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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Followed by another tech session…

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Saturday, 17 August, and the SLTOA faithful once again made the trek to It’s Alive Automotive for a tech session.   Another good turn out, great information on the care and feeding of LBCs with plenty of back-and-forth between the participants…and, as always, a lot of meandering about, looking at It’s Alive’s remarkable assortment of vehicles, in various stages of repair and/or restoration.   Thanks Jeff!

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SweatFest!

Six weeks later, figured I’d better post something/anything.  As we’re well into summer, our initial offering is a couple of photos from SLTOA’s annual SweatFest backyard BBQ gathering, on 23 July (delayed one week due to massive thunderstorms the previous Tuesday).

We had good weather again this year – severe clear, not oppressively hot – a good turnout of people and a good turnout of cars.  As always, our thanks to John Lamberg for allowing us to use his back yard.

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BTW

The High-Speed Doorstop, having sustained the fuel pump failure (actually, it was an electrical glitch; the pump’s fine), getting loaded at Family Arena for the return to Baldwin.

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Second, said HSD, now running flawlessly, at the Pacific Car Show, Saturday, 29 June. I provided one of two LBCs among, oh, 150 cars, the other being a ’53 MG TD. Great show and great hospitality by the residents and businesses of Pacific.

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