COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT - ALL BRITISH DAY
One of the ways the club shows its Community Involvement is with All British Day. All British Day is the club's charity event and the most recent one was held on 19 September, 2021. It was another successful ALL BRITISH DAY FOR 2021 - Thank you to all who contributed in any way. Here's a report:
All British Day – Brisbane 2021
The planning was underway the badges had arrived but we were unsure if the event would go ahead. Watching the news every morning and evening to see if any more cases had occurred moving us closer to that lockdown.
Sunday dawned a brilliant day, I hadn’t really worried about the weather, that was low down on my list of concerns. The vehicles started arriving, initially a few but then it started, in all we estimated 676 based on our number of badges. We could not have hoped for a better outcome, our best day ever.
The good attendance of MGs was again repeated this year. Hopefully some new members for the three clubs. Some MGs were located with other marque clubs, non marque clubs and in the spectator car park so we need to do more to bring those MGs into the greater MG community.
The attendance by ‘OXFORD’ the Land Rover added a new opportunity for ABD-B to add another feature to the event. The replica ‘Police Car’ was also popular with the kids, both young and old and some ex London Bobbies who now call Oz home.
A big ‘Thank You’ to all MGCCQ members from Richard down who helped out on Saturday and Sunday. I know David and his team had some dramas at the ‘Front Of House” but managed to keep the display vehicles and the spectators pouring in. A special thanks to Chez and Ross Letten for their, at short notice, management of the judging and trophy presentation.
By Sunday afternoon the disappointment of 2020 was forgotten. Planning is already underway for next year so start getting those cars ready. We can still fit a few more cars in the MG spaces.
We will again make a significant presentation to QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute to help in their ongoing research. Thanks again to Shannons for their sponsorship.
Best Of British to everyone - Max.
The 2015 amd 2016 events were very successful and in 2015, cheques for $5000 were presented to representatives of QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and RACQ Careflight.
Photo on left - As a result of a very successful event in 2018, a cheque for $10,000 was recently presented to the QIMR representative, Graeme Higgs, who is pictured receiving the cheque from David Robinson and Ross Kelly. .
2019 All British Day
Our newly elected President, Peter May, may only have arrived back home late on Friday 20th Sept but he was at All British Day on Sunday 22nd to be part of the celebrations of All British Day and to present the
trophies to the winners. Click here for the list of trophy winners.
Photo on right - Peter May and David Robinson present the cheque from the 2019 ABD to Anna Welsh from the QMIR.
All British Day - Brisbane 2019
The rain teased us on Saturday and again on Sunday but did not arrive. Again, we had that wide variety of British classics that we had in past years but always something new turns up to surprise us. This year it was that magnificent polished aluminium 1925 Vauxhall but there were other little gems like the beautiful little red Austin 7.
The Healeys, Triumphs, MGs and Morgans were all there in great numbers. The Rovers and Land Rovers filled their space to capacity.
The ‘Field of Dreams’ was, again, filled with an array of British Thoroughbreds including the Rolls Royce Phantom V used for the Queen in Australia. Aston Martin numbers were up on past years and of course the McLaren was there again.
The display of a sectioned working Imp engine/transmission for a second year was another highlight of the day. It would be good if we could get more interesting displays like this.
The steam roller could not be there due to the dry weather and fire risk, but Ian did bring his truck. Numbers were on par with last year with just over 600 vehicles attending with motorcycle numbers increasing over past years.
We introduced a new category, ‘Best Off Road Vehicle’. The variety and high standard of vehicles increases each year which places more workload on our judges - and we never have enough of them.
Thanks again to Shannons, our sponsor, for their continuing support and thanks to you, the enthusiasts who prepared and displayed your vehicles that made the day the success that it was.
Congratulations to all our winners on the day.
Until next year,
Best of British.
There was great support from our members for the All British Day display on 22 Sept. Just some of them are pictured here.
Some of the marques which were on display at All British Day.
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