T Register 2022 Event Reports
Reports on the T Register’s 2022 activities, ordered by latest activity first.
Autumn Tour to Yorkshire 2022 – Sunshine and Showers
The 2022 Autumn Tour made a welcome return to North Yorkshire, last toured through the Dales in 2011.
The following report was written by John Morgan to whom we owe many thanks, and you can see an album of photos further down the page.
A change of arrangement this year was to run the Tour as a mid-week event from Tuesday evening through to Friday morning 6th to 9th September.
The extreme heat of the summer was a long gone memory with the weather being replaced principally with sunshine and showers. A total of 34 crews took part with 28 T Types, plus an MGBGT, MGRV8, 1952 Cooper and an MG PA attending.
The T Types in the main only suffered minor issues although Mike Lugg’s car suffered with brake failure (fortunately at an overnight stop and not whilst driving) and despite members’ valiant efforts could not be fixed at the event.
The three excellent tours were organised with members being able to choose their route over the two days. Two were over the North Yorkshire moors and the third over the Dales, all taking in some of the lovely scenery of the area. Part of one of the Moors routes was being used by the cycling Tour of Britain on one of the days, and this was carefully avoided!
The event concluded with the Gala Dinner on the Thursday night where the three Register cups were presented; the recipients were:
• Montague Burton Cup – Keith Beningfield for extensive Hill Climb competing
• Malcolm Hogg Cup– Ian Ailes for exceptional work he had done restoring his MGTD
• Secretary’s Trophy – Barry Knight for the extensive work he does for the Register and members
The T Register at MG Live
The sun shone, it was windy, (it was Silverstone after all …) and it happened and it was just great to see after a hiatus of three years.
The T Register had 27 cars there on the Saturday, a credible turnout considering. Our Chairman’s TC looked just great in front of the T Register stand, T Register members did all the normal things, met up with colleagues, sat and chatted in front of their cars, the autojumble stalls weren’t bad either – and we had a team in the California Cup! (there is a report on this below the album of photos.)
So here is a video from the T Register’s YouTube channel and a selection of photos taken on the day.
Don’t forget you can click/tap the photos for a larger version.
The California Cup
We had a T Register team for the California Cup 😊. Many thanks to Bill Silcock, Ron Gammons and Ian Quarrington for stepping up to the plate! And they called themselves ‘The Vice Squad’ as of course all three are Vice Presidents of the club 😱😊.
Bill Silcock came first in his class, it was the first time in this event for both Ron Gammons and Ian Quarrington, and it was the first time the latter had ever driven a TF …
Sadly the T Register was the only Register to enter a team for the Register Cup (the Triple Ms could only manage two entries), so the cup was not awarded.
The California Cup itself was won yet again by the Ulster Centre with Will Cory turning in the fastest time of the day, while the Lincolnshire A team came in second, both teams driving Midgets and a Sprite.
And if you want to see how Will Cory drove the course, have a look at the Facebook video posted by the Midget Register – it’s worth watching 😱.
Spring Tour to Flanders 2022 – a Gourmet Experience
The 2022 Spring Tour organised by Bill and Sally Silcock prompted one participant to write the following report – just so you know what delights await on these events.
So many thanks to Carol Owen who sent this report, and you can see an album of photos further down the page.
Perhaps with a little trepidation ferries or trains were booked, passports checked and the NHS website perused to obtain the Covid pass. Passport control at Dover was fine and no one actually wanted to see the Covid pass.
We arrived in bright sunshine at the Hostellerie Saint Louis in Bollezeele and there to welcome us were the members of the group, sitting on the terrace, glasses in hand. This set the tone for the rest of the event. It doesn’t take long to accept as normal the canapes with the pre-dinner drinks, the amuse-bouches to start and then three gourmet courses of our own choosing – nobody left the table hungry!
So, apart from eating, what did we do in Flanders? These trips have no set agenda with the result that couples go off on their own, or form a loose alliance with others for a particular visit. The Tuesday was beautiful (26°C) and many chose to do the longer run to Montreuil sur Mer, suggested by Sally and Bill. The run down the Vallée de la Course is beautiful in May. Some did the whole route whilst others who had dawdled too long at windmills and lunch cut it short – you could not be late back for dinner!
For others the aim was to see the sea. The first attempt was abandoned, but they became very familiar with high-rise flats with a sea view. The second attempt was more successful, but it was high tide so the beach area was minimal and packed with scantily clad bodies – it was after all 27°C.
And then there is the conversation. Where else could topics encompass life and politics in Venezuela, TT races in the Isle of Man, the merits of Trappist beers especially Westvleteren 12, and the romantic wanderings of a ginger tom within and between the Swiss valleys.
Finally, on behalf of all of us, we would like to thank Sally and Bill for organising this trip; their efforts are greatly appreciated.
Rebuild was held for the first time since 2019 in April of this year at its now traditional venue of the British Motor Museum and we had 54 attendees.
The presentations by Paul Ireland on brakes, Eric Worpe on the XPAG rear oil seal, and Peter Jury on LED lighting conversions, dynamo and regulator upgrades all went well, and Alan Crook’s scale model of a TD created a lot of interest, partly because of its scale – it was small but very detailed.
The TC featured belongs to Paul Ireland.
There were plenty of items on the bring and buy stall but unfortunately not too much buying – perhaps all our T Types have been fettled to the nth degree over the last two years 😱.
So it looks like we’re back in the swim of things with a more normal programme of events for the rest of the year.