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This month's article comes from Richard Liddick, president of M.G.s of Baltimore, on their M.G.s On The Rocks car show, which I attended.
The M.G.s of Baltimore, Ltd. Car Club held their annual gathering on Saturday, September 28th, 1996 at Rocks State Park, Maryland. This year's event was a smashing success despite cloudy skies and showers. With 193 cars on the show field and 15 in the For Sale area, as well as 20 vendors, the day was spectacular for both the participants and the Club alike.
The day began before sunrise for the show's workers as they arrived at 6.00 a.m. to set up the show field and get the pit beef cooking on the grill. The show field was opened to the cars at 9.00 a.m. As the morning progressed, the showfield became full of M.G.s. There were more MGTs and MGAs at the show than anyone could remember. However, the MGB (both roadster & GT) was by far in the majority.
The event was open to all British cars, however it is still primarily an M.G. event. This year there was a new class set up for Triumphs and for the MGB V-8. Some of the other British marques on hand were: Jaguar, Austin, TVR, Morris, Morgan and Land Rover.
To entertain the crowd at the show, the club arranged for a pair of bagpipers to wander the field. There was also a deejay playing British Invasion Hits of the 60's over the public address system.
Door prizes were given away every half hour starting at 11:00. Door prize donors included Moss Motors, Ltd., The M.G. Car Club, University Motors, Crossroads Auto Systems, mini Mania, Merryman Modifications, Castrol Motor Oil, Victoria British and British Car Magazine (space doesn't allow me to name them all)
The Club served up our famous pit beef and hot dogs for the hungry car owners. The Latrobe Brewing Company donated Rolling Rock beer, along with a great Welcome to the Rocks banner. The Whitbread Brewing Co. Also came through this year with a discounted keg of English Ale and some door prize items.
The show has always received a great deal of support from the other M.G. and British car clubs located in nearby states and this year was no exception. The M.G.s of Baltimore, Ltd presented an award for the best participation by another club to The LANCO M.G.Club (Lancaster Country M.G. Club) of Pennsylvania. Some of the other clubs whose members were in attendance were: The M.G. Car Club U.K., The M.G. Car Club Washington, D.C. Centre, the M.G. Car Club Central Jersey Centre, Keystone M.G. Club, British Motor Club of South Jersey, The Long Island M.G. Car Club, The Chesapeake Chapter of The New England T Register, The North American MGB Register, The North American MGA Register And The Amercian MGB Association.
The awards presentation began at 3:00 p.m. at this popular vote event. The awards were presented at the owner's cars by Richard Liddick, the club president, and Joe Clark, this years show chairman. As the crowd walked to the winning cars the announcer would call out the car number, owner's name, year, model, colour, and what position it won in its class. This way the spectators could actually see the winner and the car. The announcer this year was none other than Nick Cox, the North American liaison for The M.G. Car Club. Nick made the trip across the pond to see the show and promote the M.G. Car Club. He was chosen to announce the winners because his peculiar accent seemed to be perfect for an M.G. event!
|Premier Class (Last Year's Winners)|
|3rd Bruce Bubeck||70 MGB Roadster|
|2nd Rob Martin||34 M.G. PA|
|1st Kathleen Eshleman||55 M.G. TF|
|Best MGB in Show (The Richard Murphy Award)|
|Bruce Bubeck||70 MGB Roadster|
|MGB Roadsters 1962-1967|
|3rd Daryl Mairose||67 MGB|
|2nd Michael Grield||65 MGB|
|1st Morrell LaRue||67MGB|
|MGB Roadsters 1968-1974|
|4th Ed Barlow||74 MGB|
|3rd Jim Maguire||72 MGB|
|2nd M R Conner||72 MGB|
|1st Terrence Allen||74 MGB|
|MGB Roadsters 1974-1/2 to 1980|
|4th Bill Schmidt||80 MGB|
|3rd Dennis Blevins||77 MGB|
|2nd Joe Clark||75 MGB|
|1st Nancy & Glenn Wriglet||78 MGB|
|3rd Mark Suskind||71 BGT|
|2nd Kim Barnes||73 BGT|
|1st Forrest Collier||67 BGT|
|MGC and MGC/GT All Years|
|2nd Hugh & Elizabeth Wolfe||69 MGC|
|1st Lewis Kubiet||69 MGC|
|1st Dwight Saul||71 Midget|
|M.G. Midgets 1974-1/2 to 1980|
|2nd Maryanne & Lance Kiker||75 Midget|
|1st Karl Kaminski||79 Midget|
|MGA All Years|
|3rd Leon Lutz||58 MGA|
|2nd Frank Rodriguez||62 MGA|
|1st Mark McCarraher||60 MGA|
|M.G. TC, M.G. TD, M.G. TF|
|3rd Chris Goudreau||52 M.G. TD|
|2nd Peter & Liz Van Dine||53 M.G. TD|
|1st Bob Skillman||47 M.G. TC|
|1st Tom Cibort||49 Y Type|
|Triumphs - All|
|3rd Steve & Linda Berry||80 TR8|
|2nd Terry Hunt||68 TR250|
|1st Tom Hessenauer||58 TR3-A|
|3rd Geoffrey Griffths||58 AC Aceca Bristol|
|2nd Craig Peterson||58 Austin Healey Sprite|
|1st Dixie & Chris Gauss||79 TVR|
|1st D J Michel||67 MGB V-8|
|Diamond in the Rough|
|Jeff Kirchner||68 MGB|
|Largest Club Attendance|
|Longest Distance Travelled|
|Nick Cox - London, England|