The MG Car Club
Old factory records are available and, in the case of my 1952 TD, I was able to confirm the engine and chassis numbers, the original colour of the car and upholstery, plus the date that it left the factory.
In South Africa, the clubs also keep records of the members’ cars; in addition, many MG were exported to the then Rhodesia and there is an independent website of all the known MGs that were there and in many cases where they are now.
Club activity consists of a monthly get-together called a noggin; this may include a talk by an invited guest or by one of the members. Needless to say, a few pints are shared but the talk is mostly about the cars. Once a month, the club outing takes place (usually on a Sunday) and could be in the form of a run to places of interest, a rally, a treasure hunt or a car-related quiz. The outings frequently end in a lunch or picnic. From time to time, other clubs invite the MG club to one of their events.
To maintain contact with other centres, a get-together is organised every second year with the host club rotating – next year it’s the Northern region’s (Pretoria) turn. These Indabas are attended by MG members from all over South Africa and frequently from overseas clubs.
Apart from the regular gatherings, members attended an event in Knysna and Cradock earlier this year; in July, cars will be making their way to the Scottburgh Classic Car Show (www.scottburghclassiccarshow.co.za). In August, it’s the 60th anniversary of the launch of the MGA, so there is a tour to the Eastern Cape and back.
Some real enthusiasts have done trips through Zimbabwe, a Cape-to-Cairo run with five Australian entries, and one of our members previously joined a UK team to drive from London to Sydney.
As a club, we work hard to encourage younger members to join. To this end we have a youth programme where youngsters (15-20) enrol and are taught how to restore or rebuild an MG and then modify the engines to go racing. Yep, these lads fare very well in the classic car races all over the country. Cars and parts are usually donated by members but a number of sponsors are also involved.
The club membership is open primarily to owners of an MG, be it single or family membership; anyone not an owner is also welcome to join as an associate, but be warned … once you’ve joined as an associate, you will want to buy one of these fantastic classics.
Find out more about the MG club of South Africa by contacting Randall at 082 414 0438 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Randall is also always on the lookout for a new project – if you are aware of some neglected MG tucked away in a dusty garage or wilting under a tree … give him a call.