THE OCTAGON
 

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL MAGAZINE TROPHY - 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2013 NATIONAL MEETINGS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

60th ANNIVERSARY OCTAGON ARCHIVE PROJECT ...

As part of their contribution to the 60th anniversary of the Club being celebrated in 2014, the current Octagon Editor, Elaine Hamilton, and the Club Webmistress, Glenda Crew, worked together to make all issues of the Octagon which are in the Club's archives, accessible through the website. This gives you all great insight into the Club's history as you read about people, events, results etc from over the past 60 years. It also allows you to see the progression of the Octagon from a slim Fordigraph (spirit duplicator) 8 page issue to the current full colour, fully professionally produced issues.

Click here to go to the 60th Anniversary Octagon Archive Project Page.
 

The Octagon, the magazine of the MG Car Club of Qld Inc, has been published since January, 1957. Prior to that, newsletters had been published to keep members up to date with activities. Over the years, thanks to the dedication of some Club members, its publication has continued in various forms.
 

The first issues were printed on spirit duplicators before the ‘new’ technology of ink duplicators took over; then, photographs gradually became incorporated along with advertising. Now, of course, with modern technology, the latest Octagons are very smart-looking magazines.

The Octagon page has been added to the Website to allow you better access for submitting material for the ‘Octagon’ so that it can become even more representative of the Club and its members. We would love to have more members submitting items for inclusion.

Here are some possibilities:
 - A letter to the Editor
 - A bit of publishable gossip about a club
   member or activity for ‘Sump Plug’
 - A bit of trivia for ‘Bits and pieces’
 - An original cartoon or piece of art work
 - An article about -

  • a trip you have done in your MG

  • restoration you have undertaken to an MG

  • a competition you have entered in an MG

  • your ideas for Club activities

  • a road test of an MG, old or new

  • why you joined the Club

  • anything that is of interest to a number of Club members
     

Just write your contribution and submit it through here or post it to the Club’s postal address, GPO Box 1847 Brisbane 4001. Don't forget - get your contribution in by emailing here. (Elaine Hamilton).
 

Old Copies of Octagon:

The Club has been trying to put together as complete a collection of past Octagons as possible. The following seem to be missing from our collection; the problem is that we don’t know how many were published in some years. If you have any information – or old Octagons – that will help make this collection complete we’d love to hear from you.
 

Here is a list of old Octagons wanted:

1958 – Any between July and November
1959 – July, August, October, November, December
1960 – January, February, May, June, Aug, Sept
1961 – Jan, Mar, Apr, May, Dec
1962 – May, Jun, Dec
1963 – Jan, Apr, May, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
1964 – Jan, Feb, Mar, June, July, Sept, Oct, Dec
1965 – Jan, Feb, April, Sept, Oct, Dec
1966 – Feb, June, Oct, Nov, Dec
1967 – Apr, May, Sept, Nov
1968 – Jan, May, June, Sept, Nov​
1969 – June, Sept, Nov, Dec

1970 – Feb, May (Dec Octagon was included in Jan 71 Octagon)
1971 – Jan, Mar, June, July
1973 – Nov

1974 –June, Oct, Dec

The latest Octagon

A very Early Octagon

PAST ISSUES:

For access to all Octagons from the oldest to the latest, go to the 60th Anniversary Octagon Archive Project Page.

Old Octagons wanted (cont.):

1976 – Apr, July, Aug, Oct, Dec
1977 – Mar
1978 – Apr
1980 – Feb, May, June, Aug, Oct, Nov, Dec
1981 – Feb to Dec
1982 – Feb

 

This list would have been much longer but for the contributions of Peter and Delia Rayment, John Muller, Nigel Stevens, John Walker, Mal Spiden, Paul Strange, Ann Thomson, Doug Partington and David Robinson who has been the keeper of the collection.

OCTAGON ARTICLES OF ENDURING INTEREST (Click title)

1. OCTAGONE - or A RIDE DOWN MEMORY LANE
by Elaine Hamilton who, while archiving the articles from past Octagons came across these interesting snippets of information from years past.

3. AUSTRALIA'S FASTEST SQUARE RIGGER
by Lionel Ayers (of his racing TC) Published August 2008. The early racing days of one of Queensland's, and the Club's, most successful racing drivers.

5. LIFE MEMBERSHIP OF CAMS FOR ANN THOMSON (Reproduced from the Octagon of April 2009.) Following a lifetime of dedication to the MG Car Club of Qld Inc and to CAMS, Ann Thomson was awarded CAMS life membership for remarkable and exemplary service.

7. THE COLLINS CONNECTION
by Pat and Desley Collins (Published Aug 2007).  Find out about the connections this family has with the Club and discover the secret past of our webmistress.

9. ADRIAN DANIEL'S BUCHANAN - the story of one man's ambition to build his own car. (Pub Apr 2005)

11. BRIAN TEBBLE AND THE MURPHY P TYPE

(Pub Dec 2006).
A brief story of  a happy coincidence.

13. MEMORIES … by Tom Storrie (Pub 2005).
An intriguing article about  the testing of Kerry Horgan's Customline at Lowood in 1963.

15. SLICES OF CLUB HISTORY -
by Elaine Hamilton.  
Click here - [Part 1] [Part 2]

4. ORIGINS OF THE SACRED OCTAGON
by Graeme Walker and KNITTING PATTERN for the Octagon by Delia Rayment. (published 2006)
 

8. THE RAYMENT STORY:
their personal perspective of Club history (Pub 2006)

10. THE LAKES' MGA STORY by David Lake, the Restorer's apprectice. (Pub Oct 2006). The story of the family's 5791 day restoration project.

14. MALCOLM SPIDEN'S HISTORY OF QLD MOTORSPORT. Malcolm's research  into finding out about the formation of the Club. Click here - [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5]

16. DAVID MILES -
His personal history of 2 terms as President -  Click here - [Part 1] [Part 2]

17.  Y TO THE WEST & BACK - by Peter and Delia Rayment's account of their trip to the 2016 National Meeting in Perth in their MGY.

18. KEN EBELING'S MOTORING STORY - This is comprised of fourteen chapters and will give the reader insight into motoring, the early history of the Club and its events plus the documentation of many results of events put on by our Club and others. The chapters are:

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