2012 CONCOURS, 5th AUGUST, 2012
Thanks to the excellent organisation of Ross Kelly, Malcolm Spiden
and Rodney Lapworth and their team of helpers and to the excellent
support of Club members, Concours 2012 will go down as one to
remember for all the right reasons!
Not only was there a record entry of 108 cars for either judging or
display but MORE THAN 50 of those were MGBs. Our thanks go to all our
MGB owners who took up the challenge to celebrate the 50th
anniversary of the MGB and helped us to reach our goal of 50 MGBs on display.
The organisers provided a birthday cake decorated with a model of an
MGB GT. The model car was then the prize in a lucky number draw and
was won by an MGB GT owner, Ben Cain, of the well represented Darling
Downs Chapter. This luck of Ben's was then topped when he won the
king of all picnic baskets. Those not as lucky as Ben got the
consolation prize of a piece of birthday cake.
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This event derives from an earlier one called a Concours d’Elegance which originated in Paris in the early 20th century. It was a combined showcase of fashion and cars. It was revived at Surfers Paradise as part of the Speed Week held there in the 70s.
MG Car Clubs formed in Australia from the early 1950’s picked up the event as one of their annual features and in 1970 incorporated it as a National event in their Annual National Meetings. Our Club has presented a trophy for Concours since 1962 when
Denis Geary presented the Club with a trophy for this purpose.
The first winner was Tom Armstrong.
The current Concours event is confined to judging vehicles for
their relative merits in terms of finish, originality,
cleanliness and appointments. The coachwork design is not a
factor, but is for the purpose of determining classes, the
determinant of the marque. The basic intent of the Concours is aimed at ‘Maintaining the Marque’.
(The above is a summary of the introduction to the Club’s Concours Procedures Manual. The full text of the manual – 50 pages – may be downloaded
The four major winners on the day were the Boyces' MG F, Peter Gannon (special award for best MGB), the Jones's MGA and Ross Kelly's 1934 K1. The outright winner will be announced at the annual Club presentation of trophies early next year.
anniversary of the MGB birthday cake
Ben Cain with his model MGB GT and picnic basket