MASC Heart of England January Update

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MASC Heart of England January Update

by lara warburton

Hello everyone,

Welcome to 2021, and we’ve managed to get to the end of January!

This is my first update as the new Area Rep for the Heart of England Region. Dave Colclough decided to step down at the beginning of this year after 2 years in post – a huge thank you to Dave (and Linda) for all their great work during that time, and the support they are continuing to provide.

I’m aiming to distribute a brief monthly newsletter to let you know what’s going on, and in the coming months will also be sending you a short questionnaire to get your views on what you would like the club to be doing in the region. I just need to figure out how to do this using the area rep email process from the MASC website, rather than my personal email!

For those of you that haven’t met me yet – my name is Lara, I have a 1959 Frogeye (named Frodo by my mother) which I’ve had for 5 years. I seem to have spent my life around vehicles. Amongst other roles I’ve worked for ten years in the automotive manufacturing industry and three in aerospace (but I’m not an engineer). I met my partner Alan when we were doing maintenance for a mutual friend’s stage rally car. In 2017 we were two of the service crew for one of the teams in the East African Classic Safari Rally. Away from the mud and spanners, I love Goodwood Revival for the period cars and general atmosphere (including the 1940s, 50s and 60s style), and similar events such as Kop Hill Climb – Frodo has been taken part in that twice now.

I look forward to meeting you, as and when the restrictions are lifted and we can get out and about and enjoy our beloved cars again.

 

What’s Coming Up?

In terms of plans for the region for 2021, it’s a bit difficult to say at the moment. Dave C had a great line up for last year but sadly due to circumstances outside our control most didn’t happen. Although we did manage Wheels on Wednesday (on a Sunday?!) and Coventry Motorfest’s Shakespeare Run – both in September and subject to some restrictions.

At the moment I’m careful about getting us over excited about too many events until we see how 2021 develops, but I would be remiss not to mention:

MG Spare Day on 18th April. The date has gone back from Feb, and the location has changed to the Telford International Centre.

Drive It Day on 25th April. Last year we showcased photos of our cars for “Drive it on the Drive Day”. Fingers crossed this year we will be able to get our cars out, while ensuring we comply with social distancing restrictions.  The rally plates for this year are available to buy from the FBHVC’s Drive It Day website and proceeds will go to support the NSPCC’s Childline counselling service – mine is already in the garage ready to be fitted when the time comes.

The big Midget 60 Weekend on 25th – 27th June. Check out the MASC website or MASCOT for more info.

Subject to any replies and ideas from the questionnaire, I would hope we will be able to arrange events in conjunction with our neighbouring regions, and also reschedule some of the postponed activities from 2020.  More local events would include day car runs, Gaydon Gathering, Kineton Classic, Wheels on Wednesday, Gilks’ Garage Café and Caffeine & Machine. Other events could include rescheduling the Shuttleworth Collection and the Lincoln/IBCC weekends. Dave C also has made murmurings of a follow up to the 2019 Midsomer’s Murder Weekend!

In the mean-time we are continuing our monthly meetings via Zoom, each month featuring a quiz prepared by the winner of the previous month. February’s quiz hosts will be Jay and Liz Colley. I would love to see you online if you want to join us.

Details of our next meeting:

Date: Wed 10 February

Time: 8pm start

Zoom details: https://zoom.us/j/97790206378?pwd=QllFaWJpZDFwMmNyWmlnbTBsRWd5dz09

Meeting ID: 977 9020 6378

Passcode: 394161

 

Want to get more involved?

Do you want a mention in MASCOT? I’m on the look-out for member contributions to feature in the regional report. Have you been making improvements to your car? Do you want to reminisce about a previous event? What else do you want to share with other club members?

The deadline for submission to the editor is the first Friday of each month. Photos are especially welcome.  Please contact me at heartofengland@midgetandspriteclub.co.uk

We also need some photos showcasing our region and events to feature on our new Regional Page on the MASC website. If you have any photos you would like to share, please get in touch.

Lastly, the best regions aren’t run by one person. I would love to get together a group of people to help with activities. Whether its being a nominated technical expert, or an organiser of runs or events, or any other suggestion – please get in touch!

 

Best wishes

 

Lara

Reply to lara warburton | Jan 31,2021 |

MASC BRISTOL

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MASC BRISTOL

by Terry Horler

Hello fellow Mascavites,

I hope you are all keeping well and staying sane during this continuing pandemic. Not sure that I am as I have to decided to sell my multi shades of red Frogeye Sprite. Yes, its the ‘wind up’ Frogeye that I have owned since 1979.

Well known throughout the club, my Frogeye always draws attention, most of you will know why!  Anyway, impending loss of storeage space means that I have to reduce my Spriting footprint on South Gloucestershire. I would love to see my Sprite go a local new owner, so that I might see it again, rather than vanish altogether off my radar. Hence, I am giving Masc Bristol members a head start before it hits Mascot and the world at large. There is far too much to say about my Sprite to go into here. Just bung me a email for further info or phone number.

Terry   rebelwithasprite@hotmail.com

Reply to Terry Horler | Jan 28,2021 |

Zoom meeting 8pm 2nd Feb

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Zoom meeting 8pm 2nd Feb

by Gavin Rowles Rowles

Hello all.  I’ve had my lesson with Dave Colclough and he has suggested his presence on the first meeting might be helpful. Some points which could be of use should like me you be unused to Zoom as follows:-

  1. You will need an account from Zoom.is  This is staight forward to set up.  
  2.  I will send 2 links out to you all about  7.30pm.  Clicking on both should gain you access.
  3. Zoom works on all platforms. If you encounter any problems it is likely your PC/tablet/phone/laptop will need your settings amended in preferences.
  4. Upon entering Zoom make sure your microphone and camera are set to on.
  5. If you can’t gain access  give me a phone call on 01372457172 and I’ll see if Dave can help you. I hope to see you all next Tuesday.  Regards Gavin.

Your short story for club Magazine.

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Your short story for club Magazine.

by Robert Neil McLeod

Hello.

Hope you are all keeping well.

At our last Zoom Meeting and email that I sent out afterwards, I was asking if anyone would like to send me a short story on what they have been doing on your Spridget during lockdown. This I will send to our Magazine editor Neil, for printing in the March edition, under the heading of, North West area members Report page or pages, the more the merrier.

If you have something to send me, please do ASAP.

Again we will be having a Club night Zoom Meeting on Wednesday 10th February at 8pm, detail of how to join in will be sent out a week before.

Take care and be safe.

Neil & Shelley

Reply to Robert Neil McLeod | Jan 27,2021 |

Frog rebuild. Also rolling road in Woking

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Frog rebuild. Also rolling road in Woking

by Gavin Rowles Rowles

Morning all.
Area member Mike Hicks has advised me of a rolling road tuner in Woking. No recommendation is implied but I think I will give them a call to see what they are about plus costs. Might be of interest somewhat later this year.

The company involved is Harding Auto’s GU21 2ND.

Mike has also shared comprehensive comments about His Frog rebuild. Whilst Mike is happy to share details with Surrey members I don’t have the skills yet to forward details using the club forum.

Regards Gavin.

Zoom

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Zoom

by Gavin Rowles Rowles

Hello all.

I’m going to look into more detail concerning the proposed 1st Zoom  meeting.  I think this should be on a weekday & in the evening – say 8pm on the first Tuesday of the month.

Does  anyone have any problem with this timing please?

 

 

Parts from Surrey member.

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Parts from Surrey member.

by Gavin Rowles Rowles

Hello all.

A Surrey member has the following items which might have to be scrapped.

Please let me know if they are of interest.

 

 

 

some mk2 sprite and midget parts that are on offer as i dont want to scrap them
there are half shafts for wire wheels . hood frame. dashboards .

MASC upcoming dates for your diary – January 2021

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MASC upcoming dates for your diary – January 2021

by Andrew Parrott

Hello Everyone

It’s been a while since I’ve sent out a ‘dates for your diary’ email as there has been nothing much to tell you about. Now, with the outlook a little brighter, I thought I would let you know about some events coming up that we may be allowed out to take part in!

Clearly, these are all subject to change and I will endeavour to keep you updated.

Please note that, for now, our monthly meetings will continue on Zoom. Once the current restrictions have been relaxed sufficiently and the weather allows Bruce has very kindly offered to host another get together at his place. We will return to The Red Lion, Thornby once conditions allow.

  • MG Spares Day – This is normally held at Stonleigh in February but has been shifted back to Sunday 18th April and relocated to the Telford International Centre. MASC will have a stand and this might be an early chance to put some miles on our cars this season in order to seek out that elusive widget.
  • Drive It Day 2021 is on Sunday 25th Last year we had planned to go to Hughenden Manor, a National Trust property near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. Plan was to meet up in Towcester for a 10.30am departure and then take a cross-country route to the property. I’m happy to organise this route this year unless anyone else has an alternative suggestion.
  • Midget60, Friday 25th to Sunday 27th June 2021 – The Big Weekend organised by the club to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Midget. Details in MASCOT and on the club web site. Several of us are travelling up on Friday afternoon so there should be opportunities for us to travel together perhaps collecting members from other Areas on the way. If you’re thinking of going but have been put off by the price of the venue hotel then Dave Sewell has found an alternative hotel nearby which is less expensive. Contact Dave on  desewell@hotmail.com or give him a call on 01455 272901.
  • Historic Rally Car Register, Welland Valley Wander Sunday 15th August 2021 – Promises “Interesting places, interesting route, interesting cars.  A tour through Leicestershire, Rutland, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire finding hidden England.” More details to follow.
  • Saturday/Sunday 11th/12th September 2021 – Classics at Prescott. Entries from last year have been transferred to this new date. More details at https://www.winchcomberotaryclub.com/classics-at-prescott. There will be members from other MASC Areas attending including a large group from Bristol.
  • September 2021? – Lanes Run in conjunction with Central Area. Plan is for two Areas to meet up at Sharnford and follow a scenic route ending at Brixworth Country Park. More details to follow.
  • TBA (July 2021?) TYRE Fest, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Awaiting details of re-scheduled event.
  • TBA (August 2021?): Abingdon Works Show, British Motor Museum, Gaydon. Sounds like the sort of thing that we would like so we should go! More details to follow.

Other activities:

  • Last year we had planned to relocate our monthly meeting to Stony Stratford in order to meet up with the Home Counties North West Area. Let’s hope we can do that this year.
  • British Motor Museum at Gaydon will be holding ‘Gaydon Gathering’, a free monthly evening gathering aimed at motoring enthusiasts. These will take place on the second Tuesday of every month starting on 13th April 2021. Pre-booking is essential.
  • Caffeine & Machine – We promised ourselves a visit to this popular ‘road house’ venue near Ettington for a while. Would make a nice destination for an evening run one mid-week evening in the summer.
  • Gilks Garage Cafe, Kineton – Similar direction and distance as C&M above. Would make a great venue to meet up with Central, HoE and HCNW Areas.
  • There are also regular classic vehicle meets across our patch including those at Earls Barton and Kineton Village and others organised by Silverstone Social and Long Buckby Vintage and Classic Vehicle Meet. I will let you know more once 2021 events are announced.

Please let me know if you would like any further details on any of the above or if you are aware of other relevant events that others might be interested in attending.

 

Kind regards

Andrew

MASC Northamptonshire Area Rep

 

Reply to Andrew Parrott | Jan 22,2021 |

New Area Rep

Message sent by Gavin Rowles Rowles

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New Area Rep

by Gavin Rowles Rowles

Hello all.  I trust you are all well and bearing up in the the current very difficult times. Mike Gorman has stepped down as Area rep for Surrey & I have agreed with the club to take over. I have spoken to Mascot Editor Neil & he hopes to print a few words to confirm this in the next issue.  I have already submitted a small report for the March issue. I am working on a few new idea’s to keep Surrey thriving. Of these, the most important are when & where we meet plus Zoom meetings. As the Covid situation seems unlikely to improve in a meaningful way for sometime I am going to concentrate my efforts on this aspect for the time being. The Club already have a dedicated Zoom maestro so I’m hoping that I can sort this promptly despite my techy failings.

Please feel free to contact me by email or phone 07792028785 if you wish to make any comments or suggestions.

Today’s weather has been fine & I’m itching to get back for a decent run in my Midget. No doubt you are too in you Spridget. I hope to see you in the months to come.

Regards Gavin Rowles.

 

MASC Northamptonshire January meeting

Message sent by Andrew Parrott

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MASC Northamptonshire January meeting

by Andrew Parrott

Hello

Our January monthly meeting will be on Zoom again and the details are given below.

The meeting will start at 8pm this Thursday (21st January 2021) and will run for at least an hour. Feel free to drop in and out as suits you.

Details for the meeting are as follows:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/95413118770?pwd=Z0hnQ1JCa2tSZ1BtVVFteFo0aGtUQT09

Meeting ID: 954 1311 8770

Passcode: 603109

 

It would be great to see you.

Kind regards

Andrew

MASC Northamptonshire Area Rep

Reply to Andrew Parrott | Jan 19,2021 |