Rob’s Blog: 46th Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade

St Patrick's Day Parade photo

For those of you who like to test the limits of your British car’s cooling system, here is an opportunity coming up in March that should do the trick. The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Friday, March 17th.

The club has paid the entry fee for members of the British Car Club to participate in this event. It is not a British Car Club event so I/we have nothing to do with it except pay the entry fee for our members.

For information, you need to get online and find out who is in charge, and what they expect from the participants that morning. The link below should get you there.

Have fun, and good luck,

Rob

More information at:
http://fosphawaii.ning.com/events/46th-annual-st-patrick-s-day-parade-in-waikiki

Rob’s Blog: Another opportunity to save a classic car

 

Anyone interested in a 1974 MGB project? I got a call from the friend of a friend on the North Shore, who wants to “just get rid of it.”

Whatever that means, it is has a current registration, runs poorly, and has a ratty interior.

1974 MGB interior photo

The owner’s name is Bernie. Call him directly if you’re interested. Phone number 808-589-6242.

Aloha, Rob
808-429-6602

Rob’s Blog: Christmas Brunch Reminder

Next week Tuesday the 12th is the RSVP deadline for sending your check for the Annual Christmas Brunch. It is $16 per person and receipt of your check will be your RSVP.

You may also combine next year’s dues with the brunch check. The dues are going up a little. So a single membership is $20 and a family membership is $25.

Don’t forget… THERE IS NO MEETING TUESDAY.

The years spectacular brunch will be on Sunday the 18th, 10:00 a.m. at Josh Greig’s house. I will be sending a follow-up reminder with directions at a later date. So far there has been a great response to this event. We’re already close to the same number of people we had last year.

Thanks to everyone who has sent their check already. Here is where they go:

Dave Luengen
91-1138 Lanakoi St.
Kapolei, HI 96707
(check payable to: British Car Club of Hawaii)

Aloha, Rob
808-429-6602

Rob’s Blog: Horsepower of a different kind

Hawaii Polo Club image

Due to weather issues the event has been rescheduled to August 7th.

The British Car Club has been invited to take a front row seat at the North Shore polo matches on July 24th. Prior to the actual event, there will be a full-on lunch and time to visit with people outside the confines of our usual garage environment.

Think hitting a little white ball with a stick is tough? Try it sitting on top of a horse at a full gallop. Horsepower of a completely different variety will be on hand. Members who went to a match in the past said it was great fun, and the welcome mat was really rolled out for the club.

We will plan on meeting somewhere and caravan to the venue with lunch and the games to follow.

If you’re interested in going along on this outing, contact me so I can get a rough idea of how many will attend. The Hawaii Polo Club needs a head count.

Also, at the request of our hosts, there is a need for “someone to drive Murph around the polo field, preferably in a convertible Rolls Royce.” I’m sure that one of our members can accommodate this request.

Who is Murph you’re asking?

Murph Dailey is considered the First Lady of Polo since she and her late husband Fred Dailey founded the club 53 years ago. Here is an opportunity to repay their hospitality and show off one of our nicer cars at the same time. If you’re interested in helping, here is a contact number to call: Connie, 202-306-0848.

Gates open at 11:00 a.m. but the first match doesn’t begin until 2:00 p.m. You’re welcome to arrive ahead of gates open or if you prefer to arrive closer to 1:00 p.m. just let me know so we can alert the gate as to we will start arriving.

They have a full bar (credit cards & cash) available and Mexican cuisine (cash only). We are also welcome to bring our own food, beverages, grills, pop up tents, etc., if we would like to have a full day near the ocean.

More details on our arrival plans will come later, but for now, give it some thought and see if you can make room for a different kind of afternoon.

Aloha, Rob
808-429-6602

Rob’s Blog: New Car Joins the Club

Mark Rosen's new Lotus Super-7

When the past, present, and future all meet inside one garage, there’s no telling what might happen. Club member Marc Rosen was at such an epicenter the other day when he parked his “new” Lotus Super-7 next to his recently sold Mini.

He stopped by my house shortly after he picked it up from the Matson dock and, understandably, wanted to show it off. I would, too.

The only improvement I could suggest was a cool pair of leather goggles and maybe a white scarf trailing in the slipstream. The polished stainless bonnet and red fenders make his new baby look like it’s going a hundred miles per hour standing still.

Like any new car owner, he already has a punch list of things he’d like to change. My second piece of advice for Marc: “Before getting into changes, just drive the snot out of it for a while and enjoy your new toy.”

Keep your eyes open around the Kailua area, this little car is hard to miss.

Aloha, Rob

Celebrating British Cars at Kapiolani Park

1963 Austin Healey 3000 MkII - Sergio Cocchia photo
Sergio Cocchia photographing his children with the Austin Healey

British car owners carefully prepare their vehicles each year for the Annual All British Car Day. It’s a day to celebrate the heritage of automobiles from the United Kingdom. This year’s event, held Sunday, May 29, marked the 24th annual gathering hosted by the British Car Club of Hawaii.

The day began with a parade that started from the Ala Moana Center along Ala Moana Boulevard—proudly motoring through Kalakaua Avenue, up Monsarrat Avenue, and ending at Kapiolani Park.

Some of the finest cars in the world assembled in the park beneath Diamond Head in the background, including vehicles manufactured by Aston Martin, Triumph, MG, Rolls Royce, Austin Healey, Jaguar, Lotus, Ford, Morgan, Land Rover, McClaren and Mini Cooper.

As the event is held in Waikiki the car show has its fair share of visitors from around the world. It’s merely a block or two from many hotels and makes for a nice Sunday morning stroll. Some visitors make it a point to include the show in their annual visits to Hawaii.

David Alexander and Brett Pruitt photo
David Alexander and Brett Pruitt

This year, David Alexander, a past president of the MG Car Club of Florida, visited and spent time chatting with many of the Hawaii MG owners.

Ballots are cast throughout the morning for visitors to vote for their favorite cars. This year, the People’s Choice Winner was awarded to Bob DeWitz for this 1933 MG J2.

1933 MG J2 - Bob Dewitz photo
Brett Pruitt presents the People’s Choice Award to Bob Dewitz.

The show closed at noon and members and guests met again at the Gordon Biersch Restaurant at the Aloha Tower Marketplace. This time, for refreshments, lunch, camaraderie, door prizes and the Anastasia Cup Award presentation.

The Anastasia Cup, this year, was presented to Ron McPherson.

Link to view photos of the 2016 All British Car Day here.