York Centre – March Issue 2020
With mild winter, at least here in Yorkshire, some members have been tempted to bring their cars out and about. As well as the “Chilly Willy Run, mentioned in last month’s news, the Tiger Natter group were out and about on New Year’s Day at a classic car gathering at Swan Inn at Brandesburton, near Beverley, where MGs outnumbered the other marques. There was a pre-war Riley Sprite Roadster on its way to Glasgow to start in the Rallye Monte Carlo Classique – 1600 miles with no windscreen as such, no weather equipment at all, dress for the worst and hope for the best!
Dark evenings mean several groups resort to other entertainment with East Yorkshire having a very competitive Scalextric meeting at Cave Castle after their Christmas run. According to reports it was compared to the teamwork of the Mille Miglia Run of post war years. They had a reflective January Natter with a look back at the much missed Sledmere Show of past years – a bit of a shock for some members who looked a lot slimmer – well, it comes to all of us! They have now confirmed the date of the 25th Anniversary Wolds Way Run as 17th May; entry form on Centre website soon. On the subject of dates, the Vale of York’s “Heartbeat Run” for the Centre has been put back to 12 July to clear two other events including MGLive.
After relaxing on a ten-pin bowling night in January, the South Natter team are preparing the route and paperwork for the first major Yorkshire Centre Run of the year, the Daffodil Run on 19 April. Again this will be around the Peak District National Park and Sheffield areas, starting at Fox Valley Retail Park outside Sheffield, and finishing at South Yorkshire Transport Museum. It looks to be a good day, and the forms are ready for download NOW on the MGCC Yorkshire website. Last year’s event was organised by South Yorkshire for the first time in many years and a photo or two are shown here.
At the West Yorkshire evening Natter, Colin Bateson, John Willis. Andy McGee, Robin Kent and Martin Wise celebrating collectively achieving 230 year’s membership of the club to date. Martin arriving in an MG ZS EV he had taken delivery of that day, from petrol to electric; how the MG world is evolving! North Yorkshire’s January meeting was their annual review or member roles. Colin Brear, who is Centre Chair, has agreed to continue as Natter Leader, and there was a change of Natter scribe to Jeff Marsden. Also the financing of runs was discussed in the light of recommendations by the MGCC; a lively discussion ensued.
This time of year is always busy with plans for the coming season, and here in Yorkshire it looks to be as busy time as ever this year. We hope to offer Yorkshire hospitality to MGCC members from all over the UK. Do keep a check on our website.
Ken Cothliff, Centre Scribe
kencothliff@hotmail.co.uk,

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