Monday, July 28, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

18 MG TCs to arrive in P’ville May 3

By
From page B1 | April 29, 2013 |

By Lawrie Alexander

Eighteen MG TCs are coming to Placeville.

Affectionately known as “The Sports Car America Loved First,” the diminutive MG TC has long been a favorite of MG aficionados worldwide. Made in Abingdon on Thames, England, from 1945 to 1949, many of these nippy roadsters were brought back to the States by returning U.S. servicemen.

They quickly gained popularity with American auto enthusiasts as, despite the comparatively low power from their 1250 cc four-cylinder engines. Their light weight and excellent roadholding enabled them to outperform the ponderous domestic sedans of the time on twisty, winding roads. Many TCs were raced in sports car races during the late ’40s and early ’50s. Indeed, America’s first Formula One World Champion, the late Phil Hill, won his first ever motor race in a TC at Carrell Speedway in Gardena in July 1949.

Clubs catering to MG enthusiasts soon formed and many of those clubs are still in existence. Nowadays, TCs are usually seen in car shows, beautifully restored and seldom driven. However, some are still treated as “real cars” and driven both locally and long distances on MG club outings.

The Placerville area is no exception as at least three TCs are seen driving around on a regular basis, including one belonging to Placerville resident Brian Sonner, was restored from the frame up in the summer of 2010 and hnas since been driven over 18,000 miles. Two others, owned by Lawrie Alexander and Ed Dail, who both live in Shingle Springs, also see frequent use.

The sight of three TCs is rare enough but how about 18? One of the oldest Bay Area MG TC clubs, the Abingdon Rough Riders, will be in Placerville from Friday, May 3, through Sunday May 5 to participate in a weekend event organized by Sonner.

They will be staying at the Cary House Hotel in downtown Placerville, touring the local countryside and enjoying some of our fine local restaurants. If you would like to enjoy a very rare opportunity to see this many TCs in one place, visit the parking lot behind the Cary House late Friday afternoon or early Saturday or Sunday morning, or visit the Fitzpatrick winery in Fairplay between 11:30 and 1:30 on Saturday, May 4.

Comments

comments

Special to the Democrat

.

News

Sand Fire burns more than 4,000 acres

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Fatal accident in Camino

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
County’s chief lawyer: No Brown Act violation

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

General Plan workshop today

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

 
Two growth control initiatives get green light

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

Agricultural Crop and Livestock Report released

By Ross Branch | From Page: A3

 
35 people displaced in Tahoe hotel fire

By Tahoe Tribune | From Page: A3 | Gallery

.

Opinion

Bee-ing silly

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
The balancing act: Toxic waste spreads

By Larry Weitzman | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
.

Letters

Want more water?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Refugee crisis

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Letter to Speaker of the House

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
GDPUD misinformation

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

At the crossroads

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
.

Sports

Camp experience is ‘priceless’

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Speedway races cancelled

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

El Dorado doubles up on Pro Players

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Under the Scoreboard: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Schedule: July 28 – Aug. 2, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

 
Roundup: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Sports Scene: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

 
Local spiker shines

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

.

Prospecting

A beautiful day at Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm

By Cathy Barsotti | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Foothill gourmet: Things get corny

By Donna Brown | From Page: B2

Bipolar Insights: From point A to point B

By Marcia Rose | From Page: B2

 
Cool time at Cowboys and Cornbread

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
As we were: Recreation district grows

By Ken Deibert | From Page: B4

Cantare names new director

By Cantare Chorale | From Page: B10

 
After 5 Club to meet

By Senior Day | From Page: B10

.

Essentials

Divorces

By Charlotte Sanchez-Kosa | From Page: A2Comments are off for this post

 
DUI Log: June 25-July 9

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

Crime Log: July 14-16

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

.

Real Estate

.

Comics

Horoscope, Tuesday, July 29, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Horoscope, Monday, July 28, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8

American Profile Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A8