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Centre Notes for Octoober 2021

By 14/11/2021January 18th, 2022No Comments




Terry Hartley -24/39 Group – attempts to carry out a run to celebrate the MGCC’s 90th YEAR had to be cancelled in 2020 due to Covid restrictions. Not to be deterred, it was eventually celebrated, now as the “90 (+1) year celebration run” in the Southern Yorkshire Dales on 23rd October 2021. Several members from other Natters including the Vale of York saw 12 different models provide a great mix of MG’s to represent the 91 years, the maximum allowed without having to apply for a Motor Sports Licence. The event was a 56 mile prepared route provided by Tony Margel starting at the Scott’s Arms, Sicklinghall, Car park (the 24/39 Natter venue), taking in some fantastic single track and narrow roads through the stunning Southern Dales countryside, villages, past reservoirs and lakes before finishing back at the Scott’s Arms for a well deserved and excellent lunch. The presentation and standard of the 24/39 group of cars is a credit to each of the owners/drivers enthusiasm and commitment to keep these older MG’s running and driven so they can be seen and appreciated by others.

Bryan Rylance – EAST Natter – East had their The 14th October saw our first natter of 2021 in the well ventilated function room of the Warton Arms, Woodmansy, Beverley. Another entertaining evening with guest Dennis Chapman, a local historian and author.  Many of us had attended Dennis Chapman’s previous fascinating and informative talk about ‘The Stories Behind Wartime Plane Crashes On Hull’  He now has a new local subject for us to enjoy titled ‘A Journey to Willerby on the Hull – Barnsley Railway …. with the odd detour!! The presentation, photographs and maps, brought many memories to the locals


Jeff Marsden – North Natter – The “End of Season Run” was a 70 mile round trip on Sunday 10th October round the lanes of the Yorks/Lancs Border devised by Mike Payne.  The run ended with a meal at Mario’s Italian Restaurant.

The October Natter meeting was a talk by Richard Wadwell from Guide Dogs for the Blind.  He described the training involved for puppies to two year old working dogs and also brought along his own dog, Martin.  Monies raised from our “End of Season Run” were donated to his charity.

The next event will be the slot car Grand Prix organised by Nick Mann.  The competition is likely to be as intense as the current F1 championship!

On the 21st November there will be a lunch at Sweet Basil Chinese Restaurant in Rawdon.

James Marsden competed in the last Equipe GTS race at Silverstone National circuit in the FIA MGB and managed a 2nd place in his group at very wet race despite nearly aquaplaning into the pit wall.


David Copeman – West Natter – The 2021 MGCC race season has now concluded, West Yorkshire racer James Johnson finished 2nd in the Class B Cockshoot Cup Championship for the third consecutive year after two 2nd place finishes at Snetterton in September. This followed electrical issues at Donington in July. Looking ahead to 2022, the Cockshoot Cup will make a welcome return to Yorkshire circuit of Croft after a 3 year break (last there in 2019). Also returning to the MGCC race calendar in 2022 after a longer hiatus is Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire.

Ken Cothliffe – Vale of York – Back September, we welcomed Noel Lindford and Kay, from Tyne Tees Group who updated us on their activities, and were promoting their Autumn Leaves Run on 3rd October.   Rik and Val had with them an old friend, John, who lives in Calgary, and is a leading light in the local MG Club, probably our most distant attendee.

On October 16th we had our End of Season Run around the roads local to our area, organised by Rick Illingworth and Dave Fletcher. Only seven cars attended, but most of our members met up for the lunch at the Anchor. On 23rd, some of us joined the 24/29 Group, many of whom are regular Members of our Natter, in their 90th Celebration run for the MGCC, a year late because of Covid. A pleasant time was had in the Southern Dales

December 16th we have booked the Anchor for our Christmas Party, with all the trimmings and a raffle. On the subject of Raffle and fundraising, in the light of nobody stepping forward to take over from Rod Moreton as treasurer, Julie has offered to step in and hold the funds.

Finally, I will relinquish the role of Natter Leader and hand over to Rik Illingworth at the end of the year, so Xmas Party will be my last as leader.


Mike Breedon – South Natter – October turned into a quiet month for South Yorkshire which allowed minds to wonder into events for 2022. After the successful Coast to Coast Run and 4 days in the Isle of Man trip, it was decided by a unanimous decision that the South Natter would be heading south west into Wales in September 2022 on the “Red Dragon Tour”. A team of four came up with two hotels, asked how many wanted to go and found plenty of interest, so, a long way to go yet but, The Red Dragon Tour is now up and breathing fire!! A Christmas Dinner is planned for 1300 on December 4th 2021 at “The Woodyard”, Bakewell. Several members continue to find new venues for the 6 mile Wednesday “MG” Walks, regularly finding their way back home again, very clever (and energetic)!!