Events


How will you fit it all in? Yes, we have a lot of activities planned to keep everyone busy and we hope the details on the sub pages will help you with planning your time at MG 2017 as effectively as possible. For the Scheduled Events you’ll find all the details below via a calendar/events app. For all the other events and activities that are available but don’t have a fixed schedule, please see all the details on the Unscheduled Events information page – a sub page of the main events menu. There’s also a page for the MG 2017 Coast-to-Coast Adventure that is being organized independently by some NAMGBR members.

While we don’t expect any of the details below to change, we will makes updates and amendments as necessary. Please feel free to check back on this page as we will keep it current/updated should there be any changes or adjustments needed.

For any items where a registration/sign up is needed, or there are tickets required, you can simply click on the green “Tickets” button to go straight to that item to purchase it or sign up.

The calendar below has the Agenda view as the default format but there is also a poster-board view option. You can “subscribe” using the button at the bottom of the calendar to import the calendar details into your own calendar application (Outlook, Apple, Google or other iCal format calendar etc.). You can also print the schedule from the Agenda (default) view by using the small print icon on the top of the calendar (to the right of center). If you would like to customize the events shown, please use the categories filter to select/deselect the categories you want to view and the calendar will update accordingly. As the entire site and the calendar is responsive, you can view this on a phone or tablet very easily.

Jun
25
Sun
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MG2017 Car Wash – North @ Spot Free Rinse Car Wash
Jun 25 all-day

Due to current California laws regarding water shortages, an on-site car wash cannot be provided at the hotel. There are two coin-operated car washes within two miles of the hotel – one north and one south. We will be able to provide a waterless car detailing area at the hotel however.

MG2017 Car Wash – South @ OB Suds Car Wash
Jun 25 all-day

Due to California laws regarding water shortages, an on-site car wash cannot be provided at the hotel. There are two coin-operated car washes within two miles of the hotel – one north and one south. We will be able to provide a water-less car detailing area at the hotel however.

Registration @ Mission Bay Room - Across from Hotel Lobby
Jun 25 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

MG2017 Registration will be held in the Mission Bay Room (across the parking lot from the Paradise Point hotel lobby)

Hours:

Sunday: 1:00 to 5:00

Monday: 9:00 to 5:00

Tuesday 9:00 to 5:00

MG2017 Welcome and First Timers Reception @ Mission Bay Room Patio - Across from Hotel Lobby
Jun 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us for the MG2017 Welcome Reception featuring our “First Time” guests and MGC Owners who are celebrating the car’s 50th anniversary

No Host Cash Bar @ Barefoot Grill - Paradise Point
Jun 25 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Unwind after the Welcome Reception at the No-Host Cash Bar at the Paradise Point Barefoot Grill

Jun
26
Mon
2017
MG2017 Car Wash – North @ Spot Free Rinse Car Wash
Jun 26 all-day

Due to current California laws regarding water shortages, an on-site car wash cannot be provided at the hotel. There are two coin-operated car washes within two miles of the hotel – one north and one south. We will be able to provide a waterless car detailing area at the hotel however.

MG2017 Car Wash – South @ OB Suds Car Wash
Jun 26 all-day

Due to California laws regarding water shortages, an on-site car wash cannot be provided at the hotel. There are two coin-operated car washes within two miles of the hotel – one north and one south. We will be able to provide a water-less car detailing area at the hotel however.

MG’s and Coffee @ Ski Beach
Jun 26 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am

Join us for a casual “MG’s and Coffee” get-together across the street (on the east side of Ingraham St) from Paradise Point at Ski Beach. Coffee, Donuts and the smell of petrol.

Coffee, Donuts and Muffins. Included in your registration fee will be a commemorative MG2 017 coffee mug.

Cost is $2.50/person

Monday Coastal Cruise @ Main Car Park - Behind Registration "Mission Bay" room
Jun 26 @ 9:00 am

Monday Morning’s Coastal Cruise will leave Paradise Point Resort and head to one of the more ‘funky’ beach communities, Mission Beach. You will know that you have arrived when you see Belmont Park Amusement with the original wooden roller coaster called ‘The Big Dipper’. For those of you familiar with the boardwalk in Santa Cruz, California, it also has a ‘Big Dipper’ wooden roller coaster.

You will pass through Pacific Beach, a party central for the younger crowd and then enter La Jolla (the Jewel), and this is some of the most expensive real estate on the coast. Downtown La Jolla is our version of Rodeo Drive, and yes there are some very exclusive jewelry shops.

From downtown La Jolla, you will pass the University of California, San Diego and enter an area that is the silicon valley of bio-medical research. The original research facility is the Salk Institute. From here you will enter the Torrey Pines State Reserve and enjoy some very breathtaking views of the coastline. You will pass through Del Mar, another prime real estate area with quaint shops.

Onto Solano Beach, Cardiff-by-the-Sea and into Encinitas. Encinitas is the home of the Self-Realization & Fellowship Center that overlooks the ocean, and a very well-known surf area called ‘Swami’s’ as a nickname for the center above.

For those stopping their coastal tour at this point, lunch is available at the original Swami’s Restaurant, a very popular eatery for the surf community. For those traveling further up the coast to Oceanside, there is another Swami’s Restaurant in Oceanside if you choose.

The tour will depart from the main MG 2017 car park at Paradise Point (behind Mission Bay Registration room) on Monday (June 26) at 9:00am. Please be there 45 minutes prior to departure.

There is no charge for this tour but sign-up is required. See the registration page to add this item to your order/registration.

Racing an MGB – Paul Konkle @ Executive Meeting Suites Paradise Point
Jun 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Paul Konkle

Paul Konkle

Paul Konkle Jr. is the owner of British Auto Repair in San Diego, CA. Paul got his first MGB in 1984 in Hawaii, and there have been many others since then. Paul is an active racer with SVRA, and frequently finishes on the podium. He also occasionally competes with SCCA, HMSA, CSRG, and VARA. In his very first season of racing Paul won his class, E Production, received the Long Beach MG Club award for the top finishing British car, and was named Rookie of the Year. Now in his 10th season, Paul pilots a 1962 MGB in its original color of Chelsea Grey. The car generates 135 BHP to the rear wheels and weighs about 1900 lbs, with a top speed of approximately 126 mph.

Registration @ Mission Bay Room - Across from Hotel Lobby
Jun 26 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

MG2017 Registration will be held in the Mission Bay Room (across the parking lot from the Paradise Point hotel lobby)

Hours:

Sunday: 1:00 to 5:00

Monday: 9:00 to 5:00

Tuesday 9:00 to 5:00

 

Rolling Technical Session – John Twist @ Main Car Park - Behind Registration "Mission Bay" room
Jun 26 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

John is legendary for his rolling tech sessions at numerous national MG events throughout the country over the years. John “sets up camp” in the hotel’s car park and an endless line of owner cars ensues with John fixing, tweaking and adjusting. Something to behold. John will do this on both Monday and Tuesday between 9:00 and 3:00pm.

John Twist has been in the MG trade for over 45 years. He worked at an MG dealership in the US; he worked in England at the largest MG dealer in the world, the original University Motors; and he has operated his own University Motors since 1975. John’s University Motors has worked on MGs from nearly all the states, including Alaska and Hawaii. They perform bench, line, and restoration services.

John is an MG author, writing technical articles since 1979. His articles have been published in all the national club magazines as well as Abing­don Classics, Classic MG Magazine, MG Magazine, MG Enthusiast Magazine and Moss Motoring. He is the former tech chairman of the American MGB Association and now tech coordinator for the North American MGB Reg­ister (NAMGBR).

John is an MG organizer. He is the founding chairman of the NAMGBR; a co-founder of the local West Michigan “Old Speckled Hen” MG Car Club; and co-founder of the British Motor Trade Association. john is an event manager. The University Motors MG summer parties were some of the largest MG events in the world outside of England. Three of those events boasted over 550 MGs on the field. He was the chairman of the first all-Register MG meet, MG International-Indy 96 which drew 1200 MGs.

John is a seasoned MG tutor. Since 1983, he has held 30 technical seminars at his shop plus numerous off-site seminars. Over 2000 MG enthusiasts have attended his sessions. His rolling technical sessions are a recurring hit at MG and British car shows throughout the country. He now has nearly 300 YouTube videos on line, with nearly 5,000,000 views.

John is a mechanic. He began working on his own MG in 1968 and still works in the shop today. john is the father of four children, grandfather of three. He is a Vietnam vet. john runs a red 1962 MGA 1600 Mark II Deluxe and a Harvest Gold 1973 MGB-GT. He calls Marshall, Mich., his hometown but he has lived in Grand Rapids since 1973. He collects coins, is an avid genealogist, and writes histori­cal articles, on occasion, for his hometown newspaper.

John Twist

Wire Wheels – Jim McGhee @ Executive Meeting Suites Paradise Point
Jun 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

As a Leap Year Baby, one of four born at the Royal Maternity Hospital, Rottenrow,  Glasgow, Scotland, I have always had a unique perspective for unusual items. Trained as a Mechanical Design Engineer and worked extensively in Scotland and many parts of Europe during the North Sea Oil Boom including stints on offshore oil rigs.  I eventually settled in San Diego, California and worked for the largest shipyard on the west coast.

Around 1980 I purchased a company specializing in the restoration of sports car wire wheels, in Lemon Grove, California, “California Wire Wheels”. With my mechanical background I found it easy to adapt to rebuilding wire wheels for all British Cars as well as the Boranni wheels for exotic Italian cars. All of these are of the “Spline Drive” type, whereas American cars are generally a direct bolt type and require a variety of adapters.  I have had customers from all over the USA, Canada, Mexico and most recently I repaired a Packard wire wheel for a customer in Hawaii.

At present I have a 1963 MGB in restoration, a 1969 MGBGT, 1970 MGBGT, 1976 MGB, 1979 MBG LE- I guess I’m a glutten for punishment. I am a Life Member of SDMG Club.

With over 35 years experience in the wheel business I believe I have a unique perspective on this subject. I have given talks for several national car cubs on the subject of repairing and restoring wire wheels and hope you enjoy the Tech Session.

Monday Urban Ramble @ Main Car Park - Behind Registration "Mission Bay" room
Jun 26 @ 9:30 am

Monday morning’s Urban Ramble will leave Paradise Point and travel towards downtown San Diego passing through some of the local communities such as Mission Hills, Hillcrest and Banker’s Hill. We will briefly tour Balboa Park, with many of the buildings originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition celebrating the opening of the Panama Canal.

The Spanish Colonial architecture of the museums has been painstakingly restored. The Park was again a host for the 1935-36 California Pacific International Exposition with the addition of other Art Deco museums. From the park we will head to downtown and pass the Gas Lamp Quarter, an historic district that has become a mecca of fine dining and clubs. We will pass the new downtown library, which is an architectural statement and Petco Park the relatively new home of the San Diego Padres.

We will then travel to Golden Hill, an area that was once home to the most exclusive community members and still has a number of stately homes. From Golden Hill we will travel through South Park, North Park, Normal Heights, and to Kensington. After a brief tour of Kensington, which is classic Southern California with English names, we will stop for a Southern California lunch at the Kensington Café.

The tour will depart from the main MG 2017 car park at Paradise Point (behind Mission Bay Registration room) on Monday (June 26) at 9:30am. Please be there 45 minutes prior to departure.

There is no charge for this tour but sign-up is required. See the registration page to add this item to your order/registration.

Automotive Detailing 101 and Beyond – Scott Stocklin @ Outside – Main Car Park
Jun 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Scott StocklinI will be detailing a car from start to finish using waterless car wash, claying, and polishing/waxing the exterior. I will also cover the interior and convertible roof cleaning.  My hope is you can bring your car to that next level of WOW!

I grew up in Pacific Beach, California (about 2 miles from the event). I’ve been a lot attendant, detailer, pre-delivery inspector, warranty parts returns clerk for a Porsche dealer, Dodge car sales associate, ASE certified mechanic and do volunteer auto restoration with the San Diego Automotive Museum.

I have been passionate about cars my whole life and find detailing very rewarding!  See you this June at Paradise Point . . . . and BTW, you’ll love San Diego!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mysteries of Sealants Resolved – Sky Hoffman @ Executive Meeting Suites Paradise Point
Jun 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Sky HoffmanSky Hoffman – Have you ever stood in front of a rack in an auto parts store or looked through repair parts catalogs at all of the different options available for gasket sealants?  If you have, you’ve probably been overwhelmed by the number of choices available.

In another life, I worked for a distributor of industrial adhesives, sealants and tapes.  We carried Dow Corning, Loctite®, 3M, as well as a variety of other “sticky stuff” used for almost anything you could think up.  Over the last 18 or so years I have done ground up restorations on 9 different LBC’s (little British cars), rebuilt all of their engines, except one,(sometimes multiple times)  and gone through all of their transmissions, rear ends, and front and rear suspensions.  During that time I’ve used a variety of different gasket sealants and combinations thereof, on all of them.  My past sales experience with sealants was, and still is, helpful in trying to sift through the vast array of available products and procedures available to seal up automotive components that we seem to be constantly striving to keep fluid from dripping out of.

I’ll be talking about the products I’ve found to be most useful and some of the tricks they don’t mention in the instructions.  However, if you own a British car it, probably leaks.  If it doesn’t, you are in a small minority.   Don’t talk or brag about it because you’ll jinx it and you’ll have leaks in places you never thought could produce them.

MG2017 Beach Party @ On Paradise Cove
Jun 26 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Not your normal hospitality room!!!

Join us on Paradise Point’s beach for our Beach Party on Monday from 1:00 to 5:00pm. Light snacks and Smores will be provided.

Why Did They Do That? – Kelvin Dodd @ Executive Meeting Suites Paradise Point
Jun 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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Kelvin Dodd

Kelvin Dodd, who needs no introduction, will present a revealing and fascinating discussion entitled “Why Did They Do That?”

Ever wonder why your MG requires a wide variety of wrenches?  Did you wonder why you can’t get exact replacements for your mid ‘70s switches?

For answers to these questions and more, come join this session for an irreverent look at the market and manufacturing forces that affected our cars.

Spend Time with a Legend – Dennis Tolley @ Executive Meeting Suites Paradise Point
Jun 26 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

First of all, Mr. Tolley did not suggest that title!  He is way too humble for such proclamations.  Rather, it was provided by “me”, who thought up the idea of getting Mr. Dennis Tolley involved in our event.

Denis TolleyI’ve known Dennis Tolley for over 35 years, and so has probably every MG owner in the greater San Diego area.  He is a living legend to many of us.  The rest of the world has John Twist .  .  . but we are fortunate and lucky enough to have “Mr. Tolley” all to ourselves.

How do you capture this man’s lifetime of experiences and technical expertise?  Well . . . it is an impossible task, but we’re going to “ . . .  give it a go”, as Dennis might say.

Dennis does enjoy having a pint now and again, so please pick up a beer or beverage before joining us.  Mr. Tolley will be enjoying his “First of the Day”, to quote one of my favorite lines of his.   One of our local Club members, Robert Nobles (a fine mechanic and MG expert in his own right, at Harloff Automotive) will be helping to lead our little get together.

This will be unlike your “normal” Tech Session.  Please ask a question of Dennis, and then we really hope we can get him side tracked just a wee bit, and discover the wonderful sense and depth of the man, his fabulous background and technical expertise . . . and a fine, fine sense of humor, with a smile to warm your heart.

Authentic Mexican Dinner and Doubledecker Bus Tour @ Main Car Park - Behind Registration "Mission Bay" room
Jun 26 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Join us on Monday night for an real San Diego experience. We’ll start with real London Doubledecker buses taking us from Paradise Point to Casa Guadalajara for a very special, authentic Mexican buffet. After dinner, the Doubledeckers will take us downtown for some sightseeing of the many attractions along San Diego’s waterfront.

Seating is limited and you need to purchase tickets for this event. The cost is $55 per person. To purchase tickets please click here.

For additional information about the restaurant, Casa Guadalajara, see their website by clicking here. Also, to read an overview of everything that is included as part of the event, please review the attached PDF document. pdficon

Double Decker Bus

Jun
27
Tue
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MG2017 Car Wash – North @ Spot Free Rinse Car Wash
Jun 27 all-day

Due to current California laws regarding water shortages, an on-site car wash cannot be provided at the hotel. There are two coin-operated car washes within two miles of the hotel – one north and one south. We will be able to provide a waterless car detailing area at the hotel however.

MG2017 Car Wash – South @ OB Suds Car Wash
Jun 27 all-day

Due to California laws regarding water shortages, an on-site car wash cannot be provided at the hotel. There are two coin-operated car washes within two miles of the hotel – one north and one south. We will be able to provide a water-less car detailing area at the hotel however.

A Piece of Jeweled Art – “The Dizzy Princess” Lynn Hill-Roach @ Executive Meeting Suites Paradise Point
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

jewelryA Piece of Jeweled Art – “The Dizzy Princess” Lynn Hill-Roach

Join us for an interesting and fun-filled morning where you can join Lynn Hill-Roach and other artisans (or budding artisans) to make your own original design bracelet. During this session, Lynn will discuss and explain the art and science of jewelry making and you’ll see what else Lynn has to offer.

Lynn is mostly a self-taught bead weaver.  She has been teaching for about ten years through a variety of venues, including group classes and individual lessons.

She took her first class at a local San Diego Resort. One class and she was hooked!  After several months, her teacher, mentor and collaborator moved on.   The group she was a member of continued to meet sharing their current successes and challenges (no failures here, only more opportunities for learning!).  It wasn’t long before the group encouraged Lynn to step in as the group’s instructor and so began her journey into the land of beading.

Lynn’s original goal was to become an accomplished instructor by the time she reached retirement so that she would continue to stay active and connected to the world around her.  It wasn’t long before friends and family were inquiring about pricing.  Because she didn’t intend to sell her work, she continued to say that her work wasn’t for sale.   One day an acquaintance approached her and once again an inquiry was made as to what the asking price might be.  After several minutes of bantering back and forth the acquaintance tossed out the amount he was willing to pay.  Lynn left with the money and her acquaintance left with a truly stunning piece of hand crafted jewelry. From these humble beginnings, her business was born.

Lynn enjoys passing on her passion and knowledge for beading through the teaching of classes. She hopes that you too will acquire the same passion for beading. The artist will be creating a custom project or two for you to create at our event.

Cost $25 per person, limit 30 people. See the registration page to add this item to your order/registration.

APT Performance Tuning – David Anton @ Executive Meeting Suites Paradise Point
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

David Anton from APT (Advanced Performance Technology), well known performance expert, for both A and B series engines, will share, with detailed explanations, some of the performance improvements which can be made to the B series engine.

An emphasis will be on performance cams and their timing, in addition to how to set them up. Other performance upgrades will be covered. David will be providing information sheets to support the presentation. A question and answer period will conclude the tech session.

Registration @ Mission Bay Room - Across from Hotel Lobby
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

MG2017 Registration will be held in the Mission Bay Room (across the parking lot from the Paradise Point hotel lobby)

Hours:

Sunday: 1:00 to 5:00

Monday: 9:00 to 5:00

Tuesday 9:00 to 5:00

 

Reskin a Door – Michael Neale @ Outside – Main Car Park
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Have a rotten door on your MGB?  Tired of trying various home made patches or professional patch panels?  A new door too expensive?  Michael Neale has successfully mastered the art of putting a new skin on a door.  Ta-Dah!!!  New door!!!  Michael makes it look easy, and will pass on the tricks and secrets he has learned.  An actual door will receive a new skin in this session –“Re-skin a Door”.

Rolling Technical Session – John Twist @ Main Car Park - Behind Registration "Mission Bay" room
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

John is legendary for his rolling tech sessions at numerous national MG events throughout the country over the years. John “sets up camp” in the hotel’s car park and an endless line of owner cars ensues with John fixing, tweaking and adjusting. Something to behold. John will do this on both Monday and Tuesday between 9:00 and 3:00pm.

John Twist has been in the MG trade for over 45 years. He worked at an MG dealership in the US; he worked in England at the largest MG dealer in the world, the original University Motors; and he has operated his own University Motors since 1975. John’s University Motors has worked on MGs from nearly all the states, including Alaska and Hawaii. They perform bench, line, and restoration services.

John is an MG author, writing technical articles since 1979. His articles have been published in all the national club magazines as well as Abing­don Classics, Classic MG Magazine, MG Magazine, MG Enthusiast Magazine and Moss Motoring. He is the former tech chairman of the American MGB Association and now tech coordinator for the North American MGB Reg­ister (NAMGBR).

John is an MG organizer. He is the founding chairman of the NAMGBR; a co-founder of the local West Michigan “Old Speckled Hen” MG Car Club; and co-founder of the British Motor Trade Association. john is an event manager. The University Motors MG summer parties were some of the largest MG events in the world outside of England. Three of those events boasted over 550 MGs on the field. He was the chairman of the first all-Register MG meet, MG International-Indy 96 which drew 1200 MGs.

John is a seasoned MG tutor. Since 1983, he has held 30 technical seminars at his shop plus numerous off-site seminars. Over 2000 MG enthusiasts have attended his sessions. His rolling technical sessions are a recurring hit at MG and British car shows throughout the country. He now has nearly 300 YouTube videos on line, with nearly 5,000,000 views.

John is a mechanic. He began working on his own MG in 1968 and still works in the shop today. john is the father of four children, grandfather of three. He is a Vietnam vet. john runs a red 1962 MGA 1600 Mark II Deluxe and a Harvest Gold 1973 MGB-GT. He calls Marshall, Mich., his hometown but he has lived in Grand Rapids since 1973. He collects coins, is an avid genealogist, and writes histori­cal articles, on occasion, for his hometown newspaper.

John Twist

Tuesday Back Country Tour @ Main Car Park - Behind Registration "Mission Bay" room
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am

: Tuesday morning’s Back Country Tour will leave Paradise Point and travel east to eventually reach the back roads with plenty of twisty country roads just made for our MG’s. There will be spectacular vistas and also narrow scrub oak canopied roads. There will a stop at a local trading post, which is popular resting stop for bicyclists, motorcyclists and sports car enthusiasts.

There is an official wooden Indian on the porch and across the road is either a horse or burro to great you. The route will involve climbs and descents along with the many curves. The tour will travel to a community named Alpine for lunch at a local eatery.

The tour will depart from the main MG 2017 car park at Paradise Point (behind Registration) on Tuesday (June 27) at 9:00am. Please be there 45 minutes prior to departure.

There is no charge for this tour but sign-up is required. See the registration page to add this item to your order/registration.

Tuesday Cabrillo Tour @ Main Car Park - Behind Registration "Mission Bay" room
Jun 27 @ 9:30 am

Tuesday morning’s Cabrillo Tour goes to Cabrillo National Monument, which includes passing through historic and impressive Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, the Naval Base Point Loma, which includes both naval and sub bases, the naval and anti-submarine warfare facilities, which further includes the dolphin training area (mine recovery), and then into Cabrillo National Monument, which includes the original lighthouse museum, WWII artillery placements and bunkers, the fabulous tide pools, and the well done Cabrillo Museum.

The views from around the museum are breath taking 360 views of the San Diego skyline down to Mexico, Point Loma, “out to the open Pacific Ocean”, and the Naval and sub bases. On the return trip, we will jog through and across some interesting scenery and homes, and conclude with a beautiful drive to Sunset Cliffs. If you have a senior discount card for the National Parks, bring it along for free admission to Cabrillo National Monument. If you don’t have a senior discount card for the National Parks, you can purchase one upon entering, for the same price as admission, and then be entitled to enter many National Monuments for free.

The tour will depart from the main MG 2017 car park at Paradise Point (behind the Mission Bay Registration room) on Tuesday (June 27) at 9:30am. Please be there 45 minutes prior to departure.

There is no charge for this tour but sign-up is required. See the registration page to add this item to your order/registration.

Follow this link for a quick overview of Cabrillo National Monument

Follow this link for a few pictures of Fort Rosecrans.

Waking Up Sleeping Cars – Robert Nobles @ Executive Meeting Suites Paradise Point
Jun 27 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Robert NoblesRobert Nobles’ tech session topic will revolve around the logic and common sense approach to bring sleeping cars back on the road. All basic aspects of the procedure will be touched on.  Questions and comments are encouraged. His fondness and appreciation of little British cars goes back to the early 70’s. Successful long distance and cross country runs in his LBC cemented his connection with them. I have enjoyed working on British makes in San Diego for over 30 years.

What’s Under the Bonnet? – Pat Garity @ Outside – Main Car Park
Jun 27 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Have you ever wondered what is under the bonnet? Then this session is for you!

In this session, with his wonderful sense of humor and clever teaching style, Pat will take a lighthearted approach to addressing the novices and “newbies” of the MG World.   Afraid to take the MG out by yourself?  No worries!  Pat will get you over that fear.   Pat will discuss the mysteries of all that stuff under the wee bonnet:  the engine, that tranny thing . . . and what’s that big lump at the back?  What are all the Lucas and SU jokes about?  Marital advice for successful brake bleeding and why certain kitchen tools are better off in the garage. Finally why a trip to NAMGBR is better than a trip to Hawaii.

Pat is a retired Community College Automotive instructor. He is a life member of the San Diego MG Club and was one of the “Abington Lowriders” that birthed the San Diego MG T Register. Pat credits tech sessions he did for the San Diego MG Club for his start as an educator. His first job in the automotive field was in a wrecking yard that had T Series MGs in it inventory. He’s been a salesman of MGs at a British Leyland dealership and operated an independent MG parts, repair and restoration shop. He taught and administered a training program with Ford Motor Co. that consistently maintained the highest percentage of women in the U.S. He lost track of all the MGs he has owned and currently owns a 73 B and a 50 TD.

Open to everyone – gender neutral!

Pat Garity

Why Did They Do That? – Kelvin Dodd @ Executive Meeting Suites Paradise Point
Jun 27 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
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Kelvin Dodd

Kelvin Dodd, who needs no introduction, will present a revealing and fascinating discussion entitled “Why Did They Do That?”

Ever wonder why your MG requires a wide variety of wrenches?  Did you wonder why you can’t get exact replacements for your mid ‘70s switches?

For answers to these questions and more, come join this session for an irreverent look at the market and manufacturing forces that affected our cars.

About the MGC – John Rogers @ Executive Meeting Suites Paradise Point
Jun 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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John Rogers

An open social discussion of the MGC with its unique technical systems. This will-be a fast-paced discussion on engine, transmissions, drive line, brakes, suspension, electrical and cooling systems of the MGC.

Group participation will be asked for as well as unique problem-solving remedies. Find out the pros and cons of modifications, methods and product options available which will work for your application. Whether you are a new MGC owner looking for advice and answers, or a seasoned veteran providing your views and findings, this will be an in-depth and informative session for you.

John is a British car enthusiast and owner spanning five decades. He first encountered a Mini Cooper S in the late ’60s, and his first MG shortly thereafter. With the MG marque, his main focus been with the MGB and MGC models. Maintenance in the earlier years of MG ownership turned into complete rebuilds and restorations. John’s current focus is making MGs reliable and comfortable for long-distance touring with updates and modifications to the original designs.

Guided Painting – Crafts and Cocktails @ Executive Meeting Suites Paradise Point
Jun 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

PaintingA unique opportunity to enjoy an afternoon out with “Crafts & Cocktails” as you create, with expert guidance, an original oil painting. You will leave with more than just a smile and new memories! Although the class will be following step-by-step instruction to recreate the featured painting, we encourage you, to make it your own! We will provide you with all the supplies and tips needed for you to paint something that is uniquely you. We only ask that you bring your thirst for creativity and an open mind for a new experience. When you arrive at our event you will be greeted by a friendly Crafts & Cocktails representative who will provide you with an apron and all of your supplies needed to be artistic! The artist will be creating a custom piece of art specific to our event! Cocktails are not provided . . . but pick one up at any number of locations, and bring it with you.

$20 person. Limit 30. See the registration page to add this item to your order/registration.

Spend Time with a Legend – Dennis Tolley @ Executive Meeting Suites Paradise Point
Jun 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

First of all, Mr. Tolley did not suggest that title!  He is way too humble for such proclamations.  Rather, it was provided by “me”, who thought up the idea of getting Mr. Dennis Tolley involved in our event.

Denis TolleyI’ve known Dennis Tolley for over 35 years, and so has probably every MG owner in the greater San Diego area.  He is a living legend to many of us.  The rest of the world has John Twist .  .  . but we are fortunate and lucky enough to have “Mr. Tolley” all to ourselves.

How do you capture this man’s lifetime of experiences and technical expertise?  Well . . . it is an impossible task, but we’re going to “ . . .  give it a go”, as Dennis might say.

Dennis does enjoy having a pint now and again, so please pick up a beer or beverage before joining us.  Mr. Tolley will be enjoying his “First of the Day”, to quote one of my favorite lines of his.   One of our local Club members, Robert Nobles (a fine mechanic and MG expert in his own right, at Harloff Automotive) will be helping to lead our little get together.

This will be unlike your “normal” Tech Session.  Please ask a question of Dennis, and then we really hope we can get him side tracked just a wee bit, and discover the wonderful sense and depth of the man, his fabulous background and technical expertise . . . and a fine, fine sense of humor, with a smile to warm your heart.

Funkhana @ Main Car Park - Behind Registration "Mission Bay" room
Jun 27 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us on Tuesday afternoon in the Paradise Point car park (behind the registration room) for the MG2017 Funkhana. This low-speed event will be a test of your driving skill – with usually some comic relief.

Racing an MGB – Paul Konkle @ Executive Meeting Suites Paradise Point
Jun 27 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Paul Konkle

Paul Konkle

Paul Konkle Jr. is the owner of British Auto Repair in San Diego, CA. Paul got his first MGB in 1984 in Hawaii, and there have been many others since then. Paul is an active racer with SVRA, and frequently finishes on the podium. He also occasionally competes with SCCA, HMSA, CSRG, and VARA. In his very first season of racing Paul won his class, E Production, received the Long Beach MG Club award for the top finishing British car, and was named Rookie of the Year. Now in his 10th season, Paul pilots a 1962 MGB in its original color of Chelsea Grey. The car generates 135 BHP to the rear wheels and weighs about 1900 lbs, with a top speed of approximately 126 mph.

MG2017 Beach Party @ On Paradise Cove
Jun 27 @ 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Not your normal hospitality room!!!

Join us on Paradise Point’s beach for our Beach Party on Tuesday from 3:30 to 7:00pm. Light snacks and Smores will be provided.

Jun
28
Wed
2017
MG2017 Car Wash – North @ Spot Free Rinse Car Wash
Jun 28 all-day

Due to current California laws regarding water shortages, an on-site car wash cannot be provided at the hotel. There are two coin-operated car washes within two miles of the hotel – one north and one south. We will be able to provide a waterless car detailing area at the hotel however.

MG2017 Car Wash – South @ OB Suds Car Wash
Jun 28 all-day

Due to California laws regarding water shortages, an on-site car wash cannot be provided at the hotel. There are two coin-operated car washes within two miles of the hotel – one north and one south. We will be able to provide a water-less car detailing area at the hotel however.

MG2017 Car Show @ Kettner Blvd & W Harbor Drive
Jun 28 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The MG2017 Car Show will be in downtown San Diego’s Embarcadero Park from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Cars will be grouped on the show field by NAMGBR Class with San Diego’s skyline to the east and Coronado across the bay to the west.

Rocker Cover Race Info and Rules @ Car Show - Check at Registration
Jun 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This year’s Rocker Cover Races will be held at the car show at Embarcadero Park on Wednesday, 6/28.  If you need to build a racer, all the rules are below.

The Course

  • The course shall consist of a launch incline eight feet long, followed by a level run of twenty feet.
  • The launch incline shall be divided into two lanes, each 18-24 inches wide. The incline shall be two feet high at the rearmost part and level with the course at the front edge.
  • The front edge shall be mitered so as to provide a smooth transition from the incline to the run out area.
  • The official “Starting Line” shall be two feet from the rear edge of the incline. A mechanized starting gate may be provided.
  • The run out section of the course shall consist of two lanes, each three feet wide. The lanes shall be clearly marked.
  • The finish line shall be marked twenty feet from the front edge of the launch incline.

The Cars

  • The cars shall have no power source. All motive force is provided by gravity.
  • Cars shall be based on an actual rocker cover from a British automobile engine.
  • Wheelbase shall be no more that twenty-four inches.
  • The car’s wheelbase must fit within the starting gate and the ramp’s rear-edge
  • The cars body may “hang-over” the front starting gate or rear-edge of the ramp, but the wheels must fit within the starting area of the track
  • Wheel track shall be no more that fourteen inches.
  • Cars must have four wheels, each no more than six inches in diameter and all wheels must be in contact with the ground.
  • A car may not “jettison” any type of object onto the ramp on its descent.

The Races

  • As practical, Awards will presented in a Junior Class (16 and under) and an Adult Class
  • Cars will be run in heats of two cars each.
  • One alignment run down the course will be allowed prior to each heat.
  • The cars are to be launched with their front wheels on the starting gate. The first car to have its front wheels cross the finish line is the winner of that race. If neither car makes it to the finish line, the car going the furthest in its lane wins.
  • If the wheels of a car should cross over the lane marker, the car shall be disqualified. The competing car immediately becomes the winner for that race.
  • The car that wins two out of three races in that heat will be declared the winner and will advance to the next round until all are eliminated except one car.
MG’s Through The Ages @ Main Car Park - Behind Registration "Mission Bay" room
Jun 28 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

On Wednesday afternoon between the Car Show and the Banquet, we’ll be hosting an “MG’s Through The Ages” Display at Paradise Point in the main MG2017 car park behind the Registration Room.

A number of MG’s from different eras will be featured and experts will discuss the evolution of MG’s from the MMM cars through Post-Abingdon examples.

MG2017 Pre-Banquet Hospitality @ Sunset Deck, by the Sunset Ballroom Paradise Point
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for the MG2017 Pre-Banquet “No Host” Cash Bar which immediately precedes the Closing Banquet. This will start at 6:00pm on the Sunset Deck, by the Sunset Ballroom at Paradise Point.

MG2017 Closing Banquet @ Sunset Ballroom Paradise Point
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for the MG2017 Closing Banquet and awards presentation in Paradise Point’s Sunset Ballroom starting at 7:00pm. A “No Host” Cash Bar will open at 6:00pm on the Sunset Deck prior to the banquet.

The evening’s meal will consist of green salad, Pan-Seared Chicken Breast, Lux Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables, Paradise Chocolate Cake, and coffee, tea or water.

Cost is $79.00 per person. To Purchase tickets click here.

Jun
29
Thu
2017
Farewell Continental Breakfast @ Ski Beach
Jun 29 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

Join us across the street from Paradise Point (east side of Ingraham St) at Ski Beach for a casual farewell “Continental Breakfast” on Thursday morning as you depart Paradise. Coffee and light pastries will be supplied by our hosts’ for the week, the San Diego MG Club before you head out.