BBC Sighting!

1978 Jaguar XJ6, parked in front of the old Scenic Winds Motel on US 30 in Ainsworth, Oregon, near the Columbia River. Only $1500!

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LIC Sighting!

As in “Little Irish Car.”   Observed on OR 99W in Tigard, Oregon, earlier today.

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7th Annual Vet’s Run

 

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Today we have temps plummeting, snow coming down (hey, Midwest in November, go figure) and tomorrow’s commute will undoubtedly prove challenging. But, yesterday, Sunday 10 November, we had severe clear and a high in the mid-60s, perfect for the annual drive down to Chester to raise funds for a vet’s group.

And what a turnout! Twenty-plus cars, nearly 30 people, plenty of Triumphs but also the usual assortment of other, more-than-welcome vehicles and drivers. The list included several MX-5s, an Infiniti (!), Volvo PV544 and a ’66 Chevy Impala coupe. It made for quite a procession as we worked our way between the bottoms and the bluffs, south from Columbia, IL. There were a couple of missed turns on the drive down but the group recovered and generally, we’ve received rave reviews from those who took part.

As a bonus, after lunch at Reid’s Harvest House in Chester, several participants crossed back into Missouri and made a stop at the full-size replica of the Vietnam War Memorial. Built by a local resident, the memorial is impressive and all agreed – particularly our older veterans – that it was well worth the stop. We’ll make the memorial a regular checkpoint on future Veterans Runs.

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TRials!

I’ll tell you what, when 6-Pack – the national club for TR250 and TR6 owners – throws a party or a confab, they really know what they’re doing!

Titled “TRials,” this year’s annual gathering took place here in St Louis, with the crowd staging out of the Doubletree at Westport Plaza; the event coordinator was a member of SLTOA (he and his wife have two really nice TR6s) and several members of the club volunteered to assist with the various events, including Saturday morning’s car show on Main Street in St Charles and a number of drives on Friday and Saturday.  Some of the excursions went to local special interest car businesses such as Fast Lane while the others explored the local scenery…usually involving one or more ferry rides.   The confab wrapped up with an awards banquet Saturday night.

From what we’ve heard, something like 80 cars showed up, figure on around 120 or so participated from all points of the compass.  They represented multiple states and the Province of Ontario; two participants came all the way from Southern California (Arroyo Grande and Venture, to be specific).

All who attended had a great time. Our congrats to the club and Kevin and Dee for successfully putting together and honchoing this massive gathering.

 

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Just Passing Through…

Never know what you’re going to see on I-44 westbound…

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It’s A Wrap: 38th Annual ABCCS

And another great show/gathering it was.  While we had a bit of light drizzle late in the morning, the weather otherwise cooperated (okay, okay, it was overcast until late afternoon, but that kept the temperature down) and a large crowd thoroughly enjoyed the collection of about 200 British cars.

Not surprising considering its status as the featured Marque, but Jensens dominated the field. As part of the annual confab of the Jensen East group, we saw 20+ Jensen-Healeys, 5-6 Interceptors, three immaculate 541s and a ’35 Jensen Shooting Break “woodie,” which I believe won the Best of Show trophy (well deserved!).  Elsewhere on the field at Creve Coeur Lake Park, the usual large number of Triumphs, MGs and Jaguars, as well as several Austin-Healeys (primarily Bugeyes/Frogeyes), Lotii, new Minis and some oddities, including two pre-WWII Rileys (!).  For whatever reason, the original Minis didn’t turn out this year, but we did have two Mini Mokes on the show field.

The event organizer, the MG Club of St Louis, did itself proud once again this year, putting on a smashing event.  Our thanks to their membership for their hard work as they certainly delivered.

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All British Cycle & Show Car Show

Just a week to go before the 38th annual iteration of the BIG All British Car & Cycle Show, hosted by the MG Club of St Louis.  SLTOA’s taking a break from handling the food concession (which’ll give our members more opportunities to relax and enjoy the show), so don’t be surprised if a couple of Roach Coaches show up (at least, that’s what we called food trucks when I was in the Navy.

Also, this year’s ABCCS also coincides with the big Jensen East national gathering.  As a result, the MG club selected Jensen as this year’s featured marque.   While Jensen-Healey owners have made a strong showing the past several years, this one’ll probably be a record breaker: possibly 40-45 Jensen-Healeys and Jensen GTs, 10 or so Interceptors and hopefully 10 other, older examples of the marque.

As before, the event takes place at the Creve Coeur Lake Park on Marine Drive, off MO 144.  For info, call up https//allbritishcarshow.com.  Even if you don’t have a Brit car, grab the family and come on down, you will enjoy yourselves.

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The Automobile As Art X

…and, to top the Texas van, this home built camper is submitted for your consideration.  Would’ve prefered a down-sun shout but with my desire to emphasis the back of the camper body, this was the best I could do.  Next you know it, we’ll stumble across the Magic Bus and possibly a group of Merry Pranksters.

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The Automobile As Art IX

Saw this at the Scott AFB commissary a couple of weeks back…the operative phrase apparently is “Don’t Mess With…”

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Picknicking

Well yes, about 26 of us had a grand time at the annual SLTOA picnic, on 25 August at Vlasis Park off Manchester. And yes, it did rain…a bit…okay, a lot. Still, good turnout (and a fun short drive in advance), great food and great conversations.

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