Meetings are the 3rd Thursday of each month unless otherwise posted.
March meeting will be held on 4/21 at Sticky Fingers,
5044 Market St.
The Cape Fear
British Motor Club Welcomes all Marques, Models and Motoring
For additions or submissions to newsletter contact the editor, Dale
Masters at 270-7762 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Volume 7 No. 4
The Official Monthly Publication
of the British Motor Club of The Cape Fear
As promised, our last membership meeting at the Reel Café, only lasted
20 minutes. It was a great location for the meeting, private bar,
meeting room, wait staff and good food and spirits. Parking was a
little difficult, with some finding spaces 3 blocks away. Turnout was
excellent, with many new members attending their first meeting. Our
April 21st meeting will be at Sticky Fingers on Market St, next to
Hooters (with a huge parking lot).
Our trip to the Outer Banks was a blast. Great weather, good company
and the cars ran well. One thing that helped me enjoy the trip even
more was my CB radio. It is an old Lafayette, probably as old as my
car. But it still works and is really fun to be able to chat back and
forth with other people in the group during the trip. It also helps to
be able to communicate urgent needs, such as gas, breakdowns, restroom,
or hunger pangs, from the front to the back of the convoy. Cell phones
are great, but sometimes don’t get reception in the middle of the ferry
ride or outback country, and they are hardly functional for a group
discussion. Walkie talkies are hard to hear with the top down, unless
you have it to your ear and many do not have variable frequencies where
all can be on the same “channel”. I’ll bet many of you have one of
these antique CB’s tucked away in the garage. Get it out and install
it. Lets enjoy the fellowship of the club during the ride as well as
after. I don’t know about the rest of you, but if I let the Healey sit
for several weeks without driving it, especially in the moist/humid
summer months, I find that it is sometimes hard to start and then the
engine misfires for several minutes. My guess is that there is moisture
getting into the points in the distributor. I have therefore decided to
invest in a Pertronix Ignitor electronic ignition (www.vintageperformance.com).
This Hall Effect device replaces the points and condenser, lasts the
life of the vehicle, and supposedly provides a substantially hotter
spark, allowing more complete burning of the fuel, providing more power,
better fuel economy and elimination of “run on” after the ignition is
turned off. That seems like a lot of benefit for a “mere” $80.
Installation appears to be easy. Remove old points and condenser, screw
in Ignitor, attach the wires, start engine, check and adjust timing. I
will let you know how it works out. But probably the easiest way to
prevent moisture in the distributor is to drive it often, but then again
you would still have to replace the points and condenser periodically.
See you at the next meeting,
Be sure to
read the HOT
NEWS pages this month. They contain important information
BMCCF - MANTEO TRIP,
you wanted to stage an event in which you could drive your car. Not
just putter around town for a few miles and then park someplace where
passers by could stop and admire the shiny paint and clean wheels which
took you all afternoon to polish. You wanted to really drive. To pack
up the boot, snap on the side curtains and take off cross country.
Press on regardless of weather, ferry schedules, breakdowns and
anything else fate could throw at us. That’s exactly what a group of us
weatherman had been predicting rain and high winds along the coast and
that probably deterred some folks from making the trip with us. But
Saturday morning showed up with bright sunshine, albeit pretty darn cold
for this time of year and six buttoned up cars left the Hampstead Food
Lion parking lot.
following BMCCF members made the trip with us:
Jeff & Paula
Starling in their Healy
Dan & Estelle Samel
in their TR3
Linda Masters & Pat
Hogan in Linda’s new
Myself and Jim Hogan
in my MGB-GT
Pete & Marcy Mullen
and Victor & Mary Mannino in their family iron.
Last but certainly
the most brave was Prez. Bill Massey in his Healy, who drove the whole
weekend with the top down and no hat.
motored up past Jacksonville and picked up Hans and Syble Jacobsen who
met us in their Morgan +8 and then the group proceeded on to the Cedar
Island ferry. This leg of the trip is a nice drive by itself. No
traffic to speak of and the rural country side is a welcome relief from
the congestion of Wilmington.
got snugly tucked away on the ferry and settled down to enjoy lunch and
the 2 ½ hour ride. Once out on the water, the breeze died down and
everybody decided to sit outside and enjoy the sun. The next leg of the
trip, between Okracoke and Manteo, was probably the least interesting in
terms of roadside scenery. Unless you plan to stop and visit the Cape
Hatteras Lighthouse or walk on the beach, all you see are dunes on each
side of the road. In some spots it’s downright desolate. A few of us
couldn’t get on the second ferry because of the altered winter schedule
and were forced to wait an hour for the next one. Because it was
nearing twilight, the leading group went on ahead to the hotel and
informed them that the rest of us were on the way.
joined up again for dinner at the Weeping Radish Restaurant in Manteo.
The Radish is a bona fide Bavarian pub serving some of the best German
food I’ve ever tasted. Maybe not for everyone, especially if you’re on
a diet, but after a full day of driving it’s a great place to relax,
eat and drink some really great beer brewed right on the premises. If
you want to sample some, they have it on tap at Fat Tony’s on
After a peaceful
night and complimentary breakfast at the Elizabethan Inn, we were on the
road again at
the next morning. We headed west across
Roanoke Island and
down US64 towards Lake Mattamuskeet. Just for kicks, we drove across
the lake on the causeway that divides it in half. Our original plan was
to catch the free ferry at Bayview and shoot over to New Bern for lunch
and then on home on
US17. Like all
plans though, we were pre-empted by other circumstances. A small,
unplanned detour at Belhaven
took us through the center of town instead of around the outside and
while we were pulled over checking the maps, a couple of local townsfolk
brought to our attention that we were parked right across the street
from the best restaurant in town, The Fish Hook Café. Truth be told, it
was probably the only restaurant in town but we decided to give it a try
anyway. It was good. The problem was that it caused us to miss the
ferry and once again, because of the winter hours we were looking at an
hour and a half wait. That didn’t set too well so we decided to motor
on to Little Washington and pick up 17. At least we got to go through
that way and again the roads were scenic and quiet. On Route 17,
everybody broke up in groups of one or
two and headed
home. We were all safely back at the barn by about 5:30 PM.
car performed flawlessly and other than a few sore butts and backs we
all agreed that we had a good time. The only suggestion was that we
plan the next trip over a several day period. Driving is fun, but only
a few of us are what you would call kids anymore. Makes sense to me. We
covered about 450 miles in two days. Three days would have been
easier. I think next spring we’ll head over near Boone and follow the
Parkway down to Georgia. Is anybody up for that?
next time you see Dan & Estelle Samel bow down on one knee and pay them
homage for being the most senior members, in terms of age, to make the
trip with us. They also drove the oldest car. That’s what I call the
right way to perpetuate our hobby. Anybody can coast down hill in a
parade or sit next to their car all day at a show but for those of us
who really like to drive. Damn the fear of breakdowns and gas prices.
Full speed ahead.
Regular BMCCF business meeting,
Sticky Fingers, 5044 Market St. 6:15 PM
for food Meeting at 7:00 PM
- The 20th Annual South-Central British Car Gathering - for more
www.sheltonvinyards.com, or email Jamie Palmer at
email@example.com or Steve Ward at (704) 553-0135
British Car week,
May 1 – Classic Motorsports at
the Mitty, Road Atlanta,
– Cape Fear AACA Antique Car Show,
Westfield Mall, Reg. 9 -11 AM, Contact Jeff Oaks (910) 343-1331,
– Rims on the River, See flyer, this
Cape Fear Rover Dealership display,
British Classic Car Meet, Virginia
Aviation Museum, Richmond,
Va, Reg 9-1 PM,
Contact Gary Kinney (804)
Gardens & Red Oak Tavern
See details in HOT
NEWS, This Issue
Bluegrass Austin-Healey Spring Tour
This is a
warm-up for British Car Week! Tour of the
Blueridge Parkway begins in
Cherokee, North Carolina and ends in Waynesboro, Virginia. This tour
begins on May 22 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and will finish May 27 at
Waynesboro at the I-64 interchange.
Bob Thurman at: firstname.lastname@example.org
25th Annual British Car Day South
Car Show: Sunday, June 5, 2005
Rally: Saturday, June 4, 2005
Touring and sight-seeing: Saturday, June 4, 2005
Location: Dan Nicholas Park,
Host Hotel: Hampton Inn, Salisbury,
Registration: Ann & John Jones,
June – cont’d
Virginia International Raceway under
Historic Races* VIR
is located 20 miles southeast of Danville, Virginia right on the
Virginia/North Carolina border.
Watkins Glen International Raceway under HSR*
Watkins Glen is located in upstate
New York at the southernmost tip of
Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course under SVRA* Mid-Ohio is located 70 miles
north/northeast of Columbus,
Ohio near the town of
Conclave in Winston-Salem N.C. (This
is a non-race event.) In addition to the great group racing at these
events, the sanctioning bodies have granted the AUHC all-Healey
– Classy Chassis Car Show, Poplar
Grove Plantation, Scotts Hill, NC, Reg. 8 – 12 PM, Contact (910)
Dates tba Southeast regional MG
Fall Festival, Dillard Georgia, Contact Dennis
30 – 1
Autumn in the Mountains,
Annual Fall British Car
Festival, Waynesboro, VA, Michael Brittingham, 540-456-8436,
17 EURO 2005 Auto Festival, BMW
Zentrum Visitors Center,
I-85, South Carolina, Betty Harbison, 864-814-1078
BMCCF Brits at the Battleship,
Paul Buckner 910-755-6099,
Minutes of March 17th
Meeting at Reel Cafe
President Bill Massey
called the meeting to order at 6:55. A motion to approve the minutes of
the previous meeting as
published was made by Dale Masters, seconded by Chip Cooper.
('60TR-3), Andy and Stephanie Stevens ('57 MGA), and Miller Van Vliet ('58
TR-3), were introduced
report by Linda Masters. Balance 2/28/05 $1,334.50, deposit 3/4/05 $140,
total $1,474.50, expenses $48.82 (Stamps-printing), Balance $1,425.68.
Membership report by
Linda Masters. Family members 46, individual members 95.
Battleship Show report
by Paul Buckner. Cookie Cooper is working on a brochure which will be
mailed. Paul needs to know the names and addresses of other car clubs.
Dale is to get this info to Paul. Paul urged that any ideas or suggestions
members have for the show should be emailed to him
(email@example.com). The show is not limited to British cars,
so talk up the show.
The date is Saturday November 5th, 2005.
Dale said it
will be out on time this month. He is always looking for articles. Let
Dale know how you got your car, etc. Rather than wait for volunteers Dale
will be calling people for articles. Paul said he will send Dale an article
reported eight cars took the trip to up Hatteras to Manteo. The weather was
beautiful, the scenery impressive, and the company great. Everyone made it
there and back. We were even able to find propane for Jacobson's '82 Morgan
Plus 8. Drivers on the Manteo trip were: Dale Masters and Jim Hogan
(MGB-GT), Dan and Estelle Samel ('61 TR3-A), Victor
and Mary Mannino
(Mercedes), Jeff and Paula Starling (Austin Healy 3000), Hans and Lillie
Jacobson ('82 Morgan +8), Bill Massey (Austin Healy), and Linda Masters & Pt
Hogan (Mini- Cooper). Everyone should consider taking a trip with the club.
Corbell, President of The Triumph Club of the Carolinas announced the
"Gathering in The Blue
Ridge" in Dobson, NC. Last year there were 300 cars.
announced some upcoming events:
SAT April 30th,
"Rims on The River",
classic and hot rod show sponsored by the City of Wilmington. Details will
be published on our website.
SAT May 14th,
Land Rover Dealer Show. Last year was fun, & lunch provided by the dealer
SAT May 21,
Tour of Brookfield Gardens, and meeting with Charleston Club (will try to
move this date).
SUN May 22nd
Rally and dinner at Roberson's.
June 4th and 5th
Annual British Car Day South at Salisbury, NC. June 26th National
Austin Healy Conclave in Winston Salem.
July 9th, 2005
Poplar Grove Plantation (Scotts Hill)
the "Classy Chassis
Show", Sun Coast Cruisers are co-sponsoring the show. Dale is getting a
booth so he can sell his
book, "The Body Under The Bonnett", and will share with the club. We
can put up our banner,
etc. Registration is at 8am.
suggested again that the members purchase a CB for trips, and the need to
establish the CB channel
before the trip. Bill gave out free passes that the Battleship gave to
us for our
announced that Larry Neu, a former member of BMCCF, had passed away. Dale
and Linda will attend a
service on Saturday March 19, and sign for the club.
suggested we look into McDaniels on College Road in Wilmington as a
Will be at
STICKY FINGERS, Market Street at New Centre Dr., Wilmington, THURSDAY
was adjourned at 7:20.
SWEATS, JACKETS, HATS, BUMPER STICKERS, VINYL, PLEXIGLASS, NOTEBOOKS
WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA 28403
Classic British Auto & Repair
D. C. Masters
Hampstead, NC 28443
1982 Datsun 280Z 2+2
T-top and automatic transmission in good shape mechanically, but pretty
bad shape body and interior-wise. Factory tape player and radio
malfunction. All six fuel injectors where replaced in 1999. The front
tires are about a year old. Take a look and talk price in person.
Contact Leslie K. Wright @
Foreign & Domestic Auto Specialists
We service all types of vehicles
From 1950’s to 2004
Carl Wilson, Terry Tracy
6748 Market St.
Wilmington, NC 28405
Technical advice for
AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM and
AKK TURBO UNIT
A/C system includes the compressor, underdash moldings for both sides,
built in fan and condenser / evap. unit The turbo is a new bolt on unit
made by AKK, Germany The A/C is $560.00, The Turbo is $525.00
BMCCF NAME TAGS
Official BMCCF nametags are required at all events or when you are
representing the club.
Originally ordered name tags are now available from Linda Masters
$4.50 Pin Clasp
$7.00 Magnet Clasp
---4--- 15” Wire Wheels With Tires in excellent condition- $500 ,Healey
3000 full tonneau cover fits1963-1967-$150, MGB full tonneau cover for
high back buckets-$125 ,MGB boot cover -$50 ,TR6 boot cover -$50 ,All
covers are like new. .MGB luggage rack -$50 ,MGB 1968 engine, needs work
-$100 , New WINDSHIELD for Healey 3000 1963-1967 still in shipping box -
with cable 500 watts and
speakers make offer.
Various car covers (COME
and various Austin Healey 3000 parts
CALL JEFF STARLING AT 791 -9981 OR 231-3254
MG – TD
Non Restored, Body & Frame solid with no rust. New wiring Harness with
signal lights installed, 100% engine rebuild with special MOSS Chrome
Runs & drives great.
Contact : Neal Turner (910) 231-1882
than 2000 miles since restored late 1980's. Early 1965 - pull door
handles. Original wires, stainless exhausts, electronic ignition, red
with black interior. Great chrome. Rust free. Spares. All records and
receipts. $7000 firm.
Billy Rae Scott
The Body Under the
A mystery novel for lovers of classic British cars.
Contact D. C. Masters
(910) 270-7762 or www.thebodyunderthebonnet.co
Victor Mannino 4/3
Pat Bennett 4/9
Marilyn Bollinger 4/30
Gail Guthrie 4/24
Syble Jacobsen 4/12
Pat & Wayne Bennett 4/24
Hans & Syble Jacobsen 4/20
Joe & Joan Justice 4/29
news to report this month. One of our newer members, Larry Neu, owner of
73 autumn gold MGB roadster, passed away at home during the week of may 7th,
2005. Memorial services were held at Cobel Ward’s Oleander Chapel on
Saturday May 19th. Larry’s son, Dan Neu is also an MG enthusiast
and is going to keep the roadster in the family. Larry was a good friend
and will be missed.
Gardens & Red Oak Tavern outing to be held on May 21st - The
outing on this day is going to start with coffee and donuts from
at John and Trudy Williamson’s in Leland. (Call for directions) We will be
leaving at 9am and caravanning to
Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells
Inlet, just the other side of Myrtle Beach SC. We will be meeting up with
the British Car Club of Charleston for a tour of the gardens and lunch.
Lunch will be held at the Red Oak Tavern, an authentic British Tavern; and
if enough people attend, they will be opening early just to accommodate our
Exact times will be forth coming once it
gets a little closer and the two clubs finalize plans. Please look for these
plans in the April newsletter.
Those of you who wish to visit the gardens
before hand please go to
www.brookgreen.org. Admission on the day
we will attending will be $12.00 per person and seniors will by $10.00.
seems like organizations tend to plan events in April. Probably because the
weather isn’t too hot yet and everyone wants to be outside. The problem
occurs when two major events are planned the same day, in the same town as
is the case with the Rims on the River Show and the AACA Antique auto show,
both scheduled for April 30. Obviously, the AACA show will be well attended
by their rank & file members. BMCCF on the other hand has been asked to
support Rims on the River and an application flyer has been included in
this issue. If you intend to attend Rims on the River, please submit your
application as soon as possible.
sure to check the activities calendar this month. Several new events have
been added. If you know of an activity that should be on the list let the
editor know via e-mail and it will be added. Also, if you’re planning an
event yourself, please be sure to let us know. We’ll add it to the list and
place a flyer in the letter that no one will miss. That is if you read the
you haven’t paid your dues for 2005 your name has been put on the inactive
list and you will receive no future notifications of club activities. You
can send $20.00 payable to BMCCF to Linda Masters, 610 Olde Point Rd.
28443 if you want to be placed back
on the list
we said last month, we need involvement to help make our club a fun
organization. Please consider submitting items to the newsletter. As the
saying goes, We’ll print anything that’s fit. Also, consider sponsoring an
event of some type. A rallye, tour, picnic, movie night, anything you find
interesting. Contact Terry Smith and discuss it with him.
Downtown Business Alliance of Wilmington’s
2005 RIMS ON THE RIVER
Vintage Car and Hot Rod show
Fat Tony’s Italian Pub &
Advance Auto Parts
Saturday, April 30th 11am to 5 pm (raindate Saturday May 7)
Market & Front Streets in historic downtown Wilmington
and open to all cars 1970 and older
*Awards will be given for People’s Choice,
Participant’s Choice, and Best in Show
*Live broadcast and great gifts given away from
*50/50 raffle to benefit the Wilmington
*Post show party at Fat Tony’s 5pm-9pm 131 N.
To register complete attached registration form. There is limited space
available and slots will be given on a first come first served basis. For
more information contact Chris Andrews
Hampton Inn Medical Park has a block of rooms for RIMS participants. Call
910-796-8881 before April 8th to reserve this special rate of
$89-$109 depending on room type
2320 S. 17th Street-about 3 miles from the
Special thanks to our sponsors:
FAT TONY’S Italian Restaurant, Advance Auto
Bob King Pontiac,
Cruisers Car Wash, Star News, Encore Magazine, Adpak Magazine, WECT-TV6, FOX 26,
Rims on the River
Rims on the River
PO Box 208,
Wilmington, NC 28402-0208
Name of Club (if
#:________________________ Fax: ______________________ E-Mail:
What type of car/s will you be displaying:
More cars can be
listed on the reverse side of this page.
Each car will be given a parking space on the street. Vendors must stay within
the confines of their space and work with given site specifics. Selection of car
space will be determined by date application was received.
April 18, 2005
Please contact us within 48 hours if you cannot attend. Your space can then be
given to a car on the waiting list.
Downtown Business Alliance reserves the right to restrict any activities
determined by the show staff to interfere with public access and safety or
The undersigned hereby discharges the Downtown Business Alliance, volunteers,
sponsors, the City of Wilmington, and the property owners of the land used in
and adjacent to the show, of any and all claims, damages, or loss to the
undersigned’s property during the event. The undersigned agrees to abide by the
rules established by the Downtown Business Alliance committee. Those not in
compliance will be suspended from future participation and are subject to
I HAVE READ AND WILL
ABIDE BY THE ABOVE RULES AND REGULATIONS THROUGHOUT MY ASSOCIATION WITH “RIMS ON
D. C. Masters
610 Olde Point Rd.
Hampstead, NC 28443
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