September 9, 2020, Café American, Baton Rouge

We had 10 members attend our September meeting last night at Cafe’ American in the big room, so we were able to spread out some.  

We talked about the upcoming Natchez British Car Show, Cruisin’ the Coast, The Euro Fest in MS, and Fairhope.

The Saturday morning cruise breakfasts at Cracker Barrel have been well attended by the ‘British’ segment, although we do sit kinda close to each other.  Most Saturday at 7:00am at the Cracker Barrel on Airline at I-12 in Baton Rouge (by Celebration Station).  Rick will plan a drive from there one morning when the weather looks nice.  Probably leave around 8:30 and travel roads North, but he will let everyone know.

Talked about projects – Bobby’s rattle, Rick’s Lotus’ wiring and tires, and Jaguar carburetor problems…  And starter problems.

Randy Fleming was presented a wall plaque with his “MGM garage alternator adjustment tool” from the Natchez car show a year or two ago.  It was a stick on a string, designed (in theory) that if your belt loosened on the road just pull the string and the stick would wedge the alternator tighter.  Didn’t work in practical application, but it was a good reminder that we got him going that weekend and he was able to limp home in the Mini.

The “Loo Lid” Award – lovely Union Jack toilet seat – was created to “honor” those club members who drive their LBC to club events.  If you break down and can’t fix your car with parts you have with you… you get to take the seat and carry it until the next person breaks down!  Fun! 

This month Reg Dunbar gave up the seat to Bobby Spann, for having alternator/battery problems that turned him around from driving to breakfast a couple of weeks ago.   *note: Rick and I were holding our breaths and then washed our hands.

Then we drew numbers to see who got to pick first from the AWESOME face masks Cathy Greenfelder made!!!  Everyone loved them!

Cruise Safe,

Roving Reporter

Bobby Spann

For the second month in a row, the General Meeting in New Orleans, scheduled for August 25, 2020, was cancelled due to weather. With Hurricanes Laura and Marco bearing down on the Louisiana coast (and New Orleans in both cones of uncertainty) the board voted to cancel the meeting.   

As it turned out, Marco degraded to a minimal tropical storm for New Orleans.  However, Laura continued to strengthen, eventually making landfall as a category 4 storm near Lake Charles on Thursday August 27.

Cathy Greensfelder, Secretary

  

Friends and relatives:

It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform you that my MGB’s faithful battery, “Freddy” Duralast has passed away.  Freddy was born in October 2012, and passed away in August of 2020 just short of his 8th birthday.  (That is about 125 in battery years)  He was very reliable, except for the times my brake light switch stuck on, and again when I forgot to unplug my Garmin from the power plug.

I’d like to thank my Viking 4-amp digital charger for caring for Freddy in his later years.  Due to COVID-19 and core charges, there will not be a funeral service.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you just check the water in your own battery…

Cruise Safe,

Roving Reporter  ;(

Bobby Span

It was a pretty nice trip to Cracker Barrel on Saturday, August 22, 2020.  We finally got 2 attentive waitresses.  Between us and the Hot Rod guys, we had 19 total at 3 long tables.  There were 7 of us at the British table and Rick Huber’s Lotus was getting a lot of attention out in the parking lot – because he was running it without a hood.  Real hot rod stuff!  Nice to be able to kinda see the cars from where we sit.  

Today’s crew included Jerry, Randy, Danny, Rob, John Pearson, Rick and myself.

Danny tried to get a taste of Randy’s blueberry pancakes with a Harbor Freight telescoping fork…  and Tiffany got my order wrong.  (second time this happened)  I wanted the country ham & biscuit like last week, which I think is around $4.  Plus fried apples and tea…  She brought me 2 huge slices of ham, and when I said I wanted the ham & biscuit she said “Oh, biscuits are on the table!”  AHHH!  

The ham alone was over $7.00!  Danny (aka Colonel Mustard) says you have to open the menu and Point at what you want.  Lesson learned. 

Cruise Safe and good luck with the hurricanes,

Roving Reporter

Bobby Spann





Dear Roving Reporter,

The vintage telescoping fork demonstrated at the Cracker Barrel is definitely NOT a Harbor Freight item.  It happens to be a slightly modified Triumph Fork, similar to the one that recently sold for $320.00 USD at Sotheby’s Auction House…

 Best Regards, 

Colonel Mustard

And if you believe that one, there is this bridge for sale!!!

Call to Arms! Brits on the Bluff is Sept 18-19, 2020

Hey guys and gals – hope everyone is safe and virus free.  We don’t know what the future holds, just that it will be much different from what any of us have ever known.  That being said, I’d like to do a tentative “Call to Arms” over the remaining British car shows in 2020, Fairhope AL in October, and Natchez, Mississippi on September 18th & 19th.

A group of us from BR have been going to Natchez for years, meeting the N.O. guys in Gloster, LA on the way up then lunching at a restaurant in Natchez.  Folks, I can tell you from experience this is a GREAT weekend!  The Grand hotel is right on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi river and man what a view!  Friday night you just walk across the street from the Grand to the Bowie Tavern for a nice reception.  Other hotels are a short drive away… 

Saturday the car show is next to Rosalie Plantation, again on the bluffs – walking distance from the Grand and downtown.  Shade trees, a breeze and plenty of little British cars.  It is one of the best locations for a car show I have ever seen!  They usually have food on the grounds, but some women go downtown to “Cotton’s” for the “Queens Lunch,” and a few of us guys head over to the “Pig Out In” for a “Kings” Lunch.  LOL 

Portable Pub at Natchez

We really need to support this club as their show has fallen off in numbers in recent years – and we can’t understand why!  Here is a website link to the Mississippi English Motoring Club.  If you have any questions or need more details on past trips just let me know.  Hope to see you there!

For more info click here

Roving Reporter, Bobby Spann

On Saturday, August 8, 2020, six of us tried out the Cracker Barrel restaurant on Airline Hwy @ I-12 in Baton Rouge along with a half dozen hot rod guys. We got there a little before 7:00 am to visit in the parking lot before they opened. Then immediately both groups got a table.
The Manager forgot we were coming so it took almost an hour to get our food, but that was no problem because we had plenty of hot coffee, cold drinks and warm biscuits… and great conversation. Free coffee starts next week.
Added bonus: The location is highly visible! We had several people stop by when they saw the British cars – one had a relative with an MGB in a barn..!
Roving Reporter,
Bobby Spann

What a great morning in the Central / Baton Rouge area!

At 8:00 a.m., me-MGB, Milton-TR4, Jerry-Mustang, Randy-Mini Panel and Danny-TR6 (plus Danny B in a vintage Ford XL pickup) showed up at MePa’s in Central, but they were closed due to air conditioning problems. So we quickly decided to cruise over to the Warehouse on South Choctaw in Baton Rouge. Milton pulled up smoking and Danny diagnosed it as his left front brake caliper locking up. He said he’d gingerly drive home using the hand brake…

Not too crowded at the Warehouse and we got the big table in the main room. Good food and perky waitresses too! Had a nice discussion on LBC’s, Milton’s 10 Minute Vacation Location, camper trailers, and NASCAR & “flags of the South.” And we hit on subjects like why Carol is selling her Jaguar…

If you live in the area – come on out one Saturday morning! If you show up and nobody is there – give me a call on my cell at 975-1928. If you live in the Gonzales area I believe there is a car group that meets at Frank’s on Airline…

Afterward I told the group about my problem – couldn’t get my center cap off the steering wheel. Well, just so happens Danny is ‘the Norwegian Thumb Wrestling Champion’ and in short order he got it off! FYI for all you 1970 MGB owners – on the early cars at least – this is how the button looks. Hopefully the bitchin’ wooden wheel Rob gave me will go on without any problems.

NOTE:
Next Saturday Fr. Ralph Howe of St. James Episcopal Church downtown is retiring and there will be a little parade for him at 10:00 down 4th street. Since I am a 3rd generation at St. James, I plan on being there – might be fun to cruise over after breakfast in our Little British Cars and show off! I’ll send more details later in the week.

Cruise safe,

Roving Reporter

Bobby Spann