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Two issues of the Danish club’s newsletter.


MG bladet No 4 Juli Dobbeltsidet (1)

MG-Klubblad_3_2018 (3)

The European Touring Handbook

This is the most recent European Touring Handbook. My great thanks to Gert and Hella of the Danish MGCC for the considerable effort they have put into this.

Peter Cook

MGCC – Overseas Director.

2018 Handbook final booklet print


Europen Protocol

The European Protocol agreed by the participating European Clubs at the European Conference held in the Netherlands, 2016.

Protocol of major decisions, agreements and statements for the European work in and between European MG Car Clubs

1992 31.10      Wiesbaden, MGCC Deutschland
1993 23.10      Antwerp, MGCC Antwerp
1994 22.10      Oslo, MGCC Norway
1995 18.05      Silverstone, (Mini Conference)
1996 19.10      Rome, MGCC d´Italia
1997 13.06      Silverstone (Mini Conference)
1998 17.10      Gent, MG Car Club Belgium
1999 04.06      Silverstone (Meeting)

2000 14.10      Spången Inn, MGCC Sweden
2002 19.10      Zurich, MGCC Switzerland
2004 02.10      Rotterdam, MGCC Holland
2006 07.10      Paris, MGCC France
2008 04.10      Copenhagen, MG Danish Centre, Denmark
2010 02.10      Kimber House, MGCC UK England
2012 27.10      Oslo, MGCC Norway
15. 2014 29.03             Essen MGCC Deutschland.

16. 2016 04.22             Nordwijk MGCC Holland

Protocol log

REVISION 1, August 2002

1st issue. The protocol is based on notes from the MGCC European Conferences from 1992 and until the date of this document.

REVISION 2, August 2003

Correction the chapters “The MGCC European Touring Handbook”, and “European Nuffield Trophy”.

REVISION 3, April 2006

Appendix 2 added concerning listing of European Events of The Year, receivers of The European Nuffield Trophy.

Appendix 3 added concerning MGCC European Jubilee protocol.

REVISION 5, September 2010

Priority entry for MGCC members at EEOTY- process introduced

Dead line for European Manager candidates and EEOTY candidates introduced.

REVISION 6, June 2011

Updated based on 13th Conference minutes held 2010-10-02, Abingdon.

EEOTY- process for entering as a candidate introduced

European Handbook – updated according to editorial and layout process used today

Small editorial changes.

REVISION 7, January 2013

Updated based on 14th Conference, Oslo 27.10.2012

Changes to sections 4,5,8.9 &10

Changes to appendices 5&6

REVISION 8 April 2014

Section 1. Two delegates per club

Section 4. Clashing with MGLive! Date

Section 8. Wording changed to be the same as Affiliation Agreement.

Appendices 1,2,5,6 revised and updated.

REVISION 9  April 2016

Section 1. After a period with annual meetings it has been decided to have a conference every second year.

Section 1. Each club should send maximum two delegated to the conference.

Section 2.Deadline for candidates will be 2 months before the conference date.

Appendice 1,2,4,5,6 revised and updated

1. European Conference

After a period with annual meetings it has been decided to have a conference every second year.

The following should be as standard on the agenda:

Appointment of Chairman of meeting
Apologies for absence
Approval of minutes of the meeting
News / plans from the European clubs
European Manager report/plans
Date for the next European Conference
Election of the European Manager for the 2 years period
The host club will be responsible for the cost of hiring the venue and the conference dinner. Individual delegates will be responsible for all other costs, flights, hotels etc.
The conference cannot dictate anything to the clubs as long as they live up to the affiliation conditions.  All decisions are however done by a majority of representatives of the clubs and should therefore be followed as democratic decisions.

The conference elects the European Manager.

Each club should send maximum two delegates to the conference.

Each country has 1 vote.

It is strongly recommended that a Director of the UK Club attend the European Conference as a UK representative.

UK Club should take part as a European Club.

2. European Manager

European Manager Period

Term of office 2 years

To be elected at the MGCC European Conference.

Dead line for candidates will be 2 months before the conference date.

Representative for Europe at the MGCC UK Council Meeting (no vote, but can speak up!)

The European Manager is as such independent of the MGCC UK and reports to The European Conference and keeps close contact to the MGCC Overseas Director during the period between the conferences.
Responsibilities for the European Manager
Coordination between all European Countries

Co-ordinate between all affiliated centres

Co-ordinate main events date including European Event of The Year

Co-ordinate input for Safety Fast

Co-ordinate any topics for debate at the UK Council meetings

Secure that an updated Contact list is available for all the European clubs

Create and maintain rota for articles to be published in Safety Fast!

Secure coordination of the Touring Handbook

Secure affiliation and re-affiliation process for the European clubs…

Supporting the existing and new Clubs

To promote Membership in National MG Car Clubs and subscriptions to Safety Fast

Trademark and related issues are the responsibility of The MG Car Club UK.

Financial Budget

Prepare budget and secure approval by the European Conference

To manage the approved budget

Financial reporting to the European Conference

The budget is based on payment from all European Clubs.

Each club pay s 20p/member annually together with the annual affiliation fee to Kimber House, Abingdon. This fee may be altered from time to time as agreed by the European Conference.

Fee for a 2-year period is decided by the conference based on European Managers budget.

The fee is intended to cover phone, post, travel expenses etc. based on the budget.

Final amount is transferred to the local account for the European Manager.

3. Co-ordination of European main events

This is seen as an important activity, but it will only be possible for one or max 2 events per country to be taken into consideration in this co-ordination.

The aim is to plan the calendar 2 years ahead.

Co-ordination to be done by the European Manager, but he needs to be contacted as early as possible and before the date is finally settled.

Organizers should be flexible with the event date at the first contact.

It has been agreed by all clubs that if an event is declared INTERNATIONAL, then all entry forms and instructions should be translated to English.

The European Manager will forward an events calendar to the Editor of Safety Fast and the Kimber House web-master.

4. European Event of the Year

The MG European Event of the Year is seen as the major MG Car Club non-racing event.

The European Conference decides where the event takes place based on the offers from the clubs.

Candidates have to give an indication of interest before end of June at the conference year. In case of more than one candidate clubs with jubilees will be given preference.

It is the general idea that it should be possible for all who want to participate; it is therefore ideal to combine camping and hotel possibilities, together with a wide range of price options.

The financial responsibility belongs to the organising club alone.

The following requirements for the European Event of the Year have been defined:

-Minimum 150-200 cars can participate (app. 400 people) (revised at conference 2002).

-Minimum a 2-day event, 3 days are fine, other separate arrangements can perhaps be made in the week up to the main event.

-Substantial international participation possible

-Not in June, in order to prevent clashing with MGLive! at Silverstone

-Clubs volunteer to organize a European Event of the Year, the European Conference endorses and


This event is organised for the benefit of members of the MG Car Club and entry to the event will prioritised for members of affiliated clubs. If the places are not fully taken, then non-MG Car Club enthusiasts can be invited

There are no special restrictions regarding the activities at this event which is seen as a social event, but of course sporting activities such as Gymkhana, driving test etc. can be incorporated.

National laws must of course be respected.

Promotion of the Event

The MG Car Club European organisation offers to promote event out in all corners of Europe, by the use of the most efficient contact network.

The European Manager will assist the organisers with contacts all over Europe.

1-2 pages in MG Car Club UK magazine “Safety Fast!” will be reserved.

Material for Safety Fast should be ready no later than December the year before.

Promotion of ‘next years’ event only will be allowed at ‘this years’ event.

Ideas for the European Event of The Year and other big events.

In the aim to get more publicity at this event, and by that make the club known, it could be useful to have a Press officer in charge.

It is not always desireable to involve the public under a meeting. Public relation afterwards, by video magazines etc. could be of value for the clubs.

5. Club Magazines

It has been agreed that club magazines are sent to each club.  It is the responsibility of each club to ensure that the mailing addresses and email addresses of the other clubs are up to date.

The European Manager receives a copy from each club.

It should be possible to send electronic pdf copies of each magazine to Kimber House, to be stored on the web site, so that they may be downloaded.

Copyright of articles

It is general accepted to copy articles from other club magazines, which should be encouraged. There could however be copyrights on some articles and pictures, especially from Safety Fast, and it is the responsibility of the local editor to obtain permission from the editor of Safety Fast! before publication.

6. Safety Fast

Safety Fast is seen as a complement to the national magazines, not a replacement.

Europe will have 1-2 pages every month in Safety Fast, all clubs will contribute during the year. The European Manager is seen as the input coordinator by the use of a “Rota”.

7. Where to write Column in Safety Fast

Only affiliated clubs should be shown under “European Contacts”.

The European Manager is responsible for keeping it updated.

8. Affiliation to MGCC UK

It is the aim to have only one affiliated MG Car Club pr. country.

Present MGCC UK affiliated clubs will not be affected by this, but it is encouraged that the countries work on that aim.

In the event of a new club requesting affiliation in a particular territory, the neighbouring

(i.e. nearest) MG Car Club must support the application where this is appropriate.

The decision by the present club will typically be followed.

The European Manager will handle the matter.

Affiliation certificates will be sent out by MGCC UK.

Affiliation period is from 1st January to 31st December.

Forms for renewal of affiliation will be sent out by Kimber House or the European Manager in November and expected back by the end of December.

9. Use of MG logo and MGCC logo

The current MG logo (curved sides) is owned by SAIC.

The older MG Logo (straight sides) can be licensed from British Motor Heritage.

The MG Car Club shield logo is owned by the MG Car Club UK and may be used by officially affiliated clubs. The shield logo may be altered to accommodate a particular countries national colours, or club name. Permission to do this must be granted from Kimber House.

The words “Safety Fast!” are the copyright of the MGCC UK.

Any enquiries regarding the use or misuse of any of the above logos should be forwarded to the European Manager or Kimber House.

10. The MGCC European Touring Handbook

The handbook should be produced every second year, as required.

To enable mailing in January of each year the following timetables are required:

Proofs should be submitted by 1st November
Final proofs to be signed by the end of December.
Sending out in February
For clubs who do not succeed in giving the input, last years input will be reprinted.
Handbook should be available for members in March latest
The main event calendar will not be included in the handbook.

The Handbook will be available as PDF download file only.

11. Club regalia Regalia sales featuring the MGCC shield are therefore restricted to members of The MG Car Club and the affiliated clubs only.

Clubs should use each other’s contacts for Car badge etc. so save cost.

12. European Nuffield Trophy

To be awarded to the most successful European club at a suitable venue or locally for achievements during the year before.

Success criteria:

Best new ideas of benefit for members
Most successful meeting
Participation in European club work
Club Magazine
Increase in membership
The following should decide on the awarding of the trophy:

European Manager
Overseas Director
Based on nominations from the European clubs send to the European Manager.

The Nuffield trophy has an estimated value of £10,000.

The cup is insured by the MGCC UK, but the holder of the cup should advise the European Manager/Kimber House of the address where it is kept.


Appendix 1

MGCC European Nuffield Trophy

MGCC Belgium
MGCC Irish Centre
MGCC Sweden
MGCC Belgium
MGCC Switzerland
MGCC Holland
MGCC Danish Centre

The European cup went missing from 1961 to 1979

MGCC Frankfurt Centre was given the Nuffield Gold Cup for their Hausach Rallies.
In 1979 when MGCC Danish Centre celebrated their 45th Jubilee Gordon Cobban was given the Cup
MGCC Holland
MGCC Switzerland
MGCC Deutschland
MGCC Switzerland
MG Car Club Luxemburg
MGCC Holland
MGCC Switzerland
MG Car Club Luxemburg
MGCC Holland
MGCC Danish Centre West
MGCC Danish Centre West
MGCC Deutschland
MGCC Holland
MGCC Holland
MGCC Danish Centre West
MGCC D’Italia
MGCC Norway
MG Car Club Luxemburg
MGCC Switzerland
MGCC Belgium
MGCC Sweden
MGCC Holland
MGCC D’Italia
MGCC Sweden
MGC Club de France
MGCC Holland
Club MG Catalunya
MG Enthusiast Club Eire
MGCC Denmark
MGCC Switzerland
MG Car Club Luxemburg
MG Car Club Monaco
Norsk MG Car Klub
MG Car Club de France
MG Car Club Danish Centre

2015 MG Car Club Holland

2016 MG Car Club  France

2017 Porto MG Club

Appendix 2

MGCC European Event of The Year

MGCC Luxemburg

MGCC Switzerland

MGCC Danish Centre

MGCC Holland

MGCC D’Italia

MGCC Belgium

MGCC Denmark

MGCC Danish Centre

MGCC Holland

MG Club de France

MGCC Deutschland

MGCC Switzerland

MGCC Norway

MGCC D’Italia

MGCC Belgium

MGCC Sweden

MGCC UK Caledonian Centre

MGCC Danish Centre

MGCC France

Porto MG Club

MGCC Switzerland

Appendix 3


MGCC European Managers

John Hale
Jeanette den Hollander
MGCC Holland
Gert Jorgensen
MGCC Denmark
2010  –
Hakan Sigemark
MGCC Sweden



Appendix 5

Rota for Safety Fast Overseas, Europe Input year 2018

Club or contact


MGCC Belgium

MGCC Antwerp




Holland  MGTTO

MGCC Holland & MGATO
MGCC Denmark

MGCC Danish Centre


We would be happy to receive some input about what is going on in your club this year, and perhaps you have some information for us what happens next year.

It would also be a good idea with a history about an MG- person or car from your country.

Please enclose some photos if possible.

All articles must have a maximum of app.300 words but please keep in mind that it is the Editors discretion as to what is finally printed.

Please notice that all articles must be sent to: Andy Knott / MG Car Club Ltd

Kimber House PO Box  251

Abingdon /Oxon OX 1



Appendix 6



This agreement is made between the MG Car Club Ltd., of the one part and the ……………………………………

MG Car Club Centre of the other part. Hereafter referred to as the Centre.

In consideration of the payment of annual dues, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, the MG Car Club licence you to use the name and title MG Car Club for the period of one year from this date, and subsequently extend this by yearly periods upon the receipt of annual dues.

The MG Car Club’s name and shield symbol may only be used for club badges and regalia approved by the MG Car Club Ltd and will not be used either in connection with any business or trade, nor will it grant or purport to grant to any other company person or persons the right to use such name or symbol. The Centre shall carry on in such manner as not to damage the goodwill attaching to the name MG Car Club, nor to bring the name MG Car Club into dispute and will do all such acts and things as may be necessary (but without incurring any expense) to maintain the high reputation of the name.

The criteria for affiliation to the MG Car Club Ltd:-

The Centre should be a democratic Centre with democratically elected officers and properly audited accounts.

The Centre objectives are the same as those of the MG Car Club Ltd.

The Centre’s constitution must contain aims and objectives compatible with the MG Car Club Ltd and in particular must ensure the Centre will be run to further the interests of owners of MG cars.

The Centre’s constitution must either ensure a minimum of 75% MG ownership among voting members or have some provision to ensure an MG majority e.g. non MG owners be in a class of non voting associate membership.

In the event of a new club requesting affiliation in a particular territory, the neighbouring (i.e. nearest) MG Car Club must support the application where this is appropriate.

The objectives of the MG Car Club Ltd are:-

15.   To promote the sport and pastime of motoring in all its branches and in particular to further the interests of owners and drivers of MG cars and those interested in the MG marque.

16.   To promote organise and hold motorcar competitive events, social events and other similar events whether motoring or otherwise and to offer prizes and awards in respect thereof and make such arrangements as maybe determined for any such purpose.

17.   To extend to owners and drivers of MG cars and their friends and to all persons interested in motor sport, the hospitality privileges and conveniences enjoyed in connection with the Club.


Signed on behalf of The MG Car Club Ltd (UK)                                      Signed on behalf of The MG Car Club Centre


Signature………………………….… Name……………………….…………… Date ……../……./..……

Full name and address of Credit Card holder: …………………………………………………………………………

………………………..………………………………………………………………. ……………………………

Full name and address of Affiliated Club: ………………………………………………..………………………..



Email address of club secretary or treasurer ………………………………………………………………………..




Please post this form with payment to :-

MG Car Club Ltd. Kimber House, PO Box 251, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 1FF England.

Alternatively scanned copies can be emailed to

Fax: 01235 533755

MGCC Antwerp

Below can be found the most recent publication from the MGCC Antwerp. Anyone who can, and is willing to translate into an English version please contact me.


66 – MG Nieuws jan feb maa 2018 for Web

MGCC de France

The French MGCC publish a very interesting magazine – Hertage. Whilst in French, those who can access the magazine will find some excellent articles. If anyone is willing to translate the magazine into English, or at least the articles from P.18 onwards then please contact me.


Peter Cook

MGCC – Overseas Director

The Belgian Club’s newsletter

65 – MG Nieuws okt nov dec 2017 for web

The MGCC Norway 2017 newsletter

MG Magasinet 1-2017_web (1) (1)


There is a Swedish MGCC event which will take place at Stufvenäs Gästgifveri near Kalmar.  The event will run from Friday 16th June until Sunday 18th June.

For further information please contact Anders Bäcklund:

or, President Ewa Brander:

mob: 070 633 46 32

Peter Cook

MGCC – Overseas Director


Luxembourg, 2017

The MGCC Luxembourg is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and is hosting an appropriately celebratory event – August 23-27th, in Vianden. Please follow the link for further details. Places are limited and filling fast:

Peter Cook

An interesting BBC story involving a BRG TF.

A n unusual BBC story which combines intrigue, revolution,and football.

How football helped Algeria’s liberation movement

  • 7 January 2017
  • From the sectionAfrica
Mohamed Maouche standing by his MG Convertible carImage copyrightMOHAMED MAOUCHE
Image captionMohamed Maouche says he and his wife, Khadidja, were the first ambassadors of the revolution

One day in late 1958, at the height of the Algerian war of independence, an Algerian couple in their early twenties hopped into a fast car, put on some music and set off on honeymoon from the French capital Paris.

Mohamed and Khadidja Maouche spent the next 48 hours on a whirlwind tour. In a MG convertible – painted British racing green – they drove west to Le Havre, then south to Rennes and Bordeaux, east to Nimes, before heading back up north to Troyes and Reims.

Mohamed was a footballer and had a letter from his club, Stade de Reims, stating that he was authorised to be on leave so that he could celebrate his marriage.

Mohamed and Khadidja were newlyweds – but their honeymoon was an elaborate disguise.

Portrait of Khadidja Maouche.Image copyrightMOHAMED MAOUCHE
Image captionKhadidja secretly recruited Algerian players in France for the liberation movement

In fact, they were on a covert operation for the independence movement Front de Liberation Nationale (FLN), which four years earlier had started a fight against French rule in Algeria.

Their secret mission was to persuade Algerian-born footballers to secretly abandon their top-flight French clubs to play for a team set up by FLN.

Khadidja’s role was pivotal. She worked with a collective of Paris-based Algerian lawyers who defended FLN activists and at 20 years old, was the FLN’s youngest liaison officer in France.

“I was in charge of contacting the players, either before or during the games,” Khadidja says.

“No-one knew I was married to Maouche. They would just be told a FLN activist wanted to speak to them. I would talk to them individually to say: “It’s an order, that’s it,” and they all agreed.”

Front view of MG convertible car.Image copyrightMOHAMED MAOUCHE
Image captionThe Algerian couple toured France in this MG convertible as they recruited players for the FLN

Mohamed and Khadidja’s enterprise was risky. Both had already served time in prison and were under surveillance by the French intelligence services. Khadidja was also on the target list of La Main Rouge, a shadowy group sponsored by the French state to eliminate FLN members and supporters.

But Mohamed remembers those days of danger and the “crazy” story of the car with affection.

“We had to be sure of ourselves. If you weren’t sure of yourself there was no point in going on such missions because, in the worst case scenario, this could cost you dearly. So we were very relaxed.”

They drove for 48 hours, practically non-stop, and music was a constant companion.

Mohamed Maouche heading a footballImage copyrightMOHAMED MAOUCHE
Image captionMohammed Maouche left French club Stade de Reims and joined the FLN team in 1960

“I loved music so much because it was also a good way to pass the time,” Mohamed says.

“There was this one song we used to play. It was by Richard Anthony and it was about a little MG. It was extraordinary. With hair flying in the wind in the open-top car. Oh, we were so young,” he giggles.

After recruiting the players, Khadidja and Mohamed instructed them to slip over the border to Switzerland.

Winning hearts and minds

Khadidja was told by the FLN man in charge in Geneva to go to a supermarket called Mi-Gros to collect forged travel documents. As she shopped, she was approached and greeted by a man.

“He kissed me and while he was kissing me he said “open your bag!”

In went 15 passports, which allowed Khadidja, Mohamed and the footballers to go to Italy and catch a ferry to Tunisia – where the FLN was based.

There, they joined nine other footballers – three of whom were part of the French 1958 World Cup squad and whose defection earlier in the year struck a real blow to the French establishment.

Line up of Constantine football club team players.Image copyrightMOHAMED MAOUCHE
Image captionMohamed also played for Algeria’s oldest football club, Constantine

The FLN team was ready to kick off and over the next four years until independence in 1962, the players went on tours to countries including Iraq, Vietnam and Hungary to highlight the Algerian struggle for independence. They played attacking, entertaining and winning football before huge crowds of up to 80,000.

“We were the first ambassadors of the revolution and the Algerian people,” Mohamed believes.

“Because most people did not know that there was a real war in Algeria. We spoke to people after the match and the next day there were interviews and that’s how they discovered Algeria. We were true ambassadors.”

Le onze de l’independence, as the FLN team was also known, proved to be a powerful way of winning hearts and minds. Seeing a team of eleven in white shorts and green shirts on the football pitch made an imagined Algeria real.

Mohamed Maouche finally joined the FLN team in 1960 and recalls his first match against Libya, which they won 11-0.

“It was really extraordinary because we lined up and the flags go up… and when I saw our flag, the national emblem in the air… with its star and crescent, my heart was racing and I had goosebumps and we all said ‘Vive l’Algerie’.”