July 2019 Enjoying MG Magazine Report


Having returned from Australia on April 28th we joined 12 others on a 40 mile Drive it Day Run to the historic Wroxeter Roman City, organised by Graham and Denise Denny.

May started with a meal and natter at a well-attended Club night at the Barns.

This was followed on the 4th with 7 cars led by Peter Wallis attending the popular Donnington Historic Festival. Parking track side we watched the exciting racing and also viewed a fine selection of cars in the pits.

On the 5th   a good turnout of 16 cars attended the popular Catton Hall Car Show. Organiser Paul Titley laid out the Club`s pitch before putting on his chief`s apron and producing delicious bacon butties for all.

For our 2019 oversees trip we had chosen a Scenic Tours package to The Isle of Man. Led by organisers Peter and Janet Wallis, 14 cars drove to Liverpool on the 15th to spend the day exploring the Albert Dock before staying overnight at the Ibis Hotel. A smooth morning ferry crossing took us to Douglas. Based for 4 nights at the excellent Ramsey Park Hotel we spent 5 days touring the Isle visiting some of the popular tourist spots and enjoying some great driving roads. As the TT motorcycle races followed our visit, the 39 mile course was laid out and a blast round the course was much enjoyed, quick but not a 135 mph lap! Another smooth return ferry crossing ended a most enjoyable and highly recommended trip.

The month finished with a visit arranged by Charles Jarman to Edwin Tippers Farm near Lichfield, home of the Annual Tulip Car Show, to view his collection of interesting vehicles. The group then took the short run to The Foresters Pub at Yoxall for an enjoyable meal and chat.

Jeff Darlow

Have you spotted the deliberate mistake? Better with cars rather than plants I got tulips mixed up with lupins oops!!!!

This entry was posted on 08/07/2019 by Jeff Darlow.

June 2019 Enjoying MG Magazine Report

With Jeff & Lyn Darlow away on holiday in Australia, visiting their family, it has fallen to me, Roger Dudley, to do this month’s write up, so here goes …. In the beautiful spell of dry spring weather it was unfortunate that the Shakedown Run experienced four seasons in one day – from sunshine to snow. Despite that everyone enjoyed the drive and had a great day out with the run ending with a guided tour of the spectacular Poole’s Cavern at Buxton. Thanks to Paul Titley for organising another successful event. This was followed by our run to Shrewsbury Prison where our cars were parked within the prison walls and we had an excellent guided tour of the prison by a recently retired prison officer. Thanks to Brian & June Cooper for organising this enjoyable event. Our coffee mornings continue to be popular with our last two having over 30 members & 16 MGs and 20 members & 9 MGs respectively and it has been lovely driving there in beautiful sunshine with the hoods down. Thanks to Richard & Susie Homer who are organising our summer evening pub runs again which started at the end of April with 15 of us meeting at a lovely little pub in Swynnerton for an enjoyable evening of good company, drink and food. When you all read this we will have been on our away trip to the Isle of Man and as I write we are all getting excited and are preparing our cars whilst Peter Wallis is finalising our programme. If you fancy joining a fun MG club then why not contact us on enquiries@smgec.org.uk and come to one of our club nights or events to meet us at a very friendly club.

Roger Dudley



This entry was posted on 14/06/2019 by Jeff Darlow.

May 2019 Enjoying MG Magazine Report

Our March programme opened with 10 members visiting the Jaguar Land Rover plant at Castle Bromwich on a tour organised by Graham Denny. A most impressive modern high tech manufacturing plant.

At the March Club night we sat down to a splendid carvery with bread and butter pudding and custard for afters, as you know SMGEC members are accomplished “foodies” with the meal receiving high praise. After diner entertainment was provided by Graham Denny with a version of the “Pointless” TV quiz show.  Great fun but sadly no £1000 jackpot was on offer! Mind you, given the scores, I don`t think it would have been in much danger of being won anyway.

March 17th saw us on the road for our early season “Shakedown Run” This year`s destination was Poole’s Limestone Cavern at Buxton. After meeting up at Byrkley garden centre, 13 cars set off on the excellent 50 mile route. The weather couldn’t make up its mind with sunshine, cloud, rain and even snow all making an appearance. The run lived up to its name with several cars being poorly. Problems ranged from quickly fixed brake lights on organiser`s Paul Titley`s GT to Ray Harris`s MGF losing all its gears and having a ride home on the AA`s “truck of shame” Even Roger Wood`s modern MG3 blew a fuse but managed to limp home. After a picnic lunch we entered the Cavern for a 50 minute guided tour, a splendid day at a venue well worth visiting.

The Strawberry Cabin Tea room was the venue for the March coffee morning, with 17 MG`s attending. Peter Wallis`s MGC with newly fitted electric power steering was been test driven round the car park gaining much approval, with one other member already booked in for the same conversion. Happy motoring!


This entry was posted on 30/04/2019 by Jeff Darlow.

April 2019 Enjoying MG Magazine Report

February opened with a film morning at the Red Carpet Cinema when 21 members sat down for breakfast before watching the new release “Stan and Ollie” Surprisingly a very sad story.

Our AGM was held at the Barns Club night on the 7th, Chairman Roger Dudley gave a full report on a very successful 2018 programme. This was followed by a financial report by the Treasurer, Des Barnard, showing that the Club`s finances are in good order. The election of the 2019 committee went through on the nod as all the present committee members were standing for re-election. It was agreed that SMGEC would continue to support The Donna Louise Trust as our chosen charity for 2019.

A group of members attended the MG Spares day at Stoneleigh. I was looking for a set of SS wheel nuts but came away empty handed however Ray Harris was delighted to pick up a starting handle for his newly acquired MG TC. Younger members were mystified as to its purpose so Ray has promised a demo, it’s all in the wrist he says!

The first coffee morning of the year was held on the 21st at a new venue, the Aston Marina near Stone. A great turn out with 15 MG`s in the car park! Over 40 members attended including new members Kevin and Karen Souster, Keith and Christine Timmins, Geoff and Cathy Collier, and George and Brenda Robathan. A warm welcome to you.

On the 24th the Annual Snow Drop run started at Dobbie’s, the early morning  thick mist did not put off the 13 crews and after a few miles the sun broke through on the 48 mile run to Rode Hall. The snowdrops were in full bloom and thanks go to Paul Titley for organising a very pleasant day.


This entry was posted on 28/03/2019 by Jeff Darlow.

March 2019 Enjoying MG Magazine Report

The New Year started promptly on January 3rd with a well-attended Club night at the Barns. Following the meal our event’s organiser, Paul Titley, outlined the programme for 2019. This was no mean task as it is one of the fullest events lists ever put together by the Club. Included are MG driving days, car shows.    , motor sport events, factory visits, and Club Tours with, of course, plenty of Club nights, coffee mornings and pub runs.

The first motoring event of the 2019 season was a Sunday Lunch run on the 20th organised by Paul Titley. For regular readers of this report this will come as no surprise, as SMGEC members and food are inseparable, and as the saying goes “and why not”!  As some of our MG`s are still in hibernation there was a mix of modern and classics  in the car park of  the Bromley Hayes Garden centre where we met up for a pre run coffee. 19 cars then set out on a 25 mile run to reach The Unicorn Inn at Orton- on-the-Hill near Atherstone, where we enjoyed an excellent Sunday lunch.

I am pleased to report that our treasurer Des Barnard, has sent off a cheque for £750 to The Donna Louise Trust, the Charity supported by the Club. This has made our total donation for 2018 up to £1250, so well done to all the Club members for their fund raising efforts for this very worthy cause.

If you are looking  to join a vibrant and fun loving MG Club which welcomes  MG`s of all ages then why not look in on our web site at where you can view the full 2019 programme and learn all about the Club. A warm welcome is assured.

Jeff Darlow

This entry was posted on 02/03/2019 by Jeff Darlow.