Out & About/Chat
|Posted by Joe & Mary on November 17, 2017 at 8:40 AM||comments (0)|
This year our End of Season Run was a little different from usual, starting at The Great Danes Hotel Maidstone, although a large Hotel with a wedding show on they still looked after us very well, with a parking area & plenty of tea, coffee & biscuits also an allocated area for us to sit, we were really impressed, starting out of our usual area we travelled to Sussex & the lovely Ashdown Forrest, taking in some completely different roads, unfortunately no-one had time to play Pooh Sticks due to an accident near Frant, causing all navigators to scratch their heads when ushered by the Police in completely the opposite direction to the route provided, after frantic phone calls to Mary & myself most got back on route ok. The finish at The Ostrich Robertsbridge was still a fair drive from home, so we had lunch earlier than we normally would so as to enjoy the drive home in daylight.
We are now looking forward to Rick & Julie's Cobweb Run in the Spring.
|Posted by Marie & Buster on October 18, 2017 at 12:10 PM||comments (2)|
|Posted by Joe & Mary on August 29, 2017 at 11:20 AM||comments (0)|
With the best weather for an August Bank Holiday for 48 years. Just one of my anorak facts. This is a totally free event sponsored by Dover Harbour Board, with numerous exhibitors, bands one of which was working it's way through the decades of pop music, Lesley & Mary were dancing, always a very strange thing to do when sober I feel, with different competitions taking place on the water & the Dover & Deal Lifeboats doing a display. The car show side was organised by the Dover Transport Museum, as a result there seemed to be a more varied selection of cars, buses & lorries, remarkabley out of 150 + only 3 MG's, numerous motorbikes & a guy on a motorbike (sadly I don't know his name) who had just literally got of the ferry that day after completing a round the world trip, which took him 18 months (see photo's) he was raising money for the British Legion, all of this followed by Spitfires flying over. As Dover, Deal & the Old Timers at Folkstone are our local larger events covering the Whitecliffs area, it seems a shame so few of the club attend.
|Posted by Joe & Mary on August 29, 2017 at 11:10 AM||comments (1)|
28 members & a few friends attended our August club meeting, we rushed through the agenda leaving more for the September meeting, as the aim was to play Bat & Trap with a BBQ hence the different venue. After some brief instruction from the Landlady we eventually managed to organise ourselves into four teams of seven, after a while we started to get the idea, so when we do it again which I am sure from the response from everyone there we will, we will be a bit more competetive, followed by the BBQ, a really good well attended evening, thank you Buster & Marie.
|Posted by Joe & Mary on August 1, 2017 at 8:50 AM||comments (0)|
Paul & Jilly our more sensible & staid members (who am I kidding) organised a BBQ for the club, with music played by Scott his son, on his vinyl collection, kept everyone entertained with music going back to Prince Buster mid sixties, the only thing missing was a strange sickly smelling smoke in he air I can remember from a real dive in Margate I used to visit, The BBQ nearly made up for that, Jilly's son Jack did us proud with his cooking, with all the girls dancing and Marcus showing the way for the men, very impressive, Burgers, sausages & meat balls supplied by Paul & Jilly, everyone brought along a pudding or salad, I think everyone over indulged, a great afternoon & evening. Thank You Paul & Jilly
|Posted by Joe & Mary on August 1, 2017 at 8:20 AM||comments (0)|
Ever since us both driving my MG around the Nurburgring in 2011 Mary & Myself have always wanted to do the Ring Taxi, in fact we put it on our Bucket List, this is a BMW M5 standard except for racing tyres, and always driven by a professional racing driver who knows the track inside out, we stayed in the Hotel an der Nordschleite at Adenau, 5 miles from the entrance to the circuit, but only metres from the track, the Hotel is where all the petrol heads stay, so the car park was full of Motor Bikes & various heavely tuned cars, a garage just down the road with a pump selling 102 octane fuel and a constant queue of Porche's etc. waiting to fill up, this in itself made good spectating. Sunday morning we went to the circuit early so as to watch the very interesting array of cars going through the barrier to do their lap, in the car park we started talking to a bunch of English lads who had set themselves the challange of buying cars for £250 only, driving to watch Le Mans 24 hour, then through the Alps & Stelvio Pass back to the Nurburgring & driving the circuit, they only lost one of their 6 cars along the route with a broken cam belt. Perhaps this is something we ought to do!!! I am sure the Ladies in the club would love it!!! So to our turn in the Ring Taxi WOW, Mary sat in the front so she could brace her feet on the Bulk Head, to save strain on her back, with 450 B.H.P. at his disposal the driver was a very cool character, telling us the names of the bends, the lowest & highest points sometimes while doing in excess of 150 M.P.H. The car's handling & brakes were astounding, we did 13.2 miles in 8mins 27secs, an average speed of 93 M.P.H. with 73 bends AWESOME!!!
|Posted by Joe & Mary on July 6, 2017 at 10:40 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Marie & Buster on April 24, 2017 at 7:25 PM||comments (3)|
The day began by meeting at Chilham Car park. It was a bit chilly, tho the walkers that were there looked very well wrapped up! Once we had our sheets we set off one by one on our 20.6 mile journey to Macknades. The journey was not eventful, winding our way through Chartham Hatch, Dargate, Druidstone, Graveney and into Faversham to our destination. Almost everyone arrived following the directions except Jim and Josie who had a detour to Whitstable! During the run we had a photo sheet of various people and had to write down who we thought they were, so after refreshments it was time to see who had the most correct questions. Gill and Roger and Helen & Doug both tied, so after a tie break Helen and Doug were declared the winners and they received a very nice box of chocolates.
Once we had all finished our shopping at Macknades, a very well stocked farm shop, It was onto part two of the run, On leaving the car park, we went along towards Painters Forstal, we were warned about a few pot holes along the route, some of which were quite big! so thanks for that Ian & Jackie. The views as we reached Waterditch Road and turned by the 'White Bungalow' were amazing, especially as the sun had made an appearance, onwards we went through Charing, some of our cars made quite alot of noise through the highstreet!! On through Hothfield, Faversham, Wye, A28 passing the Compasses Inn, into Crundale and then Huntstreet, which was full of horses and their riders out for a afternoon ride! There was horse s**t everywhere and so many horses that most of us got caught up behind them! So once pass them it was into Waltham, Elmstead, Hastingleigh and into Stelling Minnis, where we finally finished the run at the Rose and Crown.
The food at the Rose and Crown was awesome, everything was cooked perfectly and the puddings were very large and tasted gorgeous. Many thanks to Ian and Jackie for orgainising a fabulous run out, our first one as a club this year.
Photos I took are in the Photo Gallery
|Posted by Joe & Mary on January 19, 2017 at 8:35 AM||comments (0)|
Our first meeting of year held again at the Black Robin, with a good menu to choose from 22 club members decided to have meal before the meeting and awards for club members exploits during the year.
Brian burnett the MGOC regional secretary came along to intoduce himself, and tell us about some of the ideas he has for future joint events with other clubs, sharing a list of good MG friendly venues etc. He then presented the awards.
I felt I had to try and appear efficient and organised, (I failed as usual)
Ian & Jackie furthest travelled
Buster & Marie cobweb shield
Joe & Mary end of season shield
Rick for putting himself about a bit (doing lots of shows)
Marcus won the member of the year award which is voted on by club members, another worthy winner, well done every one.
An enjoyable evening on a cold winters night.
|Posted by Joe & Mary on October 30, 2016 at 6:35 AM||comments (0)|
At our monthly meetings our club has a raffle, the proceeds going to charity. This year we donated the £300 raised to KELLY TURNER a sixteen year old from Dover, with a rare desmoplastic small round cell tumour cancer, that she needs to go to America for treatment as it is not available in the UK, Marcus & Cathie handed the cheque over at a fund raising event at the Dover Working Mens club, see photo of hand over in photo gallery