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Calgary to Louisville, KY - MG 2016

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MGBGTee Gold Member Henri Lefebvre
Calgary, Alberta, Canada   CAN
June 8, 2016, Calgary, AB
The MGB GT is packed, bug screen in place and we are ready.
First stop will be at Andy and Donna's; from there, the four of us, with the Midget and MGB GT, we begin the trip to MG 2016 in Louisville, KY.
Destination today: Billings, Montana; weather is partial couds and already warm.



Henri Lefebvre
Calgary, Alberta

NAMGBR member 16-6307

71 MGB GT, Midnight Blue
80 TR8, Platinum Silver

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MGBGTee Gold Member Henri Lefebvre
Calgary, Alberta, Canada   CAN
We met Andy and Donna at about 8:00am, and after greetings and a few photos we began our journey.
On the way out of Calgary we weighted in at the scale: the MGB GT at 1310 kgs, the Midget at 980 kgs.

The weather was partially cloudy but very warm, even hot, up to 92f in Montana.
We arrived in Billings, MT at 7:00pm after 535 miles / 860kms; a long day but we were pleased with our progress.

For tomorrow, we are planning a more leisurely pace including stops at a few points of interest.



Henri Lefebvre
Calgary, Alberta

NAMGBR member 16-6307

71 MGB GT, Midnight Blue
80 TR8, Platinum Silver


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7mg2 Gold Member Andrew Hardie
Calgary, Alberta, Canada   CAN
1969 MG MGC GT "Mr "C"
1972 MG Midget MkIII
We have been rather busy for the last several days, but enjoying every moment...........oh, except the sweating part. Man it's been HOT.

I'll try to fill in the gaps, and Henri can correct or add. ( we are in separate hotels...........there are 5 or 6 hosting event guests )

Day 2 from Billings to Spearfish was a relatively short mileage day, but still an 11 or so hour day, with a planned stops at the Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument near Crow Agency Mt, and Devils Tower near Heulet in the NE corner of Wyoming.
The early morning start saw us at the battlefield monument just before 9am for an interesting visit of an hour and a half or so, after a quickish trip up the interstate, despite efforts to do it otherwise.
Note to self.........old highway 87 terminates at the top of the hill just out of Billings....alongside said interstate, but no way to get on to it.

From there we continued our trek eastward along US 212, taking a break from the already oppressive heat and topping off with gas at Alzada Mt. Henri's GT was objecting to the heat, so he and Nicole decided to go directly to Spearfish South Dakota where we would meet up again. I was determined to see Devils Tower to the south, so Donna and I headed off in quest of another state for our Moss Motoring Challenge point tally, and America's first National Monument, Devils Tower.
After a brief stop outside the fee for entry park ( we had already ponied up US$20 for Little Big Horn earlier ) for photo's, we made tracks for Spearfish, and our planned rendezvous with Henri and Nicole.
Nearing Spearfish, I received a text from Lefebvre's saying they were having further issues with MGBGTEE, but had found refuge in a shaded residential neighbourhood near the hotel we had booked from Alzada. When we found them, they were in the company of a young local policeman, who was very interested in the car, and willing to take or escort them to the hotel. The now cooled GT started and agreed to run, so we headed off behind the police car to our hotel.
So ended a wonderful day of interesting sights, great roads and beautiful scenery, tempered a little by the excessive heat and a temperamental MGB.
The Midget has proved to be a capable long distance car, especially with its Datsun 5 speed, but the perennial A series rear engine seal leak persists, and is annoying. So far that has been the only annoyance thankfully.........other than the heat.

Oh, the nice policeman informed us that Spearfish set a new temperature record for June 9th, at 99 degrees F. It felt hotter than that in the car.

Mileage on day 2. 322. somewhat less than we'd planned, but a satisfactory number.

Day 3 we aim for Grand Island Nebraska.................commentary to follow.................hopefully soon.



Andy

NAMGBR# 20-7738
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HoosierMGB Gold Member Steve Koller
South Bend, Indiana, USA   USA
1976 MG MGB
Thanks for sharing! What a wonderful trip. I have driven across the country many times but I look forward to doing that kind of road trip someday in the B.

Safe travels,

Steve



"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood"
Daniel H. Burnham, Architect

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MGBGTee Gold Member Henri Lefebvre
Calgary, Alberta, Canada   CAN
The photo of me kneeling, crouching or whatever, in day 2, had a purpose: to take a photo of the four of us in front of a very nice iron sculpture at The Last Stand. After this episode I carried the full size tripod but did not use it!!!

Day 3, Friday, June 10, 2016,

Spearfish, SD to Ogallala, NE, 382 miles, very hot in the mid 90’s f.
We began the day with a spirited drive from Spearfish to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Route 14a is a narrow twisty mountain road that is perfectly suited for our MG’s; keeping up to the Midget was a task but all smiles at the end.
At Mount Rushmore, we visited the centre and took many photos of this magnificent mountain sculpture, and again took the time to enjoy it; this facility is extremely well managed and was also very busy.
This stop also meant that it was our second shortest day on the road, but well worth the experience.

The GT is still suffering from heat at very low speeds but it will get resolved tomorrow!



Henri Lefebvre
Calgary, Alberta

NAMGBR member 16-6307

71 MGB GT, Midnight Blue
80 TR8, Platinum Silver


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MGBGTee Gold Member Henri Lefebvre
Calgary, Alberta, Canada   CAN
Day 4, Saturday, June 11, 2016

More of the same, sunny, humid hot day, in the high 90’s f, 552 miles, our longest drive of the trip to make-up for the tourist days.

At 5:30am, Andy and I meet to tackle the GT heat issue: Andy's first suggestion is to check that the carbs are set not too rich and the same; I remove the air cleaners, and turn the jet adjustment back to zero while Andy counts the flats; the front carb was too rich compared to the rear so we set both at 12 flats and go in for breakfast. When we begin the day's drive the GT performs very well and no further issues, and it is a touch easier for me to keep up to the Midget.

No touristing today, we are focused on driving which included some fast roads.

More to come later, now I have to rush to the Tech sessions and John Twist rolling session...



Henri Lefebvre
Calgary, Alberta

NAMGBR member 16-6307

71 MGB GT, Midnight Blue
80 TR8, Platinum Silver

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MGBGTee Gold Member Henri Lefebvre
Calgary, Alberta, Canada   CAN
Day 5, Sunday, June 12, 2016

We arrived in Louisville, KY after one more, humid, hot, sticky day, in the high 90’s f and probably 90's humidity, 463 miles.

Again we had a good day's drive left to arrive in Louisville, KY by late afternoon; for most of the day we kept wishing for some clouds to reduce the intensity of the sun.
The saying 'watch what you wish for' came true; about 20 minutes before arriving to Louisville we drove into a horrendous downpour combined with thunder and lighting and some small hail; we crawled for a few miles to the first town and service station we could find and took cover under their huge canopy over the pumps. It was time because the rear windows of the GT were open and the rear window of the Midget was unzipped. The two MG's did get a soaking but survived well. We waited about 20 minutes for the rain storm to pass and resumed our drive into Louisville, KY.
After 5 days on the road and the storm to conclude the trip, we were very relieved to arrive at our hotels; we could then start to relax a bit and begin enjoying the MG 2016 Convention.



Henri Lefebvre
Calgary, Alberta

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80 TR8, Platinum Silver

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MGBGTee Gold Member Henri Lefebvre
Calgary, Alberta, Canada   CAN
Day 6, Monday, June 13, 2016

Another hot, humid day, in the high 90’s f, BUT no driving required!!!

We spent time at the MG 2016 Registration and regalia and vendors' areas.
MG's are arriving from all directions, all types, we are like kids in a candy store.
There are no organized activities today so a good time to wash the grime from our 2,200 mile excursion; the bugs are caked on the front pretty well; detailing will come later, closer to the show.



Henri Lefebvre
Calgary, Alberta

NAMGBR member 16-6307

71 MGB GT, Midnight Blue
80 TR8, Platinum Silver

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7mg2 Gold Member Andrew Hardie
Calgary, Alberta, Canada   CAN
1969 MG MGC GT "Mr "C"
1972 MG Midget MkIII
Day 6 June 13

No driving for us today either, except to a nearby car wash to erase the crap deposited on the car over 2200 miles of asphalt and concrete.
At said car wash was an MGA from New Mexico. While HE washed the car, I stuck up a conversation with his wife, to discover she too was an ex pat Albertan, born in Rimbey. Small world.

Hot and humid again today, seeking shade at every opportunity. Very little detailing done on the car. Back to the room to enjoy the a/c and take a shower, followed by dinner with Henri and Nicole.

Early to bed, for tomorrow the activities begin.

6 miles driven today.



Andy

NAMGBR# 20-7738
AMGCRA# 1678



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7mg2 Gold Member Andrew Hardie
Calgary, Alberta, Canada   CAN
1969 MG MGC GT "Mr "C"
1972 MG Midget MkIII
Day 7 June 14

Both Henri and I had booked the "Bourbon Trail" bus tour, however, we were assigned to different busses so saw nothing of each other throughout the day long tour, as the coaches followed the itinerary in different order.

The tour visited two distilleries, with tasting at both along with a walking tour of about an hour at the first, Heaven Hills Distillery. Like single malt Scotch, specialist rum's, tequila's etc, there are many different spirits available, you have only to experiment and try different products until you find what you like. Our guides were very well versed in their knowledge of distilling, its Kentucky history, and the products their companies produce.

There was a lunch stop,in historic Bardstown, where you can take a meal in an historic tavern dating back to 1779.
It has played host to the famous and infamous in its 237 year history. The food was pretty good too.
Time for shopping in the historic downtown area around the tavern, was sadly not possible due to the long wait for a table.

Our final stop was at the Jim Beam distillery, where again we learned a little Beam history and sampled some of their wares.

Our return to the event hotel happened just in time for dinner, so our little foursome headed to the Blue Horse for some food before retiring to our respective hotels.

Tomorrow's programme involves an evening visit to the famous Churchill Downs race course , a five minute drive from our hotel. This one, Donna and I do solo.



Andy

NAMGBR# 20-7738
AMGCRA# 1678



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7mg2 Gold Member Andrew Hardie
Calgary, Alberta, Canada   CAN
1969 MG MGC GT "Mr "C"
1972 MG Midget MkIII
Day 8 June 15

My morning was filled with a "Walking Tour of MG's" at the Crowne Plaza.
12 MG's were moved inside the hotel where their owners gave talks on their cars.
With each register represented, MMM, NEMGT, NAMGAR and NAMGBR, there were some interesting stories to hear, and some fabulous cars to feast eyes upon.

Henri was in and out of several concurrent presentations, trying to glean as much as possible on multiple fronts.

The afternoon was spent lazing at the hotel before heading back to the Plaza for an MGE meet and greet/photo op, before driving over to Churchill Downs for an evening reception and tour of the facility and the museum. My first time at a horse racing facility................and it happened to be a very famous one, albeit not on a race day. It was a very interesting and enjoyable evening.
Donna and I opted not to return to the MGE party after the event ( we've been meeting quite a few on line friends since arriving anyway ) and headed back to the hotel to prepare for the show tomorrow.



Andy

NAMGBR# 20-7738
AMGCRA# 1678



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7mg2 Gold Member Andrew Hardie
Calgary, Alberta, Canada   CAN
1969 MG MGC GT "Mr "C"
1972 MG Midget MkIII
A notable absentee from the above event was this car.



Andy

NAMGBR# 20-7738
AMGCRA# 1678


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7mg2 Gold Member Andrew Hardie
Calgary, Alberta, Canada   CAN
1969 MG MGC GT "Mr "C"
1972 MG Midget MkIII
Day 9 June 16

SHOW TIME

40+ TD's...........seriously?............seriously.

Beautiful cars everywhere, but the pre war and "T" cars in so many numbers was a treat, and a big reason to come to this all register meet.

I was so busy with MGEers and Moss Motoring Challenge folks stopping by my car I didn't have time to complete my voting ballot or take any photos of the multitude of MGA's and B's.

Here's some of what I did get.................


This has been a fantastic day.



Andy

NAMGBR# 20-7738
AMGCRA# 1678



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