March 2010

Well it's here at last! After a long winter spring is here and so we start our busy spring calendar.
January started with us having to abandon our meeting, for the very first time, due to snow. Not even I could manage to drive the three miles to the pub! Anyway we soon made up the loss with a visit to the Royal Armouries in Portsmouth and what a visit, we were given VIP treatment with a tour of the fort and a live show put on telling us about the history of the men in the British Army at the turn of the nineteenth century.

February 2010

It is looking like being a busy 2010 at Chichester MGOC, with February being our annual trackday at Goodwood. Even if you are not driving on the day, why not come along and be a spectator or join in the parade lap, where you can drive around the track and help us raise money for homeless people. We will also be holding an experienced track day in March, so if you can't make one then come along to the other or better still come to both, it will be great fun.

January 2010

A Happy New Year to all our readers, I can't believe we are in 2010 now and looking forward to another great year at Chichester. But before I talk about that, I should tell you about what we have been up to in the last months of 2009.
November saw our popular curry night being held in our local Indian restaurant and a good evening was had by all, talking about the year just gone and what 2010 held for us all. We then held an afternoon run on what was not the best of weather forcasts, but again the weather held for a lovely afternoon drive through the back lanes and hills of Sussex and Hampshire ending with an agreeable tea and cake stop at Stansted Park.

December 2009

May I start with the traditional 'Merry Christmas' to all our members.
My report starts with our run to the National Trust property Hinton Ampner in Hampshire. The run there was very pleasant and an opportunity to see the trees in their autumnal colours and small villages tucked away in the Hampshire countryside. We were given pride of place in front of the house and it was not long before we attracted visitors to look over our cars.
We were joined by Paul and Dorothy who own a 1951 MG TD, which used to belong to Reg Harris and won an RAC rally in 1952. We all spent a wonderful afternoon looking around the gardens and house, a big thank you to all the staff who made our visit so memorable. Of course the day would not have been complete without tea and cake, so we ended up in the house cafe where Roger and I had the most enormous piece of cake I have ever seen!

November 2009

Our September visit to the Watercress Steam Railway was a great success with the sun shining and sixteen cars MGA's, MGC's, F's, TF's, ZR's and MGB's. In true MGOC tradition we all had route instructions and most of us did not follow them, which added to the excitement with our convoy losing and picking up members during the drive. Eventually we all arrived at Ropley Station to join in their steam weekend and parked up on the main field over-looking the track. We spent a few nice hours watching all thing steam and having a picnic in the warm September sunshine. We then journeyed home in different directions with a number of us stopping at a suitable watering hole!

October 2009

August saw us attending the annual Picnic and Gathering at Athelhampton supporting 1020 Bournemouth and Poole Club. It was a wonderful summer day, the weather could not have been better as ten cars set off from Chichester. Our thanks to Nigel and his team who once again put on a wonderful event and made us all feel welcome. The highlights were the wonderful display of Magnettes and the various honouree MG's which added a nice touch as each had a story.
Well it's the official end of summer holidays now and here at Chichester we are looking forward to our autumn calender.

September 2009

July has been a very busy month for 1006, with two events and a club day. Our first outing was to Amberley Chalk Pits Museum for their classic car day. Many thanks to Jim for his report. Click here to read it.
On Sunday 2nd August we joined many thousands of people at Goodwood Breakfast Club for their Soft-Top Day and what a day it was, some four hundred soft-tops spread around the track, pits and car park. Some really great cars and of course well represented by MG's. We finished our day with a BBQ at The Spread Eagle in Midhurst; sunshine, loads of fantastic cars, great company and a BBQ what more could you ask for, a super day! Our thanks to Pete for laying on the BBQ.

August 2009

We have been up to a lot since I wrote my report, June saw us joining Southampton and New Forest for the New Forest Run, with a number of our members joining the run and having a great day discovering new roads off the beaten track and village pubs tucked away from the rushing world of holiday makers and commuters.
Our thanks also go to Vicki and Jon who planned our Bluebell Run in June. Being a little later than we had planned in the year what the run lacked in bluebells it made up for in great weather, a fantastic run through the Hampshire country and ending at the wonderful gardens at Highdown. Of course we also had the element no 1006 run should be without... a great big cream tea! A wonderful end to a wonderful afternoon.

July 2009

Well it's been a great start to our summer with a visit to Brooklands Motor Museum. Many thanks to Pete for taking the lead and to Jim for his report. See the Events Gallery to read Jim's report and see the pictures.
We are making the most of the summer evenings with runs on our monthly club nights which we hope to keep up until August.