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The 2017 MGCC Anglia Summer Picnic Report – By Roger Latham

Great day, great weather and a great line up of MG’s.

On a lovely summer’s day we met at the NT Ickworth House in Suffolk.

An excellent area on grass had been set aside for our use close to all facilities and the house and gardens.

Present were 50 MGs. These ranged from T Types through MGA, B, C, GTV8, Midget, Magnette, RV8, modern TF’s and Z cars through to the latest MG3’s.

‘Wow’ some display indeed, which was much admired by other visitors to Ickworth House.

At lunch time groups of MGCC members were seen enjoying their food and drink around their cars in the glorious sunshine.

This most interesting house was there to view, for those who desired, together with the magnificent and colourful garden.

I don’t suppose I was the only one who got a bit pinker than anticipated lulled by the summer breeze!

Next year’s venue is not yet in the planning stage but suggestions are welcome.

Roger Latham

Debden Autosolo 16th July 2017

Entries are now open for the SCCoN and ECMC Debden Autosolo.

Entry Form HERE

Entry List  HERE

Regulations HERE

 

Helmingham Hall Festival of Classic & Sports Car Show, 6th August 2017

The MG Car Club will have again this year a Stand and Show Area at the Helmingham Hall Festival of Classic & Sports Car Show on Sunday 6th August 2017.

Anglia Summer Run 2017

Anglia Centre Summer Run

The Summer Run on June 11th is again this year being organised by
Margaret Beresford and Barbara Pratley.
The Run starts at Melton, Woodbridge and takes in 55 miles of beautiful
Suffolk country lanes to The Museum of East Anglian Life.

Lunch will be available at the Osier Café.

The event is limited to 20 cars so book early to secure a place.

The entry form is available HERE

John Cumming receives the MG Car Club Marque of Friendship

MG Car Club Marque of Friendship

I have great pleasure in being able to announce that John Cumming, host of the Mid Suffolk Club Meet, has been awarded the MG Car Club ‘Marque of Friendship’ award.

John, who is Anglia Centre Membership and Regalia Secretary, along with holding the position of Vice Treasurer, was presented with the award by MGCC Chairman Ian Quarrinton in recognition of John’s friendly approach to members, time given to the club and the sharing of his extensive technical knowledge among the members.

I don’t think that you could find anyone who is more helpful than John, he is always the person that you turn to if you need help or have a problem to sort out. He quietly gets on with everything from organising touring runs and events for us, to keeping members up to date with what is going on. He is one of the people who makes our club the success that it is.

Supported by his Wife Sheila at many of the events, I would say that anyone who has met John would agree, we are privileged to have him in the club. Well done mate.

Rob Muir

Terry Starkey

It is with much sadness that we have to report that Anglia MG member Terry Starkey passed away peacefully on Wednesday after a short cancer related illness.

Terry will be fondly remembered in MG and V8 circles and as a founder member of the Norwich Burblers pub meet Natter. A group he founded with friends Angus Munroe, Max Porter, John Cumming, Stuart Middlemiss and Ian Quarrington who all share a passion for the burble of a V8 engine.

Terry is also well known for producing the Burr Elm gear knobs which many RV8 owners have on their cars.

Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with Terry’s wife Brenda and their two sons.

Summer Picnic 2017 Entry Form Now Available

The Anglia Summer Picnic at Ickworth House entry form is now available for downloading HERE

The Spring Car Show, Sunday April 30th, at the Duxford War Museum

 

The Spring Car Show, Sunday April 30th, at the Duxford War Museum

You will be aware that The MGCC Anglia Centre will, again this year, have a Stand and parking area at the Spring Car Show on Sunday 30th April.

The gates open at 9.30 am. You should enter the site by Gate Number 1.
Gate Number 1 is on the A505 to the west side of the airfield (the Royston side)

The reduced entrance fee is £12.60 per person. Pay after you have entered but before you are directed to our parking area.
This fee also allows you free access to all parts of the Museum.

John Cumming is coordinating the event, so if you haven’t  already done so please let him know that you will be attending.

Contact; John  – johncumming@talktalk.net

Village Run details

The Village Run on the 21st of May details are now available for view/download HERE

Some musings including MG’s I have owned – Roger Latham

I’m a long standing member of the MG Car Club over some thirty plus years. Can’t say for sure how long as I don’t recall and the Club is unable to tell me when I joined.
As a Natter Leader at the time I was invited to a meeting to discuss the possibility of forming a Branch within SE Centre to look after Anglia affairs. From this we formed a Committee and gradually progressed first becoming a Sub Centre and then finally a full blown Centre in 1987.
I have been a Committee member of Anglia from day one right through to today holding various positions over the years. Firstly a very long spell of more than twenty years as Secretary followed by five years as Centre Chairman. Nowadays I’m serving as a Committee member without portfolio.
My MG motoring started in the 60s when I spotted an MG Midget on the forecourt at my local BMC dealer. At first they couldn’t start it, not a very good beginning! Undeterred I purchased it and used it for my daily commute; it was our only family car. As is often the case it eventually had to go to make way for something more family friendly.
All that was long before I became an MG Car Club member.
Since when I have owned many MGs and still do today.
Here is a list of them to the best of my recollection.
MGB Roadster, MGC GT and TC. These three I owned concurrently. Sadly they had to go first to do so was the MGC then the TC. The MGB was my daily driver for some three plus years.
A pause in my MG owning followed while I made do with other cars. Then the urge took hold again with the purchase of a new MGF in 1996. This had an unfortunate end as it was damaged at the dealers while there for service. It was repaired but unfortunately not correctly. The outcome was the car was returned to the dealer and the full invoice amount refunded!!
After a while an MGF VVC Abingdon followed. This gave way to a TF160 with aircon and hardtop too. A great car.
Restless again it was sold and an MG Maestro EFI replaced it.
That went but a new MG ZS180 filled the void very nicely. That in turn was replaced by the updated MG ZS180 which was improved not just in looks but in ride and performance; a better torque curve I thought.
I have owned various MGB GTs, probably about four in total, over the years including a very nice BGT LE, the pewter colour one.
An RV8 was enjoyed too especially as it had power steering fitted during its time in Japan, plus aircon of course.
I enjoyed a lovely black TF LE 500 which had a very full specification and was purchased with less than 1500 miles on the clock. It went to the Le Mans Classic where the aircon proved its worth in temperatures of 30 C.
With a desire for something more versatile it moved on and was replaced by a ZR105+ fairly quickly replaced by a ZR160, face lifted version, which I much enjoyed.
Coming right up to date last December I traded in my first MG3 a 3 Form Sport for an MG3 Style Lux which you can see in the photo above.
Enough from me I think hope you enjoyed my musings.

Roger Latham