For the latest information concerning MGCC Midland Centre events, such as changes to event dates and/or times, please check for details below.

MG enthusiasts of all ages are welcomed to the Centre and its Natters, including members of other clubs such as the MG Octagon Car Club and the MG Owners Club, irrespective of the model of MG owned. Please visit our 'Natter Venues' page for details of a group in your area.

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Midland Centre Events in 2018

We have recently been filling in more dates on our Calendar of Events page. Please view the page and see what's taking place around the region during 2018. Amongst numerous events, the Midland Centre is operating the following -

10 June           -          Midland Centre 'Victory Trail'

11 July           -            Joint 'Natter'

29 July           -            Summer Day Out at Shelsley Walsh

5 August       -            Summer Sprint at Curborough

23 September    -      Autumn Trial (location t.b.c.)

(Please note that entry is free for spectators at our Sprints & Trials, and often for other events, too, so please check with organisers beforehand).

These are in addition to a multitude of day runs and other social events being organised by the various MG groups and clubs around our region. Please visit our Calendar of Events page and see what's available to you during 2018. And please visit the page regularly to see what else has been added as we go through the year. We will hope to meet some of you at some of these events.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Coffee Morning Run scheduled for 23 May and advertised in our circulated printed calendar will not now take place owing to space constrictions at the museum. It is hoped that an alternative date can be arranged later in the year. Watch this web site for details.

In addition, the Autosolo scheduled to be held at Bruntingthorpe airfield on 17 June has been postponed until 2019 due to organisers' health issues.


Midland Centre Spring Sprints 8 April 2018 & 5 August 2018

We are pleased to advise that the entry forms and regulations for both our Spring Sprint and Summer Sprint events, which are being held at Curborough, near Lichfield, on Sunday, April 8th and Sunday, 5 August, are now available to download from the Calendar of Events page - you can locate the events in the April & August section. Special rates apply for entering both events at the same time. Please download the documents (Word format), complete, and submit to the Entries Secretary along with your entry fee(s).

Please note that spectators can attend this event with no admission fee, so if it looks like being a nice day bring along a picnic and enjoy the action.

 

 

 

 

 


Welsh Rallye 11-13 May 2018

The Midland Centre's Welsh Rallye was a success once again, and blessed with excellent weather, not always something you can bank on in Wales. The Sunday morning excursion was a trip on the Vale of Rheidol narrow-gauge steam railway, which has to be one of the most scenic in Europe when the weather is as good as it was on Sunday - recommended.

We anticipate that photos will appear on our Facebook page once they have been collected from folks who took them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Midland Centre Victory Trail 10 June 2018

In the late 1920’s the Birmingham Motorcycle Club ran a competitive event around the roads, lanes and tracks of Worcestershire entitled ‘The Victory Trial’ for Motorcycles, Combinations, Cyclecars and Cars. What we now call a Reliability Trial.

The event is still run for ‘gymnastic’ motorcyclists, but not around here. 90 years ago the route went from South Birmingham to West and South Worc’s and back via a loop via Wythall, Weatheroak,Waseley, Clent, Abberley, Alfrick, Worcester, Lickey, Portway and Wythall.

On Sunday 10th June 2018 the MG Car Club – Midland Centre will hold a non- competitive Classic Car Run for Edwardian, Vintage, Historic and Classic Cars and Cyclecars plus later Sports Cars, that  follows as closely as possible and ‘Trails’ the ‘Trial’ of 1928, using  only tarmaced roads.  Hence the name and play on words

 

The original start and finish was at The Kings Heath Horse Showground – long  gone!  The route is basically a big loop, so we will start and finish where the loop comes together at Wythall, South of Birmingham. Near J3,M42.

 

Most of the 1928 observed hills are now tarmacked roads that we can and do use.  There are about 5 that aren’t and some of the entrances/exits can be viewed as we pass by, as noted in the Route Book for interest.

 

There will be no awards as it is a non-competitive event, however successful finishers will receive a Finisher’s Certificate.

 

Entry Forms are now available on this website  - please refer to our 'Calendar of Events' page under the relevant date.

 


Bicester Heritage Flywheel 24 June 2018

We have received this invitation from the Stafford MG Enthusiasts Club -

Hi, I am Peter Wallis, President of Stafford MG Enthusiasts Club MGOC club 0507. We have registered to go to Flywheel Bicester Heritage on 24th June.

http://bicesterheritage.co.uk/flywheel-festival/

To get the 25% discount on pre- ordered tickets 20 tickets (10 Cars X2 people) need to sign up. I am confident that our membership will fill that number. However if we get to 50 tickets, 25 cars, the discount increases to 30% and we can get a designated parking area, but I will need to change our status within the next month.

Do you think any of your members would be interested in joining our group for the day? We don’t bite!! In fact we are well known locally as a welcoming, social club. Our members cars range from 1955 to the very latest MG3 and all decades in between. Please feel free to share my email and my phone number if anyone wants to contact me for further information. I will be at Stoneleigh as well.

Hope to hear from you,

Peter Wallis

07968 470990

 


Midland Centre Summer Day Out 29 July 2018

For the past few years, the Midland Centre has organised a Summer Day Out in conjunction with the Midland Automobile Club’s ‘Classic Nostalgia’ weekend at the Shelsley Walsh hillclimb venue. At the same time, we have arranged for tickets to be available at discounted prices for MGCC members purchasing tickets through the MAC website and inputting a special discount code.

For 2018, we will once again be hosting our Summer Day Out on Sunday 29th  July, alongside the Classic Nostalgia event which is being held over the weekend of 28/29 July, and we will once again be able to offer tickets at discounted prices, but the application process has changed. For 2018, we have arranged for the MAC to set up a unique web page for the MG Car Club, and ticket purchases can be made through that page. Discounted prices are displayed, and there is no need to input any special code.

This year, the prices will be £16 per person per day for Saturday 28th or Sunday 29th, and £28 for a weekend ticket (NB: the Midland Centre will be present only on the Sunday). This represents a considerable saving over the normal prices of £25 per person per day ‘on the gate’. Below is the address for the web page – please let us know if you have any difficulties accessing it:

 

https://www.shelsleywalsh.com/mgcc

Once we have sold 25 tickets via this web page, we will be entitled to a reserved parking area. It is not obligatory to park there, but it would be good to have a broad range of MGs on display in our area.

The theme for Classic Nostalgia this year is – F1 Through the Ages’. This is what the MAC website has to say:

We are excited to announce that the theme for this years Classic Nostalgia will be F1 Through the Ages. The main attraction at this years show will be an F1 paddock filled with both modern day and classic Formula one cars. The F1 paddock will be open to all spectators and we will be putting on an incredible F1 car demo run up the hill for you all to enjoy - bring your ear plugs!

Other attractions will include:

Display of Rare & Classic Motorcycles, a selection of rally cars from the 80's & 90's from Ralli 22, competition for pre-1980 cars, demonstrations, parades, displays, trade stands, best dressed award, concours, celebrities, live music, entertainment & food...

As usual, the courtyard will be buzzing with a packed entertainment schedule and you can expect lots of people to be dressed up in 1940s, 50s and 60s style.

The competition element of the weekend is a national B event open to pre 1980 cars, which will be split into a variety of classes.

• Children under 16 Free

Further information can be found on the MAC website at - https://www.shelsleywalsh.com/classicnostalgia

So, it looks like being an interesting weekend. We will hope to see some of you there on Sunday 29th July.

 


 

MG Day at Middleton Hall 19 August  2018

Roger & Fran Bragger, members of the MG Octagon Car Club, invite all MG owners to a day out at Middleton Hall near Tamworth, Staffs. This will be a chance to gather in the Glade, where you can chat about your cars and enjoy a picnic. There will be a barbeque and light refreshments also available in the glade. You can look at the hall itself and learn about its history from 1245 to 1845.  It is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest.  It has been the home of two of the foremost British Naturalists, Francis Willoughby and John Ray.  It has a mediaeval lake, a walled garden, and a 16th Century jettied building.  

With a Lottery Grant the newly extended Peel Museum dedicated to Sir Robert Peel, Prime Minister and founder of the Police Force, is on the first floor and well worth a visit.  Guided tours are included and will be available for all of the buildings and collections.

The hall and its grounds are alongside the Middleton Lakes, an RSPB site, which is now fully open and is one of the biggest reserves in the Midlands.  We have arranged for guided tours for those interested in the nature of the area.

A 10 Piece Brass Ensemble from the Amington Brass Band will be playing amongst you, in the afternoon, giving you a chance to listen to some wonderful music, whilst having your picnic in the grounds of these wonderful buildings.

The price for the day will be £15 per car for up to two passengers this includes your plaque, entrance to Middleton Hall and any tour you choose to go on, which will be posted  to you  at the beginning of August. Any profit made goes to the Peel Society towards the rent and upkeep of the museum. 

For more information, contact Fran Bragger on 01827 54692 or email frances.bragger@sky.com  As we have had up to 70 cars attending on this day, early booking is advised.

 

MG Day Entry Form 2018

 


Midland Centre Regalia Supplier

Ready to order that new item of summer clothing, or a new hat to protect your head from the sun?

The Midland Centre has joined with Kimber House and several other CRBs in appointing Top Signs, based in Hexham, Northumberland, as our 'regalia' supplier.

They have an excellent range of clothing items, and you can order a number of different Club logos, be it to show allegiance to your Centre or to your Register, and prices are very reasonable. If you ask them nicely, they may even be able to 'customise' your clothing for you.

So before you go off and purchase your clothing from another Club or website, take look at what we have to offer. Just click on the 'Regalia' button in the left-hand menu, and follow the links from there.

 

 


Members' Contact Details

Are your personal details correct at Kimber House?

It cannot have escaped most peoples notice that much more correspondence and general communication in business is being conducted via the medium of websites and electronic mail, and this will only increase in the future. Clearly, the use of email makes it easier, faster and (as importantly) cheaper for clubs like the MGCC to communicate with its members. However, this can only be successful if members' details at Kimber House are accurate and up-to-date. In the recent past, the Midland Centre Committee has undertaken its own checks on personal records, and has uncovered numerous inaccuracies, particularly with email addresses; for example, full-stops in the wrong place, spaces between characters where there should be none, hyphens instead of underscores, etc., etc. On that basis, the Committee would recommend that all Midland Centre members check their own personal details with Kimber House to ensure that their records are accurate, especially any email addresses. Just as importantly, please don't forget to notify Kimber House if any personal contact details change, for example if there is a change in internet service provider which entails a new email address.

Are you in the correct Centre?

We are finding that several MGCC members who should have been allocated to the Midland Centre have actually been placed in another Centre, such as the South-West or Anglia. Members are free to ask to be allocated to a specific Centre if they so wish; however, some may not be aware that they are currently in the wrong one. If you are unsure, and wish to ensure that you are in the Midland Centre, please contact Kimber House and ask them to verify this for you.

 For further assistance, please contact Membership Secretary Liz Allsworth on 01235 849734  or via email - lizallsworth@mgcc.co.uk

 


Volunteer Marshals

As some of you may know, the MGCC Midland Centre organises four principal sporting events during the year – two Trials and two Sprints. The Spring Trial is held at Lintridge Farm, near Ledbury, and the Autumn Trial is held at Burton Dassett Country Park, near Gaydon, Warwicks. Both the Spring Sprint and the Summer Sprint are held at Curborough, near Lichfield. 

For all these events, we always need the help of volunteer marshals. Marshalling is not an onerous task (as long as the weather is good!), and many people who volunteer find that they enjoy the event(s) and return in the future. 

For those of you who are more local to the event locations, and have people in your groups who might be interested in assisting at any of these events, please ask them to contact the Midland Centre's Chief Marshal, Simon Morris, on - simonmorrisbmmcmgcc@gmail.com

Without the help of volunteers, these and other similar events cannot take place, so please give it some thought.

 



Please see our 'Calendar of Events' and the 'General Information' pages for more information on the year's events or to read previous news items. Don't forget to let us have details of any MG-related events you would like to have displayed on this site.