November 2017 Newsletter
At the very end of September Snetterton staged the traditional finale to the MGCC racing season. This year was largely dry on Saturday and wet on Sunday. There were plenty of Zeds on show and it was good to see the two Trophy drivers involved in the Oulton Park shunt both in attendance. In a damp qualifying session Doug Cole took pole for both races, winning the second race, but beaten to the line in Saturday morning’s race by Ross Makar. It was Matthew Turnball in the 160 class who was declared 2017 champion at the prize presentation at the end of the day. There was also a special presentation for Peter Macwaters who stood down as Championship Coordinator after ten years. A good end of the season too for Ian Dowler in the Peter Best Cup with a second-place behind Alan Brooke’s very rapid K-Series Metro in the final round. His 160 coming home ahead of not only the other 160s but the 170s too. It’s noticeable that more 160s are being attracted to this championship. So, another excellent racing season has been brought to a close. Most drivers interviewed at the prize giving said they’d be back next year. Much work to be done over the winter months no doubt! The parade laps coordinated by Geoff were popular too with twenty-nine cars signing up on the Saturday, but probably due to the weather there were no takers on the Sunday!
The following weekend on Sunday 8th October we headed down to Lancing in Sussex for their Motor Show. The was a first for ourselves so it was a ‘test the water’ kind of a day. The event is open to all classic cars and in the end over eight hundred cars were present. We felt it was important to fly the MG Rover flag at this event and to promote the club. The gamble paid off however and we signed up one new member. We were joined in the MG Rover area by some local enthusiast groups, and between us we put on quite a large display. Our cars may have made up a small percentage of the overall show but we felt it was important to be seen at this event. The weather was on our side too with no rain and sunny periods. Definitely an event for the diary next year I think.