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John Bray runs the pre-war, T-type and Y-type register. Particular attention is made of pre-1955 vehicles. Members meet the first Thursday of each month (note you don’t have to own a pre-1955 vehicle to attend). These are a friendly “get together” in someone’s shed or garage, a light supper provided and a good time to share information and experiences. A small donation is payable towards supper upon arrival.
You can contact John on ph: 82785133, mob: 0403 043 434
PRE-WAR AND T REGISTER – points system for awarding The Irving Cup
- One point for attending a Register Meeting in a Register vehicle
- One point for attending the Monthly General Meeting in a Register vehicle.In the event of tied scores all winners will be recognised.
What some of our Register members are up to!
|Brian Lee's restoration project of the TC 7050||view at the following link http://mgtc1949.com/Home.html|
The Goodwood “Survival” meeting.
Held just off Goodwood Road at Robert and Beverly Horn’s at Mills Street Clarence Park, it was a great night of “arrive and survive” especially as several of our prominent members were absent in the UK at the Goodwood Revival held annually, we simply held our own Goodwood Revival with 19 Register vehicles in attendance, supplemented of course by Horny’s 4 T Types in the garage.
The garage was immaculate again this year and Robert certainly got a move on and presented it in a fit and proper condition for our pleasure, and it was for the 47 that signed in, thanks Robert.
To view the photos of the nught taken by David McNabb - click here
I can tell you that it was a late request that I made to Robert and Bev Horn the week before when my “other plans” fell over, to have the register again this year at their home. (more importantly the T Type stable) Thankyou so much for your great hospitality.
It is always a good sign of a successful meeting when you leave at 11.0pm after chewing the fat around the heater with Robert and a few stragglers held together by Bob Schapel.
Those swanning about the UK include messers, I Buckley, T Martin, A Pearson, R Finch & J Whiting. Some dressed for the occasion in 1950’s period attire I am reliably told.
At home they include, C Kinney, G Brice, M Greenwood, T Wright, I Purdey (KI), D McNaughton, M Woodhouse, B Forth, L Ritcher, P Auld, & Geraldine Hough (recovering).
Serena Williams (dummy spit), C Ramos (demerits) & N Osaka (unnoticed).
There was quite a lot of discussion as usual however I will try to be brief and include all especially those with show and tell items and items of considerable interest.
Artfur Rummager proudly displayed his Shell Trophy awarded to him for his 1934 ND MG by the Sporting Car Club of SA, a nice “show & tell” I would not say richly deserved but good anyway.
Bob Schapel was fishing for some M Types history, not sure why but he did circulate a list for those wanting to purchase TC wiper blades @ $14 AUD per blade. Hope that he has got it right, I saw them advertised on the web at £14 GBP!
Linton and Jenny Schiller, fresh from their outstanding photographic display on the cover of the August magazine with the TF, attended their first register meeting. They are prepared to pay for more magazines as they only have one to their name, I did suggest that it will be a long time before it comes around again, none of get a second go it seems, the editor is pretty astute.
Doug Clarke apparently has not serviced the car yet, he is wanting to change the oil in his dad’s TD and screw in a new filter, guess it takes time Doug. He has just come back from way up north and had some great photos of cars coming through on a world wide rally including an MG TC.
Russell had some give-away bags which nobody seemed enthusiastic about. This is what happens in retirement, old company trinkets (Singapore Airlines) surface from the cupboards and get deposited on friends. Guess it keeps Marg happy, Russ.
Ken Burke our “inspector“ of Registers, is looking for a rear boot tail light for his Farina Bodied Series 3 Magnette, not much joy from the meeting but a few suggestions were given out.
John Tamke was confused about the Kimber Run destination this year, I thought that there was no need to get ahead of the pack unless you need to be first in the line for lunch John!
Dean Hosking let us know that the paint company at Hendon sell MG maroon red engine paint now at $60 per 500ml and you can get it into spray cans for convenience but the cost goes up.
Graham Loader talked about the mid week lunch runs, I think he is organising, sorry I was distracted and missed the message Graham. (it is quite hard balancing on the ladder)
Good to see the Goolwa Boys up from the deep south, Don Ghost who walks & Peter Shipside. Peter apparently warmed up a bed for Ray Finch at Wayne Spencer’s home in the UK while on holiday. Wayne still has a TC in the shed back here in Adelaide and is involved in a Micro Brewery. All sounds good to me especially if Peter can swing a register night at the brewery when he gets back.
Chris Bennet has an interesting story, he was “lent” a spare axle for the TF trip to the Nat Meet in Tasmania way back by a good Samaritan from the club. However he cannot remember who it was that lent him the axle, more importantly he wants to tell him it was not needed thankfully. (may as well keep it or put it on EBay Chris)
The Glasson’s, Geoff & Judy, good to see you back with us again, likewise McLean’s Geoff & Anne back from holidays. Doc Whyatt also back with his finger diagnosis advice. (scary)
Peter Cundy arrived just as we were discussing his promotional video advertising the Bay to Birdwood event, great presentation in his garage, very authentic white overalls slightly greased but not creased Peter. Looks like a great venue for a first register meeting sometime next year maybe?
I must say that we were enthralled by Robert’s demonstration of his wood turning lathe that he patented some years ago. You might see the pictures by David McNabb on the website of some of us covered in wood turnings during the demo. Robert has an avid interest in wood turning and highly detailed joinery and cabinet work. We were treated to a viewing of his work inside including model sailing vessels, replica of the Endeavour which has absolutely fine detailing. Beverly showed us some of her fine needlework which is quite intricate and beautiful as a result. A very talented couple are the Horns.
The Big Shed Night 4 October, Peter & Bronwyn Micklem’s Paechtown near Hahndorf. 57 Yantaringa Road. Preplanning has started I am told by Bronwyn, the big shed will be ready. Meeting at Crafers Park n Ride at 6.00pm leaving 6.20pm for Hahndorf.
November meeting, dinner night at Stanley Bridge Tavern, 1 Nov.
December meeting at Mozzarella’s Eden Hills under the old olive tree, 6 Dec.
Cheers and jolly good show. John Bray, BOTR
Register meeting 2 August at 12 The Walk Coromandel Valley, host Thane Martin.
Billed as Thane’s RAA garage, it was certainly roadside service at The Walk provided by Thane in his immaculately clean abode that night, filled to capacity with what could be described again as an intimate gathering of the Register.
Our sincere thanks to Thane who took time off work to sluice out the floor and even wash the pavers on the driveway in anticipation of the Castrol GTX oil slicks that would surely be evident after the T’s had departed.
A total of 37 signed in, 5 register vehicles were driven to the meeting, three managed the short incline to the garage, one did not , apparently the 30 year old restoration of Russell’s TF is now in need of a revisitation into the realm of clutch and gearbox to start with.
I really should not be unkind to Russell, however he did break with tradition and drive to the meeting with the hood up!
The relatively low numbers of T Types attending on the night is attributed to the Weatherzone website and the BOM app showing green algae floating over the Gulf heading directly to Coromandel Valley. Actually it did rain marginally.
A considerable number called in to say that they were going overseas, most at the meeting did not care really but I must mention the following: P Auld, I Hobbs, I Buckley, P Cundy, G & A McLean , P Shipside, all enjoying the sun on the otherside of the globe.
Others include G Brice (medical) , B Forth, S Ewart, P Wallace, Pearsons D & J, & The Ghost who “Walks” Don.
I must mention our old mate, the feisty Mike Lyons who is seriously ill in hospital at this time, thankyou Graham Loader for keeping us informed.
Reg O’Malley mentioned that Jackie is not in a good way either with her leg issues etc, we asked Reg to pass on our sincere best wishes to her.
Ray Finch was owed an apology from me, I overlooked his apology last time.
Welcome back Kotter:
A few old faces turned up who we have not seen for a while. Messers Geoff Glasson, Doc Whyatt, & Roly Harris.
David Herbert from Mt Gambier up to see progress by Willow on the TC , Bazz & Shelly in the mix, travellers Chris and Heather Bennetts after their adventures down the Amazon and South America and finally , how could I miss him, well I did on the night, Artfur Rummager!
Arthur’s daughter’s wedding in Sicily was a wonderful event judging by the photographs especially the little bloke in his rented penguin suit, however his trip on to Europe where he visited his mate with another ND was a bit special. Amazing that he gets to drive it and secretly copy the hood details for his own.
Goldy brought a better looking Ronnie Jellet this time, good to see Ron looking a lot better and enjoying the fresh air under the roller door at Thanes.
On the matter of Goldy’s pistons, it seems that there is a need for some “KY Jelly” lubricant to get them to fit, I cannot go further with this but it is a continuing saga that pervades every register meeting that he attends.
Doug Clarke was a welcome visitor again, he is the custodian of his dad’s TD and I refer to our old mate Graham Clarke who is in care these days and not doing too bad according to Doug. Good to see you with us Doug.
Peter & Bronwyn Micklem who will host the October meeting again this year are rather anxious that the engine rebuild on the TD will not be completed by then, however I did reassure them both that we will be there in good numbers in any case to enjoy their capable and generous hospitality.
Inspector Ken. Pleased to see Kenny Burke, the Secretary of Registers attend the meeting again this month, he is looking for members to assist in providing information on their cars for an update of the MGCCSA data base. Russ Garth has been doing work consolidating the Prewar & T Type register for us, it looks like that there needs to be a coming together of all the data bases in the club.
Photographs. My thanks to Terry Wright for the great personality shots on the night, see them here and on the website in colour, to view click here, wrinkles, warts and all.
Thanks so much for your support at the meetings, it is most reassuring that there is great conversation and chatter on all things MG with the occasional jokes from TD McNabb, pity Mozza’s TD does not have the same waterproofing qualities that McNabb has with his.
I do not have a venue for the September meeting at this stage of writing the report however it will be on email beforehand.
On spare parts, there are a few who are looking for items on rebuilds etc, if you have any thing , or know of others who have parts lying about, please let me know so that I can pass it on. TF bits especially at the moment.
See you next month all being well. Cheers, John Bray BOTR ( Boss of the Register)
Register meeting 5 July at Aldgate, host Leigh Ritcher.
Hello Darkness my old Friend
We’ve come to Hillside Road again
Because a Mg’s softly creeping
Dropped its oil while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in the rain
Within the sounds of silence.
And in the naked light I saw
Heaps of members maybe more
Members talking without thinking
Members hearing without listening
And the Boss issuing orders that voices never share
And no one really cared
To disturb the sounds of silence.
I do apologise to Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel for the plagiarism of their song, seemed relevant for the theme on the night - BOTR
Darkness it was and we were not expecting street lights, kerbs or footpaths again this year but Leigh went to great lenghts to illuminate his driveway with a hurrican lamp strung up in the tree which was perfrectly alright, no one made it to the neighbours lawn thank god.
Leigh’s Bar illuminated the cosy garage, described to me by one as quite an” intermate” meeting, thanks to Leigh and the new gas heater that he purchased that day.
Register vehicles totalled 9, signed in were 31, however 34 presented for pizza’s!
Received were Bazzica’s, A Rudiger (daughter’s wedding in Sicily), A & G Mclean, P Wallace, S Ewart, T Wright, D Herbert, R O’Malley, C & H Bennett, B Forth, J Davies, J Whiting, P Shipside, D Walker, D & J Pearson, & Ken Burke.
Many who sent apologies had very reasonable reasons being overseas, however there were two who had very questionable excuses for not turning up, for example: Don Walker-
1. My dog ate my invitation.
2. A kangaroo was seen on the Strathalbyn road, I did not want to hit it.
3. It clashes with “rearrange my sock drawer day”
The “ghost who walks” who else would offer what he says is a humble apology?
Terry Wright must be frightened of the dark, after spending a very pleasant day with lunch with good mate Willow, the returned Gipsy, he decides that the cold is just too much to contemplate leaving photographic duties solely with David TD McNabb. click here to view
Russell Garth advises that Motor Registration needs to see your MG CC SA membership ID when negotiating services relating to renewals and the like.
Bob Schapel requests that members keep an eye out on the roads for Geoff Barnes rear shock absorber off his TB, apparently it has “fallen off”, if you see it, pick it up he needs one.
Bob has also visited Jack Whiting to see his TC Special and help him out with a spline for a decent steering wheel for the car. (hope to see Jack as a member of the club soon)
Peter Cundy held us spellbound with his recent purchase of adjustable head spanners picked up from Bister Heritage event,north of Oxford UK, for those really hard spots to get into on the NA it seems. Impressive name too, RATCHETECH.
Peter picked up another nifty device, a small piece of aluminium channel fixed to the rod stabilising bracket off the radiator shell that supports the bonnet in a vertical position without it touching the scuttle. He has the affixed to the TD and proudly shows that it works. Amazing!
Andrew Bate is working on getting his hood made for the TF soon.
Russell Garth is wanting members to send information on their cars, recently we received details from Jenny & Linton Schiller for their TF 1500, chassis 9628, XPEG 3496, Rego MG1955, beautiful red car, please send your details in to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gold, Brian Golding, our great mate from Murray Bridge who got a mention in last month’s report, proudly displayed the pistons from his siezed engine. It is well known now that you simply do not feed a TC engine on Ethanol Fuel it seems, no need to experiment as Brian has it well and truly covered and can offer expert advice. Apparently he has history with his racing bikes in times past with similar episodes. Tut tut eh Goldy?
Was good to see Ronnie Jellet back up with Goldy although not feeling well he sat out in the car to rest up a bit, hope things improve for you Ron in the very near future.
General business was excellerated to a speedy close with the arrival of the Pizza boy from Aldgate Gourmet Pizzas, I now know that to bring the meetings to a manageble end it needs for the food to be laid out in front of the members, I will adopt this technique in future.
The legend who is Laurie Foody turned 88 on the 13 June, wonderful achievement indeed and it is amazing that he can give up the TD on a wet night and drive up in the Porsche, managing to park on the road and not on Leigh’s neighbours lawn is another achievement.
TC Sump: A chap has rung me, he has a sump off a 1948 TC for sale if anyone is wanting one, call me up if you want details. It was his deceased brother’s car.
Next meeting: Not yet decided at writing this report, I will advise in due course.
This report prepared wholly by the Boss of the Register.
Cheers, John Bray BOTR
Register meeting 7 June 2018
The Run for Cover meeting at Benjamin Street St Marys.
About 6.30 pm a contingent of MG’s were running for the cover of the big shed premises of Ken Fisher’s down at St Mary’s . First in were the MMM Over Head Cammers, hoods down to boot, all in an attempt to upstage the “ soft toppers” or what has become known as the T series Push Rodders. Well done Bazzica & Rudiger, truly blew us away with your brazen display and in saying that, it was a most dreadful run in the wet weather about 6:45pm on South Road.
to view other photos from David McNabb - click here
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair, Drive through the fog and the filthy air”.
We are grateful to Ken & Rosemary for hosting us on such a ” Macbeth” like night , their premises has become a haven for the Register in winter and we really appreciate the hospitality shown.
Ten (10) T Register vehicles, one (1) Y Series and two (2) Prewar MMM cars, ND & KN slid into the shed. Thirty seven (37) signed in the book.
Brian Forth, Peter Cundy (Poland), Gordo Brice (Jet lag), Trev Driver (Vic), Peter Shipside (Queenslanding) Terry Wright (poorly), Gipsy Willington (Italy), Don Walks (frightened off), Garry Chapman (busy), David & Joy Pearson (weather), Geraldine & Wayne Hough (Geraldine recovering).
Two members who should apologise are Mozza Linehan & Paul “the Doc” Dallwitz for not presenting in their T Types, especially Mozza who convinced me to meet and drive mine but instead elected to bunk in with Thane in his TC to save getting the TD a little damp.
Great to see John (Jack) Whiting who is re: restoring his TC Special again attended and is going to join the Club. John whose family is well known in Adelaide, has in the rafters another TC which just might make it to the floor and become another mobile TC again. It is interesting that Jack after enduring a broken crankshaft, had one made here in Adelaide.
David Crispin , neighbour across the road and master automotive crash repairer, great friend of AC Pearson. Com, graced us with his presence again this year, a good bloke doesn’t seem to age.
Ken Burke, Hon Secretary of Registers attended to keep an eye on things Register, he is always welcome and asking if there is anything that he can do for us. Hope his report back is favourable.
Here is a young man with pedigree. Ben Adams nephew of John Gillett K3 & Brabham TC Special fame, has purchased TC 6352, XPAG 7031 recently and will become a regular attendant, great news.
General Business Items:
Peter Wallace arrived with his Green TC which he proudly proclaims has done only 250 Miles since restoration many years ago. Dr Bazz has been instrumental in getting fuel to the SU’s the results of which have not been determined fully at this stage suffice to say the TC did roll in for viewing by all.
Raymond Finch found the trail in from Nairne ok this time and displayed a steering wheel, with chrome plated steel spokes which was offered as an after market unit I believe, also for Aston Martin. Looks great and would go well on Jack Whitings’ TC Special really Ray.
The legend, Laurie Foody retrieved his “lost” wine from the Bazzica meeting last month and took to an immediate opening of the bottle, leaves nothing to chance does our Laurie.
Thanks to Don Offler who has been clearing out his shed of MG memorabilia and handed me some MG T Series and other books and manuals. I will offer them to members, proceeds will go to the club.
Russell Girth is progressing with the update of the Register data base and is asking for members to reaffirm the chassis and engine numbers of their cars with a description on status of its condition etc.
Reg O’Malley informs us that MG Sales is moving out to Smithfield for new parts sales, he is sorting through the remaining old car parts , could be some good stuff to pick through. Check their website.
Tim Edmonds MG CC SA Vice President spoke to members on the forthcoming MG Challenge at the new race track at Tailem Bend looking for support for marshalling and general club interest.
Richard Koch is advertising to sell his late father’s MG TC at Nuriootpa. Great looking car.
Brian “Goldy “Golding , regular to all our meetings from Murray Bridge, rain or shine did not make it on the freeway quite and turned in before Callington. Apparently the venerable TC indicated to its enthusiastic driver that it had had enough, gave an audible shudder in protest that had Goldy in panic mode. However, fearing a seized engine, he apparently turned around and drove it home which is a miracle in it self ! Good luck Goldy just another rebuild for sure.
Geraldine Hough is ok now but she suffered a sudden event that saw her admitted to surgery but she is doing ok from reports with great support from Wayne, best of luck Geraldine for your recovery.
The location is in Aldgate. It has none of the following:
"No Street lights"
"No kerbs & gutters"
Bring your spotlights, torches, winches, safety vests and survival gear for Laurie Foody, the neighbours front lawn is not ideal for parking.
Just joking, it’s at Leigh Ritcher’s, 21 Hillside Rd Aldgate, Thursday 5th July.
See all of you who are coming, it’s a great night always at Leigh’s.
Cheers, John Bray Boss Of The Register.
Register meeting 3 May 2018
The KN knock out at West Beach, what a cracker!
to view the many photos of he night by Terry Wright and David McNabb - click here
It certainly was a “knock out” meeting at Bob & Shelly Bazzica’s despite our first taste of inclement weather that kept the T’s away and at home for the night, a few made it though.
Expectations were high to see the recently completed KN MG, the DB5 Aston Martin & the new restoration project the TD Arnolt in the sweatshop due for completion this year says Bob. Ladbrokes have it their books if you want to put some money on meeting the deadline, ha! Bob says that he can do it, check the photos.
Bob & Shelly for your great hospitality and generous supper cusine, really appreciated on a cold and wet night. 42 signed in and 6 register cars recorded. Doug Gordon’s Amilcar racer was a nice welcoming sight in the driveway, thanks Doug.
Messers Auld, Brice, Buckley, Fairbrother, Kinnear, Willington, Ewart, Harris, Glasson, Wallace, Tamke, Greenwood and late withdrawals from the deep south, Walker & Shipside. Ray Finch deserves a special mention as he made it to Port Road and lost the trail to West Beach. Serial Pest Neilson actually made it to the front door early then disappeared into the night.
Laurie Foody renewed his membership to the legends club, won a bottle then left it behind, poor Bob turned the shed out next morning after a frantic call from Laurie to no avail. (I got it Foods)
We had Andy Furman (69 MGB), Mike Woodhouse & Robert Varcoe.
Russell Garth gave us an update on the Register model that we are wanting to go to in recording vehicles, the Victorian MGCC looks promising.
Ian Hobbs as he usually does had his beak in a magazine and found an article on the recent sales of Aston Martins in the UK which he read to the meeting , then put the wood on Bazzica to divulge what he thought the DB5 was worth. I am not at liberty to publish a figure, albeit to say it is a considerable sum, made even more alluring by Bob’s confession of how he screwed some poor old pommy bastard in the 70’s to get the car from Liverpool UK. This is akin to a decent barn find story, however his real “barn find” was on show, the TD Arnolt, a magnificent rusted out vehicle which I could describe to you.
Overheard in the throng and spoken by someone who should know better, describing the TD as the Arnott, yes the cracker biscuit of all things. It certainly will be a cracker of a job when finished. The Arnolt MG was a result of American, Italian & English collaboration and is a special Bertone body on a MGTD chassis 1250cc & 1500cc engines.
I will not go into detail, Google it up to see some great articles, but I will say that observing Bob’s car with one wire wheel, I learnt that the wheels were optioned up with Borrani wire wheels in 1953. Soon to be “Bazzica” wheels I am sure.
The KN MG was a magnificent site, a great credit to Bob’s ability in restoring MG’s, however I feel a greater task is before him with the biscuit, er Arnolt TD.
Show & tell:
Would you believe that Peter Cundy produced an item of interest to amuse us all, after all it was a big night for the Prewar fraternity or “overhead cammers”. It was a large blue board which is a mould for casting N type crankshafts called a match plate. Nick Proferes was really quite expert on this and gave us a lesson on the technical application of the device, previously owned by Peter Brady (MGK3) fame. Thanks Peter, far more interesting than Goldy’s enema bottle from Murray Bridge.
Wonderful to see the great Don Offler (without TF) with us, looking well and by all accounts feeling ok, going off to Goodwood Revival in UK this year with others from the club. Don produced some really good coloured drawings of Prewar MG’s and other cars for register members, a lovely gesture Don, thanks so much.
Bob Bazzica announced that he will sell the RV8 MG obviously to fund the restoration of the “cracker” ATD which needs a lot of help. One owner car only driven by Shelly to the post office to collect the mail, he says 19,000k not sure if that is the price or the distance travelled. He needs help and the money by all accounts.
Doug Gordon for donating a copy of Mike Sherrell’s latest book follow up on TC’s Forever, I am sure that it will get a good home from an enthusiastic member.
Willington is at the Spanish Grand Prix, warming up a flamingo parties as we speak, David McNaughton & Jenny are also at GP, Monaco I believe.
I am delighted to announce that it will be on Thursday 7th June at the premises of Ken Fisher at Benjamin St Marys, undercover inside his magnificent premises, rain or dry it really does not matter. Thanks Ken, you are a Wiz!
Thanks for great support, next month’s meeting will be another Cracker for sure, see you there, raffle will be full on wine, so if you want to be in the running, put in an extra dollar!
Safety Farts, John Bray, Boss of The Register
Prewar & T Register report Register meeting 5 April 2018
The Garage Down Under, Hawthorndene.
There was no gold rush this month to the “down under” garage at the home of David and Joy Pearson who were just marvellous hosts to the Register troop, but it could have been something else that attracted a very good number into the lower level car barn with lots of Anthony Pearson’s loot and goodies lying about. Opportune that he and Wenona were away on holiday in India at the time.
There has to be something magical in sniffing around MG parts and memorabilia in members garages, it certainly sets the scene for talking shop and general business about nothing really.
to view other pics from Terry Wright - click here
Oil and grease on your hands accounts for very little but a nuisance usually, however the smell of it in the garage creates an atmosphere akin to getting high on gasoline, judging by the enthusiastic conversations that night where 43 signed in and 14 Register vehicles filled the front driveways.
To David and Joy for the generous hospitality, we are very lucky to have marvellous people like them in our car club, it was a superb night.
Were numerous given that several of the usual standouts were at the National Meeting for MG in Australia, held in Tasmania this year. Messers; TD McNabb, Peter Wallace, Simon Ewart, Chris & Heather Bennett, Geoff & Anne McLean, Bob & Shelley Bazzica, Baldrick & Geraldine Hough, Peter Cundy (still looking for parts, Turkey this time), AC Pearson.com (Indian curry munching), Mike Greenwood & Jan, Ronnie Jellet, David Herbert, Tickford Twins Peter & Don.
Welcomed persons included the new Secretary of Registers - Ken Burke, Robert Varcoe (MGA), Suzanne Bray, and Suzette Cook.
Ken Burke is the club’s Secretary of the Registers in the club and it was his first visit to keep an eye on us and the goings on maybe? Seriously though he made some good suggestions in collating the vast amount of information on the cars associated with the Prewar & T Type register.
Returning member: Great to see Michael Lyons back from pretty serious illness, still has that perky spark about him, takes no prisoners if he catches you out!
Ronnie Jellet from Murray Bridge is on the mend we are told by Goldy, hope to see him soon.
Craig Fergusson, TC 8755, cream body, red trim. Craig has been in PNG at Pt Moresby for some years and returned for Easter to see his family and run the TC which has been tucked away in the shed with only the electronic techno battery charger for company. Well guess what, it started first go , bloody ripper! Craig picked me up in the TC for a coffee which ended at the Hyde Park tavern for a couple of Stella Artois across the bar and a quick trip back. Good to see him again, it took 10 years for him to restore the car which got really good publicity after a Bay to Birdwood run some years ago. Unfortunately he could not make the Register meeting but he will be back he says.
The Ghost who Walks:
Guess who, Don Walker has done it again, an apology for the meeting essentially because he is falling over cars at Goolwa Beach. The SA is progressing beautifully , the Wizard of Qz, Ray Finch is working miracles on the body work. Smooth talking Don, collected another TC in bits from a dear lady who dismantled it for her grandson probably, then he scores a good looking YA Saloon 1950 model at an attractive price with shopper dockets, how else? Congratulations Don, I am finding it hard to keep up with you filling in the Register book.
Forthy: Well he is coming, then not coming, however he managed to squeeze out of grand parenting duties to get there, that is dedication. He’s looking for 19 inch x 450 tyres to put on a 1920’s Fiat in somebody’s shed, can anyone help?
Dean Hosking: Missed the Nat Meet in Tas, missed an extended holiday with the bride all due to a detached retina of the eye. It is coming good just a bit of a blurr he says, really bad luck Dean.
Buckley : Seems to be agitating for another register subset, “The Overhead Cammers”. Just because he is rubbing shoulders with the TripleM Prewar set now that he has the J2, I would have thought that he would be cautious of the “Push Rodders” who outnumber him considerably. Just saying, cannot divulge my source.
Legend #1. Yes Laurie Foody again, nearly did not make it to the meeting , flat battery despite the homemade GMH charger. Good news, he can walk to West Beach meeting next month and save Arthur the worry.
Briefly: Gordon Koch’s TC at Nuriootpa has not sold despite offers, it is a great car.
Doc Dallwitz is looking for some pavers, 15 sq metres. It was suggested that as he lives close to King William Rd, he might find some there, helpful advice.
The Register book is decidedly unhealthy and needs an overhaul, several of you will be asked to update the data on your cars. Russell Garth is lending a hand researching the several data sheets on Prewar & T Series cars now that he is retired and has time to attend the MG Coffee club at Joan’s Pantry on Fridays.
Next month’s meeting is at Bob & Shelly Bazzica’s on 3 May at 31 Northern Ave West Beach, to celebrate the completion of the KN 0386 which he took to Tasmania for the Nat Meet. I am looking forward to it as for years we have seen it in fairly ordinary condition in the annex that he calls a workshop. A night not to be missed, might have to order in KNC to celebrate. ( Kentucky Nuggets & Chips)
Cheers to all, remember Safety Farts, old MG motto.
John Bray, BOTR
Prewar & T Register report Register meeting 1 March 2018
The Rush to Murray Bridge Goldfield.
The rush was certainly on from those assembled at Crafers Park N Ride to Brian & Kath Golding’s digs at Murray Bridge again this year. We were blessed with perfect weather and received a “blessing “ at the start from the sari clad Hari Krishna’s who took an avid interest in the cars and Russell Garth especially. He really wanted a seat in the TF Russ, pity you could have been the first Uber TF in Adelaide, but then again the sari would have got messed up in the handbrake, he looked a bit suss Russ!
It really was a great start, some “slower” cars flagged off early but were never overtaken driven to the max in true MG spirit, one never made it for reasons that will be explained later.
Thanks again to Brian & Kath again this year, it has become an annual pilgrimage and we appreciate the hospitality sincerely. At long last the sunset met Goldy’s expectations that was just as well as he has been promising us for the last two years that it would be good. 42 + signed in, 13 T register cars.
to view other pics from Terry Wright - click here
There were a few, Doc Whyatt, Kenny Fisher, Peter Wallace, Geoff Glasson, John Tamke, Stan Sheppard, Robin Gibbs, Forthy, Joy & David Pearson, Ronnie Jellet (unwell) Chris & Heather Bennett, Bob & Shelly Bazzica & two notables Peter Cundy & David TD McNabb.
It is worth noting that the last two had interesting excuses. Peter Cundy was in the jungles of Sri Lanka looking for 1930’s MG Parts, pity the Japanese never left any behind in 1942. McNabb of course in keeping with the Gold Rush night, was luxuriating in Gold Class at Marion Cinema’s, Kerry having corralled him on a Register night to the movies, well that is his chances gone in the Irving Cup this year for sure.
Chris & Heather Bennett busy preparing the caravan for towing by the TF to Tasmania, Nat Meet.
The legend Laurie Foody = DNF, a bit more coming up on that, read on.
The squadron welcomed David in his recently rebuilt and restored MG TC 9770. David resides in Mt Gambier, the car formerly owned by Dean Hosking was rebuilt by Andrew Willington from the chassis up and it is a most exceptional job, Ray Finch did the bodywork again it is an excellent and attractive result, congratulations both of you. Welcome David, we hope to see more of you in the future with the TC out and about.
It is worth noting that the TC formerly owned by David Fairbrother won it’s class and was third overall at the Victorian MG CC Concurs at Yarra Glen that weekend, this car was rebuilt under Andrew’s charge in the restoration. A great result and it did fetch an amazing price at sale woo hoo!
Well, there was some however the early arrival of the Dominos Pizza lass caused a decided drop in concentration by some members so I will be brief. Andrew Willington about to embark on another project was looking for a TF engine, Woseley 4/44, or XPAG maybe, will pay appropriately, Reg O’Malley leapt to his feet yes he’s got a few, price negotiable.
The MGCCSA annual general meeting is on Tuesday 13 March at the monthly meeting, members of the register asked to attend if possible.
Mike Greenwood reported that Queensland’s Peter Kerr has had an accident falling and is not in a good way, the magazine that he puts out may be delayed. A bit more on Mike Greenwood below.
Anthony Pearson reported on the passing of member Gordon Koch in the Barossa who owned a very nice MG TC previously owned by Anthony way back, family will put it up for sale. Lovely condition, 19 inch wheels, purchased through Shannon’s Auctions some years ago.
Really Big News:
Ian Buckley is now the proud owner of the J2, purchased from Bob Bazzica who completed the restoration after the passing of John Scott (Scotty) some years ago. Buckles is a most fitting owner, a man who is passionate about MG’s and our club, congratulations it is wonderful that the car remains here in SA amongst our Prewar & Register members. I am deliberately greasing him up as I think that his next Register night will be amazing. Well done Buckles!!!
The Legend that is Laurie Foody: (with apologies to Johnny Crash)
* Laurie’s TD went roaring off as we got underway
* Up on the road he rested as he went along his way
* When all at once a mighty roar of MG’s he saw
* Plowing through the smoky skies
* And up the freeway draw
* Ghost drivers in the sky!
(Ah yes he’s gone the wrong way if you haven’t worked it out, not seen again that night)
Mike Greenwood attempted to realign Goldy’s gate post on leaving, although unsuccessful it did leave an unpleasant bruise on the MG6 which is destined for concurs in TAS.
Simon Ewart who ran as sweeper on the way up in the TC although a few of us were keeping an eye on the yellow glow of his headlights several K’s back. Well done Simon.
Brian Golding doing his show ‘n’ tell with a relic from his grandfather’s cellar. Just a bit of old black rubber tubing in a big glass jar. Well you can stick that one up your know what Brian!
I have run out of legends but there are those who are not at all well currently, Don Offler, Ronnie Jellet and Shelly Bazzica took a dive to the tiles recently and cut herself up somewhat, on the mend we hear. Hope that she’s firing on all four for the May Register meeting at their place.
The legends from Goolwa were up, great to see the progress by The Ghost who Walks on the SA.
Talk about ghost drivers in the sky, the trip home was the usual dash and burn event. Great to be in Dean’s hot B and to be overtaking the T’s on the freeway. David Mc Naughton was not seen though, he is mightily pleased with the LED candles on the B, I am told that he enjoyed the drive and was not overtaken at all, made it home by curfew to boot.
Meetings to come:
April 5 Hawthorndene - David & Joy Pearson, May 3 West Beach - Bob & Shelley Bazzica. I have offers from Ken Fisher, Thane Martin, Leigh Ritcher, Peter & Browyn Micklem, Maurice & Steph Linehan, Donald Walks Walker, watch this space.
Thankyou for coming down to the Bridge and making the night a memorable one, best of luck for those who are representing us at the Easter National Meeting in Tasmania, we will drink to their success at Pearson’s Hawthorndene.
Cheers & Safety Farts, John Bray BOTR
1 February 2018, The TFN /ATO special interest meeting at Somerton Park.
I count this meeting as one for Terry Wright who suggested that we visit the premises of Scott Appleyard at Byre Avenue Somerton Park who was a superb host and a very interesting and enthusiastic car accumulator of Austin Seven’s.
Terry and Scott were colleagues at the Australian Tax Office some years ago, and along with Terry’s invited guests, Warren & Darryl there was a presence of former tax officers including MGCC member Greg Atkins (A Type 1500) at the meeting, free advice on matters pertaining to the dreaded income tax was not freely available at all, too much fun gossiping and poking around Scott’s collection of vehicles and substantial racks of parts.
Thane Martin, Geoff McLean, Simon Ewart, David Kemp, Bob & Shelly Bazzica, David & Joy Pearson.
Bob Bazzica was off to see Don Offler who has not been altogether well of late and members wanted to be remembered to him with their sincere best wishes. It was reported that former member John Sarre has been admitted into full time nursing care.
Previous meetings, December 2017 & January 2018.
We were able to dwell on those events which proved highly successful, December’s trip to the Deep South, Don Walker’s at Goolwa Beach and Mike Greenwood's at Strathalbyn, heading that way again by all accounts later this year. January’s show at King Arthur’s West Lakes was another blockbuster event, a really great night well attended and a good rollout of vehicles.
This is where it gets tricky. First Uber off the rank was Reg O”Malley with his “show and tell” on brass bodied SU petrol pumps and a small glass device that remains a mystery to us all.
Second Uber, Russell Garth was far more serious. Russell’s analysis of the MG Car Club’s advice that a Non Marque Register had been formed gave rise to very serious concern from the large contingent of members present, and it was decided that the Pre War & T Type Register lodge a strong representation to the committee in support of Russell’s and others concern.
Ian Hobbs displayed a MMM prewar magazine, L0658 meant nothing to Reg, albeit that he was once the owner of the L Type, notwithstanding Ian left without the precious magazine, see that makes two with a doubtful memory!
Not only those two, Peter Auld has a habit of leaving without his cooler bag , members please remind before he leaves next time.
Please remind Reg O”malley to pick up his folding chair, and to bring his hearing aid.
Dean Hosking is the proud owner of a white MGA 1600 MK 11, now looking to move his 1500 A out of the garage which has become overcrowded again.
Don Walks managed to secure some handy spares from Scott Appleyard’s collection, guess they are going on the SA, who knows?
Brian Forth is looking for some special tyres, 19 ‘s I think, I thought that he had heaps to sell?
Really important business: The Irving Cup winner is!
The clear winner this year is Bob Schapel who scored a total of 20 points for club attendances with his white TC patina aesthetic rusted body, 20 points.
Others, Paul Dallwitz 17, Maurice Linehan 12, Thane Martin 10, Arthur Rudiger 10, Peter Auld 9, Laurie Foody 9, Leigh Ritcher 8, Pearson, Buckley, Bray 7.
With the ringing of the bell for the barbecue supper to start, the raffle descended into chaos, however I was able to get prizes to most of the disinterested parties. Thanks to David McNaughton for the coolant and oil donated by his good friend at Caltex, very much appreciated indeed.
There was to be a special prize for anyone who could produce their TFN, but hey chaos rained down on my parade , food is so much more important!
The food was prepared by Scott Appleyard and his friend Chris Bennett (MGA) fastidiously as is their way, and I must say it was delicious and well received, thanks again Scott, it was just great.
1 March - Brian & Kath Golding’s road trip to Murray Bridge, usual meet at Crafers Park N Ride for the run, more news to come. Domino’s ready with the pizzas I am told. Other meetings, April not decided, May 3 - West Beach at Bob & Shelly Bazzica’s, come and see the KN finished! Check the magazine Jan/Feb for meetings, more info to come.
The final wrap.
Terry Wright has produced magnificent photos with his new camera that has settings working like a pair of finely tuned SU carburettors, check the website. Thanks also to TD McNabb for his usual contribution with the Box Brownie. to view the many photos - click here
Another TFN ( Tee Fun Night) completed, thanks all for making it a success.
Cheers, John Bray BOTR.
4 January 2018 Register report, meeting at Arthur Rudiger’s West Lakes.
The come and see meeting.
My call out for this meeting was “Come and see the real thing” sung by Russell Morris. To view pics of the meeting from David McNabb - click here
The diligent Bob Schapel was quick to pick up on the “Morris” as in Morris Garages, yes subtle I know but the real things were on show at King Arthur’s at West Lakes you only had to be there to see all.
Thanks to Arthur who spent a great deal of his leisure time preparing for the meeting, the place looked great, the front lawn vacuumed, the slabs of cardboard drip trays cut and prepared for the leaking TC’s on the driveway.
Apologies x 2
1. From the Tour Down Under, 10 December. J Tamke, R Schapel, T Wright, C Whyatt, L Kinnear, G & W Hough, J Davies, P Dallwitz. (apologies if I have missed someone)
2. King Arthur’s. Mozza (visitors), Nick Proferes (Fiji), R Gibbs (wife’s birthday), Leigh Ritcher (tired) D Fairbrother (sore back), Terry Wright (recuperating), Trevor Driver (Hobart), Pearson’s, John Tamke (family) Don Walker, Peter Shipside. Ronnie Jellet.
Would you believe 45 signed in to the meeting, 21 Register vehicles plus other MG’s. Consisting of 9 TC, 6 TF, 2 TD, 2 Y, 1 NA & 1 ND. TD McNabb was in a head spin over the superior numbers of TF present!
Good to see Gordon Brice back after medical rebuild, Colin Whyatt the Doc after copious holiday cruises, Dick Manning (TC), Laurie Houghton (editor), Pat Mullins (MGA) & the Serial Pest (God help us!!)
Laurie Houghton, our illustrious editor was first cab off the rank and addressed the meeting. A motor sport information meeting will be held at the Clubrooms on February 23, 7.00pm, Mick Mitolo will provide a gourmet BBQ. Come and see the Gibb MGZT, powerful 520hp MG.
The MG Challenge with the Victorians will be held at The Bend raceway at Tailem Bend in June on the short course track. More to come on all this later in reports.
Peter Auld had news, good news & bad news, but no fake news yet. Paint Supplies at Royal Park can now put your selected automotive paint into aerosol cans to suit whatever you need (good news). Peter had a bit of trouble purchasing a crankshaft online, good news: it was an attractive price, bad news: the attractive price has evaporated and escalated up on his credit card statement. Really bad news: “I can’t get no satisfaction”
AC Pearson looking for 12mm number punches for his EK ute reno, Dean Hosking looking around in his garage, sounds sus Dean, changing numbers not ethical, just saying mind you.
Gordon Brice looking for a second hand door for his TD, also supplying a rocker cover for Heather Bennett who will attempt to become world champion at the MG Nat Meeting in Tas, rocker cover challenge.
Bob Bazzica, renowned restoration guru, advised that he is selling two prized possessions , the 1930’s J2 sweptwing MG, and the RV8 1995, 19 k’s to make way for the Arnolt TD rebuild. The KN is now up and running.
TD McNabb announced that his mate owns the Fowler 1600 Mk 2 MGA and it’s now for sale, approx. $34 Good one McNabb says that it is a really good MG, no chance that he would change up though.
Ray Finch, (more bad news) says that in NZ the govt. will not allow restorations of cars with wooden body frames. Could be worse, lambs wool seat covers obligatory!
Russell Garth has a new mobile number 0400 275 812, now no need to listen to that long recorded message.
Mozza Linehan’s inability to get to Register meetings since purchasing the TD is a worry to one member in particular, GO McNabb, however Mozz has sent me advice that his TC rego plates are available RTC 048, which only attract a one off fee, not annual. Anyone interested for a 1948 MG TC?
The serial pest was at it again causing mayhem as he is accustomed to, however J Neilson Esq has been put on notice that he has to clean up his shed for a register run next year up to Tanunda, watch this space.
TC’s on tour caught up at Buckles place and ran down to the esplanade at Henley Beach with ACP’s Y Type in tow on the way to Arthur’s, possible pictures from Buckles may be posted on the website.
Really good news: future meeting dates and venues 2018.
February 1: Special event, meeting at Scott Appleyards business premises, Unit 1 at 3/7 Byre Avenue Oaklands Park. Bring a folding chair and there will be a BBQ supper. Scott has a number of interesting cars and has TF parts from the former Peter Thompson that may be of interest to a restorer. More news to come.
March 1: Brian & Kath Golding at Murray Bridge. Assemble at the Crafers Park n Ride 6.00pm.
April 5: To be determined, MGCC National Meeting at that time. News to come later.
May 3: Bob & Shelley Bazzica’s, West Beach. Viewing of the newly completed KN & the TD reno project.
June 7: TBA Blackwood (to be confirmed)
July 5: Thane Marin Coromandel Valley (to be confirmed)
August 2: TBA
September 6: TBA
October 4: Peter & Bronwyn Micklem’s at Paechtown / Hahndorf.
November 1: Dinner meeting, Stanley Bridge Hotel, Verdun (to be confirmed)
December 6: Christmas at Maurice & Steph Linehan’s Eden Hills.
Note that some dates may have to change and there may be a special event Sunday drive event in December to visit the “deep south” again with some points of interest for the Register.
All the best for 2018, hope to see many of you again at Scott Appleyard’s Oaklands Park, February 1. Bring your camp chair for a fun night with heaps of conversation.
Cheers, John Bray, Boss of T Register. (Supreme commander to some)
10 Dec run to Goolwa Beach at Don Walker’s shed.
Register Tour Down Under:
The special Register event start in Blackwood OTR at 8.00am saw 25 members and their cars assembled for the drop of the flag at 8:30am.
Late comers included Ray Finch ceremoniously driven in the Porsche 944T by Andrew Willington and Russell Garth with the bride Margie in the TF, hood down and windscreen up. (a very rare occurrence on both counts)
A sheepish Arthur Rudiger arrived in his new drop head, plush BMW 4 Series Turbo Diesel. Very comfy indeed, much trouble convincing some that it was his car.
Approximately 25 starters in various cars hit the line for the TDU run into Goolwa Beach via Coromandel Valley, Cherry Gardens, Clarendon and onto the food stop at Meadows.
Meadows feed station was a full on affair where waiting for the bulk of the TDU were the McLeans, Micklems, TD McNabb & a heap of others.
Huge mistake by the Tour Director in forgetting to warn the Meadows Bakery about the hungry and decaffeinated drivers descending upon them at 9.00am. The footpaths were lined by pastie eating, coffee drinking participants in real TDU tradition.
Once flagged off, it’s the Bull Creek road into Goolwa Beach where the Tickford boys were waiting with cars suitably arranged, dressed to impress the caffeine charged mob. What was impressive though was Jeanette’s ability to marshall Don Walker and the dog in organising some semblance of order in the parking arrangements out front.
Shed sniffing was the order of the day after negotiating passage pass the dog fence, the real deal was on show, the SA drophead, Don’s major restoration project for the next 25 years. Congratulations Don it is a really interesting and challenging project that you have in front of you.
Peter Shipside’s lovely WA on show out front was actually a family car handed down to him by his father. What a lucky dog compared to what is in front of the Don!
Points of interest from the meeting.
Not many just a few thankfully, but check out the photos on the website. to view photos taken by David McNabb - click here
A great morning tea supplied by Don, Jeannette and friend, thanks heaps it was superb.
Inductee into the Register Hall of Fame, Raymond Finch was presented with his membership pack by Arthur, it’s taken a while to get him to re-join really however he does make a significant contribution to helping members with their restorations, cars only.
Peter Baturin, club member and a TF owner from down south attended and was acknowledged. He is hoping to attend register meetings closer to home, maybe Mt Barker or Nairne in the future Ray? Peter has worn out his handbrake ratchet and is looking for a replacement if anyone has one. (too many handbrake turns outside the bank in Strathalbyn maybe?)
A C Pearson.com.uk.org presented his chrome wire grill headlight covers that he has for sale. Once installed they only reduce the light emittance by 15 %, but you can then invest in LED lamps at a very reasonable cost to offset the 15%, you get the picture?
The car club secretary of Registers, Peter Coulson and his wife Sharon, turned up in the blue MG ZR. Peter who does a great job on the club’s website does not attend often and it was a real pleasure that he was on tour with us, thanks again Peter you do well handling the McNabb & Terry Wright photos. Terry Wright unfortunately fell and has a full hip replacement, members wished him well for a speedy recovery. Good luck 007.
Reg O’Malley OBE. What a pleasure it was to sing happy birthday to our latest OBE member (over bloody eighty) Reg. A legend in his own lunch box, Reg is an inspiration to us all, amazing knowledge in all things MG and a stickler for the rules as I can testify from personal experience.
His parking effort at Don’s was legendary, firstly he could not remember which was his car, and secondly the neighbour’s driveway was fair game as a vacant kerbside park (without the kerb). Never mind Reg, some mothers do have ‘em you know. Keep on keeping on Reg.
A few statistics.
For those whose interest in the register centres around such things 15 register vehicles were there at Stage One of the TDU, however this grew in number at Stage Two, Mike Greenwood’s at Strathalbyn. TD’s led with 5, TF 4, NA 1, WA 1, TC 3 , Y Type sedan 1. A good effort really for a Sunday.
Stage two TDU, Strathalbyn.
Despite the lack of lycra, the tour entered stage two across to Mike and Jan’s at Strathalbyn. Mike’s advice to back the cars into the front fence facing Langhorne Creek road presented an exciting array of cars albeit the temperature was climbing.
Another “garage sniffing“ sortee with plenty see and touch, two MG magnettes, M Type and MGC in engine out mode. Here are another series of restoration challenges ahead of our dedicated and enthusiastic member Mike Greenwood plenty to be one that will keep him busy for sure. Thanks Mike for the barbeque really appreciated by the tourists fresh out of supplements after morning tea over at Goolwa Beach.
That is about it, it was a super drive through Kangarilla & Meadows, very reminiscent of English country touring according to the Vicar in his NA (with backup from son Nick), pleasing that many asked for a repeat performance next year for the Register TDU, however few realise that to be King MG of the mountain, Willunga & Menglers Hill might need to be considered.
Thanks for your support, apologies were acknowledged, sorry that they missed a fun event.
Now for New Year, at King Arthur’s castle, West Lakes.
John Bray, Supreme Commander of the Register.
2 Nov - traditional Hotel dinner at Stanley Bridge Hotel , Verdun
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The Rainbow Connection at the Stanley Bridge Tavern:
The T-Register November dining meeting at the Tavern, Verdun was an overwhelming event in many ways considering the huge support from members of the register and special guests. I had booked the dining room for 35, added another 5ish in the afternoon 61 actually arrived, seats at tables were eagerly taken up by early comers.
Were received from Colin Whyatt, Ian Buckley, Gordon Brice, Brian Forth, Maurice Linehan, Ron Jellett, Simon Ewart. Bob & Shelley Bazzica, David Mc Naughton
Register vehicles included 14 T series, 2 Y series & 1 NA ( on trailer)
Welcome to guests:
We were delighted to have special people attend on the night, given that the previous Friday it was the funeral of the great Peter Ivey who you will read about in the magazine with two fine tributes from Don Offler and David McNabb.
Peter’s wife Elaine and daughter Leanne, Don & Sue Offler, Max & Bernie Tilbrook.
Don and Max are long time members of the MG Car Club and were great friends of Peter and Elaine.
THE RAINBOW CONNECTION:
Elaine was able to address those present, it was just wonderful that she was able to stand and speak about Peter, his life and special bond with our car club since 1956.
The celebration for Peter’s life held the previous Friday at Lobethal included a visual and audio presentation song by the Carpenters, The Rainbow Connection and Elaine was able to share that and another encounter with the rainbow following the funeral prior to Peter’s internment.
It has been an emotional time most certainly however Peter Ivey the legend has left his footprints on the car club in many ways as you will read in the club journals and tributes that follow.
The Ivey Fuel Consumption Test, initiated by Peter has invoked many memories and “heroes” are now stepping forward out of the woodwork to immortalise their prowess with him in the consumption of copious quantities of beer going from pub to pub. I speak of Ian Buckley - winner 1975, David Mc Nabb - winner 1983, Andrew Willington - runner up on numerous occasions, known as an “outstanding performer”, finally Reg O’Malley & Ian Curwen-Walker fine attendees, maybe not winners but recognised for achievement on merit.
Elaine however has Peter’s notebook that he kept which will reveal all I am told.
SOMERLED WINES HAHNDORF:
The only remaining patrons that were able to “squeeze” into the dining room were Rob Moody and his family who run the cellar door in Hahndorf, Rob was a former wine maker at Penfolds and made the famous Grange Hermitage. They are keen to entertain the Register at their cellar door sometime, I think that they were overcome by the size of the roll out of cars in the carpark and the buzz in the room.
I had no complaints from anyone on the food and service, thankyou for being so patient, it was a fun night for sure.
Great to be able to rekindle acquaintances with members and wives who we have not seen for some time, even the “serial pest" was on his very best for the night.
Great to see Harry Aust join us, still looking for that elusive photo of the dashboard of his racing TC special, pity Google earth was not about in the 60’s.
By the time you read this, Reg O’Malley will have celebrated his 80th birthday joining several others in the elite ranks of the celebrated OBE (over bloody eighty) brigade, more later to follow after celebrations have well and truly settled.
Raymond Finch is officially re-enlisting into the club & the register, he has been making a fine contribution of late, especially for the “Vicar” keeping the NA up to scratch with refinements and general housekeeping, terrific work Ray!
Sunday 10 December, run to the deep south, Goolwa Beach to see the "Tickford Boys” cars at Don Walker’s then a quick sprint across to Strathalbyn to Mike Greenwood’s to see what he has left in the garage.
Meet at OTR, Main Road Blackwood (not Belair) from 8.00am to leave at 8:30am heading to meet up at Meadows Bakery after 9.00am with other T members, Bull Creek road down to Goolwa Beach. I will send out my usual emails prior to the date.
January meeting 2018 most likely at West Lakes, cannot upset Arthur if it was elsewhere you’d reckon.
ONE 4 T ROAD:
Sign in Scottish garage: FOR SALE MG SINGLE OWNER GREEN IN COLOUR
5 October 2017 PREWAR & T TYPE REGISTER
THE BIG NIGHT OUT IN PAECHTOWN.
As was expected it was a big turnout in the big shed of Peter & Bronwyn Micklem on a coolish night, ideally suited for the “burn” up through Hahndorf to their home at Paechtown.
Thankyou to Peter & Bronwyn for a great supper, hot fire and heaps of seats in the shed. The big toys had been moved out to accommodate the enthralled members of which 37 signed in with 13 T Types and 1 Y Saloon together with other MG cars of later and more comfortable vintage.
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Received from M Lyons (coming good), A Pearson, I Buckley, J Tamke, A Bate, R Jellet, Mike & Jan Greenwood.
Mike Greenwood rang me to say that his daughter had died suddenly the week before leaving two young children which of course is a tragedy to the whole family, our thoughts and condolences went out to Mike and Jan for their loss.
Long standing member Alan Griffin passed away mid-September after a short illness in care at Kalyara Care Facility at Belair. David Mc Nabb has penned a tribute to Alan for the magazine, our condolences once again go out to Barbara and the boys of which Michael and David have had involvement with the car club over many years with their father Alan and his cars.
To the” brown baron “ Mozza Linehan for leading him into the Crafers Park N Ride the wrong way against the tide of the buses, well the horn was exceptionally laudable under the circumstance, hate to admit it but I got it wrong.
The Vicar of Dribbly. A prominent member of our group who was recently at the Goodwood Revival this year “confessed” to the meeting that dressing up was on his agenda and in fact that he had fashioned a collar of the faith from an ice cream container and masqueraded as the local vicar, all good fun indeed for a while, however he was found wanting when challenged by a real and authentic man of the cloth. Tutt, tutt Peter C best stick with the tweed jacket and deer stalker in the NA I suggest. PS: More tea Vicar?
Car Sales.com: Well, there was a bit of trading transacted at the meeting, a most attractive TD changed hands very, very, quickly, the new owner apparently overcome by the emotion of the night and his prayers with a little help from the “vicar” were answered and the deal done!
Quote: When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife. HRH Prince Phillip
The very observant Russell Garth commented that our “serial pest” one John Neilson was spotted on TV at the MCG Grand Final presentation, what an amazing fact, he bobs up everywhere. Good to see John at our meetings again cause you got to know that I am lining him up for a visit one night next year to see the 50 year owned MG TC.
Russ produced a scrap book on MG going way back in the club with some interesting facts on our former racing identity Dean Hosking who still holds a record in a Cooper Climax years back.
Geraldine Hough gave a briefing of the filming in Adelaide of the Formula 1 car and others through Henley Beach road underpass (Bakewell Bridge) for the Adelaide Motor Sport Festival coming on 7 December, vision is going onto Facebook.
Ian Hobbs looking for a photo of an MGA Mk11 block, why I am not sure but he will respond.
Peter Auld has a genuine 1250 wheel, shallow dish and a 19 inch pre-war wheel 24/24 lacing.
Arthur and Bazzica are off to Yamba with the ND & J2 for the MMM rally, photos by Terry Wright of Arthur’s ND at Collingrove Hill climb were on display, Terry actually got a ride with Arthur up the hill, how exciting for 007.
Don Walks reported on his SA’s progress and was delighted that Graham Loader was in the right place at the right time to collect a couple of brackets and deliver them to him saving a heap on DHL freight into Goolwa Beach.
Peter Shipside - Shippy still talking about the WA Tickford sold in Vic. But wants to start his own society with Don Walks at Goolwa. Can you believe, the “GT Boys“? Sounds like a couple of overaged musicians to me.
John Davies and the XU1 Torana ripping up the hill got some air play, but like the old guys sitting in the dress circle I could not hear all of it, apologies John.
Investigations are underway to source an electronic hearing loop for those who sit in the front row behind the Coordinator General at future meetings, it would be simpler to supply batteries for hearing aids I think, however if that fails I will yell louder.
More speed Vicar? Talking about Motor Sport Festival, our self-confessed Vicar took on the 3 TC’s on the freeway going home in the dead of night, the former Peter Ivy TD rebuilt by the mercurial Ray Finch, really left us for dead, the new owner of that high speed vehicle is going to have his work cut out holding it in check, hope that he has told his wife about the purchase. I cannot name him at this stage just in case as it was an instantaneous purchase.
Traditionally November, Hotel dinner. This year it is the STANLEY BRIDGE HOTEL, Verdun just off the freeway Hahndorf Turnoff 7.00pm, we have a group booking.
Meet at the Crafers Park N Ride at 6.15pm for the run leaving at 6.30 via Stirling, Aldgate, Bridgewater, Germantown Hill into Verdun. Menu will be emailed prior to 2 November.
December: The long awaited visit to the Southern Connection, Donald Walker’s shed and cars is on SUNDAY 10 December, details to be advised, will be leaving from a designated location at about 8.30am at this stage to Goolwa Beach.
Hopefully there will be a further visit on the way home over at Strathalbyn.
One more: Home cooking; Where most men think their wives are! Anon.
That’s about it for October, hope to see you at the pub dinner Nov 2, Stanley Bridge Verdun.
John Bray, Coordinator General & Supreme Ruler of the Register.
PRE-WAR & T REGISTER Leigh Ritcher’s, Aldgate 7 September 2017
Yes a night of the classics in many ways, 12 classic MG T’s driven to the meeting by their robust and adventuresome owners. Classic drama before and after the meeting, some classic blunders and classic good humour all round.
30 signed into the book, 12 T Types, other MG’s and a few plastics including Mr Garth fully enclosed in his Combo Van.
Leigh Ritcher in a big way for clearing the garage and presenting us with the creature comforts that we have become accustomed to at Register meetings.
Pretty much the theme, well expectation, of the meeting starting with street lights erected by our host to assist members finding the place however there was.
in the form of first arrive, Laurie Foody driving his TD into the neighbours place next door, penetrating their lawn at an angle of 45 degrees downhill, wheel ruts and all to contend with, however mine host Leigh extricates him with the Pajero quietly and efficiently.
Laurie Foody going home on Cross Roads has an overheating petrol pump to contend with, solution by Arthur, wrap it in a hanky and wet it up. Got him home though, legend!
heaps of apologies especially those freezing the brass monkeys at Adelaide Oval. Messers Octagon Bob, John Davies, Heather & Chris Bennett, Big Geoff McLean, maybe Forthy. Those overseas Buckles, LED Pearson, P Cundy NA. Those tucked up at home, P Auld (doing better), P Shipside & mate Don Walker. Baldrick & Geraldine, G Loader on holidays. Those recovering after and enduring illness which has been serious, Mike Lyons, Ronnie Jellett, and Stan Sheppherd who made history for being admitted through new RAH Emergency on opening day, not a great statistic but notable. Best wishes to all three.
embarrassment! Imperial Master K-Jon Boom announcing that there was a death notice for a Laura Smith in the paper, husband of Ron (deceased) albeit she was 90, only to be told by TD McNabb that he had just spoken to her on the phone! Boom Boom!
Absolute joy, the Korean flat screen TV lasted the journey long enough for us to witness the glory of the Adelaide Crows destroying the Greater Western Sydney Giants on Adelaide Oval.
Gourmet Pizzas for supper and superb MG biscuits that were a real knockout baked by Leigh’s daughter following in the footsteps of her late mother Chris, goodbye Anzac biscuits, the MG’s were a treat, Ka Boom!
Portable gas heaters provided by Leigh, so hot they almost singed the Kim Jong hats worn by messers Tamke and Hobbs, cosy Commies er cossies.
The convoy from Belair headed by the brown Baron Von Linehans swoops past the Hillside Drive entry and disappears into the blackness of Aldgate followed by Dwane Martini, Tamke RV8 & Bar, TD MCNobb plus others. Just cannot trust the Baron after the Canada trip.
Seriously there was some interesting items raised by members who included Russell Girth whose original owner of the TF finally gave in and contacted Russ after all these years. Great black & white photo of the car and its then owner complete with white walled tyres, aluminium stone guards and a handsome bloke seated behind the wheel, what a change from the present day!
Ian Hobbs presented his copy of the K3 dossier which he secured after some patient haggles with suppliers for $220, value in my book.
Arthur read email from Tony Volkers owner of WA 0562 drop head coupe who would like to contact any previous owners, Goldy wanting to peddle off +ve earth electronic regulator that is no good running with his GPS out of Murray Bridge, sends him to Horsham instead of Hahndorf.
Dean Hosking looking for an MGB engine (I was distracted at the time and missed his point), Doc Dallwitz asked Leigh about the aluminium head from the TD on the bench, who has another Lucas head on the TD currently, produced by XPAG Engineering in the UK.
Photo of Don Walker’s SA body work progress was shown to the meeting, many sighs of appreciation. Y 2965 purchased by Chris Constantine in Victoria, formerly Dr Anthony Smeardon’s car at McLaren Vale was shown also, Chris is looking for some history.
Peter Coulson, Secretary of Registers to keep an eye on me, wished to convey the message that ‘All MG Display Day‘ will be early next year first quarter 2018, please consider this important event for the club.
5 October at Peter & Bronwyn Micklem’s, 57 Yantaringa Rd Paechtown near Hahndorf.
Meet for convoy run at the Park n Ride carpark Crafers, adjacent the Crafers turn off for departure at 6.40pm to Hahndorf then into Paechtown.
Peter has a big cleanout coming up in the big shed according to Bronwyn, we can be assured of a big fireside chat again this year. It’s going to be a big night with a big turnout if you get my drift. Big reds will feature again for the raffle.
November meeting on 2nd will be a run to a hills hotel for dinner, TBA.
Thankyou all for another top night in Aldgate, big things coming again next month.
Jon K-Boom boom, J Bray Grand Master, VD and Scar. (bestowed by LED Pearson)
Prewar & T Register meeting at Paul & Louise Dallwitz, Unley
to view photos of the night from Terry Wright and David McNabb - click here
How was the winter of our discontent made glorious summer in the MG shed?
How, well it was a night of good old fashion yacking, talking and chewing the fat!
35 signed in, Y Types = 2, T Types =10, Pre wars = 0
Louise & Paul for presenting us with a great night, car display, comfortable shed venue and good old fashion tucker.
The list is considerable, but I will be brief. P Auld, J Tamke, M Lyons, G Loader, SP Neilson, N Proferes, A Ruediger, G Mc Lean, G Brice, T Martin, D Hosking, D Walker, P Shipside, S Ewart, D & J Pearson.
Wes Southgate - 1.4.1930-28.7.2017
The register members wish to convey their condolences to the Southgate family, especially Jill on the passing of our former member Wes. A card has been sent to Michael Southgate his son in Melbourne on behalf of the members.
I first met Wes & Jill at his register meeting out at Prospect some years ago, one of nature’s true gentlemen, passionate about his cars especially the MG PB which was always admired when driven by Wes to our register events. Who will ever forget the rain sodden night at Ken Fisher’s when Wes drove into the garage topless (no hood Mozza) to the amazement of all. I am sure that I speak for you all in saying it was a privilege to have known Wes as a car club member and a man.
The Bazzica’s have returned from the USA trip with many interesting photographs on the iPad and tales of adventures with the MG fraternity over there, use of the MGTD-Arnolt Bertone Coupe especially. Bob has secured another restoration project here with his own Arnolt-MG (TD) on hand just to keep him away from the three other car reno’s that he is working on.
The headlight globe and globe-trotting guru of the club AC Pearson LED.com arrived in a daze of white lights just to impress us all with the Y Type clearly bright enough to spot foxes and rabbits anywhere. Seriously Anthony does a “brilliant” job with his knowledge and solutions for upselling his LED lamps for our aging cars.
I purchased LED globes for the TC front guards side lights that now flash orange when turning and white generally when turned on. Not quite the Audi running lights mind you, but really brilliant, safe and practical in my opinion. Simple, just plugged them in.
ACP is off to Silverstone soon selling his wares and hob knobbing with the Lords he says, amazing what cash can do eh? Good luck ACP.LED.com.
Bob Schapel confessed that he likes the Register meetings so much that he hates leaving to go home. Seems that retirement has starved him of contact with MG fellowship out in his lonely garage with only the cars for company. Maybe we have to sign him out as well as signing in?
My first ever complaint was handed out to me by our well seasoned and experienced sleuth, Terry Mc Wright who observed that the prized Merlot that he won stated on the label that it was good for cellaring for 3 years.
Any reasonable recipient of that fine bottle of wine would surely understand that the period commences from the date of the register meeting, what else?
Wine improves with age……. The older I get, the better I like it!
Ronnie Jellet, very pleased to have the side curtains up on the trip up from Murray Bridge, thanks Goldy, you getting soft since the OS trip, or maybe you forgot?
I was given a note that Harry Aust is rebuilding his TC Special that raced at Mallala in mid 1960’s, wants to know if anyone has a photo of the instrument panel from the car to identify what instruments were there. Also wants to know if anyone has his Formula Ford built in 1969, #42 called Tudor Ford. Maybe someone cleaned out his garage while he was not looking, anyway any help or advice would be good. Call Harry on 0408 822 126 or maybe Bank SA Crimestoppers.
TD McNabb has taken advice from ACP LED.com on his wiper motor, apparently it just needed WD40x 2 squirts to get it going, phew a new one was going to bankrupt him and force a re-mortgage of the house, Pearson lost a sale on that one.
Dave McNaughton also sought advice and now has amazing headlights on the B, set him back a bit more than expected but someone has to support ACP to the UK.
The secret of enjoying a good wine. Open the bottle, allow it to breathe. If it does not look as though it’s breathing, give it mouth to mouth!
Leigh Ritcher’s, 21 Hillside Road Aldgate. TD = Total dedication or Total Distraction?
You be the judge of that one, hoping to see the TD fraternity at Leigh’s home of TD.
Cheers and Safety Farts, see you there. John Bray, Imperial Coordinator T Register.
Register report Pre-war & T Type from John Bray
Register meeting at Ken Fisher’s , Benjamin Street, St Marys
Anticipating that we would be "Singin' in the rain" in July, Ken kindly agreed to host the meeting in his work premises again this year and it was ‘house full’ as over 50 were in attendance. Sincere thanks to Ken and Rosemary for hosting a very memorable event.
Seems as though some people are going to a great deal of trouble to make sure that their absence is out there in front of the meeting which is good really however some actually do a Lazerous and turn up anyway, messers Forth and Loader to name two.
AWOL were Driver, Glasson, Oliver, Greenwood, Hosking , Geraldine H, Fairbrother, Bazzica, Linehan & Terry Wright who has moved and finds it too dark to find his way back home.
Peter Auld is home from hospital recovering under Christine’s supervision, doing ok now.
Bazzica is resorting to hand delivered emails and has a reasonable excuse being in Trump country at the GOF (Gathering of the Faithful) not just a religious sect no sir, MG Family!
Mozza,’ Rocky Mountain High ‘Linehan is in Canada, check the website for his amazing graphics depicting Mozza in mounting costume, er woops!
Welcomed to the meeting were Nick Cundy- son of Peter, Keith Harris' brother and lookalike of Roland, Sandra Codrington - friend of Mike Lyons & raffle winner!
It was as I said, full house and 12 T-types, 2 N Types & 1 Y Type Saloon mixed in with other species in Ken’s premises, check the photos supplied by TD McNabb. to view - click here. The food was great thanks Rosemary and plenty of conversation ensured that I ran late starting proceedings.
I will be brief but, it was Doc Dallwitz’s 71st birthday and he was presented with two cupcakes courtesy of the serial pest one John Neilson. At least he has something in common with the SA boys from Goolwa in that he owned an SA which is under restoration by his son.
Brian Forth has secured some second hand worn out carpets for his TD from the guru of TD’s Mc Nabb. Seems as though the patina on the rest of the car cannot be spoiled by the sweet smell and visual perfection of new carpets, each to his own I say.
Gracelands, Gracelands I am going to Gracelands! Doc Colin Whyatt has revealed from his trip to Trump country with his wife that he is a devotee of the one and only, love me tender, Elvis who had a great collection (still has) of cars especially the 1960 red Twin Cam MGA. Check it out on the website if you can - click here, Colin in the Elvis outfit would not be a good look.
Andrew Bate is getting nostalgic about the TF now that he has it out and coming to meetings, the Mortlock Library might be the next place that we start searching for former owners of his car. We are still on the case Andrew. TF 35594, does that ring a bell?
Russell Garth never ceases to amaze with his antics, the 30 year old restoration on the TF is showing, the candle power of his lights is so bad someone needs to walk in front with a torch, Buckley will get you one from China Russ. However he has graced the net in “Bookface” recently at Blackwood with some precision parking in the TF extracting it from a tight lie between two shopping cars in the centre, I have not seen it but I believe it’s true!
Peter Shipside has had a good experience with an old fashioned engineering firm in Melbourne who did a great job on his Prewar WA Drophead he says, good old fashioned service and completely reliable. B & B Engineering I think he said, breakfast is at 9 am.
Brian “The Gold” Golding got off the Quatar flight at 10.00 pm the previous night and got Ronnie Jellet to accompany him on the drive up from Murray Bridge for the meeting. Two things of note, the sheer enthusiasm to tell us all about the festival of speed at Goodwood in the UK and allowing Ronnie to have the side curtains up in the TC, mate you are a legend.
Peter Cundy presented to the meeting in the NA with starter motor in hand, strange that but he did send out a directive that suitable “pushers” should be on hand to get him going after the meeting. I am not sure where the crank handle sits but considered too dangerous.
Peter TD Micklem also presented to the meeting in trouble, said “pushers” were summonsed to stop the traffic on South Road and get him around to Benjamin Street. It did appear that it was not going to start after the meeting, there was spark and petrol but the ex concurs TD was doing a Rolls Royce, “Failing to advance forward”, guess he made it eventually, not sure where our RAA technical advisers were hiding though.
A C Pearson.com has returned from a highly successful business trip to UK with his” bulbs”, thankyou for the Doug Pelton T Series parts Catalogues, maybe he should donate some of his light bulbs to Russell Garth, his TF needs them. How was the Chelsea Flower Show ACP?
Next meeting is at Paul 'Doc' Dallwitz home, WEDNESDAY 9th August, 18 McGowan Street Unley, please note the date. Some parking next door he says otherwise crowd in, he doesn’t mind fluids on the driveway its usual practice.
SEPTEMBER 7 is Leigh Ritcher’s at 21 Hillside Road Aldgate, (no street lights bring a torch).
OCTOBER, Micklems at Paechtown near Hahndorf.
Safety First ask questions later. John Bray, Register Coordinator, Prewar & T-Type MG
Register report, Prewar & T Type Register from John Bray
I SAy, I SAy!
Held at 6 Mills street Clarence Park home of Robert and Beverly Horn and home to five T-Register vehicles in what has been described previously as Aladdin’s Cave and the Horn of Plenty. Actually TD McNabb was eagerly looking forward to a “horny” night surrounded by those beautiful motor vehicles. Actually, he was right on the money as Robert is known to his mates outside the car club as “Horny“ and is quite comfortable with that title.
Horny and Bev put on another magnificent night for the 37 members that signed into the book and we thank them sincerely for their efforts.
I am not sure how many T-Types were jammed into the front driveway, certainly spillage out into Mills Street was achieved under the direction of ex traffic officer Buckley and his side kick Martin but more on them later. 18 Register vehicles in total present on the night.
Missing in action again this month included but not limited to the following: Brian Forth, Mike Lyons, David McNaughton, Paul Oliver, John Tamke, Leigh Ritcher, The Kraut, Doc Whyatt Erp, David Kemp, AC Pearson.Com, Geoff McLean (Footy) and Don Walker (I SAy, I SAy!)
Firstly to Bev and Horny for a great spread and Horny for sweeping up the shed floor. Congratulations to them both on their 43rd wedding anniversary as well.
Secondly to Heather & Chris Bennett for the lovely flowers presented to Bev, a nice gesture from them both on behalf of all present, great I Say!
Third, Ian Curwen–Walker off the wagon, provided a bottle of Peter Lehman Shiraz for us to share, jolly good show I Say.
Finally, yes everyone managed to sign the book this month, amazing achievement!
Not so sincere thanks:
To the Serial Pest for trying to take over the meeting, but at least it was good that he made the effort to come along and attempt to drive us all mad.
Bob Schapelli Racing Schapel drove at Winton with moderate success, second in his class.
The old TC ran beautifully over the weekend, Andrew Willington and myself acted as his pit monkeys which generally involved moving the deck chairs in the garage and pulling the corks out of the bottle at the end of the day.
CAMS accredited photographer Terry Wright, an “official” at the meeting secured commanding positions around the track and took splendid shots during the races and regularity events, teaming up with a professional who offered wonderful advice most days.
You may see Terry’s work on the website, certainly shots of the register meeting are there, to view click here
Peter Cundy’s first introduction into Historic Winton in the 1934 NA was memorable indeed, aptly helped by his powder monkey Ray Finch who worked with the precision of a surgeon to have the engine tuned and ready for the first foray out onto the track. Needless to say that the owner driver had a severe attack of the butterflies in the abdomen region on his first regularity run which got progressively better over the weekend. Well indeed as third was his chosen gear hurtling down the pit straight in front of the admiring populous from SA. With all that power under the bonnet he certainly showed remarkable restraint.
There are some great photographs from Terry Wright of the green dragon # 134 on the track if you want to see them.
Also on www.optikal.com.au by professional Karl Phillipson who has many other historics from the meeting, worth a look.
Briefly as can recall during what was a noisy question time , Bob Schapel talked about a TC crankshaft in unknown condition that John Muldoon has for sale (boat anchor maybe), Y Type chassis that he has lying around not doing much, Graham Loader mentioned his 2200K trip West on Wheels Tour into the bush, TD McNabb complained about the rising cost of petrol in Adelaide, says the Register should boycott the pumps, Horny has 4 never used 16 inch tyres available and two TF engine bonnet side panels with very little rust for sale, Dean Hosking mentioned something but it was inaudible given the noise from the serial pest.
Russell Garth came out of his shell but again incoherent, well I SAy it’s not surprising.
Nick Proferes let us know that Wes Southgate (Melbourne) has not been that steady of late, we will enquire from his son and send our best wishes.
The three stooges:
Larry, Curly & Moe, we all know them, however three of our number carried off an act that could be described as copycat. Curly Martin & Larry Linehan managed to rush in to sign the book in the TC block paid $5.00 but never picked out their numbers, on the other hand Moe Buckley threw in the money, took his two numbers and then returned at the end of the night to sign in, I SAy boys you are a hard act to follow.
I SAy, I SAy!
Well, I have to fess up now and SAy that Don Walker has pulled the barnyard, chicken coop find of the season in the back blocks of NSW to capture a fine relic, drophead SA Tourer and hauled it home to Goolwa, a feat only rivalled by Doc Dallwitz who “pulled” his TC from the fowl shed in the sand dunes at Largs Bay earlier this year.
The Doc bought a case of Coke to clean up the chrome on the car, however Don Walker will be needing much more than that, but it is great to have another Prewar MG SA in the club, congratulations Don, very well done I SAy. There is a great photo of his car on the website.
July 6 - at Kenny Fisher’s, 16 Benjamin Street St Marys. Under cover event, rain or shine.
August 9 - at Doc Dallwitz, 18 Mc Gowan Street Unley NB: Wednesday night event
September: Leigh Ritcher, October: Micklem’s, November: TBA, December: Goolwa
In closing I would like to extend on behalf of all of us, our best wishes to Peter Auld for his coming surgery which is pretty invasive I believe, hoping that recovery is swift for him.
That’s about it for this month’s report, those who have missed out on selection again can lodge a claim with the Productivity Commission as far as I am concerned.
See you at Kenny Fisher’s.
John Bray (K-JB) Imperial Master of the Prewar & T Register
PRE-WAR & T REGISTER, 4 May 2017, The Walk, Coromandel Valley - Thane Martin’s “RAA” Garage
Walk the walk & talk the talk.
Yes it was a case of turning up at the Walk to talk the talk in Thane’s immaculate showpiece garage down at Coromandel Valley.
Twenty eight enthusiasts signed in, twelve T Register cars turned a generally quiet suburb into a classic car display including the noisy others that got the dogs barking upon exiting the Walk from the RAA garage brilliantly illuminated and buzzing with talk the talk.
Missing in action:
Firstly the usual suspects, Buckley (China dolls), Bazzica (via Arthur), TD Mc Nabb (Shepparton via Kaniva), Kenny Fisher (feeling poorly), Doc Whyatt (crusing with his beloved), Joy & Daddy Pearson (much too cold), serial pest John Neilson (too far, too cold) and lastly the best excuse of all, Peter Cundy (carrying shopping bags in Europe for his beloved while hoping to sniff out NA parts).
Sincere thankyou to Thane Martin again this year for preparing his garage that I termed the “RAA” Garage full of beautiful memorabilia, signs, petrol bowsers, tin cans, posters, etc.
His recent purchase of a Porsche banner from an unsuspecting neighbour clearing his garage to make way for an elderly aunt, was an outrageously cheap price (steal) that is testimony of his sniffing ability almost as good as the “Doc” Dallwitz in his day. It’s about all they have in common though.
Sorry to hear that Peter Auld was convinced that Thane actually ran a RAA garage at Coromandel Valley on the Main Road, guess I have to be less than subtle in my articles in future, hate to see people getting lost and frustrated looking for the place.
photos from Terry Wright
Club member and first timer to a register meeting was Simon Ewart who now has a 1946 MG TC, chassis 0644, engine XPAG 10842 and would you believe it, it is listed in a register booklet that Wes Southgate gave me several years ago, miracle! Simon purchased it out of Sydney NSW.
Well, there was some and lots of interjections from the assembled populous as usual, however I have endeavoured to report on a few that are worthy of sensible comment, Russell Girth, please note.
Anthony Pearson thanked members of the Register who assisted in the Nat Meet concours at Glenelg over Easter. Anthony is to be congratulated on his leadership running the event this year.
Anthony will be overseas with his bulbs in June, Chelsea Flower Show I think.
Maurice Linehan gave an insight on the difficulties of wearing Steph’s pyjamas and the potential embarrassment that can ensue if one is caught at an inopportune moment. Well that’s basically what he said.
Nat Meet Director Tim Edmonds appeared and thanked members who participated in what was a hugely successful meeting for the car club at Easter.
Terry Wright’s amazing and highly professional photographs of the racing at Phillip Island were a highlight of the night that kept interested party’s preoccupied and attention diverted from important aspects of the register meeting, like signing in and paying the $5 fee for food and raffle tickets.
Which brings me to the point that you pay $5 of which $3 goes to the host for expenses (food & coffee) $2 is for, wait for it…2 raffle tickets not one like some think. $1 each if you want more.
Old Speckled Hen, Abingdon Beer is off for a while, I have exhausted stocks at Dan Murphy’s.
Mike Sherrell’s got another airing from Bob Schapel, $90 delivered it seems, orders can be taken.
There was a trifle more business but I was distracted waiting for the Domino’s Pizza boy to arrive for supper to get it all down but I will try harder next month at Robert Horn’s register night.
John Tamke has taken to driving the Elfin around the streets again, maybe the RV8 looks a bit spoofy turning up at the register, but the Elfin certainly emits a great exhaust note as he barrels away from Thane’s quiet neighbourhood, am I right Ian Hobbs?
The older the MG and its owner get, the more they have in common. Yes they both have a little rot in their sills, they’re harder to fire up in the morning and their exhaust is a lot more noxious than it used to be.
Good to see the boys from the “Deep South” Peter and Don up at the meeting again from Goolwa, a visit is certainly on the radar maybe December in daylight hours this year.
June 1 - We will be hosted by Robert Horn at 6 Mills Street Clarence Park again this year. A must see for those who missed it last year. It will be a most entertaining and informative night again, I can assure you all. 5 T Types at least in his wonderous Alladin’s cave of MG history and wonderment.
Future meetings (please write these down)
July 6, Ken Fisher’s, 16 Benjamin Street, St Marys
August 9, Doc Dallwitz, 18 Mc Gowan Street, Unley Note: This is a Wednesday night.
September 7, Leigh Ritcher, 21 Hillside Rd, Aldgate
October 5, Peter & Brownyn Micklem, 57 Yantaringa Rd, Paechtown (Hahndorf)
November 2, Register Hotel Dinner, TBA
December #, Deep South Mille Miglia Trial, TBA
If you can put these addresses somewhere that is convenient it will save a lot of stress on my behalf.
That’s about it from me, thanks for turning up and supporting the Register of T Types and other Pre-war exotics, it’s always great fun to “talk the talk”, and one more thing:
You wear your MG cap around not driving, every bugger thinks that you are hiding your baldness, wear it in the MG hood down then, only 95 % of people think that.
Cheers, have a great time next meeting and pay attention if it’s not too much to ask.
John Kim Bray, Imperial Master of the Register of T Types and Pre-war exotic MG’s.
Register report 13 April 2017, Prewar & T Type Register from John Bray.
What is the measure?
Well you would have to say that the buzz and the vibe of the meeting held in the clubrooms was the measure of success of the meeting. Four deep at the bar, SA members fighting for a table, full house in the carpark exit the truck, a squeeze but an impressive array of register cars spilling into the street, visitors investing heavily in the raffle, what more could you ask for? However, the road to success is always under construction.
to view other pics from Terry Wright of the evening - click here
Missing in action:
Ian Buckley (China), Paul Oliver (Goolwa),Brian Forth, Ken Fisher, David Fairbrother, John Davies, Doc Whyatt ( where has he been) & David TD McNabb (late arrival)
To the Supper Queens and helpers, Geraldine Hough, Joy Pearson, Judy Glasson, Shirley Bazzica, & helpers Geoff Glasson, Mike Greenwood, Berry Treffers (Bar baron).
So many to mention representing MG around the country and overseas but I must say that their contribution to the bar trade and noisy ambience in the room was outstanding.
Peter Cooke, the overseas director of MG said a few words reinforcing the “family” which is MG around the world.
Tim Edmonds our National Meeting Director attended, Matthew Magilton of MMM Vic, Jeff Zorn USA, Mike Ells Hawaii, Doug Wallace & Yani Indonesia, Juliana & Warwick Protheroe NZ were notable visitors amongst the throng of others from interstate.
Cannot forget Craig Fergusson on leave from Port Moresby PNG, got his TC to start first time after many months in cold storage, taking son Alex to Cairns for a holiday, may see him back again in a year or two, likes his magazines in bulk, pity there is no Phantom comic strip to keep him amused up in PNG, no bows & arrows though he says.
Interesting successful facts:
Funny, whenever I find the key to success, someone changes the lock.
SA members 43, signed in, Visitors 17 signed in, many others stayed outside in deep reflective conversation about Laurie Foody’s headlights on the TD, 15 T Types, 2 Y’s, 1 NA not counting those in the street.
Congratulations Anthony Pearson for risking the newly finished and beautiful Y Type before the concurs for all to see, a magnificent effort.
Peter Auld fronted, having a not so easy time with his health at the moment , we all wish him well as he progresses through it, best of luck Peter.
Historians Stan Shepherd & Reg O’Malley were hard at it pouring over the data and photos of MG’s T Types and I often call them up checking for chassis and engine numbers on behalf of owners around the country, all good a vital resource those two, also TD McNabb as well.
The boys from Goolwa, Peter Shipside and Don Walker made it up, Mike Greenwood from Strathalbyn filled the compliment from the deep south, we could be visiting one day watch this space I reckon, Don may have his 19’s finished by then.
Photos posted on the website are from CAMS accredited official photographer, Terry Wright, success may have eluded his usual and prolific high standard due to poor light.
Bob Schapel displayed his copy of Mike Sherrell’s new book following on from TC’s Forever. (read article) It’s a bit pricey at the moment but there may be some improvement but it’s a ripper.
My secret to success is to know who to blame for my failures.
Well, it really was not a failure, the visitors dominated in the prize winning albeit that I had given plenty of opportunities, the Old Speckled Hen from the Abingdon Brewery was really popular, hope you guys do not get sick of it, it’s a nice drop.
Future Register Meetings:
Please write this down, we have lift off for the rest of 2017.
Thanks for making the April night memorable and so welcoming to the many visitors over for the National Meeting and the support from the helpers that made the night a great success story especially Baldrick & Geraldine on the mic, I was not feeling 100% then.
That’s it I might just see what my counterpart is doing in North Korea, I got a feeling that he is not enjoying much success there.
Before I sign off one more thing on success.
It seems to me that a successful man earns more money than his wife can spend. However a successful woman is one who can find such a man.
Cheers, see you next month at The Walk, Coromandel Valley. Thane’s RAA Garage showpiece.
John Bray (K-JB) Register Coordinator
Prewar and T Register report at Brian & Kath Golding's, Murray Bridge
The MG Palooza at the River.
to view the photos from Terry Wright and Anthony Pearson - click here
The Crafers Hotel carpark, given a jolt by the assembled members eager to get on with the run to Goldy's, Murray Bridge. Patrons arriving for dinner were somewhat put out however the hot night ensured that beers flowed freely out to drivers and passengers alike, phew!
Bad luck descended upon A Register member Geoff Goode in his A with starter motor breakdown in the carpark, an unfortunate scratching to the event.
This was the end of the hot night, it got progressively colder on the way to the Gold's ranch.
Thanks to Brian and Kath for hosting members of both registers, 42 signed in but there were at least 6-7 more, 16 T-Types, 1 YA, 1 WA, & 1 MGA managed to negotiate the limestone gravel into Goldy's yard. Brian's vintage Vincent motorcycle and sidecar wasa highlight in the shed. Amazing story that it was assembled from parts all around the globe, single cylinder engine, would you believe that some poor beggar in Brazil is still searching for that single cylinder numbered pot eh Brian?
Ken Fisher, Peter Cundy, John Neilson, TD Mc Nabb, Maurice Linehan, Peter Auld, Bob & Shelly Bazzica, Geoff Glasson (late breakdown held up) & Reginald O'Malley
From the UK we welcomed Gordon & Gaynor guests of Inspector Buckles . Gordon had the sheer delight of steering the wandering TC from Crafers to the meeting under supervision of course. Gaynor was escorted in the V8 B driven by Lachy Kinnear, yes great to see both of Buckles cars on the run. Great friends indeed , some stories about Bucks exploits were aired, now we know where the famous steering wheel came from.
Anthony Pearson asked for support at the National Meeting Concours event on the easter sunday at Colley Reserve, messers Martin, Davies, Walker & Bray said yes , however it was noted that the very first to register his intent some time ago, Andrew "Willow" Willington had been left off the list, "not happy Jan", but he's ok now we think.
Geraldine reported that there are 323 registered for the Nat Meet to date.
Newly crowned and accredited CAMS media photographers Terry Wright and Wayne Hough did quite a bit of back slapping over their acceptance into the world of the paparazzi. Watch for the hi vis vest of Terry Wright stalking about at next meeting, you will not miss him it's a size XXL, balloon fitting I am told.
A big welcome to the A Register members, Greg Atkins was the lone A Series car to make it, Geoff Goode could not make it past Crafers unfortunately but it was good to see all the others there.
Matters of insignificance:
Thane Martin has taken to weraing the Porsche cap to meetings, let's all acknowledge it now that he has purchased a very nice 911.
Don Walker could hardly wait to get his hands on a set of 19" wheels from Goldy, not sure where they are going , on the special maybe?
Good to see the boys bring the WA up from Goolwa again, adds class, first to arrive , thanks Peter & Don, it's always a great sight to see register cars of a similar vintage when we can get them together.
TD Mc Nabb was in New Zealand on the MG Palooza over there, there is heaps from him going up on the website you can be sure.
Russell Garth made an impressive run in the TF without problem this year, the 30 year old resto is holding up well Russ, fingers crossed.
Bob Schapel's paint job on the TC has a rather nice patina about it if you had not noticed, love it!
The Doc was able to dump radiator coolant on the gravel this meeting unnoticed I say.
Technology foiled by a TC. In case you did not notice, the barking dog horn on Ronnie Jillet's TC does not work when the car is in motion. That goes to show that no thorough bred car is going to put up with frivolity and a departure from originality. Maybe Goldy can fix it Ronnie?
Finally we were promised last year by Goldy that this year's event would feature a "golden" sunset at Murray Bridge in daylight saving time, not only cold after Crafers, but no sunset at all, looks like he slipped up on that, however next year might be better, still it was a good night after all.
Next meeting 13 April at Clubrooms Chief St Brompton
We will be holding the meeting at the club to welcome and entertain as well as showing off well prepared cars to interstate guests arriving for the National Meeting. It's Easter thursday, hot cross buns time & big raffle.
Geraldine and others are going to prepare another outstanding supper so make sure that you all roll in for this night with shiny cars, still check the website for more information.
May meeting venue not decided but I will get onto it.
Good luck everybody, see you at the April meeting and at the Nat Meet Concours Easter Sunday.
Register Coordinator and grand Vizer.
Prewar And T Register report at Peter Auld’s, Fife Ave., Torrens Park on 2 February 2017
To view photos and pics from Terry Wright - click here
No, for those anticipating another prewar MG entering the fold this is the Peter Auld, My Garage Rules meeting held in the leafy suburb of Torrens Park which was awakened by the barking exhausts of the many MG’s that arrived and departed with gusto in that placid neighbourhood.
Put simply it was another exquisite night and if it was Manou or Pete assessing the garage it might very well go like this for Peter & Christine: Manou. The ambience and texture of the garage can only be described as “sweet”, the arrangement and presentation is” puurfect”, I give you a 10. Pete would probably say, “could you have done better?” I give you a 10. Thankyou Christine and Peter for excellent cuisine, good as seen on MKR for sure, devoured instantly by the ravenous horde of excited members who gave you a group score of 9.
TD McNabb, David Fairbrother, Ken Fisher, Trevor Driver, Laurie Foody, Mike Lyons, David & Joy Pearson.
Forty two members actually signed in, 15 Register Vehicles, 8 TC, 2 TF, 2 TD, 1 Y, 1 NA & 1 ND
Neil Stagg spoke on the forthcoming MG CC SA weekender in October to Kangaroo Island inviting members to participate, the World Press has been informed that Maurice Linehan is taking the TC over so that they do not miss front page this time round.
Sandra Carnell ran two raffles in support of the National Meeting fundraising for April this year.
Reg O’Malley returned from illness, sprightly as ever, great to see him back in the fold.
Ian Buckley was able to report on Barry Bahinisch’s current state in care at Daw Park through Daphne who wished to be remembered to all, Ian having called in to see Barry for a while and a discussion on MG’s. He’s not bad but fails to recognise friends unfortunately.
I was able to report that long time member Graham Clark, also in care at Kalyara, Belair is reasonably bright according to Jill Clark and she thanked us for enquiring about Graham. It is most unlikely that we will ever see them out and about at MGCC functions which is truly sad.
Coincidentally it was Peter Auld’s birthday again at the meeting this year, the rich chocolate cake went down a treat after a mumbling rendition of happy birthday from the throng.
The Irving Cup Presentation:
After being sworn to secrecy, it was a great disappointment to learn that TD McNabb was given inside information on the result from the adjudicator Mr Baldrick Hough who has now been severely reprimanded and may lose his status in the hierarchy of the Register.
Results were: 1st: Peter Auld 17 Points outright winner again this year. 2nd: Russell Garth 12 points. 3rd: tied on 10 points Maurice Linehan, Ian Buckley, Artfur RoodIger.
A fine result really and a great effort by Peter Auld.
Peter would like to say that the owner of the 5 Coopers Premium Light from the six pack remains in his bar fridge and can be collected anytime by contacting Peter, he may not be at the next meeting though. I can assure you all that the beer is safe with Peter, he will not touch a drop.
Matters of significance:
The Doc Dallwitz, TC 8411, dumped a mess from the radiator all over Christine’s tiles in the carport, the ever alert photographer, Terry Wright unfortunately was not quick enough to gain a shot before Christine had doused the offending mess with kitty litter of sort!
Thane Martin has started a trend by plonking a bottle of wine onto the front apron of the TC, copycats have followed Schapel & Buckley, all to be seen on the website photos if you look.
Andrew Bate drove to the meeting in his recently restored TF. This was done with the help of Bob Bazzica and its great to see Batesy out in it again, a great change from the previous yellow paint.
MG memorabilia was to be seen in Peter’s garage, a nice display Peter for those of us that can remember the antics from the 60’s at Lanac Park and the Blackwood paddocks mud plugging trials.
Ronnie Jellet arrived in a soaking mess, seems that the heat inside Goldy’s TC was akin to a Swedish Sauna without the masseuse to pour cold water over his head. Actually the side curtains are removable, someone tell the boys please.
Peter Cundy’s NA continues to impress, see website photos, Baldrick looks the part, shame really.
At the time of putting this to the editor I have learned that Arthur Ruediger took out the top prize, Best in Show at the All British day at Uraidla, well done great to see that the generator is working again and probably got you the points in the end.
March 2: We go to the Riverland next month in convoy leaving from the Crafers Hotel at 6:20pm for a “sedate” run to Brian “Goldy” Golding at Murray Bridge, the A Register have been invited to come along as well. Brian & Kath are our hosts, last year it was a hoot!
Ronnie Jellit will not miss the sauna, but he does like the gravel driveway.
April meeting: Clubrooms meet with visitors to the National Meeting, refer website.
Looking forward to seeing a good turnout next month.
Cheers, John Bray, Grand Vizier and Coordinator.
PRE-WAR & T REGISTER REPORT, 5 January 2017 from John Bray
Photos from Buckles, 'TD' McNabb and Terry Wright. - click here to view
The magic of MG in King Arthur’s Castle, triple M magic!
Reminiscent of the scene 1 from Shakespeare’s Macbeth I say, well an adaptation really,
“When shall we three meet again. In thunder lightning ,or in rain“
I cannot recall or maybe can any others, attending a meeting of the Register with three sensational pre-war MG’s present in the one place in company of many T series cars so beautifully presented.
Can be described as a world class event you would think, very well done everybody and thank-you to Bob Bazzica - J2, Peter Cundy - NA, & King Arthur - ND for the display, see photos - click here to view
Yes there were a few, J Tamke, G Brice, G Glasson, K Fisher,B Forth,D Hosking, D Kemp, D Fairbrother, Reg O’Malley & Hon. S Ley MP (Gold Coast). Reg has been hospitalised and is recovering, all of us wish him well.
Thankyou Artfur for hosting your annual and privileged January meeting this year, any drop in standards will see it moved, however this year was a standout and you are safe for 2018.
Signed in were 37 members, 22 register vehicles, 3 pre-war MG’s. The slick Mustang parked at the front was not given a ticket however it did carriage several unnamed members to the meeting.
Thanks to Peter Auld for returning back so that it can be awarded again this year at Peter’s Register meeting in February at Torrens Park. The results of the 2016 winner are now known to a select few, albeit that the Russians have tried unsuccessfully to influence the outcome.
Peter Auld stressed the importance of always signing your Historic Rego Log book before venturing out in the MG, as he was stopped by the Plod, breath tested under protest (never had alcohol in his life he says, apart from alter wine and Irish Moss cough syrup) so take note. Thanks Peter for driving up from your leisure digs at Victor Harbor to return the cup.
The conditional registration changes to the legislation on historic vehicles registration got a considerable airing from AC Pearson.com and others, it is too involved to be reported accurately here, information will be circulated to all but the serial pest, John Neilson who knows it all anyway!
Geraldine reported on the National meeting in April, Anthony requested support for judges to head up teams assessing MG’s at the concourse event, please help where you can,(Peter Auld will not be judging the TF 1500) The april meeting will be at the clubrooms to meet interstate participants.
The convoy MG’s, TC's & the TD from Buckley’s was an event to behold, see photo below.
Well, that’s all folks, Laurie has limited me to one page this month, so to finish a final quote borrowed from Macbeth. “Fair is foul and foul is fair, TC’s thrive in the fog and the filthy air”
John Bray. MG TC. IM. RC
Imperial Master to some, Register Coordinator to others.
PRE-WAR & T REGISTER REPORT, 1 December 2016
Pre-war & T Type Register meeting at Eden Hills, The Biggest, Beaut, Bonza & Bonsai
One of the biggest T Register meetings that we have had for the year, really great turnout of register vehicles held again under the spreading olive tree, the biggest in SA, probably the whole world according to our esteemed and popular hosts, Maurice and Steph Linehan.
Thanks again for another beaut night Mozza & Steph, beaut weather, beaut cars and food.
A bonza show of 22 register vehicles, 11 TC’s no less, check out the photos on the website from Terry & TD McNabb, 6 TD’s, 2 TF’s, 1 Y & 1 NA. What a bonza lineup of TC’s including the new addition by Paul Doc Dallwitz.
To view the photos - click here
Peter Auld (singing in the rain), Geoff Glasson & John Tamke (grandkids, but a late arrival) & Bev Waters (baby sitting), Hillary Clinton (again)
The arrival at the meeting of Peter Cundy’s latest acquisition, a 1934 NA purchased out of Queensland, caused a sensation at the meeting, a wonderful machine and a great asset indeed to have on the register to partner Arthur’s ND.
Peter must be congratulated for his “smooth” negotiating prowess to extract the former owner out of the driver’s seat that has not seen anothers bum on the leather in 37 years. At least he got one drive before completing negotiations it seems , but I understand that it was given up reluctantly, the drive that is.
Another amazing purchase by the “Doc” Paul Dallwitz. Dragged out of the sand dunes at Semaphore the story goes. Well the open shed was encrusted with sand and salt spray I am told. Paul presented the car to the meeting and he had spent considerable time cleaning and washing the salt laden grime off the body and chrome. What is interesting is that he achieved a high degree of polish and shiny chrome using steel wool and Coca Cola, now that’s innovation for you. Congratulations Doc, another TC for the Register.
There was not much really just Reg O’Malley noting MG Sales is alive and well, Andrew Willington looking for TC parts which I am told he now has most but needs a 16 inch wire wheel, Gordon Brice on door timbers and fittings.
Mozz & Steph celebrating 19 years anniversary happy wife, happy life Mozza, seems you get to keep the TC for future meetings.
John Neilson, our serial pest, will be celebrating another anniversary of a different kind in 2017, 50 years since he purchased his TC, he still has the receipts (produced to me at the meeting) however it is still in bits I am told, when we get to his Register meeting it’s likely to be a working bee! Check out his photograph from Terry Wright on the website.
David & Joy Pearson attended and it was a thrill for them and us to have them there on such a mild night in the hills setting. Both in their nineties, David was 92 on the 1 October 2016, a wonderful achievement from our esteemed car club member and WW2 RAF veteran.
The National Meeting of MG Car Clubs will be held in Adelaide at Easter in 2017, there is plenty of information on the website and in the magazines, participation and assistance running events is eagerly sought after, the Register will host a meeting at the clubrooms so that interstate visitors can engage with us and look over our cars. Try and get to that night with your vehicle.
You may very well ask what the heck bonsai has got to do with the Register meeting!
Well our talented and artistic hosts presented on show, a beautiful piece of living bonsai, a tree with a scale model TC replica of Mozza’s TC infused into the display under the olive tree.
This generated some interest from those not glued to Peter Cundy’s NA, however there was a huge focus on the model TC from the club’s avid model sniffer, Stan Shepard. Several phone calls followed after the meeting, Stan on the hunt for the source of the model manufacturer, obviously looking to add to his fine collection of MG models and memorabilia.
The model is from Road Signature 92468 MG TC MIDGET 1047 Cream Colour 1:18 Scale – E Bay source, PL Models Superstore.
Thursday 5 January 2017, in keeping with tradition that has only been broken once by the Imperial Master, the meeting will be held at Arthur Ruediger’s, 28 Huntingdale Dr West Lakes. Hopefully we will have 3 Triple M Register vehicles there, N & K Types by messers Ruediger, Cundy & Bazzica.
February 2, meeting will be hosted by Peter & Christine Auld, Torrens Park.
March 2, meeting at Goldy’s, Murray Bridge, MGA Register invited for the memorable drive.
April 13, Clubrooms, National Meeting event.
May 4, To be advised, host eagerly sought for this prestigious event!
October 5, Peter & Bronwyn Micklem’s Paechtown races take 2.
It will be well into the new year when this report gets published, new year greetings will be well and truly over by then, but happy new year anyway. I am about as excited as Donald Trump entering into the White House for the year ahead in 2017. It was certainly a surprise to see new cars appear on the scene, the N types, TC’s, the LHD TD Jason & Faye Edwards and maybe others that I have missed.
Sadly, Roland Harris sent the Y Type Saloon to another home interstate, all memorable in the scope of things. Here’s looking forward to another entertaining year in 2017 it will be a ripper!
See you at Arthur’s wheel and rim works.
John Bray, Register Coordinator
PREWAR & T REGISTER from John Bray, 3 November 2016
Prewar & T Register dinner meeting at the Bridgewater Hotel, Bridgewater.
A Trumping good show!
A great start to this night commenced at the BP OTR at Belair where 12 Register cars and 2 modern MG’s assembled for the run up to Bridgewater where upon arrival photographer Terry Wright excelled in capturing the mood of the event with the western lower level carpark filled with T Register vehicles and accompanying MG’s, check out the photos on the website - to view click here.
The line up of cars consisted of 16 from the Register, 4 other MG’s total 20 cars, not quite a record but impressive. 32 signed the book, 40 sat down for the dinner.
Received by various sources included messers Forth, Shepherd, Hosking, Glasson, Neilson, Fisher, Bazzica, Jellett, Lyons, Brice, Davies, & Hillary Clinton.
Fortunately or unfortunately depends on how you see it, there was none. A good thing really as it would have been a shame to interrupt the busy and enthusiastic conversations of the assembled populous. TD McNabb, arrived late and tried, but he was swiftly put to the sword and told to butt out until next meeting.
There were no complaints about the food, service and venue to my knowledge and I did really appreciate the words of support generously sent post the meeting. I take it that everyone had paid at the end of the night and there were no calls for me to run back and wash dishes thankfully.
Great to see a good number of partners ( female) with members attending most of whom took away prizes from the raffle through the generosity of the members spending the extra dollar to impress. Next year’s raffle prizes will consist of hair products, chocolates and facial creams just to ensure greater enthusiasm and acceptance of the Register events.
Interesting and not so interesting observations:
Ian Buckley has returned from the USA escaping from the Presidential Election after spending time with the Rough Riders Club there, no prizes to guess that they all drive TC’s on 19 inch wheels.
Russell of the girth, Garth just made it to the meeting with his dicky clutch in the TF. Seems that his dream run with the 30 year + restoration is about to end and that he will meet the same fate as TD McNabb and have to get it out and fixed.
Mc Nabb of course has enlisted the help of Leigh Ritcher and Graham Loader in getting his done, not surprising really he knows a bit but printing is his game and his really good with numbers and glossy magazines.
David Kemp had a big smile in the carpark sitting in the TC with his free and brand new petrol tank, a replacement for the original that exploded during repair recently. A good result for him in the end.
Bob Schapel has a lot more to concentrate on now and has given away the apologies, another grandchild has arrived, his “free” time is now evaporating with grandparental duties it seems.
Trevor Driver is in the winner's circle again, cleaned up on the Melbourne Cup sweeps and picked up more than his share with the raffle. Wife Bev has just had her shoulder operation and we sincerely wish her well with the recovery which does take a some months to get mobility back. How the “plumber” managed to sneak out to the meeting with Curly in the light of that amazes me.
Paul Oliver was a welcome guest driving up with us from Belair in his recently renovated MGB GT, great to see it at last Paul. Thankyou again Paul for the prizes on behalf of Autobarn that I have held for the December meeting at Mozza’s & Stephs under the olive tree.
Mystery surrounds the Doc Dallwitz who has evaded the photographs from the meeting but was seen in deep discussion with the director of historical registration, Artfur Rummerger! There has been a purchase it seems although no announcement has been made. I don’t think it was the mystery barn find from the farming country but all will be revealed when he is ready I am sure. TD McNabb has been sniffing Doc, it will not be long before the proverbial cat streaks from the bag.
Great to have some drama and intrigue in the Register.
Terry Wright’s photos have been posted up on the website - click here to view, some really nice shots of the cars and wags, so if you want to make a good impression share them at home at your leisure or at your peril. Terry is open to bribery if you want them doctored in some way.
Be prepared for a record breaking attendance as last year we were one short of the register cars you might remember, Mozza’s TC was away having a face lift and not at home.
We are going to Maurice and Steph Linehan’s at 8 Willora Ave, EDEN HILLS under Australia’s largest olive tree on Thursday 1 December.
This tree is so big, bigger than Donald Trump’s ego it seems, but Mozz is unable to shake down the olives so numbers are required to give him some support.
The November meeting at the Bridgewater Hotel was such a good night, thankyou for all those who attended, the hotel put on extra staff and went out of their way to make the MG Car Club welcome.
Safety First, then fast.
John Bray, coordinator.
Prewar & T Type Register meeting 6 October 2016 at Paechtown
The Paechtown folks sing this song, do da, do da!
I thought that we should celebrate an extraordinary night with merriment and song, here goes.
With apologies to the songwriter Stephen Foster (1826-1864)
The Paechtown road is five miles long, do da , do da
We drove to the meeting fast and strong, oh the do da day
Arthur led but McNabb mapped it wrong , do da do da
Gwine to have fun all night
Gwine to talk all day
I bet the register money on the B type drag
Somebody bet on the Y Type Grey.
Terry went there with his Gulf hat on, do da do da
Came back home with his pics all done, oh the do da day.
Russ the Garth had a very quiet night , do da do da
But the old Tf’s running just quite right, oh the do da day.
Dave McNaughton had a fright in da dark, do da do da
Very lucky that the B did start, oh the do da day.
Ian Hobbs did worry all da week, do da do da
Left his canoe in da tree by da creek, oh the do da day
Gwine to have fun all night
Gwine to talk all day
I bet the money on the C type drag
Somebody bet on the Y Type Grey
Donny Walker has the Roberts TC, do da , do da
Willow and Finch claim the credit with glee, oh the do da day.
Browyn’s food had much to be said, do da do da
Surpassed only by the size of Peter’s shed , oh the do da day .
Two sardines in the Fiat Bambino ?, do da do da
Why its Baldrick and Gerry hoping for cuppacino ! oh the do da day.
Gwine to drink all night
Gwine to leak all day
I lost the money on the B type drags.
Somebody won on the Grey.
DavidFairbrother, Bob Bazzica, Ian Buckley, Thane Martin, Ronnie Jellet, Brian Forth, Peter Auld (previous two weeks not reported), Donald Trump, & The Plumber Trevor Driver.
Driver’s excuse as relayed to us by Willington & Wright is that he is at the top of Centre Point Tower Sydney, celebrating Bev’s birthday! (must be a significant one, 70 maybe?)
Brownwyn and Peter for a really superb night at your home at Paechtown.
The register has been invited to return in October next year for a Chicken Licken good show again, thanks so much Brownwyn & Peter.
Attendence: There were 40 signatures in the book, Curly Walker signed twice in his excitement, 14 Register vehicles and at a great number of other MG’s in the driveway.
To view the photos of the night - click here
Ray Finch, Heather & Chris Bennett, Nick Micklem, Peter Shipside’s brother.
Dean Hosking was again featured on the front cover of the sporting car club’s Wheel Spin magazine, courtesy of TD Mc Nabb, what an amazing career in racing Dean.
Ray Finch, who is most likely to re-join the MG Car Club is said to have rebuilt over 172 T Types in his time which is another amazing statistic in a lifetime.
Peter Auld, fresh back from the continent and the Goodwood Revival in the UK insisted that all good MG members should add it to the “bucket list”, Arthur of course has filled that aspect of his bucket.
Mike Greenwood presented the current T Type Magazine from QLD, featuring the V8 TC of Roger Waters (deceased) owned now by John Kerr.
Points of interest, generally of no significance:
What is truly amazing, is that the “serial pest” John Neilson , who has had a TC in the club for at least 40 years was gobsmacked to find his raffle prize, a bottle of Old Speckled Hen, octagonal logo, made in Abingdon UK, the bloody home of MG was actually named after a famous MG of the 30’s, the “cream cracker” brown & cream MG. See, you can teach a mangy old dog, new tricks eh?
Geoff Glasson was so absorbed by the prospect of pushing his TD to the limit on the freeway that he left his phone and booze bag behind, he did confess that it was a fast drive home.
John Tamke did turn up, has read the emails, advertiser, register report and the magazine this time.
Future meetings of the Register:
1. November 3, Bridgewater Hotel meet at BP Belair 6:15 for 6:40 start.
2. December 1, Eden Hills Mozza Lineham’s Olive Tree bonanza.
3. January 5, West Lakes, Artfur Rummergers wheel works.
4. February 2, Torrens Park , Peter Auld’s perfect garage.
5. March 2, Murray Bridge, The Gold’s place in the sun, before sunset.
6. April 13, National meeting at Clubrooms, visitors night & BBQ
7. May 4, - September 7 2017 , all to be advised.
8. October 5, Paechtown races, Peter & Bronwyn Micklem’s
Thanks to all and our hosts for a most entertaining night at Paechtown.
See you next month maybe, upper level of the Bridgewater Pub (not downstairs this year)
John Bray, Imperial Master and Coordinator of the Prewar & T Register
PRE-WAR & T REGISTER REPORT 1 September 2016, Bob and Shelly Bazzica, West Beach
IT’S THE ANTIQUE ROAD SHOW
Thankyou Bob & Shelly for providing the venue and superb cuisine for the Register night at their home. Bob’s amazing collection of antiquities provided plenty of interest after soaking up his collection of cars in the garage and workshop which is by the way, amazingly cleaned up complete with a new workshop bench complete with drawers given to him by Shelly out of sheer frustration I was told.
Members were surely impressed at the progress on the KN MG since we saw it last time in October 2014, just have a peek at the MGCC SA website, plenty of good photos from Terry Wright and David McNabb there amongst the other “antique” gentlemen in the frames. To view photos by Terry Wright and David McNabb - click here
A vital part of the meeting where names are named and fame abounds for those who are listed into the register reports as being absent with amazing and plausible excuses.
Gordon Brice: knee replacement, Peter Auld: Goodwood Revival UK, John Neilson: funeral, Peter Cundy: Queensland, Ronnie Jellett: Bus pickup in Murray Bridge, Reg O’Malley: AWOL, Anthony Pearson: UK Road Show, busted laptop, John Tamke: (very late apology) missed email, late magazine delivery, Mike Lyons: unwell.
36 members signed in, 9 register vehicles including Bob’s cars.
Business arising from members was minimal at this meeting, so I will be brief.
Thursday 6 October:
We will be hosted by Peter and Bronwyn Micklem at 57 Yantaringa Road, Paechtown near Hahndorf.
Meet at the Crafers Hotel carpark no later than 6:30pm to leave for Hahndorf by 6:45pm as follows.
Drive into Hahndorf off freeway exit, turn right into Pine Ave just after pedestrian lights in the main street, proceed west under the freeway on Echunga Rd, turn left into Paechtown Rd approx. 2km to Yantaringa Rd on right, then 1km to number 57.
The November meeting is scheduled at this stage for Bridgewater Hotel but it will be upstairs not as previously in the Tavern lower level due to a change of formatting by the hotel.
Please note that I will try to send a group email out to those whose e address has been registered in the book.
I look forward to a good roll out of vehicles for the runs to Paechtown & Bridgewater in the next two months.
Remember, Safety Fast, see you then.
John Bray. Imperial Grand Coordinator T Register.
12 August 2016 T & Prewar Register Report 4 August 2016 at the MG Clubrooms, Chief St Brompton.
IT IS JUST A MATTER OF SPIN
A change of meeting venue to our clubrooms proved to be a popular choice and an ideal setting for the “spin doctors” who held court amongst the 36 members who signed in, 9 T Register vehicles graced the carpark on a cool but most pleasant night. To view the photos from Terry Wright - click here
Received from Ken Fisher, Thane Martin, John Tamke, Geoff Mc Lean, Mike Lyons, Mike Greenwood, Leigh Ritcher & Chris Kinney.
Mc Nabb produced the latest printing of the Sporting Car Club magazine, Wheel Spin with our popular member Dean Hosking on the front cover, photo circa 1970 in the process of a major spin out on the track somewhere. Dean has plenty of copies if you want one.
Announcement from the “spin doctors” Artfur & Baldrick Hough who have become obsessed with the restoration of 19 inch wire wheels of late, held the meeting with their riveting oratory on just how to revitalise old wheels.
It seem that a new business has evolved at West Lakes,” Rummerger Restorations “ to handle the expected orders that are surely going to flow from this enterprise maybe.
Arthur’s finished 19 inch wheels will be a godsend next time he tries to exit my driveway at Blackwood.
Not to be outdone, AC Pearson announces that he has 19 & 16 inch wheels for sale at amazing prices if you can believe that, but he is always good for his word.
Peter Cundy gave the meeting a really good recital on a book that he has purchased on the history of MG, especially the formative years when Cecil Kimber evolved MG into competitive racing in the 1930's. The book, COMBAT, A Motor Racing History by Barre Lyndon first published in 1933 is an enthralling read and a “must read” according to Ian Curwen-Walker.
Peter has lent me his copy and I find it a fascinating read especially on the early racing on the historic circuits in the UK and Europe.
Roland Harris has sold his Y Type to a Victorian collector and judging by his enthusiastic advice he must have got a good price!
Don Walker has at last made a purchase and bought the TC formerly owned by Ross Roberts, a really nice car, black with 16 inch wheels all in really good shape.
David Kemp has suffered a mishap with the TC’s petrol tank, which exploded when being repaired recently, Lachy Kinnear has offered to lend him one for the Kimber Run.
On the Kimber Run, the club is still wanting entries to fill the expected quota, please if you can go get the T out and give it a well deserved run.
Ronnie Jellet is really stoked with the Datsun steering box in his TC and great to see him and Goldy up from the Bridge again at the meeting. We will be heading to Murray Bridge next year again.
Geoff Glasson provide some goodies from SupaCheap Auto to hand out as consolation prizes for those who missed out on the raffle, thanks Geoff.
Geraldine Hough requested the register to be active during the National Meeting Easter next year and for cars to be driven to the club to meet interstate visitors and guests.
Geraldine Hough and Joy Pearson provided the supper for the night and it was delightful, thankyou. Arthur managed the bar duties for us and did his usual capable job.
I am hoping the President will be pleased with the takings across the bar on the night and thankyou to all of you who supported the Club.
Meeting this year:
Unfortunately September venue at Coromandel Valley is no longer available, hopefully I can reschedule elsewhere, please watch the Advertiser and the website.
October: Peter & Bronwyn Micklem, Paechtown near Hahndorf, meet at Crafers Hotel at 6:15pm
November: Bridgewater Hotel, meet at BP Belair 6:00 for 6:30 start.
December: Mozza Linehan’s, Olive Tree @ Eden Hills
January 2017: Arthur’s Wheel Works, Huntingdale Avenue West Lakes.
February: Peter Auld’s Torrens Park
March: Brian Golding’s Murray Bridge, twilight run, meet at Crafers Hotel
Any offers for a meeting of the register will be sincerely appreciated if you can let me know.
Well that’s about it folks, thankyou for your interest and participation on the night at the clubrooms.
Safety Faster. John Bray, Register Coordinator.
7 July 2016 at David and Joy Pearson's, Hawthorndene
I COME FROM THE GARAGE......DOWN UNDER!
Well it certainly was a great night in the Pearson garage down under the house at Hawthorndene on a very chilly but dry night.
Only 29 patrons signed the book but there were at least 35 present, 7 T Register vehicles and one BMC Mini cheekily parked on the front lawn, Thane? view the pics of the night from David McNabb - click here
The “Down Under” garage still evokes memories of the many MG’s that belonged to the Pearson's and it is a delight to poke in and around the array of tools and spray cans that adorn the walls.
Watch your head, the beams are low splendidly decorated with used number plates of all descriptions, tools and the lathe are memorable features of time spent on great cars.
The word “accolade” comes to mind and by definition by Dr Google, synonyms are: tribute, commendation, acclaim, applause, ovation, acclamation, praise welcome flattery and it goes on!
Now all of these synonyms were a feature of the night in general business and in the all round incoherent out pourings made by interjectors who will not remain nameless as you will see. (ref the serial pest John Neilson)
Stan Shephard, Roland Harris, Mike Lyons (all on sick leave), Laurie Foody (asleep in the chair),
Maurice Linehan (birthday), David Fairbrother, Lachy Kinnear, Geoff Glasson, Bob & Shelley Bazzica.
Raymond Finch appeared once again and received a “commemdation “ from Nick Proferes for the work being done by Finch Restorations on Book Face, however that lovely “accolade” had to be withdrawn as Ray no longer owns the firm. Just as well eh, you would not like your fine reputation tarnished in any way Ray? A membership cannot be far away Ray.
In keeping with the Registers aims of improving the gender balance, Joy was delighted to have Suzanne Bray, Jenny McNaughton and our Geraldine wife of Baldrick, along for company.
Welcome also to new member to the Register, David Kemp, all the way from Hahndorf.
First accolade went to Maurice “Mozza” Linehan , members were privileged to sing a happy birthday tribute on the occasion of his 71st birthday in Melbourne via ACP’s smart phone.
Secondly, our Artfur lavished heaps of praise and outright flattery on his Irish friends in Belfast following his return from the MMM rally, airport pickups, J1 MG by Uber, K3’s and of course a sister ND to drool upon. Really well done Arthur we are all insanely jealous of your wonderful trip to Ireland with the Triple M family (not Roo & Dits) cars, cars, cars.
Baldrick received the third “accolade” following his enlightened speech regarding the respoking of a 19 inch wheel for his TC. I cannot say that members broke into spontaneous applause but they bestowed suitable acclamation on Wayne for his new found knowledge and informative advice.
AC Pearson.net.au informed the inattentive populous that Brian Jenkins has bits left over from his TF, anyone interested to email Anthony for details, email@example.com He also has TC stuff from a swap meet if you need bits and pieces. There was no applause.
Reg commented upon a restoration of a K3 somewhere with an L Type motor, tut tut!
Dean Hosking advised that there are new Morris Minor crown wheel and pinions available for upgrades to TC differentials and the like. Thanks Dean, pity no recognition for your efforts.
Thanks heaps to Ian Buckley for the 5pc organizer boxes for the raffle, accolade # 4
Accolade # five. 50th Anniversary of the formation of the Pre-war & T Type Register.
The T Register was formed on the 11 March 1966 at 84 Hawthorndene Drive, Hawthorndene just up the road from the Pearson Down Under garage, at the home of Ian Curwen-Walker who became the first Register Chairman, copies of the original minutes are still available for viewing by only those wearing white gloves.
Russell Garth championed this late celebration with a rich chocolate cake and candles. Generous flattering comments were bestowed on past Register Secretaries and Coordinators present.
Those receiving adulation were, Russell Garth, Peter Auld, Ian Curwen-Walker, John Neilson, Anthony Pearson, Ian Buckley and John Bray.
The paparazzi were active in recording this celebration, photos are posted up on the website.
I read out to the meeting, a request from a Scott McAuliffe who is seeking a ride for his terminally ill father in law who was a MG TD owner in his time. At the age of 81 he still talks fondly to Scott about adventures in the MG. Scott is looking for one of us to make a car available as a special request for his father in law as a surprise at this sensitive time. Can you help please?
Accolade # Six.
To Joy and David, many thanks for allowing us to be in the Down under Garage and the generous supper provided. Acknowledgement to Anthony for preparing the garage for the event, thankyou.
Thursday 4 August 2016.
This will be at the Clubrooms of our club, 93 Chief Street Brompton. Please come and support the club, Arthur will open the bar and supper will be arranged as usual. Support with bar trade will be appreciated by the car club committee.
The real Accolade.
I have to tell you that this theme for the night comes from the avid passion of our host Joy Pearson who regularly checks the shipping notes in the Advertiser. She noted that the Accolade II had not been sighted of late in shipping schedules. The Accolade regularly travels between PT Adelaide and the West Coast delivering the ingredients for Adelaide Brighton Cement, she (not Joy) is a pain in the proverbial interrupting sailing vessels in the summer evening series at Outer Harbour.
On the day of the Register, Joy received a letter from Diane Holmes with a great deal of detail on the Accolade which pleased her immensely she told me.
The final accolade goes out to all of you for attending and making the night memorable.
Thankyou so much, see you at the Clubrooms, first week of August.
John Bray, Register Coordinator, Imperial Ring Master and Cat Herder.
2 June 2016, Robert and Beverly Horn at Clarence Park.
CORNUCOPIA, THE HORN OF PLENTY
From the latin, cornu copiae or horn of plenty is a symbol of abundance, (MG’s) and nourishment, commonly a large container (garage workshop) overflowing with products (cars) flowers or nuts and in this case car parts and many other things to delight the senses of vision and smell.
On behalf of the register, I would sincerely thank Robert and Beverly on the success of their maiden register night at their home, Beverly for the marvellous supper, Robert for presenting his “cornucopia” garage in great condition with the brace of MG T’s that one auspicious member describes as “horny” (please excuse the pun, Robert), no doubt that you can guess who that might be, however the self-appointed secretary of the TD register will get a mention later.
42 signed in and there were 14 T register vehicles present, not all in the garage though.
In keeping with the theme, there were plenty. Geoff Glasson (again), David Leibbrandt, Goldy and Ronnie Jellet, Mike Greenwood, Mike Lyons, Roland Harris-Tweed, David & Joy Pearson, Kenny Fisher, Stan Shepherd (hospital, bad leg) and two from the Monaco GP Andrew Willington & plumber Trevor Driver.
It has been rumoured that Willington & Driver were in the Red Bull shed when Riccardo’s tyres went missing during the GP, funny about that.
Chris and Heather Bennett, proud new owners of a TF under restoration attended the meeting, hopefully they will join as members, photos of the car look great.
Dean Hosking opened the batting with a compliment bestowed on Rod O’Malley and his team at MG Sales & Service, service being the operative word here, well done Rod great to hear that and well deserved. Put a big smile on the face of the old bloke in the corner, eh Reg?
Bob Schapel gave us a report on the Historic Racing at Winton, accompanied by Terry Wright and Ian Buckley he said, apparently Bob did ok in his class but suffered from “low boost”. I am not sure that he was talking about the TC, probably had something to do with the prolific wine consumption that goes with the territory when all three of them get together.
Arthur Ruddyger reported on a racing 1948 TC special with history for sale, price unknown as yet.
July 9th is MGCC, 60 years anniversary dinner, Table lists and tickets, see Geraldine Hough.
Bazzica has some old TC cylinder heads to give away free, one with valves in good nick is $100.
Items of considerable interest.1. Arthur is off to Belfast to join the IRA in the MMM Rally, hooked a ride in a J2 midget.
2. AC Pearson went to NZ with his lovely wife, got distracted by a VA MG, how nice.
3. The Hong Kong Cricket Club are handing out new jockey hats, Terry Wright loves them!
4. Russell Garth got a blow job in the TF, hair that is, hood down on a cold night, well done son.
5. Maurice “Mozza” Linehan with his twin, Thany Martino, cannot observe the 40K speed limits.
6. The TC twins have both resorted to hoods up it seems leaving Russ truly out in the cold.
7. Ian Curly-Walker has resorted to UBER, two cars called to collect him for the meeting!
8. The Imperial Master apologises to TD McNabb for calling supper early, too long to wait really.
9. Someone tell Terry Wright that we are a Car Club, not a foreign Chinese Cricket Club.
10. Paul Doc Dallwitz won the lucky member prize on the night, nice man bag to take home.
11. What about that 1939 TB of Robert’s, wonderful ambience and patina on the original body.
12. It’s Linehan, Linehan, Linehan, just making sure that I get it right for you Mozza.
Robert Horn gave a brief rundown on his cars, members are most welcome to drop in and talk to him about anything if they like, he has many spares including eleven round TF tail lights if you are running short, it’s an interesting story as to how they came about.
TD MC Nabb did some “forensic” work on Robert’s TD checking the identification, chassis and engine numbers as you do. According to TD the car was built on a Tuesday after a long weekend in November 1951, that’s why it is so good. The car has some features of a later model which is interesting. The paintwork is the original colour, the first of the metallic style paint we are told by Robert Horn confirmed also by Laurie Foody who also donned a dust coat for the forensics.
Don Walker is contemplating acquiring another TC, he feels lonely without one to drive around in.
Thank you to Terry Wright and TD for taking photographs for the magazine and website. to view - click here
There is a very strong rumour that we will be invited to the lair of the serial pest, who I might add has been behaving exceptionally well of late, to Lyndoch in the Barossa Valley during daylight hours for a register meeting and viewing of the famous Neilson TC under renovation & restoration in 2017. Only a rumour at this stage but momentum is growing.
Hopefully July will be at David & Joy Pearson’s, Suffolk Road Hawthorndene on 7 July.
August is not finalised however it may be on a Friday night at the MG CC clubrooms to assist the club with the bar trade, this will be confirmed but please keep it in mind. Some members are unable to come on a Thursday I am told.
Finally, the wrap up:
Thanks again to Robert & Bev, I really hope that we get to go back again sometime, it was a great experience.
Winter is just about on us but do not let that deter you, the meetings are still fun and you get to wear those WW2 flying jackets, helmets, goggles and funny furry hats like Ian Hobbs.
Cheers for now, John Bray Register Coordinator and last but not least to some, Imperial Master.
Pre-war and T Register report 4 May, Paul & Louise Dallwitz at Unley.
A SIGN OF THE TIMES:
A great thankyou to Paul and Louise for hosting a great night for the register.
Why a “sign of the times” you may ask, well there are more enamel signs there collected by Paul since he was in roll up pants and braces than the car yards along the Main North Road!
It’s been a great hobby together with the camera collection that has been a distraction of his, apart from the cars. Thank goodness the real estate sale signs are core flute plastic otherwise there would be nil sales in the metropolitan area.
Enough said on that, but another “sign of the times past” was the outcoming of the blended ports after most had left except for the devoted few who wound up at 12:15am in Mc Gowan street after bidding good night to our hosts. Reminds me of the late nights and early morning departures from Ian Curley Walker’s years ago.
Maybe the Register is returning to past customs of lots of conversation and fine red wine port?
view photos of the night - click here
Here we go again, apologies from me for omitting two prominent members last meeting.
The lucky ones who got listed as absent apologies are: Terry Wright, Trevor Driver, AC Pearson, Curly Walker, Chris Kinney, Mike Lyons, Geoff Glasson, Donald Trump & Bobs Ya Uncle.
Amazing as it seems, Bob Schapel had no one to apologise for again this meeting.
Peter Auld and John Tamke both attended this month in lieu of last month’s meeting.
Robert Rust (MGB), Terry Fitzpatrick came with Inspector Buckles, Peter Shipside and Don Walker arrived in the splendid MG WA Tickford drophead which you may see on the website photographs.
It was a splendid introduction to the night seeing the big red car parked amazingly snug behind Paul’s verandah on arrival, a great piece of theatre boys.
Tom Stevens, an inaugural member of the MG Car Club of SA died recently. Tom was known in the club as the father of TC Racing and it was lovely to hear accolades from Reg O’Malley about Tom’s racing achievements in the TA Special. Thankyou Peter Auld for bringing it to my attention, I did send a condolence card to his family on behalf of the Register.
Y Series for sale:
Roland Harris has let me know that he is considering retiring out of the Y Type which is in excellent condition and well known as the car that Barry Bahnisch restored and sold to Roland, ph: 8277 2138
Don Walker on behalf of Peter Shipside proudly announced that the 1930’s WA in which he was riding as observer, actually passed another car heading in the same direction on the way to the meeting. Bit of a squeeze getting out of the OTR at Aldinga maybe, one way to pass a car?
Birthday boy Ian Hobbs gave up his family dinner just to attend the Register, silly boy really, he now gets to pay for all of them the following night.
The ever amazing belle of the car club, racing and competition guru, Bev Walters was a surprise attendee at the meeting, on the way home from babysitting, but very welcome indeed.
Mozza Lineham drove to the meeting hood up again! How embarrassing for his good mate Thane Martin in look alike TC’s barrelling down Shepherds Hill Road to the meeting. The goggles and flying helmets were made to look good in Spitfire cockpits in WW2 over Britain, not in hood up TC’s Mozz. However there was a slight reprieve, he did drive home hood down side curtains up for Thane.
Brian Golding & his good mate Ronnie Jellet made the journey up from Murray Bridge again, Goldy is not available for the next two meetings but the good news is that he will host another register night next year at the Bridge in daylight saving time so that we can admire the sunset apparently. Those who pocketed gravel from his driveway should return it on the night.
Peter Auld’s win in the raffle, luckiest member prize, 1 magnum of Di Bortoli red wine will not be wasted he says despite being a Coca Cola devotee, Christine eagerly awaits his home coming on occaisions like this, lucky man is Peter eh, you can read anything you like into this.
The world’s greatest ongoing mystery of the whereabouts of Lord Lucan has not been solved, however the self appointed guru of TC and TD history in SA, Hon. Stan Shepard produced a document that clearly identifies that in 1970 at 6 Moore Street Tranmere, Register Secretary and serial pest John Neilson, recorded 32 T Type Register vehicles at the meeting. 12 TC’s, 7 TD’s, 9 TF and 4 Y Series vehicles. (two MGA’s one Alfa , Holden & Studebaker blocked the driveway)
I would like to publish the document after permission from the Mortlock Library.
June 2, monthly meeting at Clarence Park.
I was delighted to announce that our host for the next meeting will be Robert Horn at 6 Mills Terrace Clarence Park, just off Goodwood Road near the underpass. I was able to visit Robert at his home and amazing garage which houses a complete set of MG T TYPES, starting at TA, TB, TC, TD and TF. Robert said that he acquired them about 35 years ago after owning the TC, This is truly exciting and I know members will be gobsmacked as I was on seeing them. The great thing is that not all are in pristine condition, they all run ok, but it is truly an amazing sight to see. Robert is a talented man who has many varied interests including wooden boats (2 off) and he is a most interesting conversationalist and drinks red wine. A register member with perfect credentials, it should be a long night again you would think.
SEPTEMBER 1: Thane Martin, The Walk Coromandel Valley
OCTOBER 6: Peter & Bronwyn Micklem Paechtown near Hahndorf
NOVEMBER 3 : Bridgewater Hotel Dinner, start at OTR Belair Triangle
DECEMBER 1: Mozza Lineham Eden Hills, under the spreading Olive Tree
JANUARY 2017: Artfur Roodyger’s , West Lakes
JULY & AUGUST this year are free at this stage, I am looking for volunteer hosts so please help if you can, the pay is good if the food is up to it.
The news that you have been waiting for, just to keep you in suspense and rivetted to this report.
40 attended the Dallwitz Sign of the Times meeting, 13 register vehicles , 6 TC, 3 TD, 2 TF, 1 YT, 1 Prewar WA. This is a good result however I am sure that we will get a good crowd again next month at Robert Horn’s where the starting gun count is 5 whoo hoo!
Thankyou once again for your attendance at the meeting, the interjections and heckling were tolerable for a change, good to see great conversation pervading the evening, great cars on display, Pauls racing special, fine red wine ports to finish off with, what more could you want?
Don’t forget the MG CC dinner in July at the Glenelg Convention Centre Brighton Road.
The Imperial Master is pleased, executions have been postponed for the school holidays.
Cheers and Safety Farts
K – John Bray
7 April 2016 Meeting at Brian Golding’s, Florence Street Murray Bridge SA.
THE PW & T REGISTER NIGHT: IT’S PURE GOLD!
Yes, gold it was. It can only be described that way right from the start, 5:30 Joan’s Pantry Hawthorndene, 6:00 The Crafers Hotel, 7:10 The Golding’s at Murray Bridge after some spirited driving up the freeway to Mt Barker then on to Murray Bridge.
What a night to be in convoy on the road, hoods down, WW2 flying jackets, goggles and gloves, high revs and rhythmic exhaust notes if you could keep up with the T Type in front.
for other photos from the night - click here
Thankyou to our hosts for the night, Brian & Kath Golding who did a splendid job on the night especially given the great roll up of members who totalled 37 in all, 7 TC’s, 1 TD, 1TF & 1 Y-type Saloon.
The drive up to the event was quite an experience given the fast moving traffic on the freeway, however all who had the pedal to the metal managed to negotiate a safe passage to the event.
Received from: Stan Shephard, Robin Gibbs, Ken Fisher, Geoff McLean, & Don Offler.
Leigh Ritcher & Laurie saw us off at the Crafers Pub, after a shaky start given Arthur’s late arrival and Buckles wonky rear tail light which blinked incessantly along the road trip. Bob Schapel fresh from his success at Phillip Island took the convoy on outside Callington and sped way ahead with his monk like passenger
Terry Wright wrapped up in his North Sea duffle coat and hoodie. Good to see the TC out on the road again Bob. Good to see an old face again, Ian Purdy of TF fame back with us from Kangaroo Island, Bob Schapel collected his sister from nearby and brought her to the meeting.
Ian Hobbs missed the LeMans start from the Crafers Hotel but managed to get there for supper.
It took considerable effort to get the attention of the gathering to commence the meeting, however once started a number of items were aired and fiercely debated especially the upcoming rule changes to Historic Registration as reported by AC Pearson.com. The forthcoming MGCC of SA 60 year anniversary dinner on the 9th July at the Glenelg function centre on Brighton Road was mentioned by Geraldine Hough suggesting that the Register Group take up tables for the event.
Bob Schapel’s success in his TC at Phillip Island was reported to the meeting by Willow Willington and though Bob is to be congratulated it should be remembered that the older he gets, the faster he seems to go leaving other poor competitors in his wake, mind you he did say that the safety car had a bit to do with his winning every event that he entered. The Ford Trophy for the fastest TC is a special award, well deserved. He could have got another one on the way Murray Bridge the way he drove!
All sorts of items got aired, those that were paying attention will surely retain them in their photographic memory you would think.
Those like Russell Girth, Ian Buckley, Thane Martin and TD McNabb have got no hope given their short attention span during the course of the meeting, however items raised also included number plate heights (Trevor Driver), McLaren Vale Festival ( Graham Loader), stub axles for TC’s with holes (A Willington), MGA handbook for the library, supposedly given to Russ G by one of his customers, Bob Bazzica looking for a left hand side internal bonnet catch for TC, 60 years MGCC badges & Entertainment books Geraldine, National Meeting report by Geoff Glasson, etc.
As I said, those who were paying attention will remember it all, but it was good fun after all.
Breaking news for the register, Peter Micklem with his newly acquired TD got front cover of the April MG Motoring magazine if you have not seen it, and after several fine and passionate attempts, ace photographer Terry Wright (the monk in Bob’s TC) provided the stunning internal shot from Ken Fishers Register night, well done boys, thanks to Editor Laurie Houghton for recognising quality on both counts.
A few observations and points of interest.
a. Brain Golding’s Vincent motor bike sand side car was on show, looks great.
b. McNabb has not got the TD on the road yet, but he still has black magazines.
c. Jan & Mike Greenwood drove up from Strathalbyn in a “plastic” what no MG?
d. Nobody noticed the PORSCHE in Brian’s shed. I did, it was a Porsche drill press.
e. Peter Cundy had a bleeding lip no stiches needed though, culprit was beer bottle.
f. Ronnie Jellet’s TC graced a meeting for the first time, great to see.
g. Ronnie Jellet showed great restraint by not spinning the wheels on Goldy’s gravel.
h. Russell Girth will sue anyone who mentions his waistline, eg “Sir Cumference” Ian Hobbs.
i. Dean Hosking’s red MGB 1974 V8, does 100 miles ph in the dark going home (guaranteed)
j. Mozza’s aviator goggles are not original but cheap Japanese imports, he loves them though.
The Next Meeting:
The “Doc” Paul Dallwitz will host the May meeting at his home, 18 Mc Gowan Street Unley, off King William Road on WEDNESDAY 4 May. Please note this date as it cannot be Thursday due to limited street parking on Thursday nights late night trading. I will post it up on the website and hopefully the Advertiser will publish it as well. After that I am hoping for a night to be scheduled at Clarence Gardens or elsewhere. If you have your place available, please let me know.
Thankyou for all those who attended Brian & Kath’s Register night, you showed great support for Brian who regularly makes the trip up from Murray Bridge to our meetings, hope to see you at the Docs next month.
Cheers and Safety Fast, especially Dean. The Imperial Master of Calamities, John Bray
Meeting at Ken Fisher’s , 18 Benjamin St Marys SA. MEET AND GREET WITH THE REGISTER ELITE!
What a fabulous night to be out and about with the T Register faithful and lob in at the home of the Fisher King, Benjamin Street St Marys, 42 attendees, 20 Register vehicles. Thankyou
Firstly to my esteemed fellow gnome, Russell of the Girth who stood in for me at mine time of need. I might note that he read, on the pulpit stairs, perfectly from his running sheet without which the meeting would have fallen into disarray.
Secondly but importantly, to Ken Fisher and his staff for preparing the premises for our enjoyment with interesting vehicles to compliment the MG’s on show. Ken’s father of 91 good years, a former RAF airman in WW2 thoroughly enjoyed the night, and I am told asked for Curley’s autograph.
Thirdly, I must thank another gnome, Baldrick Hough and his lovely Queen Geraldine for assisting me with the register book and the ever demanding task of collecting the money, thankyou both.
Of note, a Register meeting at Fairview Park could be a reality one day says the Baldrick, however the Queen must be consulted and suitably persuaded and plied with generous gifts to succumb.
We were able to welcome two new members to the register, Brenton Illingworth-MG TF in restoration and Stephen Keightley MG P Type in fine running condition.
Welcome to both, it will be sensational to see both vehicles out with us in the foreseeable future.
The continuing debate on the record number of Register cars at a meeting continues, surpassing the disappearance of Lord Lucan which is nothing really compared to this compelling mystery of when,where and how many cars were supposably present at some MG CC Register going back 50 years.
Maurice Mozza Lineham is to be congratulated on the new plush looking trim inside the TC. This includes the steering wheel which now alleviates the necessity for him to wear gloves on the highly absorbent material which soaks up the sweat from clammy palms driving at breakneck speed through Eden Hills with the hood up. It’s a new good look Mozza!
Our good mate Paul Dallwitz has offered a meeting for us at Hyde Park on a Friday night due to limited street parking on a Thursday. Looking forward to that, watch this space and the website.
The auction sale of Barry Bahnisch cars was a remarkable thing grossing high numbers for the respective vehicles sold, I do not want to divulge figures but the total exceeded $360K which was great for the family in the long run. Some cars will go interstate and to the UK.
The Irving Cup:
Congratulations once again to Peter Auld, the cup being his to hold for the remainder of the year.
The April Meeting:
Brian & Kath Golding will host our April meeting, Thursday 6 th at 3 Florence Street Murray Bridge.
We are to meet at the Crafers Hotel , off the Freeway at Crafers, 6.00pm for 6.20 start to Murray Bridge which takes Goldy 47.25minutes in the TC to get there.
Buckley & Dallwitz are taking on anybody in the TC for the hill climb into Mt Barker, be aware.
We owe it to Brian to attend in whatever you feel comfortable, preferably MG, as he has put in over the years,regularly attending meetings here in the TC from Murray Bridge in all types of weather.
Points of interest:
a. The content of free magazines has changed somewhat if you had not noticed.
b. David Mc Nabb has ground to a halt in the TD after 500,000ks apparently.
c. Russell of the Girth, showed disrespect to the imperial leader from his elevated position .
d. The serial pest failed to appear this meeting or indeed lodge an apology.
e. Bob Schapel forgot who he was apologising for this meeting.
f. Terry Wright has been practising portrait photography for a front page cover shot.
g. Terry’s photographic skills were displayed on the ABC weather report recently, f…g Lorikeet he says, no bleeding parrot, the ABC are not interested in Phillip Island it appears.
h. AC Pearson.com was unnoticed at the meeting, must be planning a coup with Russ.
i. Geoff Glasson has had his shocks renovated and back on the TD, “now stiff as hell” he says!
Attendance at the Register meetings has been outstanding of late, hopefully all are enjoying the fun and spirit of the MG fraternity that has developed amazingly in SA over the years, keep it up there are new members filtering in with interesting cars, make them welcome and help out when you can.
A final wise old saying: Frustration is trying to find your glasses , without your glasses! To view other photos of the night - click here
Cheers and Safety Fast.
From: The Imperial Master of The Register, Kim Jong Bray
Meeting at Peter and Christine Auld’s TORRENS PARK,
IT WAS JUST PERFECT REALLY !
Perfect night, perfect venue, perfect hosts, cars and our own Peter” perfect “ Brock / Auld.
Peter and Chris prepared their delightful venue perfectly for the Register devotees to salivate on the beautifully presented MGA Coupe, MG TF and the Triumph “Gloria”displayed to perfection.
Enough of the perfect stuff, but it is testimony to the skill and expertise that Peter has displayed over his many years in the MG Car Club (early sixties) finishing his cars to concourse winning standards.
It was also Peter’s 75 th birthday that night, the splendid cake was a surprise to him from Christine at the end of supper making coffee and cake even more special.
John Neilson called just to make sure that we missed him, Trevor Driver, Andrew” Willow” Willington,Roland Harris,Geraldene Hough,and The Pearsons were recorded as absentees.
Would you believe, another near record of register vehicles present, just look at the photos on the website, a total of 19 vehicles: 1 prewar ND, 7 TC’s, 6 TD’s, 4 TF’s & 1 T Type saloon. 41 signed in the book and presumably paid their dues.
Ken Fisher has finally been able to get Brenton Illingworth along to the register, he has a 1250 TF in bits and his wife Gaye is hoping that we will enthuse him enough to get it moving and the various body parts relocated out of the living areas at home, who knows it could be a good thing for his marriage. You may see Brenton in the photos displayed on the website and in the magazine wearing a tie which was noticed from a distance by the ever vigilant Terry Wright who can sniff out a Hong Kong Cricket Club tie over the length of 4 cricket pitches. Terry obviously has one himself and was a distinguished member of that club and a fine cricketer to boot, not to mention a prominent social butterfly as well, great spotting Terry, nice tie Brenton.
Laurie Foody has some Aussie Jet Ink cartridges to give away, thanks they are expensive.
Brian Forth has a new business importing Veteran and Vintage Tyres, specialising in beaded edge tyres, wheels,rims and spokes for Veteran and Vintage Motorcycle. Speak to him if you are looking for say 19inch tyres for TC etc, he will ensure that you receive a very compeditive price. Phone 0409514213 or 8251 4213.
Mozza Lineham is looking for a car trailer to take the TC to Robe for the weekender. 0412670378
A C Pearson.com:
Anthony had something to say but it was too noisy to hear after Doc Colin Whyatt offered cut rate digital examinations to any bloke over 70 which there a quite a few, nobody was game to accept.
Peter Micklem (new TD owner), had for display a composite workshop manual for servicing all British Cars up to TD/TF, “found” at a stall at the Hahndorf Lions Mart he says, great document really.
Geoff Glasson spoke of the woes in trying to find someone to service/ repair shock absorbers for the TTypes, LUVAX/GIRLING DAMPERS , yes this is a problem around Australia and needs further research in finding a reliable contact . I know that Bill Schapel when he was alive had a chap in Victoria repair dampers, his name is Greg Keely at Oakleigh East Vic. Tel 0419388234
The Register Book:
Two new additions are Peter Micklem’s TD and a member from Keith through Arthur Roodyger.
All British Day : Valentines Day, Sunday 14 th at Echunga Oval.
Mc Laren Vale Vintage & Classic : Sunday April 17th, street Parade 11.00 am
Australia Day Parade : TD Mc Nabb gave a brief report , 6 register vehicles attended in the parade.
THE IRVING CUP:
Presented to the club by R D Irving Esq, to encourage the use and preservation of register vehicles and to be presented annually. Last year’s winner John Davies kindly handed over the cup to me at the meeting, however at that time the chief scrutineer had not adequately finished the job of assessing and checking the attendances and participation of members with their register vehicles at club events. I cannot divulge any details of the chief scrutineer, however Houghie said that he will return the attendance book at the next meeting now that the result is known.
I am pleased to announce that the clear winner this year is Peter Auld, congratulations Peter, it is a well deserved win as has been the others previously. The cup will be presented at Ken Fisher’s Register meeting on Thursday March 3, Benjamin Street St Mary’s.
March meeting is Ken Fisher’s Benjamin Street St Mary’s . Thurs 3 March (indoors)
April meeting scheduled at Brian Golding’s at Murray Bridge,address to be advised but we can meet at the Crafers Hotel off the Freeway at Crafers say 6.00pm for the run to Murray Bridge which usually takes Goldy 45 minutes approx. from there in the TC. We owe it to Brian to go to his register night as he has always been a regular attendee to meetings up here in Adelaide.
My thanks to Terry Wright and David Mc Nabb who provided many splendid photos at Peter Auld’s please see the website as well as what is included in the magazine. To view the many photos of the evening - click here
Cheers from Register Coordinator and herder of goats and sheep, John Bray
PRE WAR & T REGISTER REPORT, 7 January 2016 , West lakes
Members and guests were feted to the two pre- war cars on display in King Arthur’s garage upon arrival, the magnificent ND & Bazzica’s J2 side by side in front of the T Types of our members. This set the scene for an exciting night of chatter and fellowship, punctuated by bad jokes at others expense.
Alan Semmler, Terry Wright, Trevor Driver, Leigh Ritcher & Inspector Buckley.
New Register members:
A sincere welcome to Peter & Brownwyn Micklem (MGCC members) with their late model MGTD recently purchased from NSW, beautiful condition, Car # TD29127 Eng # XPAG 29584. Incredibly the numbers align with the T Series Association reference book that I have, first time ever!
The Register wishes to express sincere condolences to the families of those associated with the MG Car Club who have lost loved ones very recently.
Chris Ritcher, wife of Leigh, Angela McLean, daughter of Tony Ohlmeyer and inaugural member of the MG Car Club of SA, Alan Hutchings.
Attendees: 47 signed into the book, 13 Register vehicles, 2 Pre-war, 11 T - Types.
Russell Garth says he tracked down the former owner of his TF well over 30 years ago, not sure that he is getting the information that he wanted, try the folding stuff Russell.
AC Pearson.com reported on the Shannons Insurance scam going around, simply hang up if not sure, Pearson has a squeaky voice.
Alan & Sandra Cardnell presented TD Mc Nabb with photos of a table setting in a haunted castle in the UK with his name on the seating place card, apparently the Mc Nabb’s are not entirely descendants of NZ sheep herders after all, maybe www. Ancestory.com.au can help David?
All MG Day,Sunday 10 April, Civic Park opp Tea Tree Plaza, brochure handed out to members.
Australian T Series Association. Mike Greenwood is the state of SA representative and spoke to the meeting about membership and displayed their attractive magazine. There are associations with other groups around the world, coordinator is Peter Kerr 07 54441 552, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-war MMM Register: Bathurst. Arthur has bragging rights for the two laps around Mt Panorama in his historic, well done, not many of us will achieve that.
The numbers caught Arthur by surprise, but there was plenty of action in the kitchen by Geraldine and the others from MKR it seems. Good old Arthur, not to be seen to be short, pulled the dusty MG ports out of the cupboard coupled with the 2 cm squares of lamington cake that saw everyone off reasonably satisfied.(Domino’s were on standby at West Lakes just in case)
Faces in the crowd: Tim Edmonds, Maxie Sierp, John SP Neilson, Brian Sparks, all good to see at the meeting.
for other photos of the night - cick here
Next Meeting: Peter Auld’s Thursday 4 February, 27A Fife Avenue Torrens Park
Brian Golding has offered a night at his home in Murray Bridge, this is likely to be in May at this stage. It would be good to support Brian and his mate Ronnie Jellet (TC) as they make the run up regularly.
More news to come, see you all at Peter & Christine Auld’s next month.
Wise old saying: Every morning is the dawn of a new error.
Cheers and Safety Fast.
John Bray, Register Coordinator Boss.
PRE-WAR & T REGISTER REPORT - 3 December 2015, Eden Hills
The Register celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the MG TC, born into production 1945.
In - The Garden with the classic delights, where old T desires are turned into reality.
To view photos of the night - click here
Hosts; Mozza & Steph Lineham, a big thankyou for another amazing event characterised by the lovely garden and ambience of Australia’s biggest olive tree. A long standing record almost broken, how unfortunate that the hosting TC was not in the garage Mozza?
King Arthur was the first to arrive in the ND just to ensure a prominent possy as he should.
Great to see the McNabb duo, Kerry and David arrive in the TD, it was Kerry’s first register meeting for some time she said, however the lucky lad pulled a winner, blue ticket “sucks”, in Kiwi.
Ian Buckley’s flowers for host Stephanie was a very nice gesture, plucked from another garden of earthly delights, neighbourhood watch not seen. Steph, thankyou for the great photos for the website.
Vale - Robert (Bob) Morphett:
The Register Quiz, celebrating the TC 1945-2015:
1. What event was significant to all of them in 2015? X Lotto / birthday
Many thanks to all who hosted a Register Meeting in 2015, please consider one in 2016 if you have not had one before or would like to do it again.
Best wishes for the new year and safe driving in 2016.
PRE-WAR & T REGISTER REPORT, 5 November 2015, Dinner meeting at the Bridgewater Hotel
The Take off.
That’s it folks, thanks for your great support again this month hope to see you at Eden Hills peeling olives and boys, the lemon tree awaits you!
To view the other photos fronm David McNabb and John Bray - click here
Thursday 1 October 2015 at IAN BUCKLEY’S Birdwood Terrace North Plympton.
Apologies: John Davies, Dean Hoskin, David Fairbrother, David Mc Naughton, A C Pearson.com, Geoff Glasson.
for other photos of the night by David McNabb and Terry White - click here
There we were on a balmy night, sun setting over the metal sails of Buckley’s carport and shed, the Register night was going swimmingly and “sailing” along at cruising pace which reminded me of a sea shanty song that we once sang in the Scouts out of earshot from our leaders:
Attendance : 38 signed in + Ian Hobbs by proxy, 10 register vehicles.
Next meeting : Bridgewater Inn 5th November 7.00pm Drive in convoy, meet BP Belair Triangle 6.00 for run at 6.45pm to Bridgewater
Note: Due to ill health of Chris Ritcher, Decembers meeting is to be decided, hopefully at Eden Hills
Thanks: To Ian Buckley for a splendid night, Peter Cundy informative talk about the former owner of his car from the UK, Terry Wright re MG parts from Peter Thompson’s estate, Alan Semmler Kimber Run at 90 entrants to date, needs more. Bazzica re French MG meeting next year in France & all for attending.
Thoughts : I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me. A hole has been found in a nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it. And finally, no matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery!
Cheers from the bridge of the Good Ship Venus!
"Bruce Springstein", alias John Bray, the “Boss”
PRE –WAR & T REGISTER Thursday 3 September 2015 at Andrew Willington's, Coromandel Valley
Held in the “crime scene “ garage with new roller doors.
Apologies: Apol Goldy, Kenny Fisher, Mike Lyons, A C Pearson.com, & Inspector Buckley (China)
The Ivy Fuel Consumption Test : Peter Ivy, the originator of this event from which it gets its name was able to articulate in great detail the goings on by car club members which today would find them arrested and held over in the city watch given the amounts of “fuel” consumed at a plethora of city hotels on a Saturday afternoon. I was a participant once that I can remember, others partook in this event on numerous occasions which included lift cramming and unbelievable pranks. The good name and reputation of the MG Car Club of SA was miraculously spared from the Sunday Mail from all accounts.
Register meeting # 1. It was fitting to mention that the very first meeting of our register was held on the 11 March 1966 in Hawthorndene at Curly’s home, 49 years ago when young Curly was a mere 35 years old and had commenced work on the 18/80!
Several of us were at that meeting including Bob Bazzica (Parts Secretary), Ian Curwen-Walker (Chairman), Reg O’Malley & John Bray (General committee) and fitting to be together again on Andrew’s register night.
The crime scene: Yes it was a crime scene where the night cleaners “cleaned out” the garage as you all have heard, but judging by the vast number of registration plates hung on the walls, you could be excused for thinking that someone has done “time” there. New roller doors are a treat though Andrew.
Thanks for putting the Special on show it was a star attraction. Thanks Terry Wright for driving to Victor Harbor & back to supply the four plastic chairs for your mate.
Kimber Run: Allan Semmler advised that 120 had registered so far, many more wanted again for this year’s run. Allan is looking for an MGB he says, maybe came to the wrong meeting.
Black Hat: Dean Hosking proudly arrived in his new red MGB USA converted car, all photos show a smiling face, guess you cannot hide it Dean.
Hats!: It seems to be a popular thing to sport a hat at register meetings, I believe the it has been started by Trevor Driver whose current regalia looks like a Nepalese Sherper. We have Black Hat Hosking, Rusky Ivan Hobbs, woolly mamouth Dr Dally wiz, and David Fairbrother perfect fit !
General business: was brief not much to report on that front except Trevor Driver is looking for Jerry Can seals, it was suggested he take a trip to Tobruk, Rommell may have left some behind.
Vale John Cundy. It was mentioned that Peter Cundy’s father John has passed away recently. John and Peter were popular attendees at previous meetings and it was most evident that John enjoyed being with his son at our meetings arriving in the TD. Our condolences go out to Peter and family suffice it to say that we will miss John and his informative and interesting conversations.
Welcome back Morrie Lineham from your adventures across the Nullabor celebrating your entry into an eighth decade of your life. Please note that despite the cool evening, at least two of us had our hoods retracted, seems that you and Thane are softening!
Website: Check the website for a brace of photographs kindly taken by TD Mc Nabb. You will find these informative and in some cases downright embarrassing . Try not to miss the flying circus, Ivey and Offler in their Luftwaffe flying helmets! Click here to view photos.
Next meetings: October 1 is at Ian Buckley’s , Birdwood Ave North Plympton
November 5 , at Bridgewater Inn, Mt Barker Rd Bridgewater;
Thanks again for your attention during the meeting, I have been told again by Mr “MG” to hurry things along, he’s getting so old he’s forgotten, it was always like that.
John Bray, Coordinator General.
PRE –WAR & T REGISTER Thursday 6 August 2015 at Ken Fisher’s, Benjamin Street, St Mary’s
Congratulations Ken, Stephen & Peter Fisher for a wonderful night undercover in your premises on a cool and somewhat damp evening. Thanks especially to Peter on the BBQ, excellent results !
Apologies: Geoff McLean, Maurice Lineham, Ian Hobbs, Peter Auld, Ian Buckley, Mike Lyons, The Semmlers, Reg O'Malley and a few others who I could not get down on paper in limited time.
New members and guests: Ron Gillet, TC has just purchased a TC from NSW and is learning fast just how difficult the TC steering box can be, welcome to the club Ron. Chris Bennet from the RAA (TF) good to see again, Dave Crispin who has “bogged up” more cars than we have had hot dinners collectively, but expertly mind, was ferried to the meeting by Thane Martin in the TC, hood up on a clear night. Lineham will note this act of cowardice.
The voice from America, guest speaker. I think I warned you in last month’s report that TD McNabb would return with wonderous stories about his trip to the USA including Indiana and the famous Indianapolis race circuit. Given generous time to articulate his travel tales, he performed exceptionally well and received appropriate applause at the end, hopefully he will rest up for a few years before going again. Seriously though his contact with Tom Wilson, organiser of the GOF (gathering of the faithful) for the MGCC in US was really interesting. Check www.ooseimgs.com
General business: Proved to be a bit dull this meeting apart from the wine glass left at Graham Loader’s in April, now in the hands of Steptoe Pearson of course, if you are the owner he will wash it for you. Anthony did offer to fill his container leaving the UK with the Harry Lester books if you want one approx. 20GBP hardly any freight though which is generous of him.
General attire: It is noted that some members are becoming increasingly conscious of headgear at our meetings, Willow Willington has reverted to a decent MG cap, Terry Wright sensibly attired, however “Abdul“ Trevor Driver sported a traditional Turkish thing, hardly a fashion statement at a car club but quite suitable in the Blue Mosque for prayers. Thane Martin rugged up in his thick navy blue beanie, pity the hood was up on the car though, another wasted effort.
Catering, good news bad news: Apparently not all goes to plan at Register meetings, my little mate Artfur Ruediger over catered his meeting last month, my fault maybe, however the good news is that it is in the freezer for next year’s hosting. Good news, Willow Willington is planning ahead for next month’s meeting so nothing will be left to chance. This was ensured by a lunch meeting with Terry and myself with two bottles of red, hopefully he can remember what we discussed.
In short: The committee of the All British Day need help from car clubs for the 2016 event, otherwise they may abandon it if not supported, more news will come from our club.
Terry Wright’s 1976 bottle of port wine was withdrawn from the meeting with a constipated cork, however Dean Hoskin’s generous contribution of a flagon of tawney port was excellent, try harder next time Terry. Thanks for your photos Terry & TD Mc Nabb, all good. Click here to view.
Good to see that Robin Gibbs got Stan Shepard to the meeting, thanks Robin we all appreciate you getting him along as it means a lot to Stan.
Rodger Thomas at Blackwood has a TC (TA engine), spare TC engine & gearbox, also MGA for sale he told me to pass on, see me if you want to get in contact he is overseas back end of August.
Arthur’s pics of the upholstery for the ND done by Phil Spencer look magnificent and I am told that he is reversing it in and out of the garage like the boy he is with his new toy.
Maurice Lineham is still on his road trip celebration but is finding time to produce MG TF graphics for Russell Garth. I have seen them and they are quite remarkable.
Garth’s car is now roadworthy I am told , however he declined an appearance in it as he thought it would rain, most unlike him to squib out on a clear night.
I must say that the carby’s really suck in the moist air and the TC runs really well as I experienced going home after the meeting up Shepherds Hill Road at about 11.00pm, a good night all round.
Next meeting : Willington’s 5 Jackson Ave Coromandel Valley, TF Special on display, many other items courtesy of the night thieves for viewing, heating provided by Abdul Driver, splendid food well planned for, don’t let him down be there should be a fab night, Thursday 3 September.
October 1st, Ian Buckleys, 52 Birdwood Terrace North Plympton, November, Bridgewater Inn. That is of course if he ever gets back from his O/S travelling.
Finally: A woman does not turn up for work on Monday, Tuesday her boss asks why ?
Thanks for your great support, see you at Willows in September.
|The knights of the Register assembled at King Arthur’s to celebrate the arrival of the ND now to known as Excalibur , which is a truly magnificent machine, rare in pedigree and beautifully restored.
King Arthur certainly received plenty of plaudits and admiring advice from the throng of knights assembled.
Vale : Peter Thompson. Sadly passed away June 15 , aged 68 years. Our condolences go out to Judy and his family. Peter was a great clubman over many years, some of us remembered the last time a register meeting was held at his home in the hills approximately 12 years ago. I know only of his TF which he treasured dearly however he owned many other fine cars such as the E Type Jag I am told. I know little of his racing history with the MG CC, but I do remember his enthusiasm for cars and club history in conversation with him at club events.
General Business: A total of 27 attended the meeting, 8 register vehicles presented, two especially dropped a good amount of oil on the King’s driveway, Sir Brian of the Murray identified as the main offender, TC understandably. Sir Collect-a-lot of the light bulbs Pearson, enlightened us once again on Stewart Penfolds book soon to be released out of the UK on the MG powered Lester car (Harry Lester Cars) worth viewing website www.lester.mg.co.uk we were told. Sir Thane of the Coromandel drove the TC with the hood down in true MG tradition on a cold night (Lineham please note) Lineham has received valuable support from Sir Thane and Sir Collecta recently, apparently you do not go to Banner Mitre 10 to get parts for a steering column bracket , how embarrassing, but a full glass of red supplied by his helpers solved most of his woes.
Other matters of interest include Brian Lees posting of his restoration of the TC7950 on his home page http://mgtc1949.com/Home.html which should be up on the website, Don Walker’s photograph of the TF restoration at his Goolwa Beach home which is great progress, and Graham Loader’s doggie pics in the Y Saloon supplied by Mike Lyons.
All good stuff for the projects list that Geoff Glasson is thinking about, would be a good start.
Recent Members: Grant White TD and Geoff McLean TF were welcomed to the meeting, hope to see them at many more if they can put up with us. Peter Auld deserves a mention for attending while under the influence, jet lag of course! Well done Peter. Doc Whyatt can be seen in photographs with his head deep in the engine doing a diagnosis, seems that professional habits do not die Doc. The Earl of Craigburn Farm, Sir Terry presented without head gear this meeting, however his colleague Willow of Coromandel needs to go to the JAG Owners Club with that hat of his. Sir Trevor of Glenalta turns 70 soon, could be a celebration at the August meeting you could say.
Next Register meetings.
We will see you for the August meeting on 6 August at Ken Fisher’s premises at 18 Benjamin Street St Mary’s right behind the old Bowden’s Electrical on South Road. It is entirely indoors and plenty of room to display the cars undercover.
It is with great anticipation that we are going to the September meeting on Thursday 3rd at Andrew (Willow) Willington’s at 5 Jackson Ave Coromandel Valley where we will see the MG T Special , the new garage doors and the new replacement tools on display, more later so watch this space.
October, Thursday 1st at Ian Buckles Buckley’s, North Plympton. ( hope that he is back by then)
November, Thursday 5th Bridgewater Inn, annual Dinner meeting and run to Bridgewater, meet at Belair OTR
Advertiser motoring: It is the Editor of the Advertiser who decides when and not to publish motoring calendars on a Thursday says John Davies, really disappointing not only for the MGCC but for all motoring enthusiasts in this State of SA.
Thankyou: To King Artfur of the Lake for a great night with plenty of food, and for his great foresight in bringing the MGND to Adelaide. Ian Hobbs advice, forthcoming trip to Angela Merkle’s register meeting , Germany apology next meeting.
Mc Nabb has had a great time in America, spent time with a Tom Wilson who has 12 Prewar MG’s under restoration ! TD McNabb will be a fountain of knowledge and information when he gets back.
Stan Shephard sadly missed his ride to the meeting , will see him at Ken Fisher’s .
Great to see Paul Oliver, longtime club member and register raffle sponsor, proprietor Auto Barn Mile End, at the meeting, was good to see you Paul.
That’s about it folks for another successful, well attended Register meeting, see you at Kenny Fisher’s next month.
One last thing: A constipated elephant travelling up the SE Freeway has shed its load. Drivers are advised to treat it as a mini-roundabout !
Keep your chin up and the hood down T Typers.
John Bray - Register Coordinator .
To view the many other photos of the night - click here
PRE-WAR & T REGISTER, Thursday 4 June 2015 at David & Joy Pearson’s , Hawthorndene
Apologies: Ken Fisher, Dean Hoskin, Ian Buckley, Bob Bazzica, Brian Golding, David Mc Naughton, Gordon Brice, Wayne & Geraldine Hough, Allan Semmler Omitted from last month,Peter Auld & Chris Kinney who spent an enormous amount of coin ringing me, sooory you two.
View photos of the night from David McNabb - click here
It was a cold dry night tucked away under David & Joy’s house when the register met and all the usual suspects were there, a little subdued at first but things got underway pretty smartly once a few screw tops were loosened and the red elixir passed around.
The TC twins , Maurice and Thane both arrived with hoods down just to impress us but more importantly in Maurice’s case to avoid being singled out for driving around Blackwood again in beautiful sunshine with the hood and side curtains up.
Michael Lyons gave us an informative note on the recent health of Graham Loader who at the time of the meeting was convalescing in Ashford Hospital after a recent heart scare, just before going away on a holiday trip with Pat, we all wish him the best for a full recovery.
Member attendance was 29 and a total of 7 register vehicles were present on the night, some of us preferred the heated seats of our wives cars for the cold trip up to Hawthorndene.
The “mud crab” Austin 1800, was sold for an outrageous profit by Steptoe, A C Pearson we were told, apparently he did not take long to put it on the market, guess that is what you do when you are in the pickup and sell business.
Bobby Schapel and friends fresh back from Historic racing at Winton was very pleased with himself scoring a well deserved first and fastest in one race, surprised, well he did not think that he won it . On Winton, the pyjama boys forgot to get their act together and were a mismatch for this trip. Mind you, Terry Wright proudly wore his “Knackered Sailor” beanie to the meeting, but his pyjama twin Willo Willington at least was sporting a Jag cap which was far more appropriate for a car night.
Talking about caps, Trevor Driver has dispensed with the Scottish tarten (Royal Stewart) which I am told that he is entitled to wear, dubious heritage but he now has a leather MG motif peak cap purchased from a Greek in the islands somewhere near Athens he says, got it for a good price, no need to be embarrassed Trev your mate had to make sure that it was newsworthy.
Geoff Glasson has offered to start the project list on who is working on what MG for the register, Gordon Brice emailed in to say that it was a good idea, he is busy with a TD , good on you Geoff.
Lachy Kinnear, also up to his neck with a TC Special, let us know that John Payne’s J2 special will most likely go to Queensland, John is retiring from MG Racing, what a wonderful career he has had.
Russell “I’ll sue” Garth was tempted to interject a few times but was restrained enough to get a story out on a TD but I was so distracted by Reg O’Malley that I completely missed the essence of the yarn, sorry Russ please repeat next month if we can keep Reg quiet.
Ian Hobbs produce a tin plate model of an MG, purchased at the Historic Race meeting at Phillip Island, originally thought to be a TC, but with a keen eye and his passion for the K3, Ian was able to determine that indeed it was a fake!, instead it turns out to be much more desirable than the sellers thought a K3 of all things with a sizable defect, only 4 exhausts from the manifold not 6 as should be.
A C Pearson.com, was able to articulate to the assembled throng just how this came about, photography of all things he says, photo taken obliquely front on , concealed the last two pipes, bloody amazing really, Pearson is a fountain of knowledge on all things MG! His demonstration spinning the reflector on the lathe was informative, thanks Anthony.
Artfur Ruediger. Next month is the big showing of the very rare and prestigious MG ND at Arthur’s West Lakes conservatorium of cars where we will be treated to a viewing of the car that has miraculously been towed back from Melbourne unscathed by Bazzica and little Artfur.
It will be just great to have such a rare vehicle in our club and to see it out on the road.
Thanks to TD Mc Nabb for a few photo pics to go onto the website.
Next meeting: Arthur Ruediger’s 28 Huntingdale Ave West Lakes, Thursday 2nd July.
Pre-War & T Register, Thursday 7 May 2015, at John & Suzanne Bray’s in Blackwood.Apologies: Ken Fisher, Dean Hoskin, Robin Gibbs, Stan Shepherd, Ian Buckley , Andrew Willington.
View photos of the night from David McNabb - click here
It was a cold night for the meeting at the bottom of the steep driveway at my place, however the rain held off and all T Type owners reported a good run up to Blackwood in the moist atmosphere which is sensational for engine performance through the SU’s.
Arthur Ruediger was first to arrive at the bottom of the driveway in the red T complete with 19 inch wheels this year, firstly to get prime parking position and a front on assault back up the driveway. Arthur’s legacy is his unfortunate demise at the top of the drive a year ago running 15 inch wheels that saw him stuck and bottoming out in front of amused members.
Members attendance was 29, 7 T Register cars were present, some like Maurice Lineham thought that there was ice on the driveway so the T was left at home, others like Brian Golding ,Thane Martin, Graham Loader, Brett Cole managed it well right to the bottom. TD McNabb however got cold feet and yours truly brought the TD down minus a working handbrake!
Brett discovered the saying “running on the smell of an oily rag” well and truly. Alighting from the TD he saw oil on his jeans , then discovers an oil soaked rag stuffed under the dash in the wiring loom, why and what he says? Yes, a leaking oil pressure gauge connection!
Trevor Driver’s new Scottish tartan cap was noticed immediately and commented upon by the ever observant Terry Wright who misses nothing these days.
THE Irving cup. Points will now be awarded on a simpler and easier basis.
Next Register meeting, Thursday 4 June. Unfortunately Ken Fisher will be overseas on business and the meeting has been taken up at the home of David & Joy Pearson, 36 SUFFOLK RD HAWTHORNDENE.
Barn Find. Breaking news, Anthony Pearson arrived with his parents in tow in what could only be described as a lumbering mud crab. The Austin 1800 was found inside a shed of a deceased estate in Belair, true to form Anthony negotiates a ridiculously low price, bettered only by his pulling an expresso coffee machine out of a roadside hard rubbish collection. Pearson you are amazing, your “car yard” is likely to attract the local council sometime soon you would have to say.
Bit of bother. It has been reported that some unfortunate incident occurred between prominent members leaving the Register meeting in the narrow street after the meeting. Reversing cameras not working I am told.
Well, in conclusion, it seemed quite subdued in my shed on the night, the usual serial pests were quiet and well disciplined which is most pleasing. Seems as though the “Register Police” are doing a fine job.
Geoff Glasson (TD) suggested that we have a list of members who are working on or have car projects running, this seems like a good idea, for example hearing about Kevin Mills YT progress and the Paul Dallwitz special project is always good, now Lachy Kinnear is in the fold with his TC special.
Keep an eye on the club website for meeting venues and news, John Davies is on top of the Thursday Advertiser announcements in the motoring section, but changes do occur due to unforseen circumstances.
Thanks for your support to the Register and attendance again to make it a good night indeed.
MG Car Club of SA : T Register report,
held Thursday 9 April 2015 at
Graham & Pat Loader’s, Flinders Park.
Apologies: Geoff Glasson, Bob Schapel, Ken Fisher.
A big thankyou to Graham & Pat, another excellent night with 12 Register vehicles and 36 hungry attendees who enthusiastically devoured the supper with amazing speed.
Good to see and hear plenty of deep conversation round and about cars on display, banter and heckling from certain quarters during the business section of the meeting has been noted and will no doubt attract appropriate penalties in the future. Russ the risk taker has been named.
The Lew Schapel trophy for competition in a road registered register vehicle has been won this year by Wayne Hough, presented by his mate and star pupil, Arthur Ruediger, well done Houghie!
Long standing member John Tamke returned to the register fold, he has added to the TF chassis and bits from under the house, with another rolling chassis to start up a project which, knowing John’s abilities will no doubt be an excellent result, eventually.
New member Brett Cole arrived with his inheritance, lovely red TD ,mostly original and in beautiful condition, just needs to sort out a few numbers with it, welcome Brett.
The prize for the best dressed goes to Maurice Lineham , hood down at last in the TC, apparel worn consisted of Aviators flying helmet, goggles, gloves, sheep skin fleece lined leather flying bomber jacket, all fully authentic English made, tally ho old chap, pity that he could not keep up with the flying Thane Martin’s TC up Shepherds Hill Road though. Maurice a Tiger Moth might be more suitable.
The Y is it so team.
Meetings coming up.
Thankyou to all those who attended on the night, see you next month maybe?
John Bray, T Register Coordinator
PRE- WAR & T REGISTER REPORT 5 March 2015, Thane Martin’s at Coromandel Valley.
This month’s report is the result of an interview with the stand–in secretary for the meeting at Thane’s, Russell Garth, who wants to take full credit for the success of the meeting. Any feedback to the contrary will be appreciated especially in relation to his performance.
Apologies were numerous as a number of us attended the Historic Racing at Phillip Island VIC.
Meeting highlight was firstly Thane’s new dog Harry, who I am told was really well behaved and a delight with members. On behalf of members, thankyou Thane to you and partner for a great night.
Andrew Willington is having a significant birthday this month, 70 and will take an elaborate cruise on the Queen Mary to celebrate, returning to Adelaide on 29 March, so we will miss out on welcome home festivities at Outer Harbour. You might take time to ask him when you see him for details of the passenger inventory and suggest that he celebrate appropriately with us at the next meeting. His good friend and member of our club, Terry Wright is denying all knowledge of the intimate details of the cruise, so it is on my head that I report appropriately.
These are two very close mates who drive identical Porsche 944’s and would you believe it, wear matching pyjamas on tour (authenticated by Trevor Driver) were at Phillip Island to support Bob & Georgie Schapel. Georgie drove really well in the regularity and certainly showed that she can mix it with some of the flair shown by her late dad Bill.
Brian Golding has the TC going again and drove up from Murray Bridge which is a fantastic effort at night Goldie, legend status mate!
TC’s FOR SALE. A number have appeared recently, Neville Daniel, Stephen Lavis, & Ian Hobb’s mate, all in good condition, if you need details, send me an text message or e-mail.
April Meeting, 9 April at Flinders Park, ”Y Heaven” at Graham Loader's.
The mighty Y’s were built from 1947-1953, totalling 8336 vehicles, 6131 YA’s, 904 YT's & 1301 YB’s and the first Scotsman to purchase a car and drive to land’s end John O’Groats Scotland in 1947 was as I am informed, Dr Jock Summner-Mc Miller. Amazing facts!
Finally: I was driving the other day when I saw a VW Beeltle with the number plates, “Bobs MG". I pulled up at the lights and said , “hey that’s not an MG” The driver looked at me and said, “And I am not Bob”
So it’s goodnight from me and goodnight from him.
Cheers & Safety Fast. John Bray Register Secretary
5 February 2015 Register night under the SA Great Olive Tree, Eden Hills
UNDER THE SPREADING OLIVE TREE
The mighty T’s roll in as planned
There’s Davies Fisher Hough Semmler and Bray
The food is great the talk is rich
There’s cars for sale and spanners too
The Irving Cup has truly been won
The night wraps up to spontaneous applause
Buckley’s off to China and may let us down
Safety Fast, it’s really a blast
Future Register meetings:
5 March. Thane Martin, Coromandel Valley
John Bray, Register Secretary.
8 January 2015 Gartham City register night at Coromandel Valley.
Thirty devotees descended on the “bat cave/ man shed” meticulously prepared by Russ alias Bruce Wayne for this event at “Gartham City”
Oblivious to the recorded surveillance of the security system that recorded every arrival, especially mine, the “penguins” paraded into man cave to begin their register chatter. Inspector Buckles was first to arrive and took centre stage on the driveway.
Yes indeed, another great night catered handsomely by our hosts Russell and Margie Garth thoroughly enjoyed by all judging by the conversation and lineup for the sumptuous spread.
Apologies: Trevor Driver, Joy & David Pearson, Bob & Shelly Bazzica, Geraldine Hough, Thane Martin (RAA patrol duties), Maurice Lineham, Rae Semmler & Paul Dallwtz (holidays)
Happy Birthday to Ian Curwen Walker, our” Curley” is 84, congratulations!, and despite falling down the steps and barrel rolling over, he is in remarkably good shape.
General business was not high on the agenda, Reg O’Malley gave an insight to the wrap up of MG Car Sales clean out, some interesting discoveries have been made it seems.
Editor of our magazine, Laurie Houghton was acknowledged, great to see him along. Given a ride up with his little mate, Artfur Rummerger in the TC. Artfur’s campaign manager Huffy also recognised seems that he is touting for business again, watch this space!
Future Register meetings are; Maurice Lineham, 5 February, 10 Willora Road Eden Hills, March 5 Ian Buckley, 52 Birdwood Terrace North Plympton, April 2 Thane Martin The Walk Coromandel Valley, May 7 John Bray 36 Grevillea Way Blackwood. Arthur will host July at West lakes where the newly acquired 1934 MG ND will be unveiled.
Thanks again , it was a great night, great hosts and although the faithfull ”Bat Car TF” was there it did not attract as much attention as Russell’s photos of the restoration carried out 30 years ago on the dirt floor of the garage , well done Russ !
** To view the pics sent by David McNabb - click here
Cheers and Safety Fast.
December 4, Chris and Leigh Richter’s, Aldgate
The Richtenstein Castle was ablaze with Christmas lights and good cheer when we arrived for another sparkling Register Meeting. No moat of any form surrounds castle Richtenstein but unlit streets with no kerbs or gutters, pitch black and dark as a “dogs date with a cork up his…..” well you know the rest.
Apologies: Officially, all Pearsons, Paul Dallwitz, Kenny Fisher, Al Semmler, Maurie Lineham, and others including the serial pest.
From the meeting: Ian Hobbs back from New Zealand with a new Register shirt, announced that he saw no T series MG’s over there, looks like Mc Nabb got the last one.
Ground Breaking News:
More news: It was announced that Arthur Ruediger has purchase one of the worlds rarest cars out of Melbourne, one of only 24 ever made, a 1934 ND MG. How great is this to have such a rare car coming over to SA in pristine condition. His advisor and knowledgeable guru Bob Bazzica convinced him to purchase it following a big night at Crown Casino I am told. Arthur, we cannot wait to take turns driving it around Mallala !
Even more news: Ian Buckley allowed me to drive the TC to the meeting with my navigator Dean Hosking gripping the panic handle. Buckles of course had Dean’s Toyota 86 following the paleton of MG’s up Acklands Hill Road. This batting order of TC (Bray/Hoskin),TC (T Martin), TF (Garth), TF (J Davies), Toyota (Buckley) sadly went pearshape when Garth was left behind, Davies got lost and Inspector Buckley had no GPS to guide him to Hillside Road.
Generally: Dean Nicholls who we met briefly at the Bridgewater Inn, brought along his late father Colin’s books and sold a lot of hardback MG issues. Colin raced a TC and had other cars. Ian Hobbs picked up a first edition of Mike Sherrell’s TC’s Forever and was delighted with the purchase. It was really good for Deane that his father’s treasures went to MG family.
Register meetings 2015:
Raffle prizes: A thankyou to Paul Oliver, Autobarn Mile End for donating some interesting items for our raffle, hope you enjoyed the array, I may surprise you soon with take home prizes for wives, girlfriends, mistresses and secretaries.
Finally: A huge thankyou to Chris and Leigh for providing a magnificent spread of food for members and friends on Thursday night last, really appreciated by all and a great deal of fun.
to view the pics sent by David McNabb - click here
See you at the next meeting, GARTHAM CITY, Coromandel Valley Thursday 8 January 2015.
Cheers and Safety Fast.
November 6, 2014 Bridgewater Inn, Bridgewater
It did the heart good to smell the heated radiators after a trip up the hill and to see the coolant dripping from the red TD,Green TC and Blue TF ( David, Ian & Russell). Jim Bowering’s TC and Peter Auld’s TF looked immaculate , congratulations fellows.
Apologies noted in no particular order, Thane Martin, Maurice Lineham, Ian Hobbs, Ian Curley-Walker,Arthur Ruediger,Laurie Foody, perhaps some others, just fill in the spaces……………………..
Stan Shepard. Dear Stan suffered a fairly serious setback after the Bazzica’s night, but he is home again and in touch. Arthur Ruediger left for New Zealand to attend his sister’s funeral and our condolences go out to him. We learnt that Alison West passed away on the night of the meeting, wife of club legend Mal West (deceased) which is sad indeed as the two of them were loyal members of the MGCC for many years. Mal was certainly a character for those who remember.
General Business. Bob Schapel opened the batting quite spontaneously announcing himself without introduction (register night potential) to say that he has an oxy-acetalyne bottle cart for sale (small) possible use, zimmer frame. Lachy Kinnear freshly back from the UK engrossed most of us with stories of his experiences over there riding in racing TC, 160kw at the flywheel, and a trip in the J Type of John James of TT fame, through English villages dining out on pub grub. Reg O’Malley’s find on WD40 original, non politically correct advertisement was read out, something about loosening your nuts and other such things. Poor old Laurie Foody did not make it off Anzac Highway to Cross Road as the TD broke down, probably had Thane Martin in his RAA van in attendance, better luck next time Laurie.
Terry Wright spent quite a long time searching around ICW’s house at Hawthorndene in the long grass, only to find out that Curley was off to a CAMS meeting via the gathering of the faithfull at Belair! The insanely knowledgeable AC Pearson.com dispelled the myth on the I LIKE CARS program on the BBC that the restored TC actually cost 17 GBP to purchase, sold for 38 GBP but actually cost 70 GBP to rebuild ! Totally ruined it for me, but at least he came home from the Panama Canal Cruise with the desperates and dateless to get to the Rolling Stones concert. The Serial Pest was at it again, the next time he puts his finger in my glass, he might find it full of battery acid,however it was to our great displeasure that he took out first prize in the raffle.
Commentary. It was a great venue, the food was excellent to most it seems, plenty of noise and great conversation. Those with their better halves, eg Drivers, Kinney’s , Auld’s , Hough’s, Willington’s, Richter’s,Pearson’s Snr, Semmler’s etc seemed to be enjoying it spending money.
Well that is enough and it is goodnight from him, and goodnight from me, see you at 21 HILLSIDE DRIVE ALDGATE, home of the Richter’s Leigh & Chris. Bring plenty of money, it is going to be a big raffle night, Thursday 4 DECEMBER. Next year, January Russell Garth’s at Coromandel Valley, February Maurice Lineham at Eden Hills, March Ian Buckley’s at North Plympton, should be good.
PRE-WAR & T REGISTER REPORT - from John Bray , Coordinator
October 2, 2014 meeting at Bob & Shelly Bazzica’s, West Beach
Vale Bill Schapel:
2015 Register meetings and events.
It was Jann Dinan’s birthday as well, however she got a round of “Happy Birthday” in lieu of the above.
News in brief in one word:
Meetings: November, Bridgewater Hotel 387 Mt Barker Road Bridgewater – Meet at BP Belair Triangle 6-6:30pm for drive up in convoy, booked for 30 + in cellar bistro. December at Leigh Ritcher : 21 Hillside Road Aldgate
Well that’s all folks, see you at the Bridgewater Inn.
7 September 2014 PRE-WAR & T REGISTER REPORT
What an AB-FAB meeting, held at what could only be described as Y HEAVEN in Flinders Park !
Twelve register vehicles were present, 29 signed the book, however more were present who forgot to sign and some kindly donated raffle prizes back by leaving them there, a common occurrence it seems.
We said our goodbyes to our great friend Wes Southgate ( 34 MG PA) as it was his last meeting before leaving to live in Melbourne, it is very sad to see him go and we will miss his appearances in the P Type. Bill Schapel’s Y Tourer was driven to the meeting by Terry Wright with navigator Trevor Driver and passenger Ian Curwen-Walker. Paul Dallwitz proudly displayed his black YA sedan out front of the others inside.
Venues for the rest of 2014 are pretty well covered, refer to the September magazine and website, however 2015 is yet to be established and members were advised that there may be a new formula for the selection of hosts next year based on their behaviour and comments made at the meetings, also deeds of significance.
Potential candidates for 2015 are:
Bazz reported on a good TC for sale, early number vehicle, good running condition painted heritage style red and black, previously owned by the West family Mal & Tony.
There will be some good photos on the website of the cars and register attendees. (click here to view photos)
Cheers and Safety Fast
11 August 2014,
T Series and Pre War Register report
Seven vehicles were parked outside together with Thane’s TC and beautifully presented Ford Falcon Sedan in the driveway.
Arthur appealed for members to consider the Bay to Birdwood this year as entries are slow at the moment.
Venues for future meetings are:
6 July 2014
Peter Cundy arrived with his father John in a 1973 black London Cab which by all reports runs really well, not sure what the plates would cost if he wants to put it to commercial use.
Not much general business this week, AC Pearson.com is looking to scab a car trailer from someone to haul a 62’ Mini home, Dallwitz has some TF guards and a TC windscreen to sell (practically give away ) he says, Reg O’Malley has lost a TC starter switch and needs one.
We need venues for the 7 August and 4 September meetings, Bob Bassica will host the 2 October meeting when they are well back from the USA.
T & PRE WAR REGISTER REPORT 15 June 2014 from John Bray.
A night like that really pulled some notable Car Club members out from in front of the TV at home.
Cannot name everyone but a few notables include messers Dallwitz, Archdall , Lineham, Driver, TD Mc Nabb, Kinnear, Kinney, Houghs x2, Mc Pearson, Davies, Chapman, Lyons, Foody, Doc Whyatt, were all present and appeared to savour the food and beverages with smiles of satisfaction.
MGCC SA Register report from John Bray, Register Secretary.
The May meeting was held at Ken Fisher’s premises, indoors for cars and members on a very wet night indeed off the Main South Road at St Mary’s.
Graham Byass brought along his good mate Brian Lee who is rebuilding a TC from chassis up and Brian was duly signed up as a new member. Historic Registration is a wonderfull thing to keep cars around the club.
Kind regards and Safety Fast
MGCCSA T-Register report from John Bray, Register Secretary
A number of apologies were forwarded to the meeting with one notable absentee , Russell Garth who was home working against Bill Gates and the Windows XP melt down, the TF being a casualty as well.
Meanwhile the Pearsons, Anthony , Joy and David enjoyed a warm ride home with yours truly, warm as toast in the soft leather seats at the rear. However their thoughts were with Jill and Wes in open top touring going home.
Really it is a wonderful thing that this is freely given and spread between the members to those who need advice such as Lachlan Kinnear who is disguising a GMH drivetrain under and around a TC body, good on you Lachy.
Annual trophy awards happened - the Irving Cup (by 1 pt) went to John Davies, and the Lou Schapel Cup went to Jason
MGCCSA Pre-War and T Register meeting, January 2014 - a great night at Arthur's, even if yet again the weather conspired against us! One of these months we're going to crack a T-Reg event where it doesn't rain!! Oh well. Great to see Kevin Mills back into it!
Well the ones of the three modern cars is notable as this was the first T-Register meeting where our three members who have "transgressed to the dark side" and bought Toyota 86 sports coupes - the first meeting where all three 86 cars were present. They belong to Arthur Ruediger (red one), John Davies (bronze car) and Dean Hosking (dark one).
Due to typically bad weather, just three T types were driven to the meeting - Russell Garth's TF, Lindsay Hicks TC Special and David McNabb's TD, joining Arthur's TC, so we had a TC, TD and TF, along with TC Special ! Lindsay's Special is the ex Fred Neild MG and Mr Hicks (son of Tony Hicks) campaigns the car at Collilngrove, etc. The other three shots were general ones of the Mob, during the official part of the meeting, chaired by Secretary Bill Schapel. The guy standing is John (MGTC) Bray who looks like being voted in as our new Register Secretary next month. Russell Garth displaying a copy of Marque of Respect - our Club's book which was printed to celebrate 50 years of MGCC SA - Russell stumbled across a copy in a local bookstore and snapped it up!
Worthy of note is the fact that since Easter last year there has been just one single T-Register meeting where it hasn't rained on that particular Thursday !!! (thereby severely affecting the number of early MGs driven to our meetings). Sadly the trend has continued into 2014, with the latest January meeting also being rained upon. But at least it doesn't seem to be detracting from the no. of MG enthusiasts rocking up (in other cars) to kick tyres and swap lies !!
MGCCSA Pre-War and T Register meeting, December 2013 – Arthur Ruediger
The last meeting was held at Chris & Leigh Richter's place at Aldersgate With 8 T-types and 34 members attending. A lovely supper was provided by Chris and assisted by Geraldine. With heavy rain on the way home, quite a few t-types, including me, got very wet. Remeber the next meeting at Arthur's place at West Lakes on 2 Jan 2014.
MGCCSA Pre-War and T Register meeting, November 2013 – Bill Schapel
Planned as a triumphant return to a tradition which has come and gone a couple of times, we were to meet at BP Belair and drive in a glorious sounding convoy, on a balmy November evening, to the Bridgewater Inn. When the weather conspired against us, with the worst forecast in a dozen days, I expected to see maybe a car or two shivering at the top of the hill. To my surprise there were 11 Register vehicles… 3 TCs, 3 TDs, 3 TFs and 2 Y sedans, showing how brave and resilient our members are, especially those five who were “top down”.
The 25 minute drive to the Inn was enjoyed by all, despite the cold and the occasional shower, and we joined the throng where we had our own space in the downstairs dining area. The atmosphere was great, with most of the 46 members and friends standing, talking and laughing, having too much fun to bother with ordering a meal. When we eventually did the food was great, and by the end of the evening the place had received the seal of approval.
The business part of he meeting was suitably brief and we look forward to a repeat next year, hopefully with the sort of weather which will see many more Register car owners enjoying the chat at Belair and the drive together on the country roads and lanes.
Next meeting, on Dec 5th, will be at :
Notice: Due to my health issues, I will be standing down as Register Secretary at the end of this term, so if you have any aspirations, now is the time to give it some thought. Not an onerous job, with the holding of a brief meeting each month, writing a short Register report and buying a few raffle prizes – and Sprint or Autobarn etc close to you will be delighted to give you trade price or better for an occasional mention in the mag.
Remember, drive ‘em, don’t hide ‘em!
T and Pre-War Register Meeting, October 2013. Bill Schapel
Paul Dallwitz’ home at Unley, very close to the upmarket shopping strip of King William Road, was the venue for a great meeting – albeit a major break with tradition as the first “non-Thursday” meeting any of us can recall. Due to shopping and parking conditions, it was on the Wednesday night and as far as we know no-one turned up (a day late) on the Thursday night!
27 members attended, with 6 T types driven to the event. On display was Paul’s very purposeful TC special, now in rolling chassis form. Built many years ago by Brian Wright, Paul also has some amazing and rare MG componentry in a factory eight port cylinder head, and another eight port head which Brian Wright himself had designed and built. We enjoyed seeing Paul in place in the driver’s seat, as David McNabb’s excellent pic shows, and the car was a great focus and talking point through the evening.
A lovely pizza followed the formal “meeting” and we thank Paul and Louise for their hospitality. The raffle was again a bit of fun – Gordon Brice had kindly donated some wine and Sprint Auto parts Edwardstown had excelled again, with Penrite caps and other tasty goods and tools. Also thanks to Terry Wright who has donated wines for the next few raffles.
Next meeting is special! In a return to a long standing tradition we will meet at the BP Petrol Station at the top of Old Belair and Belair Roads at 6pm on Thursday 7th November. There we will admire each other’s cars and tell lies for a time, before leaving in a glorious sounding convoy of XPAG cast iron for the short drive to the Bridgewater Inn, where we will have our meal and meeting. Be there! The sound of a dozen or so T types together is a treat, even if you are following in a plastic modern!
Remember, drive ‘em, don’t hide ‘em.
T and Pre-war Register meeting – September 2013 – Bill Schapel
A great meeting, in a new venue, and we are grateful to Kevin Mills, Y tourer owner and new member, who stepped into the breach when we needed him.
It was a dirty night, with rain and wind threatening, so only five Register vehicles were present. I live about 50 metres away, and my YT is temporarily unwell, so the TC Special found its way there, just in case we needed vehicles to look at apart from Kevin’s YT which is “under restoration” but still in more or less one piece. Also there was the unstoppable David McNabb’s TD, Arthur’s TC and the recently repaired and gorgeous P type of Wes Southgate… four red cars in a row!
A lot of our regulars were away overseas – Houghs, Bob Schapel, Pearson to name a few, so thirty-one guests was a good turnout. We welcomed Graeme Brown, who has a beautiful TC in the “Café racer” style so popular in Melbourne, and he will be driving over to Vic soon to go on a trip with several other warmed over TCs up through inland Victoria. That’s REALLY using you t type! Graeme built many of his TC’s body bits in aluminium and did a fine job. We also welcomed Robert Horn to his first Register meeting. Robert has a fair mob of T types… TA, TB, TC, TD? and TF. The TA and the TC (I think I have that right) are for sale. He is keen to host a meeting next year, so another new venue!
A lovely supper, a brief meeting and a well subscribed raffle was held, with Ken Fisher winning the coveted Bazzica T Type mudguard cover we all wanted. Thanks also to Jacob’s Creek (Hayley Bishop) and Sprint Edwardstown for their help
Next meeting is at Paul Dallwitz’ place at 18 McGowan Ave., Unley. NOTE: It is on the WEDNESDAY 2nd October, NOT the usual Thursday. For November we will be meeting at the Belair BP at 6pm and driving in convoy to our dinner destination – just like we used to several years ago. We will drive the interesting back roads on a short trip to the Bridgewater Inn.
I have included two rather fuzzy pics of the cars at the meeting – Wes’ P type and David and Bill’s TD and TC Special, plus a couple of Jason Edwards doing amazing things with his TD at a recent Motorkhana. Now that’s what Cecil Kimber really liked! Other recently active Ts include Bill and Georgie Schapel who drove the TC recently at a Mallala Sprint, but their pics may appear on the Comps pages.
Remember, drive em, don’t hide ‘em. Graeme Brown and Jason Edwards certainly are!
From David McNabb-
Some pix from last night's T-Register meeting, held at Kevin Mills, Lower Mitcham.
Some brief pointers -
August T Register meeting at the Clubrooms
MG Pre-War and T Register – August 2013 Bill Schapel
Held at the MGCC clubrooms, the night was a great success, with 31 Register members and friends and seven register vehicles in attendance. Good to see a few members from the “old days” with Bob and Shelley Bazzica making a reappearance after several month’s absence, the perennial larrikin John Neilson, who we haven’t seen for a while, out on parole, Stan Shephard looking quite well and Dallwitz unfortunately looking the same as usual. Of course all the usual suspects made up a nice group, as my blurry photo shows, though blurry photos can be a good thing for one’s self-esteem these days.
New and interesting attendee Kevin Mills, who lives about 50 meters from yours truly and also has a Y Tourer, has volunteered for the September meeting and has a wealth of other interests including restoring old ‘phone boxes and picture framing, so we look forward to an interesting night with him.
Supper was simple – I was demonstrating how easy it can be with cheap supermarket pies and pasties and some sandwiches with whatever cheap cakes are on special at Foodland. No-one complained! Thanks to Shelley, Geraldine and Raelene Semmler for helping, and Trevor Driver and Terry Wright for bringing some extras just in case.
A good raffle (thanks to Jacobs Creek and Adelaide Tools St Mary’s for their support) rounded out the formalities and we all told lies and laughed around the delightful MGCC Bar until tiredness and old age set in.
Bazz has donated, for next month’s raffle, a delightful and quite expensive T type mudguard cover, RHS, used when working on a TC - it actually does a fine job on a TD, TF or Y on either side, actually. He’d like the extra funds raised to be used to buy something for the T Register, so I propose (a) to offer our usual $2 raffle tickets for our September Reg meeting at August’s General meeting, to all and sundry and (b) encourage members to buy extras in at the September T Reg meeting. Hope that works.
September meeting: Kevin Mills, 13 Grange Rd, Lower Mitcham, Thursday Sept 5th.
NOTE that October at Dallwitz is on the WEDNESDAY, due to impossible parking of Thursday shoppers at his place.
Remember, as Ron used to say - “Drive ‘em, don’t hide ‘em” Bill Schapel
June T and Pre-War Register meeting, Ian Buckley’s.
A cold and wintry night does not encourage old MGs these days. We are all getting more frail and less adventurous, even if our cars are not. I claimed I left the YT home because the side-curtains don’t fit well and scratch the scuttle, but that’s only an excuse, and I’m not alone. So while we had a good turnout of members – 32 in fact - and a great night, there were only four register vehicles in attendance, and Buckles’ gorgeous TC lives there. Dallwitz drove his comfy Y sedan and the only real heroes were Arthur in the TC and McNabb in his TD. Well done, lads!
Excellent meeting, new venue, and the house a credit to Ian. Supper was welcome, with hot pastries and cocktail frankfurts to warm our cockles, and the conversations flowed as usual, with few facts to get in the way of the good stories. A few were away at the MG Challenge, notably ICW. Issues raised included encouragement to all T and pre-war car owners to ensure their cars have a sheet in the register folders, and we have plenty of blank sheets available. Ian Denny and Arthur spoke on some changes to the historic rego rules. We discussed the next venue, for the July meeting, at Brian Sparks’, 8 Gawler St Seaview Downs, but we urgently need venues for the August and September meetings. Let me know if you can help, even if you don’t have a register vehicle.
Also mention made of some lovely MGs for sale, from Russ Fowler’s estate, offered by wife Colleen. A TD, a TF 1250 and a Varitone Magnette. Contact Mob number 0428 241 005.
Mention was made of the Winton Historics and Reg O’Malley gave a summary, mentioning Bob, Bill and Georgie Schapel’s great showing in their two TC specials, and I can add that there were 20 T and Pre-war MGs competing… an impressive list with J2, J3, Magna F special, K3, PA, 2 TAs, 2 TBs and 8 TCs plus a few specials with TC chassis or engines. Lots to see always at Winton. The photo attached, taken by our own Terry Wright, is of the Grand Prix winning ex-Les Murphy P type enjoying the weekend!
Again had great raffle prizes, with thanks again to Adelaide Tools (formerly Gasweld) of South Rd, St Mary’s for their help. Remember all members are welcome, just bring $5 ($3 for supper donation and $2 for your raffle ticket) and a bottle and join the octagonal enjoyment.
Remember to keep driving them (even when it’s cold) and keep enjoying them. Bill Schapel
Another great night for the May meeting at Ken Fisher’s impressive business at St Mary’s, with 37 members and friends signing the book and 15 register vehicles in attendance. Having all the cars indoors and so well illuminated is always a treat, as is the fabulous hospitality of Ken, lovely wife Rosemary and the extended family, including brother Steven (who has leanings more toward Triumph TR8s, poor lad).
Ken was carrying a nasty injury to a leg but it didn’t dampen his enthusiasm and we again had the benefit of an optional visit over the road to “Crispin Crash”, now in the hands of Ben Crispin, with support from father Dave, where the latest body repair and finishing techniques could be seen.
Hobbsy noted that we had an almost complete set of post-war MGs present, with Y and YT, TC, TD, TF, MGA and MGA twin-cam, B tourer and GT, MGC and even an MGF. Of course there was another of those Toyota 86 things there, attracting attention – Dean Hosking’s this time. I think they are breeding…
We are starting a “push” to get the actual Register Folder up-dated, so if you have a T or Pre-War vehicle make sure that your vehicle has a card and it is in the main folder, held by the Register secretary. New cards are available from Bill or at the clubrooms.
Next month we are visiting Ian Buckley, at 52 Birdwood Tce, North Plympton, then July with Brian Sparks, at 8 Gawler St., Seaview Downs. Remember, all MG enthusiasts are welcome at any Register meeting.... just bring something to drink and the $5 donation gets you a raffle ticket (with some worthy prizes) and the opportunity to enjoy supper and a great night with some fellow MG people.
Remember to drive them and enjoy them!
Conversation for some centred around the new Toyota 86 sports cars – three of our register stalwarts now have these cars, and two were at the meeting. Arthur Reudiger, John Davies and Dean Hosking all had recently taken delivery, and Arthur and Dean’s cars were inspected and discussed. John Davies had driven his TF to the meeting, leaving his ’86 at home and Dean’s TC is not yet com-pleted, so we forgive him.
David McNabb, Bazzicas, Bahnisch and a few others had recently returned from the Land of the Long White Cloud, where they had driven several delectable MGs at a biennial Pre-1956 event. David had some great pictures and mementoes on display, showing the beauty of New Zealand and the MGs in general.
T types at Mallala and Collingrove Easter Historics were mentioned, where Bob Schapel managed pole positions and an outright win in each of the three scratch races, plus a second and a fifth in the two handicaps, with Bill gaining three fourth outrights in the scratches, and a win and a second in the handicaps – enough to give the Schapellis’ TCs 1st and 2nd for LB race awards for the weekend. Chris
A good supper followed the meeting, and it was after10:30 before the last few stayers began to depart so Arthur could get his much needed beauty sleep.
In other T type news, Georgie Schapel, fast girl racer in the red TC Special, was pleased to use the YT she shares with Dad, Bill (and sister Hayley) as her wedding car on 22nd March when she married Brett Howman
Next (May 2013) meeting is at Ken Fisher’s “factory” at 18 Benjamin Street St Marys - always a big meeting and one not to be missed. June is still undetermined, but July is at Brian Sparks’, 8 Gawler Street, Seaview Downs.
Keep driving them!
PRE-WAR & T REGISTER - MARCH 2013
T he March T- Register meeting was held at the home of John & Sue Davies at Hallett Cove, the evening was very hot but this did not deter the owners of 11 T- types from driving their vehicles to the venue, this included Ian Buckley in his recently purchased, ex Cairns Boag TC.
Also in attendance at its first register meeting was a rare, ( one of only five,) 1934 Triumph Gloria 4 door saloon, owned by Peter Auld.
I had intended to drive my TC to the meeting, and had arranged to pick up Laurie Houghton on the way, but due to the generator light staying on and the amp. meter showing no signs of charging, I decided to leave the TC at Laurie,s and continue in his plastic. There were 34 members who signed the attendance book, and past member John Hurst, who now resides interstate, was welcomed to the meeting.
Our new T- Register Secretary, Bill Schapel and brother Bob were apologies due to their attendance at Philip Island. Several members had items to report on in the “ show & tell “ segment, and the meeting concluded with a well presented supper.
Thanks to our hosts John & Sue for a very pleasant evening.
T REGISTER NOTES FOR 2013
The February meeting of the “T” Register was held, (as has become customary), at Leigh and Chris Richter’s Property at Aldgate. This has a beautiful setting in the Adelaide Hills.
The only daunting aspect is that there is a very short, steep, drive, down into his property!!! Wise members leave their cars up on the road; some don’t and it is quite a heart-stopping sight to see a TC trying to ride up the drive in reverse!
It was a beautiful evening, very pleasant to be outside. As usual, Chris had done a wonderful job in preparing our supper – which again was held outside.
There were 32 names in the ”Register Book”, with ten T-types,
Several Perpetual Trophies were presented
The Roger Irving Cup.
The Lou Schapel Memorial Trophy.
This being the February meeting; the election of the T Register Secretary for 2013 was held. Bill Schapel put up his name and I also stood again for the position. A ballot followed, and Bill was elected as Register Secretary for the coming year. (It was probably time for a change, as I had held the position since 2006, after following on from Neville Daniel).
The next meeting of the Register – held on the first Thursday of the month), is planned for John Davies’ place at Hallett Cove. John has a VERY LARGE garage, and a beautiful TF. It is worth making the trip just to see the TF !!
I hope to see you there.
And over to you Bill !
PRE-WAR AND T REGISTER
From: Bill Schapel – Curly was away interstate.
Notes for January, 2013
The first meeting for 2013 was at Russell and Marg Garth’s at Coromandel Valley and 25 members and friends signed the book. A solid turnout of register vehicles, with four TCs, two TFs, a TD and one Y sedan, plus a modern ZS and Dean Hosking’s purposeful looking ASP clubman – not an MG but cute enough to mention! Dean’s TC is making good progress and we look forward to seeing it on the road. Special mention should be made of Brian Golding, who again made the trip from Murray Bridge in his TC, plus Lindsay Hick and eldest son Alexander, who had driven there in the gorgeous red TC Special. It certainly would have attracted some attention from other traffic on the journey to Coromandel Valley as it roared past beneath their mirrors. During the meeting Lindsay was awarded the “Lou Schapel Memorial Award” for 2011. The recipient was decided at the start of 2012 but Lindsay and the trophy had not managed to be at the same place at the same time until now, so a belated but happy conclusion. The Lou Schapel Memorial award is to encourage participation in competition events in Road registerable Pre-War and T types. Lindsay’s TC was built over thirty years ago by the late Kevin Muldoon, who was great mates with Lou, so that is a nice connection.
A beautiful supper was served after a brief but lively meeting. Thanks to Russell and Judy for their hospitality and we all had a great night, with spirited conversations and a sprinkling of bull-dust in evidence. The usual brick wheel chocks were well used – it is a very steep road – and no cars disappeared down the hill.
The February meeting is at Lee and Chris Richter’s at Aldgate, March is at John Davies’ at Hallett Cove, and April will be at Arthur Reudiger’s – more details will follow in due course. Remember that you don’t have to own a Pre-War or Y or T type to attend a Pre-War and T Register meeting – just an interest will suffice and you will be made very welcome. The main object of the night is to have a drink and a chat, the shortest “meeting” possible and some information sharing, then more socializing and a nice supper. It is BYOG but tea and coffee is available and the supper is provided for your $3 donation and is always good. Come along!
Georgie Schapel, T Register member, part-owner with Bill and Hayley of the cream Y Tourer and very rapid driver of the red Schapelli TC Special, is marrying partner Brett Howman, pit crew for Bill and Georgie at Mallala, Winton and Phillip Island and an MFS firefighter in his spare time. This important event will take place at Kingsbrook Estate, Currency Creek, on March 22nd. Kingsbrook has a Rolls, a pre war SS drop-head and a DB4 Aston available, but no thanks. The wedding cars will be Y types, of course!
Photo: Lindsay Hick, recipient of the Lou Schapel Memorial Trophy, with son Alexander and his beautiful MGTC Special at Collingrove. (pic taken over a year ago - Alexander is much bigger now!) Alongside is John Payne’s supercharged MG J2/T racer
T Register Xmas BBQ at Clubrooms
Eng No: 630AK
Chassis No: K3 030
Completed June 16th, 1934 @ M G Car Company, Abingdon, UK
Colour: Blue (For a longer story - Click Here)
Owner: John Gillett - MGCC Victoria
Eng No: QPHG 1573
Chassis No: SA 1306
Trim : Bone
Owner: John Bowles , Dec 1983, WA
Eng No: MPGJ
Chassis No: TA
Trim : Red
Owner: Ron & Laura Smith
Eng No: MPGJ 2712
Chassis No: TA 2478
Trim : Beige
Owner: Martin Barrett
F2 Magna 1932
Trim : Red
Owners: Barry & Daphne Bahnisch
R Type 1935
Factory Built Racing Car.
Engine: MG 747cc, 4 Cylinder, OHC, Zoller Supercharged
Gear box: ENV 75 Preselector
Owners: The Bucknell Family
P Type EX154
Chassis No: EX154
Engine: MG 747cc, 4 Cylinder, OHC, Mk22 Spitfire
Gear box: P-Type 4 speed
What is essentially a P-Type.
The cylinder head, bronze,came from EX127, the record breaking MG from 1935 as fitted by Bobbie Kohlrush. The rest of the motor is the Bucknell collection. This motor in 1935 developed 146 BHP at 7500RPM blowing 39lbs of boost. EX127 as driven by Bobbie Kohlrush covered the flying mile in 140.6 MPH.
Owners: The Bucknell Family
THE MG TC MIDGET
The TC was the first postwar MG, launched in 1945. It was exported to the United States, even though only ever built in right hand drive. The export version had slightly smaller US specification sealed beam head lights and larger twin rear lights, as well as turn signals and chrome-plated front and rear bumpers. Over 10,000 were produced, a large number by MG standards. It cost £527 on the home market in 1947.
On the eve of the war, MG had offered the TB model which, with a few modifications was to become the first post-war MG, the TC Midget. The chassis of the new car was essentially the same as before, but the sliding trunnion spring mountings had been dispensed with in favour of more conventional rubber bush shackles. This had been forced on MG, as it was unable to obtain the raw materials necessary for the original mounts, this helped to simplify the maintenance procedure, but made little difference to the handling of the car.
The engine was the now familiar twin-carburettor, 1250cc, pushrod, ohv XPAG unit. The transmission was also the single-plate dry clutch and four-speed synchromesh unit as had been seen in the TB. The brakes were 9 inch hydraulic units and the wheels the usual centre-locking wires.
Despite the fact that the car was so obviously dated, in terms of both mechanical specification and appearance, the MG TC Midget found a ready market. There were a number of reasons suggested for this a lack of other post-war cars, or the familiar design reminding people of the pre-war days, whatever the reason the Midgets success took MG somewhat by surprise.
Aware that the more cars they could export, the greater would be their allocation of raw materials, MG sought sales around the world and succeeded in generating a substantial demand for the car. So successful were they that, in the cars four-year production run (until 1949), some 10,000 TC's were built, a substantial number of which were shipped to the USA where they were to generate new enthusiasm for sports cars and motor sport.
MG TC 1946
Engine no. XPAG (TBA).
Chassis No. 1736
Build Date: 5th November 1946
Owner: Don Walker
Eng No: XPAG 6424
Chassis No: 6114
Trim : Green
Colour: Camden Cream
Owner: Maurice Linehan - previous owner James A Wha
Eng No: XPAG 4662
Chassis No: 4086
Trim : Beige
Owner: Ian Buckley - Previous owner Cairns Boag
Eng No: XPAG 8687
Trim : Red
Owners: Geraldine & Wayne Hough
MG TC 1949
Engine no. XPAG 10380
Chassis No. 9716
Build Date: 19 September 1949
Chassis No. TC 6272
Engine No. XPAG 6796
Owner: Thane Martin
Eng No: XPAG5508
Chassis No: 4826
Trim : Green
Owner: Ian Hobbs
Eng No: XPAG TD 11841
Trim : Beige
Owner: Ross Roberts
Eng No: XPAG 9748
Chassis No:TC 1736
Trim : NK
Owner: Ross Roberts
Eng No: XPAG 3152
Trim : Red
Colour: Duo Green /p>
Owner: Neville Daniel
Eng No: XPAG 5081
Chassis No: TC 4406
Trim : Black
Owner: Alan Griffin
Bill Schapel's Red MGTC Special
Since 1986 the car has competed in 93 competition events and has 30 outright or class wins, with 26 seconds and 17 third placings. The performance, while just below Bob's supercharged car, is quite startling for a normally aspirated 1366cc engine - due to the car's light weight and Bob's superb skills in engine and chassis preparation. In the past the circuits of Winton, Phillip Island and Adelaide International Raceway saw her in action. Mallala and Collingrove have been good to the little red car and continue to be her most common playgrounds, but in 2004 Sandown and Rob Roy were also visited to good effect. Has lapped Mallala in 1:27s and Collingrove in the 37s.
Bob Schapel's silver TC
Eng No: XPAG 5496
Chassis No: TC 4896
Trim : Fawn
Owner: H C Cooper
Eng No: XPAG 4832
Chassis No: TC4149
Trim : Green
Owner: Brian Sparks
Eng No: XPAG 4805
Trim : Green
Owner: Peter Burton
Eng No: XPAG 4843
Chassis No: TC 4226
Trim : Red
Owner: Bob Schapel
Eng No: XPAG 280700
Trim : Fawn
Owner: Mal West(Deceased)
Eng No: XPAG 4988
Chassis No: 4253
Trim : Biscuit
Owner: Brian Golding
Eng No: XPAG 4543
Chassis No: 3885
Trim : Green
Owner: Barry Bahnisch
Eng No: XPAG 77475
Chassis No: 4482
Trim : Red
Owner: G & S Greaves
Eng No: XPAG 7135
Chassis No: 6486
Trim : Cream
Owner: Until 3/2/1998 belong to Stan Shepherd who sold the car then to the present owner Bob Congdon
Eng No: XPAG 6321
Chassis No: 5584
Trim : Green
Owner: T Stevenson
Eng No: XPAG 10542
Chassis No: 9817
Trim : Black
Owner: Peter & Joycelyn Clark
Owner: Chris Kinney
Eng No: XPAG 9775
Chassis No: 9093
Trim : Red
Owner: Peter Hage
Eng No: XPAG 8844
Chassis No: 8103
Trim : Beige
Owner: N Elston
Eng No: XPAG 8644
Chassis No: 9218
Trim : Beige
Owner: Arthur Ruediger
Eng No: XPAG 8706
Chassis No: 7928
Trim : Green
Owner: Anthony Pearson
Eng No: XPAG 9974
Chassis No: 9214
Trim : Green
Owner: John Bray
Eng No: XPAG 8688
Chassis No: 7940
Trim : Beige
Eng No: XPAG 9899
Chassis No: 8522
Trim : Beige
Owner: Ron Smith
Eng No: XPAG 10138
Chassis No: 9410
Trim : Red
Owner: Sallyanne Bond
In 1949, a replacement for the TC was announced. It was not, as one might have expected, a car with a totally different, modern appearance, but yet another Midget in the familiar mould. The TD Midget, while it certainly had the appearance of a Midget, had much which was different under the skin. The TD had a completely new chassis, which had been developed from that used in the Y-Type saloon.
In 1950 the TD MkII was introduced, produced alongside the standard car, with a more highly tuned engine with 8.0:1 compression ratio giving 57 bhp (43 kW) at 5500 rpm. It also featured twin fuel pumps revised dampers and a higher rear axle ratio.
An example tested by The Motor magazine in 1952 had a top speed of 77 mph (124 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 18.2 seconds. A fuel consumption of 26.7 miles per imperial gallon (10.6 L/100 km; 22.2 mpg-US) was recorded.
Nearly 30,000 TDs had been produced, including about 1700 Mk II models , when the series ended in 1953 with all but 1656 exported. 23,488 were exported to the United States
In 1998, the rights, intellectual properties and trade marks associated with the production of MG TD are acquired by TD Cars Sdn Bhd in Malaysia to reproduce the TD series as TD 2000
Ex Peter Ivey’s 1951 MGTD (then next owner, Prof. Peter Cundy for four years)
Chassis No: TD11913
Engine No: XPAG 9464
Owners: Maurice Linehan and Steph McCarthy
A complete rebuild over nine years by Peter Ivey / Finch Restoration / Car Craft, including the warm balanced/blue printed motor. Now living in Eden Hills.
Eng No: XPAG/TD2/10001
Chassis No: 9507
Trim : Black
Owner: Mike Greenwood & Jan Dinan
This vehicle arrived on SS Persic from the UK, 5th Oct 1951 in it's original colour of Red with Beige trim. Purchased by Mike Greenwood & Jan Dinan in March 2010 from Lindsay Caffin who brought the car in Sydney in Dec 2006. The TD had been restored and re-painted in BRG with Black trim in 1999. Other previous owners were Richards Pitt, Lindfield, NSW & Clifford Fogarty, Rosemount, QLD.
Eng No: TD 9016
Chassis No: 0303
Trim : Red
Owner: Gino Polese
Eng No: XPAG/TD2/12702
Chassis No: 12308
Trim : Red
Owner: Steve Swann
Eng No: XPAG TD 509
Chassis No: 0303
Trim : Red
Owner: Peter Thompson
TD 2 11579
Chassis No: 11154
Year of Mfg: 1951
Trim : Red
Owners: Laurie & the Late Lyn Foody
1950 MG TD
Engine number: XPAG 1227
Owners: Chris & Mailny Hunt
Eng No: EPAG TD 12710
Chassis No: 4317
Trim : Green
Owner: Colleen & Russ Fowler
Eng No: XPAG TD 1832
Chassis No: 1441
Trim : Biscuit
Owner: Graham Clarke
Eng No: XPAG TD 4899
Chassis No: 4549
Trim : Black/brown
Owner: Brian Forth
Eng No: XPAG TD 1640
Chassis No: 1478
Trim : Beige
Colour: Clipper Blue
Owner: Doug Hastie
Something had to be done about the flagging sales of the TD, but all that could be done at the time was to give it a facelift. Hence, the MG TF Midget was introduced in 1953. Essentially this car was the same as the TD, having the same form of chassis, suspension, brakes, steering, engine, and transmission.
The TF was essentially a stop gap car to keep production going until the new MGA would be approved for production by the BMC hierarchy. The TF launched in 1953 was a facelifted TD with a sloping grille and the headlights in the wings. In 1954 the engine was re-designated XPEG and enlarged to 1466 cc by increasing the bore to 72 mm giving 63 bhp (47 kW) at 5500 rpm and the car designated the TF 1500.
The last cars were made in 1955 when it was replaced by the MGA - approximately 9600 were made including 3400 of the TF 1500
1955 MG TF 1500
1954 MG TF 1250
Paul and Bev Thompson purchased the car in August 2005.The complete restoration of the car was completed in April 2000.
TF 6736 Engine No. XPAG TF 36374
Current owner: John Davies
The Car is an original 1954 Australian delivered car and 1 of 793 delivered In that year.
Original SA registration no. is 175 223 although no original owner details are known.
The car was purchased by Colin Davies in 1972, Registration No. RGN 601 and used for several years until the 1980’s when a restoration was commenced by Colin.
After a cautious start a full mechanical restoration was completed by John along with some cosmetic restoration and the vehicle was re-registered as TF 1954 in April 2010, 35 years since it was last registered.
Engine No: XPAG 36059
Owner: Alison West
Engine No: XPAG 34267
Chassis No: TF 4710
Owner: Robin Gibbs
Engine No: XPAG 35730
Chassis No: TF 5782
Owner: Peter McVee
Engine No: XPAG 34932
Chassis No: TF 4825
Owner: David Hall
Engine No: XPAG 35652
Chassis No: 5860
Owner: Brian Jenkins
Engine No: XPAG 34326
Chassis No: TF 4467
Owner: Don Offler
Engine No: XPAG 27727
Chassis No: TF 6151
Owner: Ian Harrison
Engine No: XPAG 33428
Chassis No: TF4138
Owner: Chris Weeks
Engine No: XPAG 35163
Chassis No: HDC 26/5391
Owner: Don Offler
Engine No: XPAG 35264
Chassis No: TF 4709
Colour: Dark Blue
Owner: Russell Garth
Engine No: XPAG 35533
Chassis No: 5537
Owner: Ron Smith
Engine No: XPEG 3715
Chassis No: HDP26/9650
Owner: Rosi & Mike Sigston
Engine No: XPEG 2992
Owner: Stan Shephard
Engine No: XPAG 32765
Owner: Helen & Giaclui D'Elia
Chassis number :8885
OWNERS : MARC & JENNY READ
Purchased the car from Sydney NSW in August 09
Owner: Don Walker
Not running at present but all original and complete.
Bill Schapel's MG Y Tourer
Lou passed on his white Y Tourer to Bill around 1990 and the car has seen plenty of action on the track and the road, winning trophies at two Natmeets in speed events, but with a patina rapidly approaching "scruffy" it has not troubled the scorers at Concours! Nevertheless a useful and much-loved old girl, she has carried Bill and Jenny's daughters about in style from childhood to adulthood and continues, with an engine originally prepared for racing in Bob's TC Special, to surprise any unwary MTT buses, even showing a clean pair of heels to most road-going TCs or TFs. Has now been re-painted and upgraded. She deserves it.
MG Y Type Tourer
Whilst driving past MG Sales & Service on Torrens road in April, 2005 I saw this Maroon MGY Tourer in the show room, I said to myself, I have to stop and have a look at this!
Owner: Malcolm Leahy
MG Y 1946
Engine No: XPAG IR 13736
Colour: Shires Green
Owner: Loene Fueler
MG Y Type -
Also known as a 1¼ litre, No Y6594. Built about September 1951.
MG Y 1949
Owner: Mal West
MG Y 1949
Engine No: XPAG SC X12796
Chassis No: 2876
Owner: Anthony Pearson
MG Y 1948
Engine No: XPAG SC X11797
Chassis No: 41978
Owner: Paul Dallwitz
MG Y 1949
Engine No: XPAG PR 13436
Owners:CJ & LE Brown
MG Y 1949
Engine No: XPAG TR 12644
Chassis No: YT EXR 2888
Owner: E J Ward
MG Y Type 1948
Current owners: Graham & Pat Loader,
Chassis No: 1201.
We had sold our Escort ( more competition orientated ) and were looking for a car ( possibly a Magnette ) for use in picnic type runs and were offered this Y Type by another fellow MGCC member. He had owned the car for many years and was in the process of restoring it ( engine had been reconditioned and the body painted ) but didn’t’ think he would have the time to finish as it had mostly sat in a shed for the previous 9 years. We went and had a look not even knowing what a Y looked like, we wiped off the dust, Pat loved the look of it and we purchased it in May 2003. After many hours of work the restoration has been completed and it hit the road in Sept 2005.
We are now looking forward to joining in the numerous runs available with the club.
MG Y 1949
Engine No: XPAG SC X12593
Chassis No: MG 2309/2367
Trim: Two tone Green
Colour: Two tone Green
Owner: Terry & Cheryl
MG Y 1949
Engine No: XPAG12775
Chassis No: 2880
Colour: Two tone Green
MG Y 1950
Engine No: 12794
Owner: R & M Pringle
MG Y 1949
Engine No: XPAG SC 12875
Engine No: XPAG SC X12847
Chassis No: Y2965
Trim: Dark Green
Colour: Two Tone Green
Owner: Roger & Patsy Trevor
MG Y 1947
Engine No: XPAG SC X10848
Chassis No: 1099
Owner: ROLAND HARRIS