MGF F/TF & Z
Barry Burne - Register Coordinator, contact - mob: 0478538130, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MGF/TF & Z REGISTER – point system for awarding The Tony Hick Trophy
- One point for attending the Monthly General Meeting.
- One point for attending the Monthly Register Meeting.
- One point for attending organised runs or events by the Register.The Trophy year to be March to February with no points awarded in December.
In the event of tied scores all winners will be recognised.
Welcome to the F register. The MGCCSA group dedicated to those who own / drive MG's of the 'modern' eras (MG's after 1995). We also welcome members of MGCCSA who are taking break from MG's and driving modern non-marque sports cars.
We were treated to the Dick Manning “F” extravaganza.
Dick had set his racing “F” up in the verandah on the red carpet with special lighting underneath and overhead so that it was easy to see the points of special interest on a MGF.
He talked about the bits that had been setup specially for racing. Other members in the crowd were able to shed some light on the myths and truths of the model.
Dick also had a table of car bits from the car and other MGF's which he then explained their functions and idiosyncrasies. Things like the EPAS, electric power steering assembly, which has been adapted by others to suit the MGB.
A reminder was made to members about the upcoming Trading table where old and/or un-needed car bits could be sold. This has been advertised to occur on the 14th of Oct.
Thanks to Dick and his helpers, Tim and Kerryn Johnson for providing a great supper.
to view other photos from Allan Semmler - click here
We have a run on the 20th March starting at the Coles car park on Main road Blackwood at 10AM. People should be there by 9.30am to sign on.
We will finish in parking area opposite “Urimbirra Fauna Park” Victor Harbor. People can enjoy the rest of the day in Victor Harbor.
It’s advised to have a passenger as there are questions and answers required.
Regards, Barry & Deidre Burne, mob: 0478538130
The day was good and we had 7 cars on the cross the Murray trip. We stopped at Mt Pleasant and had morning coffee. Crossed the Murray four times starting at Swan Reach, then Walker Flats, Purnong and finally Mannum where we had lunch next to the river.
Would like to thank Geoff Burls for the photos. click here to view.
The 7 were:
Hugh Webber, MG ZS
Peter & Sharon Coulson, Commodore SV6
Kym Arnold, MGF
Graham Menz, Porsche Boxster S
Geoff Burls, MGF TF
Barry & Deidre Burne, Mercedes SLK 230
Max Searle, BMW Z4
On the 24th May we will meet in the car park on the corner of Greenhill and Devereux Rd at 8.30am to leave at 9am. The run will be to Swan Reach Ferry and Finish in Mannum. The distance is about 235klm and should take about 5 hours. We will cross the Murray four times. We will get a late lunch in Mannum and will meet At the Mary Ann Reserve next to the river.
Variants of the MGF
Last F- Register meeting held on 30 Jan at the MGCCSA club rooms.
On Jan 18 2015, the F-register met at the McDonalds at 9am for a load up of cafeine and carbs for the run down to Milang. We went to see the Yesterday Power Rally, where lots of old machinery was displayed and many were working. The car display had a wide variety of classic cars ranging from pre war to some very large and excessive American Caddy's and Lincolns. There was a Y type, MGA and a MGB on display as well.
the line up of F's and other modern cars at Milang
Thanks to those who came along;
Next F-register meeting at the club rooms on Friday 20 Jan 2015.
Items for discussion;
The F register XMAS get together at Westy's went well. All who attended had a good time. Over the XMAS/New Year period the F register will still be getting together on Friday's, even tho the club will be closed.
The next event planned is a run to Milang for the 18th of January for the Milang Yesterday Power Rally.
Meet at the McDonalds, Mt Barker at 9.00am for a load of carbs and saturated fats before the run.
The group met on the 16th of Nov at Bunnings Main North Road for a somewhat chilly start for mid nov.
After a quick catchup we set off. The route took us up the Northern Expressway, thru Hamley Bridge onto to Balaklava. Morning tea was at the local cafe in Balaklava and time to compare notes on how 'A' roads are actually 'B' roads (very bumpy). The bumpy roads tested the firm suspensions of the cars and somewhat provided a bit of a roller coaster ride in some sections.
After Balalava we motored onto Port Wakefield and arrived at the Port Wakefield Hotel. The cars were parked across the road and provided some interest to the locals.
Our thanks to Darryl and Dianne for the gracious hosting of the lunch at the Port Wakefield Hotel. The lunch time conversation raised an intereting point as to how to get the wives/partners more involved in attending F-register events. Some suggestions that included visiting areas where the 'ladies' can browse thru the lcoal shops whilst the 'men' check out some car things(?). See you at the next meeting at Westy's (3 Twin St. Stirling)on the 27th of Nov at 7.30pm.
Thanks to those who attended.
Harry Dickson & Graham Menz SLK230
Barry & Diedre Burne MGF
Glenn Kirk MGF
Steve Spong & Barb Harrington A5
Hugh Webber ZS
Tim & Keryn Johnson MGF
David & Cathy Maxwell ZS
Steve Bowra MGTF
Geoff Burls MGTF
Peter & Sharon Coulson MGTF
Cheers, Peter Coulson
Cheers, Peter Coulson
Cheers, Peter Coulson
F Troop Travel Report - from the desk of Harry Dickson
Stopping at the Truro bakery for morning tea, the “F’s” then made their way to Banrock Station for a very pleasant lunch and a walk for some along the swamp tracks. Some-one mentioned that the snakes were out basking in the sun and that quickly put an end to the walking! The two “B’s” attempted to avoid the majority of traffic and went straight to the bar in Loxton, via Nuriootpa, Tanunda, and Angaston.
For tea, we dined at the Country Club and after a few glasses of bubbly and a meal, tested our wits with a trivia test which was eventually won by Glen Kirk, with the Calvers and Polkinghornes coming a close second. Players displayed their general knowledge skills, with all now knowing who were the first married couple to appear on TV in a double bed together. Could you answer that question? My thanks must go to my good wife Michele, for her assistance in researching the answers to the questions. That does insinuate that I have a bad lady wife as well, doesn’t it.
The following morning we had a bit of a sleep in, before setting off to join with the “Breakfast clubbers” at Swan Reach. Again we lost the “B’s” at a coffee shop, before losing the Coulsons to a wrong turn but the remaining 3 made it in time to have a good chat with good company.
On Sunday, 10th November 2014, 6 “F’ers” and a “C’er” attended the engine run at the SA Aviation Heritage Museum at 66 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide. This event was a bit of a mix up as the Museum made some last minute changes with timings and format, having two runs of 9 motors instead of a run on the hour as advertised, There were also “Star Wars” Characters in attendance which added a bit of humor to the day.
The first motor cranked up was a Gnome which dated from around 1908; a radial motor fitted to early Sopwiths and the Avro 504K. The rotary engine is unique in that the engine rotates with the propeller about the crankshaft, which remains stationary, and is bolted to the airframe. Lubrication was achieved by adding as much as 25 to 35% of oil to the fuel mixture, since the oil had to be able to be dissolved within the fuel; vegetable (usually castor oil) was used. One result of this was that the head reach cylinder spewed fire and oil, necessitating the use of a cowling. Another consequence was that World War 1 pilots learned to have excellent bowel control.
Then 8 other motors were attempted to be fired up, including a WWII Merlin which as you would all know powered the Spitfire, Hurricane, Boulton-Paul Defiant and Lancaster. Mixed success was achieved in the first run with about 6 of the 9 being able to be started. The second run at 3.00 pm was more successful with only one failing to start. My favorite was a Lycoming R-680, a nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engine called “old smokey” for obvious reasons. It dated from the early 1930’s.
As Langdon Badger, the owner of the Spitfire on display was in attendance, organizers actually opened up the Spitfire exhibit and we were able to have a look inside the machine. This was a very rare occurrence. I think Ian Hobbs also paid $5- extra and sat in the cockpit of the F111 on display. That debunks the argument that he is from Scotland. Cost for the day was $15- per adult and I think this was a little too much for what was on offer. You don’t know until you go though, as the other 3,000 people there found out.
Geraldine handing over the "Tony Hick Trophy" to Register Secretary Barry. Geraldine donated the perpetual trophy in appreciation for all the assistance that members of the "F Troop" gave to keeping her MGF running.
Senior Constable Mark Hollowell, SA Police Driver Training Instructor, giving a very informative and entertaining talk on "The Fastest Way Around Mallala Circuit without ending in tears"
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F Troop News—The creation of the Tony Hick Trophy
From the desk of Harry Dickson
At a committee meeting several months ago, the subject was raised concerning the introduction of a new trophy for the “A” register; along similar lines to the “T” register’s “Irving Cup”. That made the question “why not one for the “F” register as well” scream out.
The proposition for the creation of both new “trophies” was eventually passed in principle and one of the many decisions to be made was the name of the trophy. I suggested the name to be the “McGovern Trophy” after Gerry McGovern, the designer who got all the bits together, and I mentioned this to several “F”ers at a Noggin & Natter one Friday evening. The resounding argument was deafening, and a counter proposal was quickly made to name the trophy in memory of Tony Hick, the first MGF owner in our club. After a quick show of hands I was defeated by a vote of about 10 to 1.
This decision was relayed to the committee, who endorsed the idea of the naming the trophy after our late “F” founding member, and proposed the trophy be known as “The Tony Hick Trophy”. There were some spare ones out the back, so Barry Burne and I chose one and will have it suitably engraved in the near future. Now, with a trophy, we had to find some way of awarding it, and a condition is that we have regular meetings so someone can assess who is worthy to win it.
So, to all “F”ers, there will be a monthly meeting at the clubhouse on the last Friday of every month, except December, instead of the usual Noggin and Natter. Attendance records will be kept by the Register Secretary, Barry Burne. Attendance is not compulsory, and you don’t have to be an “F” owner should you want to come along; remember, all non-MG vehicles and vehicles not covered within other registers are accepted as “F”ers. Should we clash with another meeting on the last Friday of the Month, we will be able to reach a diplomatic solution I am sure, but it will be our night at the clubrooms for booking priority. Attendance at Club functions may also be recorded, and the decision as to who wins the trophy is entirely at the sole discretion of the Secretary; so that may also include how many lattes you buy him during the year!
Our first meeting on 29 June was quite successful with Michael Bugg bringing his computer and analysing equipment along to the club rooms after he stole the software from Peter Coulson. The later “F”s and “TF’s were able to be diagnostically analysed but the early model “F”s apparently still presented a problem. Dr. Menz also had a go with his hand held analyser and good use of the new annex at the clubrooms ensued with several vehicles being brought in and hooked up to the equipment. At some stage we can only hope that we can learn how to adjust the darn things! Thanks must go to Arthur Ruediger, bar manager for the night, for fixing the seal on the back door after all the cars had left. Other members present were Hugh Webber, Ian Hobbs, Rod Jones, Bruce McLean, Steve Bowra, Max Sierp and Paul West (and of course Curley turned up), and after our little play, we adjourned to Marcellina’s at Glenunga for our usual coffee intake.
For July’s meeting we plan to show an episode of the TV program Top Gear, where James May (Captain Slow) has a driving lesson from a little Scottish lady, a Mrs. Jackie Stewart, who promises to reduce his lap times by a considerable amount. In this show Jackie sits with James in a vehicle and drives around a race track under instruction and attempts to produce faster lap times by paying particular attention to braking, acceleration and race line. The success was quite remarkable. For those interested, we do have a copy of Sir Jackie’s autobiography “Winning is not enough” in the library, but if you are too lazy to read the book, just ask me and I may be able to find a copy on DVD for you!
On Friday 31 August we have a Guest coming to talk to us about circuit racing at Mallala, and how to set a vehicle up for racing. Senior Constable Mark Hollowell has been a driving instructor with the SA Police Driver Training Unit for the last 15 years and attends Mallala in that capacity at least once every two months, to train Cadets in how to drive fast in police cars. In his spare time he is an amateur race car driver who likes driving fast at Mallala and prior to joining the Police was a mechanic. Mark has generously volunteered his time to give us a few tips on how to shave extra seconds of our lap times. He will have a short power-point presentation on what line to take around the corners (Racing line vs. Police line) and also discuss the geometrics of setting up your racing vehicle. He says he can talk for as long as we want him to (I have been warned that he can talk the leg off a kitchen table) and is prepared to answer questions at the end. He might also be persuaded to attend a race meeting and come for a ride to personally instruct if the incentive is there for him (He likes life in the fast lane). As mentioned previously, attendance is not compulsory and is also open to any member of the club who would be interested in attending. Other than the bar, there will be no refreshments provided unless Mick Mitolo brings some dip and chips as usual, so don’t complain when you turn up ‘cos he gets there late.
MG ZT 180, V6 Auto
5 speed manual
MGF TF 120
CV Auto Sports Pack 1 & 3.
MG ZR 160 - 2004
Vin No. SARRFLWME5D800418
Build Date: December 2004 (Aust. Compliance 2005) - Colour: Body: X Power Grey - Trim: Black (Leather) - Originally purchased by Dan Dignum, Burleigh Heads, QLD. from MG Rover in early 2005. Purchased by us in Sept. 2012. QLD Rego. was 262IIV. Current Rego. S682AUB.
Current Owners: Dennise & Nick Micklem
Japanese import - used for Club Motorsport competitions
Owner - Dick Manning
MG TF 160 SPARK
Owner: Geoff Burls
2004 Rover MG ZS 4 Dr Sedan
Engine: 2.5 V6 180kw
Car was first purchased from Prestige Adelaide SA.
|2004 Rover MG ZS 4 Dr Sedan
Engine: 2.5 V6 180kw
Car was first purchased from Zagame Automotive Group Melbourne Vic.
MG ZR 160
Vin # SARRFLNME5D789945
|MG ZR 160
Helen and Trevor Praite bought their
MG TF 135 80th Anniversary Edition (No. 38 of 1600)
Owner: Geoff Burls