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Published by nick_argyrou, 2018-11-21 15:29:14

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The ESMGOC display at the Isfield show on 7th October.
Photo—John Boobier

November 2018

We are always looking for items to put in the club magazine and
these can range from articles, visit reports, photos, letters, technical
tips or anything else that you think will be of interest to our club
members so please email me any items for publication.

All the best ‹(•¿•)› Warren Haines (Editor).
[email protected]
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FOR SALE

MG TF Parts
Alternator, Starter Motor, Jack (as new ) in bag.
£25 the lot. To go into the Club Charity pot for 2018.

Barrie on 01273 813002
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News

MONTHLY MEETINGS—SECOND TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH AT WELL-
SHURST GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB, NORTH STREET, HELLINGLY, SITUAT-
ED SOME 3 MILES SOUTH OF HORAM ON THE A267
Where does the time go? November already . Last club night we wel-

comed another new member John Kelly, since then I took part in the
'Autumn Leaves Run' organised by Tony and Carol. The day was a spec-
tacular success with the weather staying very mild indeed. It was a bit chil-
ly at first but by the afternoon it was rather warm. Congratulations to Phil
and Vicky Weller for winning the 'Trophy' and to Peter and Joan who won
the pride of ownership award with their MG Maestro Turbo. As mentioned
at last months meeting any member of the club is welcome to put forward
an idea for a run of their own. Club runs seem to be more popular than
static events so with that in mind if any of you wish to step forward please
do, it's not just for committee members to organise. Also this month Gerry
orchestrated a successful trip to Sissinghurst, again the weather stayed
clement and it looks like a fine lunch was had at the Peacock Inn.
Sometimes there isn't a lot for me to say at the club meetings, I invite you
to stand up and maybe tell us a tale of something you did, a car you once
owned or even a joke you might want to share. You may have a hobby or
a collection of something or other like Peters collection of stainless steel
sinks and hubcaps, Sorry Peter I couldn't resist it.
The point is, it's your club and your night out so if you have something to
say then say it, equally if you have an item to sell now's your opportunity.
The Christmas raffle will be themed this year, 'CHRISTMAS CHEER', be
creative.
Next years monthly raffles will also be themed (See page 23 for the
themes for each month)
So, that's me done. Have a blooming' good evening and a splendid month
and I'll see you all at the Christmas bash looking gorgeous, and that's just
the blokes!
Best wishes
Keith

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Isfield Day of Steam and Classics
For a day that began with the mercury dropping out the bottom of the
old barometer it ended up being superbly warm and enjoyable.
I'd never been here before and thought it would be better enjoyed
amongst chums, sure enough the ESMGOC club site was pleasantly
full. When Karl and I arrived in Hilda we spotted John erecting his pole
and unfurling the giblet, Jane was keeping warm inside the GT , it was
still a little bit nippy.
Soon as parked the kettle went on " time for tea" I bellowed. Rose and
Gavin joined us in their Bullnose and like us was soon to get the tea
organised, by now the flag was flying proudly as millions of cars arrived
like a plague of classics.
The backdrop of the classic vehicles was enhanced by the soundscape
of the steam whistles from the wonderfully built engines proudly display-
ing their brightly polished tin work as they chugged along offering visi-
tors a ride round the field.
It's easy to see how peoples passion for these machines is ignited, with
the station as the perfect setting for this event I know I'll make another
trip here. By now John and Ann had arrived in 'Rammy' their bright
yellow MGB then along came Mike and Chris in the green Midget, final-
ly on the road, Terry and Sue used their day driver as their MG is still
not quite 'pret'
Peter and Catherine came along in the orange Midget which Peter vig-
orously polished as Catherine set up the picnic chairs. Karl decided to
have a mooch, in the converted ticket office they were serving hot teas
and coffees and the biggest breakfasts I've ever seen. Two of absolutely
everything piled high on a plate with tea.........£8 ! Flippin 'ek.
Yours truly took a trip on a small gauge train up the track and back,
quite good actually. Lunch was served at the Laughing Fish, a wonder-
fully themed old pub mirroring the style of the old station, with a great
selection of fine ales and a sumptuous menu it was deservedly packed
inside. Karls lovely missus had prepared us a handsome packed lunch
of egg sarnies and crisps so no need for a roast but there were a couple
of pints with our names on them. Marvellous. A pint of 'Dripping Dor-
mouse' s'il vous plait .
To sum up, bloody cold to start with turning warm to hot by mid after-
noon. Plenty of decent motors and enough steam to run an electrical
turbine for a month, lots of fine fellows and good beer all set in the back-
drop of railways of yesteryear.
Keith Ramshaw (report and photos)

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Above: Peter giving his rubber bumper MG Midget a polish
in the autumn sun.
Below: Rose and Gavin relaxing with a picnic lunch behind
their Bullnose Morris.

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August Bank Holiday Weekend Shows
The August Bank Holiday weekend was a time of mixed fortunes
weather-wise. On hearing the forecast John Harvey, Bernard & I all
decided to join the Saturday delegation at Hellingly. A good move with
plenty of cars & stalls to look at. Sunday was dire with wall-to-wall rain
and very little happening, to the extent that the gates closed at 3.30.
Things improved on Monday with two of our number back at Hellingly
and 10 of us making an excellent showing at the Polegrove Recreation
Ground for the Bexhill 100 Show. Roger allocated us our usual spot
and though it could have been a little warmer a good time was had by
one and all with the Byes even walking into the town for le shopping.
Lots of vehicles on display but the Therapy Bunnies were conspicuous
in their absence this year.
A big thank you to those who polished their cars and displayed them at
these two high profile shows. If I remember correctly Barrie & Pam
joined the club at Hellingly some 24 years ago when they won Maurice,
now our club mascot, in Tessa’s “name the bear competition”. It was
also the first year that we had a club display at this event.
John Baggott (Article and photos)

Above: East Sussex cars on show at Bexhill

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Above: 1952 Trojan Personnel Carrier – now very rare.
Below: An equally rare Standard Vanguard Van in Stand-
ard/ Triumph livery .

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A “CLEAN SWEEP”
Almost every classic MG I have owned has had problems with the position
and sweep of the wiper blades. Sometimes the solution is simple and the
wiper arms can be repositioned on the wheelbox splines . Arms can be
prised off by using a wide, flat screwdriver. However, on both of my MGAs
the sweep of the wipers was too great and the blades hit the windscreen
surround at both ends of the sweep, which strains the mechanism and
wears the rubber screen surround.
All wiper motors have gearing (sweep) specific to each MG model, governed
by the gear wheel and crank which drives the wiper cable drive. The gear-
wheel is clearly marked with the sweep in degrees . It is accessed by re-
moving the alloy cover held on with four self-tapping screws. Many owners
change the wiper motor, without considering the gearing and that results in
poor wiper performance .
In my case, the A Coupe had been fitted with a replacement, later pattern,
DR3A instead of the correct DR2 motor with a gear marked 150 degrees
(see photo), when the correct gear should have had a 120 degree sweep .
I was able to obtain the correct gear from Classic and Vintage Dynamos Ltd.
(Tel -1623 747666) in Shirebrook, Notts, for the very reasonable sum of £15
plus packing and VAT, with next day delivery. The gear is held in with a wire
circlip with a plain and thrust- washer. Note that it is very easy to lose the
circlip when you prise it off!
The MGA wiper motor is quite difficult to access, being positioned in the rear
nearside of the engine compartment, underneath the front wing (see photo).
Once I had fitted the new gear and refitted the motor the wiper blades could
be positioned correctly. The “park” position of the blades is governed by
the position of the circular park switch which sticks up through the cover of
the gear mechanism. It can be rotated to adjust the park position. In
my case I decided to set the park on the passenger side instead of the driv-
er’s side to aid forward vision. Whilst you have the motor on the bench it is
worth re-packing the gear casing with a light grease. If the motor is slug-
gish in operation, it is possible to fit new brushes and clean up the armature.
It is also worth checking that the wiper arms and blades are the correct ones
for your model. This does not always appear in workshop manuals so you
may have to consult the Owners Club Technical Advice. In my case I
spoke to Bob West of “MGA Specialist” in Pontefract (tel 07919 347320): a
friend of our late Secretary, Fred.
Terry Clark (article and photos)

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Above: The location of the wiper motor linkage gearbox.
Below: In the wrong gear! Terry’s A had been fitted with a 150
sweep cog rather than the correct 120 degree item.

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E.S.M.G.O.C. CHRISTMAS DINNER & DISCO
TUESDAY 11TH DECEMBER 2018 (December Club Night)

AT WELLSHURST GOLF & COUNTY CLUB

Please read the following carefully
Yes, it’s that time again! The details are as follows:
Organiser: Elaine Wintle, Tel: 01323 482668
Email: [email protected]
Venue: Wellshurst Golf & Country Club
Time: 19.00hrs carriages at 23.30
Dress Code: Men - Smart casual or Dinner jacket (whatever you prefer.)
Ladies – Best outfit, the flashier the better!
Cost Per Head: The Club is paying for the Disco in full and the gratuities,
therefore the final cost to all-comers is £25.00 per head. Guests are most
welcome.

There will be no ‘signing on’ sheet on the board. Please see Elaine for a
‘Requirements Sheet’ for you to complete and return to her. Full payment at
time of ordering, choice of menu, and seating requirement by

NOVEMBER MEETING.

The menu is as follows:
Starters

Spiced Parsnip & Stilton Soup (V) (GF)
Ham Hock Terrine (GF) With Cranberry & Honey Celeriac Salad

Smoked Salmon Mousse (V) (GF) served with Melba Toast
Duo of Fanned Melon (GF) with winterberry Coulis
Main Course

Traditional Roast Sussex Turkey (GF). with all the festive trimmings
Roast Topside of Beef (GF) With Yorkshire Pudding

Oven Baked Salmon Fillet (GF) with a Caper & Lime Sauce
Sweet Potato & Mushroom Wellington (V)

Note: All main courses are served with a selection of Chefs Vegetables &
Potatoes

Dessert
Traditional Christmas pudding served with Brandy Sauce
Poached Pear in Mulled Wine (GF) served with Vanilla Custard

Spiced Orange & Treacle Tart, Served with Custard
Cheese & Biscuits (£1.50 Supplement) (GF)
Followed by
Coffee/Tea & Mints

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The photo for this months caption competition was
kindly donated by John Baggott
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LIST OF EVENTS
John Baggott is your Fixtures Officer. Please contact John on 01892
862656 for information except where other contacts are given. To-
night is the last chance to put your name down/ collect forms for: Star
Run (18 Nov), National Trust visit (21 Nov), ESMGOC Christmas Din-
ner (11 Dec). National Trust Christmas visit (19 Dec).
Thank you to all members who supported the shows & runs
throughout the year. If there is an event that you would like to
see on the 2019 calendar please let John know. We are also
looking for volunteers to organise some of the club runs next
year please.

November
13 Club Night & Pride of Ownership. Our last formal club night
of the year
18 Star Run: Meet 10.30am for 11am start at Lions Cross Nurse-
ry, Herstmonceaux, BN27 4RS. Our run which will take about 1½
hours will conclude at a country pub for lunch with a choice of 2/3
roasts @ 14.95 per head, or other menu items will be available.
Please add your name to the list if you wish to attend. Limited to 14
cars, (Organisers Bill & Ann Crook 01825 767348)
21 National Trust visit to Nymans: Meet 10.30 in the café at
Nymans RH17 6EB –“A creative retreat for artistic Messel family, the
garden showcases year-round colour.” Afterwards lunch at The Victo-
ry Inn Staplefield, RH17 6EU. Organisers Gerry & Sue Latter 01444
242383 Mob 07946 233806

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December
3 MGs on Track, Brands Hatch
11 ESMGOC Christmas Dinner & Disco at Wellshurst. 7 for
7.30, carriages at 11.30pm. Members & guests are invited to join us
for an excellent evening, cost just £25 per person for three-course
dinner with, Coffee/Tea and Mints to follow and great music from
Lee, our usual DJ. For menu see page XX. Booking forms available
from the organiser Elaine Wintle 01323 482668. November meeting
is your last chance to book, make your menu selections and pay
Elaine!
19 National Trust Christmas visit to Standen House. Meet
from 10am in the café at Standen RH19 4NE. The house, which will
be decorated, opens at 11am for free flow visits and “is one of the
finest examples of Arts & Crafts workmanship with Morris & Co interi-
ors and decorative art of the period” Afterwards Lunch at the Roe-
buck Hotel, Wych Cross, RH18 5JL. Organisers Gerry & Sue Latter
01444 242383 Mob 07946 233806

January
8 Club Night & Pride of Ownership
27 Antiques Hunt, Lewes. Park in a public car park and then
meet at The White Hart, High Street at 2pm. Scour the town’s many
antique shops in an endeavour to buy the “best item” up to £15 (In
the past, items purchased for under £1 have won!). Return to the
White Hart by 4.30 for a cream tea when each entrant makes a short
presentation about their purchase before we vote for our winner.
Some lunch at White Hart beforehand- Please book your own table
direct with the hotel: 01273 476694. Organisers Tessa & Dave
Deverill 01825 713392.
If you put your name down for an event and subsequently find
you are unable to make it please advise John, or in the case of a
run, the organiser. There may be reserves wishing to take your
place. Thank you.
Pride of Ownership: If you are fortunate enough to win the tro-
phy tonight please return it to Keith at next month’s meeting. If
you are not going to be present please let him have it tonight so
it can be awarded again next month. Thank you.

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Code Word by Alan Sear
Using only the 12 letters given in the lower box
solve the code of words to down and across.

Answer next Month
12 8 5 5 8
8 23
4 6715
10 1 10
9 11 10 4 5

T

1 23456

T

7 8 9 10 11 12

C E HI L N
O P R ST W

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H I NGE September / October
OEA Answer
OGRE S
1=E 2=V 3=N 4=L 5=S
DVE 6=D 7=I 8=O
9=R10=A11=G12=H
S HE L L

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2018 September Saunter
The weather forecast for Sunday 23rd was not looking promising all
week. Not only was rain forecast but a ‘named storm’ was being men-
tioned. Fortunately the threat of a storm diminished but as predicted
there was considerable rainfall, which was really disappointing consid-
ering all the wonderful weather we had been experiencing beforehand.
So it was a very wet journey along flooded roads to meet up at Well-
shurst for an 11am start. The organisers, John and Ann Boobier were
doing the best they could in getting round to all the cars (with the occu-
pants huddled up inside), to hand out the route instructions before the
paperwork turned to papier-mache! Because of the weather we had
only 4 modern MG’s the remainder being day to day cars. John and
Ann also had a problem in dealing with a number of entrants who had
to withdraw from the run due to variety of reasons. So eventually as
11am dawned, the 12 cars on the run (originally 19), departed from a
soggy Wellhurst to set out on the route.
The instructions took us up towards Waldron, Five Ashes and May-
field, then over to Old Heathfield and down towards Rushlake Green
and Bodle Street Green. Then it was through Boreham Street and
Wartling before heading off to our lunch destination – The Star Inn at
Normans Bay.
We had five questions to find and answer en-route and the scores for
these were added to a 25 question Trivia Quiz which the organisers
had prepared for us, these being a wide range of things like ‘Who is
the patron saint of grave-diggers’ or ‘How many wisdom teeth does the
average adult have’. Having totted up all the scores we had a tie, so it
was onto the tie-break question which was a horticultural one – What
is a Hyacinthoides Non-Scripta commonly known as? The answer to
this was the ‘Common Bluebell’. The correct answer was given by
Chris and Dave Weeks who were announced as the winners. The
pride of ownership trophy was awarded to us, the ‘Haylocks’, probably
because we were foolish enough to bring our TF out in such awful
weather conditions.
As usually happens on days like this, upon departing the Star after a
really good and substantial lunch, the rain had stopped and the sun
was trying to appear. We must thank the organisers John and Ann for
organising the run and dealing with the issues which the conditions of
the day had bought about.
Steve Haylock

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Above: Run organiser John Boobier presents the September
Saunter trophy to Dave Weeks.
Below: Club members enjoyed lunch at the Star Inn.

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MG Ladies Lunch Meetings 2018
All MG Ladies Welcome

28th Nov Wednesday Muffins
9 High Street,
27th Dec Thursday East Hoathly,
BN8 6DR
01825 840087
The Roebuck Inn
Lewes Rd, (A22 Wych Cross)
Laughton,
BN8 6BG
01323 811244

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Pride of Ownership
Above: Keith presenting Grahame Campbell with the pride of ownership
award at the October club meeting.

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EAST SUSSEX MG OWNERS CLUB
2018 REGALIA

CLOTHING
BASEBALL CAPS FROM £7.00
TEE SHIRTS £7.50
MENS POLO SHIRTS £12.00
CHEQUERED POLO SHIRT £14.99
LADIES POLO SHIRT £14.00
LADIES “v” NECK POLO SHIRT £13.00
SWEAT SHIRT (FRUIT OF THE LOOM) £15.00
HOODED SWEAT SHIRT £16.00
GILLETT (FRUIT OF THE LOOM) £19.00
FLEECES (FRUIT OF THE LOOM) £16.00
STORM JACKETS (REVERSIBLE BADGES BOTH SIDES) £42.00

SUNDRY ITEMS £6.00
WALLETS £7.00
GYM BAGS £6.00
JUTE TOTE BAG £10.00
WELLINGTON BOOT BAG

ALL ITEMS COME WITH ESMGOC EMBROIDERED LOGO BADGES

Please see Juliette or Sophie Haines on club night as we have a catalogue
showing the complete range of items that are available.

You can also enquire about items or even place an order by telephone on

01580 881 178

‘Update’ is published by the East Sussex MG Club for the benefit of its members. No material contained
within may be reproduced by any means without the consent of the Club Secretary who reserves the right to
amend or delete any article he/she considers could offend or libel any person living or dead.
The club year runs from February AGM to the following February AGM and prompt payment of subscrip-
tions is essential. It should be noted that any member NOT renewed by the date of the May Monthly Meeting
will be removed from the database and consequently forfeit all benefits of membership.

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2019 Club Raffle Themes

Thanks for your continued support of our monthly raffle. For 2019 we
thought it would be even more fun for each month to have a theme
so please bring your prize contributions to match each theme.

January: Unwanted Christmas Gifts (re-wrapped for the raffle )

February: Winter Warmers

March: Anything to drink (not Bisodol please )

April: Easter Bunny

May: Spring has sprung (anything to do with Spring )

June: Choccies and Booze

July: Dining Alfresco (Think outside the BBQ )

August: Summer Holidays

September: Something in a box (This can be anything, have fun)

October: The nights are drawing in

November: Cheese and Wine (No Laughing Cows )

December: Christmas Cheer

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AREA SECRETARY
KEITH RAMSHAW 07552 665994
Email: [email protected]

FIXTURES OFFICER John Baggott 01892 862656
TREASURER Barrie Weller 01273 813002

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY Chris Weeks 01892 325 286
COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Peter Hand 01435 866972

Steve Haylock 01892 527144
John Boobier 01825 891322
Derek Lawrence 01424 423100

CLUB REGALIA:
Sophie & Juliette Haines 01580 881 178

“UPDATE” EDITOR

Warren Haines 01580 881 178
Submissions for Update should be sent by email to:

[email protected]

Club website
www.eastsussexmgoc.co.uk/

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