Five Weeks Until Polar Bear!


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; 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 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


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


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


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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Meanwhile, down in Fredericktown…

Rather entertaining rod; couldn’t ID it from the grill, but there’s a Ford plate on the firewall.  What was really startling, though, was the decal in the back window.

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Happy Thanksgiving



Growing up, I based my knowledge of “typical” Midwest winters on three years in Lincoln, Nebraska, and four years in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  After moving back to the Midwest in 2005, I was startled to find that most of the winters hereabouts were actually pretty mild….cold, to be sure, but major snowfall winters only occurred every three or so years.

Having said that, I can’t complain about living in a part of the country where, on Thanksgiving Day, I can put the top down on the HSD and go out for a drive…or two…or more.

Happy Thanksgiving to all who see this!  I’ll get photos from last Sunday’s most excellent SLTOA/StLSCC Veteran’s Day Run posted later this weekend.

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Road Recce


Went out Saturday (18 Nov) to do the final reconnaissance run over the route for Sunday’s Vet’s Drive, saw plenty of this type of weather.

The Vet’s run was a major success, despite the chill.  Details to follow.

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BSCC Finale


In contrast to the last three ends-of-season for the BSCC autocross series, this year the TR8 finished without a) requiring major mechanical work, b) a large puddle underneath and c) an unexpected ride back to the house on a flatbed.  Life is good!

Windy and brisk at the 8th parking lot grand prix of the year on 12 November, some traction issues due to the weather (cones flying everywhere!) and most of the convertible owners left the tops up on the cars.  Great turnout by the Slow Roller Racing team, we’re already watching for the 2018 scheduled from Racer Steve.

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