GT-43: Details of Activities

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February in Virginia, as this is being written, can be cold and at times a bit gray, but there are signs the summer MGA driving season is just around the corner. One key sign is the level of interest we are seeing in registrations for GT-43, which will be held in the shadow of our capital city of Richmond, June 13th through June 17th.

As your GT-43 hosts, the Central Virginia British Car Club and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of NAMGAR are excited to share our region’s diverse history, sights, and attractions with you by preparing a Get Together that offers a blend of traditional technical activities and many social options for the not so technically inclined.

Your GT experience will begin at our Virginia Crossings venue with its elegant colonial Virginia appearance and courtyard setting which allows easy access from the guest rooms to dining, on-site tech sessions, hospitality events, swimming pool, and of course, the car show on the courtyard lawn. Virginia Crossings is convenient for many of the On Your Own Driving Tours as well as our offsite technical and historical sessions, the Ladies Drive & Luncheon, and the Tour of Richmond Road Rallye which concludes with lunch at the Garden Hall at Maymont Park.

Those seeking to explore Richmond will want to experience Monument Avenue, a tree-lined mall punctuated by statues memorializing well-known figures in Virginia history. It remains a grand boulevard of residential homes and churches, nationally significant for its architecture and preservation. Tredegar Iron Works, a Civil War era artillery and ironworks supplier to the South, now home to the American Civil War Center, offers exhibits, films, interactive maps, and interpretive guides daily for the Civil War buff. Both Monument Avenue and Tredegar Iron Works will be included in the drive portion of Jack Bantle’s historical tech session on Wednesday.

Maggie L. Walker National Historic SiteA short drive away from the ironworks is the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site. A Richmond native, Walker was a respected businesswoman, bank owner, and known for devoting her life to civil rights advancement and economic empowerment for African Americans and women. Also calling Richmond home was writer Edgar Allan Poe. The Poe Museum is home to a comprehensive collection of Poe artifacts and memorabilia. Walk the staircase in the footsteps of Poe or relax in the Enchanted Garden, that Poe called his office, and perhaps prepare the outline of your own masterpiece short story!

Poe MuseumOne popular aspect of a GT is catching up with old friends and enjoying new ones. Located just north of Virginia Crossings is the Center of the Universe Brewery Company, featuring a tasting room for their assortment of crafted beer with traditional all-natural methods of brewing. For wine aficionados, the James River Cellars Winery offers quaint rural appeal and features a variety of Virginia wines – ensuring a perfect pairing for your picnic lunch while relaxing on their landscaped patio.

GT-43 offers a full slate of technical sessions with a focus on restoring, preserving, and improving our vintage automobiles. We have invited certified lubrication specialist Lake Speed Jr. to speak about how proper lubrication can help increase performance, cooling, and extend the life of the mechanical components in an MGA. Located off campus, Hanover Powder Coating will host sessions on the proper use of dustless blasting and powder coating components on an MGA under restoration. There will be continuing discussions on improving safety and reliability, and Bruce Woodson will present a session of lighting and electrical upgrades for the MGA and Magnette. For those currently captured by the idea of restoring their MGA, Glenn Lenhard will provide an overview of the restoration process of a vintage British vehicle.

No GT would be complete without John Twist providing his famous Rolling Tech Session, which John will offer at two different times during the week. With lubrication, coatings, electrical, and mechanicals covered, Dennis Urick will lead a session on detailing your Abingdon vehicle while Kelvin Dodd of Moss Motors will offer upholstery covering and installation techniques. We also welcome our vendors who contribute so much to the British car hobby throughout the year and encourage your support of their products and services, as well as visiting our regalia table for the latest in NAMGAR fashion.

For the Walter Mitty racers among us, Valve Cover Racing under the Main Tent will be featured on our own high-banked Richmond Inclined Speedway. Design and build your gravity racer for speed or show - rat rod or polished beauty - from a qualified British automobile rocker cover featuring four wheels in contact with the track. Click here to download full rules for the valve cover racing; but the first rule in any high-stake competition is to have fun while participating!

All is not gasoline, oil, and wrenches. A Ladies Drive is planned, which encourages travel by MGA, to include antique shopping, private home, and garden tours followed by a luncheon hosted by the ladies of the Central Virginia British Car Club. Not enough? We also have scheduled a ladies ice cream social poolside and later in the week a wine pairing & tasting experience, for which we encourage attendees to bring a bottle of their favorite local wine to share and experience with others.

First Time GT attendees will be welcomed with their own social hour held in the Virginia Crossings courtyard area on Wednesday evening – to be followed by a Welcome Dinner where we encourage all to attend as our kick-off meet & greet event for returning GT veterans. With the Coupe being the featured body style for GT-43, we have prepared a Coupe Drive & Luncheon hosted at the Richmond Auto Museum for Coupe owners and the traditional Magnette breakfast for our four-door MG enthusiasts. An event not to miss is our GT Party Night to be held Friday evening, featuring Richmond’s popular KOS Band. We promise their blend of classic and popular tunes will have your feet moving, body swaying, and the Henrico Ballroom shaking as we party like its 1960, 1970…or today!

For many the GT car show is a highlight of the week. For GT-43, the show will be held in the courtyard and surrounding grounds of Virginia Crossings – providing convenient access to Mimosas and Bloody Mary beverages offered at the central pergola Saturday morning, after your British vehicle is parked on the show field of course! As always, we offer the hospitality room to be found on the Tavern Deck each evening and will close out the week with the Awards Banquet on Saturday night – recognizing those who earned the many show, distance, and contribution awards as presented by NAMGAR.

GT-43 promises to be a full week with activities and social events to satisfy all of our guests. Your host Chapters are pleased to invite you to Rallye to Richmond and join us for a Get Together filled with Virginia hospitality in classic Southern tradition

To register online for the GT visit the event website.  To register thru the mail, click here to download a copy of the registration form.

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Last updated on March 26, 2018.