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Newsletter September 2018


I'm going to break with tradition this month and start with a recent event, although not strictly an Arden MG Club event but one several of you were kind enough to take part. This of course is my daughter's Wedding Day and I would like to say a very big thank you on behalf of Jennifer to Lech, Chris, David Rayner, John Hale, Richard Avery, Phil Bawn, Mick Walker, Graham Smith, Graham Robson and the star of the convoy Alan Cleobury for turning up and helping to make the day run perfectly and it will be memorable.

The convoy worked well and how lucky were we to have no cars parked in the way at the Maypole in Welford for the photo shoot (Jen was the May Queen back in 1991). The day all went well and we even had typical Arden MG Club weather with the sun shining.

Reports:

Brailes Show:

The weather forecast the day was accurate for our visit to Brailes Show. We all arrived in sunshine which soon gave way to light cloud and was getting ready for the rain to come later in the evening but I think we were all home before the rain arrived. The show was as busy as ever with lots of stalls, the marquee with the village competitions and the Gymkhana in the adjacent field. We also had a very good turnout, I was getting concerned with the bookings a few days before but we had 15 MGs in a long curve (which looked very good), some of whom were new folks and may come and join us for future Club Nights. Some of us even drove into the parade ring for a show to the gathered crowds. Another good day, thanks to Fred for arranging the pitch.

Birthdays Run to Nuffield Place:

We Celebrated the birthdays of 3 MGs, Helen's TC is 70 this year, Fred's Magnette is 60 and my B is 50 years old this year. To help celebrate this event we had a run out starting at the Artyard Café in Enstone and ending at Nuffield Place, the home of Lord Nuffield, who was previously known as William Morris and was the founder of The Morris Garages. At Nuffield Place we were allowed to line our cars up outside the House entrance, just in time for the sun to appear and ready for us to cut the cake. I much appreciate that no one was rude enough to point out my error on the cake but that didn't stop everyone enjoying it (I didn't bring any home!!). Another good day and the house is also very interesting to look round.

Pershore Plum Festival:

I think everyone enjoyed the day out at Pershore but we were a little disapointed with the organisation in the 'MG Field', as no allocated spaces were marked out and when the advance party arrived the other Clubs were already set-up, leaving us to squash up into the corner. I think the concensus is that we should give the show a miss in the future and look for an alternative over that weekend, any suggestions? Despite the crush we all managed to have a good time, with lots going on in the town and I could see bags and bags of plums going into cars.

Future Club Events:

Sunday 23rd September - Heritage Run Revisited:

As the 'Heritage Run' is no more, I thought it would be good to re-visit some of the original runs. We are going to start this with the 9th Run from 2001, which visited the Bourton-on-the- Water Motor Museum (now re-named Cotswold Motoring Museum). I will change the start to the Golden Cross where the usual Bacon Rolls, tea & coffee will be available. At the Museum we will be allowed to park 8 cars in front of the Museum, with the remainder at the Cricket Club. The route is around 50/60 miles so again I would like to start earlier for the Cross, so lets meet at 10am and aim to leave around 10.30. Please let me know if you would like to join in the fun and can I please have the £6.50 per person payment in advance.

Saturday 29th September - Hook Norton Brewery Visit:

The Tour will be starting on Saturday morning at 10.30. For the breakfast (full English with tea or coffee at £10 or Bacon Bap/Sausage/egg... at £4.99) you should aim to arrive around 9am, it will be another good day.

Tuesday 2nd October - Club Night:

The Arden MG Club 30th Anniversary Celebration. This is a celebration of 30 years of the Arden MG Club and I hope some of the early members will be joining and we can live through some of the highlights of the last 30 years. Graham is putting together a film to show through the evening and we will also be able to view the 'edited' version of the early Heritage Run video that John Horn took. There will be a cake, a free prize draw and everyone gets a 30th Anniversary memento, not to be missed.

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. Put the date in your diary. The menu and booking form will be available soon.

Friday 7th to Monday 10th June 2019 - Weekend Away:

For next year's weekend away Nigel has booked us into the Devon Valley Holiday Village which is in Shaldon, South Devon. The format will be the same as the last 2 years with 3 nights and a run out on the Saturday, which will be to Slapton Sands. The cost is £190 per person to include dinner, bed & breakfast and the 'Show' on the Saturday evening. The deposit of £20 pp is now required and Nigel needs to have these funds before the END of October, so bring your cheques to the Club Night to be sure to be in time!!

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 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 a 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 open for us until 18.00 hours. Price of the lunch is

£ 12.50 per/person for a main & sweet, the additional price of the run is be £ 5.00 per/person giving a total of £ 17.50 for run and lunch p/p.

The Run can be done in an MG or in your 'everyday' car, it is not a classic car run but a 'Fun Run' and all profits from the run will go to Cancer Research. Lunch needs to be booked and the menu is as follows:

MAINS: Top side of Beef , Leg of Lamb, Half Chicken, Veg meal, Courgette & Butter nut Squash Frittata.

SWEETS: Chocolate fudge cake, Orange & passion fruit tartlett, Summer fruit cheesecake, Rhubarb & custard tart, Sticky toffee pudding, Jam roly poly, Apple & pear crumble, Praline chocolate tart, Simply delicious ice cream (3 scoops), Chocolate fudge cake sundae, Eton mess sundae.

Please contact Bob Hall by email a s a p at robertahall2d@outlook.com

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

Sunday 16th September - Dorridge Day: I have received the following updated invitation:

We have now finalised proceedings for the Round Table Dorridge Day Classic Car Show.

The plan is to meet at the Blackboy Pub in Knowle on 16th September 2018, between 11- 11:30 AM for registration, and then set off for a drive through Knowle & Dorridge to join the main procession into Dorridge Park, circa 11:45.

The procession will be led by our very Gordon Harvey in his beautiful1966 MG.

Alternativley, you can drive straight to the display area in Dorridge Park before 11:30 AM.

As a token of our appreciation, on registration you will receive a voucher for light refreshments (a hot drink and a piece of cake) at the Ladies Circle stall, for yourself and a passenger.

In order to facilitate planning, please let me know if you intend to attend on the day. I would require the following information for Registration: Name, Make, Model & Year of Car and Email Address. Alternatively registration can be done on the day. Contact: Amit Sinha at arsinha72@gmail.com.

Please note that owners participate and display their vehicles at Dorridge Day at their own risk.

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.

Advanced planning for 2019 - The Peaks to Lakes Run, 7 & 8th September 2019:

The Cat & Fiddle, Peak District to Wrynoes Pass, Lake District. Details from Norman Verona, email: norman@frenchblat.com.

Other Matters:

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 http://normanlarge.com/Show18

St Audries Bay June18 http://normanlarge.com/StAudries2018

Chilly Willy Warmer June18 http://normanlarge.com/AMGCWW

Stratford Races May18 http://normanlarge.com/AMGCRaces2018

Heritage Run 25th Ann May18 http://normanlarge.com/25Heritage

Drive It Day Apr18 http://normanlarge.com/DriveIt

MGC Malvern Apr18 http://normanlarge.com/MalvernMG18

To download a viewable size: Click on the image and wait for it to enlarge. Once enlarged this can be copied, saved or dragged to your desktop (usually by right click but not always). These images are good for iPads, iPhones, desktop use and small prints. If anyone would like a high resolution (HiRes) for large print or commercial print then I am happy to oblige. Just drop him an email with the photo ref (norman.large@btinternet.com).

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.

What Have You Done With Your MG This Month:

As you all know my MGB celebrated it's 50th birthday this year and the date of registration was during August, so I had to go out for a drive on that day but before I did I had a photo taken with the 'Birthday Portraits' painted by Stephanie, thanks again Stephanie.


Andy Bourne visited the Toddington Classic Car Show at the GWR Station and sent these pics, the first showing that 'our' Memorial Retreat is getting good use and it look like John D'Oyly has found a new friend!

My daughter's wedding was not the only wedding day my MGB took part in. Earlier in the year I was contacted by an MG owner in South Wales who wanted a Red MG (ideally an 'A') to attend his daughter's wedding in Stow-on-the-Wold as his car was not on the road but like mine his daughter had grown up with his MG and wanted a photo at her wedding. I put them in touch with a potential car owner with the comment "as a back-up I could bring my MGB. A medical issue meant the MGA could not attend, so I duly drove down to Stow to not disappoint a Bride on her 'Special Day'. The second photo is of the bride & groom and replicates the photo used on the wedding invitations.

My MG:

Steve Farr - My MG Story (Part 1):

Well where to begin :- My Dad I guess,he started work in 1933 at T&M Dixons in Redditch who at the time were Austin dealers and in 1936 was poached by Graham Hill at Studley Garage and Engineering works ( Now Aldi in Studley)

At the outbreak of war in 1939. he joined the RAF as a mechanic.

After Demob he returned to Studley Garage and very quickly bought his first (and only) MG a 1930's PA Midget in which he and his friend toured all over Europe and even competed in the Blue Hills Trial in Cornwall.


While growing up I was spending a lot of time with my Dad at the Garage and was soon driving anything I could reach the pedals on and before school every morning I used to get the Bedford OB coaches out of the sheds and line them up for the drivers so they could just jump in them and go off on the school runs for Studley High School.

During my school years my friends and I had the use of a large field in Sambourne and because of the introduction of the 10 year test in 1963 I had access to some very cheap cars that had failed the MOT and were beyond economical repair.

We scrounged some and bought others and took them to the field in Sambourne.

We spent all our pocket money on petrol and often used paraffin to race these cars around the field. Paraffin was much cheaper than petrol and we found if we warmed the cars up on petrol then switched to paraffin they ran fine, just produced more vapour.

So my first cars were:-

1936 Morris Eight

1937 Austin Ruby

1945 Morris Eight Series E

1956 Morris Minor and a Jowett Javelin. Great Fun for three 13 year old boys.

In 1966 aged 16 my Dad bought me an almost new but written off 1965 850 Mini from the insurance company for £65

A new body shell was sourced and the car rebuilt over many months using the facilities of the body shop at the Garage, HXC858C cost just over £200 to rebuild and was made ready for me to take my driving test in just 8 days after my 17th birthday.

During these first few months of driving I came across the picture of My Dads P type and my MG Journey began

ATK 951B a 1964 Midget Mk II was bought and was a fantastic little car

I then joined the Redditch and District Car Club and got very interested in Rallying for a while.

Didn't fancy rallying the midget so I bought a 1966 998 Mini Cooper in which we had a lot of success over quite a few years at club level before getting it stuck in a snow drift and ramming it through a hedge during a special stage one weekend.

Got the car back home and decided I should sell it and buy another Midget.

LHA 988F came next 1275cc in Basillica Blue

YAC 856H was next Bronze Yellow with rostyles and black screen surround (still on DVLA website but now red) This car developed a fault with the gearbox at a few weeks old and after many hours of arguing with the factory my Dad eventually got the car replaced at no cost and

EUY 556J was next a 1275cc in Teal Blue

In December 1971 I got married and bought our first house but unfortunately the midget had to go and was straight swapped for a new Mini Clubman.

The Mini served well for a few years but with a mortgage to fund I was finding that I had to be frugal with my car fund.

To this end and with my Dad being the MD of a Vauxhall Main dealer I decided to buy Vauxhall cars because of the huge discount I could get through my Dad.

This is great Steve, thanks for sharing your MG story, part 2 next month. I need more of these stories, so if you could spare a few moments to put some words on paper or tap on the keyboard, then please let me have them along with a few photos.

Safe MGing

Paul

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Newsletter August 2018


Reports:

A busy Club Night and the fine weather brought out the MGs with nearly 20 in the car park, well done, although it was getting a bit warm in the Cross restaurant, so I was coming under some pressure to get on with the notices!!

Badsey Flower Show: This started off very well, although the number of stalls was lower than previous years but the dark clouds in the distance looked ominous. I put my hood up and was soon followed by others, who were pleased they took the action because it was not too long before the heavens opened and we used the 'Storm Shelter' for it's intended purpose, mind you with the drips coming through I'm not sure you would want to ride out a long storm! It didn't stop us squashing together to sample the scones and cream that Alan & Julia had brought along and I think most people managed two of them, very nice. Steve even turned up half way through the afternoon, despite being one of the show organisers, he said something about a wedding, in the rain I think they would have prefered to have stayed there!!


Chairman's Picnic: This was the day after the Badsey Show and rain continued from then. It was time to look for a 'Plan B' and the nice folk at Buzzards Valley said we could set up our picnic in the winery itself. Leon said it might be a bit of a squash and he wasn't wrong but everyone entered into the spirit of the day and in good British fashion we made the best of it. Leon was great explaining the operation of the winery and handing round the samples to try. When the rain abated a bit we walked up to the vineyard, by which time it was raining again and Leon explained the start of the vineyard and some of the trials and tribulations of growing vines, such as the day the farmer next door weed sprayed his fields only for the overspray to engulf the newly planted vines, most of which didn't survive. The insurance company dragged their feet as always and the only solution was to apply for a 'new kitchen' loan to finance the planting of new vines!!! I think everyone enjoyed the day out despite the rain and we had a run from the Golden Cross, which had it's own adventures when we found one of the roads had been closed in the week since we had recceed the route. It would have helped if Lech had phoned me 30 seconds earlier with the best diversion, so I knew before I got to the road closure, however many thanks for his continued assistance in setting these routes we use on all our runs and his quick thinking of the diversion.


Future Club Events:

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

Sunday 23rd September - Heritage Run Revisited: As the 'Heritage Run' is no more, I thought it would be good to re-visit some of the original runs. We are going to start this with the 9th Run from 2001, which visited the Bourton on the Water Motor Museum (now re-named Cotswold Motoring Museum). I will change the start to the Golden Cross where the usual Bacon Rolls, tea & coffee will be available. At the Museum we will be allowed to park 8 cars in front of the Museum The route is around 50/60 miles so again I would like to start earlier for the Cross, so lets meet at 10am and aim to leave around 10.30. Please let me know if you would like to join in the fun and can I please have the payment in advance, the September Club Night will work OK.

Saturday 29th September - Hook Norton Brewery Visit, - Saturday morning at 10.30. £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. If you have booked for the Tour and have not paid please contact Nigel as soon as you can (01789 841 656).

Tuesday 2nd October - Club Night: Arden MG Club 30th Anniversary Celebration. This is a celebration of 30 years of the Arden MG Club and I hope some of the early members will be joining and we can live through some of the highlights of the last 30 years.

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. Put the date in your diary.

Friday 7th to Monday 10th June 2019 - Weekend Away: Nigel is busy with the planning for this event and has booked us into Devon Valley Holiday Village which is in Shaldon, South Devon. The format will be the same as the last 2 years with 3 nights and a run out on the Saturday, which will be to Slapton Sands. The cost will be £190 per person to include dinner, bed & breakfast and the 'Show' on the Saturday evening. A deposit of £20 pp is required on or before the November Club Night but in the mean time Nigel is collecting 'expressions of interest', so if you would like to take part and have not let Nigel know (01789 841 656), then now is the time so he can reserve the correct number of Chalets.

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.

Monday 27th August - Stafford Classic Car Show: Riverway, Stafford, ST16 3WB from 10an to 4pm. Contact: cshw@aol.com 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 .

MAINS

Top side of Beef ,

Leg of Lamb,

Half Chicken,

Veg meal ,Courgette & Butter nut Squash Frittata,

SWEETS

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 robertahall2d@outlook.com

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 updated invitation:

We have now finalised proceedings for the Round Table Dorridge Day Classic Car Show.


  • The plan is to meet at the Blackboy Pub in Knowle on 16th September 2018, between 11- 11:30 AM for registration, and then set off for a drive through Knowle & Dorridge to join the main procession into Dorridge Park, circa 11:45.

  • The procession will be led by our very Gordon Harvey in his beautiful1966 MG.

  • Alternativley, you can drive straight to the display area in Dorridge Park before 11:30 AM.

  • As a token of our appreciation, on registration you will receive a voucher for light refreshments (a hot drink and a piece of cake) at the Ladies Circle stall, for yourself and a passenger.

In order to facilitate planning, please let me know if you intend to attend on the day.

I would require the following information for Registration:

  • Name

  • Make

  • Model

  • Year

  • Email Address

Contact: Amit Sinha at arsinha72@gmail.com . Alternatively registration can be done on the day.

Please note that owners participate and display their vehicles at Dorridge Day at their own risk..

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:


Guess the Car Competition: Was this too difficult for you all, I only received 2 entries for this competition, however Graham Robson took it on as a challenge to identify the car, which he eventually did but Alan Cleobury had got there long before him. Alan had seen the car on a visit to see his son in Japan he had visited the Toyota Museum and there he had seen the first Toyoda (as it was called in the beginning) production car called the AA, so Alan was awarded the prize of a bottle of Old Speckled Hen. The car was produced from 1936 until 1943 when it was replaced by the AC model. Well done and thank you both for taking part.


St Audries Sunset Photo Competition: Thanks everyone I had a good few entries for this. I removed all identity of the images and at a later date reduced them to a short list, the final selection was done by Caroline and fortunately she didn't choose mine. The winner was Norman. Ah but did he take the photo or was it one of the ones taken by Chris after he had left on his mercy mission! Either way he was awarded the bottle of 'OSH'.

Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs Survey: I have received an email requesting as many people to fill out this survey to help the FBHVC to lobby the Government about the addition of Ethanol to pump fuel. It only takes a few minutes and all this information helps them help us but note it closes on 31st August. The survey can be found at:

https://paulc1.typeform.com/to/Bt7HKS

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 http://normanlarge.com/Show18

St Audries Bay June18 http://normanlarge.com/StAudries2018

Chilly Willy Warmer June18 http://normanlarge.com/AMGCWW

Stratford Races May18 http://normanlarge.com/AMGCRaces2018

Heritage Run 25th Ann May18 http://normanlarge.com/25Heritage

Drive It Day Apr18 http://normanlarge.com/DriveIt

MGC Malvern Apr18 http://normanlarge.com/MalvernMG18

To download a viewable size: Click on the image and wait for it to enlarge. Once enlarged this can be copied, saved or dragged to your desktop (usually by right click but not always). Please see attached. These images are good for iPads, iPhones, desktop use and small prints. If anyone would like a high resolution (HiRes) for large print or commercial print then I am happy to oblige. Just drop him an email with the photo ref (norman.large@btinternet.com).

What Have You Done With Your MG This Month:

Lots of good stuff this month, many thanks, keep them coming. Lets start with Mike Green, not really an MG but a good story:

Mike Green - Bentley Ride:


A Client and Pal of mine has just bought 2 "old"Bentleys and I navigated on a 55 mile Bentley Drivers Club run on Friday in the attached ex Race 4.9 Special, with plenty of history. It needs sorting, having just had 15 years in semi retirement in Guernsey and my Pal will get it just right.

These Bentley drivers are very spirited - quite mad in fact and at one point we had real trouble keeping pace with 2 ladies through the back lanes of beyond, to be told over lunch that they had been well placed in the Flying Scotsman 5 day rally in recent years!

Next Graham Robson used 'Bumble' as transport for a 'Hot Air Balloon' flight and this is his story:

Here's what we did . . . . hope it's not too long . . .

I rather like the overhead shot showing the Vulcan. [That's actually the house where some friends live . . . they proudly claim they have a Vulcan bomber at the end of their garden] . . . it's painted in camouflage colours . . . and, frankly, is not even slightly camouflaged and probably visible from Space.

Fig 1 Unravelling Fig 2 Inflating

Fig 3 Bumble from above Fig 4 Fiona on board

Fig 5 Call that camouflage

Last but not least, Richard Avery was getting his MG into the groove for 7th September (my daughter's wedding day convoy) and sent me this lovely story:

MGB - the star car of the Wedding:


On June 23rd my son, Thomas married his lovely bride, Becky. The wedding took place on the Sandon Hall Estate in Staffordshire. We decided to take our MGB for the weekend - the weather was just perfect for it.

After the wedding at the beautiful little church, the bride & groom headed off through the estates parklands to the Hall in their wedding car, a 1930's drop head Rolls Royce, followed by all the guests.

At the hall, the photographer took a few more pictures of them and the car in front of the Hall.

The photographer then noticed our MG, and asked them whose the MGB is? "My Dad's", replies Thomas. All excited, the photographer said he'd always wanted to take some wedding photos with an MGB - would he let you drive it?

Later in the afternoon, we head out to the MG and I explain the differences between the modern cars to Thomas (has never driven the 'B'), like the choke, lack of power steering, braking effort and the unbiased 4 speed box gear lever.

Away they go along the private road, with the photographer shooting loads of photos for the next 20 minutes.

We were delighted and very proud that our MGB became the star car of the wedding. Just take a look at the smile, driving an MGB put on his face! - Or is it having Becky at his side?


My MG:

No MG historys this month, someone must be able to put pen to paper or keys to computer to write their MG Story, short or long we are all interested, don't forget to include some photos.

In Closing:

In discussions with David Rayner about Diane's health (I hope the op went well and was successful) the ironic topic of 'The Joys of Getting Old' came up and this was extended to include Graham Robson and it went something like this:

David Rayner:

An interesting thought, how about

1/ you get a free bus pass

2/ you don't have to give up your seat

3/ Less peer pressure

4/ I can blame my grey hair, to get a bit more attention

5/ I can say "I don't do computers" and insist it's done on paper or done for me

6/ I often ask for seniors discount

7/ free prescriptions

8/ free TV (over 75)

Or

Old age is not so bad when you consider the alternative

Growing old is something you do if you're lucky

I've given up eating healthy foods, I need all the preservatives I can get

You know you're getting old when everything hurts, and what doesn't hurt, doesn't work

Graham Robson:

The major joy I discovered about getting old is that you don't have to prove anything to anyone any more . . . it's too bloody late.

The other joy I've found is rather akin to the joy a classic car driver occasionally experiences: when the unpleasant noise you can hear . . . . is the car behind you. I class the personal version of this as being: you get something wrong with you . . . and you think "this is it, I'm going to be like this for the rest of my life". Then it goes away and you realise you're perfectly OK again.

A final joy is seeing all the pressure there is on young people today, socially, stylistically and technically. Bloody glad I'm out of it.

That's their contribution what do you think, please let me know. We all know about the 'challenges' of getting old, so lets not dwell on those but consider the good stuff, there must be something!!!

Safe MGing

Paul

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Newsletter July 2018


Reports:

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: cshw@aol.com 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 .

MAINS

Top side of Beef ,

Leg of Lamb,

Half Chicken,

Veg meal ,Courgette & Butter nut Squash Frittata,

SWEETS

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 robertahall2d@outlook.com

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 http://normanlarge.com/Show18

St Audries Bay June18 http://normanlarge.com/StAudries2018

Chilly Willy Warmer June18 http://normanlarge.com/AMGCWW

Stratford Races May18 http://normanlarge.com/AMGCRaces2018

Heritage Run 25th Ann May18 http://normanlarge.com/25Heritage

Drive It Day Apr18 http://normanlarge.com/DriveIt

MGC Malvern Apr18 http://normanlarge.com/MalvernMG18

To download a viewable size: Click on the image and wait for it to enlarge. Once enlarged this can be copied, saved or dragged to your desktop (usually by right click but not always). Please see attached. These images are good for iPads, iPhones, desktop use and small prints. If anyone would like a high resolution (HiRes) for large print or commercial print then I am happy to oblige. Just drop him an email with the photo ref (norman.large@btinternet.com).


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

Paul

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).





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Newsletter June 2018

Reports:


Stratford Race Day: I was not able to attend this race day, yes away on holiday!! It looks like Nigel put on another good show (well done) and as you will see in the photo, it looks like he can still walk on water!!
Comment from Nigel: "A great day out, my feedback tells me every one enjoyed themselves again. I saw a few standing in the queue to pick up their winnings. Great photos again. How fortunate I bumped into the Starter that day (Robbie Supple) who gave us an insight to his starting procedures and how he copes with starting the Grand National. (always a difficult one) with 40 Horses and Riders to contend with. If we do Raceday next year I will see if I can come up with another Celeb!"
Finally a comment from Norman: "Great day yesterday. Could not have been better in all respects - errrrrh, oh yes it could. We had to leave early cause my shirt went the same way as last year! Many thanks for your great organisation and talk/lecture on the subject of racing - most informative and enjoyable. BUT, next year can you give us the winners, please."

Future Club Events:

Sunday 1st July - BMC & Leyland Show: At the British Motor Museum, Gaydon. We have 14 cars booked for the Show on Sunday and I'm busy trying to get the passes to everyone who has booked. The doors are open from 7.30 but ideally it would be good if everyone could be there before 10am. We have been allocated the same spot we had last year for the Gaydon Festival of Transport, which is considered as a 'prime' location, so we have done well. All we need now is the sun to keep shining and the forecast is looking good.

Tuesday 3rd July - Club Night: This will be our Show Night Evening. Make sure your car is clean and polished ready for the evening. There will be the usual prizes and 'new' awards dated for this year for 'Best MG Overall', 'Best Open MG' and 'Best Closed MG', however I still haven't come up with a good idea for the special category so I'm open to ideas, what can you suggest?


Wednesday 11th July - Joint Natter: With our friends in the MGCC Midland Centre, again the meeting will be at the Rose and Crown in Severn Stoke. Lech will lead a run over there starting from the Golden Cross, please let me know if you would like to join him. Meet at the Golden Cross at 18.30 to be ready to set off on the convoy run at 18.45 (this early so anyone who wants to dine there has plenty of time to order).

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 at the July Club Night but you can book with me although Alan needs the payment for scones in advance.


Sunday 29th July - Chairman's Picnic: This year's picnic will be at Buzzards Valley Vineyard. I'm visiting there next week and will be planning the route for the social run, so will then be able to advise what the rest of the day will hold for us. In the mean time the food list is on the Club website and I will add to the newsletter email. Please let me know if you are going to come and what plate of food you would like to bring, I will then keep the web page up-dated.

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

Saturday 11th August - Brailes Show

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. Book the date on your calendars.

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?

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.

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 1st July - Cotswold Caper: Run by the Gloucestershire MGOC. On the run of almost 100 miles you will see the fabulous Cotswold Hills and this year we'll also explore the Malverns. We start and finish this year's run at Seasons Conference Centre in Cheltenham. The entry cost is unchanged at £25 for a Rally Plaque and Route Guide book. We are restricting the number of entries to 150 this year, so be sure to get your entry in. More details and an entry form can be found at: http://www.glosmgoc.co.uk/caper.htm

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.

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:


What Have You Done With Your MG This Month:


Clive had another busy month attending the Stratford Festival of Motoring and here are 2 photos taken at the run finish line from each day. Thanks for the photos Clive. What have you done in your MG this month? Send me a photo to include in the next Newsletter.

My MG:

I have a story for next month's Newsletter but need some more for the following months, why not put pen to paper or finger to keyboard and tell us your MG story and of course include some photos.

More next month.

Safe MGing

Paul



 

 

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Newsletter May 2018

Reports:


The Golden Cross was packed again for another busy Club Night with 51 of you signing the register. We had 3 events to report on, although I have realised I forgot to mention the Malvern Show at the Club Night, there is too much going on!!!!! Starting with the event earlier in the day. Lots of you have told me they very much enjoyed the run to the British Motor Museum and the activities during the day, it was no doubt helped by the fine weather. I'm glad we didn't go for the anniversary day of the 1st Heritage Run as that would have been the day after and the rain was of biblical proportions, you have got to have some luck sometimes!!!

During the day we were able to show the video that John Horn had taken way back during the 1st Run in 1993 and the video also included the 94, 95 & 97 runs. This video will be available to anyone who would like a copy, just let me have a memory stick (at least 4Gb free space) and I will return it to you with the file included. John was of course with us for the day, as was the founder of the Club John Saunders and I hope to see them again in October when we celebrate the 30th Birthday of the Club. I hope everyone learnt something from the 'MG Tour' I gave in the afternoon around the Museum's MG exhibits.

Before that we had the very successful 'Drive-it-Day' Run and Nigel had arranged fine weather for this one as well!! We all set off in good time from the Golden Cross for a scenic and eventless (not like the March Madness Run) run to the Fox in Broadwell. It's always good to drive down into the Cotswolds and a good day was enjoyed by the 40+ people on the run, well done to Nigel.

As mentioned above, earlier in April Alan and the 'Team' had arranged a display area for us at the Malvern Transport Show. We were a bit out on a limb but we put on a great display with 16 cars lined up around the corner. The team did a sterling job cooking bacon rolls for all those pre-ordering, they were delicious, many thanks and well done 'The Team'. The weather was such that despite taking ages to erect the storm shelter no one sat under it, oh well there might be sun the next time!!!

Future Club Events:

Sunday 20th May - Day at Stratford Races: Nigel has got the tickets for the Races and will hand them out on the day. Please arrive before 11am, where we will have our own dedicated parking area close to the entrance. Nigel will then lead a guided tour out onto the course to explain the fences, then into the weighing room and finally the parade ring. He will also explain the betting system, but don't blame us if you go home with less money than you came with!! Lunch can be a picnic among the cars or at one of the food outlets inside. Let's hope this fine spell of weather continues until then.

Tuesday 5th June - Club Night: Social gathering at the Golden Cross.

Friday to Monday 8th to 11th June - Week-end Away: To St Audries Bay. For all those who are booked for the week-end Nigel has got a menu for the Friday and Saturday evenings and St Audries would like to have your pre-order for those evenings. Please see Nigel at the race day, if not he will email the menus to you.

Sunday 24th June - Chilly Willy WARMER Run: This event is now open for booking and as mentioned previously we have a dedicated menu for the day and the Oak would like to have your pre-orders and the deadline for these will be 19th June.

We will of course start from the Golden Cross and bacon rolls & coffee will be available for those in need of breakfast before the run!! The menu choices are as follows:

Chicken, Bacon & Cheddar Salad~ chargrilled chicken, streaky bacon on house mixed leaves & honey, mustard dressing 7.50

Honey Roast Ham, eggs & chunky chips 6.95

Deep filled Quiche, with house leaves & vegetable crisps 7.25

Lunch Battered Fish 'n Chips, homemade tartare sauce & mushy peas 8.25

Bacon, Brie & Cranberry Baguette 5.95

Cheddar& Chutney Baguette 5.95

Honey Roast Ham & Wholegrain Mustard Baguette 5.95

Coronation Chicken Baguette 5.95

(baguettes are either multigrain or white)

Sunday 1st July - BMC & Leyland Show: At the British Motor Museum, Gaydon. I'm happy to start taking bookings for this show, we will be granted free admission to the show and museum and I hope our display area will be similar to when we visited a show there last year which is close to the Museum and Collections Centre entrances. Please note later MG cars (MG RV8, MGF & MGTF) will be accepted.

Tuesday 3rd July - Club Night: This will be our Show Night Evening. Make sure your car is clean and polished ready for the evening and what will the 'special' category be this year? No I don't know either yet, any suggestions?

Wednesday 11th July - Joint Natter: With our friends in the MGCC Midland Centre, again the meeting will be at the Rose and Crown in Severn Stoke. Lech will lead a run over there starting from the Golden Cross, please let me know if you would like to join him.

Saturday 28th July - Badsey Flower Show: Please note change of date for this show. More details nearer the time.

Sunday 29th July - Chairman's Picnic: This year's picnic will be at Buzzards Valley Vineyard.

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

Saturday 11th August - Brailes Show

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. Book the date on your calendars.

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?

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.

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.

Wednesday 23rd May - Coffee Meeting: MGCC Midland Centre meeting at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon. PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSPONED further details later.

Saturday & Sunday 2nd& 3rd June - MG Live: MGCC major annual event with racing at Silverstone.

Sunday 10th June - Midland Centre Touring Run: Details soon.

Sunday 10th June - Ratae Run: Around the quiet roads of Leicestershire
with the South Leics. MG Club. Starting at the White Horse, Broughton Astley, and finishing at Deene Park, east Northants.

Sunday 17th June - MGCC AutoSOLO. This event is has been cancelled due to illness of the organisers but they hope to run the event next year.

Sunday 17th June - MGs in the Park: Run by Oxfordshire MGOC at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford Oxfordshire OX18 4JP, the event starts at 10.00 and gives you a full day to enjoy Pride of Ownership, Cotswold Run of 25 miles, a selection of top Trade stands and MG Owners Club stand and a team from Swavesey. We have more attractions to announce shortly, but of course there is lots of entertainment to be seen in the Wildlife Park itself.

Entry this year to the Wildlife Park will once again be free for MG's and their Drivers, whilst Passengers will received the discounted rate of £11.50 each, Children and Seniors £8.00 each. Just to confirm, OMGOC do not charge for your attendance, we are there to add to your fun. Over the last few years we have had between 500 and 600 MG's coming from all parts of the country making our event the largest club event of its kind and certainly one of the biggest gatherings of MG's each calendar.

Sunday 1st July - Cotswold Caper: Run by the Gloucestershire MGOC. On the run of almost 100 miles you will see the fabulous Cotswold Hills and this year we'll also explore the Malverns. We start and finish this year's run at Seasons Conference Centre in Cheltenham. The entry cost is unchanged at £25 for a Rally Plaque and Route Guide book. We are restricting the number of entries to 150 this year, so be sure to get your entry in. More details and an entry form can be found at: http://www.glosmgoc.co.uk/caper.htm

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.

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:

GDPR - I'm sure you are all getting thoroughly fed up hearing about this, so I hope this will be the last mention of the dreaded 4 letters. Thank you for your understanding to everyone who has replied to me and a final warning, this will be the last Newsletter you will receive if you have not given the Club permission to hold your details on our data base.


What Have You Done With Your MG This Month:

This is great, lots of you have sent stuff in this month, here goes in no particular order:


Andy Bourne sent me these photos taken on Drive-it-Day, he was a bit concerned about the homeless person sleeping in 'our' Memorial Shelter at GWR Toddington!!

He also sent me this photo of one group enjoying their picnic at the British Motor Museum during the 25th Anniversary Run Day.

Helen& Mike took the 'TC' down to The MG Era Day at Brooklands and despite the pouring rain they enjoyed the day. I was really impressed to see they were the only car with the roof down!!

Alan has been very busy with his Magnette and sent this photo of the new seats that he has installed, I think they look fantastic, just right for a wedding later in the year, well the 7th September to be precise and my daughter Jennifer would like half a dozen MGs to make up a convoy from Welford Church to Warwick House in Southam. The wedding is at 12.30, so if anyone would like to join the convoy please let me know.

Here is an interesting clip sent by Clive, it is from Car SOS but is it the car that needs saving, who is that in the background?

In the last Newsletter I asked for anyone with a 'big' car birthday this year to let me know and this has brought a great response as well:

Phil Bawn sent me this photo of a very special Anniversary Cake, congratulations to them. 50 years, well done.

Trevor Flint is very proud that he has owned his MGB for half it's life which is 40 years this year. Here are a couple of photos before and after restoration.


My MG:

This is a very sad tale, so be warned, however if you are looking for a Rubber Bumper MGB Roadster with history make sure you read to the end.

"Last November I received the devastating news that I have Motor Neurone Disease (MND). This is a progressive degenerative condition of the nervous system leading to muscle wastage and eventually muscles that stop working altogether. There is no cure and currently only one prescribed drug and that will only slow the deterioration by between 3 and 6 months. It is life limiting in every sense. Since I started using the drug in February my condition has deteriorated rapidly. My right arm is useless and my left is weakening. My leg, core and back muscles have also weakened significantly to such an extent that walking and standing are difficult and I must use a wheelchair when going out. Getting up stairs is difficult and will soon be impossible so we are in the process of adapting our home by installing a wet room in the garage so that I can live on the ground floor.

The impact of this disease is that I have retired from work earlier than planned and have had to retire from all of the activities that I used to do; Golf, cycling, skiing and finally driving.

I'm not sure if there is a formal forum for advertising cars for sale through Arden MG but if this is possible I would be grateful if you could circulate the details of my car, known affectionately as "Morris".

Morris is an MGB Roadster and was first registered in December 1975, registration number LRA 520P, colour Orange. I have owned him since May 1979. In the time I've had him, I have had 2 partial rebuilds, wings, quarter panels, door skins, cills etc and also fitted a reconditioned engine and new petrol tank. The MOT expires in April 2019. Current mileage is 85400.

For the last couple of years I have taken it to Tanworth Garage, Tanworth in Arden and before that to Arden Autos in Alcester, both of whom have done a great job of keeping the car on the road.

Like all MG owners I'm sure, I have a folder full of receipts going back years!

As you might expect, Hazel and I were shocked when we first received the diagnosis but the support network of NHS and Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) has been first class. We are very much living in the moment and making the best of every day. Very recently we went to Vietnam for 2 weeks and had a great holiday. Bearing in mind that Hazel was pushing me in a wheelchair it was just the right place to go because the people are so friendly and helpful!

We are being as open as possible about my condition as we think it is important to raise awareness of a little known condition. Sadly, the more involved we become in things MND, we are discovering how random the disease is, with young people with all their lives ahead of them being affected. Consequently, I would be grateful if you could share this post with the club members.

I am at home a lot more now so if anyone is interested in giving Morris a new home, I can easily arrange for a viewing.

I've been a member of Arden MG for 13 or 14 years and one of the first dates that I took Hazel on 12 years ago was the Treasure Hunt as was, now rebadged as the Quiz on Wheelz. We've had a great time on subsequent quizzes, even winning once and setting it the following year (and coming up with the Quiz on Wheelz name - ed), Drive It Days, Club Meetings and the splendid Heritage Runs. We will miss all these and the many people who we have become friends with.

We have challenges ahead but owning an MG for nearly 40 years has already gone some way in preparing me!

With best wishes for you, Caroline, the members and the Club.

Alan"

Contact Details: 07710873105 alanandhazel1406@gmail.com

Hazel and a group of my friends and family are helping people who have Motor Neurone Disease - please take a look.

http://WWW.justgiving.com/fundraising/hazel-hodge-carter

I'm always looking for your MG story to tell in this section of the Newsletter, so please send me some words and photos of why you have your MG and your MG story to be included.

Safe MGing

Paul 

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Newsletter April 2018

Reports:

To start, can I thank all those people who have responded to the email about the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations). I sent out around 100 emails and so far approx. 65 people have responded, I know it is a nuisance but as a Club we are obliged to seek permission to hold personal details, so if you have not yet responded (I have confirmed receipt of all responses) please do so as soon as you can (latest by 1st May), especially if you would like to be removed from the data base. Without your confirmation you will no longer receive this Newsletter and other communications about the Club.

Back to more interesting matters, in March we had a very successful 'March Madness Run', I don't know how we manage to keep getting these sunny days but I'm very happy that we do, long may it continue!! Many thanks to Alan and the team for another great day out, the Kings Court did us proud with a very good lunch enjoyed by 40 of us. We also had a very good dedicated parking area on the grass, which allowed us to show of our cars to good effect. We even had some excitement on the scenic run from the Golden Cross, when on the outskirts of Redditch Lex pulled into the side of the road and soon the car was surrounded with the bonnet up!! Fortunately one of the cars following was Graham & Fiona who had a can of petrol in their boot, however this was not sufficient and the 'Sweeper' car of Steve & Gaynor had to make a mercy mission to the nearby TESCO for a full can. All was well after this, I don't suppose Lex will be allowed to forget this trip!!!

At the Club Night we had a guest speaker, well speakers actually (which created some bickering between themselves), who had come along to receive a cheque from the Heritage Run funds and give us an insight to the work they do. The organisation was REMAP (Resourceful Engineers Making Anything Possible), who operate nationwide with a local base. Their presentation was very interesting, with some innovative solutions (however I think we had got the gist after the first 6 examples but we persevered, thanks to everyone for paying attention all through) to problems people may have for living life to the full despite a disability. I'm sure our donation will be put to good use.

Future Club Events:

Sunday 22nd April - Drive-it-Day Run: Starting from the Golden Cross, Nigel has set a scenic route through the Cotswolds to arrive at the Fox in Broadwell in good time for lunch. He needs a pre-order for lunch and although the booking will have gone in by now it may be possible to still join in the fun, see website for booking form.

Tuesday 1st May - British Motor Museum 25th Anniversary Run: I was hoping to get a big turnout for this run but so far I only have 16 cars booked in, however half of them are people who were present on the first run including the 2 organisers and the founder of the club. The Arden MG Club and the Museum have been associated from the early days with the first Heritage Run finishing at the Museum on the second day of opening and we were the very first Club to visit the Museum.

Although this is the 25th Anniversary of the Museum opening, they are not having a formal celebration so we are privileged to be the group that marks this occasion. We will have a reserved parking area on the grass outside the Museum entrance and will have the group rate of £9 per person (however if you pay the full fee, Adults £14, over 60s £12, and 'Gift Aid' the entry you will be given a 12 months free re-entry ticket).

We will start at the Golden Cross, meet from 10.30 ready to leave at 11am and there will be a social run utilising part of the original first Heritage Run. I'm really keen to get as many people at the Museum as possible who were there on the first Run, so please let me know if you were there on the 2nd May 1993. Please book with me and pay for entry on the day. As an added extra Graham is working on a video that John Horn took of the first few runs, maybe we will be able to show it on the day. Options for lunch will be to use the museum's Junction 12 Café or bring a picnic.

Tuesday 1st May - Club Night: Social gathering at the Golden Cross. Even if you have been to the Museum earlier in the day!!

Sunday 20th May - Day at Stratford Races: This will be the same as last year, arrive before 11am, where we will have our own dedicated parking area close to the entrance. Nigel will lead a guided tour out onto the course to explain the fences, then into the weighing room and finally the parade ring. He will also explain the betting system, although last year he didn't give us any decent tips on who was going to win!! Lunch can be a picnic among the cars or at one of the food outlets on course. This is all for the discount price of £10 per person, Nigel needs to have the bookings and to collect payments at the May Club Night or before.

Tuesday 5th June - Club Night: Social gathering at the Golden Cross.

Friday to Monday 8th to 11th June - Week-end Away: To St Audries Bay. For all those who are booked for the week-end Nigel would like to have the final payments of £139.00 per person by the May Club Night (cheques payable to: Arden MG Club). If you have not booked but would like to join us please contact Nigel who may be able to find accommodation for you.

Tuesday 19th June - Quiz on Wheelz:

Graham & Fiona are organising the quiz this year, so it will be a fun evening. Further details soon.

Sunday 24th June - Chilly Willy WARMER Run: A repeat of the Chilly Willy Run from New Year's Day, so starting at the Golden Cross and lunch at the Oak in Upton Snodsbury. The only difference is there will be a fixed choice menu to select from.

Sunday 1st July - BMC Show: At the British Motor Museum, Gaydon. We will have a display at this show and for this event we will be granted free admission to the show and museum. Please let me know if you would like to join our display, I hope we will be close to the entrance similar to last year at the Gaydon Festival of Motoring.

Tuesday 3rd July - Club Night: This will be our Show Night Evening.

Wednesday 11th July - Joint Natter: With our friends in the MGCC Midland Centre, again the meeting will be at the Rose and Crown in Severn Stoke.

Saturday 28th July - Badsey Flower Show: Please note change of date for this show. More details nearer the time.

Sunday 29th July - Chairman's Picnic: This year's picnic will be at Buzzards Valley Vineyard.

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

Saturday 11th August - Brailes Show

Sunday 19th August - MG TC 70th & MGB 50th Birthday Celebration: To celebrate Helen's TC's 70th birthday and my MGB's 50th birthday we are going to have a run to Nuffield Place. Book the date on your calendars.

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. I'm still considering the options but I'm considering: Abingdon MG Factory (2nd Run), Baginton Air Museum (5th Run) or Bourton on the Water Motor Museum (9th Run). Has anyone got a preference?

Tuesday 2nd October - Club Night: Arden MG Club 30th Anniversary Celebration.

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:

Sunday 29th April - Taster Trial: East Lodge Farm, Bromsgrove. This is a new Midland Centre event aimed at introducing people to Trials driving. You don't have to be a member of any club to drive, but you must be at least 17 and hold a provisional licence. MSA Go MotorSport will attend. Participants will receive instruction and practice in trials driving.

Friday to Sunday 11th to 13th May - Welsh Rallye MGCC Midland Centre Touring Rally to Wales from the West Midlands.

Sunday 13th May - Charnwood Caper: Starting at Quorn Great Central railway station, the route of around 75 miles is mainly along country lanes to Rufford Abbey Country Park in Nottinghamshire, calling at a half way stop. Entry fee £22 per car.

Wednesday 23rd May - Coffee Meeting: MGCC Midland Centre meeting at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon. PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSPONED further details later.

Saturday & Sunday 2nd & 3rd June - MG Live: MGCC major annual event with racing at Silverstone.

Sunday 10th June - Midland Centre Touring Run: Details soon.

Sunday 10th June - Ratae Run: Around the quiet roads of Leicestershire
with the South Leics. MG Club. Starting at the White Horse, Broughton Astley, and finishing at Deene Park, east Northants.

Sunday 17th June - MGCC AutoSOLO. This event has been postponed until next year due to sickness amongst the main organisers.

Sunday 17th June - MGs in the Park: Run by Oxfordshire MGOC at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford Oxfordshire OX18 4JP, the event starts at 10.00 and gives you a full day to enjoy Pride of Ownership, Cotswold Run of 25 miles, a selection of top Trade stands and MG Owners Club stand and a team from Swavesey. We have more attractions to announce shortly, but of course there is lots of entertainment to be seen in the Wildlife Park itself.

Entry this year to the Wildlife Park will once again be free for MG's and their Drivers, whilst Passengers will received the discounted rate of £11.50 each, Children and Seniors £8.00 each. Just to confirm, OMOC do not charge for your attendance, we are there to add to your fun. Over the last few years we have had between 500 and 600 MG's coming from all parts of the country making our event the largest club event of its kind and certainly one of the biggest gatherings of MG's each calendar.

Sunday 1st July - Cotswold Caper: Run by the Gloucestershire MGOC. On the run of almost 100 miles you will see the fabulous Cotswold Hills and this year we'll also explore the Malverns. We start and finish this year's run at Seasons Conference Centre in Cheltenham. The entry cost is unchanged at £25 for a Rally Plaque and Route Guide book. We are restricting the number of entries to 150 this year, so be sure to get your entry in. More details and an entry form can be found at: http://www.glosmgoc.co.uk/caper.htm

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.

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:

My car question in the February Newsletter about the American Classic Car in Havana has sparked a further response from Graham:

Ford Fairlane Sunliner . . . the continuing story . . .

I knew of the car because my Dad had kits sent over from the States in the days when they were hard to find over here. This would be around 1956/7

One of them is the very model you see attached - recently restored as well as I am able, and I even saved the instructions.

These pictures and some others [especially a 1936 Duesenberg, also complete with instructions] will be going over to the Vintage Sports Car Club of America, with whom I have started a modest exchange, for consideration as an article.

As evidence of very high-quality mould-making [would perhaps not mean much unless you were in the trade as I was] the word "Sunliner" can be made out on the doors.

What Have You Done With Your MG This Month:

Graham Robson sent me this report:

Spotting a half-decent weather day, we set off yesterday in the trusty Little Yellow Car into the Cotswolds, starting off with a look at Broadway Station. It's excellent! A really good set up, and we got there just as The Dinmore Castle set off with a trainful. A Routemaster bus was also on hand to give people rides onto Broadway.

From there we decided to go to Chastleton House . . . and it wasn't what you'd call "hot" with the top down . . .

Big sign says "Chastleton House CLOSED". Never believe news like that unless it's on Google is our motto, and the NT website said it was open.

So we went down the lane to it, to be met by NT members armed to the teeth with suggestions as to where else we might go because it was, indeed, closed. Very polite of them not to add "Can't you bloody read?"

It helped that one of the NT squad was a classic Mini owner.

Taking it on the chin that the place was, indeed, closed [Google still said it was open] we went across the road to Kingham.

Well, there's a nice place. We trolled round it a bit, and ended up at "The Wild Rabbit" for a cup of coffee. Looks like a really nice restaurant.

Went home - had pikelets [some people call the crumpets, I believe] - a Grand Day Out.

Thanks Graham, that's how we should spend our days using our MGs to the full.


We have a lot of significant birthdays within the Club this year with Helen's TC at 70, my MGB at 50, Fred's Magnette at 60 and Clive Edgington has sent me this photo of his cake, I will let you work out the celebration!! Congratulations Clive, has anyone else got a significant birthday they would like to celebrate with us?

My MG: Helen's TC: History so far of KFF 42

My late father resided in Northcliff Johannesburg I believe before returning to the UK in 1976.

From the paperwork I hold my father purchased the car 'Sold as seen' in Germiston on 08.03.73. The TC was not road worthy from what we can tell so my father had to trailer it home.

There are documents from the previous owners are as follows:

1. dated 27.04.1970 Form 1&3 Transvaal Province Application for Registration of motor vehicle. Name on this form is Andries Lourens Marais who acquired the TC in 1965.

2. 10.05.1971 car was acquired by Hermanus Louis de Villiers who was the chief safety officer at Kinross Mines Ltd. There were other dates noted within this document something happened on 21.08.1970 when A L Marais owed the TC but the document is in Afrikaans.

3. 23.06.1971 Mr I.D.Oberholzer of Germiston sold the TC for R450.00 to Mr H J E Maritz of R T Panelbeaters.

4. 08.03.1973 my father M W Lobb purchased the TC for R1200.00 in Germiston from H J E Maritz

Engine No: XPAG 5423

Car No: TC4780

I am in the process of contacting the Johannesburg MG car Centre to see if I can obtain any further information on the TC prior to 1965. I am unsure who or when the car was exported to South Africa but I have been given a few contacts in South Africa who may be able to assist me further. There is another TC in South Africa TC4786 which may have been exported at the same time as my TC but I am waiting further information on this line of enquiry.

I found out from my Uncle who used to live in Pretoria South Africa that initially my father was looking to purchase a 1930's car to restore but after finding out about the TC via a contact of my uncle the TC was sold and my father trailered the TC home as it was not road worthy although it was a complete car it was in need of a full restoration. My uncle confirmed that he and my dad knocked a wall down in my father's house to provide more space for dad to work on the car!

My father restored the car over a 3 year period and during this time he moved address and had to move to flat so there was no space to work on the TC so it was moved to my aunt's house in Bez Valley. Dad would spend hours working on the TC. In 1976 my mother and father packed up their life in South Africa and returned to the UK and the TC came with them. Dad drove the TC from Johannesburg to Capetown where they meet their ship to Southampton. My parents used the TC as a daily car until I came along in 1979 when my father purchased a VW Beetle off my godfather.

My parents worked for Whitbread breweries running pubs in Cheltenham. The TC was only worked on at weekends and only came out when he met up with his friend Mike Whiting who assisted my father with work on the TC when he needed advise. I have early memories seeing dad working on the TC in the garage attached to the side of the pub. Working on the TC was dad's hobby and gave him a break from running the pub.

In 1990 my father passed away suddenly after suffering from depression and took his own life. It was at this point that my mother became a single parent and decided the best thing to do was to get the TC valued for probate purposes and then sell the car as my mother wasn't a mechanic and wouldn't have the time to look after the car. We had a buyer lined up and on the day mum and I couldn't part with the TC and ended up in tears. The buyer was very understanding and walked away. I wasn't old enough to drive so mum only used her during summer months. I was too scared to drive her when I was old enough to drive so it was only when I was 24 years old that mum said come on H time to learn to drive the TC and get you on the insurance. The first few attempts at driving her was laughable and scared the life out of me as the steering was so alien and the brakes were nothing like I was used to!

By 2006 I met my future husband Mike who gave me more courage to drive the car and we decided to join the MG Car Club. We took part in our first event with the MG car club in August 2007 which was an MGC event at the British Heritage Car Centre Gaydon. We arrived a little late surprise, surprise and they had arranged for an aerial photo to be taken of all the cars that took part in the event and you could clearly see who the 'odd car out' was! Mike and I then spent a few hours looking around the museum until it closed and by the time we headed back to the car there was only our car and one other MGC in the parking area. The owners of the MGC had stayed to await out return as they wanted to let us know that there had been a shooting on the M40 and there was terrible traffic problems and they weren't sure if this was going to affect our journey home. It was so nice of them to stay and lets us know and lucky for us we didn't need to go on the motorway. It was then that I realised what a 'family' we had entered into.

In December 2007 the TC underwent a full re-spray in Ferrari red and the work was done by Alan Palmer of Alscot Garage. Alscot garage serviced the TC from 1990 to 2017.

Since joining the MG Car Club we have taken part in many events around the UK. One of our most memorable moments was taking part in the MG Heritage Festival in April 2009. We were privileged to have driven through the grounds of Windsor Castle and have a photograph taken as we drove past HRH Prince Philip. My mother was in the crowd outside the castle and as we were queuing to enter into the grounds of the castle she stepped out to wave to us and I could see just how proud my mother was that we were taking part in this big event.

In August 2009 we took part in an MG Car Club event at Charlecote Park and the weather was great and our friends who owned MGF's joined us at the event and we were cooking bacon butties on a camping cooker it was great. This was the last event my mum attended before she was diagnosed with lung cancer two months later. 10 months later she passed away and this is when I took over the TC fully.

In 2011 Mike and I decided to have an extension on the house and this is when we met Mr Bury! While we were showing him around the house he saw the TC in the garage and informed us about the Arden MG club. I finally made contact with David Rayner at the end of 2012 and Mike & I attend our 1st meeting with the Arden Group. We have been welcomed with open arms and we have enjoyed all the events we have taken part in since joining. We have made many new friends and now have a new family.

A few years back I as contacted by Alscot garage as a local family in Stratford upon Avon wanted their late mother's ashes to be transported to her final resting place in a classic MG and it had to be red. I was more than happy to assist the family with their request and I drove the lady's ashes from the funeral directors to Evesham Road cemetery in Stratford. I allowed the family to have a look around the TC and ask any questions about the car. We were very lucky with the weather as all day it had been raining and just as I drove the car to the cemetery the sun shone just long enough to inter the ashes. I am sure my late mother was looking down on me that day!

We have taken the TC to Brooklands Museum 3 times now to attend the MG ERA Day and these events are great fun plus some of my late Grandfather's family live in the area so it gives us a chance to catch up with family at the same time.

The next most memorable moment was our wedding in 2013 where the TC was a big part of our day. I think my parents will be proud that we have continued to use the TC and keep her going. These cars are a part of our history and the MG marque is well known and I love it when we drive around and we get waved to by young and old alike and this puts a smile on my face. I am proud to be an owner of an iconic car and I definitely have a 'pride of ownership'.

Fantastic Helen, thanks for sharing this with us (I just love the photo of Helen learning to drive the TC with Dad watching on) and we look forward to celebrating the TC's birthday in August at Nuffield Place. I will try and get some details organised for this event by the next Newsletter. That is the last 'My MG' story I have, someone must want to share their MG history with us, please send me your story with a few photos in time for next month's Newsletter.

Until then,

Safe MGing

Paul

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Newsletter March 2018

Reports:

First thing is an apology that I have not been able to update the website and the February Newsletter has not appeared there. I have got a problem with my internet provider and it appears they have blocked my access to the site to make changes to the Club website, I have spent hours on the phone to the technical support but so far have not been able to solve the problem. Time to get cross with them I think!!

It was a fantastic turnout to the March Club night with 58 names on the register, which is great, we just need to think of a way to stop the echoing in the room, I have mentioned this to Matt several times but I'm sure he doesn't think there is a problem. Has anyone got any ideas, I did wonder if we all brought in table cloths if it might help?

There was nothing else to report on for February. Oh I almost forgot, the car in last months Newsletter, I was sure no one would know about 1950's American Cars but I had three replies and they knew more about the car than the driver did. It was a '1956 Ford Fairlane Sunliner'. Well done to Graham, Norman & John Hale who each received a bottle of Old Speckled Hen, it was worth the £4 to know people read the newsletter!!

Future Club Events:

Sunday 25th March - March Madness Run: The first run of the season, which is now FULLY BOOKED but for those taking part we assemble at the Golden Cross from 11am but only for coffee (or tea) to be ready to leave around 11.30 for the scenic run to the final venue of The Kings Court Hotel, which is in Coughton, on the A435 just outside Alcester. Expected arrival at Kings Court will be around 1pm, to sit down for lunch approx 1.30pm. We will have exclusive use of 'The Lantern' room, so shouldn't disturb the other guests too much!!

As I write this the forecast for Sunday is very good, so fingers crossed, although I think Caroline is still going to take the duvet!!

Tuesday 3rd April - Club Night: We have got a guest speaker for this meeting. We still have some surplus funds from the Heritage Run and will slowly look to make contributions to worthy causes. It has been decided to make a donation to an organisation called 'REMAP' who are the Coventry and Warwickshire branch of a national charity that customises equipment for disabled people to help them live their daily lives to the full. They will give us a short presentation on the background and work of the charity.

Sunday 8th April - Malvern Festival of Transport: Alan has booked us a stand at the show and is also offering bacon rolls (pre-ordered) on the day. He has now received the tickets from the organisers and will distribute them to those who have booked with him. If you would still like to go to the show then you can buy advanced tickets through the show website or pay on the gate.

Sunday 22nd April - Drive-it-Day Run: Nigel handed out booking forms for the run at the Club night and as soon as I can gain access to the website I will upload the form but I will also attach to this Newsletter email. If anyone needs any further info let me know and I will forward to Nigel.

Tuesday 1st May - British Motor Museum 25th Anniversary Run: As there is so much building work going on around the Museum, they have decided not to have a celebration of the 25th Anniversary, however as our Club has such a long relationship with the Centre (the Arden MG Club Heritage Run was the first Club event at the Museum on the day after the official opening) we are privileged to be able to have a Club display outside the entrance, so we can at least celebrate the anniversary. I'm sorry but the best deal I can negotiate is for the normal group rate of £9.00 per person (or if you pay the full fee of £14, over 60s £12 and Gift Aid your entry you will receive 12 months free re-entry to the Museum). There is still the option of arranging a 'group' lunch, please let me know if you would prefer that or just have lunch in the Café or picnic. We will start at the Golden Cross, meet from 10.30 ready to leave at 11am and there will be a social run utilising part of the original first Heritage Run. I'm really keen to get as many people at the Museum as possible who were there on the first Run, so please let me know if you were there on the 2nd May 1993. Please book with me and pay for entry on the day. As an added extra Graham is working on a video that John Horn took of the first few runs, maybe we will be able to show it on the day.

Tuesday 1st May - Club Night: Noggin and Natter at the Golden Cross. Even if you have been to the Museum earlier in the day!!

Tuesday 5th June - Club Night: Noggin and Natter at the Golden Cross.

Friday to Monday 8th to 11th July - Week-end Away: To St Audries Bay. For all those who are booked for the week-end Nigel would like to have the final payments of £139.00 per person by the May Club Night (cheques payable to: Arden MG Club). If you have not booked but would like to join us please contact Nigel who may be able to find accommodation for you.

Sunday 24th June - Chilly Willy WARMER Run: A repeat of the Chilly Willy Run from New Year's Day, so starting at the Golden Cross and lunch at the Oak in Upton Snodsbury. The only difference is there will be a fixed choice menu to select from.

Sunday 1st July - BMC Show: At the British Motor Museum, Gaydon. We will have a display at this show and for this event we will be granted free admission to the show and museum.

Tuesday 3rd July - Club Night: This will be our Show Night Evening.

Wednesday 11th July - Joint Natter: With our friends in the MGCC Midland Centre, again the meeting will be at the Rose and Crown in Severn Stoke.

Saturday 28th July - Badsey Flower Show: Please note change of date for this show. More details nearer the time.

Sunday 29th July - Chairman's Picnic: This year's picnic will be at Buzzards Valley Vineyard.

Tuesday 7th August - Club Night: Noggin and Natter at the Golden Cross.

Saturday 11th August - Brailes Show

Sunday 19th August - MG TC 70th & MGB 50th Birthday Celebration: To celebrate Helen's TC's 70th birthday and my MGB's 50th birthday we are going to have a run to Nuffield Place. Book the date on your calendars.

Tuesday 4th September - Club Night: Noggin and Natter 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. I'm still considering the options but I'm considering: Abingdon MG Factory (2nd Run), Baginton Air Museum (5th Run) or Bourton on the Water Motor Museum (9th Run). Has anyone got a preference?

Tuesday 2nd October - Club Night: Arden MG Club 30th Anniversary Celebration.

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

Tuesday 4th December - Club Night: Noggin and Natter at the Golden Cross.

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

Other Events:

Sunday 8th April - MGCC Midland Centre Spring Sprint: Curborough sprint circuit, near Lichfield. Always in need of marshals or free to spectate.

Sunday 15th April - Spring Run: MGB Register Spring run starting and finishing at the Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford.

Sunday 29th April - Taster Trial: East Lodge Farm, Bromsgrove. This is a new Midland Centre event aimed at introducing people to Trials driving. You don't have to be a member of any club to drive, but you must be at least 17 and hold a provisional licence. MSA Go MotorSport will attend. Participants will receive instruction and practice in trials driving.

Friday to Sunday 11th to 13th May - Welsh Rallye MGCC Midland Centre Touring Rally to Wales from the West Midlands.

Sunday 13th May - Charnwood Caper: Starting at Quorn Great Central railway station, the route of around 75 miles is mainly along country lanes to Rufford Abbey Country Park in Nottinghamshire, calling at a half way stop. Entry fee £22 per car.

Wednesday 23rd May - Coffee Meeting: MGCC Midland Centre meeting at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon.

Saturday & Sunday 2nd & 3rd June - MG Live: MGCC major annual event with racing at Silverstone.

Sunday 10th June - Midland Centre Touring Run: Details soon.

Sunday 10th June - Ratae Run: Around the quiet roads of Leicestershire
with the South Leics. MG Club. Starting at the White Horse, Broughton Astley, and finishing at Deene Park, east Northants.

Sunday 17th June - MGCC AutoSOLO. This event is now going ahead at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, near Lutterworth, LE17 5QS. Details are still being finalised but Tony Lake is the organiser (01604 589 104, tonylake134@hotmail.co.uk ).

Sunday 17th June - MGs in the Park: Run by Oxfordshire MGOC at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford Oxfordshire OX18 4JP, the event starts at 10.00 and gives you a full day to enjoy Pride of Ownership, Cotswold Run of 25 miles, a selection of top Trade stands and MG Owners Club stand and a team from Swavesey. We have more attractions to announce shortly, but of course there is lots of entertainment to be seen in the Wildlife Park itself.

Entry this year to the Wildlife Park will once again be free for MG's and their Drivers, whilst Passengers will received the discounted rate of £11.50 each, Children and Seniors £8.00 each. Just to confirm, OMOC do not charge for your attendance, we are there to add to your fun. Over the last few years we have had between 500 and 600 MG's coming from all parts of the country making our event the largest club event of its kind and certainly one of the biggest gatherings of MG's each calendar.

Sunday 1st July - Cotswold Caper: Run by the Gloucestershire MGOC. On the run of almost 100 miles you will see the fabulous Cotswold Hills and this year we'll also explore the Malverns. We start and finish this year's run at Seasons Conference Centre in Cheltenham. The entry cost is unchanged at £25 for a Rally Plaque and Route Guide book. We are restricting the number of entries to 150 this year, so be sure to get your entry in. More details and an entry form can be found at: http://www.glosmgoc.co.uk/caper.htm

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.

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:

General Data Protection Regulation: We are getting to hear more and more about this, so we need to take action. In the next few days I will be sending out an email to everyone asking for your permission to hold your details on our data base and receive communications from the Club (like this newsletter). It is essential that you respond, without your permission we will no longer be able to keep your details and you will no longer receive the Newsletter. Thanks in advance for your understanding and co-operation.

What Have You Done With Your MG This Month:

Clive Edgington has been very busy with his MG Midget this month. The first photo is of his Midget loaded up ready to come home after 4 weeks at the MG Owners Club Workshop in Swaversey, Cambridge, having had new clutch, engine tune, headlights, electrics, mot, and new seat webbing & covers. The second photo is with the Club 'Event' Rally Plate fitted ready for the March Madness Run on Sunday. It's looking good Clive, thanks for the photos and look forward to seeing on Sunday.


My MG: This month is part two of a story from returning member Phil Bawn:

So having got the car and the many receipts for recent expenditure to date, also MOT history and mileages it appears to be the genuine article, having had a caring owner over the last four years and little mileage to boot.

Some extras fitted are spotlights, together with a new front bumper and rather oddly reversing sensors in 2013 and again in 2016, the grills have been replaced with chrome and new mudflaps these are far too hard and just break off over speed bumps (or are they called "traffic calming" humps?) I know since I bought a new one to replace a broken one on the front and broke it the same day and they are not cheap.

Mechanically it has all new'ish brakes with drilled discs and Spax adjustable shockers and Toyo tyres with low mileage.

After purchasing a car I always take the road wheels off to have a look around, the offside front came off easily but the nearside wouldn't budge, even after asking my wife to suggest some appropriate language, so good old Google found a suggestion to just loosen the nuts then drive back and forwards a few times, having done that it came of fairly easily but went back with plenty of copperslip.

A pretty poor mechanic had fitted the new discs since he ruined the heads of the retaining screws and on the rear ones left two screws off I will replace them now that I have sourced a set.

Under the bonnet odd that bits of rust were only visible on the nearside, for example under the grill at the bottom of the windscreen, no paint left on the metal plate there and the bracket holding the battery in place was totally rusty as was the bolt holding it in!! That I had to carefully drill out and luckily didn't ruin the thread so I was able to replace the bolt and bracket using some good old waxoil. Other minor bits of rusting I was able to deal with easily and would you believe a new'ish store near where I live "Range" had the exact colour spray paint in stock and much cheaper than the company which you would normally go to for such things.

I broke the interior mirror of while wiping the inside of the screen, went to Halfords and bought some Locktite specially produced to stick mirrors back on, well it was just useless and I got my money back and went to a windscreen fitter who fitted it back on and charged me a 'Tenner', he said to help with the cost of the adhesive which costs him £90.00 but maybe that's for a lorry load!

Those of you with TFs will know about some of the things I have mentioned but its all new to me this being my first one.

Thanks Phil, it's good you are back in the 'fold', we look forward to you joining us. Next month is the tale about the TC from Helen.

Safe MGing

Paul

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Newsletter February 2018

Reports:

I'm really disappointed I missed the last Club Night, from all the reports I've heard it sounds like it was an interesting and emotional celebration of the 70th 'Birthday' of Helen's MG TC. The official photographer for the evening was Norman and here are some photos of the night including cutting the cake, although he missed the 'personalised' napkins. David tells me there were 46 of you in the room to enjoy the celebration, congratulations to Helen and the TC. We will extend the celebration later in the year when we have a run to Nuffield Place to also mark the 50th 'Birthday' of my MGB.

There are no prizes for guessing where we went on our holiday but there is a prize (bottle of Old Speckled Hen) to the first person who can correctly identify the car we had a ride in around the City.

Future Club Events:

Tuesday 6th March - Club Night: Noggin and Natter at the Golden Cross.

Friday 16th March - Skittles Night: I have booked us into the Masons Arms in Long Marston for this event. The cost will be £10 per person and will include a buffet and the usual skittles, so far I have 22 people booked, so there is space for another 10 people, I have sent out a confirmation to all those booked so far, so if you haven't received a confirmation email from me you are not on my list. Please let me know by email to book one of those outstanding places and let me have the payment, I will be at the March Club Night. Arrive from 7pm and we will start skittling before 7.30pm.

Sunday 25th March - March Madness Run: Alan has finalised the details for this run and the booking details and form are on the club website. The plan is to assemble at the Golden Cross from 11am for the usual bacon rolls and coffee (or tea) and be ready to leave around 11.30 for the scenic run to the final venue of The Kings Court Hotel, which is in Coughton, on the A435 just outside Alcester. Expected arrival at Kings Court will be around 1pm, to sit down for lunch approx 1.30pm. We will have exclusive use of 'The Lantern' room, so shouldn't disturb the other guests too much!!

Alan needs the bookings with menu choice and payment by the March Club Night (6th March) at the latest.

Tuesday 3rd April - Club Night: Noggin and Natter at the Golden Cross.

Sunday 8th April - Malvern Festival of Transport: Alan is looking at us having a display stand at the show, please let me know if you are interesting is attending.

Sunday 22nd April - Drive-it-Day Run: Nigel has arranged for us to visit the The Fox in Broadwell, with the usual start from the Golden Cross. He took a list of names for those interested at the February Club Night.

Tuesday 1st May - British Motor Museum 25th Anniversary Run: We are going to help the Museum celebrate their 25th anniversary. As I'm sure you are all fed up with me reminding you, The Arden MG Club were the first Club to visit the newly opened Heritage Motor Centre on the 2nd May 1993 with the 1st Heritage Run and in recognition of this they are pleased to offer us special status for their 25th, as this will be the only celebration of the event due to the extensive building work going on at the site.

I'm not sure where we will start but there will be a scenic run to finish at the Museum, where I hope we will have a dedicated parking area in front of the Museum. I'm also looking at arranging a group lunch at the museum.

Tuesday 1st May - Club Night: Noggin and Natter at the Golden Cross.

Tuesday 5th June - Club Night: Noggin and Natter at the Golden Cross.

Friday to Monday 8th to 11th July - Week-end Away: To St Audries Bay. For all those who are booked for the week-end Nigel would like to have the final payments of £139.00 per person by the May Club Night (cheques payable to: Arden MG Club). If you have not booked but would like to join us please contact Nigel who may be able to find accommodation for you.

Sunday 24th June - Chilly Willy WARMER Run: A repeat of the Chilly Willy Run from New Year's Day, so starting at the Golden Cross and lunch at the Oak in Upton Snodsbury. The only difference is there will be a fixed choice menu to select from.

Sunday 1st July - BMC Show: At the British Motor Museum, Gaydon. We will have a display at this show and again we will be granted free admission to the show and museum.

Tuesday 3rd July - Club Night: This will be our Show Night Evening.

Wednesday 11th July - Joint Natter: With our friends in the MGCC Midland Centre, again the meeting will be at the Rose and Crown in Severn Stoke.

Saturday 28th July - Badsey Flower Show: Please note change of date for this show. More details nearer the time.

Sunday 29th July - Chairman's Picnic: This year's picnic will be at Buzzards Valley Vineyard.

Tuesday 7th August - Club Night: Noggin and Natter at the Golden Cross.

Saturday 11th August - Brailes Show:

Sunday 19th August - MG TC 70th & MGB 50th Birthday Celebration: To celebrate Helen's TC's 70th birthday and my MGB's 50th birthday we are going to have a run to Nuffield Place. Book the date on your calendars.

Tuesday 4th September - Club Night: Noggin and Natter at the Golden Cross.

Sunday 23rd September - Heritage Run Revisited: As we have not had a Heritage Run this year I thought it would be a good idea to revisit one of the earlier runs, has anyone got a preference for the run we should use?

Tuesday 2nd October - Club Night: Arden MG Club 30th Anniversary Celebration.

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

Tuesday 4th December - Club Night: Noggin and Natter at the Golden Cross.

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

Other Events:

Sunday 8th April - MGCC Midland Centre Spring Sprint: Curborough sprint circuit, near Lichfield. Always in need of marshals or free to spectate.

Sunday 15th April - Spring Run: MGB Register Spring run starting and finishing at the Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford.

Sunday 29th April - Taster Trial: East Lodge Farm, Bromsgrove. This is a new Midland Centre event aimed at introducing people to Trials driving. You don't have to be a member of any club to drive, but you must be at least 17 and hold a provisional licence. MSA Go MotorSport will attend. Participants will receive instruction and practice in trials driving.

Friday to Sunday 11th to 13th May - Welsh Rallye MGCC Midland Centre Touring Rally to Wales from the West Midlands.

Sunday 13th May - Charnwood Caper: Starting at Quorn Great Central railway station, the route of around 75 miles is mainly along country lanes to Rufford Abbey Country Park in Nottinghamshire, calling at a half way stop. Entry fee £22 per car.

Wednesday 23rd May - Coffee Meeting: MGCC Midland Centre meeting at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon.

Saturday & Sunday 2nd & 3rd June - MG Live: MGCC major annual event with racing at Silverstone.

Sunday 10th June - Midland Centre Touring Run: Details soon.

Sunday 10th June - Ratae Run: Around the quiet roads of Leicestershire
with the South Leics. MG Club. Starting at the White Horse, Broughton Astley, and finishing at Deene Park, east Northants.

Sunday 17th June - MGCC AutoSOLO. This event is now going ahead at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, near Lutterworth, LE17 5QS. Details are still being finalised but Tony Lake is the organiser (01604 589 104, tonylake134@hotmail.co.uk ).

Sunday 17th June - MGs in the Park: Run by Oxfordshire MGOC at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford Oxfordshire OX18 4JP, the event starts at 10.00 and gives you a full day to enjoy Pride of Ownership, Cotswold Run of 25 miles, a selection of top Trade stands and MG Owners Club stand and a team from Swavesey. We have more attractions to announce shortly, but of course there is lots of entertainment to be seen in the Wildlife Park itself.

Entry this year to the Wildlife Park will once again be free for MG's and their Drivers, whilst Passengers will received the discounted rate of £11.50 each, Children and Seniors £8.00 each. Just to confirm, OMOC do not charge for your attendance, we are there to add to your fun. Over the last few years we have had between 500 and 600 MG's coming from all parts of the country making our event the largest club event of its kind and certainly one of the biggest gatherings of MG's each calendar.

Sunday 1st July - Cotswold Caper: Run by the Gloucestershire MGOC. On the run of almost 100 miles you will see the fabulous Cotswold Hills and this year we'll also explore the Malverns. We start and finish this year's run at Seasons Conference Centre in Cheltenham. The entry cost is unchanged at £25 for a Rally Plaque and Route Guide book. We are restricting the number of entries to 150 this year, so be sure to get your entry in. More details and an entry form can be found at: http://www.glosmgoc.co.uk/caper.htm

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.

Other Matters:

Nothing to report this month.

What Have You Done With Your MG This Month:

No one has sent me anything this month, so the best I can offer is a photo of an MG6, snapped on the streets of Havana, Cuba, yes that is where we went on holiday. I saw more modern MGs in 24 hours there, than I see at home in a month!!


My MG: This month the first part of a story from returning member Phil Bawn:

To put pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard that is the question. Paul has asked for some copy but since I only joined the club last month I don't really know anyone except for a big bloke with a Magnette so perhaps I shouldn't write but oh what the hell!

I did come to the club in the early days of John Saunders (he sold me a sewing machine! and its still going), but in those days I only had an Austin Healey 100 so it looked out of place with all the MGs, although of course there were a few envious glances at the car, not me of course.

Roger was the landlord then and I did bring my mainstream jazz band up a couple of times to some event or other and I still have a photo that Roger took of me blowing my saxophone.

Well this is Saturday night and my wife (of nearly sixty years) is watching Strictly Come dancing

I can't stand the noise from the audience all that whooping and screaming totally spoiling what the dancers or entertainers are doing, so as the lesser of two evils I chose to load the dishwasher and then do this write up. By now you will be thinking well he's a grumpy old bod or should that start with an "s", well I must be, my seven year old grandson calls me "Grumpa" anyway. ----so what's this all to do with having an MG you may well ask, well I have just sold my beautiful ivory TD having owned it for 11 years but due to difficulties with ingress and egress it had to go, so I have purchased a 2002 TF.135.

Odd how this came about I was looking through some old car brochures (of which I have plenty) and spotted one of the MGF. Reading the article it looked of interest, then checking the internet prices I couldn't believe how low they were.

It happened that my wife and I were going back home to Somerset to meet with her sister and I saw an ad for Martin Smith a specialist in these models, telephoned and he only had one for sale at the time just in the colour that we fancied (BRG pearlescent with green hood), so I went to see the car. Martin is based in a lovely little Somerset village and I was impressed by his immaculate workshop and the TF he had for sale, the previous owner had spent over four thousand pounds on it although the asking price was less than half that amount. It looked superb but to do the deal I wanted a new head gasket and cambelt etc. fitted, so that facet of the car should last me without trouble. It had four nearly new Toyo tyres, newish brakes, Spax adjustable shocks and various other items. I didn't like the black cloth seats so Martin found me a pair of black and green full leather ones and a green steering wheel so with an adjustment on the price these things were dealt with. The next problem was getting it up to Worcestershire but that was easily overcome, Martin has a friend with an appropriate trailer and they brought it up for me.

So far I am pleased with the car it's got a fierce clutch but I'm getting used to it and some rattles underneath which I am trying to trace but overall very pleased. Now I'm looking forward to doing some runs and getting involved with the club again.

If anyone has any advise or tips on the TF I would be very pleased to hear from you.

Thanks Phil, I'm glad you are back in the 'fold', we look forward to you joining us. Part 2 next month.

Safe MGing

Paul

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Newsletter January 2018

Reports:

The Chilly Willy Run went well with lots of MGs outside the Golden Cross (well done everyone) despite the rain storm we had whilst having our bacon rolls and coffee. During the scenic run over to The Oak in Upton Snodsbury the clouds started to roll back, with blue sky when we arrived. We filled the pub for lunch and it took a bit of doing to direct the meals to the correct recipients but all went well and the food was good. What a great way to welcome in the New Year.

The next day was the Club Night and we held our AGM. The minutes are on the Club website, thanks to all who were there, it looks like I will be doing this for another year!!

Future Events:

I'm not going to detail every event at this stage in the year except for Feb and March as the full calendar of events is now available on the website.

Tue 6th Feb: Club Night - Share with Helen the birthday celebration for her TC which is 70 years old this month, the rumour is there will be a cake!!

Friday 16th March - Skittles Night: More details very soon.

Sunday 25th March - March Madness Run: Alan is working hard on the venue and the run and I will be able to give you more information shortly.

2018

When

What

Where

Comments/ Contact

February 2018

6th Tue

Club Night

Golden Cross

Helen's TC Birthday Celebration

11th Sun

MG Spares Day

NAC Stoneleigh

 

March 2018

6th Tue

Club Night

Golden Cross


16th Fri

Skittles Night

Mason's Arms

Long Marston

 

25th Sun

March Madness Run

TBA

Alan Cleobury

April 2018

3rd Tue

Club Night

Golden Cross


8th Sun

Malvern Festival of Transport

Three Counties Showground

Classic Shows

8th Sun

Spring Sprint Race

Curborough Sprint Course, Lichfield

MGCC Midland Centre

15th Sun

Spring Run

Haynes Museum Sparkford

MGB Register

14th Sat

Pride of Longbridge Raly

Cofton Park, B31 2BQ

www.pridepflongbridge.co.uk

22nd Sun

Drive it Day

TBA

Nigel Hook

30th Sun

Stratford Festival of Motoring

Stratford-upon-Avon

 

May 2018

1st Tue

BMM 25th Anniversary Run

Golden Cross to Gaydon


1st Tue

Club Night

Golden Cross


11th to 13th

Jersey Weekender

St Helier, Jersey

geoffjedge@aol.com

13th Sun

Charnwood Caper

Quorn station to Rufford Abbey Country Park

North Leics MG Club

info@northleicester-mg.org.uk

Colin Readwin 07583 231 393

11th to 13th

MGCC Welsh Rallye

 

Brian Osborn 0121 445 4889

brianosbornmg@gmail.com

27th & 28th

Classic Car & Transport Show

Ragley Hall

Gemini Events

0845 879 1028

27th Sun

Moor 2 Sea

Dainton Park Golf Club, Newton Abbott

Exeter MGOC

www.exetermgoc.co.uk

27th Sun

MG Day

Churnet Valley Railway

Free train rides, Free parking, Free tea & coffee. Booking essential: Megan 01889 567 446

28th Mon

Classic Wings & Wheels

Bidford Gliding & Flying Club


June 2018

2nd & 3rd

MG Live

Silverstone

MG Car Club

5th Tue

Club Night

Golden Cross


8th to 11th

Week-end Away

St Audries Bay

Nigel Hook

10th Sun

Ratae Run

Broughton Astley to Deene Park

South Leics MG Club

www.mgleicester.org

10th Sun

Cwm to Coast

Bridgend 80-90 mile Run

Stuart Taylor on 01656 662213 or email at mgguy62@hotmail.com

10th Sun

Classic Car Show

Churchill

Dave Chambers

dhcbirchwood@outlook.com

17th Sun

MGs in the Park

Cotswold Wildlife Park, OX18 4JP

Oxfordshire MG Owners Club

http://www.oxfordshiremgoc.co.uk

24th Sun

Chilly Willy WARMER Run

Golden Cross to The Oak, Upton Snodsbury


July 2018

1st Sun

BMC & Leyland Show

British Motor Museum, Gaydon


1st Sun

Cotswold Caper

Cheltenham to Cheltenham

www.glosmgos.co.uk/caper.htm

3rd Tue

Club Night

Golden Cross

Show Night

12th Wed

Joint Natter

Rose & Crown, Severn Stoke

MGCC Midland Centre

21st Sat

Flower Show

Badsey

Steve Entwistle

29th Sun

Chairman's Picnic

Buzzards Valley Vineyard


August 2018

5th Sun

Autumn Sprint Race

Curborough Sprint Course, Lichfield

MGCC Midland Centre

5th Sun

MGB Register Picnic

Millets Farm, Abingdon

John Watson, 07770 525 236

www.mgb-register.org

7th Tue

Club Night

Golden Cross

 

11th Sat

Brailes Show

Brailes


18th Sat

Coast to Coast

Morecombe to Scarborough

Norman@frenchblat.com

19th Sun

MGB 50th & TC 70th Birthday

Nuffield Place

Paul & Helen




 

26th Sun

Classic Car Show

Webbs of Wychbold

Webbs Garden Centre

01527 168488

27th Mon

Plum Festival

Pershore


September 2018

2nd Sun

Charity Road Run

Gawsworth Hall, Macclesfield

Potteries & South Cheshire MGOC

bobandmaggs@ntlworld.com

4th Tue

Club Night

Golden Cross


23rd Sun

Heritage Run Revisited

TBA

We will revisit a past Heritage Run.

       
       

October 2018

2nd Tue

Club Night

Golden Cross

30th Anniversary Celebration

14th Sun

Malvern Festival of Transport

Three Counties Showground

Classic Shows

       

November 2018

6th Tue

Club Night

Golden Cross

Guest speaker "Vintage Bentleys in the Roaring Twenties"

       

December 2018

4th Tue

Club Night

Golden Cross


11th Tue

Xmas Meal

Golden Cross


       

Other Matters:

Stolen Vehicle to Look Out For: I received this on the 9th Jan:

"Please can you help? One of our HERO Members and regular competitor, Tim Lawrence, has had his MG B stolen TODAY at 13:15 from Tanworth in Arden, Solihull in the Midlands, UK. We'd love to try and assist Tim in having his beloved B returned to him as it has a lot of history. Please, share this post and keep your eyes out for a RED MG BGT, RHegistration number EEC 900E. This car is very distinctive with lots of competition parts, roll cage, electrics and most noticeably a large amount of decals of events it has competed in.

*UPDATE from our friends at Hagerty Classic Cars UK, the vehicle was seen driving towards Birmingham, the bonnet had come up and those driving it were looking out of the side windows. Let's make this too hot too handle!!!!

If you have any information, please drop us a PM via facebook or email enquiries@heroevents.eu and we will pass on to Tim."

Gritted Roads: I spoke at the Club Night about knowing which roads are normally gritted and then a couple of days later I was out cycling and saw this (see photo). A taxi (you would think they would know better) parked in the ditch, so I think it is worth reminding you that all the local authorities have a website page giving details of the gritted roads. The map for Warwickshire roads can be downloaded from: https://apps.warwickshire.gov.uk/api/documents/WCCC-899-185 it is well worth looking at to plan your routes. Please note trunk routes are looked after by the Highways Agency. Many thanks to Lech for his knowledge on this topic.

Safety Fast Magazines: I have received this message from Phil Bawn:

"I have a big pile of Safety Fast magazines from about 1998-2006 if any members would like them, they could collect them from me at Harvington or I could bring them to the next meeting which I hope to attend, I don't want anything for them."

If anyone is interested in the collect (or just a few), let me know and I will forward the message to Phil.

What Have You Done With Your MG This Month:

At least someone has been doing something this month, Trevor Flint sent me this with these photos:

"I attach a few pictures of a recent addition to my MG's boot...

This has proved very useful in tidying up things.

The bag fits neatly into one of the rear wing arches & as you can see the bag holds a number of essentials; a one gallon fuel can, a 12v Tyre inflator, a can of WD 40, together with a small selection of tools, screwdrivers, pliers, fuses etc..

Other than this the MG has had little attention over the last few weeks, but remains reliable and is the source of a few favourable comments."

Thanks Trevor, looks like a useful addition to the boot, where did you get the bag from?

My MG: This month we continue the story from Roger Phipp:

Image result for mgb roadsterAnyway back to MGs, a couple of years ago and after many many years of only driving 'modern' vehicles, Caroline (who has a better pedigree than me in the motor industry) and I decide it would be a good idea to get a classic car.

But WHAT CAR?????

Caroline had a 'B' before we met, I had always had a thing for my MGB so it was an elementary choice, and after travelling the length and breadth of the country, looking at a lot of overpriced sssssscrap we eventually purchased an early 70's MGB Roadster.

At first it was great, new, different, nostalgic. But gradually, probably rekindled by the ssssscrap we had seen, all of those memories of my early commutes were resurrected, so not wanting to return to the constant running repairs that were so normal in my youth and readily accepted as part everyday life, I embarked on pulling it apart repairing and replacing all of those parts that I knew needed 'improving'.

With the capable aid of 'Mr. Manual Haynes', I set to work removing this, replacing that, modifying and improving, eventually it 'kinda' worked, after all it never let us down. We joined Arden MG Club and we met all of you and I hope made lots of new friends. BUT, old memories of my youth had been stirred and as the memories of the vigorous rubbing returned, and those dreams of the ' Big Healey E Type MGA Dart' came flooding back.

I told Caroline about my dreams as a youth during those endless hours of vigorous rubbing, and her response was so encouraging that we decided to keep an eye out for an MGA.

As I said we found one at the beginning of the year and we set to work on it.

Unfortunately the reality of having OLD cars is they are prone to deterioration at the slightest hint of a cloud, and not having enough indoor space for the 'B' while working on the 'A' we reluctantly decided to part with our now beloved MGB.

Image result for 1960 mga 1600 By September she was finished (the MGA that is, not Caroline) except the 'BIT' (another story).

Anyway, while I was waiting for that BIT for the MGA "my wife and I" decided to purchase a more modern MG to use on those less pleasant days when the British weather is a bit less appealing to us softies and even less appealing to the Motor Engineering of the 60's and 70's. Besides we wanted to continue with Arden MG events, and it didn't feel right bringing an alternative Nissan or Audi.

We reluctantly purchased a modern MG TF. When I say reluctantly, it was never a car I lusted after or even considered, but we decided on the TF because of the badge and thought that being a modern car we could leave it out in the rain just like the Nissan and the Audi and it wouldn't be affected by the weather and we could use it on those less clement days when the MGA would 'suddenly disintegrate while we were driving it on a day when the humidity went slightly above 0.005,' and they are relatively inexpensive, please note I didn't say cheap.

When I say modern I mean 2004, and to classic car enthusiasts that's NEW, although in this throw-away society anything more than 10 min old is considered Classic or Retro or something.

Anyway we researched the TF a bit, heard some of the horrors of head gaskets, cam belts and cooling and such but decided to try and see.

When I first drove one I was really surprised, certainly not the same standard as the 100E, thank heavens. Plenty of room, power to spare, superb breaking, great fuel economy and to top it all cheap classic insurance. Why had all this been kept so quiet?

When I bought the car my only doubt was the short MOT left on it but I had managed to beat down the price so off we went.

I decided not to do anything to it before it went for its MOT after all what could be wrong the Cylinder Head, Cam Belt and Cooling Problems had all been checked, changed and done surely anything else would be a piece of cake.

The day came for the MOT, it went up on the garage lift, this was my chance to finally get a good look underneath, after all it is a very low car and I'm not. I took my chance, all seemed fine until the examiner started 'digging' with his 'pickaxe' "what you doing" I said indignantly, I had never seen such legalised vandalism, "they have a common problem here" was the reply "look here" he said and there they were, not visible before and hardly noticeable now but tiny cracks had started to appear once the crud had been gouged away. It failed on the front wishbones.

They then had the cheek to give me a 'ball park' figure for the repair and estimated time to get the parts and fit them. I was shocked, I didn't want to buy a 'park to play ball in' and I wasn't even sure that I had 'that long left.'

I took the car away and ordered the parts which arrived the next day. I put the car on ramps and eagerly began, I'll show those 'conmen' I'll fit these and take it back this afternoon I thought.

That's when my troubles began.

I have worked on a lot of old cars, some a lot older than this modern one, but virtually every bolt would not undo, no matter what was tried, penetrating oil, releasing agents, air tools, heating them up or cooling them down, most were just seized. I even found some that previous mechanics had sheared off and left.

Finally I managed to remove replace or re-tap all the necessary fastenings and replace the offending wishbones, along with bushes and bearings that may fail in the future and so hopefully avoiding further woes.

I returned the car to the Test Centre the next day to the amazement of the examiner who took pity on me and fitted it in for a retest straight away…………. It Passed…………….

……The Tips…...

Especially for you guys with a Modern F or TF or vehicles where the materials may not be quite as good as you expect.

Check your undercarriage especially the nuts and if possible remove inspect and renew as required and when replacing apply copper grease liberally.

If you have work done by a third party 'Don't assume the so called professionals will always be Professional'

…….The morals…..

'Be careful what you wish for'

Great, thanks again Roger, looking forward to seeing the 'A' on the road. I've got another story for next moth, who else would like to put pen to paper or even run their fingers across a keyboard? If you enjoyed reading this story, everyone will enjoy reading your story and as I've said before if you have some photos all the better.

Safe MGing

Paul

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Newsletter December 2017

Hi All,

Event Reports:

A quiet month with nothing to report, however we still had over 40 people to the Club Night, so another busy night but we have had the Xmas Meal since. There were 52 of us to enjoy the meal at the Golden Cross and Matt and his team did us proud with a very good meal, the only complaints I heard were there was too much!!! I think the Xmas Quiz caused some consternation and I don't think everyone saw the immediate connection to our favourite sports cars, MGs. The question was to name as many car makers or models that began with the letter 'M' or 'G'. There were some really good answers but it was the 'Naughty Arden Elves' aka Mike, Steve, Alan & Doug with the highest total of 64 and they took home the chocolates. As usual every couple went home with a prize from the draw, I hope you all liked yours. It was great to see so many of you dressed up for the occasion, there were an awful lot of Elves about and I kept getting 'tickets' for being naughty!!!!

Future Events:

The calendar of events for next year is taking shape and a lot of dates have now been set, here are a few to note in your new calendar/diaries.

New Year's Day 2018 - Chilly Willy Run. This is the last chance to book lunch for this run (I will be sending the pre-order on 18th Dec), which will meet at the Golden Cross for bacon rolls, tea or coffee (£2.50 and £1.00) from 11.00am to be ready to leave around 11.30/11.45. There is a 25 mile scenic run over to the Oak in Upton Snodsbury where lunch can be pre-ordered, please see the invitation on the website. No problem if you want to join the run but not take lunch but please let me know, so I print enough route sheets If you find you can no longer attend then just let me know. We have also set an alternative route using only gritted roads if the weather requires it. Remember for this run your modern car is acceptable but your MG is preferred.

Tuesday 2nd January - Club Night and AGM. This is the only formal meeting we have all year and the 'Business' part only usually takes about 15 minutes, so please come along. This is your chance to say anything about the running of the Club, if you would like to add anything to the Agenda just let me know.

Sunday 25th March - 'March Madness' Spring Sunday Lunch Run.

Alan and the team are working on the event and details will be available soon but keep the date free.

Sunday 22nd April - Drive it Day Run. Nigel is in control this time and he has already booked an end venue, so full details will be available soon but reserve the date.

Tuesday 1st May - British Motor Museum 25th Anniversary Run. We will be having a run to finish at the Museum on this day which is the 25th anniversary of the museum opening in 1993, when the Arden MG Club held their first Heritage Run finishing at the Museum (actually on the 2nd) and we were the first car club to attend there. I would like to get as many people as I can who took part on that first run to attend on this day, even better if you have still got the same MG. Please let me know if you would be interested in taking part.

Friday 8th June 2018 to Mon 11th June 2018 (3 nights) - St Audries Bay. This is all organised now, however I'm sure Nigel would be able to squeeze a few more in if you would like to join us for the week-end. Who has read the Lorna Doone book in readiness for the Saturday run?

Sunday 1st July - The BMC & Leyland Show, BMM Gaydon. I will be booking a display area at this show, more details nearer the time.

Tuesday 2nd October - Arden MG Club 30th Birthday. After various discussions with several people who were around at the time (not least John Saunders who founded the Club), I have determined that the first meeting of the Club was the first Tuesday of October 1988, which makes 2018 the 30th birthday. As I missed the 25th birthday I think we should celebrate the 30th next year. I have a few ideas of things to do, so keep the date free.

Other Events:

Spring 2018 - MGCC AutoSOLO. The Midland Centre are looking to run an AutoSOLO next year and are trying to gauge interest. The idea of an AutoSolo is starter competition which is non damaging with only 1 car moving at a time. There is forward motion only, against the clock but precision is also important. No special equipment is required for the car, no special cloths or licences. It is also suitable for youngsters (over 14) and they want to get them involved. If you or anyone you know, especially younger people would like to get involved please let me know and I will collate the replies to pass them onto the Centre Committee. The current plan is to hold the event at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, where there is a lot of space and run-off areas.

18th August 2018 - Coast to Coast. If anyone is interested in this event I can email a flyer, however they have stated that the hotels are getting booked up so you may need to pre-book as soon as you can.

Other Matters:

Club 2018 Calendar: The calendar is now available but has been selling well and I only have 2 left!!! If you would like one of these please let me know A.S.A.P. first come first served.

What Have You Done in Your MG This Month:

Jane Green and the 'Rabble' had a trip down to Torquay in their MGs, looks like a nice day to start off.

Let me know what you have been doing in or with your MG.

My MG: Roger Phipp

Subtitle….. "A Tale of Two Emgees"

A story with a moral, just like all good Christmas stories, and maybe a tip that only costs a few coppers and may save you a fortune.

The reasoning, the intention and the disclaimer.

I have been told that it has been getting more and more difficult to find something to fill this section of the newsletter, I was asked to contribute but thought no, after all who be interested, but after reading about a windscreen that had a chip in it, I thought "I can do that" or not? You decide. ………………………… either way even if this is not interesting or informative I hope you at least find something slightly entertaining or mildly amusing, it's certainly not meant to offend.

So here goes

I have had a few MG's in the past, 60's and early 70's Midgets, 60's and early 70's MGBs, even a 60's Healey Sprite, all of which were my daily transport to and from work and all of which required some form of minor or major service and or repair each weekend ready for the Monday morning commute.

(that's not me)

So out of necessity I became acclimatised to the weather, unlike the cars, and fairly familiar with the joys of 60's and 70's motor mechanical engineering with a little help from a 'Mr. Manual Haynes'

As you may or may not know I have been rebuilding an MGA….A car I had lusted after since I was a young lad in short trousers when they were first introduced to us in the mid 50's. At the beginning of this year I managed to acquire a 1960 MGA 1600 which needed a total restoration, and after neglecting my very understanding nearest and dearest, by spending endless days and nights in the garage, finally back in September, it was completed in record time, apart from one minor BIT…. but that's another story…

When I start thinking about the cars I lusted after as a lad, I automatically go straight to the first ever car that I owned, I guess we all do.

In those far flung days when the sun shone every day, it is with clouded fondness that I remember my first ever car, a 1960 Ford Popular 100E in Primrose Yellow, which I bought for the princely sum of £50. I know that doesn't sound much but it was more than a months' wages to me at that time, and I know it's wasn't an MG but I couldn't afford my dream, it at least got me off two wheels for a while, and started me on the road of proper driving and also DIY Service and Repairs.

The Technical bit…

It was quite a simple, basic, or should I say primitive design 3 Speed Manual with a with a simple 1172cc 'side valve' engine developing a whopping 36 BHP.

For those of you less technically minded…..

It had a top speed of nearly 65 mph eventually if conditions were in your favour, namely no passengers, downhill, wind behind you and providing the road was long enough.

The engine had just enough power to pull a spoon from a bowl of Auntie Ethel's custard.

And the windscreen wipers cleared the rain off the screen only when you parked up somewhere.

It would achieve about 10MPH in 1st gear about 58MPH in 2nd gear and maybe 63MPH in top.

The cylinder head was basically a slab of metal held on by a few bolts.

(just a slab held on with a few bolts)

But it was mine, and if you are a 17 year old lad with a very limited budget who wants a more powerful car, the 'thought process' is so simple.

Step 1…..Remove cylinder head

Step 2…….. Rub vigorously on granite paving slab outside Mums house, but don't let her catch you, until cylinder head is totally flat and depressions are barely visible.

Step 3…….. Replace cylinder head.

Step 4….. get behind the wheel and drive flat out (now 66MPH) and pretend it's a 'Big Healey E Type MGA Dart' SIMPLES………………

Anyway back to MGs, a couple of years ago and after many many years of only driving 'modern' vehicles, Caroline (who has a better pedigree than me in the motor industry) and I decide it would be a good idea to get a classic car.

But WHAT CAR?????

To be continued next month, thanks Roger a great story.

To close, Nigel has composed a Xmas Poem:

The Christmas Tree Fairy By Nigel Hook

I am the Christmas Fairy

That sits atop the tree

I look down at all the people

And they look up to me

I used to look so pretty

With glitter in my hair

I know there's something wrong

When they look at me and stare

My dress is torn, my wings are bent

And half my wand has gone

But every year they bring me out And I have to soldier on!

I've heard next year I'm being replaced

With a star that shine and flickers

No longer will I have to suffer

A Fir Tree up my KNICKERS!!!


Merry Xmas and a Very Happy MG--ing New Year,

Paul

 

 

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Newsletter November 2017

Hi All,

Event Reports:

It was good to see so many of you at the Club Night on what was a very dark and dreary day. I'm sure the 40 who signed in thought it was worth it, with another of Nigel's fine quizzes. Well done Nigel, many thanks. The quiz was far ranging with many different topics and it kept the room quiet for a good long time. After going through the answers (with lots of 'I knew that' and 'I told you so'), there was the count up and the clear winner was eventually found and yet again David Harrison won again this time ably assisted by David & Diane, well done.

Future Events:

It is a quieter time of year now but we still have some events for you to join in:

Tuesday 5th December - Club Night. General natter evening

Tuesday 12th December - Xmas Meal. At the Golden Cross from 7pm ready to sit down at 7.30pm. I have well over 50 people booked and paid so far but there is still plenty of space in the pub if you would like to join us and the menu is below. The booking form can be downloaded from the club website. 3 courses for £20, Matt has however agreed to a 2 course menu at £17.00 (which still includes the coffee/tea and mince pies). There will be the usual prize draw and every couple will receive a prize!!

STARTERS

1) Oven-Baked Button Mushrooms. In a garlic & mature cheddar sauce, served with rustic bread.

2) Potato & Leek Soup. Topped with gruyere & pancetta flakes.

3) Game Terrine. With toasted rustic bread.

4) Scottish mussells In A Tomato, Chorizo & Paprika Sauce. Served with sourdough bread

5) Bourbon Glazed Chicken Wings. Served with a blue cheese dip

MAINS - All come with honey roasted parsnips and seasonal vegetables

6) Traditional Roast Turkey. With goose fat roasted potatoes, stuffing, 'pigs in blankets'.

7) Roast Beef. With goose fat roasted potatoes, stuffing, 'pigs in blankets'.

8) Pan Roasted Sea Bass Fillet. With a lemon cream sauce, with crushed baby potatoes.

9) Butternut, Emmental & Quinoa Roulade. Served on a bed of crushed baby potatoes with a jug of creamy cheese sauce. (V)

10) Beef Brisket In A Mushroom & Balsamic Jus. Served on a bed of creamy mash.

DESSERTS - Followed by Fresh Coffee and mince pies

11) Christmas Pudding. With brandy sauce.

12) Chocolate Brownie. With chocolate sauce and icecream. (V)

13) Spiced Apple Crumble. With custard

14) Vanilla Cheesecake. With raspberry coulis.

15) Sticky Toffee Pudding. Served with custard and a rich toffee sauce.

New Year's Day 2018 - Chilly Willy Run. I have now booked us at 'The Oak' in Upton Snodsbury and as discussed last month we will start from the Golden Cross, be there from 11am ready to start at around 11.30am. I will be setting out the route in the next few days and as ever will offer an alternative route should the weather require it. The Oak have requested that we place a pre-order, so can you please let me know if you would like to join the run (I will be inviting the other local clubs as well) and if you would like to have lunch please choose from the menu attached to the newsletter.

Tuesday 2nd January - Club Night and AGM. I'm sorry this has come round again so soon but it needs to be done. As ever if you have anything you would like to add to the agenda or if you would like to be involved in the running of the Club, then please let me know before the evening and it can be included, also please attend so I don't have to talk to myself, it will take no more then 15 minutes I promise.

Sunday 25th March - 'March Madness' Spring Sunday Lunch Run.

Sunday 22nd April - Drive it Day Run. Nigel is in control this time and he has already booked an end venue, so full details will be available soon but reserve the date.

Tuesday 1st May - British Motor Museum 25th Anniversary Run. 2018 will be the 25th Anniversary of the BMM (formerly Heritage Motor Centre) and I'm planning to organise an event to help them celebrate this date. It's early days with the planning but hope to get something sorted out as the Museum have no formal celebration planned.

Friday 8th June 2018 to Mon 11th June 2018 (3 nights) - St Audries Bay. The deposits for the 'Week-end away' have now been paid and Nigel is busy planning for the event to include a run out on the Saturday into Lorna Doone Country. If you are not yet booked for the week-end (I think it is 46 Nigel has on the list) there are a few chalets left but don't leave it too long, have a word with Nigel.

Tuesday 2nd October - Arden MG Club 30th Birthday. After various discussions with several people who were around at the time (not least John Saunders who founded the Club), I have determined that the first meeting of the Club was the first Tuesday of October 1988, which makes 2018 the 30th birthday. As I missed the 25th birthday I think we should celebrate the 30th next year. I have a few ideas of things to do, so keep the date free.

Other Events:

Sunday 17th December 2017 - Holly Run. Once again the Morgan Three Wheeler Club have invited us to join in their run. The start (and finish) is at the Old Wagon & Horses, Kidderminister (on the A451, post Code: DY10 3NX) at 10am. It will be about 20 miles of country roads and is open to anyone with an 'interesting' vehicle. Sunday lunch will be available at the end, however it is advisable to book (01562 701 367) for 12 O'Clock, mention you are with the Morgan Three-wheeler Club.

Spring 2018 - MGCC AutoSOLO. The Midland Centre are looking to run an AutoSOLO next year and are trying to gauge interest. The idea of an AutoSolo is starter competition which is non damaging with only 1 car moving at a time. There is forward motion only, against the clock but precision is also important. No special equipment is required for the car, no special cloths or licences. It is also suitable for youngsters (over 14) and they want to get them involved. If you or anyone you know, especially younger people would like to get involved please let me know and I will collate the replies to pass them onto the Centre Committee. The current plan is to hold the event at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, where there is a lot of space and run-off areas.

18th August 2018 - Coast to Coast. If anyone is interested in this event I can email a flyer, however they have stated that the hotels are getting booked up so you may need to pre-book as soon as you can.

Other Matters:

Bloodhound: Mike Green has kindly sponsored the Bloodhound project in the name of the Arden MG Club. The Club name will now be added to the tailfin of the vehicle. Mike had been down to Newquay to watch the first speed trials of the vehicle in readiness to make a challenge on the outright Land Speed Record with a view to breaking the 1000mph barrier. The project is headed by Richard Nobel with Andy Green as the driver/pilot (they currently hold the LSR with Thrust SSC) and they have been using the project to involve schools and generate interest in engineering, so a great undertaking and many thanks to Mike for getting the Club involved. He has been given a certificate which I will upload on the Club website (see the section: 'Donations & Certificates'). Great, thanks Mike & Jane.

Club 2018 Calendar: At the Club Night there was a general consensus to have another calendar and Norman Large has volunteered to put the calendar together this year and it will be of a similar design to previous years but the reproduction of the photos will be much better!! We hope to have them available for the December Club Night but that is a very tight deadline, so may fall back to the Xmas Meal evening. We are planning to produce 25 and expect the cost to be around £5 to £6, if you would like to reserve one please drop me an email.

I can still provide the Arden MG Club film as put together by Graham Robson, it runs for an hour and includes stills and videos from several past club events. It's good fun trying to spot yourself. If you would like a copy just let me have an SD card or memory stick (minimum 6 GB) and I will down load it for you.

What Have You Done in Your MG This Month:

The only thing I've done this month is take the windscreen apart to see if I can replace the glass that was chipped by a stone on the run down to St Audries Bay back in June (I have previously replaced the whole screen in the car with a second hand one).

Let me know what you have been doing in or with your MG.

My MG: This Could Be You

I have used all my stories to date, if you would like to be included then drop me a line with your story and don't forget to include some photos.

Happy MG-ing,

Paul

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Newsletter October 2017

Hi All,

Event Reports:


Just before the October Club Night we were invited to attend the official opening of the Memorial Retreat that we sponsored at Gloucester Warwickshire Railway. This turned out to be a very enjoyable afternoon out. We had a dozen MGs lined up against the fence at Toddington Station, which meant a good sized crowd to hear the interesting and poignant speech by Canon John Mead (who is a director of the Trust) about the importance of memories. Richard then said a few words before removing the rope to open the retreat. We then had plenty of time to inspect and discuss the retreat, which was resplendent with the Arden MG Club Heritage Run Rally Plate (kindly supplied by Nick Godfrey's company Central Scanning) before jumping on the train for coffee and biscuits and a ride to Cheltenham station and back. As you can see from the photos the weather was kind to us with the sun shining. Thanks to everyone for attending and allowing GWR to use the day for further promotion.


At the club night we were joined by Nicola Edwards, the community fundraiser for Shakespeare Hospice. She treated us to a brief explanation of the vital work carried out by the hospice despite receiving only 7% of their revenue from the Government, so all the funds donated are essential to complete all the work they do. She gave us an invite to some of their future fundraising events like the 'Firewalk' on 3rd November at The Bell in Alderminster, Bath Christmas Market Coach Trip on 1st December, 'The Santa Fun Run' (5K) on 9th December at the Stratford Rec and to sign up to 'Wear Your Jolly Jumper' during December, please check www.theshakespearehospice.org.uk for further information. Nicola was very pleased to receive our donation cheque for £400 which was from surplus club funds.

Future Events:

Friday 27th October - Skittles Evening. At the Butchers Arms in Mickelton. Start time is 7pm, however it is now fully booked, should be a good evening.

Tuesday 7th November - Club Night, Quiz. I have persuaded Nigel to put together another of his quizzes, so will be a lot of fun, don't miss it.

Tuesday 5th December - Club Night. General natter evening

Tuesday 12th December - Xmas Meal. As requested at the club night I emailed out the Menu for the Xmas Meal along with the booking form, however I attach the booking form with this newsletter or you can download from the website. Here is the menu to whet your appetite:

Xmas Meal - Tuesday 12th December 2017 - 7pm for 7.30 sit down

STARTERS

1) Oven-Baked Button Mushrooms. In a garlic & mature cheddar sauce, served with rustic bread.

2) Potato & Leek Soup. Topped with gruyere & pancetta flakes.

3) Game Terrine. With toasted rustic bread.

4) Scottish mussells In A Tomato, Chorizo & Paprika Sauce. Served with sourdough bread

5) Bourbon Glazed Chicken Wings. Served with a blue cheese dip

MAINS - All come with honey roasted parsnips and seasonal vegetables

6) Traditional Roast Turkey. With goose fat roasted potatoes, stuffing, 'pigs in blankets'.

7) Roast Beef. With goose fat roasted potatoes, stuffing, 'pigs in blankets'.

8) Pan Roasted Sea Bass Fillet. With a lemon cream sauce, with crushed baby potatoes.

9) Butternut, Emmental & Quinoa Roulade. Served on a bed of crushed baby potatoes with a jug of creamy cheese sauce. (V)

10) Beef Brisket In A Mushroom & Balsamic Jus. Served on a bed of creamy mash.

DESSERTS - Followed by Fresh Coffee and mince pies

11) Christmas Pudding. With brandy sauce.

12) Chocolate Brownie. With chocolate sauce and icecream. (V)

13) Spiced Apple Crumble. With custard

14) Vanilla Cheesecake. With raspberry coulis.

15) Sticky Toffee Pudding. Served with custard and a rich toffee sauce.

New Year's Day 2018 - Chilly Willy Run. This year we will be back to the Golden Cross for the start for the usual bacon rolls and tea or coffee. I'm still planning the end venue but put the date on your calendars and bring the New Year in driving your MG.

Tuesday 2nd January - Club Night and AGM. I'm sorry this has come round again so soon but it needs to be done. As ever if you have anything you would like to add to the agenda or if you would like to be involved in the running of the Club, then please let me know before the evening and it can be included, also please attend so I don't have to talk to myself, it will take no more then 15 minutes I promise.

Friday 8th June 2018 to Mon 11th June 2018 (3 nights) - St Audries Bay. Nigel has started to collect the deposits (£20 per person) for the St Audries Bay Week-end, if you have not given your money to him yet he needs to receive it by the November Club Meeting very latest, so he can pay the funds to St Audries Bay. Cheques made payable to Arden MG Club. As a taster to keep us interested he has written the follow:

A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME by Nigel Hook

St Audries Bay weekend. 8th to 11th June 2018.

On Saturday 9th June I have a planned visit to The LORNA DOONE country.

From Porlock to Lynmouth via the DOONE valley.

FACT, FICTION or a bit of both. YOU decide! Here are some facts:-

R. D. Blackmore's Romantic Novel "LORNA DOONE" was first published in 1869.

A stirring tale of Romance set among a Gang of Hated, Feared and Bloodthirsty Robbers.

They were called the DOONES who captured a pretty girl called LORNA.

They ravaged the Countryside around Exmoor in the 17th century committing Rape, Murder and Robbery, ultimately being brought to Justice by a farmer called Jan Ridd.

But did the DOONES exist? A question often asked but never conclusively answered.

So what do we know:-

Blackmore spent most of his life on Exmoor, after he finished school he became a Lawyer until illness forced an early retirement. He turned to writing combining it with Market Gardening.

His novel of LORNA DOONE was based on local knowledge and tales that were told to him about the area. It is also known that in the troubled times of the Monmouth Rebellion, a band of Outlaws did indeed inhabit one of the Glens of Exmoor.

The Ridd family still farm on Exmoor to this day. It is recorded that Jan Ridd's father was often seen drinking in the Ship Inn in Porlock. (Jan is West Country for John.)

On his way home from Porlock Market to Oare he was ambushed and killed by a "Band of Robbers" (said to have been the DOONES) at the top of Porlock Hill near the spot where the Exford Road meets the A39.

As you descend down the hill to Oare on the right is Parsonage Farm a scene of Murder by (the DOONES). Blackmore actually write his "LORNA DOONE" at this farm. Just down the road is Oare Church where you can see the Window through which CARVER DOONE is alleged to have shot LORNA as she was being Married to Jan Ridd.

Jan Ridd's Grandfather was Rector of Oare Church from 1809 to 1842. Oare is the Parish of the Ridd family. A John Ridd is recorded as being Church Warden in 1914 to 1925.

Down the road at Malmsmead is the ancient Pack Horse Bridge over Badgworthy Water (pronounced Badgery). The track opposite follows the River to Hoccombe Comb after a 2.5 mile walk the ruins of buildings, the homes of a band of Robbers, said supposedly to have been occupied by the DOONES in the 17th Century and now known as the DOONE Valley.

Nearby still stands the Robbers Bridge said to have been the scene of a lot of the DOONES Robberies.

There was a Garrison at Minehead where Troops were sent out to fight the DOONES.

In the little Church in Watchet is the grave of Lorna's mother.

FACT or FICTION - Everything seems to fall into place from Blackmore.

Which will YOU choose it to be - that is the question!!!

NOW READ THE BOOK.

Other Events:

Sunday 17th December 2017 - Holly Run. Once again the Morgan Three Wheeler Club have invited us to join in their run. The start (and finish) is at the Old Wagon & Horses, Kidderminister (on the A451, post Code: DY10 3NX) at 10am. It will be about 20 miles of country roads and is open to anyone with an 'interesting' vehicle. Sunday lunch will be available at the end, however it is advisable to book (01562 701 367) for 12 O'Clock, mention you are with the Morgan Three-wheeler Club.

Spring 2018 - MGCC AutoSOLO. The Midland Centre are looking to run an AutoSOLO next year and are trying to gauge interest, I have attached an invitation for the event, if you would like to get involved let me know and I will collate the replies to pass onto the Centre Committee.

18th August 2018 - Coast to Coast. If anyone is interested in this event I can email a flyer, however they have stated that the hotels are getting booked up so you may need to pre-book as soon as you can.

Other Matters:

If you would like a copy of the photo/video presentation Graham Robson put together for showing at the Quiz on Wheelz evening, just let me (or Graham) have a memory stick (minimum 6Gb) and we will download the file for you to enjoy. It is good fun trying to spot people you know and of course yourself. All the photos and videos have been shot on the Heritage Runs and other Club events.

What Have You Done in Your MG This Month:


Several of us were spotted at the MGCC Production Car Trial at Burton Dassett. Fred was actually taking part with his son in the white 'NG' (and he let Tom beat him again!!!). David Witham was there to marshall, so used his white MGB to get there and I was assigned to the same test as David. It was a lovely day, there are great views over the Warwickshire countryside from up at the top of the hills.

Alan Cleobury was also out and about in Maggie and sent this report:

Friday the 29th September saw MAGGIE ( & Us) head towards Norwich for the Final Magnette event of the year (now known as the Lou Shorten Tribute Weekend) - Lou & her husband John set up their MG Specialists Spares Business back in the Sixties & have been instrumental in keeping many Magnette Alive today - Sadly Lou passed away a couple of years ago - But John still makes varies panels etc.

We decided to avoid the M42 & M6 south & instead went via Warwick/ Southam & picked up the A45 & eventually joined the A14 towards Cambridge _ so a comfort break was called for & it would have been rude not to call into the MGOC at Swavesey ( much "lighter" - Wallet wise of course we then followed the A11 to Norwich.

Saturday saw a good number of Magnettes arrive at the Shortens Home in Lenwade for "open House" & Buffet Lunch. Saturday night saw 20 or so Magnetteers get together at the Wensum Golf & Country Club for an Evening Meal ( Quiz - Provided by the Cleobury's & we believe enjoyed by all!!) + There were various presentations & Julia & I were awarded the " Magnetteer of the Year" Cup ( for services rendered to the Magnette Register)

Sunday saw do a run out to see "Liz" at Sandringham (unfortunately she knew we were coming & did a "runner" - although allowed us allocated parking (but not in sight of the House!)

All in all a Great W'kend - Good to catch up with so many Magnetteers (Friends we have known for 16 years!) MAGGIE did nearly 500 miles over the days ( the most she has done for a long time following her "transplant") She has earnt the Cup & deserves a rest - Especially after acting as Mobile Catering truck for our "Malvern Classics + Bacon Baps at Malvern.

Well done Alan, a well deserved award.

My MG: This Could Be You

I have used all my stories to date, if you would like to be included then drop me a line with your story and don't forget to include some photos.

Happy MG-ing,

Paul

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Newsletter September 2017

Hi All,


I reported on three events at the Club Night, starting with the Chairman's Picnic and I think I'm safe in saying it was enjoyed by everyone. Several people took advantage of the fayre at the Golden Cross before setting off on the run over to Batsford. There were no dramas on the route and the sun was starting to show when we arrived to see the 'storm shelters' ready for action, although the wind was blowing hard. A fantastic spread of food was then laid out and enjoyed by us all, well there was not much left at the end! Everyone had finished the first session in time to see the

3 o'clock flying display which was both informative and entertaining, even though the big birds were struggling in the high winds!! The rest of the food was then finished before some of us went back to see the next flying display which involved different birds. Thanks to Mike, Jane, Alan, Julia, Steve & Gaynor for setting up the picnic ready for us when we arrived at Batsford.

Our next event to report on was the Brailes Show and we had a good turn-out filling 'our' corner of the field. The storm shelters were again put to good use providing shelter from the sun!! All the usual stuff was going on to keep us entertained through the afternoon.

Lastly was the Pershore Plum Festival which was blessed with a beautiful day and consequently the fields around the Abbey were filled with classic cars, one official told us they had over 1400 cars attend, their best ever, so lots of interesting cars to view and most folk looked to have bought some fruit to take home. We even managed to pitch ourselves in our now traditional pitch with the Abbey as a backdrop, well done Alan.

Future Events:

Thursday 28th September - Unveiling of the Memorial Retreat at Gloucester Warwickshire Railway, Toddington. Some of you may know that we made a donation earlier in the year, from the Heritage Run Funds, to sponsor the building of a Memorial Retreat at GWR Toddington. The idea of the retreat is for people to be able to purchase and place a memorial plate in the retreat as there is no longer space at the station for more memorial benches. We provided the funds to build the retreat which is now almost finished and we have the chance to attend the official unveiling. The date is now confirmed as Thursday 28th September. The plan is to have the official unveiling at 2pm and then we can all have a ride on a steam powered train to Cheltenham leaving Toddington at 14.45 and returning at 16.20, this will be at a very concessionary fare (may even be complimentary). We would like to have a good line up of MGs along the fence to have a photo and lots of people for the unveiling photos. If you would like to bring your MG along on the day please let me know as soon as you can.

Tuesday 3rd October (Club Night) - Presentation of Donation Cheque to Shakespeare Hospice.

A representative from the Hospice will be attending this Club Night to give us a short presentation about the work the Hospice is involved in and receive our donation cheque.

Thursday 5th October - Cheque Presentation to Alcester Day Care. The second charitable donation that we agreed to make was to Alcester Day Care and I have now arranged a date for us to present our cheque to them. Some of you will remember the passionate talk we had from Carole about the Alcester Café, well this is the extension to that project and I think it would be good for us to try and help them get some additional publicity out of our presentation. On the day we are going to have 2 MGs on display (an MG TF Midget and a modern MG TF, both in red) outside the venue for the Day Care Centre. It would be really good if we could also get a group of us to show support, so if you can make yourself available and come to Alcester on the day that would be great. The current plan is to make the presentation at the start of the day from 9.30), so that the carers can see the cars when they do the 'drop off'. Please let me know if you are able to join us. The Day Care Centre is located in the hall to the side of The Baptist Church in Henley Street, opposite the Town Hall set back from the road.

Tuesday 10th October - Visit to British Motor Heritage, Witney.

Richard Avery is arranging this and at the last count he was fully booked but it may be possible to arrange another visit, let Richard or me know if you would like to be included. The plan is to arrive at 10am for a 10.30am tour. For anyone who is not aware BMH are the company who manufacture the Heritage Body Shells (MGB, Midget, TR6, Mini etc) and you will be able to see the full manufacturing process in operation, well worth a visit if you have not been. Richard is also looking for a local hostelry for lunch after the visit.

Friday 27th October - Skittles Evening.

At the Butchers Arms in Mickelton. Start time is 7pm, however it is now fully booked, should be a good evening.

Tuesday 7th November - Club Night, Quiz. I have persuaded Nigel to put together another of his quizzes, so will be a lot of fun, don't miss it.

Tuesday 5th December - Club Night. General natter evening

Tuesday 12th December - Xmas Meal.

I'm still waiting for the Menu from Matt at the Golden Cross but if you want to reserve your place for the Xmas meal, drop me an email. As in previous years the first to book will be seated in the restaurant.

Friday 8th June 2018 to Mon 11th June 2018 (3 nights) - St Audries Bay.

Nigel has 38 people pre-booked for the week-end but not too late to be added to the list, however Nigel would like to collect the deposits at the October Club Night (£20 per person), very latest November Club Meeting, so he can pay the funds to St Audries Bay. Cheques made payable to Arden MG Club.

Other Events:

Sunday 24th September - Autumn Trial. Burton Dassett. MGCC Mid Centre. Due to the Council declining to issue permits in the future this will be the last trial at Burton Dassett. Come along and spectate, it's good fun to watch or they are always looking for marshals, why not volunteer!!

Sunday 15th October - Production Car Autotest. The Bright Sparks PCA will take place on Sunday 15 October 2017 at Curborough Sprint Course. Fradley MR 128/134128 This exciting event is renowned for its long, fast flowing tests. No reversing is re... If you are interested it is organised by Owen Motor Club, look for the invitation on Facebook.

Saturday 24h February 2018 - Samantha Hinton Wedding. Samantha is the Granddaughter of the MGCC President Bill Wallis and she is getting married on this day and would love to have some MG cars to transport the bride and wedding party to the wedding. I have already circulated this request to those people I know have 4 seater cars but if I missed you off the mail and you would be in a position to help let me know and I can forward the details to you.

Spring 2018 - MGCC AutoSOLO. The Midland Centre are looking to run an AutoSOLO next year and are trying to gauge interest, I have attached an invitation for the event, if you would like to get involved let me know and I will collate the replies to pass onto the Centre Committee.

18th August 2018 - Coast to Coast. I will attach a flyer for this event which is next year, however they have stated that the hotels are getting booked up so you may need to pre-book as soon as you can.

Other Matters:

If you would like a copy of the photo/video presentation Graham Robson put together for showing at the Quiz on Wheelz evening, just let me (or Graham) have a memory stick (minimum 6Gb) and we will download the file for you to enjoy. It is good fun trying to spot people you know and of course yourself. All the photos and videos have been shot on the Heritage Runs and other Club events.

What Have You Done in Your MG This Month: From Graham Robson

We went out in our MG, on a flimsy excuse, involving food purchase. And we decided to go to Evesham, avoiding the perils of pre-Bank Holiday Stratford.

All back roads from our house in Lower Quinton. Therein lies the problem, as we were trolling through Pebworth and . . . . the engine died.

It's at about this point you remember that you'd meant to look up what your breakdown cover was.

Whatever it was, there was no evidence of it in the car, so the trusty iPhone came into use, straining on one-and-a-half blips.

"Just try the engine", I thought - ever the optimist. Bursts into healthy life - engine full of vim, vigour and rev.

Abandon iPhone idea, enjoy the sun. Until the engine cuts out again.

This time we are on some road somewhere [Geography is not my strong point]. Fiona raises friend who comes and picks her up, and we have raised trusty mechanic who is in on a Saturday and prepared to come and find me. Fiona gives him instructions as to where the car is [Geography is not my strong point]

So I remain with the MG. I put the bonnet up to show there was trouble. And people very kindly stopped; frankly some unlikely looking people, too. It was very kind of them.

After about three-quarters of an hour I started to have horrors of George the trusty mechanic ringing and saying "tell me again, where are you?". [Geography etc etc....]

Nice people in Audi stop . . . "can we help?" . . . "Yes", says I . . . "can you remind me where I am?"

George appears, but we have to tow the car in - it's not something simple.

The moral of this story? You might think it's "make sure you know about your breakdown cover" . . .

No . . . the main moral of this story is that if you're out in an old MG which has a chrome exhaust pipe extension . . . and you're wearing shorts . . . DON'T LEAN NONCHALANTLY AGAINST THE BACK END OF THE CAR . . . .

Next email on 1st September:

The later part of the "broken MG" saga is that the car was displaying, to explain concisely, the exact symptoms of having run out of petrol.

Got it to the friendly local spanner-monkies. They tried it a couple of days later . . . and it started first time. So they took it to the garage and put what seemed to amount to a full tank of petrol in.

Working perfectly since.

So, what felt like it was a car running out of petrol . . . was probably a car running out of petrol.

Petrol gauge and sender now under severe scrutiny . . .

However . . . the moral of the story is STILL: don't stand by a hot exhaust when you're wearing shorts. See attached picture.

Thanks Graham, let me know what you have been up to this month, drop me an email, even better with a photo.

Look who I met up with when I was working on the stand for the British Motor Museum at the Goodwood Revival, great costume getting into the mood of the Revival.

My MG: Fred Bury

I hope you all enjoyed the first instalment of Fred Bury's MG Story in last months Newsletter, as promised here is the conclusion to that story (I have repeated the last paragraph for continuity). Thanks again Fred. I now need some more stories, so please put pen to paper and send me a few words with some photos of your 'MG Story'

I bought an MGB from Selly Oak in 1990 which had been completely stripped and partly restored. The owner had abandoned the rebuild. I bought a new heritage body shell and, when Richard had painted it, I slowly built a concours car. We had to make quite a few adjustments (those early heritage shells were not great in terms of fit). Though I say it myself the result was beautiful but I soon became disillusioned with concourse and sold it in 1993 before using it enough to ruin the wonderfully painted underside. The purchaser contacted me nearly twenty years later asking for confirmation that it was a wide tunnel shell capable of taking a five speed gearbox. He reported that it had covered 100 000 miles since he bought it!

During the same period I had an opportunity to acquire a brace of MGC GTs (part payment for a job). One was a basket case but the other was worth saving, so I restored it and used it as a winter MG for a few years. Fun on ice and wet roads (the rumours are true!) I also had a Datsun 260Z for a while around that time. (Would love another).

Around the millennium I was seduced by V8 power and bought a nice rubber bumper factory car from Burford which I eventually debumpered and fitted with Sebring valances.

I ran it for a few years and then bought a real flying machine from Farringdon. It was Richard Walden's prototype car (he of Walden independent suspension fame). This is basically what the Hoyle conversion consists of today. Richard raced Bs in the 80s and 90s and decided to invent a fully independent suspension. He actually only sold a few kits but I can tell you this car was quite something! It had a tubular steel subframe bolted under the rear Ford Sierra LSD and shortened drive shafts. It was fitted with adjustable "Avo" coil overs on all four corners and Ford twin pot calliper disc brakes all round. It was powered by an "Osselli" machined 3500cc V8 with Vitesse big valve heads and Hurricane cam developing 220BHP. It was fed by a Holley 4 barrel carb on "Offenhauser" 360 manifold. Tony Pond Helped him set it up on Enstone airfield, eventually discarding the rear anti-roll bar originally envisaged. All that power and handling together with a really throaty twin exhaust system made for a very exciting experience. I am sure those who rode shotgun up Shelsley Walsh would agree.

During the time I was running that I spent three or four years restoring a red V8 roadster HUU 500 K (again may sound familiar!) I had just about completed it when a friend made me an offer I just couldn't refuse and I let the flying machine go.

A few years later Mike Green persuaded me to sell him the V8 which he still brings to the club regularly.

I then bought a nice old black BGT from Somerset and gradually improved it during use while restoring my current MGB GT FPH 21 J(another three years!) which is a great car having had only two owners before me and full service history. It had been off the road since 1991 following an MOT failure - just parked in the garage in disgust with keys still in the ignition when I bought it in 2012. There were mountains of electrolyte on the battery terminals which had eaten through the cover plate under the back seat. Though it needed a lot of work it is beautifully straight and original with all its history.

It has been through a complete rebuild with new sills etc. The original engine has been reconditioned. It is not really tuned in any way (having got through my racy period) but I have fitted V8 brakes, telescopic shocks all round, unleaded head, roller bearing clutch thrust bearing, uprated heater, gas boot and bonnet struts etc etc just to make it a bit easier to live with. I am quite pleased with the result, having done a few thousand miles (including a Welsh Rallye), and feel I have a car that will last as long as I want it to without major work.

So that's most of the MGBs although there have been others which I just bought and sold for fun or profit along the way.

I also have a wonderful 1958 MG ZBV Magnette VRW 765 which I bought from Mike Barnett in Leamington Spa in 2002. He had owned it since 1967, so as of this year it will have had only two owners in fifty years! Mike was meticulous in its upkeep and maintenance having cleaned and painted the underside three times during his tenure. I have fully documented service history and everything done to it from new. It is marvellous to work on as Mike replaced nuts and bolts with stainless steel and even put plastic sleeves on exposed threads so that nuts just spin off when loosened. The Magnette is a great car to drive and Jane and I have been on about ten Welsh Rallyes in it. It's low gearing and positive steering makes it ideal for those Welsh hills. However, 1950s drum brakes are less rewarding on long descents!! We have grown to love this car over the years and it is hard to imagine ever letting it go while I'm still able to drive it.

I bought an NG TD in 2001 which was standing unloved behind some stables not having ran for a few years. These were sold as kits since the 1980s to transplant mechanics from your rotten MGB into. This one was actually built at the factory by NG in 1985 based on a 1965 MGB roadster. My son Tom and I have campaigned it in MGCC trials ever since as well as road use when the weather permits (with no doors and feeble weather equipment it can only be described "not for the faint hearted" on anything other than a glorious hot sunny day). I once remarked on the way home from an Autumn trial at Burton Dassett, with aching hips and bruised elbows that I wouldn't be doing this for ever (we double enter; so it involves swapping drivers at each hill-some 30 times a day as well as bouncing!) Tom said "you wouldn't sell the car without giving me first option would you Dad?" I rashly replied that if he achieved a first class degree I would give it to him-the rest is history and it now resides with Tom in Milton Keynes! But to date I still manage to trial with him although he nearly always beats me these days which didn't used to be the case.

My most recent venture has been to restore an MG 1300 Mk2 which I purchased from an MGCC friend mid 2015 in a bit of a sorry state and off the road for about 8 years. I just fancied something a little different to fiddle with and this car was very straight (if a bit rusty) with good glass and trim-so worth a go. Boy has it brought back memories! Having last worked on an ADO 16 about 40 years ago I had forgotten how inaccessible everything is, particularly behind the transverse engine-lots of skinned knuckles!! Still I have finished it and it passed the MOT without advisories and I am now using it, rekindling memories of that "magic carpet ride" that BMC referred to in their adverts. By coincidence this particular car was owned 20 odd years ago by our then club events secretary John Horne. Those of you with teeth as long as mine may remember it. It has a full history file and has covered only 55000 miles from new.

So that covers the highlights to date. What next? I have no idea but have little doubt something will tempt me to get my hands dirty again before too long.

Happy MGing,

Paul

 

 

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Newsletter August 2017

Hi All,

There was lots to report at the last meeting, starting with the Joint Natter. There was a good sized group of us leaving the Golden Cross and I led the way to avoid detours but we still managed to get one junction wrong and I blamed my navigator (Lech's grandson) who's first language is Danish, however my instructions were not totally accurate!!! We arrived at The Rose & Crown to be greeted with sunshine and a very nice array of MGs of all ages.

Next was the Badsey Flower Show and this year the weather forecast put a lot of people off (and it was right), so we only had 4 cars in the display. David sent me this short report: "A quick outline on Badsey Flower Show. There were 4 from the club that braved the wet afternoon. We arrived at 11.30 in sunshine, by 12.30 the hood was up, sat in the car with quite heavy rain. 1.00 sun out and we had 2 hours of good weather, but 3.30 the rain came again so we departed. Could have been worse but could have been better". Thanks for the report David.

Finally was the Quiz on Wheelz and despite the dull evening 14 cars turned up at the Golden Cross to look for the fiendish clues set by Mike & Jane. They all managed to find their way to the Wheatsheaf in Badsey where Steve & Gaynor had arranged a very tasty meal, most had the Chinese Taster Menu and those that didn't wished they had!!! This is Steve's local and he arranged for us to use the overhead projector. This allowed Graham to put his skills to good use and use all those pictures and videos taken over many years to produce an hour long video/photo montage that was run in the background. Thanks to all but it gets better - Graham has added music to the montage and has given me the file, so if anyone would like a copy please let me have a memory stick (at least 8 GB) and I can copy it for you, it is well worth a look, you may even be on there.

Future Events:

Monday 28th August - Pershore Plum Festival. See you there if you are booked for the Club display area.

Midweek, End of September - Unveiling of the Memorial Retreat at Gloucester Warwickshire Railway, Toddington. Some of you may know that we made a donation earlier in the year, from the Heritage Run Funds, to sponsor the building of a Memorial Retreat at GWR Toddington. The idea of the retreat is for people to be able to purchase and place a memorial plate in the retreat as there is no longer space at the station for more memorial benches. We provided the funds to build the retreat which is now almost finished and we have the chance to attend the official unveiling. The date of this is not yet confirmed but will be towards the end of September and will be on a day when there is a steam train running, so we will also have the opportunity to ride on the train (the more people that attend the better the deal will be for the train ride). We should have a confirmed date by the Sept club night. Please let me know if you would like to attend and if you would be bringing your MG.

Tuesday 10th October - Visit to British Motor Heritage, Witney.Richard Avery is arranging this and at the last count he was fully booked but it may be possible to arrange another visit, let Richard or me know if you would like to be included. The plan is to arrive at 10am for a 10.30am tour. For anyone who is not aware BMH are the company who manufacture the Heritage Body Shells (MGB, Midget, TR6, Mini etc) and you will be able to see the full manufacturing process in operation, well worth a visit if you have not been. Richard is also looking for a local hostelry for lunch after the visit.

Friday 27th October - Skittles Evening. Nigel has arranged another skittles evening to take place at the Butchers Arms in Mickelton. Start time is 7pm and the cost is £7.50 per person to include supper. I think he is nearly fully booked but check with Nigel.

Friday 8th June 2018 to Mon 11th June 2018 (3 nights) - St Audries Bay. Nigel has provisionally booked us back to St Audries for a return visit next year, if you would like to reserve one of the last Chalets remaining let Nigel know. He will be collecting deposits in November (£20 per person).

Other MG Events:

Sunday 3rd September - Charity Road Run. Gawsworth Hall. Potteries & South Cheshire MGOC. bobandmaggs@ntlworld.com

Sunday 24th September - Autumn Trial. Burton Dassett. MGCC Mid Centre. Due to the Council declining to issue permits in the future this will be the last trial at Burton Dassett. Come along and spectate, it's good fun to watch or they are always looking for marshals, why not volunteer!!

Other Events of Interest:

Sunday 10th September - Dorridge Round Table Day. In Dorriage Park for cars 25 years and older. They would like entrants to register. Details: mike@liddington.com .

Other Matters:

It may not be obvious but if you look carefully at the Club Shield and Strap Line at the top of the Newsletter it looks much better. Norman Large has kindly re-made the files, so they are much 'cleaner' and we will have some high resolution versions any future uses, many thanks to Norman.

What Have You Done in Your MG This Month:

No one has sent me a photo of what they have done this month in their MG, so you will have to have another one of my car which took me and Caroline all the way over to Pembroke for a few days stay. As you can see in the photo taken overlooking Clee Hills we were joined by our good friends Liz & Chris. A great place to visit and can recommend a tour around the Castle in Pembroke.

My MG: Fred Bury

As Fred's story is a long (and interesting one) I will again spread it over 2 Newsletters, here is the first instalment, enjoy. Many thanks Fred a great story.

Like most of us I couldn't wait to start driving. I grew up on a farm and so drove tractors from a very early age passing my tractor test to drive on the road at 16years old. Not a very testing test (if you know what I mean)! But it was a good feeling to drive on the road without L plates even on a Fordson Major.

I got my provisional licence for a car as soon as I was 17, took half a dozen lessons and passed my test on April Fool's day 1968!

As a young lad I helped an engineer in my village to earn a bob or two for beer and fags whilst I stayed on at school to take A levels. He had a workshop near to our farm and did all sorts of mechanical work and also resprays. In those days of course it was cellulose paint or even "Valspar" oil paint (nick named knacker lacquer). Whilst I have done lots of restorations and repairs over the years I never did progress beyond cellulose paint and still use it now. I learned a lot from Frank between about 15 and 23 years of age when I moved out of home to share a flat with some mates in Shipston on Stour. I was working by then and, with other distractions, spent a bit less time in the workshop!

During those early years I had a succession of old bangers, most of which I kept for a short time and sold on for profit following "improvement". This helped supplement my meagre apprenticeship wages. There were a succession of Morris Minors (saloons, travellers and convertibles), Minis including a Cooper and Cooper S, 1100s, Rovers, Hillmans and a Vauxhall or two.

It was 1975, when running an Austin 1300 GT, that I bought my first MG - A 1967 BGT in mineral blue which I kept for nearly a year before buying a beautiful 1972 flame red MGB Roadster which had just been imported from Jersey with only one owner and 26000 miles on the clock. I bought it in spring 1976 and drove through that glorious long hot summer with the roof off and the Eagles greatest hits blaring out from the eight track (remember those?) - "Arrived or what"!! Best motoring days of my life. I honestly don't think I put the roof up until October.

I kept that car for over three years which, for me, was an eternity in those days. During that time I met Jane, planned to marry and sold the B to contribute to a deposit on our first house.

I then bought a Hillman Hunter estate (ghastly but practical when restoring a property) and when I could stand it no longer moved to a Mk4 Cortina estate. But I had been well and truly bitten by the MG bug and soon bought a basket case of a roadster and botched it up to run around in until it failed the MOT in a big way (the only one I ever scrapped I think). I then landed on a black roadster which had been rolled and written off. I straightened that out and ran it for a couple of years before selling it for a profit to use renovating our second house. That was the car we went on honeymoon in. So that was the start of running one vehicle for practical purposes and having an MG for fun.


Having renovated our second house we had a rare opportunity to buy a site with a derelict shack on it in open country where we still live now 35 years later. We demolished and rebuilt while living in a mobile home on site. Gradually (as we were doing the building ourselves) we migrated into the house as various parts became habitable. I had the Cortina estate then and (having been without a B for six months or so) got withdrawal symptoms and bought a bronze yellow GT from a bloke in Stratford and restored it on a rolling basis during the house building period.

In 1985 (still building!) I found a 1973 blaze MGB roadster FWK 46 L with engine problems in Kenilworth (the registration may sound familiar to some?). I sorted that out and used it for nearly 20 years apart from a few months in 1988 when a professional restoration was done by Richard Sprigg at Bickmarsh. I was earning well at the time having by now established my own business and decided to lash out! I never regretted it - he did a brilliant job! I sold the car to Dave and Dianne Rayner in 2004 (told you you would recognize it) and to this day it still looks wonderful in the same coat of paint!!

Having seen what a great job Richard could do I bought an MGB from Selly Oak in 1990 which had been completely stripped and partly restored. The owner had abandoned the rebuild. I bought a new heritage body shell and, when Richard had painted it, I slowly built a concours car. We had to make quite a few adjustments (those early heritage shells were not great in terms of fit). Though I say it myself the result was beautiful but I soon became disillusioned with concourse and sold it in 1993 before using it enough to ruin the wonderfully painted underside. The purchaser contacted me nearly twenty years later asking for confirmation that it was a wide tunnel shell capable of taking a five speed gearbox. He reported that it had covered 100 000 miles since he bought it!

Happy MGing

Paul


 

 

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July 2017 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

It was a very busy night at the last Club Meeting, which was of course the 'Show Night'. I hope everyone enjoyed the evening, we had 40 cars filling the Orchard Car Park and the 'Girls' had a busy time collating all the voting slips and the results with a full report is on the website. I was also able to report on a very successful Heritage Run with 150 MGs signing in for the run over to Stanway House. A full report will eventually be on the website but I will repeat the information I emailed to everyone to ensure you know how to obtain the photos that were taken at various places on the route:

We also hope that you have received your emailed copy of the photo taken as you arrived at Stanway House, if not please let me know.

You may have noticed that there were also 2 other photographers on the route, the first was outside 'The Slaughters' hotel' in Lower Slaughter and the second as you went through the first ford. I'm please to say that the volunteers who took these photos are happy to let you have a copy of the photo of your car. For the photos taken at Lower Slaughter please go to http://normanlarge.com/HeritageRun/ scroll through the photos until you find your own car. Norman has said "once you have clicked on the thumbnail and enlarged the image you may copy it to your computer. If you require a high resolution image please email norman.large@btinternet.com stating the photo reference number(s)."

For the photos taken at the first ford, Graham is happy to email the photo to you, he may also have a short video clip of your passage through the ford. If you would like a copy of your photo and/or video please send your request to Graham by email to info@dtline.co.uk stating your registration number and if you would like to receive the photo, video or both (it will be necessary to use a file sharing service to receive the video, most clips are around 19mb).

Future Events:

Saturday 22nd July: Badsey Flower Show. This has grown into a popular show for the club with a good number of cars in attendance last year. Steve will again arrange an area for us to display our cars and maybe another Spitfire from the BBMF will be passing and give us a short flying display again. Steve would like to know numbers, so send him an email (enty7@btinternet.com ).

Wednesday 26th July: Quiz on Wheelz.

Starting from the Golden Cross, collect your quiz sheet from 6.00pm but before 6.45pm at the latest. The run will conclude at the Wheatsheaf In in Badsey where dinner will be available. Mike and Jane need to know your choices for the meal and need payment in advance please. If you have not already booked at the July club night please let me know if you want to join the fun, along with your choice of meal (if required). Mike and Jane can accept payment on the Night.

Menu for the Wheatsheaf:

3 Course Chinese Taster Menu £11.00

Fish & Chips £11.00

Gammon & Chips £11.00

Please let us know any special dietary requirements.

Sunday 6th August: Chairman's Picnic.

This will be the same format as previous years, starting from the Golden Cross for bacon rolls (£2.50) and tea or coffee (£1.00), although at the earlier time of 10.30am, ready to leave around 11.00/11.15am. The scenic run will take us to Batsford Falconry Centre, where an area will be set aside for us to set up our shelters, tables and picnic tables & chairs. In order to have a shared picnic everyone brings a plate of food to share and to avoid duplication select something from the list which is on the website and updated as new bookings are received, then let me know your choice. There will be a charge for the Falconry of £6.75 per person but that also gets you access into the centre to see the bids and we can watch the afternoon flying display at 3pm. I would like to collect the money in advance so please book with me with your payment as soon as you like.

Saturday 12th August: Brailes Show. This is a regular and enjoyable show for us, there is no charge to join the club display all they ask is to be in place by 12.30 in time for the show to open at 1pm. Again they would like to know numbers so please book with me and I will add you to the list.

Monday 28th August: Pershore Plum Festival.

This needs to be booked with the organiser and Alan has received our tickets. It may still be possible to join us but you will need to book directly with the organiser ( Details: http://www.pershoreplumfestival.org.uk ) and be sure to tell him you are with the Arden MG Club, so that we are allocated sufficient space. In past years we have had a convoy run from the Golden Cross but this gets us there too late to reserve 'our spot', so just make your way there and we should be on the right hand side of the MG field by the bank with the Abbey in the background.

Friday 27th October: Skittles night. Nigel is organising this at The Butchers Arms, Mickleton. 7pm. Limit is 30 people (14 booked already) Hot meal @ £7.50 per head. Payable in Advance.

Please book and pay with Nigel. The Menu is:

Homemade Lasagne

Cottage Pie

Ham and Leek Pie

Chicken and Mushroom Pie

All with Chips,Peas and Salad.

Friday 8th to Sunday 10th June 2018: Week-end Away to St Audries Bay.

Nigel has booked us into St Audries again for next year and he has asked me to advise the following:

"5 slots still left at St.Audries Bay for next year (with sea views) and Ali would like deposit for Nov.

but not crucial, £20 per head. (32 booked in so far) Total £162.25 for the three nights, B&B plus evening meal. Fri 2 course. Sat 3 course Gala Night. Sun 2 course.

Touring Pitch is again available. Ballroom dance on Saturday cost is £10 PP."

Other MG Events:

Sunday 23rd July - MGCC Midland Centre at Classic Nostalgia, Shelsley Walsh. 20% discount with advance booking code - Andy Robson, ajcarobson@blueyonder.co.uk

Sunday 6th August - MGCC Mid Centre Sprint at Curborough

Sunday 13th August - MG Day at Middleton Hall. Fran Bragger, 01827 54692, frances.bragger@sky.com

Sunday 3rd September - Charity Road Run. Gawsworth Hall. Potteries & South Cheshire MGOC. bobandmaggs@ntlworld.com

Sunday 24th September - Autumn Trial. Burton Dassett. MGCC Mid Centre

Other Events of Interest:

Sunday 27th August - Classic Car Show. Webbs of Wychbold.

Sunday 10th September - Dorridge Round Table Day. Details: mike@liddington.com .

What Have You Done in Your MG This Month:

Surely you do things in your MG other than on Club Events, let me have a photo and a few words to add into next months Newsletter.

My MG:

David Harrison - MG1100 1963 4 door. Dark Green (Goodwood Green?)

We took this brand new car to West Germany, as a Purchase Tax free personal export, in September 1963.

At the time I was serving with BAOR (British Army of the Rhine) in a small town called Menden on the edge of the Sauerland (picture) in the hills about 25 miles from Dortmund, and 20 miles downstream from the Moehne Dam!

It turned out to be a cracking little car which amazed everyone by its great handling and roominess. However its instrumentation was limited to a strip speedometer, fuel gauge, temperature gauge and a few warning lights, so I transferred the auxiliary gauges (oil pressure and ammeter) from my former Mini-Minor.

We took the MG all over Germany...down to Bavaria, to Holland and several times on leave back to the UK. For almost two years it hummed along the Autobahns at an apparently easy and comfortable 80mph or more and was used for some mild (that's what I told Jane) local motor rallies, without any problems up to about 12000 miles. Just as well as BMC dealers were rare and awful, our nearest was 30 miles away and based in a truck depot!

We were shortly to be posted back to the UK and I noticed that the oil pressure was not what it had been. Previously a firm 55-60 pounds it was now 45-50 and oh dear - there was a slight "knock, knock" when accelerating. I said nothing, but made sure Jane and baby Claire flew home rather than coming with me. I said something about it being easier and I could use the space in the car for carrying "stuff" back. If there was to be a problem I wanted to be back in UK and without passengers!

Came the Friday for me to drive back and the car was so full it would have been impossible to get a passenger in! I had arranged to drive in convoy with another car returning to UK the same day. This was a rather "well used" 1952 Bentley Continental and it was mechanically a bit fragile as well, so happy to go slowly. We set off at about 10am. Our route was mostly Autobahn to the German border at Aachen (about 120 miles) then dual carriageway through Belgium, except through Liege and Bruxelles, and then on to Ostend (another 200plus miles). My oil pressure was dropping all the time, and the knocking becoming more insistent every time I pressed the accelerator. However by cruising at 40-50 mph on a really light throttle I could keep the oil pressure up and the noise down, at least on the dual carriageways! Going through the towns was a different matter. By the time we cleared Bruxelles the oil pressure would just about get to 20...would I make UK? By then the Bentley had to press on ahead, they had a ferry to catch at Calais, so I was on my own.

Well I made it to Ostend by about 9pm and there was a ferry due to leave at 3am, so a quick "kip" in the car and (fingers crossed) all I had to do was get on (and off) the ferry and I was back in the land of BMC! The ferry docked at about 6am and the MG started up, but sounded TERRIBLE. There was still some oil pressure (about 10 pounds, so ever the optimist) I set off. It quickly became clear that I would not make the 200 miles home to Birmingham. The narrow hilly roads of Kent were not what I needed! I did reach Canterbury, and at 7.30am was at a traffic lights and when I put pressure on the accelerator the revs went up, but the oil pressure stayed firmly on zero. I looked to my left and saw "Caffyns, Main BMC Agent, South East England". Thank you God!

I turned into their entrance and waited for them to open the doors at 8.

Post script. The mechanics had the car apart in no time and it was clear that where there should have been a centre crankshaft bearing, there was nothing! No remains of bearing shells. Nothing! The crankshaft looked very second hand, but had not broken (very tough those A series engines). We agreed on an exchange "Gold Seal" engine (although mine was strictly speaking, scrap) and I hired a Morris Minor from them (less than half my "stuff" went into it compared to the 1100) and I was home for Saturday afternoon tea.

I picked up the repaired MG a week later and fitted an oil cooler. The oil pressure never dropped below 60 after that. It was sold when it was three years old (any earlier and purchase tax would have been payable) in exchange for a Cortina GT... .

Great story David, thanks. I still need lots more of your stories and as you see they are even better with a few photos.

Drive Safely

Paul

 

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June 2017 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,


The Dunster's at Dunster!!

What a busy month we have had but starting at the end was the St Audries Bay Weekend Away, which can only be described as a great success (Nigel has already booked us in for next year), I have put a report up on the website, so will not dwell any further except to say a big thank you for all the 36 others who attended and repeat the comment from one happy 'camper' "there is nothing you would change". Well done Nigel.


Whilst we are saying our thank you's to Nigel we must also mention the Stratford Races Day Out, which was also a fantastic success although I went home with less cash than I arrived with!!! We all enjoyed Nigel's explanations of the different 'jumps' on the course, the girls especially liked to trip through the changing rooms and one or two were brave enough to jump onto the scales in the weighing room. All round a good fun day out and the sun was shining!!!


In between those two events we attended the Gaydon Festival of Transport at the British Motor Museum. Another sunny day with 11 cars in our own display area in front of the main door and the new Collections Centre. I'm not sure everyone enjoyed the gun demonstrations, the noise of the large field gun was impressive though. The demonstration of removing an injured person from a 'crashed' vehicle was a bit longer than planned it took over an hour to remove the roof from a Land Rover Discovery Sport (strong things these modern cars!!!). A good day out none the less.



Almost forgotten now was the Chilly Willy WARMER Run, which was indeed warmer, well after the showers had passed by. Some of those assembled sampled the breakfast at Willowbrook Garden Centre before setting off on the previously trodden route over to the Golden Cross where Matt and his team laid on a fine lunch. I think it was worth running the 'run' again.


Future Events:

Tuesday 4th July: Show Night. Please note this is earlier in the year than previously and as it is American Independence Day I will try and think up an American theme. In the mean time make sure your cars are cleaned and polished and let's make sure we more than fill the Orchard car park at the Cross.

Saturday 22nd July: Badsey Flower Show. This has grown into a popular show for the club with a good number of cars in attendance last year. Steve will again arrange an area for us to display our cars and maybe another Spitfire from the BBMF will be passing and give us a short flying display again. Steve would like to know numbers, so there will be a booking sheet at the Club Night or drop me an email.


Wednesday 26th July: Quiz on Wheelz. Mike is 'on the case' now and will have some more details of where we will be starting from soon, so keep the evening free. Booking info next time.


Sunday 6th August: Chairman's Picnic. This will be the same format as previous years, starting from the Golden Cross for bacon rolls (£2.50) and tea or coffee (£1.00), although at the earlier time of 10.30am, ready to leave around 11.00/11.15am. The scenic run will take us to Batsford Falconry Centre, where an area will be set aside for us to set up our shelters, tables and picnic tables & chairs. In order to have a shared picnic everyone brings a plate of food to share and to avoid duplication select something from the list which is attached with the newsletter and let me know your choice. There will be a charge for the Falconry of £6.75 per person but that also gets you access into the centre to see the bids and we can watch the afternoon flying display at 3pm. I would like to collect the money in advance so please book with me with your payment as soon as you like.

Saturday 12th August: Brailes Show. This is a regular and enjoyable show for us, there is no charge to join the club display all they ask is to be in place by 12.30 in time for the show to open at 1pm. Again they would like to know numbers so please book with me and I will add you to the list.

Monday 28th August: Pershore Plum Festival. This needs to be booked with the organiser and Alan has started a list but he will need the payment in advance (£4 I think). Please let me know (if you are not already on Alan's list) if you want a ticket and I will keep Alan up-dated.


Other MG Events:

Sunday 25th June - Cotswold Caper - Cirencester. www.glosmgoc.co.uk/caper

Wed 12th July (to be confirmed) - MGCC Mid Centre Joint Natter.

Sunday 23rd July - MGCC Midland Centre at Classic Nostalgia, Shelsley Walsh. 20% discount with advance booking code - Andy Robson, ajcarobson@blueyonder.co.uk

Sunday 6th August - MGCC Mid Centre Sprint at Curborough

Sunday 13th August - MG Day at Middleton Hall. Fran Bragger, 01827 54692, frances.bragger@sky.com

Sunday 3rd September - Charity Road Run. Gawsworth Hall. Potteries & South Cheshire MGOC. bobandmaggs@ntlworld.com

Sunday 24th September - Autumn Trial. Burton Dassett. MGCC Mid Centre

Other Events of Interest:

We have been sent an invitation to the Hampton-in-Arden Festival and Car Show will take place on Saturday 1st July 2017 between 11am and 3:00pm at the Hampton-in-Arden Recreation Ground (Sports Club), Shadowbrook Lane, B92 0DQ.

For those of you who have not yet been to the Hampton-in-Arden Festival and the Car Show, this a village festival with food, drinks, stalls, displays, competitions and activities for the family.

Some more details about the show and photographs from previous years can be found on the website: http://hamptoninardenfestival.weebly.com/

They would like to know numbers, so if anyone is interested in going (I can't attend) please let me know and I will advise them.

Sunday 2nd July - BMC & Leyland Show. British Motor Museum, Gaydon.

Sunday 27th August - Classic Car Show. Webbs of Wychbold.

Other Matters:

Club Clothing - The supplier we used for the last batch of clothing is no longer available to us but I still have the samples (with sewn Club Logo) and I can now offer these for sale at reduced cost as follows:

Ladies Polo Shirt: Size: Medium Colour: Pink Cost: £7.50

Sweatshirt: Size: Medium Colour: Pale Grey Cost: £10.00

I will bring them to the Club Nights but if you are interested please let me know before, 'First Come First Served'.

What Have You Done in Your MG This Month:


Saturday 10th June was the 25th anniversary of purchasing my MGB and despite it being the day before the Heritage Run, I just had to take her out for a drive to celebrate. Just as well that I did, after pushing her out of the garage I noticed a pool on the garage floor by the near side rear wheel, of course I dipped my finger in it. Not oil therefore must be brake fluid. After removing the brake drum I could see the wheel cylinder was leaking!!! Where do I get one of those on a Saturday morning? A long shot I thought, I phoned the local Leamoco Motor Factor, "yes sir we have 3 on the shelf, £10 each". I'll be there in 10 minutes I replied, so we had our drive later in the day and no problem on the Heritage Run.

My MG:

MG's MGs (Part Two)

We left Mike's story half way through last month, so I have repeated car No 4 for continuity:

A brand new No4 arrives, M11 BRG ( Boy Racer Green )

In 2004, the Vitesse ( my 3rd and all in British Racing Green ) was due for change and we had just bought an end of the line Discovery TD5. With the adverse personal tax changes on Company Cars, we were now buying our own - there were just no rules. With MG Rover struggling for sales, anyone knowing anyone whom worked for MG Rover, seemed to qualify for an employee discount. Enter a new silver 4/5 door ZR 160 for £13,000. I owned it for some 5 years - it was fun and some 7 seconds to 60mph. I had the 160 badges removed to lure other boy racers, albeit the front brake callipers and exhaust were give-aways to the enthusiasts.

Number 5 bought in haste - our worst car ever! M77 BRG / M555 BRG



In May 2008 we sold out our core Accountancy Business. I was 56 and rightly or wrongly, I set aside £50k for a car - a treat to myself I thought, for the 38 years, some fairly risky and more often than not, hard graft. Through a contact at Jaguar I managed to get an 8k mileage silver XK AND £8k under budget!

Now to number 5 - enter a 2005 MGTF 160 for £7k - if only I knew then the misery that lay ahead! It was one of the very last made pre Liquidation and I'm convinced it must have been bodged together with some rejected components. In the 8 years I owned it, it cost much more in repairs than the XK. That said, the TF was the reason we joined the Arden MG club - one of our best moves ever and easily worth the £7k for the fun and friendship.

I sold the ZR to a mate a year or so after I bought the TF.

Over the next year, I'll write a series of articles, or maybe even a book, about the TF repairs saga.

At this stage it is worth mentioning that at a MG Magnette event near Harrogate in 2014, I bumped into Mark Stacey whilst he was remapping a TF. Mark runs a business tuning TF's and the like, under the then name "Z&R Tuning" at Compton Verney. He was the lead guy on such at the Factory until 2005 and a whizz on the subject - he also raced TFs for the "Factory" team. Basically he unlocks the engine's electronic retardation stuff and reckoned to give my TF another 12 -15 bhp, combined with a better torque curve - all with his computer programme and without a single spanner. I genuinely noticed the change and by him lifting the limiter from 7050rpm to 7450rpm, the TF would freely rev in 2nd gear into the red - a great feeling (and quicker than my new V8). During Mark's pre-tune diagnostics, he went a little pale when a reading of 9013rpm came up. 9013 rpm was the highest archived engine speed. Such reckless action certainly wasn't my doing - this was intriguing as the factory default setting is 7050rpm. Mark explained that the only way 9013rpm could have been achieved, would have been on the overrun - say by the previous owner changing down to 2nd at some 75mph! In fact at 10000rpm Mark reckoned the engine would have popped. In its first 3 years with the original owner and only 15k miles, I'm thinking this TF had been abused. As they say a fool and his money are soon parted.

An unexpected first meeting with No 6 HUU 500K



They also say every cloud has a silver lining. The most spectacular repair to the TF arose when, through the apparent over torquing of the offside engine mountings following a precautionary cambelt change, the second and remaining bolt sheared. As a result of the engine dropping somewhat onto the subframe via the air con pump, the engine stalled, the cambelt jumped and smashed all 16 valves etc. Rebuilding a VVC head etc is not cheap. This was the last straw for me and once repaired this "Bag of Bolts" was going; we had in fact just bought a Mercedes CLK 320 from a friend as a run around - there was certainly no comparison in the Merc's engineering to the TF.

No 6 done deal with Fred

At the Malvern Autumn show in 2011 and with the TF in bits and waiting for parts, we went in the Jag. I had previously and regularly cried on Paul D, our Chairman's, shoulder about the TF and I concluded it was now the time to get back to my routes and get a "B". Enter Fred Bury in his V8 B - it was parked at the Malvern Show when we arrived. I didn't know Fred had the V8 as he was usually in his Magnette. What I did know was - that's the car for me and I managed to lure it from him for a tidy sum in the following Spring. Unfortunately I was then having a fairly trouble free period with the TF and with B best driven topless, there was some weird sense in clinging on to the TF, given that it wasn't worth much compared to the B. For the record, BL never put the V8 in the Roadster, just the GT. It's apparently no mean task with lots of adaptation needed to create a V8 Roadster. In 1988 and well before Fred's ownership, the then owner had apparently paid over £10k to a conversion specialist in Bath to transform his base model B to a V8. I recall that some 400 conversions were registered with DVLA when I last checked, plus many more unregistered examples for racing.

Well the V8 is amazing and feels more responsive than my '73 Factory V8 - output 137BHP. Other than a single V8 badge and big exhaust, it looks just like a nicely finished B. Fred had done his stuff too with the engine and its breathing etc - what was noticeable was the somewhat unsociable (but awesome) backfiring on the overrun. Enter Aldon Engineering in Brierley Hill and a hook up to their Dyno.

Aldon - Alan Goodwin is well known to the MG fraternity - he's probably now 70, still races and had the first Dyno in the region many years ago. He built the Ford Kent engine in our Westfield back in '86 and re-tuned it back from track to road use, when we bought it in 2004. Incidentally and somewhat a deviation, the Westy pushes out 116BHP and weighs about 500kg - chassis No 84 - an early Kent development car and one of the 131 Pre Litigation models - raw and simple but an absolutely sensational driving experience.



Back to the story, Aldon fitted their electronic ignition to the V8 and tuned it to 165BHP - Alan himself gave it his special road test and commented what a thrill it was to drive - thanks and congratulations to Fred.

Lucky No 7 - a barn find M2G TF



Bringing matters more up to date- I've tried to sell the TF once or twice, but never that hard and particularly less so, following Mark's £240 remap. I still need to work somewhat to fund the fleet of toys and last spring I started a project with a guy I've known for years. He's in the Automotive sector and loves cars - like us he has too many including a DB4. I stored the V8 in his factory earlier in the year - he wants one just the same. Knowing my love of MG's, he sent me the advert link to our latest investment, a 14 year old red TF 160 - M2G TF and consequent sale of the green TF. M2G TF was apparently purchased by a Director associated with MG Rover for his wife and is fairly fully loaded. Sadly she died soon thereafter and the car was effectively lovingly stored for years by the family. I bought it from a Collector, where it was stored in his garage, alongside his Ferrari 430 drop head. With a warrantied mileage of merely 3k, I paid £9k, including the plate and matching hardtop, and with the intention of selling the plate for a tidy sum. Jane suggested we keep the plate, as clearly it will be worth more than the car, rather sooner than later - little faith.

I sought guidance from Mark Stacey before I bought the car and he's since run a diagnostic (all clear) and remapped it. His colleague Chris Flanagan - Lifestyle Retro near Halifax, has serviced it, changed all fluids, hoses and replaced the cooling pipes etc. Chris is an MG man all the way - he has put the V6 unit in his TF, runs a Mustang powered ZT and is converting another Mustang ZT to a 2 door etc etc - an absolute MG nut.

I'm hopeful of keeping the TF for a while - we've done 5k in the last 7 months and intend to use it whilst we can - it's currently stored up for the winter ready for next season. My New Year resolution is to use the V8 more and given that I'm still doing well over 25k pa, I've really no excuse.

When asked what's your favourite MG - I say each and every one - in their time they were all so special - even the rogue green TF - it rekindled my love affair with MG's.

That just about concludes my 6 and a third - lucky 7, MG story. I feel sort of privileged for the experience - that said they were all effectively funded from our own "hard earned, tax paid cash" as Arthur Daley would say.

PS Jane too feels so fortunate to have had this MG experience and the friendships it's created - long may it continue. I'm a Brummie at heart and proud of it - the Westy, TF, Discovery and Jag were all built locally. The V8 hails from Oxford - I did a 3 day residential Accountancy course at Oxford University in 1973 - in the very month the V8 was created just a few miles away in Abingdon - I was there for its birth.

As I reflect, I realise I'm a frustrated racing driver, I guess most of us MG folk all think so. I intend to do more track days this year, having taken the V8 on a couple of laps at Donington and driven a few laps of Goodwood in a replica D Type Jaguar, both during last year. I've been given a Morgan driving experience by my daughter and son in law, as a thank you for funding a big chunk of their wedding and hopefully I will be out in the Spring somewhere. Does anyone know of any circuits offering 2 for 1 deals for the over 65's?

How time flies when you are having fun (and wasting the kids inheritance )

Mike & Jane Green 21.12.2016

Thanks Mike, keep enjoying those MGs. That was a great story and I hope you agree was worth spreading over 2 months.

Happy MGing

Paul

 

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May 2017 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

At the April Club Night I reported on a successful 'Drive it Day' run. The sun was shining when we met at Bonds Antique Centre, I'm told the queue to get coffee was rather long. Was this a good venue to use? With Lech's help we had a good scenic run through the lanes to arrive at Wroxall Abbey and Alan had arranged a great day for us. First, well after we had all managed to squeeze into the courtyard, was the beer tasting, with several different brews of the local bottled ale and very nice too! This was followed by a delicious steak & ale pie (with a good helping of seconds). After the coffee we sprinted over to the church where Grant gave us an interesting talk about the history of the Abbey, the church and the business he now runs.

Future Events:

Sunday 28th May: Gaydon Festival of Transport. At the British Motor Museum, Gaydon. A bit late now to join the display but still possible to go to the event and pay on the gate.

Friday 2nd June to Monday 5th June: Week-end Away to St Audries Bay. Everything is in place for a great week-end, I hope Nigel has also ordered some fine weather for us. Dinner will be at 7pm on the Friday and Nigel will brief us on the Saturday Run at breakfast. The local MGOC have been invited for the Sunday evening.

Sunday 11the June: Heritage Run (The Last). The Rally Plates have been sent out to those booked for the run but there is still time to join us if you have not yet sent in your entry. To date we have over 150 MGs booked, so it will be a great day out.


Tuesday 4th July: Show Night. Please note this is earlier in the year than previously and as it is American Independence Day I will try and think up an American theme. In the mean time make sure your cars are cleaned and polished and let's make sure we more than fill the Orchard car park at the Cross.

Saturday 22nd July: Badsey Flower Show. This has grown into a popular show for the club with a good number of cars in attendance last year. Steve will again arrange an area for us to display our cars and maybe another Spitfire from the BBMF will be passing and give us a short flying display again. Steve would like to know numbers, so there will be a booking sheet at the Club Nights or drop me an email.

Wednesday 26th July: Quiz on Wheelz. Mike is 'on the case' now and will have some more details of where we will be starting from soon, so keep the evening free. Booking info next time.

Sunday 6th August: Chairman's Picnic. This will be the same format as previous years, starting from the Golden Cross for bacon rolls (£2.50) and tea or coffee (£1.00), although at the earlier time of 10.30am, ready to leave around 11.00/11.15am. The scenic run will take us to Batsford Falconry Centre, where an area will be set aside for us to set up our shelters, tables and picnic tables & chairs. In order to have a shared picnic everyone brings a plate of food to share and to avoid duplication select something from the list which is attached with the newsletter and let me know your choice. There will be a charge for the Falconry of £6.75 per person but that also gets you access into the centre to see the bids and we can watch the afternoon flying display at 3pm. I would like to collect the money in advance so please book with me with your payment as soon as you like.

Saturday 12th August: Brailes Show. This is a regular and enjoyable show for us, there is no charge to join the club display all they ask is to be in place by 12.30 in time for the show to open at 1pm. Again they would like to know numbers so please book with me and I will add you to the list.

Monday 28th August: Pershore Plum Festival. This needs to be booked with the organiser and Alan has started a list but he will need the payment in advance (£4 I think). Please let me know (if you are not already on Alan's list) if you want a ticket and I will keep Alan up-dated.

Other MG Events:

Sunday 4th June: MGs in the Park. We have been invited by the Oxfordshire MGOC to this event, however it clashes with our week-end away at St Audries Bay but if you are not coming to St Audries the details are as follows:

The Cotswold Wildlife Park, which is just off the A361 Burford to Lechlade road, two miles south of the A40 Burford roundabout in Oxfordshire. For SATNAV route, use OX18 4JP.
The event starts at 10am and normally goes through until around 4.30pm.
This is Oxfordshire MGOC's 19th annual event and the largest gathering of MGs in the county. We hope to see as many MG owners as possible at this event.
Entrance to the MG Show, the Wildlife Park and all its attractions is free for the MG driver, with any passengers paying Cotswold Wildlife Park's group discount price for entry. Oxfordshire MGOC itself does not charge for entry into the 'MGs in the Park' event, so all in all, it promises to be a 'Grand Day Out'.
Last year, the event attracted over five hundred and eighty MGs ranging from TAs, MGAs, Midgets and MGB/Cs through to the MGF/TF convertibles, the modern range of ZR/ZS/ZT saloons and even a couple of the Chinese MG6s, along with the new MG3s, were on show.

Sunday 4th June - Shropshire Lad Run. Oswestry to Shifnal. Roy Crosier, Shropshire MG Club. www.shropshiremgs.co.uk

Sat 17th to Sun 18th June - MG Live, Silverstone. MG Car Club.

Sunday 25th June - Cotswold Caper - Cirencester. www.glosmgoc.co.uk/caper

Wed 12th July (to be confirmed) - MGCC Mid Centre Joint Natter.

Sunday 23rd July - MGCC Midland Centre at Classic Nostalgia, Shelsley Walsh. 20% discount with advance booking code - Andy Robson, ajcarobson@blueyonder.co.uk

Sunday 6th August - MGCC Mid Centre Sprint at Curborough

Sunday 13th August - MG Day at Middleton Hall. Fran Bragger, 01827 54692, frances.bragger@sky.com

Sunday 3rd September - Charity Road Run. Gawsworth Hall. Potteries & South Cheshire MGOC. bobandmaggs@ntlworld.com

Sunday 24th September - Autumn Trial. Burton Dassett. MGCC Mid Centre

Other Events of Interest:

We have been sent an invitation to the Hampton-in-Arden Festival and Car Show will take place on Saturday 1st July 2017 between 11am and 3:00pm at the Hampton-in-Arden Recreation Ground (Sports Club), Shadowbrook Lane, B92 0DQ.

For those of you who have not yet been to the Hampton-in-Arden Festival and the Car Show, this a village festival with food, drinks, stalls, displays, competitions and activities for the family.

Some more details about the show and photographs from previous years can be found on the website: http://hamptoninardenfestival.weebly.com/

They would like to know numbers, so if anyone is interested in going (I can't attend) please let me know and I will advise them.

Sun 28th & Mon 29th May - Classic Car & Transport Show, Ragley Hall.

Sunday 28th May - Gaydon Festival of Motoring. British Motor Museum, Gaydon.

Monday 29th May - Bidford Wings & Wheels. Bidford Gliding Club.

Sunday ?? June - Wellesbourne Wings & Wheels. CANCELLED

Sunday 2nd July - BMC & Leyland Show. British Motor Museum, Gaydon.

Sunday 27th August - Classic Car Show. Webbs of Wychbold.

Other Matters:

Club Clothing - The supplier we used for the last batch of clothing is no longer available to us but I still have the samples (with sewn Club Logo) and I can now offer these for sale at reduced cost as follows:

Ladies Polo Shirt: Size: Medium Colour: Pink Cost: £7.50

Sweatshirt: Size: Medium Colour: Pale Grey Cost: £10.00

I will bring them to the Club Nights but if you are interested please let me know before, 'First Come First Served'.

My MG:

MG's MGs (Part One)


With my 65th birthday just behind me and as the proud owner of a masterpiece MGB V8 from Fred Bury's stable and more recently an MG TF 160, both in "Ferrari" red, I reflect below on just how my life long love and ownership of MGs developed over the last 40 years. I've had just 6 and a third interest in another - let's just say my lucky 7. When I say I, I really mean we, because Jane and I will have been married 40 years later this year


Number 1

With my initials being MG, owning No 1 happened in 1975 when I was 23 - a 1973 Teal Blue MGB GT NAM 77M, with chrome rostyle wheels shod with Pirelli Cinturato tyres. Like so many at the time, I loved its iconic exhaust sound, a sound like no other. We enjoyed some 3/4 years together, but I was becoming increasingly frustrated by being outrun, by cars such as a 2000 GT Capri etc. I owned No 1 when Jane and I married in July 1977 - she always had a fine choice in cars, whereas her choice in men, was some say, suspect.



Lining up Number 3

Around that same time in 1977, I became a Partner in a firm of Chartered Accountants in Birmingham and as such enjoyed a parking place for my then Firm's car, it just happened to be next to a Damask Red MGB GT V8, NOV 555M, owned by a Consulting Engineer in the same building. I drooled over this creation, one of only 1856 chrome versions of the 2,591 total production run. The sound of that V8 under load, was just awesome.

In the meantime a third of No 2 arrives

Speaking of exhaust sounds, leads into my 1/3 interest in an MG 1100, F Reg, costing £65 at Moseley Road, Birmingham Car Auctions, which I bought with 2 mates on a cold wet night. At best it was rough and the exhaust had sheared at the manifold bottom joint, but it ran and somehow had a long MOT. We had bought the car as a bit of fun and a communal 5 seater run around - on a rota basis, the most sober drove everyone home. The exhaust was soon fixed revealing a very noisy engine. When we reconnected the oil light, no doubt disconnected by the previous rogue owner, it never went out! The oil consumption was so high, we used old engine oil for top ups. Our luck changed, one of the lads actually drove it to London and it was stolen - result, but just as the insurers were going to settle at £200, the Police found it! Having owned the car for about a year, we invested £18 on a Morris 1100, that had failed its MOT on the usual rust issues. On a very cold winters day, we swopped the engine and our MG was, on paper, instantly detuned. Not quite so, as many of the horses had clearly escaped from the MG power plant over the years and it gave us good reason to drive the new unit fairly hard. I think we had the car some 18 months and returned it to the Auctions, raising enough for a few beers each.

No 3 eventually bagged - NOV 555M


Later in 1977, the owner of the V8, Steve, was
delighted to tell me his wife was pregnant but that regretfully his V8 days were numbered. A deal was done for £2,400, albeit I had to wait a few months and into 1978 to become the proud owner of the V8. It was amazing by comparison to the B and with overdrive on both 3rd and 4th, it was apparently possible to drop down from overdrive 4th to ordinary 3rd and get up to just about 100mph in overdrive 3rd - I wish I'd tried it myself ......... No longer were most Ford Capris an embarrassment. On the other hand, this lazy V8 could start off in 3rd and run up to almost 100mph in overdrive 3rd. We enjoyed the V8 until 1982, by which time our son David was one. We bought a BMW 320 demo and after some months my Partners unfairly questioned how come I hadn't sold the Firm's V8........ It went to a very good home for £1,600 and my MG days were on hold.


I caught up with the old V8 at the big Blenheim gathering a few years ago - happy memories.

Road testing a possible No4

Fast forward 20 years to 2002 and as David was approaching 21, there was good reason for him changing his Rover 200 2 litre diesel (which I have to say was fairly swift but clearly didn't rev ). At that time MG Rover were offering a year's free insurance on the purchase of an MG ZR - even the 160! Under my "guidance" his 160 order went in to Edwards in Stratford and on the basis that I would have the car if he later wanted out (he was then studying Agricultural Engineering and fancied a Defender - as I did too!). Jane and I had a Discovery and a Rover Vitesse at that stage and the thought of a ZR 160, replacing the Vitesse, was appealing. In the event the take up on this incentive by all the hooligan boy racers was amazing and MGRover withdrew the scheme before David's delivery. David cancelled and bought a nearly new Defender 90 Station Wagon - a very good shout.

A brand new No4 arrives, M11 BRG ( Boy Racer Green )

In 2004, the Vitesse ( my 3rd and all in British Racing Green ) was due for change and we had just bought an end of the line Discovery TD5. With the adverse personal tax changes on Company Cars, we were now buying our own - there were just no rules. With MG Rover struggling for sales, anyone knowing anyone whom worked for MG Rover, seemed to qualify for an employee discount. Enter a new silver 4/5 door ZR 160 for £13,000. I owned it for some 5 years - it was fun and some 7 seconds to 60mph. I had the 160 badges removed to lure other boy racers, albeit the front brake callipers and exhaust were give-aways to the enthusiasts.

Thanks Mike. Mike's story was so good it stretched to 4 pages without the photos, so I have decided to spread it over two months, you will have to wait until the June Newsletter for the final instalment. I still need more stories, so if you would like to be featured in the newsletter just let me know your MG story. You don't have to be a great author, we can help you to put the story together.

Happy MGing

Paul

 

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April 2017 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

Well I did manage to get to the March Club Night, Ryanair didn't let us down (I was in Spain 6 hours before the meeting started!!). The main event to report was the APRIL Foolery Run, organised by Alan and the 'Crew'. Unfortunately I was not able to make the Run but I'm told it all went well and everyone enjoyed a good lunch at the Malt Shovel in Gaydon. Several people then went on to visit the Museum or the National Herb Centre. Well done Alan, thanks from everyone.

The following week-end a happy band filled a 'Club Display' at the Malvern Festival of Transport and this proved to be a successful event for the club in the car awards section. Not only did Nigel win his group but Steve was runner up in the modern group, with his MGF and then Nigel having been entered into the 'Final' won the 'Best Car of the Show'. Well done to Steve and Nigel.

Future Events:

Sunday 30th April & Monday 1st May: Stratford Festival of Motoring. This is not a club event but I will be running in the 'B' on Sunday and on the British Motor Museum stand on the Monday, if you are passing say hello. It should be a good event with Jaguar as the favoured marque, the Museum display will include an XJ220, which will be impressive.

Sunday 14th May: Chilly Willy WARMER Run. As you know this will be a re-run of the New Year's Day Run but hopefully in warmer weather, so the scenery will be even better. There is still time to book with me but if you would like to have lunch at the Golden Cross please let me know your choices from below (pay on the day). The plan is to assemble at the Willowbrook Garden Centre from 10.30 (so in time for the value breakfast offer) and be ready to leave around 11.00/11.15 for the scenic drive to the Golden Cross. Fingers crossed for a warm sunny day.

14th May Lunch Menu 2 courses for £11

STARTERS

Homemade Soup of the Day & Crusty Bread

Chicken Liver Pate with Homemade Chutney & Melba Toast

Battered Calamari with a Dressed salad & Garlic Mayonnaise

Creamy Garlic Mushrooms on Toast (V)

MAINS

Roast Sirloin of Beef with Yorkshire Pudding & Red Wine Gravy

Roast Belly Pork with Apple Sauce & Sage Gravy

Roast Crown of Turkey with Stuffing & Sage Gravy

Mixed Bean & Cheddar Nut Roast with Tomato Compote (V)

Fish and Chips, cod fillet with mushy or garden peas

Vegetable Lasagne served with salad and garlic toast(V)

Chicken Curry served with rice and prawn crackers

Pie of the day served with a choice of potatoes and vegetable medley

DESSERTS

Sticky Toffee Pudding served with Vanilla Ice Cream

Chocolate Brownie drizzled with chocolate topped with Vanilla Ice Cream

Treacle Sponge with custard

Ice Cream, choose from Vanilla, Strawberry & Chocolate

Sunday 21st May: Stratford Race Day. Nigel has arranged a special day for us at the 'Races'. We will get early access to the course where we will put on a club display and hopefully impress the Stratford Herald to run a piece about the day. Nigel has jumped through all the hoops with the Jockey Club to allow us access onto the course to see the 'Jumps' at close quarters. He will then take us behind the scenes in the weighing room to get the true flavour of what goes on during a normal race day. Before the races begin we will have a talk abut placing bets (for those like me this will be a first), so maybe we won't lose all our money when watching the races themselves and all this for a discount price of £10 per person. If you haven't booked already and would like to join us the closing day for bookings is the May Club Night.

Sunday 28th May: Gaydon Festival of Transport. This is being held at the British Motor Museum and I have arranged for a Club Display, which means we will all get free entry to the event and this includes access to the Museum and the Collections Centre for the day. Again if you have not booked and would like to be in the display please let me know and I will add you to the list.

Friday 2nd June to Monday 5th June: Week-end Away to St Audries Bay. For those booked on the week-end, Nigel has asked me to let you know that we now need to make the final payment to St Audries Bay (£290.00 per couple in chalets). Closing date for this final payment is the May Club Night (2nd May) if paying by cheque please make payable to Arden MG Club. They have reserved 18 chalets most of which have sea views.

Sunday 11the June: Heritage Run (The Last). I hope you have all booked by now for this our last 'big' run, if not please get your booking form with payment to Allen Smith as soon as you can, so you can join with the 138 who are already booked. This will not be our largest ever entry but with a few more it will be our largest in recent years, it will be a great day, so encourage anyone you know with an MG to book. Just in case you missed the details the run will be starting at The Valley (Evesham Country Park) and after the 50 plus mile scenic drive will finish at Stanway House, where we will have exclusive access to the house and grounds. Everyone will receive a digital photo of their car arriving at the house (by email only) and the famous fountain will be run twice during the afternoon.

As you all know the event is run by volunteers and this is where we need your help on the day. In order to direct cars on arrival and for parking we need marshals, which is not an onerous task and you get to wear one of the Club's branded hi-vis jackets. Fred is organising the 'shifts' for the marshals and the more people who volunteer the shorter the shifts will need to be, so please let me know if you would like to help on the day for short time to ensure everything runs smoothly for all the entrants. If you are going to the club night in May, Fred will have a list to add your name to or drop me an email and I will let Fred know to add you to his list.

Phew, after a very busy May & June we now have a bit of a rest (time for our next holiday!!) before the next round of events.

Tuesday 4th July: Show Night. Please note this is earlier in the year than previously and as it is American Independence Day I will try and think up an American theme. In the mean time make sure your cars are cleaned and polished and let's make sure we more than fill the Orchard car park at the Cross.

Saturday 22nd July: Badsey Flower Show. This has grown into a popular show for the club, no doubt helped by the provision of bacon rolls by Alan & Julia (which I'm sure will be on the menu again this year). Steve will again arrange for an area for us to display our cars and maybe another Spitfire from the BBMF will be passing and give us a short flying display again. Steve would like to know numbers, so there will be a booking sheet at the Club Nights or drop me an email.

Wednesday 26th July: Quiz on Wheelz. Mike is struggling for time at the present but I'm sure he will come up with a cunning plan in time for the night but put the date on your calendars and more details next time.

Sunday 6th August: Chairman's Picnic. This will be the same format as previous years, starting from the Golden Cross for bacon rolls (£2.50) and tea or coffee (£1.00), although at the earlier time of 10.30am, ready to leave around 11.00/11.15am. The scenic run will take us to Batsford Falconry Centre, where an area will be set aside for us to set up or shelters, tables and picnic tables & chairs. In order to have a shared picnic everyone brings a plate of food to share and to avoid duplication select something from the list (available soon) and let me know your choice. There will be a charge for the Falconry of £6.75 per person but that also gets you access into the centre to see the bids and we can watch the afternoon flying display at 3pm. I would like to collect the money in advance so book with me with your payment as soon as you would like.

Saturday 12th August: Brailes Show. This is a regular and enjoyable show for us, there is no charge to join the club display all they ask is to be in place by 12.30 in time for the show to open at 1pm. Again they would like to know numbers so please book with me and I will add you to the list.

Monday 28th August: Pershore Plum Festival. This needs to be booked with the organiser and we should have some details soon. In order to secure our space in the MG area it is better for everyone to make their own way to the festival but join us on the club display.

Other MG Events:

Sunday 4th June: MGs in the Park. We have been invited by the Oxfordshire MGOC to this event, however it clashes with our week-end away at St Audries Bay but if you are not coming to St Audries the details are as follows:

at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, which is just off the A361 Burford to Lechlade road, two miles south of the A40 Burford roundabout in Oxfordshire. For SATNAV route, use OX18 4JP.
The event starts at 10am and normally goes through until around 4.30pm.
This is Oxfordshire MGOC's 19th annual event and the largest gathering of MGs in the county. We hope to see as many MG owners as possible at this event.
Entrance to the MG Show, the Wildlife Park and all its attractions is free for the MG driver, with any passengers paying Cotswold Wildlife Park's group discount price for entry. Oxfordshire MGOC itself does not charge for entry into the 'MGs in the Park' event, so all in all, it promises to be a 'Grand Day Out'.
Last year, the event attracted over five hundred and eighty MGs ranging from TAs, MGAs, Midgets and MGB/Cs through to the MGF/TF convertibles, the modern range of ZR/ZS/ZT saloons and even a couple of the Chinese MG6s, along with the new MG3s, were on show.

Fri 5th to Sun 7th May - Jersey Weekender, St Helier, Jersey. Contact geoffedge@aol.com

Sunday 7th May - Charnwood Caper. Quorn & Woodhouse Station to Elvaston Castle. North Leics MG Club. Colin Readwin 07583 231 393, info@northleicester-mg.org.uk

Fri 19th to Sun 21st May - Welsh Rallye. MGCC Mid Centre. Llandrindod Wells. Andy Robson 0121 453, ajcarobson@blueyonda.co.uk

Sunday 4th June - Shropshire Lad Run. Oswestry to Shifnal. Roy Crosier, Shropshire MG Club. www.shropshiremgs.co.uk

Sat 17th to Sun 18th June - MG Live, Silverstone. MG Car Club.

Sunday 25th June - Cotswold Caper - Cirencester. www.glosmgoc.co.uk/caper

Wed 12th July (to be confirmed) - MGCC Mid Centre Joint Natter.

Sunday 23rd July - MGCC Midland Centre at Classic Nostalgia, Shelsley Walsh. 20% discount with advance booking code - Andy Robson, ajcarobson@blueyonder.co.uk

Sunday 6th August - MGCC Mid Centre Sprint at Curborough

Sunday 13th August - MG Day at Middleton Hall. Fran Bragger, 01827 54692, frances.bragger@sky.com

Sunday 3rd September - Charity Road Run. Gawsworth Hall. Potteries & South Cheshire MGOC. bobandmaggs@ntlworld.com

Sunday 24th September - Autumn Trial. Burton Dassett. MGCC Mid Centre

Other Events of Interest:

Sun 30th April & Mon 1st May - Stratford Festival of Motoring.

Sun 14th May - Cheshire Candle Charity Run. www.candlerun.org

Sun 28th & Mon 29th May - Classic Car & Transport Show, Ragley Hall.

Sunday 28th May - Gaydon Festival of Motoring. British Motor Museum, Gaydon.

Monday 29th May - Bidford Wings & Wheels. Bidford Gliding Club.

Sunday ?? June - Wellesbourne Wings & Wheels. Wellesbourne Airfield.

Sunday 2nd July - BMC & Leyland Show. British Motor Museum, Gaydon.

Sunday 27th August - Classic Car Show. Webbs of Wychbold.

Other Matters:

Club Clothing - The supplier we used for the last batch of clothing is no longer available to us but I still have the samples (with sewn Club Logo) and I can now offer these for sale at reduced cost as follows:

Ladies Polo Shirt: Size: Medium Colour: Pink Cost: £7.50

Sweatshirt: Size: Medium Colour: Pale Grey Cost: £10.00

I will bring them to the Club Nights but if you are interested please let me know before, 'First Come First Served'.

What Have You Done With Your MG This Month?

Andy Bourne has got his excuses in early for not being able to attend the events so far. As you can see in the photo he has been rebuilding the engine on his Midget and while he had the engine out thought he would repaint the engine bay but it is all taking longer than expected (as it always does!!). I hope you soon recover from the chest infection Andy. Thanks for the photo. What have you been doing with your MG, send me a photo.

My MG: Graham & Fiona Robson, MG Midget

"Our MG"

It's definitely "our MG" . . . if Fiona hadn't encouraged me, it would never have happened.

It was my Dad's fault, really. Always interested in cars; he had a V8 Buick during the war, and narrowly missed buying a Cord off his spiv next-door neighbour. But Bentleys were the cars for him, and he owned a succession of them . . . . until they caught up with him, really.

"They" were his peers in the world of Midland Car Component Manufacturing who pointed out that he really ought to be buying a British Leyland vehicle, seeing as they were our main customers.

Despite Bentleys, what he'd always wanted, but never had, was a Porsche. [Nothing if not ambitious, my Dad]. A 356 saloon or coupe. To this end, over the years, he bought magazines by the dozen, and smirked triumphantly every time the pundits reported an improvement in a new version. He claimed this was his reason for waiting.

As he was nearing the end of his long life I reflected on this and thought "I'm not going to make the same mistake". It was at this point that Fiona chipped in with agreement . . . and I settled, not on a Porsche [there are still days, though . . . . ] but a seriously yellow 1978 MG Midget. Now . . . . I was THERE in 1978, knee deep in the ghastly days of strikes, industrial discontent and poor management, so I was not going into this with my eyes closed.

We bought the car off Bill and Gill Belcher - they were graduating to Chrome Bumper Status - and we have never, ever regretted buying "Bumble". [Bright yellow, black bumpers . . . it's not hard.]

Even though . . . .

We [at about this point it becomes "I", because it was my daft idea] elected to have replacement and definitely LEATHER seats in the car. You're ahead of me already, aren't you? Pedantic man at local garage [to whom I'd innocently said "could you install these seats, and give it an MOT while you're at it?] was patently the wrong choice. He signally failed to enter into the spirit of the thing, finding fault with the fact there was nothing left to screw the seats to and one of the seat belt anchors was, in fact, only attached to the carpet.

So it was a big job, in the end.

But, to be honest, about the only really big job, to its credit. A 1978 car, with a list of about fourteen owners, one of whom did a really well-documented strip down and preparation, and then apparently ran out of paint two-thirds of the way along the back wings.

Looking back I recall having had an MG Maestro [1600]. Not a bad car; the dashboard spoke to you and the car did funny things if you accelerated out of a corner. Also the gear-change linkage was so convoluted [we'd tried to get that business] that the resultant lost motion was up there with posting a second class letter.

I graduated then to an MG Montego. Which was, at least, bigger. Oh - and with a more comprehensive dashboard repertoire. Until, one fateful when it got a gin and tonic spilt on it. Somehow you never felt you could trust it after that.

After leaving mainstream industry over twenty years ago I had a "comfort purchase": a 1978 Rover 2000. You'd have thought I'd have learned, wouldn't you? Loved it. Almost nothing on it ever worked "quite right".

Nowadays the cars have lost all that element of risk. So we buy a Classic, so that we can re-live those "man versus the machine" days of the great pioneers.

Then we put the Classic BACK in the garage and use the safe, warm dependable modern vehicle.

But at least, on the way, we get to meet great people at our MG Clubs.

Thanks Graham, I still need more stories, so if you would like to be featured in the newsletter just let me know your MG story. You don't have to be a great author, we can help you to put the story together.

Happy MGing

Paul

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March 2017 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

If you were not at the last Club Night (53 of you were there) you missed a treat, as expected Stuart Turner was an entertaining speaker and I hope everyone enjoyed the talk, I understand it was a bit difficult to hear at the back of the room, I'm sorry if that included you. Stuart gave us a review of his life starting with how he became involved with motorsport as a navigator when his sister was having trouble reading the maps, he just picked them up and ended up being in the navigators seat when winning the RAC Rally. He was invited to manage the 'Comps' department by John Thornley and was lucky enough to be there just as the Minis came into winning ways (I'm sure he had a hand in their success though), of course he introduced the 'Finns' to British Rallying. He told the tale of Timo Makinen who would not have pace notes read out to him "as it disturbed my concentration" and after seeing scientific proof of this Stuart will now not use a Sat Nav to get around!! His second time lucky was joining the Ford Rally Team just as the Escorts came into winning ways and had a successful career with Ford leading to the development of the Mighty Cosworth's and the RS200 Group B Rally Car. He has also spent many years involved with the MSA Motor Sport Safety Fund and consequently the money collected on the night and the proceeds from the raffle (a total of £151.75 - well done everyone) will be given to this charity.

Before the Club Night we had our Skittles Evening and 34 of us enjoyed a long evening of skittling at the Binton Social Club. As ever the boys triumphed over the girls with a combined score of 221 against 212, come ladies you must do better next time!!! There were clear winners for the prizes with Roger Phipp (21 points) and David Rayner (18 points) for the men's and Pam Zak (16 points), however we needed a playoff between Caroline, Julia Cleobury & Alison Smith for the runner up for the Ladies prizes. It was Julia who held her nerve to take the honours. No one wanted to take the wooden spoon home with 5 players on 9 points, so it was decided that the wooden spoon would be awarded to the first player to leave the game of 'Killer', I was obviously not concentrating and the spoon is proudly displayed in my Study!! Caroline Phipp finally won a hard fought game of Killer to join husband Roger in taking a prize home.

Future Events:

Sunday 2nd April - April Foolery, Sunday Lunch Run. Starting from the Stratford Garden Centre (located on the B4632 road to Mickleton out of Stratford), where the cafe will be open to start the day. The run will generally follow the route used on the first Heritage Run taking us to Gaydon and lunch at the Malt Shovel. For those interested after lunch a visit to the Motor Museum or the local Herb Centre can be arranged, please let us know which if any you would be interested in. Alan can still accept entries for this run but will need your menu choices and payment (if you want lunch) as soon as you can. Details for the meal are:

2 Courses £15pp 3 Courses £20pp

Starters

Leek and Potato Soup served with bread

Chicken and Wild Mushroom Pate served with red onion marmalade

Tempura Battered Prawns served with sweet chilli dip

Mains

Roast Loin of Pork served with traditional trimmings

Chicken Hotpot with Shallots, Mushrooms and White Wine

served with potatoes and vegetables

Fish Pie with Salmon, Haddock and Prawns topped with mashed potatoes and parsnips

served with vegetables

Goats Cheese and Pesto Cannelloni served with salad and garlic bread

Desserts

Bread and Butter Pudding served with cream, custard or ice cream

Lemon Cheesecake served with cream or ice cream

Sticky Toffee Pudding served with cream, custard or ice cream

Tea or Coffee

Alan Cleobury - 124 Earlswood Common, Earlswood, Solihull, B94 5SH. Mob Tel: 07815 522894

Sunday 9th April - Malvern Classic Car Show. Alan has booked a club stand at this event and has sent off the form, however if you would still like to be on the club display you can book directly with the organiser, letting them know you are with the Arden MG Club. Make sure you then let Alan know if you want one the famous bacon or sausage rolls.

Sunday 23rd April - Drive it Day.

We now have some details for this year's run with a new starting venue of 'Bonds' café and Antique Centre CV37 9ST (located on the A435 between Stratford and Welford on Avon), arrive from 10.30 to be ready to leave at 11.00/11.15 for the usual scenic run to Wroxall Abbey. We have visited Wroxall before but they are having an open day that day and have extended it to be a 'Drive-it-Day' venue. Lunch will be available, buffet style Beef & Ale pie (vegetarian available on request, please let me know) with tea or coffee afterwards for £11.95, we may even have a beer tasting session of Wroxall Ales. I do need firm numbers to let the venues know, so please let me know if you would like to join the fun and if you would like to have lunch, for which I will need payment in advance.

Sunday 14th May - Chilly Willy 'WARMER' Run.

This is now confirmed and will be a re-run of the Chilly Willy Run from New Year's Day. This time, meeting from 10.45 and ready to leave around 11.30 for the run to The Golden Cross, where Matt has extended the lunch menu to include a Sunday roast but the cost is still only £11.00 for 2 courses. As ever Matt needs to know numbers and lunch choices (payment on the day), so please let me know if you would like to do the run and your meal choice if you want to have lunch. As the name suggests let's hope the day is WARMER than New Year's Day!! See website or attached for the menu on the day.

Sunday 21st May - Stratford Races Day Out.

Nigel has used his contacts within the horse racing fraternity to organise us an exclusive visit to the Stratford Races. The plan is to arrive before 11.00am where we will have a dedicated parking area to display our cars. Nigel will guide us out onto the course to inspect the fences before taking us through the weighing rooms and 'backstage' area. The racecourse are also trying to get the Stratford Herald to do a feature on our visit, so we may be in a photo as well. For those like me who have never placed a bet before there will be a talk on 'how to do it' in time for the races during the afternoon. Sounds great, I'm looking forward to it already, if you would like to join the fun please let me know and I will add you to the booking list. Nigel has also negotiated a discount entry price of £10 per person.

Sunday 28th May - Gaydon Festival of Transport.

I am going to book a display area for this show which is at the British Motor Museum and my connections have allowed me to obtain free entry tickets, which get you into the show and into the Museum. I need to book with the organiser so please let me know if you would like to attend with your MG (other classics are OK as well).

Friday to Monday - 2nd to 5th June 2017 - St Audries Bay Weekend Away.

Everything is progressing well for this weekend away and we now have 19 couples signed up. Nigel is keeping in touch with the venue and is planning the route for the Saturday drive out. This photo is the view from the site taken as the sun is setting, let's hope for the same when we are there.

Sunday 11th June 2017 - 25th and Last Heritage Run:

Starting from 'The Valley' formerly Evesham Country Park. Roger is working hard on a scenic route through the Cotswolds countryside and is determined to include at least 1 Ford!!! This will take us to Stanway House, which will be open for our exclusive use. They will run the famous fountain twice during the afternoon and we can enjoy our picnics in the grounds. The near by water mill will also be open during the day (additional charge applies). Both Carole Nash Insurance & The MG Owners Club have confirmed attendance and will have displays in the parking area. As of the club night we had 111 cars booked and paid for the run, so we should have a good turnout but I would like to end the Heritage Runs with a great success so tell anyone you know with an MG to send their booking in soon, it will be a great day out.

Tuesday 4th July - Show Night. A month earlier than last year, hopefully for a better & longer evening.

Saturday 22nd July - Badsey Flower Show.

Sunday 6th August - Chairman's Picnic.

This is now confirmed for Batsford Falconry Centre and will be the same idea as last year where everyone brings a plate of food to share and tea & coffee will be provided. In the near future we will have the booking form available to choose what food you would like to bring to the picnic. The timings will be such that we will be able to attend the 3pm Falconry demonstration and see some of the birds in action.

Saturday 12th August - Brailes Show.

Monday 28th August - Pershore Plum Festival.

Other MG Events:

Sunday 2nd April - MGCC Mid Centre Sprint at Curborough

Sunday 9th April - MGB Register Spring Run from Hatton Country World to Woburn Abbey

Fri 5th to Sun 7th May - Jersey Weekender, St Helier, Jersey. Contact geoffedge@aol.com

Sunday 7th May - Charnwood Caper. Quorn & Woodhouse Station to Elvaston Castle. North Leics MG Club. Colin Readwin 07583 231 393, info@northleicester-mg.org.uk

Fri 19th to Sun 21st May - Welsh Rallye. MGCC Mid Centre. Llandrindod Wells. Andy Robson 0121 453, ajcarobson@blueyonda.co.uk

Sunday 4th June - Shropshire Lad Run. Oswestry to Shifnal. Roy Crosier, Shropshire MG Club. www.shropshiremgs.co.uk

Sat 17th to Sun 18th June - MG Live, Silverstone. MG Car Club.

Sunday 25th June - Cotswold Caper - Cirencester. www.glosmgoc.co.uk/caper

Wed 12th July (to be confirmed) - MGCC Mid Centre Joint Natter.

Sunday 23rd July - MGCC Midland Centre at Classic Nostalgia, Shelsley Walsh. 20% discount with advance booking code - Andy Robson, ajcarobson@blueyonder.co.uk

Sunday 6th August - MGCC Mid Centre Sprint at Curborough

Sunday 13th August - MG Day at Middleton Hall. Fran Bragger, 01827 54692, frances.bragger@sky.com

Sunday 3rd September - Charity Road Run. Gawsworth Hall. Potteries & South Cheshire MGOC. bobandmaggs@ntlworld.com

Sunday 24th September - Autumn Trial. Burton Dassett. MGCC Mid Centre

Other Events of Interest:

Sunday 9th April - Malvern Festival of Transport.

Saturday 15th April - Pride of Longbridge, Cofton Park. www.prideoflongbridge.co.uk

Sun 30th April & Mon 1st May - Stratford Festival of Motoring.

Sun 14th May - Cheshire Candle Charity Run. www.candlerun.org

Sun 28th & Mon 29th May - Classic Car & Transport Show, Ragley Hall.

Sunday 28th May - Gaydon Festival of Motoring. British Motor Museum, Gaydon.

Monday 29th May - Bidford Wings & Wheels. Bidford Gliding Club.

Sunday ?? June - Wellesbourne Wings & Wheels. Wellesbourne Airfield.

Sunday 2nd July - BMC & Leyland Show. British Motor Museum, Gaydon.

Sunday 27th August - Classic Car Show. Webbs of Wychbold.


Other Matters:

Club Clothing - The supplier we used for the last batch of clothing is no longer available to us but I still have the samples (with sewn Club Logo) and I can now offer these for sale at reduced cost as follows:

Polo Shirt: Size: Medium Colour: Royal Blue Cost: £6.00

Polo Shirt: Size: XL Colour: Green Cost: £6.00

Ladies Polo Shirt: Size: Medium Colour: Pink Cost: £7.50

Sweatshirt: Size: Medium Colour: Pale Grey Cost: £10.00

I will bring them to the April Club Night but if you are interested please let me know before, 'First Come First Served'.

MGCC Midland Centre Taster Trial.

On 30-04-17 at East Lodge Farm near Bromsgrove the Midland Centre will run a single venue Taster Trial on private land. The objective is to involve youngsters, minimum age 14 and adults who might have heard about trials but haven't taken it any further yet. The MSA acknowledges that clubs need to be able to attract new faces and on a one off annual basis will issue a permit that allows non club members, that is members of the public, to take part in a taster event whilst being covered by the MSA public liability insurance. It will be a production car event which means that standard road cars are both eligible and suitable. We typically see Rover25, MG F and Citroen Saxo among other small cars competing at the Autumn Trial, all are competent handy vehicles. The course will be grass and mud, essentially non-damaging.

The format will include an explanation of the different types of trial, the classes, how to prepare a vehicle, completing paperwork, driving instruction, driving practice and some good takeaways as a reminder of the event, and having enjoyed the experience we hope you'll join a club and compete.

If you know anyone who may be interested in trying a starter competition event, this may be just the thing for them, if so please get them to contact the Midland Centre. Further information is available from me or can be seen on the Midland Centre Website.

My MG: Alan & Julia Cleobury "MAGGIE" - 1957 MG Magnette ZBv TXF 336

Why MGs and Why a Magnette?

Growing up in a Non driver / No car family in the early 50's I was interested in cars from an early age and nothing was more exciting that being given a lift in a friends Dad's car ( Morris Oxfords / Humber Snipes/ Ford Popular - to name just a few).

Before I was 17 and with some of his redundancy money (My Dad was a Carpenter & in the building trade) bought me my first car - a 1956 ZB Magnette for £40.00 TFD915 - Where are you now?? Eventually passing my test the car came into regular use BUT always (Stupid things now) seemed to go wrong (remember I was not mechanically minded, even then & not a lot has changed!) Anyway Kennings the local BMC Dealer in Walsall were too tempting with an MG 1100, much more modern and only 4 years old- CRF161A- Where are you now? Although I can guess - and that's another story!

After various Manufacturer / Model changes- Marriage / Children etc I had strayed from the MG fold. As birthdays / Christmases came & went - "What do you want"? I would always say a "Magnette"! I had allsorts of MG presents over the years - "Thank you".

Nearing my big 50 I realised that some Magnettes were still around! Leading up to my big day I convinced Julia that all I was doing was reinvesting our money! Before I managed this one of my Managers had a BCA Classic auction catalogue and in there was a picture a very nice blue Magnette (I said nothing) but kept a copy).

I went to MG Stoneleigh in Feb 2001, as I was told there would be a Magnette for sale - It wasn't there! But just before leaving Jason (Son) spotted a "flyer" apologizing that said Magnette wasn't there but giving a contact number. I did and made arrangements to go down to Devon to view and eventually buy. Ironically this was the same car from that earlier BCA Catalogue - Destiny or What? "

Maggie (who was born the same year as Julia) had been totally rebuilt and her body looked good - Not being mechanically minded (and I didn't know all the excellent / expert MG people that I now do) was told her engine had also been rebuilt. However in just a few months it was clear all was not well and she was sent for a proper engine rebuild (More investment!) and within three years all her doors looked "iffy" and those had to be redone properly.

After about 14 years "gentle" use and at just 16500 miles (from rebuild) one of her Big Ends went! but she managed, very noisily to get us all the way home from Banbury! I had a spare engine so that has been put in and her gearbox was rebuilt at the same time - So far so good (fingers crossed) - Even more investment!

She has been featured in two Classic Car magazines - Classics for Sale / Nov 07 and Classic Car Mart / April 08.Maggie was also on the MG Car Club stand at the NEC, when they were showing their new MG6 Magnette.

Maggie has been with us for 16 years now and we are still investing in her (How did / do I get way with that?) In the meantime she has acquired a Garage / Stable mate in the shape of a modern MGTF (Tiffany), whose roof can be (in better weather) more easily taken off than Maggie's .Tiffany was bought in 2013 and we have been "investing" in her as well - new S/Steel Pipes the ultimate Head Gasket failure/ replacement again all seems Ok at present

Above all else the MG's and especially the Arden MG Club has given / gives us lots and lots of Fun and a very good Social life - PLUS Many good friends.

LONG LIVE MG's and LONG LIVE ARDEN CLUB

Cheers

Alan & Julia

I still need lots more stories, if you would like you and your MGs to be featured in the Newsletter please let me know.

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February 2017 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

A good turnout at the Club Night, for the winter months, with well into the 30s of you there. There was nothing to report for events this month, a quiet time of the year.

David has been updating the Club database and he spoke to most people at the Club night to catch up on any changes. If anything of your information (address, phone number, email, type of MG etc) has changed in recent times please let David or myself know so we can ensure the information we keep about you is accurate. These details are only seen by 4 officials of the Club and are not given to any other parties. If you would like to check what we hold, to see if it is correct please let me or David know.

I did canvass views on the night about the good causes we should donate the excess club funds to and there was a clear favourite with Shakespeare Hospice, however the second recipient was only marginally clear but the recipient will be Alcester Day Care. We will contact them both to arrange a presentation.

Future Events:

Tuesday 7th March - Club Night - Guest Speaker. I've been keeping you all in the dark about who our guest speaker will be for this club night but I did announce at the Club Night that it is Stuart Turner. For those of you who do not know the name, Stuart was one of the 3 legendary managers of the BMC Competitions Department (affectionately known as 'Comps') and he was in-charge when the Mini Coopers won the famous Monte Carlo Rally in the mid 1960s. He then moved onto manage the competition programme at Ford to achieve great success with the Escorts etc. At the end of the Newsletter is a synopsis of his career written by one of the Motor Clubs he gave a talk to.

Sunday 2nd April - April Foolery, Sunday Lunch Run. Starting from the Stratford Garden Centre (located on the B4632 road to Mickleton out of Stratford), where the cafe will be open to start the day. The run will generally follow the route used on the first Heritage Run taking us to Gaydon and lunch at the Malt Shovel. For those interested after lunch a visit to the Motor Museum or the local Herb Centre can be arranged, please let us know which if any you would be interested in.

We need to provide the venue with lunch choices, so please fill in the booking form (available on the club website) and give/send to Alan Cleobury with your payment before or at the March Club Night (7th March).

Sunday 9th April - Malvern Classic Car Show. Alan has booked a club stand at this event and is collecting bookings. If you would like to be on the club display please let him know as soon as possible and make sure you let him know if you want one the famous bacon or sausage rolls.

Sunday 23rd April - Drive it Day. We now have some details for this year's run with a new starting venue of 'Bonds' café and Antique Centre CV37 9ST (located on the A435 between Stratford and Welford on Avon), arrive from 10.30 to be ready to leave at 11.00/11.15 for the usual scenic run to Wroxall Abbey. We have visited Wroxall before but they are having an open day that day and have extended it to be a 'Drive-it-Day' venue. Lunch will be available, buffet style Beef & Ale pie with tea or coffee afterwards for £11.95. I do need firm numbers to let the venues know, so please let me know if you would like to join the fun and if you would like to have lunch.

Sunday 14th May - Chilly Willy 'WARMER' Run. This is now confirmed and will be a re-run of the Chilly Willy Run from New Year's Day. This time, meeting from 10.45 and ready to leave around 11.30 for the run to The Golden Cross. For lunch Matt has extended the menu to include a Sunday roast but the cost is still only £11.00 for 2 courses. As ever Matt needs to know numbers and lunch choices (payment on the day), so please let me know if you would like to do the run and your meal choice if you want to have lunch. As you can see the winner of the prize for the name is Norman Large's original suggestion using the play on the original title. Several people offered a play on the May theme but I still preferred to simple change, thanks for you suggestions. A bottle of beer will be presented at the next club night.

Sunday 28th May - Gaydon Festival of Transport. I am going to book a display area for this show which is at the British Motor Museum and my connections have allowed me to obtain free entry tickets, which get you into the show and into the Museum. I need to book with the organiser so please let me know if you would like to attend with your MG (other classics are OK as well).

Friday to Monday - 2nd to 5th June 2017 - St Audries Bay Week-end Away. 18 couples are now booked for the week-end and the deposits have been paid to St Audries Bay. Nigel is looking at the route for the Saturday drive-out, we just need the sun to shine.

Sunday 11th June 2017 - 25th and Last Heritage Run: Starting from 'The Valley' formerly Evesham Country Park. Roger is working hard on a scenic route through the Cotswolds countryside and is determined to include at least 1 Ford!!! This will take us to Stanway House, which will be open for our exclusive use. They will run the famous fountain twice during the afternoon and we can enjoy our picnics in the grounds. The near by water mill will also be open during the day (additional charge applies). Both Carole Nash Insurance & The MG Owners Club have confirmed attendance and will have displays in the parking area. It will be a great day, please tell everyone you know with an MG to book we really want to finish the event with a big success.

Tuesday 4th July - Show Night. A month earlier than last year, hopefully for a better & longer evening.

Saturday 22nd July - Badsey Flower Show.

Sunday ?? August - Chairman's Picnic. Date and venue to be confirmed.

Saturday 12th August - Brailes Show.

Monday 28th August - Pershore Plum Festival.

Other MG Events:

Sunday 19th February - MG & Triumph Spares Day NAC.

Sunday 2nd April - MGCC Mid Centre Sprint at Curborough

Sunday 9th April - MGB Register Spring Run from Hatton Country World to Woburn Abbey

Fri 5th to Sun 7th May - Jersey Weekender, St Helier, Jersey. Contact geoffedge@aol.com

Sunday 7th May - Charnwood Caper. Quorn & Woodhouse Station to Elvaston Castle. North Leics MG Club. Colin Readwin 07583 231 393, info@northleicester-mg.org.uk

Fri 19th to Sun 21st May - Welsh Rallye. MGCC Mid Centre. Llandrindod Wells. Andy Robson 0121 453, ajcarobson@blueyonda.co.uk

Sunday 4th June - Shropshire Lad Run. Oswestry to Shifnal. Roy Crosier, Shropshire MG Club. www.shropshiremgs.co.uk

Sat 17th to Sun 18th June - MG Live, Silverstone. MG Car Club.

Sunday 25th June - Cotswold Caper - Cirencester. www.glosmgoc.co.uk/caper

Wed 12th July (to be confirmed) - MGCC Mid Centre Joint Natter.

Sunday 6th August - MGCC Mid Centre Sprint at Curborough

Sunday 3rd September - Charity Road Run. Gawsworth Hall. Potteries & South Cheshire MGOC. bobandmaggs@ntlworld.com

Sunday 24th September - Autumn Trial. Burton Dassett. MGCC Mid Centre

Other Events of Interest:

Sunday 9th April - Malvern Festival of Transport.

Saturday 15th April - Pride of Longbridge, Cofton Park. www.prideoflongbridge.co.uk

Sun 30th April & Mon 1st May - Stratford Festival of Motoring.

Sun 14th May - Cheshire Candle Charity Run. www.candlerun.org

Sun 28th & Mon 29th May - Classic Car & Transport Show, Ragley Hall.

Sunday 28th May - Gaydon Festival of Motoring. British Motor Museum, Gaydon.

Monday 29th May - Bidford Wings & Wheels. Bidford Gliding Club.

Sunday ?? June - Wellesbourne Wings & Wheels. Wellesbourne Airfield.

Sunday 2nd July - BMC & Leyland Show. British Motor Museum, Gaydon.

Sunday 27th August - Classic Car Show. Webbs of Wychbold.

Other Matters:

MGCC Midland Centre Taster Trial.

On 30-04-17 at East Lodge Farm near Bromsgrove the Midland Centre will run a single venue Taster Trial on private land. The objective is to involve youngsters, minimum age 14 and adults who might have heard about trials but haven't taken it any further yet. The MSA acknowledges that clubs need to be able to attract new faces and on a one off annual basis will issue a permit that allows non club members, that is members of the public, to take part in a taster event whilst being covered by the MSA public liability insurance. It will be a production car event which means that standard road cars are both eligible and suitable. We typically see Rover25, MG F and Citroen Saxo among other small cars competing at the Autumn Trial, all are competent handy vehicles. The course will be grass and mud, essentially non-damaging.

The format will include an explanation of the different types of trial, the classes, how to prepare a vehicle, completing paperwork, driving instruction, driving practice and some good takeaways as a reminder of the event, and having enjoyed the experience we hope you'll join a club and compete.

If you know anyone who may be interested in trying a starter competition event, this may be just the thing for them, if so please get them to contact the Midland Centre. Further information is available from me or can be seen on the Midland Centre Website.

My MG: Nigel & Stephanie Hook

My first Car was a 1960 Morris Minor 1000 which I inherited from My Father. In 1962 I sold this and purchased through a friend in Daventry a 1961 Triumph Herald. As my Father was then Senior Staff of Standard Triumph and through my cousin who worked in the competitions department I was able to purchase an ex Le Mans Spitfire engine which I had dropped into the Herald, I had the car sprayed in Glacier White

with a Blood Red Stripe running from Headlamp surround to Tailfin. Except for inverting the First and Third spring on the Transverse leaves on the rear giving superb road holding it very much looked like an ordinary Car. I remember the shocked looks of other motorists and would be boy racers when I pulled away from traffic lights (etc) leaving them standing, it was what you might call a very quick car!

In 1965 I purchased my first new car an MG Midget in Red, I had enormous fun with this going all over the country. My Brother and Cousin plus three friends worked for Donald Healey in Warwick and kept saying why don't you progress to a real mans car!! So in late 1966 I bought a 1963 Healey 3000 Mk.2 in Red of course.

What a car - I wish I still had it now!!! I had a lot of works extras fitted from the Timo Makinen Tulip Rally 3000 and had a lot of fun doing a few clubman's meetings at various venues including Mallory Park raceway. A good friend made me an offer I could not refuse for it so in 1967/8 I sold it and bought a 1964 Iris Blue MGB

Roadster, which I did many miles in. I found a 1965 MG Midget that was in Mint condition with only 15,000 miles on the clock so the MGB went. I sold it in 1970 when Stephanie came along. Before children came we had an Austin Healy Sprite Mk 2 in Red. Over the next few years Stephanie had a Red MGB, a Red Triumph Spitfire and a Maroon Frogeye Sprite. As well as a Dolomite Sprint, an Avenger, XR3, XR3i, Toyota MR2, BMW and quite a few more!

We moved to Devon in 1982 when we purchased our first Hotel and I set up in a secondary business. A debt was owed to me of which the person concerned could not pay, he offered me a 1971 Old English White MGB Roadster although it needed a lot of tlc I took it and proceeded to do a nut and bolt restoration on it, had it resprayed in Glacier White with complete new upholstery. It was absolutely superb and was almost concourse. In 1989 we bought our first pub in Berkshire and reluctantly had to let this one go, I have regretted it ever since and cannot find what happened to her. That was it until we moved back to the Midlands in 2000. I then spotted a Blue MG midget 1977 in the local paper and bought it for Stephanie and we joined the Arden MG Club. In 2011 I had an accident and shattered my legs and was looking for a project whilst recuperating, so when Stephanie was in Canada visiting her Father I bought another MG Midget I had seen advertised. The body work on this one was in fairly good condition just a few touch ups on the paint then a complete inside refurbishment it really looked a picture.

When on holiday visiting friends in Devon Stephanie spotted an Old English White 1963 MGB Roadster, of course we bought it and had it shipped back home. I advertised the Midget and it sold within the week strangely going down to Devon a mile up the road from where we had just purchased the MGB!

The people that bought it still have it and love it. The Lady loves to take it out in the Summer months along the front in Teignmouth.

In 2015 on a visit to old school friends in Montacute near Yeovil in Somerset, I went to a local show with the husband's of Stephanie's school friends and in the conversation we had the one chap told me he had a 1972 MGB Roadster he was thinking of selling. We arrived back at his house and he wheeled it out of the garage and as soon as I saw it I said that is MINE ! It was a Red one !!! He had had a complete nut and bolt restoration done on it and was Mint. He told me he had toured Germany and Italy in it and had now done 50,000 miles.

from new. All the paperwork was there. Once again I told Stephanie I had bought her another car. I don't think at first she believed me but a week later we went back down and I drove it back and that is the car you see us in now. Meanwhile I had put the White MGB on Gumtree and it sold within 2hrs and is now in London somewhere.

HAVOK (as we call her, Reg No. HVK 33K) We are still very pleased with her and try to get to as many Rallies with the Arden MG Club as we can.

Thanks for a great story Nigel, if anyone else would like to let me have there story for a future Newsletter, please let me know.

Stuart Turner: A Misspent Life in Motorsport

Stuart co-drove in factory cars for Austin Healey, Auto Union, Alfa Romeo, MG , Mercedes, Saab and Triumph and competed on major events like the Mille Miglia and the Monte Carlo, Alpine, Liege and Tulip rallies. He was champion navigator for the first two years of the British Rally Championship and won the 1960 RAC Rally with Erik Carlsson in a Saab.

He became Sports Editor of 'Motoring News', where he created the MN Rally Championship, then Competitions Manager at BMC during the glory days of the Mini Coopers on Monte Carlo Rallies.

He spent two years as Publicity Manager at Castrol where he began the motor club support programme of quizzes etc. and was on the organising committee member and a travelling marshal on the London to Sydney Marathon.

He then became Competitions Manager at Ford of Britain when the Escort was supreme and he also ran the Advanced Vehicle Operations factory making Escort Mexicos and RS2000s.

After a spell as Director of Public Affairs at Ford of Britain, he moved back into the sport as Director of Motorsport for Ford of Europe where he initiated the Sierra Cosworth, RS200 and Escort Cosworth before retiring.

Stuart was awarded an Autosport Award in 1990 and the Prince Michael Award of Merit in 2009, both for services to motorsport.

He is the author of over 20 books on motorsport, business and public speaking, including a biography of Pat Moss Carlsson, Harnessing Horsepower . He has also written a Haynes Manual. No, not on Minis or Escorts but on retirement, although he shows little signs of doing so himself as he is heavily involved with the Motorsport Safety Fund, a charity producing films and publications to help keep the sport safe.

He is the winner of a Benedictine After Dinner Speaker of the Year Award

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January 2017 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

Thanks to everyone who turned up for the AGM, I'm sorry it was a bit longer than normal at 17 minutes but we needed to discuss what we do with the surplus funds we have in the club account, more of this later. After a quick review of the year, we went to the election of the officers for the club and the status quo has been maintained with no changes. Roger reported that even though we had made some major purchases last year (2 storm shelters) we still have over £1,000 in the club account. We like to keep some funds to cover any future expenditure (the website will need to be renewed in March for example) but feel ~£300 is sufficient for this, so we can make charitable donations of £700, possibly as £350 to each of 2 good causes. In AOB we discussed several possibilities and I have listed these with a short synopsis of them at the end of the Newsletter. Please let me know which 2 of these causes you think we should support, I will close the vote after the February Club Night.

A couple of days before was of course the start of the year with the traditional Chilly Willy Run and despite the pouring rain there were no last minute cancellations and 29 cars waited at The Willowbrook Garden Centre ready for the 26 mile run through the lanes to arrive at The Golden Cross ready for lunch. It was suggested to me that as this was such wet day with poor visibility we should hold the run again in the warmer months, see the future events for further info.

Future Events:

Friday 17th February - Skittles Evening. As you can see I have now confirmed the date and the venue will be Binton Social Club. The cost is £7.00 per person and will include a basket meal selected from the following list:

Scampi & Chips

Sausage & Chips

Steak Pie & Chips

Chicken Pie & Chips

I'm going to limit the evening to 34 people, so if would like to join us please let me know as soon as possible with your meal selection and then let me have your payment, at the time of writing there are only 10 places left.

Tuesday 7th March - Club Night - Guest Speaker. I'm not going to give any details at this stage as I think this speaker will be very popular and I want to keep the evening open for club members but if you have any interest in the MG Comps department and motorsport this will be one night not to miss.

Sunday 2nd April - April Foolery, Sunday Lunch Run. This is still work in progress for Alan and the team but I'm sure it will be as good as previous years, so make a note of the date. They have moved out of March to avoid the usual last week-end as this is Mothering Sunday this year.

Sunday 23rd April - Drive it Day. I have not made any arrangements for this year's run, so would anyone like to have a try at doing some or all of the organising, we can give all the help you may need?

Sunday 14th May - Chilly Willy 'Warmer' Run. As mentioned earlier I plan to do the Chilly Willy Run again but this time in warmer/drier weather. Similar format to New Year's Day, more info soon. In the mean time we need a name for the run, there is a prize of a bottle of beer for the best name on an email to me before the Feb Club Night. If you want to join the run let me know.

Friday to Monday - 2nd to 5th June 2017 - St Audries Bay Week-end Away. To date Nigel has 14 couples booked in for the week-end, so it promises to be a good week-end. There is still plenty of time to book, however he will be sending the deposit money to the venue after the February Club Night, so make sure you have your deposit money with you then to make your booking.

Sunday 11th June 2017 - 25th and Last Heritage Run: As no one has come forward to take over the running of the Heritage Run this will be the last, so let's make it a good one with lots of MGs touring through the Cotswold Countryside. We will be returning to Evesham Country Park (now called The Valley) for the start and the final venue of Stanway House, further details on the club website.

Tuesday 4th July - Show Night. Brought forward from last year, hopefully for a better & longer evening.

Saturday 22nd July - Badsey Flower Show.

Sunday ?? August - Chairman's Picnic. Date and venue to be confirmed.

Saturday 12th August - Brailes Show.

Monday 28th August - Pershore Plum Festival.

Other MG Events:

Sunday 19th February - MG & Triumph Spares Day NAC.

Sunday 2nd April - MGCC Mid Centre Sprint at Curborough

Sunday 9th April - MGB Register Spring Run from Hatton Country World to Woburn Abbey

Fri 5th to Sun 7th May - Jersey Weekender, St Helier, Jersey. Contact geoffedge@aol.com

Sunday 7th May - Charnwood Caper. Quorn & Woodhouse Station to Elvaston Castle. North Leics MG Club. Colin Readwin 07583 231 393, info@northleicester-mg.org.uk

Fri 19th to Sun 21st May - Welsh Rallye. MGCC Mid Centre. Llandrindod Wells. Andy Robson 0121 453, ajcarobson@blueyonder.co.uk

Sunday 4th June - Shropshire Lad Run. Oswestry to Shifnal. Roy Crosier, Shropshire MG Club. www.shropshiremgs.co.uk

Sat 17th to Sun 18th June - MG Live, Silverstone. MG Car Club.

Sunday 25th June - Cotswold Caper - Cirencester. www.glosmgoc.co.uk/caper

Wed 12th July (to be confirmed) - MGCC Mid Centre Joint Natter.

Sunday 6th August - MGCC Mid Centre Sprint at Curborough

Sunday 3rd September - Charity Road Run. Gawsworth Hall. Potteries & South Cheshire MGOC. bobandmaggs@ntlworld.com

Sunday 24th September - Autumn Trial. Burton Dassett. MGCC Mid Centre

Other Events of Interest:

Sunday 9th April - Malvern Festival of Transport.

Saturday 15th April - Pride of Longbridge, Cofton Park. www.prideoflongbridge.co.uk

Sun 30th April & Mon 1st May - Stratford Festival of Motoring.

Sun 28th & Mon 29th May - Classic Car & Transport Show, Ragley Hall.

Sunday 28th May - Gaydon Festival of Motoring. British Motor Museum, Gaydon.

Monday 29th May - Bidford Wings & Wheels. Bidford Gliding Club.

Sunday ?? June - Wellesbourne Wings & Wheels. Wellesbourne Airfield.

Sunday 2nd July - BMC & Leyland Show. British Motor Museum, Gaydon.

Sunday 27th August - Classic Car Show. Webbs of Wychbold.

Other Matters:

Donations to Charity

Riding for the Disabled

National organisation based on local groups.

Aims to provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities all over the country.

SonA Hospital

Very local, previous donation from Heritage Run funds.

Our aim is to use charitable funds to create a homely and less institutionalised environment for the people that use our services.

Shakespeare Hospice

Very local, previous donation from Heritage Run funds.

It's difficult to sumerise as they do so much but they provide care and support' with it's physiotherapy, complementary and occupational therapy. Their 'Young People's Hub' was established to support young people with life limiting conditions during the transitional period between children's and adult's hospices

Alcester Day Care

Local, previous donation from Heritage Run funds to Alcester Café.

Alcester Day Care is a day centre to support people with dementia, their carers, family and friends. It is the follow on from Alcester Cafe which supports people with dementia and their carers together.

Molly Olly's Wishes

Local (Hatton Park, Warwick)

Molly Olly's Wishes supports children with terminal or life threatening illnesses and their families to help with their emotional wellbeing. We grant individual wishes and donate therapeutic toys and books to both children directly and to hospitals throughout the UK.

My MG:

There will be a slight delay for the next My MG Story but if you would like your car(s) included in this feature please let me know. Either write your story down or let's have a talk about it.

 

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December 2016 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

This will be the last Newsletter of the year and I want to introduce a new section at the end, where we can share the stories behind our MGs but more on this later. The last club night of the year was well attended and the new landlord is continuing to look after us well and we got our usual bowls of chips (I have asked Matt to send them round a bit earlier in future).

The following week was the Xmas Meal and again Matt looked after us very well with a very good meal and good service. I think everyone enjoyed the evening, although several people cancelled at the last minute due to illness which is always a problem this time of year, however Matt was very understanding and refunds will be made (please see me). This year's quiz was very easy!!!!! With only 1 question, to name as many British Gold Medal Winners at this years Rio Olympic Games as possible (I will add the full list to the website), there are 59 possible answers. Philipa (with some help from her team) had the best memory and won the chocolates. I decided to make an award for the best dressed table again, which was very difficult and was eventually persuaded by Graham's nodding Santa Hat along with the Christmas Jumpers of his fellow table members (although he did share the mints with the runner up table).

Future Events:

Sunday 1st January 2017 - Chilly Willy Run. This year's run as you now know is starting from Willowbrook Garden Centre in Catshill near Bromsgrove, with a 26 mile scenic drive to finish at the Golden Cross. The run has been very popular and we have more bookings for lunch than seats in the restaurant, so I will do a seating plan similar to the Xmas meal but request those who have not already booked for lunch not to take a seat in the restaurant. I have already given Matt the list of meal choices but we could probably add some more if you want to join us (sitting in the bar area), however if you are going to join us (even for just the run) please let me know as I will only print the required number of route sheets. If for any reason you find you can no longer attend please let me know so I can cancel your food order.

Tuesday 3rd January 2017 - Club Night - AGM. Our first meeting of the year will be the Club AGM, so as ever your chance to have a say in what goes on with the club, if anyone wants to have a more active role in the organisation please talk to me before the day. As usual I will try and keep it short so as not to spoil the rest of your evening.

Friday Mid February - Skittles Evening. Date and venue to be confirmed.

Tuesday 7th March - Club Night - Guest Speaker. I'm not going to give any details at this stage as I think this speaker will be very popular and I want to keep the evening open for club members but if you have any interest in the MG Comps department and motorsport this will be one night not to miss.

Sunday 2nd April - April Foolery, Sunday Lunch Run. As the last Sunday of March is Mothering Sunday, the March Madness Run has transformed into the April Foolery Run. Alan and his team will again be organising this and more details will be available soon.

Friday to Monday - 2nd to 5th June 2017 - St Audries Bay Week-end Away.

Nigel has now made a provisional booking for this week-end away and an information sheet is included with this newsletter. Nigel has stated that he would prefer everyone to attend in their MGs but will understand if you want to travel in your modern car.

Sunday 11th June 2017 - 25th and Last Heritage Run:

As no one has come forward to take over the running of the Heritage Run this will be the last, so let's make it a good one with lots of MGs touring through the Cotswold Countryside. We will be returning to Evesham Country Park (now called The Valley) for the start and the final venue of Stanway House, further details on the club website.

Other Matters:

Club 2017 Calendar I have only one 2017 calendar left, so if you would like to claim it (£5.00) please let me know, it will go to the first claimant (I can bring it to the Jan club night).

My MG: As mentioned at the start a new section for the newsletter. I was asked a while ago if we could do something where everyone could tell us about the MG they own and their past MG history and share their stories with the club. We all tend to know each other by the MG we drive, so here is the chance to introduce yourself to the other people in the club. I will start the ball rolling with my MG story but let's have some more for future newsletters. Don't worry about the writing if you just want to give me the details we can write the story together or I'm happy to add your own words, don't forget to add some photos.


My MG Story:


My story goes back to when I was a child at home in the 1960's and seeing an advert for an MGB GT when they were new and saying I'm going to have a new one of those. This was reinforced by the Primrose Yellow BGT parked in the next street to where I lived. Well I never got the 'New' MG but I did start with my first car being a 10 year old Austin Healey Sprite (almost an MG - built in Abingdon). Having seen an MG TF Midget in the Donnington Park Museum, I liked the look of them but could not afford one in those days but saw a replica kit car. After lots of work, moving house slowed down the build and I eventually decided to sell the 'Gentry', so had a little money to spare. By this time the children have arrived, so a family friendly classic would be required, but dropping some kids off at a parents house there was an MGC Roadster sat on the drive. This of course had to be looked at and the first thing I noticed was the amount of space behind the seats and a nice shelf to sit on, this must be suitable for carrying children. The C belonged to Alan Torbett who took me along to the Arden MG Club and introduced me to John Saunders who knew of an MGB for sale. Job done, I have owned the car for 24 years now, more than half its life.

It hasn't stopped there though, when Lech decided that his MG J2 project was not as interesting as his renewed love of gliding, I became the owner of 16 boxes of vintage MG, this story is ongoing….

I will end by wishing you all a Very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year

Happy MG-ing

Paul


 

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November 2016 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

At long last I'm able to send a Newsletter early, this is because I would like to let you all know that I have spoken to the new landlord (Matthew) at the Golden Cross and am pleased to report that he is very keen to continue the relationship with the club and will offer the same facilities as Debbie has been doing. I know some of you were concerned about the Xmas Meal, again to let you all know the Menu we are using was set by the new landlord, so there are no issues from the change in landlord.

The club night was a sad occasion for us to be saying goodbye to Debbie after 10 years of looking after us. We could not let this go without a token of our thanks, so on behalf of the club I presented Debbie with an inscribed vase (and a bunch of flowers to put in it) to remind her of the Club at The Golden Cross. The evening was not all sadness though as we had been entertained and educated by Nigel who talked about his life as a horse racing jockey and valet. He started by giving us his 'alphabet' of racing, followed by explaining and showing some of the equipment and clothes worn by the jockeys, including the thin saddles and boots to make up for a jockey carrying too much weight!! The finale was a series of anecdotes and funny tales from the racing world and people. A great talk enjoyed by everyone, many thanks to Nigel.


The previous week a small group of us visited the Shakespeare Hospice to present a donation cheque, this donation was from the proceeds from this year's Heritage Run. As I'm sure you all know by now we try to make some donations each year with any surplus from the run and we like these to be either motoring related or local causes. As you can see in the photo we had 4 MGs lined up at the Hospice for the presentation and I hope they will be able to use the photo for further publicity. Thanks to Graham Robson for taking the photos (he didn't want to be included in it and even managed to get his car hidden as well!!).


Future Events:

6th December - Club Night. The last natter of the year, especially for those not attending the Xmas meal the following week.

13th December - Xmas Meal. This will be the last event of the year and so far I have 51 people booked and paid. This means that we will be overflowing the restaurant, so if you have not booked yet and are thinking of attending you will not be on your own outside the restaurant and you will be included in the fun of the evening. To book send you meal choices and payment to me, full details are on the club website, follow this link: http://www.ardenmgclub.co.uk/page5.htm

As usual there will be a quiz (only 1 question this year) and a prize draw where every couple gets a prize.

Sunday 1st January 2017 - Chilly Willy Run. There will be a run this year, which will include the Golden Cross and I'm still working on the other venue, I will let you all know but keep the date free.

Tuesday 3rd January 2017 - Club Night - AGM. Our first meeting of the year will be the Club AGM, so as ever your chance to have a say in what goes on with the club, if anyone wants to have a more active role in the organisation please talk to me before the day. As usual I will try and keep it short so as not to spoil the rest of your evening.

St Audries Bay Week-end Away - 2nd to 5th June 2017. Looking further ahead here is the plan from Nigel:

St Audries Bay, 2017. I have been in touch with James the owner for Arden MG club to visit next year, he has pencilled in June 2/3/4. Suggestions are - Arrive Fri Eve. (meet up and have drinks in the Bar) Sat trip to Dunster Castle or scenic drive through Exmoor with lunch stop at Dulverton. Sat Eve. informal Dinner Dance. Sun South West coast path walk or free time Sun Eve. Noggin and Natter with Taunton MG club at St Audries. Mon return home.

2017 Heritage Run: The date for next year's run has been set for Sunday 11th June and the final destination will be Stanway House in the Cotswolds, which will be opened for our exclusive use. More details next time, however I have to let you all know that the organising committee have decided that after 25 years (2017 will be the 25th run) it is time to step down. The run has been more successful than ever envisaged and everyone would like to finish before the numbers start to drop. It is also getting more and more difficult to find new venues to finish at. Now for the appeal, if anyone would like to form a new committee in order to keep the run going we will give you all the support we can and there is the contingency fund which will be available, but if no one comes forward then we will be marketing the 2017 run as the 25th and LAST! Either way let's make 2017 a big one, so put the date in your new calendar/diary now!!

Saturday 8th July 2017. I have received and booked places for 7 couples for the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire's 'Cheltenham Fryer' steam special. They will be joining the other MGCC natters for the evening and have filled a carriage. More places could be available but would be in a separate carriage, however these trains get fully booked early, so it will be subject to availability. Let me know if you are interested in joining in for the fish & chip supper on the train and I will give you the details of the organiser.

Drive safely

Paul

 

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August 2016 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,


I hope you all enjoyed the Show Night, it was not as well attended as last year but considering the weather forecast it was still a good turnout (although I'm thinking about moving it forward to July next year, what do you all think?). Despite the lower turnout I still handed out over 50 voting slips, so the 'Girls' had a big task to count the votes and collate the results (thanks to Caroline & Pam for their hard work again), which were:

Best Car: Paul Adams MG TC


Best Car 1st Runner-up: Mike Brown MG YT Best Car 2nd Runner-up: Norman Large MGB


Best Open Car: Mike Storey MGA


Best Open Car Runner-up: Helen Lobb-Jones MG TC

Best Closed Car: Alan Cleobury MG Magnette


Best Closed Car Runner-up: Doug Freeman MGB GT

Best MG Interior: Roger Phipp MGB


Best MG Interior Runner-up: Alan Ferguson MGF

Thanks for all the votes, it wouldn't work without them.

Before then we attended the MGCC Joint Natter over in Severn Stoke in the lea of the Malvern hills and 4 cars tried to journey there in convoy, however a couple of missed turnings split us into two groups but everyone got there in the end, for a pleasant evening. Although I was struggling with the rain shower on the way but no time to stop to put the hood up!!

The following week a hardy band braved the rain for the Quiz on Wheelz. After picking up the question sheets at the Golden Cross and some tricky questions we finished at the Neville Arms for a well earned drink and sustenance. This year Caroline and I just missed out on the top prize but we had another presentation to make of a birthday cake to Julia Cleobury before the winner's prize was awarded to Mike & Jane Green, well done and they have agreed to set the quiz next year. Many thanks to David & John for an enjoyable (if wet) evening.


Then on the next Saturday we gave the new 'Storm Shelter' an airing at the Badsey Flower Show and it was needed to provide shade from that big yellow thing in the sky. We had a good line-up of cars but the best thing was the bacon butties cooked by Alan & Julia, a great idea. The show was good too, especially the flypast by a Spitfire from the British Memorial Flight.

Future Events:

Pershore Plum Festival - 29th August. You need to book directly with the organisers for this show and this year we will try meeting at the show without a convoy run, so we can arrive earlier and ensure we have a suitable display area. It can't rain again can it?? but this year we will be prepared with the new Storm Shelters we have bought.

Guest Speaker - 1st November. Nigel Hook has offered to give us a talk entitled: 'My Life in Racing' (facts and stories) and he will bring along some kits the Jockeys use to illustrate the day to day running of events.

Xmas Meal - 13th December. As ever I'm sure this will be the first talk of Xmas for everyone but we need to make the booking at the Golden Cross, so the same as last year it will be the 2nd Tuesday of the month meaning there will be the usual club night on the 6th Dec. I will let you know when I have the menu for selections but please make a note on your calendars.

St Audries Bay Week-end Away - 2nd to 5th June 2017. Looking further ahead here is the plan from Nigel:

St Audries Bay, 2017. I have been in touch with James the owner for Arden MG club to visit next year, he has pencilled in June 2/3/4. Suggestions are - Arrive Fri Eve. (meet up and have drinks in the Bar) Sat trip to Dunster Castle or scenic drive through Exmoor with lunch stop at Dulverton. Sat Eve. informal Dinner Dance. Sun South West coast path walk or free time Sun Eve. Noggin and Natter with Taunton MG club at St Audries. Mon return home.

Other Matters:

For those members who have joined us recently, you may have noticed in other members cars windscreens the Arden MG Club Shield Badge. I still have a good stock of these at £1 each, so if anyone would like one just ask.

MG Events Calendar:

Sun 4th Sept Charity Road Run. Gawsworth Hall. www.mgpotsches.org.uk .

Sun 18th Sept Dales Trial. Yorkshire Dales MGOC. www.ydccc.co.uk or djkates@tiscali.co.uk

Sun 25th Sept MGCC Autumn Trial at Burton Dassett

Other Events:

Sat 27th Aug Sherbourne Summer Fete. 12 noon to 4pm and will be held at the bottom of Church Road close to the church. Contact Tony Reece - reecetony3@googlemail.com, 01926 624608

Sun 18th Sept Solihull Fun in the Park. Tudor Grange Park, be in place by 10.15 and stay all day. roalanc@gmail.com or Rosemary on 01564 773 302.

Drive safely

Paul

 

 

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July 2016 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

I know this is nearly the end of July but I'm still trying to catch up with myself, so hopefully better late than never, maybe normal service will be resumed next month!!!

Of course the event to report on at the July Club Night was the Heritage Run and despite the difficulties with a clashing event and the limit we put on entry numbers I think it was another resounding success, so well done to all concerned. Next year will be the 25th run, so we are looking to make it special, if you have any ideas please let me know.

Future Events:

The next event on the list is the August Club Night which will be our annual Show Night (2nd August). This is your chance to give your MG an extra 'spit & polish' and put it on show, as usual there will be prizes for the most popular as voted for by you. Get there early as last year the Orchard Carpark was overflowing and make the most of the long evenings.

Brailes Show - 13th August. We have again been invited to display our cars at this very pleasant country show. Last year we had a good turnout to enjoy the sunshine and all the exhibits, well worth getting the car out. The show opens at 1.00pm so they ask us to be on site by 12.30, no charge just drive in. Please let me know if you are going to join us.

Chairman's Picnic - 14th August. I sent an email out a few days ago to explain the running of this event, however this is the general gist and I have been informed that the parking space we have been allocated is right in front of the house. This year's Picnic will be at Croome Park which is a National Trust property (so bring your membership card with you) with extensive gardens and we have arranged permission to set-up our shelters in the grounds. The event will run the same as last year with everyone bringing a plate of food to share and to ensure we don't duplicate items, booking for the event will be by selecting the plate of food you will bring. The booking information is on the website page, please let me know what you would like to bring to co-ordinate the food and I will need £5 for each car entered to cover the cost of the parking area at Croome Park. We will of course have a social run from the Golden Cross with the usual bacon rolls & coffee (or tea) from 11am ready to leave around 11.30/45.

Pershore Plum Festival - 29th August. You need to book directly with the organisers for this show and this year we will try meeting at the show without a convoy run, so we can arrive earlier and ensure we have a suitable display area. It can't rain again can it?? but this year we will be prepared with the new Storm Shelters we have bought.

Guest Speaker - 1st November. Nigel Hook has offered to give us a talk entitled: 'My Life in Racing' (facts and stories) and he will bring along some kits the Jockeys use to illustrate the day to day running of events.

St Audries Bay Week-end Away - 2nd to 5th June 2017. Looking further ahead here is the plan from Nigel:

St Audries Bay, 2017. I have been in touch with James the owner for Arden MG club to visit next year, he has pencilled in June 2/3/4. Suggestions are - Arrive Fri Eve. (meet up and have drinks in the Bar) Sat trip to Dunster Castle or scenic drive through Exmoor with lunch stop at Dulverton. Sat Eve. informal Dinner Dance. Sun South West coast path walk or free time Sun Eve. Noggin and Natter with Taunton MG club at St Audries. Mon return home. I can't tell you the cost yet until we have some Idea of interest from club members, but I can get a good deal I am sure.

Now over to you, in order to progress with this event Nigel needs to have some idea of interest and at this stage you are not committing yourself to go but if it is something you would like to take part in please let me know. I'm sure Nigel would be happy to talk to anyone about his ideas for the week-end. This will be the first time the club has organised a week-end event, so we need to know if people are interested to take part. I have not had much response for this, you don't need to commit yourselves at present but might you be interested in joining the week-end?

Other Matters:

For those members who have joined us recently, you may have noticed in other members cars windscreens the Arden MG Club Shield Badge. I still have a good stock of these at £1 each, so if anyone would like one just ask.

MG Events Calendar:

Sun 4th Sept Charity Road Run. Gawsworth Hall. www.mgpotsches.org.uk .

Sun 18th Sept Dales Trial. Yorkshire Dales MGOC. www.ydccc.co.uk or djkates@tiscali.co.uk

Other Events:

Sun 18th Sept Solihull Fun in the Park. Tudor Grange Park, be in place by 10.15 and stay all day. roalanc@gmail.com or Rosemary on 01564 773 302.

Drive safely

Paul


 

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June 2016 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

A short (but sweet) Newsletter this month, we reported on the Churchill Show at the last Club Night (that was well attended with well over 40 signing the register) which was another great day out, although dull to start with the sun finally appeared at Churchill for a wonderful afternoon. The show was packed with a fantastic selection of all sorts of different classic cars and this year extended into the adjacent field. I forgot on the night to thank Fred for leading the convoy run down to Churchill, so thanks Fred it worked well.

In the interim we have enjoyed the Heritage Run but more on that next month, although I have posted photos on the website along with a photo montage from Graham Robson via a link to 'Youtube' on the club Facebook page.

Future Events:

Joint Natter - 13th July. This organised with the MGCC Midland Centre where we join some of the other local natters and meet up at a pub in the foothills of the Malverns. This year's venue will be the same as last year and we will run the same route as last year for our convoy run, leaving the Golden Cross at 6.30pm, as ever please let me know if you would like to join the run.

Quiz on Wheelz - 21st July. David and John have now finalised the details for the evening and the start will be from the Golden Cross, arrive anytime between 6.00pm and 6.45pm. The run is approx 17 miles and food will be available at the final destination provided you are there to order before 8.45pm. To book please see David Rayner at the club night or email me as soon as you would like.

Badsey Flower Show - 23rd July. Steve Entwistle is arranging our display at this now popular village show. Please let Steve know if you would like to join the fun on 01386 832 339 or enty7@btinternet.com.

I believe bacon rolls will be available at the club shelter but you need to pre-order with Steve or Alan. Another good reason to attend this year.

Luddington Village Fete - 24th July. We have been invited to this local Fete to join in with other classic cars on the green in village. I've no idea what it will be like but I think we should support local events and would like to get a gathering of cars there for them. Any money they make on the day will be going to the New Stratford Hospital Appeal (which we have supported in the past), so a good cause to support.

Show Night - 2nd August. This is the normal club night but with a chance to show your car off and maybe win a prize. Every year we are getting more cars, so can we overflow the orchard again this year??

Brailes Show - 13th August. We have again been invited to display our cars at this very pleasant country show. Last year we had a good turnout to enjoy the sunshine and all the exhibits, well worth getting the car out. The show opens at 1.00pm so they ask us to be on site by 12.30, no charge just drive in. Please let me know if you are going to join us.

Chairman's Picnic - 14th August. This year's Picnic will be at Croome Park which is a National Trust property (so bring your membership card with you) with extensive gardens and we have arranged permission to set-up our shelters in the grounds. The event will run the same as last year with everyone bringing a plate of food to share and to ensure we don't duplicate items booking for the event will be by selecting the plate of food you will bring. The booking information is on the website page, please let me know what you would like to bring to co-ordinate the food and I will need £5 for each car entered to cover the cost of the parking area at Croome Park. We will of course have a social run from the Golden Cross with the usual bacon rolls & coffee (or tea) from 11am ready to leave around 11.30/45.

Pershore Plum Festival - 29th August. As usual this will be on Bank Holiday Monday, more information soon.

Guest Speaker - 1st November. Nigel Hook has offered to give us a talk entitled: 'My Life in Racing' (facts and stories) and he will bring along some kits the Jockeys use to illustrate the day to day running of events.

St Audries Bay Week-end Away - 2nd to 5th June 2017. Looking further ahead here is the plan from Nigel:

St Audries Bay, 2017. I have been in touch with James the owner for Arden MG club to visit next year, he has pencilled in June 2/3/4. Suggestions are - Arrive Fri Eve. (meet up and have drinks in the Bar) Sat trip to Dunster Castle or scenic drive through Exmoor with lunch stop at Dulverton. Sat Eve. informal Dinner Dance. Sun South West coast path walk or free time Sun Eve. Noggin and Natter with Taunton MG club at St Audries. Mon return home. I can't tell you the cost yet until we have some Idea of interest from club members, but I can get a good deal I am sure.

Now over to you, in order to progress with this event Nigel needs to have some idea of interest and at this stage you are not committing yourself to go but if it is something you would like to take part in please let me know. I'm sure Nigel would be happy to talk to anyone about his ideas for the week-end. This will be the first time the club has organised a week-end event, so we need to know if people are interested to take part. I have not had much response for this, you don't need to commit yourselves at present but might you be interested in joining the week-end?

Other Matters:

For those members who have joined us recently, you may have noticed in other members cars windscreens the Arden MG Club Shield Badge. I still have a good stock of these at £1 each, so if anyone would like one just ask.

I have received the following message from Helen Lobb-Jones (the lady who takes money off you for the raffle) as follows:

I have a brand new MG ultra padded bodywarmer for sale that I purchased just before I lost all my weight and it now swamps me! It is XL in red with the MG logo in black and was wondering if you could mention it in the newsletter. I paid £25.00 for it and it still has all the original labels attached and I would like to sell it for £15.00 if anyone is interested.

If anyone is interested I will pass the message on to Helen.

I'm told there is a Classic Car Meeting at Wootton Park (not the hall!!!) just south of Wootton Wawen on the 1st July post code is: B95 6HH.

MG Events Calendar:

2nd&3rd July MGC Register Weekend at Wroxall Abbey and Mallory Park. ginnycartmell@btinternet.com

Sun 3rd July Cotswold Caper. www.glosmgoc.co.uk .

Sun 10th July National Brewery Centre Day, Burton-on-Trent. www.mgpotsches.org.uk .

Sun 4th Sept Charity Road Run. Gawsworth Hall. www.mgpotsches.org.uk .

Sun 18th Sept Dales Trial. Yorkshire Dales MGOC. www.ydccc.co.uk or djkates@tiscali.co.uk

Other Events:

22nd-24th July Kineton S&SC Classic Gathering Week-end. A new event following on from the monthly evening car meets at the Sport & Social Club in Kineton.

Sun 18th Sept Solihull Fun in the Park. Tudor Grange Park, be in place by 10.15 and stay all day. roalanc@gmail.com or Rosemary on 01564 773 302.

Drive safely

Paul


 

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May 2016 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

I'm sorry this month's Newsletter is a little later than usual and that I was not at the last meeting but we were away enjoying our latest adventure on a road trip exploring the Southern States of America. We had a great time flying into Austin (Texas) before going onto San Antonio to see the 'Alamo'. We then headed East through Louisiana and Mississippi to New Orleans before heading North along the Mississippi river to Natchez & Vicksburg to start our education on the American Civil War. The run across Alabama brought us to Selma & Montgomery and the hot bed of the 'Civil Rights Movement', followed by Savannah on the East coast and a paddle in the Atlantic. Moving up the coast next was Beaufort and Charleston before our last stop in an 'Antebellum' (before the civil war) Mansion and a visit to the birth place & grave of Martin Luther King Jr in Atlanta. A great adventure.

Fred kindly hosted the meeting in my absence and I understand there was another good attendance. He was able to report on the 'Drive-it-Day' Run in which 18 cars assembled at the Golden Cross for the usual breakfast before setting off for the Blue Lias in Stockton, where we had our own room and it didn't take too long for it to get warm. The run over was cool but in the dry, however it didn't take long for the rain to fall!! Everyone enjoyed and excellent meal, Richard & Fiona did a fantastic job of organising in difficult circumstances, so a big thank you to them. There were a few who took a wrong turn on the way but the route instructions were very clear.

Future Events:

Bidford Wings & Wheels - 30th May. Bank Holiday Monday. At the Bidford airfield just south of the river. This is getting ever more popular with a good number of all types of classic cars parked up to enjoy the flying display. No need to book just turn up, doors open from 10.00am and its free to go in (although they do ask for a donation).

Churchill Vintage & Classic Car Show - 5th June. Fred is going to lead a convoy run down to Churchill, so if you have booked for the show and would like to join the run please let me know (so we know who to wait for) and be at the Golden Cross ready to leave at 10am.

Mike Green has booked for the show but now cannot attend so if anyone wants an entry let me know, first one gets it.

Heritage Run - 19th June. For this year's run we have had a problem with the MSA Route Liaison, in as much that we are clashing with another event taking place over the same roads, consequently they have asked us to put some restrictions on our event. The earliest time to leave the start will be 10.15 and all cars must be away by 11.30. We have therefore restricted the number of entries and the Run is now FULLY BOOKED.

The start venue is Wyevale Garden Centre on the Warwick Road outside Stratford (CV37 0QW) and the run will be travelling through the Leicestershire lanes to arrive at the Ashby Magna Vintage Festival, so it should be a good day out.

Long Marston Fete - 25th June. John Rathbone has invited us to join in this village fete which will be held in the fields to the South of the village behind the church. No need to book just turn up around 1pm.

Joint Natter - 13th July. This organised with the MGCC Midland Centre where we join some of the other local natters and meet up at a pub in the foothills of the Malverns. This year's venue is still to be announced but we will have our usual convoy run starting from the Golden Cross, leaving at 6.30pm, as ever please let me know if you would like to join the run.

Quiz on Wheelz - 21st July. David and John have now finalised the details for the evening and the start will be from the Golden Cross, arrive anytime between 6.00pm and 6.45pm. The run is approx 17 miles and food will be available at the final destination provided you are there to order before 8.45pm. To book please see David Rayner at the club night or email me as soon as you would like.

Badsey Flower Show - 23rd July. Steve Entwistle is arranging our display at this now popular village show. Please let Steve know if you would like to join the fun on 01386 832 339 or enty7@btinternet.com.

Luddington Village Fete - 24th July. We have been invited to this local Fete to join in with other classic cars on the green in village. I've no idea what it will be like but I think we should support local events and would like to get a gathering of cars there for them. Any money they make on the day will be going to the New Stratford Hospital Appeal (which we have supported in the past), so a good cause to support.

Show Night - 2nd August. This is the normal club night but with a chance to show your car off and maybe win a prize. Every year we are getting more cars, so can we overflow the orchard again this year??

Brailes Show - 13th August. We have again been invited to display our cars at this very pleasant country show. Last year we had a good turnout to enjoy the sunshine and all the exhibits, well worth getting the car out. The show opens at 1.00pm so they ask us to be on site by 12.30, no charge just drive in. Please let me know if you are going to join us.

Chairman's Picnic - 14th August. This year's Picnic will be at Croome Park which is a National Trust property (so bring your membership card with you) with extensive gardens and we have arranged permission to set-up our shelter (2 Coleman Storm Shelters have now been purchased, see below) in the grounds. The event will run the same as last year with everyone bringing a plate of food to share and to ensure we don't duplicate items booking for the event will be by selecting the plate of food you will bring. The booking form will be on the website page to download. We will of course have a social run from the Golden Cross.

Pershore Plum Festival - 29th August. As usual this will be on Bank Holiday Monday, more information soon.

Guest Speaker - 1st November. Nigel Hook has offered to give us a talk entitled: 'My Life in Racing' (facts and stories) and he will bring along some kits the Jockeys use to illustrate the day to day running of events.

St Audries Bay Week-end Away - 2nd to 5th June 2017. Looking further ahead here is the plan from Nigel:

St Audries Bay, 2017. I have been in touch with James the owner for Arden MG club to visit next year, he has pencilled in June 2/3/4. Suggestions are - Arrive Fri Eve. (meet up and have drinks in the Bar) Sat trip to Dunster Castle or scenic drive through Exmoor with lunch stop at Dulverton. Sat Eve. informal Dinner Dance. Sun South West coast path walk or free time Sun Eve. Noggin and Natter with Taunton MG club at St Audries. Mon return home. I can't tell you the cost yet until we have some Idea of interest from club members, but I can get a good deal I am sure.

Now over to you, in order to progress with this event Nigel needs to have some idea of interest and at this stage you are not committing yourself to go but if it is something you would like to take part in please let me know. I'm sure Nigel would be happy to talk to anyone about his ideas for the week-end. This will be the first time the club has organised a week-end event, so we need to know if people are interested to take part. I have not had much response for this, you don't need to commit yourselves at present but might you be interested in joining the week-end?

Other Matters:

For those members who have joined us recently, you may have noticed in other members cars windscreens the Arden MG Club Shield Badge. I still have a good stock of these at £1 each, so if anyone would like one just ask.

FBHVC Survey. - This survey is being conducted on behalf of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs and aims to generate important insights on the sector. The answers you give will help to shape the future for historic vehicles in the UK. Please take part in this survey the more we can demonstrate to the 'powers-that-be' how important the classic vehicle industry is to the UK economy, the better prepared we may be to fend off any onerous legislation. There may not be much time left, so please do this soon. Follow this link:

https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=145771757465

MG Events Calendar:

Sun 12th June Cwm to Coast Run.Brecon Mountain Railway Centre to Grove Golf Club, Porthcawl. mgguy62@hotmail.com

Sun 12th June Ratae Run. White Horse, Broughton Astley to Belvoir Castle

www.mgleicester.org .

2nd&3rd July MGC Register Weekend at Wroxall Abbey and Mallory Park. ginnycartmell@btinternet.com

Sun 3rd July Cotswold Caper. www.glosmgoc.co.uk .

Sun 10th July National Brewery Centre Day, Burton-on-Trent. www.mgpotsches.org.uk .

Sun 4th Sept Charity Road Run. Gawsworth Hall. www.mgpotsches.org.uk .

Sun 18th Sept Dales Trial. Yorkshire Dales MGOC. www.ydccc.co.uk or djkates@tiscali.co.uk

Other Events:

22nd-24th July Kineton S&SC Classic Gathering Week-end. A new event following on from the monthly evening car meets at the Sport & Social Club in Kineton.

Sun 18th Sept Solihull Fun in the Park. Tudor Grange Park, be in place by 10.15 and stay all day. roalanc@gmail.com or Rosemary on 01564 773 302.

Drive safely

Paul


 

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April 2016 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

Well done to the team for the March Madness Run, another good day out. The run from the Golden Cross was along some interesting lanes not often used by us, with a twist of part of the route being repeated but in the opposite direction and the sun was shining. After lunch at the Limes Country Lodge we had an extra special treat as John Stephens arranged for to visit his father's workshop and what a surprise, with a tremendous collection of fine cars for us to view, his hospitality was remarkable and enjoyed by all, including the ladies. Many thanks to John and his father for allowing us to visit.

The Club Night had one of the best attendances we have had outside the 'Show Night' with approx 50 people signed in and 3 new members (welcome to you all, I hope you enjoyed the evening).

Future Events:

Drive-it-Day Run - Sunday 24th April. Too late now to book for this but a reminder to anyone attending to bring their Rally Plates from last year and I have a few left if anyone would like to purchase one at £5, undated so can be used every year. Richard and Fiona have set the run starting at the Golden Cross and finishing for lunch at the Blue Lias in Stockton.

Hook Norton Brewery Visit - 7th May. Bookings have now closed for this event, we have plenty of people to fill 2 guided tours, so it will be a good morning out.

The visit will be a tour of the brewery where the guides will explain the whole process of brewing beer and how it is done at Hook Norton. After the tour you meet in the cellar to taste the beers produced in the brewery (there is also a shop to take home some souvenirs). The tours will start at 10.30

Bidford Wings & Wheels - 30th May. Bank Holiday Monday. At the Bidford airfield just south of the river. This is getting ever more popular with a good number of all types of classic cars parked up to enjoy the flying display. No need to book just turn up, doors open from 10.00am and its free to go in (although they do ask for a donation).

Churchill Vintage & Classic Car Show - 5th June. Booking forms can be downloaded from the club website to book with the organiser, note the cost of £7.50 per car, please state you are with the Arden MG Club and they will allocate us a suitable space. Fred has offered to lead a convoy run from the Golden Cross, so please let me know if you would like to join him on the run down to Churchill.

Heritage Run - 19th June. This is our BIG one and everyone who has been on the run over the last 3 years should now have received an entry form, please don't delay in returning this to Allen. If you have not received a form but want to go on the run it can be downloaded from the club website, or contact Allen Smith: 01789 488 280 or let me know and I will email it to you.

This year we have a new start venue of Wyevale Garden Centre on the Warwick Road outside Stratford (CV37 0QW) and will be travelling through the Leicestershire lanes to arrive at the Ashby Magna Vintage Festival, so it should be a good day out.

Joint Natter - 13th July. This organised with the MGCC Midland Centre where we join some of the other local natters and meet up at a pub in the foothills of the Malverns. This year's venue is still to be announced but we will have our usual convoy run starting from the Golden Cross, leaving at 6.30pm, as ever please let me know if you would like to join the run.

Quiz on Wheelz - 21st July. David Rayner and John Hale have taken pity on me and offered to organise this year's Quiz. More details nearer the day but put this Thursday on your calendar.

Badsey Flower Show - 23rd July. Steve Entwistle is arranging our display at this now popular village show. Please let Steve know if you would like to join the fun on 01386 832 339 or enty7@btinternet.com.

Luddington Village Fete - 24th July. We have been invited to this local Fete to join in with other classic cars on the green in village. I've no idea what it will be like but I think we should support local events and would like to get a gathering of cars there for them. Any money they make on the day will be going to the New Stratford Hospital Appeal (which we have supported in the past), so a good cause to support.

Show Night - 2nd August. This is the normal club night but with a chance to show your car off and maybe win a prize. Every year we are getting more cars, so can we overflow the orchard again this year??

Brailes Show - 13th August. We have again been invited to display our cars at this very pleasant country show. Last year we had a good turnout to enjoy the sunshine and all the exhibits, well worth getting the car out. The show opens at 1.00pm so they ask us to be on site by 12.30, no charge just drive in.

Chairman's Picnic - 14th August. This year's Picnic will be at Croome Park which is a National Trust property (so bring your membership card with you) with extensive gardens and we have arranged permission to set-up our shelter (2 Coleman Storm Shelters have now been purchased, see below) in the grounds. We will run the event in a similar way to last year, so everyone can bring a plate of food and I will have a list of requirements that you can add your name to, available soon.

Pershore Plum Festival - 29th August. As usual this will be on Bank Holiday Monday, more information soon.

St Audries Bay Week-end Away - 2nd to 5th June 2017. Looking further ahead here is the plan from Nigel:

St Audries Bay, 2017. I have been in touch with James the owner for Arden MG club to visit next year, he has pencilled in June 2/3/4. Suggestions are - Arrive Fri Eve. (meet up and have drinks in the Bar) Sat trip to Dunster Castle or scenic drive through Exmoor with lunch stop at Dulverton. Sat Eve. informal Dinner Dance. Sun South West coast path walk or free time Sun Eve. Noggin and Natter with Taunton MG club at St Audries. Mon return home. I cant tell you the cost yet until we have some Idea of interest from club members, but I can get a good deal I am sure.

Now over to you, in order to progress with this event Nigel needs to have some idea of interest and at this stage you are not committing yourself to go but if it is something you would like to take part in please let me know. I'm sure Nigel would be happy to talk to anyone about his ideas for the week-end. This will be the first time the club has organised a week-end event, so we need to know if people are interested to take part.

Other Matters:

Coleman Storm Shelter. We have now invested some of the club funds in 2 shelters ready for the summer season. They can be used singly or together. Here is a flavour of one erected in my garden to check it.

For those members who have joined us recently, you may have noticed in other members cars windscreens the Arden MG Club Shield Badge. I still have a good stock of these at £1 each, so if anyone would like one just ask.

MG Events Calendar:

Sun 8th May Charnwood Caper. Quorn & Woodhouse GCR Station to Staunton Harold Estate, Ashby-de-la-Zouch. www.northleicester-mg.org.uk .

Sun 12th June Cwm to Coast Run.Brecon Mountain Railway Centre to Grove Golf Club, Porthcawl. mgguy62@hotmail.com

Sun 12th June Ratae Run. White Horse, Broughton Astley to Belvoir Castle

www.mgleicester.org .

Sun 3rd July Cotswold Caper. www.glosmgoc.co.uk .

Sun 10th July National Brewery Centre Day, Burton-on-Trent. www.mgpotsches.org.uk .

Sun 4th Sept Charity Road Run. Gawsworth Hall. www.mgpotsches.org.uk .

Sun 18th Sept Dales Trial. Yorkshire Dales MGOC. www.ydccc.co.uk or djkates@tiscali.co.uk

Other Events:

Sun 1st & Mon 2nd May Stratford Festival of Motoring. www.stratfordfestivalofmotoring.co.uk

Sat 14th May Hereford Vintage & Classic Car Show. http://www.herefordroundtable.co.uk/2016-motor-show/

Sat 14th May 10th Worcester Motor Festival. http://www.worcesterbid.com/motorfestival

22nd-24th July Kineton S&SC Classic Gathering Week-end. A new event following on from the monthly evening car meets at the Sport & Social Club in Kineton.

Sun 18th Sept Solihull Fun in the Park. Tudor Grange Park, be in place by 10.15 and stay all day. roalanc@gmail.com or Rosemary on 01564 773 302.

Drive safely

Paul

 

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March 2016 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

Two events to report on before we got to the main event of the evening. The first was the run to the British Motor Museum to help them celebrate their re-opening and re-naming after the winter refurbishment. We were blessed with a fine day but despite the eventual sunshine Caroline & I were the only car with the roof down but Caroline was wrapped up in a duvet!! Over 30 MGs set of from the Cross to find the sunshine. The new museum layout is looking good.

The next week-end we had our skittles night, this time at the Masons Arms in Pebworth. We were well over subscribed for the event with 34 of us battling for the usual prizes of Man with the highest score (Nigel Hook, who knocked the lot down with his first ball to score a total of 26), Lady with the highest score (Julia Cleobury, just a few behind Nigel with 23) and Killer (Lex was easily the last person standing with 2 lives still left when everyone else had fallen by the wayside). In the battle of the teams the Boys were yet again the victors. Should we run another skittle night in the Autumn as well?

On to the main event of the club night Roy Clarke (Midland's Regional Organiser for the MGOC)
had brought along Roger Parker, the technical guru for the MGOC. Both gave a short presentation to start us off, part of which was Roger painting a not very rosy picture of the future for MG as sports cars. He went on to answer the pre-prepared questions followed by an open forum. Everyone agreed all the answers made a lot of sense and hopefully we are all motivated to get back into the garage to have all our cars ready for the season ahead.

Future Events:

Drive-it-Day Run - Sunday 24th April. Richard and Fiona are working away on the venue and route for this run. The start will be at the Golden Cross for bacon rolls & coffee as usual, followed by a social run ready for lunch.

Hook Norton Brewery Visit - 7th May. There are still plenty of spaces for this visit, we have enough for about one and a half tours, so could do with a few more. I'm still awaiting payment for some people, so please bring the cash to the April Club night which is the closing day for bookings. Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to join the visit, with payment on the club night. The visit will be a tour of the brewery where the guides will explain the whole process of brewing beer and how it is done at Hook Norton. After the tour you meet in the cellar to taste the beers produced in the brewery (there is also a shop to take home some souvenirs), so bring a driver to take you home, it might be worth trying to car share to avoid drinking & driving after sampling the beers. The tours will start at 10.30 and the cost is £10 per person. This is a booking only event and Nigel needs to pay in advance, so please book with me and let me have your payment either by cheque (payable to Arden MG Club) or cash.

Bidford Wings & Wheels - 30th May. Bank holiday Monday. At the Bidford airfield justsouth of the river.

Churchill Vintage & Classic Car Show - 5th June. If you have not done so yet please download the booking form from the club website and send to the organiser with the payment, note on the form that you are with the Arden MG Club, so they allocate us a suitable space. The show is only every other year and the last 2 have been very good. Fred has offered to lead a convoy to Churchill from the Cross on the day, please let me know if you would like to join him.

Heritage Run - 19th June. This is our BIG one and everyone who has been on the run over the last 3 years should now have received an entry form, please don't delay in returning this to Allen. If you have not received a form but want to go on the run it can be downloaded from the club website, or contact Allen Smith: 01789 488 280 or let me know and I will email it to you.
This year we have a new start venue of Wyevale Garden Centre on the Warwick Road outside Stratford (CV37 0QW) and will be travelling through the Leicestershire lanes to arrive at the Ashby Magna Vintage Festival, so it should be a good day out.

 

Quiz on Wheelz - 21st July. David Rayner and John Hale have taken pity on me and offered to organise this year's Quiz. More details nearer the day but put this Thursday on your calendar.

Badsey Flower Show - 23rd July. Steve Entwistle is arranging our display at this now popular village show. Please let Steve know if you would like to join the fun on 01386 832 339 or enty7@btinternet.com.

Luddington Village Fete - 24th July. We have been invited to this local Fete to join in with other classic cars on the green in village. I've no idea what it will be like but I think we should support local events and would like to get a gathering of cars there for them. Any money they make on the day will be going to the New Stratford Hospital Appeal (which we have supported in the past), so a good cause to support.

Brailes Show - Date to be announced.

Chairman's Picnic - 14th August. As you can see we have now set a date for this year's Picnic and the venue will be Croome Park. Croome Park is a National Trust property (so bring your membership card with you) with extensive gardens and we have arranged permission to set-up our shelter in the grounds. We will run the event in a similar way to last year, so everyone can bring a plate of food and I will have a list of requirements that you can add your name to, available soon.

Pershore Plum Festival - 29th August. As usual this will be on Bank Holiday Monday, more information soon.

Other Matters:
For those members who have joined us recently, you may have noticed in other members cars
windscreens the Arden MG Club Shield Badge. I still have a good stock of these at £1 each, so if anyone would like one just ask.


MG Events Calendar:
Sun 3rd
Apr MGCC Midland Centre
Spring Sprint at Curborough
Sun 8th May Charnwood Caper. Quorn &
Woodhouse GCR Station to Staunton Harold Estate, Ashby-de-la-Zouch. www.northleicester-mg.org.uk .
Sun 12th June Cwm to Coast Run.Brecon Mountain
Railway Centre to Grove Golf Club, Porthcawl. mgguy62@hotmail.com
Sun 12th
June Ratae Run. White Horse,
Broughton Astley to Belvoir Castle
www.mgleicester.org .
Sun 3rd
July Cotswold Caper. www.glosmgoc.co.uk .
Sun 10th
July National
Brewery Centre Day, Burton-on-Trent. www.mgpotsches.org.uk .
Sun 4th
Sept Charity Road Run.
Gawsworth Hall. www.mgpotsches.org.uk .
Other Events:
Sun 1st
& Mon 2nd May Stratford
Festival of Motoring. www.stratfordfestivalofmotoring.co.uk
Sat 14th May Hereford Vintage & Classic Car
Show. http://www.herefordroundtable.co.uk/2016-motor-show/
Drive safely
Paul

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February 2016 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

Sorry I was not at the Club Night but as you all know by now getting the holidays in is important and on the Tuesday we were at sea between St Lucia & Curacao, we had a great time! Fred, I hope looked after you all, I'm told the meeting was well attended with 45 folks signed on. There were no events to report on but I understand Nigel floated the idea of a week-end away which was well received, so he is putting a proposal together, more info soon.

Future Events:

Club Night - 1st March Roger Parker from the MGOC is joining us tonight to answer all those technical questions you have always wanted to ask. Drop your questions on an email to me and I will pass them on ready for the evening. We will start around 8.15/8.30pm.

Spring Sunday Lunch Run - Sunday 13th March. Alan & Julia have arranged another fine country house venue for this year's run, which will start as normal from the Golden Cross and bacon rolls and coffee will be available (£2.50 & £1.00) from 11.00am. We will leave the Cross around 11.30/45 for a Social Run through the countryside to arrive at the Limes Country Lodge in Earlswood for lunch. We need to pre-book the lunch choices, so booking is essential with Alan and the booking form is downloadable from the club website and I attach with the newsletter for your convenience. Closing date for bookings is the next club night, 1st March.

Drive-it-Day Run - Sunday 24th April. Richard and Fiona are working away on the venue and route for this run. The start will be at the Golden Cross for bacon rolls & coffee as usual, followed by a social run ready for lunch.

Hook Norton Brewery Visit - 7th May. I have not received many bookings for the tour, so please let me know if you are interested so we know if the event will be viable. The visit will be a tour of the brewery where the guides will explain the whole process of brewing beer and how it is done at Hook Norton. After the tour you meet in the cellar to taste the beers produced in the brewery (there is also a shop to take home some souvenirs), so bring a driver to take you home, it might be worth trying to car share to avoid drinking & driving after sampling the beers. The tours will start at 10.30 and the cost is £10 per person. This is a booking only event and Nigel needs to pay in advance, so please book with me and let me have your payment either by cheque (payable to Arden MG Club) or cash. The closing date will be 5th April which is our club night. We need to have at least 12 people to allow the event to go ahead and Nigel has pre-booked 24 places, however we could have more if we know far enough in advance, please let me know by email as soon as possible if you are interested in going.


Churchill Vintage & Classic Car Show - 5th June. Booking forms are now available and I will put a link to it on our website.. This is a very popular show, so we will need to book early but it is well worth it, please make a note on your entry form that you are with the Arden MG Club. We may arrange another convoy run from the Golden Cross if anyone is interested, please let me know.

Heritage Run - 19th June. The entry forms have been sent out to everyone who has been on the run in the last 3 years, if you have not received one it can be downloaded from the club website, or from Allen Smith: 01789 488 280 or let me know and I will email it to you.

This year we have a new start venue of Wyevale Garden Centre on the Warwick Road outside Stratford (CV37 0QW) and will be travelling through the Leicestershire lanes to arrive at the Ashby Magna Vintage Festival, so it should be a good day out, get your booking in now.

Chairman's Picnic Will return in 2016 by popular demand. Date and venue are being finalised but most likely a Sunday mid August.

Other Matters:

For those members who have joined us recently, you may have noticed in other members cars windscreens the Arden MG Club Shield Badge. I still have a good stock of these at £1 each, so if anyone would like one just ask.

MG Events Calendar:

Sun 3rd Apr MGCC Midland Centre Spring Sprint at Curborough

Sun 8th May Charnwood Caper. Quorn & Woodhouse GCR Station to Staunton Harold Estate, Ashby-de-la-Zouch. www.northleicester-mg.org.uk .

Sun 12th June Cwm to Coast Run.Brecon Mountain Railway Centre to Grove Golf Club, Porthcawl. mgguy62@hotmail.com

Sun 12th June Ratae Run. White Horse, Broughton Astley to Belvoir Castle

www.mgleicester.org .

Sun 3rd July Cotswold Caper. www.glosmgoc.co.uk .

Sun 10th July National Brewery Centre Day, Burton-on-Trent. www.mgpotsches.org.uk .

Sun 4th Sept Charity Road Run. Gawsworth Hall. www.mgpotsches.org.uk .

Other Events:

Sun 1st & Mon 2nd May Stratford Festival of Motoring. www.stratfordfestivalofmotoring.co.uk

Sat 14th May Hereford Vintage & Classic Car Show. http://www.herefordroundtable.co.uk/2016-motor-show/

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January 2016 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

Thank you all of you who turned up for the AGM at the last meeting (David tells me over 40 signed the register), as promised I managed to keep it to just less than 15 minutes. The minutes have been posted on the website but the 2 main things to come out of the meeting is that the officers have remained the same (so we must be doing something right) and the club has a substantial fund in the bank. We should give some thought to using some of this money either as a benefit for the members (like the 'Storm Shelter' that will be purchased for the coming season) or as a charitable donation, please let me have your suggestions.


Just before the AGM we had our Chilly Willy Run from the Golden Cross to the Fish & Anchor in Offenham. This must be the best attended New Year's Day Run we have had with approx 34 cars of which 29 were MGs, which was great but presented some problems getting everyone seated for lunch, the pub was full. However this was not the least of the problems when a 100amp fuse blew in the kitchen but the staff eventually coped and I think everyone got their meals in the end. Lots of people have remarked afterwards how much they enjoyed the route to Offenham, so I hope an enjoyable day for everyone, thanks to Lech for producing the route and the route sheets.

For the January meeting we were going to present our Heritage Run cheque to the Stratford Hospital appeal but Ali was not available to attend, so I went to the new hospital and made the presentation there, with the help of David Rayner. They were going to try and get this published in the Stratford Herald, so if you see it let me know.

Future Events:

Club night 2nd February I will not be there but Fred will host the meeting.

Run to the British Motor Museum, Gaydon - Sunday 14th February .


As you all (I hope ) know by now the Heritage Motor Centre is changing it's name to the British Motor Museum and after a major refurbishment (£1.1 million) will re-open on 13th February. I have therefore arranged to visit the Museum on the 2nd day after re-opening to reflect the first Heritage Run which finished at the Museum on the 2nd day of opening back in 1993. In recognition of this we have been offered a special entry for the day for Arden MG Club members who come on the run in their MGs of Free of Charge. The Social Run will start at the Golden Cross, arrive 9.15am to be ready to leave at 9.30 and cover a distance of approx 30 miles to arrive at the Museum in time to order bacon butties in the Junction 12 Café, before they change to the lunch menu. Other clubs attending on the day will have a special price of £9.00 per person (provided we can get more than 12 cars), however you can always pay the full price and with 'Gift Aid' you will receive 12 months free re-entry. Please book with Paul by email at ardenmgclub@talktalk.net.

Skittles Evening - Friday 19th February . This event is now fully booked.

Club Night - 1st March I have arranged a guest speaker and Roger Parker the technical expert from the MGOC will be joining us. He will be happy to answer all your technical questions but it would be helpful to have some of them in advance, so please email them to me as soon as you would like.

Spring Sunday Lunch Run - Sunday 13th March.

Alan & Julia have arranged another fine country house venue for this year's run, which will start as normal from the Golden Cross and bacon rolls and coffee will be available (£2.50 & £1.00) from 11.00am. We will leave the Cross around 11.30/45 for a Social Run through the countryside to arrive at the Limes Country Lodge in Earlswood for lunch. We need to pre-book the lunch choices, so booking is essential with Alan and the booking form is downloadable from the club website and I attach with the newsletter for your convenience. Closing date for bookings is 1st March and Alan is happy to receive your bookings and payment at the club nights.

Drive-it-Day Run - Sunday 24th April. A change to the previously advertised activity as Richard is not able to put the event together, however Richard & Fiona Avery have kindly stepped forward to select a venue and devise a route, more information soon.

Hook Norton Brewery Visit - 7th May. Nigel Hook has kindly arranged a visit to the Hook Norton brewery, which is in Hook Norton of all places. The visit will be a tour of the brewery where the guides will explain the whole process of brewing beer and how it is done at Hook Norton. After the tour you meet in the cellar to taste the beers produced in the brewery (there is also a shop to take home some souvenirs), so bring a driver to take you home, it might be worth trying to car share to avoid drinking & driving after sampling the beers. The tours will start at 10.30 and the cost is £10 per person. This is a booking only event and Nigel needs to pay in advance, so please book with me and let me have your payment either by cheque (payable to Arden MG Club) or cash. The closing date will be 5th April which is our club night. We need to have at least 12 people to allow the event to go ahead and Nigel has pre-booked 24 places, however we could have more if we know far enough in advance, please let me know by email as soon as possible if you are interested to going.

Churchill Vintage & Classic Car Show - 5th June. Booking forms will be available from the organisers at the end of January. This is a very popular show, so we will need to book early but it is well worth it. We may arrange another convoy run from the Golden Cross if anyone is interested. I will let you know when the forms are available.

Heritage Run - 19th June. This is our big one and this year will have a new start point of Wyevale Garden Centre, Warwick Rd, Stratford. The venue chosen this year is the Ashby Magna Vintage Show which will give us the chance to take the run into Leicestershire and try some different roads. Booking forms are available for download from the club website along with further information. If you have been on the run in the last 3 years you will automatically receive the form in the post.

Other Matters:

I have a volunteer to produce the Club Calendar for the end of this year, so please get your photos of your MGs and of our events to me through the year ready for John to put the calendar together.

MG Events Calendar:

Sun 3rd Apr MGCC Midland Centre Spring Sprint at Curborough

Sun 8th May Charnwood Caper. Quorn & Woodhouse GCR Station to Staunton Harold Estate, Ashby-de-la-Zouch. www.northleicester-mg.org.uk .

Sun 12th June Cwm to Coast Run.Brecon Mountain Railway Centre to Grove Golf Club, Porthcawl. mgguy62@hotmail.com

Sun 12th June Ratae Run. White Horse, Broughton Astley to Belvoir Castle

www.mgleicester.org .

Sun 3rd July Cotswold Caper. www.glosmgoc.co.uk .

Sun 10th July National Brewery Centre Day, Burton-on-Trent. www.mgpotsches.org.uk .

Sun 4th Sept Charity Road Run. Gawsworth Hall. www.mgpotsches.org.uk .

Other Events:

Sun 1st & Mon 2nd May Stratford Festival of Motoring. www.stratfordfestivalofmotoring.co.uk

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December 2015 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

There was a good turnout for the cheque presentation to Carole from Alcester Day Care at the last club night. The cheque we presented was from the surplus generated by the Heritage Run earlier this year. We set the budget for the run based on a low-ish estimate of the number of cars that will attend to ensure we don't incur a loss but this means most years we make a profit, after so many years of holding the run we have built up sufficient reserves to cover possible eventualities such that we have surplus funds. Consequently this year we are able to make some donations to charities and we try to support local and motoring related causes. This year it was decided to make 3 donations and selected The West Midlands Air Ambulance, Stratford Hospital Appeal and Alcester Day Care. For this club night we were able to hear a short presentation from Carole of the Alcester Day Care who was very passionate in the work that is done by the organisation to support people with dementia and their carers. Carole has personal experience of the difficulties this condition presents, especially to the loved ones of sufferers and Alcester Day Care has been set up to help give some respite. We were very pleased that Carole was able to accept our donation and I'm sure it will be put to good use.

The following week we all enjoyed our Xmas Meal and Debbie and her team at the Golden Cross did us proud and a very enjoyable evening was had by one and all. There was the usual Xmas Quiz with some Christmas related questions but most people had difficulties with the Arden Club 2015 event questions, what short memories we all have!! Most of the answers would have been found in the 2016 Club calendar. An extra prize this year was for the 'Best Dressed Table' and although Alan and the crew would have won in previous years with their dinner suites and posh frocks they opted to go for the party style, so it had to be the 'Wellesbourne Table' that had the prize. A big thank you to Caroline, who managed to provide us all with a raffle (sorry Prize Draw) prize and not even using all the budget that Roger set for us, well done. I hope you all liked the prizes you took home.

While we are on thank you's, well done to Graham Robson for second place in the MGOC video competition, it was as much about why we like our MG Club as much as 'Why we like our MG' but never mind. All the winners can be viewed on the MGOC website by going to News→News Archive→Why I Love My MG or follow: http://www.mgownersclub.co.uk/news/why-i-love-my-mg .

Future Events:

New Year's Day 1st January is the Chilly Willy Run as you all know by now we are going to the Fish & Anchor for the run. It is the usual plan - meet at the Golden Cross from 11.00am for optional Bacon Rolls (£2.50) and Tea or Coffee (£1.00). I have now put the menu on the club website (http://www.ardenmgclub.co.uk/page5.htm ). The deadline for letting me have your menu choices is Sunday 20th December, so please let me know straight away if you would like to join us and book for lunch. We have planned a pleasant scenic run of 23 miles to get us there with the option of a route using gritted roads if weather is icy.

Tuesday 5th January - Club Night and AGM. This our annual formal event but don't worry I will try and keep it to less than a quarter of an hour, however this is your chance to voice any opinions about the running of the club or even volunteer to get more involved, if you want to discuss anything beforehand please just give me a call or drop me an email. During the evening we will also be joined by Ali Gray from the Stratford Hospital Appeal Fund so that we can make a presentation of the donation cheque from the Heritage Run.

Sunday 14th February - Run to the British Motor Museum, Gaydon. The Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon has now closed for a major refurbishment and will re-open in mid February 2016. As part of the re-opening they will be changing their name and will become the British Motor Museum, showcasing the largest collection of British Cars which have been accorded status at a collection of National significance by Arts Council England. For the re-opening I have booked us in to visit on the 2nd day of opening which will reflect the original Heritage Run of 1993 when we finished there on the 2nd day the original museum was opened. I have not made final arrangements for the run but it would be good to have a line of classic MGs outside the new entrance to the museum to celebrate with them, so put the date on your calendar. The new Collections Centre building will also be open for guided tours. More information next time.

February - Skittles Evening. Date and venue have now been set as Friday 18th at the Masons Arms in Pebworth. It will be usual format of arrive from 7pm ready to start skittling at 7.30. The cost will be £7.50 per person including hot buffet. Please let me have your bookings and payment (email to book and payment at January club night would be good).

Club Night 1st March I have arranged a guest speaker and Roger Parker the technical expert from the MGOC will be joining us. He will be happy to answer all your technical questions but it would be helpful to have some of them in advance, so please email them to me as soon as you would like.

Sunday 13th March - Spring Sunday Lunch Run. The venue is still to be announced but will be worth the wait, more information next time.

Sunday 24th April - Drive-it-Day Run. This is another annual run and this year Richard is proposing that we should attend the Bicester Heritage Sunday Scramble Day. He is looking into what will be involved in booking us into the event, hopefully as a club, more details later.

Other Matters:

The Club calendars have all sold, thanks for your support. Please let me know what you think of them, should we do them again next year? Would you like your photos included?

Club funds have built up to a healthy level and we will purchase a Coleman Storm Shelter ready for next year's event season but is there anything else that we should have as a club? Should we make another donation to charity?

I have received an email from Matt Slater who lives in Alcester. He has lost the use of a rental garage and his MGB GT is having to live on the drive, so has anyone got or know of covered storage or garage to rent in the Alcester area, if so please contact Matt on 01789 765238 or email to matthew.slater1@googlemail.com .

That just leaves me to say I hope you have all enjoyed being part of the Club through the last year and to wish you all A Very Happy Christmas and A Peaceful New Year

Drive safely

Paul



 

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November 2015 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

A big thank you to Nigel for the 'Motors' Quiz at the October Club Night (there was no mention of Shakespeare at all!!!!), I think everyone enjoyed it with a good balance between questions that everyone could answer but with a few more difficult ones to find a winner, however there were 3 teams tied with 48 points. The tie-breaker was easily won by the team of Lech, Graham Smith, Richard & Fiona Avery, well done.

Future Events:

1st December will be a normal Club Night, however we will have a presentation of our donation cheques from the Heritage Run to the 'Alcester Café' and the 'Stratford Hospital Appeal'.

8th December: Xmas Meal. There is still space in the bar for the Xmas Meal, the more people out there the better. I have 8/10 booked into the bar, so you will still be part of the event. If you would like to join us for the fun just make your selections from the menu below and let me know, I can accept payments at the December club night on the 1st. The cost is £16 for 2 courses or £20 for 3 courses and everyone gets a prize from the Xmas Prize Draw. I will also do the usual seasonal quiz with a prize for the winner.

Booking forms can also be downloaded from the website.

STARTERS

*Tiger Prawns and Asparagus with Chorizo in Garlic and lemon Butter.

*Chicken Liver and Cranberry Parfait, served with Toast

& Mulled Wine Apple Chutney.

*Pulled Pork salad with Sweet Chilli Sauce and Sesame Seeds

*Lightly Curried Parsnip, Almond and Honey Soup served with breads.

MAINS

*Roast Warwickshire Turkey, served with Pig in Blanket, Parsley and Thyme Stuffing, Roast Potatoes and Parsnips, accompanied with Bread Sauce.

*Braised Blade of Beef in a sauce of Baby Onions, Bacon, Red Wine and Button Mushrooms, on baby Roast Potatoes.

*Nut Mixed Bean and Cheddar Roast served with a Tomato and Herb Coulie with Buttered New Potatoes.

All the above main courses served with a medley of seasonal vegetables.

*Smoked haddock and Spring Onion Risotto topped with Vegetable Crisps and Parmesan.

PUDDING

*Christmas Plum Pudding served with Brandy Butter.

*Rum Soaked Bread & Butter Pudding with Chocolate Custard.

*Winter Berry Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulie or

*Cave Aged Cheddar Cheese, with Biscuits, Chutney and Celery.

To FINISH

Coffee and Mince Pie Petit Fois.

£20 per guest for 3 courses (or £16 for 2 courses)

inclusive of Christmas Cracker, Party Hat and Novelty Gift.

Sunday 13th December we have been invited to join the KSSC Classic Gathering pre Christmas morning Meet (KSSC is the Kineton Sports & Social Club). Come along to the club from 10.15 am, there will be bacon and sausage baps, tea, coffee along with mulled wine and mince pies available. The bar will be open selling soft drinks and (subject to licencing times) alcoholic ones as well. Please feel free to stay as long as you like on Sunday. If you are thinking of going let me know and if you would like to join a convoy run from the Stratford area I'm happy to arrange that, again just let me know.

New Year's Day 1st January is the Chilly Willy Run and as usual we will start from the Golden Cross meeting from 11.00 for optional Bacon Rolls (£2.50) and Tea or Coffee (£1.00). The end venue will be the Fish & Anchor in Offenham, I'm still waiting for details of the menu on offer for the lunch but hope to have that in the next week. It's not too early to let me know that you want to join the run, just drop me an email.

Tuesday 5th January - Club Night and AGM. This is your chance to offer your services to the club or make your views known. As ever I will try and keep it very brief but if anyone would like to be more involved in the running of the club or make any comments please let me know and we can include it in the agenda. I hope no one will be put off attending the club night because of the AGM, it is the only formal thing we do all year and will not last very long, so will not affect your evening.

February - Skittles Evening. Still in the planning stage and looking at possible venues but considering a Friday evening in mid to late February. Further details at the next meeting.

Sunday 14th February - Run to the British Motor Museum, Gaydon. Some of you may know by now that the Heritage Motor Centre is in the process of changing their name to The British Motor Museum, also that their new building is now open for previews and that the Museum will close at the end of this month for a major refurbishment. It will open as the British Motor Museum on the 13th February and as the Club's first Heritage Run finished at the Heritage Motor Centre (hence the name) on the second day of opening, so I thought it would be a good idea to arrange a visit there on the Sunday as this will be the second day of the re-opening. It would be good to get a long line of MGs displayed outside the Museum to celebrate the re-opening with some Classic British Cars. I will talk to them and see what we can do as a club event and let you know but put the date on your calendar if you might be interested.

Sunday 13th March - Spring Sunday Lunch Run. Alan and the team have agreed to organise the run again this year, no details yet but again make a note on your calendar.

Sunday 24th April - Drive-it-Day Run. This is another annual run and this year Richard is proposing that we should attend the Bicester Heritage Sunday Scramble Day. He is looking into what will be involved in booking us into the event, hopefully as a club, more details later.

Other Matters:

Arden MG Club 2016 Calendar, I discussed this and showed a mock-up at the club night and received a good response, however there has been a further development as Caroline has found an excellent special offer through Groupon. This offer means that I can now offer the calendars for £5.00 each, many thanks to Caroline, although it did mean I had to do all the artwork again on the print company website. I have completed the order for 20 and will have the finished item at the December club night. The first 12 will go to those people who expressed an interest in November, which leaves 8 for anyone else who would like one. If we can sell them all it will mean a small profit for club funds. If you are not able to attend the club night or Xmas Meal but would like one of the calendars let me know and I will reserve it for you, first come first served.

Drive safely

Paul


 

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October 2015 News Letter

Hello Everyone,

Thanks to Fred for hosting the last meeting, sorry I was not there but we were sunning ourselves in Spain, got to fit the holidays in when we can!!!

There were no events to report on so onto:

Future Events:

3rd November Club Night will be a Quiz Night being set again by Nigel and this time will be titled 'Motors'.

1st December will be a normal Club Night


8th December: Xmas Meal. I have had a very good response and the restaurant is fully booked, however I have bookings that will overflow into the bar area, so please don't feel you cannot attend the more we have in the bar the better it will be and you will still be part of the evening and involved in the whole event. We have had the whole pub filled in the past and it worked well, so send in your booking and join the fun. There will be the usual free raffle with everyone getting a prize.

The menu for the meal is shown below and to book fill in the attached booking form or download from the club website and get it to me either at the November club night or to my address. I will not cash any cheques until 2 weeks before the night.

There is now the offer of 2 courses for £16.00 (if anyone wants to change their booking just let me know)

STARTERS

*Tiger Prawns and Asparagus with Chorizo in Garlic and lemon Butter.

*Chicken Liver and Cranberry Parfait, served with Toast

& Mulled Wine Apple Chutney.

*Pulled Pork salad with Sweet Chilli Sauce and Sesame Seeds

*Lightly Curried Parsnip, Almond and Honey Soup served with breads.

MAINS

*Roast Warwickshire Turkey, served with Pig in Blanket, Parsley and Thyme Stuffing, Roast Potatoes and Parsnips, accompanied with Bread Sauce.

*Braised Blade of Beef in a sauce of Baby Onions, Bacon, Red Wine and Button Mushrooms, on baby Roast Potatoes.

*Nut Mixed Bean and Cheddar Roast served with a Tomato and Herb Coulie with Buttered New Potatoes.

All the above main courses served with a medley of seasonal vegetables.

*Smoked haddock and Spring Onion Risotto topped with Vegetable Crisps and Parmesan.

PUDDING

*Christmas Plum Pudding served with Brandy Butter.

*Rum Soaked Bread & Butter Pudding with Chocolate Custard.

*Winter Berry Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulie or

*Cave Aged Cheddar Cheese, with Biscuits, Chutney and Celery.

To FINISH

Coffee and Mince Pie Petit Fois.

£20 per guest for 3 courses (or £16 for 2 courses)

inclusive of Christmas Cracker, Party Hat and Novelty Gift.

1st January is the Chilly Willy Run and I'm just looking at possible venues but will start at the Golden Cross as usual with a scenic run ready for lunch, more info at the club night.

Other Matters:

Back in the January Newsletter I suggested having a club calendar using photos from club members and I have been sent a few photos from the events through the year, so I will put together a 2016 calendar. I think it will be A4 size with a month to view and will have half the page for photo(s) and the lower half for a calendar box. I expect the cost to be £10 each and I'm going to get 20 printed and will bring them to the next club night, however if anyone wants to pre-order drop me an email and if I get enough interest I will increase the number printed.

Lastly I have had a call from Christine Kenny who joined us earlier in the year including the Drive it Day run but now needs to sell her MG TF as health issues make it difficult to drive it. She has advertised it on Autotrader. It is a special edition 'Cool Blue' 1.8 135 TF, year 2003 with 63,000 miles. If anyone is interested in a TF at £1,495 give Christine a call on 01789 765 857. I will put some details in the MGs for sale section of the website.

Drive safely

Paul

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September 2015 News Letter

Hello Everyone,

Another busy month to report on. After the well-attended 'Show Night', reported on last month our next event was the Brailes Show, where we were blessed, for once, with fine sunny weather and there was a good turnout for the display. Our normal spot at the end of the field was filled with MGs basking in the sunshine. There was also a good selection of interesting Classic Cars on show including some unusual and probably rare tractors.

This was followed 2 weeks later by the 'Chairman's Picnic' but this was not blessed with fine weather. The rain held off for us until we had all parked up at Compton Verney but during our picnic it poured in torrents. Fortunately we were able to use an inside room which worked extremely well, with a table laid in the middle of the room, full of all sorts of food.

The 'Catering Girls' were kept busy dispensing hot drinks, although most of us started with something more refreshing. After the picnic lunch everyone wandered around the collections in the house which are vast and varied. There was still plenty of food left for us all to have afternoon tea before clearing-up and setting off for home, by which time the rain had gone leaving clearer skies. All the feedback was a great day out, so do we repeat it next year? If so where would you like to go? Of course it would not have been possible without the organisation of Jane and the assistance of Julia & Gaynor, so many thanks to you from all of us, well done.


Next up the following week-end (well bank Holiday Monday) was the Pershore Plum Festival, unfortunately the day dawned dull and wet, even so half a dozen of us set off from the Golden Cross to take up our usual position in front of the Abbey in Pershore. It was a good thing that Steve brought along his Gazebo for us to shelter under, although it did take all of us to erect it. We decided it was time the Club had its own shelter to use at car shows. The display field was somewhat depleted of cars and as the rain got heavier lots of them started to leave, however the fun in the town was as good as ever with stalls selling all types of food not to mention the plums and the High Street was as purple as normal for the event week. Let's hope for better weather next year.

Future Events:

I will not be at the next Club Night, so Fred has volunteered to host the evening on my behalf but I will see you again in November when Nigel has again agreed to run a quiz for us and this time it will be based on Motors.

As we draw to the end of the year it is time to book for the Xmas Meal which this year will not be held on the normal Club Night (as it is the 1st of December and very early in the month) but the week after on Tuesday 8th December. This means we will be able to have an extra meeting on the first Tuesday.

Booking for the Xmas Meal will be the same as last few years and the first 45 places booked will be seated in the main restaurant and if we exceed the number we will overflow into the main pub. The booking form is available to download from here:

http://www.ardenmgclub.co.uk/PDF Files/Booking Form_Xmas Meal 2015.pdf

STARTERS

*Tiger Prawns and Asparagus with Chorizo in Garlic and lemon Butter.

*Chicken Liver and Cranberry Parfait, served with Toast

& Mulled Wine Apple Chutney.

*Pulled Pork salad with Sweet Chilli Sauce and Sesame Seeds

*Lightly Curried Parsnip, Almond and Honey Soup served with breads.

MAINS

*Roast Warwickshire Turkey, served with Pig in Blanket, Parsley and Thyme Stuffing, Roast Potatoes and Parsnips, accompanied with Bread Sauce.

*Braised Blade of Beef in a sauce of Baby Onions, Bacon, Red Wine and Button Mushrooms, on baby Roast Potatoes.

*Nut Mixed Bean and Cheddar Roast served with a Tomato and Herb Coulie with Buttered New Potatoes.

All the above main courses served with a medley of seasonal vegetables.

*Smoked haddock and Spring Onion Risotto topped with Vegetable Crisps and Parmesan.

PUDDING

*Christmas Plum Pudding served with Brandy Butter.

*Rum Soaked Bread & Butter Pudding with Chocolate Custard.

*Winter Berry Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulie or

*Cave Aged Cheddar Cheese, with Biscuits, Chutney and Celery.

To FINISH

Coffee and Mince Pie Petit Fois.

£20 per guest inclusive of Christmas Cracker, Party Hat and Novelty Gift.

Other Local Events:

Prescott Breakfast Club:

25th Oct Prescott 9.30 to 12.30

Details and registration to Barrie - barrie.murray_upton@me.com , 0780 388 7811

South Midlands Classic Car Meet:

Sunday 27th September From 11am to 3pm Stratford Armouries

Kineton Sports and Social Club Classic Car Meet:

Cheap drinks and a reasonably priced BBQ, 1st Thursday of the month

Thursday 1st October


Other Matters:

Those of you who are members of the MG Owners Club may have seen a piece in the September Enjoying MG Magazine titled: "VIDEO COMPETITION "Why I Love my MG"" and thought that would be good to do but didn't know how or lacked the video equipment, well I have a solution for you. As the article states that the deadline has been extended until 31st October due to a lack of entries, I thought we could do this as a group. I have enlisted the help of Graham Robson who has the video equipment and the skills to produce the videos, thanks to his experience in the amateur dramatics (don't forget his production of the Titfield Thunderbolt taking place at the Stratford Arts House this week-end, first show on Friday night. Tickets from the Arts House.). The plan is, those who want to enter the competition assemble at a place to be decided (possibly the Golden Cross) one afternoon/evening in October with your script and Graham will make the video, simple as that. If you are interested in having a go let me know and will get the 'photoshoot' set up. For details of what is required for the competition please see the article on page 4 of the September Enjoying MG, in essence you just need to talk about your MG into the camera for a maximum of 3 minutes, why not have a go, if there are a few of us it should be good fun.

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August 2015 News Letter

Hello Everyone,

Lots to report on this month, starting with the 'Show Night' which was the best attended meeting we have had with 47 MGs parked in the Orchard and over 70 people attending (I handed out 72 voting slips). Voting was brisk all evening and the 'Girls' collated the slips to arrive at the winners as follows:

Best Open MG: Runner up Norman Large MGB Roadster

Winner Steve Johnson MGA Roadster

Best Closed MG: Runner up Fred Bury MG Magnette ZB

Winner Digby Bond MGC GT


Best Early MG: Helen Lobb-Jones MG TC


Best Wheels: Runner up John Hale MG RV8

Winner Terry Stokes MGB


Best MG Overall: Mike Brown MG YT


We were joined by Simon from MG Motors Sales Centre who brought along a facelift MG6 which attracted a lot of interest and Simon was busy all evening showing off the car. He also brought with him some gifts to add into the monthly raffle and also an MG6 Model to be used as the award for the Best Closed MG category but not satisfied with that he had an offer for any new or used MG purchased from the sales centre before the end of August. If you are interested in the offer you need the letter Simon left with us and I have a few copies left, so please contact me.

Thanks to everyone for coming along with such a fine selection of MGs and for taking the trouble to make your voting selections.

Before then, July had been very busy starting with the 'Quiz on Wheelz', based around the Golden Cross and followed the places mentioned in the Shakespeare Rhyme. This presented a bit of a problem for most teams but 3 of them knew at least a few of the places mentioned to arrive at a tie, however with the prospect of having to set next year's quiz no one wanted to take the prize! Having withdrawn the obligation Graham & Fiona finally came up with a correct answer to the tie-breaker (Nigel awarded the bottle of wine at the club night). We now need a volunteer for next year's Quiz on Wheelz, it's easy to do and good fun, so if you would like to have a go please talk to me. Many thanks to Nigel & Stephanie for giving us all a good evening. If you are still wondering what the Shakespeare Rhyme is, it goes like this:

Piping Pebworth, Dancing Marston.

Haunted Hilboro, Hungry Grafton,

Dodging Exhall, Papist Wixford,

Beggerly Broom and Drunken Bidford.

The following evening 6 cars left the Golden Cross for the MGCC Joint Natter. We had a pleasant run through the lanes on our way to The Rose & Crown in Severn Stoke, despite finding one of the roads closed but a new route was soon found. We were blessed with a fine evening and a good showing of MG cars in the field.

Last but not least was the 'Badsey Flower Show' and 11 cars arrived to enjoy the show, especially the bacon rolls. Thanks to Steve for arranging the display for us.

Future Events:

Pershore Plum Festival is on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August and for those who have booked we are going to meet at the Golden Cross for a convoy run over to Pershore, if you are going to join us for the run please meet at the Cross at 8.45 ready to leave at 9am.

We are now into the quiet part of the year but we have arranged for Nigel give us one of his Quiz's at the November Club Night.

Other MG Events:

6th Sept MG Midget Register Run from Eastnor Castle to Eastnor Castle

18th to 21st Sept MG Cricket St Thomas.

Other Local Events:

Solihull Fun in the Park Sunday 20th September, Tudor Grange Park, Solihull, B91 3LU.

There will be a classic car show as part of SOLIHULL FUN IN THE PARK - a family day out with a variety of stalls, an arena with entertainment from local performers throughout the day, food outlets and lots of fun activities for children.

You should arrive at the Monkspath hall Road entrance to Tudor Grange Park B91 3LU between 9.00am and 10.15 am and be prepared to leave your car on site all day.

This a charity event to raise funds for local charities.

If you would like more information please contact;

Clive Hampson at clivehampson@yahoo.co.uk , tel: 07831 510542

or Rosemary Couch at roalan@talktalk.net , tel: 01564773302

Prescott Breakfast Club:

20th Sept Prescott 9.30 to 12.30

25th Oct Prescott 9.30 to 12.30

Details and registration to Barrie - barrie.murray_upton@me.com , 0780 388 7811

South Midlands Classic Car Meet:

The Stratford Armouries Museum, Gospel Oak Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 0JA

Thursday 27th August From 7pm

Sunday 27th September From 11am to 3pm

Kineton Sports and Social Club Classic Car Meet:

Cheap drinks and a reasonably priced BBQ, 1st Thursday of the month

Thursday 3rd September

Drive safely

Paul

 

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July 2015 News Letter

Hello Everyone,

Here we go again, I have not seen any of the photos that Dave took during the evening at the last club night but we were sent a photo taken by a new member who had his camera with him. There was a good selection of cars in the Orchard to offer as subject material, with 37 people signing the register.

Thanks for the photo John. The only event to report on in June was the Heritage Run which I covered last month and there is a report & selection of photos on the website and I hope to be able to add some more from Graham Robson soon.

Future Events:

The weather forecast is looking good for Saturday (25th July), so the Badsey Flower Show will be a good day out and Steve Entwistle has yet again arranged for us to have a display area. If you would like to join Steve and the others on the display (Alan & Julia will be making bacon butties I'm told) just let me know and I can pass the message on.


The 'Show Night' on the August Club Night is now not far away (4th August) but you still have a little time to get your car washed, polished and waxed, so it is looking it's best ready for the evening. Debbie has promised to rope off the Orchard for our use, so please turn up early and let's make sure we fill it. There will be the usual self voting with prizes and awards for the best cars on the night, with another 'special' category. I'm also expecting MG Motors to bring a new shape MG6 and an MG3 for us all to drool over.

The following Saturday the 8th August is the annual Brailes Village Show and we have again arranged to have a display area. This is a very popular and interesting show with lots of marques filled with village competitions from photographic to flowers to vegetables to cakes, there is also horse riding events at the end of the field. It is a case of just turn up on the day but please be there before 12.30 don't go to the car park but the entrance nearest the main road and tell them you are with the Arden MG Club, however please let me know if you plan to attend.

Next in August (Sunday 23rd) is the 'Chairman's Picnic' which is a new event for us this year. The idea is we meet at the Golden Cross for bacon rolls and coffee (£2.50 & £1.00) as we have done for other runs from 11am, to leave around 11.30/11.45 for a scenic run through the countryside along the lanes of Warwickshire. The end of the run will be Compton Verney which is an award winning art gallery housed in a Grade I listed Georgian mansion and set in 'Capability' Brown landscaped parkland. It is home to six collections of works of art from around the world including Naples 1600-1800, Germanic art 1450-1650, British portraits, an exceptional collection of Chinese bronzes, the UKs largest collection of British Folk Art and the Marx-Lambert collection. On arrival at Compton Verney I hope we will be able to park along the driveway and then picnic down by the lake. To make the catering easier and enjoyable we are asking everyone to bring a plate of food to share, there is a list of possible items for you to select, however if you have an idea of your own, no problem. Select the item from the list and let me know, so I can reserve it for you. Teas and coffee will be provided along with plates, cutlery and serviettes, however if you would like any other liquid refreshment please bring your own with you. The only cost involved will be the entry fee for Compton Verney which is £6.00 per person (which I need in advance please) and covers entry to the grounds and collections, however if you are a member at Compton Verney your ticket can be used. Whilst we are there we can try and find the tree that the Club adopted in 2008 with funds from the Heritage Run (see our website for the certificate).

At the end of August we will be attending the Pershore Plum Festival which is on the Bank Holiday Monday 31st . This needs to be booked with the organiser and the booking form is downloadable from the club website, please state you are with the Arden MG Club and let me know you have booked. Please note the last day for entries is the 31st July, so send it off today. We will have a convoy run from the Golden Cross leaving early, again let me know if you would like to join the run. The festival is a great event that has got bigger every year and must have over 400 cars displayed on the grounds outside the Abbey, which is a fantastic setting. The streets and shops are decorated in the plum purple and the whole town gets involved along with the street market selling food and of course plums.

Other MG Events:

1st Aug MGF 20 at HMC Gaydon

2nd Aug MGCC Midland Centre Summer Sprint at Curborough

8th & 9th Aug MG Magnette Register Week-end with Harrogate MG at Pateley Bridge.

16th Aug MG Day at Middleton Hall. Fran Bragger on 01827 54692 or email frances.bragger@sky.com

16th Aug MGB GT 50th at Shelsley Walsh

6th Sept MG Midget Register Run from Eastnor Castle to Eastnor Castle

18th to 21st Sept MG Cricket St Thomas.

Other Local Events:

Wythall Carnival Classic Car Show Sunday 16th August at Wythall Park, Silver St, Wythall, B47 6LZ. Details from Andrew 07976 327 975

Solihull Fun in the Park Sunday 20th September, Tudor Grange Park, Solihull, B91 3LU.

There will be a classic car show as part of SOLIHULL FUN IN THE PARK - a family day out with a variety of stalls, an arena with entertainment from local performers throughout the day, food outlets and lots of fun activities for children.

You should arrive at the Monkspath hall Road entrance to Tudor Grange Park B91 3LU between 9.00am and 10.15 am and be prepared to leave your car on site all day.

This a charity event to raise funds for local charities.

If you would like more information please contact;

Clive Hampson at clivehampson@yahoo.co.uk , tel: 07831 510542

or Rosemary Couch at roalan@talktalk.net , tel: 01564773302

Prescott Breakfast Club:

20th Sept Prescott 9.30 to 12.30

25th Oct Prescott 9.30 to 12.30

Details and registration to Barrie - barrie.murray_upton@me.com , 0780 388 7811

South Midlands Classic Car Meet:

The Stratford Armouries Museum, Gospel Oak Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 0JA

Thursday 30th July From 7pm

Thursday 27th August From 7pm

Sunday 27th September From 11am to 3pm

Kineton Sports and Social Club Classic Car Meet:

Cheap drinks and a reasonably priced BBQ, 1st Thursday of the month

Thursday 6th August

Thursday 3rd September

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June 2015 News Letter

Hello Everyone,

Yet again it was another good turnout with over 40 filling the Restaurant at the Golden Cross for the club night and a few MGs in the car park, even if it was a bit cold to be outside viewing them. There were no events to report at the meeting, however I must mention the great success that was the Heritage Run. The weather had finally improved and we were treated to a fine day with lots of sunshine, enjoyed by over 120 MGs. It was great to see the car park at Eastnor Castle with MGs lined up and everyone relaxing and enjoying picnics. A great day and thanks must go as always to the committee and the band of volunteers who marshalled the car parks at Evesham and Eastnor. I have uploaded a selection of photos to the Club Facebook page and will add them to the website as soon as I can, here is a taster of the car park at Eastnor Castle:

On a rather sad note I have to report the passing of one of our recent members who was becoming a regular attendee at our runs and events. Brian Lintern passed away just before the Club Night and Margaret had contacted Allen to let him know they would not be on the run. We have since found out it was an incredible story, Brian went into hospital for a minor eye op and had an allergic reaction to the dye they put into his eye!! Obviously there has had to be an inquest. The funeral is on Thursday 25th June at 1.30pm at Robin Hood Cemetery if anyone would like to attend.

Future Events:

We have been invited to display our cars at Long Marston Summer Fete on Saturday 21st June. The show is in the field behind the village church at the far end of Long Marston, no booking required but please be on site by 1pm. Further information from John Rathbone.

Next up is the Quiz on Wheelz on Tuesday 14th July. The start and finish will be the Golden Cross and Debbie is putting a special menu on for us so we don't need to pre-order, as follows:

8oz beef burger with tomato relish, rocket and red onion salad and hand cut chips (add cheddar, stiltion or bacon for an extra £1 each)

Garlic mushroom lasagne with missed leaf side salad

Mild chicken curry with rice and naan

Sweet chilli pork salad

Roasted hake with garlic butter, herb crushed new potatoes, shallots and cherry tomatoes

All at £8.85

There will be a staggered start, so please arrive between 6.15 and 7.00pm. If you would like to join us for the Quiz on Wheelz please book with me (email or phone), please note order and pay for food on the night.

The next evening, Wednesday 15th July is the Joint Natter which is being held this year at the Rose and Crown in Severn Stoke (WR8 9JQ), which is a nice black and white village pub just by the church in Severn Stoke. The turn off the main road, A38, is narrow and easy to miss so take care. The food is good, reasonably priced pub grub. The parking is in two areas in front of the pub and the landlord is going to allow parking in the grassed play area behind the larger car park if the weather is dry. This event is organised by the Malvern MG group from the MGCC Midland Centre. As in previous years we will arrange a convoy run from the Golden Cross, start time to be advised. Please let me know if you would like to join the run to Severn Stoke.

Badsey Flower Show will be on the 25th July this year and Steve Entwistle will be arranging a display area for the club, again more details next time.

The Club night in August will again be our 'Show Night', a good chance to give your cars a good clean and polish ready for the fun competition.

Brailes Village Show is always on the second Saturday of August, so this year will be the 8th . Fred has arranged for us to have a display area for this very popular and interesting show. Please let me know if you would like to attend, however it is just turn up on the day (before 12.30pm).

Our new event for this year is the 'Chairman's Picnic' and the date is set for Sunday 23rd August. The Picnic will be at Compton Verney where I hope we will be able to park our MGs along the driveway to the house and enjoy our picnic by the lake. The start will be from the Golden Cross and as always the bacon rolls and coffee will be available (rolls £2.50 & Coffee £1.00) before we set off on the scenic run to Compton Verney. Some years ago the club sponsored the planting of a tree in the grounds with the surplus from the Heritage Run, there will be a prize for the first person to find the tree in the grounds. To make the Picnic run smoothly, Jane and the Girls have created the attached booking form, if you would like to join the fun please bring a plate of food to share, choose an item from the list and let me know your choice, I will then update the list on the website. There is a charge of £6 per person for the Grounds and Collections at Compton Verney (however CV ticket holders can use their entry ticket as normal) and I would like this money in advance please, as usual cheques payable to Arden MG Club or cash to me on a club night.

Pershore Plum Festival on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August needs to be booked with the organiser, booking form is downloadable form the club website, please state you are with the Arden MG Club and let me know you have booked. We will have a convoy run from the Golden Cross leaving early, again let me know if you would like to join the run.

Other MG Events:

21st&22nd June MG Live Silverstone. www.mgcc.co.uk

5th July Gloucestershire MGOC Cotswold Caper. http://www.glosmgoc.co.uk/caper.htm

1st Aug MGF 20 at HMC Gaydon

8th & 9th Aug MG Magnette Register Week-end with Harrogate MG at Pateley Bridge.

16th Aug MG Day at Middleton Hall. Fran Bragger on 01827 54692 or email frances.bragger@sky.com

18th to 21st Sept MG Cricket St Thomas.

Other Local Events:

Wellesbourne Wings & Wheels on Father's Day 21st June at Wellesbourne airfield. Booking essential for displaying your car, however you can pay as a visitor on the day. Well worth a visit the Vulcan Bomber will be taxiing at 11am and will do a high speed run at 2pm.

Classic Car Parade set to Smash Two Guinness World Records in Coventry

  • Special event to take place in Coventry on Sunday 14th June 2015
  • Aims to break Guinness World Records for the Largest Parade of Classic Cars, and the Largest Parade of Jaguar Cars
  • Attempt organised by Coventry Transport Museum and Footman James, as part of Coventry Transport Museum re-launch
  • 2000 classic cars needed to take part

· Classic car owners who would like to take part in the Guinness World Record attempts on Sunday 14th June are asked to register their interest by no later than 30th April, by visiting www.footmanjames.co.uk and completing the online Expression of Interest form. Further details and confirmation of entry will be sent out after this date.

Long Marston Summer Fete on Saturday 27th June, open to any Classic Car or interesting Vehicle. Arrive before 1pm to be included in the Arena display.

Wythall Carnival Classic Car Show Sunday 16th August at Wythall Park, Silver St, Wythall, B47 6LZ. Details from Andrew 07976 327 975

Solihull Fun in the Park Sunday 20th September, Tudor Grange Park, Solihull, B91 3LU.

There will be a classic car show as part of SOLIHULL FUN IN THE PARK - a family day out with a variety of stalls, an arena with entertainment from local performers throughout the day, food outlets and lots of fun activities for children.

You should arrive at the Monkspath hall Road entrance to Tudor Grange Park B91 3LU between 9.00am and 10.15 am and be prepared to leave your car on site all day.

This a charity event to raise funds for local charities.

If you would like more information please contact;

Clive Hampson at clivehampson@yahoo.co.uk , tel: 07831 510542

or Rosemary Couch at roalan@talktalk.net , tel: 01564773302

Prescott Breakfast Club:

5th July Prescott 9.30 - Optional visit to PCGB HQ in Moreton in Marsh to watch British GP.

20th Sept Prescott 9.30 to 12.30

25th Oct Prescott 9.30 to 12.30

Details and registration to Barrie - barrie.murray_upton@me.com , 0780 388 7811

South Midlands Classic Car Meet:

The Stratford Armouries Museum, Gospel Oak Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 0JA

Thursday 25th June From 7pm

Thursday 30th July From 7pm

Thursday 27th August From 7pm

Sunday 27th September From 11am to 3pm

Kineton Sports and Social Club Classic Car Meet:

Cheap drinks and a reasonably priced BBQ, 1st Thursday of the month

Thursday 2nd July

Thursday 6th August

Thursday 3rd September

 

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May 2015 News Letter

Hello Everyone,

It was good to see the restaurant almost full again for the last meeting and David tells me 42 people signed the register.

I reported on 2 events, firstly the MG Factory Tour at Longbridge, we were a group of 10 and we managed to line 6 cars outside the 'Sales Office' for a photo, 4 of which had arrived together after a short run through the lanes to get there, sorry about the dirty car John (the road was quite narrow and mucky, David should have warned you about our scenic routes!)!!! We were given an interesting talk about the site and the history of MG before seeing Lord Austin's office. There was a short film showing the assembly process in the early days before we toured around the current assembly hall and then going into the small museum they have on site. The guide gave us lots of info about the exhibits and the site as he had worked there for over 30 years.

Secondly was our 'Drive it Day Run' and 26 cars parked up, outside the front of the Heritage Motor Centre ready for the 30 miles scenic run for an enjoyable lunch at the Golden Cross. There was a large gathering of classic cars building up at the Centre, however I didn't have time to walk around them before handing out the route sheets. We set off with our new 'Drive it Day' rally plates fitted, thanks to Graham Robson for the design work, for the route set by Richard Workman, which again was filled with interesting facts for the places passed on route, many thanks Richard.

Those taking part will have noticed Graham taking photos at places on the route, these photos have been added to the report page on the club website and Graham can print any of the photos in A3 size for a nominal cost of £3. If you would like to order a photo of your car just drop me an email and I will forward the request to Graham.

Not one of the club's events but I spotted a lot of our regulars at the Stratford Festival of Motoring that took place over the Bank Holiday week-end, this event is becoming very popular and looks set to become a regular fixture on the calendar, so worth noting for next year.

Future Events:

You are probably fed up with me reminding you about the Heritage Run but this is our main event of the year and we want everyone to attend, so please get your booking to Allen as soon as you can. In case you have forgotten the date is Sunday 7th June, with the start at Evesham Country Park and the run finishing at Eastnor Castle. If you need an entry form it can be downloaded from the club website at www.ardenmgclub.co.uk or contact Allen on 01789 488 280 as per the adjacent advert.

The Quiz on Wheelz date is now fixed as Tuesday 14th July, please note this is changed from what was originally stated. The start and finish will be the Golden Cross, and I'm sure Nigel will produce an interesting quiz. Starting time will be between 18.15 and 19.00 and at the finish Debbie is putting a special menu on for us so we don't need to pre-order, as follows:

8oz beef burger with tomato relish, rocket and red onion salad and hand cut chips (add cheddar, stiltion or bacon for an extra £1 each)

Garlic mushroom lasagne with missed leaf side salad

Mild chicken curry with rice and naan

Sweet chilli pork salad

Roasted hake with garlic butter, herb crushed new potatoes, shallots and cherry tomatoes

All at £8.85

If you would like to join us for the Quiz on Wheelz please book with me (email or phone).

Badsey Flower Show will be on the 25th July this year and Steve Entwistle will be arranging a display area for the club, again more details next time.

The Club night in August will again be our 'Show Night', a good chance to give your cars a good clean and polish ready for the fun competition.

Brailes Village Show is always on the second Saturday of August, so this year will be the 8th . Fred is going to arrange for us to have a display area for this very popular and interesting show. Please let me know if you would like to attend, however it is just turn up on the day (before 1pm).

The 'Chairman's Picnic' has now been confirmed and will be on Sunday 23rd August. We will have our usual start at the Golden Cross with Bacon Rolls and Coffee (or Tea) available and will have a scenic run driving to Compton Verney for our picnic by the lake. I hope we will be able to park our cars along the main drive to the house and we can try and find the tree the Club sponsored some years ago, let's hope it is still alive!!

To make the Picnic run smoothly, Jane and the Girls have created a booking form (which can be viewed and downloaded from the Chairman's Picnic page), if you would like to join the fun please choose an item to bring and let me know your choice. I will also need the payment of £6 per person which is the entry fee for the Grounds and Collections at Compton Verney, as usual cheques payable to Arden MG Club or cash to me on a club night.

Pershore Plum Festival on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August needs to be booked with the organiser, booking form is downloadable form the club website, please state you are with the Arden MG Club and let me know you have booked. We will have a convoy run from the Golden Cross leaving early, again let me know if you would like to join the run.

Other MG Events:

24th May Gaydon Classic Car Show, Heritage Motor Centre.

24th May Exeter Area MGOC 'Moor2Sea' Run. email: moor2sea@outlook.com

14th June Bridgend MGOC Cwm to Coast Run. email: mgguy62@hotmail.com

21st&22nd June MG Live Silverstone. www.mgcc.co.uk

5th July Gloucestershire MGOC Cotswold Caper. http://www.glosmgoc.co.uk/caper.htm

1st Aug MGF 20 at HMC Gaydon

8th & 9th Aug MG Magnette Register Week-end with Harrogate MG at Pateley Bridge.

16th Aug MG Day at Middleton Hall. Fran Bragger on 01827 54692 or email frances.bragger@sky.com

18th to 21st Sept MG Cricket St Thomas.

Other Local Events:

Gaydon Classic Car Show at Heritage Motor Centre, Sunday 24th May, book via their website.

Bidford Wings & Wheels at Bidford Gliding Club on May Bank Holiday the 25th. No need to book, lots of aircraft flying in and some aerobatic displays. Last year had a good collection of cars on display. Donation to charity requested.

Wellesbourne Wings & Wheels on Father's Day 21st June at Wellesbourne airfield. Booking essential for displaying your car, however you can pay as a visitor on the day. Well worth a visit the Vulcan Bomber will be taxiing at 11am and will do a high speed run at 2pm.

Classic Car Parade set to Smash Two Guinness World Records in Coventry

  • Special event to take place in Coventry on Sunday 14th June 2015
  • Aims to break Guinness World Records for the Largest Parade of Classic Cars, and the Largest Parade of Jaguar Cars
  • Attempt organised by Coventry Transport Museum and Footman James, as part of Coventry Transport Museum re-launch
  • 2000 classic cars needed to take part

· Classic car owners who would like to take part in the Guinness World Record attempts on Sunday 14th June are asked to register their interest by no later than 30th April, by visiting www.footmanjames.co.uk and completing the online Expression of Interest form. Further details and confirmation of entry will be sent out after this date.

Long Marston Summer Fete on Saturday 27th June, open to any Classic Car or interesting Vehicle. Arrive before 1pm to be included in the Arena display.

Wythall Carnival Classic Car Show Sunday 16th August at Wythall Park, Silver St, Wythall, B47 6LZ. Details from Andrew 07976 327 975

Solihull Fun in the Park Sunday 20th September, Tudor Grange Park, Solihull, B91 3LU.

There will be a classic car show as part of SOLIHULL FUN IN THE PARK - a family day out with a variety of stalls, an arena with entertainment from local performers throughout the day, food outlets and lots of fun activities for children.

You should arrive at the Monkspath hall Road entrance to Tudor Grange Park B91 3LU between 9.00am and 10.15 am and be prepared to leave your car on site all day.

This a charity event to raise funds for local charities.

If you would like more information please contact;

Clive Hampson at clivehampson@yahoo.co.uk , tel: 07831 510542

or Rosemary Couch at roalan@talktalk.net , tel: 01564773302

Prescott Breakfast Club:

14th June GWR Toddington 8.30 onwards

5th July Prescott 9.30 - Optional visit to PCGB HQ in Moreton in Marsh to watch British GP.

20th Sept Prescott 9.30 to 12.30

25th Oct Prescott 9.30 to 12.30

Details and registration to Barrie - barrie.murray_upton@me.com , 0780 388 7811

South Midlands Classic Car Meet:

The Stratford Armouries Museum, Gospel Oak Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 0JA

Thursday 28th May From 7pm

Thursday 25th June From 7pm

Thursday 30th July From 7pm

Thursday 27th August From 7pm

Sunday 27th September From 11am to 3pm

Kineton Sports and Social Club Classic Car Meet:

Cheap drinks and a reasonably priced BBQ, 1st Thursday of the month

Thursday 4th June

Thursday 2nd July

Thursday 6th August

Thursday 3rd September

Drive safely

Paul

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Hello Everyone,

A great night on the last First Tuesday Meeting, David tells me there were 52 on the register.

Just one event to report on this month, the 'Spring Sunday Lunch Run' organised by Alan Cleobury. I was not able to attend (we are now back in the holiday season!!) but I'm reliably informed that despite the weather conditions (cold with showers) a good time was had by all. The special prize went to Doug who was the only driver to have his roof down for the whole day (he looks well wrapped up in the photos). This report came from Graham Robson (he has also sent an enlarged version for inclusion in Enjoying MG):

On March 29th Alan and Julia Cleobury, with the help of friends Steve, Gaynor, Jane and Mike, put together another of their excellent Spring Lunchtime runs.

The weather was distinctly threatening. Those with modern MGs were happy to turn out in them, but others came in ordinary cars. Except for Doug!! What a hero. He steadfastly refused to put the roof up on his B roadster, despite some really heavy rain.

There was an enjoyable run through three counties put together by the team, followed by a good lunch at the Honiley Court Hotel. Instead of a quiz, the team had come up with a great game where you had to guess the contents of several sealed bags. There was something of an automotive theme, and there was speculation that Alan was going to need to put all the bits back on his car to get it roadworthy again.

The prize for this game was won by Dave and Alison Smith, and, because of the weather, there was a prize for the "dirtiest car after the run" . . . but there was unanimous approval for this to go to Doug for having the "wettest interior after the run".

A really great day - good fun and good friends.

Thanks for the report Graham and to Alan for organising.

Future Events:


The Drive it Day Run is now fully booked for the lunch (unless you are prepared to dine in the bar area), however we can still accept entries for the run. We are assembling at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon at 11am in time to leave around 11.15. We have a reserved parking area at HMC (follow instructions from the HMC marshals). The Café will be open at HMC from 9am for breakfast and the Museum will be open from 10am (however it is not essential to go into the Museum, unless you want to, there will be plenty of cars in the car park.

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) 'Drive it Day' is a nationwide event which

commemorates 64 cars that left London on the first day of the Thousand Mile UK Trial that took place

in April 1900 and this year is being held on Sunday 26th April. As part of this day we will be holding a 'Drive it Day' Run starting from the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon (where other cars and clubs will be visiting for DiD, so lots of cars will be in the car park and no need to pay for entry into the Museum, however if you would like to enter the museum please use the 'Gift Aid' facility which gives you 12 months free re-entry or let me know and I will be able to arrange a discount entry price), going to The Golden Cross. This year's route is again being set by Richard, so I'm sure it will be interesting and full of facts along the way. Please book with me. On the day we will have the above Rally Plates available to purchase (first come first served we have only ordered 25), thanks to Graham Robson for the design work.

Although not an 'Arden MG Club' event but very local is the Stratford Festival of Motoring on the May Bank Holiday (3rd & 4th May) with a Tulip Run one day and a Treasure Hunt another day and lots of cars displayed all around the town an event worth considering (I'm booked for the Monday Run). Full details from their website www.stratforward.co.uk/events/stratford-festival-of-motoring. For those not taking part in the runs, I have been asked by Tony Merrygold (a club member) if anyone would be available to assist with marshalling the event on either day. Details of what is required is shown at: http://www.stratforward.co.uk/events/stratford-festival-of-motoring/volunteers but basically it is helping out with parking and answering random questions as they will have paid stewards on the road barriers.

Allen Smith reports that entries for the Heritage Run are arriving steadily, so if you have not sent yours off do so soon. If you need an entry form it can be downloaded from the club website at www.ardenmgclub.co.uk or contact Allen on 01789 488 280 as per the adjacent advert. The run of course will be starting at Evesham Country Park and finishing at Eastnor Castle. The date for your diary is Sunday 7th June. After the scenic run to Eastnor and parking in our own designated parking area it is only a short 5 minute walk to the entrance of the Castle grounds with lots of paths for walks including around the lake as well as the Maze and Café. Not to be missed.

Please note the date for the Quiz on Wheelz has been changed to: Tuesday 14th July, please make sure you have the correct date noted down. The start and finish will be the Golden Cross, however as we have a new organiser for the evening I'm sure it will be a change from previous years. More info and booking details next time.

Badsey Flower Show will be on the 25th July this year and Steve Entwistle will be arranging a display area for the club, again more details next time.

The Club night in August will again be our 'Show Night', a good chance to give your cars a good clean and polish ready for the fun competition.

The 'The Chairman's Picnic' has now been confirmed and will be on Sunday 23rd August. We will have our usual start at the Golden Cross with Bacon Rolls and Coffee (or Tea) available and will have a scenic run driving to Compton Verney for our picnic by the lake. I hope we will be able to park our cars along the main drive to the house and we can try and find the tree the Club sponsored some years ago, let's hope it is still alive!! At the next meeting we will be asking for an idea of who might be interested in joining the Picnic, so we can plan the logistics. Please register an interest now with me or put your hand up at the Tuesday meeting.

August Bank Holiday Monday 31st Aug) is again the Pershore Plum Festival and we are planning for better weather this year.

Other MG Events:

3rd&4th May Stratford Festival of Motoring, register at www.stratforward.co.uk/events/stratford-festival-of-motoring. There are runs on both days.

10th May North Leicester MG Group 'Charnwood Caper' to Middleton Hall. www.northleicester-mg.org.uk

24th May Gaydon Classic Car Show, Heritage Motor Centre.

24th May Exeter Area MGOC 'Moor2Sea' Run. email: moor2sea@outlook.com

14th June Bridgend MGOC Cwm to Coast Run. email: mgguy62@hotmail.com

21st&22nd June MG Live Silverstone. www.mgcc.co.uk

5th July Gloucestershire MGOC Cotswold Caper. http://www.glosmgoc.co.uk/caper.htm

1st Aug MGF 20 at HMC Gaydon

8th & 9th Aug MG Magnette Register Week-end with Harrogate MG at Pateley Bridge.

16th Aug MG Day at Middleton Hall. Fran Bragger on 01827 54692 or email frances.bragger@sky.com

18th to 21st Sept MG Cricket St Thomas.

Other Local Events:

Classic Car Parade set to Smash Two Guinness World Records in Coventry

  • Special event to take place in Coventry on Sunday 14th June 2015
  • Aims to break Guinness World Records for the Largest Parade of Classic Cars, and the Largest Parade of Jaguar Cars
  • Attempt organised by Coventry Transport Museum and Footman James, as part of Coventry Transport Museum re-launch
  • 2000 classic cars needed to take part

· Classic car owners who would like to take part in the Guinness World Record attempts on Sunday 14th June are asked to register their interest by no later than 30th April, by visiting www.footmanjames.co.uk and completing the online Expression of Interest form. Further details and confirmation of entry will be sent out after this date.

Prescott Breakfast Club:

14th June GWR Toddington 8.30 onwards

5th July Prescott 9.30 - Optional visit to PCGB HQ in Moreton in Marsh to watch British GP.

20th Sept Prescott 9.30 to 12.30

25th Oct Prescott 9.30 to 12.30

Details and registration to Barrie - barrie.murray_upton@me.com , 0780 388 7811

Drive safely

Paul  

 

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March 2015 News Letter

Hello Everyone,

There are two events to report on this month, firstly the Skittles Evening at Mickleton went very well with 32 of us enjoying the bowling (I'm told this is the biggest group the pub has had in the 'alley'). We managed 3 rounds, with a very good and plentiful hot supper in between, followed by the traditional game of 'Killer'. Yet again the winners of the 'Boys v Girls' competition were the Boys and the prizes for the highest scores went to Graham Smith for the men (with the overall highest score of 26), however the Ladies couldn't decide who should win and a long playoff ensued, with Emilia as the winner. Also traditional is to award the 'Wooden Spoon' for the lowest score of the evening and the clear winner was David Harrison. Many thanks to all who attended and to the Butchers Arms for a warm welcome.

Secondly was the Guest Speaker at the Club Night. The restaurant was packed and our speaker Adrian Davis from Warwickshire Police, having introduced himself was bombarded with questions, all of which were answered in a cool clear way fully explaining his position and in many cases agreeing with the questioner. The topics ranged far and wide, I noted down 13 topics of discussion ranging from Collision Investigation through Speed Awareness Workshops, Cyclists, Car Cruising to Drink Driving Limits. I had difficulty in stopping the questions, so it was clear there was a great deal of interest in what was being said. I have sent a note of thanks from the Club to Adrian.

Future Events:

There is still time to book for the Spring Sunday Lunch Run, which is on Sunday March 29th . The starting point will be the Golden Cross with the scenic run ending at the Honiley Court Hotel, Meer End Lane, Honiley CV8 1NP, for Lunch. Alan has arranged a special price of £13.95 for 3 courses and tea or coffee and we will have the use of the Warwick Suite at the Hotel. Alan needs payment in advance and to follow is a SAMPLE MENU:

Starters

Homemade leek and potato soup

Fan of melon with a fruit coulis

Sautee strips of chicken, pepper & onions with fajita seasoning on a bed of leaves

Tomato and mozzarella salad with pesto dressing
Prawn cocktail
Mains

Roast topside of beef with Yorkshire pudding

Roast loin of pork with apple sauce

Breast of chicken with pan gravy

Baked salmon with a parsley cream sauce

Penne pasta with a creamy tomato sauce and parmesan cheese

Desserts

New York style cheesecake

Lemon tart with a fruit coulis

Black forest gateau

Coffee and mandarin gateau

Fresh fruit salad

Bookings to Alan Cleobury, 124 Earlswood Common, Earlswood, Solihull, B94 5SH, email: a.j.cleobury@btinternet.com, phone: 01564 702 300, cheques payable to; Arden MG Club

The factory Tour of MG Motors at Longbridge on 9th April is now fully booked, if anyone wants to be on a reserve list please let me know.

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) 'Drive it Day' is a nationwide event which

commemorates 64 cars that left London on the first day of the Thousand Mile UK Trial that took place

in April 1900 and this year is being held on Sunday 26th April. As part of this day we will be holding a 'Drive it Day' Run starting from the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon (where other cars and clubs will be visiting for DiD, so lots of cars will be in the car park and no need to pay for entry into the Museum, however if you would like to enter the museum please use the 'Gift Aid' facility which gives you 12 months free re-entry or let me know and I will be able to arrange a discount entry price), going to The Golden Cross. Lunch will be available at the Golden Cross (I wanted to give Debbie the chance to provide us with more than the bacon rolls), if you would like to book for lunch please let me have your choices from the menu below (pay on the day), however if you find you can't make lunch please let me know so I can cancel the booking. This year's route is again being set by Richard, so I'm sure it will be interesting and full of facts along the way. Please book with me.

The menu that day will be:

Starters

Homemade Soup of the Day & Crusty Bread

Chicken Liver Pate, Homemade Chutney & Warm Toast

Battered Calamari Rings with a Dressed Leaf Salad & Garlic Mayonnaise

Creamy Garlic Mushrooms on Granary Toast (v)

Mains

Roast Topside of Beef, Yorkshire Pudding & Red Wine Gravy

Roast Loin of Pork, Apple Sauce & Sage Gravy

Roast Breast of Chicken with Sage & Onion Gravy

Goats Cheese Filo Parcel with a Warm Mediterranean

Vegetable Salad and a Tomato & Olive Salsa (v)

Desserts

Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream & Toffee Sauce

Lemon Posset

Baileys Cheesecake

Vanilla Ice Cream

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One Course £9.95

Two Courses £12.95

Three Courses £14.95

Although not an 'Arden MG Club' event but very local is the Stratford Festival of Motoring on the May Bank Holiday (3rd & 4th May) with a Tulip Run one day and a Treasure Hunt another day and lots of cars displayed all around the town an event worth considering (I'm booked for the Monday Run). Full details from their website www.stratforward.co.uk/events/stratford-festival-of-motoring.

You will all know by now that the Heritage Run will be on the 7th June going to Eastnor Castle and starting from Evesham Country Park. Please send your entries to Allen Smith, if you need a booking form Allen will be able to send one out or you can download from the website (www.ardenmgclub.co.uk click on Heritage Run 2015 on the right hand side). Eastnor looks to be a great venue with large grounds and walks around the lake, a Maze and Café.

The date for the Quiz on Wheelz has now been set for Thursday 16th July, put this date on your calendars further details soon.

The Club night in August will again be our 'Show Night', a good chance to give your cars a good clean and polish ready for the fun competition.

I am going to put a new event on the calendar to be called 'The Chairman's Picnic' and this will be on Sunday 23rd August. The event is still in the planning stage but we will be going to Compton Verney for our picnic, where we sponsored a tree some years ago, let's hope it is still alive!!

August Bank Holiday Monday 31st Aug) is again the Pershore Plum Festival and we are planning for better weather this year.

Other MG Events:

12th April MGB Register Spring Run. Starting at Hatton Country World and finishing at Sudley Castle & Gardens. Online booking at www.mgb-register.org or I can email details/booking form, just let me know.

12th April Chesterfield MG Group 'Shakedown Run'. www.chesterfield-mg-group.co.uk

3rd&4th May Stratford Festival of Motoring, register at www.stratforward.co.uk/events/stratford-festival-of-motoring. There are runs on both days.

10th May North Leicester MG Group 'Charnwood Caper' to Middleton Hall. www.northleicester-mg.org.uk

24th May Gaydon Classic Car Show, Heritage Motor Centre.

24th May Exeter Area MGOC 'Moor2Sea' Run. email: moor2sea@outlook.com

14th June Bridgend MGOC Cwm to Coast Run. email: mgguy62@hotmail.com

21st&22nd June MG Live Silverstone. www.mgcc.co.uk

5th July Gloucestershire MGOC Cotswold Caper. http://www.glosmgoc.co.uk/caper.htm

1st Aug MGF 20 at HMC Gaydon

8th & 9th Aug MG Magnette Register Week-end with Harrogate MG at Pateley Bridge.

16th Aug MG Day at Middleton Hall. Fran Bragger on 01827 54692 or email frances.bragger@sky.com

18th to 21st Sept MG Cricket St Thomas.

Other Local Events:

29th March Armouries Classic Car Meet

A new event that may be of interest to some is: Great Escape Cars is organising the first ever Cars & Coffee event at its Redditch site in Dunlop Rd (B97 5XP) on Sunday 19th April 2015 from 10am to 1pm. Classic car owners can bring along their cars free of charge and Great Escape will donate £1 to Acorns Childrens Hospice for every one. The company is also sponsoring the event with free coffee and bacon butties for classic car owners.

Prescott Breakfast Club:

19th April Prescott 9.30 to 12.30

14th June GWR Toddington 8.30 onwards

5th July Prescott 9.30 - Optional visit to PCGB HQ in Moreton in Marsh to watch British GP.

20th Sept Prescott 9.30 to 12.30

25th Oct Prescott 9.30 to 12.30

Details and registration to Barrie - barrie.murray_upton@me.com , 0780 388 7811

Drive safely

Paul

 

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February 2015 News Letter

Hello Everyone,

We had another good turnout of 30 people on a wintery February night, so well done. I hope you all enjoyed the impromptu 'Sweeties Quiz' brought along by new (returning) member Nigel Hook, thanks Nigel, all the comments I heard were good. No other events to report on but the new season is getting into full swing.

Future Events:

Skittles Evening on the 27th February at the Butcher's Arms in Mickleton is now fully booked. We will start from 7pm with skittling from 7.30. Supper of either Steak & Ale Pie or Lasagne (with chips & peas) will be served in the interval. The main activity of the night will be the usual Boys vs Girls rounds and Killer to end with.

March Club Night - Guest Speaker Adrian Davis will give us a talk titled "the relationship between the Police and the Motorist". Adrian has sent me a brief about himself as follows:

Hi, my name is Adrian Davis and I am a Police Inspector with 21yrs service currently based at Stratford. The first 10yrs of my career were spent in the West Midlands Police and in 2003 I transferred into Warwickshire as a Sgt within the Roads Policing Unit. Apart from a recent move to Stratford the vast majority of my time in Warwickshire has been spent with the Roads Policing Team as both a Traffic Sgt & Inspector.

I am a Grade One Advanced Police Driver & Motorcyclist.............& Police Pedal Cyclist (if that counts too)

I have been involved in the management of Serious Collision Investigation for several years on all Warwickshire Roads including our Motorway Network... and am trained to formally review collisions so as to assist and support other Senior Investigating Officers.

I am part of a National Steering Group that reviews Police Pursuits across the UK

I take a great interest in Road Safety and enjoy working with our various partners across Warwickshire & West Mercia to make our roads safer. I am absolutely convinced that my interest in this area is a direct result of wanting to prevent some of the horrific and sad situations that I have seen over the years.

Associated with Road Safety comes prosecution and education.....and both have their place! I have managed various operations and events over the years where the use of both prosecution and education have been equally successful.

The art is getting it right, not harassing the motorist that we constantly hear from some but to win the support of other road users and interested parties when engaged in such activity.

Thank you for the invitation to come and speak with you, I look to meeting you all next month........I did say when I briefly met with Paul that if you have any long or potentially complicated questions concerning Road Traffic Legislation or similar scenarios, then please ask now as I may be able to carry out some research in preparation for the evening.

Sunday March 29th is the date for this year's Spring Sunday Lunch Run, starting from the Golden Cross, with lunch at the Honiley Court Hotel, Meer End Lane, Honiley CV8 1NP. Alan has arranged a special price of £13.95 for 3 courses and tea or coffee and we will have the use of the Warwick Suite at the Hotel. Alan needs payment in advance and to follow is a SAMPLE MENU:

Starters

Homemade leek and potato soup

Fan of melon with a fruit coulis

Sautee strips of chicken, pepper & onions with fajita seasoning on a bed of leaves

Tomato and mozzarella salad with pesto dressing
Prawn cocktail

Mains

Roast topside of beef with Yorkshire pudding

Roast loin of pork with apple sauce

Breast of chicken with pan gravy

Baked salmon with a parsley cream sauce

Penne pasta with a creamy tomato sauce and parmesan cheese

Desserts

New York style cheesecake

Lemon tart with a fruit coulis

Black forest gateau

Coffee and mandarin gateau

Fresh fruit salad

Bookings to Alan Cleobury, 124 Earlswood Common, Earlswood, Solihull, B94 5SH, email: a.j.cleobury@btinternet.com, phone: 01564 702 300, cheques payable to; Arden MG Club

I have been in touch with MG Motors UK Ltd with a view to booking a 'Factory Tour', however they are stopping the regular tours and have only limited availability at present. I have therefore booked a tour for Thursday 9th April, however there are only 10 places, so if you want to join me for the tour, let me know soon, as the places will be offered on a 'First Come' basis.

I can now confirm the start and finish for our social run on the national 'Drive it Day' Sunday 26th April, as the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon (where other cars and clubs will be visiting for DiD), going to The Golden Cross. We wanted to give Debbie the chance to provide us with lunch instead of just the bacon rolls, however bacon butties will be available at HMC. The museum will be open on DiD and a discount entry price is available (let me know if you would like to visit the museum), however I think there will be plenty going on outside without entering the museum, gift aid tickets will also be valid.

Please let me know if you would like to join the run, we will aim to leave HMC around 11.30 for the drive through Warwickshire lanes to the Golden Cross. For those wishing to have lunch Debbie has asked for us to pre-order our food (book with me), so we can be served around the same time. The menu that day will be:

Starters

Homemade Soup of the Day & Crusty Bread

Chicken Liver Pate, Homemade Chutney & Warm Toast

Battered Calamari Rings with a Dressed Leaf Salad & Garlic Mayonnaise

Creamy Garlic Mushrooms on Granary Toast (v)

Mains

Roast Topside of Beef, Yorkshire Pudding & Red Wine Gravy

Roast Loin of Pork, Apple Sauce & Sage Gravy

Roast Breast of Chicken with Sage & Onion Gravy

Goats Cheese Filo Parcel with a Warm Mediterranean

Vegetable Salad and a Tomato & Olive Salsa (v)

Desserts

Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream & Toffee Sauce

Lemon Posset

Baileys Cheesecake

Vanilla Ice Cream

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One Course £9.95

Two Courses £12.95

Three Courses £14.95

Please see me at club night to make a booking or send me an email or give me a call. Richard has agreed to set the route again, so I'm sure we will find some interesting facts along the way.

The next big one is of course the Heritage Run, which you should all know by now is on Sunday 7th June, Evesham Country Park to Eastnor Castle. Booking forms are now available to download from the club website, from Allen Smith but will also be mailed to everyone who has attended the run on one of the last three years. Eastnor looks to be a great venue with large grounds and walks around the lake, a Maze and Café.

July Quiz on Wheelz - Date to be confirmed

4th Aug Club 'Show Night'

31st Aug Pershore Plum Festival

Other MG Events:

12th April MGB Register Spring Run. Starting at Hatton Country World and finishing at Sudley Castle & Gardens. Online booking at www.mgb-register.org or I can email details/booking form, just let me know.

12th April Chesterfield MG Group 'Shakedown Run'. www.chesterfield-mg-group.co.uk