Chairman’s Award

The Chairman’s Award                                                

Richard Skidmore (Former President, Ontario MG T Register)

1949 MG TC

One of our club’s oldest and most coveted awards is the Chairman’s Award which was first presented in 1971. This award is presented to the T-type car that accumulates the greatest odometer mileage during the period from one Spring GOOF to the following Spring GOOF. This is also limited to Ontario based cars due to our limited driving season.

Of course, the first question is “Why is it called the “Chairman’s Award” since our executive is headed by a president? Well back in 1971 our chief executive was called Chairman. Simple as that! The trophy was personally made by Sam Weller, a co-founder of our club. Sam designed and made the trophy as you see it today and you might suspect that the engine parts used were all MG. Sorry to disillusion you – the piston is a from lawnmower, make unknown, and the valves and gear are from a Volkswagon …. but don’t tell anyone. A bit of historical MG lore was added when Henry Stone of Abington visited our club in the mid 1980’s. He presented the club with the octagonal brass plate now affixed to the right front corner. This plate was an inventory plaque from one of the machines in the Abington factory that produced our T-cars, over the years. I doubt that very many clubs have a piece of MG history of this nature.

The Chairman’s Award has been presented every year without fail since 1971. Some years it was hotly contested with two or more drivers attempting to accumulate the winning miles and engaging in good natured ribbing as the miles rolled on. In 1996 Bob Grunau and Andrew Patenall drove to the limits to decide the winner. Andrew Patenall drove the TB to Vancouver, approximately 6000 miles, to be declared the winner by 2,659 miles but both Bob and Andrew drove over 10,000 miles. The TB was also the oldest car to receive the Chairman’s Award.

In other years the winner was someone who wasn’t competing for the award but accumulated the most miles just from the enjoyment of driving their MG.

As at 2006, the winning mileage has ranged from 957 miles in 2009 to 17,860 miles by Jay Moszynski in 1982. The average winning mileage is 5,750 over the years. In 2011 the total mileage exceeded 230,000 miles!

Winning cars have been: TB – 1, TC 8, TD – 21, TF – 9, and Arnolt – 1.

Following is a listing of all the past winners and the mileage achieved and our congratulations to you all:

 

 

YEAR
CAR
DRIVER
MILEAGE
1971-1972
TD
Myrna Knight
3,612
1972-1973
TD
Paul Wilson 4,139
1973-1974
TF
Ted Knight
7,183
1974-1975
TF
Ted Knight
8,066
1975-1976
TD
Bud Muzatti
6,889
1976-1977
TC
Bob Grunau
13,156
1977-1978
TD
Marilyn Whatley
8,951
1978-1979
TD
Carolyn Grunau
13,952
1979-1980
TD
Marilyn Whatley
11,157
1980-1981
TD
Bill Hurst
13,206
1981-1982
TD
Bill Hurst
4,881
1982-1983
TD
Jay Moszynski
17,860
1983-1984
TF
John Summerfield
10,807
1984-1985
TF
John Summerfield
9,046
1985-1986
TF
John Summerfield
10,434
1986-1987
ARNOLT
Jack Wylie
8,881
1987-1988
TD
Jay Moszynski
13,845
1988-1989
TF
John Summerfield
5,003
1989-1990
TD
Gord Whatley
13,583
1990-1991
TD
Gord Whatley
3,716
1991-1992
TD
Walter Bumby
4,138
1992-1993
TC
Ron Watson
5,350
1993-1994
TD
Tim Bayley
6,288
1994-1995
TD
Bob Grunau
7,136
1995-1996
TD
Richard Skidmore
4,648
1996-1997
TF
Don Bauman
4,972
1997-1998
TB
Andrew Patenall
12,663
1998-1999
TD
Bob Grunau
4,176
1999-2000
TF
Byron Warwick
2,406
2000-2001
TD
Wally Stubgen
9,575
2001-2002
TD
Ted Jackson
4,897
2002-2003
TC
Bob  Grunau
9,383
2003-2004
TC
Brian Hingston
3,421
2004-2005
TF
Byron Warwick
4,869
2005-2006
TC
Bob Dobrenski
8,277
2006-2007 TC Bob Dobrenski 2,670
2007-2008 TC Bob Dobrenski 4,034
2008-2009 TD Ted Jackson 957
2009-2010 TC Bob Grunau 1386
2010-2011 TD Wally Stubgen 2609

2011-2012                 TD                            Gordon Lawson                                 5314

2012-2013                 TC                                 Bob Grunau                                  2662

2013-2014                 TC                               Bob Dobrenski                                7056

2014-2015                 TF                               Byron Warwick                                4356

2015-2016                 TF                               Byron Warwick

2016-2016                TF                              Byron Warwick