South Texas Austin-Healey Club


Farm Road 1623, west of Blanco
Lunch at the Redbud Cafe in Blanco
September 16, 2017

Separating out recyclables are (L-R):  Jeff Whitmore, Lynn McKinnie, Bob Adkins, Tina Adkins, Lera Borden, and Pat Stamp

Healeys in attendance:  Lynn McKinnie's BJ8 (foreground), and the Borden's Sprite

Enjoying the lunch's "first course" at the Redbud Cafe are (L-R):
Tina Adkins, Lera Borden, Pat Stamp, D J Stamp, Jeff Whitmore, Jim Richmond, Lynn McKinnie, and Bob Adkins

Flushing/refilling my Sprite's Radiator
September 9, 2017, at the Richmond's
by Ron Borden

Club members Lynn McKinnie, and David Ayer gathered at the Richmond's home in Boerne to assist with flushing my Sprite's radiator.  I had drained and refilled the radiator with a flush/cleaner solution and distilled water a few days before the tech session.  After driving the car to Jim and Karen's home we let the radiator cool.  Then to flush solution was drained, the radiator refilled with water, and the engine run briefly to circulate the water.  That was drained, and repeated which yielded clear liquid when drained again.  As a final step a 50/50 mix of Antifreeze and water was added.

We adjourned to the dining area for delicious pizza provided by the Richmond's.

Since there is nothing the least bit interesting or educational about opening a radiator petcock, draining, closing the petcock, filling, raising and lowering the car on Jim's lift to facilitate access to the petcock and fill neck, and repeating, no pictures were taken.

But a good time, good pizza, good munchies, and good beverages were had by all.  Thanks, Jim and Karen!


August 12, 2017, at The Wimberley Way, featuring "amy's ice creams"
by Bob Adkins

Summer.     Texas.     Heat.

What better way to cool off than by having some ice cream in the shade of a huge old oak tree? OK, beer in the shade of an old oak tree would be right up there, or maybe swimming in Barton Springs, or… but I digress. We met in Wimberley at the Wimberley Way for some “amy’s ice creams”. It was a 100+ day so few were brave enough to drive their Healeys (kudos to Lynn McKinnie for driving his). Also driving a Healey was John Holzer, a potential new member from the Dripping Springs area. He bought his 3000 Mark III when he was seventeen so he’s had it a few years. He used it as a daily driver for quite a while but it’s in good shape and essentially unrestored with a nice hardtop. We managed to find enough seating under the oak trees to enjoy the ice cream and socialize - and there was a business meeting. Jaime and Doris Molina brought their grandchildren (Samantha and Marcelo). Also attending from the club were Jim and Karen Richmond, DJ and Pat Stamp, Brett and Julie Miller, Ron and Lera Borden, and Tina, I, and my father, Bob Murkland. The ice cream was great - well it’s "amy’s", so of course. . . Conversation topics as usual ranged far and wide. Several of us decided on a haircut and stopped at the Barbershop in Dripping Springs on the way home for option 2. Looking forward to our next get together.

Lynn Mckinnie's BJ8 in the foreground, John Holzer's BJ8 behind Lynn's

D.J. Stamp, Lynn McKinnie, Brett Miller, Karen & Jim Richmond
with Jim conducting a club business meeting

Jim Richmond, Bob Murkland - Bob Adkin's father,
Pat Stamp, Tina Adkins, Lera Borden, and Julie Miller

Brett & Julie Miller, Club guest John Holzer

Bob Murkland, D.J. Stamp, Bob Adkins, & Pat Stamp enjoying Amy's Ice Cream


John Holzer's BJ8 behind Lynn McKinnie's BJ8

Brett Miller, Lera Borden (seated), Jim Richmond, & John Holzer

June 17, 2017
By Jim Richmond

San Marcos, Luckenbach, Johnson City

The third time was the charm! We finally ran last years tour, well half of it anyway (more later). The weather on Saturday, May 13 was perfect for a drive through the South Texas hill country on some of the best curvy roads in Texas. But first, Lynn McKinnie, Brett and Julie Miller, Bob and Pam Chamberlain, Jim and Karen Richmond and David and Bonnie Ayer had breakfast at Henry’s Restaurant in San Marcos. After Breakfast Bob and Tina Adkins and Ron and Lera Borden joined us for the tour.

  Breakfast at (not Tiffany's) Henry's Restaurant, San Marcos

Seated left, front to back:  David Ayer, Bonnie Ayer, Lynn Mckinnie, Karen Richmond
Standing:  Tina Adkins, Lera Borden, Jim Richmond
Seated right, front to back:  Brett Miller, Pam Chamberlain, Bob Chamberlain

Standing:  Bob Adkins, Tina Adkins, Lera Borden, Julie Miller

We left Henry’s twenty minutes late in five Healeys (Lynn’s BJ8, Chamberlain’s 100M, Miller’s BN4, Adkin’s BT7-1, and Borden’s Sprite MKIV, a Miata (Richmond’s). We had a short delay when Ron thought his Sprite was low on oil. Turns out that his newly rebuilt engine is so clean that it was hard to see the oil on the dip- stick! Our scenic route took us from San Marcos, through Blanco, past our highway pickup area and on into Luckenbach for our planned twenty minute stop. Michael and Joy Escriva left home for San Marcos in their Bugeye but only went a short distance when the Sprite developed engine problems. He called while we were at breakfast and said they would join us later in another vehicle. Michael and Joy, driving a Mercedes SLK, and the Borden’s friend, Glen Bilyeu, also driving an SLK, met us in Luckenbach.

Luckenbach stop-over

Healeys,owned by, left to right, front to back:  McKinnies, Adkins, Millers, Chamberlains, Bordens


Our twenty-minute stop turned into forty-five minutes and at this point some participants were getting hungry. So we took a vote on whether to continue with the scenic tour or take a more direct route to our designated lunch spot in Johnson City. Hunger and thirst won the day so we heading down US 290 to the Pecan Street Brewing brew pub and restaurant where we were met by Jaime and Doris Molina, who graciously had reserved tables for our hungry group.

Lunch at the Pecan Street Brewing, Johnson City


From left to right:  Jaime and Doris Molina, Bob and Pam Chamberlain

From left to right:  Julie Miller, Tina Adkins, Brett Miller, Joy and Michael Escriva, Lynn Mckinnie, Bob Adkins

From left to right:  Jim and Karen Richmond, Lera Borden, club guest Glen Bilyeu

After lunch we all headed home in different directions. Thus, half of the tour remains to be run sometime in the future.