Alan Cumming SAMGOC’s AreaSecretary And Web Master
For none or lapsed members of the MG Owners Club, from the 1st February 2008 Regional ‘Round Ups’ in Enjoying MG become ‘Regional Review’ in which the format has been enlarged text wise to make it more readable. The downside is that the Area Secretary’s contribution is limited to 300 words. The upside is that we will have sufficient space on the Club’s web site to post a more substantial news letter similar to that, that we have posted in Round Ups in the past.
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0809 St Albans & District MGOC
Review for January 2013
28 January 2013
Here we are, the first review for 2013. What with the rain and snow we haven’t ventured
out very far this month. We did however there was a good turnout for our monthly
meeting at the Plough despite the elements.
The evening commenced with a meal in the bar before gathering in the meeting room
where an discussion on the prospect on the introduction of E10 ethanol petrol and
its affects it will have on our classics, the damage the fitting of nonstandard dampers
to MGFs and the consequence of your pride and joy failing its MOT event though the
current document had not elapsed.
We finished the evening with Howard’s pictures of last year’s European MG meeting
in Sweden and an earlier meet in Italy. This year the event moves to Scotland. If
you are thinking of taking part you are too late, the event is already fully booked!!
Our first outing will be Cambridge MGOC’s Snowdrop Run. May be we will see you there.
Review for February 2013
28 February 2013
Despite the forecast for snow showers that lasted most of the day and temperatures
with a wind chill factor of -1 degree centigrade five crews from St Albans joined
Cambridge MGOC for their 8th running of the Snowdrop Run. Wimpole Hall was the familiar
venue for the start where, after coffee, a bacon butty, a photo call and receipt
of a complimentary small pot of snow drops, we set off on a 55 mile run through Cambridgeshire
and Bedfordshire, finishing at Wrest Park. Unfortunately this year Mike Read’s 1947
MG TC was out done by a 1929 Austin 7 for the oldest car in the event. Regrettably,
due to the consistently cold weather of late, the gardens at Wrest Park were still
very much in their winter slumber, therefore wasn’t much to see. After a brisk walk
along the lake side we returned to the car for the run home.
February’s club night at the Plough was taken up with our AGM. We commenced the
evening with a meal before the evening’s Annual Grunt and Moan. The outcome of the
meeting was that we will continue with our present venue for our meetings, you will
have to put up with ramblings for another year and we are still in funds therefore
we will remain one of the few clubs without subscriptions. Our main thrust was to
agree our annual events programme. I will add this to the Events page on our web
site at the next update. Hopefully we have managed to agree events to suite everyone
but why not see for yourself. It won’t cost you a penny!!
Next month the Roof of England Challenge.
Review for February 2013
29 March 2013 What a frustrating month weather wise this has been. Will this cold snap ever end? We were looking forward to the Roof of England Challenge in Cumbria. Would it be cancelled or would we be foolish enough to go anyway? Luckily the decision was made for us. The organisers took it upon themselves to postpone the event until 7th April. So far the forecast for that weekend is dry. Fingers crossed then. Some 18 members braved the cold to attend our monthly club night at the Plough during which we were pleased to greet new face Dogan Halil who runs an MGB Roadster. Hopefully he enjoyed the evening and we will see him again. We were also pleased to see Tony again the not so proud of an MGF having suffered several setbacks during his short tenure. He is currently looking for a set of wheels. If you have a set, let me know and I’ll pass on the information. Steve and Marion concluded the evening with a raffle. The evening was taken up by a talk given by Mike Read on the trials and tribulations of ownership of a 1947 MGTC and Mick who fettled the car whilst working as a mechanic at Watford Classics in Park Street. Apparently it took 18 months to put right previous owner’s miss informed attentions. We have now fleshed our 2013 Events Diary that can be found by following theattached link. https://dl.dropbox.com/u/17399688/2013-Events%20Calendar.pdf Why not come and join us. Safe motoring Alan Cumming
Mike Read and Mick the mechanic at the Snowdrop Run