MG95 Beaulieu

Bournemouth and Poole MGOC helped the MG marque celebrate its 95th anniversary in sunshine style when a large contingent attended the blue sky  MG95 at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu on Sunday 25 August.

The colourful club stand also played host to MGOC co-founder Roche Bentley, Regional Secretary Nigel Knowles and Retro-Speed editor Peter Baker from Worcestershire which boosted the display to 32 cars making it one of the largest of the stands.

In total more than 265 cars took part in the one-day event which had been conceived and co-organised by Solent MGOC, celebrating their 30th anniversary partnered by 1020 in our 35th year and Southampton and New Forest MGOC who were marking their 38th birthday.

Cars came from across the South West with the furthest travelled, a convoy from Cornwall MGOC who had set off at 4am to reach Beaulieu for 9am. Others backing the event came from Winchester and Chichester as well as the MG Rover Group plus almost a hundred individual owners.

‘Car of the Day’ as voted by fellow MG owners was the imposing 1932 Magna F1 of Steve McEvoy from Woodlands in the New Forest. Steve explained he has lovingly restored the car over six years and is now competing in historic racing on a regular basis – the day before he had been competing at Brands Hatch.

Roche Bentley presented him with his award of an MG clock and the joint second placed 1960 MGA of Peter Crook and the 2008 LE TF of Mike Tighe.