Staaaggg…I drive a Staaaggg, and other musings from the president.tony

What a month June was! I had to pull up the club calendar to use as a guide to recall everything, but that’s probably just my age showing. Spoke with a number of members that kicked off the month with a stop at the ever popular Caffeine and Octane. By all accounts the event seems to be growing without bounds. A contingent of folks are none too happy about that it seems and have spawned a ‘classic’ alternative off of Hwy92 west of 120 in an eye care center parking lot. Some 70 cars seem to be showing up there on the same day as C&O if you are looking for more classic rides and less ‘tuners’ apparently it’s the place to be. I haven’t made my way down to that show yet to give you my personal opinion so your on your own with this info passed on through the rumor mill.

On Saturday the 7th and the 28th of July, Barry Rosenberg held two separate tech sessions. The first on prepping your car for long distance travels (speaking of which be sure to visit my Around About Town article here: ) and the second wrapping up his engine build sessions. Mike Hurst reports that both were well worth attending even though the MG to Triumph member attendance was on the order of 100:1. In the engine tech session Barry covered using a degree wheel and dial gauge to degree in your camshaft. While most of this stuff can be found rummaging YouTube, I think there is great value in learning first hand from a master technician. If you get a chance take in a tech session with Barry.

I did not get a report from anyone having attended the Highland Motoring Festival. If you did, please drop me a note or pictures and we’ll get that up on Earl tells me that there should be some information regarding the 40th Annual TRA held in Mount Sterling Ohio, but I have not seen anything yet. Will also add to the site as information becomes available about any other past events. If you attend something, please don’t hesitate to send info to so it can get discussed, even if it’s, “Hey, I stopped at the mall the other day and there was a great showing of….”.

The Wild Willy’s Run occurred on Saturday the 21st and was well attended. A diverse group of new and old members and different flavors of ride were present. A full write up and pictures are available on here:

And last but not least we closed out the month with a garage night at Earl Ferguson’s to help Earl get his TR3 back on the road. GTA members pitched in for a little sanding, painting, burgers and dogs. Look for more opportunities to get out with your fellow GTA members this coming month with the upcoming Ice Cream Social on the 12th and the High Museum of Art on the 19th. There will probably be one other spontaneous event that pops up so keep a watch on your email for notices.

One of our newest members Marty Grier and his wife Karee have scoped out a drive to Little River Canyon in Alabama. Due to the distance, about 3 hours, this drive is best suited to cooler weather, but look for it in the fall. Marty says the drive is excellent and the natural beauty of the area is worth visiting. Kudos to Marty for getting out there, adventuring in his newly restored TR4 living the dream and sharing it with the rest of us. I for one will be trying the drive out when it arrives.

Hope to see you at a drive soon.

Tony Graham
GTA President 2014


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