Category Archives: Outings

Winchester MGOC Cobweb Spin

Organised by the Winchester MG Owners Club, we headed out for a family day out at Sir Harold Hillier Arboretum and Gardens near Romsey, Hampshire.

“MG Owners from far and wide will be proudly displaying their beautiful classics such as MGAs, MGBs and Midgets. There will be other Golden Oldies including makes such as Triumph, Morris and Austin.”

It was really nice to meet up with other owners of these beautiful classic cars, as well as other members of the local Winchester club, who I don’t get to see as often as I’d like due to working hours/commitments.

Being so close to home, this was definitely something I’d do again, as the family and I are frequent visitors to these gardens. A lovely day in the most beautiful, picturesque surroundings, with my favourite kind of cars all around me. There was only one word to describe this – bliss! πŸ™‚

A big thank-you to Steve and the other organisers in the Winchester MGOC for arranging this. πŸ™‚

Classic Car show at the NEC Birmingham

Onur, Nick, (driving his ’88 Nissan Silvia) and I headed up together to the Birmingham NEC on Sunday for the Classic Car Show.

We had a good run up, with very light rain from time-to-time, but it was belting down on the way back South.

Nevertheless, we had a really good day, that proved to be fun and interesting for all of us.

We’d barely starting looking around when Nick met a chap with a Reliant Scimitar SSC, built with the same engine as his Nissan Silvia. Though he may deny it, and I’m certain he lost all sense of time, he slipped straight into the geekzone πŸ™‚

Onur saw a DeLorean just like the one in Back to the Future, KITT from Knight Rider, the Ghostbusters vehicle and Lightning McQueen from Cars – see photos πŸ™‚ That made his day, as it would any 9 year old. To be fair, I was quite amazed at the level of detail these enthusiasts had gone to, but can;t deny some of it was very impressive.

I took the opportunity to join the MG Car Club, (which I’d been thinking about for a while), bought a new baseball cap and a few electrical connectors for Murphey, and took every opportunity to see how the MGB’s in “show quality” looked. I almost drooled when I saw some of the engines in these cars. For the life of me, I can’t fathom how much effort it must take to make them look like that. I bet they didn’t look that good when they left the factory, and I wondered if these cars ever actually hit the road, or are kept wrapped up in cotton wool in a nice warm garage!

All in all, it was a great day out, and I’d highly recommend visiting the show to anyone, whether you’re deep into classic cars or not. Here’s some pics of the day…


You could eat your dinner off this engine, it was so immaculate!

You could eat your dinner off this engine, it was so immaculate!

South Downs Run – 31st August 2014

Organised by the West Sussex MG Owners’ Club, the South Downs Run is a scenic and non-competitive drive of about 70 miles along the beautiful South Downs from Bury Hill to Eastbourne in Sussex. The run proves to be very popular each year, with over 220 cars spanning the MG range welcome regardless of club affiliations.

Starting at Bury Hill near Arundel, entrants were given Tulip route instructions at the start. Four hours were allowed for the journey, travelling at a leisurely pace in keeping with the traffic laws prevailing along the route.

The Western Lawns on the Eastbourne seafront marked the end of the run, and ideal place for a picnic, with a superb Jazz band playing all afternoon.

The weather was perfect, and along with my nine-year son, Onur, by my side as navigator, (and a brilliant job he did too!), we had a fantastic day taking in the scenery, and of course, the classic cars πŸ™‚

On the road, with beautiful MG’s all around us πŸ™‚

Parked up in Eastbourne