Asho’s August 2017 report

They say how time travels fast when you’re having fun….well, that’s what I’ve been having as your President for the last three years. They also say all good things must come to an end. Well, that’s also true, as I won’t be standing for re-election at your Club’s AGM on 8th August. It’s time for a new leader with fresh ideas and a new approach.
We again had a great turnout at the July club meeting where members enjoyed hearing from guest speaker Val Herb from MTA travel. Val provides a personal approach with her 37 years’ experience as a travel agent, by coming to you at work or home to arrange your holiday travel.
As outgoing President, I am confident that your committee has provided members with a good broad range of activities, including trips away, club nights, film nights, the opportunity to attend an annual MG national event, Clubman Runs, Midweek Runs, Tuning Runs, car displays and for those who enjoy a bit of competition, track and hill climb events.
I have always considered the monthly Clubman Runs to be one of the best club activities so please organise your program to attend as many as you can and remember Clubman Runs go towards your annual point score! Most importantly though, you are enjoying your MG (or other sports car marque, social members!) with similar minded friends.
A reminder to our newer members to endeavour to attend an away trip like the Forster Keys fun weekend or the annual trip to GOF (Gathering of the Faithful) at Wagga. By the way, our 2017 trip to Wagga is coming up again in early September and I know that Captain Paul Smith has a few vacancies, so if you want to have a great time on a great trip with great friends, give Paul a call on 0412 850176 and book a spot!
The committee has decided to have this year’s “MG Concours” on a Saturday to encourage more of our members who live outside the Hunter Region to come along, display their cars and enjoy Saturday night out and Sunday breakfast with the rest of us! Please make a note of the date Saturday 4th November. The event will be at Lambton Park. We will be joined in the park on the day by a food and wine festival which should be a great event to complement our display of MGs.
Equally important as the MG Concours is your Club Presentation Day which will start with a local Clubman Run and finish back at the Club for lunch followed by the presentation of trophies. Make a note of the date Sunday 17th September and try to be there.
Finally, I would like to thank my committee member colleagues who have done a sterling job over the last three years to ensure that your Club ran efficiently. Several committee members won’t be standing for re-election next year, so I encourage as many members (as we have seats) to come along and put their hand up for a committee position.
Additionally, your attendance at the A.G.M. is encouraged, as one of my last official duties as President, will be to present a trophy to a special member.
Trish and I look forward to seeing you at Club meetings and Clubman runs in the future.
My final definition is “braking point” which is ostensibly the last point before a corner that you can apply the brakes and still negotiate the curve using the correct apex and exit points. Actually, a constantly moving spot on the racing circuit prior to corners. Its position is directly related to the proximity of other competitors!
Enjoy your MG with friends!

Ian (Asho) Ashton