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MG vintage sports cars flock to Ada June 15-17

Next weekend (June 15-16-17) Ada will become a car lover’s paradise – especially for MG sports car fans.

The Ohio Chapter of the New England MG-T Register car club will bring these specialty vehicles and their owners to Ada. It is the 82nd  “Gathering of the Faithful,” (G.O.F.) for the club.


Vintage MG sports cars, dating from the mid-1930s to the early ‘80s, plus other British marques, will travel from all corners of Ohio and surrounding states to Ada for the long weekend.

Dave Smittle, who is coordinating the event here, provided The Icon with the following information about the weekend.

Friday, June 15

11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. ~ Ohio Chapter of the New England MG-T Register car club meeting will be doing walking historical tours of local attractions and cars will start to be seen on the streets of Ada. The group will be having lunch at various locations in the downtown business district.

7:15 - 8:15 p.m. ~ The members of the MG Car Club will have an informal car show/display for the local community in the parking lot of The Inn at Ohio Northern University.

Saturday, June 16
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. ~ Members of the community are welcome to come watch the MG Car Club as they participate in their Funkhana, in the parking lot of the Freed Center on the ONU campus. (Guests should park in the eastern half of the Freed Center lot, please.)

This fun, low speed event, combines driving dexterity, navigational skill, mental and physical coordination, teamwork, luck, and above all, a sense of humor.

Planned by club member, John Olman, founder of www.funkhana.com, we're sure to experience both driver and navigator tasks or games while competing on a tricky driving course, for prizes, of course!

Sunday, June 17

The MG's will be packing up to leave town, but, if you want one last chance to see the cars, between 9:30-10 a.m. in the parking lot of The Inn would be a good time to see these vintage sports cars before they head home.

More details on each of these can be found on our Web site for this event, www.ohiogof.org.

Smittle invites businesses to provide items for a welcome packet for car owners. Contact him at d-smittle@onu.edu for details.