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Royal Windsor MG Festival
25 April 2009

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 before.

 

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.

 

Alan Cumming

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