Building on the success of two previous events organised by the Rotary Club of Windsor
and Eton in 2002 and 2005 when Rolls Royce and Aston Martin received a Royal Review
in the private Quadrangle of Windsor Castle, the Rotary Club chose MG for a similar
presentation to take place in 2009. All proceeds arising from the event would go
to the Prince Philip Trust Fund for The Royal Borough Of Windsor and Maidenhead as
In order to publicise the event the Rotary Club hosted a buffet reception at the
Mercure Castle Hotel in Windsor in April 2008 to which four of our members were invited.
Cindy Carlton, Sue and Graham Spencer and myself duly presented ourselves along
with various dignitaries of Windsor and Eton councils at what was the public launch
evening for the event. During the evening Richard Monk and Julie Neville of the
Owners Club let us in on the finer details.
In essence 300 cars would be chosen to represent MGs both ancient and modern. These
would parade through Windsor and into the Castle Quadrangle for a presentation before
members of the Royal Family.
In addition to this, Regional Clubs would be invited to organise road runs starting
in their area and finishing along the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park. After discussing
the proposals during a Club night we agreed that SAMGOC would host one of the runs.
Further, once we had dispatched those taking part on our run we would beetle off
to Windsor to assist in marshalling, etc.
Team St Albans and District MG Owners Club - Run organisers.
We would like to thank St Albans District Council for allowing us to use one of the
car parks behind Westminster Lodge as the start of our road run. They even coned
off a large area of the car park for our sole use much to the chagrin of the golfers.
Shame about the rain!
Due to some mix up with the rotor our one hour of marshalling turned into two plus
during which we must have parked some 400 of the 700 cars in attendance.
Sue on marshalling duty - not all the drivers did as they were asked as Sue found
out as soon as her back was turned!
One of the cars reviewed by Prince Philip during the parade.
MGs ancient and modern heading for home.
In all the event attracted in the order of 700 cars, many more than either the Rolls
Royce and Aston Martin events and added over £67,000 to the Prince Philip Trust fund.