American MGB Association Dinner and Meeting May 16

The American MGB Association had all the principal officers of the Club in Chicago at the same time on May 16, 2022. We held a meeting to renew acquaintances in person instead of phone, text or email. Margie Springer, Bruce Magers and myself (Frank Ochal) were there.

We discussed many thing but the primary focus was to discuss the future of the club. This had been in discussion for quite a while. It was decided to no longer produce a printed magazine because of the change to electronic magazines, the rising costs of printing and postage, the continuing pandemic fears and the aging of the volunteer staff.

Members will continue to receive the Octagon publication by email only.

Bruce Magers will be retiring his role as Regalia Chairmen and Treasurer. Margie Springer will be retiring from the position of AMGBA Secretary. I will continue to maintain the membership as all members will be converted to eMembers,

AMGBA Meet 2021 – Palatine, IL


The American MGB Association (AMGBA) held its 43rd Annual Meet in conjunction with the 34th annual Chicagoland British Car Festival on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at Harper Community College in Palatine, Illinois just outside of Chicago. The American MGB Association Meet/Convention was initially held in the Chicago area in 1978 and it was good to be back where it all began. The AMGBA Meet was held with this show because of the ongoing pandemic fears. Neither show was held in 2020 because of the pandemic.

The show itself is organized by a consortium of British Car Clubs in the Chicago area. It has become the premier event for those interested in British cars in the Chicago area.

Each year the show features hundreds of automobiles ranging from those in Concours condition to just normal everyday drivers. This year was no exception as approximately 500 cars were gathered on the field representing virtually every marque produced in England under almost perfect weather conditions. Door prizes and popular vote awards were presented to the lucky winners.

Food was provided by Robinson’s Ribs. Many food vendors as well as some of the entertainment did not attend because of the uncertainty of the show due to the pandemic.

The American MGB Association (AMGBA) was on the field welcoming old members and signing up several new participants. If you have not had the opportunity to attend this popular event be sure to mark your calendar for the 35th annual event which will be held on September 11, 2022 at Harper Community College in Palatine, Illinois. For further information go to or .

The MGB and Midget winners were as follows:

MGB- Chrome Bumper Roadster

1. ’73 red B, Philip Wydra, ’73 red B, Fox River Grove, IL

2. ’67 red B, Denise & Pete Ballard, Plainfield, IL

3. ’64 red B, Chuck & Gail Haskins, Burlington, WI

MGB – Rubber Bumper Roadster

1. ’80 red B, John Frost, Kenosha, WI

2. ’79 yellow B, Dean Hickenlooper, Darien, IL

3. ’79 B LE, Melissa Gonzales, Pingree Grove, IL


1. ’74 gray B-GT, Jeremy Kinsey, Burlington, WI

MG Midget

1. ’65 red Midget MKII, Stephen Sparks, Chicago, IL

2. ’74 blue Midget, Paul Polaski, Lyons, IL

1st Place Rubber Bumper MGB - John Frost, '80 MGB, Kenosha, Wisconsin
1st place Chrome Bumper MGB –
Philip Wydra, ’73 MGB, Fox River Grove, Illinois
1st Place Rubber Bumper MGB –
John Frost, ’80 MGB, Kenosha, Wisconsin
1st Place MGB-GT - Jeremy Kinsey, '74 B-GT, Burlington, Wisconsin1st Place MG Midget - Stephen Sparks, '65 Mk II, Chicago, Illinoi
1st Place MGB-GT –
Jeremy Kinsey, ’74 B-GT, Burlington, Wisconsin
1st Place MG Midget –
Stephen Sparks, ’65 Mk II, Chicago, Illinois
2nd place Chrome Bumper MGB - Denise & Pete Ballard, Plainfield, Illinois2nd place Rubber Bumper MGB - Dean Hickenlooper, '79 MGB, Darien, Illinois
2nd place Chrome Bumper MGB –
Denise & Pete Ballard, Plainfield, Illinois
2nd place Rubber Bumper MGB –
Dean Hickenlooper, ’79 MGB, Darien, Illinois
2nd Place MG Midget - Paul Polaski, '74 Midget, Lyons, Illinois3rd place Chrome Bumper MGB - Chuck & Gail Haskins,'64 MGB, Burlington, Wisconsin
2nd Place MG Midget –
Paul Polaski, ’74 Midget, Lyons, Illinois
3rd place Chrome Bumper MGB –
Chuck & Gail Haskins,’64 MGB, Burlington, Wisconsin
3rd place Rubber Bumper MGB - Melissa Gonzales, Pingree Grove, IllinoisAMGBA Tent at British Car Festival and Meet 2021
3rd place Rubber Bumper MGB –
Melissa Gonzales, Pingree Grove, Illinois
AMGBA Tent at British Car Festival and Meet 2021

Wisconsin Trip 2021

Went to Wisconsin Dells in July which was my first trip outside of the state since the pandemic began. In Wisconsin we did the usual things like tour downtown, ate, visited the many water parks and ate. We also had a caricature made by a local artist on the main street. On the way back, we visited the Fi-Serv Forum and the Deer District where the Milwaukee Bucks would win the NBA championship the next day.

AMGBA Meet 2019 and Myrtle Beach, Savannah, Atlanta, Nashville and More!

The American MGB Association’s annual car show, Meet 2019 was held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  This meant a drive by the officers (Bruce and myself as Margie was unable to make it) to bring out the club items to the show.  This includes the table, chairs, tent, and membership item

We rented a 2019 Nissan Rogue for our journey which started early on Thursday, October 3, 2019. We stopped for lunch in Lexington, Kentucky at a Chick-fil-A for a chicken sandwich which was disappointing.

Next stop was Knoxville, Tennessee where we stayed overnight on Thursday.  We dined at Altrudas outside of town and then visited Market Square area of downtown Knoxville and took a brief tour of the University of Tennessee.

We left early Friday to Myrtle Beach thru the Smokey Mountains and stopped for brunch at the Corner Kitchen in the Biltmore Estates area of Asheville, North Carolina. We also then drove through the Biltmore Estate where the mansion is located.

We made it to Myrtle Beach on Friday afternoon and had time to go to the beach and  have a snack along the boardwalk at Dirty Dons Oyster Bar & Grill.  We then attended the welcoming party for the car show on Friday night at Nacho Hippos in Market Common and met with local club members and organizers.

Saturday was the car show which many of our members attended at the Market Common in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  This is an upscale area of town and was developed on the site of the old Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.  There was a good showing of MGs at the event and organizers said it was the largest turnout they had ever had.  Jersey Dogs served lunch to the spectators.  They were good but nothing compares to a Chicago style hot dog.  That evening we traveled to Savannah, Georgia and dined at Boars’ Head along the river and stayed  in the area Saturday night.

We left early Sunday morning to tour old Savannah along the river.  We had breakfast at Hueys and then headed to Atlanta, Georgia. In Atlanta we visited the  the Georgia Aquarium which is the largest aquarium n the world.  It was spectacular and included Sea Lion and Dolphin shows. We toured the Buckhead area of Atlanta and ate dinner at the South City Kitchen. Monday morning we toured the new Sun-Trust Atlanta Braves ballpark area.  They built a ballpark along with a cluster of bars and restaurants around it to give it the feel of a Wrigleyville although it is all new.

We then headed north to Chattanooga, Tennessee and lunch at the Boathouse Rotisserie and Raw Bar on the Tennessee River. We then went on to Nashville and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Many artists had exhibits in the Hall of Fame including some that you may not think of as country artists such as Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and Taylor Swift.  Afterward we walked to Broadway and stopped at many of the bars including Tootsies, Jason Aldeans and the Mellow Mushroom  Every place we stopped had a band for entertainment. Dinner was at Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant up the hill from the Broadway entertainment area of downtown Nashville.  Of course there was a performer at the restaurant.

Heading north on Tuesday, we stopped for lunch near downtown Louisville at the Grind Burger Kitchen for hamburgers. We stayed overnight in Columbus, Indiana where we visited the many architectural marvels in the town.  We then headed back home to Chicago on Wednesday morning and returned the rental car having put more than 2400 miles on the car!

miscellaneous ramblings of a North side Chicagoan and sports fan