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Newsletter July 2018



St Audries Bay, Weekend away: There were 43 of us making our way down to Somerset for the weekend away and I think it would be safe to say everyone had a thoroughly good time. The weather helped of course but the gin was flowing and it was a very sociable weekend. The run out on Saturday gave us all a reason to wander along the Lorna Doone Valley (some of us even walked down to the old village, after the lunch stop). Most went on to Lynton & Lynmouth and rode on the funicular. Each evening Nigel had prepared a quiz ranging from 'seaside items' to Lorna Doone, he even used Alan's feely bag idea. When everyone came back on the Sunday we again assembled the cars on the putting green for a photo shoot, with Norman in charge and a fine set of photos he took as well. Although Sunday was a bit of a difficult day for some and the beach and mud claimed a few casualties, notably Clive who managed to fracture a little finger to join the 'Mud Bothers'. Fortunately Norman had only had one drink (I think he was joking when he said it was half a bottle of gin!!!) and performed the mercy mission taking Clive to the nearest A&E in Taunton. Many thanks to Nigel from all of us. He was rewarded at the Club Night with a framed photo of the event (another thank you to Norman). I have not yet finalised the 'Sunset Photo' Competition and have therefore extended the deadline to the 30th July. If you were at St Audries Bay and want to include a sunset photo from the weekend now is the time to send it to me.

Quiz on Wheelz: Again the weather was kind to us and Graham & Fiona devised an amusing quiz to test our powers of observation and knowledge of all sorts of things. Some of us took longer than others and we were a bit concerned when we got to the Moat in Coughton to find only a few scraps of food left but not to worry they brought more out and that was only the first course. The pizzas were very good with plenty to choose from. Graham had also cribbed a quiz of 'Ding-bats' to test everyone's imagination. Awards time and Graham was in his element on the 'stage' to go through the answers and give out the prizes. Fortunately for Alan & Liz we had not brought the 'Wooden Spoon' but they did get the chocolates, I hope it will not dampen their enthusiasm. At the end of the list it was a tie between Lech & Pam with myself & Caroline, the tie-breaker was evil (how are we to know what number Fiona lived at when she was in Bleachfield Rd), so Lech & Pam gave the closest guess. They were also included in the team for the 'Ding-bats' with David & Diane'. Well done to everyone and a big thank you to Graham & Fiona for an amusing evening.




Chilly Willy WARMER Run: Well this was definitely 'warmer' than New Year's Day with good clear views over the beautiful countryside. Numbers were a little bit down on those who came to the original run but no matter the run was enjoyable and the food was verygood at the Oak in Upton Snodsbury.



Mercia MS Therapy Centre, Coventry: As you will all know by now when we make a donation to a worthy cause I like to give them an opportunity to generate further publicity by making a presentation to them and this is what we did at the Centre in Coventry. We had 6 MGs carefully arranged with an MGF on the outsides, next to an MGB and a Magnette and Midget placed in the middle. The Centre were over the moon with the donation of £500 and were even more pleased to see the cars, such that a few of the staff went for a short ride around the local area in an MG. This donation was made from The Heritage Run Funds and was chosen to recognise the efforts Allen Smith had put into the Heritage Run over most of the years of it's existence, as he has benefited from the services the Centre have to offer. I have invited them to come to a Club Night next year to give us a short talk about what they do. A funny thing happened to Clive on the way home (and he made the mistake of telling me) he ran out of petrol!!! I think every Club Event should come with a fuel gauge checklist!!


BMC & British Leyland Show, Gaydon: I managed to persuade Tom (the Shows manager at the British Motor Museum) to let us have the same display area that we had for the Gaydon festival of Motoring last year, so we were situated between the Museum and the 'new' Collections Centre - a prime position! We didn't let Tom down with a good selection of cars ranging from a TD & TF Midget to MG TFs, including MGBs, MGC GT and a Magnette, not forgetting the Midgets. Again the sun was beating down on us, so the storm shelter was put to good use, sheltering from the sunshine. There were some interesting talks going on in the Museum to 'celebrate' (is that the right word?) 50 years since the founding of British Leyland in May 1968!! The talk about the archive material was especially interesting.

Show Night: We were a bit down on numbers this year, which was a shame as it was probably the best weather we have had for the Show Night, apparently there was something else going on, something about football?? those that needed to know could keep up on the TV in the bar. It was still a good evening and as ever there were prizes to be awarded (for the full set of photos see Facebook or the website) and the winners were:

Best MG Overall: Trevor Smith in a borrowed MG TD Midget

Runner-up: Clive Edgington - MG Midget

2nd Runner-up: Mike Brown - MG YT

Best Open MG: Helen Lobb-Jones - MG TC Midget

Runner-up: Nigel Hook - MGB

Best Closed MG: Roger Phipp - MGC GT

Runner-up: Fred Bury - MG Magnette

Best MG Seats: Alan Cleobury - MG Magnette

Runner-up: John Hale - MGRV8

There was an additional award of 'Furthest Travelled' and Doug Freeman had travelled from his new home in Hay-on-Wye to join us, so foregone conclusion for the prize.

Well done everyone, thanks to you all for voting, to the Girls for collecting and counting the votes and to Norman as official photographer for the evening.

Future Club Events:

Saturday 28th July - Badsey Flower Show: Please note change of date for this show. There is no entry fee for this show just be there before 12 noon and join in the Club display. There is lots of stuff going on during the afternoon, not to mention the beer tent (which Steve runs). Alan passed a booking sheet around at the Club night for bookings, which include a booking for scones with jam & cream at a cost of £2.50 per person (there is the option to purchase a glass of Prossecco from the beer tent on the day). I'm sure Alan will still accept bookings and you can book with me although Alan needs the payment for scones in advance. The question we are all asking is: has Steve been able to book a flypast by one of the BBMF aeroplanes, as in previous years?

Sunday 29th July - Chairman's Picnic: I now know the full plan for the day. We will meet at the Golden Cross for the usual bacon rolls (£2.50) and coffee or tea (£1.00) from 10.30 to be ready to leave at 11am. Lech and I have mapped out an interesting scenic route for us. It is a little longer than our normal runs at ~45 miles but there will be some roads not used before. On arrival at Buzzards Valley Vineyard we will line up our cars in a dedicated parking area at the side of the vineyard. The team will be waiting with the storm shelters erected ready to accept the plates of food you have all brought. After the first round of picnic the first Vineyard tour will take place and the tours include tasting of 3 wines, the cost is £8 per person (I will collect the money on the day, so please bring some change). Other things to do are to walk around the vines in the next field, over 8000 have been planted and should be in full growth by the end of July. There are walks around the lakes, which are used by fishermen. There is a bistro on site if anyone needs to purchase a drink but please remember to bring all you drink requirements with you. There is also a shop which sells the gin produced in the Vineyard and there is tasting before to buy. Please let me know as soon as you can if you would like to join the day and what plate of food to share you are going to bring, there are some ideas on the club website but please don't be limited by that and check the list to reduce the amount of duplication.

Tuesday 7th August - Club Night: Social gathering at the Golden Cross.

Saturday 11th August - Brailes Show: Fred has booked us in for this show, which is always well attended by the Club with our own display area. There is no charge for entry, all they ask is that we are on site by 12.00 noon to be settled before the show starts. The show always has lots going on with the main marquee full of competitions (produce, cakes, flowers, paintings, photos etc), beer tent, afternoon teas, stalls and a horse gymkhana at the far end.

Sunday 19th August - MG TC 70th, Magnette 60th & MGB 50th Birthday Celebration: To celebrate Helen's TC's 70th birthday, Fred's Magnette 60th and my MGB's 50th birthday we are going to have a run to Nuffield Place. For those who are not NT members there will be a group rate price of £7.75. Please book this date on your calendars, I will have more details arranged by the August Club Night.

Tuesday 4th September - Club Night: Social gathering at the Golden Cross.

Sunday 23rd September - Heritage Run Revisited: To replace our annual run I'm going to use one of the previous Heritage Run routes for a day out. Have you got the date in your calendar?

Saturday 29th September - Hook Norton Brewery Visit, - Saturday morning at 10.30.. Please book early as limited to 20 places. £12 per person to include beer tasting and souvenir glass. They are now offering breakfast (full English with tea or coffee at £10 or Bacon Bap/Sausage/egg... at £4.99), however they do need to be booked, so get there early but book with Nigel or I will pass on a message.

Tuesday 2nd October - Club Night: Arden MG Club 30th Anniversary Celebration. Graham Robson is going to make up a montage video to show on the night, so it would be good if everyone could send me their favourite photo of their car to include in this video, not many of you have responded to this request, please send me your favourite photo as soon as you can..

Tuesday 6th November - Club Night: Guest speaker with a talk titled "Vintage Bentleys in the Roaring Twenties"

Tuesday 4th December - Club Night: Social gathering at the Golden Cross.

Tuesday 11th December - Xmas Meal: At the Golden Cross.

Other Events:

Classic Car Pub Meet -The Bell, Alderminster: I've been sent details of this new classic car pub meet to be held every second Thursday from May through to September, 6-8pm. Admission is free and there will be an outside bar and BBQ in the garden. They would love to see some MGs there, so if you are free on any of the dates please drive over to the Bell, I might see you there.

Sunday 29th July - Midland Centre Summer Day Out: Being held at the Midland Automobile Club's 'Classic Nostalgia' weekend at the Shelsley Walsh hillclimb venue. They have arranged discounted tickets. A good event if you are not going on the Chairman's Picnic.

Sunday 5th August - Classic Vehicle Event: This year follows the huge success in 2017, from 11.00 onwards at Wootton Wawen Social Club B95 6AY. You would be most welcome if you have not already committed, and entry is FREE. Last year we had 40 plus vehicles and around a dozen motorcycles, so we are hoping for another good turnout again.

Sunday 12th August - Harrogate MGOC, Northern National: Pateley Bridge, entry fee £5.

Saturday 18th August 2018 - Coast to Coast. If anyone is interested in this event I can email a flyer, there are only 6 places left, so a quick response would be required.

Monday 27th August - Stafford Classic Car Show: Riverway, Stafford, ST16 3WB from 10an to 4pm. Contact: 07771 615 140.

Sunday 16th September - Fun Run for Cancer Research UK:

The run will start from the dog inn at Harvington at 10.00 ,the run is some 80 miles, with coffee stop and will return to the Dog Inn for a Sunday lunch.

Lunch will be booked for 14.00 hrs and the pub will be for us till 18.00 hrs ,Price of the lunch is £ 12.50 per/person for main & sweet, the price of the run will be £ 5.00 per/person = £ 17.50 for run and lunch p/p.

We hope to have around 100 for the lunch , The Run can be done in MGs or any day to day car ,it is not a classic car run but a fun run and all profits from the run will go to Cancer Research.

Lunch will need to be booked so here is the menu .


Top side of Beef ,

Leg of Lamb,

Half Chicken,

Veg meal ,Courgette & Butter nut Squash Frittata,


a/ chocolate fudge cake,

b/ orange & passion fruit tartlet,

c/ summer fruit cheesecake,

d/ rhubarb & custard tart,

e/ sticky toffee pudding,

f/ jam roly poly,

g/ apple & pear crumble,

h/ praline chocolate tart,

j/ simply delicious ice cream /3 scoops,

k/ chocolate fudge cake sundae,

l/ eton mess sundae ,

Please contact Bob Hall by email a s a p at

I hope to get around 100 cars on the run and the dog inn can take 120 for the meal so first come first served.

So far I have my members from Bromsgrove MGOC, the MG Car Club, and also some from the Black Country Club. Bob Hall, Bromsgrove MGOC.

Sunday 16th September - Dorridge Day: I have received the following invitation via a Club member: "We intend to build on last year's success ( despite the terrible weather), the feedback was fantastic, thanks to you and your wonderful cars.

We are looking to run the Classic Car Show again, we would like to double our attendance, so would appreciate your support by letting your friends know and inviting them along.

We took onboard last year's feedback, so will modify the format, starting points etc.

I will send you details on how to register and the actual format of the day shortly.

Meanwhile, please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Amit Sinha Mob : 07775 647 914"

Saturday and Sunday 29th & 30th September - Cotswold Airport Revival Festival: They say lots of things will be going on over the week-end at the airport, check out their website if you are interested.

Other Matters:

Enjoying MG Binders: Helen has 10 of these (donated by members), if you are interested in having any, please let me know and Helen will bring to the Club Night.

Norman Large's Website Photos:

Norman is happy to share his photos taken on Club Events and the links to this year's events are as follows:

Show Night July18

St Audries Bay June18

Chilly Willy Warmer June18

Stratford Races May18

Heritage Run 25th Ann May18

Drive It Day Apr18

MGC Malvern Apr18

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Guess the Car Competition: Phil Bawn gave me this photo with the challenge to identify the car. I was struggling, so a prize to the first person to correctly name the car (we might need the year as well).

Boot Rack for Sale: I have received this message: Would any of your fellow members be interested in a Paddy Hopkirk boot wooden slatted rack, never been used looking for an offer in the region of £45. We live in Rugby which is fairly close you all. John & Sue Thomas, home 01788 843 611 or mobile 07816 408 795. Please contact direct if interested.

Wedding Car Request: I have also received this request, I don't usually follow up this sort of thing but someone may want to help them out. Please let me know if you do.

This may be a little unusual, or you may get this all the time! I'm after a wedding car or two, and a friend suggested that I try a local car club rather than a company doing it purely for weddings. We would like someone that loves their car and would love it to show it off at our wedding. Instead of paying a wedding car company we would love to donate some money to your car club or to a charity of the owners choice. This would make my fiancé and I a lot happier knowing our money was going to a good cause.
Our wedding is Monday 22nd April next year. We're not really sure what we want. Something that ideally seats 4 along with the driver to take bridesmaids first, then my Dad and I to the Church and then take my husband and I to the reception.

It would be going from 5 minutes outside Solihull town centre to St Alphege church in the centre with my bridesmaids, then my Dad and I. Then from St Alphege church to the Charlecote Pheasant near Wellesbourne with my husband to be and I.

Claire Fooks

What Have You Done With Your MG This Month:

Nothing this month, however new member John Deeley has sent me this poem which might 'strike a cord' with a few of us!!

A- Z of Life with an MG …..

For my sins I had a very early MGA in the late 60's , an MGB GT in the 70's

and finally just 3 weeks ago an MGTF that actually starts first time, but this poem was a reflection of some of those earlier, fraught, but happy days……..

A is for being an ass-hole for falling in love with the thing

B is for bashed in knuckles for all the work to make her sing

C is for Cursing and Swearing each time a nut wont come undone

and D is for being so DARNED stubborn and for wanting to have this much fun.

E is for all the electrics that work and then not, at their own will

F is more Fxxxxxg swearing when I get the repair mechanics bill

G is for Glorious drives with the hood down on days when there's Sun

and H is for Hilarious giggles when you tell your mates what you've bought for some fun.

I is for the mentally Insane who like me think they have enough cash

J is for "Johns got a new motor "….an MG you say, sorry just got to dash

K is for the Key's I've lost and locked inside my TF's boot

and L is for all the Laughing locksmiths that think this is really quite a hoot.

M is for this Great MOTORING Legend, MG still the largest of all

N is for Not when its Icy or raining, I want to get home by nightfall

O is for Oh what a wonderful feeling when she's polished and gleams in the Sun

and P is for the wife being so Patient and waiting all day till it's done.

Q is for all the bank Holiday Queue's that every MG owner dreads

R is for roaring past the queue's with the rev counter approaching the red

S is for Stopping to let the steam die down while you sunbath to top up your tan

and T is for changing your Thermostat to ensure your not cooking your fan.

U is Undoubtedly for the craziest purchase of your life

V is for all the Venomous words that come forth, when you break down, from your wife

W is still for the Wonder, when you turn the key and its starts the first time

and XY and Z will just have to do, for all the unknown adventures you'll have in your life.

Happy MG Motoring……...from John's got a new Motor.

John also has an interesting service to offer Classic Car owners and sent me this flyer:

My MG:

No MG stories this month, if you would like your MG story included, just drop me some words and photos about how and why you drive an MG. What interesting cars have you had or whatever will be of interest.

Safe MGing


In closing at the Show Night, Graham took a load of photos and thought it would be good to identify the steering wheel bosses, however he forgot to identify which car fitted with which photo, so can you identify your own steering wheel? Respond by email, just for fun!!!! (OK, so the last one is from a radiator grill).