Club History

 A message from the inaugural President Brian George.

Fathers Day, Sunday 6th September, 1987 at the International Sports Centre saw a true MG marque car club form and beginning to grow. Incidentally on September 6th, 1930 was a letter by Roy Marsh in the magazine “light Car and Cycle Club” asking “what about forming an MG car club?” On October 12th that year, over 30 MG’s congregated at the Roebuck Hotel at Stevenage in the UK, this was the beginning.

John Thornley, a past patron who has sadly passed on, was secretary and approached Cecil Kimber of the MG Car Co. to ask if we could use the MG trade mark. To quote John Thornley: “If I am to be remembered at all, I would like it to be the as the chap who nailed Rule 2(a) to the mast!” this rule declares; the object of the club was to further the interests of the owners and drivers of MG cars. John Thornley clung to that doctrine, believed it, observed it and passed it on. Extract from Jeff Redman’s first Editorial, “The Marque” Sept/ Oct 1987. Well worth a read and still holds true today.

In the first four months of our clubs formation, we achieved affiliation from MGCC UK, Club Vintage Registration from Department of Motor Transport, MGCC Hunter Region Corporation and finally CAMS affiliation.

In the early years following the formation of our clubs humble beginnings at the Sulphide Club (now Club Macquarie) where members met each month to discuss everything MG and to start fundraising, to enable to print and post our “On The Marque” magazine to members. We promoted our club selling raffle tickets in major shopping centers, giving away a donated surf-ski and tyres, our MG cars were proudly displayed in their forecourts.

Numbered foundation badges were struck and sold to members, and are proudly displayed on owners MG’s today. Noggin “N” Natter nights at Julia’s Restaurant at the Bel-Air Hotel Kotara, breakfast runs fully catered for and at parks with octagonal bandstands, our first Motorkana at Tighes Hill Tech, and Stephen Jones’s hilarious cartoons(mainly featuring club members).


One memorable task was the J Van. September 10th 1988 the J-Van was found in a small forest at Annangrove, surrounded by trees and saplings, which were to be cut down in order to retrieve it, and bring it back to Newcastle for the monumental task of restoration, there was a great sense of camaraderie from all who participated.

The early committee laid strong foundations from the present and future committees to come.

“The Good Old Days” refers to the excitement and enthusiasm of conquering the challenges placed before us and the fun times had by all, our present committee will no doubt look back 20 years from now and quote these days as being “The Good Old Days”.

To any new members who want a more detailed insight into the beginnings of our MGCCHR you should read “The Enthusiasm and Passion” in the club library. On Closing, I would like to stress the importance of National Meetings, they are the pinnacle of belonging to an MG Car Club, and we should all make a concerted effort to attend and participate


Brian George

 

The club's proud history includes the following Club Champions for participation in all forms of competition:

1988/89 – Zel Woolf

1989/90 – Colin Bailey

1990/91 – Brian George

1991/92 – Stephen Jones

1992/93 – Brian George

1993/94 – Stephen Jones

1994/95 – Ian Hancock

1995/96 – Tony Merrick

1996/97 – Stephen Jones

1997/98 – Kevin Cornford

1998/99 – John Moremon           

1999/00 – Chris Leggett

2000/01 – Chris Leggett

2001/02 – Merryl Redman

2002/03 – Ian Nelson

2003/04 – Geoff Smith

2004/05 – Ian Ashton

2005/06 – Susan Bingham

2006/07 – Steve Dellaca

2007/08 – Megan Jones

2008/09 – Peter Dever

2009/10 – Stephen Jones

2010/11 – Stephen Jones

2011/12 - Stephen Jones

2012/13 - 

2013/14 - 

2014/15 - Stephen Jones