SE History – Club People

The South East Centre has been at the heart of the MG Car Club since its formation and was previously known as the “Main Centre”. Over the years there have been a number of personalities and chairmen that have helped form and shape the club – here are some of them:-

Gordon and Elsie Cobban – Gordon became Club General Secretary following separation from the factory when British Leyland was formed in 1968 through to 1980 – these were the early years of the Club being independent and the survival of the Club during the late 60s was very much because of Gordon

Ron Gammons – Long-term member of SE Centre before the Anglia Centre formed and one of the Brown and Gammons partners – took on a principal role in MGCC Club racing

Rob Gammage – Past Chairman of SE Centre and a former MGCC Chief Executive before Julian White took over. He became the Club liaison officer for Silverstone Circuits working with the MSA and RAC

Colin Light – Past Chairman and key organiser in the formation of the Anglia Centre and developed the Centre’s event programme format

Peter Best – Long-term member of SE Centre before the Anglia Centre formed and founder of Peter Best Insurance – a supporter of the South East Centre through his business and personally for many years

Piers Hubbard – was a familiar figure in the club holding roles as both treasurer of the main club and the South East Centre.

John Morgan – has been a South East member for several decades and served on the Centre’s committee for many of those. He has organised most of the club’s competitions including PoO, Concours, Naviscats, autotests, gymkhanas & autotsolos. Currently Vice-Chairman and competitions secretary.

Doug Bush – was the Centre chairman for many years leading the centre into the new millennium.

Derek Edwards – was a stalwart of the South East Centre for many decades. He took on several roles on the Centre committee including Chairman and lastly as the first President of the South East Centre.

Philip Bayne-Powell – has been a key member of the Centre Committee including role as secretary whilst nurturing his collection of vintage MGs

Tim Morris – a former chairman and president of the MGF Register and long-term south east member, he is now the current chairman.