President - Allan Semmler
President's Report for March 2017
Two years have passed pretty quickly and my term as President is just about up, so this is the last time you will have to put up with my ramblings. Having said that for the most part I have enjoyed my time as your President.
It is difficult to single out members who have done more than their bit for the club but I will name a few in no particular order who have helped me over my term.
Past President Leyland George who was always available for advice, IT guru and web page / face book man Peter Coulson for his work on all things IT, Treasurer Alan Cardnell & Sandra, always around to help set up and clean up along with Adrian Ward & Rosa, Dick Manning and Berry Treffers. My thanks to all the committee, Register Co-ordinators, and committee appointed members for their work over the last two years.
Congratulations for a job well done to the national meeting committee headed by Tim Edmonds and our national meeting expert Bev Waters they are getting closer to the pointy end of their work with only (when you read this) one month to the event. I am positive this meeting will be a huge success.
Thanks to Geoff Goode for taking on the position of historic registration from Ian Denny who put in many years in that position. Hopefully their work will be a little less arduous later this year with some major changes to the act expected to take effect in the second half of this year.
It was pleasing to see the club premises used a bit more last year with register meetings, film nights and other activities held at the club. Hopefully this will continue in the years to come.
So what challenges lie ahead for the incoming President and his committee:
(1) Membership is on a very slow decline and the chances of ever hitting the 1000 mark are looking less likely each year. This in turn has an effect on the club’s financial position. When I joined the club (2006) membership stood at around 980 as of January this year that number has fallen to 929 assuming all members pay their subs
(2) I am sure all members are aware the position of interest rates over the last few years has had a marked effect on the return from our fixed term deposit along with ever increasing council rates, telephone, electricity and other fixed expenses all having a detrimental effect on the club finances
(3) The cost of producing and distributing the club magazine consumes a substantial part of the clubs finances I have not seen the results of the survey on your last renewal notice re. printed magazine or the web version of the club magazine, but this will be a challenge for the incoming committee
(4) When I became President one of my priorities was to urge members of the committee to upgrade the clubs computer software to allow among other things, easier invoicing, payment of subscriptions, easy access to members via email for sending information on club and register events etc; Unfortunately not much has happened in this area but sooner or later the club must bite the bullet and look to the future with regard to the clubs efficient operation in this area.
I have been a member, committee member, and Chairman/President of various organisations ranging from the YMCA to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers over the last 40 years and can say that my time on the MGCCSA committee has been the most enjoyable.
My sincere thanks to all members for your friendship, and help over the last two years. And I take this opportunity to wish the incoming President and his Committee, a happy and successful term of office.
I can’t finish without a few photo’s so, for all you MGA owners here is a look at what you could achieve if you put your mind to it. 1959 MGA Coupe with a complete new front end, running a 428 Cobra Super Jet V8 coupled to a three speed Ford Automatic Gear Box. The car develops 600 H.P. and the headers can be shut off to allow the exhaust to exit through the rear pipe for normal street use.
My brother and club member John has finished the restoration of his Red MGB and those members who have seen it I think would agree he has done a great job for a retired school teacher, pity it is overshadowed by a fantastic Twin Cam in the background.
As a matter of interest, a pretty reasonable Twin Cam sold at Shannon’s Sydney Auction in early February for $85,000.
Cheers and all the best for the club in 2017
President's Report for May 2016
The MG 2016 National Meeting has been and gone, from all reports I have heard it was a great success, a couple of Adelaide members did us proud with the Chris Dodds Memorial Trophy awarded to Tim Edmonds and the Outright Speed Event won by Rob Hall. I am sure Bev Waters will have a full report available in the coming weeks.
With less than 12mths until we welcome club members from around Australia to Adelaide next Easter, the national meeting committee are up to speed with venues booked, deposits paid and all things going well.
Our magazine editor has insisted that all articles for the May edition be in his capable hands by the 10th of April as he and Jo are off to Hawaii, so I can’t give a report on the All MG Day.
I was asked by the organising group to give a brief history of the 60 years of our club at the All MG Day. Using the “Marque Of Respect” as a source of information. I would like to share a few interesting stories with you.
The Club was formed on the 10th of April 60 years ago when over 100 attended the first meeting, It was decided to hold regular meetings on the second Tuesday of each month a practice that continues to this day. The first sporting event was an observation run held in July 1956 the run ending in a Motorkana at Lanac Park owned by foundation member and later patron Geoff O’Halloran Giles. By 1957 the club had over 200 members and 1958 the first social committee held a Memorable Barbecue and to quote Alan Hutchins “over 400 turned up, 200 gallons of beer was consumed, the last drinkers left at 5.00 am, The Sporting Car Club pinched the last 10 gallons of beer, the Social Committee were all blind and the club made 25 pounds profit.”
The first register group the “T” Register was formed in 1966. In 1969 membership had fallen to just over 100. The first Concours was held at the Marion Shopping Centre in 1970 with 22 entries. That year was also the year that the club welcomed female participants in competitive events. 1973 saw the purchase of the clubrooms at Chief Street.
By 1978 membership had increased to 149 despite an increase in fees to $20.00. The official opening of the clubrooms occurred in 1984. Fees were $40.00 in 1992 and membership broke the 300 mark.
The 60th Anniversary wines are now available at the club and can be purchased on club meeting nights or by arrangement with me.
Finally I would like to congratulate Steve Spong for his efforts with the MGB register, his first run to the Mt. Lofty Botanic Gardens on the 12th March was enjoyed by all that attended. The next “B” run is being planned for June.
Back in June, Allan.
President's Report for April 2016
The Annual General Meeting along with the election of officers for the 2016 year was held on the 8th March.
John Davies has stepped down from the committee and also his position as assistant motor sport secretary due to work commitments. We thank him for his past work and hope to see him back in the not to distant future.
Peter Coulson has returned to the committee and will also fill the motor sport assistant spot. With the exception of a social secretary all other positions have been filled. I thank the committee members for their past support and look forward to working with them over the remaining 12mths of my term as president.
At last count Gary Davies has 44 verbal entries for the weekender and even a stint in hospital has not stopped his work to make this event a success. The entry form for the weekender is in the magazine and on the web site. If you are interested I suggest you contact Gary A.S.A.P. as numbers are limited.
The organisation of the 60th Anniversary on Saturday the 9th of July is well under way. Bookings are ESSENTIAL See the magazine or web page for the contact details of Bev Waters to secure your spot.
The 60th Anniversary Wines are now available; I will contact the members who have ordered to arrange a suitable time for pickup and payment, Purchases can be made on monthly meeting nights. Thanks to the committee members who volunteered to show their labelling skills on Friday the 11th.
All MG Day on the 10th of April is rapidly approaching, I ask all members to make an effort to attend this event and lets make this our 60th year a roaring success with a record number of entries.
In this edition you will find the entry form for this years Kimber Run to be held on Sunday the 21st of August, at the risk of repeating myself can you please get your entries in early. (By the 5th of August)
Steve Spong our Breakfast Run and MGB Register co-ordinator held his first MGB Register Meet on the 12th of March at the Mt. Lofty Botanic Gardens. By all accounts a great success.
As you are aware the Motor Sports Enthusiasts in this state have lost the use of the Monarto Motokana Venue. The last event organised by MGCCSA was held at Mallala on the skidpan, Murray reports that it was a successful day the only problem is that we now have to pay to use this venue. If any member has any ideas of a venue that may be available for use to host these events please contact Murray Stephenson.
Technical Tip for March:
Not so much a technical tip this month but a look at the lighter side of working in close proximity to the smart arses at Supaloc Racing. The pictures below of one such incident that occurred was at the time when Brad and Simon where helping me repair the “Worlds Best Twin Cam”
When Rae and I arrived at work early one morning, sitting in the middle of our office was supposedly a replacement motor for said car, The label attached read, TNT Delivery to Semmler Technologies Peachey Road Elizabeth, From Lamborghini Racing Europe, Qty, 1, Description 1 X MGA Twin Conversion Motor minus wiring loom.
Back in May, Allan.
President's Report for March 2016
As mentioned in my last report, lots of club activities are in the pipeline for this year. Garry Davies is pushing ahead with planning for the weekender to be held at Robe in October, he already has 14 expressions of interest and given a likely cap of around 30 – 40 entrants, if you are interested in attending, it may be wise to contact Garry and get your name on the list. You can contact him on 85524243 or Mobile 0414964302.
The Motor sports season is under way, round 1 of the Motorkana held on the 7th of February. If you are unaware, this round was held at Mallala as we have lost the use of the Big W centre at Monarto due to changes in company policy. Murray Stephenson is sorting through this problem and is in discussion with Big W regarding future use of this venue. If you have any ideas as to an alternate site for Motorkana events I suggest you pass them onto Murray.
Labels for our 60th Anniversary Wines have been designed by Maurice Linehan and Garry Davies and are in production. The wines will be available for purchase early March.
The Club Magazine is now available on the club website in glorious colour. The link is on the right hand side of the Home page titled MG Motoring.
There have been rumblings regarding the participation of member’s cars other than MG’s in club activities and displays etc. All club members can participate in club events as our constitution states in section 4:
4a part 1 states:
However at events such as the All MG Day, Kimber Runs, Show & Shine Days etc, It has been the accepted practice of the organisers to assemble non MG marques in a slightly separated area or at the rear end of participants in the Kimber Run.
Technical Tip for March.
Some readers may remember that in 2009 whilst competing in Targa Tasmania one of Supaloc Racing’s Lamborghini ‘s ended up in a ditch resulting in the doors being cut out to remove Kevin and his navigator, Rebecca Crunkhorn. Since that time the car has been undergoing a restoration process to return it to a road going vehicle.
One problem encountered was that the road clearance height was such as to create severe problems exiting – entering driveways etc. This has been overcome in a joint exercise between Superloc Racing and “The Worlds Best Engineers” in manufacturing a pair of air operated pistons attached to the front shock absorbers that allow the car to be raised 25mm to alleviate the problem. If any members out there have this problem with your lowered MG’s, for a large amount of cash money we can fix it for you!!
Readers may remember the 1976 911 Porsche in which Kevin Weeks won Four Classic Adelaide Rallies along with various other tarmac rallies and hill climbs. This car has been retired from racing duties and has been restored to its former glory; I could be tempted to swap the Twin Cam for it.
President's Report for February 2016
Welcome MG Car Club members to 2016, I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year spent with family and friends.
This year being the 60th Anniversary of the South Australian Club is going to be busy with lots of activities in the pipeline. Planning is well advanced for the second All MG Day to be held at the Civic Park opposite Tea Tree Plaza on the 10th of April. Last years inaugural show was well attended let’s hope we can do even better this year. Information is available from Ian on 0417884013 or Leyland on 0417829678.
Planning is underway for a weekender this year, Gary Davies has offered to organize this event. Date will be 21st-24th October. You will find more information in the magazine regarding this.
So as not to clash with the weekender and to fit in with Torrens Parade Grounds /Adelaide Oval Football commitments, our Kimber Run will be held on Sunday the 21st of August this year. Please put this date in your diary now.
As I mentioned in the December magazine the 60th wine bottling is going ahead and we expect to have it available for members to purchase mid March. Expressions of interest will be available at the February club meeting or you can place your orders by ringing me. To refresh your memory the wines are from Bethany Wines in the Barossa Valley and are:
Pricing as follows; $14.00 each or $168.00/Doz. Purchase a dozen and get one bottle free.
The wines will feature a label to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the club. The inaugural meeting was held on 10th April 1956 in the Kingsway Building, which was located in Brown (now Morphett) Street Adelaide. It is interesting to note that one of the original committee persons was Mr. Ian Curwen – Walker (Curley) who is still an active member and dedicated committee person.
Some members will be aware of a hacking / virus issue with the web site in late December. Thanks to our web master Peter Coulson with the help of Russell Garth for fixing this. Peter has recommended an update to our Virus/Malware protection and more frequent scans to detect any future problems. It was agreed by the committee that Peter be given the ok to purchase and install protection as required.
Nomination forms will be available at the February meeting for all committee positions (1 year term) except the president (2 year term) so if you have an interest in assisting your club please nominate. Nominations will close on the 28th of February ahead of the March Annual General Meeting.
Technical Tip For February.
That’s it for February see you next month.
President's Report for December 2015
Well Christmas is almost upon us.
The Kimber Run has been and gone (see report elsewhere in this magazine and on the web page).
If you haven’t booked for the Club Christmas Party you are probably too late. Raelene & Geraldine have been busy organising prizes for the raffle to be drawn on the 18th of December, there are some great prizes to be won so bring plenty of money to the December meeting and the Christmas Party. All proceeds are going towards the Adelaide 2017 MG National Meeting organisation fund.
We are also organising a wine bottling for early next year to celebrate the 60th anniversary of our club. Proceeds will also go towards the 2017 MG National Meeting. The wines chosen are from Bethany Winery in the Barossa and after careful examination and tasting by your committee (all expert wine tasters) the following have been selected;
The committee has decided that as of early next year the MG Motoring magazine will be available on the club web page following requests from a number of club members, we look forward to your input regarding your preference as to having the magazine available on the web page or as a printed version.
For all rev heads out there an update on the Supaloc Racing front. The 4-wheel drive Lamborghini of Kevin Weeks has undergone a transformation for hill climb events with major changes to the turbo charging, exhaust system and launch control. On recent Dyno testing it is producing over 1020 hp at around 7000 rpm. At a test day at Malalla in early November he achieved consistent runs of 0-100 kph in the very impressive time of 2.04 seconds. These numbers put the car in the league of cars like the Bugatti Veyron. By comparison a top fuel drag race car produces about 8000 hp and can achieve times of around 0.6 seconds for 0-100 kph but they don’t have to go around corners or up hills.
On a serious note regarding cheap imported tyres, whilst enjoying the Kimber Run I noticed a reasonable vibration in the steering wheel of the Twin Cam, thinking that a wheel balance was needed I approached a local tyre dealer to have this attended to on the following Monday. Having removed the driver’s side front wheel he called me over to show me the cause of the problem, approximately 1/3 of the periphery had de-laminated and was about 5 mm above the rest of the tyre.
On examination 2 of the other 3 were found to be in a similar condition although not as bad as the first one. These tyres are branded “Sports Radial” with no indication of where they were manufactured. Most probably Korea according to the tyre man. Granted they are about 10 - 12 years old but have travelled only about 5000 miles. Similar imported tyres (165 X 15 Radial) can be purchased for around $70.00 each, (saw some on eBay for $58.50 each) excellent quality Hankook tyres (also from Korea) are around the $130 mark. I opted for Michelin ‘s at $285 each. Hate to think what would have happened while driving home from Tanunda at around 60 mph if one of them had let go.
Christmas is almost upon us so I wish all members and their families a very safe and Happy Christmas and a great 2016.
I’ll be back again in February. Allan Semmler.
President's Report for November 2015
I had a bit of a late run of entries for the Kimber Run as always, we ended up with 135 cars entered, a little disappointing seeing we had 156 last year. There will be a report on the run in the next issue.
Some of our members have had some car related issues lately, Wayne & Geraldine’s big Ford ute’s air conditioner decided to pack it in along with a wobbly water pump on their MGC. Laurie Houghton’s V8 MGB lost a valve at about 6000 revs at Mallala resulting in a severely damaged head plus other motor related damage. Arthurs new very lovely ND had a bit of a seizure of the big end variety and is back in Melbourne for repairs, Arthur is understandably disappointed. Let’s hope he gets it back soon all fixed.
One of our new members had a bit of a problem with a trailer. After picking up his new toy (a very nice MGB) from Victoria he was returning the borrowed car trailer and inadvertently left the hand brake on the trailer and drove about 50kms completely destroying 2 brake drums, 2 sets of brake shoes along with the wheel cylinders and return springs etc. (see picture below).
Remains of Brake Drums & Shoe’s
A group of members had a great day at UltraFast Go Karts on the 11th of October, thanks to Peter Coulson for organizing that event. We had 7 teams of two with each driver completing 40 laps, I think like me, most of the drivers would have suffered from sore shoulders the day after.
There is information on the club Christmas dinner in this issue re. bookings etc. We have a limit on the number able to be accommodated comfortably in the clubrooms, so it will be first in best dressed. I suggest you get your booking in early.
A couple of club events to bear in mind this month are the Slot Car Racing night on Friday the 27th of November and the Motor Sports night on Friday the 13th with guest speaker Barry Lowe, twice Australian and three times State Rally Champion, both will be interesting nights so please come along. Supper will be provided on both nights.
A special General Meeting was held at the conclusion of the October Meeting to vote on an increase in the annual membership fee’s. After some heated discussion the motion put forward by your committee was passed with a substantial majority. The new yearly membership fee’s for 2016 will be as follows: - Adult Member $100.00 up from $90.00, SPD Members $30.00 up from $25.00 and Country Members $90.00 up from $80.00 Membership fee’s have not increased for 6 years but our running costs have increased significantly over that period. These modest increases will help the club provide the services that you the members have come to expect.
That’s it for November, back again next month.
President's Report for October 2015
Hi MG Car Club Members, Firstly thanks to our Vice President Adrian for taking over while Rae and I were on holidays.
We spent 3 ½ weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia and did not see one MG, in fact not that many cars at all considering the population of these two countries. The lack of cars was certainly made up with the amount of “postie bikes” and scooters. For example Hanoi has about 4.3 million inhabitants and an estimated 2 million plus motorcycles, and who needs cars or trucks when you can get 5 people or 6 - 44 gallon drums or 8 - 50kg bags of rice on the bike, if you need more space add a trailer, you can even get the presidents wife on one.
Bike pulling the trailer is 85cc
Typical Hanoi street scene
Time to trade the MG in on a Postie Bike?
Next year is the 60th Anniversary of this club and the committee is looking at having a commemorative wine bottling not only to celebrate this milestone but also as a fund raiser for the MG Adelaide National Meeting scheduled for Easter 2017. We have had a commemorative Port before but are considering red and white wine this time around. We need some feed back from you the members as to your preference and quantity. Early indications are that for a reasonable quality red or white we would be looking to sell at around $12 -$15 per bottle, this would be somewhat dependant on total quantity purchased.
Our Vice President and Parades and Display man Adrian has been having a rest for the last couple of months but is revving up for action again starting in October. Please check the web page or the monthly magazine for details.
Gloria George is on the road to recovery after a nasty fall resulting in five broken ribs, and Graham Loader is back in action following his stint in hospital after a heart scare.
Thanks to Geraldine Hough for stepping into the treasurer’s position while Alan and Sandra are off on their jaunt to England and Europe.
We have an offer from Alexander Hick to put on a slot car racing night at the club probably in November or early December on a Friday night. Alexander assures me the he has cars of identical performance so it will be a true test of your driving ability. Details will be in the October magazine.
That’s all for now, See you in November
Vice-President's Report for September 2015
VICE PRESIDENT'S REPORT from Adrian Ward
Let me start by saying it has been a privilege to be able to stand in for Allan Semmler in his absence.
Adrian Ward, Vice President
President's Report for August 2015
PRESIDENTS REPORT From Allan Semmler August 2015
Half way through July already, and what have I got to write about for this month? The Kimber run entry form is now available on the web site and also in the magazine, as of today we have 15 entries so please keep them coming in. John Davies has scored the coveted No.1 plate. His entry was in about one hour after the form was posted on the web site. Raelene and I will be away in Vietnam and Cambodia for most of August so confirmation of your entry will be sent when we return in early September, don’t forget all MGA owners that we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of this magnificent model this year, last year we had 12 MGA’S and seeing that there are 70 + in the club it would be great if we could get at least half of them on this years run.
Past President Wayne and Librarian Geraldine are back after their trip to the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Battle of Waterloo re-enactment. One of the highlights’ of their Goodwood visit was the sight and sound of the Beast of Turin being run during the event.
THE BEAST OF TURIN
On the club front it appears that our magazine editor has his V8 MG going so fast that he needs to up grade the brakes by fitting Discs about the size of the ones on the Supaloc GT40 Ford necessitating rather large “top hats “ to hold the discs. These have been manufactured by Australia’s top racing engineers Semmler Technologies!!
The good news for this issue is; I have the Twin Cam Generator back. It has only taken 2 years 4 months and 17 days, just as well I had the reliable Indian one to keep me going. The bad news is that the trusty Twin Cam now has a slight brake fluid leak from the front right hand calliper piston. Oh well I needed something to do on these cold winters days.
If you attended the July General Meeting you would have been treated to the sight of Jason Edwards latest toy, a Lotus Exige on display in the clubrooms. He obviously hasn’t been told the real meaning of the word Lotus (lots of trouble usually serious) The car is matt black and according to Jason this is the “Special Stealth Model” so he no longer needs to worry about speed and red light camera’s, I may take the Audi in next week for a paint job.
As mentioned above we will be away in August so I leave you in the capable hands of our Vice President Adrian Ward.
President's Report for July 2015
PRESIDENTS REPORT From Allan Semmler July 2015
July is here still a couple of months of cold weather so plenty of time to do those odd jobs on your MG that you put off over the summer/autumn season.
Sandra has been busy with the MGA 60th anniversary activities, Sunday the 7th saw about 20 MGA’s attend the Lobethal Run, we had a nice drive around the old Lobethal GP track fol-lowed by a great lunch at the Lobethal Hotel. Adrian Ward was presented with a birthday cake to celebrate his 69th birthday.
A news flash from Sandra has just appeared on my computer to the ef-fect that she has managed to secure a prominent display position at this years Bay To Birdwood Run to cele-brate the 60th, so all of you “A” owners out there please get behind Sandra to make this a great show piece for our club.
The Motor Sports Enthusiasts held their presentation night at the clubrooms on the 19th of June. They had a rally car on show and our Patron Ed Ordinski kept those present entertained. A great supper was provided after the presentations.
As you are probably aware Adelaide is to host the National Meeting in 2017, the first meeting of interested members (about 20) was held on Fri-day the 12th at the clubrooms to start the organisation for this event.
This must be the time of the year for holidays as a number of our members are away or about to go away. Wayne and Geraldine are in the U.K. and Europe (we just received a text from them, they are sipping coffee on the Champs Elysee,) Bob And Shelly Bazzica are also somewhere in Europe, Sandra and Alan Cardnell are off in late August for about 3mths and Raelene and I are off early August for 24 days to Cambodia and Vietnam. Four nights on Ha Long Bay then a cruise up the Mekong. Our Vice President Adrian Ward will take the chair while I am away.
After my repeated requests to have some more social activities happening at the club, we seem to have had some results, Sandra Cardnell has organised some movie nights at the clubrooms and Alexander Hick has offered to run some events at the club including slot car racing. Details will be published in the magazine and on our website so please come and support these members.
The latest news on the never ending Twin Cam Story is that I still have not got my generator back but have been assured that it is not far off. (not sure if that means this year or next).
President's Report for June 2015
PRESIDENTS REPORT From Allan Semmler JUNE 2015
Well it’s June already, almost half way through the year, time flies when you are having fun so goes the old saying. I think it should be time flies, as you get older.
The National Meeting was held in Victoria over the Easter long weekend, 27 of our members attended this event, I believe Jason Edwards had to hire a trailer to bring back the swag of trophies he collected over the 4 days. Next years national meeting is in W.A. Bulletin 1 can be downloaded from their web site.
Thursday the 14th of May was a big day for our secretary Arthur as he went to Melbourne to pick up his new toy, the MG N Type, this is very rare car. The MGA Register Group were the lucky first to view this machine at
A word or warning to all you owners of older cars fitted with generators, com-ing home from the McLaren Vintage Festival Day a few weeks back, I no-ticed that our trusty Twin Cam was not charging the battery until the mo-tor was doing about 3000 R.P.M. I should mention that the original Lucas Generator is not in the car but is get-ting rewound and while I am waiting (it’s been about a year now) I pur-chased a new generator from a well-known supplier to keep the car going until I get the original back.
On testing I found that electrical activity was non-existent up to 2900 R.P.M. and at around 3100 R.P.M. large amounts of sparks could be seen coming from the rear end of the afore mentioned device. This may not be a serious issue on some cars but on a Twin Cam the generator is about 50mm directly below the carburettors. (I have heard that Twin Cams are prone to catching fire.)
I removed the Generator and on close inspection found two problem areas,
1. The grooves in the commutator were almost non-existent.
I purchased some larger brushes, machined them to fit the existing slots and machined the commutator. Tested the generator and it was work-ing fine.
Finally it has been very pleasing for me that we are receiving ideas for Tech Nights and other events to be held at the club on Friday nights. Keep your eye on the Magazine and webpage for details.
That’s all for June but “I’ll Be Back”
President's Report for May 2015
PRESIDENTS REPORT From Allan Semmler MAY 2015
Our MGA Twin Cam along with 170 MG’S were displayed at the All MG Day at the Civic Park opposite Tee Tree Plaza on the 29th of March, what a great day, the weather was perfect and what an excellent line up of MG’S. There was good interest from the public with a steady stream of people over the full day. Thanks to the organising group, Ian Moulds, Adrian Ward, Dick Manning (or "Fanning") and Leyland George also Sandra and Alan Cardnell who were very busy organising things on the day. Dick’s newly acquired Red MGA Coupe was amongst the 5 coupes on display. One of the highlights of the day was Paul Dallwitz trying to and successfully stuffing his first prize in the raffle (a wheelbarrow full of car products) into his MGC.
On Saturday 28 March, Wayne & Geraldine Hough, Raelene and I went to the Mt. Alma Hill Climb, again the weather could not have been better for this event. Congratulations to John Davies our assistant motor sports secretary, on his great effort in his Mitushibishi Lancer, he came 20th against some pretty stiff competition including Kevin Mackrell in his V8 powered Datsun (the winner of the event) and Kevin Weeks in his newly Turbo Charged 4 wheel drive Lamborghini.
Some results for the weekend were:
John Davies' Evo in action.
Read the Mt Alma Mile report - click here
We (Semmler Technologies) have some involvement with Kevin Weeks and his Supaloc Racing Team as we manufacture parts for his cars. It was a bit of a mad rush to get the Lambo ready for this event, the Turbo Charger has only very recently been fitted to this car and on the Thursday before Mt Alma the car was at the Dyno being run for the first time with the Turbo. Wayne and I went with the team to have a nosey at the proceedings, things were not going all that well at about 5.00pm that day as the computer control setup was not working as it should with the result that at about 4500 rpm (max revs should be about 8500) the motor started to miss badly with lots of red lights flashing on the dashboard accompanied by rather loud bangs and flames from the exhaust. After long phone conversations with the experts at Motec in Victoria most of the prob-lems were sorted by around 9.00pm although Launch Control and a few other areas are still to be fixed.
The Turbo Charging exercise has been going on for about the last 12 months. necessitating lots of changes to the motor and computer controls i.e. Compression Ratio has gone from 10.5:1 to 9.8:1, Brake Horse Power from 590 to well over 900. Boost at present is about 11.5 p.s.i. This will be increased to 14-15 p.s.i and the end result will be over 1000 Brake Horse Power. Theoretically it should be able to achieve 0-100 in 2.6 secs. not much better than at present as the Turbo only starts from 2nd gear up and it gets to about 95 kph in first gear. Kevin did 0-100 up a slight incline at Mt Alma in 2.7 secs. He is like a kid with a new toy and can’t wait for these issues to be sorted for the 29 kilometre hill climb with over 240 corners at Victoria’s Mt Hotham to be run in No-vember this year. It will be the longest hill climb in the world surpassing the legendary Pikes Peak in the U.S.A at only 19km.
By far the largest group in our club are MGB owners and yet we do not have a regular MGB Register meeting, “what’s going on”? We have the “T”, “A”, “F” and “C” that have very successful runs and meetings. There are 406 “Bs” in the club so I find it somewhat strange that they are the least represented in register activities. So if you own a “B” and would like to get this group motivated please let me or the committee know. On a similar subject Leyland George our MG Tech Night man would love to hear from you if you have any idea’s for these sessions, the clubrooms are there to be used by you the members.
It is good to see that the Motor Sports Group have a great list of events pro-grammed for this year, and my thanks to the Big W for allowing the MSCA to erect a small shed on their property at Monarto and to the committee of the MGCCSA for agreeing to store club property there thus eliminating the need to trailer equipment each time there is a Motorkana event at Monarto.
That’s it for now and if you want to see the photos from the events in glorious colour, check out the web site.
President's Report for April 2015
PRESIDENTS REPORT APRIL 2015 -
From Allan Semmler
The AGM was held on 10th March, approx. 100 members were in attendance.
I was elected un-opposed to the position of President, all other committee positions were also un-opposed
As your new president I believe a brief run down on my background is in order. I started playing with old stuff (vintage and veteran motor bikes) about 35 years ago. My collection built up to 27 machines until I decided enough was enough and stopped buying just about any old bike that came along. I participated in vintage racing on a 1930 500cc Rudge for about 18 months before deciding to stop in case I killed myself, or worse still damaged that beautiful machine.
I met Raelene about 1999 and it became obvious that she did not share my passion for motorbikes. I should admit that I was also starting to lose interest. After a Easter weekend rally with the Harley Owners Group to Port Lincoln on my 1300 cc Harley Soft Tail Classic riding through rain, wind and sleet (Raelene’s first and last long trip on a motorbike) I decided it was time to try something different. I then started the process of selling off most of my collection of bikes and now have only 4 left. A good friend in 2004 had a very lovely 3000 series Austin Healy that I lusted after and he agreed to help me find one. He rang me one night and asked if I would be interested in a 1959 MGA Twin Cam, not knowing what a Twin Cam was I expressed the opinion that I was not interested in an MGA and I would much rather have a Austin Healey or even a Triumph TR3 or 4. He gave me a bit of information on the Twin Cam and told me I had 48 hrs to think about it or he was going to buy it. To cut a long story short we decided to buy the car. Over a 6th month period of negotiating with the owner the price went from ridiculous to only slightly ridiculous, and we purchased it in February 2005. Like most other members we have spent vast amounts of time and money since then fixing it to its present reasonably reliable state (this statement supposes that a Twin Cam can be considered reliable).
We joined the club in 2006 and have had a great time participating in club events and making new friends with similar interests.
I would like to thank the Immediate Past President Leyland George and his committee members for their efforts in running a successful club over the past two years.
We have some new faces on the committee this year along with some of the old bunch.
Committee Appointments are;
We still have a vacancy for a Social Secretary so if you are interested in arranging a couple of social events each year please contact me or any of the committee members.
So what’s on this year? By the time you read this the “All MG Day” will have been and gone. Many thanks to the team that organized this event and to all those who attended, I hope you enjoyed it. Our MGA co-ordinator Sandra, has been, and will be busy this year with a great program to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the MGA. On that note I thank Kevin Weeks of Supaloc Steel Building Systems and Supaloc Racing for his offer to sponsor the MGA group by supplying the 60th anniversary flags that have been and will be used at the events planned for this year.
Our club is on the list to hold the National Meeting in 2017; this is a mammoth task and will require a dedicated team to handle the organization of this event. Bev Waters will be handling this and if you think you can help please contact her.
The ongoing problem of the Friday Night Noggin and Natter is still with us, we need to attract other members besides the “F Troup” to make use of the club on Friday nights, so if you have any ideas on how we could address the issue please let your committee know, remember you are able to bring friends with you as long as the are signed in by a club member.
I am proud to be your president and look forward to the next two years with excitement and trepidation in equal measure.