AUTOTESTS & AUTOSOLOS
We are presently gauging interest within the Centre for the return of autotests/ autosolos/ hill climbs etc which have been absent from our recent events programmes. If you would like to take part in this type of event with your MG then please email our competitions secretary John Morgan here:- Email Competitions Sec
The SE Centre Autotest Challenge, for the Magic Midge Trophy, is awarded for the best performance over the Centre’s annual events.
The Inter-Centre California Cup Autotests are run at Silverstone during the M.G.C.C. International Weekend. As well as individual awards, there are team prizes for the best Register performance as well as the major prize of the California Cup itself.
Weald Motor Club run a series of summer autotests on grass to which we are usually invited.
A new variation of Autotesting is the AutoSolo event – a bit faster than our usual events, and no reversing. We usually receive invitations to Farnborough District MC’s spring, summer and autumn events which appear on our Events page.
Broadband users! Jeremy Bayne-Powell has produced an amusing video guide to Autotesting, based on our NESCOT event. Click here to view.
Other Centres also run Autotests at which you will be very welcome. Check the web sites, for example, those of the Abingdon Works and South West Centres.
We are invited to a number of rallies each year. The very popular Regis Rally, run by Bognor Regis MC, is one in which M.G.s usually do very well. It is primarily a navigational road rally for historic cars but includes a few special autotest-like stages on the way. A bit more serious than our scatter rallies, but just as much fun.
Blackpalfrey Motor Club run a series of ’12 car’ regularity runs throughout the year to which MGCC members are invited. These provide a good introduction to navigational rallying.
A Naviscat or Navigational Scatter begins with a map plotting exercise at the start point where around 45 clues are given out wth OS references. You then plot your route around as many of the clues as feasible in the allotted time. The clues vary in difficulty according to the points awarded – some are drive-by but others will involve stopping and searching a small area. It finishes at a country pub for lunch and marking. Rosettes are awarded after lunch and trophies annually. Recently other clubs have been invited to take part so you could find yourself up against cars other than MGs!
The Centre’s Naviscats take place in March and October normally.
If you enjoy Naviscats, don’t forget that other centres organise them too. Check the web sites, such as the South West Centre.
Treasure hunts are much simpler clue busting events usually along a set route where observational skills are most important. They don’t usually involve stopping the car and end up with a welcoming lunch in a country pub as a rule.
The Valentines Treasure Hunt n the nearest Sunday to Feb 14th and Gribble Treasure Hunt on the South Coast are two of the regulars
PRODUCTION CAR TRIALS
Always popular, these events have historically provided the chance to be competitive in a standard road car on non-damaging grassland. However, the SE Centre has recently been unable to find a venue for our events. We receive invitations to several other clubs’ trials each season, in particular those organised by the Maidstone & Mid Kent Motor Club and Farnborough District MC, although the terrain for these is often a bit rougher than our preferred grassland. Contact Colin Reynolds for details.
Other Centres, such as the Midlands and South West, offer a series of events for those who like this sort of challenge.
The SE Centre no longer runs any sprint or hillclimb events itself, but several of our members compete in the M.G.C.C. Luffield Speed Championship each year, usually bringing home a few class awards – 2012 saw Marc Hanson (MGF) and Howard Harman (P-type) succeeding.
For more details and 2014 calendar of events click here
And remember that MGCC membership allows you to enter many speed events without necessarily contending for a championship. Contact our Competitions Secretary for details of these invitations.
The Club is extremely active in this aspect of the sport, and many South East Centre members participate at circuits all over the country in several keenly contested championships.
Full details on the Main Club site.