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Old 22nd October 2006, 11:46   #1
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The Inaugural Club Meet - Gaydon : 8th January 2006







Now we know over a hundred people registered to attend, but how many cars did you think would actually be there? An outdoor event, in the cold, the wind, the early Sunday morning, some people quite local, many from some distance, and three from Europe. All to reunite their models with each other, Cowley and Longbridge alike. A few perhaps? Maybe even half?






As far as the eye can see ...

Well, we counted them all and the total was outstanding. 100 Rover 75 and MG ZT models blew in to Gaydon for the first ever meeting of the club. That says a huge amount of the people who own these cars, their dedication to a club in its infancy and their enjoyment of meeting fellow owners. Brilliant.

Even though the day was to start at 11:00am the cars were coming in two hours earlier, and there was a steady convoy that appeared over the brow of the access road to park up in the area reserved for the club by the Motor Heritage Trust. As people got and wandered round so pleasantries were exchanged, laughs punctured the air and doors, bonnets and boots opened to show the trims and engines in the vast array of models that were arriving. Have you ever seen a V8? How about fifteen, most in a group, all sitting menacingly? How about a Trophy yellow ZT-T? Rare, no? We had three there. And perhaps the rarest of the bunch, a 75 V8 Tourer. For sale too if anyone was interested. There were a lot of people working out loan rates on that car park ...........

A couple of noteworthy arrivals caused everyone to stop and stare. First perhaps was Luciano Luppi, confirmed Anglophile and the proud owner of a beautiful black ZT-T, arrived after a 1,000 mile trip from his home in Genoa. Not far behind was Jan Glazemakers from Gent in Belgium in his facelift 75, and a star turn for a rather wonderful two-tone saloon as it gracefully joined the ranks.

As the gathering steadily grew large, Mike disappeared inside with Luciano for an important appointment; the club had been invited onto the Les Ross morning radio show on BBC's Radio WM to talk about the meeting, the cars and of course, Luciano's sprint across Europe to join us. As more people walked around the various models now parked up the interview boomed out across the cordoned-off area, Mike explaining about the club and encouraging listeners to come along.

Whilst it was fun to hear a ZT 260 Tourer's throttle being blipped in the car park, soon it was time to head inside. A hot drink and a sit down in the Conference Room to hear Mike McCabe welcome everyone and let us know about the rest of the day. Only two really important points; a group photo of everyone round two very special cars, and the winners of the best R75 and MG ZT present were to be announced straight after the pics had been taken. In good spirits and humour everyone present listened, chuckled, and asked questions, before a couple of questions wrapped up the short session. Well, not quite, as Juergen Schonfeld, representing the European club r75.info, came forward and presented Mike with one of their club badges and a commemorative certificate congratulating the club on it's first event. Remember, before the 75 & ZT club there was an active band of enthusiasts already touring around Northern Europe and meeting up with their versions. A wonderful touch from you guys, and thanks.


Juergen Schonfeld congratulates Mike McCabe on the first event for the club.

Time to have a wander. If you've never been to the museum then it's well worth a visit. Some superb displays of cars of our past, with a MG B GT cut in half for you to walk between the two pieces, or the turbine Rovers of over 40 years ago, or perhaps the concept cars like the mouth watering MG EX-E. But of course the two stars were the first and last 75 models built, positioned side by side especially for us by the Trust staff. With everyone crowded round them photos were taken to mark the event.

The day was flying past by now, and the results of the competitions were announced. Keith Adams had gone round the cars, ignored the bribes and made two excellent choices. First, the best 75. This went to a car that simply stood out on account of its two-tone blue over silver coachwork. Next up, the hotly contested ZT competion, which eventually was awarded to one of the three Yellow MG ZT-Ts. One final, special prize though; to Luciano for his intrepid 1,000 mile journey just to join in the fun and say hello. Richly deserved and wonderful to meet a fellow enthusiast from Italy.






The winners of the first club competitions.

So, with the day coming towards a close, members wandered around and looked at the cars grouped outside, got another hot drink and walked around to say farewell to everyone else who had come along. Farewells exchanged and more ideas given to the club on future events and web stuff. A long day, but what huge fun, and roll on summer for the next meeting!



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Our thanks to the British Motor Heritage Museum for their help and facilities. Images supplied by club members who retain individual copyright.

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The 2nd Club Meet - Bealieu : 28th May 2006

Wow-didn?t we do well!

84 lovingly polished cars and some of the best sunshine we?d seen in weeks, made the Rimmer Bros sponsored second Club meet at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, a great day out for members and the public on the late May Bank Holiday weekend.





Serried ranks-Members cars lined up in the Beaulieu Arena,
pictured from the Museum monorail.


More than 160 members and their families travelled from all over the UK and Europe to the beautiful New Forest setting. Cars from Italy, Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium, and even Glasgow, showed that Beaulieu was the only place to be on the day for all serious 75 or ZT drivers.

The visiting cars represented nearly every model and type from the earliest Cowley built 75?s all the way up to the final ZT260 V8 models.

The National Motor Museum really is a superb venue, set as it is in the heart of the New Forest, yet with easy access from the motorway network. Beaulieu staff provided every help and assistance with pre-planning and on the day support. A special mention must go to Brian from the Museum staff who worked tirelessly throughout the day to make sure everything went smoothly. Brian also helped us to choose the winners of the best 75 and best ZT awards, the prizes were ?25 worth of Rimmer Bros. vouchers to each owner which had been kindly donated by Rimmer Bros. themselves.

Club members also voted for their own Members Award, and the winner, Alex, will receive one of the first copies of the new 75 Haynes Manual when it is launched in August.


Prize-winners with their prize-winning cars.

We were delighted to welcome The President of the European based Club-Seventyfive, Frank Rosenfeld, to Beaulieu, and to present him with an engraved model of a Rover 75 as a thank you from the club for the great support shown us by his club and European owners.

Many members commented during the day at how quickly our club has grown. They said that they now felt that the club is going from strength to strength. Membership is growing rapidly as more and more of the cars come onto the affordable second hand market. The newly launched club website provides a host of technical support, club news and information, and the club forums are packed out with both chat and sound advice, seemingly on a 24/7 basis!

On a final note, nearly all members left Beaulieu with an unexpected gift-sunburn! The late May Sun caught us all out, but after the first and freezing cold January meet at Gaydon, nobody was complaining.


More lovely 75s in a row.

The next club meet will be held in Yorkshire in September, where we look forward to welcomed many more members from Scotland and the North (as well as all parts of the UK and Europe) Watch out for full details here and on the club forums.

A few thank you?s - The 75 and ZT Owners Club want to thank Rimmer Bros. who supply the full range of MG and Rover spares, for their sponsorship. If you missed out on the Rimmer Bros leaflets handed out on the day then please see their banner ad on our club forum based at www.mg-rover.org.

And finally a big thanks to Ken and Christopher who worked tirelessly to make this meet a superb success. We are all very grateful for their efforts.

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The 3rd Club Meet - Eden Camp : 17th September 2006

The third meeting of the 75 & ZT owners club has now taken place at Eden Camp Yorkshire and what a meet it was. We had 58 gleaming 75s and ZTs plus four other makes in the car park joining ours. We have had so much more good feedback on this meet that it even puts Beaulieu in the shade. Well done to all that attended our third meet in the last year.




Eden camp came up to our expectations and proved to be the ideal place to hold the event, not only was it interesting but extremely well laid out with excellent facilities for people of all age groups. Thanks to Nick at Eden Camp for helping us in organising this event.



Thanks to many members we had a good draw with prizes given freely by the members for others to enjoy. Below is the full list of draw donations and winners

- Locking wheel bolts donated by Nitrousgear and won By Actros

- Chrome mirror backs donated by actros Won By 0-60

- Touring kit donated by actros Won By Holmol

- Travel rug donated by Malcolm Brown Won by Den Sills

- Pair of Rover towing mirrors donated by Windrush Won By Brian Simonds

- Book entitled Rover The first Ninety Years (not new but in good condition). donated by 7T5 Won By JS75

- Set of four Rover centre caps for the pre facelift models donated by kandyman. Won By Dunks

- Bottle of Whiskey This particular bottle is a 12 year old Lagavulin single malt natural cask strength, 57.8% donated by Salop75 Won By Keast

- MG Rover promotional carrier bag donated by taichiman with a copy of the DVD MG The Legend. Won By Neil Coupland

- The DVD MG The legend. We have two of these for two winning tickets. Won By Salop75 and Johnboy

- Bottle of Three Barrels brandy donated by Christopher and Ken. Won By Rovernut

The car of the show award was won by Livermpj with his immaculate copperleaf 75 the car is a real credit to him. His prize was ?50 worth of vouchers from the meet sponsor Rimmer Bros.




We have tried to keep all of the meets different and up to now we think we have achieved our aim so lets hope the next meet will be as different as this one was. There will be no news about the next meet until a little later this year but we are aiming for the meet to be in the early part of next year.






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The 4th Club Meet - Haynes International Motor Museum : 18th Match 2007

The Club's fourth National Meet was held on 18th March 2007 at the Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford, Somerset. The Club was given it's own parking area outside the main entrance to the museum which was exclusive to us, and the car park adjacent to ours had Ferrari's and Lamborghini's from the museum parked up.


It also happened to be the "Haynes Dream Car Day" which was held on their own test track and consisted of a range of cars being brought out of the museum for the day and being driven around the circuit.


The prestigious Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford in Somerset is the UK's largest exhibition of the greatest cars from around the world. A living and working museum, with over 340 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50's and 60's, glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to exciting supercars of today, like the Jaguar XJ220.


Our meet started at 10:30am and continued until 4:30pm, there were over 100 cars in attendance which was a record for the time and included 13 V8's. There was a raffle, and access to the museum and coffee shop was also available. Despite the rather changeable weather on the day, we had a very good turn out and a fine selection of cars on display.

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The 5th Club Meet - Holker Hall & Gardens : 23rd September 2007

The fifth Club Meet was held in the grounds of Holker Hall in Cumbria on Sunday 23rd September 2007 between 10:30 - 5pm, and 73 cars were in attendance.



This meet marked the introduction of our own booking-in table so that members would not be held up at the gate as they entered. Name badges were also issued to the registered members who were attending, and we had our own marshals to park you up as you arrived.




There was the normal 'Car of the show' award, the prize being a saloon warning triangle kit kindly donated by Les at SMC and £25 from the club. As well as that we held a raffle with prizes which included chrome capped wing mirror covers, four more warning triangles, and an MG Rover golf bag.



We were also lucky enough to secure the services of Mr John Easson, Xpart & M.G.Rover Business Manager. John was able to answer any and all questions relating to spare parts availability on behalf of Xpart.


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The 6th Club Meet - Beaulieu : 3rd/4th of May 2008

The sixth national meet was the first to be spread over a two day period, with an informal social get together on the Saturday at Bucklers Hard in the New Forest, a picturesque 18th century village on the banks of the Beaulieu River.




Followed in the evening by a meal at the Royal Oak at Hilltop just outside Beaulieu village.



The next day, the meet itself held at the National Motor Museum attracted 61 cars of all variants arriving from 10:15 am, and these were expertly grouped into the customary 75, ZT and V8 collections by our very own club marshal actros.




With the passing that year of long standing member 'Gryphon' it was decided to introduce the Gryphon Award for best car in show, as voted for by members themselves, and this we did in honour of him.




Xpart again joined us at Beaulieu and gave a very informative presentation in the lecture theatre, outlining the history of the company and how they saw the future, the latest position on spares and the current position with reference to the Chinese and how Xpart would be fitting in with them.



That was followed by the customary raffle draw and free tea and coffee.



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The 7th Club Meet - RAF Cosford : 19th April 2009

The seventh National Meet took place on 19th April 2009 at RAF Cosford in Shropshire between 10:30 - 4:30pm.



With over 117 cars present this proved to be quite a spectacle. The venue was running The National Cold War Exhibition as an additional attraction, and along with having aircraft as a natural backdrop, made for a wonderful location at which to meet.



Once again, the Gryphon Award was presented for the best car of show, as well as the customary raffle. With over 100 people gathering round our registration area, it really illustrated the support the members gave to this event.



We were graced with an unusual photo opportunity as 10 monogram finished cars lined up side by side.




Colours included Bittersweet, Shot Silk, Chatsworth, Typhoon, Spectre and Mirage to name but a few.


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The 8th Club Meet : Sunday 18th October 2009

The Club Team are pleased to announce the next
National Meet
Ferry Meadows Nene Park Peterborough PE2 5UU
Sunday 18th October 2009 from 10.30 to 5.30
Entrance Fee £8.00 per car.

Click on the link below to register and pay your entrance fee.
Price is per car not the number of occupants
NB: We will not be issuing tickets either by post or by email
despite any emails or instructions from the Club Shop to the contrary.
The Club Team will have a complete list of those that have paid,
your name will be checked against the list at the gate.
Any members coming on the spur of the moment,
please have the correct change £ 8.00 per car ready.

http://www.the75andztclub.co.uk/register/




Café, Restaurant and Bar
There are two cafes in Ferry Meadows offering a range of refreshments and light meals.
The Visitor Centre Café. Hot and cold snacks and beverages.
Lakeside Cafe. Terraced restaurant and licensed Bar at the Watersports Centre.
The Water Sports centre is a 5 to 10 minute walk from the main parking area.


Ferry Meadows Miniature Railway
Ham Lane Station is located adjacent to the meeting rooms hired by the club.
All charges are separate from the National Meet entrance fee.
This a fair weather train as can be seen in the picture.
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Play areas for our younger members
There are three well equipped play areas that are maintained to the highest standards.
The one near the Visitor Centre Café being specifically for younger children.

Caravanning & Camping
One of the Caravan Club's most popular sites is at Ferry Meadows.
It is open all year round and welcomes caravanners and campers.
It is open to non-members.
For information about the Caravan Club and the site go to:-
http://tinyurl.com/lpobsa
Bookings for caravan or camping must be made by yourselves.
This is completely separate from the National Meet entrance fee.

Cycling
Explore the many miles of lakeside and woodland footpaths/cycle ways.
Link with the City-wide network and provide easy access to and from the City.
Bring your own bikes or hire them from the Watersports Centre

Dog Walking, Bring your own or borrow one from a friend.
Dogs are permitted in the Park providing they are kept under close control.
Responsible dog owners help us to keep the central area of Ferry Meadows clean and pleasant
for all visitors by cleaning up their dogs' mess and using the dog bins provided.

Barbecues
There are permanent barbecue stands near the coach park and the Watersports Centre car park in Ferry Meadows.
There is no charge for their use and they are not bookable, bring your own charcoal and utensils.
You may bring your own barbecue provided that it is off the ground.
Please take care; the grass in summer and autumn can be very dry and burn easily.


Nene Valley Railway
The railway runs along the perimeter of the park.
The nearest station is 5 minutes walk from the parking area.
Trains to and from Peterborough and Wansford.


Timetable and general information
We have secured the covered area and adjacent rooms near to the Vistor Centre, in case of inclement weather. Open all day
Gate open at 10.30, meet ending 17.30, the park remains open until dusk.
Approximately 14.00 Announcements and Raffle will be held either at one of the clubs Gazebos or in the covered area depending on weather.

Kandyman has worked his usual magic and located a hotel within a few hundred yards of the park entrance.

Please see this Link for hotel bookings
www.premierinn.com
Peterborough (Ferry Meadows)
Ham Lane
Orton Meadows
Nene Park
Peterborough
PE2 5UU
T: 08701 977 205
F: 01733 391055
Friday - Sunday From £51 per room per night

Do's
Please conform to instructions given by marshals, in the main this is for your safety and security.
Bring family and friends - this is a social event so the more the merrier!
By all means clean and polish your car
Enjoy yourselves and help support your club at the same time

Don'ts
Please try not to arrive before 10.30 if possible, the entry route is single lane and we do not want to inconvenience other park users by blocking the road.
Speed limit within the Park 15 MPH......
Speed limit from the ticket control booth to parking spot 5 MPH........
Vehicles must not be left unattended with bonnets open.......
No revving of engines whilst parked in the display area......
Please don't bring items for sale without prior arrangement.......

This is a public park and as such we may have the public wandering through the display area, please lock your cars if left unattended. Club marshals will be on duty throughout the day to ensure your safety and security but we cannot be everywhere at once.
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The 9th Club Meet :

We are very pleased to announce that the next official club meet will be on

Sunday 25th April 2010
Gaydon Motor Centre, Warwickshire


We will kick off at 10.30am and will be finished by 4.30pm. The heritage motor centre closes at 5pm so that will give us time to pack everything up and get out ourselves prior to the closing time. As usual, parking will be organised by us so please follow the directions on where and how to park up your cars - the event will be well signposted by Gaydon themselves too.


There will be a minimal registration charge of £2 per car which you can purchase from the club shop. We will also have wristbands that you can purchase at the flat rate of £6 per person - this will allow you to enter the heritage motor centre itself. This will be cheaper than buying on the day from the centre themselves - although you will not need this for the meet itself..


This year we hope to have a number of trade stands available as well as the usual selection of Rover 75's and MG ZT's. We are also working on getting some "extra" cars to visit us - more on that when we know more ourselves.

We will of course be continuing the tradition of presenting the Gryphon Award for 2010, which is in honour of a very brave man and forever a member of the club. (Any new members just search for Gryphon and you will understand this award and why we award it each year.)




Dogs are allowed on site but must not go into any of the buildings unless they are registered guide dogs.


To find out more about the Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre click here and information on getting to the place can be found here.


The address for the venue is:


Banbury Road
Gaydon
Warwickshire
CV35 0BJ


To register for this event please click HERE and purchase your registration where indicated.

NB: Please ensure you are logged in (Make sure you username is in the top-right hand corner of the shop) to ensure you can register!

Please also note that when buying tickets you may be issued with an automated email stating products will be delivered. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE ANYTHING BY POST for the meet. All tickets and wristbands will be issued ON THE DAY and will NOT be posted out prior to the event. Please disregard any statements or emails from the Club Shop to the contrary of this. Thanks.


Please be aware that this is a static display only, no car is to drive at over 15 mph anywhere within the museum complex. Please observe this requirement.

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November 2010 marked the Owners Club's first appearance at the annual NEC Classic Motor Show. After two years of trying, we finally secured a stand and over the three day event were able to promote some fine examples of the marque, as well as introduce to many, the experience of sitting behind the wheel of a Rover 75 and MG ZT.

The Club's stand was manned over the course of the event by Christopher, Reebs, Dragrad, Phil, JakeW89, djw40 and Jezzer 1, both of whom surrendered the use of their vehicles for the entirety of the display.

Over the three days we gave away 114 complementary Tax Disc Holders, sold grille badges, key rings, lapel pin badges, and window stickers. In addition many new members joined up on the spot, and many more registered later from the comfort of their own homes.

As the newbie’s in town, we were made to feel very welcome by the more established stand holders adjacent to us including the SD1 Club & Rover P6 Club to name but two.



From Left to right: Christopher (and daughter), djw40, Reebs, and Dragrad



2004 MG ZT 180 SE Sports Auto in Monogram Lagoon



2002 Rover 75 Club SE CDT Diesel Tourer in Dover White



2004 Rover 75 Connoisseur SE Long Wheel Base Limousine in Platinum Gold



On-Line registration, and club information desk


......and we even got a mention in the press (Classic Car Weekly)

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