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We gotta do something soon guys and gals, even if is just to meet up and go oooh at each others cars. The last meet was a year ago, if you could call it a meet. I'm going to Doak soon to get the Zed on the rollers, anyone interested in going along?
 

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Here is a post stolen from the X-Power site
There is a Beginner's Evening at Donington on Thursday 5th May. This is a great opportunity for those of you who have been wondering whether track days are for you. If you are an absolute beginner, then for £55 you'll get three, 20-minute sessions on track between 5.30pm and 8.30pm. Only novices will be on track - all in MGs! There'll be plenty of help on hand from experienced hands, who'll be more than happy to sit in the passenger seat with you and offer support and encouragement. ARDS qualified instructors will also be available to provide one-on-one tuition for an additional £25 per 20min session. Full booking details here.
 

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i think the thread has been missed because of whats happened m8 pm john switzer about a meet in the next couple of weeks i will do the same
 

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i think the thread has been missed because of whats happened m8 pm john switzer about a meet in the next couple of weeks i will do the same
Nah, post predates MGR disaster, I just dont think that there are enough MGR N.I. members to do much with.
 

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Sorry... it was indeed missed :err:

If anyone has any ideas as to what to do, then please post them here... but part of the problem is that we now have more MG-R.org members in the province driving something other than an MG or Rover than we do driving MG Rover product :(

Unfortunately at present I am having to review my position as NI Area Co-Ordinator due to the fact that I am currently spending more time outside Northern Ireland than I am in it... typically only here 1 day a week at the moment.

I have however issued MG-R.org Press Releases to the local media, but none of them have chosen to run with them. The irony of course being that in the past 24 hours, I have given interviews to media organisations outside Northern Ireland... Sky News; Saga FM; Radio West Midlands and BBC London... yet nobody inside Northern Ireland apparently wants to know :irked:

But if you have any thoughts as to anything we can do... please let me know :)

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But if you have any thoughts as to anything we can do... please let me know

Karting at Eddy Irvines cart track in Bangor!

but part of the problem is that we now have more MG-R.org members in the province driving something other than an MG or Rover than we do driving MG Rover product :(

?? That might go some way to explaining why the media dont want to know, if we .org N.I. members dont even have MGR cars, then who the hell does care over here?? Is that really true? we have a majority of NI members without a MGR car LMAO, only in N.I. Dont stop to wonder why MGR went bust, I can see the headline now 'Ulster MG rover.org members apparently not worried about warranty issues as they mostly drive Fords' however they are very puzzled and concerned about MGR's demise.

That would explain why I was the only one at Longbridge on the 11th to represent N.I.
Jeeze, unreal.
 

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beside rathgael house education building on the rathgael rd. roundabout. Supposed to be the best setup in NI. big place. Good size carpark and a greasy joe style diner next door, excellent place 4 a meet!
 

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Yup, know where you are :) Only a stone's throw then from his family home. Do you know if his father still runs the motor repair business?

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If anyone has any ideas as to what to do, then please post them here... but part of the problem is that we now have more MG-R.org members in the province driving something other than an MG or Rover than we do driving MG Rover product :(
And I would be one of those. For reasons I can't go into I had to change my car when I got the new job and I could only choose between Vauxhall & Peugeot so thinking that the Astra was built in the UK (could be wrong) I chose the 1.6 Club. Obviously I'd love to still have the TF or even a ZR 160 and I had thought about opting out of the car scheme in 30 months when the lease is up and getting an MG but that plan is scuppered.

Workmates are going to Eddie Irvines place next month but I can't make it as I'm in the US of A. Me thinks too many people have seen my driving skills and decided to make sure I won't be there to cause a pile-up!
 

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Yup, the Astra is built here in the UK - Ellesmere Port to be precise and I smile as much every time I see a British built Vauxhall as I do when I see an MG or Rover :) Incidentally, I am seriously tempted by an Astra Sport Hatch as a third car, though I suspect that may have to wait until the driveway is extended :err:

Just to emphasise I was not getting at anyone when I made that comment about ownership - kind of wish now I hadn't :(

It was only meant as an observation, not a criticism.... and I'd just like to point out that this is an MG Rover Enthusiasts' Website, not an Owners' website. In my book enthusiasm is every bit as important as ownership and possibly more so.

Finally, with reference to the comment made that there was only one representative from Northern Ireland at the first Longbridge Rally - for the record there would have been two more from Northern Ireland. Sadly, Jerry Flint's ego and his apparent wish to distance himself from MGs of the British Leyland era got in the way :irked:

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Finally, with reference to the comment made that there was only one representative from Northern Ireland at the first Longbridge Rally - for the record there would have been two more from Northern Ireland. Sadly, Jerry Flint's ego and his apparent wish to distance himself from MGs of the British Leyland era got in the way :irked:

Explain.
 

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The thing most likely to kill MG Rover most quickly is the collapse of the dealer network. If that goes, MG Rover goes.

Today, I was speaking to one dealer and found out that he's been living off nothing but clean air since last Friday. The dealer concerned has also had 4 approaches from other manufacturers and so far has rejected them all in the hope that this mess will be sorted. And he's not the only one.

So what we can we do to try and keep the dealer network intact for the next few weeks? Well, here's what was suggested to me:

1. If you need anything car related.... touch up paint; oil; screen wash; anti freeze.... whatever, please consider getting it from your local MGR dealer.

2. If you normally go elsewhere for your servicing, please, please, please just for the next few weeks, consider going to your local MGR dealer

3. If you're changing your car... for something pre-reg or second hand, again please consider your local MGR dealer.

4. And if you know anyone who has any requirement for any of the above... you know where to point them, down the road to your local MGR dealer.

The more support MGR dealers receive, the more likely it is the network can be held together in the short term and thus, the more likely MGR will survive in some form.

Thanks

John

Now thats enthusiasm!
What was that youre gonna buy? an Astra?
 

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What was that youre gonna buy? an Astra?

No, a Rover 75 Contemporary 1.8 Turbo actually.... as a replacement for my MG ZS. The car was actually due to be ordered the week after MGR went into administration. At present, I have just bought the ZS off the company and opted out of the Company Car Scheme, as I am not sure what I'll be doing just yet. However the plan is to buy another MGR product in the next 12 months - either a 75V8 or a 75 Contemporary - but as you may have noticed they're rather difficult to order just at the moment ;)

More than likely I'll be holding on to the ZS for the foreseeable future, as it such a hoot to drive. Hopefully add either an Astra Sport Hatch or preferably, a TF/GT in 2006 as a third 'fun car'. However, at the moment it doesn't look like the TF/GT will be arriving any time soon, so it may unfortunately have to be Plan B - the Astra Sport Hatch.

As for enthusiasm, yes I am an unashamedly an MG Rover enthusiast.

That's why I've spent £25,000 on MGR product in the past 4 years and hopefully will be spending another £35,000 on MGR product in the next 12 months. That's why I visited MG Rover at 3 successive British Motor Shows. That's why I visited MG Rover at the Paris Motor Show. That's why I visited MG Rover at the Geneva Motor Show. That's why my employer signed up for the Privilege Vehicle Sales Scheme. That's why if you visit my workplace you'll find advertisements for MG Rover product on staff notice boards and in the staff newsletter. That's why I visited Longbridge last month. That's why I have organised competitions via my employer promoting MG Xtreme Rally. That's why MG Rover product became an option on my employer's company car scheme. That's why I have given interviews to Sky Radio News, Saga FM and BBC Radio West Midlands over the past week. That's why I took an afternoon off work for a television interview which was unfortunately cancelled at the last minute. That's why I have attended MG Rover enthusiast meetings in Northern Ireland; Great Britain and the Channel Islands. That's why in the past fortnight I have issued 5 press releases highlighting the plight of Longbridge workers. That's why I have been putting former MGR employees in touch with recruitment agencies and providing personal introductions where possible. That's why I started an online petition and sent it to the DTI; Her Majesty's Government; The Conservative Party; The Labour Party; The Liberal Democrats and HM The Queen. That's why I am staying in touch with my local dealer on a weekly basis to see how we can assist

...and that's why I am continuing to do everything I can to assist in trying to salvage something from this terrible mess.

John
 

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Explain.

There's little more to add.

Simply, if it wasn't for Jerry Flint's ego and the contempt with which legacy MG product has been treated on XPF and associated sites, there would have been 2 more MGs from Northern Ireland in attendance at the Longbridge rally.... one a Zed and the other a B.

John
 

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Er I have a Metro now, contemplating a Rover 75 at present. EGO's - I won't get into that one, but happy to discuss my past car buying antics! :) :confused:

No I didn't own a Maestro or Montego - I had MINIS at that time (all I could afford) and I don't have contempt for older MGR's. I've done my share to support BL/ARG/MGR! Has everyone else I wonder?

These personal attacks stink - why don't you critisce people who haven't bought the product??? :bgrin2:

I have owned from MGR:

1) Mini Pick-Up (2 years old)
2) Mini 1000 (6 months old)
3) Mini Clubman (new)
4) Spitfire 1500 (6 months old).
5) 1275 GT (new)
6) Spitfire 1500 (new)
7) TR7/8 DHC (new)
8) Dolly Sprint (2 years old)
9) Mini 1000 (new)
10) Mini 1000 (new)
11) Mini City (new)
12) New Cooper (new)
13) TR7 V8
14) R200 (bubble) new
15) New Cooper with sports pack (new)
16) BRM (new)
17) MGF 115 (new)
18) R75 Conn (new)
19) MGF Trophy (new)
20) MGTF 135 (new)
21) MG ZT190+ (new)
22) MG ZT260SE (new)
23) MG Metro 6R4 (very old) own
24) R25 (5 years old). own - being turned into a Rally car!
25) ??????????
 

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JohnSwitzer said:
Just to emphasise I was not getting at anyone when I made that comment about ownership - kind of wish now I hadn't :(
Don't worry John, I didn't take it as a personal attack. I'm just gutted that given the current situation I can't drive around proudly in my MG with a big one finger salute ready for B*W drivers.
 

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Yes John, but you are banding about the news that you are buying this astra on the forum. I just think it is tactless. As for N.I. meets you organise and attend, when was the last one. NI Area Co-Ordinator? since when.

BTW. Do you know that you refered to yourself 19 times in your last post. What would Freud say....
 
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