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April 2019

NEC Classic Car and Restoration Show

Graham, Geoff and I made our way to the NEC for the Classic Car and Restoration Show. We joined a record number of 28,800 attendees who visited the event over the 3 days it was on. That sounds like a lotof people, but spread over 4 halls there wasn’t much crowding and we had no trouble getting up to the cars or stalls we were interested in. This event is geared towards enthusiasts who restore and service their cars and there are lots of traders selling equipment and materials, and also live demonstrations of restoration techniques. However, there was something for everyone, and we did spend a fair time looking around the car sales area at some stunning vehicles.

The show does feature some classic car celebrities doing interviews and Q & A sessions. We saw Fuzz Townsend from Car SOS, Mike Brewer from Wheeler Dealers and also one of the lazy boys from Lazy Boy  Garage. Graham was bitterly disappointed, however, to find Vikki Butler-Henderson had been there the day before!

There seemed to be a common theme amongst the 170 car clubs present this year of pulling cars apart at the show. Some, like the MGOC, were just restoring the interior trim of a BGT, but others had engines out and gearboxes in pieces! Looking at some of the work required I don’t think those carrying out the repairs would have had much time to see the rest of the show!

A great day out for anyone who likes classic cars. Thanks go to Geoff and Graham for their company.

2019-20 Club Membership and Subs

Please note that club subs are due by the end of May. Although subscription rates are to be discussed at the AGM, I imagine that they will remain the same as last year (if this is not the case I will send out another email after the AGM).

To greatly assist club administration please fill out the membership form attached to this email – even if nothing has changed from last year (the form can be filled out on your PC, mobile or tablet). Completed forms and subs should then be passed to Jenny at the next couple of club nights (I will have some hard

copies of the form for those members who haven’t gota printer) or posted to:

Mrs J Clark
3 Addison Road Gorleston
Great Yarmouth NR31 0PA

If you don’t intend to renew your membership please let us know by emailing

Thank you.

Sunday Lunch Run to the Bridge Inn, Filby

Unfortunately, it was a rather dreich morning for the run to the Filby Bridge Restaurant for Sunday lunch. The poor conditions meant all but the very latest MGs were left at home. When we arrived at the Roys of Wroxham car park starting point Clive was poised ready to hand us the route book – we turned the cararound and headed straight back out of the car park following the convoy of ‘normal’ cars with occupantskeen to get to the first coffee stop. Between following the route notes and diagrams, Jill and I played a game of guessing who was driving which car in front – only when the car turned off did we realise theyweren’t with us!

After a coffee stop at Lathams of Potter Heigham, we drove the short distance to Filby. By now the weather was improving, and we joined other members who had travelled directly to the restaurant. The food and service were great, as were the views across the broad, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

Many thanks go to Clive for organising the route and the meal.

CPRE Norfolk ‘Aestival’ – Raveningham Estate, Sunday 28th July

We have received an invitation to the above event. Dave, Carole, Jill and I attended the last CPRE summer show back in 2017 at Wolterton Estate and it was very good.

This year’s event promises to be even better and will be held at Raveningham Estate. There is no need to book and entry to vintage and classic car drivers is free, whilst passengers are £5.00 (12s and under also get in free). For more info please go to


March Club Night Minutes – produced by Jill Smith

The March club night saw 39 members attend.

The April club night will include a musical set by High Mileage, with all donations going to the Foxy Lodge charity.

6th May – Heritage Run – so far there are about 80 entrants. All entries can be passed to Jenny.

28th April – St George’s Day Run – Entry forms need to be completed and sent with the entry fee of £20 if you wish to join the North Norfolk Car Club on their run to Sandringham.

1st May – The May club night will either be held at The Bridge Inn, Acle, if they can accommodate us, otherwise we will have a run out.

10th March – Sunday lunch at Filby Bridge organised by Clive – 34 people have booked so we will have a short run first with a coffee stop en-route. Unless you are going straight to the restaurant, we will meet at 10.30am in Roy’s ofWroxham car park.

12th May – Stody Lodge Classic Car Show – For those going to this event, the entry fee to the gardens is free for thedriver and car and £7 for a passenger. The meeting point is Roy’s of Wroxham car park at 10.30am and we have to bethere by 12 noon. The club can park in front of the house.

The meeting was then followed by a cheque presentation of £500 to David Payne of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, who then gave a talk to the club.

March Club Night, Bridge Inn, Acle

The March club night was very well attended and saw us in the restaurant at the Bridge Inn. We were joined by new members Nigel & Jenny Wright who own a Midget. They are neighbours of Reg and Lynne, but we won’t hold thatagainst them! I hope they found us a friendly bunch and we look forward to seeing them at future meetings and events.

The main part of the evening was a presentation by the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA). This was originally goingto be about defibrillators but, unfortunately, the lady who gave us the talk last time couldn’t make the meeting. However, David Payne, one of the EAAA’s volunteer fundraisers, was kind enough to attend instead and gave us atalk on the EAAA’s future plans to extend the hours of emergency medical service they provide and also their ambition to find a new base for the helicopters. Afterwards, our David presented him with a cheque for £500 fromlast year’s Heritage Run proceeds and the sale of EAAA merchandise raised an additional £37.50. A thank you letterfrom the EAAA is reproduced in this newsletter.

April Club Night and AGM

The April club night will see us hold our AGM. Afterwards, our very own High Mileage (Bren and John) will entertain us with their excellent brand of music.

Notice of Broadland MG Owners’ Club AGM – 3rd April 2019, Bridge Inn, Acle at 8.00pm AGENDA

  1. Update of Club and Charity accounts to date
  2. Nomination of main charities to receive money for the year
  3. Subscription rates for 2019/20
  4. Items previously notified to the chairman prior to the AGM
  5. Election of Officials
  6. Any other business
  7. Date of next year’s AGM


St Georges Day Run / Drive it Day – April 28th

It was agreed at the March club night that we would take advantage of the North Norfolk Classic VehicleClub’s St George’s Day Run again this year, rather than plan our own. Entry forms are available on their website Entries have to be in by 18th April – there will be no entry registration on the day. If you are going on the run please let David know so we can arrange to arrive at the Sheringham start together


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