Edward Hobson, an MG enthusiast and former Moretonhampstead sailor, was visited by the Torbay MG Owners Club (MGOC) in what can only be described as monsoon conditions on Sunday.
Edward’s son Tristan wrote to MGOC headquarters asking if a local club could surprise his father, and the Torbay MGOC branch duly obligated themselves, showing up in the most appalling weather with a dozen of their older TFs and Tds.
Of all the classic cars, Simon and Sara Bennett’s TC caught Edward’s eye, as he had a VG in the 1950s and did his racing days there. Edward recently lost his wife for 60 years, and Tristan thought he could give a nice surprise.
Zone secretary Alan Perrins said: “LYA 188 is Torbay MGOC’s oldest car, but that didn’t stop the old maid from struggling in puddles as she scaled the hills across Dartmoor for come visit Edward, who is 85 years old and very passionate about MGs.
“He went out for a run in Simon’s car, the roof completely down despite the rain. He said that as an old sailor he didn’t worry about a little water!
Yvonne Daniels, Torbay MGOC organizer said: “We were only too happy to help out and make Edward’s day – aside from the weather it was a great afternoon!”
Club members hope the weather will be better for their summer highlight – the Giant Pasty Run.
On the August bank holiday weekend, over 100 MG are expected to gather for a scenic tour of Devon, then park on Teignmouth seafront to nibble on pastries from the town’s Mini Heaven Bakery.
Jamie Theobald, club president, said: “We are a great and friendly club, always ready to help others, and new members are always welcome to join us at Dainton Golf Club, Newton Abbot on the first Thursday of each month. . Find us on Facebook @torbaymgoc. ‘