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Long Distance Award: Presented to the participant who has driven an MG the farthest distance from their residence to the Event, to be determined by actual map mileage, not logged mileage.
Sacajawea Award: Presented to the participating lady driver who accumulated the most miles driving to the Event in an MG within five (5) days of the first day of the Event.
High Point Award: Perpetual Award, plus a small permanent award presented to the participant with an MG who has accumulated the highest cumulative score for the three competitive events of Car Dis-play, Funkhana and Rallye, as determined by the Awards Chair.
The Monterey Cup - Perpetual award given to the Club with the largest number of members in attendance.
The San Diego Cup - Perpetual award given to the Club with the greatest percentage of members in attendance.
2019 Winner: Arizona MG T Roadrunners (15.7%)
The Santa Barbara Cup - Perpetual award given to the Club with the highest cumulative mileage of MGs driven to the GoF.
Why would anyone drive an MG TD with the hood up on a sunny day? The answer is that you do this when driving across the Mojave Desert in August. Our trip from Tehachapi in California to Prescott in Arizona to attend the GoF West MGs gathering took us straight across the Desert where the daytime temperatures were in the mid-40’s centigrade and shade from the sun was essential. We had planned our trip around departures at 4.00am so that we would have a couple of hours driving during the night and not more than four hours before the day got too hot on each of the two days that we planned for the 1,000 mile round trip. Our planned stop on both the outward and return trips was in Twentynine Palms as this was approximately halfway along our route. Even so, by the time we had completed our planned maximum of six hours travelling the days were getting extremely hot.
Both TDs ran faultlessly for the whole trip although a certain amount of speed management to keep the engines from overheating was necessary at times. This reduced our running speed on uphill sections but did allow us to make up time and cool off on the downhill. This was better than the performance of the occupants of the cars, who had to treat their overheating problems on reaching our mid-trip stopover by re-charging our systems with several bottles of Anchor Steam Brewery’s finest.
The GoF (Gathering of the Faithfull) took place at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center, which had all the facilities one could ask for, including an attached Casino. The Casino turned out to be a huge asset as their special deals for beer and breakfast were much appreciated.
Attending the event were some 70 odd MGs (49 post-war T-Series variants, 8 MGAs, 7 MGB/Cs, 1 ZA, 1 ZB and 3 pre-war MGs (F3, PA &TA), plus several local MGs that made periodic appearances. Participants who came, not only from Arizona and California, but also from as far afield as Washington State, British Columbia, Kansas and Texas enjoyed a full programme of events including Technical Sessions, a Car Display in the center of Prescott, a Rally, Car Jumble, Funkhana (the light hearted version of a Gymkhana, Auction & Raffle as well as two dinners towards the end of the week.
Prescott is a very pleasant city and being high up in the mountains is significantly cooler than most of Arizona. That said, the sun was hot and driving in the middle of the day was mostly done with the “sunshade” up. Prescott also has several excellent watering holes for visitors, mostly centered around the Courthouse Square. We were able to make a couple of visits to our favourite, the “Palace Bar” which stocks some excellent and not overpriced beers and serves good food and left feeling much refreshed.
Our return journey was free of incidents but noticeably hotter than the outward trip. Incidentally both the outward and return trips started at over 5000 ft amsl and then a descent to about 200 ft amsl around the half way point followed by a climb back up to 5000 ft. This would be a challenge for any classic car but both the TDs took it in their stride even in temperatures reaching over 107°F / 42°C.
Our thanks go to the GoF organizing committee who did a first class job of making all the arrangements so that the week ran smoothly and everyone had a great time.
Next year’s GoF West should be great fun and also much cooler as it is being held at foot of Mount Hood in Oregon where the summer climate is not so extreme.