Member Gallery

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)

Send your photos and descriptions to the club’s email account at mailto:iflbccclub@gmail.com or to Brian Davis at  mailto:bjdavis@ourappraisal.com

 

Owners: Mitch and Pat Mitchell 1974 Jaguar XKE. It was purchased for me by my wife for my 50 birthday in 1988. It underwent a 9 1/2 year restoration. Body, paint and reassembly was done by Brian Bangasser of Mackinaw Valley Restoration, Upholstery and top by Herb Chowaniak. It spent 4 years out on the East Coast having the engine and other mechanicals sorted out to meet Jaguar Clubs of North America show standards. This photo was taken for use in the AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) National Competition this February 2018. Our car was selected out of around 3500 to be one of the 300 to compete for a National Award. We did not win but were pleased to have our car chosen. We just joined AACA late last year and only attended one show in Iowa at the Isle Casino and took a First Junior Award and the car was selected for the National Competition at this time.   It has been awarded a best in class at 5 major Concours. Beverly Hills, Greenwich Ct, Keels & Wheels, Hilton Head Island, and Keeneland. It was also the Class National Champion in Jaguar Clubs of North America for three years for the Us, Canada, & Mexico.  

Leonard and Mary Lee of Heyworth purchased their 1962 Sunbeam Alpine in the summer of 2014 as an eBay purchase and came from New York

Leonard and Mary Lee of Heyworth purchased their 1972 MG Midget in January 2017 from a local owner.

 

Brian and Jane Kinney-Our car is a 1961 Triumph TR3A. It was first imported and purchased in Kansas City Mo. It was then shipped to Hawaii by the original owner where it was purchased by my father in 1963 for my mother on her birthday. My father was a USAF pilot so the car was moved and shipped several times in the first 20 years of its life. It was placed in storage for 7 years while we were stationed overseas. In 1975 I learned to drive in Moms "little red car" and in 1976 I took my 1st driving test in it. I drove the car during my junior and senior years in high school. In 1979 my father retired and took the car to South Carolina. Eight years ago my parents were in the process of downsizing and I became the steward of the family car. It received a re-spray about 15 years ago, other than that, just maintenance. Owning the TR has been a privilege and a learning experience. My favorite day with the car is when my youngest daughter used it in her wedding. Many people ask, "How do you fit in there?" My reply is always the same: Perfectly.
Brian and Jane Kinney-Our car is a 1961 Triumph TR3A. It was first imported and purchased in Kansas City Mo. It was then shipped to Hawaii by the original owner where it was purchased by my father in 1963 for my mother on her birthday. My father was a USAF pilot so the car was moved and shipped several times in the first 20 years of its life. It was placed in storage for 7 years while we were stationed overseas. In 1975 I learned to drive in Moms “little red car” and in 1976 I took my 1st driving test in it. I drove the car during my junior and senior years in high school. In 1979 my father retired and took the car to South Carolina. Eight years ago my parents were in the process of downsizing and I became the steward of the family car. It received a re-spray about 15 years ago, other than that, just maintenance. Owning the TR has been a privilege and a learning experience. My favorite day with the car is when my youngest daughter used it in her wedding. Many people ask, “How do you fit in there?” My reply is always the same: Perfectly.

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Allen Hixon, 1953 MG-TD MK II, My MG was built 11/26/1952 and “dispatched to the USA in early December, arriving in 1953. The first 30 years of life were spent with the Fred Irvin family living in San Carlos, CA. just outside San Francisco. In 1982 the car was restored by O’Connor Classic Autos (Mike O’Connor restorations) in Santa Clara, CA. Some five years ago, I purchased the car from the John Kasman family in Chicago, the second owners. The car is today as it was manufactured. And, everything works. It’s been thoroughly researched and listed in the “T Register”, Abington, Oxfordshire, UK. It carries the register number of 12,191.
Allen Hixon, 1953 MG-TD MK II,
My MG was built 11/26/1952 and “dispatched to the USA in early December, arriving in 1953. The first 30 years of life were spent with the Fred Irvin family living in San Carlos, CA. just outside San Francisco. In 1982 the car was restored by O’Connor Classic Autos (Mike O’Connor restorations) in Santa Clara, CA. Some five years ago, I purchased the car from the John Kasman family in Chicago, the second owners. The car is today as it was manufactured. And, everything works. It’s been thoroughly researched and listed in the “T Register”, Abington, Oxfordshire, UK. It carries the register number of 12,191.
Our 2013 John Cooper Works, known as "Sexy 66", was originally ordered from Oxford and detailed by the Indianapolis 500 Speedway. She was displayed at the Speedway to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cooper racing motors. The Riccardo seats add to the excellent ride provided by "Sexy 66". Look for us out touring!
Our 2013 John Cooper Works, known as “Sexy 66”, was originally ordered from Oxford and detailed by the Indianapolis 500 Speedway. She was displayed at the Speedway to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cooper racing motors. The Riccardo seats add to the excellent ride provided by “Sexy 66”. Look for us out touring!
Terry and Kathy Tate - Here is our 1974 1/2 Triumph TR6. It is considered a mid-year production car having some changes that occurred in 1975 model such as the rubber bumper overriders and turn indicators below the bumper instead of above. The color is Mimosa. The grandkids refer to it as Bumblebee. It had about 46,000 miles on it when we purchased it in 2012. We found it in Ohio, bought it and drove it the 400+ miles home.
Terry and Kathy Tate – Here is our 1974 1/2 Triumph TR6. It is considered a mid-year production car, having some changes that occurred in 1975 model such as the rubber bumper
overriders and turn indicators below the bumper instead of above. The color is Mimosa. The grandkids refer to it as Bumblebee.  It had about 46,000 miles on it when we purchased it in 2012. We found it in Ohio, bought it and drove it the 400+ miles home.
Allen & Alice Lee - 1955 Sunbeam
Allen & Alice Lee – 1955 Sunbeam
Allen & Alice Lee - 1973 MGB
Allen & Alice Lee – 1973 MGB
Alan and Terri Kleinschmidt – Terri and I bought this car in the fall of 2008 for the sum of $800. Black Betty is a 1980 MGB LE. She had not run in 17 years and was stored in a garage in Normal. Since then we have accrued over 60,000 miles on the car with trips to NAMGBR events in Canada for 2010 and 2015, Dillard GA in 2012, and French Lick IN in 2014. Black Betty reached a milestone this summer by surpassing the 100,000 mile mark and is now a member of the NAMGBR 100,000 mile Registry. We are in the initial planning stage for a trip to MG 2017 in San Diego California. Black Betty loves the open highway!
Alan & Terri Kleinschmidt - We bought this car in the Fall of 2012 as a retirement project for myself. It is a 1960 MGA. I had originally planned to just get it running, but one thing led to another and before I knew it, I was completely redoing the car. Everything, other than the engine, was done at home in my garage. I spent 21 months and right at 900 hours to complete the car. I really enjoyed rebuilding this car and driving it now always puts a big smile on my face.
Alan & Terri Kleinschmidt – We bought this car in the Fall of 2012 as a retirement project for myself. It is a 1960 MGA. I had originally planned to just get it running, but one thing led to another and before I knew it, I was completely redoing the car. Everything, other than the engine, was done at home in my garage. I spent 21 months and right at 900 hours to complete the car. I really enjoyed rebuilding this car and driving it now always puts a big smile on my face.
Denny & LeeAnn Elimon, Mahomet, Illinois. 1961 MGA 1622, "1 Lt-Red" Have owned the car since since 1992, She has traveled to numerous gatherings and shows, great family member. We have been British car enthusiasts for years! Have owned & enjoyed MGB's, MGTD's. MGBGT's & Midgets. Active members of the North American MGB & MGA Register organizations. Founding member of the Illinois Flat Land British Car Club, past Secretary of the North American MGB Register.
Denny & LeeAnn Elimon, Mahomet, Illinois. 1961 MGA 1622, “1 Lt-Red” Have owned the car since since 1992, She has traveled to numerous gatherings and shows, great family member.
We have been British car enthusiasts for years! Have owned & enjoyed MGB’s, MGTD’s. MGBGT’s & Midgets. Active members of the North American MGB & MGA Register organizations. Founding member of the Illinois Flat Land British Car Club, past Secretary of the North American MGB Register.
Denny & LeeAnn Elimon, Mahomet, Illinois - 2006 Mini Cooper S Convertible. A true enjoyable top down travel car. "Blue" has traveled state to state for English car events and national Mini events. Equipped with super charger & paddle shift transmission. Great adventure touring ride on the open roads of America.
Denny & LeeAnn Elimon, Mahomet, Illinois – 2006 Mini Cooper S Convertible. A true enjoyable top down travel car. “Blue” has traveled state to state for English car events and national Mini events. Equipped with super charger & paddle shift transmission.  Great adventure touring ride on the open roads of America.
Rudolf G. Mortimer, PhD (Owner) A 1997 Jaguar XK8 coupe and a 1978 Rolls Royce Corniche drop-head coupe. I have owned the Jaguar about 7 years and the Rolls about 12 years. The Jag has about 145K miles and the Rolls about 78K. Both are running well and driven often. That is, when I am not driving my 1979 MGB convertible, which is a lot of fun. Rudi Mortimer
Rudolf G. Mortimer, PhD (Owner)    A 1997 Jaguar XK8 coupe and a 1978 Rolls Royce Corniche drop-head coupe.  I have owned the Jaguar about 7 years and the Rolls about 12 years.
The Jag has about 145K miles and the Rolls about 78K. Both are running well and driven often. That is, when I am not driving my 1979 MGB convertible, which is a lot of fun.
Rudi Mortimer
1976 MGB (Sunshine Yellow) we have owned the car since 1993. The paint job was done that year, and has held up very well. It has been a fun ride, now that we are down in central Florida, it is driven every day. Winter's down here are just a good excuse to go for a ride, and explore, there are car shows here literally every weekend, within 100 miles of us, all year round!
John Collins – 1976 MGB (Sunshine Yellow) we have owned the car since 1993. The paint job was done that year, and has held up very well. It has been a fun ride, now that we are down in central Florida, it is driven every day. Winter’s down here are just a good excuse to go for a ride, and explore, there are car shows here literally every weekend, within 100 miles of us, all year round!
Harry and Ruth Ann Coppenbarger - 1976 MGB
Harry and Ruth Ann Coppenbarger – 1976 MGB
Larry Philyaw - The XK140 is a 1956 survivor I found at an estate sale in a small town in PA. It was repainted in 1974 and interior refreshed, but otherwise is original. Also a great driver, I plan to do a "rolling" restoration over the next couple of years.
Larry Philyaw – The XK140 is a 1956 survivor I found at an estate sale in a small town in PA. It was repainted in 1974 and interior refreshed, but otherwise is original. Also a great driver, I plan to do a “rolling” restoration over the next couple of years.
Larry Philyaw - The XJS is a 1990 V12 automatic, with just one owner before me, and in excellent original condition. It doesn't get driven much any more since the MK2 and XK140 were aquired.
Larry Philyaw – The XJS is a 1990 V12 automatic, with just one owner before me, and in excellent original condition. It doesn’t get driven much any more since the MK2 and XK140 were aquired.
Larry Philyaw (Owner) - The XKE is a 1974 V12 automatic, (I modified the original big rubber bumpers) which is undergoing exterior restoration in the paint shop.
Larry Philyaw (Owner) – The XKE is a 1974 V12 automatic, (I modified the original big rubber bumpers) which is undergoing exterior restoration in the paint shop.
David Fitch - MG TD
David Fitch, Normal, IL – MG TD
Jim & Barb Broach 1976 MGB They call me Mello Yellow!
Jim & Barb Broach, Bloomington, IL
1976 MGB
They call me Mello Yellow!
Brian and Angie Davis - “Paddy” - Is a Mk1 Austin "Cooper S" replica, built from scratch using new and restored original Cooper S parts.. Paddy is registered as a 1973 Austin Mini. A 1380 cc A+ motor was built in 2010 by MinComp of California. The motor is fitted with twin 1.5” SUs, K&N cone filters, stub stacks and new spring needles. Red leather interior with adjustable leather seats. Instrumentation includes original Austin Cooper S gauges, 120 mph speedometer and Smith’s tachometer.
Brian and Angie Davis, Bloomington, IL – “Paddy” – Is a Mk1 Austin “Cooper S” replica, built from scratch using new and restored original Cooper S parts.. Paddy is registered as a 1973 Austin Mini. A 1380 cc A+ motor was built in 2010 by MinComp of California. The motor is fitted with twin 1.5” SUs, K&N cone filters, stub stacks and new spring needles. Red leather interior with adjustable leather seats. Instrumentation includes original Austin Cooper S gauges, 120 mph speedometer and Smith’s tachometer.
Brian and Angie Davis - 2004 Cooper S / White/Indi Blue / Sunroof / Black Grill / Sport Package / Cold Weather / OZ/Sparco Assetto Gara 17" Black wheels / Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus / JCW CAI / JCW Strut Brace / JCW Brakes / Borla CAT back exhaust / WMW 15% Pulley Package / WMW ECU Performane Tune .
Brian and Angie Davis, Bloomington, IL – 2004 Cooper S / White/Indi Blue / Sunroof / Black Grill / Sport Package / Cold Weather / OZ/Sparco Assetto Gara 17″ Black wheels / Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus / JCW CAI / JCW Strut Brace / JCW Brakes / Borla CAT back exhaust / WMW 15% Pulley Package / WMW ECU Performane Tune .
The MK2 is a 1961, original with an older restoration and a great driver. It is the 3.8, 4 speed with overdrive. That is Alice (Maggie) Oest sitting in it, pretending she can drive a stick.
Larry Philyaw (Owner)  The MK2 is a 1961, original with an older restoration and a great driver. It is the 3.8, 4 speed with overdrive. That is Alice (Maggie) Oest sitting in it, pretending she can drive a stick.
Angie Davis, Bloomington, IL acquired her 1959 Austin Healey Mk1 Bugeye Sprite from a local enthusiast in 2017. Her Bugeye Sprite – Wally (aka Mr. Peepers) has been fitted with a 1098 A-series engine, twin 1.25″ SU carbs, updated front disc brakes, a ribbed case trans and 3.9 ratio differential. Original steel wheels