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Windsor-Detroit MG Club!
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The December Meeting at the Brass Pointe

Our membership were so generous in giving Toys-for-Tots gifts at last year’s December meeting, and with the sentiment expressed by the attending members that it was so much more satisfying than our previous gift exchange, we decided to do it all over again. This time, however, we added another good cause. With inflation running so high, local TV was reporting that many people – and children in particular – would be going hungry as local food pantries were strained to the limit with both lower donations and greater demand. As a result, our organizer Anne Astley asked members to also bring nonperishable food items to the meeting for the CARES organization, a local charity serving food insecure families.

There was never any doubt that our members would open their hearts, but we could never have anticipated to what extent. The toys count exceeded 150 and such was the weight of the food donations, we had difficult carrying it all from the Brass Pointe.

Anne took the donations to the Toys-for-Tots and CARES warehouses the very next day and staff at both organizations asked that we send their sincere gratitude to all who donated.

Story and Pictures submitted by Rick Astley 

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In Memoriam - Jack Renaud

December 10, 1936 – February 6, 2023

It’s our very sad duty to have to report that longtime club member, and personal friend of many in our club – Jack Renaud – passed away February 6th after a short illness when a cold turned into pneumonia.

Jack and his Canadian wife and very accomplished artist Isabelle, joined the club in 2002 as owners of a 1979 MGB-LE. However, it was Jack’s enthusiasm for V8 conversions, with which he infected several others, that made him well known to a lot of members, his yellow 1980 V8 conversion being a common site at Windsor-Detroit MG Club events and meetings on both sides of the border.

In 2018, Jack and Isabelle decided to sell their home in Dearborn and move closer to their daughter 200 miles north on the Lake Huron shoreline; a place where Jack could continue his hobby of kayaking. He sold everything MG, including his beloved yellow V8, another V8 in construction and the rotating spit that Jack had built himself on which to construct it. He bought a 5 liter V8 Mustang but it seems that he never really lost the MG bug. Last year, while out driving near his home, he saw a 1979 MGB and couldn’t resist buying it.

In paying our tributes to Jack, we can’t do better than provide the obituary written by his family, part of which was published in the Detroit Free Press.

Obituary for John P. Renaud (aka MGB Jack)
December 10, 1936 – February 6, 2023

Beloved husband and father, John “Jack” Renaud passed peacefully at the age of 86.  Jack was the devoted and loving husband of Isabelle for 63 years.  He was the kind and supportive father of Jacqueline (James) Boettger and Jeffrey (Diane) Renaud, grandfather (Pepe) of Jennifer (David) Bokor, and Danielle (Nick) Steffey and great grandfather of two.

Jack was known for many things. He was a student of life.  He had so many passionate interests and hobbies –– from being a brown-belt in Judo, to having a deep appreciation for art, to enjoying music, scuba diving, kayaking, family genealogy, and the wondrous outdoors.  He was always learning something new and took great joy in exploring subjects and discussing them with others.  Jack served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was an employee of Ford for more than 45 years.  He was the original chassis Engineer for the F150 Crew Cab Truck and spent his entire life as a car enthusiast.  He found great joy in driving his Mustang and had a special fondness of MGs. In fact, his latest MG has the license plate of H T R J (Hit the Road Jack).

But more importantly, Jack was known to all of his family and friends for his unconditional love and support for those around him.  A sweet, gentle man, he never complained.  He saw only the best in everyone around him and was never without a smile.  He was extraordinarily proud of his family, providing unconditional support, love, and encouragement for their accomplishments and talents.

He will be greatly missed.  But his legacy will live on and he will be remembered every day by those that had the honor of knowing him.

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WDMGC Fall Color Tour - Road Rally Fun!

Usually, when you see a hood up and people peering underneath, it’s a sign of trouble.

At a fall color tour, it’s a sign of success.  On October 16, nearly thirty members and thirteen MGs met to enjoy a great day.  As cars rolled into the rally point, it wasn't long before hoods were lifted, and friends shared their fondness for cars and the open road.

We had a great drive through metro Detroit’s “river country”  along the back roads between 26 Mile Road and Saint Clair, Michigan.  The drive showed trees and fields yielding to the softening autumn sun. We drove past beautiful old farms and eventually found the banks of the Saint Clair River, looking over to Canada.

At the Saint Clair Inn, a parking lot was reserved for our British invasion.  The cars lined up side by side facing the historic inn.  An employee asked, “What kind of cars are those?  They are beautiful!”  I don’t know if Mick Gideon had a membership application handy, but more than one convert was made to the beauty of the products of Morris Garages that day.

We enjoyed lunch in a room offering views of the river.  Prizes were offered, being garnered by those with longest membership (twenty-five years), longest travel for the event (ninety miles), first club event, and most work on vehicle to prepare for the event (eight hours).

We had a lot of laughter, and the only lifted hoods were to admire the mechanics of our beloved little cars.

Enjoy the videos below!

Submitted by Vince Lacroix


WDMGC Meeting - September 2022

Lots and lots of good looking cars at tonight’s Windsor-Detroit MG Club meeting. — at the Brass Pointe.

Pictures submitted by John Magee

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Battle of the Brits - 2022

Thanks to rain in the morning and a forecast for a deluge later in the afternoon, it was a light turnout for the automotive side of this year's Battle of the Brits. But there was a dry window in between, so I took the MG TD over to Camp Dearborn to see what I could see. What I saw was that the cars that did show up were awfully pretty!

Story and Pictures submitted by John Magee 

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MG2022 - Peterborough Ontario

MG2022 has come and gone and it was a really fun week!

President Vicki Bade and husband Matt headed out with two others for a mini-caravan to MG2022 in Peterborough, Ontario.  The trip included the required mechanical issues, road rescues, and help from strangers!  And included a great time at the convention.  She wrote about her experience and shares it here. 

Cruise to Colorado Springs GT-47 2022

                                                                                                          - By Steve Finch

How was the trip to GT-47 in Colorado Springs? In a word –   “Epic!”

Past President Steve Finch and his wife Donna decide to take the trip from Hilton Head to GT-47 in Colorado. You can click here to read his story!

WDMGC Meeting - August 2022

Thank You ... for the wonderful turnout we had for this month's meeting at the Brass Point!! Welcome to our newest members that joined as the night began - Ken Alexander & David Brincat.   Also, nice to see Lisa Zebarah-Shears one of our new members. We met hubby Dan Urson at a previous meeting and I’m told he now has the MG bug!!! They are carrying on the family legacy. Welcome all. it was a wonderful night and perfect weather to take our cars out and about.

Pictures submitted by Vicki Bade and John Magee

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Canadian July Natter & Noggin at Parks and Rec Gastropub

Mad Dogs and Englishmen 2022

The official report from Mad Dogs and Englishmen at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners was "a great turnout" with over 350 cars.  The weather couldn’t have been better!  They even gave ballots out to the regular folk that didn’t bring a registered car. Apparently, someone looking for points brought their poodle that had been dyed purple - yikes!!!  That was certainly was an attention getter.

We our proud to pass on that we did have some of our club members among the award winners this year. Philip Wiltshire took 2nd place in the Rare Gem category - British righthand drive with his MGB GT V8. (of course, we all think it should have been 1st place, but I guess we are biased). Harry Mueller took 2nd place in the Class F MBG-C 62-72 category (another 1st place car if we ever saw one). Lee Jacobsen took 1st place in the Other British car prior to 1964 category with his lovely 1938 MG SA Tickford Drop Head Foursome. Congrats to all!!  

This is annual event for the Gilmore Car Museum n Hickory Corners.  Each year we do our best to put together a caravan to make the short trek to just past Battle Creek.  Next year, maybe you can plan to be part of the trip!

Pictures submitted by Kurt Ill 

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WDMGC Meeting - July 2022 - Brass Point

WDMGC Spring Gathering at Camp Dearborn 

Today’s Windsor-Detroit MG Club Spring gathering, a very nice turnout for a day that started cool, cloudy, and a bit drizzly. So great to see everybody, especially those of you from other clubs and those of you new to MGs!

Submitted by John Magee and Vicki Bade 

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WDMGC Fall Tour through Hines Drive 

Despite the rain Friday night and Saturday morning, Hines Drive was delightfully dry. So John Magee made the announcement to drive was on!!! This year's featured color was "green" since most of the the leaves decided to hold on for another week or two. But we still had a splendid Sunday cruise up Hines Drive and a fine cider and donut stop at Obstbaum Orchard. Come join us. (Driving photos courtesy of Monique sticking the camera up in the air and aiming it at the cars behind us, since we were in the front.)

Submitted by John Magee and Vicki Bade 

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Your 2023 WDMGC Board Members!

The beginning of another year brings the chance to elect the WDMGC Board of directors. This year the voting was, once again, on-line. The board saw changes again this year.  The biggest news is Newcomer Vince LaCrouix was elected as Treasurer!  Louise Beck stepped down as Secretary (we all thank her for her time!), and John Magee has moved into filling her shoes, and taking on the role as Newsletter Editor.  Vicki Bade continues as President, Dale Brown carries on as Vice President.   Congratulations to all who participated in the voting, and we offer our support to those elected for the upcoming year. Remember, you may contact any board member for any suggestions or comments about the WDMGC. We offer a short bio on each right here.

 Vicki Bade  Dale Brown  John Magee


Vicki Bade
Dale Brown
Vice President
 John Magee
 Vince LaCroix
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    Celebrating WDMGC Anniversaries!

    • March 2023 Anniversaries
      • 5 Years
        • Mark Arsenault and Michelle Carvalho of Belle River, ON
    • February 2023 Anniversaries
      • 20 Years
        • Graham and Linda Creswick of Chatham, ON
    • January 2023 Anniversaries
      • 15 Years
        • Lee and Karen Jacobsen of Dearborn, MI
    • December 2022 Anniversaries
      • 20 Years
        • Jim and Laurie MacArthur of Troy, MI
        • Sandy and Larry Kuivenhoven of West Bloomfield, MI
      • 15 Years
        • Gary Trepanier of Tecumseh, ON
        • Max Kenney of St. Clair Shores, MI
      • 5 Years
        • Pete and Kathy Hart of Royal Oak, MI
        • Randy and Kate Haselhuhn of St Clair Shores, MI
    Thanks for your Continued Support!

Welcome to our new WDMGC Members!

  • Kathleen Clancey and Jay Raubolt of St Clair Shores, MI
    • 1974 Red Midget
  • Brian Jansen and Erica Dougherty of Warren, MI
    • 1973 Yellow Midget
    • 1988 Red Austin Martin
    • 2008 Green Mini R52 JCW
  • Pete and Carol Anne Swetish of Rochester Hills, MI
    • 1979 Mustard Yellow Midget
  • Ken Alexander of Ecorse, MI
    • 1976 White MGB
  • David Brincat of Farmington Hills, MI
    • 1978 Red MGB
  • Florian and Rosemary Dutke of Birmingham, MI
    • 1977 Sandglow MGB
  • George and Janet Low of Newport, MI
    • 1972 BRG MGB
  • John and Megan Moore Nipper of South Lyon, MI
    • 1974.5 Citron Yellow MGB
  • Bill and Kathy Osburn of Canton, MI
  • Drake and Nancy Ambrosino of Ann Arbor, MI
    • 1974 Red MGB
    • 1976 Burgundy MGB
  • Jacquie and Joel Zabaldo King of Goodrich, MI
    • 1974 Blaze Red MGB
  • Dan Urson and Lisa Zebarah-Shears of Brownstown Twp, MI
    • 1978 Russet Brown MGB
  • David and Kelly Larson of Grosse Pointe, MI
    • 1972 BRG MGB
  • Perry and Evan Zakucia of Birmingham, MI
    • 1971 Red MGB
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