Club History 1985 to 1989

1985

 

For the first Crier in 1985, in lune, Editor Bauer returned to his Q & A format in

an interview with Owen 'Jim" Williams, "friend, neighbor, T enthusiast, and a

metallurgical engineer." Jack's TD had had a crank shaft break and his question

for ]Jim was "Why?" After establishing that Jim was "acquainted with state of the

art in metallurgy, alloy manufacturing and heat treating," and had examined and

tested the broken crankshaft, Jack pressed him for details. Jim began with the

following:

 

Examination of the fracture itself revealed it to be fairly typical of a

fatigue failure with the very smooth section being where the crack had

propagated over a period of time and the courser grain type fracture

being the sudden brittle failure when the crankshaft ultimately let go. The

crack appears to have started in a groove left in the radius of the journal

by the machining process. I spark tested the broken part for material

composition. The spark test indicates probably a.30 to .35 percent carbon

steel with the possibility of a little bit of chrome, but I believe ifs basically

a straight carbon It is a very low alloy forged steel. The hardness test

came out with a rockwell C hardness of 12 to 15 both on the journal and

counter weight. It was the same hardness, so I really don't believe that

the crankshaft had any heat treatment on it other than probably being

normalized and tempered after forging 35 years ago.

 

Enough? The technical explanation went on for six pages and this chronicler lost

it in the first graph.

 

Will Kennard, Paul Johnson and Dick Bauer had attended the February

NEMGTR Natter and directors meeting where there was the first mention of an

Ocean to Ocean T Tourist Trophy race in 1986. One report explained the

relationship between the Register and chapters.

 

General discussion centered around local chapter organization and the

specific guidelines for the formation of a chapter unit of the Register.

Essentially, it would appear that the only guidelines really in existence

are that the events of local chapters be scheduled so as not to conflict with

those of the Register and that members of local chapters be at least

requested to join the Register. Most of you are aware that the Ohio

Chapter by-laws require that membership in the Ohio Chapter be

accompanied by membership in the Register. [Please do so] so as tr

remain a member in good standing of the Ohio Chapter.

 

Announcement was made of the second Mid-West MG-T Reliability Run that

would be in conjunction with the GOF Central at Indianapolis July 18-21, 1985.

Entry fee was $10. And Jack Smittle wrote of "an opportunity for members of the

Ohio Chapter of the New England MG-T Register to be involved with the fast

growing interest in vintage and historic racing." The Central Ohio British Car

Club Council, in cooperation with the Southeast Vintage Racing Association was

to sponsor the third Annual British Car Days at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

in Lexington the end of June. All individuals driving older British sports cars

would "get a low admission charge and have the chance to take your MG a

couple of laps around the circuit behind a race car."

Dan Glow had a form in the Crier asking for the level of interest in a list d

technical subjects. Responses would help him schedule presentations for future

Ohio Chapter mid-winter tech seminars.

 

The success of the national GOF Mk XXXIX of the fall of 1984 was recounted by

Dave Bauer, who with Meier had masterminded the planning and execution d

the gathering. The events announced in the 1984 June issue had all gone as

anticipated, "solely due to the hour upon hour of plain hard work contributed by

all those people who ran things and helped others run them." T-owner members

there by Saturday had topped 350 and the First Timer's car display of almost 60

cars had been the largest ever. The lively spirit of the Saturday evening banquet

received an outside evaluation by a member of the Jazz group that played during

the evening: "A great gig, man! Great gig."

 

Closing this first issue of 1985 was a comments column by Chairman Will

Kennard who wrote of a new competition announced at the national natter-the

John Boiteau Memorial Award for the creator of the magazine cover voted 'best"

from among the six issues of. The Sacred Octagon published each year. Members

could submit color photographs suitable for a cover.

 

 

The second and December Crier of 1985 was full of photos and an announcement

of the February Natter'N Noggin to be hosted again by Jim and Miriam Yaussy

at the L K Motor Inn in Marion. A short report on the fall Sandusky Buy

Gathering, hosted by Tom and Diane Metcalf, noted that 'Tom has hosted or

been involved in hosting more Ohio Chapter events than he probably cares to

think about." Thirty-eight MG Cars were on display, there had been a pizza and.

toasted marshmallows party on the beach,lunch on a ferry steamer, and a

kidkhana. Jim Pesta and Linda Reef, attending their first Ohio Chapter event,

won the rally, on which there was further comment. "My recollection of the

Metcalf rallies of the past, including the recent edition is that they are terribly

difficult unless you just happen to think as Tom does."

 

The biggest news was the changing of the editor of The Lord Nuffield Crier. Jack

Bauer, after more than six years, was retiring from the job and Jim Williams

would take over as the new editor. Jim wrote: 'Jack will be a hard act to follow.

He has made the Crier an outstanding publication with the proof being the two

Gardner Mulvaney Awards he has won." Jim's primary objective as editor

would be to "maximize service to the membership." He asked for articles

whether long or short, funny or sad, technical or just interesting information.

Will Kennard added his comments: "Jack has toiled at this difficult and often

thankless job for six years. He has brought honors to himself and the Ohio

Chapter by twice winning the Gardner Mulvaney Award...presented to the

editor of the best local chapter news letter by the New England MG T Register."

During Jack's six years, the Crier had been recognized as the best of the chapter

newsletters and no other Gardner Mulvaney awards had been awarded during

that period.

 

Jack himself had a farewell editorial, recounting his experiences in keeping the

printing price low by using "a small offset press printed as a moonlight activity."

The size of the Crier had been dictated by the size of the press, "the largest image

[the owner]could print, but "he had been both reasonable and willing to lay a

half-tone image on the cover" by hand feeding slipsheets between covers as they

came off the press.

 

Jack concluded: "Editing the Crier has given us [Jack and Meier] exposure to

more of the things going on in the MG world and the people making them

happen than any other activity we could have gotten into. Well, there was the

Kings Island GOF. For all the willing cooperation and cheerful help, we are

permanently grateful." jack's hallmark as editor, the Crier interview, "an idea

stolen from Manley Ford, who stole it from Craig" had followed "the guiding

principle Meier and I adopted at the outset...that people are more important than

cars...even in a car dub."

 

The editor's position would not be the only change among the officers. An

election at the fall gathering had resulted in several officers continuing in their

positions, some shifts in responsibility and a couple of new names.

That was it for 1985 and the editorship era of jack Bauer.

1986

 

With the March 1986 issue of. The Lord Nuffield Crier, Owen J. Williams, Jim to

most of us, took over as editor. He brought a more factual orientation than his

predecessor, Jack Bauer, who had generally used a narrative approach. The new

issue returned to noting volume and number, in this case 17 and 1, as well as

date. The issue was without feature material but, in line with Jim's stated

objective "to maximize service to the membership," there was a focus on

announcements and straight information. The issue had a new look with a red

octagon on the cover.

 

The title page again listed the chapter's officers.

 

Chairman -Will Kennard

Past Chairman - Paul Johnson

Publicity - Dale Schussler

Technical - Dan Glow

Regalia -George and

Sharon Hasek

 

Treasurer -Rita Glow

Secretary -Phyllis Hall

Membership -J.R. Brehm

Spares -Dave Zyp

Editor- Owen J. Williams

 

Additionally, the hosts of Ohio Chapter events for the year were Jim and Miriam

Yaussy for the Natter'N Noggin, Dick and Phyllis Hall for the July GOF XXXIII

and J.R. and Gertrude Brehm for the fall GOF XXXIV. Jim ran a welcome list of

the 16 new members, the familiar regalia offerings, and a registration form for

the July gathering - to be at Roscoe Village. The list of events, 16 in all,

included a full range of state and national events and this time, international -

a Register hip to South Africa. Dan Glow's technical column was there, this time

on Trouble Shooting the Ignition System.

 

New twists were found in the Spares xChange where Dave Zyp wrote briefly of

"what is new in the market place" such as parts available in the Moss Motors

spring sale and his opinions, such as 'The dash switch that is offered is better

than no switch and has a very friendly price, but be advised that the knob is very

wrong and not easy to remove." There was a description of the Ohio Chapter by

membership chair J.R. Brehm, and an application form to pass out to

nonmembers.

 

An introduction to the British MG Car Club noted membership perks, which

included the monthly magazine Safety Fast, and touted the publication as a

winner of Thoroughbred & Classic Cars "Club Magazine of the Year Award," which

was "packed with news, features, technical tips, sales and wants." And there was

an MG Car Club overseas membership application form. Also new was the

inclusion of a separate listing of the Central Ohio club's events calendar.

 

Will Kennard's "Chairman's Comer" column reviewed the February NatterN'

Nogin hosted by the Yaussys, and called attention to a cover photo on the

August 1985 TIE Sacred Octagon submitted by Dave Bly, which was repeated on

the new membership forms of the NEMGTR membership forms. Will reported

on the national Natter in Springfield, Mass., and for new members explained:

"This National N&N is where directors of the NEMGTR meet to discuss plans

and establish guidelines for the upcoming years." And there was to be an

increase in the size of T5O, from 48 to 64 pages, without any increase in dues!

 

Dave Zyp, in a one-page article, wrote of the Register's June 21- July 10 Ocean to

Ocean "T" Tourist Trophy trip, planned by Hank Rippert of the national board.

It was routed through Columbus and Ohio chapter members not making the

whole 2000 mile trip could participate for as little as 50 miles or join the tour in

Pittsburg and travel as far as Indianapolis in "what should be the largest rolling

GOF we will ever see."

 

In the June Crier, Will Kennard in his chairman's column gave information on the

annual Father's Day Stan Hywet Car Show in Akron, vintage car racing at

Mid-Ohio and the Spring National GOF in Toronto and information on the

Ocean to Ocean trip stop in Columbus. He added a pep-talk to Ohioans for "an

unprecedented fifth win" in the Michigan-Ohio Beaulieu Cup competition.

Editor Williams offered a reprint of a short informational piece titled "Cost

Cutting" as a prospect for the country's auto industry in 1990s.

 

According to a poll done by Arthur Anderson & Company, the North

American auto industry will have to cut costs by 25 percent by 1990 if it is

to remain competitive. Also in the firm's fore cash by 1995 a gallon of

unleaded gas should cost $1.50; passenger car fuel economy should

increase from 26 mpg now to 32 by 1995; by 1990 new car ownership will

last five years and the expected life of a new car will be 10 years; full size

cars will account for 19 percent of the U.S. market and auto industry

employment will drop five percent per year through 1990.

 

There were new registration forms for the early-July national GOF XLII in

Toronto and an August Indy GOF in Nashville, Indiana. And the regular

informational columns were there, including Dan Glow's tech column, "Valve

Clatter," that listed the results of his earlier poll on preferred subjects for tech

sessions at winter natters. The top six (with two ties) were, in order, Carbs and

Fuel Pumps, Brakes, Transmission and Clutch, Electrical Wiring and Charging

Circuits, Ignition Systems and Engine Rebuilding.

 

Dave Zyp in Spare xChange gave a list of spares he always traveled with, all

packed (with a few exceptions) in a water tight .50 caliber ammo box. The list

ran to some 40 items that he "wouldn't leave home without." Some other parts

for the long hauls including axle shaft generator and "ladies nylon hose - color

optional - which make a fan belt for water pump if the generator has to be

taken out of the loop."

 

 

A fall issue for 1986, Vol. 17, No. 3 was not in among the Criers available to the

writers and undoubtedly carried an account of the fabled Ocean to Ocean trip.

But since the oft-told tales of this trip should always be recounted in the first

person, newer members are encouraged to ask about it from those Ohio Chapter

members who made the 2000 mile trip. Those planning "to participate in the

ordeal," as reported by Will Kennard in the June issue, were: Bill and Maxine

Murray, Leonard and Alice Lee Sargent, Dave Zyp and Jim Williams, Jim Pesta

and Roy Wood, and Barry Carter and Pat Downey.

The next available issue was for December, with registration forms for the

upcoming January Natter N Noggin. In the "Chairman's Comer," Will Kennard

congratulated Dave Bly for winning the John Boiteau Memorial Award for the

best cover photo used on The Sacred Octagon. It showed Dave's award-winning

green TC being used as the Chase Car for a hot-air balloon rallye. Will reported

the chapter had added over5O member families in 1984 and he gave a quick

preview of a spring GOF in Cincinnati and a fall GOF at Punderson State Park.

 

The issue ran two articles, the first being "The OOTTT,  A South African

Viewpoint " reprinted from the South African Airways Flying Springbok. The

author, Norman Ewing, chairman of the South African MG Car Club, had

participated in the Ocean to Ocean trip and was the organizer of the 1986 MG

Indaba (Zulu for "get together") in Johannesburg. The second article, "African

MG Tour, An American Viewpoint," was by Ohio Chapter members Roy and

Lois Wood. High points of the three-week hip had been a concours in

Johannesburg with 300 MGs, a welcoming dinner with 600 people, a party at a

crocodile farm with a torch-lit war dance by 30 Zulu warriors, and a luxurious

Blue Train trip from Capetown to Johannesburg. The out-of-country visitors had

included 31 Americans, six Dutch, four Australians, two English and a family of

five from Bahrain.

 

Jack and Meier Bauer offered an account of traveling with Kate (about two) on 'h

long ride in a T-car" to the national gathering in Albany. Despite adventures, it

was an encouraging account for other parents of young children. And they won

the distance award. Dave Zyp, in Spare xChange, wrote of his work on some d

the cars that were on the OOTTT that had needed major repairs. He reported,

"Of the cars with head or valve troubles, all experienced some of the same

symptoms which can be attributed to not having enough lead in our gas." And

Editor Williams ended the issue with a notice that the Vintage MG Club d

Chicago was attempting to buy stainless steel valves (four times the life d

regular valves) in sufficient quantity to keep the cost to around $1+$16 per

value.

1987

 

Editor Williams altered the look of the Crier for the new year with a drawing of

an MG TA Tickford on the cover. A short cutline read: "Made 1938 to1939.

Approdmately 252 Produced." On the title page, the GOF hosts for 1987 Ohio

Chapter events were the Yaussy's for the Natter N' Noggin, the Bauers for GOF

XXXV in the spring and Ralph and Florence Tenney for the fall GOF, number

XXXVI.

 

This March issue was spare, with GOF registration info and forms. In the

"Chairman's Comer," Will Kennard reported that nine Ohio Chapter members,

all wearing matching rugby shirts, had attended the February New England

Natter'N Noggin in Springfield, Maine. He reported that "each chapter can

obtain liability insurance for meets at no charge from the New England Register."

 

hr "Scribes from the Glow," Dan wrote of the Yaussy's Natter, and apologized for

not getting to the TC steering portion of his technical presentation. He had

covered the hydraulic/mechanical brake portion. An uncertainty "about which

way the 'dished washer' should be oriented had been clarified by john Linn and

there was an illustration showing the correct position.

 

hr Spare xChange, Dave Zyp reported on "some nice cars for sale," Jerry Temple's

 

TC and Jim Williams M Type "a real hoot to drive" and over55 years old. He

recommended the Nationwide stores for their nut and bolt rack, though pricey,

and a new video tape from Moss about rebuilding and tuning SU carburetors.

 

The cover of the June 1987 Crier had a drawing of the

MG-TC and noted, "Made 1945 to 1949 Approximately

10,000 Produced." Will Kennard urged response to a

special mailing of a registration form, due June 3Q to

ensure that the chapter would have the entire Punderson

State Park Lodge for the busy fall weekend. Among the

standard columns, Dan Glow wrote of New Parts That

Don't Fit " and included some interesting statistics on an

exhaust valve, for example. Originally, when the

[Abingdon] factory was in full swing in the 50s, they were

producing about 8,000 cars a year....Small suppliers,

jobbing shops, were prolific at that time and 32,000 pieces

was a pretty good annual order. There were no doubt

countless suppliers to the manufacturer who would be

only too willing to bid a quality part at very reasonable

prices. Then too, the technology to produce the product

was consistent with the time at which the parts were

made.

 

The rub n1987 was that the run of exhaust valves for an XPAG engine was 500.

After talking about the specs, a manufacturer would say, "Sorry sir, we're just not

set up for what you want." Dan credited Moss Motors and Abingdon Spares

with doing a great job keeping MGT parts affordable but warned "it is always

wise to check all mechanical parts before forcing things together."

 

 

A registration form was included for the national GOF West in Snowmass in the

Rockies and there was a form, for the first time, for University Motors' 11th

Annual Summer Party in Grand Rapids.

 

 

The September Crier cover featured a MC TD drawing, noting "Made 1950 t)

1953 Approximately 30,000 Produced." Will Kennard reported that the "1987

Beaulieu Cup came home to Ohio" for the sixth consecutive year. The victory

"was especially sweet because the Michigan Chapter had vowed to win this year"

and several of Ohio's faithful team cars were unable to participate in the drive tr

the Springfield, Mass GOF. "However, our Ohio Chapter team spirit cam

through as 46 people arrived in 26 cars," which included 15 member cars from

Ohio, six from Ontario, two from West Virgina, and, surprisingly, three cars

from Ohio Chapter members in New Jersey and New York. The aggregate

earning the cup had been over 15,000 miles.

 

Bob Satava, apparently subbing for Dan Glow, offered "Tech Tips" to keep your

car serviced from top to bottom. He covered windshield replacement, installing

a canvas top, frozen wheel (brake) cylinders, and gasoline drips. For the latter,

he offered a non-technical solution a "Rector Seal #5 on each fitting, a material

that really is impervious to gasoline and found in plumbing shops."

 

There was a registration form for the national GOF in October in the Hershey

Pocono Resort in White Haven PA. And there was, again in 1987,a reprint of

the Bob Brumfield column from the Cincinnati Enquirer titled 'A Bloody Sad

Thing for Motor Car Fanciers," circa 1979. For sale was a 1953 YB Saloon "looks

god, runs great " by Jim Williams.

 

 

The 1987 December Crier completed the run of drawings of T cars, the MG TF

with notation: Made 1953 to 1955 Approximately 9,600 Produced. Will Kennard,

retiring as chapter chairman, had planned to recap "the good times" but wrote d

one of our most dedicated members, J.R. Brehm of Arcanum who had

unexpectedly passed away in November. "Due to his enthusiasm [as

membership chair], Ohio grew in membership to be the largest chapter in the

New England MG-T Register." J.R. and Gertrude had helped with many meets

and hosted two Ohio GOFs. But Will's greatest tribute read: "He was the kind d

gentleman who always made everyone feel welcome. He would help anyone in

need by trailering a disabled car, retrieving needed parts or just being there to

lend moral support."

 

There were registration forms for a national Natter in Windsor Locks, Conn. the

Kimber Festival in April in Providence R.I. and the Ohio Natter, again hosted by

the Yaussys. A personal report by Roy Wood, titled "The Car That Made It"

recounted the Woods first participation on a Beaulieu Cup Team. A good start

for the eight-car team had been short circuited in the middle of Pennsylvania

when Roy suffered a heart attack. "It was great to see how MG people react in an

emergency. J.R. slipped a nitro tablet under my tongue, Joan [Baumgardner], a

nurse, was busy checking my pulse, and the rest started switching cars" to give

him the back seat of a YT in a trip to a local hospital. There followed a helicopter

flight to a trauma center in Pittsburgh, where, in a few hours, he was in

satisfactory condition and Lois had a guest room in the hospital. Jim Pesta had

driven Lois there, and others got the Wood's car to Pete and Vicky Hempstead's

in New York.

 

Jim Williams continued the tale, which included a broken rear end in Tom's YT

and a helpful ride in a sheriff's car to a MG junk yard for a truck to tow the car.

"About midnight, driving in the rain on a very dark road just following the little

red tail lights in front of us, we climbed a mountain and there we were in Pete

and Vicky's front yard with everyone waving flashlights to show the tow truck

and the rest of use where to go." At 1:00 a.m. they had the cookout Vicky had

prepared and fell into beds Vicky had found. A cooperative effort got the YT

repaired, and there was a good report on Roy. "Knowing how excited he was to

be driving his MG to a national GOF for the first time, we decided it would be

great to take his TD on to Springfield," a drive volunteered by Lou Phillips.

"And that's the story of how Roy Wood's MG got to the GOF in Springfield

without him."

 

A speech by Meier Bauer, "The Magic of MG," given at the GOF had so

captivated Jim Williams, after the Ohio team's en route experience, that he

ended the issue with a copy of it

1988

 

With the publication of the first Crier of 1988, the March issue, there was a list of

new officers. Whether new to the board, taking over new duties or carrying

forward, they were all familiar names.

 

Chairman -Jack Bauer

Secretary - Phyllis Hall

Publicity -Roy Wood

Technical - Dan Glow

Regalia - Sharon and

George Hasek

 

Treasurer - Rita Glow

Past Chairman - Will Kennard

Membership - Gertrude Brehm

Spares -Dave Zyp

Editor- Owen J. Williams

 

The hosts for Ohio Chapter GOFs were the Yaussys for the natter, the Central

Ohio MG-T Owners for GOF XXXVII in the summer and Dave ]Jackman and

Linda Stokes with Linda and Joe Diamond for GOF XXXVIII in the fall.

 

[r the "Chairman's Comer," Jack wrote of a trip different from the "ritualistic

drive of 500 miles" to the national natter. The hosts, Dave and Joanne Raymond,

had scheduled the weekend at the Hartford (Conn.) Airport. Amid financial

reports, he reported that the Ohio and Michigan Chapters were withdrawing

from the Beaulieu Cup competition for the year. There were the usual features,

including an events listing and registration forms, the first being for the Central

Ohio hosted June GOF at the Mid-Ohio track, with a quick review of what

members could expect. Other registration forms were included for the GOF

Central Mark X in Topeka, Kansas, the GOF West in Reno, and the summner

NEMGTR GOF in Andover, MA. In "Valve Clatter," Dan Glow reported on the

Ohio Natter's program on chrome plating and offered a 14 point checklist to get

members cars ready for the driving season.

 

Editor William's June issue of the Crier began a series of marvelous stippled

illustrations credited to Ann Alexander of San Diego this one of a TC. The

wrap-around conception was by Jim Pesta. This series would continue on four

more cover illustrations of a MGA" a Vintage T-series race, a display of MGs, and

an MG exiting a covered bridge.

 

This was a lean issue. Jack Bauer wrote of an early outing with the Zyps to the

Mason-Dixon Steeplechase where driving an old British car qualified you to

bring your "T' car into the tailgaters area. There was a picnic competitive event,

and Meier's menu, chilled avocado lime soup to champagne sorbet, was in Jack's

words "adequate. But the two little T-cars put us over the top [for] the Best of

Show trophy."

 

Jeri Kennard offered an admiring report on the Mid-Ohio Race Course GOF and

the planning that had gone into it made "it different from any other Ohio

Chapter met previously held." In addition to some of the "standard, backbone

features," those attending - in some 48 cars for the car display - had the

opportunity to participate in the Vintage Car Race. No mention of how many

actually did, but "the excitement of watching the [Saturday] time trials and

[Sunday] race was surpassed only by the fact that our cars were allowed to lap

the race course on both days." Photos documented the event.

 

An advance story on the Hockng Hills GOF told of plans for an October driving

tour through the Hocking State Park, a real old fashioned hill clmb and a

Sunday morning train ride on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway. There was

also a promo for the NEMGTR Gathering in mid-September at the Otesaga Hotel

in Cooperstown, NY.

 

The third and last Crier of 1988 featured a long three-page article on Joseph

Lucas, the often vilified "great man" who with his son turned their partnership

into Joseph Lucas Ltd in 1897, a time when acetylene was just becoming accepted

for use in lamps. Editor Williams, unable to answer questions about the man

behind the company that inspired so many Lucas jokes, had sought the

assistance of the promotions manager of Lucas Industries to put together the

biography.

 

There was a photo spread of snapshots from the Hocking Hills GOF and

Chairman Jack Bauer reported on the fall meet where "the enthusiasm was

 

pervasive and the Sunday weather brutal." Again the quote of Jack Breen on MG

events surfaced: "You have fun in direct proportion to how miserable you are."

1989

 

In the Volume 20 Number 1 issue, a switch from calling it the March issue, the

Ohio Chapter GOF hosts were given as the Yaussys for the Natter N Noggin,

Harriet and Bob Forbes for GOF XXXIX in the summer/ and Pat and Dave Zryp

for the GOF XL in the fall. Chairman Bauer's report from the NEMGTR natter

told of interest in "a remake of the Marathon" to get in on some of the fun of the

VMG people of Chicago. His description of the idea offered insights into how

such events came about and the reasoning behind them.

 

But since their Reliability Run already offers an opportunity to average

over 75 mph in a T-series for more miles than anyone much cares to

think about, the Register thinks it would be better to set this up as a TSD

event requiring an average of something reasonable - say 62 - for one

thousand miles. The idea is to start in Cincinnati...and to go Nashua, NH

[the summer national GOF] by some set route, complete with several

timing controls along the way. Hank Rippert is in charge of developing

this idea...and the whole thing appears to be happening. Plan to party in

Cincinnati Wednesday before the GOF and leave on the longest TSD

Rallye for old MGs in recent memory.

 

Mileage would count toward the Beaulieu Cup, which the Ohio Chapter was

again planning to participate in.

 

Dan Glow in "Valve Clatter" wrote of a Dave Zyp and Jim Pesta winter Tech

Session which demonstrated the directions given in their booklet on rebuilding a

T-series engine. Dan returned to the problem of parts that don't fit, this time

concentrating on those needed for engine rebuilding. He recommended "some

vital rules to follow" and two bibles to use for standard dimensions, Blowers

Manual or the XPAG  Engine by W.D.F. Wood.

 

There was a registration form and advance story on the end-of-May Ohio GOF to

be held at the Harley Hotel East in Willoghby Hill, hosted by the Forbes. And

there was notice of a new event, a Iuly 1 Wyandot Picnic Rallye conceived of by

Phil and Dallas Smith. "It is not a timed event but rather a three to five hour

drive around Wyandot County, including stops at several points of historic

interest as the county is the site of the last Indian Reservation in Ohio," Phil

wrote. The day event would close with a cookout. Other upcoming events

receiving notices we the MG GOF Central in St. Louis in mid-July and the end of

June NEMGTR Gathering in Nashua, NH.

 

Secretary Phyllis Hall reported from a chapter trustees business meeting at the

winter natter on changes the chairman proposed in the chapter's code of

regulations. After discussion, the motion on the proposal as tabled and a

committee named to study the regulations and develop recommendations.

 

By the September 1989 issue, Secretary Phyllis Hall wrote of a May 2l committee

meeting "to reorganize the Record of Proceedings of the Incorporators, Members

and Trustees of the Ohio Chapter of the New England MG-T Register."

Committee members were long-standing chapter members, Rita and Dan Glow,

Phyllis and Dick Hall and Paul Johnson. Input had also come from Jim Yaussy

and Will Kennard. Phyllis wrote that the suggested changes followed how the

chapter had actually been run in recent years. The articles of the code had been

simplified with the intent of making them flexible for club growth. The

committee hoped that the suggestions would make the membership more

involved in the policy making and running of the club. The proposed changed

were published for the Crier's readers to review before being voted on at the fall

meet.

 

Chairman Bauer wrote of the return of the Beaulieu Cup back to Ohio, "where it

belongs." The Hank Rippert thousand mile TSD rally from Cincinnati to Nashua,

N.H. had been held and Paul Johnson had made the trip in exactly 20 hours. Jack

added a notice of the untimely passing of Roy Wood during the summer.

 

Dan Glow, still following up on engine rebuilding wrote of "The Everett

Bowman, sweet and simple or down and dirty, way to install an XPAG main seal

(oil thrower.)"

 

The events listing covered the Ohio Chapter and NEMGTR events from

September 1989 through September 7990,and included the first Crier notice of

the Circuit of Britain scheduled for the next July. Registration forms and

information were included for the upcoming fall meet at Kings Island, and the

June 1-3 1990 meet at Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island in Lake Erie, "the site of

the infamous Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races of the 1950s on South Bass Island."

The hosts would be Dave and Shelia Bly and the logistics would included

ferrying the cars from Catawba Point to the island. Anew Miller Boat Line's

ferry would allow members to drive both on and off the boat assuring "complete

control of our MGs."

 

In the December Cier, Jack Bauer opened his chairman's column with a tale

about a nephew who had "the unofficial record for elapsed time between

Cincinnati and Dallas-Fort Worth in a little less than 12 hours, averaging

something over 83 mph for about 1000 miles." His passenger had been his

grandmother who was 94 and got around with a walker. "Grandma navigated

and changed tapes as needed. She didn't drink any coffee before they left."

 

Phyllis Hall, in a published secretary's report, wrote that the proposed changes

in the Ohio Chapter Code of Regulations had been approved unanimously at the

King's Island meet.

 

Dan Glow reported on a new T-Register event called "the safety fast tech check "

apparently introduced at the last GOF in Saratoga Spring in September. He

expected it to become standard "bill of fare" at all future gatherings and

described it for readers.

 

The idea is to give your car a really thorough mechanical safety check.

Mind you, this is not the once around check the state highway patrol uses

or even the race committees at most race tracks. The fact is that lights,

horn and the normal stuff aren't even checked. What is checked are the

items that are seldom looked at in day-to-day operation after a car has

been restored. [A] crew worked hard and long to run all the cars

through. About 70 cars entered, only 14 passed.

 

Congratulations to Jim Yaussy and Fred Kuntz, our only Ohio chapter

members to pass....Your tech chairman's TD flunked.

 

The items inspected are: carburetors, fuel and water pumps for soundness

and leaks, the wiring and battery for condition and security of all

fasteners and connections. The tires, all suspension and steering

components for fit, straightness, function and general condition. The

door latches, fuel cap latch and gasket, seat belts and optional fire

extinguished for general condition. Then you drive your car onto the

ramps so all the lower chassis components can be checked. Here is where

rack boots, A arm ends and rubber, swivel pins, king pins, tie rod ends,

shocks, brake hoses, master cylinder, clutch linkage, transmission

mounts, oil leaks and wiring can all be thoroughly checked. All items are

rated good, serviceable (showing age but OK), needs work (showing age

working, but should be attended to soon), and unsafe (go fix it, don't go

far or fast!)

 

Dan added that he thought "this safety check is a great idea and I wonder if we

should incorporate it into some of our Ohio Chapter Meets? Your feed back on

this one would be appreciated."

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