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If you've ever seen one of Jay Franklin's beautiful cars, you'll understand why we're not surprised when he takes an award at a show. Jay, however, was stunned to hear his number called at the recent Norcross British Car Fayre. "Needless to say, I am still in shock about receiving this award.  It usually goes to a Jag or Rolls, not an MG.  There were probably 250 cars in attendance.  I almost left earlier...glad I hung around for the awards."

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shows the Best of Show Award Presentation from the British Consulate General's office in front of his 1962 MGA 1600 Mk II.

Congratulations Jay!



 
 
Let me start out this month speaking about our meeting locations. We tried a new location and our August meeting was held at the Village Tavern in Alpharetta. We are still looking.

It is very difficult to find a restaurant that will provide a private area without a set charge. Please contact any board member with your suggestion. The location for the October meeting will be in the October issue.

I have been informed that after serving as Treasurer for three years, Bill Dinzole will be "retiring". A Nominating Committee will be formed shortly to provide a slate of nominees for all offices for 2015. Nominations will be made at the October meeting and the election will be held at the November meeting. Please let any Board member know if you would like to serve in any position.

September looks like a busy month, so get your rest when you can!

Safety Fast!            John Kreimer


 
 
The Peachtree MG Registry invites you to join them this fall for a relaxing, southern-style weekend in the North Georgia mountains at The Dillard House in Dillard, GA. Old-fashioned Dillard House cooking is as mouth watering as always. It’s not fancy, it’s just good! The porch swings and rocking chairs are perfect for visiting with friends and swapping stories – you’ll feel right at home.

Festival events are listed on the registration form. Other activities include horseback riding, swimming, tennis, and antiquing. For those who want to get-away, book a romantic “chalet for two”, away from the crowd. September scenery in the mountains is not to be missed; enjoy it at a leisurely, self-paced tour, or on a rally tour. A word of caution: September in the Georgia Mountains is very popular, so make your reservations early.

 
 
Thanks to everyone who participated in the 4th of July parade in Dunwoody. I know the vets enjoyed the ride.

A big thanks to Pat and Geoff Kent for putting together the Dream Car day at the High. Heavy rain cut down on the number of cars we were able to display in the circle. The cars inside were fantastic as you can see by the photos in this issue.

Let me know if you are interested in holding the position of Technical Director/Advisor.

We will be voting on Amendments to the By-Laws at the August 17th meeting. The proposed changes are published on pages 6 and 7. Please make every effort to attend the meeting.

Thanks for the input as to where you would like to have our regular meetings. We're going to try a new location. Our August 17th Natter n' Noggin will be held at the Village Tavern, 11555 Rainwater Drive, Alpharetta GA 3 0 0 0 4. The General Manager is excited to have a British car club at the restaurant. He told me the story that we have all heard many times that he once owned a Triumph and is sorry he sold it.

Please respond to the "E-vite" so we can get an accurate number attending.

Rainwater Drive is off of Westside Parkway which runs between Haynes Bridge Rd and Old Milton Parkway, just west of GA 400. From the perimeter, you can take GA 400 to the Haynes Bridge Rd exit, go west (crossing over 400) and turn right onto Westside Parkway and immediately left onto Rainwater Drive. If you prefer to take Alpharetta Highway (GA 9), go to Old Milton Parkway, turn right onto Haynes Bridge Rd then left onto Rainwater Drive.

http://www.villagetavern.com/locations.cfm/5/atlanta-ga- alpharetta/ 

Safety Fast, John Kreimer


 
 
Our August 17th Natter n' Noggin will be held at the Village Tavern, 11555 Rainwater Drive, Alpharetta GA 30004.  The General Manager is excited to have a British car club at the restaurant.  He told me the story that we have all heard many times that he once owned a Triumph and is sorry he sold it.

Please respond to the "E-vite" so we can get an accurate number attending.

Rainwater Drive is off of Westside Parkway which runs between Haynes Bridge Rd and Old Milton Parkway, just west of GA 400.  From the perimeter, you can take GA 400 to the Haynes Bridge Rd exit, go west (crossing over 400) and turn right onto Westside Parkway and immediately left onto Rainwater Drive.  If you prefer to take Alpharetta Highway (GA 9), go to Old Milton Parkway, turn right onto Haynes Bridge Rd then left onto Rainwater Drive.

http://www.villagetavern.com/locations.cfm/5/atlanta-ga-alpharetta/

 
 
NATTER N NOGGIN DINNER AND MEETING
Sunday, June 22 at 5:00 PM
Aldo's Italian Restaurant
6690 Roswell Rd NE Sandy Springs, GA 30328

 
 
Saturday, July 19th.
Park at 9:30 am, private tour begins at 10:00

ATTENTION: This event has special requirements. Please take note!

15 of our vintage MG's will have the opportunity to park in the circle and be on display in front of the High Museum while we are touring the Dream Cars exhibit. In order for your car to do this, YOU MUST DO THE FOLLOWING:  

  • FIRST - If you want to see the exhibit at half price ($10.00 person) you must send the $10.00 per person entrance fee to Pat and Geoff Kent no later than June 28th.
  • SECOND - If you want to have your MG on display, there are 15 spaces available. Pat MUST HAVE a copy of your MGs insurance card and the $10.00 per car parking fee, no later than June 28. This opportunity will be on a first come basis. We have 15 spots available for the circle in front of the High Museum with a sign noting our cars are from the SEMGT Registry and a sign pointing to our cars from the High Museum.  
  • THIRD - send your checks made payable to the SEMGTR and include a copy of your antique car insurance card, along with the number of people in attendance. If your car is not running or you do not want to drive your car please note that payment is for the entrance fee only.  Mail your non refundable check for your entrance fee and/or parking to SEMGTR and send  to:
Mr. & Mrs. Geoffrey Kent
2532 Flair Knoll DRIVE NE  
Atlanta, GA 30345-1617
(Please note: You need to spell out DRIVE for there is a Flair Knoll Court with the same house number)

Contact numbers for Pat and Geoff are home 404-634-3477 cell 404-226-1631
If we have over 15 antique cars in attendance or cars not of the MG or ACE variety, we will park them in the parking deck of the High, same $10 parking fee. Geoff and I hope you will join us in seeing this Dream Car Exhibit at half price and are excited to show off our cars in front of the High!  After the first of July when a head and car count are known, check your email for additional information on parking.
See you there!
 
 
Saturday, June 7 at 9:30
248 Oakland Ave, SE. Atlanta, GA 30312
We're heading to Historic Oakland Cemetery to take the tour and then on to lunch. This is the oldest cemetery in Atlanta and has many famous "residents".
The best way to find the entrance is to get to the SW end of the cemetery on Memorial Drive. Turn onto Oakland Ave and look for a small cemetery road that goes into the park. There is no entrance fee for the cemetery, but the tour we're taking costs $10 person.
You can park inside the cemetery or in the lot just outside the main gate. Tom recommends parking near the visitor center inside the park. If you park inside the cemetery just pull your vehicle off to the right of any asphalt-paved roadway, with enough space for other cars to pass.
We will gather just outside the visitors center at 9:30 and take a guided tour at 10:00am sharp.
We have made lunch arrangements at Six Feet Under across the street from the cemetery, so we'll head over after the tour.
We have two groups looking to form for the drive to the cemetery:
  • Anyone interested in meeting somewhere on 141 to head down mostly back roads call Ginger @ 864-616-9655.
  • Anyone interested in leading from Woodstock, call Judy at 404-226-4399.After the tour, we'll head to lunch. 
See you there!
SEMGTR - Tom and Cindy
 
 
Some of the board members made a visit to a British theme pub in May which is about 4 miles from Aldo's where we have been meeting. Aldo's, does not open until 5:30 on Sunday. This presents a problem in the winter months for those of us who don't like to drive our MGs in the dark if not needed. (Even though we have talked about LED lights, these cars are still hard to see in the dark.)
The pub did not have a private room as we were led to believe and was fairly noisy with a very small crowd.
I'd like some input as to where you would like to have our regular meetings. I'd like to know if you have any general area you would like, and also any particular restaurant you would suggest. Please email or call me, or any member of the board with your suggestions.
Our June Dinner meeting will be held at Aldo’s Restaurant on June 22. We will also have a board of directors meeting immediately before the general meeting.
Please join us our Oakland Cemetery Run on June 7th.

Safety Fast!
John Kreimer
 
 
Is it just MGs that bring us together? I think not.
Since I have become president I have had many more conversations with members of the club.    (This is my own fault for not doing this earlier as a general member.) I find in thoseconversationsthatweareaverydiversegroup. The first thing we have in common is a love of the MG (or in the case of Geoff & Pat, a love for the "stretch-MG", the AC). This is the common thread that brings us together. After talking to some of the members, I realize that we may have many other things in common that we don't know about unlesswetalktoeachother. Inourclub,wehavedoctors, lawyers, pharmacists, designers, musicians, salespeople, skilled craftsmen, computer experts, accountants, court reporters, engineers (the slide rule kind) -- oh, wait, even the locomotive kind. I'm sure there are many others that I haven't recognized.
I found out at a recent gathering that one of our members loved jazz. Being that in one of my "previous lives" I was a jazz musician, I wish I had know that earlier so we could have enjoyed that common bond together as well as our love for MGs.
NAMGAR has a saying, "While it's the cars that bring us together, it's the people who bring us back." I hope to see everyone    at    British    Motorcar    Day    on    SUNDA Y ,    May    4th    in Roswell.
Gwen & Dean Maddock will be hosting a "tea" on the 10th, then Geoff and Pat Kent will be taking us on a tour on the 17th.    "Drive your British Car Week" is at the end of the month.    Busy month, indeed!
Safety    Fast!    John Kreimer