OVER EIGHTY FORMER MG Abingdon Factory employees are set to gather at the MG Car Club’s Kimber House headquarters on Wednesday 12 December for a Christmas re-union. The MGCC is staging a festive gathering that will bring together the men and women who were employed at MG’s famous Abingdon works.
The event follows on from September’s MGB50 event at Blenheim Palace, when those who had previously worked at Abingdon factory were given free admission to the showpiece anniversary celebration. Now, the MG Car Club will open its doors for a Christmas themed day with complimentary food and drink offered throughout. Attendees will also be able to view factory photographs from the MG Car Club’s extensive archive and be shown an interesting selection of MG artefacts the Club holds.
At its peak, the MG factory in Abingdon employed 1,400 people and over a fifty year period more than 1million MGs were produced in the town. Wednesday’s Christmas celebration will be staged in the Club’s John Thornley suite, the MGCC’s conference room which has been named in honour of former MG Car Company General Manager and MG Car Club President John Thornley.
The MG Car Club’s headquarters are based adjacent to what was the MG Abingdon factory site and Kimber House attracts thousands of Classic Car enthusiasts every year. When visiting, Club members are encouraged to drive the former MG factory test routes and visit the Abingdon museum where an MGB Roadster is on permanent display. In the Spring of 2013, an MG Garden will be formally opened just a stones throw from Kimber House after considerable work from the MGCC and Abingdon Town Council is now nearing completion.
Regular events means the MG flame still burns brightly in the Oxfordshire town and the MG Car Club is passionately committed to working with local people to create a greater understanding of what Abingdon means to MG.
MG Car Club General Manager Julian White said:
“The MGCC is extremely proud to be based in Abingdon, the town where MGs were made for 50 years. We regularly engage with former factory employees, but the 2012 Christmas Party is a chance to get a large number of those people together in one place at one time.”
“The response to the event has been remarkable and we are anticipating a fantastic turnout. Despite the MG factory in Abingdon closing over thirty years ago, there is still immense pride amongst local people when it comes to MG. Every year the thousands of Club members visit Abingdon to try and capture the true MG spirit. ”
“This event comes two months after we staged a celebration here at Kimber House for members who had achieved fifty successive years of Club membership. The MGCC has wonderful heritage and a very exciting future too.”
“The Christmas re-union promises to be memorable day and we’re very much looking forward to once again immersing ourselves in MG’s rich Abingdon heritage”