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)