MG Trivia Question

Who is considered to be the first American to purchase an M.G.?  

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April Roars

The April Roars has just blown in…like the weather.  2014 April Roars

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President’s Social 2014


mg90John and Nancy Youens provided another sterling MG/eating event last weekend in this MG90 year.  Congratulations to John on the commencement of his 2nd year as President of our Club. Nancy is serving her second year as Treasurer. The party at their home was outstanding with temps in the low 60′s. Thanks to John and Nancy for doing this again…and to all who participated. Be sure to tell the Youens that we appreciate their continuing service to the HMGCC. (You can use the LEAVE A COMMENT option on this page  if you wish.)

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April 17th Event – Boy Scout Arrows

Ron Snider passed along this message from the Boy Scouts of America:

“My name is Pauline Curnutt.  I am a Boy Scout Leader and a friend of Ron Snider.  I am Associate Advisor of the Order of the Arrow, a selected group of the Boy Scouts.  We do many things at our meetings and one of the subjects that was mentioned that they might like is cars.  As you can imagine, they are typical young men with typical interests.  We were hoping you would consider coming to our next meeting and showing off your sports vehicles.  I’m sure they would be interested in how to care for them and how you show them.  Our next meeting is Thursday, April 17, 2014, 7:30pm at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church, 14200 Memorial Drive.”Image

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Poker Run?

No skill needed...

With the 90th anniversary of MG in 2014 groups all over the world are expected to set up road trips that take proud owners from one spot to another, with a driver recording the shortest time considered to be the winner.
However, not everyone would like to drive their MGs hard and fast in a race. Some models, after all, are meant to be enjoyed and not destroyed. In order for these people to still enjoy their vehicles without exposing them to any unnecessary risks, a poker run may be a better option.  TF

What is a Poker Run?

An article in Examiner defines a poker run as an event where people drive from one point to another in succession. At each checkpoint, the driver draws a card from a deck and gets it recorded in his or her time sheet. At the end of the run, a winner is determined by their hand.

There are two things that differentiate it from a typical classic car race. The first distinction is that while drivers move from one place to another, it is not a race.  IMG_0755

A winner will not be determined by the amount of time consumed, but by the cards a driver holds at the end of the run. By allowing participants to take their time, it becomes appealing for just about anyone, including those with rare models like the 1928 MG MK IV recently found in a shed in the United Kingdom.

The second distinction is that there is absolutely no poker skill required to win this event. A winner will be determined by a panel of judges based on specific poker rules. There is no strategy or skill needed, and you don’t have to fight like Antonio Esfandiari did in PartyPoker’s YouTube video of the Premiere League to be the chip leader because getting the right cards is simply a matter of luck. This makes it possible for a person that has never played a day of poker to win the run.

What Else can Help the Event?

While the rules of a poker run may vary from one event to another, some of the more common ones include requiring participants to pay a joining fee. This amount can be added to the prize or may be donated to a charity the group is affiliated with.

Another thing that organizers may want to consider is requiring people to be present during the judging of the cards and when awarding the prizes. This can help minimize any complaints as judging can be shown to be done in an objective and transparent manner.

If you would be willing to coordinate a Poker Run in 2014 for the HMGCC please contact Dave Renner.
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The Experts at Hemi-Hideaway

cop.candyThe Constable was served by the Very Best Experts on the Candy Counter at the Hemi-Hideaway.  Our club was one of several that enjoyed a Saturday afternoon among the muscle cars from the 60′s and 70′s.  Live music, food and drink was generously provided and we also saw tractors, motorcycles, pedal cars, vintage soda machines, auto dealer signs and more.  The entire complex is a treat for car lovers and most anyone. This site, open just 2 years, is going to be a national attraction.


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Join us

Join us April 26 to celebrate MGs 90th birthday. We will display our cars at Villagio Town Center 22756 Westheimer Parkway in Katy. Registration (attached) is due by April 1st. Cars need to be in place by 10am and we will eat lunch at one of the fine restaurants at the Center and be back on the road by 3pm.
                            MG Spring Thing VII
                                   (a club event formerly known as Play Day)
                                               All MGs Welcome
 Celebrating 90 Years of MG
          Saturday - April 26, 2014    Pre-registration only!
                   Registrations due by April 01, 2014
Villagio Town Center                                  Kick some tires, talk MG
22756 Westheimer Parkway                       Visit with fellow club members
Katy, TX 77450                                          Many new lunch opportunities
               Cars in place by 10am – Depart at 3pm
Display Class – $18.00 per MG                     Payable to –
    HMGCC, Inc. , 33803 Pecan Hill Dr., Brookshire, TX 77423
MG Displayed – Year__________Model___________________________
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Don’t Forget about the Hemi

Next Saturday, March 22 will be our exclusive outing to the Hemi Hideaway in Brookshire.

1172 Wilpitz Rd. Brookshire.  It starts at 1:30 pm.
You can get there on your own or join a caravan from the Target lot at 529 and Hyw. 6.  We will leave Target about 12:30 pm.

More information at:

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March Roars

2014 March Roars   Click this link for the March 2014 ROARS newsletter.  Past issues can be viewed by selecting The ROARS on the Pages list on right column.

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MG90 Celebration in Houston, Texas

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The Houston MG Car Club is happy to announce that we will join in the worldwide 90th anniversary celebration of the founding of the MG Car Company with an event on Saturday, June 21, 2014. MG lovers around the world will host events during the weekend of June 21-22.

HMGCC is hosting a big screen showing of a short film and two feature length movies about MG created by Houston cinematographer Gary Watson. Watson is a long time lover of MGs and a former president of the Houston club.

The movie matinee event will start with an interview film featuring Peter Thornley, son of the late John Thornley, the well known managing director of MG from the 1950s through the mid-1970s. Following the Thornley short, the history of MG will come to life on the big screen with the showing of the documentary films, Inside the Octagon 1 & 2.

The matinee will start at 12:00 noon in the theater at the Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring Street, where  Watson’s business is located. Display MG parking will be in front of the studios on Spring Street with overflow parking behind the building off of Sabine Street.

Other celebrations around the World can be seen here:


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