Major National and Interclub Events
National Meetings are an opportunity for the members of MG Car Clubs from all over Australia to gather with their cars in the one location and participate in a number of organised sporting and social events.
The first Australian National Meeting was hosted by our Club in 1970. Since then it has been held continuously at Easter every year moving from state to state, with our Club hosting the meeting seven times over the years.
The event begins with registration and scrutineering on Friday, Nog ‘n Natter (a get together and a chat) in the evening offers a time to catch up with interstate friends from previous years or to make new ones. Saturday involves all the cars being paraded for the Concours D’Elegance (a car show) held at an interesting venue in the hosting city. Sunday and Monday offers a choice of events for the socially minded or the more sporting competitive types – either way a good day is always had.
For the relaxed socially-minded one day offers the “Kimber Run”, the other day is “The Observation Run” which is a non-speed points scoring event. These two drives give the participants a chance for a pleasant touring trip through country areas of the host club, areas which you may not have had the opportunity to explore previously. For those with a sporting bent, Sunday or Monday offers a motorkhana of three or four tests. The other day is either a speed sprint or hill-climb.
Besides the Nog ‘n Natter on the opening evening there are two more social dinners, with one of them being a theme night. Monday is the presentation evening, when prizes for various weekend events are presented. The final event is the farewell breakfast on Tuesday morning.
The MG Car Clubs National Meeting offers a chance to explore parts of Australia in your MG you may not have visited. You’ll be sharing the experience with other MG aficionados from your own club, and like-minded members of clubs from around the country. The event is an opportunity to renew old friendships and make new ones.
Gathering of the Faithful
GOF refers to the Gathering of the Faithful. This event is hosted by the Wagga Wagga MG Club and is normally held in mid-September.
The Gathering of the Faithful attracts MG owners from near and far and provides an opportunity for a very relaxed program of activities including a welcome buffet dinner on Friday night and a casual run on the Saturday (featuring a stop for legendary cake and coffee/tea), followed by a sit-down dinner. On the Sunday a breakfast is followed by a display of cars. The Gathering of the Faithful is part of a wider community celebration in Wagga Wagga.
All British Day
This annual event is organised by the Association of British Car Clubs (ABCC) and is held in September or October at The Kings School in Parramatta. This event brings together a display all the famous British marques from of over 50 NSW clubs.
The All British Day car display is normally combined with the school’s art display and is a fund raising effort for a number of charities. It is an opportunity to display our MGs and an opportunity to promote our club. The BMC Car Club trophy is awarded each year by the ABCC to the car club with the best club display. Some car clubs also use this day for their concours event.
The Pre-War Rally is a biennual event for the pre-war MG owners from all around Australia to enjoy their cars on beautiful country roads free of city hassles and in the company of like-minded owners.
The rally attracts around 60 pre-war MGs and has continued to grow. Often the event has been held in Beechworth in Victoria, however it has been held at other venues in recent years.
The group is accommodated together at a suitable place, so people get to know one another. A beautiful country drive is organised on excellent tarred roads to a luncheon venue and visiting historic towns.
Sometimes, the dinners will feature a visiting speaker such as Allen Tomlinson (who won the 1939 Grand Prix at Lobethal in a MG TA) or Harry and Kathy Hickling (who took part in the Peking to Paris Rally in a special bodied MG SA).
A display day is also organised and a People’s Choice car is awarded a trophy. Photographs of each car are taken and a brief history of the car is collated into a Pre War Register book that can be purchased from the committee.
In 1972, The MG Car Club Ltd. (Sydney) was a founding member of the Combined Sports Car Association (CSCA). This involves each affiliated club holding a round of the annual supersprint series for drivers from each member club and invited clubs.
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