2017 MOSS MOTORING CHALLENGE

2016 Motoring Challenge

Winners to come.

2015 Motoring Challenge

Congratulations Team Miata! Very strong finish in 2015! Now, before classic car owners start grumbling about air conditioning, cruise control and parts that don't sproing loose when you hit a bump… be sure to say a very hearty congratulations to our third and fourth place winners who drove more miles in their pre-1960 cars than perhaps anyone in the world with a car like theirs—probably more miles by a long shot! Technically Scott and Nancy are third place winners, but since only one grand prize can be awarded to a Challenger, they received the larger of the two prizes. A standing ovation to everyone listed here!!!

  1. Charlie Walter – 203 points – Miata 1999-2005 ($1000 Moss gift certificate!)
  2. Richard and Susan St Clair – 191 points – Miata 1999-2005 ($500 Moss gift certificate!)
  3. Scott and Nancy Gilbert points – 183 – 1952 MG-TD VINTAGE VICTOR – Top score pre-1960! ($500 Moss gift certificate!)
  4. Kenneth and Denise Mohlman – 178 points – 1959 Austin-Healey Sprite ($250 Moss gift certificate!)

$50 Moss gift certificates will be received by those listed below. Some competitors earned points with multiple cars; they may not be listed here.

  1. Brian Bogardus – 172 – Miata 1999-2005
  2. Michael McDermott – 170 – Miata 1999-2005
  3. Greg Foster – 157 – Miata 2006-2015
  4. Robin Camblin – 153 – MGA
  5. PJ Lenihan – 153 – MGB
  6. Paul Rolig – 151 – Miata 1999-2005
  7. Matthew McGuire – 150 – Miata 1999-2005
  8. Robert Guinness – 150 – MGA
  9. Gary Weidman – 147 – Miata 2006-2015
  10. Mike and Lori Russell – 143 – Mazda
  11. Joel and Pam Justin – 141 – Triumph
  12. John and Ritsuko Fraioli – 141 – MGB
  13. Linda Weidman – 141 – Miata 1990-1997
  14. Robert Rushing – 139 – MGB
  15. Simon Dix – 139 – MGB
  16. Marc and Kathleen – Arnold – 137 – MGB
  17. Ralph Brooks – 137 – MG-TD
  18. Charles Hill – 134 – Morgan
  19. Cecil and Mia Wise – 133 – Triumph Spitfire
  20. Marjorie King – 132 – Miata 1990-1997
  21. Jack and Claire Holdaway – 130 – Austin Mini Mk II
  22. Edgar Moss – 129 – MG Midge
  23. Yvonne and Jay Meilstrup – 129 – Austin-Healey Sprite
  24. Barb Scharf – 126 – Triumph Spitfire
  25. David Reeves – 123 – Miata 1999-2005
  26. Bob Puttbach – 122 – MGB
  27. Karen Perry – 120 – Triumph TR250
  28. Dennis McDonald – 116 – Miata 1999-2005
  29. Rene Riback – 116 – Miata 1999-2005
  30. Michael Goodwin – 114 – MGB
  31. David Forvendel – 113 – Miata 1999-2005
  32. Pam Mackie – 111 – Miata 2006-2015
  33. Mike Mastracco – 107 – Triumph TR250
  34. Grace Sullivan – 106 – MGB
  35. Joyce Clark – 106 – Miata 1999-2005
  36. Thomas Tomblinson – 105 – Triumph TR6
  37. Donna Rich – 105 – MGB
  38. Mike Hoinowski – 105 – Mini Cooper
  39. Bryan Hutchinson – 95 – MGB, Miata et al…
  40. Dave and Cathy Pilcher – 94 – Triumph TR2, TR6, 2000
  41. Ann Moran – 92 – MGB
  42. Ed Yates – 90 – Triumph TR3A
  43. Robert Reed – 90 – Miata 2006-2015
  44. Jerry Bish – 87 – Miata 1999-2005
  45. Neil Nebeker – 87 – MGB
  46. Doug Kiser – 83 – MGB
  47. Greg Cannon – 83 – Miata 2006-2015
  48. Darren Dyk – 74 – Miata 2006-2015
  49. Roger Bandy – 74 – MGA
  50. Al Davis – 72 – MGB

2014 Motoring Challenge

Some people go their entire lives without seeing whole sections of the country they live in. And then there are people like Ed Yates and Scott Swope who, within the span of one single year, drive a sports car to all 48 lower states in the US and through much of Canada too.

We're still picking our jaws off the floor, especially considering both Ed and Scott drove the kind of cars that typically see only short weekend drives when the weather is perfect. Is driving 10s of thousands of miles in a year what the Challenge is all about? Not really, but it can happen. The Challenge is primarily about the simple pleasure of driving and exploring, going to places you've never been, or looking at the places you regularly go in a new light. And it's about being in a community of sports car owners who love to drive.

Our hats are off to all the Motoring Challengers of 2014. Thank you for showing the world, once again, that the world is a more fun and adventurous place when you're behind the wheel of a fun car and the top is down.

2014 Winners

Grand Prize ($1000 Moss Gift Certificate) and North America's Best ($500) Winner:
Ed Yates (1961 Triumph TR3A) 200 points

2nd Place winner ($500 Gift Certificate)
Scott Swope (MGB) 197

3rd Place Winner ($250 Gift Certificate)
Matthew McGuire (Miata) 181

$50 Gift Certificate Winners
Bryan Hutchinson (MGB "Maggie") 180
Richard St Clair (Miata) 178
Curtis Jacobson (MGB GT V8) 178
Douglas Vargo (MGB) 158
Tim Holsapple (Miata) 156
David McCann (MGB) 153
Steven Kaufman (MGA) 149
David Reeves (Miata) 145
Steven Ritter (MGB) 143
John Wells (A-H Sprite) 142
Darren Dyk (Miata) 140
Robert Guinness (MGA) 140
Dan Berglund (Mini Pickup) 139
Ken Mohlman (A-H Sprite) 138
John Fraioli (MGB GT) 133
Paul Rolig (Miata) 133
Tim Gaffney (MGA) 131
Bob Ledesma (Miata) 129
Michael Goodwin (MGB) 129
Robert Rushing (MGB) 129
Doug Kiser (Miata) 128
Brian Bogardus (Miata) 128
Simon Dix (MGB) 128
E. Ann Moran (MGB) 127
Jerry Gruss (TR3) 127
Ralph Brooks (MGTD) 126
Ron and Pat Wharton (MGB) 124
Sarah Johnson (MGB) 124
Gary Weidman (Miata) 123
Bob & Donna McNabb (MGA) 115
Dennis McDonald (Miata) 113
Marjorie King (Miata) 110
Cecil and Mia Wise (Spitfire) 108
Don Reynolds (Spitfire) 107
Tad Carter (MGB) 106
Edgar Moss (MG Midget) 103
Rick Jaillet (MGB) 103
Jeff Chappell (TR6) 97
Mike Hoinowski (Mini) 96
Neil Nebeker (MGB) 95
George deWalder (MGB) 87
Joe Handy (Miata) 85
Jerry Bish (Miata) 84
Bob Puttbach (MGB) 82
PJ Lenihan (MGB) 81
Scott Gilbert (MGT) 78
Donna Rich (MGB) 76
Robert Reed (Miata) 74
Charles Hill (Morgan) 72
Cathy Pilcher (TR6) 72
Leon Dawkins (MGB) 71
Robert Pennington (TR4) 70
Pam Mackie (Miata) 67

2013 Motoring Challenge

The victor of the 2013 Moss Motoring Challenge is a winner in oh so many ways! Bryan Hutchinson, the driver of a 1973 MGB named "Maggie" took on the Challenge with his family and then took it a step further.

At dinner one evening I asked my girls to help answer some questions: Could we find some way to make the 2013 Motoring Challenge a part of our charity focus this year? What if we thought big? How could we do something that would honor my brother and his family, raise some money for charity, challenge us and be fun all at once? From that conversation we developed a very simple plan: Enter the Challenge and raise money for every point we earn.

And Miles with Maggie was born. You may have read about Miles with Maggie in the Winter issue of Moss Motoring magazine. The article has been released online here: Miles with Maggie. Bryan and Maggie achieved no small feat. Ask any Challenger and they'll tell you the 50-point mark alone required determination. To reach 110 points takes something special. It takes drive and motivation. Bryan and Maggie certainly found theirs and ran with it all across the country!

Miles with Maggie raised money for the Susan G. Komen and Autism Speaks organizations. We here at Moss never asked or expected anyone to take advantage of the Motoring Challenge this way, but we're tickled that the Hutchinson family did! We're also told Miles with Maggie will be making a return for the 2014 Challenge…we couldn't be happier. And we welcome competitors to follow Maggie's example.

The battle of the top place finishers was ridiculously close, and it's safe to say these Challengers knew it would be a tight race too. How tight was it? See for yourself:

1st Place: Bryan Hutchinson — 110 Points — Wins $1000 Moss Gift Certificate!
2nd Place: Pat and Ron Wharton — 109 Points — Wins $500 Moss Gift Certificate!
3rd Place: David McCann — 108 Points — Wins $250 Moss Gift Certificate!
4th Place: Olive Wilkison and Philip Striegl — 106 Points (Ten runners-up win $50 Moss Gift Certificate)

Forth place is more than simply an honorable mention here. Theirs is a story we're proud to share—you see, the road warrior pair of Olive and Philip are both in their 80s! It's well worth your time to take a couple minutes to read their story: Adventure of Two Lifetimes.

All of the more than 600 Challengers of 2013 have our heartfelt thanks for taking part and motoring all around the country in cars that bring smiles to the faces of car lovers everywhere. Moss sends a special "thank you!" to our champions. We will also be rewarding the top three for their efforts with Moss Gift Certificates of $1,000, $500 and $250! No doubt they already have in mind how they'll spend their winnings.

The Ten runners-up (All win $50 Moss Gift Certificates):
#4 – Olive and Philip Striegl — 106 Points
#5 tie – P.J. Lenihan — 90 Points
#5 tie – Cecil Wise — 90 Points
#6 – Ken Mohlman — 85 Points
#7 – Ned Shields — 82 Points
#8 – Robert Rushing — 79 Points
#9 – Mike and Elizabeth Thompson — 77 Points
#10 – David Losh — 76 Points
#11 – Justin Handy — 73 Points
#12 tie – Carl Josefson — 71 Points
#12 tie – Edgar Moss — 71 Points

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