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Autosolo Events 2020
'Autosolo' is a forward only version of an autotest ideal for unmodified road cars, they must be driven to the event and have an MOT, although this can vary depending on the regulations. The rules allow for a passenger as young as 12 and a driver aged 14, though not in the same car! MGCC members have an invitation from the Cannock and District Car Club to enter their events. If you want a fun day out then visit www.cdcc.org.uk or see them on Facebook. An ideal opportunity to exercise your daily driver and still get to work on Monday morning. Other events may be open to MGCC members. Anyone interested in taking part in any of these events should contact the Cannock & District Car Club directly. Their website contains details of entry forms and regulations. Please refer to this link -  https://www.cdcc.org.uk/  -  and then click on the 'Events/Social' tab. Events already pencilled in for 2020 are as follows -

1st November 2020        Curborough            Guy Fawkes Revenge All forward Production car Autotest


Midget Register Road Run - now Cancelled


E10 Fuel Update from the FBHVC
Earlier in the year the FBHVC responded to a consultation on the introduction of E10 petrol. This was in fact the second consultation on E10, the first, in 2018, was about what the Government should do to meet its obligation to introduce E10. The more recent one about how it should do it. The Federation responded in detail to the first consultation. After very careful consideration and a survey of our members our main request was for a 97 RON E5 protection grade fuel. We also made some suggestions regarding labeling and warnings. It was very apparent from the second consultation that all our points had been noted and acted upon so that was duly acknowledged in our further response. 

Since then Sir Greg Knight MP, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group, has asked a written Parliamentary question regarding the protection grade and was assured by a DfT Minister that the government recognised that historic vehicles needed such a fuel. A few days later our President, Lord Steel, asked a similar Written Parliamentary Question. In that case the DfT reply went further and stated that the Government intended to make the continued availability of the protection grade fuel a legal requirement for five years, which is the longest period permitted before a review.

We have also learned from petroleum industry sources that the industry is very happy to supply this grade and that whilst the requirement will be for 97 RON minimum it is in practice more likely to be 99.


Covid-19 Rules & Regulations
Hello everyone. We hope you are still coping with lockdown in its various forms and looking forward to further relaxations of the rules, and it is that which is the subject of this communication.

During the primary lockdown period, everything was pretty clear cut; you couldn’t do anything, go anywhere, or leave your house except for shopping for ‘essential’ items. Since 4 July, when lockdown restrictions were relaxed (but not removed), it’s been a bit more hazy, and it is fair to say that many people are applying their own interpretations to the new rules, particularly where it has involved beaches and resort areas.

Many local MG clubs and groups are keen to get back to their regular Natter evenings at whatever establishment they may normally use, and pubs and restaurants have seen some relaxation in the rules governing their operation, but probably not enough to allow Natter groups to start meeting again in any meaningful numbers. Indeed, some pubs have said that they do not want to see Natter groups returning until the rules are further relaxed and they are better able to comply with the requirements of the regulations.

In order to try and help local clubs and groups decide how they should act, we thought we should pass on information on the rules as they changed effective 4 July. So please see below a link to the Government web page which provide details of how the rules should be applied. We invite clubs to pay particular attention to the sections on meeting indoor, meeting outdoors, and meeting in pubs or restaurants. We appreciate that some clubs meet in establishments other than pubs, but it should be clarified whether or not such establishments fall within the rules relating to pubs. Also note the use of the expressions “such as” and “venues” in some of the sections. This could imply that whilst pubs and restaurants are at the centre of the rules governing meeting places, they may not be the only places falling within the rules. Please also remember that you may be legally required to register your contact details with the management of the pub/restaurant/other establishment so that you can be contacted should there be an outbreak of the virus which might be traced back to that location, as has been made only too clear in the past few days with some pubs that have been forced to close again due to fresh virus outbreaks amongst their customers. Here is the link, we hope it helps –


Additionally, please see the link below to guidance provided by the MG Car Club –


The Midland Centre committee wishes to make it clear that it is simply offering information; it is not attempting to tell members how they should behave. That is for individuals to decide where their responsibilities rest. However, please give consideration to how MG enthusiasts and the clubs they represent might be viewed by non-enthusiasts if members decide to venture out in their cars or attend Natter venues in any numbers which could be seen as contravening the current regulations. Not everyone is an MG or classic car enthusiast.

We hope this helps to give you an idea of how you might proceed until we see further (and welcome) relaxations of the rules. In the meantime, please stay safe.


Falcon Motor Club Grass Autotest 23 August
Falcon Motor Club wishes to invite the MG Car Club to our Grass Autotest to be held near Sywell Aerodrome, Northampton, on Sunday, 23rd August, 2020. This will be a Clubmans status event.

The regulations and online entry form can be found on the Falcon website at - www.falconmotorclub.com


Virtual Naviscat Report 5 July
Following the success of my Virtual Cotswold Naviscat in May, I ran a similar event in real time on 5 July based around Evesham and again using an OS Map to plot and clues to be found on Google Earth. Whilst the majority of the 48 entrants were from the Inter Register Club vintage car network, the event was hosted by my local Cheltenham Motor Club through which we have now raised over £1,000 for NHS charities.

There were 20 Cluepoints with varying scores depending on complexity of plotting or answers. Routecards were e-mailed to entrants at one minute intervals. Experts had two hours whilst novices had two and a half hours to complete the event and e-mail their fifteen answers to me. Ties would be resolved by the fastest return.

Once again one or two of entrants ran out of fuel and three got lost and didn’t finish. Peter Holden had a serious computer mis-fire and the Rhodes’ dynamo failed shortly before the finish. Andy and Do Ranson came across a good café but not only was it self-service, they had to wash up as well !

I made no apology for this one being a little more difficult than the Cotswold event and a more level playing field resulted in a win for a Novice crew. I was disappointed that finger road signs in Worcestershire to not show mileages, so no maths to do this time. Maximum score would be 78 and every clue was answered correctly by at least a couple of entrants. However, there were one or two tricky bits:

A couple of cluepoints had been given a direction of approach as the answers could only be found on Google Earth Street-view from that direction. On the expert routecard the herringbone was mirrored, but they were advised to look in their wing mirror before departing. Most entrants thought that a GWR Steam Railway sign meant Great Western Railway, but a little more searching with the Google Man would reveal a further sign reading Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway.

Once again, no awards but much kudos for the following Class Winners.

 1st Overall:  Richard Long & Peter Christie   Austin Ten Drivers   76    1hr 59mins

2nd Novice    Peter Cox                                    Dolphin MC              72    2hr 01mins

3rd Novice     Jackie Payne & Hebble Kay    (in Italy)                      72    2hr 21mins

1st Expert      Mervyn Brake           5th O/A   Woolbridge / HRCR  68    1hr 59mins

Best MGCC   Jim & Simon Lott      6th O/A       MGCC                    64    1hr 52mins

Best Cheltenham MC  Dave Gregory / Rich Clayton   10th O/A    62    1hr 59mins


Midland Centre Summer Sprint 2nd August 2020
By all accounts, this event went very well. For more details, please go to our 'Events Report' page.


Midland Centre Autumn Trial 27 September
The MG  Car Club Midland Centre plan to run the 2020 Autumn Trial at East Lodge Farm, Bromsgrove on Sunday 27th September. It will include an opportunity for young drivers to enter a Taster Trial. There will be some challenging sections and timed tests too. Toilets and catering will be on site.

There will be a limit on the number of competitors in line with current guidance. Usual message, be early with your entry.

Regs, entry form and indemnity form will be on line later this week.

Covid 19 advice and the associated new MSUK rules mean that there will be some changes from the norm. See attachment below.

1.   The Driver only, no passenger rule has just changed, friends must wear PPE, face mask, and sanitise the car when changing places.
2.   A marshal will still be judge of fact and recorder of section scores, but no score card for the driver; helps to maintain social distance
3.   Entry and indemnity forms to be completed on line, no postal entries.
4.   Entry fee to be paid on line. If you don’t have an online bank account you can call your bank and ask them to transfer the entry fee the        sort code and account number which will be on the entry form or failing that maybe a fellow entrant or your club can act for you.
5.  Driver must have an MSUK RS clubman licence, it is free, contains all your next of kin information. If you don’t have one yet please    apply now, it cannot be done on the day.
6.  Signing-on will be done on line before the event, avoids social distancing limitations on the day. There is a new MSUK form for this step which  will be emailed for you to complete and return.
7.  Technical compliance will be declared on line by the driver before the event, no scrutineering on the day, again we’ll send that form. 
8.  Final instructions will include your car number which you will have to print off and stick to the windscreen., There will be a briefing on the day but there are some MSUK instructions which you need to read as well, just common sense really, we will send you that.
9.  Entrants will have to provide their own PPE, just like you do at home, 60% alcohol sanitiser and face mask.
10. If you have been exposed to Covid 19 in the 14 days before the event you must stay at home.      

If on-line sounds daunting, it isn’t. Last year you opened the entry and indemnity forms, printed them, filled in your personal info, found an envelope and stamp and trailed to the post box.  This year when you open the form instead of printing you will:  enable editing, type in the info, then save and send to me, it is simple to do.

This is the future. It was going to happen anyway. Many clubs are already there. We are in fast catch-up mode, if you do have problems we are only an email or a phone call away.

You can read the MSUK 'Getting Back On Track' Club Sport advice by clicking the link below -

MSUK Getting Motorsport Back on Track


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