Chairman’s Notes – John Thompson
Chairman’s Summer Update
After the successful ‘ZEDs in the West’ event in mid-May, we took a break during June before tackling the busy second half of the year. Moving into July we have two major events towards the end of the month. Firstly, a full weekend of racing at Donington Park over the weekend of 20th/21st July followed a week later with MG Saloon Day at the Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire on Sunday 28th July.
In August we have a celebration of MG Rover’s Monogram programme. ‘Monogram Sunday‘ is a charity event jointly organised with the MGF Register to showcase how colourful our cars can be. The day is open to ALL MG Rover cars and all MG’s. Whether racing or a static show is your thing, there is something for everyone during the next few months.
Our ‘Save our ZEDs‘ campaign continues to go from strength to strength with hopefully some exciting plans in the pipeline which will be announced in due course.
Wherever your heading this summer, have a great time!
It’s hard to believe we are in March already and our first show of the year is now behind us. Sadly, we had to cancel our Meguiar’s Detailing Day on 16th of this month due to insufficient numbers – maybe next year.
Following that is our first ‘big’ event of the year; The Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show with Discovery at the NEC. We always have an enjoyable time at the NEC and hopefully the plans we have for 2019 will exceed last year. Featuring this year will be our charity of the year, The Stroke Association and of course our ‘Save our ZEDs’ campaign will be launched to the classic car press over the weekend. Visit our stand in Hall 5 next to the main club and take a look at the campaign car – the ZED that started it all. As for the other cars on the stand, you’ll have to come and see!
Moving on to the ‘Save our ZEDs’ campaign, I’d like to thank you all for getting behind our campaign with such enthusiasm since it was launched on social media in January. It was great to be approached by so many of you at the MG Spares Day at Stoneleigh last month with questions and requests for information. Now we need your help to compile our database of recommended garages and parts sources to keep fellow owners on the road.
On Saturday 30th March the first rounds of the 2019 racing championships begin at Silverstone. We will be there coordinating the lunchtime parade laps and to support the drivers and teams in the Trophy Championship and Cockshoot Cup. Please make the most of the parade laps; this is a unique opportunity to take your own car around the circuit and experience what it looks like from a drivers-eye view. They can be very popular so ensure you sign on nice and early in the welcome centre.
Until next time.
Firstly, A very Happy and Prosperous New Year to all our members and if you make new year’s resolutions, I hope that one of those is to continue to enjoy your ZED throughout 2019.
The Events Calendar for the season has been published and contains some new events alongside the familiar annual shows. I’m particularly pleased to introduce two new events; The Meguiars Detailing Day held in March at their Daventry premises where you can pick up some top tips from the professional detailers on keeping your ZED in great condition and the Monogram Sunday event that takes place in the stunning surroundings of Burghley House, Lincolnshire which is held entirely in aid of our chosen charity for 2019, The Stroke Association.
In my autumn notes I briefly mentioned the sad situation of the decline of the ZED model range on our roads and many of you will have read the announcement in this months Safety Fast! of the launch of the ‘Save Our ZED’s’ Campaign. In that article, I commented that the ZED range is an affordable way into MG ownership and the growing modern classic scene with good condition cars available from as little as £350, which makes a ZED car a great option for a young driver as a first car, as well as something fun! I hope that the newly formed Young Members Branch will recognise this, as it would be good to welcome a new generation of ZED owners into the register. As the campaign gathers momentum you can follow the progress on our website, in future editions of Safety Fast! and on our facebook page.
For those members who missed events in 2018 our review of the year gives an insight into the very busy year that the register had, none of which would have been possible without the support and hard work of my committee colleagues. We are always on the lookout for new members to either join the committee or just lend a hand at an event, even for an hour!. We would be pleased to hear from you.
Back to our events, we are preparing for the season opener, The MG Spares Day at Stoneleigh Park on Sunday 10th February when colleagues and members reconvene in the chilly halls of the National Agricultural Centre, always a fun event and our stand this year will feature some interesting ZED’s.
I look forward to catching up with members at events throughout the 2019 season and welcoming new members to the ZED Register.
Drive Safely this Winter.