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Going to Glenmoor - Rain in the Roadster

Our journey could not have started under more beautiful conditions. We departed our Whitehouse Station, New Jersey headquarters yesterday under sunny warm skies, intent on completing about 300 miles of our trip to the Glenmoor Gathering before resting for the night.

We had some strange liquid leaking from the heater, and shrugged it off as a combination of brake fluid and car wash residue.  Otherwise, our MGA performed beautifully from a mechanical perspective.

We had a little drama when very dark clouds appeared on the horizon with about 20 miles remaining in the drive.

The skies were going to open- it was just a matter of whether we could get under cover at our hotel before the rain found us. Unfortunately, Mother Nature moves faster than a 52 year-old car, and with a few miles remaining, we were scrambling to put the roof up as traffic whizzed by us on the side of Interstate 80. Of course, the ragtop on an MGA isn't overly effective, especially when you decided to save space by leaving the side screens at home. Soaked to the bone, we forged ahead with our co-pilot mopping up the leakage from the roofline and the side openings while the driver finished up the last few miles of the trip.


We spent the night in DuBois, Pennsylvania, famous for its French founder, but unique in that the name is pronounced with a non-Parisian-sounding "Doo-BOYZ". We were also excited to learn that western film star Tom Mix was born nearby. We keep running into the Hollywood legend's Cord at various events, including the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, Pebble Beach, and last year's Glenmoor Gathering. It was destiny that our trek to Glenmoor would take us to his birthplace.

Saturday morning has greeted us with fog, but the forecast calls for a gem of a day. We've returned the car to its proper topless appearance, added a quart of oil, and hope to be having lunch with our fellow car buffs at the Glenmoor Gathering in a few hours. Follow our progress on our Facebook page, Twitter, and of course we're always keen to hear your advice in the comment area below. #goingtoglenmoor

Paul Morrissette

About Paul Morrissette

Paul has been working with classic car owners and their insurance agents throughout his 27 year career with Chubb Insurance. A lover of all collector cars, he is particularly fond of British roadsters. The Chubb team jokes that they don't need directions to Paul's house, they just follow the leaks.



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