PictureJudy and Joe nailed the the first event.
This has got to be the most fun event we do! In a nutshell, we set up an MG friendly obstacle / carnival game course. As the drivers used their skills to drive the course, the navigator took on carnival like tasks. Teams are scored on skill, not speed.

The first task was: from 20 feet the driver set the spacing of two poles by eye. Then he drives to the space he set between the poles. The distance between each fender and the pole is measured, winner has the smallest total distance between poles and fenders. Points off if you hit either pole

PicturePat & Geoff off roading!
The next task as to drive blindfolded thru a circuitous path defined by cones guided only by the navigator’s voice. Some managed this task without hitting a cone. Some brushed one or more cones, but stayed within the course. But one managed to miss the cone marked path, going outside the marker cone so far as to get off the tarmac into the grass. He later missed a turn and swung wide, again not hitting a cone but well outside it by the 1936 AC Ace’s width.

PictureDon & Scott serving up the hub cap
The next task involved the navigator picking up a TD hubcap with a slightly raised rim on which a golf ball is balanced from a table , then driving 50 feet and placing the assembly back on a second table, keeping the golf ball balanced on the rim of the hubcap. An almost impossible task of defying Newton’s Law on Moving Bodies and the inertia of the golf ball. Most failed this task at some point in the short trip.

PictureEllis and Marion at the ring toss
Next was the rope toss with the navigator tossing rope rings at a board with scoring numbered pegs

PicturePaul & Ginger in the Morgan
Next was a fast slalom thru cones, ending in a marked “garage”.From whence you must backup and turn around and dash to the finish line. Scott Sewell easily won this leg in Don Harmer’s super tuned TF 1500, leaving Don holding on to the crash handle for dear life to keep from being thrown out of the passenger’s seat

PicturePaul & Andria put together Sam's cool puzzle
The final test as to assemble an MG puzzle as fast as you can. Both the driver a the navigator participate ( with the navigator sometimes being a hindrance rather than an asset.)

While waiting to run the course or watching the others run we were plied it goodies, including this unique melon Perhaps it as grown in Abingdon or nearby.

After all had finished their tortuous ride, we abandoned the heat and smog and retired indoors at Sam Zingales place of business to a rush of cold air from his laboring air conditioner. We were then treated to a sumptuous barbecue lunch with real pulled pork and Georgia sweet tea. (See Scott Sewell for a detailed explanation on tea) Sam presented the awards for the Funkana to Scott Sewell & Don Harmer for their outstanding performance, in spite of the golf ball and to Geoff and Pat Kent for the worst, highlighted by their totally off course blindfold run.

-Don Harmer

The Great Southern Antique Car Rally -or- The Incredible Tale of a Trip Gone Wrong!

It was a beautiful sunny day. Until… a small plane crashed on I285 in Atlanta. Our small group of adventurers had just set out for a fun weekend in Cairo, GA when we hit gridlock traffic on Peachtree Industrial Blvd right under the I285 overpass. That should have been our first sign, but as intrepid MGers, we forged on. Once we made it through traffic, we had a lovely drive down south. As always, the folks in Cairo welcomed everyone with open arms and the evening was a success. We ate some delicious BBQ, got sugared up on vintage candy, (who knew Ellis had such a sweet tooth!) and enjoyed the gas light parade. After a full day, we headed the 15 miles back to our hotel to get some rest.
After a good nights sleep, we all met up in the lobby to head back to Cairo. Sam lead the group, with Bill behind and Ellis taking up the rear. All was going well. Until... I mentioned to Ellis that I thought I smelled gas. We thought I might just be imagining it, but disregarded that theory when we followed a trail of gasoline into the automotive store parking lot. Bill and Andria had sprung a leak. Luckily, it was totally fixable. Unluckily, that wasn’t the reason Sam had pulled into the auto store. His TD had begun acting up and he suspected bad plugs. He tweaked a few things, and off we went on the Poker Rally. Until… we went to leave the first stop and Sam’s car refused to start. We replaced the spark plugs and thought we were out of the woods, but within minutes it was obvious that spark plugs were not the problem. We limped along back to the car show and decided that maybe it was the ignition switch. After some impromptu consultations, we thought we could hot wire his car. Until… all of our helpers realized that Sam’s TD has been switched over to an electronic ignition and wired a little differently. We were afraid we’d fry his electrical system. He managed to get it running long enough to go back to the auto parts store and see if they might have a switch that would work. They did not. We tinkered with his switch to no avail. We tried to rent a trailer but the places were all closed. They finally called their son in law, Brit, to rent a trailer and drive down from Atlanta to pick them up. With a 4 hour wait in the works, they forcefully sent us on our way home. It was the saddest sight to pull away from Sam, Ginger, and their TD!
Apparently, during their stay at the auto store, they made all kinds of interesting friends. Brit arrived just as the mosquitoes were setting in and they loaded up the car. They were thankful to be on their way. Until… a few miles out of town “whack!” Would you believe they hit a deer? Ginger said they hit so hard it rolled along with them for a while. (sorry for the graphic detail) And they were in a BIG work truck. Dented the whole radiator. The rest of the trip, they had to stop about every 70 miles to fill it up. They made it home around 3:00 am. I think Brit deserves “son in law of the year.” I think Sam and Ginger may be jinxed. Oh, and did I mention it was their anniversary?!!!

There are many ways to define a legacy. I think Dictionary.com uses the perfect definition:
anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor

You’ll notice the definition says “anything.” The legacy of past generations includes victories and mistakes. At our “Classics at Callaway” event back in 2013, we chose to celebrate the positive aspects of the 1940’s. We would never downplay the tragedy that was WWII and the Holocaust. Instead, we paid homage to what we felt was the positive legacy of that generation.

We feel the same way about our “Peace, Love, & MG” event this year. We understand the the 1960’s were an emotionally charged time. My parents were military, and I remember sitting down to watch the return of the POWs. What our military endured was heartbreaking. As with every generation, the lessons can be hard. I believe part of the legacy of the 60’s is that in 2015, every time my father goes out with his USAF Ret. hat on, people thank him for his service. Yes, we’ve made mistakes, but we’ve learned. The tragedy would be ignoring these turning points in our history.
For this year’s event, we choose to celebrate exactly what the name says… Peace, Love, & MG.

Fondly, Beth

Saturday, June 20th at Sam’s Office
11:00 'till we’re done, lunch included

This is got to be the most fun event we do! Make sure to bring the kids and grand kids if you’ve got ‘em. In a nutshell, we set up an MG friendly obstacle / carnival game course. As the driver uses their skills to drive the course, the navigator takes on carnival like tasks. Teams are scored on skill and speed. We always have lots of willing navigators, so come one, come all.
The club will provide a BBQ lunch for everyone. Please let us know you’re coming so we order enough food. Email us with how many folks are coming with you that want to eat! events@semgtr.org

Location: Sam’s Office - Hydro South
5977 Steeplechase Blvd, Cumming, GA 30040

From the North East (I-85 Area)
Take I-85 to Exit 115 in GA (Hwy 20). Take the far right ramp so that you go West toward Buford.  Travel Hwy 20 for 14 miles. Turn left onto GA 400/US 19 South.  Travel South on GA 400/US 19 to Exit 13 (2.5 miles).  Go Right at the signal light after the exit ramp onto Peachtree Parkway.  Steeplechase is approximately 1 mile on the left.  Turn onto Steeplechase and follow the road all the way to the end, where our shop is the last building.

From the South (I-285 Area)
Take I-285 to Exit 27 (GA 400/US 19N towards Cumming/Dahlonega).  Drive 21 miles north to Exit 13.  At the signal light after the exit ramp, turn Left onto Peachtree Parkway.  Steeplechase is approximately 1.2 Miles on the left.  Turn onto Steeplechase and follow the road all the way to the end, where our shop is the last building.
Can you believe that it’s already June??? The kids are out of school, and many of us are venturing out for vacations. We even had to move the date for the June event because the two hosts were returning from Alaska and California the day before the scheduled date. I don’t know what your summer plans are, but if you are going to be in town, make absolutely sure to put the June 20th Funkana on your calendar!

What is a FUNKANA?

A funkana is an automotive activity that combines driving dexterity, navigational skill, mental and physical coordination, teamwork, luck, and above all, a sense of humor. Between the seriousness of some competitors and the silliness of others, it can be hilarious for spectators.

Each car, with driver and passenger, takes about five to ten minutes to complete the course. If you don’t have a navigator, don’t worry… someone is always willing to jump in and help out!

Both the driver and navigator are kept busy doing tasks and playing carnival games while negotiating a tricky course. As the driver maneuvers, the passenger might be throwing, reaching, squirting, holding or performing some other physical activity such as extinguishing a series of candles with a squirt gun or throwing car parts into a bucket.

This is the perfect time to bring kids, grandkids, friends, etc. Everyone is welcome! The club will be providing a BBQ lunch, so all you have to do is show up!

We’ll see you there, Beth

We're giving a shout out with a 2015 "Peace, Love, & MG" update...
  • Registration is now open. You can print the form on our website, or you can register online with your credit card with this link: Online Event Registration We do have to charge a $6.95 fee to cover the credit card fees for the online option.
  • The Marriott City Center in Macon is now taking reservations. We have a significant room block at a fantastic price of $114 per night until 9/15/2015 or until the block fills up. Here's the link to book a room: Room Reservation
  • We have a limited amount of tickets for the Thursday night Macon Music Tour and Pizza Dinner. This is going to be a fantastic guided music tour by charter bus with a stop halfway at Macon's grooviest Pizza joint. Dinner will include pizza, salad, bread sticks, and non alcoholic beverages. They do have beer and wine, but you're on your own for that. At least we're doing the driving! We currently have about 48 tickets left. Once they're gone, we won't be able to accept any more for that night.

A few other notable tidbits...

Hippie Attire is welcome, both for owners and cars! We will be giving awards for best dressed and decorated.
Musical talent is requested. Please let us know if you play something or sing.
There will be a rousing Wiffle Ball Game Saturday afternoon at the ballpark. Bring your tennis shoes if you want to play.

 We look forward to playing with you this year,

Beth and the rest of the "Peace, Love, & MG" committee

The Uncertain T Legacy

One of the things I remember most from my childhood in the Uncertain T's were the incredible trips we took to the GOF West events. Imagine looking out from the deck of the Queen Mary in Long Beach and seeing hundreds of MGs. Or traveling through the old gold rush towns of California to get to the GOF in Reno. This is how memories are made and the basis for the newer structure of our own SE Fall GOF. If you missed the 2013 "Classics at Callaway," those who attended can tell you that it was one of the most memorable events ever. We have a lot to live up to, but I don't think we'll disappoint! This years "Peace, Love, & MG" in Macon, Georgia is going to be a psychedelic blast from the past. We're thrilled to announce that REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. You'll find all the information you need including the registration and hotel on our website at www.semgtr.org. We also have a convenient online registration, although we do have to charge a credit card fee for this option.
This event will kick off Thursday, Oct. 15th with a Macon Music Tour and Pizza Dinner. This is a bus tour and tickets are limited. Please register early if you wish to go to the Thursday evening event since I’m expecting it to sell out by the end of July. Even if you miss that, the entire weekend will be filled with great drives, fantastic events, and of course, tons of MGs. From the driving tour on Friday morning to the wild live music and picnic at The Allman Brothers Big House to the Woodstock style Car Show at Central City Park, you will not want to miss “Peace, Love, & MG.”
Catch you there, Beth

Richard Fonde's TF was featured in a Buckhead, Atlanta advertisement. He shared his photo shoot experience with us:

"Last fall I was contacted by an advertising company in search of a classic car they might use in a photo shoot for Buckhead Atlanta, a new mixed use complex being constructed at the corner of Roswell and East Paces Ferry. It was done at the Swann House/Atlanta Historical Society. The place looked like a movie set - I had no idea so much went into making a few still photos, but it was a fun day. Then - much to my surprise - I saw the result on the back of a program for "Wicked", which we went to see. Attached are a few pictures..."
Fri, May 8 - Sat, May 9.
Great times like this are why you have your car. This Antique Car Rally is an excellent event; inexpensive, very, very fun, laid back, super Americana, and it’s not just British Cars. We'll start the 250 mile trip from the Southwest part of Atlanta around 10:00am and drive on nice back roads through Pecan orchards all the way down. We'll make a stop for lunch about halfway. The stay is going to be just one night at the Hampton Inn in Thomasville, GA. It’s in a ‘cute’ little town with nice restaurants and shops. On Friday, the whole Cairo community gets involved for a street parade around dusk. The event also includes a really good BBQ dinner. Saturday morning after breakfast, there’s a rally through the countryside. After that they have a car show at a local park. We'll be driving back after the show on Saturday, arriving in Atlanta in the early evening.

If you plan to attend, you must do 3 things:
1.  Pre register - The registration form is in the MG Talk newsletter or we can email it to you.

2. Make your hotel reservation for Friday, May 8th. We will be staying at the Hampton Inn.
‏‎855-238-1591‎, 1950 Ga Highway 122, Thomasville, GA, 31757

3. Let Beth know you are going so we can arrange meeting places. You can shoot her an email to webmaster@semgtr.org or call 404-966-4604.

 It's going to be a blast! Make sure that you’re caught up on your AAA!

Come on down to the 32nd annual British Motor Car Day. All British cars are welcome, no matter the condition!
Sunday, May 3rd at 9:30am
The SEMGTR will once again have our tents located in the MG area. This year, we'll be combining efforts with the Peachtree MG Registry for a buffet lunch set-up.  The Peachtree club will be providing meat, bread, soft drinks and water.  Members of both clubs are asked to bring a side dish or dessert of their choice – whatever is your favorite or specialty.  Let’s have a large turnout of MG people at this largest of British Car events in the Atlanta area!
Make sure to send in your registration form. You can print it out and get all the details with the "British Motor Car Day" button to the right. Registration is also available at the event.