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John Watson 
Chairman MGB Register
Bicester Heritage –Sunday Scramble 6th January 2019
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A bright crisp winter morning brought in a record number of over 7,000 visitors to Sunday Scramble on the 6th January. The MGF Register organised our space allocation for the MG Car Club and the Club was one of the largest groups there. As well as meeting with Car Club members the delight is in walking round, seeing the massive range of cars of all ages and chatting to some of the owners. 
Many of the businesses on site had their premises opened up so that we could see the work that was going on. Despite the numbers the site is so large that it does not get too crowded – though the queues for bacon butties were rather long. The next Scramble will be on Drive It Day the 28th April. Look out for the Club discount which will be announced in February and come and join us if you can.
Andrew Vigor

It is just over a week until The International MG & Triumph Spares Day at Stoneleigh.


The MGB Register will be in Hall 3 Stand 21 - pop along and say hello. The Jean Denton/Tom Boyce Marathon MGB will also be on display.

MG & Triumph Spares Day 2019

Sun February 10
Stoneleigh, Stoneleigh Park Warwickshire CV8 2LZ United Kingdom + Google Map

MG & Triumph Spares Day at Stoneleigh the MGB Register will be on display.   Ticket info

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Here is something a little different for those who fancy an adventure of a life time!! Dave explains in this communication we received in January.
Anyway, by introduction, I have had the pleasure to lead many a classic MGA/MGB part or all 155000miles around the World in our cars. 
We refer to ourselves as Aussie Adventurers as, to date, only Aussies have joined me in my travels😂
Below is my blurb and wondered if you would mind helping us “encourage” a few Brits to join us?
Dave Godwin 

Ross and I - The Aussie Adventurers - are planning another exotic trip in our classic MGs - this time to Base Camp, Mt Everest, via Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos...
We are short 2 or 3 cars that meet our criteria and wondered if you would include the attached Expression of Interest in your next newsletter in the hope of attracting one or two adventurous MGB drivers to join us?
Expression of interest
Drive your MGB to Base Camp, Mt Everest in 2020
By way of introduction, Ross Letten and I and our wives have driven our classic MGs around the world – literally – and now wish to conquer Base Camp Mt Everest. Previous trips include Beijing to London, Cape to Cairo, Pan-American Highway and Trans-Canada. All have been self-organised to keep costs to sensible levels without stinting on best accommodation available.  
Experience has shown us that the optimum size for such a group is between four and six classic MGs. Further, it is useful if the cars are sufficiently similar so that they share spare parts and can be prepared to be rugged. In other words, we are looking for between two and four MGA or MGB owners to join us. Could you be one of them?
At this stage, we believe we will be the "First MGs to Conquer Mt Everest Base Camp".

The trip will start in Bangkok, Thailand in April 2020 and will visit attractions, many being UNESCO World Heritage sites, in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, en route to meeting our personal guide in southern China.
In China and Tibet, we will visit such sites as Dali (Chongcheng pagodas and Erhai Lake), Lijiang (UNESCO World Heritage site), Tiger Leaping Gorge (third deepest gorge on earth),  Zuogong (pass of the 72 curves to Ranwu Lake at 4,000 metres), Nyintri (Switzerland of the East), Lhasa (Capital of Tibet), Tsedang (first palace built in Tibet) and then Everest Base Camp!
For obvious reasons, it’s important to realise that this offer is open to MG Adventurers who can work on their own cars and who don’t mind chipping in to assist where needed. Affable types with well-prepared cars would be most welcome!
Please get in touch with me by email or phone with your questions so that you can make an informed decision – this will definitely rank as“A Trip of a Life Time!”
Long may we shock the classic car world as to what these little MGs can do when prepared well and driven sensibly!
Safety Fast!
Dave and Laurel
Phone +61 412 029 277
Ross and Shez Letten

UK MOT Exemption News

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) has issued advice after it emerged that some police are stopping some owners of classic cars more than 40 years old for appearing not to have a valid MOT, which it fears is due to official records on these vehicles not making the exemption clear. The FBHVC advice is encouraging owners of classics to carry with them a copy of a recent letter from the Department for Transport (DfT) in case they are stopped by police officers unaware of the VED exemption changes for classics more than 40 years old.

The Federation has argued that the DVLA process for enabling the declaration of a vehicle as "not having undergone substantial change in the technical characteristics of its main components" at the time of re-licensing, was one which could put drivers at risk of bureaucratic misunderstanding and leave them at risk from ill-briefed policemen. In a NEWS item posted on the FBHVC website says "we became aware that a real example that had arisen and that the driver of a historic vehicle had received a Notice of Prosecution. The Federation urgently sought clarification of the position from the Department for Transport. We are glad to confirm that they responded promptly and positively and have provided us with the statement we copy here, which we think sets out the position clearly and succinctly and will be of real use to our members. It may be that some members who have concerns about this will wish to carry a copy of the DfT statement in their vehicle".
DVLA statement on declaration.pdf

Read More..... read the full article on the V8 Register News page.

Lost and Found


Lois is hoping for news of her father’s car which he restored in the 1990’s. It was blue but is now believed to be red. If you know of this car Lois would be delighted to hear from you.
MGB: 3621 MG (formerly RUD 224T ?)

Some MGB’s were developed by the Abingdon factory for testing with ‘O’ series engines. They never went into production and the engines were removed from the development cars and the bodies sold on when the project was dropped. Peter has recently bought one of these cars and is trying to trace its history:
 ‘The car is now registered 3621 MG and has the Vehicle Number GHN5UL 473176G.    It is apparently one of the Factory development O-Series shells (originally registered RUD 224T ? and to American spec) converted to a V8 by Beer of Houghton in 1982 for Barry Boyd who has unfortunately recently passed away.    It seems to have been taken off the road in 1985 and not run since.    It appears to have had 3 keepers prior to Barry who I am trying to trace (presumably the MG Plant would have been the first).   Many thanks for any help you may be able to give. Peter’



This MGB was driven by the actress Jennifer Daniel in the final episode of the TV series ‘Public Eye’ filmed in 1974 and first broadcast in 1975. The car is listed as still on the road by the DVLA. We wonder if the current owner knows of its brief starring role. If you know of this car please do get in touch.
If you have any information about any of these cars please contact
Andrew Vigor, MGB Registrar:

Marathon MGB Update

Thie Marathon MGB on display at Historic Rally Car register Open Day 2019
Historic Rally Car Register Open Day 2019 - Gaydon
Historic Rally Car Register Open Day 2019 - Gaydon
The Marathon MGB will be on display at Race Retro 2019 in the "Pride of the Paddock" display in Hall 4.
22 - 24 February, Stoneleigh Park, for more information.

Latest posts and topics from the MGB Register forums.

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Upcoming Events

MARCH 2019


Sat March 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kimber House, 12 Cemetery Road 
Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 1AS United Kingdom + Google Map

MGB Register AGM

The MG Car Club Ltd, Kimber House, 12 Cemetery Road, Abingdon, OX14 1AS

Saturday 23rd March 2019

Starting at 11:00 am

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APRIL 2019

MGB Register Spring Run

Sun April 7
Millets Farm, Abingdon OX13 5HB

THE MGB REGISTER SPRING RUN 2019 SUPPORTED BY BRITISH MOTOR HERITAGE This years Spring Run - Starts at Millets Farm - Visits the Classic Motor Hub Bibury - finishing at Bagpuize House - entry is £26 and includes Route Book and Rally Plaque Don’t forget if you wish to visit the house this can be booked on the day. There is a maximum limit of 100 MG’s – closing date for entries 23rd March. Book Your Space Now

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MG Day at Brooklands

Sun April 14
Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road 
Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN + Google Map

MGs of all ages are welcome at this annual event.

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Drive It Day Sunday Scramble, Bicester Heritage

Sun April 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bicester Heritage OX27 8AL United Kingdom + Google Map

Bicester Heritage is a great venue for Drive It Day as it is surrounded by lovely countryside and great driving roads. Join us in the MGB Register Parking Area.

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MAY 2019

The Donington Historic Festival

Fri May 3 - Sun May 5
Donington Park, Castle Donington Derby DE74 2RP United Kingdom

The MGF Register will have a stand at the Donington Historic Festival again this year.
The stand will be open to all MG Car Club members. The club discount gives a 50% saving

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Technical Day (Moss Europe)

Sat May 11 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Moss (Europe) London, Unit 16 Hampton Business Park 
Feltham, TW13 6DB United Kingdom + Google Map
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Awaiting further details - but a date for your calendar
Register your interest by emailing Andrew

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Some dates to add to your 2019 Calendar

Saturday 15th  Sunday 16th June MGLive

Sunday 4th August  Classic Car and MG Picnic Millets Farm Abingdon

Friday – Monday 13th – 16th September  MGB Register Weekend

More dates to follow the events page on the MGB Website
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