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TeamEvil
Thomas Canty

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Date: August 03, 2016 04:21PM

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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4411 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Is there an "official" name for V8 powered MG
Posted by: Moderator
Date: August 03, 2016 04:31PM

Suggestions?

Perhaps "Dark Siders"?


TeamEvil
Thomas Canty

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billymgb1000
bill gaulin
harrisville R.I.
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11/30/2012 12:31AM

Main British Car:
1974 MGB V8 LS1 5.3

Re: Is there an "official" name for V8 powered MG conversions?
Posted by: billymgb1000
Date: August 03, 2016 05:00PM

Yes it's the DARK SIDERS. I second that.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5833 posts)

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10/23/2007 12:59PM

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

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Re: Is there an "official" name for V8 powered MG conversions?
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: August 03, 2016 05:05PM

There already is a name: Spurious @#$%&.

Jim


TeamEvil
Thomas Canty

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Date: August 03, 2016 06:19PM

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DiDueColpi
Fred Key
West coast - Canada
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What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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Re: Is there an "official" name for V8 powered MG conversions?
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: August 03, 2016 10:02PM

It would take Jim B's blessing but wouldn't a "Roadmaster conversion" be fitting?
You could shorten it up to an RMC or even an RMC2
The Roadmaster handle has a significant meaning to our crowd so it seems a natural to me.

Live like you mean it.
Fred



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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
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10/12/2007 02:16AM

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71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Is there an "official" name for V8 powered MG conversions?
Posted by: Moderator
Date: August 03, 2016 11:11PM

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IF anything is going to be "official" should there be a list of possibilities and a legitimate "poll" taken with a winner, or is a duscussion enough?

IMHO, one of the best things about our community is we aren't a club. I suppose someone can "vote with their feet", but other than that we simply don't have polls and we don't call anything "official". (No dues. No membership roll. Very little politics here!)

You're right.... There are a WHOLE LOT more MG V8s and V6s than modified Porsches or Healeys. The number is easily into five digits. (Just adding up the factory MGB GT V8s, factory MG RV8s, and Costello conversions you start with over 5000 cars.) Our community is obviously more diverse than the other communities mentioned above in just about every conceivable sense too.

How could we poll or survey our community? A message board thread might get read by a couple hundred people. Maybe. You'd probably have to do an email campaign to reach a bigger audience. About 4000 people have registered to use the BritishV8 message board. (So, that's ~4000 verified, unique email addresses.) But that number included other sorts of enthusiasts besides MG Vx owners.

Some of my favorite people are involved with "Spurious", but I don't really know what it's about. Looks like a club. Acts like a club... sort of. (I personally don't have a lot of interest in clubs.) How many people are involved with Spurious? Maybe 20 or 30?

I think you're just gonna have to pick a name that resonates with you... But the idea of a thread for suggested names is very cool even if there is no official vote.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
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10/23/2007 12:59PM

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1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Is there an "official" name for V8 powered MG conversions?
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: August 04, 2016 10:13AM

Curtis, I have no idea how you've avoided membership in the Spurious @#$%& for so long. I'm sure now that you've mentioned it that will soon be remedied however.

Jim


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
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1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Is there an "official" name for V8 powered MG conversions?
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: August 04, 2016 10:46AM

"Roadmaster" is a Buick trademark, has been for a very long time. It seems to generally refer to one of their top of the line automobiles with their largest of engines, but I do not know the exact criteria. We appended MG to it for our club build with the 455 Buick big block which we completed in Grand Turismo fashion, and as such it lives up to the name. "MG-Roadmaster" is a fitting description for that car, but I would not consider it wise to begin using the "Roadmaster" name as a description of a general class of cars. Buick would have to take notice of that.

Jim


TeamEvil
Thomas Canty

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Date: August 04, 2016 10:53AM

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Burrogs
Matt Burroughs
Houston, TX
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01/18/2016 02:19PM

Main British Car:
1970 MGB GT V8 Conversion Ford 331ci

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Re: Is there an "official" name for V8 powered MG conversions?
Posted by: Burrogs
Date: August 04, 2016 11:18AM

The "Spurious @#$%&" moniker seems like it's too much of an inside joke that needs explaining. I'm not sure many will know what suprious means, lol. To me it's more of a "skeleton crew" name.


trmgv8
Thomas Rosser

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Re: Is there an "official" name for V8 powered MG conversions?
Posted by: trmgv8
Date: August 04, 2016 11:40AM

Did Ian Pender start Suprious @#$%&. If remember back at MG 2000 Ian had a T-Shirt with Suprious @#$%& on it. I asked him
if I could get one. He said no it was only for a select group.


ex-tyke
Graham Creswick
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
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10/25/2007 11:17AM

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1976 MGB Ford 302

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Re: Is there an "official" name for V8 powered MG conversions?
Posted by: ex-tyke
Date: August 04, 2016 11:53AM

The Spurious movement was started back in 1995 at the bar of the Cal-Neva hotel at Lake Tahoe at the NAMGBR convention. Rick Ingram, Robin Weatherall, Mike Satur, and Ian Pender are the original founding fathers!
If Rick wants to expand on the history of the "club", let him speak now or forever hold his peace.


TeamEvil
Thomas Canty

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Date: August 04, 2016 12:06PM

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MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Is there an "official" name for V8 powered MG conversions?
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: August 04, 2016 12:16PM

I think we should be inclusive to all British marques & forever be referred to as LBC Bastids. ;)

Edit: Notice that Bastids did not get censored? :)



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BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
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1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Is there an "official" name for V8 powered MG conversions?
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: August 04, 2016 12:50PM

Well, as a group the Spurious Bass-tards are self limited by their original terms. New members are inducted by invitation only, and only the original founding members of the group can nominate new members. Once that group passes on, so will the Spurious Bass-tards. I don't know exactly how big the group is, somewhere around 60 members I'd guess.

Edit: But I would not hesitate to refer to an MG conversion of any sort as a "Spurious @#$%&".

Jim



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mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
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Registered:
10/17/2007 09:36PM

Main British Car:
1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

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Re: Is there an "official" name for V8 powered MG conversions?
Posted by: mowog1
Date: August 05, 2016 01:50PM

The Spurious V8 Club was born one evening during NAMGBR's MG95 at the Cal-Neva Lodge (North Lake Tahoe just outside of Truckee...half of the lodge is in California, the other half in Nevada. The casino and showrrom is in Nevada. Frank Sinatra was at one time part owner.).

John Twist had recently announced that the 1996 UML Summer Party would feature the MGB V8. The late Bob Mason was finishing up his (very nicely done) clone of a factory MGB/GT V8 and had asked that John create two classes of V8....one for the "Factory V8" (of which he felt he owned) and one for the "spurious ones". (Many of us viewed Bob's car as being spurious in its own right, knowing the history of the car).

Ian Pender, Robin Weatherall, Mike Satur, and I were sitting at the bar of the Cal-Neva discussing this over mandatory adult beverages. None of us knew what the word "spurious" meant......so I went up to the front desk and borrowed a dictionary.

Imagine our reaction when we discovered it was defined as "b@st@rd son".....we all went home after the event....and Ian Pender officially organized the Spurious V8 Club shortly thereafter.

We are a rather eclectic group of b@st@rds.....and the Spurious V8 Club is a closed group....membership is by invitation only via nomination by a member in good standing and admission is granted only after approval by charter members.



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mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
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10/17/2007 09:36PM

Main British Car:
1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

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Re: Is there an "official" name for V8 powered MG conversions?
Posted by: mowog1
Date: August 05, 2016 01:52PM

BTW....I fail to see why the word b a s t a r d is censored here.


TeamEvil
Thomas Canty

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Date: August 09, 2016 07:46PM

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