Following the launch of the ZR, ZS & ZT by the newly formed MG Rover Group in June 2001, the MG Car Club soon afterwards issued an appeal for new owners to register their cars with the club with the intention of forming the ZR/ZS/ZT Register. This was formerly announced in the October 2001 issue of Safety Fast! During a council meeting soon after wards a motion was passed bringing the new Register into being.

After several initial meetings attended by interested members, a committee was assembled in early 2002 chaired by Mike Yeadon, with Tony Goodwin as secretary and Kelvin Fagan as Safety Fast! Scribe. It was agreed at the second meeting that some events or at least something to get the Register moving was required. A couple of internet forums had already started up and there was talk of setting up a meet after the Easter Bank Holiday in 2002. The MGCC Anglian Centre very kindly donated £250 towards making this event become a reality. Chris Stewart agreed to take on this role and to design the signage for the first event. In March 2003 John Doubtfire had agreed to take on the role of treasurer for the register.

Attention now turned to the Register logo. Several ideas were drawn up by Ray Kemble and Andy Tasker. Ray had been looking for some identifiable feature of the cars to utilise for the register’s new logo, the final idea was to use the bezel round the badge on the steering wheel boss, with notches that lined up with the corners of the MG logo featuring a large “Z” in the middle in the X-Power colours of green and grey. After some further tweaking the final badge was born. This was shown to Kimber House to ensure that it complied with any agreements we had with MG Rover regarding the use of the MG octagon.

Over the years the register has built momentum as the Zed cars became more and more popular
The MG Car & Spares Day, held on 22nd February 2009, is well known by many, but was new territory for the Zed Register. On the day our display of cars was eye-catching and punchy. Our newly produced range of regalia and eye-catching clothing also made their debut at this event.

Events we have attended regularly include, Stoneleigh, Classic Motor Show at the NEC, MG Saloon Day which we now jointly organise with the MG’M’ Group.

Our notable achievements over the last 20 years include:

-In 2010 we were awarded the Nuffield Gold Cup at a presentation at MG Live!
-In 2011 we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the launch of our cars and organised our own event ‘Zed Ten’ during July at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford
-In 2016 we celebrated the 15th anniversary of the launch of our cars, this time the event was hosted at the British motor museum, Gaydon

And finally, not forgetting this year’s 20th anniversary celebrations at Triumph & MG weekend, Three counties showground at Malvern.
The register and the cars we represent continue to be extremely popular 20 years after their launch and long may this continue !

John Thompson,
July 2021