Tom purchased his first MG (a 1948 TC) in 1965 for £75. It was in daily use during 1965-1967 even making room for a carrycot in the back and was then laid up in his garage for 28 years. After taking early retirement Tom then gave it a full nut & bolt restoration during 1994/95 after taking it totally to pieces. Around about this time Tom joined West Lancashire MG Owners Club. He was made very welcome especially as he had the then only “old style” square rig type MG in our club. Tom took this car to shows all over the North West and won many awards with his TC, a tribute to his engineering skills in rebuilding the car to such a high standard. In 1998 Tom joined the committee of the MG club and served as the events secretary for 5 years (with a break in 2000-2001 with ill health). He took the events very seriously organising the cars on the club stand with a wave of his trademark walking stick. He took great pride in the club stand winning awards for best stand at the shows on many occasions. Camping overnight at shows in his homemade Reliant Robin caravan conversion (known to all as the “Plastic Pig” and towed behind his TC and later the TF) were some of his favourite times. He was always ready to help club members solve problems with their cars and was a leading member of the committee as the club developed its successful Festival of Transport at Scarisbrick Hall.
The culmination of Tom’s time at West Lancs MG was being elected Chairman of the club in January 2007 and he continued to fulfil his duties throughout last year despite gradually failing health. He was ever present at club and committee meetings and the club members will sorely miss his presence.
TOM EVANS - 1938 - 2008
Tom was taken ill at the Leyland show in September 2008 and after a brief spell in Chorley hospital, he returned home, only to be taken ill again at the beginning of December. He was rushed into Southport Hospital where he died on 21st December.
Tommy was a stalwart of the club. He had been a member since 2002 , serving on the committee during 2007 as the Events assistant.
Tom Evans serving the BBQ food
Tom Evans at his
1936 - 2009
Olive died on May 7th after a brave 2 year battle with cancer. Olive, together with husband Bill had been a member of the club for around 10 years. Initially joining us with her red Midget 1500 which had been Olive's everyday car since the 1980s. Olive and Bill very quickly became involved with all the activities of the club. It was Olive who suggested a tombola stall at the Club show at Scarisbrick Hall and successfully raised funds for her favourite children's charity as well as helping with all other aspects of the show. She also loved the club events and shows, especially the camping weekends. Olive and Bill travelled with their Midget and trailer tent to shows as far afield as Flookburgh in Cumbria and Catton Hall in Staffordshire. Eventually Olive needed a more comfortable car so Bill bought a very nice black MGBGT and they were able to continue travelling to the shows in style , even venturing on to continental Europe for longer trips getting as far as Spain. Olive , together with Bill were awarded the Dargan trophy in 2006 for all their work for the club. Most club members though will remember Olive for the special apple pies she made and shared out at the shows with all members present. She will be greatly missed by all of us.
Winning the Dargan Trophy
Camping at Catton Hall - June 2005
The Tombola Stall
Serving out the apple pie
Cholmondley May 2008
Tom Evans with his GT , which he sold only months before he died to buy a Magnette, which he sadly had no time left to drive.
1935 - 2016
1947 - 2017
1938 - 2019
David decided to move south in 2014 to be with his daughter and sold his beloved MGA Twin Cam which ended up in Australia. He was a former BL workshop foreman and rebuilt the Twin Cam engine himself. He was made a Life member of the club in 2014.
Dave was the brother-in-law of Tom Ford and was an ever present member helping out with our own shows 2001 to 2007. He was the Dargan trophy winner in 2003
Harry joined us in 2001 when he lived in Formby attending shows regularly - seen above with his MGB and son Dave. He later moved to Wales to open a B & B and campsite near Betwys y Coed - there he welcomed our club for several camping weekends, 2004 to 2008.
1932 - 2020
Tony joined our club in February 1997, having just bought a white 1979 MGBGT to celebrate his retirement. He was awarded the Club Supporter of the year Shield in 1998 and elected to the committee in 1999. In 2001 we decided that the committee needed someone to Chair the meetings and Tony was elected to this post as our First ever Chairman. He continued in this post for 3 years and during this time he helped develop the Club Show at Scarisbrick Village Hall. He decided to step down from the committee in 2004 due to pressure from his other activities but was still a welcome visitor at club meetings. He was awarded Lifetime Membership of the club in 2005 - the first club member to receive this honour. Tony's health deteriorated after a stroke in 2014 but he still managed to care for his wife Eileen who had gone blind 5 years before.When Eileen died last December, his daughter says that he went downhill rapidly. RIP Tony.
Tony in the club gazebo at Cholmondeley Castle Show in 2002. He is seen here chatting with Ray Trivass
Lunch break at the Stoneleigh MG Show in 2004.
Tony is seen here chatting with Nigel Malyan, who was Tony's successor to the post of Chairman.
Tony was quite taken with this MG ZR Van - possibly the fastest production commercial vehicle at the time.