How’d That Get In My Garage?

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Great thing about having a mechanic for a son: getting work done on the TR8 now takes up a lot less time.  We do some project together and others he tackles by himself; in return, he gets to drive the car whenever he likes (although obviously, at this time of year, excursions are limited).

AND, occasionally, his friends come over to get some work done on his LBBRGC (Little British But Really German Car).  In this case, new coil-overs for the Mini.

BTW, anyone else notice the “New Mini” isn’t so mini these days?  Just curious…

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Happy New Year!

Wednesday, 01 January 2020 and it’s 58 degrees outside under severe clear.  Anyone else get out for a drive?

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The Automobile As Art XI

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Subtle, but appropriate, seeing as I spied this Mustang in Kansas City.  Sad to say, the post-World Series champ Royals have had a time of it the last few years…

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Christmas Party

Traditional last event of the season for the St Louis Triumph Owners Association, held last night (Saturday 14 December), fortunately in advance of the arrival of two days of snow and ice.  Once again the party took place at the Missouri Athletic Club-West and again, we enjoyed great service, great food and great fun.

Club President John Willerton got up and said a few words summarizing the club’s year and where we’re heading, Stephen Paur did a bang-up job as MC for the festivities (the guy’s a natural!) and Santa and his chief elf (Jack and Bonnie David) provided good cheer and some semblance of organization (always a tough job with this bunch).  We had fun swapping stories with each other, enjoyed the presentation of awards and, of course, the annual gift exchange.

Our thanks to Bonnie for serving as this year’s hostess, John Moore for his exemplary work as event photographer, SLP for handling the master of ceremony duties and all who attended and made this another great event.

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Photo by Ronnie Paur

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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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