2017 Calendar

Monthly dinner meetings are on the  first Tuesday of the month. Different restaurants will be favoured throughout the year.

It’s your club! Please collaborate with any of the officers (Warren, Rick etc.) with your suggestions for the 2017 VBAC calendar!

September 2017

It’s showtime! The club needs your Help!
All VBAC members are requested to meet at 7:00AM at the fire station on Polasky Street day of show.
See you on Sunday, September 24!

Saturday & Sunday 23 – 24Clovis British Car Roundup – Ask Kurt Lanse (our Roundup chairman) how you can help with the Roundup today!

October 2017

Tuesday 3 – General Meeting – Time: 6:30 PM.   Location – Popolo’s Pizza 7835 North Palm Avenue, #106 Fresno, CA  93711

November 2017

Tuesday 7 – General Meeting – Time: 6:30 PM.   Location – details to be announced.

December 2017

Tuesday 5 – General Meeting – Time: 6:30 PM. Location – details to be announced.

2017 ideas?

Other things to do:

VBAC club member and Metal Artist, Todd Runberg, will be showing his art work at Chris Sorenson Studio during this season’s Fresno City Arthop Events.  These events are scheduled for the first Thursday of each month.  Go and support Todd and he may even present you with a small glass of wine!  Check out the website:     http://fresnoartscouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/NEW-2015-ArtHop-Brochure.pdf

Shop today at Yosemite Valley Vintage

VBAC Regalia Now Available

In the menu bar at the top of the page you will see a new link to the club Regalia Page!

Club Dues and Upcoming Roundup

Valley British Auto Club members!!!! Your Dues are DUE!!!!! You can go online and print the renewal form. Send in your dues. Good to go for next year. Also the Round up entry is there you can take care of that too. So easy even a caveman can do it.!!!!!

The round up Is Sept 23 -24 so TIC – TOCK getter done!

It has been an eventful year for VBAC members, from the initial Steering Meeting in January through the wine tour in February, the Erin Go Bragh Rally in March, the various car shows our members attended, a number of local runs organized by our members and, of course, the VBAC Roundup in October.

Thanks to the enthusiasm of our officers and members, our events are well-attended, properly organized, and fantastic fun! While many have contributed to the VBAC world, it would be negligent of me not to name a few whose contributions consistently exceeded expectations:

Russ and Tami Weber: Russ is your long-serving and diligent treasurer, without whom our finances would be as murky as the North Sea; though I suspect Tami is the brain behind the facade!
Warren Prouty: Warren is our loyal VBAC correspondent, equally adept behind keyboard or camera. If you have read the VBAC section in the British Marque, you have benefited from Warren’s prose.
Kurt Lanse: Former VBAC president Kurt is the Roundup Chairman and general go-to man for all club matters. It’s fair to say that without Kurt, there would be no VBAC, as he is one of the founding members.
Rick and Betty Rogers: Rick is also a former VBAC president, however he and Betty’s club contributions continue as they are still instrumental behind the scenes for much of the Roundup logistics; in addition, Rick has helped numerous VBAC members keep their old British Steel on the road!
Steve Phillips: Steve normally arranges one or two runs per year and is also the coordinator for the Roundup run/rally; this year he was greatly assisted in this endeavor by Jon Brothers.

I know there are many others who help with a variety of VBAC duties, and whose contributions are greatly appreciated, however time and space prohibit mentioning all helpers…but Thank You!

It is, however, with regret that I must report that professional and family obligations dictate that as of January 1, 2017, I can no longer serve as VBAC President. My three years has been extremely enjoyable, learning the different aspects of club management and organization, meeting VBAC members and non-members alike, serving as a sort of ambassador for VBAC to outside organizations and also ensuring that sufficient activities were created, organized and made available for our members.

In VBAC, as with any voluntary group, the organization is only as successful as its’ members participation. Therefore, I hope that the next holder of the VBAC Presidential title brings with him/her the new ideas, enterprise and vitality which will see VBAC thrive!

I hope to see all of you at the annual Christmas party…however, if I don’t, all the best to you and yours for a joyful Christmas and a spectacular New Year!


Martin Connolly

Jay Leno Hates Ethanol

Jay Leno Hates Ethanol

by Jay Leno, Autoweek, March 4, 2015

Can’t we just get rid of ethanol? There have been a lot of old-car fires lately. I went through the ’70s, the ’80s and most of the ’90s without ever having read much about car fires. Suddenly, they are happening all over the place. Here’s one reason: The ethanol in modern gasoline-about l0% in many states is so corrosive, it eats through either the fuel-pump diaphragm, old rubber fuel lines or a pot metal part, then leaks out on a hot engine … and kabloooooie!!!

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