Where’s Cecil – AKA MGCC 100 Cavalcade

On Friday 10th May the Yorkshire Centre handed over “Cecil” to the Lincolnshire Centre at the Old Tile Works, Barton Upon Humber. With views of the iconic Humber Bridge in the background the cavalcade of 19 assorted MGs, including the 18/80 open tourer of Richard Martin, set off for a scenic drive to N T Shaw, MG dealers in Louth. Once there we were greeted by another 19 MGs from both the Car and Owners Clubs’ together with a number of other cars from the Lincolnshire Automobile Club. A cavalcade rally plaque was presented to the staff and in return they presented David Stonehouse with a number plate “MG 100”.

A scheduled photoshoot at Cadwell Park race Circuit had to be abandoned as lots of heavy trucks were arriving for a race meeting on the Saturday, However, 14 members attended a dinner celebration at the Hundleby Inn before an overnight stopover.

Saturday dawned with a photoshoot at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage centre, East Kirkby with their Lancaster Bomber “Just Jane” and yet another 18/80 saloon belonging to John Rogers. The cavalcade then set off for Hall’s Garage, Morton where Steve Hall and the staff put on a display of MGs and had a golden balloon made with the MG 100 logo. The cavalcade then departed for W H Brand at Whaplode Drove, near Spalding where other MGs had gathered including Dave Kempton’s J3 Midget and Rob Taylor’s WA.

Geoff & Linda Mansfield and a few others then retired for a dinner at the Paper Mills pub, Wansford where “Cecil” was returned to Geoff’s care to continue his journey to the north-west Centre.

The two days of Lincolnshire legs were blessed with wall to wall sunshine, good spirits and lots of laughter. The ‘marque of friendship’ being evident in abundance!


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