Welcome to WDMGC Year in Review - 2023!

WDMGC 2023 Kimber Run ... Cars, cruising, cake and comrades!

The annual Kimber run brought a crowd of MGs to lunch at Holt, Michigan!!!  Weather was nice compared to some previous snowy drives.  Enjoy this collection of pictures!!!

Pictures submitted by John Magee

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WDMGC Meeting - April 2023

An unbelievably warm and sunny April evening brought a big crowd of MGs to our Windsor-Detroit MG Club meeting at the Brass Pointe.

Pictures submitted by John Magee

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WDMGC and JAG - Gatherings d’Elegance 2023!

Members of WDMGC joined the Jaguar Affiliates Group of Michigan recently for a day vistit to the Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores.  The Gathering d’Elegance included a luncheon and a guided tour.  Enjoy this collection of pictures!!!

Pictures submitted by Vicki Bade and Perry Zakucia

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New Meeting Location - WDMGC US Meeting Location Suffers Fire Damage!

As you may have heard, there was a fire at the Brass Pointe Restaurant in Farmington Hills.  This has been our meeting place on the US side for years.  Fortunately, there were no reported injuries, and those dining there were quickly evacuated.

As the restaurant is closed until further notice, our US meeting on May 10th will be at Little Daddy’s at 29649 Northwestern Hwy. It is located on the SE corner of Northwestern Hwy and Inkster Road in Southfield and they can accommodate us. They have a section in the back of regular tables they will reserve. They are only open until 8:00pm also, but are reasonably priced with a varied menu.

If approaching on Northwestern Hwy, the entrance to Applegate Square is immediately after passing Inkster. If you miss it, there is a second a few yards further on. There is also an entrance on Inkster Road. The restaurant is on the NE corner of the square.

First arrivers in classic cars: Please try to park in a relatively empty part of the lot where other members can join you.

Those members who wish to dine usually begin to arrive around 6:00 pm and the meeting starts at 7:00 pm. Like our usual restaurant, Little Daddy’s is currently closing at 8:00 pm.

WDMGC President Vicki Bade will stay on the hunt, but for May’s meeting it is scheduled for Little Daddy's!  If you have any suggestions, she is open to ideas. You can email her by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can read the Hometown Life story about the fire here or the Oakland Press story here.


WDMGC and JAG Club Valve Cover Race!

WDMGC and JAG (Jaguar Affiliates Group) of Michigan headed to Lee Jacobson's "garage" for an exciting evening of Valve Cover Racing!  Enjoy this collection of pictures!!!

Pictures submitted by John Magee

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The British (and the WDMGC) Return to Fort Meigs

Several members of WDMGC crossed into Ohio for the annual British Return to Fort Meigs car show on Sunday, June 4. Congratulations to Gary Decker & Shelley MacMillan for getting the “Award of Excellence” in their class with their 1980 MGB!
Our fearless President Vicki Bale reports that she had a splendid ride down in Fran Lewis’s MGC. In addition to our club members they also saw several of our friends from the Jaguar Affiliates Group of Michigan. The weather was lovely, the cars were lovely and a good time was had by all!

Pictures submitted by Vicki Bade

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WDMGC 2023 Spring Gathering!

On Sunday, May 21, the Windsor-Detroit MG Club hosted a gathering of British cars and friends at
Camp Dearborn in Milford, Michigan. The weather was splendid — probably the best ever for the
event. The picnic lunch was even better. And the opportunity to gather in friendship after a long win-
ter was best of all!
Afterwards several members continued the fun by stopping at the monthly British Car Corral ar-
ranged by our friends with the Michigan Jaguar club at Baker’s Sunday cruise-in at Baker’s Restau-
rant in Milford. The British Car Corral happens each 3rd Sunday of the month.

Pictures submitted by John Magee

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WDMGC Meeting - June 2023

WDMGC June meeting saw rookies and veterans at Little Daddy's bringing their MGs on another nice night for driving.

Pictures submitted by Vicki Bade

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July Meeting Location/Event
WDMGC Says Thanks to Rick and Anne Astley as they move on!

As you may have heard, Rick and Anne Astley are moving.  They have been a driving force, active member, of the Windsor Detroit MG Club since 1997, and both have worn numerous hats in the club.

To say thanks for all they have done, we have reserved a room at Buca di Beppo in Livonia for our July meeting.  This will be a chance to share stories, enjoy a laugh, and wish them the best as they move closer to their kids and grandkids!

Our US meeting on July 12th will be at Buca di Beppo at 38888 Six Mile Road in Livonia. It is located on Six Mile between Haggerty and I-275. We will be having a family style dinner at $40 per person.  Click here to check out our calendar for full details.


WDMGC Meeting - July 2023

It was a great turnout for the July meeting to say farewell to Rick and Anne Astley as they head off to Wisconsin to be with their family after more than 25 years of leadership in our club. There were many warm discussions, a fair bit of speechifying, and a festive cake brought by Vince and Kelly Lacroix.

Two MGBs even braved the weather despite the flood and tornado watches!
Happy trails, Rick and Anne. We’ll see you down the road.
 

Pictures submitted by John Magee

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A lot of “Thank Yous” and “Goodbyes”

- from Rick and Anne Astley

Anne and I are now in our new home state of Wisconsin where we have bought a condo just a few minutes from our eldest son’s home in the city of Brookfield and just a little over an hour from that of our youngest son’s family who live a little north of Chicago. We’re due to move in August 25th and look forward to the comfort and security of not just living much closer to family, but without the stress and hassle of having to cross Chicago to visit one another.

Our move was not without its share of sadness, especially as we had to say goodbye to so many good friends, many of 25 years+, most of whom we were privileged to have met during our 26 years with the Windsor-Detroit MG Club. We’re now going to have to seek out a new British car club knowing that, whichever it is, it can never compare to Windsor-Detroit.

We owe a big thank you to all of you that were able to attend – in torrential rain and lightning – the July meeting at Buca di Beppo at which we couldn’t have wished for a better send-off. Our special thanks too to Vicki for organizing the event and to the forever thoughtful Vince & Kelly Lacroix for supplying the cake, chocolates and banner. When we first learned of it our reaction was one of embarrassment; convinced first that we didn’t deserve such an honor and second that just a handful of people would turn up. In the end the attendance proved to be overwhelming and very humbling. Many members, who for one reason or other could not attend, have since reached out to us to say goodbye and our thanks to you all too.

A Wisconsin reunion was with our 2 British cars. Our 1970 MGB was transferred to our son here about 8 years ago and he drove our 2004 Jaguar here a few weeks ago after finagling flying back from a business trip via Detroit. There is some consolation in moving here in that the Jaguar will cost, like every other passenger vehicle, $80 per year to tax rather than nearly $400 in Michigan where it was assessed on its value when new of some $80K. Moreover, next year, upon its 20th birthday, it will be eligible for a forever $250 Collectors Plate, the only restrictions being that the owner must have a regular vehicle registered and does not drive the collector’s vehicle in January.

Our very last thank-you and goodbye go along with our best wishes to you all. Please care for and cherish the Windsor-Detroit MG Club, it well deserves it.

Rick & Anne


Battle of the Brits - 2023

The Battle of the Brits - 2023 Version - was a splendid day with lots and lots of pretty British cars. Here are a few photos provided by WDMGC Club members Perry Zakucia and John Magee.

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Gilmore Car Museum -  British Auto Faire XXXII - Mad Dogs and Englishmen

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners held its annual British Car event -  British Auto Faire XXXII - Mad Dogs and Englishmen -  and once again, it was a delightful event. 

Seriously, this show has to be one of the largest annual gatherings of MGBs other than the national North American MGB Registry convention.

WDMGC Members took home some awards, including Perry Zakucia, First in Class for 1962-72 MGBs; Lee Jacobsen picking up First in Class for his MG SA Tickford!

Included here is a quick handful of older MGs from Mad Dogs. I didn't take many pictures of the older cars this year for a couple of reasons, but rest assured there were just as many spectacular older MGs as ever.

MG Midgets and Austin-Healey Sprites (known collectively as "Spridgets") were the featured marque at the show. They're about as close to a street-legal go-cart as you can get. Included here is a fun handful.

Mad Dogs - MGBs as far as the eyes can see!

Pictures submitted by John Magee

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Brontë Creek 2023 

Another Great Weekend!!!! Headed out for a great weekend in Canada on our way to Brontë  Creek, with a pit stop or two - a little time on the train to Toronto, a winery here and there, good food and a walk thru Niagara On The Lake before an awesome car show!

We met up with some members from the Canadian side with JP McGraw coming out the big winner! Mother Nature was kind, company was great and we had a wonderful time😊😊


Story and Pictures submitted by Vicki Bade

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Twisty Bits Fall Drive - 2023

Report by Philip Wiltshire and Phil Crutchfield from the Jaguar Associates Group of Michigan

On Sunday, October 15th twenty-five people met at the northwest corner of the Meijer parking lot in Ann Arbor. For those who arrived a bit early, there was a Starbucks and Meijer’s rest rooms just a short walk away.

We had fifteen cars on the Twisty Bits drive. Six were Jaguars and nine were non-Jaguars, including a 60s era P-1800 Volvo, MGs, Fiat, Fit and a Jeep. A good mix from the JAGM and WDMGC clubs. Two of our drivers were the President of the WDMGC (all MG) and Chairman of the Rowdies (MGA’s).

I had been watching the weather forecast and our changing fortunes for days before the event. I was very glad Sunday morning, to jump into the Jag and head from Indiana to Ann Arbor into a beautiful sunrise!

With temperatures hovering in the 50s and scattered clouds and blue skies we sat off on an approximate 100-mile figure eight drive on two lane backroads with a stop about midway at the historic Sharon Mills County Park near Manchester.

This is the third time l have run this tour, going back 15 years or so. The route has not needed to be changed over the years except there are one or two more sets of traffic lights rather than 4-way stops now.

The driving instructions included turn-by-turn tulip directions (see screen shot below for examples), text regarding the course direction, and the cumulative mileage at the change. A word about tulip instructions. The name came from the Tulip Rally, which first used them in the 1950s. They are a popular way to more completely communicate the change ahead. However, one of the references brought a few questions as our driving map author is better versed in such references than many of us were. 

The one element on the map that generated the same question from four drivers was what is a “blind brow”. The term “brow” means the crest of a hill, and the use of “blind” means that you might not see the turn until you are on top of the change. Useful information to be sure.

Meantime, everyone managed the tour in style and after about an hour we stopped at the Mill. They had nice restrooms and a large pavilion where we sat and ate our picnic lunches. It was a bit brisk, but a very enjoyable break.

During the course of the tour 2 other clubs with Porches, Triumphs and Austin Healey’s ran past us in the opposite direction. The day was very popular for imported car runs.

The return trip to Meijer went well. The roads overall were surprisingly smooth with only a short distance containing bumpy pavement.  The Twisty Bits tour lived up to its name with plenty of curves and undulations to negotiate.  MG’s being all manual transmissions had fun with plenty of shifting required. I don’t think we had any manual Jaguars on the tour.

As is typical, the group took about a half hour to dissipate after the drive as some catching up was still occurring. Everyone had a good time, even if the color change was not quite at its peak yet.

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Thanks to Philip Wiltshire and Phil Crutchfield from the Jaguar Associates Group of Michigan.
Additional pictures from John Magee.


WDMGC Canadian Natter & Noggin - July 2023

WDMGC Canadian Natter & Noggin - June 2023

24th Annual Alden Classic Sports Car Show 

Despite a little rain to start the day, there was  a great turnout and everyone had a wonderful time at the 24th Annual Alden Classic Sports Car Show. A lot of spectacular cars and a friendly bunch of people.

WDMGC members picked up some awards, including:

Ken Klemmer - "British Car of Distinction" for his 1930 8/33 Midget M-Type.
Lee Jacobsen - "Best in Show" for his 1939 MG TA Tickford Drophead
Lee Jacobsen - Valve-Cover Racing runner-up

Pictures submitted by John Magee

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Matt & Vicki’s Grand Rapids Road Trip

  • Date: Sunday September 24th
  • Time: Meet at lot at 8:30am to leave by 8:45am
  • Destinations:
    • The Frank Lloyd Wright House - Grand Rapids
    • The Downtown Market

This trip is limited to the FIRST 18 folks who RSVP to Matt’s email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at 586-291-8043

We are planning a road trip that will start out at the Target parking lot at the NW corner of M-59 and Old US 23, then take 2 lane roads to the Meyer May (Frank Lloyd Wright) house in downtown Grand Rapids for a tour of the house beginning at noon. 

We will have the house to ourselves for the tour and after a 30 minute movie on the history of the house they will take us in 2 groups of 10 people each on the tour. 

At 1:30pm, we will drive about 5-6 blocks west to the downtown market for lunch-they have multiple restaurants in the market, so you will have plenty of places to choose from and there are a number of small markets to choose from for shopping. 

When everyone is ready to head back home, we will go back the way we came or you can get on eastbound I-96 and take the faster route, if you prefer.

For printed details, click here for a flyer.


Matt & Vicki’s Grand Rapids Road Trip

What a day!!! Mother Nature could not have been in a better mood as we headed out for our drive to Grand Rapids! Picked up another MG on Grand River and our caravan of 5 headed out on a wonderful drive of truly lovely roads-unfortunately the “B” is having some electrical issues and after driving over 600 miles last weekend needed a break, so we headed the caravan with my Fiat (the Fiata as Matt calls it) 😂
The trip was great and we ended up in town for the house tour.  First off, we watched a really interesting video on the history of the house and the incredible work done for the 2 years it took to restore it. We then went on a great tour of this fabulous house with amazing architecture!
We wrapped up the day by heading to the Grand Rapids Market and we tried out the various food vendors - everything was delicious!!😋
What a great place and wonderful way to wrap up the day before we all headed home.
Thank you to those that were able to join us; sorry to those unable to make the trip as it was such a beautiful day and a great drive (we missed you).
Thanks to Matt for organizing everything!  He has wanted to do this trip for years and it finally worked out. Even though, as he said the destinations weren’t really car related, sometimes it’s just nice to take a pleasant drive in the cars we love and do something different 

Story and Pictures submitted by Vicki Bade

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New Meeting Location - WDMGC US Meeting move to "G George's Coney Island"!

We have to move again!  Little Daddy's went out of business, alas. We have a new location for Wednesday's meeting: G. George's Restaurant in West Bloomfield.

October 11, 2023
Dinner at 6 pm, Meeting at 7 pm
G. George's Restaurant
33080 Northwestern Hwy, 
West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322
 
Please be aware, there are several *L* George's restaurants in the area. If you go to one of them you will get a nice meal. But we'll miss you.  Stick with the "G" as in MG!
 

Those members who wish to dine usually begin to arrive around 6:00 pm and the meeting starts at 7:00 pm. Like our usual restaurant, Little Daddy’s is currently closing at 8:00 pm.


Jim Trofin catches us up  and shares some tiny MGs!

Submitted by Jim Trofin, founding member of the WDMGC

Greetings to all……and I mean ALL the members of THE WINDSOR DETROIT MG CLUB!

It’s been a few years since the club formed. Dave Hornby, Mark Deacon, Ron Harmon and I never knew it would grow to have 179 members according to your 2023 Membership count. From the four of us passing out membership flyers onto every MG we saw on the road to today’s computer technology. The events and club membership assistance is, and always was a great help. I know. When I asked for assistance to return my 1975 rubber bumper “B” from the Stromberg carb back to the older and better Dual SU carbs. A new exhaust manifold was installed as well as a few other touch ups. I was a novice in auto mechanics but with the help of so many club members, when we started her up……she worked! I drove to Vancouver B.C., down to Seattle Washington then back again to Windsor. I just burned out one clutch. But did I have a good time. A roll of duct tape, some stove pipe wire and lots of bubble gum saved me many-a-time from then on.

Before the 75 “B”, I had a 64 “B”. Unfortunately, I had to give it up when little ones started to appear. With the passing of years, I was able to purchase my 75 “B”. Kids were all grown up and my new wife was ready to experience driving with the top down. (Not that way guys.)

As I’ve grown older, I realize the MG has been a part of my life, much like the ladies in my life. Sometimes I find it difficult to know which I love best. They all share an equal spot in my heart.

Today I am making models of my “B’s”. These little stubby fingers can still install the steering wheels, the light covers, and all the fine detail items. Tedious but rewarding when completed. At least I have both of my “B’s” back home.

To all the members of the club, keep the “MG” going.

-Jim Trofin


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Toy Collection and Food Drive WDMGC December Meeting 

Looking Forward to Another Meeting Filled With Generosity!!

At our December meeting for the last couple of years,  instead of the usual gift exchange, we collected for items for the Toys for Tots organization, and non-perishable goods for the C.A.R.E.S., a local charity that helps food-insecure families.  The generosity of our members always far exceeds expectations, so this year we are going to repeat it.

For the December meeting scheduled for December 13, please bring for Toys for Tots an unwrapped toy suitable for a child 1 to 16 years old, and/or Non perishable food goods for C.A.R.E.S. - Community. Action. Resources. Empowerment. Services, located in Farmington Hills.

All items collected will be given to the appropriate organization well in time for the holidays.

We know that members will have their own favorite charities and demands on them at this time of year, so please be assured you are welcome at the meeting whether or not you choose to take part in this drive.

A great big “Thank you” to the members of the Windsor-Detroit MG Club for your big heartedness in the past and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our most fun meeting of the year.


WDMGC Meeting - December 2023

A good time was had by all at our 2023 holiday party and December monthly meeting at G.
George’s in West Bloomfield.

Once again this year we collected a literal truckload of toys and food for the Toys for Tots gift collection and the C.A.R.E.S. food drive. Thank you to Russ and Marlis LaFevre for providing the truck and for hauling everybody’s generous donations to their destinations.

The celebration gained tasty treats thanks to Dave Larson’s MGB cookie wizardry. What’s better than owning an MG? Nothing, frankly. But an MGB that you can eat comes close!

Aside from the usual monthly reports, the meeting also included an update on our 2024 Board of Directors election, which will begin this month and once again use online voting. Although most of our officers are willing to serve another year, Treasurer Vince Lacroix has moved to northern Michigan. So we’re looking for a new treasurer. It’s a pretty easy gig - we don’t have much money -  so if you’d like to help keep our club afloat, please contact Vicki Bade for details.

Thank you, everybody, for you contributions of food and toys. And thank you all for another warm year of MG camaraderie and community. Here’s looking forward to more fun with little British cars in 2024!

Story by John Magee
Photos by Mary Weakley and John Magee

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In Memoriam Donna Finch

We were very saddened to learn the news that our friend and fellow member Donna Finch lost her 6-year battle with cancer on November 30th.

Donna and husband Steve joined the club in April 2006 and soon became a very positive force within it. Donna, using her skills as a CPA, served as our Treasurer from 2008 through 2010 and as our US Regalia Coordinator from 2010 through 2013. At the same time she supported husband Steve through his many club offices including Newsletter Editor, Webmaster, Events Coordinator and finally as President. Their extraordinary service to the club was recognized in 2019 when they were awarded Lifetime Membership.

Donna was born in Japan 69 years ago, her father, who was serving in the US Army, having met her Japanese mother there when she was working in a PX. The family later moved to the US where her father continued his service. Looking back on those years, Donna described herself as an “army brat”, having to move schools some 14 times across several states, but spending most of her childhood in New Jersey. She and Steve met at a college dance 50 years ago and they married 3-years later.

In 2016 they decided to sell their house in White Lake and follow their dream of retiring to the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina. There they could both follow their passion for golf and be able to drive top-down year-round in their ’58 MGA and in their ’74 MGB-GT should  the weather be less clement. Sadly, it was just after they had committed to sell their Michigan home that Donna’s cancer was diagnosed. Although her many and various treatments limited her ability to realize her golfing aspirations, she was nonetheless a true stoic and completed several very long trips with Steve in their MGs.

Donna’s ashes will be returned to her country of birth, as were her mother’s.


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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