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AMGBA Meet 2017 and Alabama, New Orleans and more!

The American MGB Association’s annual car show, Meet 2017 was held in Fairhope, Alabama near the Gulf Coast.  This meant a drive by the officers (Bruce, Margie and myself) to bring out the club items to the show.  This includes the table, chairs, tent, membership items.

We rented a 2017 Maxima for our journey which started early on Thursday, October 12, 2017. We stopped for lunch in Louisville at Martins BarBCue Joint in Louisville, Kentucky for a pulled pork sandwich which was great.

Next stop was Nashville, Tennessee where we stayed overnight on Thursday.  We dined at Husk near downtown Nashville, visited the Hermitage House and took in the sites along Broadway, the heart of the music scene in Nashville.

We left early Friday to Fairhope and stopped for lunch at Jack’s in Montgomery thinking it was a Jack in the Box.  It wasn’t but the hamburger was OK.

We made it to the Fairhope, Alabama area that afternoon and checked into the Key West Inn.   We went to Wintzells Oyster House for an appetizer along the Mobile Bay. We attended the welcoming party for the car show on Friday night and met with local club members and organizers.  After that we picked up Margie at the Mobile airport (MOB) and went out for a late in dinner at Felix’s Camp Restaurant in Spanish Fort, Alabama with Margie.

Saturday was the car show which many of our members attended.  The AMGBA sponsored several classes of the awards and the club was mentioned several times at the award ceremony. Afterward we dinner at the Bay House Bistro in Fairhope along the Mobile Bay and was the site of a belated birthday celebration for me.

Sunday morning we left early to meet Margie’s son, Jeff and girlfriend, Cathy in New Orleans.  We stopped along the way at Battleship Park on the Mobile, Alabama waterfront where they had a collection of battle items including the USS Alabama battleship.

We made it to New Orleans early Sunday afternoon and headed to Jackson Square in the French Quarter.   Margie had a beignet at Cafe DuMonde and toured St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square.   That evening we dined at the Commander’s Palace Restaurant where we celebrated my July birthday yet again along with Jeff’s earlier in October birthday.  We then took an Uber to the Bourbon St area of the French Quarter.  We bought souvenirs and attended a jazz session at Maison Bourbon and walked the streets enjoying the sight and sounds on a warm autumn night.

Early on Monday morning we said goodbye to Margie and family and headed back home toward Memphis.  Along the way we stopped for a tour of the Mississippi Capitol Building in Jackson.  In Memphis we dined at a local favorite, Gus’s Fried Chicken for some southern style  chicken and visited the Beale St. area. We stayed overnight near Graceland in a hotel that was heavily Elvis Presley themed.

We headed toward St. Louis early Tuesday morning.  In St. Louis we visited the St. Louis zoo, Ballpark Village right outside Busch Stadium where the St. Louis Cardinals play.  Lunch was at Smoke Daddys for ribs and the St. Louis specialty, Fitz’s Root Beer. The evening we dined in the Little Italy area of St. Louis called the Hill at Charlie Gittos and visited the St. Louis Basilica.

We stayed overnight in Collinsville, Illinois and woke up early Wednesday morning to visit our printer, Johnson Press in Pontiac, Illinois.  In Pontiac, Bruce and I visited the Pontiac Museum, the Route 66 Museum and the War Museum before heading for a tour and meeting with Johnson Press.   There we were led on an informative tour of the plant with our Customer Service Rep, Teresa Masching.  We went out for a light lunch with her and plant manager, Steve “Buzz” Zeller.

We  then headed back home to Chicago on Wednesday afternoon morning and returned the Maxima rental car having put more than 2200  miles on the car!

AMGBA Meet 2016 and Virginia

at the beach inl Virginia Beach, Virginia
at the beach inl Virginia Beach, Virginia
Neptune Featival Virginia Beach, Virginia
Neptune Featival Virginia Beach, Virginia
Neptune Featival Virginia Beach, Virginia
Neptune Featival Virginia Beach, Virginia
University of Virginia
University of Virginia
Trump Winery, Charottesville, Virginia
Trump Winery, Charottesville, Virginia
Trump Winery, Charottesville, Virginia
Trump Winery, Charottesville, Virginia
The Depot,, Staunton, Virginia
The Depot,, Staunton, Virginia
The Depot,, Staunton, Virginia
The Depot,, Staunton, Virginia
Little Italy Etna's, Cleveland, Ohio
Little Italy Etna’s, Cleveland, Ohio
Little Italy Etna's, Cleveland, Ohio
Little Italy Etna’s, Cleveland, Ohio
Jefferson's Monticello Winery
Jefferson’s Monticello Winery
Jefferson's Monticello Winery
Jefferson’s Monticello Winery
Rental car with 2442 additional miles on it
Rental car with 2442 additional miles on it
Greenbriar,White Suplhur Springs, West Virginia
Greenbriar,White Suplhur Springs, West Virginia
Flight 93 Memorial, Shanksville, Pennsyvania
Flight 93 Memorial, Shanksville, Pennsyvania
Flight 93 Memorial, Shanksville, Pennsyvania
Flight 93 Memorial, Shanksville, Pennsyvania
Flight 93 Memorial, Shanksville, Pennsyvania
Flight 93 Memorial, Shanksville, Pennsyvania
Fresh crab cakes at Waterman;s in Virginia Beach
Fresh crab cakes at Waterman;s in Virginia Beach
Neptune Featival Virginia Beach, Virginia
Neptune Featival Virginia Beach, Virginia
Neptune, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Neptune, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Wahington Mall, Washington, DC
Wahington Mall, Washington, DC
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, Virginia
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, Virginia
AMGBA Meet 2016 In Waynesboro, Virginia
AMGBA Meet 2016 In Waynesboro, Virginia
AMGBA Meet 2016 In Waynesboro, Virginia
AMGBA Meet 2016 In Waynesboro, Virginia
AMGBA Meet 2016 In Waynesboro, Virginia
AMGBA Meet 2016 In Waynesboro, Virginia
AMGBA Meet 2016 In Waynesboro, Virginia
AMGBA Meet 2016 In Waynesboro, Virginia
AMGBA Meet 2016 In Waynesboro, Virginia
AMGBA Meet 2016 In Waynesboro, Virginia
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, Virginia
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, Virginia
Capitol Building, Washington, DC
Capitol Building, Washington, DC
Capitol Building, Washington, DC
Capitol Building, Washington, DC
Capitol Building, Washington, DC
Capitol Building, Washington, DC
Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, DC
Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, DC
Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, DC
Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, DC
Wahington Monument, Washington, DC
Wahington Monument, Washington, DC

The American MGB Association’s annual car show, Meet 2016 was held in Waynesboro, Virginia.  This meant a drive by the officers (Bruce, Margie and myself) to bring out the club items to the show.  This includes the table, chairs, tent, membership items.

Our first stop was Charleston, West Virginia where we stayed overnight.  We dined at Fazios which was great but had a hard time getting back to the hotel because of the heavy rains in the mountains.  Because of the mountains and weather the navigation was not working properly which made it difficult.  We made it and prepared to leave early in the morning.  Margie was supposed to meet us here but had to cancel because of illness. We missed her on the rest of the trip.

On the way to Waynesboro on Friday we stopped at the Greenbriar in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.  The Greenbriar is old stately hotel that has held numerous high profile events  It even has bunkers underground that members of Congress would use in the event of a nuclear attack. Before getting to the car show area we traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway which was beautiful but hard to see because of the fog and rain.

We made it to the Waynesboro, Virginia are that afternoon and attended the welcoming party for the car show on Friday night.  After that we went out to dinner in Staunton, Virginia which was difficult because of the tiny streets but had dinner at the Depot which was in an old train car and depot.

Saturday was the car show which many of our members attended despite a light drizzle most of the day. Afterwards before dinner at the Ivy Inn is Charlottesvile we found and visited the Trump Winery way up in the hills near Charlottesville, VIrginia.  Other stops in the hills included Jefferson’s Monticello and Winery.

Leaving the Waynesboro, Virginia area on Sunday we travelled to Virginia Beach area with a stop in Williamsburg.  The hotel in Virginia Beach was right on the ocean with a balcony having a great ocean view.  It was also the time of the Neptune Festival which made it a party atmosphere. Fresh crab cakes at Waterman;s in Virginia Beach were great!

On Monday, we headed home with a stop in Washington, DC where we went to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing where we say how our money is made.  Later in the day, we went on the last Capitol Building tour of the day.  I had never been on this tour and it was great to see the finished dome from the inside.  We dined that evening at Clydes in Georgetown.

We left Tuesday morning on our way to Cleveland with a stop at the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  They have made a nice memorial dedicated to the people who gave their lives in taking down the plane on September 11, 2001 that was probably headed to the Capitol Building.

Our stop in Cleveland including a tour of the University Height area and dining at a Little Italy Restaurant, Etnas.

We headed back home to Chicago on Wednesday morning and returned the Jeep Compass rental car having put 2422 miles on it!

2016 Chicago Auto Show and Birthday Dinner

My annual visit to the Chicago Auto Show occurred in February 2016  with the American MGB Association.   We always celebrate Vice-President Bruce Magers birthday on the day of the auto show. This time we went to Swift and Sons where the food was great! Here are some photos:

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Old Corvettes at 2016 Chicago Auto Show
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Jaguar F-Pace at 2016 Chicago Auto Show
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Jaguar F-Pace at 2016 Chicago Auto Show
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Hyundai Genesis at 2016 Chicago Auto Show
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Ford GT at 2016 Chicago Auto Show
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Corvette at 2016 Chicago Auto Show
’94 RX-7 at 2016 Chicago Auto Show
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Bentley SUV at 2016 Chicago Auto Show
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Bentley convertible at 2016 Chicago Auto Show
Bruce Birthday at Swift and Sons Steakhouse

2015 Chicago Auto Show and Bruce Birthday

My annual visit to the Chicago Auto Show occurred in February 2015  with the American MGB Association.   We always celebrate Vice-President Bruce Magers birthday on the day of the auto show. This time we went to RPM Steak where the food was great! Here are some photos:

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2015 Chicago Auto Show
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2015 Chicago Auto Show
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2015 Chicago Auto Show
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2015 Chicago Auto Show
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2015 Chicago Auto Show
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’69 Camaro at 2015 Chicago Auto Show
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’70 Camaro at 2015 Chicago Auto Show
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2016 MX-5 at 2015 Chicago Auto Show
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Bruce birthday at RPM Steak
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Bruce birthday at RPM Steak
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Bruce birthday at RPM Steak
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Bruce birthday at RPM Steak
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Bruce birthday at RPM Steak

Northeast Trip to Vermont, Montreal and Toronto

The American MGB Association’s annual car show, Meet 2014 was held in Stowe, Vermont.  This meant a another long drive by the officers to bring out the club items to the show.  This includes the table, chairs, tent, membership items and club regalia.

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Varsity Pizza at Syracuse University
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Varsity Pizza at Syracuse University
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Toronto street
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Toronto skyline
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Toronto skyline
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Toronto skyline
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The B Spot Westlake Ohio
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Stowe, Vermont street
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Stowe, Vermont street
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Stowe, Vermont street
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Poutine at McDonalds in Quebec, Canada
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Ottawa Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Ottawa Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Old Montreal
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Old Montreal
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Notre University in South Bend, Indiana
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Montreal Smoked Meat and Poutine
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Montreal Smoked Meat at Reubens
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Montreal Smoked Meat at Reubens
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Montreal Smoked Meat and Poutine
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Montreal protesters
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Montreal Mt Royal
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Volvo C60 rental car
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Lake Champlain Burlington, Vermont
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College Inn Pizza in Ann Arbor, Michigan
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College Inn Pizza in Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Harrison restaurant in Stowe, Vermont
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Ben & Jerrys in Watebury, Vermont

There were stops in getting to the show including Westlake, Ohio outside of Cleveland for lunch at the B Spot and Syracuse, New York  where we visited the Syracuse University and ate at Varsity Pizza near the campus.

The car show itself was held in Stowe, Vermont and called The British Invasion and is near Burlington, Vermont on the shores of Lake Champlain, which was the site of many early naval battles in our countries history.  We celebrated my birthday at the Ice House e in Burlington, Vermont on the shoreline.

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Studebaker Museum in South Bend, Indiana
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Studebaker Museum in South Bend, Indiana
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Studebaker Museum in South Bend, Indiana
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Meet 2014 in Stowe, Vermont
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Meet 2014 in Stowe, Vermont
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Meet 2014 in Stowe, Vermont
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Meet 2014 in Stowe, Vermont
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Meet 2014 in Stowe, Vermont
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Meet 2014 in Stowe, Vermont

More that 700 British cars were at the show with many fine examples of MGBs.  The American MGB Association was kept buy on car show day signing up many new members. We also took the tour of the original Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Plant nearby.

On the way back we went through Canada and stopped in Montreal, Quebec and took a Gray Line tour to see the city  which was delayed by an environmental protest march.   We also went to Reubens and had Smoked Meat and Poutine.  Smoked Meat is a Montreal area specialty and tastes a little like a Pastrami and Salami mixture.  Poutine is sold everywhere including McDonalds and consists of French Fries with brown gravy and cheese chunks.

Leaving Montreal, we stopped in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada which is the capital of the Canada and saw the parliament building which dominate the downtown area.

Then on to Toronto with the great skyline and Times Square area at the corners of Yonge and Dundas Streets.

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Birthday at Ice House in Burlington, Vermont
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Birthday at Ice House in Burlington, Verm
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Birthday at Ice House in Burlington, Verm
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Birthday at Ice House in Burlington, Verm

We then came back to the states through Windsor and Detroit where we met with a difficult border crossing guard questioning the items in the car.

A stop was then made in Ann Arbor, Michigan the home of the University of Michigan and ate near the campus at the Cottage Inn.

On the way back home we stopped at both the Studebaker Museum and University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

In all it was about 2300 miles of driving and I am looking forward to the next year’s adventure!

2014 Chicago Auto Show

My annual visit to the Chicago Auto Show occurred on February 10, 2014 with the American MGB Association.  Here are some photos:

2013 visit to the Chicago Auto Show

I went to the 2013 Chicago Auto Show on February 13, 2012 with Bruce Magers of the American MGB Association.  The show itself seemed to be larger than ever as the car manufacturers seem to be emerging from the downturn in the economy as car sales seem to be picking up.

We annually celebrate his birthday by going to the show and then dinner afterwards.   This year’s dinner was at Piccolo Sogno, a fine Italian restaurant

that has gotten great reviews.