Press Release MG International 2021
Rick Ingram, Executive Director of the MG Council
In only a few weeks MG enthusiasts from across the continent as well as from overseas will be arriving in Atlantic City, NJ to participate in MG International – Atlantic City 2021!
It seems like only yesterday that we put the wraps on our Louisville meet; how can 2016 be almost five years ago?!
The Council members typically take a break for about a year before thinking about the next event (and five years seems so far away!) and post-2016 was no different. The event is always on our mind…what did we do right, what did we do wrong, what can we do to make the next event even better than before? We don’t attempt to “cookie cutter” the show each time, but we do incorporate ideas and concepts that work well and are well received by the registrants at previous gatherings and try to improve on them in with an “encore performance”.
We use an event planner (Sandy Graves of Helms-Briscoe) for selecting a city and hotel complex to use for these events. We’ve had Sandy onboard since we began planning MG2006 in Gatlinburg and are quite pleased with her efforts. Sandy knows our likes and needs and works with Convention and Visitors’ Centers as well as hotel properties in getting the best deal possible for us.
Our requirements for 2021 was that the event be east of the Mississippi and in a region that the Council had not been to before. It was Sandy’s task to find cities that had a hotel (or a hotel complex similar to Louisville) that had about 1000 rooms with availability during peak vacation/travel times as well as having a reasonable “rack rate including all fees and taxes”. We started in 2017 with about a dozen cities/properties and narrowed that down to three (Baltimore, the Poconos, and Atlantic City). We went to each of these areas on a whirlwind site-visit that fall. When we returned home, and after “sleeping on it” for a bit, we took a vote and Atlantic City came out on top. By the way, we hold a “mid-week” event as room rates are typically better for those days than during a weekend and a mid-week event also provides a weekend on either end for travel, meaning that those in the work force will usually need to take only one week of vacation in order to attend.
The Council has been working hard over the past three+ years and we believe that we have a program for MG International Atlantic City 2021 that will have something for everyone. Historic tours of Philadelphia along with visits to the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum and both Cape May and nearby Smithville await our registrants. (I would be remiss if I did not mention Lucy the Elephant in nearby Margate!)
Please enjoy our promotional video of MG International Atlantic City 2021:
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To register for the event go to: http://www.mg2021.org
And now a few words from the rest of the Council representatives:
From Tom Metcalf, Council Representative of the NAMMMR:
The North American MMM Register welcomes all owners of 1930's OHC Midget's, Magnette's, and Magna's to the five-year all-register event next June in Atlantic City. We are featuring the incredible Airline Coupé, built on P-Type and N-Type chassis, and among the many tech sessions will be one featuring the history of these beautiful small MG's, with an NA Airline under restoration for visual reference.
Our NAMMMR will have three classes - Early Midgets, Late Midgets, Magnas/Magnettes..... and a special bonus fourth class for the Airline Coupé.
In addition to all the great Triple-M cars and owners, the Atlantic City and coastal NJ area make a superb vacation spot with scenic seaside towns, beaches, and lighthouses to explore. Come and join your friends - bring your car, or just get inspiration to finish your project.
See you there!
From Blair Weiss, Council Representative of the NEMGTR:
The New England MG T Register is bringing our own special GOF touch to this event. Our register dinner will have a bit of what made GOFs in the past the place to be. For me a gathering like this is an opportunity to connect with old friends and make new friends.
We promise no karaoke but you never know what kind of contest we might dream up. We’ll have our Regalia sales set up in the flea market area along with the selection of books that the Register offers. We will also have a hang-out room for Register members to use when they need a place to get away from it all or to get reacquainted with old friends.
The car show will be something else, MG's for as far as the eye can see and of course our T series cars are the best looking of them all!
From Tom Medeen, Council Representative of the NAMGAR:
Here's a thought. How about traveling to Atlantic City this coming June to attend the MG International Atlantic City 2021?!
Just imagine standing with your feet firmly planted on the Boardwalk.
You'll be smelling clean salt-air, seeing the beautiful blue Atlantic Ocean, listening to Mother Nature’s sounds of creatures and surf...plus the overall freedom to partake in absolute ecstasy. Your vintage British fetish for small quick and nimble cars will be sated with a plethora of activities.
You'll meet new friends and reacquaint with former chums with like-minded passions. Plus you will be out of the house...for God Sakes!!!
So, lets go! Registration has already begun! Reserve your fun! “Be there or Be Square!!”
From Richard Liddick, Council Representative of the NAMGBR:
Come one, come all, whether you are a North American MGB Register member or not, it doesn’t matter if you own a MG Midget, Post Abingdon MG-TF, perhaps a modified MGB V-8 or V-6 even a MG 1100/1300 or maybe a MGC-GT there is only one place to be the week of June 14th to the 17th, 2021 and that’s MG International Atlantic City 2021.
Join one of the largest All Register MG events in North America at Harrah’s Convention Center and Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey and spend some time at the Jersey Shore with your MG and fellow enthusiasts for four days of fun and sun at the beach. You can take a day trip down to historic Cape May either by a chartered bus or as a self-driving tour, walk or take a rickshaw ride along Atlantic City’s boardwalk. There are numerous nearby wineries and we will offer a bus trip to a couple of these along with shopping at the historic village of Smithville. One of my favorite nearby attractions is Lucy the Elephant in Margate, NJ. Margate is just south of A.C. and is a cute old-time beach town. If this isn’t enough, we will have motorcoach day trips to historic Philadelphia and the Simone Automotive Museum.
So mark your calendars for what will be one of the fastest and fun filled weeks of your life. The pace is up to you, you can attend any one of the many tech sessions, take a self-driving tour, hang out at the beach, enjoy the night life of the casinos, chow down at any of the many fine dining establishments. Meet me in Atlantic City.
From Tony Burgess, the Council’s Operations and Financial Director:
The ALL MG gatherings, like MG International Atlantic City 2021, offer a rare opportunity to see MGs from the 1930’s right up through the 2000’s displayed all on one show field. Each of the four National MG Registers (North American MMM Register, New England MG T Register, North American MGA Register and North American MGB Register) spend three plus years planning these events so we, in North America, can enjoy seeing a Triple M Airline Coupe within eyesight of the newest MG TF.
From a “behind the scenes” perspective, the six members of The North American Council of MG Registers spend time looking over a list of usually six to ten prospective locations, then whittle them down to two or three, then finally one. The criteria are pretty strict, but usually one of the biggest concerns is finding a host hotel with more than one thousand rooms to accommodate the participants, especially during “prime” tourist season. Then comes local attractions, restaurants, and all the other “bits and bobs” needed to host an event of this size and complexity. Once all of the hundreds of pieces come together and the show opens, you see all the participants in their beloved cars from all parts of North America (and farther) filling the roads around the hotel, you are happy to see all these friends together. And that is probably the most enjoyable part – connecting friends who may have not seen each other in several years, picking up their conversation where they left off last time, without missing a beat.
And a final thought from Rick:
So there you have it….the “skinny” on MG International Atlantic City 2021. Online registration will soon be available (if it’s not already live by the time you read this.) We encourage you to register early as some of the events are limited in size (motorcoach tours) and will be available on a first-come/first-serve basis.
The web address is: http://www.mg2021.org
Once you are registered for the event you will be able to reserve a room at Harrah’s. Complete information will be found on the MG International website.
We hope to see you in Atlantic City from June 14-17, 2021 where you will find “MGs by the Sea!”