I’ve been waiting to write this note as the substitute Roving Reporter about our drive on Saturday, but my heavy heart after going to Reg Dunbar’s service on Friday has had me searching for what to say.  I don’t know what else to say except that it sure does hurt to lose people you’re friends with and care about and share a common passion with our little British cars.  I’m afraid our suffering is not over, as Bob Gullic is hanging on to a thread after three weeks in the hospital with the virus.  Also, I talked to Jim Smith this morning after he missed the Saturday drive, and he and his wife Honie both have Covid, although, thankfully, at this point it sounds like they both have “light” cases. 

So, yes, we soldiered on, social distanced, and had our drive on Saturday morning. I think Reg would have wanted us to.  One of his daughters told me that they were burying him with his BMCNO name tag, she said our club was one of the highlights of his life.  Barbara wasn’t there, she’s still fighting her battle with Covid.  Maxine told Bob we were out driving again on Saturday, and he was happy for us, wished he could be with us again.  Jim would have been there if he was well. 

It was another beautiful day.  Six cars and nine people participated.  I was asking why there weren’t more cars/people, and Betsy Harper said probably because the LSU game was on at 11.  I just figured they’d be playing in the afternoon or evening, so missed that one.  We had two E-Types, an MGA, B, and C, and a TR3. Here’s a link to a couple before pictures and a couple after pictures.  Mary Lynne and I led, followed by Hank & Betsy Harper in their MGC,  Robb in his MGB, new member Will Jones in his TR3,  Milton and Randy in Milton’s E-Type, and Marc Zebouni in his MGA.   The drive was close to a repeat of our April drive, starting out from Alex Box Stadium at LSU and hopping on River Road just south of Baton Rouge.  This time we went all the way through St Gabriel, around a few plants, and then back to Bluff Road via LA3115 and LA74.  Bluff Road ends at LA427, the Perkins Rd extension, which we took up to the Home Depot parking lot for a little show and tell session (masks on, social distanced). 

So a nice drive together, but hard not to think of the people we’re losing to the  virus.   Please keep praying for those suffering and dying from this or any illness and their families and friends.

We still have very much to be thankful for on Thursday.  Wishing you a Thankful Thanksgiving.

Rick H

Substitute Roving Reporter

Hello Everybody,

Well, we sure had a great time this morning at breakfast and on our drive.  The weather was fabulous – high 50s to start, about 70 when we finished, and we had 8 vehicles/11 people on the drive.  Danny (and his friend Danny Bergeron), Bobby, Jerry, Randy, Milton, and I met at the Warehouse at 7, had a nice breakfast, talked about the upcoming Baton Rouge Cruise at the end of January, and made some plans for it.  

We left there just after 8 for the 15 minute drive up to Zoar Baptist Church where Annette Franklin, Robb Cowzer, Jerold and Molly Lebold, Butch Ammons, and Mike Jastram joined us for the drive. Bobby left us to head back home – he’s taking care of Connie after her neck surgery 2 weeks ago. So that’s why I’m the Roving Reporter today.

Jerold and Molly arrived in their bright red, looks like new, 1965 Sunbeam Tiger that has been in the family since 1970.  20,000 miles, painted once but never restored, I’m telling you it looked like new – perfect chrome, paint, interior, convertible top (replaced once).  What a treat for us all to see that car this morning.  You just never know what’s going to show up for a drive.  So we had an E-Type Coupe, two TR6s, a Tiger, an E-Type Convertible, an MGB, an MGB GT, and a bright yellow modern Honda 3 wheeler.  We sure got lots of honks from people we passed along the way.   

The winding roads in northeastern EBR  and southeastern East Feliciana parish were just lovely – lots of trees, shade, some pretty and falling leaves.  We left Zoar, went up Joor then N. Joor Rd.  Took a right on Peairs Rd, made a left on Hwy 409, Liberty Rd and took it all the way up into East Feliciana Parish where we turned right onto Hwy 969, Bob Jones Rd.  Then it was right on Hwy 63 back down to Hwy 37, Greenwell Springs Rd.  After a long drive along the west side of the Amite River, we turned right again to head west onto Stony Point Burch Rd until we got back to Hwy 409, Liberty Rd, where we turned left and followed it back the other way to the South.  We turned right on Hwy 64 to head further west, crossed over Joor Rd and then turned left on Hwy 410, Blackwater Rd which took us back to Hooper Rd where we turned left and headed back to Zoar.  Wow, that was fun – about an hour and 20 minutes of fun on the back roads.  Thanks to Milton and Annette for leading, we really had a good time.  We ended up back at Zoar Baptist Church, and parked our cars out in front for a photo shoot (those are the pictures I posted above).  

That was so much fun I think we’ll organize another one for next Saturday, if the weather is nice.

Cheers,

Rick

Wow, the weather this morning in the capitol city was incredible! Six BMCNO members showed up at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant before 7:00 in 4 LBC, and enjoyed brisk conversation with good friends. We learned about Rick’s Jaguar flywheel / starter replacement, car trailer incidents, and how much the new Jaguar 6-cylinder blocks cost – $18,000! Since Danny wasn’t there no mention of movies or TV shows were made.

Danny sent us pictures of himself and Dana camping and some of the hot rod guys were out of town for a car show, so it wasn’t a big crowd. But did I mention that cruising around town after breakfast, the weather was incredible! Nice and cool and overcast… Hope it’s a sign of things to come this fall.

On a side note the ‘unofficial BMCNO-BR board of directors’ (the usual breakfast crowd) disqualified me from getting the “Loo Lid Award” just because my alternator light came on. Bummer. 🙂

But that sparked a conversation about jump boxes and LBC charging system problems. Rick said he replaced the battery in his Lotus, and the alternator checks at 30 amps on the bench, but when everything is in the car there is only 12v across the battery terminals?! Might be the ‘exciter’ wire going to the alternator…

Cruise Safe,

Roving Reporter

Bobby Spann

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

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!!!

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