March 14th, 2019: presentation by TAU Racing Team
Once again, we were thrilled to welcome four members of Team Aberdeen University to come to Kippie Lodge on a club evening and present their accounts of this year's car to be entered for the IMechE Formula Student event at Silverstone in July. A large audience, including guests from Grampian Jaguar Enthusiasts Club Grampian Triumph, IMechE the I.A.M. and AW Autotech enjoyed a 40-minute presentation from the TAU students. The audience enthusiasm was evident from the 30 minutes'-worth of technical questions that followed.
TAU team representatives with Club Chairman Roger Key:
Arran Strutt (project manager), Joshua Barton (head of chassis), Dario Pozza (head of suspension)
Silvia Chamosa (head of brakes and uprights)
April 28th, 2018: Club visit to AW Autotech in Aberdeen
Warmest thanks are due to Alan Wallace, proprietor of the AW Autotech garage in Aberdeen, his mechanics, technicians and other staff, who hosted the Club on their premises on Saturday morning. Members were allowed to have minor rectification work, servicing and inspections carried on the ramps. A raffle, organized by Al Leonard, plus voluntary donations for work carried out, raised a total of £206 for the British Heart Foundation.
Graham Rettie set up and organized the event, even down to cooking bacon and sausage sandwiches on his barbecue! Warm sunshine made its contribution to an unforgettable morning. The mixture of social chat and technical observation provided an unforgettable day. And the AW Autotech mechanics certainly proved they know their way around all types of MG cars! AW Autotech is organizing its second annual 'Blast from the Past' classic car event at Thainstone on July 21st. Click here for details.
Group photo from the AW Autotech morning
April 21st, 2018: Mike Robinson's J2 at the Perthshire Classic Car Festival
Mike Robinson's 1932 supercharged MG J2 is a delightful little car, recently restored and much welcomed into our club! Last weekend he drove it to Perth for the Classic Car Festival, where HRH Prince Michael of Kent chatted to participants. Mike tells us the fine weather made the drive home via Glenshee a delight.
Mike Robinson's 1932 MG J2 poses by the River Dee (photograph by Mike Robinson)
J2 in pole position in Perth (Photograph by Mike Robinson) The show warms up (Photograph by Mike Robinson)
Prince Michael chats to Classic Car owners (photograph by Mike Robinson)
March 8th, 2018: TAU Racing Team presentation at Kippie Lodge
An audience of 50 people attended a splendid presentation by seven representatives of the TAU racing team ('Team Aberdeen University). The speakers took turns to talk about their roles in creating, each year, a new Formula Student racing car to enter in the annual global competition for Formula Student cars at Silverstone. In 2017 the TAU car achieved fourth place overall, third place among UK entries and first place among Scottish universities.
John, Peter, Josh, Bartek, Cameron Aron and James explained the technicalities of designing, constructing, testing and optimizing a one-man racing car within the rule of the exacting Formula Student competition. The TAU-17 car was judges for acceleration, cost, design, efficiency, endurance, skidpad performance and sprint performance. A presentation of the team's business model for marketing their expertise was also rated.
We were given insights into the novel features being introduced in the design for the TAU-18 car, including a pneumatic gear-shift system and new steering geometry. The new car will be on display at our annual Drum Castle event on Sunday, August 5th.
The seven TAU members talked for 50 minutes, after which questions from the enthusiastic audience kept them on their feet and mettle for a further 35 minutes. The Aberdeen MGOC threw the evening open to the local Jaguar, Porsche and Triumph clubs, whose members turned out in force.
The TAU team presenters. L-R: James, Aron, Cameron, John, Bartek, Josh and Peter. [Photograph by Frank Odds]
Club Chairman Donald Brown introduces the TAU team to the audience. [Photographs by Frank Odds]
August 10th, 2017: Club visit to the Royal Deeside Railway
Sixteen MG cars and two dozen club members gathered at Milton of Crathes station for an enjoyable evening hosted by the Royal Deeside Railway (http://www.deeside-railway.co.uk/). After a ride in the train the group was treated to light refreshments then a talk/Q&A from Harvey Pole, Superintendant of Carriage and Way. The evening closed with a second train ride.
April 27th, 2017: Our Secretary Highlighted in Stratford Festival of Motoring
Roger Key with his MG TF
April 27th, 2017: Former Aberdeen MGOC Member Becomes Queen's Chaplain
Rev. George Cowie, who drives an MGB and was a club member until recently, has been appointed as a Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland.
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Our Chairman's latest piece for the MGOC magazine, Enjoying MG
The somewhat unusual, but welcome, spell of Mediterranean weather in May brought out many of our members for the various club events. We had a good turnout for the Warm-up Run and enjoyed a gentle trip through Aberdeenshire roads finishing up at the Garlogie Inn for an excellent supper and a good chat. Our visit to the Grampian Transport Museum at Alford was a further success. An excellent number of members enjoyed seeing this year’s selection of vehicles of all types and vintage. The visit was followed by a self-catered tea and sandwich supper. Particular thanks for the catering goes to John and Jill Chessor. Should you be passing close to Alford the Museum is well worth a visit. They have excellent displays of a wide range of vehicles of all types and age – highly recommended! Our annual Solstice Run – from Banchory to Fettercairn – where we enjoyed an evening meal at the Ramsay Arms was, as usual, thoroughly enjoyable and well attended. As we now approach our busiest months, July to September, there are a number of events listed on our web site at which we plan to be present. The Glamis Extravaganza, 8th: 9th July – in which we join with Tayside MGOC – in what is probably one of the largest annual displays of MGs in Scotland, and is always an enjoyable event. Then, towards the end of the month, excitement grows as we prepare for our Show and Awards Day, Sunday 6th August, at Drum Castle. Let’s hope that the good weather continues. Enjoy your MG motoring and keep Safe. Donald