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Cornwall MG Owners

Saturday 29th June 2014

We were honoured to have been invited by C.V.V.S and the Par Community Association to take part in a display of classic cars and then join a cavalcade to drive through The Pinnock Tunnel to Fowey Docks. This is the longest tunnel in Cornwall and whilst now a private road, is open on but a few days annually to raise funds foe Charity and the local Community Association. Although rain was forecast, they couldn’t have got it more wrong as we sweltered under the glorious Cornish sun. The drive through the tunnel was an experience not to have been missed and turned out not to have been as wet as the doom mongers predicted.
Sunday 6th July 2014

Cornwall Flying Club at Bodmin Airfield, Cardinham, held a ‘Wings & Wheels’ event, which turned out to be a well attended gathering, in spite of the few short, sharp showers. A very fine assortment of classic cars and motorcycles, many that we haven’t seen at shows before were in attendance. There was also the opportunity to take to the air in one of a number of light aircraft, an opportunity I couldn’t resist! In glorious sunshine, the flight over the Camel Estuary to Padstow and Rock and back over Wadebridge and The Royal Showground was exceptional - such a pity the countryside is being destroyed by wind turbines and solar panels.
Sunday 13th July 2014

Our Monthly Breakfast/Brunch at Trevaskis Farm Restaurant attracted eleven MGs and thirteen members feasting on Trevaskis breakfasts. We were joined by new members Mark and Nina with their ‘new born’ MG3, a stunning new MG assembled in Longbridge, and at the price, sure to become a sure-fire winner. After our meal, we headed off in convoy along the A30 to the K.O.V.C. Classic and Vintage Rally at Penhallow, where our club cars made a very impressive display with the MG3 attracting a lot of interest from visitors to the show. This new MG may not have the distinction of having come through the gates of Abingdon, but it lives up to the MG tradition and continues to ‘maintain the breed’.
Saturday 21st June 2014

Helston held its second Mid-Summer Street Party on a glorious day in the centre of this historic Town. Meneage Street was sealed off to traffic and we were able to display eight MGs in what turned out to be a poorly attended event. In fairness, for once, the weather was against us for all the wrong reasons! We retired to the Pub to enjoy the local ales.
Sunday 16th March 2014

Tregenna Castle is usually the first event in the event calendar and held around the end of March it is 50-50 as to the weather being favourable or not! Organised by the Crash Box Club and held in the grounds of the imposing Tregenna Castle Hotel overlooking St Ives Bay, this event always attracts a varied collection of classic cars. As a club, we usually depart around Lunchtime and head along the B3306 coast road towards Zennor or St Just. This year we chose The Kings Arms in The Square in St Just and were served with an excellent meal. Our return trip took us into Penzance while overlooking Mounts Bay. A great day out if a little overcast.
Sunday 27th April 2014

Drive It Day, an annual celebration of historic and classic cars, saw us invited to Classic Air Force at St Mawgan near Newquay. We assembled at Fraddon for a convoy to Hanger 404 and were joined by a Morris 1300, who just happened to be driving around in the glorious sunshine, saw us gathering opposite Kingsley Village and asked to tag along. Although the assembly of cars was predominantly Austin Severns (they did organise the event after all!), We were able to assemble eleven MGs and were soon to be joined with a number of similar cars from Taw & Torridge MGOC to further fill the car park in front of the Hanger.

Sunday 20th July 2014

Wadebridge Wheels never disappoints classic car owners of all persuasion by attracting a myriad of different marques from Jensens and Jaguars to Mazdas and MGs, from Stags and Spitfires to Fiats and Fords! Although the number of MGs assembled in the dedicated display area appeared lower than on previous years, it was more than made up for by the quality and individual presentation of the exhibits. This may have been due to a clash in the Diary with Liskeard’s Steam and Vintage Rally at the Boconnoc Estate. It was especially good to see Neville’s rare Automatic MGC GT back from its sojourn with a rebuilt engine and refurbished and repainted bodyshell. This car now looks absolutely stunning.

Sunday 27th July 2014

The re-scheduled Dorset Area Midget & Sprite event at Upton House & Country Park allowed a few of us the opportunity to take a ‘road trip’ out of Cornwall, through Devon and into Dorset on a beautiful Summer’s day. Fortunately, all the holiday traffic was going in the opposite direction to us - both ways! As with the previous weekend, a clash of dates meant that numbers were somewhat stunted, but the quality of the cars on display was of the very highest calibre. Around half a dozen MGCs were accompanied by their half-sister Austin Healey 3000 and 100s and these, together with a couple of E-Type Jaguars, raised the overall cubic capacity of the event to a highly respectable level!

Saturday 2nd August 2014

Hayle Rotary Classic Car Show is always a well attended event,and held on the Rugby Ground adjacent to the A30 is easily accessible to all. The weather forecast 24 hours prior had predicted wall to wall heavy showers but they failed to materialise but many participants were put off attending by the prospect of soggy fields and damp cars. Such a pity as the sun shone all day, but for 30 seconds of the lightest of precipitation around 3 o’clock. A fine collection of well turned out classics, all the same, were present and proceeded to drive around the parade ring accompanied by a running authoritative commentary. Why Hayle Rugby Club fails to open the Bar to visitors has ceased to amaze me as there is very little to attract otherwise!

Sunday 3rd August 2014

Dawn to dusk sunshine was predicted, and that is what we got but for a short heavy downpour as we were about to depart from Hayle roundabout for Ruan Minor Vintage Car Event. A very pleasant meander along the rural B roads towards Leedstown and on to Helston before turning past RNAS Culdrose and on to the Lizard Peninsula. Warm summer sunshine quickly dried off the residue from the brief shower and we arrived at the event site at Grade Ruan to find a large contingent of classic cars, military vehicles, tractors, heavy horses and several stalls, food and sideshows to attract everyone. Mark & Nina’s new MG3 attracted many inquisitive visitors and they were kept busy satiating their proffered enquiries.

Saturday 9th August 2014

This year’s Carnhell Green Rally attracted quite the largest collection of classic cars, agricultural vehicles, vintage motorcycles and stationery engines since it was moved from Gwinear Road some years back. A very light shower didn’t put anyone off attending and the event site was packed with exhibitors and visitors.

Sunday 10th August 2014

Our monthly Breakfast/Brunch at Trevaskis Farm Restaurant once again attracted a full table of MG enthusiasts dining out on exceptional food. This monthly event will continue for the remainder of the year, except for December.

Sunday 17th August 2014

Another fantastic event organised by Richard Immins at The Hinton Arms, Cheriton, Hampshire. A superb Hog Roast, live Jazz Band and around 80 fine MGs. The rain finally ceased around 1 o’clock and the sun came out to provide a glorious afternoon. I was a little embarrassed to take the ‘Best Dressed Jack’ award for my ‘Best Dressed Jock’, but then there were only three entries! Coincidentally, I met the MG Rover South West club at Exeter Services, they were off to Exmouth for a classic car meet. A nice journey back through Lyndhurst and the New Forest, where a few very expensive supercars were on display - I bought a Lottery Ticket at the newsagents next door just to be on the safe side!

Saturday 23rd August 2014

Glorious warm sunshine at Penryn Fair Day this year and we soaked up the sun’s rays while watching the visitors drool over the larger than usual display of classic cars. The residents had adhered to a request to clear the streets of cars for the festivities and the classic cars were lined up, as usual, along Broad Street. This is the seventh consecutive year that we have exhibited our cars at this event and although the popularity has waned a little, this is still a great venue to meet enthusiastic owners and talk to locals and visitors alike about the MG marque. Falmouth Garages displayed an MG3 and MG6 although, sadly, there were no representatives on hand to give any information to interested parties - a missed opportunity one feels.

Thursday 4th September 2014

A stunningly beautiful day and a glorious setting for the filming of a Rosamunde Pilcher drama by a German film company in the grounds of Prideaux Place, Padstow. My MGC Roadster was required to be used by a German actress to arrive in a scene in front of the impressive 16th Century Elizabethan Manor House. The young actress thought that she would be able to drive the MG in six-inch heels - fat chance! In fact, she thought that the pedals might be the wrong way around as the steering wheel was ‘on the wrong side’! I assured her that the steering wheel was on the correct side and that the controls were exactly as on her car - that had the steering wheel on the wrong side!

Saturday 6th September 2014

This is the third year that we have visited Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway for their ‘Steam, Jazz & Beer Night’ and the second time that it’s coincided with their Real Ale Weekend, what a combination? Twenty-five of us boarded the train for a superb evening of fun, excellent company and good humoured ribbing - mostly at my expense! We were joined by Job and Gabi, who were on holiday from Germany and arrived in a MG ZTT. Job had contacted me on our Facebook page and I invited him to join us. This year we arrived prepared with 3-pint pitchers which saved carrying full pint ‘glasses’ of Real Ale, next year we’ll bring plastic forks as the wooden ones provided for the fish & Chips were next to useless!

Saturday & Sunday 11th  & 12th October 2014

The second year for The Cornwall Motor Show held at Heartlands, Pool, Redruth. The organisation this year was a great deal better and although the weather was a little kinder, attendances appeared to be lower than last year. The display of classic cars, however, was of a greater standard and quantity, especially on the Sunday. Sunday 12th coincided with our monthly Breakfast/Brunch at Trevaskis Farm Restaurant so we had a convoy to Heartlands once Breakfast was over. The organisers of the event had hired the services of a ‘Stig’ lookalike who wandered through the displays to the amusement of exhibitors and visitors alike. Miserable so-and-so never said a word though!

Saturday 6th December 2014

Our fourth year in a row to Trevaskis Farm Restaurant for our Annual Christmas Dinner and this year turned out to be the best ever in the Club’s fourteen year history. We had 29 people booked for this year’s event, more than doubling previous years attendances and we were served with excellent food, wine and drinks. Beverley and Lance organised an excellent quiz on the theme of Car Insignia, which had a good number totally baffled! Bernie conducted a Raffle, the top prize of which was a Bone China Tea Set from the MG Collection - a rare item -  which proved even more difficult to give away and remained to the last to be chosen. I don’t think that we’ll have seen the last of that Tea Set!!