29 March 2008
Please accept my apologies for not having posted the mid-month Reprinted Article earlier in the month, but it is now available. This article is a reproduction of an original technical article on the Jackall system from 1952!
25 March 2008
It is with the deepest personal regret that I am today posting a note concerning Harry Crutchley. Harry was a personal friend of many years standing and along with many other MG owners were saddened by the his sudden and unexpected passing away as announced on the Bulletin Board Service earlier this month by Jerry Birkbeck. Below is the very fitting personal tribute to Harry that was circulated with this month's Bulletin magazine.
It is with deep regret that we inform you that the founder of the MG Octagon Car Club, Harry Crutchley passed away on Tues 11th March.
Harry, together with his wife Jill, founded the Octagon Car Club (as it was then known), in 1969 from their house in Stafford. Originally combining his work for the new club with his day job as a postman, Harry worked tirelessly to build the foundations of what was to become the MG Octagon Car Club that we know today.
Harry had an enormous talent and boundless enthusiasm for organisation, and from humble beginnings encouraged the Club to grow to the 2,500 members it has today. Today's membership encompasses all walks of life from all positions in society, from countries across the globe, too many to mention here. To keep the burgeoning membership informed of all things MG, Harry with Jill as Editor, began a small publication with information on meetings, natters and cars for sale, which of course became The sBulletin.
Some years ago in The Bulletin a member recalled that in the early 70's he came across two young MG enthusiasts handing out leaflets for a new club for pre 1956 MG's at Oulton Park. These two people were Harry and Jill getting the Octagon Car Club off the ground.
Harry's unparalleled knowledge of the workings of MGs quickly led him to source and supply quality spare parts to members. A member ringing Harry at the office would be reassured that the request for an obscure part would be immediately understood, the part sourced and delivered before too long. This parts service, along with the Bulletin, is the heart and soul of the service that the club now provides to members.
Harry's talent for promotion was best seen at shows where he enthusiastically gathered members. He insisted that shows were the key to meeting, greeting and encouraging soon-to-be members to join up. He wasn't wrong. Those members that met Harry at shows can testify to his comprehensive knowledge of MGs and willingness to answer questions. He loved the shows and relished the opportunity of meeting members both new and old of course he was always on the look out for the next convert! One of the projects he was working on was to take the MG Octagon Car Club into shows around Europe. That certainly would have been worth seeing!
As usual, in spite of ill health Harry managed to attend the MG Show & Spares Day at Stoneleigh on February 23rd. Those who were there will recall his delight in meeting members and how he offered his advice on running the stand the Harry way!
Harry is survived by his wife (and President of the MG Octagon Car Club) Jill, his sons Toby & Josef, grandchildren Phoebe (6) and Felix (3), all whom are members of the club. We are sure that members from all over the world will send their condolences and deepest sympathy to Jill and family.
There will be a private family funeral followed by a memorial service to celebrate Harry at a later date. Details will be published in the next Bulletin. Any other enquiries, please contact
the office on the usual number.
20 March 2008
Johnston Lock (a TD owner) contacted us recently concerning more information on the YT of S. J. Pereleman (featured in
Interesting Ys). From this we have been able to update the entry there. Thank you Johnston. We wonder where the car is now?
17 March 2008
A photograph has been added to the Collectibles page of YB 1551 - the last ever MG YB. We are looking for information on this car and anyone with details can contact the webmaster here, and all leads will be passed on to our search team!
10 March 2008
John Ellis (Y 3209)brought to my attention two sites on Flickr.com featuring MG Ys - one is a rather fetching black and white photograph of an MG Y outside the former Great Central Railway station in Leicester, UK and the other a compilation of photographs by Andrew Adamson and others. These have been added to the Links page with a couple of other Flickr searches that I came up with.
8 March 2008
Gilles Bachand revitalises his Semaphore arms after at least 12 years of non-use. He was so thrilled, he posted on YouTube! A link has been added to the Links page and the original short video has been captured to Ys on Film page.
7 March 2008
Please welcome David Busby with Y 6824 to Ys on Parade. David's car is already well known having been owned formerly by Paul Rundell who was Chairperson of the Register for many years.
4 March 2008
Murray Grainger has updated the test to his entry on Ys on Parade and a link has been added to the Links page to the blog he run's for Clara, his Y 5100 too. Scroll down to find the firstitem: this is a great blog! And if you have been wondering what our North East (UK) Area Representative looks like, we have added him to the hall of fame (at last) on the Contact Us page too.
2 March 2008
Not sure how this one escaped my attention until now, but recognition of Rob and Janet Roberson's slide show is long over due. A link has been added to the Links page though now to remedy this oversight! Scroll down to find the seconditem.
1 March 2008
February may have been quiet with news announcements, however we are having very encouraging contact with the owners of the Cuban YA, and also now a new owner has been in touch with us from Hong Kong, which with the new Chinese connection is especially interesting. We look forward to being able to welcome both of these new owners soon to Ys on Parade. Notwithstanding, we had the busiest month for visitors ever with an average of 99 a day!
The Picture of the Month for March comes from South Africa, and the Reprinted Article for the start of the month is the second of the two articles from Light Car Magazine, from June 1947.
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