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July 25, 2019

Looking for more stories about cars and their owners

Photo/Toby Weir-Jones
A 1962 MGA Deluxe and 1933 Morgan Three-Wheeler at last month’s European Cars and Coffee at Vint Hill. Car enthusiasts will meet again Saturday, July 27, at Vint Hill.
By Toby Weir-Jones
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It’s car show season!

Some of you may remember the piece we published about Peter Ballard and his Morgans back in February.

At the time, Peter and I chatted about drumming up more local enthusiasts, and I just heard from him the other day with some news.

The fourth Saturday of each month, “European Cars & Coffee” will take place at Vint Hill Coffee. It’s at 4257D Aiken Drive, with plenty of parking onsite and nearby. It's two minutes from the Vint Hill Dog Park, too, so you can bring your four-legged friends and let them have a good run.

Bring a camera and an empty stomach, because Vint Hill Coffee also serves tasty baked goods in addition to the promised elixirs of life.

The next event will take place this Saturday, July 27, starting around 8 a.m., and in August it’ll be on the 24th.  

The inaugural event took place June 22. Only four of us made it out, but good chats and beverages were had in abundance, so we called it a success.

In addition to Peter’s 1933 Morgan Three Wheelers, Bill Marshall of Manassas brought his 1962 MGA Deluxe. Some of you may ask, as I did, if it’s a fabled “twin cam.”

Bill told me the story -- the factory had planned to build 3,000 cars with the higher-performance engine, and ordered 3,000 chassis with disc brakes and improved driveline parts to suit.  But the engines were notoriously unreliable, and in the end only about 300 twin cam cars were built. The remaining 2,700, with the uprated chassis parts, became the “Deluxe” models, and used the more reliable standard engine.

Lee DeBrish, of Nokesville, also attended, but in a modern 2005 Jaguar S-Type because neither of his Morgans, nor his Triumph Spitfire race car, were in a position to make it to the event. He gets full points for attending and, much to my delight, for also being a Miata owner.  

We hope to see you Saturday!

As a separate note, Fauquier Wheels still needs your suggestions for the regular column.  After a nice flurry, things slowed down a bit, and now that the weather’s great we’d love to get some more stories going on a regular basis.  Please send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with a little news about your vehicle and where you live, and I’ll reach out to arrange a meeting.  

Thank you and happy motoring.

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