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Our annual self-judging competition was held as usual in the car park at our HQ  at  Briars Hall, Lathom .
Unfortunately we weren't blessed with the usual sunny summer evening.
In fact it poured down all evening and we were considering calling it off. We had such a good turn out of members all arriving in their beloved MGs despite the weather that we decided after a vote to carry on regardless. So it was out into the rain with umbrellas and mark sheets -(becoming more and more soggy) to score the cars in the 3 sections - Premier class, Standard class and Modern Class .
Photos  taken by Andrew Dickenson.

1. Pauline R eeves -     RV8             - 1354
2. Paul Jackson            ZR                  1272
3. Shirley O'Hara           TF                 1249
4. Jerry Myers                RV8               1240
5. Sandra Grant-Wilkie   MGF             1229
6. Alison Dickenson        Mercedes      1164
7. Dave Maguire            ZT                  1123

1. Ken Glaze                Midget             1359
2. Eric Gagen                 MGA               1296
3. Andrew Staniforth      BGT              1213

1. Ralph Greenhalgh       TC                1423
2. Cam Cunningham      MGA              1375
3. Nigel Malyan              MGB              1367
4. David Reeves               TC                1341
5. Robert Collier              RV8                1308
6. John Dickenson           BGT              1292
7. Peter Dobson              MGB              1266

Rob 's RV8 flanked by Peter's MGB and Andy's GTJerry's RV* and Dave's ZT head the Modern class line up.TCs of Dave Reeves and Ralph , with the rare sight of their hoods up.Club members do their judging under the shelter of the umbrellas.
32 club members took part in the scalextric competition ( and raised £32 for Derian House too).
The final was contested between Andrew Dickenson, Dave Maguire, Nigel Malyan and Michael Staniforth.
Eventual winner was Michael Staniforth - which goes to show that youthful speed of reactions counts in the end - well done Michael ( hope dad Andrew enjoyed the champagne).
The cars were colour coded to help identification and YES - the red car did have a blue stripe and ........the blue car had a red stripe - anyone confused yet?Paul, Andrew Staniforth ( and son Peter) Dave Maguire and Cam in a qualifying heatThe ladies took their turn - Gill, Cynthia and Alison - and  er - yes Martin found his way in with Roger looking on behindPeter Dobson, John Woolam, Ray Trivass and Nigel take their turn in the qualifyingThe final line up - Andrew Dickenson, Dave Maguire, Nigel Malyan and Micheal Staniforth Champion for this year was Michael Staniforth receiving his trophy from Nigel ( and yes that is champagne which we hope Dad, Andrew enjoyed!)
A fantastic evening at Briars Hall to celebrate the club's 30th anniversary with a special birthday cake too. There were 60 club members and guests present to enjoy the awards and hot pot supper followed by entertainment from magician Rick Tynan. There was also a presentation of a cheque for £3800 to Derian House , money raised by Ray Trivass and Nigel Malyan from their Barcelona Bangers trip earlier this year.
The awards were given to the Pride of Ownership winners and also to :-
Club supporters of the year - Stuart and Louise Rogers
Dargan Trophy - Cyril Vincent
Photos - Andrew Dickenson
Ray and Jamie with the birthday cakeClose up of the birthday cakeJamie cuts the cake assisted by NigelRay and Nigel present their cheque to Roya, the fundraiser from Derian HouseKen Glaze receives the Pride of Ownership Standard Class winners trophy for his Mk1 Midget. Pauline Reeves receives the Modern Class  award for her RV8 Ralph Greenhalgh receives the Premier Class award for his TCStuart and Louise Rogers receive their Club Supporters of the year awardRalph , as the previous holder, presents the Dargan Trophy to Cyril VincentRalph presents Cyril's partner, Joyce with a bouquetRick Tynan amazed all with his magic tricks
Around 60 club members and friends celebrated Xmas in the Orangery at our Briars Hall HQ . We all enjoyed an excellent meal, with perfect service form the staff at Briars Hall. After the initial club notices we enjoyed Noel's stand up routine - followed by a quiz set by John & Charmione. This was won by Dave and Sandy Grant- Wilkie (with only a little help from me) - thanks to John & Charmione for providing the prizes too. We then had our traditonal "Irish Raffle" which was eventually won by Richard - many thanks to Jamie and Angela for preparing the hamper prize . Then there was the suprise visit from "Santa" together with his assistant turkey and a present for everyone . Altogether an excellent evening enjoyed by everyone.
Photos below from Nigel and Cam

Are you ready to be seated?Laura gives Jack the eye!Cynthia and RogerMargaret and MartinSandy & DaveRichard Bryant and PatThomas , Laura and JackThe 3 stoogesJamie and AngelaRay Travies, Peter and Paul ( did you eat something sour Paul?)John & CharmioneLouise & StuartNoel & Cyril - Just close friends Cyril and JoyceCyril's son & partnerRalph, Eric & RichardPauline, Pat, Harry and DaveThe Law family - although Kath doesn't look too sure!!Dave Law & partnerMr & Mrs Mike Law  Brendan, Florence and Brian LawEveryone tucking inNoel "stands up"Noel still standing!Richard with the prize hamperDo you recognise those "sparra" legs?"Santa and turkey" - I knew I'd seen those legs before!The kids "flock" round the turkey and Santa
Club nights 2008