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Thursday 17th March 2011
Gordon May gave us an informative and enthralling talk on his "adventure", illustrated by excellent photgraphs (see photo left). He went, on his own,  from Manchester to the Enfield Motorbike factory in India - and he did it on a 1953 Royal Enfield motorbike. He went via Europe, Turkey, Iran and Pakistan taking the best part of 2 months - and believe it or not he managed this without getting a puncture!
At the end of the evening , he signed copies of his book - Jamie is seen , photo right, getting his copy signed.
Club nights 2010
We were blessed with a beautiful summer evening for our annual self-judging competition - although there were some very black clouds around and I believe a downpour in Churchtown. . We had 21 club cars on display for judging - 9 in the Standard class and 8 in the Modern class but only 4 in the Premier class (the lowest for a few years) .
Photo gallery below - photos taken by Dave Maguire and Richard Sherman.
Club nights 2009
Club nights 2008
David Bryant in his beloved Twin Cam - which he informed us was for sale after 25 years of ownership - could this be the last appearance of this exceptional car at our club?David's Twin Cam with club members chatting in the background.

Alovely evening so we all stayed in the car park to enjoy the sun - and showed off our cars to a wedding Party that was sharing the Briars hall amenities. David Bryant  arrived in his splendid twin-cam , and his shock announcement  that he intended  to sell it. After chatting in the car park for an hour we made our way inside for one of Jamie's special quizzes - this time based on a table-top tour of Liverpool with appropriate questions and Easter egg prizes.  Eventual winners were Richard's team complete with Eric Hesketh and John Ratcliffe - well done the 3 of you - they beat my team by one point  - hope the Easter Egg made you all fat!!
The Premier class line up.Last year's Premier class winner - Ralph's TCCyril's TF in the Premier ClassCam's MGARichard's newly restored TDRichard discusses his TD with RalphLine up of Modern Class carsDave's ZT with new member Alan's MGFThe Standard Line up with new member Stuart's 1963 MGB at the front 2 standard class MGBs ( of Andrew and Peter) in the modern line up.Bonnets up in the standard classAndrew with his GT and Peter with his MGB in the Standard class. The MGBs of Roger, Richard Bryant and Steve Bentley in the Standard Class cars. MGTF of Ray  and Alan Rothwell in the Modern Class cars.Nigel next to his Stag - which was in with the Modern class as a non MGTony Wood's GT in the Standard line up next to Cyril's TF
Update - June 2011
David's car is now in a container on it's way to Australia

Premier Class
1st - Richard Sherman - MG TD - 1863 points
2nd - Ralph Greenhalgh - MG TC - 1834
3rd - Cyril Vincent - MG TF - 1730
4th - Cam Cunningham - MGA - 1680

Standard Class
1st - Martin Pagett - MG Midget - 1698 points
2nd - Peter Dobson - MGB - 1644
3rd - Roger Morrison - MGB - 1620
4th - Richard Bryant - MGB - 1475
5th - Steve Bentley - MGB - 1430
6th - Tom Harrison - GT -1382
7th - Andrew Straniforth - GT - 1289
8th - Tony Woods - GT - 1264
9th - Stuart (visitor) - MGB - 1246
Modern Class
1st - Ron Whittle - MG ZR - 1585
2nd - Ray Trivass - MG TF -1539
3rd - Sandy & Dave Grant-Wilkie - MGF - 1485
4th - Dave Maguire - MG ZT - 1424
5th - Jamie Coventry - MG TF - 1379
6th - Alan ( visitor ) - MGF - 1326

1st - Nigel Malyan - Triumph Stag - 1567
2nd - Nigel Lomas - Morgan - 1329

The car You'd like to Drive home
1st - TD of Richard Sherman - 8 votes
2nd - TF of Cyril Vincent - 6
3rd - MGA of Cam Cunningham - 3
4th  - Stag of Nigel Malyan - 2
5th - Morgan of Nigel Lomas - 1


1st - Martin Pagett - Midget - 29.1 seconds    7th - Cam Cunningham - MGA - 40.4
2nd - Glyn Lloyd - MGB - 32.4                            8th - Dave Grant- Wilkie - MGF - 41.9
3rd - Ron Whittle - MG ZR - 34.7                        9th - Richard Sherman - Magnette - 47.6
4th - Ralph Greenhalgh - MG TF - 35.8             10th - Tony Seed - MGA - 50.3
5th - Peter Dobson - MGB - 36.5                       11th - Richard Bryant - MGB - 51.7
6th - Roger Morrison - MGB - 37.3                    12th - Noel Skinner - GT - 53.0
Dave Maguire assists Cam as timekeeperGlyn has a go on the timed trialRichard Bryant joins in the funMartin posts the fastest time in his MidgetRon Whittle in his ZR has problems seeing the ball - so Cam helps out.
A fine evening allowed us to have a good car park trial on our July club night with a dozen members joining in the fun. With a foam ball balanced on the bonnet ( or boot or roof in several cases) reversing to a bucket on the other side of the car park proved tricky for some. Martin pagett was the eventual winner in his Midget.
Photos by Andrew Dickenson
There were 11 entries for the competition this year and the standard of the buggies was even higher than last year . This was shown with the increased distances reached by many of the buggies on a slightly less steep ramp. Competition was close with Jerry's buggy travelling the greatest distance - in fact only being stopped by reaching the end wall, with last year's winner Eric, finishing 2nd. Winner of the best designed buggy was judged by bar manager Paul once again, with Peter Dobson's beautifully made buggy a clear winner and Peter also finished 3rd in the competition.
Final result  - Top 5 buggies
1st -     Jerry Myers ..................................................    36' +
2nd -     Eric Hesketh  ..............................................     27' 11"
3rd        Peter Dobson ...........................................     26' 9"
4th -     Team Malyan ( Nigel , Thomas and Jack)..   26'4"
5th -     Cam Cunningham ........................................    25' 8"
There were 11 entries......of all different designs......with most of them being based on an actual rocker box.Peter's buggie was judged the best design.Close-up of Peter's buggy - note the photos in the windscreen and the appropriate registration number.Peter's buggy ready for its run.Roger releases another buggy for its run .Line up of some of the top 5 place winners.
L to R . Eric, Jerry, Thomas and Jack.
There was a good turn out of club members for annual Awards presentation.
The Rocker Box Derby trophy was presented to Jerry Myers for his buggy which recorded a distance of an amazing 36 feet.
Next the Pride of Ownership  shields were presented-
The Premier Class went to Richard Sherman for his newly restored MG TD.
The Standard Class went to Martin Pagett for his MG Midget and the Modern Class went to Ron Whittle for  MGZR. Club chairman Nigel Malyan then presented himself with the Non - MG Class for his Triumph Stag. The Dargan trophy will be presented next month and finally the Club supporter of the Year Shield went to Martin & Margaret Pagett for all their hard work for the club. They are both at the club meetings very regularly , with Margaret over the last few years helping the treasurer with the account sheet, counting votes at our AGM and writing poems for the newsletter - whereas Martin always takes part in the activities , winning our car park trial in July and researching Ethanol Fuel additives and reporting his findings back to club meetings as well as contributing extensively to the club newsletter.
Jerry Myers receives the Rocker Box Trophy from Chairman Nigel Malyan Nigel presents himself with The Pride of ownership Non-MG award for his Triumph StagRon Whittle with the Modern MG Class Shield for his MG ZR.Martin Pagett with The Standard Class Shield for his MG MidgetRichard Sherman with The premier Class Shield for his MG TDThe Club Supporter of the Year Award went to Martin & Margaret Pagett.The "How many Left " quiz was won by the team of  Andrew Dickenson, Laura Jackson and Paul Jackson.
There was a good sized gathering of club members and family at our Briars hall HQ. We enjoyed an excellent quality meal thanks to the staff at Briars Hall followed by some "entertainment" courtesy of our chairman Nigel and the rest of the committee. First, Ray Trivass was presented with the Dargan Trophy - this should have been awarded in October but Ray had been under the surgeon's knife at the time and is now recovering well. Nigel and Noel performed their version of the Ronnie Corbett "blackberry " sketch and this was  followed by the committee choir and their rendition of the "Fairy tale of New York ". The "Irish raffle " resulted in the last 8 standing winning a prize with Ray Trivass winning the main one - a magnificent hamper put together by Jamie and Mandy.
Many thanks to Roger, Jamie and Mandy for arranging the evening.
Paul Jackson and Peter Dobson were at Briars Hall early once again to set up the track for the Grand Prix . It is a big task to put all the track together and test it ready to go, taking well over an hour. We are really appreciative of the time and effort they put in - many thanks Peter and Paul.
This event always draws lots of interest and there  were 32 entrants into the competition. Peter had  organised the practice and heats so that everyone got at least 2 drives. Paul had set the lap recorder to 15  and made sure that all the cars stopped after the first car reached the chequered flag to make sure of judging the winner fairly. There were 8 heats with 4 in each heat and the best from each heat going through to the semi final.
The 32 starters were then down to 8 for the 2 semifinals and then to the final 4. Amazingly I survived into the final for the first time, joined by past champions Martin Pagett and Micheal Staniforth with Dave Maguire who was a past finalist. Even more amazingly I was adjudged the winner - "Fix"you all cry - "Probably" - I replied with embarrassment. I think I was just lucky (Like Vettel) to have the fastest car in every heat and also did a Tortoise and the Hare" tactic in making sure I did not crash at all - thanks once again to Paul and Peter for organising the evening.
The first heat gets underway - with Margaret,Nigel Lomas, Roger and Peter Ferris.Jamie is in position to put cars back on track , with Thomas and Jack assisting.Peter , Nigel, and other club members watch on intently.A car speeds past as Jamie keeps c;ose watch.Peter Staniforth is on duty at the other end. Paul keeps the lap scores as Joyce Whittle, Stuart, Peter and Jill complete the last heat.Into the finals and Jamie is still vigilant for crashing cars. Nigel L , Ray , Nigel M , Peter D and Peter S are mesmerised by the action.Noel and Ron in the semi final as Jamie gets ready to catch one that flies off the track. To cries of "FIX,FIX" - Cam lifts the winner's trophy with finalists , Martin, Dave maguire and Michael Staniforth.
Roger and CynthiaCyril and JoyceRalph and RichardDave and SandyRon, Joyce and AndrewSteve and AngelaNoel  and JillRay and PamPeter and NigelLaura and PaulThomas , Jack, and LynnJamie, Mandy and SandieMartin and MargaretRichard and PamNoel and Nigel do their Blackberry sketchCommittee choir get readyCam, Jamie and Richard"Choir" in full songThe male section of the choir - Nigel, Thomas, Roger and RalphThe "female" voice section - Cam, Jamie , Jack and Richardand again.The full "choir" again.Ray won the hamperCam was the "pop-up" toastmaster.
Our next meeting is a presentation from the Sales Manager of MGUK
Thursday 16th February at Briars Hall.
We took the opportunity to award David Bryant his Honorary Lifetime membership certificate on what was likely to be his last visit to a club night. David has been an ever present club member for the last 14 years with his rare MGA twin-cam. David has now sold his car and is moving to Buckinghamshire to be nearer his grandchildren.
Ray Trivass receives the Dargan Trophy from Chairman Nigel Malyan at the Xmas Meal.