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2015 Events
Sunday 8th February 2015

Our second Breakfast/Brunch of the year and this event has become a firm favourite in the monthly calendar. Glorious blue skies and warm(ish) Winter sunshine made this a wonderful day to be out in MG sports cars. With several members having prior commitments for this Sunday, it looked like it was going to be lean on numbers, but then we had a guest join us from Bristol, Geoff Miles, an owner of several MGTFs who happened to be in Falmouth for the weekend. We ended up with a full table, in spite of Lance and Beverley failing to remember what time we meet for our Breakfast/Brunches!
New Years Day 2015

New Years Day in 2015 fell on the first Thursday in the month and as it was expected that a few people would be under the weather from the previous night’s festivities, we decided to cancel our Social night and bring forward our monthly Breakfast/Brunch to ensure a good lining was put on the digestive systems of those who attended! As it turned out, we had a full table to start the Year off and an excellent line up of eight MGs in Trevaskis car park. As the skies were overcast and there was a forecast for showers, a post-Breakfast ‘mystery tour’ was postponed for another opportunity later in the year.
Thursday 5th February 2015

Our first Social Night of 2015 at The Green Parrot in Perranporth and a guest visit from MGTF owner David Willmott who had travelled down from Derbyshire. Once again, an excellent attendance for a club gathering with Neville and Gary being relegated to either ends of our reserved table. With eighteen people seated, Wetherspoons did us proud - and they hadn’t run out of curries or poppadums before we had arrived! Although Parking Charges throughout the Winter period was new for 2015, at least we can redeem the £1 parking fee against the cost of our meals.
Trevithick Day 25th April 2015

The Annual gathering of steam engines in Camborne to celebrate Richard Trevithick rolled into Town and this year there were a number of changes. For nearly fourteen years the classic car display has been resident opposite the Church and many visitors this year were confused as to where they were in 2015. They had been moved to Basset Street and a display of classic commercial vehicles had materialised in Chapel Street. Despite the inclement weather, once the visitors had found our new location, the street became very busy and the usual interest in the cars was restored.
Drive It Day 26th April 2015

We were invited by the Rover Enthusiasts (South West) club to join them on a road run from Carlyon Bay to St Merryn to raise funds for Cornwall Air Ambulance. Seven MGs assembled in Kingsley Village car park, Fraddon, for a convoy to our starting point and within 100 yards, we had already lost Joy and Paul in the black MGTF! Fortunately Paul’s knowledge of the Cornish geography is par excellence and they soon arrived at Carlyon Bay. We were next to lose Dave, who seemed to want to leave us within four miles, but then reappeared later in the morning, that was until he left us again, just before Lunch and we never saw him again!
Saturday 14th March 2015

Effectively the first event of the season arrived at very short notice to celebrate St Piran’s Day (albeit 10 days late!) and raise money for Macmillan Cancer Trust. Eight MGs and ‘Splitty’ John’s stunning VW Microbus assembled in B&Q/Halfords car park before travelling in convoy the short distance to Heartlands, Pool. Organisation at the venue was abysmal with no stewards to arrange the assembly of classic cars, or even to direct onto the site! The lack of publicity resulted in a meagre display of cars (other than ourselves which almost doubled the number of cars present) and a distinct lack of visitors to the event. A pity as so much could have been achieved.
Lowenac Hotel Breakfast Gathering 11th April 2015

An early morning gathering of classic cars assembled in The Lowenac Hotel car park in Camborne. The meet was organised by Graham King who runs the Cornwall Classic Car Club to promote a ‘hub’ where individual Classic Car clubs can freely promote their events. The morning was bright and sunny but the gathering was let down by the number of participants. For our part, it just may have been too close to our monthly Breakfast/Brunch at Trevaskis Farm Restaurant the following day. We still were able to display the largest number of cars from a single marque.
Breakfast/Brunch 12th April 2015

Another excellent turn out for our monthly breakfast gathering. It is starting to look like the ‘MGF/TF Owners Club’ with the numbers of modern MGs gathering in the car park. Great to see Jez with his beautiful early MG Midget, he was one of the brave members who arrived with their ‘tops off’! Breakfast was superb, as always, and the waitresses almost have no need to ask what type of breakfast we require, it is invariably a ‘Trevaskis Breakfast’ with all the trimmings. Long may this monthly event continue as it is becoming a firm favourite with the members who regularly attend.
Pendeen Rally 3rd  May 2015

Another damp and dismal day at Geevor Tin Mine for the 2015 Pendeen Rally. A disappointing turn out of classic cars, commercials and motor cycles but to be fair, it was an awful day! The Full English breakfasts looked to be excellent value on rectangular plates - until the waitress apologised and said they had undercharged by £3 per person, then a Trevaskis Breakfast looked a better proposition! Much witty banter was endured, inside the Canteen and outside around the cars, and some barbed comments reserved for the display of stationary engines! Why do they bother?
Breakfast/Brunch  10th  May 2015

What a fantastic attendance we had for May’s Breakfast/Brunch at Trevaskis Farm Restaurant. Ten MGs, including five MGTFs, and one Mazda Mx5 filled the far side of the Car Park. The table inside the restaurant wasn’t big enough for us all and we had to call for another table to be added. Although we were missing Bernie and Dave, who had gone on the Regency Run from Brooklands to Brighton, we were joined by Geoff Miles from Bristol who joined us in his stunning gold Steptronic MGTF with the newly refurbished cream leather interior. The breakfast was superb, as usual. Our subsequent attendance at Chacewater Rally was brief as our breakfast had been prolonged!
Club Night Thursday 4th June 2015

Our return to The Victoria Inn at Roche for the Summer period was an overwhelming success, not only for our Club, but for the Kitchen Staff at the Pub. Eighteen members sat down to eat, something which apparently stretched the Staff to their limit! We have been asked to telephone our Menu orders ahead of our attendance in future, Heaven alone knows what they would do if a coach party arrived, or even eighteen individual holidaymakers turning off the A30 on a weekday evening expecting to acquire sustenance after a long drive down from from the M5 Motorway. What on earth has happened to the Catering Industry?
RAF Portreath to RNAS Predannack 23rd June 2015

Nine MGs assembled in Smokey Joe’s car Park, Scorrier on a glorious June morning before proceeding in convoy to RAF Portreath where we were to meet up with Elizabeth Halls and her 1935 Singer Le Mans. Elizabeth is travelling the Country visiting the 60 aerodromes that her Father visited during WWII. From RAF Portreath we headed to The Waterfront Inn for an excellent Lunch after which we escorted Elizabeth down on to the Lizard peninsula and the site of the old airfield at Predannack. Now used by the Royal Navy, we weren’t allowed access to the base, despite it being derelict, so we headed for Cream Teas on The Lizard.
Par Classic Rally & Pinnock Tunnel Sunday 28th June 2015

A really miserable morning greeted us as we assembled once again at Kingsley Village for the run to Par Classic Rally & Pinnock Tunnel Run. Such a difference from twelve month ago when we were bathed in sunshine. Ten MGs, including our newest, and youngest, member Kieron, set off for Par with fears of losing members as we traversed the outskirts of St Austell for the second time in a month. Fortunately the miserable weather must have kept other motorists inside as we passed through unscathed! The weather brightened up after Lunch and soon the soft tops were being removed as we prepared for the afternoon run through the Pinnock Tunnel.
Cornwall Festival of Transport 7th June 2015

A glorious Sunday in June and we assembled at the Kingsley Village car park at Fraddon for a convoy to St Austell Rugby Club where the Festival of Transport event has been held for the past two years. We used to attend this event when it was held in Lemon Quay, Truro, but have not been to its relocated venue. There appeared to be a difference of opinion at to the exact location and on entering St Austell, the convoy did get a little fragmented - to say the least! In the confusion, we lost Francis in his MGTF - never to be seen again! I can confirm that Pentewan is a beautiful village! Well done to Mike for winning Car of Show with his MGB V8.
Breakfast/Brunch Sunday 14th June 2015

Sundays in the month aren’t the same with a Breakfast/Brunch gathering at Trevaskis Farm Restaurant and this month we had the largest number of cars and people yet. The number of modern Mgs is also gathering apace and might soon overtake the classic cars! We were also graced with Dave in his Mx5 and George in his TVR, one of his stable of classics we haven’t seen before. In the end, twenty-one people sat down to eat a hearty Trevaskis breakfast and I’m sure the Staff welcome us with their fingers firmly crossed behind their backs when we arrive! The service is always excellent and they cope with our demands admirably.
Breakfast/Brunch 12th July 2015

The weather took a turn for the worse in July and our Breakfast/Brunch coincided with KOVC Penhallow Rally. Numbers were slightly down, but that was only to be expected with the weather the way it was. We were, however, joined by Dick and Chrissie Immins in their ‘Smokey Blue’ MG3, who happened to be down on Holiday in Cornwall for the week and made a point of joining us while in the County. Dick also owns an MGC Roadster and is very active on the MG scene around the South of England, when he’s not volunteering as a Marshall and retired Paramedic at Goodwood Circuit.
German TV Shoot July 2015

The German TV company who make Rosamunde Pilcher dramas for ZDF TV in Germany was again active in Cornwall in 2015. This particular episode was filmed around Trenwainton House near Penzance and, again, the weather played its part in prolonging the shoot with many scenes being altered or cancelled. Sadly, one day’s filming was late starting due to a very serious road traffic collision which resulted in a large percentage of the crew being delayed for several hours. Fortunately the weather on both days filming of the MGC was glorious, even if standing around for eight hours while the car moved nowhere was a little tiring.
Wadebridge Wheels Sunday 19th July 2015

Always a well attended event, but this year happened to be a ‘monster’ for entrants to the event, such that the contribution to Charities this year was up by several thousands of pounds. For once, the weather was kind to all and we were bathed in glorious sunshine in the perfect setting for a car event of The Royal Cornwall Showground. We were able to exhibit a display of thirteen MGs which were delineated by out two flags - quite a distance to have to walk down the line of Cornwall MG Owners cars! Congratulations to all our members who contributed to making this a special event.
MGF20 Gaydon & Longbridge 1st & 2nd August 2015

2015 saw the 20th Anniversary of the launch of the mid-engined MGF, a model that has been much maligned in recent years for the K-Series engine’s unreliability. Many other MG series have suffered bad Press over the years and the MGF/TF will come to dismiss its misbegotten reputation in the years to come. Approximately 500 MGFs and MGTFs assembled at the British Motoring Heritage Centre in Gaydon on the Saturday and was a wonderful celebration of the series. On the Sunday, we undertook a visit to the current MG factory at Longbridge in Birmingham where the early risers took the opportunity to take iconic photos in front of the main gates.
Crantock ‘Jazz in the Park’ Tuesday 4th August 2015

Last year’s event was called off due to bad weather, this year Crantock village was luckier and Cornwall MG Owners were pleased to display six MGs under the banner of the Crantock Classic Car Club. We were also able to display our new Event Shelter for the first time and it proved a great investment against the strong wind blowing across the village playing field. Again, this event attracts a large number if visitors and it was a pleasure to be able to be able to answer their questions on our cars and the history of MG. We are always made extremely welcome at this event and we look forward to next year when we hope for the sun’s appearance!
Carnhell Green 8th  August 2015

Another successful event with the warm Summer sunshine drawing a vast number of classic cars, tractors, motorcycles and commercial vehicles to possibly the largest gathering since this event moved from Gwinear Road. This is a well organised rally and attracts many enthusiastic visitors and knowledgeable fans of vehicles from yesteryear. Displays of steam-driven farm machinery give an insight into what it must have been like before diesel power and the internal combustion engine. I’m afraid that stationery engines fail to enthuse many, but there is always a varied display and parts of the rural community have only recently moved to on-grid power.
Penryn Fair Day 29th August 2015

We have attended Penryn Fair Day for a number of years now and our display of MGs always attracts a great deal of attention. Each year we are able to increase our contingent and this year we were able to muster nine MGs, sadly our display was punctuated by two residents cars for the large part of the day, only vacating the area after Lunchtime, leaving us with a void to fill with our folding chairs. Unfortunately we have seen a decline in the number of street traders and side stalls over the recent years which does have a detrimental effect on the number of visitors to the event. However, many holiday visitors do return specifically for Penryn Fair Day.
Steam, Beer & Jazz Night 5th September 2015

Steam Trains, Real Ale, a live traditional Jazz Band and 36 wonderful people, it just doesn’t get any better than that! That’s why this has become an annual event for Cornwall MG Owners. This year we filled more than half a carriage on what was a ‘fully booked’ train, hopefully we can commandeer a whole carriage next year! The Real Ales on offer were excellent and our now customary three-pint jugs were soon being transported onto the train from the makeshift Bar on the platform at Bodmin General station. The Fish & Chips supper was speedily dispensed halfway through the evenings proceedings and another great evening was enjoyed by all.
Rosudgeon Sunday 6th  September 2015

After a break of a number of years, this event has returned to a very popular venue. The facilities at Rosudgeon Sports & Social Club are excellent with a superb Bar overlooking a flat, well tended, event area with excellent bar snacks and full dining menu including full Sunday Roasts dinners. Unfortunately, for us, this followed a night on the Bodmin & Wenford so our constitutions were a little delicate! The weather was glorious and the turnout of classic cars was enhanced by a contingent of ‘modified’ cars giving a welcome ‘alternative view’ on desirable vehicles. We look forward to next year’s event at Rosudgeon with enthusiasm.
Breakfast/Brunch Sunday 20th September 2015

We’re going to have to book a bigger table if this carries on! Even with some of the ‘usual suspects’ absent, we still had to add an extra table to accommodate those takers for our September Breakfast/Brunch, even after we rearranged the date to the third Sunday in the month. This was brought about by the intervention of Truro Day - which never materialised due to an erroneous weather forecast by the Meteorological Office! As it happened, we were looking to change the monthly date of our extremely successful gatherings to give a greater gap between our monthly Social Night and this has been most fortuitous.
MG Rover Leg4Leg Charity Run 2nd October 2015

We were honoured to be able to support the MG Rover groups throughout the Country on the Land’s End to John o’ Groats Charity Run in aid of BLESMA, the Limbless Veterans Charity by participating on the first leg of their epic journey. An early start in pitch darkness and we set off towards Cornwall Services at Victoria to meet others for our journey to Exeter Services. Cornwall MG Owners carried the ‘baton’ which we then handed over for the second leg to Longbridge and then Derby on Day 1. By the end of the first week following the start, the MG Rover Leg4Leg group had raised close to £2k with the ‘Baton’ Auction still to take place online.
Club Night Thursday 3rd September 2015

This was our last Summer Social Night at The Victoria Inn at Roche and in spite of being told that we would be in the Conservatory, we were sidelined to the restaurant where 20 plus people were unceremoniously dispensed our pre-ordered meals ‘at a trot’! This wasn’t the first occasion that we had been treaded with disdain by the unapologetic management, but it will be the last! They can obviously afford to lose a regular monthly income from 18-20 diners plus drinks and making us pre-book our food orders so that the kitchen staff are prepared says a lot about how this establishment is being run. The loss next year will not be ours!
Buckfastleigh/South Devon Steam Railway 2nd October 2015

Having said goodbye to the guys form MG Rover Leg4Leg, we took a leisurely protracted trip home, in magnificent sunshine, via the South Devon Steam Railway at Buckfastleigh. We couldn’t have chosen a better day and we were rewarded for our fundraising efforts earlier in the day by generous concessionary fares by SDR who have invited us back in 2016. Our nine MGs must have caused a stir as they have offered us a display in front of the Station entrance on our return. The afternoon was completed with a sumptuous Devon Cream Tea, eaten under laden branches of rosy apples. What a fabulous day this turned out to be.
Cornwall Motor Show 10th - 11th October 2015

For the third year running, Heartlands at Pool has been the venue for Cornwall Motor Show and each year it has expanded to be one of the biggest crowd-pullers in the calendar. Saturday remains the most popular for exhibitors while Sunday seems to attract the more knowledgeable and interested visitors to the classic car displays. We were able to display six members MGs on the second day of the event and many interested MG owners approached us for details of Cornwall MG Owners and asked what we offered as a club, which we were happily to enlighten them with. Now, if only they could do something about warming up the weather!
Breakfast/Brunch 18th October 2015

Yet another superb turnout of classic cars for our October Breakfast/Brunch at Trevaskis Farm Restaurant. This month we had 11 classic cars in the car park including John’s split screen VW transporter, a Triumph Stag, a beautifully restored MGA, an MG3 and two MGC GTs, an MGB, MGB V8, MGB GT and two MGTFs an Mx5 and an Audi TT convertible. Twenty people sat down for                         breakfast and there were a number of the ‘usual suspects’ missing! We’re either going to find a bigger car park or bigger tables soon! November’s Breakfast/Brunch will be the last in 2015 as Christmas looms on the near horizon!
Club Night 5th November 2015

The last monthly Club Night of 2015 and it happened to fall on Bonfire Night! After worries that the car park in Perranporth would be packed with revelers, it turned out to be a ‘damp squib’ and we almost had the place to ourselves. As more and more members turned up, so we had to add tables until we nearly hadn’t room for more without dropping off the balcony and down the stairs! By contrast, the downstairs restaurant was almost deserted, no doubt the locals were enjoying the Firework celebrations elsewhere. A terrific end to the year’s monthly gatherings with only 2016 to look forward to!
Christmas Dinner 5th December 2015

The most successful Christmas Dinner in the history of Cornwall MG Owners took place for the fifth year running at Trevaskis Farm Restaurant. Again, we were well looked after by the excellent Staff and no one was left waiting too long for their meal. Some members did try and get a little boisterous by lobbing screwed up Cracker remains but, by and large, it was a fairly peaceful affair! Neville kindly provided us with a Quiz that kept the ‘grey matter’ in check and, even with a ‘tie-breaker’ question, there were no fights breaking out over the marking of the answers. What a wonderful way to finish a magnificent year for Cornwall MG Owners.