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MG Car Clubs 90th Anniversary

11 October 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm



We celebrate UK MG Club’s 90th birthday

By Stephen Marlow

In one of our club’s biggest turnouts in this COVID year, 116 cars and nearly 190 members, family and friends turned out to commemorate the 90th birthday of the world’s oldest MG Car Club.

Clubs around the world were called on by the UK Club to join its celebrations, simultaneously, on October 11th.

Here, each register chose its own starting point with a ‘group photo’ in mind before heading in glorious sunny conditions to the National Motor Museum at Birdwood.

The largest group honours went to the MGB Register where 58 B’s lined up in front of the’ City of Adelaide’ clipper ship at Port Adelaide, while the MGA Register met at the Adelaide Conservatory. All our Registers were well represented on the day and

it was great to see so many cars all lined up in the sun at Birdwood.

There, our generous hosts provided the perfect backdrop to display our part of MG history from pre-war to the very latest offering, while more than 100 other (great!) cars were arranged nearby for photos, drone pictures and video, and some great

conversations by owners, drivers and aficionados.

MGCC of SA would like to thank the National Motor Museum for their help in putting this hugely successful day together, and Shannon’s for sponsoring free admission to the wonderful museum which just seems to get better with every visit. Many thanks

too to the team from our Club who worked on arrangements, including the Register Co-ordinators who did a great job of ‘cat herding’ early that Sunday morning!

The first UK club’s origins lie in an advertisement placed in the Light Car magazine in 1930, suggesting forming a club for MG owners. Over 30 cars and their drivers turned up at that first meeting, at the Roebuck Hotel in Hertfordshire, and since

then MG Car Clubs have sprung up around the world.

All those clubs were asked to take part in the 90th birthday, with photos, videos and texts winging their way through the ether to the UK to be shared globally with followers of the Octagon.

It was great to see that, despite the restrictions we are all putting up with this year, we were able to get out together and enjoy a really great day at a prime location, while at the same time contributing to part of the marque’s international reputation and history.

I wonder what we’ll do when our friends in the UK turn 100 . . . 


11 October 2020
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Birdwood Motor Museum


Dick Manning