2019 America's British Relaibility Run

by Dave Hutchison

 

 After almost a year's worth of planning, I am very pleased to report that the 2019 ABRR was a major success! At the time of this writing, we are within a hundred dollars of last year's record number of $42,467. As you know, we drive for the kids every year and we have developed a loyal following. Over 70 percent of past year's ABRR Teams returned to run again! Sponsored by Hagerty with their roadside assistance program and the Ragtops & Roadsters support trailer, we again left no one behind! If you want to donate to push us over last year's record, just click here!

 

The majority of the ABRR Teams went through registration smoothly on Thursday night at the Golden Plough, our starting point in Lahaska. Many stayed the night and after a tasty breakfast, and our driver's meeting at 8 AM, we were off on the run. We were led by our Rally Master, Ambassador Bob DeLucia (with Dan Tinsman working in the background) and driving Bob's Jaguar XKR was three time ABRR veteran Sumra Manning.

 

All the ABRR Teams were followed by Bill Murphy and Eugene Toner pulling the 'Car of Shame' a 2002 Miata in the trailer, that hopefully no one would need 'just in case'.

 

We crossed the Delaware River and turned south towards New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ. We got a report from the support truck that the MGC was off to the side with problems. With a little assistance from Eugene, they were back on the road with little time to spare to get to the Thunderbolt circuit at NJMP by 1 PM!

 

After three parade laps at the track we had a catered lunch and got into our red, blue and green flight and headed towards Cape May. There, it was hurry up and wait until we were instructed to drive up on board the Cape May - Lewes Ferry. At that time the 'Car of Shame' had been deployed by Eugene to replace the MGC that failed to proceed!

 

Team "Stag Masters" showed no signs of overheating and stayed cool throughout the entire run bringing up the rear of the red flight. More Jaguars ran this year!

 

Six local British car clubs came together this year to sponsor this run, including the British Car Club of the Lehigh Valley, Keystone Region MG Club, the Delaware Valley Classic MG Chapter, MG Club of Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley Jaguar Club and the host club, the Delaware Valley Triumph club with sponsorships totaling $2,300! Wow!

 

We spent our first night at the Beacon Motel in Lewes, DE and in the morning headed out towards the Black Water National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. Unfortunately when we arrived at the preserve we were informed the loop road was flooded, so we changed our route and headed up to Easton. The air was cool in the morning and we had warm afternoons with no rain all three days!We spent our first night at the Beacon Motel in Lewes, DE and in the morning headed out towards the Black Water National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. Unfortunately when we arrived at the preserve we were informed the loop road was flooded, so we changed our route and headed up to Easton. The air was cool in the morning and we had warm afternoons with no rain all three days!

 

 Eugene worked his British car magic repairs several times swapping cars off and on the trailer and we managed to get everyone home safe and sound.

 

After a lunch stop and tour of Covenrty Motorworks in Easton MD we rolled on to our Saturday night stay in Elkton, Maryland with dinner at Woody's Crab House!

 

With a late dinner we were almost ready to run another day. Some guy was hocking tee-shirts in the parking lot out his boot on Sunday morning! This was our last half day run to Lahaska where we had our awards luncheon.

 

I was very pleased that my lovely wife, Charlene, made the run with me this year, that's why I am smiling! Ray & Linda had lots of fun with the first ABRR for their Elan.

 

We wind our way north through some beautiful countryside towards Peddlers Village where we started. "Team Tasmanian Angels", Steve and son Jason Olmstead who came in from Michigan, captured "First Place Fund Raising" for bringing in $3,100 for the kids! Sean Coveleski from Shriners was on hand to thank everyone and showed a moving video of the kids from Shriner's Hospital for Children. Congratulations are in order to everyone, all of those on the steering committee that make this event a success, all who participated and especially to all those who donated to help us help the kids! A BIG THANK YOU! ....Where should we run next year?