Happy New Year! Our club enjoyed some fun times in 2016. I’m looking forward to even more miles of smiles in 2017.
Last month I talked about the origin of Old Speckled Hen ale. You may recall that it was created to honor the 50th anniversary of the MG factory. As a follow-up to that, I thought I’d talk about the MGB that was given away in 2012 by Greene King Brewing and Brands (who now own Morland Brewery) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MGB. The sweepstakes was only open to UK residents (I know, I tried to enter) aged 18 and over and featured an MGB decked out in Old Speckled Hen livery. It is shown below while on its promotional tour at the Goodwood Circuit. The winner of the sweepstakes could also opt to receive £10,000. I’d take the car!
One thousand runner-ups would receive a Corgi, 1/43 scale Old Speckled Hen MGB. The Corgi model was based on a rubber-bumper MGB with RO Style wheels.
I recently acquired one of these Corgi, Old Speckled Hen MGBs in its original, unopened packaging.
So, the MG collection at Kintner House has grown by one; a small one. I can’t drive it, but I can admire it in the warmth of my home while watching an episode of Wheeler Dealers, Top Gear or it’s successor on Amazon, The Grand Tour.
Back to club affairs, your board and officers met in early January to put together our preliminary schedule of events for 2017. Copies of the preliminary event schedule will be handed out at our awards banquet and will also appear in next month’s issue of the Spark.
Just around the corner, we’ve got a tech-session that will be hosted by John Tokar at his Vintage Restorations in Union Bridge, MD on the 18th of February. John is going to open his shop to us and go over metal working. Metal work is certainly an art and the opportunity to see a pro at work shouldn’t be missed.