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by Joe Dowley
Club President


It is 73 degrees today, with brilliant sunshine. The breeze is out of the north slightly, so flags and trees are barely moving, and the water temp is in the mid-seventies. You guessed it; I am not within short driving distance of our Club’s area of activity. Florida, Juno Beach (east coast) to be exact, for some R&R and warm weather.

This year, my blue ‘73 B Roadster is with me. Carol and I took the Auto Train down this time from Lorton, VA to Sanford, FL and we put our SUV and the B on board. For those of you who’ve wondered what such a ride might be like, I promise at some point to provide a first hand account for The Spark. Suffice it to say, we’ll be shipping the “B” and driving ourselves north for the homeward trek.

Having your MG with you in top-down weather in February and March is a bit of heaven, no matter how you get it down here. I find myself volunteering to pick up that forgotten item at the grocery store, or getting more stamps. I’ve been able to participate in two car events. One of them, the monthly Palm Beach Cars & Coffee, claims to be the largest on the East Coast. I would say that’s right; there were nearly 2,000 cars on display. You might be interested to know only a few were British classics, and even fewer our beloved MGs. Still, it was a lot of fun.

As nice as this respite from winter is, my thoughts are never far from the Club and our many volunteer leaders who ware working to provide us with great activities, all year long. Elsewhere in The Spark you will read about our successful Winter Romp and the Tech Session at London Auto. Less visible is the ongoing planning and creativity being applied to events like the Braille Rallye, the Hunt Country Classic, the trips in the works from our Rides & Overnights Committee, and others. If you’ve not yet done so, please take a moment to sign up and volunteer your time and energy to assist one of the Committees listed here in the Spark. You will be glad you did, you’ll get to know more of your fellow Club members, and we, your Club Officers, will be most grateful!

One final note (before I get a last tip-down run done); we will shortly send out to all Club members a copy of the revised and modernized Bylaws which the Board recently approved. We encourage you to look them over and let us know if you have any comments. Our plan is to have a vote later in the year, prior to the next Club election.

Please say warm and safe. Spring is nearly here!


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