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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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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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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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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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

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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