MG Wartime Activities
This is the first major reprint of the MG War Time Activities book and is now produced in glossy artwork paper complete with additional pictures and information. The book was originally produced after the War and given to some members of the work force as a memento of the great work they had done during the dark years of the Second World War. Originally the author was unknown, but due to a chance phone call from Peter Watson to the Club offering to donate some MG memorabilia, it was discovered that his Grandfather, George Propert, General Manager of MG during some of the war years, was in fact the author of the original book. This has now been credited to him and the reprint is now produced with the full permission of Peter.
For those who have not already read a copy of the photocopied reproduction, the book covers each year at the factory during the war. They had to deal with some insurmountable problems which the diligence of the workers and the initiative of management saw them through. An example of this was the building of the Albemarle fuselage (the main fuselage of a relatively unknown medium bomber). The time taken in testing all the circuitry took days, but due to the initiative of two radio technicians working at the factory, a test rig was built which not only cut the time to test the system, but did it far more accurately. This is just one example of how difficulties were overcome.
MG Made in Abingdon
Here, from the memories of many men and women, is an intimate account of what it was like to work in MG’s Abingdon factory.
From tea trolley to production line and from apprentice to manager, this book includes memorable events, romance, tragedy, humour, motorsport, and the lead up to factory closure.
MG was a home-grown concept that became an international success, bringing the small market town of Abingdon onto the global map. MG – Made in Abingdon recounts the inside story of the famous factory, recognising that the most important aspect of MG’s success was its team – the tea-boys and girls, the shop floor workers, the engineers and racers, the apprentices and management. From memories of the production line to recollections of racing incidents, the untold story of MG from the men and women who worked in the Abingdon factory is revealed for the first time in a book that is both nostalgic and historically important.
Rule Britannia: When British Sports Cars saved the nation
At the end of the Second World War, Britain emerged on the brink of financial disaster. After the success of being one of the nations that defeated Hitler, it found itself relying of foreign assistance to survive. A call went out from the new Labour government “Export or Die”. This was taken up by general industry, but more so from the automotive manufacturers who responded by producing some of the best sports cars the world had seen, where demand outstripped supply. MG played its part, together with other well-known marques; A.C. Aston Martin, Austin Healey, Jaguar, Mini Morgan and Triumph.
This is truly a great book. It’s brilliantly written and the photography by Michael Furman is outstanding, a must-read for those interested in motoring history.
MGB Workshop Manual 50th Anniversary Colour Edition
Written from hands-on experience gained from the complete strip-down and rebuild of an MGB in our project workshop, this manual can help you understand, care for and repair your MGB. We do it ourselves to help you do-it-yourself, and whatever your mechanical ability, practical step-by-step explanations, linked to over 900 photos, will help you get the job done right. Regular servicing and maintenance of your MGB can help its resale value, save you money and make it safer to drive.
MG’s Abingdon factory
Those were the days…MG’s Abingdon factory. The 160, many never seen before, pictures in this book chronicle every aspect of the factory from its opening amidst great euphoria in 1930 to its closing amidst great recriminations in 1980
Brian Moylan started working for MG in 1950 as a mechanic in the service/repair shop. In 1955 he was drafted in to the Racing Department. which was the centre for all BMC competition work. During his time there he was fortunate enough to work on several rally winning Minis including the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally winner. Just before the factory closed in 1980 Bryan was offered the position of manager of a small satellite Morris Garages outlet. Bryan has always been involved in the MG Car Club, serving on the committee of the local Centre in various capacities
The MG T-Series
The book covers the technical developments such as the introduction of synchromesh gearing and hydraulic brakes as well as new engines. Due to the post-war popularity of the cars in the US after American Gls shipped examples back from Britain, modifications were made for US editions. Soon celebrities such as Clark Gable were driving them. In this readable and informative book, the author follows the development of the various MG T-Series models, incl. the prewar Midgets and the MG TC, TD and TF
Call it MGA
A comprehensive following of 50 years of the history and character of the model from pre-production concepts and prototypes through modern day activities. This includes many stories of special cars and special people and the way the cars have been used (and abused) over the decades. At times the cars were near orphans with low value, so it is a wonder how so many MGAs have survived, and are still with us today. The book pays tribute to the unique character of this particular model and the reasons why people find them so endearing. It covers variants and modified cars, the motorsport efforts of works cars and privateers, a myriad of speed records and competition titles, and distribution of the cars around the world.
V8 Buyers Guide
One of the most successful features in the MG Car Club’s monthly magazine Safety Fast! over the last few years has been the “So you want to buy an MG?” series of buyers’ guides. Those guides have been both comprehensive and authoritative as they have been well researched and prepared by Club members who clearly know their individual models very well. This book contains the guides to the MGBGTV8 and the MG RV8 models together with a five part guide to buying a classic MG and useful checklists and other materials.
In this revealing book, Paul Batho covers the development of the Magnette, going back to the original MG philosophy and examining the advantages, constraints and compromises under the new ownership of BMC, including badge engineering. The book details the model developments over the years – including the Magnette ZB and the Magnette Six – and how it managed to encompass speed, comfort, handling, style and practicality for ordinary owners, foreshadowing the sporting family cars of the future. The author also covers owning and restoring a Magnette in the post-production era, bodywork and mechanical restoration as well as how to cope with typical faults and failings. He includes modifications and upgrades to the engine, gearbox and other parts of the car. The book also describes the factory’s experimental six-cylinder and coupé Magnettes and some modern Magnette specials including V8 conversions and the unique convertible
MMM Yearbook 2018
The Triple-M Register of the M.G. Car Club is home to the ohc-engined M.G. cars – Midgets, Magnas and Magnettes – built in the marque’s halcyon years of 1929 to 1936.
The Register’s eagerly awaited 2018 Yearbook, published in May 2018, continues the tradition of providing readers with historic, technical and other information which will appeal not only to the owners of these splendid cars, but also to the wider vintage motoring fraternity and M.G. enthusiasts generally.
Classic Engines, Modern Fuel
Classic Engines, Modern Fuel brings together a collection of popular articles previously published by the author in assorted car magazines. Based on in-depth research carried out at Manchester University, the articles investigate how classic engines respond to modern petrol/gasoline, and the results are presented here in a way that any enthusiast can understand. Paul Ireland’s years of experience and no-nonsense scientific approach will help you get the best from your classic car.
MGA The Revolutionary MG
The MGA truly marked a revolution in MG sports car design, with its appearance quite unlike any previous production car from the celebrated British marque. Entering production in the summer of 1955, it broke with the time-honoured tradition of narrow-gutted, flat-sides, upright styling, with the distinctive large grille, exposed headlamps, separate wings and sharply cut-off tail that had serviced the majority of MG sports cars for well over thirty years. Many die-hard MG enthusiasts of the time were understandably outraged, but the decision to break with tradition proved to be a good one: over 100,000 cars were produced over the model’s seven-year lifetime.
This book from celebrated author David Knowles covers:
- The circumstances that led to the momentous decision to make such a fundamental design change
- The production, publicity and evolution of each and every MGA variant from launch in 1955 to the end of production in 1962, with specification tables for each model
- The largely untold story of overseas assembly in Australia, Ireland, Mexico and South Africa
- Profiles of the people who had crucial roles in the development of the MGA, with input from many of the individuals and their families
- Comprehensive coverage of racing and rallying in Europe, including the MGA entries at Sebring Twelve Hour race and where many of the cars ended up
Everyday Modifications For Your MGB, GT and GTV8
MG expert Roger Parker gives his advice on maintaining and modifying MGB, GT and GTV8 cars, with some additional reference to the MGC and MG RV8 models.
With safety information throughout, the book covers: regulations, insurance and market value for all models; routine maintenance; body and interior changes; brakes, suspension and steering; engine improvements for the original 1798cc B-series engine and other engine alternatives and finally, installing and updating electrical equipment and lighting.
The MGC GTS Lightweights
The development of the production road car: its conception and compromised design
• In-depth technical analysis of the development of the MGC GTS
• Production process for the special aluminium panels and body construction fully explained
• Comprehensive coverage of all the major/minor mechanical components and electrical systems
• Rare insight into the conception of the flared arches and GTS testing
• In-depth competition history of the cars, race reports and race results
• The re-discovery of these last and much loved MG competition cars
• Rare unseen pictures of the MGC GTS in competition and during restoration
• The SCCA Huffaker MGC Roadster sanctioned by USA BMC importer Kjell Qvale
• The MGC GTS of Alan Zafer, John Chatham and Bill Gardner
MG by Jonathan Wood
Britain’s most popular sporting marque, MG has emerged as one of a handful of British motoring names to survive into the 21st century. From the quintessential open two-seater MG Midget, through the booming post-war years and the emergence of MG as a provider of sports cars for the world, Jonathan Wood provides an in-depth analysis of the rise and fall of a motoring legend. Examining the various models in detail, the author covers the financial and corporate traumas which afflicted the company, its brief resurgence in 1995 with the release of the MGF and the final sad chapter which saw a British icon sold off to foreign investors. As production begins again at the Longbridge factory after a three-year hiatus, this is an informative and at times touching glimpse into the history of one of the world’s most recognisable sports cars.
MGB The Complete Story
The MGB was the most successful British sports car of all time, selling more than half a million examples over a production life of eighteen years. It has always represented fun driving at realistic prices, and remains well within reach of the average motorist today. The complete story of the B is set firmly in the context of the MG company’s eventful history, and there are new insights into the personalities and politics behind the development of Britain’s most popular sports car. Contains numerous specially-commissioned photographs, technical analyses, driving impressions and practical information on buying and owning a MGB.
The MGB Story by Don Hayter
This is the inside story of the MG Design office, from 1956 until its closure in 1980. Explaining how the various models were drawn, planned, and developed by the small team of engineers, it also shows how the input and control changed from Morris, Wolseley, Riley Group, Austin-Morris, and Austin Rover. The effects of the Triumph-Austin merger are detailed in model changes, alongside the effects of safety legislation, mainly imposed by the United States. Trying to remain as individual as possible during this period, MG developed record breakers and a unique Competition Department. Special cars were built and tested, and prototypes for the MGB replacement were drawn up all in parallel with the development of MG production cars using engines from any part of the company.