NABMS

North Alabama British Motoring Society

About NABMS

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NABMS Constitution

Who are we?       

The North Alabama British Motoring Society is club of British car enthusiasts founded by Steve Floyd and George Cagle in 1985 after a chance meeting while both were out in their vintage British sports cars.  Steve and George each realized the need for local British car enthusiasts to get together and support each other and NABMS was born.  Since then, the club has grown steadily and now boasts over 80 members in the Northern Alabama and southern Middle Tennessee area.  While founded as a club of British car enthusiasts, NABMS is open to enthusiasts of all European cars.  Currently most members own or lust after some sort of MG, Triumph, Austin-Healey, Mini, or Jaguar.  However, many club members also appreciate and own cars from Germany, Sweden, France, Yugoslavia, and Italy as well, as evidenced by the variety of other European marques owned by club members. Membership in the club is open to anyone.  Enthusiasm for British and European cars, not ownership, is the only requirement!

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What is the purpose of the club?

 NABMS, as mentioned above, was originally founded to serve as support for owners of British cars in the Northern Alabama/southern Middle Tennessee area.  Support of members includes, but is not limited to, unlimited access to the wealth of club member knowledge and experience, use of club-owned specialty tools and regalia, planning of fun driving events, and the general camaraderie that comes from folks from all sorts of backgrounds sharing the same rewarding experience (British car ownership).  Due to the relative paucity of enthusiast clubs in the area supporting European car owners and enthusiasts in general, NABMS wholeheartedly welcomes German, Italian, Swedish, and French enthusiasts in the club as full members as well!  So, even if your tastes lean more toward Euro, or even Yugoslavian or Russian, you’ll find enthusiastic support in NABMS!  

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What does NABMS actually do?

In addition to the monthly club meetings, NABMS has several scheduled events every year.  The biggest events are our two annual car shows, the EuroBrit Auto & Bike Expo held in early June, and the Father’s Day Show, held over Father’s Day weekend inside the Colonial Mall in Decatur, AL.  In addition to these annual events, NABMS members get together frequently for driving events, tech sessions, summer time monthly cruise-ins, and a yearly Christmas party where members each make a Toys for Tots donation.  NABMS is always up for something fun to do!  Any kind of event a member wants to plan, organize, or host, whether it’s some sort of get-together, drive, or competitive event, is always well attended by the club in general and serves to get the cars out where they can be thoroughly enjoyed and seen in action by the general public, which is always good for the hobby.  Some of the more active NABMS club members participate in the events of other local clubs, namely the North Alabama Volkswagen Club (NAVWC, http://www.navwc.org/ ), the local chapter of the Ferrari club, the local Alfa Romeo club, and the local chapter of the SCCA, the TVR-SCCA, whose premier event is the Crow Mountain Hill Climb, an SCCA-sanctioned hill climb competition held on the last weekend in September.  Additionally, many NABMS members are enthusiastic participants in the events organized by other regional British car clubs, namely the the Northwest Alabama British Sports Car and Motoring Club, headquartered in Florence, AL (http://www.shoalsbritishcars.org/ ), the Birmingham British Motoring Club, in Birmingham ( http://www.birminghambmc.org/ ), the Nashville British Car Club,  the Music City Jaguar Club, and the Southern British Car Club of Greater Chattanooga. 

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When/Where does the club meet?

 The club holds monthly meetings are on the first Tuesday of every month (except January, which is the second Tuesday, due to the holidays). Generally During Daylight Saving Time meetings are held at the Old Greenbrier BBQ restaurant   On any given month, but especially in the summer, the Greenbrier’s parking lot is a veritable mini British car show, and when the weather is nice, most club members hang out in the parking lot “kicking the tyres” before going in to join the “official meeting.”  During the winter Months we meet at  Newks on University Drive  A yearly S.U carburetor seminar is put on for the November meeting, at which time club officers are elected. It is always best to look on the Callendar on the Home page for exact locations for the upcoming meetings.

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Is the club a chapter of any national enthusiast clubs?

 Yes!  NABMS is a proud chapter of the North American MGB Register (NAMGBR), which provides national support for owners of MGBs, MG Midgets, and MG 1100/1300s.  Additionally, we serve as a Vintage Triumph Register chapter, the only VTR chapter in Alabama!  NABMS is also a chapter of the Jaguar Club of North America (JCNA), and claim several active members of the North American Spitfire Squadron (NASS)!  Through these chapterships, NABMS is able to offer additional support to owners of these marques.  NABMS also receives benefits from these national associations as well!

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Who can join NABMS (and how)?

 Anyone who wants!  There are no requirements for membership, although enthusiasm for British or European cars or motorcycles definitely helps!  Membership dues are $15/year, which goes toward the cost of organizing events, an occasional newsletter, and miscellaneous club expenses.  While its nice to be a “card-carrying” member, non-members are invited and encouraged to participate in all NABMS events and meetings.  Joining NABMS is simple!  Just fill out the attached membership form and send it in.  Or, better yet, bring it with you to a meeting or other club event and give it to a club officer.  That way you can get to know club officers and members at the same time!  Membership forms can also be found on our club website along with the officer addresses.

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Does NABMS have corporate sponsorship?

 NABMS is proud to be sponsored by Century Jaguar, Land Rover, BMW, Volvo, Porsche, Buick.  Also, we really appreciate the coverage provided by http://www.HuntsvilleCarScene.com Contributions from these two Huntsville-area motoring icons enhances NABMS’ ability to fulfill its primary goal, that being supporting British and European enthusiasts in the area.

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Is NABMS on the web?

 NABMS maintains a website at :  http://www.NABMS.org We also have a Yahoo groups discussion group that is open to anyone worldwide!  To join, simply go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nabms/ and join!

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The NABMS is a chapter of:

 The Vintage Triumph Register (VTR). Their address is:

P.O. Box 655
Howell, MI 48844

 North American MGB Register (NAMGBR). Their address is:

P.O. Box 69
Eaton Rapids, MI 48827
Phone: 1-800-NAMGBR-1

 Jaguar Club of North America (JCNA). Their address is:

c/o Nelson Rath
234 Buckland Trace
Louisville, KY 40245

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