Welcome to the rebuilt MOC website. The Messerschmitt Owners’ Club has an unbroken history stretching back to 1956 in the days when our members were able to buy new Messerschmitts and use them as daily transport. Formed largely for social purposes around regular meets and a magazine the club’s ethos gradually changed after the cars went out of production in 1964 and spare parts supply started to become a problem.
In 2005 the MOC became a limited company. MOC Ltd is a company whose liabilities are limited by guarantee. The club currently has five directors, but there is no limit on this number. The club has to hold an Annual General Meeting at which all full members will be able to vote on who the directors are to be in future.
The 2014 Rally is a 4-day event based at Wicksteed Park, Barton Road, Kettering, NN15 6NJ on 17th, 18th, 19th & 20th July 2014. This 147 acre (59 Ha) site hosted the MOC rally for no less than 22 consecutive years from 1959 to 1981 when the rally was moved to another site in the town that had camping facilities. Our final rally in Kettering was in 1988 ending our 29 year relationship with the town. Initially supported in 1959 by the U.K importer Cabin Scooter Assemblies, the event hosted Messerschmitt fans from all over the world and especially Germany. Although some of the site features are still recognisable, the original cycle track where the MOC rallies were held is now a funfair arena and is just 250m from our rally field.
All facilities including camping, the social evenings, and dinner on Saturday 19th will be within the grounds of Wicksteed park see http://www.wicksteedpark.co.uk/.
This year's rally programme features scenic guided drives on pleasant country roads to three major places of interest - come along with us!
Temporary Suspension of the sale of Critical Parts
For some years we have arranged the Club’s (Messerschmitt Owners’ Club Ltd.) insurance at competitive rates through a scheme set up for UK car clubs by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC). Shortly before this year’s insurance renewal, we were advised by the FBHVC’s broker that the insurer was unable to continue providing product liability cover for Critical Parts (defined by the insurer as suspension, brake, transmission and steering parts) for any of the clubs insured under the scheme. This cover provided protection to the Club against claims for damages arising from the failure of Critical Parts supplied to members in any part of the world.
The insurance broker working on behalf of the FBHVC is seeking to obtain Critical Parts cover from another source, though initial indications are that this may not be available, at any price, for parts supplied to the USA and Canada. In the meantime, we have renewed the core insurance, which includes global product liability cover for non-critical parts and are actively pursuing other options that will enable the supply of Critical Parts to members in all countries.
The Directors of the Club have considered continuing to supply Critical Parts to members without product liability insurance. However, in the event of a claim against the Club arising from the supply of a Critical Part the Club’s entire assets would be put at risk. The limited company status of the Club should be effective in protecting members’ personal assets in the event of a successful claim for damages against the Club. However, if the assets of the Club were insufficient to meet such a claim there remains some risk that the Director’s personal assets could be at risk. As volunteers, the Directors provide their services without any financial reward, and whilst we all perform our responsibilities to the best of our ability, to find ourselves in the situation of our personal assets potentially being put at risk is not acceptable.