Driver: Dave Hutchison, Co-Driver: Sumra Manning Car: 1962 Birkin Super 7
This is the third ABRR that the "Birkin Boys" have run the Super Seven. This all started when Dave had a beer with Blake Discher nine years ago at the 2007 VTR in Valley Forge. Blake had run several successful ABRRs out of Michigan. Dave brought the idea to run a PA based ABRR to the the local TR club, and the DVT ran their first ABRR to LimeRock and Watkins Glen in the fall of 2008. Dave ran that trip with his buddy from school that sold him his Italia, in his 1969 Spitfire. Over the years, the DVT has brought together a dedicated planning committee that has organized the six ABRRs each with increasing success!
Dave's passion for sports cars began over 40 years ago when he bought his first LBC, a 1964 BRG AH Sprite while in college. Soon after he acquired a Vignale bodied 1961 Triumph Italia 2000 GT and commuted with it to and from work. Back in the day, Dave was the end user of many cars and thankfully the Italia survived! It went on to be restored by Mike Engard at Ragtops & Roadsters in the mid 90s. Dave joined Ragtops team as Operations Manager in 2001 and he has driven the R&R chase van and trailer on several runs. Each ABRR has been a challenge and lots of fun to drive.
This year, Dave's co-driver is Sumra Manning. Dave and he met through the shop over his Sunbeam Tiger. This is Sumra’s first ABBR, but he has had Super Seven drives when he lived in the UK back in the 80s, so he no rookie to spirited driving!
Sumra's motorcar affliction started in elementary school, racing twin engine go-carts. It has 'progressed’ from there, through a long series of British and European cars which now includes a 12 cylinder BMW. He and Dave are looking forward to running out twisty county roads with bright sunny weather! If the weather goes south and it rains, they will be equipped with helmets and headsets and personal rain gear! Most of all, their goal is to finish this ABRR while staying off the roll bar!
Driver: Bill Marshall, Co-Driver: Charlie Adams Car: 1957 MGA
This will be the first ABRR for Team Albatross, but both Charlie Adams and I are veterans of long distance travel in MGAs through our participation in national NAMGAR GT events. My wife Karen and I also completed the MG Rallye to Reno event – going coast to coast from Ocean City Maryland to San Francisco California in 2011. Charlie is an excellent British car ‘gentleman’s mechanic’ and I excel at holding flashlights so fingers crossed the MGA will treat us well. We come for the adventure and comradery of fellow vintage British car enthusiasts and are excited about participating this year.
Our name Team Albatross was selected to honor a late friend, Len Renkenberger, who named his MGA Mark II Deluxe ‘Albatross’ for reasons known only to him. Renk was instrumental in the founding of NAMGAR and was a known road warrior in Albatross and we will carry his spirit with us.
Team Magic Shed
Driver: Tom Savoie, Co-Driver: Joni Savoie Car: 1978 MGB Roadster
We live in York PA and this is the fourth MG we have had in the family. It is an original car that we have owned for 11 years and only has 24,500 miles on it. We are looking forward to our first long distant run with it. We had a 1948 Austin A40 for 25 years that we drove all over (but it was powered by a blown 383 Chevy small block).
Team TR Heart
Driver: Bill Neidhardt, Co-Driver: Dottie Neidhardt Car: 1959 Triumph TR3A
This will be the first ABBR for Team TR Heart but not the first long journey for the TR. This car was reborn in 2005 after a 25 year rehab beginning in 1979 as a rusted shell and ending in 2005. The 2005 completion date was a request from our youngest daughter to have the car ready her wedding. We have made quite a few 500 + mile trips to attend shows together. Dotti has gotten to experience all of the pleasures associated with bad weather and a British Roadster. Roll-up windows would only spoil the effect.
The car has only left us down one time with a split fuel pump casing in all these years, so we have a lot of hope in finishing. I promised all of my sponsors I would walk any of the miles that the car could not cover.
This is the TR3A used by Jerry Seinfeld and John Oliver in an episode of, “Comedians in Cars getting Coffee,” that aired in June this year.
Looking forward to the trip and happy to be helping some kids get a new start in life.
Driver: Vlad Prutsky, Co-Driver: Roman Vilner Car: 1977 Jaguar XJ12C
Vlad is a lifelong car enthusiast with a glutton for punishment. While the XJC is not his first (and certainly not last) British V12-engined car, it is by far the most vexing one. This year's ABBR participant car has been thoughtfully restored with originality in mind, with all of its Lucas bits given new life with originality in mind.
Roman is a half-lifelong Brooklyn resident and a German car aficionado - 3 parts enthusiasm, 1 part knowledge. As someone who makes his living from numbers, he promises to put his skills to a good use and provide daily MPG calculations.
This is the first ABRR rally for the team and both Vlad and Roman are eager to ride along with the other teams and their ace rides. They will come prepared packing Lucas replacement wiring harness smoke kits, extra blinker fluid, and last but not least maps and tools.
Driver: Robert Sayer, Co-Driver: William Sayer Car: 1970 Rover 3500 S
Team P-6 is comprised of the Sayre brothers. The team is a work in process. The team owns a number of Rover 3500S’s, TC’s and a P-5. They are learning the nuances associated with ownership of vintage British cars. This is the team’s second ABRR. Half the team hails from Perry County, PA while the lighter and better looking half resides in Riverton, NJ.
Driver: Joe Lorini, Co-Driver: Bob Norcini Car: 1973 Triumph TR6
This is the first ABBR for La Squadra driving Joe’s 1973 TR6. Bob has just acquired a ’74 TR6 as his first classic car, but will be co-driver for this event. We are both DVTR members. Joe lives in Paoli, PA and Bob in Wayne, PA. Our team photo should advise participants not to ask us to help fix anything on your car along the way. But we will not hesitate to ask others for help! Looking forward to a fun event.
Driver: George Van Horn, Co-Driver: Karen Fisher Car: 1980 MGB
Team K9 Designs is George Van Horn and his wife Karen Fisher, this is our 4th Reliability Run – We enjoy these runs and the fact that this is for taking care of Kids. We will be driving a 1980 MGB that I've owned since new. In 2004 I added a Supercharger, in 2010 I added EFI. We Ran the last 3 runs as Team Rakafish. This year we are going as team K9 Designs because our dogs requested it. We look forward to meeting old friends and making new ones.
The English Patient
Driver: Rick Ladd Car: 1974 Triumph Spitfire 1500
I live in Brooklyn NY and I'm a member of the New Jersey Triumph Association for the last 6 years. This is my first ABRR event! My car is a 1974 Triumph Spitfire that I have rebuilt and upgraded for high performance and reliability. The car is now a strong driver and has made many trips all over the Tri-State area and recently made the trip to the Vintage Grand Prix in Mid-Ohio.
The MG A-Team
Driver: Russ Sharples, Co-Driver: Pam Sharples Car: 1960 MGA 1600
This will be the MG A-Team’s 4th ABRR but the first time Driver Russ Sharples has convinced his wife Pam to spend a weekend in a cold, cramped, British car keeping company with a bunch of British car nuts. Pam has accompanied Russ on a number of 100 mile jaunts in the MGA and survived all of them, so she is confident that she can make it though a couple of 250 mile days. Russ has owned his MGA for 5 years and in that time has put 20,000 miles on it, most recently driving 800 miles to Louisville KY for the MG2016 meet. That trip was hot so Russ and Pam are hoping for some cool, dry, October weather for the 2016 ABRR!
Team Luddite 2.0
Driver: Jeffrey Bowden Car: 1974 Triumph TR6
My name is Jeff Bowden and this will be my 4th Reliability Run - all run solo in my 1974 TR-6. Each years ABRR seems better than the previous one - thank you organizers! I’ve had my TR-6 for 20 years with records going back to the first owner. Since new, the car has been registered and run every year. It remains largely original. The TR-6 is kept with us in central NJ for 9 months a year but travels to the woods of western Massachusetts for the 3 summer months.
I have previously run as Team Luddite. Aside from amusing myself with my new team name - Luddite 2.0 - my intention was to introduce the possibility that I might make a last minute substitution for my ride. I’m ambivalent about this as my other ride is a 2005 Lotus Elise. I know, I know- the slippery slope argument; first my car, next year 40 teams of 2016 Range Rovers! In its defense, the Elise is no longer made, is 11 years old, and represents (I believe) the modern heir to the small British roadsters we love. If I bring it, perhaps I should rename the Team “Ghost of Reliability Future”. However, should either I or the TR-6 not be feeling reliable, I wanted my ABRR running mates to be forewarned - and hopefully accepting.
Having just received direct electronic ignition, I’m hoping my ignition gremlins will be gone. As of this writing, the TR-6 is running very well and due to be transportation for my daughter at her wedding, later this summer. As of now, I am 90% sure the Triumph and I will be joining the other teams - and TR-6s - at the start line.
Driver: Steve Feld, Co-Driver: Nick Ferrant Car: 1959 Austin-Healey 3000
Retiring in 2009 Steve bought his 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 to satisfy his 40 year longing to get another Healey. His first was also a 1959 but was the earlier 100-6 model which he rolled in youthful exuberance suffering only a broken rib and gross embarrassment. Driving a Fiat 124 Spider and a TR-4A over the years didn’t quench his desire for another Healey. Steve is a resident of Morristown, NJ, where he is President of the North Jersey Region of the Austin Healey Sports & Touring Club.
Nick endures chronic British car fever having a 1956 MGA in college and now owning two British sports cars: a Bugeye Sprite which he purchased in 1974 and a 1958 Austin-Healey 100-6 which he just completed restoring. A resident of Yardville, Nick retired in 2011 and works part-time at Motorcar Garage. Nick has also restored and garages two MGs for his daughters to participate in the hobby with him.
Nick participated in the 2015 ABRR and is looking forward to an enjoyable time again this year. Steve is an ABRR rookie but can’t wait to join the adventure.
Driver: Raymond Psulkowski, Co-Driver: Linda Psulkowski Car: 1966 Lotus Cortina
This is our first ABRR and the first organized “road trip” we’ve run. Our friend Dave Hutchison described having such a good time running this event in the past that we finally made the time to do it. The Lotus Cortina has been ours since the mid-70’s, initially as a daily-driver, then off the road for a long while and back in service in 2013. The photo was taken at Watkins Glen in 2013 while attending LOG 33 (Lotus Owners Gathering). Linda and I are looking forward to participating in this ABRR 2016!
Keep Calm and Motor On
Driver: Bill Goble, Co-Driver: Sandy Goble Car: 1967 MGB
I have owned at least one MGB for the last forty-seven years. I just love the shape - the lines and the proportions. But I wanted a nicer interior like the Jaguar XKE owned by the old fellow up the street. Drawings were done in 1970 describing what the new interior might look like. That first MGB seemed to be rapidly rusting away from Western PA salt and my wife Sandy bought our second MGB from a junk yard for my birthday in 1973. I thought that was the perfect car for the new interior. But it was hard enough just keeping it running. That one and another have all rusted away and we got the current one sight unseen from eBay in 2008. A miracle occurred. It was structurally in great shape. But not so much otherwise. After seven years of slow resto-mod progress and much help from Ragtops and Roadsters, our MGB was declared “finished” last year with a new custom interior, re-designed electrical system, and new paint. It was intended to maintain period correctness but not original. In our first Reliability Run this year we expect to find many problems to start our new list of fixups for next few years of garage enjoyment.
Driver: Thane Tagg, Co-Driver: Dana Fancher Car: 1976 MG Midget
Thane & Dana, ‘THANA’, were high school sweethearts years ago and enjoyed many adventures together in jeeps and cars. Always in love with sports cars we enjoyed the New Hope car show together as teenagers. After a short break, 32 years, we are back together and enjoying life as it always should have been. When looking for our first sports car together, we found the 1976 MG Midget. It was owned by our long time friend at whose house we first met. It was meant to be. The Midget is now part of the family consisting of 3 jeeps and a military deuce & half.
We had a great run last year for a great cause and are looking forward to another amazing run this year for another great cause!
Driver: Guy Staff, Co-Driver: Gillette Alvin Car: 1975 Triumph TR6
When Guy's oldest daughter was a toddler, she nicknamed his TR6 the "little yellow buggy" (LYB). Guy bought the LYB in 1989 and has been its third owner since. The TR has only been "inconvenienced" on the roadside once during Guy's tenure as owner. It ran out of gas on a spring ride after the fuel gauge mysteriously re-calibrated itself during winter storage.
Gillette and Guy didn't spend much time together when Guy was younger, but have been making up for it since. Both are excited to support a good cause and hope to find happy compromise on song selection and whether the TR6 top is up or down.
Driver: Peter Hatzoglu Car: 1979 Triumph Spitfire
Tinker bell, is what my daughter calls our 1979 Spitfire. "Not the nice one, but the one mean one from the original movie”.
She was a gift from my wife on my 1st Father's Day, she wanted me to still have something cool. 12 years later she is still running strong, updating and maintaining as needed. This will be my 1st ABRR and longest drive I've taken yet.
Driver: Ian Furqueron, Co-Driver: Liza Davies Car: 1964 Morris Mini
The 2016 edition will be my 3rd time participating in the ABRR and each one has been a lot of fun. A long time car enthusiast with an early affinity towards American muscle cars and 4x4 trucks, I was introduced to British sports cars in 2005 when my ex-girlfriend bought a 1979 Spitfire and I was flung into the deep-end of the LBC world. In some ways, it was a “reintroduction” as I remember my father test-driving a Spitfire and TR7 back in the late 70’s (sadly, he would buy a Datsun F10 instead).
Eleven years later, I now own three LBC’s of my own: a 1964 Mini Cooper, a 1972 Triumph GT6 and my own ’79 Spitfire (the ex- still has hers). In some ways, the name “Team Indecision” comes from me having to decide which car to drive, although it is often based on which one happens to be running.
The GT6 and Spitfire have participated in the last two ABRR events (’13 and ’15 respectively) so this year I will be driving the Mini. I have owned this car since 2013 when I purchased it to participate in the Watkins Glen Vintage Festival Tour De Marque. It almost made the ’15 ABRR until last minute weather concerns forced a switch to the Spitfire (the Mini doesn’t have heat and doesn’t like cold weather).
Joining me on this year’s run will be my long suffering mother, Liza who was also my navigator for the 2015 ABRR. She is hoping the more southern route will mean the Mini’s lack of heat will be less of a concern.
Driver: Pete Cosmides Car: 1962 Austin-Healy Sprite
This will be my 5th year participating in the ABRR and each one has been a great experience. As a long time British car owner, enthusiast and mechanic I feel this event embodies the spirit of adventure that comes with owning a vintage British Sports Car.
Yet in all those years, there have been very few participants that have experienced car trouble to the point that they could not continue the run, proving the very essence of the event title. Reliability Run....not what most expect, but should from their British Sports Car.
This year I will be driving my new to me, 1962 Austin Healey Sprite. This is a low mileage, one owner car that I have been servicing in my shop for the last 10 years. The owner, at age 93 finally decided to sell the car and knew all along I would be it's next owner.
He purchased it directly from a Healey dealership in the UK while he was on work assignment there in 1962, and he and his wife proceeded to tour Europe with the car.
In addition to all this, it has even more special meaning to me as it was an identical brand new 1962 red Sprite owned by my uncle that when I was a wee lad planted the British car bug in me that would last a lifetime.
Peter Cosmides 1962 Austin Healey Sprite
Motorcar Garage Jr.
Driver: Joe Cosmides Car: 1962 MG Midget
This will be my third ABRR event and the first in which I participate in my new, nearly completely original 1962 MG Midget. The ABRR stands out as one of my favorite events since we get to enjoy our cars through their intended use instead of merely parking them in rows in a sweltering field. As the son of a restoration shop owner, I have many memories and experiences with classic and oddball British cars growing up, such as: commuting to high school in an Austin Marina; riding 8+ hours in the rear bench seat of a 1973 Series 3 Land Rover on vacations; and using industrial grade chemicals to strip paint off of a Jaguar XKE during my most important biologically developmental years. I’m looking forward to the seeing variety of cars that this year’s ABRR will bring out and enjoying the event with everyone.