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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.

AMGBA Meet in Sussex, Wisconsin

The American MGB Association held it’s 32nd annual meet on June 20th at Sussex, a northwest suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The show was at Sussex Village Park. The cars were stage in a bowl-like setting which made it easier to view all of the entries. The event was held in conjunction with the annual British Car Field Day which has been in existence for many years. The gathering is also a benefit for the Children’s Hospital of Milwaukee and the Boy Scouts of America.

The AMGBA Officers met in Milwaukee the day before the event.  Bruce Magers and I drove up on Saturday afternoon to meet Margie Springer and her daughter, Joanna Garvey.  We had a great time seeing some to the sites of Milwaukee including the Art Museum, the rivers walk where there was a statue of Fonzie from the Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley TV shows that were set in Milwaukee and a great dinner near at Smyths near the Harley Davidson Museum.

The one day show on Fathers Day drew approximately 250 cars representing numerous British marques. MG’s dominated the field with a strong showing of Triumphs and Austin Healys as well as smaller groups of Jaguars,Land Rovers and Sunbeams.

The show featured a low-key popular vote which worked well and everyone seemed to enjoy. The best of show went to a pre-war 1932 J2 MG Midget owned by John Morris which was restored to its original beauty. All of the winners drove up to the reviewing stand to receive their awards from the shows sponsors. Margie Springer handed out the AMGBA awards.

The local boy Scouts provided food and drinks for the hungry crowd estimated at 400+.

The AMGBA officers were kept busy signing up new members and handling regalia sales at the official “tent ” headquarters.

The AMGBA wishes to thank John Stockinger and his staff for hosting this fine event. For information on next year’s event or on the American MGB Association, please contact the AMGBA, P. O. Box 11401, Chicago, IL 60611; phone: (773) 878-5055; email:  meet@mgclub.org ; website: www.mgclub.org .

Bruce Magers with Joanna Garvey

The 3 Officers with the statue of Fonzie along the Milwaukee River

Milwaukee Art Institute

Margie taking a photo at the Art Institute


3rd place rubber bumper B - '75 of Ed & Julie Polonus

1st place chrome bumper – ’67 of Wayne Everhard 3rd place rubber bumper B – ’75 of Ed & Julie Polonus being given award by AMGBA secretary, Margie Springer with AMGBA officers Frank Ochal and Bruce Magers on far left

Joanna Gafrvey, Bruce Magers, Margie Springer and Frank Ochal at Milwaukee Art Institute

AMGBA Tent at Meet 2010
AMGBA Tent at Meet 2010

1st place GT - '68 of David Nordby

2 AMGBA Officers (Frank Ochal, Margie Springer & Bruce Magers with Fonzie) in Milwaukee

1st place GT – ’68 of David Nordby AMGBA Officers Frank Ochal, Margie Springer & Bruce Magers in Milwaukee (with Fonzie)