Anniversary good excuse for a drive

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Otago Southland MG Car Club member John Noble, of Mosgiel, drove his 1996 MG F on the club's latest run to mark the model's release. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

In this series, reporter Shawn McAvinue speaks to a member of a Dunedin motoring club. For this instalment, he talks to Otago Southland MG Car Club member John Noble, of Mosgiel, before he went on the club’s latest run.

Q: What is the purpose of this run?

It’s to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the release of the MG F model in 1995.

Q: What’s the run route today?

It’s about 60km – meeting in Mornington before heading out to Brighton, over Scroggs Hill and finishing at the Taieri Aerodrome for afternoon tea.

Q: When and where was the club founded?

In Dunedin in 1949 – it was a spin-off from the Otago Sports Car Club.

Q: How many members in the club?

Between 60 and 70 from across the South. The club is based in Dunedin and we go on a monthly run – usually for a cup of coffee in places ranging from Port Chalmers to Raes Junction.

Q: Is the club membership in good health?

No, it’s down due to an ageing membership but it’s in good spirits.

Q: What’s the age range of members?

Early 40s to late 70s.

Q: The oldest car in the club?

An MG M-type produced by the MG Cars between 1929 and 1932.

Q: The newest car in the club?

A 2003 MG TF.

Q: What is the appeal of MGs?

They’re a nice car.