and his lovely wife, Jane, with their TC and MGB
Being President of the
Sacramento Valley MG Car Club is both an honor and a source of great
pleasure. The SVMGCC is a club filled with MG enthusiasts, some of whom
own one MG, some two, some even more; some are show cars, some are daily
drivers, others are "works in progress". We love to gather for social
and driving events, we hold tech sessions and often take weekend or
longer outings. The goal of all our activities is to enjoy driving our
MGs and each other's company. Our website contains information about us
as a club and details of upcoming events. The newsletter section of the
website provides interesting reading and reports on our recent
activities. I encourage you to read some of those newsletters to gain a
fuller view of the club, its activities and members.
I joined the SVMGCC in 1991 and have been an active member ever since. I
have been a Board member for most of those years and previously served
as club President from 1996 thru 1998, and again in 2011. My wife, Jane,
and I have enjoyed every year of our membership and appreciate the many
friendships we have made through the club and the wonderful times we
have had with the members and our MGs. A highlight of 2011 was guiding
the club as we assisted with the organization of GoF West 2011, which
was held in conjunction with MG2011 in Reno, June 13th - 17th, then in
June of 2015, our club will once again show the West Coast MG fraternity
our organizational skills as we host GoF West 2015 in Rohnert Park, CA.
(Go to http://gofwest2015.britcars.com for full details).
My fascination with MGs began in 1960 with the purchase of an
almost-derelict 1934 PA which I fixed up with Bondo, baling wire and
ingenuity into a daily driver. Since then, I've owned a Y-type, several
TCs and TDs, a TF, numerous B roadsters and GTs, and an 1100.
Restoration of the TF to show-winning quality led to the establishment
of a restoration shop in Santa Barbara in 1975.
About that same time, I founded the Santa Barbara MG club and began an
involvement with the MG fraternity which has included the organization
of hundreds of local events and several major West Coast meets,
including GoF West 1993, the NAMGBR national meet in 1995 and the NAMGAR
national meet in 1999. I have also successfully vintage-raced an MG TD
special which I built in 1978, sold in 1989, repurchased in 2007, raced
a few more times, then sold again in 2014.
After moving to Shingle Springs in 1991, I spent the next 16 years
running British Sportscar Center, a shop well-known for show-winning MG
restorations and which also performed service and repair work. I retired
in 2007, a couple of years after having double-bypass surgery. Now I
fill my time helping friends and old customers with their MG needs and
maintaining my own cars. Moss Motors retains me as an MG Tech Consultant
and I'm also known to be something of an SU carburetor expert, on which
subject I produced a videotape in 1987. This was described by Peter Egan
in a "Road & Track" article as "the best $42.95 you'll ever spend"; a
DVD version now sells for $52.95 - available from Moss Motors.
My current MG fleet includes a 1949 TC which is a
delight to drive, and a remarkably nice 1978 MGB roadster which was
lovingly cared for by its first owner and has just over 40,000 miles on it.
Both these cars see frequent use in club activities and they all
constantly remind me why MG is one of the very few English marques to
have remained popular long after production was discontinued.
I'm always happy to hear from anyone who owns or is interested in MGs.
If you are ever in our area, feel free to give me a call at
(530)676-7226 or plan to attend one of our meetings