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.
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.
‘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
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.
Having this book in your pocket is just like having a real marque expert by your side. Benefit from Rob Hawkins’ years of MGF/TF experience, learn how to spot a bad car quickly, and how to assess a promising one like a professional. Get the right MG at the right price! Packed with good advice – from running costs, through paperwork, vital statistics, valuation, and the MGF/TF community, to whether an MGF/TF will suit you and your lifestyle – this is the complete guide to choosing, assessing and buying the MGF/TF of your dreams.
This book is an essential aid if you are thinking of buying an MGF or TF. Written by Rob Hawkins, who has test driven, repaired and modified many of these cars since they first appeared in 1995, every page of this book includes useful information to help ensure you choose the right model and spot any nasty problems. There’s so much to consider; whether to opt for an economical 40mpg 1.8 K-series or 160bhp VVC engine, hydragas or coilover suspension, standard or AP Racing brakes, standard or limited edition wheels, cloth or leather trim, hard top or soft top. Also, there are collectible versions of the MGF and TF, and this book shows how to identify them – these cars will certainly become classics.
Dudley Pike grew up with MGs: he, his father and two brothers all worked in the MG factory. This is the story of Dudley’s 45 years in the motor industry, from his apprenticeship at the MG works in Abingdon, progressing to the preparation of rally cars, moving on to the retail trade, and finally returning to the manufacturers.
Dudley enjoyed his life in the industry, and here he shares some of his experiences during his apprenticeship and within the Competitions Department of BMC/BL, giving the reader inside experience of what it was like preparing the cars for a very successful rally team.
Adapting to work in the retail trade, after the closure of the Competitions Department, Dudley maintains he was always in the right place at the right time, with one notable exception when he spent the night in jail.
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 2017 Yearbook, published in April 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.
The content features:
• An article by John Gillett whose ex-Prince Bira M.G. K3 is depicted on the cover, in which he recounts something of the history of this celebrated car and his own competitive experience as its custodian since 2009;
• Alan Bentley offers a detailed analysis and commentary on supercharging the early M.G.s with particular emphasis on the Zoller and Powerplus units;
• Technical guru Barry Foster details the origins and evolution of the 6-cylinder engines as fitted to F type Magnas and their context with other M.G. engine developments. Present day refinements are also discussed;
• Register President Mike Allison, the well-known M.G. historian and author who worked for many years at the Abingdon factory, gives a first hand account of the men who influenced the evolution and making of Triple-M M.G.s;
• History is also served by the reprise of a 1973 article by the late Nigel Musselwhite ‘J4 in the Mille Miglia’ in which the author describes the rapid preparation of J4002 and the successful outcome of the campaign in this event, in which he and Colin Tieche took part that year;
• Graeme Jackson recounts a tale of three J types which made their way to Australia and the story of their serendipitous survival on road and track;
• Competition Secretary Mike Linward rounds off the Yearbook with a 29 page illustrated account of the many racing, trialling, speed and other events in which Triple-M cars competed during 2017.