Staff Profile

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Jan Zorn

NAMGAR Regalia Coordinator

As your Regalia Coordinator, I hope to continue to fill your orders for all things MGA as well as my predecessors have. I’ve met many of you through the years and hope to meet more in this new role.

While MGs (and British cars generally) have been a big part of my life for the past 20 years, my introduction to the cars was rather recent. In 1995 or 1996, my husband, Jeff, decided that he wanted another of the British cars that he had back in the late 1960s. While he had a new 1968 Mineral Blue MGB back then, what he always wanted was an MGA. His older cousin (who was also a Marine) had an MGA back in the early 60s and Jeff fell for it. So, after 10 years of marriage he starts talking about this car he wants. To be perfectly honest, I don’t think I was aware of the marque at all at that time. I did have some sort of tenuous connection to the British auto industry, however. Back in the 1970s and early 80s I worked for a company that produced auto emissions testing hardware and software – and one of our customers was British Leyland. As I handled the accounting, my only concern was whether or not they paid their invoices on a timely basis!

So, we got the first MGA back then. Soon after that an MGB followed him home. Then a Magnette. Then we sold the A and bought a nicer one (which we still have.) And then an early MGB (1963) replaced the first one. And then we got “my” British car – a right hand drive automatic Mini. By now, in addition to being involved in several MG clubs, Jeff’s hobby became a business selling parts and accessories for classic British cars. We spent a number of years vending at car shows from spring though fall and often traveled to England – for business and even more for pleasure.

The travels to England evolved into my hobby – planning and organizing trips to the UK and beyond for a wonderful group of British car lovers. After 25 years in the financial planning business, I retired in 2009 and continue to enjoy planning adventures to the UK and Europe – always with at least one auto museum visit!

So, from someone who never heard of MGs, I became involved in the hobby, attending almost all of the GTs since my first one in 1998. And we have MG magazines on the coffee table, MG art on the walls and MG shirts in the closet. Since we are winding down our car show side of our personal business, I thought I now had the time and skills to contribute to NAMGAR through this position.