News Archive

December 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to New Members

(from the November meeting)

Roy Ashby, from Staverton, with an MGB that he is starting to rebuild

(From the October meeting)

Ros & John Snelson from Daventry, with an MG 135

David Burnicle from Grimscote, with an MGBGT V8

Recent events

Nothing to report as I was not about at all last month.

Future Events

Kilsby MG Christmas gathering: Saturday 27 December - 12.00 noon at The George.

Kilsby MG Annual Dinner: Thursday February 19   - 7.00 for 7.30 at The George

Cost will be £19.90 for two courses, £22.90 for three courses, both including tea/coffee & gratuity.

Please Note.

Payment by cash or Cheque payable to KILSBY MG CLUB. Not The George & Not Mike & Meryl.

Thanks to Mike & Meryl for organising again this year.

The menu will be available for inspection tonight, and Mike & Meryl will have a spreadsheet ready to record your choices. There will be 40 places in the Dining Room, and up to 20 more in the back room.

The 2015 MGCC European Event of the Year will be held in Holland between 11-14 June.

Several of our members will be attending, and I am advised that the booking arrangements are now open.

Other Items

Your Committee met on 13 November to review 2015 activities.

We are still putting together a dated list, but as well as our usual events we are hoping to include:

-A possible early spring visit to Silverstone for a ‘backroom’ guided tour & lunch

-March 29: Visit to Mallory Park for an MGCC race event (First time back at Mallory for some years)

-June or July Clubnight: A BBQ at the George to celebrate our 21st year. (with advance tickets for the BBQ)

E-MAILING

I have recently added our new members to my mailing lists

It is possible that somewhere along the line, some people have been inadvertently omitted.

So, if you are not receiving this newsletter by E-mail, please let me know. 

If you are receiving it and do not want to, also please let me know.

Rick 1/12/14

 

November 2014 Newsletter

Tonight

We have our quarterly raffle. All donations gratefully received….Get your Christmas presents here!!!

Welcome to New Members

Ros & John Snelson from Daventry, with an MG 135 (and a lot of old motorbikes I believe).

David Burnicle from Grimscote, with an MGBGT V8 (our third in the club)

Recent events

Nothing much to report as I was not about at all last month.

Although I did not go to the recent Restoration Show at Stoneleigh, I had two reports on it and they both felt that numbers were down.

Is it just one of those things, the economy, or perhaps fewer people are now interested in old cars? Certainly the age profile of owners for our sort of car seems to be getting higher. Perhaps demand for our cars will fall off and we will be back to where the vintage movement was back in the 30s, 40s & early 50s when old cars, even quality ones, were not worth a lot. Maybe not a bad thing in my opinion.

Future Events

14-16 November Classic Motor Show at NEC.

Other Items

Good to see MG advertising again at last…last Saturday’s Telegraph had adverts for the MG3 & MG6 in two sections of the paper.

 

Tony Lake, with a little assistance from Dave Cotgrave & myself, has been doing a sterling job of investigating some potentially unsatisfactory brake hoses that are currently on the market. Early days yet, but some well known players in the MG parts world are involved in this investigation.

 

Sue and I will be arriving a little later on Tuesday as I have another commitment but we hope to be there eventually.

Rick 29/10/14

 

October 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to New Members

We have been fortunate to welcome several new members in recent months:

    Clive and Jenny Waddingham from Irchester, with an MGB Roadster and a TC

    Norman Beaumont from Dunchurch, with an MGF

    Frank Almond from Kilsby (no MGs at present although has had MGBs)

    Jim Angliss from Brinklow with an MGC

 

Recent events

I can only report on the three events I attended this month.

Classic Virgins 3 at Gaydon was fully booked with would be classic owners and the day went well with a good selection of cars for them to get a ride in. Ford Model A, Rover 105, TR4, GT6, Capri, come to mind plus a certain blue MGBGT. There was an interesting discussion amongst the existing classic owners who brought the cars about the (poor) quality of classic spares right across the makes. It seems that nearly everyone has a tale to tell. Resulting from this, Jerry Birkbeck has written to Practical Classics asking if they will highlight the problem.

Be interesting to see what happens…..

Pistons & Props at Sywell on 27/28 September was very good and much enjoyed, with unbelievably good weather.

Kilsby had about 10 (mostly different) cars there each day. I went on the Saturday and the highlights for me were an excellent & long display by the BBMF, Some interesting & different car club displays (when did you last see 9 Berkleys?), and perhaps most of all the dragsters. Absolutely mad but great to watch.

The only concern was that some people felt that there were not enough paying public to support the event.

Many thanks to Tony Lake for masterminding our entry.

 

The MGCC Dasset Trial on Sunday 28th was the best for many years. 31 cars which with double entries made 39 starters. Again we had glorious weather and everyone had a good day with several thank you notes in the following days. Tony Lake was event secretary and general organiser on the day, so well done to him.

This sort of event deserves supporting…there are not many opportunities in this increasingly restricted age where the average club member can get a days low cost motorsport and a lot of fun. I would strongly recommend participating in some way, either by competing or as a marshal.

 

Other Items

Frank Almond has kindly donated some MG books to the club.

They are available for anyone to borrow (See Rick).

- MGB Restoration: Practical Classics

- MGB Guide to Purchase & Restoration: Porter   

- BMC & Leyland B Series Engine Data: Porter

- MGB Owners Worksop Manual: Autobooks

 

Meguiars polishes etc still available at good prices: see Terry

We are also investigating buying some magnetic “Kilsby MG Club” plaques.

More on this next month.

Sue and I will be arriving a little later on Tuesday due to another commitment but we hope to be there eventually.

           Rick 05/10/14

 

September 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to New Members

We have been fortunate to welcome several new members in recent months:

    Clive and Jenny Waddingham from Irchester, with an MGB Roadster and a TC

    Norman Beaumont from Dunchurch, with an MGF

    Frank Almond from Kilsby (no MGs at present although has had MGBs)

    Jim Angliss from Brinklow with an MGC

 

Recent events

Still lots going on, although I only attended the Weedon garrison event.

Weedon Garrison on 10th August was one of the wettest days in living memory!!

Despite this we had a good turnout of about 12 cars. Well done to all who made it, especially Peter Cordery who had travelled a long way & had only just got the engine back in his TF after a rebuild. He deservedly won one of the day’s awards from the organisers, as did Mike & Meryl Hill. Despite the weather, which did clear up fairly well in the afternoon, the event was very enjoyable and different from the usual. In the circumstances the organisers were pleased with attendance, turned a small (charity) profit, and hope to run a similar event next year.

 

I know that some members attended the Classic Vehicles in the Park event at Brackley, but I have no reports.

 

Terry has just returned from the TTT2 Isle of Wight event, and which went well although the Shanklin Hotel is now under new and seemingly less efficient management.

T types were also invited to the Tiger Moth Rally at Woburn, and Terry was one of the few who attended.

Steve and Leonie must be back from MGCC Denmark by now. Perhaps they will tell us how it went if they come along tonight.

 

Forthcoming Events

27/28 September. Pistons & Props at Sywell

We have 10 cars booked in for each day, but Tony Lake is having great difficulty extracting our tickets from the organisers. He had hoped to be able to hand them out tonight but that will not be possible.

I am hoping that Tony will be along tonight to give us an update. Our fall back positions are:

a) KMG will  post them if received in reasonable time, or b) To collect them on the gate.

I will be supporting the 3rd Classic Virgins at Gaydon this Saturday. Kilsby will have been represented at all three of these events.

 

Other Items

Frank Almond has kindly donated some MG books to the club.

They are available for anyone to borrow (See Rick).

- MGB Restoration: Practical Classics

- MGB Guide to Purchase & Restoration: Porter   

- BMC & Leyland B Series Engine Data: Porter

- MGB Owners Worksop Manual: Autobooks

 

Meguiars polishes etc still available at good prices: see Terry

 

Dave Cotgrave has now framed our photo on the occasion of our winning the Midlands Natter of the Year and will present it to Maggie tonight. She is also going to put the photo on the George website.

           Rick 01/08/14

 

August 2014 Newsletter

Clubnight 5th August…we have our quarterly raffle.

Welcome to New Members

We have been fortunate to welcome several new members in recent months:

    Clive and Jenny Waddingham from Irchester, with an MGB Roadster and a TC

    Norman Beaumont from Dunchurch, with an MGF

    Frank Almond from Kilsby (no MGs at present although has had MGBs)

    Jim Angliss from Brinklow with an MGC

Recent events

 

Still lots going on.

 

Hollowell was blessed by lovely weather. We had 12 cars on the Saturday and 7 on Sunday. We had a good pitch in a row with several of the other car clubs but unfortunately it was on a dead ended walkway so although there were a lot of people about we or the other clubs did not see too many of them, which was a bit disappointing.

Sue and I missed the Little Horwood gathering this year as we were away, so I do not know if anyone else attended.

 

Forthcoming Events

Sunday 10th August: Open day at Weedon Garrison. (This one not on the Website)

Classic/Custom cars/bikes/trucks/buses/WW2 vehicles/Rock’n’roll/Trade Stands/WW1 Replica Hospital

Napoleonic re-enactment/Kids games & amusements etc etc. In aid of Weedon War memorial & Royal British Legion.

We are now booked in for this event with at present about 12 cars. The organisers have said that we can bring more, so please see Rick if interested (not too many moderns please at request of organisers).

09.30am LATEST until 5.00pm if displaying.

This promises to be a different and interesting event which the organisers hope to hold annually. The site alone is well worth seeing as it was built between 1804 & 1816 at the time of the Napoleonic threat and remained in Army use until 1964. It is Grade II listed and not normally open to the public.

Public parking will be at Weedon Village hall, with ex Northampton Corporation Daimler double deckers ferrying to and from the garrison.

 

Sunday 17th August. MGOCC MG day at Middleton Hall

23/24 August. Coventry Festival of Motoring at Stoneleigh.

21/24 August. Some of our more intrepid members are off to the MGCC European Event of the Year in Denmark, so we wish them a safe journey.

27/28 August. Pistons & Props at Sywell. (we are fully booked for both days)

Sunday 31 August. Classic Vehicles in the Park. Brackley. Rick has some forms

Other Items

Frank Almond has kindly donated some MG books to the club.

They are available for anyone to borrow (See Rick).

- MGB Restoration: Practical Classics

- MGB Guide to Purchase & Restoration: Porter   

- BMC & Leyland B Series Engine Data: Porter

- MGB Owners Worksop Manual: Autobooks

 

Dave Cotgrave’s  Club photo on the occasion of our winning the Midlands Natter of the Year came out well.

He is framing one for Maggie and will get some extra copies as required (see Dave or Rick).

           Rick 20/07/14

 

July 2014 Newsletter

Recent events

The height of the season and too many events to list here.

I know that many will have been attended by members but I have no reports on most of them.

I did attend MG90 on the Saturday have to say that it was OK if a bit samey, although to be fair I think that this happens with all annual shows…I have attended the Bloxham Steam Rally as an exhibitor for two years now and got exactly the same feeling about that this year. Maybe it is best not to expect too much. It is hard to see how it could be made any better or greatly different. However, there seem to be fewer and fewer traders (although the autojumble is a good addition and I made a few purchases). But I will never accept that club racing on the GP circuit is good for the spectators. SiIverstone is a poor spectator circuit anyway and it means that you see the cars less often. I tried spectating at Copse inner, Club, the Complex, Woodcote grandstand & Copse outer, and through no fault of the drivers much of the racing was not terribly exciting from the spectator viewpoint.

Peter and James raced in the Best/Cockshoot. I think that James retired but Peter finished around 9th overall & 4th in class over the weekend despite steering damaged in a collision on the Saturday. (Not his fault he claims).

Princethorpe this year was a good little event blessed by nice weather. The variety of cars and other vehicles makes it worthwhile. About 8 Kilsby cars were present.

Forthcoming Events

Not on the Website…

**10 July: 28th annual AWC Little Horwood Shoulder of Mutton Barbeque & self judge.

From 7.00pm. Usual club convoy run to depart at 6.45pm from Weedon A5 layby near Clarke’s garage.

**10th August: Open day at Weedon Garrison.

Classic/Custom cars/bikes/trucks/buses/WW2 vehicles/Rock’n’roll/Trade Stands/WW1 Replica Hospital

Kids games & amusements etc etc. In aid of Weedon War memorial & Royal British Legion.

I have asked for a club display of 10 to 12 vehicles (not too many moderns please at request of organisers), and will be canvassing for names starting this clubnight. 09.30am-5pm if displaying.

If any Kilsby members can help with marshalling etc please see Rick. 

Hollowell 5/6 July

We have an entry available from a member who is unable to attend.

However it would be appreciated if anyone taking up this offer does commit to actually attend.

We are a bit light on numbers this year due to LeMans Classic and holidays etc.

           Rick 30/06/14

 

June 2014 Newsletter

News Item

Kilsby MG was recently awarded the MGCC Midland Centre California Shield for the best natter. This is the 3rd time we have won this. Weather permitting, we want to get a photo tonight in the car park of as many members as we can with the shield and a few cars.

Recent events

The Rugby Rotary Club Fete was supported by about 11 Kilsby members and friends and it is as well that we did because there were only about 5 other cars.

The Kilsby School Spring Fair had a large turnout from us. I didn’t count but more than a dozen, plus Adrian and his American cars so there was a good display. Weather was warm too.

The small group tour to France and Belgium (Steve & Leonie, Tony & Sylvia, Noel & Terry, Rick & Sue) between 21 & 29 May was a great success. Weather was better than at home and Leonie had planned a great route and hotels. (Chimay, Bouillon, Dinant, Namur and Bollezeele). The tunnel by car was a first for me and can be recommended, although it is a bit of a drag to Folkestone. We covered about 900 miles, Noel and Terry more as they had a day trip to visit relatives in Luxembourg. We saw very few other classics…an MGB near Calais, a Renault 4CV outside Namur, and an MGA in the returning Eurotunnel queue. The cars behaved magnificently although Noel may have something to say about the quality of aftermarket brake calipers…..

The Arden Run and Rose of the Shires Runs will have taken place but I have had no reports

Forthcoming Events

Lots of events, some that our members will attend include:

8 June: Stony Stratford Classic Meet.

8 June: Ratae Run

21-22 June MGCC MG90 Silverstone

22 June Haynes Village Show

29 June: Princethorpe College Motoring Festival & Run (run starts at 11.0am)

For more details of all these and other events see our 2014 Events List on the websiste

Hollowell this year will be on 5/6 July. Too late to enter now but I will be finding out tonight who is going so that we can plan our display.

Other Items

Regarding the mileage rate that the club is going to pay members when reconnoitring routes or otherwise on club business, we decided on 15p/mile, which covers the petrol cost but is not intended to reimburse other costs as most commercial companies do.

Don’t forget that the club has wire wheel balancing cones (to fit a professional wheel balancing machine) for hire at modest cost. These have been tried out and work well.

Also the Meguiars polish etc: see Terry.

 

May 2014 Newsletter

We have our QUARTERLY RAFFLE TONIGHT. Many thanks to all who donate prizes for this.

Recent events

Our Drive-It-Day Run to Claydon House on 27 April was an outstanding success.

Reasonable weather, an excellent 58 mile run with first class route instructions, a good coffee (and bacon roll) stop at Overstone, and Claydon House and gardens were well worth a look. The cars (about 18 or 19 although I did not count), created a lot of interest at both Overstone and Claydon.

Our thanks to Tony Lake and Dennis Orton for organising the day, and also to the MGCC Midland Centre who financed our MSA Social Run permit. 

Forthcoming Events

4 May Abingdon Air and Country Show.

3-5 May Donington Historic Festival

5 May Rugby Rotary Club Fete. Hillmorton playing Field. Be there at 10.00am. for official 10.30 opening.

I know that several of us will be attending.

17 May HSCC Silverstone

18 May Kilsby Spring Fair. School playing field. Be there for 1.00am

1 June Arden MG Heritage Run

1 June Northants MGOC Rose of the Shires Run

For more details of all these events see our 2014 Events List on the websiste

Hollowell this year will be on 5/6 July. Anyone wanting to show their car on our club display who has not participated before, or not for some time, MUST submit an entry form by early May or you will not be allowed in.

I have some spare forms.

Other Items

All members will wish Steve Tromans the very best following his operation on Weds 30th.

As I write on Saturday, we hear that the op went well and he is now home.

Tonight your Club officers will be discussing a suitable modest but acceptable mileage rate to pay to members when reconnoitring routes or otherwise on club business.

           Rick 03/05/14

 

April 2014 Newsletter

An early newsletter this month as Sue and I will be away for a week and will miss the April meeting.

Welcome to New Members

Welcome back to Alan and Debbie Brittain from Nuneaton, with a 1949 TC

Recent events

Nothing to report

Forthcoming Events

Sunday April 27. Kilsby MG Drive It Day run to Claydon House & Gardens in Buckinghamshire.

0930 start from the George. £2.00 per car. Entry to House about £6-8.00 pp maybe less for NT Members.

Additional charge for gardens as these are separately managed. Coffee stop on the way.

PLEASE LET TONY LAKE KNOW IF YOU ARE LIKELY TO BE GOING AS HE NEEDS TO PRINT APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF TULIP ROUTES.

We have received notice of some additional events that have now been added to our website list:

20 April Old Warden Classic Rally

5 May Rugby Rotary Club Fete. Hillmorton playing Field. Be there for 10.00am

18 May Kilsby Spring Fair. School playing field. Be there for 1.00am

14 Sept Flore Fete. Celebrating Centenary of Scouts & of WW1. Playing field. 2-5pm

27 & 28 Sept Pistons & Props, Sywell. We are arranging a club entry which will be free but we will need a minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 cars for each day. Please start getting names to Terry or Tony Lake for this.

Hollowell this year will be on 5/6 July. Anyone wanting to show their car on our club display who has not participated before, or not for some time, MUST submit an entry form or you will not be allowed in. I have some spare forms.

2014 Events List See website.

Facebook         Just a reminder to get using it as many are now doing.

           Rick 26/03/14

March 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to New Members

Welcome to the couple from Northampton who I had a long chat with but failed to take their names!!

Recent events

- Our dinner was a very pleasant social occasion and fully subscribed. I don’t have the exact figures but the generously supported Raffle raised about £45.00 after deduction of the evening’s expenses.

I think that club funds now stand at around £200.00.

- Race Retro…I did not go but heard that it was a good event

- The MG & Triumph Spares day on 2nd March…I did go to this along with a good many other Kilsby people judging from the number I met. General feeling seems to be that that this is a better show for being combined…

..the MG show has been going downhill for some years and there were certainly more traders at this one.

- Terry and myself attended “Club Expo” for club organisers at Gaydon on March 1st.

We found it worthwhile with some useful seminars and discussions.

Two particular items of interest:

1) The FBHVC have promoted a new “Vehicle Restoration” 3 1/2 year apprenticeship scheme which they hope will get Government accreditation this year, thus enabling colleges to obtain funding to run courses.

2) Two of the seminars touched on attracting new and younger members into the classic movement.

I intend to summarise some of this for discussion with our committee.

Forthcoming Events

A reminder about our first event of the year which will be our Drive It Day run on April 27 to Claydon House in Buckinghamshire. Full details in next month’s newsletter.

Hollowell this year will be on 5/6 July. Anyone wanting to show their car on our club display who has not participated before, or not for some time, MUST submit an entry form or you will not be allowed in. I have some spare forms.

2014 Events List See website.

Facebook         Just a reminder to get using it as many are now doing.

Other Matters

The second “Classic Virgins” event will be held at Gaydon on March 29. Terry and Noel will be supporting this one.

There is a third event planned for 6th September. If anyone wants to provide themselves and their car for this, I have some forms. It involves giving prospective classic enthusiasts a short run from Gaydon to Southam and back, and answering general questions about classic ownership. You get modest petrol expenses and a free lunch.

For Sale

Mike Hill has been asked to dispose of a large quantity of tools on behalf of a friend who is no longer restoring cars.

There is far too much to list but it includes large quantities of O/E, ring and combination spanners, loose sockets, ratchets, ¼ drive torque wrenches, allen keys, pliers and much more. Mike has been asked not to sell the items individually, but may be prepared to sell in lots. See him if interested.  

           Rick 2/03/14

 

February 2014 Newsletter

Terry would like to thank the many people who attended Betty’s funeral and for their kind words.The number of people at the service and afterwards at the George was a fitting tribute to Betty.

Forthcoming Events

20 Feb Kilsby MG Annual Dinner & Prizegiving 7.00 for 7.30

Mike Hill reminds us that some people have not paid yet!! So please see him tonight.

21-22 Feb Race Retro, Stoneleigh

2 March MG/Triumph Show, Stoneleigh

2014 Events List

We have compiled Issue 1 of our 2014 Events list and as I write this Pete has now got part of it onto our website, although a couple of copies will be available tonight. The list is already fairly full although we may well get to hear of various local fetes etc.

We try to include all events within a reasonable proximity that may be of interest, plus major national and international events.

Kilsby MG 20th Anniversary

2014 is our 20th year. We are hoping to hold a social evening/barbeque etc in midsummer if we can find a suitable venue.

Possible Motor Racing Film Show.

David Shadlock has a number of 1950s motor racing & rallying films that may be of interest to our members.

These are on VHS, so we are investigating practical methods of showing them, and also a possible venue.

Facebook

A really big thank you to Steve Tromans who has set up a Facebook page for us.

This is now starting to get used and will be really useful to us it develops.

As and as I write this 14 members have signed up.

My usage is limited at the moment as my PC is so slow it refuses to scroll on our page…time to get a new one.

Rent-a Ramp

We have been sent details of this service based in Weedon.

Contact is  Martin Willmott but I have mislaid other details.

           Rick 31/01/14   

 

January 2014 Newsletter

Betty Baulch

 

Many members will now be aware that Betty died in the early hours of Saturday 28th December.

She had a severe stroke on Christmas Eve and did not regain consciousness.

Betty started attending the natter once we had got things underway back in 1994 and had been a regular attender since then. She accompanied Terry on countless MG tours and runs in this country and in Europe, initially in the MGB but mainly in the TD, including the Aviemore gathering this year.

Betty will be remembered for her cheery disposition, her great sense of fun and readiness to help out whenever she could, and she will be greatly missed.

Our thoughts are with Terry, Kerry, Chris, Sue and their families. I know that they have received messages from all parts of the MG community.

Arrangements have been confirmed for 11.30am on Friday 17th January at St Augustines Church, London Road, Daventry, followed by internment at Kilsby and afterwards at the George.    

Other Matters

Annual Dinner.

 I understand that the Dinner is already oversubscribed for the room capacity.

We will have a final check up on the numbers and seating arrangements on clubnight

 

Club Facebook Page.

Steve Tromans is setting up a club Facebook page so that we can have some much needed easier online communication within the club. Many have been asked to join so I would urge everyone to do so.

See Steve for more info.

 

Club Admin.

 For a variety of reasons I have not kept up with several aspects of club administration over the last couple of months, but I hope my way is now clear to catch up in the next couple of weeks with:

- A first draft of our 2014 events list

- Notes of our most recent committee meeting

- The notes arising from the Ethanol meetings our sub committee held last year.

 

                  Rick 05/01/14

 

December 2013 Newsletter

 

A very happy and peaceful Christmas to all our members and families

A reminder that donations are to be made tonight in lieu of Christmas cards. Proceeds to Northants Air Ambulance

 

Recent Events

Nothing to report, although it was good to see the picture of Lord Terence and Lady Elizabeth Baulch in their TD on the front cover of a recent Safety Fast!.

 

Forthcoming Events

Two important dates for the diary:

Kilsby MG annual Christmas gathering from noon on Saturday 28th December at the George.

Kilsby MG Annual Dinner will be on Thursday 20th February at the George

Book now to avoid disappointment as seating is limited. See Mike and Meryl Hill who have kindly offered to organise this years event. Prices will be £18.90 for 2 courses or £21.90 for 3 courses including tea or coffee and gratuity.

Menu choices as follows:

STARTERS

Home made chicken liver pate & dressed salad garnish

Home marinated mixed olives

Bruschetta topped with fresh tomato, garlic & feta

Home made leek & potato soup

Baskets of crusty bread & butter will be served

MAIN COURSES

Roast topside of Long Buckby beef & home made Yorkshire pudding & roast potatoes

Smoked haddock & spring onion fishcakes & chunky chips

Chicken breast in a home made cream & white wine mushroom sauce & sauté potatoes

Vegetables will be served in bowls

DESSERTS

Home made bread & butter pudding & custard

Home made pancakes, maple syrup & ice-cream

Home made baked lemon cheesecake

Mixed cheese & biscuits

 

Club Materials and Tools

We have recently topped up our stocks of the excellent Meguiars Polishing products. We stock compound, polish and wax, and of course the polisher is available to hire.

Don’t forget that good quality club clothing such as Tee, polo & sweat shirts can be bought at good prices.

(ideal Christmas present opportunities). See Terry for all of these.

 

Committee Meeting

We held our annual committee meeting on 19 November. Several items emerged from this and we will be reporting shortly, and also publishing the initial draft of our proposed 2014 events, but to mention 2 items briefly:

1) is there any interest in a club trip to the Laon Historic Event (30 May-1 June) next year?. Please see Noel

2) is there any interest in a Club weekend away next year, probably September/October? Please see Terry or Rick

 

Finally

I should have mentioned before that Kilsby MG members now play a prominent part in the MG Octagon Car Club

(the club for Pre 1955 MG’s). Pete Moore has been full time spares secretary for some months now, but he has now been joined by Brian Rainbow as Chairman and Noel Lahiff as committee member, and Terry is the regional co-ordinator. I gather that there is a fair bit for them to sort out so we wish them every success.                   

 

Rick 02/12/13

 

November 2013 Newsletter

Welcome to New members

This is really a welcome back to Gordon Houghton from Rugby, who has an early Midget and a BGT. (his only cars I believe). Gordon was one of our very early members who first attended in August 1995, but was unable to attend from the point we changed from Monday to Tuesday night, due to a clash with his athletics coaching activities.

Tonight

We have our quarterly raffle.The perfect place to get those different Christmas presents!! (or to get rid of last years unwanted ones)

Recent Events

Not much to report as I did not go to the restoration show this year.

Forthcoming Events

Classic Motor Show at the NEC 15-17 November

Club Materials and Tools

We have recently topped up our stocks of the excellent Meguiars Polishing products. We stock compound, polish and wax, and of course the polisher is available to hire.

The MGOC wire wheel balancing adaptors have now arrived. We will shortly be discussing how these will be made available to members.

Don’t forget that good quality club clothing such as Tee, polo & sweat shirts can be bought at good prices.

(another  ideal Christmas present opportunity)

See Terry for all of these.

Committee Meeting

We will shortly be holding our annual committee meeting to review this year’s activities and plan for 2014.

For those who may be new to us, your committee consists of:

Rick Willoughby (MGCC), Terry Baulch (MGOCC), Dave Cotgrave (MGOC), Noel Lahiff (treasurer), Pete Moore (Webmaster), and an advisory group comprising David and Shelagh Croskell, Mike Hill, Dennis Orton & Tony Lake.

If you have any comment or request relating to our activities, please have a word with one of the above.

Racing News

I hear that Peter Bramble is selling both his race cars (perhaps inspired by the upcoming Bonhams sale of the Ecurie Ecosse collection??)…I don’t know what he is doing next although he did once tell me that he would take up sprinting with a road registered car.

Finally

Is there anyone out there who knows the details of the numerous different MGB handbrake cable lengths??

I recently had to  replace mine and may not have got the correct one for a 1970 BGT which I believe has had a wire wheel conversion.

           Rick 04/11/13

 

October 2013 Newsletter

Tonight will be a normal clubnight. The quarterly raffle is next month

Recent Events

Quite a lot last month. Although I missed it, I gather that the Tony  Wilson-Spratt WSM presentation was well received. Of the two events I  attended, Crick Festival was a bit dispiriting with poor weather and a  rather disjointed main event. However, we were well looked after by the  car organiser and there was a good selection of cars on both days. The  Classic Virgins event at Gaydon was successful and was enjoyed by Terry  and myself. There will be another similar in Spring next year.

Of the other events, I can only go on reports but I understand that the T  series weekend was very good, as was the Sywell Pistons and Props event  last weekend. Thanks to Tony Lake for a last minute effort to get us  booked in as a club and liaising with our members.  Tony had a busy  couple of days as he was event secretary for the MGCC Dasset trial held  on the Sunday.

Forthcoming Events

Stoneleigh Restoration Show 27 October

Classic Motor Show at the NEC 15-17 November

Club Materials and Tools

We have recently topped up our stocks of the excellent Meguiars Polishing  products. We stock compound, polish and wax, and of course the polisher  is available to hire.

We are in process of purchasing as set of the MGOC wire wheel balancing  adaptors that they have recently marketed. These will be available to  club members so that the tyre supplier of their choice is able to  balance their wheels correctly. A disturbing number of tyre fitting  shops do not have this equipment and, worse, are ignorant of the need  for it. Also good quality club clothing such as Tee, polo & sweat  shirts can be bought at good prices.

See Terry for all of these.

Thanks

To all those who sponsored my efforts towards the annual Ride and Stride€ fundraiser for historic churches.

I raised about £65. The final tally was 18 churches, 53 miles, 2  punctures (first this year), one banana and numerous chocolate biscuits.

Congratulations

To Pete Bramble, who claims to have won a race outright recently in his  ZR. No doubt he will tell you all about it if you ask him nicely.

Finally

Do we have any club members who are First aiders?. We probably ought to  know of this for when we hold and attend events. I have been looking to  see whether there are any basic resuscitation etc courses available.

Warwickshire Red Cross charge from £15 to £30 for their training but there may be other providers.

Rick 30/9/13

September 2013 Newsletter

TONIGHT

We have a special attraction in that Tony Wilson-Spratt has kindly agreed to bring his racing MGB-WSM to show us, having I think been racing at Mallory over the weekend. The car will be outside from about 7.20pm, and because the nights are now drawing in I suggest anyone wishing to get a good look it does so before it gets dark. Tony will be on hand to answer any questions and I understand that he will give a short talk on WSM in the clubroom later in the evening. More details about WSM on the website WSMCARS.COM.

Our thanks to Tony and also to Chris Parker who has arranged for Tony to be with us.

Unfortunately I will not be present as Sue and I will be away for the week.

One reason for getting out this newsletter uncharacteristically early is to give people notice to be able to attend.

Welcome to New Members

Dave Bostrom from Long Buckby, with a 1971 MGB Roadster

Mick Gulliman from Blakesley, also with an MGB roadster (is it a ‘69 Mick??…I’ve forgotten)

Recent Events

I must mention that Terry, Steve, Tony and Brian with partners attended the MGCC International event of the year in Aviemore and reported a very enjoyable event. Terry clocked about 1200 miles and I understand there was no mechanical trouble apart from Brian’s TA breaking the rocker shaft on the return journey, despite which it got him home OK.

Forthcoming Events

Northants MGOC Charity Run from Sywell on Sun 8th September. Terry & Rick have forms

Two important local ones for us:

We have been invited to participate in Crick Festival on 14th & 15th September 10.30 -4.00pm

Attend one or both days with free bottle of beer for entrants!!

A number of people have signed up (about 6 on Sunday so far) but see Terry if you want to join them.

I will be attending on the Sunday.

 

Also on 14 September we have been invited to The East Haddon Village Show, again with mention of beer.

John Curtis from the organisers may be along tonight so it would be nice if a few members could attend.

The show is open to the public 2pm-5pm with set-up in the morning. There will be model steam engines, model aircraft and some vintage cars.

I am unable to go due to a prior engagement (annual Ride and Stride).

The annual MGCC Midland Centre Autumn trial at Burton Dasset is on September 29.

Worth going to spectate, marshal or even participate as I have done several times and may do again this year.

On September 28 Terry and myself are supporting the “Classic Virgins” event at Gaydon which is intended to attract newcomers to classic car ownership. A good initiative as any hobby needs a constant influx of new people if it is to survive.

 

Other News

Don’t forget we still have stocks of the excellent Meguiars Polishing products at bargain prices. Also good quality club clothing such as Tee, polo & sweat shirts can be bought at good prices. See Terry for both of these.

           Rick 27/8/13

 

August 2013 Newsletter

TONIGHT

We have our quarterly raffle with prizes generously donated by our members

Welcome to new members

Paul Chetcuti from Rugby, with an MG Midget.

Stuart MacConnacher from the Brafield area, also with a Midget

That makes 3 new members all with Midgets at the last two meetings.

Good to see these fine little cars are having a resurgence…….must get my 1967 one restored one day….

PC update

All being well this newsletter will have arrived at your inbox now that I have finally fixed my PC.

Recent Events

I cannot mention them all as there have been so many, and I have only attended one of them, but what I do know is:

Our display at Hollowell was a great success this year, with 12 cars on Sat & 11 on Sun (would have been 12 but Tony’s V8 uncharacteristically played up). Weather was great and we were given our best location yet, just inside and to the right of the exhibitors gate. The new Coleman Event Shelter was much admired by all.

Pete Bramble’s MG6 attracted a lot of interest.

The Shoulder of Mutton gathering and BBQ was attended by several members and Terry’s TD and Keith’s RV8

were placed in the self judge concours.

The MGOC 40th was attended and was reportedly a good event, but I have no details.

Forthcoming Events

There is a Warwick Retro Classic Festival on the Market Square on Sunday 11 August from 0930.

Just turn up

The MGCC International at Aviemore on 16/17/18 August will be graced by at least 4 of our members.

Coventry Festival of Motoring is on 25 August at Stoneleigh. Call Bev on 024 7623 4290

MGOCC MG Day at Middleton Hall is coming up but I have mislaid the date. Call Fran Bragger on 01827 54692

MGCC Midget Register Road Run on Sun Sepember 1st from Toddington

Northants MGOC Charity Run from Sywell on Sun 8th Sepember. Terry & Rick have forms

 

Finally, we were recently invited to participate in Crick Festival on 14th & 15th September 10.30 -4.00pm

Attend one or both days with free bottle of beer for entrants!!

Not sure where but Crick is hardly a big place… Terry will be seeking some idea of participation tonight.

 

Other News

Don’t forget we still have stocks of the excellent Meguiars Polishing products at bargain prices. Also good quality club clothing such as Tee, polo & sweat shirts can be bought at good prices. See Terry for both of these.

For Sale: One of our members may still have a new MGB overdrive unit for sale. See Rick.

           Rick 05/8/13

 

June 2013 Newsletter

Tonight !!!!

Weather permitting, we have our “Landlady’s Choice” cars of the night competition to be judged by Maggie herself. In the George car park between 2030/2100hrs approx. 

Recent Events

Thanks to all those who supported the Rugby Lions, Mayfield Park, & Kilsby School charity fundraising events, it was very much appreciated by respective organisers.

Forthcoming Events

June 15th/16th: MG Live Silverstone.

June 23rd: Two Choices:

  • Haynes Village Fete MK45 3PP near Bedford. Pre entry required £10 per vehicle.
  • Broadwell House Farm Driving Day and Picnic CV23 8HF nr. Southam. From 1030hrs. £5 pp all to WNAA. This is our meet up with the Triumph TSSC Club. There is an optional driving test in the pm. Pre entry required... Rick has a few forms if you want one !
  • June 29th: Husbands Bosworth Fete. £3 per car?  Location Bosworth Hall Park LE17 6LZ.
  • June 30th: Princethorpe College Transport Fair, CV23 9PX. From 1030 hrs to do the run , or about 1230hrs otherwise. Just turn up no charge.

    July 6th/7th: Hollowell Steam Rally. Pre entry for this is now closed. Rick has requested space for 12 cars each day but not sure WHO is going??? And on which days !! Please advise Rick if you are going.

    July 13th/14th: MGOC 40th Birthday event at HQ Swavesey. Pre booking required.. Many of us are planning for the Sunday and hence so we can be parked up together at the event please advise Rick of your plans to attend.

     

    Other News

    Don’t forget we still have stocks of the excellent Meguiars Polishing products at bargain prices.

    Also good quality club clothing such as Tee, polo & sweat shirts can be bought at good prices.

    Please see Terry for both of these.

    Rick & Dave 30/05/13

     

May 2013 Newsletter

Tonight
We have Terry Spall of MIRA to give us a presentation on MIRA past and present.
Starting about 8:15 for 45 minutes.
We also have our quarterly RAFFLE

Agologies
Sorry that there was no newsletter last month. I was unwell, but the main reason was that my computer has become
hopelessly slow and virtually unusable especially for Emailing (still is...it has resisted all efforts to sort it so l hope to
get a new one this week). Hence this issue is hard copy only.
Recent Events'

Our St George's day FBHVC run to Calke Abbey was a great success with about 23 cars participating. Many thanks to
Noel for organising this, and also handling the application for our MSA social run certificate (the first time we have
done this)

Forthcoming Events
Our annual Events list is now published on the club website.
May 18: Family Fun day at Mayfield Park (old Timken Estate), Daventry. Arrive about 12.30. We have been invited to
attend but as this is a new event that we have no experience of, we suggest that only those in the immediate
Daventry area consider attending, in case it turns out not to be our kind of event.
May 19: Kilsby School Fete. Arrive 12.30 for 2pm start. ~
(wehave done this one before and we like to support our local events)
June 2: Stony Stratford Summer Classic Meet. Arrive before 0930. £5.00 per car
June 4: At our next Kilsby Clubnight, we hope to have a ”Landlady’s Choice" car of the night competition judged by
Maggie. This will depend on whether she is going to be present that night, and we will not know this until we have
checked with her in the next few days.
June 20: Princethorpe College Transport Fair CV23 9PX. From 10.30 am to do the run, or about 12.30 otherwise.
lust turn up and no charge.
June 23: two choices:
a) Haynes Village Fete MK45 3PP near Bedford. Pre Entry required £10 per vehicle.
I have a few forms (Terry is going to this one)
b) Broadwell House Farm Driving day and Picnic. CV23 8HF Nr Southam. From 10.30am. £5 pp all to WNAA.
This is our meet up with the Triumph TSSC club. There is an optional driving test in the afternoon.
Pre entry required...I have a few forms and I am going to this one.
July 6-7 Hollowell Steam Rally. Pre entry essential before 30 May. I have a few forms.
l will be canvassing tonight to see who is going and which day...Essential so that I can book sufficient space.
July 13-24 MGOC 40"‘ at Swavesey. Pre booking required. Many from Kilsby plan to attend on the Sunday.
Other Ngws
Don't forget we still have stocks of the excellent Meguiars Polishing products at bargain prices. Also good quality
club clothing such as Tee, polo & sweat shirts can be bought at good prices. See Terry for both of these.
Our sub committee to review ethanol in fuel had its third meeting on 9"‘ April. Tony Lake has done some excellent
work in seeking out internationally published papers and has come up with some really good stuff.
I'll try to get out our final report this month. We may have less to worry about than we first thought.
 

Rick 06/5/13

 

April 2013 Newsletter

Rick has been unwell so there is no News letter this month, but there area couple of events to bring to your attention.

 

Kilsby  Village  School  Fete 19th May 2013

Our local village school has asked  Kilsby  M G Club to support them during their Annual    Fete  this year as last year.  We have agreed to put a number of our cars on display.  The Fete starts at  2pm   so we need to arrive  around 12noon in order to set up. We will be located on the school playing field as before  in the area at the bottom of the field adjacent to the slope nearest to the school buildings.

        Would those members prepared to display their classic cars, including any non MGs  (of friends), as well,  Please let Terry or Rick know or email the Club on mail@kilsbymgclub.org.uk so you can be added to the list

Not being on the list does not preclude anyone from coming on the day if they find they can but we would like some idea of numbers. Thank you.

Name                                                     Car model

Kim Perry                                              MG TF 160 Or Westfield

Terry Baulch                                          MG  TD

Chris Parker                                          MG TF 500   Or  Volvo Amazon

Keith Ingram                                          MG RV 8

Dennis Orton                                         MGB GT or MG TF 1250

Alan Bell                                                MGB GT

Rick Willoughby                                     MGB GT  or Morris Minor

Mike Hill                                                MGF

Pete Moore                                            MG TD

Noel Lahiff                                             MG TF 1250

Dave Cotgrove                                       MG ZS  or  MGB Roadster

Les Barras                                             MGB Roadster     

Reg Rushbrooke                                    MGB GT

 

 

' Broadwell Warwickshire day in aid of WNAA'

On Sunday 23rd June we have an opportunity to prove our driving skills against the TSSC ( Triumph Six Sports Club )

An annual event takes place at Broadwell House, Nr Southam.which is in aid of two air ambulances.

This year we are trying to make it a bit more competetive and have been invited by the TSSC to participate.

The event consists of a gathering of classic cars,tea and coffee, bring a picnic, and a driving test in the afternoon.

The cost is £5 per driver/car with entrants only allowed if you have sent in the appropriate form plus the £5 for your entry pass.

David Croskell will make these available at our natter.

It would be good to have a good turnout and prove our driving skills.

David will follow up at the next natter to get an idea of numbers.

More information

Printable Entry Form

 

March 2013 Newsletter

Welcome to new members

Nic Hood, from Daventry. Nic has a TF and a VW Camper

Best Wishes

To Peter Cordery, who has been unwell recently

Recent Events

Thanks to Adrian Higman for last month’s amusing and very professional presentation on his European Tour.

The annual dinner went really well with 46 in attendance. Unfortunately four people were unable to attend due to illness. Many thanks to all who contributed to the raffle, which raised about £91. Due to people’s generosity in donating prizes, the raffle went on a bit too long, so we will try to shorten this next year.

For those who did not attend, our “Magic Midget” winners this year were:

-Leonie Tromans, for organising the Loire Valley tour last year

-James Darby, for winning the MGCC Peter Best Championship

-Terry Smith, for the epic restoration of his TC, now nearing completion

The Stoneleigh spares day was well attended by many of our members, most of us meeting up from time to time as we all walked round.

Forthcoming Events

Our annual Events list is now published on the club website.

10-12 May: Midland Centre Derbyshire weekend. This celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Centre.

9 May: North Leics MG “Charnwood Caper” From Anchor Inn at Hatham to Belton House.  £20.00 per car

21 April: Kilsby MG St George’s day run: To Calke Abbey. Depart from the George at 10.00pm latest. £2.00 per car.

Other News

Don’t forget we still have stocks of the excellent Meguiars Polishing products at bargain prices. Also good quality club clothing such as Tee, polo & sweat shirts can be bought at good prices. See Terry for both of these.

Via Kim Russell, we received a thank you from Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance for the £76.00 we donated in lieu of Christmas cards

Our sub committee to review ethanol in fuel had its second meeting on 26 February and continues to make good progress. After a final meeting on 9th April, we hope to issue our final report.

Terry and myself attended “Club Expo” at Gaydon on 2 March on behalf of the club. Some interesting presentations prompted several ideas for our future which we will be discussing with our committee.

The FBHVC has established that the classic car hobby is a £4.3 bn industry employing over 28,000 people.

Over 850,000 pre 1981 vehicles survive. Classis cars account for 0.24% of overall vehicle mileage.

The presentation being organised by Noel by Mr Terry Spall of MIRA will take place at our May Meeting.

From about 8.15pm for about 45 minutes.

The new 4.5m square “Coleman Event Shelter” has now arrived and awaits a nice day to try it out in my garden.

We may have found a cheaper supplier for the two sail banners we need and are finalising a revision to the artwork before getting a quote.

FOR SALE by Steve Tromans: 5 off 15” chrome wire wheels ex MGC. One brand new with new Toyo tyre, others 2yrs old with Michelin tyres. Also two Unipart 6v batteries. 

           Rick 04/3/13

 

Febuary 2013 Newsletter

Tonight

Adrian Higman will be giving us his presentation on his and Mark’s “Euro Tour” last year. Starting about 8.15

Forthcoming Events

Our annual Events list is now published in draft form and we hope to have a few copies here tonight prior to its placement on the club website.

Meanwhile, a few of the earlier events:

17 February: MG Spares day at Stoneleigh.

10-12 May: Midland Centre Derbyshire weekend. This replaces the usual Welsh Rallye and celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Centre. Staying at the Palace Hotel, this should be a good weekend (our club had a weekend there a couple of years  ago)

19 May: North Leics MG “Charnwood Caper” From Anchor Inn at Hatham to Belton House.  £20.00 per car

21 April: Kilsby MG St George’s day run: To Calke Abbey. Details TBA.

Annual Dinner Tuesday 19 February

Now fully booked. We hope to see Maggie tonight to get the table layout so that we can do a seating plan.

Anyone not paid up, we would like monies tonight please.

 Other News

Owners should be aware that there is a recall on 2008 and on MGTFs due to a suspension fault.

Don’t forget we still have stocks of the excellent Meguiars Polishing products at bargain prices. Also good quality club clothing such as Tee, polo & sweat shirts can be bought at good prices. See Terry for both of these.

Our sub committee to review ethanol in fuel had its first meeting on 16 January which was very productive.

We meet again on 26 February to continue.

Terry and myself had intended to attend the MGCC Midland Centre AGM on 21 January, but did not do so due to the bad weather. However, we do hope to attend “Club Expo” at Gaydon on 2 March on behalf of the club.

Thanks to Noel, we have had the offer of a presentation by Mr Terry Small of MIRA.

Our committee will be discussing this tonight regarding timing etc.

We now have prices on two new Sail Banners and a 4.5m square “Coleman Event Shelter” for club use.

These will soon be ordered pending a check on finances tonight.

WANTED: By Steve Tromans on behalf of someone: BMC 1275cc cylinder head.

Rick 04/2/13

 

January 2013 Newsletter    

 

WISHING ALL OUR MEMBERS A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR

 

Welcome to new members

David Knight from Whittlebury.   David has a 1969 Midget

Forthcoming Events

17 February: MG Spares day at Stoneleigh.

10-12 May: Midland Centre Derbyshire weekend. This replaces the usual Welsh Rallye and celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Centre. Staying at the Palace Hotel, this should be a good weekend (our club had a weekend there a couple of years  ago)

19 May: North Leics MG “Charnwood Caper” From Anchor Inn at Hatham to Belton House.  £20.00 per car

21 April: Kilsby MG St George’s day run: To Calke Abbey we hope.

Coming Soon on Clubnight: Adrian Higman will be giving a 35 min presentation of his and Mark’s recent European tour.

Not sure which month as Adrian has another commitment to work round.

Annual Dinner Tuesday 19 February

7-00pm for 7-30pm

If you haven’t booked, this is your last chance. We have a limit of 45 in the dining room and these places will go to the first 45 bookings, but if numbers then exceed this, then committee members will host an additional table or tables in the lounge. Please note that we will be having a seating plan this year so please advise if you wish to be placed with anyone. PLEASE SEE SUE TONIGHT TO MAKE YOUR BOOKING.

Other News

Our Auction of John Russell’s motoring effects raised a magnificent £368 for Macmillan Nurses. Thanks to all bidders for their generosity and to Tony Lake for doing an excellent job as our auctioneer

Peter and Lesley would like to thank Sue Walker for making their wonderful wedding cake and to everyone who generously donated towards it and the vouchers.

Don’t forget we still have stocks of the excellent Meguiars Polishing products at bargain prices. Also good quality club clothing such as Tee, polo & sweat shirts can be bought at good prices. See Terry for both of these.

We hope to have next years events list published soon

Congratulations to our Webmaster, Pete Moore, on his appointment a full time official of the MG Octagon Car Club.

I am not sure of his exact title, but he will be responsible for the Club Spares Division and will eventually be based in Hinkley.

As he will no longer be working nights, he now hopes to be able to attend clubnights.

 

Our sub committee to review ethanol in fuel will be meeting on 16 January to review & consolidate all published information on this potentially worrying topic, with a view to developing specific listings of what components & materials will need to be changed to become ethanol resistant, also sources of supply of these components.

 

It seems that the E petition we publicised recently had closed the day before we published the last newsletter. However with about 14000 signatories, it was successful and I understand the FBHVC was able to persuade our politicians to repel this latest EU intrusion on our liberty. Also it is now confirmed that from November 18 2012, MOT’s will no longer be required for vehicles manufactured before 1 January 1960. However it is possible that some insurers may require a voluntary one. Lets hope that this is not a sneaky precursor to limiting the use of these vehicles.

On behalf of the club, Terry and myself will be attending the MGCC Midland Centre AGM on 21 January,

and also “Club Expo” at Gaydon on 2 March.        

Rick 01/1/13

December 2012 Newsletter

Welcome to new members

Jan & Kim Perry from Newnham.   Jan has a TF and Kim a Westfield

Tonight

We have our Auction of John Russell’s motoring effects, all proceeds going to Macmillan Nurses.

Items include socket sets, numerous tools, grease gun, several tool boxes, sanders, drill sharpener, Midget tonneau, Car cover, MG boot racks, Jump leads, Engine oil, trolley jack, several books etc etc.

A full list will be available on the night & most of the items will be on display. We hope to start at about 8.15 pm.

Items will be sold without reserve, so please be generous.

also

We will be collecting tonight in lieu of Christmas cards, as described last month.

At the time you donate, please indicate your preferred charity on the list that will be provided.

Please note that all monies will go to the most preferred charity (ie not all of them)

Forthcoming Events

-Our Christmas gathering will be on Saturday 29 December here at the George, from about 12.00.

-Tues 1 January: “Vintage Stony” meet at Market Square, Stony Stratford. From 10.30am

-At our February 2013 meeting, Adrian Higman will be giving a 35 min presentation of his and Mark’s recent                European tour.

Annual Dinner Tuesday 19 February

This will get booked up very quickly. We have a limit of 45 in the dining room and these places will go to the first 45 bookings, but if numbers then exceed this, then committee members will host an additional table or tables in the lounge. PLEASE SEE SUE TONIGHT TO MAKE YOUR BOOKING.

Meguiars Polishing Products

Don’t forget we still have stocks of these excellent products at bargain prices. See Terry.

Club Clothing

Don’t forget that good quality club Tee, polo & sweat shirts can be bought at good prices.

See Terry to place an order

Next Years Events

Your committee met recently to discuss & plan next years events. We will publish a list as soon as we have finished establishing dates etc. We hope to have some events that are new to us.

Ethanol in Fuel

A small sub-committee will be meeting on 16 January to review & consolidate all published information on this potentially worrying topic, with a view to developing specific listings of what components & materials will need to be changed to become ethanol resistant, also sources of supply of these components.

Petition

Try to find a minute to go online and sign the Epetetion to stop the EU banning all car modifications that deviate from specification which would be a major handicap for our hobby.

Our unelected Brussels masters will clearly not rest until they control every aspect of our lives.

See epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/37784. Over 11,000 have already signed.

                 Rick 29/11/12

 

November 2012 Newsletter

Apologies for the lack of a newsletter last month…PC problems then other things caused the first non-newsletter month  for many years.

Welcome to new members

Jan & Kim Perry from Newnham.   Jan has a TF and Kim a Westfield

Tonight….We have our Quarterly Raffle which is our main source of club funding

Recent Events

Not much to report although some of us went to the Restoration show at the NAC.

Dave Cotgrave got us a picture and mention in Enjoying MG this month with a short piece on our support of Hester McClintock’s 100th birthday celebration. There were also photos in the local Daventry and Rugby papers.

Forthcoming Events

Classic Car Show at the NEC on November 16-18.

A number of Kilsby members are going on the MGCC Midland Centre Welsh Rallye next Year.

There is still time to enter. Details on the MGCC Midland Centre website

Christmas Cards

Our ladies have sensibly suggested that we donate to charity rather than send cards this year.

They will collect the donations and there will be a card for signing at the December meeting.

A Kilsby MG cheque will then be sent to the charity. (I am not sure of the nominated charity at this time)

Other Matters

There is a dreadful Channel 5 programme currently running called Classic Car Rescue. The early October edition purported to “restore” an MGBGT. They bought an utter rotbox of a rubber bumper GT which clearly needed at minimum new floors, sills, inner wings, outer wings, windscreen pillars and no doubt much more. Other than welding up the Webasto aperture, no welding of any kind was shown or even mentioned in the programme. As I recall there was no mention of any brake rebuilding either. You saw the spraying and the conversion to chrome bumpers and that was about all. The car was then miraculously valued at £5000 after only 2 weeks work!!.

This was an utterly shabby and mendacious depiction of the realities of car restoration which would totally mislead the inexperienced regarding the true nature of the work required.

Thanks to some digging by Mike Hill and David Croskell, I understand that various MG forums have confirmed what was obvious to me when watching the programme, that they actually used another shell. Which shows up yet another lie, as they claimed in the programme that the engine had not been removed from the car.

If proof were ever needed that most reality TV programmes are an utter deception, this was it.

Petition

Try to find a minute to go online and sign the Epetetion to stop the EU banning all car modifications that deviate from specification which would be a major handicap for our hobby.

Our unelected Brussels masters will clearly not rest until they control every aspect of our lives.

See epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/37784. Over 11,000 have already signed.

Finally

Pete Bramble says that the Snetterton organisers put a picture of his car on the front of their race programme……..

Were they advertising a banger race Peter???

                 Rick 04/11/12

 

September 2012 Newsletter

Recent Events

The club Bournemouth weekend was a great success. We hear tales of stolen Olympic torches and Rock N Roll rave –ups. I see that an expurgated report appears in this month’s Enjoying MG.

Well done to Dave Cotgrave for organising it all.

Numerous other events have occurred and been participated in, but not by me, so I am unable to comment.

Forthcoming Events

9 Sept Northants MGOC Barnsdale Gardens Run. £15.00 per car inc entry, 07825 643085 or NMGOC website.

15 Sept Weedon Fete from 1.00pm.

Olympic theme this year, with Olympic year vehicles (1948-2012 at 4 year increments) particularly welcome.

Also on the 15th, Keith Ingram needs classics to support the run around Barby to celebrate a lady’s 100th.

Keith, Terry and Rick are supporting this, but other would be welcome.

16th Sept..I think this might be Turweston Air and Classic show..we will try to confirm tonight.

22/23 Kop Hill Climb, Princes Risborough

23 Sept MGB 50 at Blenheim Palace.

30 Sept MGCC Midland Centre Dasset Trial. See Tony Lake if you want to marshal.

21 Oct Restoration Show at Stoneleigh

Other Matters

Don’t forget we have stocks of Meguiars polishing materials available for sale at a good discount.

See Terry.

We hear of an MGTF (modern) project car for sale with bonnet and grille damage.

No other details but see Rick who can put you in touch with someone who knows the vendor.

 

Burlen Fuel Systems: I recently had excellent service from them…ordered float needle kits early Friday pm,

Received them 7.30 am the following day. Also good job by Royal Mail Special Delivery.

 

                 Rick 04/09/12

 

 August 2012 Newsletter

Welcome to new members

Ray Rowlings from Long Buckby, who has recently bought an MGBGT.

 

Recent Events

I cannot comment on Beachampton, Bletchley or other events as I did not attend, but a few words on Hollowell may be appropriate.  Conditions were horrific after heavy rain up to and including the Friday. Keith, David, Dave, Terry, Betty, Tony B, Noel and myself set up on Friday afternoon. Roadways were deep mud. Even Noel’s 4x4 needed a push. Having committed to the organisers to attend, we did. Due to predictable chaos & a long queue at the exhibitor’s entrance, most of us arrived early on the Saturday and got in without too much wait, but the mud was now even deeper and more glutinous, and we had to deploy Kilsby’s well developed trials driving techniques to reach our area. Well done to Bob Green, Keith, Terry, Richard Askew, Noel, plus myself, who made up our display.

Barry French and Bernard would have joined us if they had been able to get in past the mayhem at the entrance gate. Further rain during the day did not help, although our display looked good. To get out on the Saturday evening we had to go back up the hill and out the same entrance. The mud was now even worse, up to 9” deep in places, now with aimlessly wandering people and bogged down vehicles getting in the way. We went out in convoy to help each other if needed, driving as fast as possible with horns blaring to make sure we kept moving. It worked as we all made it. On Saturday night I rang round and advised those going on the Sunday not to come. Sunday was much the same, with the same people apart from Bob. Again our display looked good, and we may have gained a new member. Getting out on the Sunday was easier as we were able to use the bottom gate near the auction.

I am please to report that we won the second place award for car club displays (the well deserved winners being the Robin Hood Owners Club, some of whom had travelled long distances to attend). The bottle we won will be in tonight’s raffle. To set things in context, we should note that one other well known and larger car club who regularly attends only had 6 cars out of 19 on Saturday, and none on Sunday. Another large club failed to show at all on either day. So well done to all Kilsby members who displayed or helped to set up.  I am thinking of getting a special medal made up for them all. While recognising that Hollowell is primarily a Steam and Heavy Horse show, with the cars being a secondary attraction, I do think that the organisers need to help us to help them, perhaps by providing separate exhibitor car-only entrances and exits in bad weather to avoid the worst of the mudbath. It took me a couple of days to scrape and jetwash a bucketful of mud from under the car.

 

Forthcoming Events

19 Aug MGOCC Middleton Hall, also Sywell Air show with airside tickets available via Northants MGOC.

25/26 Aug Coventry Festival of Motoring at Stoneleigh Park.

2 Sept MGCC Midget Register Run

9 Sept Northants MGOC Barnsdale Gardens Run. £15.00 per car inc entry, 07825 643085 or NMGOC website.

15 Sept Weedon Fete from 1.00pm.

Olympic theme this year. Olympic year vehicles (1948-2012 at 4 year increments) particularly welcome.

23 Sept MGB 50 at Blenheim Palace.

30 Sept MGCC Midland Centre Dasset Trial. See Tony Lake if you want to marshal.

27 Oct Restoration Show at Stoneleigh

 

Other Matters

Peter and Lesley have asked me to mention that tonight they will be handing out invitations to their wedding evening reception at The Benn Hall in Rugby on Saturday 15 December 2012. Everyone welcome. No gifts required.

 

Don’t forget we have stocks of Meguiars polishing materials available for sale at a good discount.      

Rick 06/08/12

 

July 2012 Newsletter

If you are not receiving the newsletter by E mail, it is because I do not have your mail address, or the correct one. So please check to see that you have entered your details in the club address book.

Welcome to new members

All being well, Ray Rowlings from Long Buckby will be along tonight. He has recently bought an MGB.

Recent Events

Various fetes have been attended, Woodford had about 7 Kilsby cars, although overall numbers were not high.

Princethorpe was also down in numbers from other years, but congratulations to Terry and Betty, who won the “Spirit of the Event” award in the form of a large cup. It has been suggested that this award was for the amount of spirits consumed on the day, but I am assured that this is not the case.

The Husbands Bosworth Festival was apparently a good event, although I was unable to attend as planned.

MG Live! At Silverstone had to contend with a massive downpour on Friday evening which left most areas of the grass infield unusable, causing inevitable disruption to the parking arrangements. Racing was on the full GP circuit, which in my view does no favours to club racing, as through no fault of the competitors it makes the cars look slow. It also gives poorer value to spectators as they see the cars less often compared to the shorter circuits. Also two of the races were too long at 50 minutes. Due to this, and the longer circuit, some of the racing was processional and not particularly interesting, although to be fair I did not see all of it due to volunteering duties. The two racers in our club, James and Peter, both did well and it would be interesting to hear their views on this.

Incidentally, Kilsby provided 5 of the many volunteers from the MGCC who help with this event…well done to them. 

 

Forthcoming Events

7-8 July Hollowell Steam Rally. I believe we will have 11 or 12 cars on Saturday, but fewer on Sunday.

Several of our regulars will be absent as they are attending Classic Le Mans.

Setting up will be as usual from about 2.30 pm on the Friday. Lets hope for dry weather…..

12 July Beachampton BBQ & gathering. Our usual trip, departing from  A5 Weedon layby at 6.30pm.

20-22 July Silverstone Classic

28 July Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, including MGB50 celebration & Midland Centre Chairmans picnic.

5 August Bletchley Park Classic Car Day. From 10.00am, no booking required, £7.00 per car

 

Some for the diary:

Barbara of NMGOC advises that they will be doing another Barnsdale Gardens run on 9 September. Only £15.00 per car inc. entrance fee, all to charity. This should be a good day out. Entry forms on their website.

MGCC MGB Register lecture “MGB: The Story” on Thurs 4th October at Abingdon, with a panel of MGB Luminaries including Paddy Hopkirk, Don Hayter, Stuart Turner, Peter Browning etc. £8.00pp. See www.mgb-register.org

Dave Cotgrave reminds me that there are still spaces for the Bournemouth Weekend on 13-15 July

I have details of the 2013 MGCC European Event of the Year in Denmark. Also see www.mgccdk40years.dk

 

Other Matters

Don’t forget we have stocks of Meguiars polishing materials available for sale at a good discount.

I have used this and it is good stuff. Terry holds the stock, although he is on holiday in Norfolk and not here tonight.

 

In addition to the classic car gatherings listed in the events list on the website, we hear that there are also events at Earls Barton (27 June, 25 July, 29 August, 26 Sept), Venue: Whites Nurseries NN6 OEP, just off J10 A45.

Also at Evenley, just outside Brackley, although I don’t have dates for this one. (I think maybe on Sunday am’s)

 

We are considering purchase of a new approx 4m gazebo for use at events.

                    • Rick 03/07/12

 

June 2012 Newsletter

Tonight…we may have our quarterly raffle, if the prizes materialise.

If you are not receiving the newsletter by E mail, it is because I do not have your mail address, or the correct one. So please check to see that you have entered your details in the club address book.

Welcome to new members  (this repeated from last 2 months)

Martin Emerson  Nether Heyford  Morris Minor

Bernard Banks  Rugby   MGB GT

Alex Floyer  Flore   Midget (under restoration)

Mervin Williams  Duston   MGB

Recent Events

The Kilsby Fete on 20 May was well supported with about a dozen cars. Thanks to all.

I hear that the Northants MGOC Rose of the Shires run on 20 May was well up to standard this year.

The Barby Classic car gathering on Jubilee Sunday was marred by continuous rain, but we had 6 of the 24 cars there, receiving the first and third place awards. (Noel & Terry).

The club tour of the Loire Valley was a great success and much enjoyed by the four couples who went. A big thanks to Leonie and Steve who masterminded and navigated. Also, well done to Tony Lake, who overcame severe clutch hydraulic problems, not to mention a small fire, but still completed the tour.

Forthcoming Events

 

09 June Woodford Fete www.raisingtheroof.info/rally2012.html. Free entry this year

23-24 June MG Live! Silverstone

24  June Princethorpe College. 30 mile road run starting 11.00 am, otherwise be there for 1.30.

30 June Husbands Bosworth Festival, Bosworth Hall Park. £3.00pp. Just turn up.

7-8 July Hollowell Steam Rally. Please let me know if you are attending as we have to plan our display.

12 July Beachampton BBQ & gathering. Our usual trip, departing from  A5 Weedon layby at 6.30pm.

20-22 July Silverstone Classic

28 July Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, including MGB50 celebration & Midland Centre Chairmans picnic.

One for the diary. Barbara of NMGOC advises that they will be doing another Barnsdale Gardens run on 9 September. Only £15.00 per car inc. entrance fee, all to charity. This should be a good day out.

Dave Cotgrave reminds me that there are still spaces for the Bournemouth Weekend on 13-15 July

 Other Matters

Don’t forget we have stocks of Meguiars polishing materials available for sale at a good discount. I have used this and It is good stuff.

In addition to the classic car gatherings listed in the events list on the website, we hear that there are also events at Earls Barton (27 June, 25 July, 29 August, 26 Sept), Venue: Whites Nurseries NN6 OEP, just off J10 A45.

Also at Evenley, just outside Brackley, although I don’t have dates for this one. (I think maybe on Sunday am’s)

Rick 04/06/12

May 2012 Newsletter

If all has gone well, all members who have supplied E mail addresses should have received this in their mail.

If you did not, either provide me with your mail address, or check that I have the right one!

 

Welcome to new members  (this repeated from last month)

Martin Emerson  Nether Heyford  Morris Minor

Bernard Banks  Rugby   MGB GT

Alex Floyer  Flore   Midget (under restoration)

Mervin Williams  Duston   MGB

 

Recent Events

Our FBHVC St George’s day run on 22 April attracted about 12 cars leaving from Kilsby, with a few more meeting us at Husbands Bosworth. Given the recent poor weather, although it was on the cool side, we were lucky to have sunshine for most of the run, although it had deteriorated to rain and hail on reaching the venue. Many thanks to Mike Hill and Dave Cotgrave for planning a scenic and at times challenging 50 mile run.

 

Forthcoming Events

There is now an updated events list on the website

 

We have been invited to attend quite a lot of local fetes. I don’t have all the detail on these yet but I’m sure we will soon find out.

20 May Kilsby Fete: Terry Baulch

03 June Barby Fete: Keith Ingram

04 June (evening) Daventry Scouts Queen’s Jubilee. Rick Willoughby

09 June Woodford Fete www.raisingtheroof.info/rally2012.html. Free entry this year

30 June Husbands Bosworth Festival, Bosworth Hall Park. £3.00pp. Just turn up.

Also:

03 June Stony Stratford Classic Day

7-8 July Hollowell Steam Rally. Please let me know if you are attending as we have to plan our display.

Closing date for entry is 20 May 

 

One for the diary. Barbara of NMGOC advises that they will be doing another Barnsdale Gardens run on 9 September. Only £15.00 per car inc. entrance fee, all to charity. This should be a good day out.

 

Dave Cotgrave reminds me that there are still spaces for the Bournemouth Weekend on 13-15 July

 

Other Matters

Don’t forget we have stocks of Meguiars polishing materials available for sale at a good discount

 

Kim Russell is selling John’s 1500 Midget. See Rick, Terry or Noel.

 

 

 

                    • Rick 28/05/12

 

 

 

April 2012 Newsletter

I’m still not up to speed with everyone’s E mails and getting a c/c list set up, so continuing with hard copy this month.

Welcome to new members

Martin Emerson  Nether Heyford  Morris Minor

Bernard Banks  Rugby   MGB GT

Alex Floyer  Flore   Midget (under restoration)

Mervin Williams  Duston   MGB

Recent Events

Nothing to report from me.

Forthcoming Events

-     Sun 22 April Kilsby MG Club FBHVC St George’s Day Run to Husbands Bosworth Airfield.

      Depart from 10.00am from the George. £3.00 per car.

      Many Thanks to Mike Hill and Dave Cotgrave who have planned this event for us.

 

  • Three popular local Runs:

       NMGOC Rose of the Shires on 20 May, Arden MG Heritage Run on 27 May, and the Ratae Run on 17 June.

  • The MG Octagon Club has asked us to encourage attendance at their AGM on 29 April starting 11.00am
  • Venue “The Colliers”, Power Station Road, Rugeley WS15 1LX

 

Other Matters

We now have our stock of Meguiars polishing materials, and the polishing machine for hire.

A price list and descriptions will be available tonight. See Terry who is kindly holding the stock.

Many thanks to Noel for seeing this project through. It was more protracted than anticipated, and required us to set up an account with Meguiars

 

One of the S. Leics members has a Midget for sale…1971 £2500.  david.laken@sky.com

Rick 02/04/12

March 2012 Newsletter

If all has gone well, some member will already have received this newsletter by E mail.

This  will continue as I gradually extend my E mail addresses over the next months

Tonight

We will be presenting Allan Bell and Keith Mason with their Magic Midget awards, as they were unable to make the dinner.

Recent Events

Our thanks to Paul Squires and his colleague for the electrical Q&A last month.

Our Dinner seemed to go well. Brian Rainbow was presented with the other Magic Midget award for his running of the OFLC.

MG Spares Day at the NAC was well attended by many Kilsby members

Forthcoming Events

  • Sun 25 Mar MGCC Midland Centre trial at Lintridge Farm

-     Sun 1st April MGCC Midland Centre Spring Sprint at Curborough.

-     Sun 22 April Kilsby MG Club FBHVC St George’s Day Run to Husbands Bosworth Airfield.

      Depart from 10.00am from the George. £3.00 per car.

  • Three popular local Runs:

       NMGOC Rose of the Shires on 20 May, Arden MG Heritage Run on 27 May, and the Ratae Run on 17 June.

  • The MG Octagon Club has asked us to encourage attendance at their AGM on 29 April starting 11.00am
  • Venue “The Colliers”, Power Station Road, Rugeley WS15 1LX
  • MGCC Volunteers are now being sought for MG Live! Thurs thro Sun 22-24 June
  • Half day volunteering yields a 1 day ticket, 1 day or more a weekend ticket.
  • See Rick if interested. Several Kilsby members already do this.

Other Matters

Our polishing materials order with Meguiars is progressing, Noel is setting up our trade account with them and we hope to have everything in place and the materials available for purchasing (and the polishing machine for hire) by our next meeting.

 

Terry and myself attended “Club Expo” at Gaydon last Sunday. This was a most useful forum for car clubs with many varied presentations & seminars. To summarise some key points:

  • The FBHVC is doing a fine job representing our interests at government level and protecting us from adverse legislation. Their recent survey indicated that classic car use represents only 0.24% of all UK mileage, a useful statistic to counter potential restrictions on usage.
  • Some smaller clubs have been struggling, but with sound & imaginative management can survive and prosper.
  • Health and Safety issues should not be a bar to any of our activities, providing that a full, relevant, signed and dated Risk Assessment is produced for any event.
  • There seems to be a consensus developing in the classic world that we should not despair too much about the lack of younger members. If you have a well run club, a website, message board/forum etc, they will find you when they are ready, perhaps in later life when they have more time/money etc.
  • Ethanol Fuel

This appears to be a developing situation with possibility of extended availability of E5.

Several of our members are investigating availability of E10 compatible materials etc, and we will have informal discussions tonight about setting up a working party of interested members to clarify exactly what we all need to do to our cars and where to source suitable parts and materials.   

 Rick 04/0/12

February 2012 Newsletter

Tonight

We have Paul Squires with his electrical Q&A, to be held around the snooker table.

 

Recent Events

Our visit to Knight Engine Services at Nether Heyford was most enjoyable. Dave and his team put a lot of effort into giving us a comprehensive tour of his well equipped and tidy workshops, with much interesting discussion. Engines in process were amazingly varied, including Hudson straight eight, Austin 7, SS Jaguar, MGB, John Deere tractor & Jaguar racing engines, as well as the usual moderns.  We presented Dave with a Kilsby plaque and some beer for his team. Thanks to Keith Mason for arranging this visit (and Audrey for the cakes!).

Terry and myself attended the MGCC “Visions for the future” forum at Abingdon on Feb 4th.

This was open to all natter leaders from the Southern area and was well attended (there will be another forum for the north). The main focus was on ensuring that the club has well run & interesting natters, as these are the first and in some cases only contact that members have with the main Club, in support of which the club administrators are doing all they can to maximise communication up and down the chain between Kimber House, the Centres and The Natters (Incidentally, “Natters” will now be known as ”Pub Meets” to better reflect what they do).

It does appear however that some of the centres have work to do in respect of communications.

There was much lively and worthwhile discussion: we are pleased to report that it seems that the Kilsby Meet is one of the larger and better organised ones. In all we found that the MGCC is now in very keen, energetic and capable hands with good quality people, which promises well for the future.

Forthcoming Events

  • MG Spares Day at the NAC on 19 February

-     Annual Dinner on 21 February

-     Two popular local Runs: NMGOC Rose of the Shires on 20 May, Ratae Run on 17 June.

Other Matters

Following on from the Meguiars visit on December, your committee (particularly Noel), has been working to see if it will be worthwhile taking advantage of the Club Discount arrangement we have been offered for Meguiars products. Essentially we can get a 30% discount on shop prices for bulk buying. This seems a good deal, as the products are not too strongly priced in the first place. Typically, their premium quality polish would discount from about £26.00 to about £18.00p. We are proposing to buy in a range of their premium quality products and make them available to members at no mark up (beyond a rounding up for convenience). We need to buy in units of bulk packs of 4 or 6 per pack. We also propose to purchase their rotary polisher for £120.00 and hire it to members at modest cost, plus returnable deposit. All those who witnessed these products in use were impressed by them, and we feel they offer distinct advantages over some other competing brands. Our initial order needs to be £300.00 which we would achieve with the polisher…subsequent orders have no minimum limit. This proposal is basically cost neutral for the club & we should recoup our outlay fairly quickly if people avail themselves of the products.

I will discuss this topic in open forum tonight with a view to proceeding with the first purchase.

Wedding Bells

Pete Bramble has asked me to mention that he and Lesley will be getting married in December this year.

Congratulations from us all.

Newsletter

We are intending E mail the newsletter to members starting with the next issue. This will take time as we establish and verify mail addresses, so a reducing number of hard copies will still be available on clubnights.    

 Rick 06/02/12

January 2012 Newsletter

Tonight

We have Paul Squires with his electrical Q&A, to be held around the snooker table.

Recent Events

Our visit to Knight Engine Services at Nether Heyford was most enjoyable. Dave and his team put a lot of effort into giving us a comprehensive tour of his well equipped and tidy workshops, with much interesting discussion. Engines in process were amazingly varied, including Hudson straight eight, Austin 7, SS Jaguar, MGB, John Deere tractor & Jaguar racing engines, as well as the usual moderns.  We presented Dave with a Kilsby plaque and some beer for his team. Thanks to Keith Mason for arranging this visit (and Audrey for the cakes!).

Terry and myself attended the MGCC “Visions for the future” forum at Abingdon on Feb 4th.

This was open to all natter leaders from the Southern area and was well attended (there will be another forum for the north). The main focus was on ensuring that the club has well run & interesting natters, as these are the first and in some cases only contact that members have with the main Club, in support of which the club administrators are doing all they can to maximise communication up and down the chain between Kimber House, the Centres and The Natters (Incidentally, “Natters” will now be known as ”Pub Meets” to better reflect what they do).

It does appear however that some of the centres have work to do in respect of communications.

There was much lively and worthwhile discussion: we are pleased to report that it seems that the Kilsby Meet is one of the larger and better organised ones. In all we found that the MGCC is now in very keen, energetic and capable hands with good quality people, which promises well for the future.

Forthcoming Events

  • MG Spares Day at the NAC on 19 February

-     Annual Dinner on 21 February

-     Two popular local Runs: NMGOC Rose of the Shires on 20 May, Ratae Run on 17 June.

Other Matters

Following on from the Meguiars visit on December, your committee (particularly Noel), has been working to see if it will be worthwhile taking advantage of the Club Discount arrangement we have been offered for Meguiars products. Essentially we can get a 30% discount on shop prices for bulk buying. This seems a good deal, as the products are not too strongly priced in the first place. Typically, their premium quality polish would discount from about £26.00 to about £18.00p. We are proposing to buy in a range of their premium quality products and make them available to members at no mark up (beyond a rounding up for convenience). We need to buy in units of bulk packs of 4 or 6 per pack. We also propose to purchase their rotary polisher for £120.00 and hire it to members at modest cost, plus returnable deposit. All those who witnessed these products in use were impressed by them, and we feel they offer distinct advantages over some other competing brands. Our initial order needs to be £300.00 which we would achieve with the polisher.Subsequent orders have no minimum limit. This proposal is basically cost neutral for the club & we should recoup our outlay fairly quickly if people avail themselves of the products.

I will discuss this topic in open forum tonight with a view to proceeding with the first purchase.

Wedding Bells

Pete Bramble has asked me to mention that he and Lesley will be getting married in December this year.

Congratulations from us all.

Newsletter

We are intending E mail the newsletter to members starting with the next issue. This will take time as we establish and verify mail addresses, so a reducing number of hard copies will still be available on clubnights.      Rick 06/02/12

 

January 2012 Newsletter

Wishing all our members and families a happy new year….It may not be as bad as you think…

Reciprocated Christmas greetings were received from The MGCC Midland Centre & Northants MGOC

Forthcoming events

- Visit to Knight Engine Services at Nether Heyford.

This is now finalised for Thurs 26 January. Arrive for 6.30 pm start. Tea and Coffee will be provided.

Location: Along A5 out of Weedon towards Towcester.

Turn off left for Nether Heyford. Proceed down the hill maybe 200yds. KES are one of the first units on the left.

Parking is a bit limited at KES, but the Wickes warehouse next door has kindly agreed to let us park there.

We will try to marshal on the night. 

 

 At the February Clubnight on 7th, Paul Squires will be holding his electrical Q&A

(not tonight as I erroneously advised in the last newsletter!)  This will be held around the snooker table.

MG Spares Day at the NAC on 19 February

Annual Dinner on 21 February

Reminder that payment is due tonight!!!

 

Two popular local Runs:

NMGOC Rose of the Shires on 20 May,

Ratae Run on 17 June.

Other Matters

The MGCC will be holding 2012 “Vision for the Future” natter forums in February.

Kilsby has asked to be represented at the Southern forum at Abingdon on 4Th February.

 

Richard and Claire, formerly of our club and now living in St Neots, have announced that they are expecting a baby this year. Congratulations have been sent.

 

Closure of A5 for resurfacing.

The A5 will be closed 8pm-6am on 14 Jan-7 Feb between Weedon & Norton.

Also between the B5036 Long Buckby & B5385 Watford for 5 nights.

This could affect some people travelling to the Knight visit and the February natter.

(Thanks to Adrian Higman for forwarding this)

 

Ethanol Fuel.

There is a useful article in this Month’s Safety Fast by Burlen Fuel Systems explaining material compatibilities,

recent experiences and likely problems.

 

Our Website Message board is temporarily defunct, but Pete Moore is working to restore it.

Rick 03/01/12

December 2011 Newsletter

Wishing all our members and families a very happy Christmas and a good new year.

Recent Events

Our visit to Meguiars in Daventry on Sat 3 Dec was attended by about 16 members and was most interesting.

I think we all learned something. In my case what I had been doing wrong all these years…

There is the possibility of discounted purchase of materials by the club to pass on to members at cost price…we will be looking in to this. Thanks to David Croskell for organising the visit.

 

Forthcoming events

- Kilsby MG Christmas gathering

This has been agreed with Maggie and will take place from 12.00 noon on Wednesday 28 December.

Meals will be available

 

- Visit to Knight Engine Services at Nether Heyford.

This is now finalised for Thurs 26 January. Arrive for 6.30 pm start. Tea and Coffee will be provided.

Location: Along A5 out of Weedon towards Towcester.

Turn off left for Nether Heyford. Proceed down the hill maybe 200yds. KES are one of the first units on the left.

Parking is a bit limited and I will be finding out if there is anywhere else to park.

 

- At Clubnight on 3rd January, Paul Squires will be holding his electrical Q&A.

This will be held around the snooker table.

Also our quarterly Raffle

 

- Annual Dinner on 21 February

I believe that all places are now taken, but anyone still wishing to attend should see Pat Ingram as there are sometimes late cancellations.

My copy of the menu choices and prices has gone walkabout, so again please see Pat. (choice of 2 or 3 courses) 

 

2012 Events

Your committee met recently and agreed the general draft of events.

This will be on the website in a few days but I will have a few copies to circulate tonight.

 

Other Matters

The unloved, unwanted and undemocratic EU intrudes further into our lives with additions to items tested by the MOT. …dashboard warning lights, steering locks, seat adjustment (What happens of your seat is bolted to the floor!!!), ball & CV joint seals, battery security, towing electrics & towbars. (and more).

Remind me again when we got to vote on rule from Brussels….

Rick 05/12/11

November 2011 Newsletter

Welcome to new members

Chris Cockram   Silverstone  MGB roadster

Neville and Karen Ford  Market Harborough MGTD    

Tonight

The planned visit from the electrical lecturer that Noel was arranging has been postponed indefinitely

as the lecturer is on an unplanned trip abroad. 

Recent Events

Not a lot to report from me, as I haven’t been on any MG events since last meeting, apart from Brian’s OFLC visit to Airbase in Coventry which was very good indeed.

Forthcoming events

Classic Car Show at NEC on 11-13 November

The Meguiars visit will be on Saturday, 3rd December.

9.30 am at Meguiars UK Ltd, 3, Lamport Court, Heartlands, Daventry NN11 8UF

Thanks to David Croskell for arranging this… see him if you haven’t already said you are going.

I believe that David will be handing out further details tonight.

 

Evening Visit to Knight Engine Services at Nether Heyford.

Keith Mason and myself saw David Knight yesterday and discussed the visit. This will now be on a Weds or Thurs night in January, as they want to get their new workshop extension occupied first. David intends to give us a good visit and will have MG parts mounted up on the borer and crank grinder etc.

This is a well equipped engine reconditioner and it promises to be an interesting evening.

Other Matters

Your committee will be meeting soon to plan our 2012 events, so see one of them if you have anything

you would like us to be doing/attending.  

 

                    • Rick 01/11/11

October 2011 Newsletter

Welcome to new members

Keith Mason from Church Stowe  MGF & Morris Minor

Recent Events

I know that members will have done much more than this, as the season draws to a close, but I can only comment on the few I know about, namely:

T  Register weekend, attended by Terry and Brian

Weedon and Flore fetes, thanks to those who attended

Turweston, a jolly good day out attended by a number of us

Dasset Trial, a successful and very dry/sunny trial, ably organised by Tony Lake

Forthcoming events

Our next Meeting on November 1.

Remember that Noel has arranged for a lecturer in Electronics coming along to advise on various aspects of electrical troubleshooting. This will be held around the snooker table, and the normal meeting can proceed for anyone not participating. See Noel if you have anything particular you want to know about. He has not had many suggestion s o far…..But do bear in mind that this gentleman is a lecturer in general electronics and not specifically in auto electrics.

Meguiars visit in December.

See David Croskell… there may be one place left.

Evening Visit to Knight Engine Services at Bugbrooke.

Keith Mason is in process of organising an evening visit to this well equipped engine reconditioner.

Details to follow

23 October. National Restoration Show at NAC

 

Other Matters

The collection for John Russell raised £125.00 for Cancer Research.

Many thanks to all.

  Rick 04/10/11

September 2011 Newsletter

JOHN RUSSELL 

John died on August 22nd. He and Kim joined Kilsby MG in March 2006, having recently bought their Midget.

He was already unwell when they joined us, but he never let that interfere with his many activities, and he and Kim were active supporters of the club. Their transport services for Hollowell in the famous little red van were particularly appreciated. John attended his last meeting on July 5th.

His unfailing cheerfulness and good humour were an example to us all, and he will be long remembered.

Many of our members were at the well attended and moving service in Norton, along with Air Traffic and boating colleagues.

Our thoughts are with Kim and Jo.

 

In lieu of flowers, we are making a donation to cancer research.

There will be a collection tonight for this.

 

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Sept 11 Flore Fete. Several of us will be attending this.

Flore playing field (turn off A45 just before Royal Oak pub and down thro the village) 1.00 for 2.00 start

Run by the local scouts, so DYB and try to attend….

 

Sept 17 Weedon Fete. We usually attend this. I have a map showing location. Starts at 1.00pm

 

Sept 18 Turweston Cars and Aircraft. Well worth a visit. We will do a run if enough people.

 

Sept 25 MGCC Midland Centre Autumn Trial, Burton Dasset

November 1

At our November meeting, Noel has arranged for a lecturer in Electronics coming along to advise on various aspects of electrical troubleshooting. This will be held around the snooker table, and the normal meeting can proceed for anyone not participating. See Noel if you have anything particular you want to know about.   

But do bear in mind that this gentleman is a lecturer in general electronics and not specifically in auto electrics.

Meguiars visit in December.

David Croskell says there are still a couple of places left, so see him if interested.

  Rick 06/9/11

August 2011 Newsletter

TONIGHT…we have our MG parts car boot…..

Also, David Croskell will be circulating a form regarding a visit to Meguiars in Daventry this December

RECENT EVENTS

Beachampton was the usual pleasant evening with beautiful weather this year.

Silverstone Classic was apparently very busy but I did not go.

Plus lots of other things done by our members, too much to list I suspect

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Aug 7 Bletchley Park Classic Day (in conjunction with NMGOC). A good value event.

Club Run.  I am hoping Barbara and Steve Trafford will be along tonight to give us the details. We are meeting at the A5 layby outside Weedon near Clarke’s garage, and then meeting up with NMGOC at the Little Chef at Old Stratford. Times TBA.

Aug 7 Ravensthorpe Fete 12-4pm. Call 01604 770667

Aug 7 MGCC Curborough Sprint

Aug 7 MGA Day, Upton House

Aug 14 Midland Spares Day at the Sky Blue Connection, Ryton on Dunsmore

A new event, I don’t have any more details at present.

Aug 21 MGOCC Middleton Hall (pre entry required:Terry has forms) 9.30 for 10.00 depart at the George.

(also the MGCC Midland Centre Chairman’s Picnic)

Aug 27/28/29 Tanks, Trucks and Firepower Show at Dunchurch

Denis Orton has given me a few fliers if anyone is interested

Sept 11 Flore Fete. We have been asked to attend if we wish. 12.00 for 1.00 start

Don’t have venue details yet. Run by the local scouts, so DYB and try to attend….

Sept 17 Weedon Fete. We usually attend this. I have a map showing location.

Sept 18 Turweston Cars and Aircraft. Well worth a visit. We will do a run if enough people.

Sept 25 MGCC Midland Centre Autumn Trial, Burton Dasset       

 

Possible 2012 French Trip.

Steve Tromans has roughed out a possible trip for late spring 2012.

Possibly Portsmouth-Caen. On to Le Mans area, then the Loire valley, returning via St Malo.

About 6 cars. See Steve, Rick or Terry if interested in principle.

 

Reminder

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you fill out the current FBHVC survey ASAP.

See www.fbhvc.co.uk/2011-survey

Help the FBHVC protect us from the politicians.

I did mine about a month ago…only takes a few minutes

Rick 01/8/11

July 2011 Newsletterk

TONIGHT…we have our quarterly Raffle

 

RECENT EVENTS

MG Live! Was blessed with fine weather and was well attended, including numerous Kilsby members. Keith & Rick helped with set-up and take-down. Not so good for our two racing members though. Both James and Peter were forced to retire from their races with mechanical maladies.

Hollowell Steam Rally was a great success for Kilsby with 9 cars on Saturday and 13 on Sunday.

We were complemented on our display, which was one of our best yet.

Woodford Fete was apparently a nice do but well down on cars this year.

 

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

July 14 Beachampton BBQ and informal judging.

Club run from layby on A5 at Weedon near Clarkes’ garage. Meet 6:30 & Depart 6.45

Incidentally, we will not be doing the planned Club evening run on July 12, the Beachampton run will replace it.

 

July 22-24 Silverstone Classic

July 24 AWC Summer Day Out (Abingdon) Chris on 01865 820312

 

July 31 MGOCC Wings Run to Westonbirt Arboretum. John on 01527 458278

 

Aug 7 Bletchley Park Classic Day (in conjunction with NMGOC). A good value event.

Club Run. Timing and Departure details TBA.  Please let me know tonight if you are interested

 

Aug 7 Ravensthorpe Fete 12-4pm. Call 01604 770667

Aug 7 MGCC Curborough Sprint

Aug 7 MGA Day, Upton House

Aug 14 Midland Spares Day at the Sky Blue Connection, Ryton on Dunsmore

A new event, I don’t have any more details at present.

Aug 21 MGOCC Middleton Hall (pre entry required: Terry has forms)

(also the MGCC Midland Centre Chairman’s Picnic)

Sept 17 Weedon Fete. We usually attend this

Sept 18 Turweston Cars and Aircraft. Well worth a visit. We will do a run if enough people.

Sept 25 MGCC Midland Centre Autumn Trial, Burton Dasset       

 

Possible 2012 French Trip.

Steve Tromans has roughed out a possible trip for late spring 2012.

Possibly Portsmouth-Caen. On to Le Mans area, then the Loire valley, returning via St Malo.

About 6 cars. See Steve, Rick or Terry if interested in principle.

 

August 2nd. Next Clubnight.. By Popular Request. We will have an MG Spares Car boot.

Bring along the stuff you want to get rid of. No Charge for pitches!!

 

IMPORTANT

Make sure you fill out the current FBHVC survey ASAP. See www.fbhvc.co.uk/2011-survey

The EU & the green movement, aided by our own useless politicians, would like to see us off the road and will be gradually making life more difficult in many ways. By providing your info to FBHVC you will help them to represent our case by telling parliament just how big the old vehicle movement is in terms financial turnover, employment and above all VOTES for the marginally democratic cretins that represent us in government.

Rick 04/7/11

 

June 2011 Newsletter

RECENT EVENTS

Northants MGOC Ataxia Run on 15 May (Flore to Upton House)

This was a splendid run well on home territory well organised by NMGOC. Several Kilsby cars did the run.

 

Stony Stratford Classic car festival.

 I know that Terry attended so no doubt he will be reporting back

 

European Event of the Year (Spa)

Brian and Tony attended (and may still be there)

 

Laon Historique.

Noel and David went in Noel’s TF…May have photos tonight

 

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

19 June Newnham Fete      

With the Cummins fete cancelled, we have been invited to Newnham on Sunday 19th.

Village green, arrive about  (I will let you know when I find out!!)

 

24/26 June MG Live!  Silverstone

 

Princethorpe College.. don’t have a date…anybody know??

 

2/3 July Hollowell Steam and Heavy Horse Show

We will be having our usual major display with around 12 cars on  both days. Too late to enter now though.

For those who are entered, please let me know tonight which days you are going.

Setting up as usual on Friday afternoon from around 3.00pm

Incidentally, this year I hand delivered my entry to Mr Eaton and met him for the first time.

We had a chat and he said that Kilsby always put on a good display…lets hope we can keep up the standard this year.

 

July 2 Woodford Fete 

Terry may have spare forms, otherwise just turn up

 

July 14 Beachampton BBQ and informal judging.

Club run from layby on A5 at Weedon near Clarkes’ garage. Depart 6.45

Incidentally, we will not be doing the planned Club evening run on July 12, the Beachampton run will replace it

 

Aug 7 Bletchley Park Classic Day (in conjunction with NMGOC).

 A good value event. Please let me know tonight if you are interested

 

Aug 21 MGOCC Middleton Hall (pre entry required)

          

Possible 2012 French Trip.

Steve Tromans has roughed out a possible trip for late spring 2012.

Possibly Portsmouth-Caen. On to Le Mans area, then the Loire valley, returning via St Malo.

About 6 cars. See Steve, Rick or Terry if interested in principle.

 

Thank you from Peter Bramble

Peter has asked us to convey his thanks for the fundraiser we held on his behalf.

He used the money to buy new race tyres (from BT tyres one of his other sponsors), and some octane improver / cylinder lubricant. Although after the trouble he had with his camper tyres getting to Oulton, maybe he should have bought the tyres for that………………

                    • Rick 04/6/11

May 2011 Newsletter

Recent Events

The Tony Southgate Talk on April 13th went very well. We had a (literally) packed house of members and guests. Tony gave a very comprehensive and most interesting presentation which went on rather later than planned, so apologies to those who got home a bit late. A substantial sum was raised for the Peter Bramble race fund.

Many thanks to Tony and all those who sold tickets and helped out.

Our FBHVC Drive it Day  on April 17th was well supported with about 20 cars either on the run or arriving at Husbands Bosworth. We were blessed with excellent weather and the gathering at Hus Bos was an interesting collection of classics from mainly Kettering, Northampton and Leicester. Our thanks to Kettering Area Motor Club for allowing us to attend. Thanks also to Noel for planning the excellent route which many people commented on.

 Forthcoming Events.

2011 Events List

Our 2011 events list is now on the website.

Northants MGOC Ataxia Run on 15 May (Flore to Upton House)

Many Kilsby people will be doing this run. I believe you may still just get an entry if you contact Barbara Trafford in the next few days (See Terry or Rick for details)

Cummins Fete on 18 May       

Dave Cotgrave advises there is some doubt about this occurring. He is to advise soon.

    Stony Stratford Classic Car Festival June 5…this could be a good event. See ssccf.co.uk                  

Other Matters

This is something I have been meaning to write about for some time, and thank Noel for the reminder.

You may be aware that forthcoming EC rulings will allow up to 10% ethanol in petrol.

This could be disastrous for the old car movement. Amongst other things, ethanol dissolves carburetors, seals and gaskets. It also attracts water which will rot out steel fuel tanks.

When bio fuel was introduced in S. America, carburetors were lasting about 12 months…

Noel has kindly passed on a draft letter to the Secretary of State for Transport which comprehensively sets out the concerns of the classic movement. Two copies are being circulated tonight. I understand that the FBHVC will be conducting a survey of classic owners very soon. Please do everything you can to raise your concerns over this. It is a very serious issue that could force older cars off the road in practical terms. The FBHVC will be fighting hard over this and deserve all our support. I have had some personal experience of bio fuels from my time in the diesel engine industry. Unless the engine and all fuel system components have been specified and tested to resist, they are very dangerous to older engines. Many manufacturers prohibit their use, and for good reason. Most modern cars, with fuel injected engines and plastic fuel tanks, will probably be OK. Since most of our spineless and useless politicians probably cannot tell a carburettor from a cauliflower, even with the aid of a 40 page EU manual, and in any case are hopelessly in thrall to our unelected masters in Brussels and to the Green movement, this is going to be a hard battle, but it is one we need to fight very hard. Quite apart from anything else, how much is your car going to be worth as a static exhibit in a market which will be saturated with unusable classics?? It may be possible to rebuild most of the fuel system with resistant materials, but what price new (remanufactured/retooled) carburetors, or aftermarket fuel injection conversions??.

At the very least, it will be necessary to drain down and flush the fuel system after every use…………

 

April 2011 Newsletter

TONIGHT

We have our quarterly raffle

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

WEDS APRIL 13TH

Our talk ( PowerPoint presentation) by Tony Southgate at Willoughby Cricket Club. 7.00 for 7.30

Tickets will be £8.50 to include light buffet.

Noel and myself will be collecting monies tonight.

Ideally we will need commitment (and preferably money!) tonight as it is imperative that we sell all our 50 tickets in advance.

This promises to be a first class evening from one of our foremost racing designers who has GP, Indy and Le Mans victories to his credit.

SUNDAY 17TH APRIL

Our FBHVC “Drive It Day” Run

Departing from the George at 10.00am. £3.00 per car

This is a very scenic route with an interim coffee stop, ending at Husbands Bosworth airfield along with other classics from the Kettering area. Coffee and cake etc available at the airfield but suggest bring your own picnic.

Again, some idea of numbers would be appreciated tonight.

NOTE: any members who want to join the route part way, please ask tonight for a copy of the route. (£3.00).

OTHER EVENTS IN THE NEAR FUTURE

Don’t forget to get your entries in for the NMGOC Ataxia Run on 15 May & Hollowell on 2/3 July. Also Woodford Halse Fete on 2nd July.

OTHER MATTERS

Due to the high cost of fuel these days, it has become necessary to pay a mileage allowance for any members who are reconnoitring routes for club runs.We will be meeting tonight to decide on a suitable amount. 

        Rick  4/4/11

 

March 2011 Newsletter

Recent Events

Our annual dinner held here at The George on February 22 went very well with an excellent meal in pleasant surroundings. The awards this year were reduced to our three “Magic Midget” awards and they went to:

-James Darby, for his third place in standard class of the MGCC Peter Best championship

-Steve Tromans, for facilitating the use of Willoughby CC pavilion for our Mike Costin evening

-Dave Cotgrave, for organising the club weekend at Buxton last year

Terry and myself would like to thank you all for the splendid and unexpected gifts we were given for our leadership of the club.

The MG spares day at Stoneleigh was well attended.…Terry and me counted that we met with about 40 members and friends as we went round the show. There were also 3 Kilsby cars earning their living in the hall…mine, Noel’s and Tony’s.

Forthcoming Events.

2011 Events List

Our 2011 events list is now on the website. I have a few copies here tonight.

MGCC T Register Rebuild Seminar:

Sun 5 Mar. Bicester. See Terry

 

MGCC Midland Centre Spring Trial and Spring Sprint.

The trial is on March 27 at Ledbury, the sprint on April 3rd at Curborough.

We have been asked if we can provide volunteers for marshalling these events.

Please consider going for this. Grass roots motorsport events such as this are getting rarer. The Centre is to be commended for organising them, but only by supporting them with volunteers can we ensure their survival,

especially as Kilsby is now one of the largest natters in the Midlands area.

It is good fun and a pleasant if tiring day out. We usually have lifts available for anyone not wanting to drive.

Please see Tony or Rick

Kilsby FBHVC Drive it Day Run on 17th April

Depart from the George at 10.00 am via route TBA to Husbands Bosworth airfield where other classics from Kettering Area Motor Club will be congregating

 

Stop Press!!! Talk on 13th April.

We are close to finalising our talk with a well known F1 & Endurance car designer.

This is to be held at Willoughby CC. As usual, tickets will be limited. We expect a high demand, and in general terms intend to give first refusal to most of those who attended our Mike Costin evening last year. Details to follow on the website when these people have been approached. Ticket price will be £8.50 to include a buffet. All proceeds will go to the Peter Bramble Racing Fund. With the recession affecting his work, withdrawal of sponsors, and cost of diesel, Peter is finding it hard to compete this year, and as a valued member of our club we would like to assist him.

We expect tickets to be available by mid March.

Northants MGOC Ataxia Run on 15 May (Flore to Upton House)

See Rick for an entry form

Other Items

Kilsby MG Plaques.       

Still available at £3.00 each. See Noel                    

 Rick 01/3/11

 

February 2011 Newsletter

Welcome to New Members

Peter Cordery, Great Bowden: MGTF 1250

David Chapman, Greens Norton: MGA Twin Cam Coupe. 

Forthcoming Events.

2011 Events List

Our 2011 events list is now prepared. Draft copies will be circulating tonight for comments, following which it will be put on the website later this week

Annual Dinner.

 Tuesday 22nd February here at the George. 7.00 for 7.30

Now Fully subscribed

MG Spares Day.

 Sunday 20th February

Via Bernard & the MGB Register, the makers of the HAMER car lift require two MGs to display with their equipment.

One MGB GT is already volunteered. There is a vacancy for a second MG, preferably a T series, Midget or B roadster.

Free ticket available, but must be there 9.00am latest and not leave until after 4.00pm.

See Rick if interested. Multiple volunteers to be drawn from hat.

MGCC T Register Rebuild Seminar:

Sun 5 Mar. Bicester. See Terry

Possible talk in April.

We are in the early stages of negotiating a talk from a well known F1/Endurance car designer.

Details to follow if successful.

Other Items

I hope members are surviving this very cold weather in good spirits. I know that several of us (myself & Sue included) have been laid low with some of the various viruses that are going about.

Let us now look forward to some better weather and a chance to work on and use our cars a bit more.

Kilsby MG Plaques.

Now available at £3.00 each. See Noel

Rick 31/1/11

 

DECEMBER 2010 NEWSLETTER

Wishing all members & families a happy Christmas

Quite a few things to mention this month, so here goes…

Tonight. Raffle night, in aid of our (slightly dwindling) club funds

Christmas Gathering. Is on Weds 29th from 12 noon here at the George.

Mavis has asked for all Christmas stamps, mobile phones, and Inkjet/laser cartridges which she collects on behalf of Guide dogs for the Blind.

Annual Dinner. Is on Tuesday 22nd February here at the George. 7.00 for 7.30

Cost will be £15.50 for a two course option & £18.50 for three courses, inclusive of tea or coffee & gratuity.

Menus as follows:

Starter Pate/Soup/Prawns in filo pastry

Main Roast Beef/Chicken in sauce/Salmon

Sweet Eton Mess/Apple pie / Choc fudge cake & ice cream/cheese & biscuits

Pat has kindly volunteered to collate all menu choices, so please see her with your selections

Unfortunately we are still limited to 44 absolute maximum at the pub’s request. So it is first come first served once again. We intend to see how it goes at 44 and if we think there is any opportunity to increase in future years we will discuss with Maggie.

Kilsby MG Plaques. We have sourced a supply of new plaques (total 75) to proudly display in our cars when parked at MG events. All being well they will be available from tonight, so please see Noel who will happily hand one over on payment of £3.00. Thanks to Dave Cotgrave for obtaining these.

2011 Events

The list is starting to come together & will be published soon. A few of the main early ones are:

MG Spares Day at the NAC on February 20th

MGCC Spring Sprint on April 3rd (Curborough)

MGCC B Register Spring Run April 10th

MGCC Spring Trial on April 27th (Lintrdge)

AWC Car/County Show May 8th

Midget 50 June 12th

MGCC MG Live! 24-26 June

One item that has been suggested for one of the summer clubnights is a car spares car boot sale here at the George. (no tables…all items in the boot). Get rid of all that stuff you never got to use!!!

No admin fee to be levied. Is there any support for this??

Rick 1/12/10

NOVEMBER 2010 NEWSLETTER

Not much to say this month as events are coming to an end for the year, I have been busy (see below), and there have been no other reports, so I will just have a short ramble on general matters.

On that subject, submissions for this this newsletter would be very welcome, whether event reports, car related or other relevant club material.

E- mailed, MS Word or handwritten will all be acceptable. Short articles are all that is needed as it is helpful to keep the newsletter down to a single page.

My MGB failed its head gasket recently (would you believe on the way back from booking the MOT), so apart from replacing that I took the opportunity to tidy up the carburetter side of the engine bay which took more time than the gasket repair. Incidentally, the (Payen) replacement gasket was not of the old copper faced type. The new ones have black fibrous material each side of a steel core, with steel crimped hole edgings and a raised silicone bead in places. Time will tell… When head gasket failures are mentioned, everyone thinks of the K series engines, but apart from my MGB, Terry had his TD fail earlier in the year, so K series owners may like to know they are not alone…someone in the trade told me that HGF was quite common on many modern cars, with the K series far from the worst.

Now that we are underway in our new venue, with our own room, we could do things a bit differently now and again…. a short quiz and darts have been mentioned. Not to take all night, but perhaps part of it.

Belated congratulations to Peter Bramble who this year won the Class B Roadgoing Modified Class of the MGCC Cockshoot Championship in his MGB. At one time he looked as if he might win the championship overall.

I am not sure but I think he eventually placed second (no doubt he will tell us if this is incorrect).

He was also part of the MGCC team that won the 4 hour relay race at Snetterton this year.

EVENTS THIS MONTH

Classic Car & Motorcycle Show. 12-14 November at the NEC

FUTURE EVENTS

This year’s Christmas gathering will be on Weds 29 December (lunchtime) at the George.

Rick 1/11/10

OCTOBER 2010 NEWSLETTER

FIRSTLY….

Welcome to the first meeting in our new venue at the George

EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

The Weedon Fete on 18 October was a nice little event attended by about five Kilsby members.

Wings and Wheels on 19th September at Turweston was a well attended event with many fine aircraft and cars,

although only about 4 Kilsby members were there. Weather was cool and breezy but dry.

Aircraft included a Fieseler Storch, an AT-6 and a Bucker Jungmeister.

The MGCC Autumn Trial at Burton Dasset on 26 September attracted 27 entries and was enjoyed by all.

Kilsby was involved in organisation, marshalling and spectating.

The Club Weekend away at Buxton on 1-4 October was a great success. I write this about an hour after returning early on Monday evening. Eight couples attended and variously enjoyed visits to Chatsworth, Bakewell, Castleton Caverns, a book fair, numerous bookshops, Crich Tramway Museum and possible a few other places, not to mention a good night at the “It’s Only Rock and Roll” show at the wonderful Buxton Opera house.

……(Don’t ask, but photographs available on request…).

The weather was a mix of continuous heavy rain (Friday & Sunday), although we coped OK, but warm and sunny on Saturday and Monday.

Special thanks to Dave Cotgrave who organised the event and kept our little crowd more or less under control.

FUTURE EVENTS

Not much to say as the season comes to an end, although the MGB rebuild seminar and the Restoration show are both imminent.

OTHER NEWS

The Kilsby full Committee met on 28 September to consider the 2011 programme and other matters.

Actual event dates are still being finalised but we expect to have a full programme which we will publish separately and also post on the website.

A few other points:

  • · Club funds are not huge but entirely adequate for our modest needs. A new sail banner will be purchased soon.
  • · Professionally made “Kilsby MG Club” plaques are being sourced and will soon be available for purchase
  • (the present ones refer to our old venue)
  • · This year’s Christmas gathering will be on Weds 29th December (lunchtime) at the George.
  • Rick 4/10/10
  • SEPTEMBER 2010 NEWSLETTER

WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS

Andy & Sali Brown MG M Little Brington

Gary & Sandra Hall Porsche Speedster Yelvertoft

Dave & Allison Walters Sunbeam Tiger Braunston

Andy & Liz Rackham MGC GT Naseby

Adrian Higman MGF Trophy 160 Weedon

Sharon & Bill Nile MGBGT Duston

(what an eclectic assortment of very nice cars!!)

EVENTS IN AUGUST

-The Octagon event at Middleton Hall on August 22nd was attended by about 15 cars and was a very good day out.

EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

18TH September: Weedon Fete

10.30-4.00pm. Croft Way playing Field behind village hall in West Street.

Terry, Rick, Adrian and others will be attending. Just turn up.

19th September: Turweston (Nr Brackley) Vintage Aircraft & Classic Vehicles

From about 10.00am. Just Turn up

26th September: MGCC Autumn Trial Burton Dasset.

From 9:30 am. Enter, Spectate or Marshal: See Tony Lake

1-4 October: Club Weekend away at Buxton.

Nominally booked, but still places if you want to go: see Dave Cotgrave

Dave will be collecting final monies tonight

TONIGHT

Raffle night in aid of club funds…Wine, Chocolates & a Teddy to be won!!!

OTHER NEWS

Dennis Orton & Mike Hill have kindly offered to sit on our advisory committee, effective immediately. The present Advisory committee is David & Shelagh Croskell, Tony Lake, Dennis, Mike, Noel Lahiff (Treasurer) & Pete Moore (Webmaster). Natter Leaders are Terry (MGOCC), Rick (MGCC), and Dave Cotgrave (MGOC)

MOST IMPORTANT

This will be our last meeting at the Red Lion. The Pub has been very good to us over the last 16 years, but the increased popularity of both the pub and of the natter has meant that car parking can get very difficult, resulting in occasional aggrieved (non MG patrons). Then last week Tom Quigley left the pub on expiry of his lease. Ian the chef has also left. We thank Tom & Ian for the support they gave us. The club presented Tom with a card and a small gift on his last day. We have therefore decided that now is a good time for a fresh start.

Future meetings (starting October 5) will be held at the George Hotel, just off the A5 in Kilsby. The landlady has indicated that we will be very welcome. The George offers:

- Greatly increased and relatively secure car parking in 3 areas (pub car park, spaces opposite the pub which can be double parked by MGs, and the cul-de-sac road just past the pub

- A separate room exclusively for our use on natter nights, with dartboard & pool table

- A 50 seat dining room for functions

Rick 5/9/10

Free to good home: sectional wood garage 14ftx8ft. Sound structure, roof & doors. Needs new cladding. See Rick

AUGUST 2010 NEWSLETTER

Only a brief newsletter this month as I have been working all hours building my new “motor barn”, now only a few weeks from completion, and other than Woodford and Barnsdale, have not been out and about.

WHAT HAPPENED IN JULY

Terry reported that the annual BBQ & Concours on 8 July at The Bell, Beachampton was a success with several members attending. For the first time in several years, I was unable to go.

The Fete at Woodford-cum-Membris on 10th July was a pleasant event set in the grounds of a splendid old mill house. We had about 9 of the 49 cars attending so we did well and were thanked by the organiser.

The Northants MGOC run to Barnsdale Gardens on 18th July also had about 9 Kilsby cars attending.

There was a very good 41 mile run up to Barnsdale, and the gardens are well worth a visit. The only problem is that you immediately want to rip up your own garden and start again….

Over £400 was raised for the Ataxia charity. We have received a nice thank you from NMGOC for attending.

EVENTS IN AUGUST/SEPTEMBER

A reminder for those attending the MG Octagon Club event at Middleton Hall on August 22nd (our summer run this year), that the run is about 70 minutes, perhaps a bit more. The first tour of the house starts at 11.00am, so it is suggested that we meet at the Red Lion no later than 9.30 and leave by 9.45 LATEST.

Thanks to Terry who has planned the route

OTHER NEWS

I think that we may have now sold the last Kilsby bear, but will be ordering another batch.

With Richard and Claire having left us, there is a vacancy on our advisory committee, so please make it known if you would like to stand, or perhaps nominate someone else.

Sometime soon your committee will be meeting to get an early start on a 2011 programme, so please feed back any comments or ideas

Rick 2/8/10

JULY 2010 NEWSLETTER

TONIGHT

We have our quarterly raffle in aid of club

WHAT HAPPENED IN JUNE

3-4 June: MGCC MG Live! at Silverstone

I attended all weekend and thought it a very good event

Racing members Peter and James both did well in their respective events, Peter won his class in the Cockshoot, and James was 3rd in class in the Peter Best.

27 June: Princethorpe

The usual pleasant gathering…we had about 7 cars there. Numbers and attractions were down though, maybe due to the England match.

3-4 July Hollowell

We had 14 cars on Saturday and 8 on Sunday. Thanks to all who helped put on our usual quality display.

We were allocated a good, flat and large pitch, not near noisy attractions. However the Hollowell layout was a bit disjointed this year and not being on a main throughfare, we felt that numbers attending our display were down compared to previous years. Our Bear competition raised about £14.00 towards Hollowell charities

EVENTS IN JUNE/JULY

8 July: Annual BBQ & Concours at The Bell, Beachampton.

Meet up at 6.45 in layby on A5 at Weedon near Clarke’s garage.

10 July: Fete at Woodford-cum-Membris 12pm to 8pm and classics are invited.

We have quite a number going, and will hold a mini display.

It is still possible to attend by turning up on the day. Entry fee £6.00. See Terry or Rick for directions..

18 July: Northants MGOC run to Barnsdale Gardens (Oakham).

We have about 10 cars going. Suggest we all meet up at Sywell where the run departs. Register from 9.00am onwards (not sure what depart time is)

Would the couple who have arranged to meet up at Barnsdale please advise Terry or Rick…Barbara from MGOC needs to know

A reminder that we are making the MG Octagon Club event at Middleton Hall on August 22nd our summer run this year. Pre-entry is required, so please (again) see Terry who has forms.

August 1: volunteer marshals required for The Midland Centre Sprint at Curborough: See Rick

August 1: We are invited by South Staffordshire MGOC to the MGOC race meeting at Mallory.

The idea is for all the local MG natters to have cars and displays/picnics around the circuit.

Special Entry price £10.00. See Rick if interested

OTHER NEWS

We still have one (lonely) Kilsby bear available for sale. Please see Noel. Rick 5/7/10

JUNE 2010 NEWSLETTER

WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS

Andy Harris, Staverton. MGBGT 1971

TONIGHT

We hope that our friends from Northants MGOC will be visiting us, so please extend a warm welcome. As announced last month, we have kindly been invited to participate in the NMGOC Barnsdale Gardens run on 18 July, and I know numerous people have expressed an interest. Barbara from NMGOC will be here tonight to provide more details.

CAR PARKING AT THE RED LION

When we started our natter, we were low in numbers and the pub was not well attended.

Both are now booming. We have around 40 people each meeting and Tom has a much enlarged group of regulars. All this means that car parking can get very tight. This may be even more acute tonight with our NMGOC visitors, and (we hope) a nice summer evening. Our later arriving members already double park on an ad-hoc basis, so we are going to try developing this a bit further tonight by marshalling members close together in blocks at the top end of the car park as they arrive. If you need to leave early, we will try to find you a place with easy egress….. That is the idea anyway…lets see how it goes……

The BBQ we were hoping to arrange has had to be abandoned for now as the pub is not in a position to cater for it.

We may look at holding one later on at a separate venue.

WHAT HAPPENED IN MAY

Mike, David, Reg, Terry, & Dave Cotgrave attended the Cummins Fete on the 22nd.

Weather was glorious and there was an interesting collection of cars & bikes ranging through 1952 Morris Commercial light lorry, a Corvette, several interesting hot rods, and a 300,000 mile Vincent Black Shadow, 240,000 miles with the current owner,

……..plus a few old MGs.

EVENTS IN JUNE/JULY

3-4 June: MGCC MG Live! At Silverstone on 3-4 June

27 June: Princethorpe: Run in morning, Fete/gathering in afternoon.

10 July: Fete at Woodford-cum-Membris 12pm to 8pm and classics are invited.

Kilsby are proposing to hold a mini display there, so for anyone wishing to attend, please see Terry who has more details and entry forms. (£5.00 to be in by 18 June).

(in response to many queries, we think that Woodford-cum-Membris is the ecclesiastical parish of Woodford Halse).

8 July: Annual BBQ & Concours at The Bell, Beachampton.

Meet up at 6.45 in layby on A5 at Weedon near Clarke’s garage.

18 July: Northants MGOC run to Barnsdale Gardens (Oakham). (See above)

HOLLOWELL Steam and Heavy Horse Show on 3-4 July

Too late to enter now, but we have a good number of cars and people on both days to provide what we hope will be our usual comprehensive display. Some will be camping overnight I believe.

A reminder that we are making the MG Octagon Club event at Middleton Hall on August 22nd our summer run this year.

Pre-entry is required, so please (again) see Terry who has forms.

OTHER NEWS

As many will know, two of the club’s most popular & enthusiastic members, Richard and Claire, are leaving us .

They moved to St Neots last Friday in order to be closer to their places of work and cut down on the enormous amount of travelling they have both been doing. This makes every sense for them, but we will be sorry to see them, (and their yellow Midget), go. Tonight we will be presenting them with a John Lewis voucher on behalf of us all.

Good luck to them both in their new home. They will be with us at Hollowell this year, and I’m sure we will continue to see them around from time to time.

Rick 28/5/10

MAY 2010 NEWSLETTER

WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS

George & Daphne Greaves, Woodford Halse. MGTF

WHAT HAPPENED IN APRIL

I understand that the MGB Register spring run was blessed with good weather and was a very successful.

Tony Lake and Steve Heath marshalled at the MGCC Curborough Spring Sprint and reported a good event.

We had a good turnout and a fine if chilly evening for our visit to Rugby Morris Minor OC on 20 April. We were well received and also did well in the raffle!!.

Our SIGNPOST RUN in support of the FBHVC St George’s “Drive it Day” was much enjoyed by all 16 participating crews. Ed had planned a very scenic route and produced some excellent photos and maps. There was little time for conversation at the start as everyone pored over the clues trying to identify the locations and the best route. On the run, some teams went clockwise and others anticlockwise, so there was plenty of meeting up along the way. Everyone (eventually) made it back and the worthy winner as David Smith in his TF. If I remember correctly, the theoretical minimum route mileage was about 42, and David and his wife were not far off this. Sue and I did 50 and felt reasonably pleased with our efforts. We got all the answers but did have a certain amount of additional mileage in the Thornby area when we failed to find one of the signs straight away. I gather that the highest reported mileage was 72.… Thanks again to Ed for organising the run.

EVENTS IN MAY

Nothing specific planned for May although no doubt members will have various events to attend.

I notice that the events calendar on our website lists a “Rose of the Shires” run for 16th May.

This is in error, as NMGOC are having a well deserved rest this year.

Cummins Engine Co are holding a fete in Daventry on 22nd May (afternoon) and classic cars are invited .

I will be attending & all Kilsby members are welcome, but am not yet sure of the venue.

Dave Cotgrave can provide more details.

OTHER FUTURE EVENTS

MGCC MG Live! At Silverstone on 3-4 June

Anyone offering help for set-up or during the event can get free tickets…Terry will have the details if you are interested.

There is a fete at Woodford-cum-Membris on 10 July 12pm to 8pm and classics are invited.

Kilsby are proposing to hold a mini display there, so for anyone wishing to attend, please see Terry who has more details and entry forms.

A reminder that we are making the MG Octagon Club event at Middleton Hall on August 22nd our summer run this year. Pre-entry is required, so please (again) see Terry who has forms.

HOLLOWELL Steam and Heavy Horse Show on 3-4 July

Reminder that all entries have to be in by 30th May

OTHER NEWS

Our raffle at the April meeting raised about £40.00 to bolster club funds .

I will be absent from the May meeting as all being well Sue and I will have just arrived on the Isle of Tiree in the Inner Hebrides for a 10 day holiday

Rick 29/4/10

APRIL 2010 NEWSLETTER

WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS

Peter BaintonMGTF
Don and Sue Nicholas MGA (& others)

RECENT EVENTS


The “Evening With Mike Costin” on 17 March was a great success.
Mike was on excellent form and the evening was much enjoyed by all.
Thanks to everyone who made the night possible, especially Chris and Mavis, Steve and Leonie, and Sue, Pat, Betty, Stella and Shelagh for the excellent buffet.
The evening raised £230.00 towards Mike’s nominated charity, the Sywell Flying Scholarship

The visit to Northants MGOC at Sywell on 28 March went very well, the weather being relatively good (dry but cold wind). We had about 12 cars/couples attending, some going direct, others in a group from the Red Lion. We were well received by NMGOC, and we thank them for their hospitality.
There was a good variety of MGs from both clubs in the car parks at the Aviator.
Thanks also to Richard Barker, who arranged the event, and made possible something that we had intended to do for some years but never made happen. We have invited NMGOC for a reciprocal visit to us during the summer.

The first of this years Classic gatherings at the Village Garage, Upper Boddington was not held as anticipated on Sunday 4 April, perhaps sensibly as it was Easter Sunday. We assume that there will be a gathering on the first Sunday in May.

Brian, Noel, Terry & Tony marshalled at a stage of the ‘Flying Scotsman’ trial held at Buckingham Railway Centre, and reported a good day out.

COMING UP
Some members will be marshalling at the MGCC Spring Sprint at Curborough this Sunday (11th).

18th April

MGCC ‘B’ Register Spring Run

20th April (Tuesday).

Our visit to Rugby Morris Minor Owners Club at their meeting at St Andrews Rugby Club, Ashlawn Road, Rugby. Arrive there about 7.30 pm. Due to close proximity to most of our members, probably not worth doing a group run, so I suggest everyone goes direct.

Sunday 25th April.

Our “SIGNPOST RUN” in support of FBHVC ‘Drive It Day‘.
10.00am start from the Red Lion on an undisclosed route returning to the Red Lion.
Those wanting Lunch are recommended to book it for 2.00pm.
This run planned by Ed, who won it last year…this years winner will be expected to plan next year.

Sunday May 2nd
..Boddington Classic Car gathering
..AWC Day out, Abingdon

OTHER NEWS
Further to the theft/vandalism at the Hollowell showground noted in last month‘s newsletter, your committee decided to make a substantial donation to their damage appeal. We have received a nice letter of appreciation from Allan Eaton MBE on behalf of Hollowell. See Rick if you want to see this.
Our rationale for this donation was that many of our members get a great deal of pleasure from attending the Rally, and Kilsby MG gets good publicity for itself due to the quality display that we put on. The Rally raises large amounts for charitable causes, and by supporting the Hollowell team at their time of need we can show solidarity with them we can help ensure that the 2010 event will go ahead as planned.

One of the NMGOC members mentioned that they had recently booked a day on a rolling road at Marlin Motorsport in Bletchley. By booking the rolling road for a day, the cost was about £35.00 per car, which is good value. For this you get a power curve at the wheels, corrected to flywheel, and information on mixture and timing setup. You do not get any adjustments “on roller”, but you can make your own adjustments after your session, then revisit the rollers later in the day at no extra cost.
If there is sufficient interest, we could arrange a visit. We have two candidates so far.

Rick 6/4/10

MARCH 2010 NEWSLETTER

RECENT EVENTS

Our annual dinner went well although attendance was a bit down due to the uncertain weather

The Stoneleigh Spares Day was also hit by snow early on, although it did not prevent a good many Kilsby people from attending.

COMING UP SOON
17 March. "Evening with Mike Costin" at Willoughby Cricket Club: 7.00 for 7.30
Now technically sold out although we could probably squeeze in a couple of further club members if anyone still wants to go.

28 March. Sunday Lunchtime Visit to Northants MGOC at the Aviator, Sywell.
Either meet up in Red Lion Car Park for approx 11.00am departure, or if travelling separately, arrive at Sywell around 12.00 noon.

4 April. First of this year's Sunday Lunchtime Classic Car meets at the Village garage, Boddington.

OTHER ITEMS
We are pleased to announce that Noel Lahiff is now our new club treasurer.

Club Weekend away at Buxton on 1/2/3 October.
Places still available. See Rick or Dave Cotgrave.
All deposits for this now overdue, so if you have already booked and not paid, please cough up tonight.

Future Bruntingthorpe Driving Test & Aviation Museum Visit
An initial informal approach to the owners of Bruntingthorpe has been positive so we will report later when we have developed things further.

Hollowell 3/4 July
Previous entrants will have already received their entry forms.
We will be doing our usual 2 day display with 12 or so cars. I have a few spare entry forms for anyone needing one.
Incidentally, you may have seen that Hollowell were recently hit by thieves who stripped the toilet blocks.
They are appealing for refurbishment funds. Our committee will meet tonight to consider a proposal for a Kilsby donation to the fund.

Rick 1/3/10

FEBRUARY 2010 NEWSLETTER

Well done to the hardy 8 or so members who braved the elements to get to the January meeting. As someone said, it was just like the old days with everyone round one table. Because of the limited attendance, we did not hold our quarterly raffle, and due to the proximity of the dinner have now decided to postpone the first one until our April meeting.

This may be the 'close season' as far as most motoring activities are concerned but we still have quite a few items for this month.

ANNUAL DINNER

Our next event on 18 Feb here at the Red Lion. All tickets now reserved. But a few people still need to finalise their menu choices tonight so that we can advise Tom tonight.

WEEKEND AWAY 1/2/3 October (Buxton)

We have only 3 firm bookings so far, so hurry up and confirm as the hotel needs the reservation money very soon.
£50.00 deposit per couple. (£135.00 per couple per night, 2 or 3 nights) Full details were in December newsletter.

CLUB TREASURER

Ed Tyler who has done an outstanding job as our first nominated treasurer and has equipped us with bank account, cheque book etc, and has seen us to a good state of financial health (no quantitative easing in Kilsby MG Club!!), has reluctantly decided to stand down due to pressure of work. Many thanks to Ed for all he has done. We are in process of arranging a handover to another member who has "volunteered" to take over in principle, and when this is finalised (hopefully tonight) we will be able to announce this.

"AN EVENING WITH MIKE COSTIN"

17th March at Willoughby Cricket Club

Subject to final confirmation with Chris Parker, this is now arranged. Terry will be circulating tonight to reserve places.
This will be a ticket only event, with tickets at £7.50 to include a free buffet being laid on by the Kilsby MG ladies.
We are limited to 50 places (plus the ladies who as "catering staff" will not be charged).
Ticketing priority will be:

1) Kilsby MG club members and invited guests.

2) Willoughby CC members (only a few expected).

3) Sywell Aero Club members if any.

4) OFLC members.

4) Others.
After deduction of buffet expenses and a small donation to Willoughby CC, all proceeds will be donated to a charity of Mike's choice, so please see this event as an opportunity for Kilsby to make a substantial charitable contribution this year.

EVENTS LIST

Pete Moore will very soon be updating the list on the website, so please take a look.
Added dates will include Silverstone MG Live!, MGCC race meetings, and Boddington Classic car gatherings.

BODDINGTON CLASSIC CAR GATHERING

Richard Barker confirms that the first 2010 gathering will be Sunday lunchtime 4th April.
I am sure that several of us will be going.
There is a website but I haven't looked at it yet.

MG SPARES DAY NAC STONELEIGH.21st February

Our annual pilgrimage is near so break out the piggy bank....

NORTHANTS MGOC visit

I notice that 28th March is pencilled in for a Sunday Lunchtime visit to Northampton MGOC at The Aviator, Sywell.
I hope to confirm this tonight.

ST GEORGE's DAY FBHVC Run Sunday 25 April


All being well, this will be Ed Tyler's "Signpost Run" subject to final agreement with Ed. Details TBA
Remember...if you win it, then you organise it next year....

Also coming up in the not too far distant future is the MGCC B Register spring run, on 18 April, and our return visit to Rugby Morris Minor OC on Tuesday 20 April.

FINALLY....
John Plummer has kindly donated a number of magazines...Safety Fast!, some going back to the early 80s, and Enjoying MG, from about 1990. Free to good home. I will have them with me tonight.


Rick 1/2/10
 

JANUARY 2010 NEWSLETTER

A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE

I would like to say prosperous but penurious is a more likely forecast thanks to Messrs TB/GB & AD.......
As for all this global warming, why is it minus 5C in my garage???

RAFFLE
You may recall from our last newsletter that we have the first of our quarterly raffles tonight for 2 bottles of wine.
Sue will be persuading you to part with £1.00 a ticket.
(Because of the small attendance due to the weather this will now be held at the Feb 2nd meeting)

ANNUAL DINNER ON 18TH FEBRUARY
Now fully booked (in fact overbooked thanks to a bit of an admin error), but fortunately Tom & Ian can accommodate 46.
This is a ticket only do, and they will be on sale tonight (£14.25).
Also, I will be circulating a menu list tonight for you to select your preferences.
Timing is 7.00 for 7.30


CLUB WEEKEND AWAY 1/2/3 October 2010
Full details were in last month's newsletter (spare copy available tonight for those who didnt see it/forgot/etc).
I am taking bookings for this tonight and will need a £50.00 deposit per couple by mid January.
Or you can call me later on 01327 704232, but please do not leave it too long as we need to confirm with the hotel.


2010 EVENTS
Some of the tentative dates are now being firmed up and after further information expected tonight I will be updating the list now on the website.


POSSIBLE TALK ON 17 MARCH
Chris Parker has very kindly sounded out Mike Costin (Joint founder of Cosworth, racing driver for Colin Chapman, amateur pilot and builder of his own aircraft) about the possibility of a talk. Mike has been a towering figure in motor racing and engineering for many years, and this is a tremendous opportunity for Kilsby MG Club. We are still finalising arrangements, but at present the 17th March is the tentative date, possibly at Willoughby Cricket Club (courtesy of Steve Tromans). Numbers would be limited, possibly to around 50, and the event will also be open to invited guests, possibly other MG clubs, Cummins Engine Co associates, Old Farts etc. Cost is likely to be around £5.00 per head (pre-sold tickets only), going to a charity of Mike's choosing after a deduction to cover WCC costs.
The format for the evening will be "An Evening with Mike Costin", whereby Mike would reminisce about his career, and then the floor would be open for questions, which we intend to invite before the event and manage them to provide a balance of Mike's many experiences. A roving microphone is required...anybody able to loan one???


FUTURE EVENTS
MG SPARES DAY...NAC...21st FEBRRUARY

RACE RETRO SHOW...NAC...12-14 MARCH


Rick 4/1/10