VALE Ann Thomson 1924 - 2021
Ann Thomson - racing driver, rally driver, official, Steward, Queensland State Council Delegate, Rally Director, Time keeper and Life member of MG Car Club of Queensland.
Ann joined the MG car Club of Queensland on 4 October 1955, member number 96. After gaining her competition licence her first competition race meeting was on 17 March 1956 at the Strathpine circuit where Ann raced her white MGTC. Newspaper reports stated Ann was 'holding off much faster cars and more experienced drivers until the last half of the handicap race' in which she was to finish in second place. The MG was followed by other sports cars which she raced were a Morgan Plus 4, Austin Healey BN2, a Lotus 15 in which Ann won the last race at the final race meeting at the Lowood circuit. The Lotus 15, chassis number 609 was previously owed by John Coombs Racing in England with team driver Roy Salvadori raced at LeMans and in British events before the vehicle came to Australia. Originally powered by a 997 cc Ford 105E engine it was replaced by a 1.5 litre pushrod Cosworth engine from Glyn Scott's Lotus 27. Next a Lightweight Lotus Elan previously owned by local sports racing driver Bill Gates for long distance sports events at the Surfers Paradise International Raceway. Sedan cars Ann raced were a Morris Cooper in local events which include the 4 hour Queensland Series Production Championship with co-driver Toni Lefrancke and a Morris Cooper S in the 1969 Hardie Ferodo 500 mile event at Bathurst with Carole Corness as co-driver. Not only a competitor in regular local meetings, Ann undertook several interstate trips to compete at Warwick Farm and Oran Park circuits in either the Elan or the Cooper S.
On occasions Ann would be the entrant enabling drivers as Vince Jordan and Les Agnew to compete in her Morgan, Allan Reid in her Austin Healey, Glyn Scott (Lotus 15 and Lotus Elan), Brian Tebble (Lotus 15), with Joe Camilleri and John Humphrey in her Morris Cooper S. Glyn and Joe raced her Lotus Elan in the 6 hour Sports Car event of the 1969 Speed Week whilst Joe and John Humphrey raced her Cooper S in both 12 hours Series Production races (1969 and 1970).
Her introduction into rally competition started in 1969 with her daily drive Valiant Station Wagon before a Ford Cortina GT 500 with Toni Lefrancke as her navigator. Ann, Toni with Pam Elan competed in the 1970 Ampol Round Australia Trial in a Holden Kingswood. A regular competitor in the Queensland Rally Championship events with Ross Moir as navigator Ann rallied a Morris Mini DeLuxe, Morris 1500, followed by two Morris Marinas and the ex Ian Riedel Holden Torana GTR XU1. Ann undertook the role as Rally Director for a round of the Queensland Novice Rally Championship promoted by MGCCQ each year (1974 to 1977). From her experience before the role of Rally Director for a round of the Queensland Rally Championship promoted by MGCCQ each year (1978 to 1986) set initially in the Stanthorpe area during the Apple and Grape Festival and then in the Benarkin State Forest.
From her experience in business combined with her organisational skills and zeal for perfection Ann was appointed Treasurer for the CAMS Queensland State Office then Assistant State Secretary in the early 1960's.
Ann joined the committee of the MG Car Club in 1966 as Treasurer. During this period the club was developing the bush land property at Mount Cotton into the first permanent hill climb in Queensland. She was a member of the Board of Directors for Mount Cotton Limited which was formed to raise the necessary finances to enable the building of the hillclimb to continue. She kept oversight of the finances of the club to see the successful completion of this project for the hillclimb the club has today where local, State and National events are held. Ann remained as Treasurer until 1991 a role she advised she enjoyed.
Always had the best interests of our club uppermost, could be found always attending events at Mount Cotton and MG promoted race meetings. In her last few years when mobility became more difficult, Ann always wanted to be kept informed of the 'what is happening in the outside world', how is the club going, what about the finances and for the club not to overspend.
Ann kept her interest in all aspects of motorsport through her involvement as Steward at various events, timekeeper at race meetings and Mount Cotton hillclimb, delegate to CAMS State Council (1970 to 2018) where she could debate her point of view vigorously and as a member of the Stewards Executive (1983 to 2018). Through her ongoing involvement Ann was nominated for a CAMS Service Award in 1974, followed by a CAMS Service Star in 1998 (for dedicated service over a prolonged period most probably across a number of roles and duties) then received a CAMS Life Member award in 2008 (bestowed on individuals with long term distinguished services to motorsport for extraordinary expertise, dedication and positive influence).
Described as awesome in style, awe inspiring with her drive and dedication Ann will be sadly missed by those who appreciated what a tremendous influence she had not only on the MG Club, CAMS and by motor sport generally. Ann was unique, we will miss her and her counsel.
Ann was 97 years young
NEW CLUB CALENDAR PROGRAM
A new program for the Club calendar has just been introduced. For our administrators it makes data entry easier and the task can also be shared; importantly for you, the layout is very clear and user-friendly. We hope you like it. Go to the calendar page of the website, have a look and explore the options for viewing the information - day, week, four weeks, month and list.
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Important message for anyone who takes part in CAMS events.
CAMS have advised that if a new rule or a change of rule appears on their website then that information is deemed to have been distributed. Therefore, it is wise that everyone check the CAMS website often.
Entry forms for Club events will be posted on the web site on the entry page, as a PDF file, as soon as they become available. You can also register online on the CAMS Online Event Entry system.
CONCESSIONAL REGISTRATION UPDATE OF INFORMATION, Feb 2009, RE TAKING SIV REGISTERED VEHICLES TO THE CLUBROOMS.
Recently I was asked by a couple of members to seek clarification from Queensland Transport as to whether or not our members are permitted, under the restrictions of Special Interest Vehicle Registration (commonly referred to as 'Concessional Registration'), to drive their concessionally registered cars to the Clubrooms on a Friday night for the weekly Friday night Noggin 'n' Natters. The guidelines which are published on the Qld Transport website and the letters which those with cars on this type of registration received from Qld Transport last year certainly did not give a clear indication of whether or not this usage was permitted. Please click here to read the response from Queensland Transport in full.
THE CLUB JOINS FACEBOOK.
The Club has a Facebook page named MG Car Club of Qld inc and Mt Cotton Hillclimb. The aim of having this page is to use it as another way of getting messages to Club members. Its purpose is to complement this website, not replace it. Click here for our page!!
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR MGF OWNERS
The Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) has recently published a ‘Vehicle Standard Instruction’ (15/12/2011) in relation to the replacement of hydragas units in MGFs.
You can access the information here.
SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION - UPDATE OF INFORMATION, August 2014
An updated list of FAQ's relating to the use of SIV registered vehicles is available here.
From time to time CAMS advises us of training sessions for people wishing to become CAMS officials - stewards, flaggies, time-keepers etc.
If you would like to be on a list to receive this information could you please email Elaine Hamilton here
Updated lists of the resources available to you in the club library are available here. There is one listing all the resources by title, one by shelf list i.e. the order they are in on the shelves, one by author and one by subject.
Don't forget that the library is open on the first and third Friday night of each month for browsing or borrowing. Please come along and make use of this wonderful resource.
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