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.
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.
‘MGB50: A Year To Remember’ on DVD A limited edition film of 1000 copies.
The most professional, exciting and in depth film about the MGB ever made. MGB: The story: Multi-camera coverage of this brilliant seminar in Abingdon featuring Paddy Hopkirk, Alec Poole, Don Hayter, Bill Price, Den Green, Peter Browning, John Yea and Graham Robson. A fantastic night of memories and laughter which told the story of the MGB through the eyes of those who made the history.
MGB 50th Birthday Celebration at Blenheim Palace interviews and features. Richard Thompson’s wonderful song ‘MGB-GT’: John was given special permission to use ‘MGB-GT’ by Richard Thompson.
How the MGB was built: Former MG workers describe the building of MGBs at Abingdon.
Using BMIHT archive footage, some of which has never been seen before, a really fascinating sequence.
MGB 50 Celebration Race: Fantastic coverage of this one-off race using on-board minicams. Features an epic battle between MGB racers Malcolm Gammons and Jeremy Cottingham.
MGLive! 2012: Silverstone’s MGB50 celebration, including the MGB 50 Birthday party, Graham Robson interviewing the MGB’s designer Don Hayter.
Interviews with owners and coverage of other MGB 50 events MG LE50 Launch at NEC Show.
Owner profiles: Real stories from owners who love their MGBs.
Archive from The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust
Tells the story of each MG V8 model from concept to development and production. Illustrated with 400 pictures including concept cars, design sketches and specially commissioned photography. Interviews with the original V8 design and engineering teams.
Detailed information tables of notable cars and their chassis numbers for each model, plus special editions and colour charts. Background on development and testing work on each model. Rare input and insight from many of the suppliers and specialists who helped develop the cars. Information on sales and servicing literature, production changes, product placement, celebrity stories and much more.
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.
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.