About Our Club

Meetings are the 3rd Thursday of each month except December – we have a holiday party. We meet at 260 Middle Rd, Henrietta, NY 14467, the American Legion Post. Guests are welcome at all meetings – just show up. All car makes are WELCOME!

The MG Car Club of Western New York Centre was originated in Rochester, NY, in the fall of 1957. Formally established in 1958, it became a Centre of the MG Car Club of England. Centres were designed to serve a geographical area and the Rochester based Western New York Centre is now the second oldest active centre in North America..

George Heissenberger chairman@mgcarclub.com
Rod Rodman vicechair@mgcarclub.com
Todd Black treasurer@mgcarclub.com
Dan Suter secretary@mgcarclub.com
Robert Welch trustee1@mgcarclub.com
Paul Osborne trustee2@mgcarclub.com
Don Welch spokes@mgcarclub.com
Leon Zak webmaster@mgcarclub.com
Dave Kray events@mgcarclub.com
Paul Osborne librarian@mgcarclub.com

Rallying was the club’s main focus in the early days and we were instrumental in creating some of the more challenging courses at the time. Gradually, the emphasis shifted to racing at local tracks and nearby Watkins Glen. The WNY Centre organized and ran the MG races at Watkins Glen. We held a full weekend of races at the Glen in 1959 and 1960 just for MG’s and MG-powered cars. Afterwards the centre was asked to organize and run the Concours D’Elegance held in conjunction with the Glen races. We played host to many famous cars as well as their equally famous owners. Many social events were also held at this time such as an annual overnight “Tour to Lake Placid” (1957) where the WNY Centre was conceived.

As the interest in rallying went on the wane in the late 60’s we established an annual “Wagonjack Farm Meet” in 1969 which was an informal gathering of car enthusiasts. Cars were put on display in an autumn country setting. This continued for many years and an outgrowth of this in 1972 began the now famous Sports Car and Vintage Auto Festival. Founded by the MGCC/WNY Centre working in conjunction with the Victor Lion’s Club of New York, the festival had grown to the extent that we commonly had over 1000 cars on the show field. It became one of the largest car shows of it’s type in the country. We drew entries from seven states and Canada and this event opened the sports car season for many people in the Northeast. Barring Covid restrictions we have still have a small car show each year.

Owning an MG is NOT a prerequisite for membership. If you do own a MG or other sports car, you will find some of the most knowledgeable people around willing to help with any problems you may encounter. Our members are involved in all aspects of motor sports, such as racing, restoration, touring, rallying, etc. If you do not own an MG or other sports car, you will find that membership puts you in touch with people willing to help you in the purchase of a sports car. We are a family oriented club and would be delighted to welcome you as a New Member Form.  Already a member? Here is our Renewal Form.

Currently, some of our members organize and judge the Concurs at the Watkins Glen Vintage Grand Prix Festival while others compete in the SVRA (Sports Car Vintage Racing Association) Vintage races at the track through the weekend. “SPOKES,” the club’s monthly newsletter, contains news of up-coming activities, photos, our sponsors, meeting minutes, reports of past events, member written articles, technical tips, cars and parts for sale and news of legislation that might affect our hobby. There are many events that we sponsor and many more that we support.

In June/July, we have our biggest event of the year, the Sports Car and Vintage Auto Festival. The summer months will undoubtedly bring about tours of sports cars to some scenic, fun filled place. Past trips have been the New England Mountain Adventure (8yrs. going), the Pennsylvania Back Roads Tour, and a two week trip to Nova Scotia. In September members participate in the Downtown Festival in Watkins Glen and the Vintage Races at the track.

Every year members with new ideas are encouraged to sponsor an event. It may be a one time activity or become an annual outing. This provides the membership many interesting opportunities. A spontaneous event that is always a favorite is a drive to a new restaurant for a leisurely dinner amongst friends. Some of our members hold memberships in other MG Organizations such as the New England MG T Register, NAMGAR, NAMGB Register, AMGBA, as well as VSCCA, SVRA, and MG Vintage Racers, and as a result attend the various functions of these groups.

On a charitable note, over the years we have supported a number of local charities from the proceeds of our car show and events including scholarships at Monroe Community College Auto Technology Center, in honor of one our former members. We also have an Endowment fund for the MCC/ATC. We review our charities yearly and try to support the lesser know groups that may not have the exposure of the more well know organizations.

Our Center democratically elects officers every year with the ruling that no officer can serve more that two consecutive terms in any office. The officers give a brief report at each meeting.

The Board of Directors is composed of the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Trustee (the previous Chairman) and Trustee at Large (usually one of the “senior” members of the club). This design gives the club continuity with the officers and a historical link with the past. We also have a list of “emergency road help” phone numbers available through our board of directors and any members traveling in our area can count on assistance should they need it. Our meetings are open to guests and provide a good look at who we are and what we do. There is often some type of program for entertainment, door prizes and information following the regular Business Meeting.

Our By-Laws with added motions