Magnificent MG . . . Kevin Carter kneels next to his 1954 MGTF in his Glenross garage. PHOTO: JOSHUA RIDDIFORD

The Otago-Southland branch of the MG Car Club retains its members throughout their lives, the branch president says.

Kevin Carter, of Dunedin, said one member had stayed active within the club until his death aged 91 last year.

There are about 80 members of the branch, which covers North Otago, Central Otago, Dunedin and Queenstown.

Mr Carter owns three open-top convertible MGs – a 1969 MGB Roadster and a 1954 MGTF, both parked in his Glenross garage, and a 1972 MG Midget which is kept elsewhere.

He has owned six MGs in total.

It was the thrill of the open air that drove Mr Carter to buy his first open-top convertible, a Ford Model A Roadster, in 1957.

He liked the idea of yachting or riding a motorcycle but wife Doreen had curbed his enthusiasm for those pursuits after expressing concern about his health.

“I wasn’t allowed to pursue those, you see, so I thought how else can you get the same pleasure of the wind and rain in your face?”

Years later, in the 1980s, Mr Carter bought his first MG.

That was after an MG owner presented his blue MG to Mr Carter, an auto-electrician by trade, to work on.

After establishing a willingness to sell, several phone conversations and one drive “round the block”, Mr Carter became the proud owner of his first MG.

Later that decade, Mr Carter joined the Otago-Southland branch of the MG Car Club.

Members of the branch met every month when they usually held an event, he said.

The major event for the year is the club’s “Further Afield Tour”, which will be run for the 30th time in 2018.

On this year’s tour, members met in Oamaru and then travelled back-country roads to Ashburton.

The tour included challenges such as a general knowledge quiz akin to “I spy”, where drivers answered questions to identify landmarks along the route, or took photographs as they travelled.

During monthly runs, the club visited historical places which recently included Kaka Point.