photo to learn more.

  • November 10, 2020 1:40 PM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    For those of you who missed this month's meeting you can catch up by watching it HERE:

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  • November 06, 2020 10:16 AM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    Thanks to our MGB Raffle this Fall, the Club was able to make a $2,000 donation to the Houston Food Bank. Development Director Amy Reagan was glad to receive the check from Ray Holtzapple, Dwight Dawson and Mike Woodward. This donation will provide 6,000 much-needed meals in our part of the World.

  • November 06, 2020 9:44 AM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

    RIP Don Hayter 1926-2020 | Classic & Sports Car

    We have been remiss in not honoring Don Hayter, the last Chief Engineer of the MG Car Company, who passed away on October 9th at the age of 94.  Don played a crucial role in the development of our beloved MGB.  

    Hemmings published an excellent article on Don's life and his career.   Click Here

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