This page describes recent multi-day tours and events in which members of the MG Car Club participated.  Shorter recent Club events are described in the Recent Events page.

MGA 60th Anniversary Tour

Three cars from Northern Centre (Steve and Hazell Eden, Stephen and Bronwyn Grover, George Dehlen and Liz van Wyk) were among the 48 participating in the MGA 60th Anniversary Tour around South Africa including the southernmost tip of Africa from 13th to 24th August. Joining us for the portion of the route between Port Elizabeth, Knysna, Cape Agulhas, Oudtshoorn and Graaff-Reinet were ex-Northern Centre members Johan and Ilse Kruger who now live in Natures Valley. There were 44 MGs participating (41 MGAs, a ZB, an MGB, and a Midget).


Drakensberg


Bathurst


The Pig 'n Whistle in Bathurst


Cape Agulhas Lighthouse


Where Two Oceans Meet


Canola Fields


Graaff-Reinet

Knysna MG Indaba 2014

The 2014 MG Indaba took place in Knysna over five days from 9th to 12th May. There were 167 entrants, almost all of them in MGs. Twenty-five Northern Centre members participated, driving to Knysna by various routes, the longest being Ed Hillary who drove from Magoebaskloof to Knysna in his 1947 TC. The Indaba was organised by the South Cape Centre of the MG Car Club, and events included runs through the beautiful Garden Route scenery, a treasure hunt, driving tests, a concours which was combined with the Knysna Car Show, rocker cover racing, a cruise to the Knysna Heads, and four evenings of social events. Northern Centre members who received awards were Gary Chapman (first in the rocker cover races), Trevor Beddy (second overall in the Concours d'Etat), Ed Hillary (longest route travelled in a TC), Alan Uzzell and Denise Harvey (best-dressed in the black and white evening).

The following weekend saw the Knysna Simola Jaguar Hill Climb in which a number of MGs competed with classic and modern sports cars in climbing the hill at the Simola Golf Estate. Prominent were Heyns Stead in his "Spider" TC Special and Roger Lewis in the "Hedgehog" TC Special.

The next Indaba will be the Tshwane Indaba 2016 organised by Northern Centre and will take place in and around Tshwane from 2nd to 4th September 2016.


Knysna Car Show


MG Display


Prewar C and K1


MG T-Type Display


MGA Display


Midget, MGB and MGC Display


MGF and MGTF Display


Concours d'Etat


Rocker Cover Racers


Simola Jaguar
Knysna Hill Climb


Heyns Stead in Spider


Roger Lewis in Hedgehog

Maluti Meander April 2010 Taking advantage of the 23-26 April long weekend, Norman Ewing arranged an MG visit to the Eastern Free State. Thirty MGs participated – from the Johannesburg, Northern, KwaZulu-Natal and Port Elizabeth Centres of the MG Car Club.

Based at the friendly Fouriesburg Country Inn, participants visited the Golden Gate National Park and the picturesque town of Clarens with the Lombardy Poplars shedding their Autumn leaves. Then followed a visit to Sandstone estates, where Wilfred Mole and a group of overseas steam enthusiasts had spent the week steaming up 22 classic narrow-gauge locomotives. Participants were taken for a rail journey to Grootdraai and Vailima on restored narrow-gauge wagons. Also to be seen was an extensive collection of agricultural tractors, and a team of huge oxen.

The next day most of the cars (except a few whose owners were lured by the Clarens craft shops, restaurants and galleries) braved a 170 km long drive into the heart of Lesotho. It was a slow trying journey, at least half being in third and second (and for some first) gears, with three high mountain passes (Mafika Lisiu, Laitsoka and Nkaobee), ranging between elevations of 1610 and 3100 m. All cars successfully completed the 340 km round trip, although several of them lost tyres and even wheel rims in the many potholes. Fortunately none made contact with the many pedestrians, sheep, goats and donkeys. The road was strewn with debris left from rockfalls - ranging from pebbles to 20 cm rocks which could shatter a sump up to boulders 1 m high which would put an end to car and occupants if struck. The destination was the Katse Dam, where participants attended an interesting information session and tour of the dam led by personnel of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.


MGs at
Fouriesburg


Sandstone
Narrow-Gauge


Mafika Lisiu
Pass 3100m


MGTF at
Katse Dam


Rockfall on
Mafika Lisiu

Combined Cape Centres Gathering 2009 at Port Alfred

The two-yearly meet of the four MG Car Club's Cape Centres took place at Port Alfred from 24th to 27th September 2009. Seven cars from the Northern Centre made the journey to Port Alfred. It was to have been a big occasion for the ZB of the late Errol Battison, rebuilt and driven by his son Duncan Battison and Peter Noeth - but sadly a Welch Plug stopped it half-way. There were 55 MGs at the event, from all the southern African Centres, ranging from a TC and TDs to modern MGTFs and ZRs. It was a highly enjoyable weekend of driving and socialising. A highlight was a flypast by a Tiger Moth, followed by photo opportunities next to the plane. (Click on these images for larger views:)


Some of the 55 MGs
at the Gathering


Pineapple
Country


Some Participants from
Northern Centre


More from
Northern Centre

Johannesburg MGCC Centre's 40th Anniversary Tour

The Johannesburg Centre was established in 1969, and to commemorate its 40th Anniversary it organized a nine-day 2200 km run through its original territory – the old Transvaal, now the Provinces of Gauteng, North-West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Beginning from Sandton, the route included Beestekraal, Bela-Bela, Polokwane, Makhado, Modjadjiskloof, Magoebaskloof, Hoedspruit, Blyde River Canyon (both low and high resorts), Graskop, Pilgrim’s Rest, Sabie, Hazyview, White River, Kaap Muiden, Barberton, Waterval Boven, and ended at Kaapse Hoop. Overnight accommodation ranged from upmarket hotels to guest houses and Aventura resorts.

Some 70 persons (mainly from Johannesburg Centre, but also from Northern and KwaZulu-Natal Centres) participated, some for only part of the route. There were 37 cars, including 9 T-Types, a ZB, 5 MGAs, 10 MGBs, an MGC, 6 MGF/MGTFs, and a ZT.

While the basic format of the route was preplanned, there were opportunities for individuals to travel different routes and undertake different activities. A few took the long route to Steenkampsberg (the highest point on a road in the old Transvaal), George braved 60 km of deteriorating gravel tracks to get a closer look at Blouberg, Clive (in his MG-badged Porsche 356C) challenged several to hill-climbs on the steep winding roads around Pilgrim’s Rest, some visited a cheese factory in Magoebaskloof, some rode the canopy trail in George’s Valley, several visited the Kruger National Park (all of the Big 5 were seen), and many sampled the pancakes in Graskop and Sabie.

Different participants would have named different highlights – they included magnificent mountain and forest scenery, Baobabs, lakes, waterfalls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, fine hotels, memorable restaurant meals, Ed and Jane Hillary’s Cheerio Farm, launch cruises on two dams, visits to the workshop of Rodney Green and his seven classic cars, viewing the classic car museum at Casterbridge, and above all, MG comradeship.  (Click on these images for larger views:)


The MGs at Modjadji


The MGs at Sabie


At Three Rondavels


Classics of Rodney Green

Mishaps and problems with some of the cars (oil leaks, electrical problems, carburetor and ignition tuning problems, a suspected broken crankshaft, a malfunctioning generator, a stripped waterpump pulley, warnings from the inside of a gearbox, a broken waterpipe and catalytic converter after contact with one of the many rocks in the road) were dealt with by the expertise of the MG owners in the group and as a last resort the backup vehicle. Many potholes were encountered calling for drivers to concentrate and have quick reflexes – fortunately no wheels or tyres were destroyed. On several roads loose stones on the road surface from chip and spray seals that were disintegrating gave rise to flying stones from passing vehicles resulting in chips in paintwork and windscreens.

Castrol I-Bhayi MG International Indaba 2008

The MG Car Club's two yearly Indaba took place at Port Elizabeth over the weekend of 4-8 September 2008. There were entries of 115 cars  and over 200 persons, including members of the seven MG Car Club Centres in South Africa, and MG Enthusiasts from the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Australia and Malaysia. The MGs covered a wide spread of models - from a VA, WA, TCs, TDs, ZBs, MGAs, Midgets, MGBs, MGCs, 1100s, RV8s, MGFs MGTFs, to ZRs.

Two of the MGAs, those of the Godwins (Australia) and Wongs (Malaysia) had been undertaking a series of tours on different continents, and were about to embark upon the 2008 African Odyssey.

Fifteen Northern Centre cars from Gauteng, one from Mpumalanga and one from Limpopo drove to Port Elizabeth, with 32 Northern Centre members and partners. Most participated in the "Historic Hostelries" run via Kimberley, Graaff Reinet and Somerset East on their way to Port Elizabeth, and some joined the Port Elizabeth Centre for their Noggin before and the new Southern Cape Centre for their Noggin at the Knysna Yacht Club after the Indaba.

Events during the Indaba included Concours d'Etat, Concours d'Comique, Tops Only, and driving competitions, as well as 200km runs across picturesque scenery to a restaurant and a game reserve in the vicinity.


Cd'Etat Judging


Tops Only Judges


Tops Only Judging


Cd'Comique
Haight-Ashbury


1st Cd'Etat
Midget of Lynton Lomas


1st Tops Only
VA of Bill Daly


2nd Tops Only
TC of Ed Hillary


Coastal Run
Whale Watching


Driving Test
Roland vs Tony


Sprint Start
Jenny vs Annette


World Touring MGAs


SCC Noggin

Lynton Hilliard-Lomas (KZN) with his Midget was first in the Concours d'Etat, followed by Roger Lewis (Cape Town) and his TD and George Dehlen (Northern) and his TC> All received Gold Awards. The VA of Bill Daly (KZN) took first place in the Tops Only competition followed by the TC of Ed Hillary (Northern),  the ZB of Brandon Hattingh (Border) and the MGBGT of Hentie Erasmus (Johannesburg).  Cherri Deutschmann of Border with her partner and MGB depicted the Haight-Ashbury era in the Comique. Lynton Hilliard-Lomas was first in the driving tests in his Midget - seeing off MGBV8s and MGTFs. Ed Hillary of Northern Centre won the trophy for the longest distance driven in a T-Type to the event. Port Elizabeth Centre was awarded the Nuffield Trophy for the Centre showing most meritorious growth, enterprise and initiative, and Northern Centre received the GeePee trophy for the Centre with the best all-round performance at the Indaba as calculated by a formula.

50th Anniversary Spridget Tour 2008

The South African tour to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Austin-Healey Sprite "Frogeye" took place from 28 May to 3 June 2008. Organised by a team of members of the Austin-Healey and MG Car Clubs co-ordinated by Mike O'Keefe, the tour lasted seven days, traveling from Johannesburg to Fouriesburg, Gariep Dam, Barkly East, Port St Johns, Port Shepstone and Ladysmith. Some participants commenced their tours from Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. Taking part were 9 Frogeye Sprites, 12 MG Midgets, two Austin-Healeys, 3 MGAs, an MGB, and a backup vehicle and trailer service provided by Nick Parrott - fortunately only needed on one occasion. Two more cars - a Sprite and an Midget, were forced to withdraw a day before the event because of mechanical problems, but their owners participated nevertheless in modern vehicles. Highlights included a visit to art and antique shops in the village of Clarens, a visit into the depths of the Gariep Dam Wall, traveling over several dramatic mountain passes, for the more adventurous (foolhardy?) the earth-road Joubert pass (the third highest in South Africa), the winding (and dangerous) roads of the Eastern Cape, and the tranquility of Port St Johns where the customary photoshoot was taken between the mountain "Gates".

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Steam and Cosmos Festival at Sandstone Estates, April 2008

At the invitation of Wilfred Mole of Sandstone Estates Heritage Trust and co-ordinated by Norman Ewing, members of the MG Car Club visited the annual Steam and Cosmos Festival at Sandstone Estates in the Eastern Free State over the weekend of 11-13 April 2008. There were 24 MGs (a TD, 4 MGAs, 14 MGBs, 2 MGCs, and 3 MGTFs), a Peugeot 404, a Porsche 911, and several moderns of Club members from the Johannesburg, Northern, KwaZulu-Natal and Port Elizabeth Centres. (Click on the images below for larger views)

Some got "hands-on", assisting in getting classic vehicles and agricultural machinery rolling, but most simply watched the amazing display of vintage narrow-gauge steam and diesel engines and rolling stock, steam and diesel trucks, vintage steam traction engines, tractors, stationary engines, threshing demonstrations, earthmoving and ploughing, military equipment and aircraft amidst fields of flowering Cosmos. Some 15 of Sandstone's vintage locomotives were to be seen in action during the 5 days of the Festival, hauling various combinations of vintage passenger and goods coaches, running on half-hour timetables on 25,6km of narrow gauge track on the Estate.

The braver members were able to fly in aircraft (Harvards and a Tiger Moth), ride on the trains, military vehicles, and tractors, or even drive some of them themselves. Those who wanted to relax were able to watch Volkspele (folk dancing), view a rail photographic exhibition, shop and buy traditional refreshments. Then there were the vast sheds with "yet-to-be-restored" vehicles, implements and engines to wander through. A highlight this year was the "launch" of the most recent acquisition, a magnificently restored Sherman tank, which then gave an impressive demonstration of its abilities. The event culminated in a display and convoy of some 20 military vehicles (Jeeps, light trucks, field guns, armoured reconnaissance cars and personnel carriers, tanks, a "Stalin Organ" rocket launcher, transporters and recovery trucks) and an armoured train (carrying field guns, an antiaircraft gun, and light machine guns) - of South African, British, Russian and "spoils of war" origin, and finally a dinner in the farm's commodity store.

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MG Champagne Indaba 2006

The MGCar Club's Indaba took place at the Champagne Sports Resort between 11th and 14th May. 28 MGs from Northern Centre participated, driving from Gauteng to the Drakensberg via the Eastern Free State and Golden Gate. The programme included councours events, an MG memorabilia auction in aid of charity, a gymkhana and hill climb, a treasure hunt, a performance by the Drakensberg Boys Choir, and many social events. General consensus is that the KZN Centre had organised a magnificent event. Northern Centre members were proud to be awarded the GeePee Trophy for Best Centre. Click on the images below for larger views.

Combined Cape Centres Gathering 2007 at Oudtshoorn

The two-yearly gathering of the MG Car Club Cape Centres (Cape Town Centre, Border Centre, Port Elizabeth Centre and their fledgling Southern Cape Sub-Centre) took place in Oudtshoorn from 11th to 14th October.

About 100 MG enthusiasts / partners participated, in over 50 MGs – an SA, a TC, three TDs, nine MGAs, 23 MGBs, an MGC, three Midgets, five MGTFs, a ZR – including six from the Northern Centre.

The programme was a relaxed one with social emphasis. On Friday morning a route schedule and quiz led participants on a drive past De Rust, though Meiringspoort to Prince Albert. Lunch was on a farm (Drie Riviere) about 5 km out of town, and in deference to MG owners' sensitivities about driving on rough earth roads, participants were transported there seated on bales of hay in a farm trailer towed by a tractor at a bone-jarring 5 km/h. The return journey had the option of going via the picturesque and torturous Swartberg Pass – a climb of 1000m and down 1200m again. The Saturday was given over to free time, but there was an award for the “best Tourist” who visited the greatest number of ten named attractions (including the Cango Caves, Ostrich farms, and museums). In keeping with Oudtshoorn being the world's Ostrich capital, the theme for the final evening dinner-dance was “Feathers” – and some very fine feathers were on display.