|Posted on June 13, 2013 at 8:10 AM|
I was very kindly invited by the new owners of the "Big Red" TA special which I built last year to watch them at the Jersey International Motoring Festival. They had also previously purchased my white TC racer and both entered the event with Graham in "Big Red" and Lynn in the TC.
I am fortunate enough to keep in touch with the majority of my clients and always enjoy receiving photographs and stories but this was a lovely opportunity for me to see cars I'd built being used in anger as intended.
I knew both cars would be quick but all eyes were on the lightweight XPAG engined TA special. Neither the car nor the driver disappointed, putting in sprint times quicker than several 1960s racers - MGBs included. Even some of the Healey boys were looking over their shoulders as the TA crept within seconds of their times in Grahams first outing in the car. I think the commentator was having a hard time believing his eyes.
Lynn also did very well in the TC,despite being a relative novice she put in some very respectable times - beating her personal best time and again. She seems to enjoy the sport and I'm delighted to see that my TC has found a happy home.
I would certainly recommend the event to spectators and entrants alike, there was a lot to see and do, plenty of opportunities to run the cars and a nice relaxed atmosphere which you dont' always find at race meetings. I hope I'll have a chance to enter myself in the next couple of years and must now find the time to put my TB back on the
|Posted on March 8, 2013 at 5:40 AM|
Many of you may already know that the annual MG "T-Register" rebuild seminar is fast approaching and I'm pleased to be able to tell you that I'll be there speaking on the subject of supercharging the XPAG engine.
The event is on the 23rd of March at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire, it's a full day out with a number of speakers, lunch and "bring & buy" spares & regalia tables. Anyone interested in attending should contact Alan Wakefield either by email: [email protected] or phone 01932 873170.
Very much on the subject of rebuilds I am looking forward to the arrival of a new MG TA project in the next week or so, nice to see one with the correct MPJG engine fitted. More details to follow.
Finally, the red MG TA which I alluded to at the end of my previous post has now been brought back from sunny France (I bet it hates me, the weather here has been awful) and can now be found on the cars for sale page via the link above.
|Posted on January 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM|
Happy new year everyone. It's been a cold start to 2013 but we've still been busy!
Since I last posted here we were lucky enough to find a lovely old, numbers matching, English MG TC which had just returned from a 40 year holiday in Europe. She was sold before we had time to update the website and it seems there is still a strong interest in our humble MGs.
Big Red has been delivered to it's new home, complete with wings and headlamps fitted. I'm really pleased with how the car turned out. I'll let the photographs speak for themselves:
The stainless steel exhaust manifolds I mentioned previously are now in stock for TCs, TDs and TFs and fit with both the standard and Volkswagen steering boxes. They have been designed to fit with the standard MG inlet manifold. TC, TD and TF manifolds as shown middle and left below are priced at £625 including VAT.
We manufacture these manifolds and can also incorporate a stainless steel inlet manifold in to the design, as shown on the far right above (more photos available). Price for this version is £865. Furthermore we can make external exhaust systems for Q-bodied T-Type cars, please enquire for details and availability.
We should also soon be able to show you the finished alloy radiators we have had made for MG TB, TC and TD cars. We will be investigating the possibility of a TA (MPJG) radiator in the next few months.
Speaking of MG TAs, we have a car coming up for sale shortly. A red MG TA with the correct MPJG engine, rebuilt less than 2000 miles ago. Rare to see a TA with an MPJG nowadays and the car is of course VSCC eligible. The car is finished to a very high standard. More details soon, so you will be able to judge for yourself. We have already had interest in the car and as always we invite you to let us know if you're in the hunt for a new MG - many of our cars don't make it to the website before being sold!
|Posted on September 21, 2012 at 5:20 AM|
We've just returned from another manic weekend at the circuit-des-Remparts in Angouleme and I must say I enjoyed every minute of it. The weather was glorious and there were two really strong grids of interesting pre-war cars. It was a real struggle for me to be ready in time but "Big Red" as she's become known was worth the wait and looked every bit the part in the pitlane:
As it transpired it was a weekend of highs and lows for several people with only 4 of the circa 20 pre-war cars making it all the way to the end and sadly my car wasn't amongst them - she decided to split an oil pipe in the first session. Luckily no damage was done and she'll be stronger for it, her new owner is looking forward to using her for hill climbs and sprints and I'm sure he won't be disappointed - she goes very well indeed.
It was also nice to see one of our Q-Type kits on the track in the form of Josh Longbottom's blue MG TA / Q-Type car. Josh did well in his first outing in a pre-war car (talk about in at the deep end!) and looked good value for 3rd until a fueling issue halted his race (although it was also the car's first use in anger). One thing I quickly learned was that racing can be as frustrating as it can be good but the highs justify the lows! I'm sure he'll be a force in years to come one both he and the car have had time to settle in to the idea. Here they are pictured with my son Luke before leaving the pits.
With "Big Red" completed I will be turning my focus back to car sales in the coming months and am looking forward to another busy year. I hope to be taking my own TB to Angouleme 2013, now there's just the small issue of putting it back together..
|Posted on July 15, 2012 at 11:50 AM|
It's depressing outside and so I've found myself locked in the garage. There's a lot going on at the moment as I am assembling two kits for clients and have mean greenie nearing completion (although it may not be green!) and big red hoping to make it's first outing at Angouleme in September.
With regard to the kits, I often feel that people don't know the full extend of what we get up to. We often supply parts to complete a build and have access to a bewildering number of parts from all manner of suppliers - from Pork Pie lights to stoneguards, wing clamps to footplates so if you are in the midst of building yourself a special please feel free to get in touch. Here's a kit we're just finishing for a client in America before it went to the paintshop.
You'll see we've made a custom front manifold and fitted a Wade blower for the client underneath. This car has an XPAG engine to which we have attached a pre-selector gearbox with the MMM style slow running knobs present and correct. I am looking forward to seeing it built.
|Posted on May 7, 2012 at 4:20 PM|
By the time I managed to put this car up for sale there was already a gentleman waiting outside my front door wanting to buy it, must be worthy of a mention on the blog then! So nice to see a fully restored MG TC done to such a high standard and I am pleased that it has gone to a gentleman with an engineering background who can keep her on song. I must also say that it is nice to sell a car to a local gent, as I have been spending a lot of time on the road recently.
The new owner was able to confirm to me that the car was, as suspected, another University Motors supplied example - that's two in a row now! Actually, in a strange coincidence it transpired that he knew one of the former keepers listed on the Buff log book, another local man. Quite strange given that I had fetched the car from Northern Ireland. Maybe it is a small world after all. The cars for sale page is looking a bit lean at the moment with all attention being focused on "Mean Greenie" and "Big Red", I will post some photographs of the progress on "Mean Greenie" shortly. It's been quite a transformation with the engine and gearbox now sitting neatly in the car. That said "Big Red" has been the real change and I can now unveil the new body design for the first time. Love to hear your thoughts.
|Posted on April 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM|
Now sold, this 1948 MG TC which had been subject to a lengthy and expensive bare chassis rebuild. Required paint, trim & wiring to complete. A beautiful project for someone to take on, with much of the hard work already done. All panels had been repaired and fitted and the car also benefitted from a new body tub and chrome work. The gauges and,engine had been rebuilt, the car had new tyres..the list went on and on. Well over £10,000 must have been spent by the time it reached us meaning all that was left to do was to choose the colour & trim (well, almost!). A lovely genuine UK car, sold with V5 and original registration. I hope we can find more like her.
|Posted on April 17, 2012 at 3:40 PM|
Mean greanie has had the chassis checked, straightened and repaired where necessary and as you can see is looking a lot better for it. I have had everything repainted to ensure a top quality finish. I have also fitted new leaf springs. The braking system is being overhauled with new wheel cylinders and a new master cylinder, the shoes have gone away to be relined. The steering arms and the front axle have been chromed, I am taking my time to make sure everything is right on this car. Both the engine and gearbox have been fully rebuilt with the engine being balanced, gas flowed and converted for unleaded fuel. With any luck they should be sitting in the car within a couple of weeks. I am planning to fit a four speed gearbox and have sourced a long ratio differential to ensure the car is suitable for high speed cruising. Once the supercharger is bolted on it won't take much imagination.
The new bodywork for big red is well under way, the tub is sitting well and I have worked out the necessary modifications to fit the custom front valance, cowling and bespoke aluminium radiator. This has extended to altering the chassis in several places! Whilst it may look similar to one of our normal bodies in the photograph, it is a very different beast in the flesh - longer, narrower and ironically meaner than the "mean greanie". I am planning a garish paint job, a marmite car if you like but I am sure you'll love it not hate it. More details soon.
If you are interested in purchasing either of these cars upon completion please drop me a line, I don't take deposits on work in progress but have always operated on a gentlemanly first come first serve policy. If you want first refusal it is yours but the cars will be built to our specification and be ready when they are ready. That is run in, tested, MOT'd, on a V5 - READY! Mean Greanie should be finished by mid July and big red will make her first outing this year at Angouleme.
|Posted on February 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM|
As I've previously suggested I am planning to build two cars this year, I can now offer a few more details on what's in store and when I expect they'll be ready. The blog will as ever feature photographs during the builds and I hope that you'll find it interesting seeing how they go together. Now then;
With there being a number of MG "Q Type" specials for sale at the moment I felt it was time for me to mix it up a bit. The first of the cars that I am building will feature a new body design based loosely on the MG R-Type but adapted for the T-Type chassis. There will be a cowled in radiator and it will look every bit the part as a pre-war race car. She will be painted in a blood red with a biscuit interior, the long bonnet alluding to the power inside. That said I intend for this car to be useable on the road, it's such a shame when they are condemned to decorating people's garages for 360 days of the year. It'll be the ultimate cafe racer, 1500cc steel engine, five speed box, race tyres and several MMM style modifications. All the bells and whistles a man could want for.
The other car I intend to build this year will be more akin to what you'd expect to see leaving my garage. It will be based upon the Q-Type body work kit which I sell but with several modifications to it, many of which have been requested by my clients in the past and help to set the cars apart from the crowd. Supercharged as always but this time with a more tame 1350 engine. I've designed the car to have space for enough luggage for a long weekend or even a jaunt across Europe making it a delightfully usable tourer despite the mean looks.
Two very different cars then and a good year in prospect. I hope you enjoy reading about their progress.
|Posted on February 17, 2012 at 8:35 AM|
Now sold: One of the rarest of the pre-war MGs and in my opinion one of the best too! I'm sure the new owner will have a lot of fun driving this car, he certainly gave it a vigorous test drive, making the most of the rare Shorrock supercharger.
This was a good example which belonged to a good friend of ours for a number of years. Very correct in terms of detail and will a good patina, lots of old invoices and the original University Motors badge were all present along with a buff log book back to 1958.