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Bennington Museum, Bennington, Vermont
The Kimber Festival brings together enthusiasts who are keenly interested in M.G. history. Organized as an academic conference, the program consists of presentations about all M.G.s with topics that may include design and production, technical discussions, competitors, and competitions. You do not need to be a NEMGTR member to present or attend. All MG enthusiasts are welcome!
January 1, 2013 -- Kimber Festival Update
We certainly hope that you are planning to be with us for the Kimber Festival on April 12-14 in Bennington, Vermont. If you have not registered yet, please do so now using either the form provide in TSO or on line at nemgtr.org. Registering ahead of time always makes life easier for the event organizers; of course, if you see your way clear to attend at the last minute, please do so.
The event opens with a party to celebrate Cecil Kimber’s 125th birthday at the Hemmings Motor News museum right across from the host motel. The museum will have on display Chris Nowlan’s Bullnose, and he will give the opening presentation entitled, “The Morris Motors 11.9 hp M.G. Supersports: A Process of Authentication.” Chris’s research on this car has been extensive ranging from Australia to the UK, and the process is as interesting as the discoveries.
On Saturday there will be an array of presentations that should enlighten and entertain everyone in attendance. M.G. has a great tradition of going after speed records. Geoff Wheatley was raised in the shadows of the Abingdon M.G. works, and will be presenting a paper on Brooklands, the track where M.G. scored many victories. Atendees will have their knowledge of M.G. record breaking enhanced with Chris Conrad’s “Speed on Salt: A Midget Among Giants on the Bonneville Salt Flats.” Chris will start with a bit of history then describe his construction of the M.G. he will run at Bonneville’s Speed Week next summer.
The technical side of M.G. will be well covered with two presentations. Hal Kramer’s “Inside the T Series M.G. electric System” should answer some serious questions about what makes our cars go! Roger Morse will discuss a dual circuit brake system for racing as well as road safety.
Richard Miller is going to observe an Oxford milestone with “The Morris Motors Cowley Works at 100: From Bullnose to Mini.” Dave Lawley will do a follow-up on his 2012 paper about M.G. sales literature. Peter Ross owns an M.G. that was raced in prewar America and will share his knowledge of M.G.s in the USA in the 1930s. Hemmings has been invited to tell us about their publishing in our hobby, past, present, and future.
The Kimber Festival will not only honor Cecil Kimber on his 125th birthday but also takes a look at many subjects to enlighten enthusiasts.
Registration fee includes Friday evening event and all day Saturday events, speakers, and meals at the Bennington Museum including seeing their collections. Registration fee is $85.00 per person and includes Saturday lunch and dinner.
The host motel is Paradise Inn across from Hemmings at 181 West Main Street, Bennington, VT. Their special rate is $75.00 per night but you must reserve early for this rate.