Sunday 1st January 2017 New Year’s Day Breakfast/Brunch
A fine start to the New Year, even if the weather was a little damp! Still, we managed to muster twenty ‘relatively’ sober members for a hearty Trevaskis breakfast to get the year off to a fine start. We’ll gloss over the fact that the Management had forgotten to put our booking in the 2017 Diary and given our usual table to another celebrating the new year and just let it be known that we still managed to fill all the tables they hurriedly brought together for our repast. Dates have been booked for our monthly Breakfast/Brunch for the forthcoming further ten months, so we shouldn’t have a similar unfortunate double-booking.
Sunday 21st May 2017 Breakfast/Brunch
A glorious Spring morning and we were bathed in Cornish sunshine. A lovely turnout of cars in the slightly reduced ‘overspill’ car park while building work continues on the Kitchen extension to Trevaskis Farm Restaurant. Only nineteen people seated for Breakfast/Brunch today, but the car park was adorned with two TDs, an MG RV8, Andrew Smith’s beautifull Brown & Gammons Race prepared MGB MGBs, a selection of MGTFs and Neville’s Austin Healey 3000!
Any visitor arriving at Trevaskis today would have had a smorgasbord feast of stunningly presented classic cars.
Sunday 28th May 2017 Hayle Vintage Rally
Since Hayle Round Table event on the Rugby Ground at Loggans Moor has disappeared from the annual classic car calendar, this much reduced gathering of vintage cars and side stalls has filled the gap in the diary. Very much a local ‘village fete’ in aid of Hayle Town Band, it has been sited on the recreation ground leading to the main thoroughfare through the town. Being one of the early events of the year, we were unable to muster our usual compliment of display cars, but we were there and able to answer the visitor’s questions and inform locals on Cornwall MG Owners. Sadly, the weather turned against us early in the afternoon and we beat a hasty retreat. Still, it is good to support our local events.
Thursday 1st June 2017 Club Night
A very pleasant evening’s drive out in the sunshine for this month’s Club Night and an excellent display of club members MGs filled the top end of the car park at June's Club Night at The Quintrell Inn, Quintrell Downs, near Newquay. MGs from a 1966 MGB Roadster to a 2017 MG3, including a factory MGB GT V8 and Andy’s race prepared MGB Roadster lined up. Our monthly gathering is becoming extremely well supported as time goes on and our patronage of The Quintrell Inn is rewarded by the attentive staff and our Landlord. Our choice of The Quintrell Inn does seem to have been an inspired choice.
Sunday 18th June 2017 Father’s Day Breakfast/Brunch
The choice of Father’s Day for our monthly Breakfast/Brunch could have turned out to have been a damp squib but, as it happened, we had one of our most successful turnouts of the year so far with 24 people sitting down for breakfast and 15 MGs in the car park including a 1953 MG TD and a 2017 MG3. Because of the clash of dates, the popularity of Trevaskis Farm Restaurant was only to have been expected and service was a little protracted, but then we hold our monthly breakfasts as a social gathering, not as a means to feed and get out in the quickest possible time! A fantastic turnout of Cornwall MG Owners and a big thank you for everyone's support and to Trevaskis Staff on a very busy Sunday.
Saturday 24th June 2017 Gwennap Parish Fete
A damp, dismal morning as we assembled in the ‘Original Factory Shop’ car park at Mount Ambrose for a short convoy run to Gwennap Parish Fair. Doug had two attempts to purchase an umbrella from the shop, his first try was thwarted because he was looking for a ‘mans’ brolly! His second attempt was successful as he emerged with a ‘ladies’ extendable handbag sized option - still satisfied the required need! Only a few classic cars in attendance, which was a result of the miserable conditions, still a good job that we attended or they would have been down to about four exhibits. George gave us a demonstration of how to demolish a Mega bacon & egg roll - everything ‘cremated’ of course!
Friday 7th July 2017 Cakey Tea Run
Firstly we were invited to visit a Cream Tea at The Carlyon Bay Hotel, then, when it turns out that we were going to be the largest contingent in attendance, we were told we weren’t wanted! Not to be disrespected, a better venue and a more enjoyable afternoon was hastily planned.
As a result, a stunning afternoon with wonderful people and a dozen MGs, driving through the Cornish lanes under glorious Cornish sunshine, topped off with a sumptuous Cornish Clotted Cream Tea at The Recent Restaurant at The Lizard - it just doesn't get any better than that!
Sunday 9th July 2017 K.O.V.C. Rally Penhallow
We haven’t attended K.O.V.C. Penhallow event for a few years now, it usually clashes with another event, or the weather is so abysmal in the run up to the date that access to the site with tractors in attendance turns the fields into a quagmire. This year we made a concerted effort to attend on the Sunday and we weren’t disappointed. The event has expanded many fold over the intervening years and is now one of the largest gathering of tractors, commercials, classic and vintage cars and motorcycles, - and those saddoes with the stationery engines! This event is now enormous. A light shower of rain did dampen proceedings, but we had a great time, non the less.
Sunday 16th July 2017 Breakfast & Wadebridge Wheels
We took an early breakfast in order to combine our monthly Breakfast/Brunch with Wadebridge Wheels. Trevaskis Staff were put under a little pressure to get nineteen of us fed and out the door but we managed to complete the task in 45 minutes. Ten MGs then set off in convoy to Wadebridge and by the time we arrived at The Royal Showground, we had seventeen member’s cars in tow! No one can say that we don’t make an entrance when we arrive! With the flags erected and all lined up, the weather decided to take the upper hand and we endured drizzly/mizzly rain for the rest of the day. The miserable weather was only eclipsed by the tepid (and that’s possibly overstating it) coffee on offer from the catering van!
Tuesday 1st August 2017 ‘Jazz In the Park’ Crantock
The annual Crantock ‘Jazz in the Park’ visit was a quieter than usual affair this year, fewer classic cars than last year, but still a well supported event by locals and holiday makers alike. This year, Bernie was officiating as the Area Secretary was busily getting soaked to the skin at Silverstone Classic. The Club’s event shelter came into it’s own, although I understand that a few comments were made about the wind approaching from all corners of the compass and we only had protection on two sides! This problem has now been rectified.
Sunday 6th August 2017 Ruan Minor - Grade Ruan Rally
Since Ruan Minor has returned to the calendar, attendance has increased many fold and we were able to aid that upward trend by bringing fifteen MGs in convoy. Again, the weather was exceptional and our cars attracted many visitors to ask questions about our Club, cars and the MG Owners Club in general. We were honoured to have Ann & Jock Bermingham join us while they were on holiday in Cornwall, they have been made ‘Honorary’ members of Cornwall MG Owners and we hope for many years of MG friendship to come. The afternoon was concluded with the MGC being awarded Best Post-War Sports Car, indeed an honour when there were so many beautifully presented cars in attendance.
Saturday 12th August 2017 Carnhell Green Rally
An early morning assembly of MGs at Trevaskis Farm Restaurant for a ‘cheeky’ coffee before a leisurely drive to Carnhell Green sent waves of panic through the Staff who thought we’d turned up for our monthly Breakfast/Brunch (a week early)! We had fifteen cars in our convoy and despite only arriving a half hour after the gates were opened, the display field was pretty full of classic cars and before long, a second field was filling up. A short sharp shower did nothing to dampen the day’s proceedings and the hastily erected hoods and tonneau covers were just as quickly removed. This event becomes more popular year on year and the organisation and attractions on offer make this event one not to miss.
Sunday 20th August 2017 Breakfast/Brunch
Our monthly Breakfast/Brunch goes from strength to strength and despite August being the busiest time of the year for holiday makers and home-grown families, we managed to exceed all our previous attendance records with a fantastic 31 people joining us for breakfast. This monthly gathering has proved to be one of the catalysts in making Cornwall MG owners such a friendly and welcoming group of classic car owners in the whole of Cornwall and, dare I say it, possibly one of the best attended monthly gatherings of MG folk in the country. A very big thank you to all members for their undying support.
Saturday 26th August 2017 Penryn Fair Day
Looking back through my records, the first time we were invited to exhibit our MG sports cars at Penryn Fair Day was in 2007, and we haven’t missed a single year! While the Brazillian Dancing Girls may have been replaced by a marching drum band (not as enthralling!), This year the number of classic cars has swelled out of proportion with the introduction of a group of rally cars, the likes of which we have not seen at any event held throughout the year. Again, we were engaged in numerous conversations with visitors, holiday makers and locals on the various MG models we had on display. Penryn Fair Day is always a great event and we are happy to support local town and village fairs and fetes.
Sunday 28th August 2017 East Pool Mine - Classic MG Day
Classic car events at East Pool Mine have been off the calendar for a number of years, so it was a pleasure to collaborate with the staff of this National Trust property in their re-introduction, especially when it was a ‘Classic MG Sports Car Day’. Glorious sunshine could have contrived against the event with visitors scampering off to the beaches but , with the support of Tamar Valley MGOC and a couple of cars from the local MG Car Club, we were able to display 43 cars around the perimeter of the mine buildings. The staff were excellent and professional and, while mostly volunteers, were as enthusiastic about the mining heritage of the site as we were about our cars. We sincerely hope that we can replicate the date next year.
1st - 3rd September ‘Weekend Away’ - The Sequel - Pt. 1
Coventry Transport Museum
The first part of our weekend left us thoroughly drained as our trip up the A30/M5 to Stratford upon Avon took us 7½ hours in blazing heat with the hoods down. Our hotel was excellent, which is more than could be said for the local pub who ran out of Ale! Saturday saw us tackle Coventry Ring Road to varying degrees of success, but when we managed to reach our destination, the reward was worth the frustration. Coventry Transport Museum is possibly the best venue for motoring memorabilia. The exhibits are stunning, the presentation is second to none and the building is vast and, to top it off, Entry to the museum is FREE! Don’t miss an opportunity to visit.
1st - 3rd September ‘Weekend Away’ - The Sequel - Pt. 2
British Motor Museum
Having recently spent £4M expanding and upgrading the facility at Gaydon, I had high hopes for our visit. I had visited British Motor Heritage Trust (as it was previously known) on several previous occasions, so I had no hesitation in recommending this museum for this year’s ‘Weekend Away’. Just how wrong can one be? In the ‘old’ building they have ‘elevated’ exhibits atop boxes made to look like Matchboxes, such that you can no longer see inside the exhibits, in the new facility they have packed 250 cars so tightly that you can’t move between the exhibits to photograph individual models. Sorry to say, I won’t be returning any time soon!
Friday 6th October MG Rover RBL ‘End2End’ Run
A very early start and under a Harvest Moon, our support group for this year’s MG Rover’s Lands End to John o’Groats Run in aid of the Royal British Legion assembled at the farthest western point of the British Isles. A total of fourteen members MGs undertook our leg of their journey to Exeter Services with a brief stop at Cornwall Services to say goodbye to a couple of our members and pick up three for the onward journey. The weather, again, was spectacular for this trip - as it was in 2015 and those who had refrained from battening down for winter by fitting hard tops to their MGs, ended up making an inspired decision and bathed in the glorious early autumn balmy sunshine.
Friday 6th October South Devon Steam Railway, Buckfastleigh
Our return home from Exeter Services was once again punctuated with a stop at the South Devon Steam Railway at Buckfastleigh and displayed nine MGs opposite the station Ticket Office for all to view. We enjoyed a memorable steam train journey to the end of the line at Totnes where we crossed the tracks to the Cafe Garden of the Rare Breeds Farm. Having sampled the luscious cream teas here two years ago, this was a destination that had to be repeated and again, in shirt sleeves and sweltering from the heat, we enjoyed a fabulous repast with the largest scones you have ever seen! Devonians may not be able to comprehend that Jam always goes on first but, by heck! they know how to make scones!
Sunday 8th October Heartlands Classic Car Show
This event replaced the Cornwall Motor Show of previous years and by the numbers of classic cars on show, appeared to be a great success. So many cars arrived that the event site was locked down to prevent too many gaining access to the packed arena.The whole area was fenced off with Security ensuring that visitors paid the £3 entry fee which was being donated to the Cornwall Air Ambulance and Children’s Hospice South West. The event seemed to have been well attended by visitors to Hearlands and we were kept busy answering questions from the interested parties. Organisation was excellent and our thanks go to Jason Goss and his team and Heartlands for putting on an excellent event in an interesting setting.