No Polar, Plenty of Bear

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In fact, the Bear even made the drive this year!  A total of 24 cars – a mix of Triumphs, MGs (thanks MG Club of St Louis members), BMWs and a couple of other brands – great weather, great route and a fine party afterwards.  All in all, a fine way to start the driving year!

(Photo by John Moore)

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Polar Bear Mod 1

Head’s up! The starting location and time for SLTOA’s Polar Bear Run this Sunday (11 Feb) has changed slightly.  The meet point is now the Mobil station on MO 94 at Thoele Plaza, immediately north of Fox Hill Rd.  Show time is 9:30 AM, the cars roll at 10 AM.

AND, the weather still looks reasonable (well, for January): mostly cloudy (hope for an improvement to partly cloudy), high of about 37.

See you there; the bear’s expecting you.

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One Week Until Polar Bear

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Sunday, 11 February, meet at the Mobil on MO 94, right side, north of MO 370 at 10 AM for a drive through St Charles County, ending in a gathering at an SLTOA member’s house.  Top-down LBCs and their owners/pax are highly encourage to participate (weather forecast is for high in the mid-30s, partly cloudy, sounds great!) but bring any car and join in on a guaranteed good time.

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Why Yes, I DID get the HSD out today…

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So, did you take your LBC out for a top-down patrol?  Following two months in the garage – and obviously, after checking fluids and connecting the battery – I got the TR8 out for about 40 minutes.  Had a major good time; during the course of the drive I observed several US-made convertibles, a Jaguar XK, really nice late-model red MGB and a few other cars with sporting pretensions.

BTW, enjoy the 60-degree weekend.  Polar Bear’s now three weeks away.

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Five Weeks Until Polar Bear!

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Ah, but if the temps get above 50, as predicted for later in the week (undoubtedly the calm before the storm, eh?), I will most definitely get the TR8 out for a quick patrol.

In the meantime, spent the better part of the morning working on the January Exhaust Notes.  Here we are, one week into 2018 and the calendar’s already starting to fill up with events.  As a reminder, you can check on upcoming club events at www.sltoa.org; webmaster Stephen Paur does a great job of highlighting our activities, plus it’s easy enough to call up the club calendar, which is updated monthly.

As always, if you’re curious about what other clubs have planned, you can call up the St Louis Sports Car Council web page at www.stlscc.org and check it’s calendar, also updated regularly.  For example, in the next couple of weeks the MG club, Gateway Volvo and Jaguar Association of Greater St Louis are all having dinner events.

Check ’em out! AND, make sure your car is ready for Polar Bear, 11 February.  Start location and time will get posted after SLTOA’s January meeting.

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Only Six Weeks Until Polar Bear!

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LBC Sighting

Presenting Kunkle Motors of Dallas, Pennsylvania, located off PA 309 north of Wilkes-Barre on the road to the highly scenic Harveys Lake. While a Saab specialist (I suspect it formerly served as a dealership; in any event, there are a LOT of Saabs around, including 92s/93s and a really nice Sonnett), according to owner Tim Haddle the company now services all makes and models.

See the photos: one-each MGB, MGB GT plus an old MG/Austin-Healey sign. Way cool…

I have four more days here in the DC-Baltimore-Annapolis area, we’ll see what I can turn up.

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Northeastern Patrol

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Yup, on the road again, in search of LBCs.  While based out of Bowie, MD, I have managed to range fairly far afield; however, as of Tuesday, when I motored up to Pennsylvania, hadn’t seen an LBC.  Plenty of Jags, Range/Land Rovers and Minis, but no classic Brit sports cars.

I did stumble across this semi-relic on at a dealership on US 22 in Grantsville, PA: a mid-80s Dodge Shelby Charger w/2.2L turbocharged four and a five speed (apparently Shelby substantially upgraded the last 1000 examples, booting the horsepower to 175.  Torque steer anyone?).

Yeah, it needs a little work.  In the meantime, the search continues.

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One More Excursion

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One more time out in the HSD before it goes into the garage (the good news: after six months and the completion of three major home improvement projects, I was finally able to get the car back in the garage for the winter).

While making a stop at the ZX mini-mart on Manchester, observed this this TR6 pull into the adjacent shopping center.  Glad to see others exercising their Triumphs while the weather still cooperated!

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5th Annual SLTOA Vet’s Drive

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Fifth time for this event, held this year on 19 November (hey, I’ve been busy…) and the participants had a fine – if somewhat chilly, almost universally top-up – drive.

We had 18 cars show, about 30 people and truth be known, the majority of the vehicles were MGs, particularly MGBs…and it was great having them and their owners, a truly great bunch.  In fact, the three brave, top down drivers were in an MG TC, MGA and MGB.  Oh, to be sure, the “home club” was represented, with a TR4, TR6 and TR8 and we had a few other interesting cars, including a Fiat 2000 Spider (that’s a first for this bunch!) and immaculate ’66 Malibu.  Dave Massey did the now traditional playing of the service anthems on his bagpipes prior to departure.  Several of the participants came to attention upon hearing their song; our thanks to Dave for taking part.

In the end, we had a very good drive, with the truly hardy participants enjoying lunch at Stoney’s in Perryville.  Our thanks to all who made the drive and contributed to the Purple Heart Foundation; we wound up with $500 for that veterans’/vet family support organization.

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