May 2017 Newsletter
EVENTS & SHOWS
There seems to be so much to write about from April I hope I can fit it all in. Our calendar began at the NEC over the weekend of 31st March – 2nd April for the Practical Classics Restoration Show. This show was a first for us – but all the preparation and behind-the-scenes work paid off and we had a very successful weekend. The two cars we had on display – Louise’s stunning Trophy Blue ZR pulled in an admiring audience, as did Classic Car Weekly’s ‘£500 Challenge’ ZR 105 in British Racing Green. We would like to thank David Simister and his team for loaning us their ZR for the weekend. The ‘temporary’ Rover 25 front was very much a talking point from all our visitors. Several new members joined the club with Zeds over the weekend, so welcome to all of you. We agreed that the reception of the Zeds at this show in their home town had been fantastic. During the three days, several people stopped to chat and said they had worked on the Zeds at Longbridge and were delighted to see them so popular and enter the classic car arena.
Meanwhile on the Sunday Zed owners headed for Brooklands Museum in Surrey for their MG Era Day. Overall the day was a success with a healthy number of visitors, although we did feel a bit out of the way round by the F1 display. We did however have a nice patch of grass to park on with room for only ten cars. Other visiting Zeds parked on the banking. But it’s the overall ambience and charm of Brooklands that makes for a very relaxing day.
The following Sunday(9th), the first rounds of the 2017 Racing Championships took place at Donington Park circuit with what must be a record number of Zeds. No fewer than sixty-one ZRs and ZSs were entered for the day’s races. All made the grid except for David Coulthard’s ZR 190 which blew its engine in qualifying. Thirty-three ZRs started in the Trophy races. Pole man Ross Makar finished third in both with wins going to Doug Cole and Graham Ross. Jack Roberts and Paul Luti scored in the very competitive 170 class with two firsts for Matt Turnbull in the 160s.
The Cockshoot Cup attracted five ZSs and four ZRs. The ZR 180 of Ashley Woodward finishing ahead of the similar machine of Philip Bowden. Fifteen ZRs and three ZSs were among the starters for the Peter Best Cup. David Mellor’s ZR achieved second place and there was a creditable fifth place for the leading ZS of Register Treasurer Peter Burchill. The racing continues at Brands Hatch.
On Easter Saturday, we returned to Birmingham for the Pride of Longbridge gathering. There will be a full account of this event in the next update together with the how the racing went and Brands Hatch.
With ‘MGs in the Weald’ only a few weeks away there is still time to book on one of the two brewery tours taking place that day. Please contact Andy Knott directly at Kimber House to book your places. We will be having a specific parking area for modified cars, show cars and Monogram cars on the station concourse. If you plan to bring any of these to the event please contact either myself or Paul Money so we can take your details and direct you into position on the day. Paul can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org . Many thanks