MGCC YORKSHIRE CENTRE END of July 2023 Natter Notes.
North – Jeff Marsden North Natter moved back to The Tempest Arms at Elslack for the annual
Pride of Ownership competition. Cars were judged by members in year groups and winners were as
follows:- Pre 1962 – Bill Poole’s MGA, 1963-1974 – Mike & Val Payne’s MGB, Post 1974 – Jeff &
Kate Marsden’s RV8, Best in Show – Bill Poole’s MGA, Tempest judged best (with free drinks) –
David & Lee Nunn’s MGC. The Natter continued with discussions about the forthcoming BBQ
catering and arrangements, details for the Compass Run and the future meeting schedule.
East – Jill Thornton Sad news of our former President of the MGCC Ltd Yorkshire Centre. A great, generous man, loved by everyone in the MG World and will be sorely missed. Future events
discussed including a breakfast social run to The Entick House Sunday Funday Fundraiser for Dove
House Hospice on Sunday 10 September contact the Natter for further information. Thank you to
Barry and Jan for a superb social run at the end of June and thanks in advance to Harry and Janet
for organising the end of July run. It was a fine, dry night for the Pride of Ownership at the July
Natter, Class Results; Pre 1974, Terry Blyth, MGA. 1974-95 Chris Moore, MG BGT, 1996-
2010 Dave Rowe, MGF, Post 2011 Steve Pountney, MG4 EV, Best in Show; Wayne Dawson,
Vale of York – James Thornborough. July Natter meeting was our first since the passing of
dear Natter member and former MG Yorkshire President Alan Dakenye. Alan was a lifelong MG
enthusiast born not long after MG was first founded. Alan will be warmly remembered. The July
Natter welcomed new members Gary & Cheryl Simpson and a new Summer Menu at the Bay Horse
Inn. Following the regular raffle organized by Julie Cothliff, attention turned to plans for the
fundraiser in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind, set for July 30th at the Ripon Racecourse c/o the
Ripon Old Classic Car Club. The VoY Natter will operate a stand for up to 10 cars, with car
memorabilia, collectibles, ‘stuff’ donated to the Guide Dog stand for charity sale at their stand.
West – David Copeman The planned Pride of Ownership was postponed to the August meeting
due to the heavy rain, so just a general Natter for the 25 attendees including guests with one
potential new member taking home a membership pack. Events attended by west members in July
included G for George day at Breighton airfield, racing at Donington and Harewood hillclimb
South – Mike Breedon A few members entered the Tyne Tees Prince Bishop Run, enjoying a 100
mile route finishing in front of Durham Cathedral. The rest of July seems to have been spent trying
to find a new start point for the Dales Run after our first choice closed down at short notice. The
issue is still not finally resolved even at this late stage. 14 SY Natter members enjoyed the 50 mile
route set to Duncombe Park, the chosen finish point for the Compass Run. Followed by an extra
night in Gilling East for a very sociable evening.