Event Reports and Photos
MG SPARES DAY 2019 DRAWS RECORD CROWDS TO STONELEIGH SEASON OPENER
An impressive turnout of classic car enthusiasts filled the Halls of the National Agricultural Centre at Stoneleigh for the MG & Triumph Spares Day on Sunday 10th February. The chilly and wet start to the day didn’t deter the crowds who were treated to a show filled with specialists, professionals and all the best clubs with displays, projects and plenty of advice available. The show organisers had introduced undercover dedicated MG & Triumph parking for visitors which made for a great display of some interesting cars.
The ZED register stand attracted a number of visitors who admired the vehicle display; The MG Car Club ZR Van made it’s first appearance at the show – a rare 160 VVC model in silver and signwritten in the clubs livery. Ray Kembles restored ZS 180 in Trophy Blue prompted discussion on the rarity of the ZS range and Paul Field kindly displayed his immaculate ZT-T in Garnet Red, one of only nine produced and a former MG Rover directors car.
Members of the ZED committee were on hand to assist members with vehicle issues and discuss the register events schedule, and it was encouraging to see an increase in the number of people taking an interest in the ZED Range.
EXCITING RACING ENTERTAINS AT PENULTIMATE RACE MEETING AT OULTON PARK
A variety of MG Car Club races were packed into a hectic one day event at Oulton Park Circuit on 1st September, held in great weather at this spectacular circuit.
Jason Burgess won both The Knight Industries MG Trophy races and took maximum advantage in the championship table. Richard Buckley in his Rover 220 Turbo took his fourth win of the season in a dramatic Peter Best Insurance MG Cup with Ian Boulton, David Thompson and Darren Harris taking class wins.
Ray Collier continued his domination of the Cockshoot Cup by taking another win in his ZR 190 and our own Peter Burchill took two thirds in class.
It was great to see the parade laps being well supported, despite being brought forward by 45 minutes (at ten minutes notice) which resulted in 27 vehicles enjoying a drive around this wonderful circuit.
MG SALOON DAY JOINS THE MGCC DONINGTON RACE MEETING
MG Saloon Day made a welcome return to the club calendar on Sunday 15th July and despite coinciding with two major sporting events, summer holidays and extremely hot weather, over 70 cars arrived during the morning.
This year marks a number of anniversaries including the 15th anniversary of the launch of the MG ZT V8, the 30th anniversary of the MG Maestro Turbo and the latest model in a long line of hatchbacks, the MG3, celebrates it’s 5th anniversary. There were some great examples of all these models on show, including an incredible 16 ZT V8’s which made an impressive display.
Elsewhere on the infield, the T Register, MGB, MGF and Midget Registers joined the event along with MGs on Track and the main club marquee with staff from Kimber House in attendance. The infield made a great vantage point to watch the exciting racing, especially the trophy and cockshoot cup races!. With so many superb ZEDs attending, judging the ‘Car of the Show’ event wasn’t an easy task, but the winners, both with stunning cars, were Peter Fitzwater and his MG ZT 260 in X Power Grey and Anthony Kerr with his ZR 160 in Biomorphic.
Feedback from the event has been very positive, so plans are already underway for MG Saloon Day 2019!.
ZED REGISTER OPEN DAY AT KIMBER HOUSE
A warm and sunny Sunday in June welcomed a number of ZED members and their cars to Kimber House for the first ZED Register Kimber House Open Day.
During the day members had the chance to take a tour of Kimber House and view the club archive, browse the club shop and take time to enjoy the history and atmosphere of the club headquarters. Peter Andrews, Design Manager at SAIC Design’s UK Studios, and one of the original design team at MG Rover, gave an interesting talk on the creation and development of the ZED range, after which members enjoyed a buffet lunch and the opportunity to chat with members of the ZED committee and staff from Kimber House.
For those members that missed the event ( England happened to be playing a match during the day!) we plan to repeat the event during 2019.
ZED MEMBERS SOAK UP THE SUN AT MG LIVE 2018
The weather couldn’t have been better for the Worlds largest MG Event! and the ZED register stand was busy all weekend with visitors admiring the two ZED’s on display, an immaculate MG ZR in Celestial Blue belonging to Jonathan Cockburn and the amazing MG ZT V8 260 finished in Bittersweet and owned by former committee member Darren Broxup. Even a delegation from MG India that were visiting MG Live as part of its visit to the UK were taken aback by the unusual monogram colours!.
The new marquee arrangements for registers was a welcome improvement with a bigger area to display our merchandise, regalia and publicity. A number of new ZED owners joined the register and visitors were treated to live activities on the Duckham’s Village Green with music from the Candy Girls (back by popular demand), a variety of food and drink outlets, a lifestyle marquee and the impressive Pride of Ownership and Concours competitions that attracted some of the finest examples of all MG Models.
A fantastic weekend and great to see the register parking area so full of ZED’s!.
ZEDS AT THE MUSEUM…..
Coventry Transport Museum was the venue for the recent ‘ZED’s in the City’ event on Sunday 13th May. Thirty cars and their owners joined the event and made a colourfull display on Millennium Place outside the museum.
Members enjoyed looking around the fascinating museum which tells the story of Coventry and its people through the rise and fall of its biggest industry, together with housing some amazing vehicles. Many members took the opportunity to visit the ruins of the old Cathedral that was bombed during the blitz in 1940.
The ZED gazebo provided some shelter from the glorious sunshine that made the vehicle display look even better!.
ZED’S AT BRANDS HATCH….
A packed schedule of MG Car Club motorsport took place at Brands Hatch on 28th/29th April with fantastic grids of MG’s of all ages taking to the venues iconic Indy Circuit.
The Classic Fuels Solutions MG Trophy race had some exciting racing, but was red flagged twice after heavy crashes at the foot of Paddock Hill bend.
ZED Register members enjoyed the complimentary refreshment in the club welcome centre during the weekend, and thirty one members took part in parade laps on Saturday and Sunday including members from Belguim and the Netherlands. A chilly weekend but enjoyable nonetheless.
ZED REGISTER ‘RAISES THE BAR’ AT NEC PRACTICAL CLASSICS EVENT
A record 28,000 classic motoring enthusiasts headed to Birmingham’s NEC for the Practical Classics Classic and Restoration Show with Discovery in March and were treated to amazing vehicle displays, live working on projects and helpful advice from a record number of car clubs.
The ZED Register displayed three models from the ZED range; a ZR Monogram in Sunspot Yellow, an MG ZS 180 in Trophy Blue and a ZT V8 Monogram in Shotsilk by special invitation to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the launch of the ZT V8.
The extended stand also included a range of regalia and merchandise, and members of the ZED committee were on-hand throughout the three day show to meet and chat to ZED owners and members,old and new, to offer help and advice where needed.
During our display preparations, the sunspot ZR developed a battery fault and refused to accept charge, so a new battery was purchased from nearby Halfords, and what should have been a simple job turned into a bit of a nightmare!. The bolt that holds the battery clamp in place had seized and was spinning, which involved removing the battery tray and locating the bolt from underneath the car.
The car’s owner, Louise Allen, tried in vain to remove the bolt, even the clubs General Manager and newly-appointed Brand Executive joined in but to no avail!. However, the newly crowned Young Member of the Year and FWD Register Chairman, Ben Hatton came to the rescue and after jacking the car up and assessing the situation, it wasn’t long before the bolt had released and the job was completed, with smiles and high-fives all round!.
A number of show visitors gathered round to watch the problem unfold which, in the end, turned into our very own live working ZED Register display, thankfully with a happy ending!.
BAD WEATHER FAILS TO DAMPEN 2018 PRIDE OF LONGBRIDGE SPIRIT……..
Heavy rain in Longbridge prevented Pride of Longbridge being held in Cofton Park, but the event went ahead on a smaller scale around the factory gates and along Lowhill Lane. However, hundreds of cars and their owners still made the pilgrimage home to gather outside the factory perimeter and provided a spectacular display celebrating the heritage of the site.
An amazing selection of ZED’s of all models arrived during the day and owners were happy to chat about their cars and admire the many other models that had been produced at Longbridge over the years.
MG Motors opened the sales centre and offered visitors the opportunity to view the new range of MG models on offer, plus the welcome use of their facilities!. It was encouraging to see many younger owners of ZED models attending the event which confirms the appeal of the ZED range to this age group.
Even the weather decided to cheer up and it was great to have some warm sunshine in mid April which no doubt contributed to the great turnout for this fantastic annual event.
ZED REGISTER’S SUCCESSFUL RETURN TO MG SPARES DAY AT STONELEIGH
Not even a chilly weekend in February could dampen the enthusiasm of the ZED Committee at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire. This one-day show is always popular with the MG Enthusiast and the ZED Register stand attracted a number of visitors who paused to admire the cars on display.
Ray Kemble’s recently restored ZS 180 in Trophy Blue took centre stage with Louise Allen’s immaculate Sunspot Yellow ZR and John Thompson’s stuuning Starlight Silver ZR also on display.
Many visitors enquired about club membership together with the register’s forthcoming events, and browsed the range of regalia and merchandise on offer. As the season opener, the event was judged a success and definitely one for the calendar in 2019!.