Club  Meeting Minutes

Valley British Auto Club

Monthly Dinner Meeting

July    2021

Meeting Information

  • Date: July 6, 2021

  • Meeting Time: 6:30 PM

  • Location: Dicicco’s Restaurant. Cedar and Nees. Fresno.

 

Officers Attending

  • Warren Prouty—President

  • Dennis Davi—Secretary/Treasurer

 

Officer Absent

  • Rick Rogers—Vice President

 

Members-at-Large

  • Martin Connolly, Russ Weber, Larry Zerwig, Jon Brothers, Steve Phillips

In Attendance

  • 23 members from the Fresno, Clovis, Sanger, Madera and Exeter area.

Minutes

  • July meeting attendees approved minutes from the June 1, 2021 meeting.

Treasurer Report

  • 1 outstanding check #3002 for $275.34

  • As of July 7 we have 36 paid members for the 2021-2022 year. Renewals are due now.

  • Balance as of July 7, 2021--$3,024.05

Members Report

  • New member - Greg Weirick from Exeter. Driving a 1962 Austin Healey Sprite (gold).

  • As of July 7, 2021 we have 72 members.

 

Old Business

  • Warren mention the Fresno Fly-in & Car Show Event is June 19, 2021. From 8am-2pm. The club will drive in as a group. This is an Experimental Aircraft Association event. Free pancake, sausage, egg breakfast and coffee, orange juice, IF you enter your car. Otherwise it’s $8. There will be aircraft and a lot of cars to see. Plus CHP and Sheriff Helicopters their also. Did I mention it’s FREE to enter? Go to www.eaa376.org or call Steve LaFerrera at 559-906-4478 for more info. This is a neat event; you don’t want to miss it. Warren will be emailing everyone as this gets closer.

 

  • Martin talked about the breakfast run to Bass Lake on May 16 was a big hit. Ducey’s Restaurant turned out a fantastic meal. And of course driving the mountain roads was fun. Fantastic scenery.

  • Warren is going on a personal motorcycle run with his buddy. Going to Twain Heart, Sonora Pass, Markleeville, hwy 88, to Truckee, Downsville, and Auburn. At total of a whopping 1,000 miles. (Hope he has good padding)!

  • Also the Dixon British Car Show and Swap meet is Sept. 19, 2021. This is at the Dixon Fairgrounds. Check it out, www.ubscc.org Presented by United British Sports Car Club, of Sacramento.

  • Also for TRIUMPH owners. Triumphest is around the corner. Plan now. It’s October 14-15-16-17, 2021. A BIG event at Flagstaff Arizona. Go to the website www.triumphest.com Elevation is 6,910 feet.

 

New Business

  • Warren talked about the club coming to the Fresno Fly-in & Car Show at Sierra Sky Park which was June 19. It was a good turnout. (Let’s thank Warren for bringing a large tent which hind the sun).

  • Warren also mentions that the steering committee made a donation of $650.00 to Central Valley Veterans. This was made possible by our club members who entered their car at the car show in March. You may have seen their booth next to ours. Central Valley Veterans also sent a thankyou letter which warren read at last night meeting. If you would like to see more of what they do, go to www.centralvalleyveterans.org

  • Dennis talked about the July 24 club event at Paul Watts house (who is a new member) that has a eclectic collection of car memorabilia, photos, signage, rare NOS parts, brass items, tractor, fire engine items. All domestic, which there are 5 garages full of items from ceiling to floor? Also 5 concours cars on display and one is a 1979 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. There will be items that no one has ever seen. Some from WW2. Warren will send out an email later for this event. You don’t want to miss this!

  • Fred Peterson will have an event on Aug. 8. More to follow. This one is fantastic.

  • This summer marks the 60th anniversary of the MG Midget. And we have 3 members who drive one. Richard Fucillo, Diana Kirkorian, Crispen Morgenthaler. And their all red. How did that happen!!

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:00pm

Next meeting, set your calendar Aug. 3.

July Member Spotlight

Richard Fucillo


Okay, here's my bio, so to speak: I am a Per Diem CT (CAT Scanning) and MRI Technologist. I
work for Adventist Health in Hanford and Tulare. Everyone calls me FUGE. Sorta rhythms with
stooge and it all sort of fits... I am married to Dawn and we have a blue nose pit bull dog
named Ivey. Very docile dog. I have two boys from my previous marriage. My wife passed
away from metastatic breast cancer. Dawn has a son and a daughter from a previous
marriage. So, we have four grown children all told. And, we have four grandkids. Her son has
a daughter and my youngest son has three kids, two boys and a girl. I have a 1971 Chevrolet
Chevelle SS. It is black on black. I have had it for 15 years, bought through EBAY from a
gentleman in San Fernando Valley. Have put a lot of work into it. I have a 1977 MG Midget.
Again, bought it through EBAY from a gentleman in Las Vegas, Nevada. It has been a project
car. Got it very cheap as it needed a lot of work. Engine is in the final stages of a rebuild and
will put a five-speed transmission in it. I had a 1969 MG Midget when I lived in Hawaii in
1969-70 and loved it. Nice little car to zip around in. It should be done in the next month or
so. Hope this is okay. Richard (Fuge) Fucillo

 

June 2021 Monthly Meeting Report

Meeting Information

  • Date: June 1, 2021

  • Meeting time: 6:30pm

  • Location: Papi’s Mexican Restaurant, Fresno. On E. Champlain / E. Shepherd

Officers Attending

  • Warren Prouty--President

  • Dennis Davi--Secretary/Treasurer

Officer Absent

  • Rick Rogers—Vice President

Members-at-Large

  • Martin Connolly, Russ Weber, Larry Zerwig

In Attendance

  • 17 members from the Fresno, Clovis, Sanger and Madera area.

Minutes

  • June meeting attendees approved minutes from the May 4, 2021 meeting.

Treasurer Report

  • 1 outstanding check #3002 for $275.34. Barricades for car show.

  • Balance as of June 1, 2021-$3,000.64

Members Report

  • As of June 1, 2021 we have 72 members

Old Business

  • Warren said Steve Phillips is experiencing motor trouble with his Mini. He will not participate in the British Extravaganza at Buttonwillow May 15-16, 2021.

  • Warren E-type (frankin-jag) thinks he might have forgot to install a 0-ring in the transmission which leaked and smoke came inside. Just in case, fire extinguisher in the front seat.

  • Warren asked if anyone would like to suggest the next car run, email him.

Jim Parnagian had reserved parking spaces for club members at the dinner meeting at A.J. Armenian Cuisine. Thank you

New Business

  • Warren mention the Fresno Fly-in & Car Show Event is June 19, 2021. From 8am-2pm. The club will drive in as a group. This is an Experimental Aircraft Association event. Free pancake, sausage, egg breakfast and coffee, orange juice, IF you enter your car. Otherwise it’s $8. There will be aircraft and a lot of cars to see. Plus CHP and Sheriff Helicopters their also. Did I mention it’s FREE to enter? Go to www.eaa376.0rg or call Steve LaFerrera at 559-906-4478 for more info. This is a neat event; you don’t want to miss it.

Warren will be emailing everyone as this gets closer.

  • Martin talked about the breakfast run to Bass Lake on May 16 was a big hit. Ducey’s Restaurant turned out a fantastic meal. And of course driving the mountain roads was fun. Fantastic scenery.

  • Warren is going a personnel motorcycle run with his buddy. Going to Twain Heart, Sonora Pass, Mark eVille, hwy 88, to Truckee, Downsville, and Auburn. At total of a whopping 1,000 miles. (Hope he has good padding)!

  • Also the Dixon British Car Show and Swap meet is Sept. 19, 2021. This is at the Dixon Fairgrounds. Check it out, www.ubscc.org Presented by United British Sports Car Club, of Sacramento.

  • Also for TRIUMPH owners. Triumphest is around the corner. Plan now. It’s October 14-15-16-17, 2021. A BIG event at Flagstaff Arizona. Go to the website www.triumphest.com Elevation is 6,910 feet.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30pm

Next meeting, set your calendar July 6.

 

 

 

June Member Spotlight
 
Stuart Hendricks

Occupation: Architect, also a Certified Access Specialist.

Hobbies: Enjoying, maintaining, repairing my British cars.

VBAC Membership: I have been a VBAC member since around 2003 or 2004. I do not participate in many Club activities due to living in Visalia (Just the round trip to Fresno in a LBC is a long ride!). I usually attend the Clovis Roundup, but have missed it the last few years due to schedule conflicts or the cars being down for one reason or another.

British Car Background:

  • The first British car I remember riding in was my stepmother’s 1954 Jaguar XK120 MC, need I say more? I was around 5 years old at the time. It was black with red interior and wire wheels. It had a plaque on the dash stating it was a replica of the car that did 140 mph. My father and stepmother owned the car until my early twenties and I did get to drive it several times.

  • I had a 1965 Triumph TR4 live axle in the mid-1970’s when I was in college. I went thru it mechanically, rebuilding the engine with a big bore kit and a mild cam, installing new synchros in the transmission, and getting the overdrive working. The cosmetics were not the best, but it ran very well. The car was unfortunately a victim of a hit and run accident and I ended up selling it as a running parts car.

Currently Owned British Cars:

  • 1974 Triumph TR6: Black on black with a chrome roll bar. I acquired the car in 2002, purchasing it from a friend who had owned it since the mid-1980’s. The car was originally sold new in Visalia to a gentleman in Tulare, he sold it to a young woman in Visalia in the Late 1970’s or early 1980’s, and my friend purchased it in the mid-1980’s. The young woman, who was the second owner, and her significant other (now husband), put the car in its current condition, black with black cloth interior. I have run into them a few times since I have owned the car. I have essentially just maintained the car since I have owned it.

  • 1969 MG B GT: Red with black interior and chrome wire wheels. I purchased the car in the spring of 2005 and it has been my daily driver since then. My philosophy regarding having a British car that is driven regularly, is that a person must have two British cars so that when one is not working, you can drive the other one (Although the MG has been fairly reliable). Work I have done to the MG: New wire wheels, new front suspension bushings, reupholstered seats and new door panels, GM alternator, re-wire 50% of the car and installed multiple relay switches, alarm with remote locks, rebuilt front suspension, new clutch, and I had it repainted in the spring of 2020.

  • 1967 MG B GT: Project car. I acquired the car 8-10 years ago as a shell (body plus suspension). I grew up in the American muscle car era, and am a hot rodder at heart, so my grand plan is to install a small block Ford for power (SBF in lieu of Rover V8 due to aftermarket parts availability). Progress is very slow. If you are interested in British car engine swaps, check out http://www.britishv8.org and look at the photo galleries.