Our club meeting in January was our Annual General Meeting. Ron Whittle volunteered to give his services to the committee and was duly elected. The photo left sees Ron ( centre) with Eric (left) and Richard (right) at his first committee meeting on February 12th.
A CULTURAL TOUR OF WIGAN - SUNDAY FEBRUARY 3RD 2013
Ralph organised a tour of the Trencherfield Mill at Wigan Pier. The steam engine in the Mill is over 100 nyears old and it was a state of the art feat of engineering when it was built. The visit allowed us to see the engine in action after a short film of its history. We wandered around the engine room taking in the sounds and smells for around 1 hour - a magnificient experience for all engineers!. We then adjourned to the nearby Orwell pub for refreshments. After around an hours refreshment we walked back into the town centre for a meal at "THE Chinese Buffet". An excellent choice as the food was top notch with plenty of choice. Thanks to Ralph for the organisation.
THURSDAY 21ST FEBRUARY 2013
Our activity this evening was a Table top Rally. Find your way around an OS map and find the clues - then identify 20 cars on your way around the circuit.
At the end there was a dead heat between Ralph's Team and that of RichardBryant and Brian Corbett. So a tie breaker was needed with Richard and Brian coming out winners - well done to you both. Hope you enjoyed your Easter Egg prizes and ate them responsibly.
MID MONTH MEETING
THURSDAY 7TH MARCH 2013
Bull & Dog , Burscough
Ron Whittle organised his first mid month meeting at the Bull and Dog. there was a good turn out of around 20 members despite the poor weather. The landlord was really welcoming providing sandwiches for us - highly recommended for ameal as well! There was even a quiz night to keep us entertained, with David & Sandy Grant Wilkies's team coming 3rd - well done Dave and Sandy.
Brian and Richard with their prize winning eggs.
CLUB NIGHT - THURSDAY 21ST MARCH 2013
OUR EASTER SPECIAL ACTIVITY
Jamie and Mandy once again came up with a great fun idea for Easter - a special horse race. Club members paid a £1 to buy their horses and then watched them race in the heats, semi-final and then the final. It was fascinating watching the little electronic horses galloping round the track with the occasional one running out of energy. Their was a meat device that played autntic horse sounds to accompany each race. The final four were Dave Maguire, Sandy , Martin and Cam . Sandy's horse galloped into a commanding lead winning by the length of the straight, then followed a close race for 2nd and 3rd, with Martin and Cam taking the places and Dave losing out. There were excellent prize bags put together by Mandy. The raffle then followed with Ralph taking first prize of the magnificent hamper, again put together by Mandy.
NEXT CLUB MEETING IS THURSDAY APRIL 18TH - HILLCLIMBING AN AUSTIN 7
MID MONTH MEETING - ROBIN HOOD INN, MAWDESLEY 4TH APRIL 2013
(photos by Tom Harrison)
Thanks to Ron for organising the April meet at The Robin Hood. It was a dry sunny evening and 15 MGs eventually turned out. It was a nice enough evening for most of us to stay in the car park but a small group did hide away in the pub near the fire and the bar ( not sure which was the attraction).
Club Night - April 18th 2013
Hillclimbing in an Austin 7
We had an excellent talk with video clips from John Fort of the North West Pre-War Austin Club. John explained how he started with a chassis and wheels, transported home in his Cavalier, and eventually built his 1930 Austin 7 . He then started using it on hill climbs as a cheaper alternative to rallying an Escort.
John Fort, (centre) , chats with Jamie, (left) and Cam (right), after giving his talk
Riverside Steam Rally and Classic Show.
Saturday 20th April 2013
Our first show of the year was blessed with beautiful sunshine all day. we had 4 club members present to enjoy this weather shared with around 200 other classic cars and dozens of steam engines and 1000s of visitors.
DRIVE IT DAY
SUNDAY 21ST APRIL 2013
A run over the water to a rather soggy Wirral - 15 club cars enjoyed the drive nonetheless. Many thanks to Ray Travies for planning the route.