Welcome to our 2017 Teams!
Driver: John Kruczek, Co-Driver: Denise Kruczek
Car: 1966 Austin Healey Sprite
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.....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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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!
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.
Driver: Walter Lawson, Co-Driver: Nancy McConnell
Car: 2017 Jaguar XE
I'm Walt Lawson, driver/owner of a British racing green 2017 Jaguar XE. I'm a member of the Delaware Valley Jaguar Club. My co-driver, Nancy McConnell and I have known each other for over 40 years. She was my neighbor, dear friend of my late wife, and my tennis mixed doubles partner. Since moving to Florida, Nancy has taken up golf. I'm still playing tennis but I may switch to golf when I'm old enough. This is our first ABRR so the only thing we ask is that everyone, in the timeless words of Austin Powers, "behaaave, baby!"
Driver: David Ehret, Co-Driver: Peter Roberts
Car: 1966 Austin Healey 3000 MK3
I saw my first Healey while in high school. At the time I had a 1956 Plymouth Savoy – well used and abused. I always wanted an Austin Healey so after I graduating college, I bought my first one. I currently have two Healeys - a 1955 100 with the M package and a 1966 3000 MkIII. I did most of the work with help from my navigator Pete and AHSTC club members.
Pete Roberts is the navigator and also a member of AHSTC. He currently has 4 Healeys – 3 100’s and one 1966 BJ8. He acquired his first 100 in the early 1960’s and has been adding to the collection ever since. He built an AH 100 - Buick Healey complete with V6 and automatic transmission – a real Bad Boy.
This will be our first ABRR.
Driver: Trip Arnold, Co-Driver: Georgia Arnold
Car: 1973 MGB GT
This will be our third Reliability Run. We enjoy traveling in the MG for the fun and adventure it offers, and the camaraderie experienced with other LBC owners. We participated in the Rally to Reno, runs to numerous NAMGBR conventions, NC Mountain runs, and a run to and through the Cabot Trail. We live at the NJ Shore and are looking forward to this mountain run through PA which will take us near my hometown of Houtzdale, PA.
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.
Driver: Ray Psulkowski, Co-Driver: Linda Psulkowski
Car: 1966 Lotus Cortina
Ray and Linda have owned the LoCort since the mid-70’s when it was an un-loved faux Lotus. Linda commuted to work in the Cortina and in the winter it was fitted with four snow tires: two studded snows on the back and non-studded on the front. Since then the Cortina has been on and off the road, emerging from a long hiatus in 2013. The car’s still not restored but it has been fixed a lot!
Ray earns a living selling parts for Lotus cars – r.d. enterprises, ltd. began in 1974 as a part-time business and became a full-time enterprise in 1976. We’ve been located in Quakertown PA since 1990. As Dave Hutchison says, “Parts in a barn”. The “Racing Duck” has been with the business since the beginning.
This is our second ABRR. We had a great time last year and we are proud to participate in another ABRR. Hopefully the fund-raising will continue to grow and help kids.
Driver: Richard Ippoliti, Co-Driver: Frank Dapiran
Car: 1959 Austin Healey BN4
Frank and Richard are two retired Healey owners representing the Austin Healey Sports and Touring Club making their first Reliability Run. Richard’s first Healey was a 1959 BN4 purchased in 1965 and sold two years later (if I only knew what I had then). Always having the sport car desire he drove two Fiat 124 Spiders over the years but still longed for another Healey. The current 1959 BN4 was purchased in 1993 and over the years restored to its current condition. Frank Dapiran purchased his first Healey in 1968 after seeing an ad with a terrific price and also sold it after owning it for 2 years. Frank currently owns a 1960 BT7 which he purchased 5 years ago. He has done most of the restoration work at a local Vocational Tech adult Body Shop course. This was a great deal and highly recommend it.
Driver: Charles W. Olson, Co-Driver: Grace Smith
Car: 1994 Jaguar Convertible
We’re the Jaguar Team. Grace and I ARE a Jaguar team. She owns a 2017 F-Pace and I own a 94 XJS! I’m a long time sports car enthusiast having owned several MGB’s, but not all at once. A Father & Son restoration of a ’66 MGB resulted in a year of Dad’s enjoyment, when it was learned that Freshmen were not allowed to have cars on campus at Penn State. I had more fun driving that car than my current Jag which is a real cruiser with all the creature comforts. This is a feature Grace enjoys most and to replace her 2004 Buick Rendezvous, she purchased the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace and joined the DVJC. It was Jaguar's first attempt at a performance SUV. We both enjoy driving our Jags and swapped driving from home to Amelia Island and back in 2016. For the first time we are joining the ABRR and experience 300 miles of safe and reliable driving and fun filled camaraderie with other British car owners. In addition we will be contributing to a very worthwhile charity.
Driver: Robert Sayre, Co-Driver: Dorothy Bryan
Car: 1970 Rover 3500
This is 1/2 of Team Mulligan’s 3rd ABRR. This year brings a new co-driver as the regular co-driver is unavailable with work commitments. One Half of the Team and the car participated in last year ABBR as Team P-6. Unfortunately a catastrophic rear failure on the last day left Team P-6 125 miles short of completion.
Perhaps with a new co-driver the results will be substantially improved.
The team owns a number of Rover 3500S’s, A Rover TC and a P-5. The team hails from Riverton, NJ.
Driver: Paul Merluzzi, Co-Driver: Irena Merluzzi
Car: 1969 Jaguar E-Type FHC
I cannot remember a time when I was not interested in cars. It is not genetic because my parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, and uncles had no interest other than having a reliable four-wheeler to get them from Point A to Point B. During high school in the late 50’s and early 60’s I drove my Dad’s 1958 Rambler (I told you he wasn’t a car guy) on dates. Not exactly what you would call a Babe Magnet.
In my teens I was fascinated by automobile designs and would spend hours sketching ‘futuristic’ cars. Then in the mid-fifties when I was in my early teens, Chrysler came out with the ‘Forward Look’ designs of Virgil Exner and I didn’t think anything on earth was more beautiful (except my sixth grade teacher, Miss McAvoy with whom I made a fool of myself with my school-boy-crush behavior).
The fanaticism with cars developed into a model-building hobby. My room was cluttered with Revell plastic models and home-made balsa wood models. My friends and I would carve out race cars from blocks of balsa wood, mount wheels on them, screw an eye-hook underneath, and drill a hole in the rear. We would then run a 20 or 25 foot string through the eye-hook and stake each end of the string on pavement. The hole in the rear was used to mount a CO2 capsule. At the start of the race we would puncture the CO2 capsule which would propel the cars along the string. Great fun!
My first exposure to British sports cars happened in 1961 after I started college and was working on a co-op job in my home town. My supervisor, Dave Jones, was a young engineer just a year or two out of college. He had a white TR3 roadster that he drove year-round in Connecticut. We became friends and I got to ride in (and occasionally drive) the TR3 when we hung out together. It was interesting to see the little snow-drifts building up inside the side curtains during a typical Connecticut winter. I swear it was colder inside the car than outside.
Since I was pretty much working my way through college, I didn’t have a dime to my name – let alone 10’s of thousands of dimes to buy a car. So I had a mission to date women with sports cars. One of them had a Triumph Spitfire and worked at the same place I did when I was home on the co-op job. One day I went over to have lunch with her and she said she was being taken out to lunch by a company salesman who was in town for a meeting. She told me I should take a look at his car. So I walked out to the parking lot with her and there was the most beautiful piece of machinery I had ever seen in my life. She said it was a Jaguar XK-150 roadster. It was white with a black interior. From that point on, whenever that salesman was in town, I didn’t exist as far as my friend with the Spitfire was concerned. Thus began my love-hate relationship with the Jaguar marque.
As I was nearing completion of my engineering degree in the mid 60’s, I began to dream about owning a sports car – with Jaguar at the top of the list. But with no savings and a small college debt, I became more practical and fell in love with a 1966 TR4 with a British Racing Green exterior and biscuit interior. But I decided to go to graduate school instead, further depleting my financial resources. During that time, while working on the Masters and PhD degrees, I met my lovely Irena and we had our beautiful daughter (and future gear head) Ericka. Trying to raise a family on a $330/month research assistantship removed all thoughts of buying sports cars from my brain, but the visions remained – especially those of the Jaguar.
It was not until 1987 that I bought my first sports car – a 1957 Porsche 356. A year later I bought a 1959 Mercedes 190SL. Irena and I had a lot of fun with those cars and especially enjoyed the International Mercedes 190SL Group where I eventually became Vice President and ran the 10th anniversary Concours and Convention in 1994 (held in Lancaster). Car buying was put on hold once again for a few years while I built my engineering consulting business. I purchased our 1958 XK-150 FHC in 2002, the brown 1969 E-Type in 2003, the red 1979 Ferrari 308GTS in 2006, and the green 1995 XJS convertible in 2009.
The Jaguars, like the other vintage cars we owned, have given us lots of pleasure and fun, as well as some anxious moments when they decide to stop running at the most inopportune time. Most of all, they have given us the opportunity to make new friends through clubs like the DVJC – which to me is the most important by-product of ownership.
Driver: Dave Hutchison, Co-Driver: Dave Baughn
Car: 1962 Lotus Super Seven by Birkin
This is the fourth ABRR that the "Birkin Boys" have run the Lotus Super Seven. This all started when Dave had a beer with Blake Discher ten 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 with Dave in his 1969 Spitfire. Over the years, the DVT has brought together a dedicated planning committee that has organized the seven ABRRs each with increasing success! Now there are four ABRRs in North America! More states are expected in 2018!
Dave's passion for sports cars began over 40 years ago when he bought his first LBC, a 1964 BRG AH Sprite while in school. In 1977 he bought a Vignale bodied 1961 Triumph Italia 2000 GT and commuted with it to and from work. (more on that later). Back in the day, Dave was the "final 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 the Ragtops team as Operations Manager in 2001 and he has driven the R&R chase van and trailer on several ABRRs. Each ABRR has been a challenge and lots of fun to drive.
This year, Dave Baughn, Dave's buddy from school and co-driver in the Spitfire in 2008 joins the Birkin Boys Team! During their senior year, Dave Baughn purchased a 1961 Triumph Italia from a used car lot in South Plainfield, NJ, while "Hutch" was driving his 1964 Austin Healey Sprite, resulting in many spirited drives through the back roads of Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Dave started racing Formula Fords a few years later, and following an unplanned off-track excursion (crash) at Lime Rock in Connecticut, Dave needed to raise funds to repair the race car. Hutch and Dave shared an apartment at the time and a late night beer-fueled plot was done with a handshake and a $1.02 deposit to sell the Italia to Hutch to cover the cost to put the Titan Mk. 6 back on the track. Fast forward 40 years, and Hutch still owns the Italia, Dave has occasional visitation (driving) rights, and the two have remained life-long friends!
Both Daves 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: Cliff Besett, Co-Driver: Debra Lipp
Car: 1974 Triumph TR6
This will be our second ABRR run. We live in Staten Island, New York. I am the Vice President of the New Jersey Triumph Association and Debra is the secretary. My 1974 TR6 is a Junior & Senior AACA National Champion. We enjoyed the ABRR run last year and we enjoy driving the TR6, doing runs and overnights with our club. I also own a 1960 Triumph TR3A. This year the NJTA will have 4 cars in the ABRR run. Looking forward to meeting new people and enjoying a great run for a good cause.
Driver: Clive Thornes, Co-Driver: Maggie Thornes
Car: 1972 Triumph TR6
1972 Triumph TR6
Impulse buy in 1998 on seeing car in front yard of house on road between Yardley and Morrisville. At the time knew absolutely nothing about Triumph cars. So I was very lucky! Don't know much more now! Always now recommend new buyers to join a club (DVT of course) first.
When originally bought, car was painted non Triumph red and the overdrive had been removed. It was a runner, bodywork was marginal, interior well used, engine had one cylinder compression poor. It used more oil than gas! Club members required us to always be at the rear of a caravan. The first major restoration was to have the bodywork repaired, stripped and painted. We decided to return it to its original color, jasmine. The excellent work was done by a body shop in Pendell, Scrappies. The next major work was done by Power British. The work included rebuilt and upgraded engine, new clutch, overhauled gearbox, and installation of overdrive unit. The body was removed from the frame and while the engine compartment was repaired and painted, using my sweat equity I cleaned, primed and painted the frame. When completed, we were first prize winners of the Early Triumph TR6 concourse award at the Richmond VTR in 2006. Over the years we have had major work done to the car by Ragtops and Roadsters, Triumph Rescue and Bill Thomas Restorations, all to an excellent standard.
Clive and Maggie Thornes
Members of Delaware Valley Triumphs since 1998. We were first made very welcome by existing members including Ed and Linda Aucott Aat the monthly GTRs at Rathbones. Subsequently Clive was Membership Board member for Mambership and when under his stewardship the club achieved 200 members for the first time. Maggie was Newsletter edditor of TRundlin’ TRiumphs and won an award for the Newsletter at a VTR convention. Both played major parts (along with many others) in the very successful 2008 VTR Convention at Valley Forge hosted by DVT. Maggie was responsible for the excellent Conference Manual, and Clive as Vice Chairman assisted Bob DeLucia in his many tasks as Chairman, notably as organising the Fralinger String Band for the finale of the Awards banquet to end the Conference with a bang. We have partipated in several ABRSs and Weekend Getaways over the years and we have attended many other functions and even won the trophy once for the bi-annual DVT v MG rally.
Nowadays we are not as active as we would like because we spend our summers in the U.K. At our cottage in Brantingham, East Yorkshire but we do manage to go on the weekend getaways, get to meetings and go on their monthly runs (unfortunately with a modern Honda) and annual fish and chip run with the local EasTRiding Triumph Group of the Triumph Register.
Driver: George Sweeper
Car: 1968 Jaguar E-Type Roadster
This is my first time running the the ABRR, and since my decision was made at the eleventh hour I won't have the luxury of imagining too much about the experience before the date is here. I just returned from the Vintage Car Weekend at Watkins Glen, which is always a great experience, so this seems like a natural extension of enjoying great sports cars, great people and another wonderful driving experience.
I began my sports car ownership with an Austin Healey 100 (6) as a college graduation present to myself. I next moved on to a '64 Healey 3000, and both cars I enjoyed immensely. My current (and forever) classic is a '68 Jaguar E-Type which I've owned since 1971.
A few (of many) of the most notable driving experiences with the Jag, were two trips to California I took in the mid seventies. The first covered 10,200 miles in six week, all top down. The second, a few years later, took me and my Co-Driver from the Georg Washington Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge in 58 hours; and the return trip three weeks later in 56 hours. Needless to say, I love and enjoy driving, with a passion, I love fast cars, and I have a weakness for convertibles.
Driver: Bill Murphy IV, Co-Driver: Eugene Toner
Car: 2004 Ford Van
Bill Murphy IV:
Since I was old enough to stand next to my Dad in our '53 Chevy, I have always been obsessed with cars. I read everything I could about cars and was fortunate enough that my Dad took me to the Custom Car Show in Philly in the '50s and early sixties! He was not a car guy, but he knew of my love of same, and frequently took me to Langhorne Speedway starting in the '60s! I will never forget the impression that those giant steering wheels in the front motor Indycars made on me!
My love of cars and racecars has led me to be part of factory Chrysler Drag Teams at the age of sixteen, a career spanning fifteen years at TEAM PENSKE starting as an IROC mechanic in 1977 and fourteen years as a fueler on the Indycar team! I was lucky enough to be on three national championship Indycar teams, two Indy 500 wins in 1984 and 1987 and twenty one race wins as a fueler for Mario Andretti, Rick Mears, Al Unser Sr. and Johnny Rutherford.
As a driver, I have competed in Sprint Cars, Enduro Karts and more recently Nostalgia Superstock drag cars both as an owner/driver and more recently as a "hired gun"! I recently retired as a driver for 422 Motorsports in Oaks Pa.
I am well versed in the history of all forms of motorsports and it is my prime educational interest.
My first LBC was a '67 Midget that I drove back and forth to Camp LeJeune while a young Lieutenant in the Marines! I have owned the Midget, a !960 Mini and my present car, a 1961 TR-4.
My son Bill runs dirt 600cc midgets and I am deeply involved with his racing! Bill has been racing since he was nine and he is now thirty-four years old.
My involvement with Delaware Valley Triumphs has been a highlight of my car life and I have cherished the great times and friends that I have made as a result of British cars! Amazingly the LBC community has been able to tolerate me these past five years!
I'm 26 years old and when I was young man my dad was always working on old British cars. He brought me to Ragtops & Roadsters several times which may have influenced me to choose to attend Pennsylvania College of Technology for the 2 year program in automotive restoration. I was the production manager/public affair manager in the classic cruisers club at the school. I worked as an intern at R&R during the summer of 2015 then finished my last year and received my restoration degree in May of 2016. Between school and work I drove the chase truck and trailer to support the Freedom Rally through Virginia with a classmate from school. We did manage to lend a hand and make a couple of roadside repairs to keep some classics on the tour. I started full time at Ragtops in June and I enjoy the daily challenges that we find working on vintage cars. I just finished a full mechanical rebuild of a right drive MGTD. My daily driver is a Jaguar X Type. This is my second ABRR.