President’s Report

May 2021

Around the bend – the ravings of your President.

The National Meeting of the MG Car Clubs of Australia for 2022 is on the way. The first bulletin has been published and it looks like it is going to be an exciting meeting. Spread across Easter next year (April 15th – 19th) it will be based in Lake Macquarie and hosted by the MGCC Newcastle.

Our members get all the benefits of a home meeting without the work or travel and accommodation costs. There are events for every taste from Concours, social and pleasant drives around the lake and Lower Hunter, to Motorkhana and Hillclimb events, all culminating in a grand presentation dinner. If you’ve never been before, come and see what I keep harping on about.

Register your interest and stay informed on the MGCC Newcastle web site (www.mgcarclub.com.au).

It is sad that time is never on our side. Good friend and long-time MG owner Gary Boote, is finally decided to hang up his scarf and driving gloves. Gary and Jeanne have had their B MkI longer than I have had mine which is over 40 years. It is an institution and part of the family. It is with much regret that Gary is offering his B for sale.

It was used most days and is reasonably well fettled. It would make a great introduction to MG car for anyone that is interested in making the plunge. I know Gary is a few years older than me but it scares me a little that someone that I have grown up with is calling it a day on their MG for no other reason than their age. Jeanne has purchased an MG3 as their run around car so they will still have the MG badge in their garage.

I enjoyed a great tuning run last month. Around 200 kilometres of great roads up the back of Maitland, Cessnock, Broke and Singleton. Perfect MG driving roof down weather. This is the time of year that the Natmeet will be next year so the weather should be ideal. Unfortunately work will get in the way of my attendance at this run this month.

For those that have spent any time around Historic Racing, there was a tragic loss to the Motor Racing fraternity last month with passing of Mal Brewster in an MVA near Cowra. Mal was a friend to everyone and a very knowledgeable man on all things racing. From building and setting up a car to driving, Mal was one of the best. He will be hugely missed by many people.

The next event for me and my mighty Midget will be the HSRCA Sydney Classic on June 13th & 14th. There may be some night races so I hope they have good lighting around the track. Lucas headlights are known for their intensity… or lack thereof.

MG racing Australia will be there and that will bring a huge range of MGs and invited British cars ranging from the mighty 5.6 litre MGBGTV8 (they are capable of setting times quicker than Supercars) to works MGZTs, a British Touring Car Championship MGZS and the only factory MG SV-R in existence. Throw in the rest of us in MGF’s Midgets, B’s and they are huge fields of delicious MG’s. There will be spectators allowed so check the HSRCA web site for details.

There will be the usual Historic groups with Matt Blanch running his MGB in Group S, Austin Blanch driving his A in the Sprint group and hopefully Evan Redman in the TC in Regularity. Come and support your ‘Team Hunter’.

Short and sweet this month. I look forward to seeing you out in your MG sometime soon.

Pres Steve