Club  Meeting Minutes

Valley British Auto Club

Monthly Dinner Meeting

October 6, 2020

Meeting Information

  • Dinner meeting for October 6, 2020 was cancelled due to Covid-19 (corona virus).


  • Warren Prouty-President

  • Rick Rogers-Vice President

  • Dennis Davi-Secretary/Treasurer

Treasurer Report

  • We have as of 10/6/20---53 paid members at this time!

  • 2 outstanding checks #2238-- $40.73, check #2239--$42.62.

  • Balance as of 10/6/20--$2,971.78.

Members Report

  • As of 10/6/20 we have 61 members.

Old Business


BUT…a few bits of information.

  • The luxury car firm is currently putting the finishing touches to the second-generation version of the Bentley Flying Spur.

  • Rolls-Royce boss Torsten Muller Otvos says that the new Ghost luxury saloon, set to be revealed later this year.

  • Aston Martin has just finished crafting its first production-spec DB5 Goldfinger continuation model-one of 25 that are set to be made. The L2.75 m-a-pop recreation is built to the specification of James Bond’s Q Branch model with representative gadgets inside and out.

  • The British car industry produced just 197 cars last month, down from 70,971 in April 2019 as the corona virus lockdown caused every major UK factory to close.

Did you know?

  • Back in 1983. The Lynx Eventer launched a Jaguar XJS conversion. It was called the shooting break. Kind of a station wagon style with 6 feet of luggage room. It was nice looking. I do remember Jensen in 1976 had a shooting break style also.



  • There will be no Pebble Beach Concours this year cause of Corona Virus. But they will have online auctions. 8 great race cars are up for sale in August. One of them is a 1955 Triumph TR2 Works Competition Car. At the time TR2 would cost a little more than a MG but was more modern and offered genuine 100-MPH performance. The Triumph won the RAC Rally in 1954. Factory race cars of any kind rarely come to market. They did race in Le Mans in 1955, and came in 15th and 19th. But that 19th place car sold last year in the U.K. for $331,000.

Use What!

  • Cars with tappets should use oil with ZDDP, or a supplement. ZDDP has high zinc for all classics including push rod & flat-tappet and performance vehicles. Valvoline VR1 Racing motor oil has 1400ppm zinc. Grades 20-50, straight 50, 10-30, straight 30, straight 40 and straight 60. There are more brands out there; I just mention one of them.

What is happening?

Well………not much. You should be getting your September British Marque Car Club Newspaper soon. Unfortunately there will not be a story from our club. BUT, there will be an interesting story coming in the October issue.

New Business

  • Oct 10th local chapter of the Porsche Club of America is having a AutoCross at the Madera Airport. All cars are welcome to run. The event cost around $30. Starts at 8am. Bring chairs, drinks and a lunch. The course is east of Ave. 16 from the intersection with Road 23 just south of the Madera Municipal Golf Course. The entry gate to the runway is about a quarter mile up on the left.

  • Exciting news!! We have a new web site. Marty Hardison has been working on the site to bring us up to date. It’s really cool. Take a look. And let Marty or Warren know what you think.


Looking ahead!!

The steering committee had a meeting Tuesday the 6th. Discuss about finances, club trailer, and a car show in March. So what kind of car show is coming in March? An ALL BRITISH CAR SHOW. The date is March 28. The raffle items are fantastic. (Aim not telling!). Warren Prouty will talk about this at a later date. I know he will be needing volunteers. And if possible, would like all members to attend.


  • On September 25-26, 2020-- Bill Bulfer/Jensen Healey, Larry Zerwig/MGA Dennis Davi/MGB went to Ironstone Concours d’Elegance in Murphys, ca. This year they could not have a car show, due to Covid-19. But they did have a rally/tour of a maximum of 100 cars going thru beautiful country side. Afterwards every car drove on stage to receive a ribbon, gift basket & Lunch for 2, commemorating our day when “Every car is a Winner”. Videos and Photos were taken of the whole event. Every car you could think of was there. My favorite, 1927 Bentley 6.5 Litre. Right hand drive, a deep green color. This car has been to Africa, Asia, Europe, etc. And he does not trailer it.

British Marque Car Club News

  • You should be getting your October paper soon. VBAC will have a story to tell.

Our last dinner meeting was June 2, 2020

Next meeting has not been determined yet.