Column for February 2004
published in Safety Fast!, the award
winning monthly magazine of the MG Car Club
This month we
have a reminder of first event in 2004 - the Annual V8 Curry Night
- together with details of the V8 Shropshire Tour in September.
The Annual V8 Curry Night is on Saturday 14th February at
7.00pm at the Moghal Tandoori Restaurant, Warwick Road in Beaconsfield.
This event was first held in Epsom back in 1979 and has become the
traditional start to the V8 Calendar. A useful map with directions
is on the V8 Website which will help you find restaurant. It is
in Warwick Road on the north side of Beaconsfield near the station
with good on-street parking. Should you arrive early, you will find
a very pleasant wine bar opposite the curry house where you can
relax. Contact David Biddle at email@example.com
or on 01753 892714 or 07803 131007 for reservations
and any further information. As it is also Valentines Day, early
booking is strongly recommended!
The V8 Shropshire Tour 2004 will be based at the Longmynd
Hotel in Church Stretton over the
Church Stretton with the mountains behind
long weekend Friday 24th to 27th September. The organisers,
Derek and Ellen Spencer Jones, have reserved 25 rooms at the hotel
at £145 per person for the three nights dinner, bed and breakfast.
The Spencer Jones say numbers will be restricted as the hotel seems
to be booking up well ahead so if you would like to join the V8
Tour, send your booking to them with a £25.00 deposit per
room made payable to "V8 Register - MG Car Club"
with an SAE so they can send you a booking form. The Spencer Jones
can be contacted at 13 Melbourne Way, Newport NP20 3RE or at firstname.lastname@example.org
or on 01633 267251. Further details
are on the V8 Website where a booking
form can be downloaded.
John Hornabrook (Woodcote Green 1781) from Australia is visiting
the UK with his wife Lorraine this year for a six month tour arriving
at the end of March. He will be at many MG events including the
Club's annual International MG Meeting at Silverstone over the long
weekend of 23rd to 25th July and will end his tour at the Goodwood
Revival meeting in September which he plans to attend with Tim Hipwell
who will be up from Devon that
Woodcote Green 1781 in the Queensland sunshine. It is
owned by John Hornabrook downunder who will be touring the UK for
six months this year. (Photo: John Hornabrook)
weekend. John has successfully arranged a series of home exchanges
with fellow MG enthusiasts through his advert on the V8 Website.
Full details of his itinerary
and contacts are on the V8 Website as he would welcome the
opportunity of meeting fellow V8 enthusiasts whilst he is in the
UK. He will be in Thundersley in Essex, Leeds in Yorkshire, Barnes
in SW London, Yate near Bristol, and Farnham in Hampshire - and
he plans to pop over to Dublin too. Do feel able to contact him.
Full details of the V8 Events in 2004 are set out in the Rolling
V8 Calendar on the V8 Website. Just click the main Rolling
V8 Calendar navigation button on the homepage - each event
has the location, timing and contacts. Our eight principal events
are also published in the annual Club calendar.
New UK Car Tax Rules came into force at the beginning of
the year and are a particular concern for classic car enthusiasts
who take their cars of the road for a seasonal lay-up and only tax
them for part of the year. Now the DVLA is going to be much tougher
over the submission of Statutory Off Road Notifications (or SORNs)
with the threat of an £80 fine! See the V8 Website for full
details or contact Victor Smith via the Club Office for details
of the New UK Car Tax Rules.
Clive Wheatley mgv8parts has moved his very successful MGV8
parts and servicing operation from Wolverhampton to freshly refurbished
workshops in the Shropshire countryside. The new premises are in
specially converted outbuildings adjacent to a country house just
7 miles slightly west of Wolverhampton, near the village of Worfield
off the A454. The relocated operation should be fully up and running
by the middle of January. The new telephone number is 01746 710810.