I know some of you will have seen this announcement on the Facebook page, I equally know not everyone is on social media.
The Midget60 organising committee have taken the difficult decision to postpone this year’s event:
“During a meeting of our North West Area and Mark Hall. We discussed at great length the possibility of going ahead with MG Midget 60 in June 2021, but it is with great sadness we have decided to postpone this event to July 1st-3rd 2022. We know you will all be disappointed but it was felt as the pandemic opening up date of the 21st June is too close to our event, members may still feel unsafe to travel and also the date Boris has set could also be moved on to later in June, depending on how the R number comes down. As so much work has been put into organising this event, we did not wish it to become a diluted event, with members travelling from all over the UK and Europe.
We very much hope you will understand our decision and join with us in looking forward to July 2022 when we hope we will be able to gather and mix in large numbers (mask free) safely to enjoy the company of other members from all around the world.
Those who have already entered will receive an email shortly with details of the options.”
It’s me again, with your monthly(ish) update on everything Midget and Sprite in the Heart of England area. I don’t know about you but after a fairly gloomy winter, I’m now looking out of the window at the blue sky and sunshine, feeling a bit brighter, and wondering what “essential travel” I have so I can get Frodo (the Frogeye) out of his garage and back onto the road.
The format will be a short area update, then the long-awaited quiz from Roger and Alex!!
In recent months we’ve had 3 new members join Heart of England.
Jaydon Bickley – Nuneaton; Geoff Titmuss – Malvern; Neil Prince – Solihull
Neil was welcomed at last month’s online meeting, and we look forward to meeting and welcoming Geoff and Jaydon in the future.
Dates for the Diary
It’s still a little early to be putting loads of dates in the diary for car runs and meet ups, but things are definitely moving in the right direction. Looking at the roadmap out of lockdown, July is the earliest month for a return to the Green Dragon for an indoor club night. From 17 May we may be able to have some car runs or even an outside meeting (both with no more than 30 people), and attendance at some of the larger shows may also be possible. Of course you can also choose to have some fun outings on an individual basis as well. Some external events are being rescheduled to accommodate these new dates e.g. for example Goodwood member’s meeting is now 16-17 October, rather than in May.
Now we know the potential dates for restarting activities we can begin planning the schedule of events for 2021/22.
Are there any willing volunteers to arrange a car run on a date after 17 May (with a max 30 people until 21 June) ?
Given the roadmap timing, there won’t be a formal HoE club run to recognise Drive It Day. How would you like to recognise it instead? Photos of our cars on our drives, meeting up in small groups, etc?
The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs are collecting Drive it Day Memories via social media hashtags (#DriveitDayMemories) and displaying them on their special DiD website. If you want to participate but don’t use social media, then it is really easy to upload your pictures as well, just click the UPLOAD button at: www.driveitday.co.uk . This is also the place to go to buy the DiD Rally plates which are raising money for Childline.
http://www.silverstoneclassic.com. If members booked tickets for last year these will roll forward to this year unless they asked for a refund. The discount code for new bookings is 2020CCD071, and is valid until 31 May 2021.
The car club package booking process has been simplified and streamlined, but this does mean that there are a number of changes to it.
The unique car club booking code is required at the end of the booking process instead of the beginning by using the ‘Promotional Code’ box displayed just before the ‘Pay Now’ button.
The car club package price will initially be displayed without a member’s discount. Entering the code into the ‘Promotional Code’ box and clicking ‘Submit’ will apply the discount. Prices without a members discount are shown below.
An automated confirmation email will be sent to each member after they have paid asking them to click on a link to a form to provide their vehicle details: make, model, registration, year, and colour. Completion of this form will finalise the booking.
Car club package prices (subject to change with a 7-day notice period):
Friday = £47 (displayed price without promo discount = £78)
Saturday = £77 (displayed price without promo discount = £134)
Sunday = £65 (displayed price without promo discount = £106)
Mark Hall has asked that the club be considered for a track parade to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the launch of the Midget. Hopefully the Classic team will confirm this soon.
MG and Triumph Spares Day, 22nd August at Telford.
http://mgandtriumphsparesday.co.uk. Steve Newton and Keith Jewkes are working with Central region on organising MASC’s attendance. They have offers of vehicles to display, and will be looking for willing volunteers for the stand nearer the date.
The first of the Area Reps meetings organised by Andrew Parrott, took place in mid Feb over Zoom. With 4 new area reps, it was really useful for us to hear from the experienced reps.
Alex Gleed – Young Members’ Area Rep – explained his ambitions for the YM role, and how to help integrate YMs into the regions. Are you a “young at heart” member? Do you fancy being a buddy for a young member – if so, please get in touch.
We also had an update on insurance for events; Mike Bennett shared some of the changes coming to the MASC website; we learnt about the new MASC flyer being developed and a potential member referral scheme; and we heard there are 3 applicants for the MASCOT editor role. Brilliant news!!
Lockdown Roadmap Summary
From 29 March, the Rule of Six will return outdoors. Groups of larger than six from a maximum of two households will also be allowed to meet. However people will still be told to minimise travel.
From no earlier than 12 April, pubs, restaurants and cafes will reopen with outdoor seating only. The Rule of Six will remain in place outdoors, with mixing still banned indoors. People will still be told to minimise travel.
From no earlier than 17 May, groups of up to 30 will be allowed outdoors, and the Rule of Six will be in place indoors.
Some large events will also be allowed to resume. Indoor events will have a capacity of 1,000, or 50 per cent, whichever is smaller.
Outdoor events will be capped at 4,000, and outdoor seated events – such as football matches – at 10,000.
From no earlier than 21 June, legal limits on social contact removed.
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.
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?
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!