The July 8, 1999 Meeting
by Al Bradley
None of us could believe it!
There were thirty-three of us - yes,
33 - at the last meeting including six
ladies in attendance! Not only was
the meeting room packed, but in the
parking lot were fourteen British
Cars; a veritable car show! These are
both new records dating as far back as
records have been kept - at least a few
months. Keep up the good work,
We had some visitors at the
meeting, including Jane Ogle, a
Jaguar XJ-S owner from Johnson City,
Bob McFall, who has an MGB Jim
Falin, an owner of a Series I
Landrover, and Johnathan Nickles
even returned to pay a second visit.
As always, we are happy to have
guests and hope they will see fit to
join in with us.
President Rich Williams began
the meeting by informing us all of the
calendar of events.
Upcoming drives include:
7/25 Tour the Morristown, TN
area. Meet at K-Mart in
Rogersville at 2:00 PM.
8/14 Grayson Highlands State
Park trip. Meet at Abingdon
Cracker Barrel, I-81, Exit 19.
We will depart at 9:00 AM.
Pack a picnic lunch.
Programs at upcoming meetings include:
8/12 Dave Valentine will tell us about his recent
search for British Cars in Australia.
9/9 Mark Whitt on carburetors.
10/14 Mitch Bowerly on the Jaguar S-Type.
The final calendar item was to
note that the date for the ABCS Get
Together (GT) has been set for 12
September at Warrior's Path State
Park as usual. We meet around 1:00
PM at shelter number 1 and the club
provides the hamburgers and hot
dogs. Members are asked to bring a
dish with them.
The program tonight was an
informal one. We were all recently
saddened by the loss of Bill Bolyard,
one of the founders of the ABCS. So
President Williams invited Wayne
Grills, one of the first ABCS members
to talk about the early days of the
club. Wayne stated that it was indeed
Bill Bolyard, along with co-worker
ken Hirsch who started the ABCS.
Bill had purchased his Triumph and
Ken had an MGA and they ran an ad
in a local trade publication seeking
members. Wayne was one of the first
to answer the ad. Wayne
remembered that the club started
around 1990, instead of 1992 as stated
elsewhere. Wayne also remembered
the first official drive by the ABCS
was to Middlesboro, KY and
everyone froze. Bill Bolyard, of
course, refused to put his top up and
he and Luisa soldiered on in his TR-4.
Wayne also recalled that James
Childress was searching for an MG in
Bill's neighborhood and actually went
to Bill's house by mistake, thereby
being enlisted in the ABCS.
We all adjourned to look at the
many cars in the parking lot
Blount British Cars of Maryville, TN
had three of their members and their
cars featured in an article entitled
'Running with the Big Dogs' in the
most recent (August-September, 1999)
issue of "British Car" magazine.
The article features BBC
members Ted Frasier of Maryville
and his '74 TR-6, Alan Rhodes of
Conyers, GA ( '67 Sunbeam Tiger),
and Terry Denton of Rockford, TN
('64 Austin-Healey 3000) on a tour of
the newly-opened Cherohala Skyway
which traverses part of the Cherokee
and the Nantahala National Forests.
This six-page spread in a
widely circulated magazine is a great
effort towards promotion of the
British Car restoration hobby in the
Appalachian area and should benefit
us all greatly.
There is a well devised
comparison of the three cars artfully
done by allowing the owners to trade
vehicles and drive the serpentine
National Scenic Byway (designated