Whitecliffs MG Owners Club - 1108

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Posted by Marie & Buster on April 24, 2017 at 7:25 PM Comments 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 

January meeting

Posted by Joe & Mary on January 19, 2017 at 8:35 AM Comments 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)

Award winners

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.

Kelly Turner Charity

Posted by Joe & Mary on October 30, 2016 at 6:35 AM Comments 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

Le Mans!

Posted by Marie & Buster on October 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

This you tube video is Joe really enjoying his drive around the Le Mans track!! Not quite so sure that Mary enjoyed it as much!!! ��

End of Season 25th September

Posted by Joe & Mary on September 30, 2016 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

This year organised by Andy & Sandra, they very bravely started at the Viking Ship at Cliffsend near Ramsgate at the lovely little kiosk but with little protection from the elements, fortunately the weather was kind to us and lasted all day becoming quite sunny in the afternoon, with a lovely run out to the Elham Valley Vineyard at Barham for coffee, then back via Sturry to the Jolly Farmer at Manston for lunch, always a bit tight for parking, Andy had managed to get permission to park in the Social Club just along the road for our 15 cars. After a very good lunch many of the members stayed until 5pm. A really good day out . Thank you Andy & Sandra, Just one other thing all went well for everyone except Frank & Lesley, who when they got to the roundabout at Whitfield on their way home they lost the clutch fluid & had to do the last few hundred yards in 1st gear. (that was lucky or not which ever way you look at it)


Posted by Joe & Mary on September 29, 2016 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Nine cars attended, after winning best club stand last year the pressure was on to repeat our success, with an array of flags & Teddy Bears, always popular with the children, and all the members on best behaviour (who am I kidding) low & behold we did it again, well done everyone. The show coincided with Capel having it's annual Garage sale, so we could all enjoy looking and buying other peoples pre loved items.

Le Mans Classic & Chartres Luminaire

Posted by Joe & Mary on August 5, 2016 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Keeping away from motorways to our overnight stop at Chartres, Via Pacy-sur-Evre & generally heading south avoiding the larger towns. Chartres like many larger French towns in this area, have a light show in the Old Town throughout the summer, we had to sit outside in a bar in the Old Town Square waiting for darkness which arrived at 23.00pm and a bottle of wine later, but it was well worth the wait, following blue lights set in the ground it took us about an hour to walk round, no real distance, but something to take time over, really worth the effort. The next morning, another scorching hot day we drove to our Hotel in Le Mans, just 2 miles from the Mulsanne Straight on the circuit, on Friday we went to the circuit to get the lie of the land ready for Saturday also to do our 2 laps in the MG, our pre-booked time was 11.20am. Wow that was something else, after being told to hang back so you can go flat out before catching up with the pace car, the only thing that spoiled it were some drivers were so slow, we were over taking modern sports cars, (will be putting in car filming on you tube) will tell you when we do, or should I say when a friend of ours does!! The rest of the weekend just got better, with fantastic racing, GT40's & Shelby Cobra's going wheel to wheel, Mary & I were in our element. We were still in shorts & T shirts at midnight when we went back to the Hotel for a few hours sleep, also it was 25c, not often that would happen here. We have put just a few pictures of Chartres & Le Mans on website, Fabulous weekend & very British, most of the races were won by Brits & the largest percentage of the crowd were British as well.

25th Laon Classic & Monet's Garden

Posted by Joe & Mary on June 6, 2016 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (1)

With free coffee, tea & biscuits on the ferry, on the 13th May 9 cars drove down to Laon, checking the weather forecast that looked awful, we ended up with a beautiful few days with temperatures in th 20's. Based at a Campanile, with good parking & easy access, though never enough staff even though they knew they were full up, on the Saturday with 1000 cars to register I thought it would be very chaotic, but it only took 10-15 mins to get parked & registration was very slick. The Saturday run was lovely with so many wide flowing almost empty roads to choose from, the organisers are so lucky, lunch was at Parfondeval, village voted one of the prettiest in France, but still not a patch on our villages, if only it were possible to organise a run on French rural roads through Kentish villages, what a run that would be, 7 cars did the run while Martin & Anita & Frank & Lesley opted to spend the day in Laon old town. Sunday again stayed dry, with 1000 cars to run around the town the organisers had 4 starting points all starting at the same time, this worked very well with less hold ups than usual, with large crowds it was really good, we then opted to park our cars & watch the others, a good move as the cars then did start to grind to a halt.  On Monday Doug & Helen & Steve & Jayne followed an organised route back to Arras for lunch & then on to Calais. While the remaining cars headed south west across country to Beauvais, stopping of to visit the Train at Compiegne where the Armistice was signed at the end of WW1. After getting lost for a while in Beauvais & getting tangled up in a cycle race we arrived at our Hotel for the next 2 nights, with the grumpiest waitress I have ever met, the only reason she kept her job was the fact that the chef was having his wicked way with her. Next morning in beautiful sunshine we drove 44 miles across country to Monets Garden on what turned out to be a really lovely drive. The gardens are always busy but we were lucky with parking (always a problem with several cars) we had pre-booked tickets which was a good move, the Water Gardens & Lily Pond were beautiful not a bit disappointing, by walking round slowly I even managed to take photos with hardly anyone in them, Monets House was also lovely (see photos) Because of the grumpy waitress, that night we all went to a Chinese Restaurant & were very well looked after by the boss One Hung Lo. Wednesday we said goodbye to grumpy drawers & headed north to Amiens for our last night & a visit to the Floating Gardens, I found the day a little disappointing as it was a bit cooler, so we couldn't sit outside by the Canal for lunch, it is wonderful on a sunny day, the trip around the floating gardens was also a bit af a let down as the last time we had an English speaking skipper giving loads of info, but not this time (you would think knowing they had a boat full of English it would have been only right to have someone who spoke at least a little bit of the language) the other boat were luckier.  Thursday Ian & Jackie, Ken & Silvia & Frank & Lesley travelled to Bolougne to a fish restaurant that you have to book days in advance, while the remaining 4 cars headed north across the Somme via Albert, the Lochnagar Crater & the Circle of Remembrance before all meeting in Calais. But with all MG trips things don't always run smoothly, while loading our cars on the last morning, there were Blue lights & black smoke everywhere, the roundabout at the end of the duel carriageway was blocked by protesters with pallets & tyres, after a while we decided to go down the duel carriageway the wrong way only to be met by 2 French mototcycle Police who just smiled stopped the traffic & waved us straight through, meanwhile the other 3 cars encountered roads blocked by protesters going into Bolougne, after asking Motorcycle Police how to get round the blockade to the restaurant the Police decided it was easier to lead them through even stopping traffic to let them straight through junctions, Lesley said she felt like she was in an episode of Chips. I must say the French Police went up in our estimation no end. 

Leeds Castle 8th May 2016

Posted by Joe & Mary on May 12, 2016 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (0)

A good turnout of 8 cars from the club went to Motors by the Moat, with the best day of the year so far, blue skies all day and being parked really close to the Moat. One of those days where after sitting & talking most of the day, at 4.30 we were still not really ready to leave. The Castle was well worth a visit much better than expected. A fabulous day out. Have added some more photos to website.

Drive it Day 24th April

Posted by Joe & Mary on April 26, 2016 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Drive it day this year was a slight improvement on last year, in as much as it did not actually rain all day, but it was still cold & grey especially on top of the Lookout, and we did have sleet when we arrived in Rye. Kevin organised the day suggesting meeting in Rye & spending some time visiting the old town & having a coffee or as in the case of Jayne & Mary a glass of wine. Then a run back across country to the Dog & Duck at Plucks Gutter for Sunday Lunch, 6 cars met up in Rye, giving the cars a good run, with Rick & Julie & Steve & Jayne going down the coast to Ramsgate & meeting us at the pub, Buster & Marie as the run finished near them decided to do a walk it day, ie: from their house to the pub, a distance of about 200yds, Buster said after that he really needed a drink. On our way to Rye we saw David & Andrea on their way to meet up with friends for a run. It was nice to see other cars out on the run back from Rye, Joe spotted some series 1 Land Rovers, a Mustang, Sunbeam Tiger, Morris 1800 with leather luggage on roof rack, Lotus Elan & a Morris Minor who totally ignored us , proably the local Vicar on his way home & not interestedin cars at all, anyway a very good day out. Thanks Kevin