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					            MG CAR CLUB LIMITED
           WINTER 2006/7 NEWSLETTER
          Secretary: Bob Slatter, 150 Fleet Street, Keyham, Plymouth, PL2 2BT
                   Telephone: Plymouth (01752) 558085 after 6.00p.m.

Dear Member,
       Let me wish you a very belated Happy New Year to those I have not met so far this
year and apologise for the delay in writing this letter, pressure of work etc. unfortunately!!
There have been several new members to the Centre over the past few months and they are:

               Phillip Bowden                                Falmouth
               Graham Brokenshire                            St Dennis
               Charlie Cartwright                            Penzance
               Gordon Dingley                                Cullompton
               Lisa Ellis                                    Plymouth
               Gerald Fuller                                 Newlyn
               Mr & Mrs Peter Greenacre                      Newton Abbott
               Mr & Mrs Nicholls-Musselwhite                 Paignton
               Clive Priem                                   Newquay
               Mr & Mrs Michael Smith                        Helston

Also a couple who have transferred into the Centre:

               Timothy Carter                                Camelford
               Mr & Mrs Christopher John                     Holsworthy
               Mr & Mrs Keith Rouse                          Sidmouth

       We look forward to meeting them at forthcoming events.

         Now onto a quick run down of past events and the first of these was the Tamar
Classic Trial jointly organised by ourselves and Launceston and North Cornwall Motor Club
at the end of October. A very successful event from all points of view, with nearly a hundred
entries, both motorcycles and cars taking part. Despite atrocious weather for weeks before the
event, the day remained reasonably dry and everything ran just about to time. If at all
possible, we could use a few more marshals for the next running of this event, as it was only
after a few phone calls to chase members up that we were able to successfully man all our
sections, without too much pressure on them. It certainly pays off, as the Centre makes quite a
financial gain from this event to help run the Centre on your behalves. May I thank all the
marshals who did help out on the day, we could not have done it without you.

        Into November, and the Annual Skittles Evening organised by Tony and Anne Short
and the East Devon Natter at the Seven Stars, Kennford near Exeter took place. Once again a
very successful evening with over forty members attending for a fun game of skittles and an
excellent buffet. Unfortunately, several members who had booked, did not turn up on the
night for various reasons, but it meant that we had to pay for the buffet numbers we had
booked previously, and of course, we were short of money for the evening and the Centre had
to make up the balance as we did not want to see the Natter out of pocket. This will mean that
for future evenings where a pre-booked buffet is arranged that we will need a deposit from
members, please.
         The evening however was great fun with the visitors yet again beating the locals by a
small margin. Prizes were awarded for the highest scoring lady and gent, Julia McKee and
Bob Slatter respectively, also a booby prize for the lowest score of the evening. There was
also talk of a return match on Home territory for the Plymouth and surrounding areas, more
details later in the letter.

         Into January and the Club was asked once again to marshal Simms Hill, near Bovey
Tracey on the MCC Exeter Classic Trial. Again we were lucky with the weather, and the
marshals saw a record number of competitors reach the top of the hill this year, probably due
to all the rain washing off the loose top covering mud down to the underlying rock base. May
I take this opportunity to thank all those that helped on the day, and again we were finished
just about on time and also in daylight!!!!

        By the time you read this letter, the Annual Dinner and Dance will have taken place
on Friday 3rd February at Bowood Park near Camelford, North Cornwall. Several of the
members attending made a weekend of it by staying Saturday night as well, at the same lower
rates as Friday. This was not so well attended as in previous years by Centre members, so will
probably be the last we will organise for a while. This is because the Natters now arranged
Dinners around Christmas time and they are better attended than the main Centre Dinner.

        Wednesday 7th February sees the South Hams Natter with a guest speaker of PC
Anita Williams of the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary Air Operations Unit who will give a
talk on ‘The Role of the Police Helicopter’. Although the helicopter unit in Devon and
Cornwall is a fairly recent addition, the use of aircraft by the Police goes back to before the
Second World War. The Metropolitan Police carried out trials using airships in the 20’s and in
the 30’s introduced the Autogyro and fixed wing aircraft for air surveillance.

       On Saturday 24th February, the Centre’s Annual General Meeting will take place at
the Eagle House Hotel, Castle Street, Launceston. This can be found by turning off the A388
Launceston to Holsworthy road just below the Castle, actually signposted, and then right into
Tower Street and follow the one way system to Castle Street. Time will be 7.30p.m. for
8.00p.m. start.

        Please come along and have your say about how you would like the Centre run and
what type of events you would like us to organise, also to elect the Officers and Committee
for the coming year. Remember it is your Club!! If you are really keen why not join the
Committee, we are not too hard on new members, and you might actually enjoy it. A proposal
form is included with this letter, so please fill it in and return to me by Wednesday 21st
February. Any proposals must be made in writing before the meeting and to save any
embarrassment on the night, please ensure that anyone proposed is willing to stand. Included
with this newsletter is a nomination form for Officials and General Members on the

        If you are daunted by the fact that over many years now that we have monthly
Committee Meetings, and you feel unable to attend that many times, do not be put off. We,
the current Committee have had a long discussion at the last Meeting about cutting the
number of meetings down, as we are not organising as many events these days, and with the
advent of e-mail, most members can be contacted quickly by this mode so monthly meetings
are not deemed so necessary.

       There will be an excellent free buffet provided after the meeting followed by an
informal Forum, as this has proved very popular over the last few years. Obviously if you are
attending could you give me a ring before Saturday 17th, as we need to let the Hotel know
numbers for the catering.

The Agenda will be as follows:

                      1.      Apologies for absence
                      2.      Minutes of the 2005 Annual General Meeting
                      3.      Officers’ Reports
                      4.      Election of Officers
                      5.      Election of Committee
                      6.      Any other business

        Back to the Natters once again, and on Wednesday 7th March, the South Hams Natter
will be holding a Members Evening of other Hobbies and Interests. With the help and support
of Chris, the Manager of the Woodpecker Inn, they are able to hold this event once again.
Members are invited to bring along examples of other hobbies and interests that would be of
interest to other members. So Ladies and Gentlemen bring along your Craftwork, Paintings,
Photography, Needlework, Woodwork, Collectables and Memorabilia. Because of the limited
space at the Woodpecker it is important that you contact Colin Lennox-Jones on 01752
892434 or Ted Lawrence on 01752 793105 to book your table space for whatever you plan to

        As mentioned earlier in the newsletter, there will be a return Skittles Evening held on
Saturday 24th March. The venue for this will be Smithaleigh Caravan Park near Lee Mill,
Plymouth. Time will be 7.30p.m. for 8.00p.m. start of play. We have not organised a formal
buffet for this event, but Bar Snacks are available, which can be ordered on the night. There is
a range of Gammon at £4.95, Scampi at £4.25, Fish at £3.95 to a Burger in a bun at £2.95, all
served with Chips and Peas.

       The venue can be found if coming from Plymouth area, by turning off the A38
signposted Lee Mill, continuing down into the village and turning right back towards
Plymouth. Immediately after re-joining the A38, bear left into Smithaleigh and past the Little
Chef until you reach the New Country Inn on you left. Turn left into the Caravan Park and
make your way to the Clubhouse. If coming from Exeter area, turn left off the A38 after the
Lee Mill turning into Smithaleigh and then left into the Caravan Park.

        Now speeding along into April and on the Sunday 1st there will be an East Devon Day
which will be a visit to Colyford Garage and Motor Museum. Meet at the Wheelwright Inn
(opposite the Museum), Colyford (Tel: 01297 552585) or the White Hart, Colyford (Tel:
01297 553202) for lunch from 12 noon onwards. Both offer a variety of bar meals, but if you
plan to have a Sunday Roast or full meal in either of their restaurants, you need to book in
advance. On arriving in Colyford, you may park your car on the Garage/Museum forecourt. It
is a purpose built garage and forecourt that dates back to 1928. It opened with Hammond hand
operated petrol pumps which were replaced with electric Avery Hardoll ones in 1952 and
which (after suitable internal modification) were still serving petrol when it had to close in

       The visit to the Museum will start at 2.00p.m. with a short talk about the museum by
the owner, Robin Barnard. Entrance charge is at a party rate of £2.00 per person. To book
your place please contact Geoff Jebb on 01392 877838 by 27th March, who is co-ordinator for
this Exeter and East Devon Group event.
        Wednesday 4th April sees the South Hams Natter having David Whitworth as a guest
speaker from the National Trust giving a talk outlining the history of the Trust and some of its
significant houses in the area.

        On Good Friday 6th April sees the running of the 85th Land’s End Trial organised by
the Motor Cycling Club. I have been approached by the Chief Marshal, John Barthram, to ask
if the MG Car Club could marshal the start once again. This year it has been moved to
Jethro’s at Lewdown near Launceston, (Map reference 201/455867) which should make life
easier than last year when the start venue was closed down only a week before the event.

         If you are able to help, could you please let me know on 01752 558085 as soon as
possible so that names can be included in the programme. Time of starting will be from
approximately 5.30p.m. and last until about 10.00p.m. if the number of starters is similar to
last year. Particular help is needed with scrutineering as last year they were pushed to get
everybody checked and away on time. It is not too onerous, as all that is needed to be checked
are lights, horns, tax discs and competition numbers. There is usually time for a break and
something to eat halfway through the start, when the last motorcycle leaves and before the
first car starts. Famous last words!!

       We have been invited by the National Trust to attend the Vintage Car Gathering on
Saturday 21st April at Finch Foundry, Sticklepath near Okehampton following the successful
gathering in 2006. This is a fascinating 19th century water powered forge in working order in
a unique rural setting in a very pleasant Devon location. The gathering is adjacent to the
foundry and Devonshire Inn, (one of the stopping points on the Trafalgar Way Run in 2005
and an old fashioned pub in every sense of the meaning). The men to contact for this event are
Clive Clark on 01837 811108 or Colin Lennox-Jones on 01752 892434 to book your place.

         As the observant of you will have noticed there is an entry form for the Atlantic
Coast Express Run which is being held on Sunday 13th May included with this letter. This
year it is planned for the 10th ACE to start at once again from Okehampton Station, owned by
the Dartmoor Railway, where there will be the usual pre start snacks and drinks available,
plus their interesting model railway shop.

        The tour will lead through the Raleigh country of East Devon and West Dorset coastal
resorts offering some delightful vistas, weather permitting, before finishing for our customary
cream tea at the excellent Fishponds House Country Hotel, just north of Honiton. The
Dartmoor Railway is hoping to offer this year sometime, a ‘Sleeper Train’ facility at
Okehampton for those wishing to stay overnight. Should this facility be available then details
will be placed on our Centre web-site plus the newsletter, including other locations for
overnight accommodation.

        Now I hear you all gasp, Centre Web-site, as mentioned above. Yes we have at long
last succumbed to the 21st century and had a site produced for us, which is still being
developed and enhanced as I write. It is on and is linked to the Main
Club web-site at In fact, the newsletter will be included on this site from
now on, so unless you let me know that you would like to receive the forthcoming newsletters
as hard copy, you will only be able to read it on-line. This will reduce our postal bills by
several hundred pounds a year.

      That appears to be all for this month, except for a couple of adverts on the
accompanying sheet.

               Safety Fast,       BOB

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