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Club History 1990 to 1994
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By the first Crier for 1990, March, Volume 21, Number 1, there were two different

names among the officers last reported in 1988, Sheila Bly and Jim Pesta, with the

others continuing.


Chairman -Jack Bauer

Secretary - Phyllis Hall

Publicity - Sheila Bly

Technical - Dan Glow

Regalia - Sharon &

George Hasek


Treasurer - Rita Glow

Past Chairman - Will Kennard

Membership -Jim Pesta

Spares -Dave Zyp

Editor- Owen J. Williams


Hosts for the 1990 Natter N Noggin were the Yaussys; the spring GOF XLI hosts

Sheila and Dave Bly; and the fall GOF XLII, Sharon and George Hasek.


Jack Bauer in the "Chairman's Comer" column wrote: "The membership has

become increasingly polarized over the source of its leadership and the approach

it takes toward the activities of the dub." He felt mechanisms for ensuring

rotation officers were unnecessary and instead urged members to confer with the

nominating committee and let them know whom they recommend.


In truth, the nominating committee is the single most

in the club....[By] increasing the number of people who have held or hold

offices in the club [comes] the increased feeling of ownership, of

belonging to and caring about the organization for its own va1ue...[and]

from having been ...involved in shaping the character or the

organization....Help the nominating committee find and draft people for

office whose interest we share and from whose talents we have thus far

failed to benefit.


There were six new members of the chapter and the "Great Events" column listed

11 events. The Kimber Festival would be in Shreveport, La., the Ohio Chapter's

June 1-3 GOF on South Bass Island, hosted by the Blys, and the chapter's October

5-7 GOF in Richfield, hosted by the Haseks. Other U.S. events, some supplying

registration forms, were scheduled from points as distant as Portland, Ore. to

Mystic, Conn. The unusual listing was for a July 2-24 Circuit of Great Britain.


A short article from Phil and Dallas Smith invited all to the second Wyandot

Picnic Rally on Saturday, August 1,8, "a seat-of-the-pants fun rally through

Wyandot County. It would involve 40 to 50 miles of leisurely driving, as well m

some out-of-car experiences, and conclude with a picnic. The hosts added that

"while the rally is primarily an MG event, we will welcome any British sports

car" and even your modem iron will serve as an acceptable replacement.


Secretary Phillis Hall looked ahead in her report and asked members to note on

their 1991 calendars the April 5 Kimber Festival to be held in the Cincinnati area

and hosted by Pat and Dave Zyp.  Help would be needed. There was also notice

that lim Pesta's Autographics "is now providing all of the Ohio regalia clothing.

Anything with an Ohio logo would earn a 10 percent contribution "to our club."


Dan Glow in "Valve Clatter" gave suggestions for successfully removing rusty

bolts rather breaking them off out of haste. He detailed several possibilities,

including advice to not plunge ahead but "stop for a minute, relax, have a beer or

whatever....Think the situation through" to avoid a worse position. Dan added a

request for input from others for the column.


Creating new topics is becoming more difficult as time goes by. The

purpose of these articles is to present material which is not available in

other MG publications and which does not repeat itself. Our last tech

session which addressed your current needs directly, seemed quite

successful and saw us answering each other's questions. Please help us all

by writing your questions to me which we will answer to the benefit of all

through 'Valve Clatter." Or better still, write me about a helpful thing

you've discovered so we can all share your knowledge.



The June Crier, issue 2 of 1990, included a "Chairman's Corner" account of the

Bauer's anticipating the Circuit of Britain tour which would cap a long list d

trips for his TD.


The list of "Great Events" spanned more than a year and in addition to the April

1991 Kimber Festival in Cincinnati, there was a NEMGTR tour planned for early

July in 1991, the Maritime Meander. Most of the issue was taken up with

registration forms for events. Dan Glow in "Valve Clatter" first offered thanks for

the great time at the Put-in-Bay Ohio GOF "thanks to the Blys, the Metcalfs, Bob

Satava, Susan Rockford" and all their committee people. "Technically speaking,

we all discovered how well a t-Series will handle eight to 10 foot waves

tenaciously clinging to a wet steel deck." Dan again asked for contributed articles

and included a page questionnaire of restoration steps seeking to find which

ones members would do for themselves or have done professionally.



For the December Crier, the third and last of 1990, Chairman Bauer reported on

his, Meier's and third passenger Katie's participation in the Circuit of Britain. A

snapshot of the Ohio contingent showed 16 Ohio Chapter members posed below

an MG sign in Abingdon-on-Thames. It was a romantic account of the

countryside, towns named Upper and Lower Slaughter, and spoke of the 49

Yankee cars and one Canadian car participating. The Prescott Hill Climb had

been a memorable challenge. While his TD performed well for "the most difficult

race track" Jack had ever been near, "the right axle half-shaft snapped coming

back from the laundromat that evening. He closed noting it was his last article as

chairman and said "good luck to Tom Metcalf as he assumes this role." A page by

Pat and Dave Zyp promoted the 1991 Kimber Festival promising "good food and

no arches over the building!" There was a call for assistants, "folks to make it all



Dan Glow reported that the upcoming natter and tech session would focus on

special tuning for trials work, "commonly called speed tuning." The list of things

to be covered was long, "everything from stage one through stage five" plus

differences between stock and racing heads, manifolds and cams "and all that

good stuff that makes the adrenaline flow when you put your foot in it."


The last Bauer edition ended with an invited piece from his father, an account d

his parent's trip to deliver Jack's TD to the dock at Port Elizabeth, N.J. for

transport to Liverpool and the Circuit of Britain. These MG enthusiasts were

"seventy years plus" but enjoyed an adventurous trip east.



A new year and with it came changes in the roster of Ohio Chapter officers. Tom

Metcalf became chapter chair and Crier edltorship was assumed by Phil and

Dallas Smith.


The new editorial team had kind words, deserved, for retiring editor Jim

Williams. Phil and Dallas offered new ideas as well. Manley Ford had agreed to

provide a column devoted to vintage racing and the editors intended to

inaugurate another new column, "Restorations in Progress ... or/ Resting, in



Chairman Metcalf, a purist to the core, scolded defectors to the Miata, and had

even less patience with those parts from MG vendors bearing the tag reading

"Made in Taiwan, R.O.C." At the same time, Tom was gracious in his thanks

offered Jack Bauer, Dan Glow, Manley Ford, and Jim Williams for their

contributions to the chapter.


The schedule of future events was highlighted by the 1991 Kimber Festival, to be

held in Cincinnati at the Drawbridge Inn and hosted by Dave and Pat Zyp. The

dates were April 5-7. And then there was the "Fall Hall Affair." Chairman

Metcalf did have a way with language! The site for this gathering was to be

Akron and the hosts Dick and Phyllis Hall and son Tim.


Looking ahead to1992, the summer gathering hosts were to be Joe and Linda

Diamond. Come fall of 1992,Phil and Dallas Smith were to be hosts. And for

1993, the chairman reported, there were rumors of a return to Put-in-Bay.


Secretary Phyllis Hall reported on the meeting of the board of directors on

]January 27.There was good news, a healthy bank balance and chapter

membership of 252. Despite the balance reported by the treasurer, there was

concern expressed with the costs incurred publishing both the chapter directory

and the Crier. There was discussion of an increase in dues, but any decision was



Just as the editors had promised, this first of their issues contained "Restorations

in Progress."  Featured was a photograph of Dr. Don Smith replacing a clutch on

his 1953 YB. This was undertaken just weeks before the car and Don and Judy

were off to England on the Circuit of Britain.


Dan Glow's "Technical Comer" fumed to the engine camshaft. It was a

cautionary piece. 'No matter how tempting," Dan wrote, "never select a cam that

is more radical than you need. In fact, good advice here is 'if in doubt, go



Fran and Jerry Moore supplied a more detailed account of the summer gathering

to be held in Amish country where the roads were to be shared with horse-

drawn Amish buggies. A Sunday feature of that gathering would be a visit to the

Warther Museum in Dover which housed the extraordinary railroad art of carver

Ernest Warther.


This issue contained the first of several articles titled "A Backward Glance."

Librarian Shep Black wrote of the early years of the motor car as told in pages of

early 20th century American popular magazines.


In volume 22, number 2, dated June 1991, Chairman Metcalf wrote of a trip tr

South America to visit friends. Told that Spanish and Portuguese resembled one

another, Tom found this not to be the case. But he did recognize one word, in

both languages, the word cerveja- beer.


Both Tom Metcalf and Phil Smith spoke of the recent Kimber Festival. Tom, with

serpent's tongue (in cheek), wrote that "Sheila Bly, our own Ohio Chapter island

expert, and Bob Satava, who is actually old enough to have attended many of the

Put-in-Bay races in the 50s, described the tiny island's racing days...."


Sheila and Bob were not the only speakers, for Bob Hentzen spoke of the

restoration and display at Pebble Beach of his beautiful TB Tickford. Other

speakers included Dick Knudson on Captain George Eyston and Bob Vitrikas on

the record breaking MGAs.


This issue's "Club Notes" identified the site of the fall gathering as Quaker

Square in Akron, a return visit for the Ohio Chapter.


Dan Glow's "Technical Corner" tackled the distributor, an item "at least equal in

importance to the carburetors in so far as engine performance is concerned." In

fact, Dan wrote, "carburetors are blamed for more problems caused by the

ignition system than they usually cause by themselves."


This issue of the Crier also provided Tom Metcalfs introduction to powder

coating, these remarks first delivered at the 1991 natter. Manley Ford supplied a

calendar of vintage racing opportunities, a full plate for both spectators and



'The Great Leather Color Hoax" was adapted and reprinted from Torque, of the

Michigan Region, Classic Car Club of America. "I was working at Packard years

ago," the author wrote, "when a number of those sometimes spontaneous,

sometimes intentionally planned jokes were pulled. There were also occasions

when a very small effort at humor got completely out of control. That was the

case in the story on the leather color hoax."


"A Backward Glance" returned, this time examining early efforts to find an

appropriate name for the horseless carriage.


Volume 22, number 3, of the Crier brought Tom Metcalf's account of Amish

oatmeal pie and his rally experience in New Philadelphia with son Kyle, then

age four, as navigator. His report also noted discussion at the meeting of the

board of directors of dues and the possibility of an increase. With the aid of

raffles and auctions, however, the board chose to retain the dues structure

without change.


The chair also shared his hope for an Ohio Chapter trip to England and MG

activity at Silverstone. More detailed discussion was promised for the fall

gathering in Akron.



A new slate of officers was provided by the nominating committee, voting to

take place at the fall gathering. With a couple of changes in position names, the

slate would be elected. (See next issue.)


The editors' account of the New Philadelphia gathering identified Dave Zyp,

auctioneer, as "Master of All Auctions," surely a richly deserved accolade. Phil

and Dallas also took note of the guest or guests of honor, Pete and Dolly

Holloway. The Holloways were guests of the Jackmans and were on this

occasion made welcome by the Ohio Chapter. Pete was employed at the factory

in Abingdon from 1952 until the end of production in 1980. Pete spoke briefly

following the banquet and then answered questions. One questioner, perhaps

the last, asked if the cars were really important to the men who assembled them;

was it just a job, or did they care? The answer, after what seemed a very long

pause, was yes. "They really cared."


There was lots of technical talk in this issue, with both Dan Glow and Phil Smith

on camshaft bearings, and an article on extending the life of a battery. The latter

was reprinted from The Reflector, Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada.


"Restorations in Progress" had grown to include several projects. Thanks for the

growth of the column could be largely attributed to Dallas' indefatigable,

notebook-in-hand pursuit of the membership for stories of activity in garages. "A

Backward Glance" took a look at the bicycle and its contribution to the Good

Roads Movement.


The editors led off the 1991 December Crier, vol:umre22, number 4 with a

deadline schedule for contributed columns and articles. Article deadlines in the

past had been "rather amorphous," but "henceforth will be the first of March,

June, September and December."


It had been a "tremendous three MG months since the last issue." Indeed it had.

Tim Hall had masterminded a great Ohio Chapter GOF in Akron failing only to

gain the cooperation of the weather. Next came the Register GOF, and "this was

notable for the British entourage that invaded our shores with their Pre-war

MGs." The "stuff we've seen in books," the editors wrote, "but they were here to

see, to hear and to smell."


The 1992 natter was near at hand, and was scheduled for Marion; it would be the

last to be hosted by Jim and Miriam Yaussy. This issue also contained a farewell

from Dan Glow, a farewell not from octagonal activity or from the Ohio Chapter,

but from his very long tenure as technical chairman. "The 2}-year association

with the Ohio Chapter has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my

life," he wrote.


There was a secretary's report by Phyllis Hall giving the 1990 slate of new

officers elected at the fall meeting. They were as nominated.


Chairman - Tom Metcalf

Treasurer - Rita Glow

Regalia -Dave Zyp

Technical - Manley Ford

Editors - Phil & Dallas Smith


Secretary - Janet Jackman

Membership - Doug & Sharon Hasek

Publicity - Sheila Bly

Spares - Fred Kuntz


Among other reports, there would continue to be a charge for breakfasts at Ohio

GOFs to protect the budget, Phyllis Hall and Fran Moore were putting together a

parcel of information to assist future Ohio GOF hosts, and that the natter include

recognition of past board members and those who volunteered services to the



There was a report on the creation of chapter awards to encourage members to

"drive MG, particularly T-series cars," to chapter meets. Also recommended by a

committee of five chapter officers, was a category of associate members for those

interested in MGs but perhaps as yet unable to afford a T-series car. "While the

chapter's awards cannot determine policy, it can be more supportive of the

general concept of maintaining the breed," the report said.


A Car of the Year award was to be created as the chapter's premiere award. It

would recognize the pre-156 MG best exemplifying quality restoration and

maintenance in an "actively campaigned" car. The car would have to be

registered with NEMGTR and the Ohio chapter. Driving the car in events,

winning rallies and shows, and in general actively "maintaining the breed,"

would be the basis of the award. The winner would be decided by a points

system, weighted towards Ohio Chapter events, and an application form with

specifics was promised for the March issue of the Crier.  It would be awarded at

the annual Natter N Noggin and a trophy was planned.

A second pair of awards had been created to honor the MG most actively driven

each year. The more prestigious of the two would be for the pre-'56 MG and a

second for post-'56 MGs. These awards would be based solely on the miles

driven over one year's time, from natter to natter.


Yet another award was discussed for the NEMGTR/Ohio Chapter registered car

driven the most miles. The feasibility of the award was to be determined.


Finally, the awards structure for the chapter's GOF rally and funkhana was

expanded to have first, second and third prizes. Winners driving T-series (and

other pre-1956) MGs would be awarded pewter trophies while post-1956 drivers

would likely get glass trophies.


Craig Peck contributed an account of NEMGTR GOF Mark 53 a trip to Lime Rock

taken with Fred Kuntz. Craig's was a romantic piece of chasing "the familiar

scent of R" from the pre-wars, whidr included a D'Artagnan, a KE Magnette

replica, and two 18-80s. There was a trophy of sorts for the two Ohioans at the

end of a fox and hounds game with the pre-wars. Craig wrote, "Patrick Gardner,

the capable rider of the KE Magnette upon seeing Fred said,'That is one running

TC. You did very well to keep up with us."'Other Ohio Chapters members on

the trip to Lime Rock had been Tom and Dane Metcalf and Phil and Dallas

Smith. There were several great photographs of great cars at the event.


This December Crier carried a fourth "Backward Glance" from Shep Black, this

one reviewing the enthusiasm of the popular press about the automobile, circa

1902-1905. An in "T Tidbits" Tom reported that response to a trip to Silverstone

had been too low to pursue for the coming year, but promised the idea would

not be forgotten.



With the beginning of 1992, Phil and Dallas Smith published an ambitious 36

page Lord NuffieId Crier with a 14 page removable center section and, helpfully, a

contents page. The issue was volume 23, number 1.


The editors used their regular column to introduce a two-part series of articles

they planned to run titled "SU Carburetor Restoration." The series, by Matt

Joseph president of the Society of Automotive Historians, Inc., had originally

appeared tn Skinned Knuckles, A journal of Car Restoration. hr anticipation of a

great MG driving season, Phil wrote, the article would be "a somewhat different

approach to the SU than is usually passed around the MG publications." This

first article, printed toward the back of the issue, ran some 11 pages.


The editors' column further included a call for reports on restoration projects for

the June issue (number 2), a report their own TC EXU 7617 project, and a

recommendation for any member traveling to Houston, Texas to "not miss" the

Jerry Moore museum that displayed some 30 or 40 cars from among the 800 the

owner had collected.


Ohio Chapter chair Tom Metcalf in his "T Tidbits" column reviewed the

mid-winter Natter'N Noggin, "a delicious MG break " and the surprise visit of

George Washington, in costume, at the natter's Saturday night banquet. In "Club

Notes" George was reported to be member Bob Forbes, "who bore a striking

resemblance" to the first U.S. president. "He" had reminisced about his days at

Mt Vernon and the Capitol and told of "a new conveyance his coach-builder had

finished," which sounded amazingly like an MG, though the M was for Martha

and the G for George. A photo of "George" appeared on the cover of the center

section and there was also a photo page from the natter.


The banquet had been a recognition dinner for a number of people "who have

contributed so much time and enthusiasm" to the club over the years. Honored

were Paul Johnson with the first mileage award; Shelia Bly for developing

artwork; Jim Pesta for work on membership and computerizing the list." Other

outgoing board members recognized for their dedicated service were long-time

secretary Phyllis Hall, the Haseks for regalia, Dave Zyp for work on spares, and

the Yaussys for having been "natter hosts for the last eight years."


Dan Glow had received a standing ovation as 'he stepped down from his

position as the club's first (and only) technical chairman for the last 20 years.

After reminiscing about the early days of the Ohio Chapter, Dan, with

characteristic humility, took the opportunity to recognize with a 'technical' pin,

all the people who had contributed articles and helped with tech sessions over

the years."


Among his tidbits, Tom reported on the January New England MG T Register

natter in Worchester, Mass.,which he drove to with Dave Wittmer. "Not much

real exciting going on -- mambership stable, dues and budget stable, new

NEMGTR car badges due soon, 40 local chapters now, a TC Challenge

discussion." There had also been an announcement that MG Magazine was

growing from four to six issues. -


There was a "Spares" column by Fred Kuntz with a call for sharing any

information on which supplier of reproduction parts produced "the best quality

part." The column "Restorations in Progress" led with a report from new member

Bob Riley on his new high-tech home garage. Other restoration updates,

gathered by Dallas, were shared from some 15 members. In 'A Backward

Glance," Shep Black wrote an account of the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup race, and

Manley Ford offered the 1992 schedule for vintage races.


The removable center section for the issue was a compilation of information and

registration forms including the Ohio Chapter summer GOF in Delaware  June

12-I4, to be hosted by ]oe and Linda Diamond; the July Columbus Arthritis

Foundation Classic Car Show, with MG owners guests of the sponsors; and

forms for GOF Central MK )([\/ in Nashville, Ind. and GOF West in the Grand

Teton National Park. Also, there was a copy of the Ohio Chapter "Car of the Year

Award Rules" and application form.


This March,1992 issue, volume 23, number one, was, in short, packed.


And in the June Crier, volume 23, number 2, the editors Smith went even further

with a 44 page issue. In the "Editors Page" they reported Fred Kuntz "is taking

the spares chairmanship to new heights" and would be the chapter's

"clearinghouse" for any MG items to sell or buy. They reported a growing debate

on a proposed MGCCNA, or MG Car Club of North America, and possible

membership of the Ohio Chapter in it rather than the NEMGTR. Should the

chapter become the Ohio Chapter or the Ohio Chapter of NEMGTR or the Ohio

Chapter of MGCCNA? Sound advice from experienced car club members, the

editors reported, was to not take the club organization too seriously or the cars

would become a secondary issue and enjoyment of the marque would wane.


Chair Metcalf's "T Tidbits" included the sensitive issue of potential theft if Ohio

Chapter directories went beyond the hands of members. Less serious were his

favorite entries from the English CAMRA (an acronym for Campaign for Real

Ale) published Good Beer Guide,480 pages reviewing all the pubs and ales

available in England.


Tom further offered his "Thoughts on MGCCNA," the proposed affiliation with a

MG Car Club of North America, which would be associated with the MG Car

Club of England. The proposed affiliation, which Tom described as having a

"bumbling takeover approach," was still an issue. Tom agreed with the

arguments of NEMGTR members Dick Knudson and Dave Raymond for

retaining the association with the Register and added his thoughts.


1. The NEMGTR has provided the basic foundation for the preservation

and maintenance of MGs. Plus, being a NEMGTR Chapter, we are

automatically insured at our Ohio GOFs (therefore the requirement

that our Ohio members are first members of NEMGTR).


2. I'm not sure our MG club system here in the U.S. is broken....While

that doesn't mean it can't be improved upon, I'm not sure the new

MGCCNA is an improvement.


3. I like the MGCC in England the way it is. I've been a member for

years and have enjoyed reading about their events. But they're

England and we're USA.


4. We already have strong clubs with quality publications. Is another

publication overkill?



Time will tell what happens, but regardless,I genuinely feel our Ohio T-series

group has the highest quality people of any group I've been associated with -

bar none....Whatever happens to the exterior of our Ohio Chapter, it's nice to

know the interior is alive and well with warm, genuine Ohioans.


A "Club Notes" column by Dallas Smith related the participation in the MG

Motorists Group Finger Lakes Rally at Watkins Glen entered by three teams

from the Ohio Chapter, Tom Baumgardner and Rich Torde in a TD, Craig Peck

and Bob Niebaum in an MGB, and Dallas herself with Jim Pesta in a ZB

Magnette. Describing her first orientation experience in the race-equipped car,

Dallas wrote, "There I was, sitting in front of a series of stopwatches, odometers,

tables, gizmos and gadgets, wondering how (and if) it all was supposed to

work." Despite weeks of preparation on the Magnette, there were en route

problems - a bad coil, TwinsMaster odometers that quit working, a loss of

brakes, a muffler that came loose - and driving adventures, such as this report

on "the way round the old Grand Prix course."


The (repaired) brakes got a good test when Jim nearly missed a road to

the left, but managed to make it by locking up the brakes and riding

the gravel through the turn. [Jim's explanation:] 'You don't have to take

any mileage off the odometer, Dal, since the wheels weren't turning.'


By the end of the rally on Sunday, Dallas wrote, "the Ohio chapter team did will,

with Rich Torde and Tom Baumgardner winning the unequipped class, and Jim

Pesta and me taking the equipped class and best overall score (by a frighteningly

small margin)....The whole weekend was exhilarating and I can't wait to do

another one of these rallies." Phil Smith, by the way, had had to stay home with

his biggest excitement being the delivery of twins.


In the "Restorations in Progress" column, Tom Metcalf reported on the recently

completed work on a PA and there were a series of photographs of TC chassis

parts being sandblasted, metal-prepped and powder coated.

In "Manley's Mechanical Musings" Manley Ford reported the cost of parts - $12,

time involved - 20 minutes, and directions for assembling "a gen-you-whine

official T-type door holder-closer thingamajig" that had been figured out by a

friend of the Mardi Gras Ts. The importance was, it worked. A final installment

in the Matt Joseph series on the S.U. Carburetor was included and ran a full 16



Dave Jackman, in a "Travel Tips" column, had a good word for Lucas as he

shared his solution to a problem with a coil wire, the source of "a poorly running

car," and explained why coil problems occurred. "It is my understanding that the

silver colored Lucas coils have a much hotter spark than the coils used by



American manufacturers. Apparently, it takes something like eight to 10,000

volts to jump the spark in a spark plug, and these Lucas coils put out

considerably more. Since carbon wires are designed for the lower voltage, they

bum out readily when hooked up to one of these silver Lucas coils." The

recommendation to eliminate the problem, Dave said, was to 'buy a copper wire

ignition set...NAPA still sells them," or travel with a coil wire. The moral to the

story: "Lucas is not always the problem."


The "Calendar of MGatherings" repeated the summer's events adding the

October 24 Ohio Chapter GOF MK 46 to be hosted by Phil and Dallas in the

Tarhe District. Further information and registration forms had been in the

removable center section. And there was, from D.P. Smith, details on the annual

Wyandot Picnic Rally to be held August 22, leaving from Phil and Dallas's house

and finishing at Don and Judy Smith's farm for a picnic.


In the September Crier,Phil Smith confirmed reports that the MG Car Club of

North America proposal was dead. He proceeded to reviews of the various

events of the summer, the Delaware GOF, MG Canada in Peterborough, the

Arthritis Foundation Meet, the University Motors Summer Picnic, and several

smaller gatherings of Octophiles.


The "Club Notes" column included a rundown on the cars at the Delaware GOF

PB, five TCs, 15 TDs,9 TFs, one YB, one ZB Magnette, three MGAs,

and four MGBs. The distance award had gone to Bob and Sue Riley (Kentucky)

and the rally winners were Jim and Mriam Yaussy. Jerry and Fran Moore had

run the funkhana, a challenging run which required the navigators to spear

potatoes while the driver "screamed through a slalom course." It had been won

by Phil and Dallas.


An account on MG Canada '92, "another North American MG extravaganza,"

reported more than 400 cars present. Tom Metcalf had received first place in the

Pre-War category with his PB and also won the Best Paint award. Dave Wittmer

won first place for saloons with his Magnette, and the "rally-mania Smiths" (Phil

and Dallas) won the rally. MGs and Harleys had mingled during the GOF

Central in Nashville, Ind. and Greg Gamett reported there had been 5,000 bikers

camping at a Harley-Davidson gathering!


The Wyandot Picnic Rally account, which had been organized by the "elder

Smiths," had brought comments "that it was obvious that Phillip's devious and

diabolical rally mastering was a genetic fault."


There were 21 "Restorations in Progress" reported and Manley Ford's

"Mechanical Musings" was devoted to the continuing saga of cams and oil pump

gears. There was "A Backward Glance" by Sheppard Blak titled "The Goddess

in the Machine," a report on the association of women with the motor car "from

the beginning."


The Removable Center Section promoted only the Ohio Chapter's 1993 winter

Natter'N Noggin at the Great Southern Hotel in Columbus and the 1993 GOF

Central in Ann Arbor, but the calendar included notices of the NEMGTR natter

in Burlington, Maine and the first notice of a NEMGTR Skyline Soiree (as in

Skyline Drive) and Kimber Festival scheduled for April 1993, in Abingdon, Va.


Chairman Tom Metcalf had his column of "T Tidbits" with his own review of the

summer's events. He reported a new-to-him F-Type frame with front and rear

axles, "very rusty," that he had "taken home," as in stray dog. It had first been

sold in February 1932 and a data sheet described it as "an Abbey, which would

be a two seat solonette....I think I'll take the easy way out and build an F2."


This September issue was notable for its 14 photographs that documented the

summer events.


In the 1992 December Crier the "Club Notes" section gave a rundown on the

Tarhe District GOF (Wyandot/Seneca counties) which had had "stunningly

beautiful" weather and attracted 85 registrants, including 32 Ohio Chapter and

eight Michigan Chapter MGs. There were seven TCs, 15 TDs, 13 TFs, 1 ZB, 1 YB,

and three MGBs which "drove as many as 834 miles to be there." Responding to

critical comments on the difficulty of their rallies, hosts Phil and Dallas Smith

scheduled two for the GOF a scenic tour, which was taken by 32 cars, and a

challenge tour, taken by 12! There had been multiple awards, with winners all

duly noted.


Notes from the Sunday morning board meeting reminded members that dues

would be going up to $12.50 to help cover printing costs of the Crier Dick Bremer

from Michigan introduced discussion on Ohio Chapter participation in GOF

Central. Deciding that joining GOF Central would offer new friends and not

sever ties with NEMGTR, the chapter board appointed Joe Diamond as GOF

Central representative, and included practical responsibilities such as

investigating insurance coverage for such a meet. Ohio Chapter members were

to be encouraged to go to the next GOF Central in Ann Arbor in July 1993 and

then have more discussion. If the chapter participated, it would mean hosting

GOF Central in 1996.


There was also a report on "a goat of a trip," the MG GTO (Grand Tour of Ohio)

MkII driven before the fall GOF, an idea combining a grand tour (as in Mk I the

previous Easter), and "the reliability runs that used to precede GOF Central." At

about 8 pm Thursday before the fall GOF, four hardy teams had left Columbus

for a tour visiting Union City, Procterville, East Palestine, Streetsboro and

Winchester, Ohio. The challenge, "in other words, circumnavigate the state and

b.irg back photographic proof of having done so." Eighteen hours and 32

minutes later, Jim Pesta and Mark Milheim in aZB completed the course,

followed a minute later by Jim Yaussy and Paul Johnson in a TF. Tom

Baumgardner and Bob Niebaum, in a TF, "took a more circuitous route" arriving

later. One team, Bob Satava and Susan Rockford, in a TD, "suffered a broken

odometer" and dropped out. Scoring was based primarily on least mileage and

less so on time. The Pesta/Milheim team won by a close margin and received a

suitable presentation at the GOF banquet.


"Restorations in Progress" updated individual projects by 10 members. "Manley's

Mechanical Musings" focused on the compression ratio in T-types and included

a chart titled Compression Ratios for Various Cylinder Head Thicknesses

(XPAG). Added in the car upkeep category was a continuing feature by Dave

Snediker on lubrication with part one being on motor oils.  It covered basic

lubrication theory, additives and good practices. Dave and his wife Trudi had

joined the chapter during the year.


This Crier included a feature article titled "How Do You Pack?" by Jo Kimberlin

of the Michigan Chapter. There was a notice that this "tech article has been

written for the interest of the ladies," (and it is included here for the same

reason). To those not knowing |q there was this introduction. At any meet "it

comes to everyone's attention that Jo is a 'clothes horse' and the "Sweet One' (her

pet name for her husband) owns one pair of Levis and two shirts."


Inviting the article, the editors had asked, "how do you pack all your hats and

coordinating outfits in the MG?" Answering, Jo wrote: 'I have the same amount

of packing space as everyone else. What I include out of necessity are the hats,

gloves and umbrellas because of an acute aversion to the sun. So that explains all

the accessories." To the question of how she actually packed, ]o explained a

process of listing days to be on the road and "what outfit I chosen and then

merely list the accessories that complete the ensemble." The key Jo said, was

neatly rolling or folding the actual items and packing them in a plastic bag

designated for each day or event. "You literally wear the complete ensemble in

the plastic bag...and use it to store the prior day's ensemble," continuing as the

trip progresses. What was never explained was how her hats fitted in a suitcase!


In "T Tidbits" Tom Metcalf, in his own parlance, wrote of "Iff'n you weren't in

Tiffin" (the fall Ohio GOD, and other chapter events. In this column he again

broached the idea of a chapter trip to England in 1995 to celebrate the chapter

being 25 years old. He dropped names to entice, Silverstone, Beaulieu, Wings

Run in Abingdon. The question was the timing.


The December issue's removable center section included registration and

reservation forms for the Ohio Chapter 1993 Natter 'N Noggin, GOF Central

1993, and the '93 University Motors Technical Sessions, all among the seven

events also listed in the "Calendar of MGatherings." The center section further

provided a tally sheet for members to fill out in order to vie for the Ohio Chapter

Car of the Year award. Tobe tallied were the gatherings attended, events

entered, places taken in events, with a multiplier of the subtotal for a final

gathering total.


It was the end of another year for the Crier and its editors.



"It looks like we're off to a banner start for the 1993 MG season!" wrote Phil Smith

in February for the April Crier of the new year. He and Dallas had had the GT out

a couple of times already. These two outings had been enough to cause them to

look way ahead on the rally circuit to MGMG Historic Rally in southwestern

Ohio to be hosted October 22-23 by Jim Pesta. "Mark your calendars," Phil urged.


Chairman Tom Metcalf in "T Tidbits" put the Smith's outings in chilly perspective

when he reported that "after several seasons of mild winters, BOOM! All of Ohio

got snow this time, nobody was spared." Optimistically, he was looking toward

spring weather.


Tom reported on the Natter N Noggin held at the Great Southern in Columbus,

with nearby shopping. Manley Ford had put together quite a package for the

technical meet of the weekend with a theme described. as "from wire wheels tr

rear ends, unsprung weight." Jim Pesta and Dave Zyp had told "all they know

about TD-TF rear ends - ratio changes, options, what to replace, how to do i9

etc." Attracted to the session from out of state were Dick and Dorothy Bremmer

from Ann Arbor, Bob and Sue Riley from Lexington and Bill Murray and Brian

Warmuth from Charleston.


The newly established Ohio Chapter awards went to their first recipients at the

natter. Joe and Linda Diamond had become the first winners of the new Car d

the Year award. "Their gorgeous deep red TF was everywhere all summer long.

Not only did they show up, they participated in all events and won a few."


Tom and Joan Baumgardner had driven far and wide in their TF and received the


Paul Johnson Award for the most miles driven in a T-Series car. The editors

themselves drove the most overall MG miles in the preceding year winning that

title; many of these miles had been in the Smiths Grampian Grey MGB GT. There

had been a coverall contest, won by George Hasek sporting a black leather tie.


The Metcalfs and Smiths (the younger) would go to the chapter's Put-in-Bay GOF

and immediately on to Detroit to fly to England for a few weeks. On their

itinerary was a stop at Guiness in London, another at the Morland Brewery in

Abingdon (Samuel Smith ale), and The Wings Run in Abingdon "where MMM

and T-series MGs converge 120-150 strong." There would also be factory records

to look into at the MG Car Club visits to museums and English friends. His end

line was, "And be thinking about a large Ohio group going in '95."


The "Club Notes" section added to Tom's account of the natter crediting Jim

Schardt, vice president of Dayton Wheel Products with an very interesting

lecture on the building and restoring services his company offers. There was a

photo of Dave Zyp and Jim Pesta holding tight to a rear axle with this cutline,

"Although it tried to escape, Dave and Jim were able to wrassle it into



The "Restorations in Progress" listed a full 20 projects in process. The center

section featured a relaxed Dave Witmer photo and registration forms for the July

15-18 GOF Central in Ann Arbor. Dave Jackman returned with his "Travel Tips,"

this time defining one problem for a car that wouldn't start - the rear frost plug

in the intake manifold that had blown out - and giving a temporary solution for

fixing it - furnace tape. And there was part tr on lubrication by Dave Snediker.


There were three guest articles, all a good read. Jeanne Lever wrote "The Tale of a

TD," an account of buying with husband Jack a 1952 MG TD, that year, and the

fun they had with it for several years,'even as it served as Jack's go-to-work car.

She then had an accident in it, "not much damage but Jack kept removing parts

from it and before long it was down tot he chassis with all of the parts in bushel

baskets." It moved with them, in the baskets, over the next 30 years. They finally,

with help from experts, got the TD restored. It was finished and delivered on

jack's 75th birthday, the day he came home from a long stint in the hospital."


Tom Baumgardner contributed "1051 Miles," his account of the Grand Tour of

Ohio Mk tr (remember, visiting five sites around Ohio in the least time over the

least distance.) He and Mark Milheim had driven the tour in Ms. Blimey, a TF,

and made it in just under 20hours. There had been the normal problems, such as

repairing a loose carb float bowl and reattaching a right rear shock with duct

tape. But when speed is a factor, the following description revealed other



The best plans and shortest routes on a map do not take

into consideration the bridges out and roads closed due tr

construction. Each time we thought we were gaining on

the average speed we encountered some delay or need b

backtrack. Even the high-speed run up I-75 was thwarted

first by a closed entrance ramp at Sidney and then by 15

miles of construction slow-down around Lima.


So it went. Would he do it again? "If Phil does it agarn, I will. Or I might organize

GTO W so he can run it."


Under the title "MG-NZ-MG," Crier readers got to share a piece of the diary d

DP and Judy Smith had kept of their NEMGTR trip to New Zealand, taken in

January. There had been 29 on the trip, from across the country and from

Canada. It was a inclusive account of a trip that began in Auckland, included a

four day New Zealand rally with 55 pre-1.955 MGs participating, notable stops,

driving a route of rugged rocky coastline, and a final brunch with a group d

New Zealanders in a MG owner's home overlooking Christchurch. The following

paragraph perhaps highlights the whole story, for, as in Ohio Chapter events, it's

the people who count.


The next three nights each American couple was hosted by a New Zealand

couple. Our host family was Ken and Ruth Hand. They were lively,

talkative, and very enjoyable. Ken is restoring a ]2 which had been

wrecked over 20 years ago. Because of the tremendous expense d

obtaining parts, Ken is doing everything himself from making new wings

to turning out necessary bits and pieces on his lathe. We found that most

of our New Zealand friends had done their own restorations.


Ir conclusion: "This was an unforgettable trip. Dick and Ann Knudson thought

of the MGMG visiting New Zealand and they, along with many New

Zealanders, worked hard to bring it about. Our thanks to everyone involved."


The second Crier of 1993, volume 24,number 2, brought a Phil Smith account of

the trip to England, shared with the Metcalfs. "The highlights certainly included

meeting lots of MG folk, including a visit with Mike Allison, being introduced to

John Thornley, seeing Barry Foster's garage full of C-types, drinking lots of

bitters, a visit to my uncle, Samuel Smith's brewery, etc."


There was a proud announcement that The Lord Nuffield Crier had been awarded

the 1992 Gardner-Mulvaney award by the NEMGTR, which they had learned of

at the Putin-Bay GOF. There was also a call for contributions to the periodical.


"We've tried to put together a quality publication that is worth your time to read,

and it was great to receive recognition. However, the LNC is your

publication....We need your articles and contributions, what you're doing with

your MG, tech tips, travels, natters, etc."


"Club Notes" led with a headline: The Rain in P.I.B. Falls Mostly On MGs, a one

line description of the dismal weather that began after arrival via ferry at the

Put-in-Bay Ohio GOF and that continued on into the following afternoon. But

the late afternoon on Saturday and the banquet (and glorious Sunday) had dried

folks out. There were many awards and in a board meeting a slate of officers was



There were encouraging reminders to participate in a number of upcoming

events: the GOF Central in Ann Arbor July 15-18, the Arthritis Foundation

Classic Car Show in Columbus ]uly 23,the Wyandot Picnic Rally (its fourth year)

on August 14, the University Motors' Summer Picnic in Grand Rapids in August

(called the Woodstock of North American MG events), the competitive overnight

Grand Tour of Ohio on Thursday October Z which would precede the ]Jackman's

GOF XLVIII that weekend. Also noted was Jim Pesta's Miami Valley Classic rally

in the MGMG series of vintage MG rallying events - a three day

time-speed-distance rally throughout southwestern Ohio on October 22-24.


There were 22 restorations in progress, one illustrative of Ohio Chapter

members' generous spirit. One notice backed into the restoration news this way:

"Peg and Shep Black were at PIB with visitors, their son Jim Sheridan and

granddaughter Morgan from Denver. Jim and Morgan had driven Dave Zyp's

TD (Shep's tub is in Novelty "indefinitely" waiting ib tum for rebuild), and Peg

and Shep had their TC. (It just had its steering gone through by Tom Metcalf

and Shep reports that it is much better - he can actually choose a lane on the

roadway and stay there now.) And their TF is in Tom's shop - soon to be



Manley Ford in his "Mechanical Musings" spoke to "some technical tidbits

related to T-type push rods and lifters (tappets)." In "The Racing Beat " Manley

reported his calendar included a new vintage racing venue in Philadelphia (no

date given), Mid-ohio July 8-11 and the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix July

24-25. Later there would be the traditional Grand Rapids race the same weekend

as John Twist's summer parly,and back to Mid-Ohio August 27-28. Manley

concluded: "For my money this second Mid-Ohio vintage racingvenue is a much

better event to attend as a spectator than the SVRA  extrvaganza in July."


The June Removable Center Section was overflowing with information and

registration forms for all the events previewed in "Club Notes."


A two-part personal reminiscence by John Dugdale of England, "Half a Century

of MGs" began with the pre-war models. He related his keen interest that began

around age 10 "when the first octagon badge took to the roads in 1924. I can

remember the pretty four-seater sports tourers that Cecil Kimber devised from

the prosaic Morris." It went on from there, a charming review of the successive

MGs prior to WW II..


The accompanying photographs, taken/collected by the editors Smith, were

great, tight shots of some of the classics. The cut lines read: David Potter's 1,4/28

"Bullnose"; ALB 3, Geoff Radford's 18-80 Mk tr, fitted with a Mk I body; An M

Midget at the Octagon Car Club's 193 Wing's Run; Bob Fergus' C-type, at the

1992 Dublin Arthritis Foundation Show; D Midget at Farmington GOF, 1991; The

Chairman's PB, the famed "BKA"; Beautiful sights and sounds: a K3 at speed,

Lime Rock, 1991; and NA Magnette, owned and driven by Bob and Sonja

Sterling, from Andover, Ill.


hr "T Tidbits" Chairman Metcalf handed out plaudits to the nominating

committee members, Dan Glow, Craig Seabrook and Jack Breen for their efforts

in coercing three new volunteers to serve on the Ohio Chapter board. They were

Peg and Shep Black, chairing publicity, and Bob Forbes as secretary.


And there was the persistent encouragement for a trip to England in 1995 with

questions to determine what the interests of members might be and when their

preferred date was. And there was a report on "Rover."



As you have probably read, the new old MG RV8 is selling well to

the well-to-do nostalia types. The real news, though, is if enough d

these MG's sell, and the UK economy picks up, and Rover is still in

business, by 1995 the all-new MG could be real. While size is

comparable to the Miata, the new MG (PR3) is to be mid-engined,

rear wheel drive, and powered by a 1.61 in both turbo and non

turbo. Top speed is to be around 130 MPH which is handy for the

UK Motorway driver. The drawings prove the car is snappy

looking. If it happens, will it be federalized?



The next Crier available at the compiling of this history was the December 1993

issue, volume 24, number 4. It was a full one. The "Editor's Notes" led with a

dedication of the issue to Paul Johnson, who had died on October 24. There was

the following remembrance.


Through the past 20 years, Paul served as chairman of the

Ohio Chapter for six of them, and helped grid" the chapter by serving

as an at-large member on the board since then. There are many stories

that are told when two or more chapter members gather, often times

recounting driving exploits of the past. Paul Johnson seems to be a

constant feature of these tales. Here was the man in our chapter who

embodied the Drive MG spirit. Paul's involvement with the cars, the

people, and the chapter was certainly inspirational, and I am sure he

will become one of the grants of the Ohio Chapter as it gains new

members. To quote part of his chairman's message in the September

1980 Lord Nuffield Crier, 'The friendliness and cooperation within the

MG fraternity beyond compare...I am firmly convinced that we are

members of one of the friendliest, most cooperative, fun loving, and

helpful groups in the world.'


Later in the issue the editors would reprint the 1979 Lord Nuffield Crier

interview with Paul Johnson along with photos provided by Addie Johnson and

others. (See December 1979 Crier.)


hr "Club Notes" there was a report on the fall GOFXLVII on the second

weekend of October, "the second coldest Ohio Chapter meet of the year (the

Natter was the warmest)." Dave and Janet Jackman had put on a great weekend

with lots of MG driving. The all-day drive on Saturday that took the GOF from

Chillicothe to Roscoe Village and incorporated a TSO rally segment, a gimmick

rally and a poker run. All winners were listed for T cars and non-T cars, first

through third places (a continuing effort to encourage driving MGs to meets).


|im Pesta's Miami Valley Classic TSO rally had had 26 entries from five states

and Ontario and the Ohio Chapter had fielded seven teams. Three firsts were

won by chapter members: Craig Peck and Bob Niebaum first in the Novice MG

class; Manley Ford and Tom Baumgardner first in the Unequipped MG class;

and Phil and Dallas Smith first in the Equipped MG class and first overall.


Seventeen restorations in progress were reported.  And in "Spares," Fred Kuntz

wrote of Bob Watts of Columbus who bought his TC in 1954 and shortly after

disassembled and started to restore it. In the process of restoration, which was

still going on, Bob had recorded "items as found with photographs,

measurements, inspection of very minor details and sketches." The reason for

this detail, Fred wrote, was Bob's interest in how and what may have been done

when TC 6557 was built. Bob had sent Fred several of these write-ups for use in

the Lord Nuffield Crier, which were "a sort of combination of spares and

technical articles." The article in the December issue, titled "TC Details," was on

Cable Brake Clamp Plates on the Rear Backing Plates.



There was a Dave Snediker technical article, 'TF Gearbox Extraction, Engine

In-Situ," which covered both disassembly and reassembly, step by step.


The center removable section carried an application for the Ohio Chapter Car d

the Year Award, and a registration form for the 1994 natter to be held in Newark.

Host Will Kennard offered the weekend schedule under the subject: Natter'n

Noggin to All There was also a notice from George Hasek on dues due by

December 31. The amount of dues was by then $20.


Manley Ford in "Racing Beat" ate crow gracefully. He remembered a

conversation at the last Natter'N Noggin when, after watching Dave Zyp

demonstrate a broken-axle-stub-removal-tool, had said to him, "In all my vintage

races I had never snapped an axle shaft." Later, in a nightcap conversation with

Jack Bauer, Manley added he had also never bent any sheet metal, nor had he

ever seen a serious injury. The response from jack was, "'You will,' as he toddled

off to bed like some soothsayer." Manley also has a soothsayer sister, an English

professor, whom he had told of lowering his lap times at Mid-Ohio to less than a

second over two minutes and his assertion that "if you can break two minutes at

Mid-Ohio, you're driving a real race car." Her response had been "Hubris,"

referring to the fatal flaws of memorable literary characters such as Ulysses.


At Pittsburgh with a practice session topping his previous best times, "my

axle-shaft luck ran out. SNAP! After replacing it (without a Zyp tool), I was

relegated to start Sunday's race DFL (Dead Frazzlin' Last)."


Then at the August Mid-Ohio event Manley entered his TF in a sprint race where

"there were a few MGs, Alfas and other stuff but other than an Allard and an

XK120, mine was the oldest car in the whole event." In qualifying he actually

broke two minutes and on Sunday he won his class over three other cars in the

enduro and went out for the sprint race "in which I was the sole car in my class"

but with "a few folks I like to dice with - an MGA Coupe and the XK120."



I stayed close to both of them in the race but couldn't really

press it, sol backed off and was just cruising around when the

left front hub broke while I was going through a hard

right-hard turn known as The Keyhole. The wheel peeled

back the fender and running board iind launched, I was told

later, some thirty feet in the air. Amazingly the car stayed

under control and I coasted to a safe stop out of harm's way.

With help from Tom Baumgardner, we maneuvered the TF

onto the trailer and headed home.


Now, several months later as I sit, early on a beautiful Sunday morning

in October recounting these events,I'm still thinking about it....I'm sure

Dave Zyp, Jack Bauer and my sister will understand if I avoid discussing

vintage racing with them in the future.


A poem by Craig Peck was in the December Crier, perhaps inspired by a Friday

experience en route to the Jackman's fall GOF (the rain came on Saturday).


An Aufumn Poem

by Craig A. Peck


spidering along serpentine mounds

southem Ohio

motoring wheels whirl while we watch nature

first hand

breezing through tunnels of trees

sun flashes

leaves sparkle like Christmas tinsel

we sparkle


Chairman Metcalf in "T Tidbits" wound down 1993 with a year-in-review skip

through the year's events and good times. And in a section titled "Hyde Park,

Speaker's Corner," Tom spoke to proposals over the years (apparently

continuing) "to expand our Ohio Chapter to include modern As, Bs, etc, and to

dissolve our relationship with the NEMGTR.  In other words, become an open

MG Car Club." Although Tom owned five MGs ranging from 1932to1974,had

over the years owned over a dozen MGs, and had been a member of the original

MG Car Club of England for 20 years/ he liked membership in NEMGTR.

Despite "an up and down relationship with our parent NEMGTR,I say let's bury

the hatchet, go to a NEMGTR GOF and have fun."


Speaking of his view of the Ohio Chapter he concluded: "Why change the Ohio

Chapter, it's not broken." He liked the exclusivity of a T-Series club, "especially

ours. Our Ohio Chapter is 'Dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of

T-Series and vintage MGs.'I like that. I feel strongly about that."


Tom felt the club really didn't care what you drive to an Ohio Chapter GOF. "Just

come and join the fun. The GOF is our main function - its why the Ohio

Chapter exists." He wondered if it were not "highly presumptuous to imagine

other MG owners are begging to join us." And in a final statement, Tom wrote:


I don't buy for one minute that our club will disappear as we and the

cars get older. The cars -barring a nuclear holocaust - will outlive

all of us and they will have new owners. In fact, it's unlikely that you

are the original owner of your T-Series MG. They will continue to

pass down from generation to generation, and in many cases to our

very own children.


If we focus on all MGs, what will happen to our T-Series MGs? With

two kids to maintain in addition to the MGs, it already is way too

easy to jump into the GT for the weekend instead of the TC.


Tom concluded with a Happy Holidays greeting, an admission he was hoping

for a diminutive little F2 body tub for his F Magna project, and a final "See you at

the natter."




This  year  was promised but never completed or, at least, never added to the book that I possess. --Ed

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