Midland Centre News ...
Events 2020 Events already
pencilled in for 2020 are as follows -
Events already pencilled in for 2020 are as follows -
1st November 2020
Guy Fawkes Revenge All forward Production car Autotest
Register Road Run - now Cancelled
Midget Register Road Run - now Cancelled
E10 Fuel Update from the FBHVC
E10 Fuel Update from the FBHVC
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
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
The regulations and online entry form can be found on the Falcon website at - www.falconmotorclub.com
Virtual Naviscat Report 5 July
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.
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
Midland Centre Autumn Trial 27 September
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.
Driver only, no passenger rule has just changed, friends
must wear PPE, face mask, and sanitise the car when changing
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 -
The MG Car Club Ltd - Midland Centre
House, Cemetery Road, Abingdon OX14 1AS.,