Our Web News and Information page is a place for members to find out the latest about the happenings in The Register. We will update this page as we obtain information that is of interest to our members.
News from Shelburne Films . . .
Hello NEMGTR friends,
I want to alert you to a new video just released on The MG Cars Channel titled “MGs at Watkins Glen – Racing In the Streets.”
Although the event, The U.S. Vintage Grand Prix of 1994, happened 25 years ago, none of the footage has ever been seen before. This 41 minute documentary tells the history of road racing in America and how Watkins Glen became the venue to restart racing after the second world war. The first person experience of racing in the streets is related by drivers who competed in that first Watkins Glen Grand Prix. Plus, an icon of motorsports broadcasting, two MG historians and the son of Miles Collier help us understand those earliest days of road racing in this country. One of those historians is, of course, our own Dick Knudson. In addition to his remarks on the early history of MG racing in the main video, a separate video features the entire 6 minute interview with Dick, “UnCut.”
The vintage racing focuses on the 40th anniversary of the Collier Cup races for MGs. Beyond that, we experience a ride around the original road and street course with the sixty plus MGs on hand to re-enact the first Watkins Glen road race of 1948. This event 25 years ago was very important in saving the Vintage Collier Cup as a yearly event at Watkins Glen. There is much in “MGs at Watkins Glen – Racing In the Streets” to interest any MG or racing enthusiast.
The direct URL: https://youtu.be/ux9htRSNSp0
David Lawley plans to run a story in the TSO in the future, but perhaps you could go ahead and spread the word that this video is available. A mention on the club website would be great.
“The MG Cars Channel”
"Octagonia" Wins Gardiner Mulvaney Award
Congratualtions to Keith Murphy and the New Jersey Chapter's "Octagonia" for winning the 2018 Gardiner Mulvaney award for best Chapter newsletter.
New Online Classified Ad Posting Dates
We have revised our Classifed Ad posting dates. Previously ads would appear after the TSO had been mailed. Now ads will be posted on the seventh of each month. Ads that come in after the seventh, will be posted the next month. Your ad will also appear in the next issue of TSO. The TSO advertising schedule is posted in the Advertising rules.
In Memorium -- Geoff Wheatley
We received news this week that Geoff Wheatly, former Public Relations Director of the New England MG T Register passed away on February 1 at age of 87. He and his wife Dana were active members of the Register and Geoff continued to contribute to the Register's Kimber Festival after his move to Hilton Head, SC in 2007.
Geoff always had a story about MGs and other British cars. He was born in Oxford, England and had relatives that worked at the Abingdon plant. Geoff led many trips for Register members to England over the years and always had a story to tell.
Our thoughts are with Dana and Geoff's family at this time.
GOF Mk 104 Registration is now open
It's time to start thinking about GOF Mk 104 and making plans to get to Plymouth. The February TSO has the registration forms and details about what we will be doing.
In order to celebrate the Register's 55th Anniversary, the registration fee has been changed to $55 for two (singles and more also get a break.)
We did find a couple of typos in the form and the corrections to those can be found on the schedule page in the GOF Mk 104 menu item. Be sure to check it out before filling out the TSO form. Or, better yet, download the NEW registration form from the schedule page. Don't delay getting your room and making plans. This will be a great time!
The GOF Mk 104 Team
The John Boiteau Memorial Award Photo Contest
All members of the Register are invited to add their vote for the best cover photo. You may vote only once (you will be advised if you have voted before). The online voting for the best photo will be open from January 1 to February 12, 2019.
Click on the link to access the contest form http://www.nemgtr.org/contests/2018-tso-cover-contest.html
2019 Knudson Churchill Scholarship Forms are now posted
The forms for applying for a Knudson Churchill Scholarship are now available on the website. If you know of someone that could benefit from this scholarship, please direct them to the KCST menu item on this site for all of the information that they need to apply. Applications must be received by March 16, 2019
New Regalia for the Holiday's
We have a new item available for the Holiday's. These cute bears are all dressed for a day out in the MG. There are limited quantities available and should be ordered soon in order to make sure it gets to you in time for gift giving.
Only one bear with the NEMGTR sweatshirt is available.
Pricing: $12.50 per bear (with sweatshirt) plus shipping
To order, contact the Web Manager directly at webmanager [AT] nemgtr [DOT] org
2019 Dues Renewal
Yep, it's that time again! Dues renewal for 2019 has started. There will be a paper renewal form in the August TSO package and also the form is available online 24/7.
Don't delay and renew now. We have a special offer on the gloss cover 50 at 50 book. This offer is only good when you buy the book on your renewal. Don't miss out on this offer.
Click on the logo below and you'll be taken to the renewal form
Introduction of The New England MG “T” Register Vice Chairman
The New England MG “T” Register has been without a Vice Chairman since we lost our Co-founder and Vice Chairman in August of 1999. David Sander, the current chairman has been discussing the need for a Vice Chairman with the board of directors for several years. Both David and the board of directors felt the need to choose a Vice Chairman to assist the Chairman with the day to day operations of The Register. David asked the board of directors to consider someone who has a proven record of promoting The Register, someone who works well with people, someone who is organized, and someone who is capable of providing creative “outside the box” solutions to unique problems.
At the 2018 ABM the board suggested one person, and unanimously agreed to offer the position to Blair Weiss. The position was offered to Blair, who gladly accepted the position.
Blair is a second-generation member and has been an active member of the register for the last 15 years. Blair’s Register involvement goes back about 45 years, as he attended Register functions with his parents. His love of MGs started early as he watched his father commute to New York City in an MGA then an MGB and an MGBGT through the 70s. His first car was a 1970 MGBGT that he bought for $150 at the age of 15. Blair restored this car with the help of “Uncle” Dave Raymond before ever driving it.
Some years later after putting floors in a friend’s TR3 and then going for a test ride, within a mile Blair thought “We should go get the TD from my mom.” A couple of years later he restored the car just prior to GOF 73 in Nova Scotia where is won 1st place for the TD group.
Second to his love of the T series MG, is Blair’s love for the people who own the cars. He looks forward to GOFs to rekindle the friendships as well as making new ones and of course looking forward to seeing the cars. Anyone who has attended a GOF with Blair has experienced his kindness, generosity and friendship. Blair is quick to make people feel welcome, and lend a hand with a problem.
Blair lives with his wife Leslie in Peterborough New Hampshire with their dog Bree and their cats Smokey and Lucy.
Blair holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and is currently employed as a Product Design Engineer at OSRAM Sylvania in Hillsboro NH. He currently holds four patents in automotive lighting.
When Blair is not designing light bulbs he can be found checking off items on the honey dew list, riding in MGs or motorcycles with Leslie or dirt biking with his step son Michael.
Wiring Diagram PDFs are Available for our Members
We have added the color wiring diagrams for the T Series MGs to the Cecil Kimber Society document section. You'll find them in the "How To . . ." category.
You can also find the documents in the TSO Online section. They are in the Wiring Diagram folder.
You MUST BE LOGGED in to acces these documents.
Haven't signed up for a web account yet? It's simple, just click on Member Login and click on Sign up. Follow the instructions on the screen, filling out all required info. You'll be approved if you have 1) Paid your dues and 2) Confirm the request using the email you receive after signing up.
Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow....
As the early MG. owners of our group age and no longer drive their vehicles, the cars end up sitting unused. In other cases memories of the fun car, driver and the Register bonds fade and eventually the car is sold or passed on to family. Our dwindling NEMGTR member numbers show the results of this. The Register has always encouraged members to oiler a membership to their MGs new owner.
NOW the Register will offer FREE membership for both the seller and buyer!
When your MG gets passed on, simply submit the new owners contact information (name, address, phone number and email) to Jan Hurd, the NEMGTR Registrar membership_registrar [AT] nemgtr [DOT] org You both get a six month membership at no charge; an introduction to NEMGTR for the buyer and an extension for you to reminisce your MG ownership. For you the seller, submit your cars story (with or without photos) to The Sacred Octagon editortso [AT] rogers [DOT] com and extend your free membership for the year.
Special Offer for Insurance Discount
The North American Council of MG Registers has announced a special offering from Hagerty Insurance to all of the members of any of the four North American MG Registers. You can find the offer information in the Member Support>MG Council menu item. Or click on this link MG Hagerty Discount
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Volunteer Readers Needed for Knutson-Churchill Scholarship Committee
Do you have experience grading student essays? Would you like to be involved with the Knudson-Churchill Scholarship Committee? Would you like to volunteer your time without leaving the comforts of home? If you have answered “Yes”, then I have the perfect opportunity for you!
The Knutson-Churchill Scholarship Selection Committee is in need of a few good readers. Each year, the Committee awards two scholarships. One scholarship is awarded to a student studying in an automotive related college degree program and the other scholarship is awarded to a student studying for a degree in print journalism. Each applicant is required to submit an essay. You will be mailed approximately a half dozen essays to be read and ranked in order of their excellence. Based upon the rankings of the committee, our two finalists are chosen.
If you would like to be considered for membership on this committee, please contact me with your contact information and your qualifications. Members of the Selection Committee are, or have been, educators who have experience grading student essays. Please contact: Jan Sander at sander [AT] pshift [DOT] com , or P.O. Box 108, Jeffersonville, VT 05464.
Classified Ads Deadline
The deadline for submitting classified ads for the TSO magazine are as follows:
|December 28th||-- February Issue|
|February 28th||-- April Issue|
|April 28th||-- June Issue|
|June 28th||-- August Issue|
|August 28th||-- October Issue|
|October 28th||-- December Issue|
Old MG Photos
We have posted a link to the Sanford University LIbraries collection of photos taken in the 1930s and beyond. Very interesting. Click on Weblinks at the bottom of the homepage and look for Just For Fun.
We are looking for interesting MG photos to put on our website. We are specifically looking for some fall and winter shots for the front page. If you have any photos that you think might be interesting to our members, send them along to WebManager [AT] nemgtr [DOT] org