A NEW MG car club in Far North Queens­land is up and run­ning, re­ports NICK DAL­TON.

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - Front Page -

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.

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