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2007 Annual Dinner

The British Car Club of the Lehigh Valley and the Keystone Region MG Club kicked off the year with their third annual combined banquet, held this year at Gus’s Crossroads south of Bethlehem.

The event was attended by 62 club members and guests. (The same attendance as last year, by the way.)


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The food was served buffet style this year, with entrees selected by a member survey in advance. Everyone seemed pretty pleased by the quality and quantity of the food at Gus’s, and service for drinks was also good. The only thing that will need to be considered next year is if the room is big enough. Our crowd pretty much filled it to capacity, and if we had had any additional cllub members signed up, we would have had trouble finding a spot to seat them.

As party favors this year, those attending received magnetic calendars depicting either the Hellertown car show or the Autumn Leaf show, depending on which club you belonged to.

British Car Club president Ken Beck spoke briefly, thanking Harry Newman for making the arrangements with Gus’s, and encouraging members to let either Spencer Hogan or Curt Doll know about activities they’d like to see on the club calendar for the year ahead. Ken also thanked Keith Brown, outgoing club treasurer, for his years of service, and welcomed Margie Edinger into the treasurer’s seat.

Also introduced were two guests from the local Sunbeam and Tiger club: Fred Baum and Richard Fritz. The three clubs hope to coordinate an activity this year.

Charles de Bourbon showed his fifth “Year in Review” DVD video, which was shown projected on a screen in the back of the room.

The evening wrapped up with the fun gift exchange. Anyone who wanted to take part brought a wrapped gift. Numbers were handed out, and everyone who brought a gift could take a turn choosing from the table.

Twenty-seven gifts traded hands. The fun part was that anyone picking a gift was allowed to steal one already opened rather than choosing a wrapped one.

Among the most popular gifts were a mini air compressor, a car cover, a fuel pump and vacuum gauge tester, and a schematic drawing of a TR6. Also presented as gifts were a tripod Maglite, an MGB license plate CD case, a windshield cover, a retractable antenna, a Union Jack license plate frame, a work light, a vintage wrench, an AutoZone gift card, a Cracker Barrel gift card, a cooking oil set, a Keystone MG Club 30th Anniversary grill badge, quite a few car books, calendars and car care products, two bottles of wine, a bottle of tequila, and a “Mr. Buns” car window accessory to be used to moon passing cars.  

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