13 September 2022

The 'faithful' gather in Wagga to share their love of classic British cars

| Chris Roe
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MG lovers from across the country converged on Wagga on the weekend. Photo: WaggaWagga.TV.

There was a flood of sporty cars cruising the Riverina over the weekend as more than 100 MG drivers converged on Wagga Wagga.

“They came from all over the eastern states from Queensland and South Australia, NSW, Victoria and the ACT and the weather was pretty kind to us,” said John Craig, president of Wagga’s MG Car Club.

“We haven’t had it for the last two years because of COVID, so it was great to have everyone back together again.”

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The iconic British car company has been around since the 1920s and is best known for its low-to-the-ground, open-top two-seaters.

The club does include a few other varieties of old British cars, but the focus remains on the MGs that were on display at the Playhouse car park, showcasing the full range from vintage motors to the current range of electric vehicles.

John’s love of British motors dates back to 1976.

“Like everything, there’s a niche, and these people in particular bond through the brand of MG,” he explained.

“It’s people who have a passion for history, a passion for fine vehicles and there’s a lot of people who might have had an MG when they were younger and had to sell it when they had a family.

“But later in life, they want to return to their youth and so they go buy themselves an MG and treat it with passion.”

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It’s the 25th time the Gathering of the Faithful event has been held, and John said that with the wattle and canola in bloom, it’s a spectacular time of year to cruise the region with the top down.

“We took them on a country drive for about 100 kilometres out through the northeast of Wagga and took them to the iconic Downside Hall where the Oura CWA put on a magnificent afternoon tea for them,” he said.

“I think that was the highlight for many because a lot of these people are coming from the city so they don’t get to see the country hospitality like a CWA event very often.”

Cars at hall

Drivers were treated to a good old-fashioned welcome by the Oura CWA at the Downside Hall. Photo: WaggaWagga.tv.

The event concluded on Sunday with a breakfast and a prize presentation before they hit the road for the journey home, which is, of course, all part of the fun.

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