Allen Calcote started his new assignment as President in an efficient manner as we all knew he would. Fourteen of us attended and that number did not include Dick Williams, for once, who was ill and hospitalized. [We understand that Dick is doing better since the meeting.] We also had one guest, Ed Frazier of Kingsport who has a 1976 MGB. Ben Bailey, new Driving Chairman, started things off by passing out a short survey for everyone to fill out about driving activities. The purpose of this survey was to seek some consensus as to what types of drives were favored and what destinations were favored. This survey lead to a protracted discussion of schedules and destinations for future drives. Destinations mentioned included day trips to Greeneville, TN and the many historic sites there as well as other locations many of which would require an overnight stay. A trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway to some location such as the Peaks of Otter Lodge or Little Switzerland was considered. Also mentioned was a trip to Cherokee, NC and to Pigeon Forge, TN where there is a car museum and, of course, many other attractions of interest. Other destinations that were mentioned were Mount Mitchell in North Carolina near Asheville and Pipestem Resort in West Virginia. The latter overnight trips would have to be carefully coordinated ahead of time. Ben Stated that we would continue for the time being with the current schedule as follows: 2nd Saturday: Leave at 8:00 AM on 8 Feb from Rush Street Grill to Greeneville, NC. 4th Sunday: Leave at 1:00 PM from Rush Street to an undetermined location Ben will evaluate the survey questionnaires to better determine the wishes of the group.
London's daily Telegraph has recently published their Top 20 and Bottom 20 rankings of cars for the century. Due to space limitations only ten of each will be given here, but they are interesting. Top 10: 1. Mini (now in its 37th year!) 2. Morris Minor (known as "the poached egg") 3. Austin Seven (£165 in 1922) 4. Land Rover (since 1948) 5. Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost (still high on the list since 1906) 6. Bentley 3 litre 7. Aston Martin DB-5 (yes, the James Bond Aston) 8. Jaguar E-Type (unarguable choice) 9. MGB (ditto) 10. Jaguar XK-120 (since 1948) Bottom 10: 1. Sunbeam Mabley (diamond patterned wheel arrangement) 2. Austin Allegro 3. Rolls Vanden Plas 4-Litre R 4. Austin Maxi (cable-actuated gearbox) 5. Hillman Imp (Rootes downfall) 6. Reliant Sabra 7. Singer Airstream ( Chrysler Airflow copy) 8. Bond 875 (easily tipped over) 9. Lea Francis Lynx (not even one sold) 10. Morris Ital (spiffed-up Marina)