A NEW MG car club in Far North Queensland is up and running, reports NICK DALTON.
THE inaugural meeting is on Sunday, November 2. Organiser Justin Nicholls said, after a story about the formation of the club was published in The Weekend Post on September 27, he had been contacted by many MG enthusiasts.
He said the owners of 19 cars would form the new club.
“We’ve been contacted by the owners of six or seven MGBs, two or three MGAs, two MG TFs, two MG Fs, one Triumph TR6 and one Mazda MX-5,’’ Mr Nicholls said. “We’ve had a fantastic response,’’ he said. The first meeting is being held at the undercover barbecue area opposite The Pier Tavern at the Lagoon south-eastern lawn at 10am.
“The Cairns Regional Council will reserve 20 car parks for us,’’ Mr Nicholls said.
“We expect the meeting will run for about two to two and a half hours and then we will have a photo shoot at Trinity Wharf at 12.30pm,’’ he said.
Mr Nicholls said the guest speaker at the gathering to create the MG Car Club of Queensland Far North Queensland chapter would be MG Car Club of Queensland president David Miles.
Also attending are vice-president Kevin Ponting and other senior members John Davies and Gurney Clamp
“Following the meeting all those who have contacted us said they were keen to go for a drive,’’ Mr Nicholls said.
Mr Nicholls and his partner Julie Carney decided to form the MG Car Club of Far North Queensland because of their love of the brand.
They have a 1969 MGB roadster which has been in the Nicholls family for 22 years.
Mr Nicholls’ mother bought the car in New South Wales when he was 11 and he acquired it in 2003.
He said the convertible was in original condition and, apart from regular servicing and maintenance, remained true to its origins.
Mr Nicholls said he and Ms Carney believed there was a need for an MG car club in the region.
"We want to be able to meet other MG owners, go on drives and outings with like-minded people together to enjoy MGs," Mr Nicholls said.
MG is a British marque that traditionally produced sports cars from 1924 to 2005. MG originally stood for Morris Garages, a dealer of Morris cars which began producing its own customised versions.
Almost all "pure" MGs are two-seat open sports cars, but the brand has also been used to designate sportier versions of other models, mainly sedans.