The “T” Register
By Charlie Key, Registrar
After working so hard for the past 7 weeks and getting two ”T” cars ready for the drive up to St. Charles, IL it was now time to get on the road. The weather was very hot, the average temperature was 104°. I had made the TD top’s side and rear roll up so we had cover overhead but not on the rear or sides. This took the addition of some snaps and a couple of straps, worked great! The plan was to take the whole day to travel there drive all back roads and stop often, it would be ten hours of wheel time but that is what these cars are for, the fun of driving.
So we checked in that evening, it had cooled down and we had some dinner. There were MG’s and MG’ers everywhere. We spent the evening reacquainting with old friends and getting ready for the next day’s activities.
Morning, day one. A good breakfast and off to hospitality and registration. We had signs to display for next year for St. Charles, MO. Left many brochures and registration forms so people could see what we are offering in 2013. Excitement was already building.
In 1999, we held a GOF in St. Charles, (ALL MGs WERE WELCOME, AND THE 2013 GOF WELCOMES ALL MGs). The 2013 GOF will have a walking rally take place during the show, and “Music on Main St.” is going on too. We are getting support from many places, and it is a tradition that all MG clubs donate $400.00 to host the hospitality costs; I will be asking the club to participate.
Tech sessions this afternoon, and parking for the First Timers Show, above our TD in it is new dress, there was a cook out on the terrace. Many things were going on at the same time in the background, registration and hospitality, raffle bidding, vendors, and auction item viewing.
Day two This morning is the rally and tour to the Volo Auto Museum we took off for a fun day, over 300 classic cars and a car lover’s theme park were waiting for us, what a great place. The rally took us out to the less inhabited areas for some great scenic views. We had the rest of the day to play and explore.
The famous GOF auction was this evening, Dave Zyp is the traditional auctioneer and Dave puts on the best auction I have ever witnessed it is real comedy. After this event it was time to rest up for the next day.
Day three at 8:00 am was vendor setup and sales. We all need to be very appreciative of all vendors; it is a mountain of hard work to move these parts to a show to sell to others that need help. Always welcome vendors and thank them for coming.
The cars started showing up at 8:30 am for the car show’s parking. By 9:00 am the MGs were in place, just in time for everyone to start filling their ballots. The show had a myriad of MGs. There were MGAs, MGBs, MGTAs, TBs, TCs, TDs, and TFs, along with M-types, SAs, a VA, a couple of J2s, a NB and three L-types, several PAs and PBs, some Airline Coupes, a WA, 2 Magnettes, an Arnolt, multiple Y-types, numerous Tickfords, and a MGRV8. It was such a good turnout of different types of MGs and while I was talking to people at the car show I found out that there were people there from 19 different states and Canada. The GOF Central sure has grown.
At 10:00 am the bus trip left for the Magic Mile. At 1:00 pm the steering committee met, ballot counting, and funkahna started, and at 3:00pm the valve cover races. Then the big bash, a cocktail party on Boubon Street at the host hotel and then the banquet and awards. Once again Charlie and Paula Key take 2nd place and Baird and Rose Cook take 1st place in the rally, ending another perfect GOF; till next year. Now some more pictures:
Good-bye until next year, GOF.
Announcement that British Cars has lowered the labor rate to $89.00 per hour; we felt it is our part to help MG’ers get thru this bad recession. Adam has been doing good business and wants to help club members, British Cars has been offering a 10% discount to members for many years now and that will continue with the new lower rate. Adam is a young man that is interested in keeping our beloved cars on the road, so please help him in his endevours.
Now is the time to register for the GOF MK XXXV 2013 and you can do so by going to the website www.britishcarsofamerica.com. Then click on the “Parts & More” link, where you will see the “2013 – GOF Central Mk. XXXV” link, just click on it and start your registration process. Or call +1.4806242599 to get a registration form or we can register you on the phone.