The Maestro and Montego Owners Club (MMOC) held recently held its AGM at MINI Plant Oxford which resulted in a new committee being elected with Tanya Field stepping up to the position of Chairperson and Mike Humble taking on responsibility for the Club’s social media activity. The Club has somewhat struggled with social media recently and Mike has already got to work setting up a Twitter feed and is now managing the club’s Facebook Page. Plans are also in the pipeline for a brand new YouTube channel.
The M&MOC is also deep in planning for an all-new website and are looking to expand the membership regardless of whether new members own a Maestro or Montego or not. Social media representative, Mike Humble, said: “Both Maestro and Montego are now viewed upon as cool retro cars despite them having a tainted reputation when in production. Some owners are now third-generation fans of these cars and it’s here where we want to expand our Club. There are exciting times ahead this year for the M&MOC – just in time, as these great old cars become true icons of ‘1980s British motoring.’
Some of the Club members pass the tower block famously depicted in the BBC and ITN
news coverage of the Blackbird Leys riots which took place 25 years ago this year.
After the AGM, there was a road trip to Blackbird Leys, a council estate a stone’s throw from the factory. Blackbird Leys became infamous in the late 1980s and early ‘90s for stolen car displays and even made it on to the national news. MG Maestros were a particular favourite with the joy riders and there was a red MG Maestro which was featured heavily as part of the news reports.
M&MOC members didn’t recreate any of the scenes from that era, but many of the residents really enjoyed seeing the cars again and even stopped by to chat and admire the mini convoy. Blackbird Leys is home to many former and current Cowley workers who built Maestros, Montegos and, of course, still build the present MINI.