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Welcome New Members – Dave Young and Tom Viskniskki

Dave Young, David Martin and Tom Viskniskki, Welcome to the Illinois Flat Land British Car Club!new-membersWe are delighted that you have joined us and trust that the benefits of membership will exceed your expectations.  We have entered your contact information into our Event and Natter ‘n Noggin databases so that you’ll receive reminders for ALL of our activities.

Our representatives are receptive to new ideas and will be happy to
hear from you.  Don’t hesitate to write!

GET TO KNOW OUR NEWEST MEMBERS!

 

Dave Martin –

Dave recently purchased a 1976 MGB roadster. He’s currently working on it in the garage at home, as it needed shocks and had a dead short in the dreaded green circuit that he’s still trying to sort out. He recently retired from Caterpillar and is a musician on the weekends playing in working bands. His wife Bobbie and he are located in Peoria Il.

Dave Young

I’m Dave Young in Springfield, Illinois.  I ran an import auto repair shop for 25 years in Springfield.  Have had many British cars..  I own a 1974 MGB,  a 67 Austin Mini Traveller.  A ’66 Midget.  Also have parts of a BSA – A10.  I’m 70 but still love British cars.

History: Art Director for Metal Decor, Started and had The Metric Wrench  -about 20 years, (Import auto repair shop)  Worked at Fehring Iron Works a few years – had a stroke and retired..  Still play with cars and motorcycles.  Am the Chief of Tech for the Vintage Sports Car Association based in Michigan.

Tom Viskniskki – 

Tom’s been in the British Car in hobby for over 30 years,.  He currently owns  a 1963 JaguarXKE coupe and 1954 Jaguar XK120 dhc.  He lives in Peoria Illinois.

Daniel and Tony, Welcome to the Illinois Flat Land British Car Club! new-membersWe are delighted that you have joined us and trust that the benefits of membership will exceed your expectations.  We have entered your contact information into our Event and Natter ‘n Noggin databases so that you’ll receive reminders for ALL of our activities.

Our representatives are receptive to new ideas and will be happy to
hear from you.  Don’t hesitate to write!

GET TO KNOW OUR NEWEST MEMBERS!

Daniel

I am only 17 but will turn 18 in June.  I live in Oswego IL  I just had a 1975 MGB passed on to me.  Me and my grandfather loved taking rides together in it.  He did not get to drive it as often as he wanted but I’m planing on taking the trips he wanted to take in it.

Tony Homfray

I am a Brit living in Washington IL .   I own a 1979 MGB.   In the past I have had MGs and TVRs.

Welcome New Members! – Steven Crouse and Rob McDonald

Steven and Rob, Welcome to the Illinois Flat Land British Car Club! new-membersWe are delighted that you have joined us and trust that the benefits of membership will exceed your expectations.  We have entered your contact information into our Event and Natter ‘n Noggin databases so that you’ll receive reminders for ALL of our activities.

Our representatives are receptive to new ideas and will be happy to
hear from you.  Don’t hesitate to write!

GET TO KNOW OUR NEWEST MEMBERS!

Steven L. Crouse

I have two MG Midgets.  Mine is a ’74 and I just picked up another one.  The seller claims it’s a ’73 or ’74  but i doubt it as it has rubber bumpers and emission stuff on it.   I believe my ’74 was last year of the split rear metal bumper, but the dash looks same.   The dash is all I need, then the rest of that car will be up for grabs for parts to others (once i get the year etc identified).  I’m 64 and leading my son and grandchildren into the project as my wife and i mostly reside in the Philippines.

Rob McDonald

I recently acquired a 1962 TR3A that is in desperate need of repair. It has spent the last 30 years in a mouse-filled barn and I want to get it up and running this spring/summer. I have worked on cars some but not much recently, beyond oil & spark plug changes. Restored a 1965 Mustang back in the early 80’s with the help of my mechanic uncle. Looking forward to restoring the TR3 to it’s original  glory.

Welcome New Members – Scott Whitman & David Watterson

Scott and David, Welcome to the Illinois Flat Land British Car Club! new-membersWe are delighted that you have joined us and trust that the benefits of membership will exceed your expectations.  We have entered your contact information into our Event and Natter ‘n Noggin databases so that you’ll receive reminders for ALL of our activities.

Our representatives are receptive to new ideas and will be happy to
hear from you.  Don’t hesitate to write!

GET TO KNOW OUR NEWEST MEMBERS!

SCOTT WHITMAN

I am a 26 year old ISU graduate living in Bloomington. I am the band director for Roanoke-Benson School district and teach 4th-12th graders. I have inherited my grandmothers 1967 MGB roadster and really enjoy driving it around town. I brought it to this year’s British Car Show at David Davis Manor and had a great time enjoying the cars, coffee, and conversation. I would love to join your group and be apart of the fun!

Scott Whitman <scotlandwhitman@gmail.com>

DAVID WATTERSON

Here’s a little history on David

I had a mis-spent childhood. My brother and I pooled our summer job money and would buy a car we thought we could fix up or detail well and sell and then buy another. We did a lot of MGs, Triumphs and Volvos along with Ford, Chevy and and a Nash Metro or two. I did this from about 1964 to about 1970. My brother got into the Datsun Z cars and I got married.

My wife and I had a couple of antique cars while we were married-a 1959 TR3 and a 1929 Ford Model A 2 door sedan- but never seemed to have enough time or money to do the hobby justice. I worked in printing from 1975-2009 and now work as a custodian for Unit 5.

I bought Leonard Lee‘s 72 MGB in september of 2015 and have been driving with a smile on my face ever since.

David Watterson < watterson@frontier.com  >

Welcome New Members – Jim Bell and Ron Payne

new-membersJim and Ron, Welcome to the Illinois Flat Land British Car Club! We are delighted that you have joined us and trust that the benefits of membership will exceed your expectations.  We have entered your contact information into our Event and Natter ‘n Noggin databases so that you’ll receive reminders for ALL of our activities.

Our representatives are receptive to new ideas and will be happy to hear from you.  Don’t hesitate to write!

GET TO KNOW OUR NEWEST MEMBERS!
Ron Payne

I am a pro photographer by day and a restoring ninja by night….or something that sounds  equally cool .    I restored cars in a local shop  just out of high school way back when before going all career-ish and now that I am slowing a bit I do them for myself and the fun of it …that and I am addicted to restoration.   I have set up a small one car shop at my sisters house in Tolono and a even smaller one at home in Saint Joseph for small items etc.  I currently have a 57 MGA, 63 and 65 MGC and a 69 MGC…..all in various stages restoration and needing it really bad. 
I  enjoy doing everything myself….engines to paint…or so I tell myself.  Since I have finished nothing ….we shall see 🙂    I enjoy the restoration journey both learning /sharing .  This is my first year back in the game so not too much done thus far .  I have build a Rotisserie  for an MGB then decided to work on the MGA ….so if you allow me in the club this is what you can look forward to!   lol  Anyway, I look forward to your response.  Cheers! Ron

Jim Bell

Hello…  I am the proud owner of a 2012 Mini Cooper S.  This is my second.  My first was a 2007. 

My first contact with Mini was in about 1974 where I saw an original Mini with right hand drive on a car lot in St. Charles, Mo.  At the time I couldn’t figure out why it was listed as such a seemingly high price. 

Later in life Mini and I met up again when I lived in London in the 1990s.  The years in Europe rekindled my interest in Mini and I was old enough to understand its history and uniqueness. 

When I returned to American and was finally making some money I purchased my first Mini in 2008.  Some repeated problems forced me to trade it off.  I am hoping my 2012 will provide the same joy without the overheating / thermostat problems.   

I think I met Brian Davis at a small car show in Bloomington at a retirement village mid-summer.  I told him then that I was itching to get another Mini.  Looking forward to attending some cars shows and making new friends.

Denny & LeeAnn Elimon Add To Their British Car Collection

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Denny & LeeAnn Elimon have added to their British car collection. Their recent addition is a 1957 MGA , Glazier Blue, car previously owned by Keith & Judy Bess.  The Bess’ have owned the car since 1989.IMG_6171

Lt Red, 1961 MGA, shown above, has found a new stable in Lafayette. LA.  She is now under the loving care of a fifteen year old new British car enthusiast and stable mate with his father’s MGA

Jaguar cars get the spotlight at the 25th annual Champagne British Car Festival

Champagne British Car Festival Celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2016!

The Champagne British Car Festival (CBCF) had its beginnings as an all-British car show held at a community college in Springfield, IL. It soon relocated to Urbana-Champaign in the spring of 1992.

Around 2004, a decision was made to move the festival to the CBCF LogoHawthorn Suites in Champaign. The show was held in a nearby private parking lot. The CBCF remained here until 2009. In 2010, the festival “moved on down the road” to Bloomington, IL where the show found its current location at the David Davis Mansion in the near east side. The host hotel is the Bloomington Hawthorn Suites.

The CBCF Committee Members at the festival have always worked hard to give the CBCF an identity of its own, with organized activities beginning on Friday evening June 3 and continuing through Sunday afternoon June 5 with with an All-British car display.

Jaguar cars get the spotlight at the 25th annual Champagne British Car Festival being held June 5 at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site in Bloomington.

052-IMG_8671More than 130 British cars are expected at this popular annual event organized by the Flat Land British Car Club. The featured “marque” or nameplate is Jaguar, which produced its jaunty sports cars from 1931 to the present.  For more history – click here.

The festival’s car show runs from 10 a.m. until the awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 5. The day will conclude with awards for best of show and best in individual classes.  A Premiere Class award will also be given for the car selected as the best among the previous year’s class winners.

The festival will also include a vintage race car in which children will be allowed to sit, have their pictures taken and talk with the owner, a former vintage car amateur racer.

For more information, visit www.cbcf-bloomington.com  or https://www.facebook.com/CBCF25/

024-IMG_8639The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, was built in 1872 for Supreme Court Justice David Davis and his wife, Sarah. The site is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for public tours. To learn more, visit http://DavidDavisMansion.org.  Donations of $5 for adults and $2 for children, or $10 for an entire family, are requested to benefit the David Davis Foundation.

As with most car shows, the enthusiasts who volunteer their time and  efforts have made the CBCF what it is today. The Champagne British Car Festival has become an annual event for many British car enthusiasts in the Midwest for 25 years.

May the devotion and energy continue!

November IFLBCC Amish Dinner

 

Story and Photos by Denny Elimon

Illinois Flat Land British Car Club members at the Amish home of Marven & Sarah Helmuth

Illinois Flat Land British Car Club members enjoyed an Amish dinner, along with a visit in the Amish home of Marven & Sarah Helmuth. The Helmuth’s welcomed everyone and invited them to feel free to enjoy a buggy ride and announced that any questions they wished to ask regarding their faith & life style would be answered.

British and Amish Buggies
British and Amish Buggies

Members relaxed in the home as others enjoyed a true one horsepower buggy ride with Marven and his horse Peggy.  Each ride allowed Marven the opportunity to get to know club members.

Buggy Rides
Sarah Helmuth whose work day starts at 03:00 a.m. six days a week and 04:00 a.m. Sunday ending daily at 09:00p.m had prepared a meal in true home cooked Amish fashion. The meal featured salads, real mashed potatoes, meatloaf balls, Amish made noodles, baked Amish chicken breast, vegetable, fresh made bread complete with apple & peanut butter-each offering passed family style with everyone encouraged to enjoy as they would be passed several times.  After the main course diners were offered apple pie, chocolate pie, or coconut pie each freshly baked-once again diners were informed to enjoy one or all. Drinks were offered such as fresh coffee and ice tea. Each meal serving was exceptionally prepared and a true dining experience by propane lighting.
Amish Dinner TableDuring and after the meal Marven Helmuth encouraged guest to ask their questions and offered insight into the Amish beliefs and history. The Helmuth family hosting the dinner was then introduced with a comment that the very youngest member granddaughters, observed driving a small pony driven buggy, were being entertained by the buggy baby sitter.

The Helmuth family was thanked for providing the club with the Amish family sharing opportunity. Sarah informed everyone that she had salad dressings, fresh bread, apple butter, noodles, and other items available for sale, many members made purchases.
Club members departed with the escort of numerous buggies battery power lighted in route to the local community center. Participants announced a desire to consider scheduling another dinner in years to come.

Add YOUR Car To Our Member Gallery

We’re updating our Member Gallery in the club’s new website and need your help.

The Member Gallery is designed to include a favorite photo of your car(s) along with your name and a brief description of your car (Year, Make, Model, and a short description)

member galleryRight now the Member Gallery has some “place-holder” photos to give you an idea of what it will look like. Most of the captions have only the owner’s name and make of their car. The last photo in the gallery has an example of a larger description. I would suggest that we keep descriptions to no more than 50-100 words?

You can reply to the recently sent email or send me a message from your favorite email software mailto:bjdavis@ourappraisal.com

At a minimum include a car photo, your name, and the year, make and model of your car. After that . . . it’s up to you! You can view the gallery at http://iflbcc.club/member-gallery/

Thanks for your help!

Brian Davis


Illinois Flat Land British Car Club
http://www.IFLBCC.club

For Sale / Wanted Feature Added to IFLBCC Facebook Page

We’ve added several NEW features to the IFLBCC facebook page!

Brian Davis's photo.

The FIRST is the “Sell Something” app. This feature will allow all members to post any car related items as a “classified ad” by clicking on the Sell Something button at the top of this page. You can also use this feature if you are looking for something.

Here’s an example:  click here

Once you click on the Sell Something button, you can add your contact information, item description, price, location and photos. Once the item is sold, you can come back to your listing and mark your item as SOLD!

We ALSO have a For Sale/Wanted page on our new club web site:http://iflbcc.club/for-sale-wanted-2/ You can send your information to me at IFLBCCclub@Gmail.com and I’ll post it for you to http://iflbcc.club/for-sale-wanted-2/