Arden MG Club Monthly News. Previous months newsletters can be found in the Archive.
Newsletter January

The Chilly Willy Run went
well with lots of MGs outside the Golden Cross (well done everyone) despite the
rain storm we had whilst having our bacon rolls and coffee. During the scenic run over to The Oak in
Upton Snodsbury the clouds started to roll back, with blue sky when we arrived. We filled the pub for lunch and it took a bit
of doing to direct the meals to the correct recipients but all went well and
the food was good. What a great way to
welcome in the New Year.
The next day was the Club
Night and we held our AGM. The minutes
are on the Club website, thanks to all who were there, it looks like I will be
doing this for another year!!
Future Events:
I'm not going to detail
every event at this stage in the year except for Feb and March as the full
calendar of events is now available on the website.
Tue 6th Feb: Club Night - Share with Helen the birthday celebration for her
TC which is 70 years old this month, the rumour is there will be a cake!!
Friday 16th March - Skittles Night: More details
very soon.
Sunday 25th March - March Madness Run: Alan is
working hard on the venue and the run and I will be able to give you more
information shortly.



6th Tue
Club Night
Golden Cross
Helen's TC Birthday

11th Sun
MG Spares Day
NAC Stoneleigh


6th Tue
Club Night
Golden Cross

16th Fri
Skittles Night
Mason's Arms
Long Marston

25th Sun
March Madness Run
Alan Cleobury


3rd Tue
Club Night
Golden Cross

8th Sun
Malvern Festival of
Three Counties Showground
Classic Shows

8th Sun
Spring Sprint Race
Curborough Sprint Course, Lichfield
MGCC Midland

15th Sun
Spring Run
Haynes Museum Sparkford
MGB Register

14th Sat
Pride of Longbridge Raly
Cofton Park, B31 2BQ

22nd Sun
Drive it Day
Nigel Hook


1st Tue
BMM 25th
Anniversary Run
Golden Cross to Gaydon

1st Tue
Club Night
Golden Cross

6th Sun & 7th Mon
Stratford Festival of Motoring

11th to 13th
Jersey Weekender
St Helier, Jersey

13th Sun
Charnwood Caper
Quorn station to Rufford Abbey Country
Leics MG Club
Colin Readwin 07583 231 393

11th to 13th
MGCC Welsh Rallye

Brian Osborn 0121 445 4889

27th & 28th
Classic Car &
Transport Show
Ragley Hall
Gemini Events
0845 879 1028

27th Sun
Moor 2 Sea
Dainton Park Golf
Club, Newton
Exeter MGOC

27th Sun
MG Day
Churnet Valley Railway
Free train rides, Free
parking, Free tea & coffee. Booking essential: Megan 01889 567 446

28th Mon
Classic Wings & Wheels
Bidford Gliding &
Flying Club


2nd & 3rd
MG Live
MG Car Club

5th Tue
Club Night
Golden Cross

8th to 11th
Week-end Away
St Audries Bay
Nigel Hook

10th Sun
Ratae Run
Broughton Astley to Deene Park
Leics MG Club

10th Sun
Cwm to Coast
Bridgend 80-90 mile Run
Stuart Taylor on 01656
662213 or email at

10th Sun
Classic Car Show
Dave Chambers

17th Sun
MGs in the Park
Cotswold Wildlife Park, OX18 4JP
Oxfordshire MG Owners Club

24th Sun
Chilly Willy WARMER Run
Golden Cross to The
Oak, Upton Snodsbury


1st Sun
BMC & Leyland Show
British Motor Museum, Gaydon

1st Sun
Cotswold Caper
Cheltenham to Cheltenham

3rd Tue
Club Night
Golden Cross
Show Night

11th Wed
Joint Natter
Rose & Crown, Severn Stoke
MGCC Midland

21st Sat
Flower Show
Steve Entwistle

29th Sun
Chairman's Picnic
Buzzards Valley Vineyard


5th Sun
Autumn Sprint Race
Curborough Sprint Course, Lichfield
MGCC Midland

5th Sun
MGB Register Picnic
Millets Farm, Abingdon
John Watson, 07770 525 236

7th Tue
Club Night
Golden Cross

11th Sat
Brailes Show

18th Sat
Coast to Coast
Morecombe to Scarborough

19th Sun
MGB 50th
& TC 70th Birthday
Nuffield Place
Paul & Helen

26th Sun
Classic Car Show
Webbs of Wychbold
Webbs Garden Centre
01527 168488

27th Mon
Plum Festival


2nd Sun
Charity Road Run
Gawsworth Hall,
Potteries & South Cheshire MGOC

4th Tue
Club Night
Golden Cross

23rd Sun
Heritage Run Revisited
We will revisit a past
Heritage Run.


2nd Tue
Club Night
Golden Cross
Anniversary Celebration

14th Sun
Malvern Festival of
Three Counties Showground
Classic Shows


6th Tue
Club Night
Golden Cross
Guest speaker "Vintage
Bentleys in the Roaring Twenties"


4th Tue
Club Night
Golden Cross

11th Tue
Xmas Meal
Golden Cross

Other Matters:

Stolen Vehicle to Look Out For: I received
this on the 9th Jan:
"Please can you help? One of our HERO Members and regular
competitor, Tim Lawrence, has had his MG B stolen TODAY at 13:15 from Tanworth
in Arden, Solihull in the Midlands, UK. We'd love
to try and assist Tim in having his beloved B returned to him as it has a lot
of history. Please, share this post and keep your eyes out for a RED MG BGT,
RHegistration number EEC 900E. This car is very distinctive with lots of
competition parts, roll cage, electrics and most noticeably a large amount of
decals of events it has competed in.
*UPDATE from our
friends at Hagerty Classic Cars UK, the vehicle was seen driving towards Birmingham, the bonnet
had come up and those driving it were looking out of the side windows. Let's
make this too hot too handle!!!!
If you have any information,
please drop us a PM via facebook or email and we will
pass on to Tim."
Gritted Roads:

I spoke at the Club Night about
knowing which roads are normally gritted and then a couple of days later I was
out cycling and saw this (see photo). A
taxi (you would think they would know better) parked in the ditch, so I think
it is worth reminding you that all the local authorities have a website page
giving details of the gritted roads. The
map for Warwickshire roads can be downloaded from:
it is well worth looking at to plan your routes. Please note trunk routes are looked after by
the Highways Agency. Many thanks to Lech for his knowledge on this topic.
Safety Fast Magazines: I
have received this message from Phil Bawn:

"I have a big pile of Safety Fast magazines from about
1998-2006 if any members would like them, they could collect them from me at
Harvington or I could bring them to the next meeting which I hope to attend, I don't
want anything for them."
If anyone is interested in
the collect (or just a few), let me know and I will forward the message to
What Have You Done With Your MG This
At least someone has been
doing something this month, Trevor Flint sent me this with these photos:

attach a few pictures of a recent addition to my MG's boot...
This has proved very useful in
tidying up things.
The bag fits neatly into
one of the rear wing arches & as you can see the bag holds a number of
essentials; a one gallon fuel can, a 12v Tyre inflator, a can
of WD 40, together with a small selection of tools, screwdrivers, pliers,
fuses etc..
Other than this the MG has had
little attention over the last few weeks, but remains reliable and is the
source of a few favourable comments."
Thanks Trevor, looks like a
useful addition to the boot, where did you get the bag from?
My MG: This month we continue the story from
Roger Phipp:
back to MGs, a couple of years ago and after many many years of only driving
'modern' vehicles, Caroline (who has a
better pedigree than me in the motor industry) and I decide it would be a
good idea to get a classic car.
But WHAT CAR?????

Caroline had a 'B'
before we met, I had always had a thing for my MGB so it was an elementary
choice, and after travelling the length and breadth of the country, looking at
a lot of overpriced sssssscrap we eventually purchased an early 70's MGB
At first it was great, new, different, nostalgic. But
gradually, probably rekindled by the ssssscrap we had seen, all of those
memories of my early commutes were resurrected, so not wanting to return to the
constant running repairs that were so normal in my youth and readily accepted
as part everyday life, I embarked on pulling it apart repairing and replacing
all of those parts that I knew needed 'improving'.
With the capable aid of 'Mr.
Manual Haynes', I set to work
removing this, replacing that, modifying and improving,
eventually it 'kinda' worked, after all
it never let us down. We joined Arden MG Club and we met all of you and I hope
made lots of new friends. BUT, old memories of my youth had been stirred and as
the memories of the vigorous rubbing returned, and those dreams of the' Big Healey E Type MGA Dart' cameflooding back.
I told Caroline about
my dreams as a youth during those endless hours of vigorous rubbing, and her
response was so encouraging that we decided to keep an eye out for an MGA.
As I said we found one at the beginning of the year and we
set to work on it.
Unfortunately the reality of having OLD cars is they are prone
to deterioration at the slightest hint of a cloud, and not having enough indoor
space for the 'B' while working on
the 'A' we reluctantly decided to
part with our now beloved MGB.
By September she was finished (the MGA that is, not Caroline) except
the 'BIT' (another story).

Anyway, while I was waiting for that BIT for the MGA "my
wife and I" decided to purchase a more modern MG to use on those less
pleasant days when the British weather is a bit less appealing to us softies
and even less appealing to the Motor Engineering of the 60's and 70's. Besides
we wanted to continue with Arden MG events, and it didn't feel right bringing
an alternative Nissan or Audi.
We reluctantly purchased a modern MG TF. When I say
reluctantly, it was never a car I lusted after or even considered, but we
decided on the TF because of the badge
and thought that being a modern car we could leave it out in the rain just like
the Nissan and the Audi and it wouldn't be affected by the weather and we could
use it on those less clement days when the MGA would 'suddenly disintegrate while we were driving it on a day when the
humidity went slightly above 0.005,' and they are relatively inexpensive,
please note I didn't say cheap.
When I say modern I
mean 2004, and to classic car enthusiasts that's NEW, although in this
throw-away society anything more than 10 min old is considered Classic or Retro or something.
Anyway we researched the TF a bit, heard some of the horrors
of head gaskets, cam belts and cooling and such but decided to try and see.
When I first drove one I was really surprised, certainly not
the same standard as the 100E, thank heavens. Plenty of room, power to spare,
superb breaking, great fuel economy and to top it all cheap classic insurance.
Why had all this been kept so quiet?
When I bought the car my only doubt was the short MOT left
on it but I had managed to beat down the price so off we went.
I decided not to do anything to it before it went for its
MOT after all what could be wrong the Cylinder Head, Cam Belt and Cooling Problems
had all been checked, changed and done surely anything else would be a piece of
The day came for the MOT, it went up on the garage lift,
this was my chance to finally get a good look underneath, after all it is a
very low car and I'm not. I took my chance, all seemed fine until the examiner
started 'digging' with his 'pickaxe' "what you doing" I said indignantly, I had
never seen such legalised vandalism, "they have a common problem here" was the
reply "look here" he said and there they were, not visible before and hardly
noticeable now but tiny cracks had started to appear once the crud had been
gouged away. It failed on the front wishbones.
They then had the cheek to give me a 'ball park' figure for
the repair and estimated time to get the parts and fit them. I was shocked, I
didn't want to buy a 'park to play ball in' and I wasn't even sure that I had
'that long left.'
I took the car away and ordered the parts which arrived the
next day. I put the car on ramps and eagerly began, I'll show those 'conmen' I'll
fit these and take it back this afternoon I thought.
That's when my troubles began.
I have worked on a lot of old cars, some a lot older than
this modern one, but virtually every bolt would not undo, no matter what was
tried, penetrating oil, releasing agents, air tools, heating them up or cooling
them down, most were just seized. I even found some that previous mechanics had
sheared off and left.
Finally I managed to remove replace or re-tap all the
necessary fastenings and replace the offending wishbones, along with bushes and
bearings that may fail in the future and so hopefully avoiding further woes.
I returned the car to the Test Centre the next day to the
amazement of the examiner who took pity on me and fitted it in for a retest straight
away…………. It Passed…………….
……The Tips…...
Especially for you guys with a Modern F or TF or vehicles
where the materials may not be quite as good as you expect.
Check your undercarriage especially the nuts and if possible remove inspect
and renew as required and when replacing
apply copper grease liberally.
If you have work done by a third party 'Don't assume the so called
professionals will always be Professional'
…….The morals…..
'Be careful what you wish for'
Great, thanks again Roger,
looking forward to seeing the 'A' on the road. I've got another story for next moth, who else would like to put pen to
paper or even run their fingers across a keyboard? If you enjoyed reading this story, everyone
will enjoy reading your story and as I've said before if you have some photos
all the better.
Safe MGing