The MG Vintage Racers Newsletter is celebrating its 35th anniversary this December 2016. It has been around longer than many vintage racing organizations!
The newsletter was founded in December 1981 by MGTD racer Greg Prehodka, with 40 MG vintage racers, as a way for them to stay in touch with each other and to share information. Today its ranks include over 250 MG racers in North America. It is a grassroots newsletter, sans advertising, just for MG racers. It was awarded Moss Motors “Journalism Award” in 1995. In July of this year, MGVR celebrated its 35th anniversary at the Waterford Hills Historic Races in Michigan, where MGVR also celebrated its 20th anniversary “Focus Event”.
Besides keeping the MG racers in touch with each other, it also helps to promote “All MG races” with various racing organizations and events. MGVR supports such regular MG races as the Collier Cup at Watkins Glen with SVRA and the Simms Cup at Mosport with VARAC. Since 1996 they have selected one vintage racing event every year as their “Focus Event”. For it, they encourage all MG racers to attend while working with the race organization to include all MG races that weekend. At their Focus Events they have their own special MG awards and socials, including their “MG Spirit Award” and the “Bill Parish Memorial Award”. With their support, record-breaking MG fields have shown up at many racing events over the years, including the record-breaking 143 MGs at Watkins Glen in 2004 for SVRA’s 50th-anniversary celebration of the “Collier Brothers Memorial Trophy” race. In 2006 they worked with the Hallett, Oklahoma race track to have an “All MG” race weekend, to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Following Greg Prehodka as its editor was Mark Palmer in 1995 and then Chris Meyers in 2006 – its current editor.
MGVR is a non-profit newsletter, staffed by dedicated volunteers. For more information on them, go to their web site at: MGVR.org. For 2017 their “Focus Event” will be the VRG Historic Races at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ in September.