Asho's report - May 2017

Easter Sunday in the Hunter experienced perfect sunny weather, especially for the afternoon April Clubman run. Nine MGs and crews left MGHQ heading for Morpeth under the guidance of substitute captain Mark Janus and his able assistant Linda, It was good to see our past president Peter Porsche Currie and his wife Ros as well as new member Bill Burns in his MGTF come along for the run.

Sadly though, I was informed that our good friend and longstanding member Trevor Allen had passed away following a period of ill health. Many members past and present will remember Trevor as a “gentle man” who cared for his sick wife Barbara for many years. He was a carpenter by trade and owned a lovely grey Magnet and an MGB.

At the time of writing my May report our Hunter MG Natmeet team of 16 will be celebrating the presentation night in Adelaide. As I have not received any results I can only hope they had reasonable success in the overall pointscore. No doubt Editor Bev will have a summary of their efforts.

Members please make sure you check Editor Bev’s April report where she requests feedback about receiving an email version of the magazine instead of a printed copy. Please be aware that if we do not hear from you, we will assume you will be happy with the decision of the committee.

If you receive your magazine before Euro Motorfest please remember that we will require as much help as possible at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday 7th May from 7.30am.

Please let Brian Madden know, for catering purposes, if you plan to attend the ever popular Memorial Run to Stroud on Sunday 28th May.

Make sure you try to get to the May, June and July club meetings as we have arranged for some interesting guest speakers. MG magazines, videos and DVDs are always available for members to borrow. Club regalia is also available for purchase on these nights.

Please also support our magazine advertisers whenever possible.

Until we meet again on a run or at MGHQ I leave you with the sporting definition of a brake pedal. A footwell installed device designed to retard the vehicle’s progress when stood on. In some cars it is clearly inoperative or not included!

Enjoy your MG with friends!

Ian Ashton

April 2017

Thanks to Vice President Denny for standing in for me with the March magazine report and chairing the March committee and club meetings.

Apart from our regular monthly club meetings and Clubman Runs, this year marks your Club’s 30th Anniversary.  We will be celebrating with an Anniversary dinner in early September. The committee will be forming a sub-committee to assist in guaranteeing a great night for those attending. If you would like to assist your Club to make a real success of this special Anniversary night, don’t just think about it, please contact me now.

The other major event this year will be Euro Motorfest. It is scheduled for Sunday 7th May at a new venue namely McDonald Jones Stadium car park, Turton Road Broadmeadow. This venue will provide us with a huge hard stand area and provide us with a lot more exposure to passing traffic. Your committee will again be calling on members to assist with the setup. Please remember to tell your Euro car display friends of the NEW VENUE!

On behalf of Editor Bev and members at large, I would like to thank ALL contributors for their various magazine articles. It’s not easy putting pen to paper sometimes so THANK YOU to ALL our members for your magazine articles. Most recently a special thank you to Maurie Prior for his very interesting and thorough MGB restoration articles and Elliot Burns for his Best of British article. So, members keep your articles coming and new members don’t hesitate to submit an article supported with photos of your own MG or MG experience.

Hawkes Nest Motorfest attracted some 350 entries including cars and bikes. 18 Hunter MGs were proudly on display in our usual grandstand position on the hill overlooking the park. My thanks to Linda Janus for transporting the marquees both ways and to the Jackas who, as usual, graciously hosted high afternoon tea with home baked cakes for Hunter MG members at their lovely rural palace at Tea Gardens.

A reminder to all members to use the website and the magazine to post your FOR SALE and WANTED items. Please also remember to support the advertisers who support your MG magazine.

Sixteen Hunter MG members will be attending the Easter National Meeting in South Australia this year. We wish all attendees and competitors good luck, travel fast with safety and bring home the bacon!!

We extend a get well message to our friend Jeff Redman who is on the sick list….we’re thinking of you Reddo

A little definition for those who aren’t sure what a black flag is, I’ll explain. The black flag together with a white number on a black board is a directive for that vehicle to stop at the pits on the next lap for discussions with the officials! Disobey at your cost…The only good black flag is the one held out for somebody else!

Enjoy your MG with friends


Ian Ashton (Asho)