NEWSFLASH - Mr Magoo, our Morris Minor and original planned ride for this ABRR has suffered multiple indignations this year, the most recent having it's oil cap stolen In Ocean Grove NJ the night before the Positive Earth BOTB car show. (I "corked" the engine to get it home) The car has let me know it has had enough, and as there are simply too many nit picky things that need attention on it I have sent it to the showers and called in the reliever.
He is a 1966 Austin Healey Sprite I have had for one year but which had only been gotten in good running condition just one week before the New Hampshire ABRR. The previous owner took it to confused people with tools who thought it was a NASCAR with a V8 and they tried to turn it into something it was not. Everything they did wrong has now been undone.... except the lowering. It sits about an inch off the pavement but I have (for the time being) been talked out of raising it to it's normal height. I found a wizard to rebuild its' weber carb and it ran the New Hampshire run like a rocket ship... while getting 60 mpg (no lie)
However I have almost no pictures of it as I planned to repaint it (and still do... I hate the color) and I spent the better part of the last year cursing it. Here is a pic from the New Hampshire run, day one, where a Pete C seems to be eying it up.... did he like it, or was he planning to shove a banana up my tailpipe? Tune in to the PA ABRR to find out.....
Team Luddite 2.0
Driver: Jeff Bowden Car: 2005 Lotus Elise
My name is Jeff Bowden and this will be my 6th ABRR. The first 3 were run in my 1974 TR-6, a largely original car which I’ve had for 22 years. I ran solo as Team Luddite. For my 4th ABRR in 2016, I ran my 2005 Lotus Elise. Although I had some trepidation about ruining the vintage vibe, the little Lotus fit in nicely and everyone was welcoming (at least to my face) reminding me that this was a British car event. I’ve had the now 12 year oldLotus since new and it has over 50,000 road trip miles.
Nancy and I live in central NJ but have a lake cabin in Western Massachusetts. From June through September both the TR and the Lotus are there. This yearI will be running the inauguralNew England ABRR two weeks prior to the PA run, and look forward to reporting on that as I do our PAABRR.
On our drive last year, I pulled the Lotus into the parking lot of our Saturday night motel along side a fellow driver’s 2000 Aston Martin. “Oh good”, I said , “the cars can talk 21st century all night”. The Aston Martin owner said “No; they’ll text”. Indeed.
The Healey Guys
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. This year is Nick’s 3rd ABRR.
Steve and Nick co-drove Steve’s Healey in the 2016 ABRR and look forward to the adventure again this year.
I Coulda Had A V-8
Driver: Ray Waugh, Co-Driver: Caroline Waugh Car: 1967 MGB-GT
I Coulda Had a V8!!!!
Yep, we could have! You see this little GT has a past and if it could tell stories, it would be a yarn. From what we have been able to piece together, some time early in its life it lived in Oregon. It was then picked up by Bill Guzman of Classic Conversions Engineering and brought to sunny Camarillo, CA where it was given an engine swap to the 2.8 liter GM V6. Bill used the car to develop some of his parts and suspension components including the 4 link rear. Wilwood front calipers and disks were installed, the Datsun 240Z wheels put on. Sometime later he sold the car to a guy down in Georgia who then sold it to us 3 years ago. Now in the years we have had her, she's gotten new paint and we have been sorting out little things. The biggest thing she got was another engine swap, this time to the 3.4 liter GM V6. This engine we sourced and rebuilt to breath another new life into the car. How many miles are on it? We have no clue!
A little about the driving team. Ray is an Electrical Engineer developing amplifiers for the cell industry who cut his automotive bug teeth on a Plymouth Valiant hand me down. Caroline is a historical interpreter for the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor who takes care of two mules and running a canal boat. She cut her teeth on a challenge from her son with a Miata (and yes it too has reached antique status). This is the third ABRR for the team.
Colonel Mustard & Company
Driver: Jeff Rose, Co-Driver: Robin Tekely-Rose Car: 1973 MGB-GT V8
Introducing the team of Colonel Mustard & Co., Jeff and Robin Rose.
We picked up the Colonel GT V8 off an English website 4 yrs ago, this was the ONE. Shipped it into Baltimore by boat and he was ours. This is one powerful MG and what a hoot to drive. We were smitten by the British bug in 1979, TR4 our first. Since then we have enjoyed a variety of marques, each one for its own characteristics. Look forward to supporting the ABRR, and developing new friendships along the way.
Regards, Jeff & Robin
Driver: Pat Heron, Co-Driver: Bob Curran Car: 1975 Triumph Spitfire
I am driver/owner, Pat Heron. I owned two Spitfires between 1969 and 1985. As children came along, I had to make some adjustments. (I do not blame them). After a 30 year hiatus, I have returned to the fold. Bob Curran and I have known each other for over 40 years, at least 20 of which were spent together in one military organization. Hence, the name, “Cav Guy’s”. If at any time during the Run you happen to pass us and observe that we are not laughing, please check twice. Our pants may be on fire.
Gear Drive Garage
Driver: Bates McLain, Co-Driver: Dan Graff Car: Morgan 4/4 Competition
I have been working on some motor related project or another since I was 13. I went to auto tech school rather than college, apprenticed at a machine/welding shop. Bought a Morgan 4/4 to restore in 1987, ended up getting me into Vintage Racing of Morgans for 5 years, then Formula cars for another 5 years. Love cars and car loving people. Met my wife because she was admiring my Morgan,so offered her a Morgan ride…. 23 years ago!
I’m still playing with cars and hanging around car people!
Driver: Steve Olmsted, Co-Driver: Kathleen Olmsted Car: 1963 Triumph Sport 6
Steve and Kathy Olmsted make up team From Away. This is Steve's third ABRR and Kathy's second. Steve began his car "hobby" at the age of 15 when his dad bought him and his brothers a 1960 Bugeye. He thought restoring a car would be a good way to keep his boys out of trouble. Little did he know! 40 years later and with more than 50 cars in his collection, this is not a hobby that always keeps Steve out of trouble! Fortunately, he married his college sweetheart - a very kind, understanding, compassionate and supportive woman (who also volunteered to write this bio)!
Steve's future plan is to have a British car museum in northern Michigan so others can enjoy his collection.
Driver: Ian Furqueron, Co-Driver: Elizabeth Davies Car: 1972 Triumph GT6
Team Indecision will be returning for our 4th ABRR. This time (hopefully) with my ’72 Triumph GT6, which made its first appearance in 2013 ABRR (my first). Joining me again as navigator will be my ever supportive mother, Liza Davies.
The GT6 has been in my care since 2011 and is largely stock and original, with a few updates. Should something prevent the GT6 from attending, my ’79 Spitfire (a veteran of the 2015 ABRR) stands in reserve. Also in my LBC fleet is a recently acquired 2006 MINI Cooper S JCW. Little British cars are like potato chips – you can’t have just one!
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 7 years. This is my second 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.
Eat Pray Drive II
Driver: Ted Campbell Car: 1976 Triumph TR6
After many years, got back in a Triumph in 2006. Joined DVT and VTR soon thereafter. Something about driving that car brings back fond memories of my youth and my wife. My last ABRR was 2010. Hopefully 2017 will be as good.
Driver: Peter Hatzoglu, Co-Driver: Isabella 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 would say. The Spitfire was a gift from my wife on my 1st Father's Day, she wanted me to still have something cool. 13 years later, still running strong, updating and maintaining as needed. Looking forward to my 2nd ABRR and adding some more miles to the clock.
Driver: Mike Paserchia Car: 1979 Triumph Spitfire
My name is Mike Paserchia, a Spitfire owner of 38 years. I live in Wayne, New Jersey with my wife, Nadine, and two daughters, Jessica (31) and Taylor (26). I bought my Carmine Red Spitfire in 1979 and it is was my first new car. The car is 95% original, making each time I drive it, feel like I’m 21 years old again. Although this is my first ABRR, I have taken this car on many long trips to different race tracks for years. It has traveled along with a group of other, dedicated Spitfire owners. The longest trip to date was to Atlanta, Georgia in 2012; a round trip of 2,045 miles. I look forward to adding this trip to my Spitfire’s travel log.
Little Blue Spitfire
Driver: Jim Holmgren Car: 1975 Triumph Spitfire
I took over caring for this little blue beastie over 14 years ago. After being denied the opportunity to purchase a 1980 Spitfire at 16 years old, I decided about 20 years later to try again. Fortunately my wife was a bit more lenient than my parents.
With the support of my incredible wife and the help of a small group of fantastic friends, she's been rebuilt pretty much from top to bottom. This includes adding overdrive transmission, UK style intake and exhaust, new paint, chrome, complete interior, wheels, suspension and culminating with swapping in a new upgraded engine this winter. This is my first ABRR although I have been on several long road trips to a number of classic race tracks including Lime Rock, PVGP, Mid-Ohio and Watkins Glen.
Driver: Howard Dohrman, Co-Driver: Barry Shandler Car: 1980 MGB
Howard Dohrman, driver, is the proud owner of a beautiful blue 1980 MGB, originally imported into Canada so it has a kilometer odometer. The car was originally a rubber bumper model which was converted back to a chrome bumper at the time the car was refurbished. Howard started the his sports car life with a Mitsubishi 3000 GTB but between that car and the MGB, many years have elapsed. It is Howard’s first crack at the Reliability Run.
Barry Shandler, navigator, has had an early career in sports cars owning a 1958 Fiat 1200 and a 1964 Triumph TR-4. Many years elapsed also before he purchased his orange MGB in 2013. Barry has had lots of experience in creating rallies for the Positive Earth Drivers Club , the Regency Car Club in Monroe and the Delaware Valley Triumph Association. He participated in the 2015 Reliability run.
Driver: Pete Cosmides Car: 1974 MGB-GT V8
This is my 6th year of participation in the ABRR event. If all goes as planned I am registered to run in all three 2017 ABRR events starting with the NH Run in my MG 1100, then the PA event in my MGB-GT V8 and wrap up the driving season down in the DC/VA/MD run in my Jaguar XJS. I have also been a supporter/sponsor of the event by providing the event hats for all participants. Lets hope the sun shines down on us and we need those hats for shade!
Motorcar Garage LLC
Driver: Mike Kearns, Co-Driver: Karen Kearns Car: 1977 MGB
This is our fourth ABRR. We are looking forward to running the back roads of PA. Leaf peeping should be fantastic and the stops will be worth more than the price of admission. What could be any better than running the back roads of PA in a little British sports car with a group of like minded folks and in the process raising money for children. Let the sun shine and the fun begin!
TEAM FINALLY BABY ... MAYBE
Driver: Melody Laurel, Co-Driver: Larry Laurel Car: 1980 Triumph TR8
Another go at the ABRR! Woo hoo!
This year, we’ll try for the second time to make it in our Spitfire named Baby, inspiring our team name “Finally Baby”. She’s the temperamental sort, hence the qualifier “Maybe?”
Bruklyn, the Wonder Dog wants to come along with us, thinking it’s her car, but they aren’t her hotels and restaurants, so she will have to hold down the fort at home.
So whether in Baby, the Spitfire, or trustworthy Banshee, the TR8, we look forward to trying to exceed last year’s fund raising efforts, and to having loads fun along the way.
Driver: Bob De Lucia, Co-Driver: Dave Kane Car: 1974 Triumph TR6
"Team DVT" is driven by "Where's Bob?" De Lucia, who will be in his 6th ABRR charity drive. Co-driver is Dave Kane, who will be in his 4th ABRR charity drive. Bob and Dave will be driving Bob's 1974 TR6, which Bob and Dave drove the last two years. Bob and Dave finished 2nd in fund-raising for the 2015 ABRR, with over $1,300.
Bob previously drove in the inaugural Pennsylvania ABBR, in a 1991 Jaguar XJ6 with his wife Joyce, and twice with a 2000 Jaguar XKR (solo). Dave drove in an ABRR with his wife Ruth, in their TR3. Bob is the outgoing Director of Delaware Valley Triumph, Ltd. Dave is the outgoing Assistant Director of Delaware Valley Triumph, Ltd. Bob and Dave are also previous DVT Newsletter editor ("TRundlin TRiumphs"). Bob has traveled several times with other DVT members, including co-pilot Dave Kane, on the club's annual UK Motoring Tour.
Bob was the DVT Co-Chairman with the New Jersey Triumph Association club’s President, for the recent and highly successful 2017 Vintage Triumph Register National Convention, just held in Princeton, NJ, in August. Bob was also the chairman of the 2007 Vintage Triumph Register National Convention, the last Mid-Atlantic/Northeast location until last month.