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Barn Find: B.A.S.H.

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Harrisburg, PA   17112

Full details and registration forms are here.

garageHere’s the story of this year’s event:

In 1973, Joe’s first 1967 Series V Sunbeam Alpine was finally in pretty good great* shape mechanically. Unfortunately it was helped to an early grave by a tractor trailer in Boston. The truck took a corner a bit too tightly, running over the front driver’s side quarter panel—with the driver at the wheel. No humans were harmed in the making of that mangled steel mess.

Missing the Alpine and long before Ebay, the Boston Globe want-ads were scoured daily for another one. In spring of 1974 Joe bought his second Series V and drove it from Boston to Bethlehem, PA, for some end-of-the-year graduation celebration for the future Mrs. Joe.

We were in our twenties. It was spring. The top was down. It was fun. But there was a terrible grumbling coming from the back end. It was determined that the car needed serious work. (The kicker? That car was only SEVEN years old!)

It was driven to a friend’s barn where, while DWP (driven when parked), it quickly became home to a family (or two) of mice. The friend topped up the brake reservoir with brake fluid–not Girling–turning the seals to mush.*

So in 1976, with the barn up for sale, the car was towed from north of Bethlehem to Baltimore where it took up residence in a VERY SMALL (10×20’) garage to be worked on. The drive shaft was a gnarled mess and the transmission needed attention. Both were removed for repair.

Of course, you would know that the transmission holds the engine in place. So one end of a chain was wrapped around the engine and the other around rafters in the garage.

Work on the transmission was progressing on the floor in the basement next to the furnace. A screw driver held needle bearings in place, until a furnace repairman needed that screwdriver. SPROING! About three quarters of them disappeared. And that was the end of work on that car.

Time passed. Children grew up. The hulk hung in the garage for TWENTY FIVE YEARS! Assorted parts were laid out in the basement on shelves. (Yes, Mrs. Joe is very understanding!)

Other garages were rented for other cars. Rafters in the little garage were reconfigured to fit a lift and a second Alpine (one on top of the other – another good story). In fairness, the engine was worked on, machined by an expert, and rebuilt. An engine stand was purchased, and the whole thing was covered with plastic.

Then came retirement.

In order to preserve marital harmony and keep the newly-home engineer from being in the face of Mrs. Joe, it was determined that a move to house with a perfect garage was required.

Perfect garages rarely come with perfect houses. So they moved to the perfect house with plenty of space to build the TajMaGarage. The engineless Sunbeam was towed again to new digs along with a couple of other LBC friends–some drove, others were also towed.

So now they own their very own BARN FIND!

Mrs. Joe knows that guys like to poke around other guys’ cars and say what they think the owner should do, should have or should not have done. So when Tiger Tom Ehrhart suggested that they host the 40th Annual B.A.S.H. (Bring A Sunbeam Here) at their place slightly north of Harrisburg, PA, Mrs. Joe was pretty sure that kind of discussion would be a great activity to add to the rest: showing off of other cars, plus food, valve cover races and a driving tour/clue rally through the mountains of Dauphin County.

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*   Italics and crossed out content was edited or added by Joe himself and may not be agreed to by Mrs. Joe.
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Address of B.A.S.H.

820 Fishing Creek Valley Road
Harrisburg, PA 17112
(about 1 mile east of intersection of PA 433 and 322)

High points of the day:

Food, rally, valve cover racing, oohhs and ahhs over cars.
Prizes.
Other stuff yet to be determined
Full details of the event as they evolve as well as registration forms are here.

Register today!

8th Annual Sunbeam S.O.S.: Columbia, SC

March 27-29, 2015
Cayce, South Carolina

Once again this event ties in with local British Car Club’s event, Carolina British Classics IX, which ties the car show into the Scottish Games Festival.

This year’s event will be very similar to the past couple of years with the same host motel, a conference room set aside for gathering, hospitality, parts and hopefully a couple of tech sessions.

The tentative agenda is as follows:

Friday, March 27

4:00 pm:  Arrive and check in, set-up parts room / hospitality room
6:00 pm: group dinner at Hudson’s BBQ two miles from the host motel.
After dinner we will go out to the speedway for the Scottish Rock band concert. This event is FREE this year as long as you Pre-register for the car show!!

Saturday, March 28

British Car Club Midlands Centre’s (BCCMC) all British Car Show at The Columbia Motor Speedway tied in with The Scottish Games Festival 9:00am till 3:00pm.

We may have a stripper come in from 4:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. at the motel.

Yes, I am donating a 1966 Series V car to the group for those who need parts to strip what they want or need, so bring your old clothes and some tools for this one.

We will organize this “strip off” a little more as we get closer to the date. Then Saturday night another group dinner at the Flight Deck fun and fellowship.

Sunday, March 29

Breakfast at motel prior to departure.

Hotel:

Wingate Inn
108 Saluda Point Court
Lexington, SC, 29072
Phone (803) 957-5000 for reservations.
When calling, please use the word “SUNBEAM” for your discounted rate of $89.00 per night.

The deadline to receive this rate is March 9th, 2015.

We will have a parts room so please bring parts!!!
Here is a link to more car show info and the registration form.

Any questions, please feel free to contact Todd Smith or Eric Gibeaut.

40th Annual BASH: Bring a Sunbeam Here

garage2015 BASH Itinerary

820 Fishing Creek Valley Road (PA Route 443)
Harrisburg, PA  17112
Site is about 1 mile east of intersection of PA 443 and PA  322)

Early-Bird Activity: Friday Evening, May 15

This is usually a one day event, but if you’re in town on Friday evening, we’ll be having dinner (Dutch treat) at the Stoney Creek Inn  in Dauphin, PA, (probably about 7 pm)

Please advise BASH registration if you plan to dine and spend the evening with us. We want to be sure there’s plenty of space at the table.

Saturday, May 16

(all times approximate)

Morning:  Arrive, drink coffee, etc.
Noon: luncheon buffet
1:30 pm: Short Gimmick Rally on local roads
3 pm: Valve Cover Racing

Other activities:

Display our Beams for oohs and ahhs, questions and answers.
Website TESTING: An opportunity to say what works and what doesn’t
Prizes for ALL kinds of stuff!

Staying over Saturday night after the BASH?

This is Carlisle Import and Kit Car weekend. And the site is close!
Here are some other great places to visit as part of your BASH experience

Need a place to stay?

A variety of lodging is available near by. If you want additional help figuring out where to stay or if you want to camp, please call us (717) 474-8311

BASH Registration: Deadline May 9
Fee: $25 each person. Children ten and under free.
Download details and registration form (with mailing instructions) Or use the form below.

More information: Contact Joe McConlogue  or call  (717) 474-8311
Day of event contact (like if you’re lost or something) (443) 255-3401
If you want to trailer your car, please let us know. If your car can drive ¼ mile, there’s plenty of space. If it won’t move under its own power, we need to talk first – our driveway can be a challenge.

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United XXXIII – Banquet

The banquet was held in the main lodge of the Boyne Mountain resort.  After a social hour where new and old friends chatted the group was seated and distribution of the door prizes commenced. As always there were quite a few desirable prizes and the drawings held everyone’s interest.  After dinner awards were presented for the Concours and Autocross. Tom Calvert gave a description of the Tiger 50th Anniversary events (and some touring) in England last summer. (Apologies to a few people whose names we don’t recall. Please fill in any blanks or call out any mis-identifications in an email)

 

Tom Jeffers surveying the banquet hall as the festivities commence

Tom Jeffers surveying the banquet hall as the festivities commence

 The Dinner:

Clockwise from bottom: Judy Sharkey, TBD, TBD, Larry and TBD Marocca, Bob Sharkey

Clockwise from bottom: Judy Sharkey, Janice and Russ Eshelman, Larry Marocca,Shannon Nesbitt, Bob Sharkey

L - R: Grodon Foss,TBD, TBD

L – R: Grodon Foss,____ &________

Gwen and John Logan Sr, TBD and TBD

Gwen and John Logan Sr, Todd and Ann Marie Nordby

TBD, Joel Griffin, Curt Bowland, Tiger Tom Ehrhart

Joel Griffin, Curt Bowland, Tiger Tom Ehrhart

Nick and Carolyn Kintner, Kerch and Joe McConlogue

Nick and Carolyn Kintner, Kerch and (a surprised) Joe McConlogue

Banquet - 3

Background: Barb Geshke, Barry Schonberger; Foreground: Joanie Erickson, Barbara and Art Bonsignore

John Logan

John Logan kicks off the evening

The Concours Awards:

Bob Sharkey ran the concours at Boyne City Park and presented the awards after dinner. Awards were made for several classes of Alpines, Tigers, and Rare Rootes, as well as some others.

Bob Sharkey introducing the concours awards

Bob Sharkey introducing the concours awards

The Autocross Trophy Awards:

Barry Schonberger organized and ran the Autocross and presented the awards for the various classes that ran in the autocross.

Barry Schonberger introducing the autocross awards

Barry Schonberger introducing the autocross awards

 

United XXXIII Concours

Concours – Boyne City Park

The concours was held in a grassy park on the shore of Lake Charlevoix in the heart of Boyne City.  There was a good turnout of Tigers and Alpines as well as some of the rarer Rootes vehicles, including two “proper” Alpines an Alpine GT and a very well preserved Super Minx wagon. The intermittent rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the participants but it did reduce the participation by the public at large. Several hardy souls came out to see the cars and chat with the owners though. (click on the pictures for a larger version)

 

United XXXIII – 2014 Boyne Mountain Resort

Some photos of the Boyne Mountain Resort:

(click on a photo for a larger view)

United XXXIII – Autocross Awards

Barry Schonberger set up and ran the autocross and presented trophies to the drivers with the best time in their class. The results were:

Stock Alpine:

Stock Tiger:

Street Prepared Tiger:

Modified Alpine:

Modified Tiger:

 

Alpines

Larry Marrocca accepts the Autocross trophy for Stock Alpine - 2nd Place

Larry Marrocca accepts the Autocross trophy for Stock Alpine – 2nd Place

Joe McConlogue accepts the Autocross trophy for Stock Alpine - 1st Place

Joe McConlogue accepts the Autocross trophy for Stock Alpine – 1st Place

Bob Sharkey accepts the Autocross first place trophy - Modified Alpine from Barry Schonberger

Bob Sharkey accepts the Autocross for Modified Alpine – 1st Place

Tigers

Tom Jeffers accepts the Autocross second place trophy - Stock Tiger from Barry Schonberger

Tom Jeffers accepts the Autocross trophy for Stock Tiger – 2nd Place

Tom Calvert accepts the Autocross trophy for Stock Tiger - 1st Place

Tom Calvert accepts the Autocross trophy for Stock Tiger – 1st Place

Clyde McLaughlin accepts the Autocross trophy for Street Prepared Tiger - 2nd Place

Clyde McLaughlin accepts the Autocross trophy for Street Prepared Tiger – 2nd Place

John Logan accepts the Autocross trophy for Street Prepared Tiger - 1st Place

John Logan accepts the Autocross trophy for Street Prepared Tiger – 1st Place

Hugh Guynes accepts the Autocross trophy for Modified Tiger- 2nd Place

Hugh Guynes accepts the Autocross trophy for Modified Tiger- 2nd Place

Doug Jennings accepts the Autocross trophy for Modified Tiger - 1st Place

Doug Jennings accepts the Autocross trophy for Modified Tiger – 1st Place

 

United XXXIII – 2014 – Autocross

Autocross at Boyne Mountain

The Autocross was held across the street from the hotel. The weather held out and we had a dry course, if it was a bit chilly. Barry Schonberger brought all of the equipment needed for an SCCA event and a good time was had by all. Volunteers arrived at the ridiculously early hour of 7 am to set the course up for the drivers who arrived at a more civilised 8 am.  (The time stamps on some the photos are clearly off a few hours!). After setting up the corner positions, briefing the drivers and leading a walk though of the course Barry turned Master of Ceremonies duties over to Gordon Foss. The drivers autocross skills ranged from the novice to the pro. Harry Elam acted as the starter. With the relatively small turnout each driver could have up to 10 runs, and most improved their times as the morning went on. Thanks to Pam for taking the driver portraits as they lined up for the start and to Ken Johnson for the action shots.

See a video of Nick Kitner and Tom Jeffers or of Larry Marrocca.

 

United XXXIII – Concours Awards – Tigers

After dinner Bob Sharkey presented awards to for the concours.  Concours rules are available on the website and anyone is invited to participate. Links are provided to photos of the cars and the 2014 winners are:

 

Stock Tiger:

Personalized Tiger:

Most Desirable Tiger:

Stock Tiger

Clyde McLaughlin accepting his concours trophy for Stock Tiger - 2nd Place from Bob Sharkey

Clyde McLaughlin accepting his concours trophy for Stock Tiger – 2nd Place

Al Erickson accepting the concours trophy for Stock Tiger - 1st Place Al Erickson accepting the concours trophy for Stock Tiger - 1st Place

Al Erickson accepting the concours trophy for Stock Tiger – 1st Place

Personalized Tiger

Joel Griffin with his concours trophy for Personalized Tiger - 3rd Place

Joel Griffin with his concours trophy for Personalized Tiger – 3rd Place

Bill Waite with his concours trophy for Personalized Tiger - 2nd Place

Bill Waite with his concours trophy for Personalized Tiger – 2nd Place

John Logan Jr accepting his concours trophy for Personalized Tiger - 1st Place

John Logan Jr accepting his concours trophy for Personalized Tiger – 1st Place

Most Desirable Tiger

Nick Kintner admiring his Most Desirable Tiger concours trophy

Nick Kintner admiring his Most Desirable Tiger concours trophy

 

United XXXIII – Other Awards

Two attendees at each United are recognized for their special efforts in getting to the event. These may not be the most coveted awards at the United. Presentations were made by John Logan and Tom Calvert.

 

Longest Distance Driven to the United in a Rootes Vehicle:

 

The “Shoes” for Most Problems encountered getting to / at the United:

 

Long Distance

Lora Sharkey accepting the Longest Distance Award from John Logan

Lora Sharkey accepting the Longest Distance Award from John Logan

Old Shoes

Quick repairs before the cruise on Larry Marrocca’s Alpine.