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SJAHC Member Meeting August 6, 2018
The August St. Johns Austin Healey Club member meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m. Monday by President Mike Foster. In attendance at the Caddy Shack Restaurant at the World Golf Village near St. Augustine were 15 members and two guests. Members attending in
addition to Mike and wife Joan, were Paul and Judy Sandefer, Ron Keysor and Elaine Weistock, Dave and Angela Morton, Rick and Marilynn Stevenson, Alan Winer and Janis Croft, Bill and Judy Young, Andy Sanfilippo and guest, and Bill Maroney.
After approval of the minutes of the July 9 member meeting, Treasurer Andy Sanfilippo reported that the club bank account currently stands at $$$$$$. He noted that someone had attempted to submit a false claim for payment by the club, a practice that a couple of members said other clubs have experienced recently.
Membership Chair Bill Maroney reports that club membership is unchanged, though he has been in conversation with the owner of a Healey who lives south of Picolata. This owner’s car is apparently not in running condition, and the owner has yet to take up an invitation to join the club.
In old business, Mike and Paul Sandefer report they attended a meeting of other British car club members at the Mediterranean Restaurant in Jacksonville. Attending were representatives from the MG, Triumph and Jaguar Jacksonville-area clubs. Though SJAHC has offered to provide
manpower for the British car show sponsored annually by either the MG or Triumph clubs, this year’s host club, Triumph, has those needs covered for this year’s show, the British Car Classic XXX. It returns to the Kings Head Pub on U.S. 1 about six miles north of St. Augustine on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 20.
The show’s sponsors did ask that members of participating clubs bring unused automotiverelated items to the show for use as the gifts distributed to owners of cars receiving special recognition at the show. In the past such gifts have included car books, mirrors, battery chargers, timing lights and other items that participants are willing to pass along. Buying these items, our two representatives said, constitute a significant expense to the host club.
Finally, it was revealed that the Jaguar Club of North Florida has agreed to host next year’s show, Classic XXXI. Additionally, they said, they volunteered SJAHC’s participation in an on-line British car club activities calendar at an annual cost of $60. This is intended to facilitate more shared events among our clubs.
Once again the subject of voting by show goers for the best-judged cars was raised. An often voiced concern is that awards tend to reflect the greater number of attendees for a given marquee at this and other shows. Bill Young suggested we consider getting a trophy dedicated to recognizing the best-judged Healey at the event.
In new business, the date for the 44th SJAHC Anniversary Party and Shrimp Broil is confirmed for 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Foster home in Atlantic Beach. Members are asked to provide side dishes including possibly deserts, for the event, and should contact Joan Foster
who has volunteered to coordinate this important part of the event in the days preceding the party.
Members may also want to follow up these festivities by attending the 16th Annual Ponta Vedra Auto Show the next day at Nocate, opening at 9 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 9.
Somewhat in preparation for members driving their Healeys to Charleston, S.C., for the Southeastern Classic Oct. 4-7, a club tech session is scheduled at Paul Sandefer’s garage in Orange Park beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 18. At this point Mike, Rick, Alan, Bill, Dave
and Tony Martini plan on attending the Charleston show. Bill Young said among other car work that may get done, the installation of protective fuses will be a key session topic.
Bill also told club members about the the seriously deteriorated condition discovered by wheel and tire specialist Alan Hendricks, Hendrix Wire Wheels, Greensboro, NC, after he examined the set of not-that-old tires mounted on Bill’s big Healey. Though not apparent from the exterior, the interior rubber on some of those tires had literally melted onto the rims on the inside. Members should make sure their tires are no more than 10 years old, Bill recommended.
The August club meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m., with some members commenting favorably on the new meeting venue at World Golf Village as they made their way out of the Caddy Shack.