Are you an MG enthusiast? Chris Adamson explains that membership of the MG Owners Club offers many benefits and can enhance the fun of ownership…
The MG Owners Club is acknowledged as the World’s largest single marque car club and it covers all ages of MG although the emphasis is mainly on 1950s models through to the present day.
Formed in 1973, which means it is younger than the MG Car Club which is located in Abingdon home of the MG factory, the MGOC operates as a business rather than a charity.
The club offers a full range of benefits for the dedicated MG enthusiast or the less enthusiastic owner who simply enjoys running an MG for everyday transport or just for fun.
Administered from its Cambridgeshire headquarters at Swavesey, the MGOC publishes a full-colour printed monthly magazine `Enjoying MG’, which is full of informative articles, technical advice and includes an extensive MG classified section of cars and spares for sale.
It also contains coverage of the club’s national events, car runs and a variety of annual events and lists events being run by its individual local clubs.
The country is divided into 12 regions and then sub-divided into smaller local clubs, so there should be an MGOC club located within easy reach of everyone in the country. There are also clubs in Ireland and the Channel Islands.
Swavesey is also home to the MGOC workshop which offers a complete range of services from routine servicing and repairs to full or part restorations, trimming, accident recovery, tuning and modification.
Experts are also on hand at the office to offer members technical advice and information either in person, on the telephone or via the internet.
Running alongside this is a comprehensive parts and accessories department offering almost every component for a classic or modern MG with rapid delivery through the club shop.
MG Insurance provides quick quotes for members’ MGs with agreed value cover (classic MG values) and non-MG insurance for members’ other cars.
For those who like to take their MG further afield there is the dedicated MGOC Travel Club offering escorted trips to such locations as Norway, Corsica, Le Mans and Southern Ireland.
An exciting MG motorsport programme is also on the agenda via a series of MG one-make championships which are promoted by the club and visit racing circuits around the country.
Annual membership of MGOC is £42 plus an initial £5 joining fee.
For more information visit: www.mgownersclub.co.uk