History of Awards

HISTORY OF AWARDS
John Thornley “Spirit of MG” Award

Given at the Annual Convention yearly to the person displaying the spirit and enthusiasm of MG.

This award is a framed original oil painting by Dennis Wharf of the first works MGB GT to compete in an international event, LBL 591E was placed in the prototype class of competition at Sebring. The painting was a gift to NAMGBR from the MG Car Club, MGB Register in England, presented by John Watson, of Abingdon, England to the North American MGB Register at MG96 in Indianapolis, IN, it was decided to be given on loan to the current recipient with the understanding that it is their responsibility to have the print at the next year’s annual convention to be presented to the next recipient.

At that time a plaque with a reproduction of the painting is created and given to the last year’s recipient of this honor, with their name and dates on it. This plaque is theirs to keep.

The award recipient is chosen by the NAMGBR executive board with input from coordinators, registrars, and members.

John Thornley MG Spirit Award past winners are:
1996 – Jerome Rosenberger, Benton, IL
1997 – Kim Tonry, Downers Grove, IL
1998 – Don Bridger, Jonesboro, AR
1999 – Tom Boscarino, Asheville, NC
2000 – Lynne and Tony Burgess, Westerville, OH
2001 – Wayne Kube, Plano, TX
2002 – Leo & Debbie Fortin, Geely, ON. Canada
2003 – Looft Family, Wilmington, OH
2004 – Rick Ingram, St. Joseph , IL
2005 – Don Perry, Edmond, OK
2006 – Ken Smith, Goleta, CA
2007 – Charles & Kim de Bourbon, Del. Water Gap, PA
2008 – John Twist, Ada, MI
2009 – Larry & Barb Henle, Marshall, MN
2010 – Richard & Carol Brown, Bloomington, IL
2011 – Bruce & Connie Wyckoff, Zeeland, MI
2012 – Oscar & Diana Gonzales, Huntley, IL
2013 – Jai Deagan, Eaton Rapids, MI
2014 – Richard Liddick, Glen Arm, MD
2015 – Roger & Shirley Goebbert, Huntley, IL
2016 – Elvin & Janet Davis, MI & Zelda Davis, CA
2017 – Jennifer Orum, West Vancouver, BC

Chapter of the Year Award

Given at the Annual General Meeting in October to an affiliated club based on number of Register members and club activity.

This award is a plaque, and says the following: “Chapter of the Year presented to (name of Club), month, day and year, and place given)”.

The award recipient is chosen by the NAMGBR executive board from the input from coordinators, registrars, and members.

Chapter of the Year past winners are:
1993 – Chicagoland MG Club, Chicago, IL
1994 – Emerald Necklace MG Register, Cleveland, OH
1995 – MGs of Baltimore, Glen Arm, MD
1996 – Western Michigan Old Speckled Hen MG Car Club, Grand Rapids, MI
1997 – Victoria MG Club, Victoria, BC
1998 – Paradise MGs, Santa Maria, CA
1999 – British Motoring Club, New Orleans, LA
2000 – Not given
2001 – Minnesota MG Group, St Paul, MN
2002– Not given
2003– Not given
2004 – MGCC – Central New Jersey, ,
2005 – MGCC, Northwest Centre, ,
2006 – Peachtree MG Registry, Atlanta, GA
2007 – MG Owners Club Northern California, El Cerrito, CA
2008 – Blount British Car Club, Maryville, TN
2009 – Kansas City MGCC, Kansas City, MO
2010 – MG Car Club – Rocky Mountain Centre
2011 – MG Car Club – Washington DC Centre
2012 – Paradise MG Club, Santa Maria, CA
2013 – Willamette MG Car Club, Corvallis, OR
2014 – SIR Brit British Car Club, Indiana & Illinois Flatland British Car Club, Central Illinois
2015 – MG Car Club of Toronto, Toronto, ON
2016 – Emerald Necklace MG Register, OH
2017 – San Diego MG Club, San Diego, CA

Enthusiast of the Year Award

Given at the Annual General Meeting in October to a person showing the MG spirit.

This award is a plaque, and says the following: “Enthusiast of the Year presented to (name of recipient), month, day and year, and place given)”.
The award recipient is chosen by the NAMGBR executive from the input from coordinators, registrars, and members.

Enthusiast of the Year past winners are:
1993 – Doug Gale, Burnaby, BC
1994 – Tom Biehl, Blue Bell, PA, Philadelphia MG Club
1995 – Richard Liddick, Glen Arm, MD, MGs of Baltimore
1996 – Reinout Vogt, Prospect Hts, IL, Chicagoland MG Club
1997 – Mike McCloskey, Okemos, MI
1998 – Larry Henle, Marshall, MN, Minnesota MG Group
1999 – Bill Graham, Bradenton, FL
2000 – Not given
2001 – Tony Burgess, Westerville, OH, Emerald Necklace MG Register
2002– Paul Konkle, ,
2003– Not given
2004– Alan Riches, ,
2005– Candice Cole, ,
2006 – Mark Whitt, Talbott, TN
2007 – Robert Gloyd, Centennial, CO
2008 – Ed Sweeney, Philadelphia, PA
Award renamed – John Twist Caroline Robinson Enthusiast of the Year Award
2009 – Laura Magnuson, Centennial, CO
2010 – Rick Brown, Brooksville, FL
2011 – Jennifer Orum, Vancouver, BC Canada
2012 – Zelda Davis, Los Angeles, CA
2013 – P.J. Lenihan, Winston-Salem, NC
2014 – John Rogers, Nevada City, CA
2015 – Katheryn & Russell Sherrell, Hillsboro, OR
2016 – Ken DeLeeuw, Louisville, KY
2017 – Dick Lunney, Huntersville, NC

Newsletter of the Year Award

Given at the Annual General Meeting in October to the club whose newsletter promotes MG enthusiasm throughout the year. It is also judged on content.

This award is a plaque and says the following: “Newsletter of the Year presented to (name of recipient), month, day and year, and place given)”.

The award recipient is chosen by the Editor and NAMGBR executive from the input from coordinators, registrars, and members.

Newsletter of the Year past winners are:
1993 – MOWOG Murmurs – MG Car Club Northwest Centre
1994 – The Octagon – Toronto MG Car Club
1995 – Texas Chapter News Texas MG Register
1996 – The MG Post – Kansas City MG Car Club
1997 – San Diego MG Club Newsletter – San Diego MG Club
1998 – Meshing Gears MG Car Club – Central New Jersey Centre
1999 – Brit Bits – North Alabama British Motoring Society
2000 – Desert Octagon – Tucson British Car Register
2001 – Mailgram – Lancaster County MG Club
2002– Morris Gazette – Arizona MG Club
2003 – Octagram, W. MI Old Speckle Hen Car Club, Grand Rapids, MI
2004 – Exhaust Notes, Twin Bay British Car Club, Travers City, MI
2005 – Classical Gas, Canadian Classic MG Car Club, Vancouver, BC Canada
2006 – Dip Stick, Tidewater MG Classic, , VA
2007 – Octagon, Toronto MG Club, Toronto ON Canada
2008 – On the Marque, San Diego MG Club, San Diego, CA
Award Renamed to “Ken Smith – Newsletter of the Year”
2009 – St. Louis Metro Gazette, St. Louis, MO
2010 – The Octagon, MG Owners Club of Northern California
2011 – Minnesota MG Gazette
2012 – MG Car Club – Long Island Centre
2013 – British Motoring Club of New Orleans
2014 – Texas MG Register – Russell Read
2015 – North Carolina MG Car Club, “Quadriga News”
2016 – MG Car Club of Toronto, “The Octagon”
2017 – British Car Club of Wichita – Lewis Blackwell

Best Contributing Author Award past winners are:
2012 – Dave Braun: numerous technical articles, Minnesota MG Group
2013 – Jack Long: Readers Ride, MG’s of Baltimore
2014 – Kim de Bourbon: Seinfeld Drove My Car, Keystone Region MG Club
2015 – Martin Schulze: Two friends, an MG, and the Road Trip of a Lifetime, Oakland, NJ
2016 – Greg Moors: MGB Alternators ’67 – ’80, MG Car Club of Toronto
2017 – Tyler Hicks-Wright: The Traveling Midget, MGCC Rocky Mountain Centre

Good Samaritan Award

Given at the Annual General Meeting in October to the person who best exemplifies the MG spirit by lending a hand without regard to reward.

This award is a plaque, and the plaque says the following: “Good Samaritan of the Year presented to (name of recipient), month, day and year, and place given”, and a one year membership to North American MGB Register.

The award recipient is chosen by the NAMGBR executive from the input from coordinators, registrars, and members.

Good Samaritan Award past winners are:
1993 – Bill Skillington, Klamath Falls, OR
1994 – Dave Sims, Cross Roads Auto Systems (No City Listed)
1995 – Allen & Alice Lee, Martinsville, IL
1996 – John Simmers, Vicksburg, MS
1997 – Bryson & Linda Lesley, Chickamauga, GA
1998 – Dane Lay, Springfield, IL, Prairie Octagon MG Club
1999 – Ralph Vrana, Strongsville, OH, Emerald Necklace MG Register
2000 – Not given
2001 – Not given
2002 – George Carrasquillo, NY
2003 – Not given
2004 – John Mangles, St. Charles, MO
2005 – David Deutch, , NY
2006 – Dennis & Nancy Deloatch, Smyrna, GA
2007 – Brian Goldsmith, Treynor, IA
2008 – Steve & Julie Lunsburg, Norm & Vickie Schuring, Kentwood, MI
2009 – Paul Dierschow, Arvada, CO
2010 – Andrew Taylor, Bellville, ON Canada
2011 – James Phelps, Dayton, NV
2012 – Adam Lombard, Encino, CA
2013 – John Mangles, St. Charles, MO
2014 – Bob Bentzinger, MG Car Club of Saint Louis
2015 – John Burrows, Mississauga, ON
2016 – John Mangles, Saint Louis, MO
2017 – Paul Konkle, San Diego MG Club

Special Awards

Given at the Annual General Meeting in October at the discretion of the executive board.

1993 – Robin Weatherall and the St. Louis MG Club for MG ‘93
John Twist, Outgoing Founding Chairman
1994 – Buffalo Octagon Association, Honorary Fire Fighters Award for MG ’94
1995 – Rock Yarrington, Outgoing Founding Treasurer plaque
Bob Mason, Technical Coordinator – plaque
1997– Marcham Rhoade, Outgoing Founding MGB Driver Editor, Framed Factory engine
blueprint and plaque
Rick Ingram, Outgoing Chairman, Framed MGB painting and plaque with photograph of his MGB
1998 – Jai Deagan, Outgoing Secretary, plaque
1999 – Robin Weatherall, Outgoing Chairman, Special Acknowledgment (at his request no
plaque)
2001 – Ron Tugwell, Outgoing Chairman, Framed print of Abingdon
Eric Kent, Outgoing Treasurer, Engraved Clock

2002 – No awards given
2003 – No awards given
2004 – No awards given

– David Deutsch, Outgoing Chairman – Framed print of MGB
2006 – No awards given

2007 – Sorry Safari Touring Society – Assisting with MG 2007
2008 – Richard Liddick, Outgoing Vice Chairman, plaque
2009 – Bruce Wyckoff, Outgoing Chairman, plaque
Midwest MGA CC, Prairie Village, KS, for support on “MG Warrior Project”
Rocky Mountain Centre CC, Denver, CO, for hosting MG2009
2010 – Stuart MacFarlane – Organizer of MG2010, plaque
Peter Mittler – Organizer of MG2010 plaque
2011 – Alan Magnuson – Outgoing Treasurer, plaque
Gene deRuelle – Organizing and Assisting at MG2011
2012 – Denny Elimon – Outgoing Secretary, plaque
Kim DeBourbon – Outgoing Vice Chairman, plaque
Tom Naddlehoffer- MG2012 Organizer, plaque
Tom George – MG2012 Organizer, plaque
Bill Gillson – MG2012 Organizer, plaque
2013 – Richard Liddick – Outgoing Chairman, plaque
Honorary Membership – Ken Smith, plaque
2014 – Honorary Membership – Jerome Rosenberger
Simon Dix – Service during MG2014 and the Web Site
2015 – John Twist – Honorary Membership – Plaque
Dave Mullen – Outgoing Treasurer, plaque
Robert Guinness – Obtaining or SSL Certificate
Peter Mittler & Stuart MacFarlane – Organizing and Hosting MG2015
2016 – Jeff Taylor – Outgoing Vice Chairman, plaque
Bruce Wyckoff – Outgoing Secretary, plaque
2017 – Steve Kirby – Efforts for MG 2017

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