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The M.G. Car Club of South Australia is pleased to announce the 1st Australian Kimber Birthday Run.

The Run will travel through the South Australian countryside with a break for lunch on the banks of the river Murray before continuing on the second leg of the run which will culminate with the joint celebrations of Cecil Kimber's 108th birthday and the 40th Anniversary of the M.G. Car Club of SA at The Grange Golf Club where entrants and guests will be entertained by the DW Waldorf Big Band and will wine and dine the night away after presentation of prizes to the owner of the oldest car in the event, the owner of the car which has travelled the farthest to get to the event and to the owner of the car entered which is voted as the most desired by all entrants. Memorabilia will be auctioned, a raffle will be drawn (tickets are on sale from club members now) the first prize being a trip for two to Kangaroo Island by Sealink and accommodation for two nights at the Sorrento Hotel, other prizes have been donated by Radio Rentals. All profits from the day (& night) will be donated to the Mary Potter Hospice for a special requirement project they require.

The Run is planned for the day of Saturday 27th April 1996 and with this being only two weeks after the Australian Nat Meet for M.G.s, the organisers are hoping for as many interstate and overseas visitors to the Nat Meet to come to South Australia and celebrate with us. See many Beautiful sights of South Australia on a day which is to celebrate the birthday of the 'founder' of the M.G. Marque.

Further details can be obtained from:
Brian Ballard
1 Albany Terrace
SA 5093
Telephone: (08) 264 0747
Facsimile: (08) 396 5312


A Conference, Saturday, 23rd March 1996


Proposed by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu for 1996, the centenary year of the British motor industry, the conference is being promoted by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs in association with the National Motor Museum and the Heritage Motor Centre.

While the motor industry and the public are looking back over the last hundred years at the milestones of our motoring heritage, it is timely for us individual enthusiasts, the custodians of much of that heritage, to focus on what the future holds for the way we preserve, use and enjoy our old vehicles.

Vehicle preservation is a world wide activity which began in Britain some seventy years ago. It is almost an industry in itself whose size can be estimated. The quarter of a million individuals in the 300 clubs which subscribe to FBHVC form but a part of the movement in UK. It is important that we explore the concerns of those involved in this pastime, whether they support FBHVC or not, and work towards preserving the movement as well as the old vehicles themselves. The conference is intended to be positive, creative and thought provoking: what will happen over the next 25 years?

We already need to enlighten legislators and politicians to prevent them causing inadvertent harm to our hobby through ill-conceived legislation. We have to be able to show that we use and maintain our cherished vehicles with consideration to the public. We will need to be ready to communicate with environmentalists to demonstrate that we care as much about the future of the planet and its inhabitants as anyone. We may need to be willing to adapt to fit changing social circumstances.

The conference will address these and many other issues relevant to today's enthusiasts. There will be four main headings (see below), under which one or more speakers will present their view of the future. After each group of presentations, there will be a discussion under the chairmanship of broadcaster Chris Serle. At the end of the day, there will be a summing up and the opportunity to pass resolutions for action by the Federation.

The conference is open to all enthusiasts, whether members of FBHVC subscriber organisations or not. The fee is £25.00 (inc. VAT) per person. This includes parking close to the museum (with a reserved area for historic vehicles), entrance to the museum, tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival, hot buffet lunch and tea/coffee prior to departure. Directions will accompany tickets.

Individuals may book simply by writing to the address below, enclosing their cheque for £25, payable to FBHVC. FBHVC, Elton House, Church Lane, Tydd St. Giles, Wisbech, Cambs PE10 5LA.

Subjects are:
The Vehicle Industry (Nick Scheele of Jaguar Cars), Spares and Restoration (Ron Gammons), Legislation and the Environment (Arthur Jeddere-Fisher and Peter Henley) and various speakers on Clubs and Services.


23rd March
Annual Dinner, Foxcombe Lodge Hotel, Special Discount Bed and Breakfast.

5th-6th-7th July
Abingdon International Weekend.

27th-28th July
Beaulieu National M.G. Family Weekend. Note the earlier than usual date!


To be held at Ernulf Community School, Barford Road, Eynesbury, St Neots, Cambs, on Sunday 31st March 1996 at 5.30 pm (ish).

1 Apologies for absence
2 Approval of Minutes of 1995 AGM
3 Matters Arising
4 Chairman's Report
5 Secretary's Report
6 Competition Secretary's Report
7 Election of Officers
8 Election of Committee
9 Appointment of Council Representative
10 Appointment of Auditors 96/97
11 Any Other Business
12 Date of Next Meeting

All communications to the Secretary, David Barnes, 18 Eaton Rise, Ealing, London, W5 2ER (0181 997 0118 Evenings)

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