MG Car Club : 80 years old today!

The first meeting of the MG Car Club took place at the Roebuck Hotel near Stevenage on this day in 1930, with over 30 MGs and their owners coming together.

The MG Car Club is celebrating in style this weekend with 81 Worldwide MG Clubs confirmed for the historic MG80! event which starts on Friday 15th October. MG80! is the largest ever MG event and will celebrate the factory-formed club’s 80th Birthday in truly global style.

With thousands of enthusiasts taking part, MG80! is on course to be the largest worldwide classic car event in history. Indeed, with MG Car Club events now scheduled in New Zealand, Australia, China, South Africa, Europe, North America, Canada, Alaska and South America, the celebration will be truly global!

Events range from a race-meeting in Tasmania, a road-run in Argentina, a midnight Gymkhana in Auckland and a Dinner & Dance in Lincolnshire – with plenty of innovative meets planned throughout the World. However, perhaps most exciting is the news that MG factory workers in China will be staging an event to celebrate the MG Car Club’s special birthday.

We’re so very happy to be celebrating our eightieth birthday in such a tremendous way! This weekend will see tens of thousands of people enjoying their cars! The Worldwide response has been incredible and we’re hopeful that the sheer amount of people involved could mean the event becomes one of the largest Classic Car gatherings ever!” Julian White, General Manager, MG Car Club Limited

The official Google map for the event can be viewed by clicking here: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=102378887294112478252.00048b36c5aa4a30347e9&z=0

The MG Car Club’s Chairman has given a video address to the Clubs which are taking part and that can viewed by clicking here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTp7O1LIeIc

The MG Car Club’s General Manager, Julian White, said: “We’re so very happy to be celebrating our eightieth birthday in such a tremendous way! This weekend will see tens of thousands of people enjoying their cars! The Worldwide response has been incredible and we’re hopeful that the sheer amount of people involved could mean the event becomes one of the largest Classic Car gatherings ever!

“MG is Abingdon’s most famous export, so we’re naturally thrilled to be celebrating the MG Car Club’s 80th birthday in this way. My message to Worldwide MG Clubs is get involved – we want to see as many as you as possible enjoying your MGs on 16-17 October.”

The MG Car Club’s Press Officer, Chris Seaward, can be contacted on either 01235 849731 or 07788 991473 for further information.

 [Source: MG Car Club]

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Clive Goldthorp

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Clive claims that his interest in the BMC>MG story dates back to his childhood in the 1960s when the family’s garage premises were leased to a tenant with an Austin agency. However, back in the 1920s and 1930s, his grandmother was one of the country’s first female Garage Proprietors so cars probably run in his genes! Admits to affairs with Alfa Romeos, but has more recently owned an 06/06 MG TF 135 and then a 15/64 MG3 Style… Clive, who was AROnline’s News Editor for nearly four years, stood down from that role in order to devote more time to various Motor Racing projects but still contributes articles on as regular basis as his other commitments permit.

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