MG Challenge volunteers BBQ - Bev Waters
On a Friday night 25 July, a BBQ was held at the Clubrooms for our Volunteers who assisted with the running of the MG
Club Challenge held in June. In appreciation of their efforts, competitors also came along to thank them for their
help. A pleasant surprise for all on the night, was the arrival of Bill Schapel walking into the clubrooms, (after
spending some time in hospital of late). Our thanks to Leyland George who showed his support and cooked the BBQ for
the thirty five plus in attendance.
2014 MGCC Interclub Challenge - Murray Stephenson
On the Queen’s Birthday long weekend (7 – 9 June) the 2014 MG Challenge was conducted in SA. Participants began to gather at Lyndoch Hill on the Friday night to prepare for a weekend of serious competition and socialising. Rather than just the traditional rivals of South Australia (28) and Victoria (16) hopefuls also gathered from WA (2), Gold Coast (1), Brisbane (1) and the ACT (2).
Despite long term forecasts of rain, then cloudy for the weekend we enjoyed superb sunshine on both days although a bit cool on the Sunday.
Saturday’s Super Sprint at Mallala was conducted in identical format to the MSCA events and a number of key officials from MSCA events contributed to the smooth running of the day. A great contingent of club members helped with flagging, timing and a variety of tasks to make the event run well.
The variety of cars at these events is superb from Lindsay Hick’s PA Special, Ray Skewes’s TD, Wes Bray’s 1100, through variations of MGAs, MGBs and MGCs to the MGF/TF and modern saloons. It was great to watch them all in action with each driver competing against their own time. Bob Schapel’s rapid supercharged TC is always spectacular to watch and Bill Schapel’s Y-type Tourer was superb to see at speed. We also had a few members in Non-Marque cars and an invited group of Mazda MX-5s who jumped at the opportunity to have their own grid and to help us with numbers.
It was great to see some faces who have not been out for a while like John Tamke, John Kemp (starter) and Graham Loader and Lindsay Caffin having his first outing in his MX-5.
Cars are run in groups of similar times and each lap is timed so the driver is attempting to improve his/her time during the day but the competition is enthusiastic once the red mist descends and a car in front can be chased. One highlight of the competition was Wes Bray passing another car, his first we believe.
There were a few mechanical issues and the occasional spin but only one car had to be towed back to the pits. It was Kim Cole’s MX-5 which had gearbox troubles after only two laps.
After a great dinner at Lyndoch Hill and a good night’s sleep we fronted up to Collingrove on Sunday morning for another day of fun. The hillclimb field of 43 MG members was down from the 50 at Mallala but the competition was just as keen. For some competitors it was their first visit to Collingrove and all found it a challenge.
For many the cool conditions resulted in slower than best times but Georgie Schapel managed to return a personal best in Bill’s TC taking 0.75 sec off her previous best.
Jan Kirk was very excited to receive placings in the Ladies class, second at Mallala and third at Collingrove.
Sunday night was the presentation dinner at Lyndoch Hill where we again enjoyed a good dinner and great company followed by a well earned rest.
An event like the Challenge doesn’t happen without the contributions of a lot of people. Thanks to all the competitors and officials from MGCCs and MX-5 Club, the MSCA officials, the organizing committee and particularly Bev for her leadership of the committee.
After the competition was finished and the dust settled the final result had SA victorious with a final score of 7.137 points to Victoria’s 5.333 points. To feature in the final scores a state needs to have at least five drivers compete in each event so the smaller representation from WA, ACT & Qld did not qualify. Unfortunately the Victorians forgot to bring the Challenge trophy with them so we trust they will send it over soon.
The overall feedback from the event is that it was good competition, well organized with great social activity and all achieved in a wonderful relaxed spirit.
"Thank you” emails received;
* Entry form for Sprint and Hillclimb;
* credit card payment form
* Challenge Supplementary Regs;
* Accomdation information
Mallala MotorSport Park
Organising Committee contacts:
Murray Stephenson email: firstname.lastname@example.org M 0419565970
Tim Edmonds email: email@example.com M 0419804645
Laurie Houghton email: firstname.lastname@example.org ph; 08 83569953
Chris & Wes Bray email: email@example.com ph: 08 82784203
John Davies email: firstname.lastname@example.org M 0413647728
Peter Coulson email: email@example.com M 0419215964
Bev Waters email: firstname.lastname@example.org M 0402262156
MG CHALLENGE - 2013 RESULTS
Wes Bray – well what can you say about his enthusiasm. Leaving for Melbourne after school on Friday in his MG1100, and staying off at Beaufort for some sleep, then heading straight to Calder for the Sprint Meeting early Saturday morning. After competing all weekend, arose at 5.00am Monday (after attending the Presentation dinner Sunday night), and headed off home for a 10km run in training for an event coming up. Well done Wes.
The results were as follows:
For the overall results for the Club Challenge, there is a formula for arriving at the final score, but in broad terms it is based on points achieved by each club and averaged out by the number of their competitors
As you can see SA did very well considering the numbers we had, and our thanks also go to our support crew of Judy Goodale, Laine Turner, Rob Hall & Ian Curwen-Walker. Rob is now very enthusiastic about getting back into the shed to complete his rebuild, and hopefully we will see him out on the track again in his MG soon.
At the presentation night at the MGCC Victoria Clubrooms, Murray Stephenson on behalf of SA thanked our host centre for a great weekend, and because there was a large amount of interest for Vic to come to SA for the event on the June Long weekend in 2014, a Competition Sub-Committee will discuss and come up with a proposal to put to the General Committee.