For the first time since I-don’t-know-when, the MG Owners’ Club’s annual car show was held at a location other than Jack London Square in Oakland. This was due to logistical and cost reasons. It would be hard to find a venue as nice as JLS, but with San Leandro Marina, I think this was done.
The view of the San Francisco Bay was gorgeous, and there was easy and ample parking for all 100 or so cars that were in display. While the crowds were not nearly as large as at JlS due to not having a plethora of shops and dining establishments to attract local residents, there was still a good turnout of spectators. El Torito, which was situated right behind all of the cars, had a lunch deal going for the MGOC members. In addition, in front of El Torito was a new band brought in this year (instead of Bev and Tom Morgan, who had done a great job providing live music for us the last few years). This band was called “The Hot Rods” and sang many great oldies from the 60s which, in my opinion, produced the greatest songs of all time. The Hot Rods did an excellent job, whose repetoire included several Beach Boys classics like “Little Deuce Coupe” and “409”, and Bev Morgan was even called up to help them out with a few numbers.
I got to see friends from the MG Owners’ Club for the first time in a while (sorry, everyone), including Bev Morgan, Bob Stine, Bob Wall, Dan Shockey, George Steneberg, and Mike Jacobsen, among others. I really enjoyed the show and as George remarked, “the cars seem to get better and better every year.”