|Posted on November 11, 2016 at 5:10 AM|
Our MG TB racer will be on display at the NEC this weekend. It's on the Octagon Car Club stand in Hall 4.
We will both be around tomorrow (Saturday) and Steve's staying Sunday too so please come and say hello.
A fantastic time was had by all and I was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to meet Sir Stirling Moss too. It was a great honour and a privilege and I must say that he is a lovely chap. We spoke about my race car, diff ratios, tyres and even his impressions of the circuit at Angouleme. I owe many thanks to the MG Octagon Car Club for making the introduction and allowing us to show our car at the NEC.
|Posted on July 20, 2015 at 6:40 AM|
I've had a busy few weeks, thankfully most of it spent enjoying the sunshine rather than working too hard. As I mentioned before my son Luke's wedding took place in early July, I'd thought about pushing myself to put my TB back on the road in time for it but I'm glad I didn't.
We had a lovely day by the coast in south Devon, with a fantastic breakfast and reception including a boat trip up the river Dart. There really wasny any time or space for an MG (and you won't hear me say that often) and I loved every minute of it. Here's the bride and groom aboard the "Dart Explorer", shortly before setting off on a trip up the river.
And below with me, my wife Sandie, my other son Christian and even our pet dog Daisy.
Back in the world of MGs and motorsport, I was recently invited to a track day by my good friends Graham and Lynn who are the owners of, amongst others, my old MG TC racer and "Big Red". They've also recently acquired a new big red automobile, one of the new Lister Jaguars.
When they offered me a drive I simply couldn't resist and so I found myself back on the track, in a TC, a K-Type and a Lister. It was a great day and Peter Edney and Chris Owen came along too - almost felt like we'd gone back in time. Here's some photographs we took:
Peter receiving some last minute instructions from Graham, whilst Lynn has absolutely nothing to learn from me:
Me in Grahams K-Type, with the obligatory action shot:
I must say I was very impressed with the six cylinder, it's quite an experience to drive.. the noise is incredible, the smell of methanol absolutely unmistakable and it was every bit as quick as it looks. Speaking of which the Lister was absolutely great fun to drive, I'm very glad I took the opportunity to do so but can honestly say I preferred the MGs - they're much more suited to my style and pace!
I do of course have some news about cars for sale, I've managed to acquire a number of project cars which will be offered for sale shortly, a TA, a TC, a TD, A TF 1500 and even an MG PB. Keep your eyes on the cars for sale page or give me a call / drop me an email for more information.
|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 September 14, 2010 at 10:56 AM|
It's that time of year again. I'm getting ready for Angouleme and this time taking another pointed tale TA. It's always hectic, I've just been told that FIVA paperwork has been approved but if the postman doesn't arrive by early Thursday we're going without and arguing when we arrive! I will as always post full coverage when I return. I know there are least a couple of other MG T-types going to be present.
I've always enjoyed racing at Angouleme. There used to be a group of us T-racers there, Paul Smeeth, Glynn Giusti, Dave Clewley, George Edney and the late Malcolm Hogg amongst others. Quite a fearsome grid. The photograph below is from circa 1999, the second time I entered the race. I believe I came in 5th that day but only due to the boys in front getting a bit overexcited and having a major bump.
My steed for this year's race will be the TA / Q type car that I have for sale. Let's hope there's no bumps this time round! I've nearly finished tidying her up now, as you'll see she has changed a bit with a new valance and spare wheel carrier. I'm also altering the trim and will post photographs when finished.
|Posted on September 13, 2010 at 11:07 AM|