It was a very cold and icy evening on our first mid month of the year, so this is probably why we had such a small turn out. It was definitely not an MG driving time , but this did not put off Peter Ferris who took the opportunity to take his RV8 out for an airing. Peter is seen in the photo - left braving the sub zero temperatures before setting off back for his tour of duty in the Caribbean on the Trinidad and Tobago ferry (poor thing).
Ralph, our mid month organiser had an accident at work the day before, so couldn't make the meeting - hope you are feeling better now Ralph.
MIDMONTH MEETING - THURSDAY 6TH APRIL 2006
A good turn of of club cars and members at the Hesketh Hotel in Rufford with new members Don and his daughter Lindsey coming along for their first meet. The weather cleared by 7p.m. a it continued to be a fine evening so all our classics stayed dry. Most members stayed outside until well after dark when the temperature dropped sunstantially and drove us all into the warmth of the hotel. The Hesketh has recently been refurbished and the place was crowded with both diners and drinkers so it was hard to find a clear space for everyone to meet together. Never the less we all had a good meet and look forward to the next month's gathering when it should be a lot lighter (and warmer).
Thanks to Andrew Dickenson for the photos below
MIDMONTH MEETING - MAY 4TH 2006
This month's pub meeting was at THE FOX inn in Roby Mill near Appley Bridge. Ralph chose this for its quiet location and also because it has a good reputation locally for its food. The weather stayed fine and warm enough for everyone to remain outside in the car park as Ralph had also booked the good weather for us. 14 club cars turned out (eventually) with a few members in their "proper cars" . Don , for the second month running, had trouble with his MGB. Last month it was a mystery loose connection. This month his car started running badly near Briars Hall. With Richard, Nigel , Paul and Cam in tow, Don eventually came to a halt half way up Parbold Hill. With 6 people standing round the open bonnet and giving ideas as to why it had stopped , nothing was actually happening to put it right. It seemed it was something to with the engine overheating. Eventually Ray appeared and spotted that the vacuum advance tube had come off the inlet manifold. With it back in place all ran smoothly. Apparently the ignition was too far retarded hence it overheated and caused the fuel to vapourise and so caused the engine to stop - you learn something new every day. Back to the meeting - we all arrived just after dark when everyone else had been there for half an hour and had our drinks waiting on the bar ( I wish!!) . Another good meeting was had by all - thanks again to Andrew for the excellent photos below.
OUR 4TH meeting this year was on Thursday 1st June at the
THATCH AND THISTLE on the A6 at Blackrod .
Ralph picked a really good pub for the evening meeting, and true to form the weather was warm and dry with sunshine until well after 9 p.m. The pub landlord laid on turkey sandwiches and chips which was much appreciated by those that turned out. What a shame that more members didn't go along as they missed an excellent evening, but with 12 club cars it wasn't too sparse on the car park ( and there were all the more chips for Paul!!)
Photo of the Thatch and Thistle in Blackrod - taken by Ralph
Peter and Cam discuss paint work in the car park- as interesting as watching paint dry??
Eric and Alan check out Eric's new TF while John is more taken with Alan's MGC.
MID MONTH OUTING - Thursday July 6th
Ralph organised the visit to see Derek Christian's collection of Motoring Memorabilia in the back garden of his home in Banks. It is 3 years since we last visited and it has always been popular in the past. This year was no exception and Dereks and Kath's back garden was packed with visiting cars and car enthusuasts. Kath Christian put on a superb buffet of refreshments and non alcoholic drinks for all club members and Lisa and Jane kept the BBQ going. A collection was made for the Lancashire Air Ambulance and £100 was raised. Many thanks to the Christians for all their hard work in entertaining us for the evening.
SPECIAL EXTRA MID MONTH MEETING - THURSDAY 29TH JUNE 2006
MOULDSWORTH MOTOR MUSEUM - FRODSHAM
A montage of photos below taken by Alison Dickenson
Report to follow shortly
AUGUST MID MONTH MEETING
THURSDAY 3RD AUGUST
Some thumbnails of the evening - click for larger photo
David Bryant, John & Alison Dickenson next to Noel's GT
David & Pauline Reeves , with Alan, Marianne and Tommy in the background
Eric and Mrs. Gagen, with Martin and Margaret Pagett
Alan and Tommy tuck into the buffet
David admires the 1922 Rolls
with Andrew Dickenson
Can you ride tandem - Jamie shows Ray that he can - look at the speed
John checks out the Armstrong Siddeley
Eric Gagen's Midget is the focal point for Noel
A pleasant mild evening saw 8 members cars turn out to the Bowling Green pub in Chorley. We had the overflow car park to ourselves as everyone gathered round to chat and admire Ralph's newly restored TC once again. Click on the small photos to see a larger image. Thanks to Dave Reeves for the photos
SEPTEMBER MID MONTH MEETING
THE WIGGIN TREE - PARBOLD HILL
IT'S 3 YEARS SINCE WE LAST VISITED
THURSDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER
Nigel wonders if Ralph would notice if he swapped cars
Dave Bryant guards the cars
EARLY ARRIVALS AT THE TOP OF PARBOLD HILL
By 7.47 p.m there were half a dozen cars parked in the lay by opposite the Wiggin Tree pub. Just in time to see the sunset on a beautiful evening.
OCTOBER MID MONTH
THE LIGHTS RUN
THURSDAY OCTOBER 5TH
This was to have been our 4th
Blackpool Illuminations Run.
Unfortunately the weather was against us. Only 2 MGs turned up at the Taerleton meeting point - Martin & Margaret Pagett and Ralph were in their MGTFs and Jamie & Lisa and Cam were also there - the decision was made to abandon the run as the rain had only just stopped and there was a lot of standing water on the roads. Debbie Mooney reported that it was in fact clear in Blackpool at 8 p.m. so it was possible to have a dry run after all.
BOWLING AT SOUTHPORT - FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3RD
A good evening was had by all with 33 club members and friends taking part in the bowling after an excellent buffet meal. After 2 hours of bowling the eventual winner was Peter Dobson with a fantastic score of 180 and Dave Reeves was runner up with a highly commendable 168. Lisa was highest scoring lady taking 3rd place overall with an excellent 157. There is a montage of photos below from the evening - hope you can see someone you know - my apologies for the dark photos.
BOXING DAY - TRACTOR CLUB ANNUAL XMAS RUN - RING O'BELLS LATHOM
There was a good turn out of MGs as the photos show, considering the weather was damp and misty and rather cold. An even bigger turnout of tractors completely filled the large car park by 11.30 a.m. who then set off for the Rigbye Arms. The intrepid MGers decided in their wisdom to stay at the empty but warm Ring O'Bells where lunch was partaken of. The revelry was interupted briefly by the arrival of Buzz Lightyear (photo Right) - but it was safe as it turned to be Martin in disguise. Ralph had a secret passenger in the form of TD bear (photo below) who had stowed away to keep Lesley warm .