British V8 2012 in Palestine Texas
(photo by Artie Clark)

BritishV8 2012

July 20 - 23

Palestine, Texas

Our sixteenth annual British V8 meet was planned and hosted by Wayne Kube (wkube) and "The Lucas Quality Inspection Team": Jeremy Youngblood (jerman), Nick Pappas, Gene Tollini, and Rick Gregory.

Special Report on British V8 2012:
The Cars of BritishV8 2012
The People of BritishV8 2012
Our Visit to the Texas State Railway Maintenance Facility
How It Was Done: Bill Davidson's 1974 MGB GT V6
How It Was Done: Rob Ficalora's 1976 MGB V8
How It Was Done: Calvin Grannis' 1974 Triumph TR6 V8
How It Was Done: Galen Hazen's 1974 Jensen Healey V8
Photo Feature: Ray Holtzapple's Factory MGB GT V8
Photo Feature: Phil Marcell's Factory MGB GT V8
How It Was Done: Ken Nicks' 1974 MGB GT V6
How It Was Done: Richard Wright's 1960 Austin Healey V8
How It Was Done: Jeremy Youngblood's 1968 MGB V8

Snapshots from the British V8 2012 Meet
Snapshots from the 2012 Meet

Host Hotel

Hampton Inn & Suites
2700 South Loop 256
Palestine, TX 75801
phone: 903.723.0016, or
toll free: 800.560.7809
Group rate: just $80/night

Meet Schedule  

(any time) Ride the Texas State Railroad steam locomotive between Palestine and Rusk on your own. (Visit or call 888-987-2461 for more information.)
7:00pm*Beer & Burgers Cookout / Welcome Party / Registration.
9:00amTour of the Texas State Railroad steam train repair facility in Rusk.
12:30pm*Lunch in Davey Dogwood Park. Turn in your Rallye score sheets.
2:00pm*Rallye/Poker Run through the scenic East Texas piney woods.
5:00pmTech Sessions.
7:00pm*Texas BBQ of smoked brisket, sausage, and chicken with sides and dessert.
9:00-onDyno sessions (cost: $60 for 2 pulls).
9:00-on*Driving slalom / autocross (timed runs).
Note: Dyno sessions and the autocross will run concurrently throughout the day, and we adjusted schedules as needed so everyone could do both if they wished.
10:30pmProject BADASS Business Meeting.
12:00pm*Lunch (fried chicken).
4:30pmTech Sessions / How-It-Was-Done Walkthroughs.
7:00pmDinner on your own, and Texas Hold 'em Poker in the hotel Meeting Room.
9:00amDriving Slalom Finals at the track.
10:30pmLeave hotel for the one hour group drive to Canton Texas.
11:30pmGroup lunch. (Restaurant to be determined.)
12:30pm*Tour Hatfield Restorations. (See for more information.)
3:30pmTech Sessions.
5:00pmAuction / Swap-Meet / Door Prize Drawings.
7:00pm* Tex-Mex Banquet at a local restaurant. Announcement of rallye and slalom winners. Display of dyno results. Fun and surprises.
7:00pm We hope you enjoyed the Texas hospitality, and you had a lot of fun. If you didnŐt get to ride the Texas State Railroad steam train on Sunday, now is your chance before you head home.
We left some slack in the schedule so people could take self-guided scenic drives on our curvy East-Texas backroads, and we recommended some favorite routes.

Locals pronounce the name of our host city "Pal-uh-steen".

Palestine is "wet," meaning there are liquor stores in town and also beer and wine may be purchased in grocery stores.
* Meals and tours marked with an asterisk were included in the registration fee, for participants and their guests.

On our way to BritishV8 2012... we enjoyed a Shreveport Rendevous!

Organized by Kelly Stevenson, the Shreveport Rendesvous was a way to extend BritishV8 2012 by one night! We gathered together on Saturday, May 19th in Shreveport and then continued on Sunday the final 135 miles into Palestine.

Best Western Chateau Suites Hotel
Exit 19A on I-20
201 Lake Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
phone: 318.222.7620
discount rate: $99.99/night.

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