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The Full Works
Mike Authers is known for his business, Mike Authers Classics, specialising in MG Midgets and other BMC-derived classics. A good friend and part of his team, Geoff Clark, used to be employed in the BMC Development Department in Abingdon and lived nea
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Postbag
Here is a recipe for getting the MG of your dreams. First locate a pile of rust, find a quart of money and stir with many willing hands. The step-by-step instructions go something like this: Some 40 years ago, we found a 1949 supercharged MG TC and d
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Rare And Wonderful
I am imagining you now, dear reader, clad in a Christmas jumper with a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine to hand. I think we all deserve a treat after what has been a most unusual year. Our festive gift to you is this chance to read about some fan
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SAIC Sales Continue To Climb
In November, SAIC released annual sales for the year to October 2020 which, whilst dented by the COVID-19 pandemic, showed further growth overall. The grand total for the year to October 2020 was 4,209,947 passenger vehicles, which was down 15% on th
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Mgcc South Eastern Autumn Meeting
The MGCC South Eastern Centre held its Autumn Meeting on 13 September 2020, convening at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, with optional Touring Assemblies starting either at Denbies Wine Estate, near Dorking in Surrey, or Polhill Garden Centre just nor
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Mg Motor UK Reports Continued Growth
October 2020 saw MG Motor UK announce its 36th consecutive month of market share growth, which is up by 1.34%, compared to the 0.58% increase in October 2019, with 43% of the 1,892 new MG cars sold being fully electric or plug-in hybrid models. Danie
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Historic Spring Festival
The weekend of Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November saw the rescheduled HSRCA Spring Festival being held at Wakefield Park, 200km south west of Sydney, Australia. Bad weather included rolling thunderstorms and strong winds throughout the weekend
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MG Returns To Ireland With Electrified Range
The Frank Keane Group, which has been involved in the sale of multiple automotive brands in Ireland for over 50 years, will be managing MG’s return to the Irish car market. Ireland will see the MG’s current EV range and the same seven-year warranty o
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MG And George Harriman… The Happy Marriage
Yes, of course, we all know about John Thornley, Sir Leonard Lord and the growth of MG under BMC control in the 1950s but where, and how, did we first get to know about George Harriman? How much do we all know, in fact, about the urbane and cultured
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Hola! Mg México
One of the recent arrivals on the international MG scene is MG Motor México (www.mgmotor.com.mx) run by Grup Galeria of Monterrey. Currently with six MG distributors across the country, there are aims to have 17 dealers in 11 Mexican states soon. The
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Q&A
Q I am looking to change the coolant in my Midget and I thought it was a good opportunity to renew the thermostat as well but which one is best? Additionally, how do I tell what the stat setting is and is the drilling of the stat I have read about on
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Mg Midget At 60
On 25-27 June 2021 the Midget and Sprite Club is holding a weekend of celebrations to commemorate 60 years since the first MG Midget rolled off the Abingdon production line. The event will be based at the Mere Golf Resort and Spa, near Knutsford, and
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Resistance Is Futile
OWNED BY: Aaron McKay OWNED SINCE: November 2019 MILEAGE: 94,000 I was nearly at the point where I could actually go out for a proper drive of my MGF. As you may have read in the September 2019 MGE, it’s had fresh Hydragas spheres, a new windscreen,
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Saic Design Competition - 2020 European Finals
In November, the penultimate judging stage of 2020’s round of the annual SAIC Design competition took place. The pandemic certainly had an impact, especially on the European round of the competition. Perhaps unsurprisingly, travel considerations mean
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Engine Checks
OWNED BY: Roger Parker OWNED SINCE: August 2019 MILEAGE: A doubtful 4,827 Last issue I mentioned the problems we’d had with the MGA’s clutch and, whilst the engine was out of the MGA, we managed to carry out additional work, taking advantage of the f
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New Mg5 Saloon For Australia?
The new MG5 saloon recently launched in China, and covered in recent issues of MGE, is being considered for right-hand-drive assembly at SAIC’s joint-venture factory in Thailand. This brings the intriguing prospect of exporting such models to other R
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Drive It Day
The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Club’s Drive it Day 2021 will be run in support of the NSPCC’s vital Childline service. Next year’s event is scheduled to take place on 25 April. For the many clubs which already raise money for charity thro
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Automobilla
Many children today still love Christmas time but they may never quite feel the thrill of anticipation experienced by previous generations when toys were in short supply and if you wanted a new toy you’d be told to be patient and “wait until Santa co
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Mg And Triumph Spares Day 2021
Live Promotions has announced a move to a new venue of Telford International Centre for this season-opening event on Sunday 7 February 2021. Although the popular annual show has previously been held at Stoneleigh Park, the organisers claim that the n
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Third Time Lucky
Back in 1983, the Metro was beating the likes of the Ford Fiesta in UK supermini sales. It proved to be the model’s best year for production, with 180,763 of them leaving the Longbridge production plant, and it was Britain’s best-selling car during F
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Atonement
The MkIII (ADO9) and MkIV (ADO38) Magnettes were not exactly to stalwart MG fans’ tastes when launched in 1959. Even with in-vogue continental styling, courtesy of Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, the mechanical specification and awkward handling did not app
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A Measurement In Time
Q: When was the 3½” crankshaft stroke dimension first used on an Austin engine? A: 3½” was first used on the original Austin Ten of 1932. Top marks to readers who got that correct. What is more astonishing is the fact that the last Austin/BMC/British
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Small Wonder
There is little doubt that the history books will categorise 2020 as an annus horribilis. One consequence of all this turmoil for me was a summer spent in New England, rather than at home in Southern California. In a stroke of fortune, Wayne Carini f
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