The June 10, 1999 Meeting
by Al Bradley
Eighteen of us turned up at Rush Street
Grill this night - another good turnout
for us. Congratulations to us all! We
had one guest Johnathan Nickles.
And, by the way, you should have
seen the great looking cars in the
parking lot behind Rush Street! They
drew lots of admirers during the
President Rich Williams
announced that September 12 has been
chosen as the date for the club's
annual Get Together event at
Warrior's Path State Park near
Kingsport. We discussed the
upcoming (June 12 and June 27) drive
events and the fact that they will be
mainly impromptu events from now
on. Also discussed was an air show
event recently discovered to be taking
place in Mountain City on June 19-20,
but there was not a lot of interest in
driving up there together.
Rich also announced that next
month's meeting would be a round-
table discussion of British cars in
general, rather than a formal program.
Members will have a chance to talk to
each other about those topics that they
Members were also reminded
to get photos of their cars to Al for
scanning and posting on the club's
web site. This site is attracting more
and more attention from as far away
as Australia! Our club now has 42
members, another record.
It was, indeed, a lucky night,
for us since Ken Hampton handed out
complementary cups to everyone from
Gary Whitson and Classic
And, finally, the event we all
came for - Clarence Porter and his
slides of racing events. Clarence and
others who were members of the
Sequoyah Sports Car Club many years
ago did lots of travelling to races
around the area.
The first of these was from
Lexington where we guessed at the
identities of various racing vehicles of
the period including Scarabs, Ferraris,
and bird cage Maseratis.
Next came photos of Virginia
International Raceway south of
Danville, VA, where loads of famous
drivers and cars used to compete.
Among others, we saw Ferraris,
Coopers, Loti Aston-Martins and
Clarence also showed us some
slides taken at the Grandfather
Mountain Hillclimb event. Most of
these events have long ceased to exist,
although, happily, the Danville race
track is being revived.
Finally, there were photos of
some of Clarence's cars - his 1950 MG-
TD and his 'new' 1960 Triumph TR-
3A. There was even a photo of a much
younger Ben bailey with his green
Sunbeam Alpine, lovely wife and
After Clarence's wonderful
presentation, the meeting adjourned to
a 'tire-kicking' session in the parking
lot. There was something for everyone
at this meeting!
ABCS Mourns Bill Bolyard
One of the founders of the ABCS, Bill
Bolyard, passed away on 15 June,
1999. Along with fellow FAA worker,
Ken Hirsch, Bill was one of the
original promoters of the new idea for
a club for all British car enthusiasts to
serve the Bristol, Kingsport and
Johnson City areas. It was Bill and
Ken who placed the infamous ad in
the local Trading Post magazine that
many of our very first members saw
and responded to.
Bill oversaw the formation of
the club in 1992 as its first Vice
President and later served as
President of the ABCS during 1993.
It turned out that under Bolyard's
gentle leadership, the club grew and
prospered. Bolyard, along with the
other officers, immediately oversaw
the adoption of a logo for the club that
we still use, a summer picnic, and
successful Get Together and Christmas
Bill was never far away from
club activities unless he and Luisa
were travelling somewhere. He was
deservedly proud of his family, the
club, and his Triumph TR-4 as well.
We will all miss him.