2018 Event Archives

January 23: General Meeting

“Wheel of Misfortune”

The crowd favorite returns with your award-winning (through cheating) host, Gene Olson!  Teams will compete for fabulous prizes (or not) by spinning the wheel and answering trivia questions.  Look for the TC in the parking lot with one wheel missing and you’ll know you’re in the right place!


February 10: Lame Duk Kup

castleparkStart off the new year with a thrilling, no holds barred TC Motoring Guild miniature golf competition! The winner takes home our coveted Lame Duk Kup Trophy, to be treasured for one whole year. Lunch and awards will follow at the nearby Robin Hood British Pub.

Meet on Saturday, January 41 (aka February 10) at Castle Park in Sherman Oaks at 9:00 AM, located near the 101 & 405 freeways. Our competition begins shortly after we arrive. Price per person is $3.00 for one 18-hole round.

For more information see the January / February newsletter or contact Steve Simmons.


February 27: General Meeting

“Cruising with Mel”

Our next meeting will be held on February 27 in Studio City. The evening’s guest speaker will be TCMG member Mel Appell, who along with his wife Toni will be giving a special multimedia presentation about their power cruising adventures across the ocean.

You won’t want to miss these thrilling highlights…

  • See exiting destinations including Alaska and the Gallapegos Islands!
  • Watch Mel squeeze himself into areas of the boat smaller than his waistline!
  • Learn what it takes to endure these adventures, and why it’s a bad idea to leave unprepared!


March 11: Andres Pico Adobe Tour

On Sunday, March 11 we visit Andres Pico Adobe, named for Pio Pico (Pico Blvd) built in 1834 and one of the oldest adobe structures in Los Angeles. For those who come hungry, we start our day with lunch at a nearby restaurant before caravanning to the Adobe. Once there, we’ll enjoy a private guided tour of the various structures on the grounds.

In addition to the adobe, we will see an original 1904 redwood structure from Isaac Lankershim’s (Lankershim Blvd) ranch, which used to cover half of the San Fernando Valley. Some of the original furnishings from the Lankershim Ranch offices are displayed, including an ornately-carved desk and a scale used to weigh the output from the Lankershim gold mine in California.

We will also explore a 1914 Southern Pacific Railroad flagman’s shanty which was used at the intersection of Maclay Street and the tracks in San Fernando until 1948. Today it showcases railroad memorabilia.

Meet at 11:30 AM for lunch at Bear Pit BBQ in Mission Hills, in business since the 1940’s.  The restaurant opens at 11:30 and is located at 10825 Sepulveda Blvd, Mission Hills, CA 91345. We depart for the Adobe, which is located just down the street, at 12:45 for our 1PM tour.


March 27: General Meeting

“T-Series Fuel Systems by Mike Goodman”

Our meeting on March 27 will include a video by TCMG member and MG guru Mike Goodman on T-Series fuel systems.  The video dates from 1986, produced by David Coleman and filmed by Doug Wimer, and covers all aspects of the fuel systems found in TCs including fuel tank fuel pump and carburetors.  Design and maintenance as well as various safety aspects will be discussed.


April 21: Halfway House Brunch

halfway-house-cafeCruise through the rural areas of Northern Los Angeles County on this 70-mile tour, featuring a stop at The Halfway House for brunch. This out-of-the-way eatery was established in 1931 and hasn’t changed much since. Also enjoy some lesser used byways as we wind our way to where the food is.

Watch for a flyer in the mail with further information!


April 22: Queen’s English British Car Show (unofficial event)

Annual British Car Show at Woodley Park.  See the event web site for more information at www.queens-english.org.


April 24: General Meeting

“Re-purposing T-Shirts”

TCMG member Sandra Loe will give a presentation on her hobby of modifying and re-purposing T-Shirts.  She gave this presentation at a recent GoF West event and it was received with great enthusiasm.  Now we will get to enjoy this interesting program for ourselves!


May 22: General Meeting

“All Things New”

After the hugely successful premiere of this program last year, we have decided to bring it back around for another go in 2018.  Members are encouraged to bring stories, items for show and tell or anything “new”.  This can include projects on your TC or other items of interest but they do not have to be car-related.  Vacation stories, birthdays or your fancy new hat would also suffice!  See what your fellow club members are up to with their TCs, and lives in general.  This is a great chance to learn something new and catch up with old friends!

Our participants so far include:

  • Curt Sorensen on his TC restoration
  • Steve Simmons on “various gizmos of historical interest”

Sign up by contacting Curt Sorensen to let him know you would like to participate!  Watch for a flyer in the mail with further details.  Contact Steve Simmons or Curt Sorensen with any questions or special needs.


May 30 – June 1: Julian Double Day

Take a trip to the quaint mountain town of Julian, California, located in the beautiful Cuyamaca mountains of Northeastern San Diego County. Founded during the gold rush of the 1870’s, Julian has retained much of its old west charm and will be our home for two nights of TCs and camaraderie. See where gold was discovered, sample Julian’s famous apple pie, shop stores housed in historic buildings dating back to the 1870’s, hike and picnic amid oaks and pines, sample Julian’s famous apple pie, or ride down Main Street in a horse-drawn carriage. And did we mention the apple pie? 

We arrive on Wednesday afternoon and settle in for an “on your own” evening of dinner and shopping. Thursday’s activities will include a scenic drive to Pine Valley (and other locations) for lunch, and a group dinner in Julian. Friday will feature a TC lineup and group photo before departing for home.  Don’t miss this special event, so book your room today!  (and have some pie)

Hotel reservations must be made by April 30 to guarantee a room.  For hotel reservation info, schedule of activities, etc, see the April newsletter or the flyer which will be showing up in your mailbox when we get closer to the event. For further information, contact Gorden Bundy, June Wennekamp, Richard Loe, or Sandra Loe


June 16: California Oil Museum / St. Francis Dam Exhibit

Enjoy a country drive to the beautiful Santa Clara River Valley!  Our June event take us along scenic roads through canyons and farmlands to Santa Paula, the “Citrus Capitol of the World”.

Our destination is the California Oil Museum, housed in a restored 1800’s Victorian-era building which was the headquarters offices of the Union Oil Company.  Lunch will follow at a nearby restaurant in historic downtown Santa Paula.  Suggested donation is $4 per person for the tour.

Points of interest include:

  • A private guided tour of the original Union Oil Company headquarters, preserved as it was in the 1890’s, plus a re-created 1930’s apartment.
  • One of the largest vintage gas pump displays in California.
  • Exhibits detailing the history of the oil industry in our state.
  • A working turn-of-the-century cable tool rig.
  • Special exhibit: “When Dams Fail: Lessons Learned from St. Francis and Other Notable Incidents”.  This exhibit tells the 90-year-old story of one of the worst engineering disasters in American history, and second worst loss of life in California’s history.
  • Special exhibit: A gallery showcasing the 16 victims of the tragedy from Santa Paula.

Watch for a flyer in the mail for more information.


June 26: General Meeting

“20th Anniversary Henkels Picnic”

The much anticipated Summer Picnic Meeting at the Henkels home returns for its 20th consecutive year on June 26!  Bring a picnic dinner and dine under the stars at this annual favorite.  Dessert will be provided by our hostess.  Those driving TCs or equally interesting classics (tall order) get preferred parking in the driveway.  Note the earlier start time of 7:00 PM. Watch for a flyer in the mail with further information, or contact Cindy Henkels.


July 15: Picnic In The Park

Spend a day surrounded by classic lines and good friends at one of the best British car shows in Southern California.  Bring your TC if you can, and don’t forget a picnic lunch and a blanket or chairs!  Run by the Central Coast British Car Club, the show is set in the cool ocean breeze at Channel Islands Park in Oxnard.  What better way is there to spend a Summer day?

Those who enter their TC in the show get to park in a shady area on the grass at the picnic location. Look for the TCMG banner over the line of TCs to find us. If entering a car in the show, pre-register by June 30 to save $10 on your entry fee, and get a free event shirt. The show also includes raffle drawings and trophies are awarded for all classes of cars. Food for purchase will be available on-site as well.

Meet at the TCMG banner for our picnic at 12:00 PM.  If you plan to enter your TC, let Steve Simmons know and we will save you a spot by our banner.  The show runs from 9AM – 2:30PM.  Click here for show details and entry form.


July 24: General Meeting

Our July meeting will be held at our normal location in Studio City.  Our historian Don McLish will be presenting a video on the history of the M.G. marque.  Learn about the various models M.G. produced from the earliest days through the later years, many which are not commonly seen on our shores.

If you own an interesting M.G. that isn’t a TC, consider bringing it to show!


August 18: Driving Tour and Chicago Hot Dog Party

Don’t miss this crowd favorite! Hot Dog PartyTCMG members Kay and Larry Einhorn will be hosting one of their world-famous Chicago-themed hot dog parties at their home in Encino.  A driving tour will precede the party.

This is an RSVP event!  Please RSVP to the Einhorns if you plan to attend.  See flyer (in the mail) for RSVP information as well as meeting time and location.


August 26: Tech Session

On Sunday, August 26, Brian Wescott is volunteering his TC for a tech session on brake master cylinder replacement and general braking system inspection.  In addition to replacing a leaky master cylinder, we will be discussing what to look for during braking system maintenance to keep our TCs safe and reliable.  The tech session will take place at the Simmons’ garage. Breakfast refreshments will be available.  If you plan to attend, please contact Steve Simmons for further details.


August 28: General Meeting

“Celebrity Cars”simon-museum

NOTE REMOTE LOCATION! Our August meeting will be held at the Simon Auto Museum in Gardena. TCMG Member Dave Simon will be giving us a presentation on the Simon brothers’ classic car rental business, telling the stories behind many of their cars and productions they have worked on.


September 10-14: GoF West

Our September driving event will take us on a multi-day adventure north along the Sierra Nevada Mountains, through Gold Country and across to Lake Tahoe for GoF West.  This all-M.G. event runs September 10-14.  See the official GoF West website for more details.  For caravan information contact Pete Thelander, who is leading the combined TCMG and VMG caravan of T-Cars.


September 25: General Meeting

Our September meeting will be held on the 25th at our usual Studio City location. The evening’s entertainment will include a once lost video entitled “Rally Round”. This video comedy was made during the 18th Annual San Diego Double Day event in 1989 and was shot by Gayne and Doug Wimer with help from several other TCMG members. It depicts a “typical” navigational rally of the time and stars many long-time TCMG personalities, many who are still members today. See the exploits of Belland, Bundy, Chalmers, Coleman, Crandall, Lutz, Roth, Schnaer, Simon, Wilmer and Wimer as they compete to win in this totally oddball production recently re-discovered and digitized by Allan Chalmers. Also included are lots of outtakes and behind the scenes footage that are just as entertaining as the video itself!


September 29: Tech Session

On Saturday, September 29, David Spiegel will be hosting a tech session on TC differential rebuilding.  This will be a collaborative event, with members sharing techniques and knowledge with the group.  Meet at the Spiegel home at 9:30 AM.  The tech session starts at 10AM.


October 12-14: 62nd Annual TCMG / ARR Conclave

2013-lineup200The 62nd Annual Conclave of the TC Motoring Guild and Abingdon Rough Riders will be held October 12-14 in Fish Camp near Yosemite.  See the October newsletter for information.

To see photos from previous years and learn about this event’s 60+ year history, visit the Conclave Pages.


October 23: General Meeting

“Halloween Meeting & Pizza Party”halloween-party

Our annual Halloween Party will be held at 8:00 PM on Tuesday, October 23 at our usual spot in Studio City. Try your hand at our Halloween-themed TC Funkhana and win fabulous prizes! Also partake in nominations for the 2019 TCMG Board.

There will be an informal dinner beforehand at  location to be determined.


November: Driving event cancelled due to wildfires


November 27: General Meeting

“The Loe Collection”

TCMG member Richard Loe will be giving a presentation on his varied collection of cars which includes four TCs! You won’t want to miss this glimpse into the Loe’s lifelong passion with classic cars.


December 9: Annual Meeting and Holiday Party


Our much anticipated holiday party and annual meeting will be held on December 9 at Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City! Doors open at 6PM.  In addition to great company and lots of food, you will also enjoy the following entertainment and activities:

  • Awards ceremonies for our three prestigious trophies – Earl Sargent Memorial “Use it or lose it” Trophy, Frank Mason Award, Breakdown Award.
  • Announcement of the 2019 TC Motoring Guild Executive Council.
  • Auction hosted by Larry Einhorn
  • Toy Drive to benefit Foster Children’s Resource Center

See the December newsletter for further information including dinner options and toy drive.


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