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We answered the call from the above charity to join them in this charity event and to exhibit our cars. We took along an MG Midget, early MGB Roadster and a late MGB GT. The red MG TA was not part of our party but the owner has had it for 50 years plus and it is totally original down to it’s crumbling leather seats, door hinges that drop when opening the doors and bubbling rust on the wings. He bought it originally as a cheap car to commute in.

Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance Family Fun Day Thruxton

1st July 2017

I have really wanted an early T series MG but my wife has always said I would not fit in one. I have never taken the opportunity to prove her wrong until now! I can now report that I can definitely  fit in one but have to bend my legs into an uncomfortable position with my knees around my chin. I have to splay my legs wide apart in order to accommodate the large steering wheel and also according to my wife - my stomach. So I can fit in one proving my wife wrong !! Can I drive such a car for any distance? – probably not!!


The event started with the arrival of the ambulance

Basingstoke Classic Car Club arrived with a brace of Triumphs. As MG owners – the less said the better!!


Alan and May from Basingstoke MGOC brought their amazing new to them Mk II Jag. Alan was having problems getting in and out of his Jag V12 E Type. He did a deal to acquire this completely original down to it’s tool kit Mk II Jag. The upholstery, wheels and paintwork are original but with amazing patina. It has genuine 40K+ miles. The last owner was suffering early dementia and had put it into store. The spark plugs had been removed so the engine was pretty well seized. It took an engine rebuild to put this amazing car back on the road. Alan’s wife May who has seen many cars come and go over the years could only comment that she found the Jag not that comfortable!!


My  friend Graham was overjoyed to see the Bond Bug. He immediately had a new best mate when he recognized it as the ES top of the range model. He then nearly blew it by saying this model had a radio fitted as standard. He was then very politely told not to be so silly as there was nowhere on the vehicle to easily earth such fripperies.

There was so much more. This included musical entertainment etc, Classic Tractors – did not realize these guys were so organized that most of them had driven there and had hand fabricated “boots” attached to the ploughing gear that contained chairs, gazebos and picnics. There were Fire Engines and Buses. More to the point there was a large number of stalls who are charities that support the NHS and make you wonder even more where our taxes disappear to. Did you realise there is a charity of motor cyclists who are on call  24/7 to race blood from wherever to wherever. They do not get the cost of transforming their vehicles to one of emergency units yet alone petrol money!!!



The event ended with the air ambulance leaving. A great day that I hope if it is repeated next year that more of us Classic Car owners will support. I hope that none of us will never need their services but feel we need to support.



























I have really wanted an early T series MG but my wife has always said I would not fit in one. I have never taken the opportunity to prove her wrong until now! I can now report that I can definitely  fit in one but have to bend my legs into an uncomfortable position with my knees around my chin. I have to splay my legs wide apart in order to accommodate the large steering wheel and also according to my wife - my stomach. So I can fit in one proving my wife wrong !! Can I drive such a car for any distance? – probably not!!


The event started with the arrival of the ambulance















Basingstoke Classic Car Club arrived with a brace of Triumphs. As MG owners – the less said the better!!


Alan and May from Basingstoke MGOC brought their amazing new to them Mk II Jag. Alan was having problems getting in and out of his Jag V12 E Type. He did a deal to acquire this completely original down to it’s tool kit Mk II Jag. The upholstery, wheels and paintwork are original but with amazing patina. It has genuine 40K+ miles. The last owner was suffering early dementia and had put it into store. The spark plugs had been removed so the engine was pretty well seized. It took an engine rebuild to put this amazing car back on the road. Alan’s wife May who has seen many cars come and go over the years could only comment that she found the Jag not that comfortable!!















My friend Graham was overjoyed to see the Bond Bug. He immediately had a new best mate when he recognized it as the ES top of the range model. He then nearly blew it by saying this model had a radio fitted as standard. He was then very politely told not to be so silly as there was nowhere on the vehicle to easily earth such fripperies.















There was so much more. This included musical entertainment etc, Classic Tractors – did not realize these guys were so organized that most of them had driven there and had hand fabricated “boots” attached to the ploughing gear that contained chairs, gazebos and picnics. There were Fire Engines and Buses. More to the point there was a large number of stalls who are charities that support the NHS and make you wonder even more where our taxes disappear to. Did you realise there is a charity of motor cyclists who are on call  24/7 to race blood from wherever to wherever. They do not get the cost of transforming their vehicles to one of emergency units yet alone petrol money!!!



The event ended with the air ambulance leaving. A great day that I hope if it is repeated next year that more of us Classic Car owners will support. I hope that none of us will never need their services but feel we need to support.
























I have really wanted an early T series MG but my wife has always said I would not fit in one. I have never taken the opportunity to prove her wrong until now! I can now report that I can definitely  fit in one but have to bend my legs into an uncomfortable position with my knees around my chin. I have to splay my legs wide apart in order to accommodate the large steering wheel and also according to my wife - my stomach. So I can fit in one proving my wife wrong !! Can I drive such a car for any distance? – probably not!!


The event started with the arrival of the ambulance















Basingstoke Classic Car Club arrived with a brace of Triumphs. As MG owners – the less said the better!!


Alan and May from Basingstoke MGOC brought their amazing new to them Mk II Jag. Alan was having problems getting in and out of his Jag V12 E Type. He did a deal to acquire this completely original down to it’s tool kit Mk II Jag. The upholstery, wheels and paintwork are original but with amazing patina. It has genuine 40K+ miles. The last owner was suffering early dementia and had put it into store. The spark plugs had been removed so the engine was pretty well seized. It took an engine rebuild to put this amazing car back on the road. Alan’s wife May who has seen many cars come and go over the years could only comment that she found the Jag not that comfortable!!















My friend Graham was overjoyed to see the Bond Bug. He immediately had a new best mate when he recognized it as the ES top of the range model. He then nearly blew it by saying this model had a radio fitted as standard. He was then very politely told not to be so silly as there was nowhere on the vehicle to easily earth such fripperies.















There was so much more. This included musical entertainment etc, Classic Tractors – did not realize these guys were so organized that most of them had driven there and had hand fabricated “boots” attached to the ploughing gear that contained chairs, gazebos and picnics. There were Fire Engines and Buses. More to the point there was a large number of stalls who are charities that support the NHS and make you wonder even more where our taxes disappear to. Did you realise there is a charity of motor cyclists who are on call  24/7 to race blood from wherever to wherever. They do not get the cost of transforming their vehicles to one of emergency units yet alone petrol money!!!



The event ended with the air ambulance leaving. A great day that I hope if it is repeated next year that more of us Classic Car owners will support. I hope that none of us will never need their services but feel we need to support.