• Lauren Mitchell

A 10-year trip around the world continues for MG car enthusiasts as they arrive in Vaudreuil-Dorion


PHOTO BY LAUREN MITCHELL

One of a fleet of five British MG cars sit in the Château Vaudreuil parking lot as part of a group of Australian MG drivers touring the world, as they made a stop in the region last June 22.

A group of five Australian MG (Morris Garages) car enthusiasts decided in 2005 to start a decade-long journey that would have them driving through over 18 countries starting from their hometown in Australia. The trip that ended in 2015 to attend a special All-British Field Meet totaled up to a 31,000-mile journey which ended in Vancouver. Now, in 2016, they’ve resumed their trip heading towards St. John's in Newfoundland and making a stop in our region last week.

“The Australian MG drivers started their world tour initially as a vacation in Europe and someone in their group suggested that they do the trip in their MGs instead of a tour bus,” explained Bill Smyth, a member of the Pincourt MG car club.

“I guess they enjoyed the experience so much that they planned other tours through Africa, China, and other parts of Europe. Then in 2015, they tackled the Americas from southernmost Chile through to Alaska, and MG car clubs along the entire route provided logistical, moral, and sometimes repair support for the group. In 2016, they tackled Canada from west to east zigzagging through the United States before returning to Canada at Niagara Falls and then onto Ottawa and Montreal.”

The Montreal MG Car Club and the Ottawa MG Car Club all came together to meet the group from ‘Oz’ at Le Château Vaudreuil for lunch, where all five MGs, heavily decaled and decorated from their journey, sat in the parking lot on a rainy and cloudy day. Afterwards, they had plans to parade down to Le Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and then take a tour of Old Montreal.

“They particularly enjoyed their first trip to the Montreal area with the casual and upbeat tempo of Old Montreal and the downtown night life,” said Smyth.

“They departed for Quebec City with the goal of being in St. John's for Canada Day. It is difficult to imagine this group sitting still for any period of time, however, they did not reveal details regarding any future MG excursions.”

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