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"MG TC THE END OF AN ERA...A CONTINUING LEGEND"


MG TC OWNERS CLUB

Perth - Western Australia

The MG TC Owners Club had its beginning on Thursday 1st June 1961 when 12 owners gathered at a home in the northern suburbs of the City of Perth Western Australia. 

Most had responded to a letter drop a few days earlier. 

Two weeks later 5 more owners responded and at the end of the first 12 months the Club had a very active membership of 25.

Those early years were filled with constant competitions including many trips to Mooliabeenie, a WW2 gravel airstrip in farming country about 60 miles north east of Perth, hill climbs wherever a gravel hill could be found and car trials and for some a dabble into motor racing at Caversham including the 1962 Australian Grand Prix. 

In the years since the Club has grown in both numbers and stature. 

Today the Club has a membership of 70 and a reputation for “Maintaining the Breed” that is recognized around the world 

The Club has always been a one marque Club with the majority of members all owning and driving TC’s. The remaining members own TD’s,TF’s,Y sedans and tourers and cars dating back to the pre second world war era. These members were invited into the Club in the early 1980’s 

Club meetings have been held every fortnight almost always at a members home.

During these golden 50 plus years there have been many highlights not the least of which was the Clubs very successful hosting of the National Meeting of all Australian MG Car Clubs here in Perth in 1987 

The growth of the Club, the support of its members and their families, the fellowship, the standard of restoration and presentation of the cars that give all of us so much pleasure is the envy of many. 

It truly has been an amazing journey. 

 CELEBRATING   50 YEARS

2011 was a golden year for the TC Owners Club when it celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first meeting which took place on the 1st June 1961


To mark the occasion the club began with an informal meeting hosted by the Clubs President at his home on the night of Wednesday 1st June 2011 exactly fifty years to the day.

The number who attended was exceptional and included many members and their partners from the very early years of the club with several dating back to 1st June 1961.

It was a nostalgic affair with many tales both tall and true being spun well into the night.

The Clubs 50th anniversary celebration dinner followed a few nights later at the Royal Perth Yacht Club located on the banks of the Swan River to the west of the city of Perth with spectacular night time views of the city skyline.

On the lawn in front of the yacht club was a wonderful display of Club cars.
112 members partners and several visitors attended and it was a wonderful evening.





The Club President addressing the dinner gathering













Three of the original members with the wife of the late member number One.








Speeches were written to fit the occasion, there was an excellent buffet with fine beverages, flowers for the ladies, cream and brown decorations for the tragics, presentations that were loudly acclaimed and plenty of good humour.

The anniversary dinner was also the occasion of the launch of the clubs book titled “The First Thousand Meetings of the TC Owners Club A Forty Year History”


The book had been some years in the making but it was presented as a beautiful hard cover publication containing 287 closely written pages of history, photos and ripping yarns sourced from many members both past and present.

The book is an absolute credit to the small band of members who gave so much of their time and energy to bring it to fruition and present it to members on such an occasion as the 50th anniversary dinner.







Club President congratulates members who were responsible for publication of the book.








Later in the year in October the Club hosted a three day T Type Rally open to all T and Y types and pre war cars and ably organised and directed by the Club President and a small band of willing helpers.





The fun began in Fremantle on the evening of 13th October with a welcoming function for all those taking part and the presentation of rally packs.













Those present included visitors from the eastern states of Australia, one couple from the USA and the Douglas’s who are well known to all TC enthusiasts for the amazing journeys they have undertaken in their TC ‘The Wanderer’ all around the world.












The following day the rally moved to the central south west town of Collie where Club activities included a show and shine in the towns main street and a visit to the local racing circuit where the old hands blew away a few cobwebs and the new chums had flashes of the red mist for the first time.




A tour of the lovely Ferguson Valley followed on the Sunday and the rally wound up with a farewell breakfast next morning.


For those prepared for more it was then on to Busselton a popular tourist destination located on the shores of Geographe Bay and on the doorstep of the world renowned Margaret River wine region.

And for those still full of the spirit of MG motoring the annual Safety Fast run organised by the combined MGCC, the TCOC and the MG Owners Club took place a few days later.

The TC Owners Club is now in its 51st year and recently welcomed back several members from the early 1960’s who have once again purchased TCs three of which have come from the USA and one from the east coast of Australia.

The Club’s membership has never been stronger and the cars never better.

But there is still more to be done.

                        If only some of us were a little younger.




What are the Best Things About Our Club?

The amazing ability to conduct a meeting EVERY fortnight for 50 years - could this be a World Record?

The fantastic sharing of information about the cars

The growing social life between members and their partners

The dedication to the marque in particular the TC



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