This year is the 80th anniversary of the formation of the South Western Centre of the MGCC. The Centre was not the first to be formed but, like others, was originally set up to promote competition in general and interest in the MG marque. The centre continues to promote the original aims of the MGCC with an annual championship which awards points for attendance at the various events held throughout the year.
By the time these notes appear you will have missed or taken part in MGs on Grass 2 run by Dave Coppock as an autotest with 12 cars taking part. This event was followed by Wiscome Park Hillclimb where, in improving weather conditions, 140 cars took to the tarmac for a great day’s motorsport. The marshals who had to endure bad weather to begin with, were rewarded by an afternoon of brilliant sunshine with little to do except watch and admire the variety of machinery, ranging from 1929-2014, pushing the limits of the track.
To celebrate 80 years of the SW Centre, a social run was organised for October 9, which would visit the hotel in Bath where Cecil Kimber presided over the inaugural meeting of the Centre, before finishing at Chew Valley Lake for a get-together. With competition still on the calendar the Kimber Car Trial was scheduled for October 16 and would end the championship season for 2016.
So time to make plans for 2017, check the car(s) over and decide what you will do to help promote the SW Centre. The Annual SW Dinner will be held on Saturday February 27 at Limpley Stoke, near Bath and the AGM will be held at Compton Martin on Tuesday March 7 which is also Natter night.
A date for your diary is May 13 2017 which celebrates the 80th anniversary of the first Kimber Classic Trial, which for the last 30 years has been centred on South Somerset and West Dorset and run by the SW Centre. In 2016 there were 24 MMM cars and 38 pre-1955 entries, so why not join them for an historic event and visit a few of the green roads left which have not been turned into restricted byways.
Keep up-to-date by visiting the website or contacting the monthly scribe. This month’s photos, taken by Colin Murrell, show SW members at Wiscombe. Andrew Morland winner of the Don Smith Trophy, in the L1 and Neil Lock approaching the gate in his MG TF.