The Club offers a number of social events throughout the year which are ideal for getting to know other club members in differing environments. They also allow those with cars on Special Vehicle Registration to make good use of them.
Our six Chapters offer a great number of social get togethers in the form of Club runs and midweek runs. These are all listed in the Club calendar and on their individual web pages.
We are all members of the MG Car Club of Qld which means that anyone and everyone is welcome at any of these runs.
Those planning a driving holiday in Queensland could check the Club calendar to see if they could include a Club run - either Brisbane or Chapter - in their schedule.
The information here relates to those in the BRISBANE AREA and to others visiting Brisbane.
Club runs - This term refers to runs which are organised for a weekend day, generally Sunday. There is no regular program for these so an eye should be kept on the calendar to find when these are scheduled.
Midweek runs - These are run from February to November and are always on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Sometimes an optional overnight stay is included.
Noggin 'n' Natters - These are social get togethers for those in the Brisbane area - or those visiting Brisbane - to meet up and have a good chat about cars and other things. These are held on the first and third Friday of the month at the Clubrooms from 6.30pm until about 9.30pm. Members are encouraged to come along in their MGs. Our Club Captain, Don Webster, tries to find guest speakers etc to add interest to the night and encourages members to offer themselves or to suggest others who may be able to contribute to these nights.
CHRISTMAS GET TOGETHER, 8 DECEMBER, 2019
The Clubrooms were almost full to capacity for the Christmas get together on Dec 8 with club members enjoying a well-catered meal and lots of good fellowship with fellow Club members.
As always, the 'Cent auction' style raffles were popular with all of the donated prizes greatly appreciated by those successful in getting their desired item/s. Many thanks to all those generous people who contribute - and, in some cases, make - the prizes.
ANNUAL DINNER AND PRESENTATION OF CLUB TROPHIES 2 FEBRUARY, 2019
There was a happy festive atmosphere as Club members assembled at the Alex Hills Hotel for the annual dinner and presentation of Club trophies. There was particular interest in the venue as this will be 'home base' for activities during the National Meeting over Easter. In the absence of multiple trophy winner, Pauline Graham, Charlize Tighe proved to be a happy, proud and successful substitute. Click here for list of winners.
2018 TROPHY WINNERS
Appleby trophy for the Top Six Challenge.
1st - Dean Tighe
2nd - Michael von Rappard
3rd - Dean Amos
4th - Jim Milliner
5th - Greg Tebble
6th - Warwick Hutchinson
CLUB TROPHY WINNERS FOR 2018
G.C.Reid trophy for CTA Driver - Don Webster
M.E.Hunter trophy for CTA Navigator - Ann Webster
M.E.Hunter motorkhana trophy - Pauline Graham
The Khanacross Trophy - Pauline Graham
Viscount Nuffield Speed trophy - Geoff Cohen
Geary Sportscars Concours Trophy - Barry Evans
Howard trophy for Best All-Round - Ken Graham
Peter Uscinski trophy for Marque Speed - Flavio Paggiaro
Ladies Trophy - Pauline Graham
The David Miles Perpetual Shield for Participation in Club Events Driving a Pre-war MGT - ony Slattery
The T-series trophy - Don Webster
Best MG Trophy - Don Webster
The McConnell motorkhana trophy for MGs - Malcolm Spiden
Racing Driver’s Trophy - Warren Tegg
Motorkhana Junior Encouragement Trophy - Jeremy Mattea
The Miles E Hunter Trophy For Centre Achievement - Elaine Hamilton
Brian Tebble Award for contribution to Mount Cotton Hillclimb - Diane Davies
Inaugural Meeting of Regional Chapters
MG Car Club of Queensland (Inc.) - 28 September - 1 October, 2018
by David Miles, MGCCQ Chapter Liaison Offer
Queensland's newest regional chapter, Bundaberg and District, under the leadership of Eric and Janelle Beckmann, did us all proud with the clubs first, chapter organised, meeting over the Queens Birthday long weekend.
Commencing on Friday 28th September with a “Meet & Greet” at the Spotted Dog Tavern, located conveniently close to our accommodation, it gave the opportunity for Eric to outline the proceedings for the next few days, and club Vice president Ken Wasley to welcome participants on behalf of the club management committee, whilst refreshments and dinner were enjoyed. This was going to be a weekend to enjoy!
Thirty or more MGs and a few other makes lined up beside Alexander Park, wisely arranged into two groups with Bundaberg hosts taking up front, centre and “tail end Charlie” for each group, each sporting ribbons to identify that they, at least, knew where they were headed. This configuration, whilst it didn't quite go to plan, had us headed to Elliot Heads via a stop at The Hummock with its view over the surrounding cane fields. Following morning tea the re-organised groups headed back to The Hinkler Museum for lunch followed by inspection of the museum and / or Bert Hinkler's home which had been transported, brick by brick, from England.
The much anticipated tour of the famous Bundaberg Rum Distillery didn't disappoint. The animated tour guides enthusiastically pointed out the procedures and plant by which the rum and associated products are produced, following which the anticipated tasting of products took place. Then was then a short drive back to our respective motels where more tasting of these and other beverages took place in preparation for dinner at The Rocks Restaurant just a short distance away.
Here we continued meeting new friends and old. With every Chapter of the MGCCQ represented, there was plenty of catching up to do and new friends to make, ensuring the future of this type of event for years to come. Eric, however, still had much more in store.
Alexander Park was the 8.00am rendezvous again. With a much more orderly start we drove in a long convoy to the seaside town of Bargara where we proudly formed the largest group of one-make cars as part of the annual Auto Mazing Show of hot rods, muscle and other interesting cars.
So there was lots to see and, again, more new friends to meet and greet, as well as some 21 additional people and 12 cars from Bundaberg and Hervey Bay who took advantage of attending just for one day.
And, after lunch, it just got better! We headed off to an unpretentious shed on a cane form where a local farmer has stored his life-long collection of cars – just nice cars, mostly Australian, but all in very good condition and all looking as though they could happily drive anywhere at all. There was even an MGB utility, claimed to be one of two factory prototypes! Oh, as well, Victa mowers, old tractors and a collection of stationary farm engines! If that wasn't enough, a magnificent afternoon tea prepared by Barry and Coral Hosking and helpers.
Then, as if as a fitting finale, came the storm. Rain is badly needed in and around Bundaberg, so perhaps our shiny cars provided the attraction. Fortunately we were spared the hail which transformed Childers, just up the road, into something that looked like a Swiss village, but it certainly rained.
Sunday evening was designated a free night, so we all made our own arrangements for dinner and began preparation for homeward journeys. What a great weekend it had been, but Eric, Janelle and Bundaberg hadn't finished with us yet!
Breakfast was scheduled at 8.30 at RJ's Rock 'n' Roll Diner - a beautifully presented venue well and truly “trapped in the sixties” and specially opened for our breakfast. All too soon, goodbyes were the order of the day, with many collective kilometres ahead for the departing participants.
Eric, Janelle and all those wonderful helpers from Bundaberg Chapter certainly presented a memorable weekend for the 99 participants and their 59 cars. It will be a hard act to follow, but I am sure the MG spirit will prevail and the next meeting, possibly in two years time, will, wherever it is held, be just as entertaining. It's truly amazing just what exists in our regional towns, and how local knowledge is so vital when it comes to seamlessly putting it all on show. Near perfect weather prevails at this time of year, so let's hope our government stops playing politics with the date.
The photos below are just a selection of photos taken at various events over the weekend by Eric and Janelle Beckmann of the Bundaberg Chapter and David Hall and Lyn Hayward of the Wide Bay Chapter.
Christmas Get-together - Sunday, 9 December, 2018
What a happy function to finish off another successful year of social and competitive events for the Club. Huge thanks go to everyone who has contributed in any way. Regarding the Christmas get together, many thanks to those who gave their time and energy to preparing the Clubrooms with the festive decorations, to those who did the catering, to those who donated the many and varied raffle prizes which saw the many happy winners go home with their 'trophies' and final thanks to those who stayed back to do the less glamorous task of tidying up and restoring the clubrooms ready for 2019.
Special thanks to Malcolm Campbell for his camera skills and willingness to record so many of our Club events not just yesterday but throughout the year.
Best wishes to you all for Christmas and the New Year. Activities for 2019 start on 18 January, 2019 when the Clubrooms reopen with the first Noggin 'n' Natter of the year.
There is a visual feast for you of photos taken by Ian Colley on both Saturday at the Clubrooms and Sunday at the Hillclimb on his website - just follow this link.
Photos from Peter Buchanan.
A good night was had by all at the Club's presentation of Club trophies for 2017. Click here for the list of trophy winners. Click here for a list of those who broke Closed and/or Open Records at Mt Cotton in 2017. The names in bold indicate those who were present to receive their certificates.