MG Car Club Canberra

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, 9 March 2023
7:45pm - 10:00pm

St Peter's Anglican Church Hall, Weston

Club Monthly Meeting.

Format is a Guest Speaker / Presentation followed by a short meeting finishing with supper.

Meeting Agenda is available in Attachments on the top right of this page.

The presentation at the 9 March Monthly Meeting will be provided by Paul Ireland via Zoom from the UK. Paul provided a very interesting talk at the August 2022 Monthly Meeting based on his book and many technical articles on "Modern Petrol and Classic Cars – The Manchester XPAG Tests".

The March presentation is about how an engine runs - "suck, squeeze, bang and blow". This is far more interesting than you may imagine. It is applicable to all engines, old and new and can help people understand what is going on under their bonnets.

Paul Ireland was 16 when he bought his first car, a 1949 MG TC. Although his career has been desk-based after a PhD in Experimental Nuclear Physics, his family are mostly "proper" engineers, and Paul has always maintained and restored his cars himself. After tetra-ethyl lead was removed from gasoline in the late 1980s, his MG didn't run as well as he remembered, and he spent many years investigating the whys, hows, and wherefores. Eventually this led to a study by the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at his alma mater, Manchester University, with support of faculty and a team of six students; the Federation of British Historical Vehicle Clubs; various MG groups; and oil and other industries; they all contributed to his project, and the findings are now published in this book, "Classic Engines, Modern Fuel – The Problems, The Solutions".

Paul donates any profits from his books and technical presentations to his charity, supporting school children in Kideleko, Tanzania. After the August 2022 presentation, the Club Committee agreed to make an ex-gratia payment of £100 to Paul's charity. The money bought much needed supplies for the children. You may also like to see the details of his work and watch the video here.


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Coming events

Saturday, 20 April 2024
Wheels of Wamboin

Thursday, 9 May 2024
Club Meeting

Sunday, 19 May 2024
Monthly Picnic Run

Saturday, 1 June 2024
Ladies Lunch

Friday, 13 September 2024 – Sunday, 15 September 2024
Gathering of the Faithful

MG Car Club Canberra
PO Box 4141
Weston Creek ACT 2611
ACN 49 156 199 381
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