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Newsletter July 2020

Hello All

I hope you are all enjoying these cartoons from Graham, he is being very prolific, so several in this Newsletter. Enjoy.

This one is titled “Toilet Rolls Revisited”

Reports:

Social Distance run Mark 2:

I tried to be clever and add an additional stop into the original route, whilst changing another stop to even up the drive distances but what I failed to take into account is that when we rotated round we effectively move 2 places with the people we see from the opposite direction, however this does not work with an even number of stop points, so you only see half of the group!! The ‘Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men’ to quote the Scottish Bard. I will remember that if we ever need to do this again. Anyway, it didn’t rain and the sun shone for a while, so a good day was had.

British Motor Museum Re-Opening Run:

19 cars arrived at the Golden Cross to join in the run over to the Museum and yet again we had some sunshine, although it was blowing a gale at Gaydon. We were therefore able to keep our tradition of visiting with the Arden MG Club on the second day of opening, this is now the third time. Most of us took a picnic and sat around our cars (socially distanced of course) on the plateau overlooking the Museum Building. Some of us walked down to the Museum for a look round, it was great to be able to visit again after so long (well I enjoyed it despite the number of times I have walk through the collection). John was able to show off his new acquisition, the Iris Blue MGB Roadster, he had only had it a few weeks and looks really good (it must be popular at a future Show Night).

July Club Night:

This was a Zoom meeting again, as Matt was not yet ready to host our large group. The numbers get less each month but there were still a dozen of us. Fiona was kind enough to host the meeting with her account, so we were not limited by time and she found a new feature to allow a ‘sub-meeting’ putting us all into small groups for a chat, which worked well. Thanks Fiona.

Future Events:

Wilmcote Picnic Run – Sunday 2nd August:

Alan has offered to host a picnic in his Canal Side garden, which has plenty of space to park all the cars we might bring, so he and Trevor are coordinating to arrange our visit. I have been out to set a run to finish at Alan’s house in Wilmcote, with the start at ‘The Valley’ in Evesham (formally Evesham Country Park). The plan is to meet at the Valley in time to leave at 11.15am (park on the far right hand side of the main car park to keep away from the main visitors). The Valley looks to be open, so facilities and cafe may be available if you want to get there before 11, to meet up first. The run is 26 miles through country lanes and will take about an hour. After parking at Wilmcote, which will be in social groups of 6 (3 cars), we can enjoy a picnic. Please bring food for your own consumption, Alan may be able to offer some treats but more information nearer the time. At some stage we can move around to socialise with others whilst maintaining the clusters of 6.

If you would like to join in the fun please book with Trevor via email (ardenmgclubevents3@gmail.com ).

Club Night – Tuesday 4th August: I will talk to Matt in the near future to get his views on us having a meeting and will let you all know.

‘Aunt Sally’ Evening: Trevor is working on this to see if it will be possible to hold. Suggested dates are 18th or 19th August and will be in a pub near Shutford. I will confirm the details when we are sure the event can take place.

Other Events:

I’m still not adding items to the events Calendar until there is more clarity on the future of such events. If you are joining any events not listed above please ensure with the organisers that they will be taking place.

Other Matters:

Norman’s Photos:

If you would like to see any of the photos Norman takes on our events the current list for the events from this year is as follows:

http://normanlarge.com/ArdenMGCSocRun2/

http://normanlarge.com/ArdenMGCBMMRun20/

Club Website: I have made some progress with the website and have started to set up the new pages, however I have not worked out how to change the Home page!! When you look up the site ignore the home page and click on the titles in the horizontal bar, where the Newsletters and some other pages are. I will make more progress when time allows!!

What Have You Done With Your MG This Month:

David has sent me this photo of his BGT along side a friend’s Piper Cub, he was trying to emulate the Publicity Department at MG, with the photos used to sell them in the 60’s & 70’s. Looks like good fun to me.

This is my ‘B’ after returning from the recce of the Wilmcote Picnic Run Route, really enjoyed the drive on this sunny Sunday afternoon.

I received another photo recently from someone we know, who has joined the ranks of MG ownership, does anyone recognise her?

The Best Car I’ve Owned:

Has nobody owned a car they have enjoyed? No one has sent me their story!!! So here are a few more Coronavirus cartoons from Graham, the first 3 are Socially Distanced BBQs:

This is how we have all been on the Social Distance Runs:

Caption Competition:

The best caption received before 31st July gets the prize.

Stay safe, stay well

Paul

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