Once again it is time to review another eventful year of the MGCC Y Type Register.
2012 was the 65th anniversary of the first Y type rolling of the production line. Jerry Birkbeck our new PR man felt this should not go unmarked and started the year’s celebration by organising a gathering of Y Types in Abingdon town square. This very appropriate venue was well attended and recorded on video where a colourful array of Y types can be seen displayed under the Birthday banner we had made for the occasion.
The gathering followed our AGM held as usual at Kimber House. This year two committee members stood down. David Pelham our PR man and authority on the YT who kept us well informed with all administrative details of the club and Brian Moyse another long standing member and our secretary for the past 3 years. Brian also looked after the books during our long hunt for a new treasurer. Our thanks to them both for there much appreciated many years of service. We welcomed Chris Callaghan who joined us as secretary. Chris a Y Type and Midget owner is well known for his activities with the Abingdon Centre.
Celebrations of our 65th continued at our Spring Run weekend in May in the Forest of Dean. Jerry announced that this was to be his last as organiser. The Spring Run has become our flagship event and has always been looked forward to and enjoyed by all. For this we owe our gratitude to Jerry and Jo. They created a friendly and welcoming event with a unique Y atmosphere which I am sure will continue for many years to come. Chris Callaghan has taken up the challenge for this year’s Run and Dinner, which will be based near Abingdon.
With a view to promoting the use of our cars Chris has started a “Car of the Year Award” competition. The winner will be the car that has been adjudged to have been the most used over the year. Details can be found on our website. If you haven’t entered this year be sure to join in next.
‘MG Live’ was another opportunity to celebrate with a parade of Y Types in the main arena ably commentated on by Jerry. We also stole the show in the Marquee. We had organised for Rob King to display his excellent Y which is under restoration and at a timely pre body work stage. Many thanks to Rob for his time and effort spent answering the multitude of question from interested visitors.
The Y Register had twice before toured Brittany and this year David Pelham took on the task of retracing the past and organised another superb “Tour de Brittany” for 11 Y types and one TD. The trip has been well recorded in magazines and websites for all to read. Our thanks again to David.
In addition to the two main events of the year there have been groups of Ys meeting up at several other venues’ including the Ripon Old Car Show in July, Brooklands MG Era Day in April and the Macmillan Classic Motor Show at Clandon Park in July. If you intend visiting a show or event it is always worth letting our website know so we can encourage other Ys to meet up with you.
Disappointingly Dennis Doubtfire, founder member and President, felt that due to ill health and his inability to take an active part in Y functions he was unable to continue as president. Our thanks and gratitude to Dennis has been marked by making him a life member of the MGCC. We have left the position of president open.
Our primary function is to keep a register of all known Y types. Jack Murray our Registrar presented his latest figures at our AGM which were then published on our website. It is always of great interest to note how so many new finds keep on cropping up. This year Jack reported a further 43 Ys that were previously unknown to the register and we are now aware of 1087 live cars that are either on the road or under restoration. If you think your car is unregistered or its details need updating please contact Jack through the website. Jack also runs a ‘Get You Home Scheme’. This is a list of Y owners who are willing to be contacted if you break down in their vicinity. They may have a spare part that is desperately needed or just provide a shoulder to cry on. At present we have 97 helpers on the list. If you have ever made use of this service we would be very interested to know.
Our website has continued to expand and is an excellent source for all things ‘Y’. Neil has continued on from his XPAG rebuild Diary with a Gearbox rebuild which I am sure will also become an invaluable resource. At the heart of our website is the Y Register Shop, here we provide a unique service to Y owners. Many thanks to Mike and Sue Silk who sacrifice space in their home for our stock and provide a friendly and efficient service to those of us in need. We are always looking for new items that can enhance ownership or solve problems. If you have a suggestion for a product that will do this, please contact Mike.
Another of our functions is to represent Y owning MGCC members at club council meetings, we do this twice a year and attend other meetings and forums on your behalf. Throughout the past year we have been very pro-active in bringing our concerns to the attention of the Main Club Directors. This year Jerry promoted a discussion about the governance of the main club.
Julian White the General manager of the club is to take over from Paul Smith as the person who represents the Y Register on the Board of Directors. You may have met Paul as the driver of Little Gem on Spring Runs. Our thanks to Paul and a warm welcome to Julian.
We are always available by email and have helped and advised owners on numerous occasions throughout the year. We are here to promote and enhance Y ownership, so if you feel there is any small way we can further this aim please do contact us. May I wish you all many enjoyable hours with your Y Types in 2013.