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by Joe Dowley
Club President


Some folks think October is the best weather month of the year in the greater Washington, D.C. area. If you’re an MG enthusiast, you might just agree. Especially this time of year, I really enjoy taking a half-hour or more, once or twice a week, to cruise the back roads around Great Falls, Virginia. They are twisty, lumpy, narrow and fun—just right! It’s amazing how a little spin in the MG can refresh the senses, soothe the soul, re-energize your spirits—you get the idea.

Is your MG road-worthy? Does it need a good workout? Try to take some time this month to enjoy your four-wheeled friend. What are you waiting for? (If in need of repair, our Tech Committee can help sort out options.)

October is, of course, Hunt Country Classic month, too. As I write this, we’re hard at work on the details for the Show on Oct. 13th and looking to the heavens offering prayer and fasting for a great weather day. As you know, the Classic is a “rain or shine” event, and, honestly, more fun if “shine” is the prevailing condition. It’s still fun in the rain mode—don’t misunderstand--but light your votive candles—let’s see if we can collectively make the sun shine on the 13th. However it goes, rain or shine, please make sure to first, join in the fun and second, help out if you can—there is no such thing as too many volunteers, and while supplies last, if you volunteer you’ll get a great red “Hunt Country Classic”, embroidered, hat as a memento. By the way, A BIG THANK YOU to Ken Stepka for getting our volunteers organized for the Show!

As we have in the past, the Club has invited the Middleburg Humane Foundation to join us at the Classic. At its tent, the Foundation will be having a small silent auction to benefit the great work it does providing rescues, continuing care, and essential services supporting the welfare of animals in the area. Please make a note to stop by and offer your support at the Show. There might even be a puppy or two there to greet you!

On another note, October is also the month in which the Club receives nominations for the various Board and Officer positions. On Saturday, October 26th, we will meet at Ireland’s Four Provinces restaurant in Falls Church, Virginia at 11:30 am for this purpose and to have a great ‘Natter ‘n Noggin’ (a.k.a. get-together) luncheon. Drive your MG to this event, there is plenty of parking, and it should be lots of fun!  If you have any questions, Todd Wells, our esteemed Club Treasurer, is the point of contact (see Todd’s article in this issue of The Spark).

If you’ve got an interest in serving on the Board, or as one of the Club’s elected Officers, all you need to do is let anyone on the Board know, prior to Oct. 26th, of your interest so that your name can be put on the list of nominees, or give me a call if you have questions regarding what is involved. We welcome your involvement! This year, because of the Bylaws changes we’ve proposed, we hope to add an additional Board position as well as a new Officer post—Vice-President. This is a great way to participate in the Club, and to get to know more of your fellow Club Members.

Lastly, don’t forget the Rides & Overnights Committee event coming up Nov. 2-3. We’re heading to the gorgeous Inn at Osprey Point in Rock Hall, Maryland on the Eastern Shore using a series of roads selected by none other than expert route planner Jim Lunson. This is an event designed for those among the membership whose employment mandates weekend activities—so, if that is you, please think about joining us. These trips are among the best activities the Club has to offer because they give us the chance to become better acquainted even as we enjoy driving our beloved MGs. (Please see the article on the trip in this issue of The Spark).

Cheers, Safety Fast, and See You at the Hunt Country Classic!


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