Welcome to March! This next weekend we will “spring ahead” …. even though I will have to sacrifice an hour of sleep on Saturday night, this is one of my favorite times of the year. I love spring and with spring comes the anticipation of getting our LBCs “out of storage” and back on the road! Please see Mark’s article elsewhere in this issue for some great events that are just around the corner.
That is what I love about this club. There is always something just around the corner. When Chris and I joined the club back in January 1995, who knew that 23 years later we would still be as active in the club as we were when we first joined. Our first event, the one we joined at, was the Annual Awards Banquet. We did not know a soul going to that event, but walked away with such enthusiasm for the club and the great people we met that night. It was the beginning of a great adventure that is still going strong.
Chris and I dove right into being active with the club. I think we attended just about every event in 1995, learning about our car and forging lasting friendships. At the next awards banquet, Chris and I received the “Most Active New Member” award. We were thrilled and honored to receive this award. The following year Chris joined the Board and I was a regular tag-a-long to those meetings. Eventually I became an official member of the Board when I assumed the role of Secretary from Ed Boardman when he decided to step down. Close to 20 years later, I still proudly serve as your club Secretary.
All of this leads up to the real reason for my article. At this year’s banquet, Chris announced the recipient of the John Thornley Spirit Award as fellow Board Member, Todd Wells. Todd has done so much for our club and is very deserving of this prestigious award. Todd came forward to accept the award and much to our surprise, we were told that the Board of Directors had decided that the award should go to Chris and me! We were both very touched by this gesture.
For those of you unfamiliar with the history of this award, it was the idea of former club President, Bob Vitrikas. Bob, in doing research for his book (MGA: A History & Restoration Guide), interviewed John Thornley, OBE and the two became friends. Mr. Thornley was the General Manager of MG from 1952 until 1969. John helped establish, and became the initial secretary of THE MG Car Club. He was also one of the “creators” of the MGB. Mr. Thornley passed away in 1994. He was inducted into the British Sports Car Hall of Fame on June 2, 2017. John Thornley’s son, Peter wrote a biography about his father titled simply Mr. MG.
The award is presented each year to a member of our club
who has demonstrated true MG spirit with enthusiasm and excitement about the
MG experience and a willingness to share that experience with other club
members. The recipient will have actively organized or assisted in the
organization of club-sponsored events, showed support for the club while
attending club functions, and represented our club proudly during attendance
at functions sponsored by other clubs
Chris and I (along with many others in the club, I am sure), do not do what we do for praise or recognition. We do it because we want to see the love of the marque prevail. We do it because we enjoy it, because we have fun, and because of the people! MG people are a special breed that I am happy and proud to be a part of!