The BritishV8 Pub

general notices, announcements, invitations, & social stuff (like meets & car shows)

Go to Thread: PreviousNext
Go to: Forum ListMessage ListNew TopicLog In
Goto Page: 12Next
Current Page: 1 of 2


Moderator
Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4309 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

authors avatar
keep calm and carry on
Posted by: Moderator
Date: February 27, 2015 08:05PM

I've been enjoying a remarkable run of good fortune this winter, though I've been reluctant to talk or write about it for fear I'd jinx something. In a nutshell, one of my very favorite former colleagues recruited me back into the truck business. This came together unbelievably quickly! Lisa and I moved from Colorado to Portland Oregon this past weekend. Monday I reported for work at Daimler Trucks North America. Their product names may be more familiar: Freightliner and Western Star trucks plus Detroit Diesel engines. I'm now a "Senior Telematics Analyst", and my responsibilities include conceiving and bringing to market future electronic and software features related to communication between trucking companies, their drivers, and their equipment. It's a wonderful opportunity and I'm very excited about it! One downside: it will severely limit the time I have available for BritishV8. But don't worry. BritishV8 isn't going away. The message board will keep growing. Though I'm not exactly sure yet how editorial aspects of BritishV8 might change, I'm confident it will continue thriving. (Would you like to be an Editor or Assistant Editor? P.M. me your thoughts about that.) Most of all, thank you all for your tremendous support - over these last few years and also into another era of modifications and improvements.


JWD
Jim Durham
Gig Harbor, Wa.
(103 posts)

Registered:
01/22/2013 11:43AM

Main British Car:
1980 MGB Ford 302 (398.9 HP, 383.2 TQ)

Re: keep calm and carry on
Posted by: JWD
Date: February 27, 2015 08:59PM

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest. Maybe a big "get together" can be planned for this area for those that can't/don't want to drive several thousand miles.
Of course, you now have to become a Seahawk fan. That should be easy after the last time they met the Broncos in the "big game".



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 02/27/2015 09:07PM by JWD.


RMO 699F
Mike Maloney
SW Ohio
(455 posts)

Registered:
12/09/2007 12:28PM

Main British Car:
MGB Sebring GT, Arkley Spriget, Lotus 7 Stalker 3.9 Rover, 1275cc, 3.4 V6

authors avatar
Re: keep calm and carry on
Posted by: RMO 699F
Date: February 27, 2015 10:32PM

Glad about your new opportunity Curtis...good luck my friend!


kstevusa
kelly stevenson
Southern Middle Tennessee
(817 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 09:37AM

Main British Car:
2003 Jaguar XK8 Coupe 4.2L DOHC/ VVT / 6sp. AT

authors avatar
Re: keep calm and carry on
Posted by: kstevusa
Date: February 28, 2015 07:42AM

Great News Curtis, CARRY ON!


ex-tyke
Graham Creswick
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
(974 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 11:17AM

Main British Car:
1976 MGB Ford 302

authors avatar
Re: keep calm and carry on
Posted by: ex-tyke
Date: February 28, 2015 09:15AM

The upside is a new direction in life - the downside is that you're even more remote from the Midwest and Eastern British V8 social scene - hope things work out for your continued involvement in our hobby!


Spitfire 350
Phil McConnell
Perrysburg, OH (Toledo area)
(166 posts)

Registered:
01/11/2010 09:19PM

Main British Car:
74 Spitfire 350Chevy

authors avatar
Re: keep calm and carry on
Posted by: Spitfire 350
Date: February 28, 2015 04:45PM

Congratulations on the new adventures. Starting a new job and moving to a new area takes a lot of courage. Wishing the best for both of you!!!


tbo
Tim Body
St Thomas Ontario
(181 posts)

Registered:
01/27/2013 06:47PM

Main British Car:
1954 Triumph TR2 stock 2 litre

Re: keep calm and carry on
Posted by: tbo
Date: February 28, 2015 07:11PM

Hearty Congratulations. I'm sure with your talent and work ethic you will do well.We will all be in touch due to the magic of British V8 and the internet.


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1401 posts)

Registered:
10/17/2007 09:36PM

Main British Car:
1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

authors avatar
Re: keep calm and carry on
Posted by: mowog1
Date: February 28, 2015 08:05PM

Good luck!


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5354 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

authors avatar
Re: keep calm and carry on
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: March 01, 2015 09:05AM

I've lived in the Rockies, but never up in the northwest corner where you're headed, though I did have a good friend who moved out there quite some time ago. He seemed to like it, and I hope the climate is agreeable to you. Best of fortune with your new career. Definitely make it a point to look up Fred Key and a few other of our friends who haven't been able to make the more easterly meets.

Jim


lawnvett
PJ Lenihan
Winston-Salem, NC
(442 posts)

Registered:
04/29/2009 11:37AM

Main British Car:
74 MGB-GT 3.4 V-6 crate, 5 spd

Re: keep calm and carry on
Posted by: lawnvett
Date: March 01, 2015 01:34PM

Curtis,
Congratulation on your new job and move. We hsve family out in your new area so may be able to look you up when we are out that way.


britcars
Phil Ossinger
New Brunswick, Canada
(300 posts)

Registered:
02/02/2009 07:58PM

Main British Car:
1977 MGB Roadster, Rover 3.5 ADVENTURE BEFORE DEMENTIA!

authors avatar
Re: keep calm and carry on
Posted by: britcars
Date: March 01, 2015 08:37PM

Congratulations Curtis! All the best in your new job and your new location. There are some great driving roads in the Pacific Northwest. I've driven some of them on a motorcycle and have great memories of Northern CA, Hwy 101 from Astoria to Eureka, Hurricane Ridge (WA) and Crater Lake among others.

Hope you get the time to explore.


bsa_m21
Martin Rothman
Vancouver, Canada
(196 posts)

Registered:
01/06/2009 11:41AM

Main British Car:
1980 TR7V8 Rover 3.9L

authors avatar
Re: keep calm and carry on
Posted by: bsa_m21
Date: March 02, 2015 05:09PM

Congrats on the move! Portland is one of my favorite cities in the States. Very livable.

There is a large contingent of British V8 afficianados and activities out on the wet (oops I mean west) coast.
To the north of you Seattle also has a lot of activity. And, a bit further is a very "British" enclave - British Columbia, with many British activities. It's a short 6 hour drive from Portland and well worth the trip. Upcoming on the weekend of May 16th is the annual "All British Field Meet" in Van Dusen Gardens, in Vancouver BC, with all kinds of cars and bikes.

Jeese, so much to do that it hardly leaves any time for work, work. :)
And congrats on the new job.

Regards,

Martin


302V8
Pete Mantell
Sidney, IL
(87 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 09:47AM

Main British Car:
69 MGB 302 V8 Ford 302 '342' stroker 400HP 390ftlbs

Re: keep calm and carry on
Posted by: 302V8
Date: March 03, 2015 11:13AM

Many congrats Curtis!!
Good luck with the new adventure in the Pacific Northwest.

Regards
Pete


Moderator
Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4309 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

authors avatar
Re: keep calm and carry on
Posted by: Moderator
Date: March 03, 2015 08:58PM

Thank you all! Lisa and I are already in love with this beautiful and exciting city. It's spring here already, and all sorts of flowers and trees are in bloom. For the time being we're living right down on the river, by the marina, just south of downtown. Within three months though, we'll give up this condo and move into a house. One remarkable thing about Portland is how many cool old cars you see around town. I passed a nice PV544 in traffic about ten minutes ago, and a really lovely BRG MGB GT yesterday. (I understand someone in my building drives an MGB V8 roadster. I hope to meet him soon.) I don't know if a Ford Maverick counts as cool, but I parked next to one today too. Lots of Porsches and Teslas, and I rode in a colleague's all-electric Mercedes B-Class on Friday. (Nice car! Needs a quick recharge option, and then I'll want one too.) Many, many Smart cars here! --- And yes, Portland is a great hub for exploring the whole Pacific NW region. My MG is waiting for spring to come to Colorado. I'll fly back to collect it, then drive it here. So many adventures to come - and I'll keep you posted about them.


(BTW, work is incredibly GREAT but I'm still trying to figure out when to sleep. So hectic!)


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3235 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

authors avatar
Re: keep calm and carry on
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: March 04, 2015 07:44PM

Congrats, Curtis! I knew you & Lisa were going to like it there. Shame you keep moving farther & farther away, though.


Charles
Charles Long
McDonald, TN
(148 posts)

Registered:
09/15/2013 08:54AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB V6 1994 Camaro 3.4L 60V6

authors avatar
Re: keep calm and carry on
Posted by: Charles
Date: March 04, 2015 11:03PM

Curtis, I don't think You or Lisa look for the bad things about where you are. You will soon settle in with you new employer then yawl will start to explore. When you get the GT out there life will be better.
The best to you both
Perky and charles


harv8
Martyn Harvey
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
(172 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 10:09PM

Main British Car:
MGB Rover V8, TVR Chevy V8, MGB GT Ford V8

authors avatar
Re: keep calm and carry on
Posted by: harv8
Date: March 08, 2015 10:04PM

Curtis,

All the very best to you and Lisa.
Take good care!

Martyn


Oldbloke
Jim Legg
Napa, California
(85 posts)

Registered:
01/24/2013 03:24PM

Main British Car:
1972 MGB GM 3.4L V6

Re: keep calm and carry on
Posted by: Oldbloke
Date: March 09, 2015 01:48PM

Luck to ya mate! My son lives/works in Portland so am in town frequently. Lots of Brit club activity in the area. I am envious!


kayakjack
John Renaud
Michigan
(35 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 01:46PM

Main British Car:
1980 MGB V8 Buick/Rover 3.5L

authors avatar
Re: keep calm and carry on
Posted by: kayakjack
Date: March 16, 2015 02:34PM

Curtis, Colorado to Oregon. Quite a jump. Congratulation to you and Lisa. Best of luck to you two!
Jack


Moderator
Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4309 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

authors avatar
Re: keep calm and carry on
Posted by: Moderator
Date: June 27, 2015 12:09AM

I thought I'd check in again...


I'm getting excited, because tomorrow I will finally be reunited with my MGB! I'll fly into Denver and then drive my MG to Portland over the following several days. My first short vacation from the new job...

Sadly, it won't be possible for us to attend this year's BritishV8 meet. But we'll be at next year's, even if we have to fly in.

Lisa and I have pretty well settled in here. We love Portland! We're in a 1940s vintage house in the St Johns neighborhood, near a very beautiful suspension bridge. It's a fun-loving and friendly neighborhood with its own little downtown and main street. Our garage is old and small, but it's watertight. (It's nominally a two car garage, but they'd have to both be MGB sized.) And we've got a double lot, which is extremely rare here, so there's plenty of room to add a second garage or workshop someday.

Some places have their "Cars and Coffee" events. Portland has a weekly car show at the racetrack,which is apparently a city park - Portland International Raceway. The car show happens after work on every Wednesday. Sometimes it draws over 1000 cars! Folks can stay late into the evening watching 1/8th mile amateur drag racing. (They race all sorts of things, from real dragsters down those adorable Briggs and Stratton powered miniature dragsters - and believe it or not - snowmobiles too! Seriously. 6 second snowmobiles!!!) Anyhow... if things go well, I may possibly have my car at P.I.R. for the show on July 1st. And even more likely, I hope to return to P.I.R. again on the July 11-12 weekend to see some vintage racing action.
Goto Page: 12Next
Current Page: 1 of 2


Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.