ON THE MARQUE
THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE SAN DIEGO MG CLUB
IN THIS ISSUE COLUMNS DEPARTMENTS
From the Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Under the Gavel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Minutes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
WRENCHHEAD WrenchHead Corner . . . . . . . . . . 4, 5 Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Speed Circuit Challenge . . . . . . . . . .6 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
CORNER P. 4, 5, Tech Session . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Raffle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
ROLLING BRITISH Restorer’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Market Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Resource Listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
CAR DAY P. 15, 16, 17 Rolling British Car Day . . .15, 16, 17 Recipe of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . .22
MG Made in China . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
2 • FROM THE EDITOR
On the Marque is the official publication of the SAN DIEGO MG
FROM THE CLUB a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and expand-
EDITOR ing interest in Britain’s most popular sports car, the MG. The
opinions expressed within are those of the individual authors and
I so much enjoyed another readers are warned that if they attempt any mechanical or other
notable Rolling British Car modifications described herein they do entirely at their own risk.
Day. My brother and his wife
usually come out from Texas MEETINGS
and drive one of our cars. This General membership meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each
year they are doing the MG month. The business meeting starts at 7:00pm at the Boll Weevil
2007 Sonoma Wine Country Restaurant, corner of Ruffin Road and Clairemont Mesa Blvd.,
week in July with us instead. between I-15 and 163 (same building as Sunny Donuts).
We were lucky to have our son Schuyler participate this year
in Schuyler’s red MGB, as did Mike Benbrook, with his son MEMBERSHIP
Max driving his red MGB. It’s extra fun with family. Membership in the SAN DIEGO MG CLUB is open to all with no
restrictions. Ownership of an MG is not a condition of membership.
Paul Konkle is back with another great WrenchHead Corner. There is a one-time $15 initiation fee; annual dues are $25, payable
Thanks also to Paul for bringing his camera to Speed Circuit in January. There is a $3 late fee for any member rejoining after the
Night when I was unable to attend. So sad that I missed this March business meeting. A “membership” is considered to be a sin-
challenge as I love to drive FAST! gle person, a married couple, or any two people desiring as a team
I want to apologize to Gene and Cindy Butler for leaving their and receive one newsletter. Associate non-voting membership
is open to anyone not owning an MG but wishing to participate in
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owners of Par Asphalt. We used them to re-surface our frame, name badge, and other assorted goodies. Mail checks to
Commercial Building parking lot and they did an outstand- SDMGC, PO Box 710111, San Diego CA 92171
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UNDER THE GAVEL • 3
UNDER THE GAVEL
BY SCHUYLER HOFFMAN
As May approaches, driving season is getting into full swing. I hope
as many folks as can will take advantage of the better weather (May gray
excepted) and join us on some of our upcoming Club activities.
Last evening I attended the British Car Club Council meeting at Hsu’s
where the discussions were lively relative to the future of British Car
Day. As you may know, last year the Car Club Council was rather
unceremoniously informed, at the last minute, that a variety of permits
were needed in order for BCD to happen. That reality caused a
significant amount of panic, angst, and extra work for a few dedicated
individuals. The permits were obtained and British Car Day came off
as usual. Last night the meeting attendees unanimously agreed that it was time for the BCCC to incorporate.
Liability issues being what they are today, as well as the almost impossible task of trying to secure the necessary
insurance, more or less dictated this decision. Other changes are on the horizon for BCD. In the future there will
be less mailings, advertising, the raffle may go away, as well as the registration packets (at least as they are currently
configured). The consensus seems to indicate that the event has gotten way too big, complicated, and work intensive
to continue as it has in the past. None of the decisions were “cast in stone”. There will be plenty of discussion at
the upcoming meetings. If you have strong feelings about how things are going with the Council, or you’d like to
voice your opinion to the changes, attend the meetings. I think that it’s pretty apparent that a lot of the membership
of all of the local British car clubs is interested in what the Council is doing. Participation in “all British” events is
on the rise. I think that indicates that a lot of people enjoy seeing other British Marques.
Seems that the Miramar Speed Circuit cart racing sessions are
catching on. Although I missed the last evening of racing, I
am told that it may become a monthly function. There’ll be
more to come, so stay tuned….
We will be having some Tech. Sessions this Spring and
Summer. Let us know if there is something that your car needs
that you think would be of general interest to other MG
owners. If the need is not so urgent that you can wait, maybe
we can schedule a session around your needs. At the last
session, we learned how to change the cross member mounting
pads in an MGB. Hopefully the people who attended learned
that such endeavors are not as ominous or as difficult as they
appear. Remember that the pads we changed were made of
rubber. Much of the rubber on many of our MG’s is more than
30 years old. Most of it is in need of being “refreshed”. Tech.
Sessions are a good venue to learn how easy some of this type
of maintenance is, as well as how much of a difference it
makes in the drivability of your car.
Hope to see you in May and …
4 • WRENCHHEAD CORNER
WRENCHHEAD CORNER Let’s say, for example that the
headlights are very dim or won’t
By Paul Konkle light at all. Start with the battery.
Take the clamps off of each post,
We’ve heard all the jokes about Lucas electrics, like starting with the earth post. It is
the 3-position Lucas switch; Dim, Flicker, and Off. important to always undo the earth
Why do the Brits drink warm beer? Because Lucas clamp first, as that way if you make
makes their refrigerators! The truth of the matter is contact between the car body and
that the Lucas electrical systems found on our cars the wrench, you won’t turn your
work very well indeed when properly maintained. wrench into an instant welding
The first part of this is understanding how a basic 12- electrode possibly damaging the
volt DC (direct current) circuit works. You need a tool, the battery, and your hairstyle.
power source (the battery) connected to a load (lamps) Check the battery voltage. It should
connected to a ground/earth on the car. The chassis be between 12.6 and 13.2 volts.
of the car completes the circuit, as one pole of the Take a look at the battery cables, checking for obvious
battery is also grounded/earthed to the chassis. The corrosion. There may be corrosion under the insulation,
battery can be positive earth, generally on cars built which you can check by measuring the resistance from
before 1968, or negative earth. The most important one end to the other. Take a look at the grounding cable
concept in a DC system is having a complete circuit! where it attaches to the car. Is the connection clean and
tight? If not, clean it with a wire brush, and reattach it
Probably 95% of the electrical problems in our cars can
using a dab of Vaseline to keep the corrosion at bay. The
be traced to an incomplete circuit due to corroded and/or
hot battery cable will attach to the starter solenoid.
dirty connectors, and 95% of those are in the
Check this connection to make sure it is clean and
ground/earth connection. To troubleshoot electrical
tight. If not, correct as for the earth cable.
problems you will need a schematic diagram of the
wiring system (see next page), a test light (OK) or Next, using the schematic from the workshop manual,
digital multimeter (better), and the color codes for the trace the Brown (marked with an “N” on the schematic)
circuits. The circuit diagram will have letter codes along wire from the battery to the voltage regulator and/or to
the wires indicating which color wire goes to and from the fuse box. Make sure these connections are clean and
each electrical component. The main colors used, and corrosion-free. Use a wire brush to clean away any
their abbreviations are: dirt or corrosion from the connectors and the tabs.
Look at the wire itself and check for any nicks, cuts, or
N = Brown U = Blue R = Red
breaks in the wire insulation. One place that corrodes
G = Green W = White B = Black
without being visible is the back of the fuse box.
P = Purple Y = Yellow O = Orange
Unscrew the fuse block from the car body and take a
LG = Light Green
look at the back. Make sure the rivets are tight and there
If a color code has two letters (three for light green) on is no telltale verdigris (a greenish corrosion that occurs
the diagram, the first letter indicates the main color of on copper and brass). There should be another Brown
the wire; the second letter will designate the trace color. wire going from the fuse block to the headlight switch.
The trace color will be a thin stripe running the length Check the connectors and wiring here as well.
of the wire.
From the headlight switch, find the Blue (U) wire,
There are standard colors used for most functions. For which should lead to the dimmer switch. Check all
instance Brown is always an unfused hot, which means these connections and wires as was done previously.
it ties directly to the battery. White is a switched hot From the dimmer switch will be two wires, a Blue
powered from the ignition circuit (key must be on). with Red tracer (UR) for the low beams and Blue with
Black is used for ground/earth. Green is fused from White tracer (UW) for the high beams. Follow these
the fuse box. Red and Blue are used for lamps; with Blue wires all the way to the headlamps, taking apart all the
normally the headlamps and Red for smaller lamps, connectors you find and making sure they are clean and
such as the dash lights. tight. A dab of Vaseline will keep them this way. On the
WRENCHHEAD CORNER • 5
Diagram 1 62-64 MGB
back of the headlamps should be three wires, the complexity of the system, especially the later cars
Blue/White, the Blue/Red, and a Black wire for the where the wiring can be extremely complicated. Just like
ground/earth. Now that you have done all the hard like eating an elephant, take it one bite at a time. Take
work of tracing out the circuit, you can fix the most one system at a time, say one a month, or at the least,
likely culprit. Follow the Black (B) wire to the grounding go through and find all the ground connections and
connection, which will be a bolt or screw affixed to the take care of those. You’ll be amazed at how well
body. Make sure the connection is clean and dry, and everything works now.
wire brush the metal where the screw attaches to get rid
of the rust. Use the Vaseline here also. For the circuit diagrams, check your car’s workshop
manual, a Haynes maintenance manual, or you can
Reconnect the battery cables, making sure to attach search the web. I found the 62-64 MGB schematic
the earth cable last, to prevent endless bad hair days and used for this article at Advance Autowire’s web site,
damage to the car as when disconnecting them. Start the www.advanceautowire.com. There are also diagrams for
car, flick on the headlights, and see what a vast difference Triumph TRs. Dan Masters has taken the electrical
there is in brightness. Can you shortcut the endless schematics from the factory workshop manual and
tracing and go right to the ground connections? colorized them to match the coding. You can download
Probably! But then you wouldn’t know where all the the schematic and have it enlarged and laminated (I
connections are, in case the grounding is not the know of a fantastic print shop!) to use in the garage or
The same procedure can be used to troubleshoot any Put those meters and diagrams to work, and your Lucas
electrical component. Regular maintenance of the electrical system will be as reliable as anything on the
electrical system will make your car work better and road!
bemore reliable. Do not get overwhelmed by the
6 • SPEED CIRCUIT
SPEED CIRCUIT CHALLENGE
Paul Konkle passes Wayne Johnson on the far corner turn.
The first day of the SPEED CIRCUIT CHALLENGE Driver Race 1 Race 2 Change Avg Time
happened on April 12th. Eight racers competed. Jim Revere,
who is sitting in 3rd place, compiled the scores.
Evan Ray 36.987 36.152 -0.835 36.570
Here are the results. What we are going to do is average each Paul Konkle 36.678 36.916 0.238 36.797
competitors best lap time over the number of races. The cars Jim Revere 37.154 36.518 -0.636 36.836
are quite different in capability and handling, so this takes into
account the difference and makes it more fair. I think there Lawrence Sher 37.443 37.100 -0.343 37.272
are going to be some very tight margins at the end of the Steven Rogers 37.394 37.639 0.245 37.517
season. Wayne Johnson 39.182 39.246 0.064 39.214
The next challenge race is on Thursday, May 10th; mandatory Tracy Sher 44.731 44.963 0.232 44.847
drivers meeting at 6 PM. Come join the fun! Ryan Friedman 46.507 44.531 -1.976 45.519
(above) Lined up to race are Steve Rogers, Paul Konkle, and Lawrence Sher (above right) Lined up to race are Jim Revere,
Wayne Johnson, Evan Ray
MAY 10TH • THE CHALLENGE CONTINUES
BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES • 7
SAN DIEGO MG CLUB BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES
April 3, 2007
President Schuyler (Sky) Hoffman called the April 2007 S.D. Automotive Museum Car Club Council: Dan Jones said
general business meeting of the San Diego MG Club to order our dues of $50 are due next month. This will include
at 7:10 p.m. (to allow time for Sky to finish his Mega-Burger). umbrella insurance for the club. SD Car Club Council also
Minutes of the March 2007 meeting were approved. has a go-kart night May 31. Sat., June 2, Greatest Show on
Turf at Balboa Park. They need volunteers and would like a
Dan Harmer, MG-T Register and owner of an MG-TC for raffle prize from each club. Sat., Apr. 14, Italian Supercars
51 years related that he recently attended his 50th high school at Spanish Landing. Go to www.511sd.com to check out the
reunion and that his TC was in better shape than some of the transportation information: Road traffic, roadside aid, air, rail,
class members! He is also on the board of the San Diego border crossing, weather, you name it. SEMA will meet at
Automotive Museum. Dan was on hand to remind us of the the state capital in Sacramento May 16 to oppose AD616, a
3-mile Parkinson’s Walk on Saturday, April 21st at Liberty bill that would require smog check on cars 15 years old and
Station. This year they have an MG-T Register team and Dan older! You might like to contact your state representative and
thinks next year we should make it an all-MG team with ask that they vote NO on AB616.
both clubs. Perhaps the year after that, we can get all the
British Car owners’ clubs involved! It’s a flat terrain walk; British Car Club Council: Steve Kirby – Rolling British Car
you can bring your dog, and you are invited to a potluck Day Sun. 4/15 8:30 to 9:30 meet at Milton's Deli in Del Mar.
lunch at Chez Moss in Point Loma afterward. Ask friends to Coffee and eats are expensive so be forewarned. If you plan
sponsor you! Dan handed out applications, pointing out that to have breakfast, please arrive by at least 7:30! Bring your
the $25 fee goes to research or to help current Parkinson’s picnic (NO food available for purchase at the end of the run),
patients with zero dollars taken out for overhead! your chairs and a few bucks for incidentals. We plan to stop
Treasurer Rich Jensen gave his report. For treasury details, at Dudley’s on the way up. Monday evening, April 16th at
members can contact Rich; his phone number is on Page 2. Hsu’s across the parking lot will be the first BCCC meeting
of the year; very important issues about the future of British
Activities: Steve Rogers announced this month’s events. Car Day will be discussed.
The Club’s Speed Circuit kart racing series starts on Apr
12th. A database will be kept of times, and a champion will Regalia: Evan Ray – Please contact Evan for specific orders.
be crowned at the end of the series. May 5-6 is the Moss- Evan still has two shirts on sale for $5.00 each.
sponsored British Extravaganza at Buttonwillow; go to the
Moss Motors web site for details and an application. Rolling Yahoo Group: Gene Calbow was not in attendance, but
British Car Day is Sunday, April 15th. There are no grills at Sky mentioned that there will be an upcoming article in the
the Menghini Winery, bring ready-to-eat lunch. Sun., Aug. San Diego Union-Tribune about car clubs and we need to be
5, is the Automobile Heritage Day in National City. in it!
Clean Car Award: It’s that time of year when it’s still light
Membership: Paul Konkle – Four new memberships this
at 7:00 and Susan Sweeney volunteered to pick the Clean Car
month. Visitors: Tom Ham has a TD he bought 20 years ago,
of the Month: Mel and Debbie Morris received a car duster
and will be joining the Club. Mike Rook was accompanied by
from Sky and Ruth Hoffman.
his daughters and special guest Paula.
Raffle: Steve & Diane Kirby presented the raffle with an Show and Tell:
Easter theme. Dan Jones works in the TV industry and is fortunate to be
on hand for many interesting automotive events and races. He
Installation Dinner: Diane Kirby pointed out that 2008 reported on the RM Auction featuring Mercedes and other
will be the club’s 50th anniversary and wouldn’t it be nice if high-end autos. There will be six one-hour specials on ESPN.
we had an extra-special Installation Dinner to start the year? There was a 1958 Bugeye Sprite restored by high school
Volunteers to brainstorm ideas and help with planning will girls in auto shop class that brought $28,000 to $34,000! A
meet at the Studio Diner after the May business meeting. 1958 Triumph TR-3 $33,000. A 1960 MGA 1600 $35,750.
Aston Martin DB-4 $2 Million. A 1937-1940 unrestored
Newsletter: Ruth thanked new contributor Marla Deyoe for Duesenberg with 10,000 original miles and a $2,805,000
the wonderful St. Patrick’s Day Tour article that Marla wrote price tag got dented due to a larger-than-standard hood
for the newsletter. ornament! (Continued on page 8)
8 • SUMMER FUN TRIPS
SUMMER FUN TRIPS • RESERVE NOW!!! BUSINESS MEETING
continued from page 7
Bob Ekstrand brought to our attention a March
31 piece in the Opinion section of S.D. Union.
MG started production in China this week.
Maggie Conway attended the Spring Open House
at Symbolic’s Sorrento Valley repair and
restoration facility. She noted the $361,000 Rolls
Royces and the Bugatti Veyron, which was roped
off and had a security guard, due to its $2 million
price tag. She donated the Symbolic T-shirt to the
Paul Brown handed out registration forms for the
Steve Kirby had a magazine article mentioning
that collecting and restoring old cars is a “disease,”
and it was also recommended that those afflicted
should “avoid e-bay while drinking.”
Joe Buchmiller has extra Moss Motors catalogs.
Paul Konkle met a guy at the Big 3 Swap Meet
who (turns out) had lots of MGB parts and
engines! Contact Paul if you are interested in
removing some of these items from his home.
(Please, and THANKS! – Belinda)
Cassie Stahl thanked Paul Konkle for helping
with the distributor cap and points as a surprise
for Jack’s birthday.
Sky Hoffman announced that Mick and Sue
Burdge were celebrating their 30th wedding
anniversary. This is the latest addition to a
growing list of MG Club couples that have
celebrated significant wedding anniversaries on
business meeting night! Sue explained that they
were in the process of moving and it wasn’t until
they signed the mover’s papers that they realized
it was their anniversary!
Renee Neale – They had the only MGB on the
Palomar run. Thanks to the T-Register for a
The meeting was adjourned at approximately
Maggie Conway, Secretary
TECH SESSION • 9
REPLACING THE BENT FRONT CROSS MEMBER AND THE CROSSMEMBER
MOUNTING PADS ON A 1970 MGB GT (WANNABE RACE CAR)
Captions courtesy of Mr. Paul Konkle (top left) Steve Rogers wiggles
the new crossmember into place while Sky Hoffman and George
Sweeney support the ends. (top right) Paul Konkle mans the "big gun"
electric impact wrench, which was very helpful in getting the bolts
unstuck. (left) Sky cleans up one of the front shocks prior to reinstallation.
(below left) Jack Stahl looks at the photographer, while Chuck Deyoe,
Paul, and Steve stare intently at the old (bent) front crossmember.
(below) Paul and Steve pause for a cuddle while Chuck watches. MG
is the Marque of Friendship!
10 • RESTORER’S CORNER
Also sending you some pictures of the GT I'm now starting
RESTORER'S CORNER on (see photo bottom below). This was purchased (minus
engine and transmission) from Pat Harrelson, before he
I received this e-mail from club member Steve Kirby, who is
known for his excellent ability to turn old junk into a thing of became an Emperor. I have the suspension about done, all
beauty. He writes how he just.finished 58 Dodge 1/2 Ton with rebuilt components. Next major step will be to fit the
pickup truck.(see photo at right) . late model overdrive/engine, and prep the engine bay/tunnel
area--strip, etch, seal, prime, sand and prepare for paint.”
“I did do all the painting myself, which took forever. Fellow
Club member Dick Moss spent an entire day with me, and
patiently showed some of the basics of color sanding and
polishing. I've always been reluctant to do that on my own,
but Dick's mastery made it look "do-able". Thanks Dick!
Another sort of interesting bit is that parts for this ol' Dodge
truck are a lot harder to come by than a person might think.
If it was a Ford or Chevy, there are hundreds of places
supplying parts and reproduction parts. Sort of like Moss
Motors or Victoria British. But, alas, tis a Dodge -- sort of
an orphan, in the old truck world. So, I had to take the
attitude . . . "anyone can restore an old Ford or Chevy!"
I did find a place, perhaps they should remain nameless, that
specialized in old Dodge and Chrysler product parts, including
trucks. I thought I'd hit a home run . . . at first. I ordered
over a thousand dollars worth of stuff, over a period of time.
Even went by their place of business in Massachusetts, when
we were on our vacation two years ago. Carried some of the
big pieces all the way back home from Massachusetts. What
an understanding wife I have!!! Long story short, of
approximately 10 items ordered, 8 did not fit or work at all-
-NOT EVEN CLOSE. Things like a floor mat--might have
fit a Yugo, but not my truck. The "headliner/interior kit"--
ended up making my own, and throwing away 90% of their
pieces!!! Window rubber (front and back)--maybe fit that
Yugo again, but not my truck. Errrrrrrrrrr. They were less
than "customer friendly" about returning items--all of which
were THEIR error. Bottom line: The suppliers we have in
our wonderful MG World are much, much more reliable,
accurate, customer friendly, honest, caring and fast. It took
nearly 3 months to resolve the window rubber. This was
particularly maddening because I found out after ordering from
this "supplier", that the rubber came from a company called
"Clester's". I contacted Clester's, and they immediately
recognized where the supplier had ered. They had the correct
item in stock, but of course, I had to transact business through
the supplier . . . and wait, and wait, and wait.
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UPCOMING EVENTS • 11
RUN TO THE MOTOR TRANSPORT MUSEUM IN CAMPO
May 26, 2007
We will meet at Hooley's Irish Pub
2955 Jamacha Rd. El Cajon, CA 92019
9:30 a.m. and head out at 10:00 a.m.
The Motor Transport Museum's objective is to create a positive awareness and appreciation
for old trucks and the development of the motor transport industry. The Museum provides a
place for restoration and public display of antique trucks as well as photos, literature,
memorabilia and other pertinent information relating to trucks, the trucking industry, and the
pioneers who have made a significant contribution to the development and prosperity of
California and the United States. This museum is housed in the historic Campo Feldspar Mill,
built in 1929 to mill feldspar mined in nearby Hauser Canyon. The mineral was ground and
processed here into porcelain which was used to manufacture sparkplugs and bathroom
The San Diego Automotive Museum and the San Diego Car Club Council presents
“The 8th Annual - Greatest Show on Turf” on Saturday, June 2, 2007
The show will run from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM.
The event is free to the public. Trophies will be presented at 1:00 PM.
This amazing show has been an annual event in Balboa Park for years. The corner of Park Boulevard and
Presidents Way becomes a sea of vintage cars, modified vehicles, and motorcycles.
See woodies, tuners, low riders, street rods, and classics.
Pre-Registration must be Completed & Received by Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Entry to the show is free
but there is a $25.00 fee to display your car.
The museum is located at
2080 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park.
Phone (619) 231-AUTO (2886). Website is
12 • ACTIVITIES
THIS MONTH’S ACTIVITIES
*MAY 1 • * BUSINESS MEETING at Boll
THE THEME FOR MAY
Weevil, 7:00 p.m., Clairemont Mesa and Ruffin
Rd. (across the parking lot from Wells Fargo Bank). IS
Arrive early for dinner and socializing.
MAY 5-6 • MOSS MOTORS BRITISH “MAY
EXTRAVAGANZA at Buttonwillow Raceway. Vin- FLOWERS”
tage racing and British car show. See www.moss-
motors.com for more information and to down-
load a registration form. HAPPY MAY
*MAY 8 • E-BOARD MEETING! at Por Favor,
3307 Lemon Grove Ave. Lemon Grove, CA 91945
Dinner starts at 6:00 PM meeting at 7:00 PM.
Members always welcome MG
*MAY 10 • *MONTHLY CART RACING AT
MIRAMAR SPEED CIRCUIT, 8123 Miralani Dr. SHOCK ABSORBERS: Front Rear
MGTC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .165.00 165.00
San Diego, CA 92126. We've decided to make this MGTD & TF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .185.00 60/95
a monthly contest and keep track of place standings MGA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89.95 69.95
within the club. Mandatory drivers meeting at MGB, MGC, Midget . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89.95 89.95
HEAVY DUTY UPGRADE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10.00 10.00
6:00 pm. Racing starts at 7:00pm. SHOCK LINK (New or Rebuilt) . . . . . . . . . . . .$Call
*MAY 19 • TECH SESSION at Ron Smith's home, BRAKES: sleeved and rebuilt
MGB, Midget caliper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$85.00
811 Plazza Flora, Chula Vista, 91910. We will be MGA, MGC caliper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$145.00
changing the clutch on an MGB. MGA, Midget twin master 1956-1967 . . . . . .$195.00
MGB, Midget master 1968-80. . . . . . . . . . . .$125.00
*MAY 26 • RUN TO THE MOTOR TRANSPORT MGB brake booster servo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$175.00
MGC booster servo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$395.00
MUSEUM in Campo. We will meet at Hooley's Cylinders sleeved only, brass or SS . . . . . . .$40 - 75
Irish Pub, 2955 Jamacha Rd. El Cajon, CA 92019 Kingpin swivel axle rebushed . . . . . . . . . . . .$40 - 80
at 9:30 a.m. and head out at 10:00 a.m. Front end a-arm (Midget) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$95.00
CARBURETORS: COMPLETE REBUILDING
Disassembly, cleaning, bodies rebushed , new throttle shafts,
jets, needles, float valves, gaskets,
PLANNED FUTURE EVENTS Flow bench tested . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$395.00/pair
AND INFORMATION CARB BODIES REBUSHED:
and new throttle shafts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$75.00 each
*JUNE 2 • THE GREATEST SHOW ON TURF at ____________________________________________
the San Diego Auto Museum in Balboa Park. 8:00 Prices shown are for Exchange or Yours Rebuilt. Core charges
apply if items are ordered prior to (and are refunded after) our
AM - 2:00 PM. For more info and to register go to receiving your old unit. S/H $4.00-$8.00 per item.
www.sdautomuseum.org. Entry to the show is free FREE CATALOG
but there is a $25.00 fee to display your car. Entry www.applehydraulics.com
deadline is May 15th.
JULY 16-20 • MG 2007 NAMGBR Annual Meet. APPLE
JULY 23-27 • GT-32 2007 NAMGAR Annual
Meet See flyer on page 10 for both of these events. 1610 Middle Road, Calverton, NY 11933
631-369-9515, FAX 631-369-9516
Toll Free 800-882-7753
*Points Event Visa MasterCard, COD, Free Catalog
AN DIEGO MG CLUB CALENDAR
SSANDIEGO MG CLUB CALENDAR MAY 2006
SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
1 2 3 4 5
*BUSINESS MOSS MOTORS
Boll Weevil EXTRAVAGANZA
Meet for Dinner 6 PM AT
Meeting Starts 7 PM BUTTONWILLOW
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
MOSS MOTORS *E-BOARD *MIRAMAR SPEED
BRITISH MEETING CIRCUIT
EXTRAVAGANZA 6 PM
AT Por Favor ROUND 2
BUTTONWILLOW 6PM Dinner
7 PM Meeting
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
@ RON SMITH’S
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30
MAY 2007 CALENDAR • 13
14 • RAFFLE
RAFFLE WINNERS Bring them to the meeting and we will use them for future
meetings or the Installation Dinner
Jack Stahl Easter Basket Thanks
Bob Miller Chocolate Easter Bunny
Bryson Pennoyer Chocolate Easter Bunny Diane and Steve Kirby
Marla Deyoe MG Poster
Mel Morris Fix it Kit: WD40, zip ties, duct
Dan Noyes Padres Hat Design/Manufacturing
David Crawford Limoncello Kit De ler Repair
Rich Jensen Limoncello Kit Estate Jewelry Restoration
Dan Jones 2 Boll Weevil Gift Certificates Remounting
Wayne Johnson MG Club License Plate frame Stephen Stahl Pearl Stringing
Mark Shelly MG Club Shirt MASTER GOLDSMITH We buy old gold
Joe Buchmiller Oil Change Kit
Christine Brown 2 Auto museum passes
3663 Avocado Blvd., La Mesa CA 91941
THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS
Thank you, as always, to our wonderful donors. We always use everything.
But, we may save it for another month.
John Childs – a bag of goodies including: a book Concept Cars, 2 Classic Motorsports
Magazines, original Uni-syn SU carb synchronizing tool, CartelDashpot oil,
Valve spring compressor, new fan belt, 2 new rebound straps, several assorted new
radiator hoses, New RH & LH convex mirrors, 4 new KGK plugs, 1 new distributor cap,
and 1 set of rear wheel cylinder kits.
Maggie Conway – Symbolic Motors T-shirt
Dan Harmer – 2 auto museum passes
Mel & Debbie Morris – 2 Chocolate Easter Bunnies
David Coyote Crawford – NAMGAR Sweater
Joe Buchmiller – Union Jack belt
Thanks so much!
Diane and Steve
ROLLING BRITISH CAR DAY • 15
2007 ROLLING BRITISH CAR DAY
Another outstanding and truly “British” car rally, the 2007 Rolling British Car Day drew a large group of car enthusiasts who
were unafraid of a brisk, wet day and hours of curvy roads. It will be hard to forget this incredible rally; ending with a rained
out picnic which turned into a wine tasting delight and a zippy drive home with the top down, in sporadically pouring rain,
but luckily, not getting very wet. Thanks to the British Car Council for another well run, stellar event. Can hardly wait for
next year. (above) Standing room only for the driver’s meeting. (continued on pages 16 & 17)
(right) Schuyler Hoffman and Erin McManus in his Dad’s
70 MGB. (below left) A great TD getting more attention
than the Aston Martin with it’s top down. (below right)
A black rubber bumper B daily driver.
16 • ROLLING BRITISH CAR DAY
(above) Jack Stahl & Joe Buchmiller with Joe’s TF. (left) Mark
Shelley has a look at a silver racer. (below) Evan Ray in his red
A, followed by a great looking GT. (bottom) New members Mike
and Ally Benbrook in their beautiful 53 TD enjoyed the day with
their son Max with friend Sarah in his rubber bumper MGB.
ROLLING BRITISH CAR DAY • 17
(above) Mark Shelley’s Midget in a long line of British cars on Hwy 78. (above right) The tour included a stop at the famous
Dudley’s Bakery for a pit stop and chance to buy their goodies. (below left) A great shot of Joe Buchmiller’s TF. (below right)
Packed in like sardines, and enjoying the wine tasting at the Menghini Winery. They had wonderful heaters, because it was
very cold outside. (bottom) Cars being guided in to park at the Menghini Winery; a first class location.
18 • SPECIAL NOTICE
Next year is the SDMG 50th
Anniversary year. It’s time to
start planning for this very special
Installation Dinner. I am forming
a committee to help with the program
and decorations for this event. Other events may
follow. If you would like to join us, please contact
Diane Kirby at email@example.com. I am not on
Yahoo, so please use my email address.
We will meet right after the meeting on May 1st at
Studio 51 across the corner from the Boll Weevil for
a dessert meeting. We will not meet in June as I
cannot attend, so please be there in May. We need to
do some brainstorming and divide up and conquer!
Thank you to the 12 people who already volunteered NMGBR is the only national Register of the MGB, MG 1100/1300 and
to be on the committee. Midget, in the United States, Canada & Mexico. With membership you
receive the bi-monthly 60-page magazine plus so much more.
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CLASSIC MG MAGAZINE NEEDS
Ken Smith is assembling a
portfolio of material to celebrate
the US Spec. Limited Edition
MGBs under the title of “Limited
Edition” The last of the Abingdon
Classics”. Ken is appealing for
L.E.owners, and others, to submit
experiences, photos, etc for
possible inclusion in the
publication. If you can help, please send materials (which
will be returned) to Classic MG magazine. P.O.Box 8645.
Goleta. CA 93117. Alternatively you can email Ken at:
IN THE NEWS • 19
million in 2005, after
FIRST CHINESE-MADE MG IS the collapse of MG
INTRODUCED Rover Group of
Britain. SAIC Motor
Reprinted from International Herald Tribune Marketplace by
Bloomberg, March 28, 2007 By Irene Shen Bloomberg News
bought the design
rights for two
SHANGHAI: Nanjing Automobile Group introduced its MGRover models
made-in-China MG sports cars and sedans Tuesday, the first and for MG's K-
step in a plan to use the British brand as a base for global series engines for
expansion. £67 million, or $130 The new Chinese Made MG TF
Nanjing, the oldest Chinese automaker, introduced the 1.8- million. SAIC recently
liter MG TF roadster and its MG 7275 and MG 7295 sedans introduced the 2.5-liter Roewe 750, developed from the
at its plant near the eastern city of Nanjing. The brand will go Rover 75, which sells from 231,800 yuan, or $30,000.
on sale in China in the second half of the year. The first MG car was built at Morris Garages in Oxford,
Nanjing Auto, SAIC Motor and other Chinese automakers England, in the 1920s. The automaker built a series of two-
have added their own brands and are working to increase sales seater sports cars including the T-Series and the MGB, an icon
overseas as increasing competition squeezes profit margins of the 1960s and 1970s. The company was absorbed into
in China, the second-largest auto market after the United British Motor in 1952, the start of a series of mergers in the
States. Nanjing Auto, MG's new owner, invested 3.5 billion British car industry. The brand ended up as part of MG
yuan, or $450 million, in the factory. It plans to invest $2 billion Rover, which collapsed in 2005 with debts of £1.4 billion.
in the brand, including opening British and U.S. plants. While MG originally stood for "Morris Garage," it now
"MG, as an established brand worldwide, will help Nanjing stands for "Ming Jue" or "Modern Gentleman."
Auto attract customers' attention," said Huang Zherui, an Nanjing Auto said it would build MG TF roadster convertibles
analyst at CSM Asia, which advises automakers in China. at a former MG factory in Longbridge, England, and it also
The 7-Series sedans, with 1.8-liter and 2.5-liter engines, are plans to open a research center in the community. The closely
"reachable classics" aimed at the midmarket, the Nanjing held carmaker will announce "tens" of British dealers in
Auto president, Yu Jianwei, said Tuesday. He declined to May, Yu said. The company has already announced plans to
disclose the carmaker's production plans and retail prices. The start building MG TF coupes in Oklahoma in mid-2008.
MG plant in Nanjing, built in under a year, has an annual "Japanese automakers took 30 years" to begin overseas sales,
capacity of 200,000 cars, 250,000 engines and 100,000 Wang Haoliang, the Nanjing Auto chairman, said at a
gearboxes. ceremony Tuesday. "Korean automakers took 20 years. We
Nanjing Auto bought the MG brand and other assets for $97 are much faster."
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20 • MARKET PLACE
AUTOS FOR SALE AUTOS FOR SALE AUTOS FOR SALE
MGTD Mark II 1958 MG-ZB Magnette
is one of only 1,740 Mark II’s MG Red with Buff interior, 1500cc,
developed for racing. 2 sets of shocks 4 speed, new wheels, tires, mga head
for each wheel, a larger 1 ?” SU and rear diff, brakes and master cyl.
Jim Grant’s 1961 MGA carburetor, dual fuel pumps, 8” clutch New wiring harness installed, with an
which he has owned since 1998 is for & 57 horsepower engine.After off- alternator and Neg. grounding. All
sale. Call him at 619) 296-2720 for frame restoration in 1989, car was lighting works. Using MGB temp gage
stored until 1997 when we purchased and Tach. Many spare parts including
details it. Porsche red paint is in good original diff and unassemble 3 main
condition/few stone chips and normal 1800cc eng. $4K, OBO or trade for
1958 MG-ZB Magnette wear. Side curtains fair shape. MGB. After selling I will buy an MGB
The history of the car is as follows: Convertible headliner very good
I bought the car in Winnipeg, Canada, I condition. Rugs and upholstery fair to anyway. Questions: Ron Cunningham,
believe, in 1963. I drove it until 1973 when good condition. Few small wear cracks RONRON431@COX.NET or 619-
I sold it to the director of the body shop at in the driver’s seat and we replaced a 697-8073.
a local prison. He wanted something section of the front floor carpet due to
different for his inmates to restore. After wear. No rust, dents or missing /broken PARTS & ACCESSORIES
restoration, he drove it summers only at parts. Black interior with red and black
his cottage at West Hawk Lake, 100 miles dash. 5 Dunlop radials, spare brand 4 TIRES 155 80R13 for MG Midget.
to the east of Winnipeg. I moved to San new, others fair condition. Spare, jack $30. Good Condition Contact Fred
Diego in 1981, and in 2000, I went back for and hand crank are available.
a summer visit to Winnipeg and happened Transmission rebuilt in fall of 2005 Cablay (760) 941-0936
to drive out to West Hawk Lake. By chance, (the cluster, first, second and reverse MGB wire wheels, all come with used
the car was parked outside of a cafe which gears all new.) Car is registered/we
I went in and met again the fellow who drive several times a week. tires/tyres. Used MGA&MGB tires
had bought it from me. The car was in $26,500.00.PICTURES& Information: $10 and up. All come with wire wheels.
beautiful shape and he said come on out and http://azcarsandtrucks.com/mgtd or Large inventory. Many to choose from!
drive your old car. This I did and I also phone 623-974-6108 in Sun City, AZ Volume discounts! Buy 4, get the spare
asked him if he would consider selling it for free! Contact Steve Kirby at
back to me. He said he would and I bought 1967 MGB GT old EngWhite email@example.com or 760.746.9028
the car back and had it trucked back to San w/red int. Wire Wheels,Rebuilt Eng,
Diego. All the original maintenance papers New Radiator, Brakes, Tires, Battery HI-TORQUE STARTER Brand new,
and the shop manual were still with the Blue Plates 6K OBO 619 282-5489
car with my name on them. With more works great. Bought & installed it then
than 30 years having having passed since found my two dead 6-volt batteries in
the "jail" restoration, I had in mind to do a the boot were the problem. Moss lists
restoration again and drive the car in shows it for $272.95 plus tax. Yours for just
and parades. However, I am now 75 and $199 Call David at (619) 692-9333
have sort of lost the steam to take on the
project. The car still drives very well and I
believe the mileage is only just over 60,000. MISCELLANEOUS
I have had the car stored under wraps in my
garage since I bought it back in 2000.
MG 2007 July 16-20 Sonoma
GREAT Southern California 1976
It is Maroon with leather upholstery. I am California Trip .
asking $5000 firm. Very Nice Car.
MGB convertible. I intend to go to this show but my wife
George Newman Runs great, looks good and in good will not be going. I'd like to share
condition. motel room expense with a club
619-233-4720 M-Th 10:00 t0 3:00 member or couple who are going.
Only 65,000 miles.
760-787-9572 evenings Please Call Bob Ekstrand at
$3600.00 619-251-9871 858.271.6943
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22 • RECIPE OF THE MONTH
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
BY MARK SHELLEY
1/2 pound self-raising flour 1/2 teaspoon of salt
4 oz butter 2 oz Bakers sugar (superfine)
4 to 6 oz sultanas (Golden raisins)
6 tablespoons of water
Have ready a sheet of foil or a double thickness of grease proof
paper brushed with melted butter.
Sieve the flour and the salt.
Rub in the butter.
Add the sugar and sultanas.
Mix in the water to make a soft dough.
Turn out onto a floured board and form into a roll.
Wrap loosely but securely in the grease proof paper or foil. Tie
or seal the ends.
Place in the steamer and cover tightly.
Steam for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Serve with hot custard.
Put the mixture in a medium-sized (1 1/2 pint) pudding basin
with a round of grease proof paper in the bottom and brush all
round inside with melted margarine. Smooth the top.
Cover with foil, or double grease proof paper brushed
underneath with melted margarine and steam for 1 1/2 to 2
hours. Serve as above.
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MOSS MOTORS • 23
San Diego MG Club
P.O. Box 710111
San Diego, CA 92171-0111
San Diego MG Club members
parked at the famous Menghini Winery
during Rolling British Car Day
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