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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
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71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Moss Motors Announces Results of 2014 Motoring Challenge
Posted by: Moderator
Date: January 22, 2015 02:13PM

(in case you didn't receive the e-mail)


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This is going to be a hard (but fun) email to write. I won’t be able to say all I want, or would like to, or need to say. There’s too much to be said!

2014 is now behind us and I can honestly say I miss it for a lot of reasons, the Motoring Challenge being one of them. A big one. It’s silly that talk of desperate searching for Duck Crossing signs can make a person sentimental, but there you have it. I laughed a lot during this year of the Challenge and I hope you did too.

I’m still waiting on a few stories from last year, and I’ll include those in a more official Moss emailer that will go out to our full list of customers in the next week or so. But here’s a link to the stories I have from 2014’s Challengers… enjoy!

[www.mossmotoring.com]




And now…THE WINNERS AND PRIZES!!!

3 little points separated our top two grand prize winners. Both Ed Yates and Scott Swope were less than 10 points from getting EVERY SINGLE POSSIBLE POINT. Both Challengers took pictures in all 48 lower states, and Ed saw nine of the possible 13 Canadian Provinces (and will you take a look at the car he used to do it with?!?!)

Stunning Ed, simply stunning! We all congratulate you! Not only did he win the overall $1,000 prize, he's also taken home the $500 Moss Gift Certificate for covering the most ground in North America. Bravo for representing sports cars everywhere!

I had the pleasure of meeting Scott Swope, and his wife Angie, our second place winner—talk about young enthusiasm! Scott owns a auto repair shop, “Swope Automotive” in St. Louis, MO, and you better believe he’s passionate about his work and the cars he works on.

And then there is our first Miata, and 3rd place $250 winner, driven by Mr. Matthew McGuire—or as we call him here at Moss… "The Gentleman Challenger.” Matthew added so much to the Challenge through encouragement and wit in his posts on the Motoring Challenge Facebook Group.

For 2014 since the Miata group was brand new to the Challenge we upped the ante a little to see if the top five Miatas could outscore the top five British cars. Despite their vaunted reliability and comfort the Miatas couldn’t beat the Brits. However… the most active car club represented in the Challenge was a group out of Boise Idaho—the Les Bois Miata Club—lead by club president and 5th place winner Richard St. Clair. Great job Miata folks!

The following is the list of winners. The grand prize winners also have their photos shown down below. The second list of 50 participants ALL EARNED $50 MOSS Gift Certificates! Not too shabby!




Name Score Car
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1. Ed Yates 200 Triumph TR3A (1961)
2. Scott Swope 197 MGB
3. Matthew McGuire 181 Miata
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Name Score Car
1. Bryan Hutchinson 180 MGB
2. Richard St Clair 178 Miata
2. Curtis Jacobson 178 MGB GT V8
4. Douglas Vargo 158 MGB GT
5. Tim Holsapple 156 Miata
6. David McCann 153 MGB, MGA
7. Steven Kaufman 149 MGA
8. David Reeves 145 Miata
9. Steven Ritter 143 MGB
10. John Wells 142 Austin Healey Sprite
11. Darren Dyk 140 Miata
12. Dan Berglund 139 Mini Pickup
13. Ken Mohlman 138 Austin Healey Sprite
14. John Fraioli 133 MGB GT
14. Paul Rolig 133 Miata
16. Tim Gaffney 131 MGB
17. Bob Ledesma 129 Miata
17. Michael Goodwin 129 MGB
17. Robert Rushing 129 MGB
20. Doug Kiser 128 Miata
20. Brian Bogardus 128 Miata
20. Simon Dix 128 MGB
23. E. Ann Moran 127 MGB
23. Jerry Gruss 127 Triumph TR3
25. Ron and Pat Wharton 124 MGB
25. Sarah Johnson 124 MGB
27. Gary Weidman 123 Miata
28. Bob & Donna McNabb 115 MGA
29. Dennis McDonald 113 Miata
30. Marjorie King 110 Miata
31. Cecil and Mia Wise 108 Triumph Spitfire
32. Don Reynolds 107 Triumph Spitfire
33. Tad Carter 106 MGB
34. Edgar Moss 103 MGB
34.Rick Jaillet 103 MGB
36. Jeff Chappell 97 TR6
37. Mike Hoinowski 96 Mini
38. Neil Nebeker 95 MGB
39. George deWalder 87 MGB
40. Joe Handy 85 Miata
41. Bob Puttbach 82 MGB
42. PJ Lenihan 81 MGB
43. Scott Gilbert 78 MGB
44. Donna Rich 76 MGB
45. Robert Reed 74 Miata
46. Charles Hill 72 Morgan
46. Cathy Pilcher 72 Triumph TR6
48. Leon Dawkins 71 MGB
49. Robert Pennington 70 Triumph TR4
50. Pam Mackie 67 Miata




Ed Yates (1st place)
Ed-Yates-1st-place.jpg

Scott Swope (2nd place)
Scott-Swope-2nd-place.jpg

Matthew McGuire (3rd place)
Matthew-McGuire-3rd-place.jpg



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/22/2015 02:17PM by Moderator.


Scott68B
Scott Costanzo
Columbus, Ohio
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Registered:
10/25/2007 11:30AM

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1968 MGB GM 5.3 LS4 V8

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Re: Moss Motors Announces Results of 2014 Motoring Challenge
Posted by: Scott68B
Date: January 22, 2015 02:34PM

Great job Curtis!! I enjoyed following your travels.

Hope to see you in July if not before.

Scott


tbo
Tim Body
St Thomas Ontario
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01/27/2013 06:47PM

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1954 Triumph TR2 stock 2 litre

Re: Moss Motors Announces Results of 2014 Motoring Challenge
Posted by: tbo
Date: January 22, 2015 07:19PM

Way to go Curtiss .Very close to the Top. Good job and I know you had a great time,,, I can tell by the big smile on your face in the pictures.


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
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Re: Moss Motors Announces Results of 2014 Motoring Challenge
Posted by: Moderator
Date: January 22, 2015 08:31PM

Thanks guys.

I've been reflecting on the guy who drove through 48 states and nine provinces in a TR3. That's just heroic, fantastic, and amazing. It never occurred to me that someone might choose a TR3 for such a campaign. I'm so impressed.

I also want to say something about Scott Swope's and Matthew McGuire's entries because IMHO they both showed a lot of class. They both took the time to set up nice photo compositions, to pose with their cars, and to post their photos online. IMHO, that sort of thing helps to get more people interested in the Challenge and generally to get more people interested in sports cars.

On the Moss website, when it was announced that Mazda Miata drivers would be welcomed to compete in 2014, some LBC drivers thought the "modern cars" would have an unfair advantage. I never agreed. My MG may not have all the modern safety advantages of a Miata, but it's plenty reliable! I never worried at all about breakdowns. Miatas are relatively smooth and quiet, but they seem so much smaller than MGB GT on the inside.

Part of my motivation was to make sure a V8/V6 conversion finished near the top of the field. Some people still hold prejudices against our little hot-rods, and I want to keep breaking through those. Actually, we have a few unfair advantages over stock LBCs. For example we typically have overdrive five-speeds and lower rear axle ratios, so we can lope along more comfortably at highway speeds.

Now, who will carry the BritishV8 baton in 2015?


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Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Moss Motors Announces Results of 2014 Motoring Challenge
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: January 22, 2015 09:47PM

Wow, great job! 3rd place among MGs.


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