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MGB Register Summer Picnic & The Midget Register Road Run.

The MGB Register & Midget Register committee's have decided under the circumstances to cancel their planned events for August & September.

The advice from the MG Car Club, as you will probably have gathered from their website, is that no social events should be happening as yet. Even with the restrictions relaxed somewhat, social distancing and group sizes are still fixed at 30. Gatherings over 30 are still illegal. Larger venues can offer Covid19 Secure events once risk assessments have been carried out but the club is still not advising attendance as groups. 

MGCC has also had information from MSUK whilst they were discussing the race events that it is unlikely that any permits will be given for road runs, possibly for the rest of this year, so we are also unlikely to get the necessary permit from MSUK in any event!

Both events have been cancelled for 2020 and they will have to happen in 2021.

Hopefully things will improve further during the rest of 2020 and allow us to return some sort of normality in 2021. Our events should restart in February with Stoneleigh all being well.

Take care of yourselves, Stay Safe and hope to see everyone in their MGB's in 2021.

Having had to cancel most of their activities this year, the British Motor Museum, Gaydon, have announced that they will hold a combined Mini/Metro and BMC/BL day on Sunday, 6th September.


The all-singing, all-dancing Abingdon Works Motorsports Celebration that was due to be part of the BMC/BL day has been shelved until 2021.  However, we are pleased to announce that we will present a display of BMC, BL and associated Works competition cars as part of Gaydon’s event on 6th September. The Historic Marathon Rally Group will also be present with a fascinating and varied collection of other makes of Works and privateer- entered cars.

1968 London - Sydney Private Entry #47 Jean Denton / Tom Boyce MGB
Owned by the MGB Register will be on display

BMM are constantly reviewing how to make best use of their facilities during the current situation and updates can be found on their website  Whilst access to the inside of the Museum may be restricted by numbers on 6th September, they will provide toilets and refreshments outside too. Admission will only be allowed with a pre-issued ticket which is £8 per car, though there may be a small number of complimentary passes, available on a first-come, first-served basis.


BMM need an indication of numbers of drivers, volunteers, and 'special guests'.  If you’d like to be part of what could turn out to be the highlight of 2020’s classic car scene, please email '', giving details of the car, name and address for a pass, and a mobile number.

For advice on accommodation we suggest you visit the Warwick Tourist Board website:

Coming soon in Safety Fast

A few teasers

One of 200 Specials produced in the Midlands during the 70's



Delivered in 1980 - First Registered 2020

Can you tell what they are yet?

Look out for the full stories in Safety Fast or in our News pages once published.

Do you have a Jubilee or LE 

Paul would like to here from you!!

With the Jubilee 45 and the LE 40 years old in 2020 why not send us your story about your special edition cars.
Or maybe you own one of the last MGB's built in October 1980 (you're heritage certificate would confirm this).

MGB Lighting Upgrades – Ed Harvey

Although I don’t drive the MGB very much after dark it does happen, and away from streetlights I find the standard lights a bit dim by modern standards. I’m also a bit wary of old switches and wiring, following a failed headlight switch and short circuit causing a fire behind the dash of a previous ‘77 roadster. Not nice on a cold wet night miles from home.

Upgrade one: In September last year I added a battery cut off switch and relays to the headlight dip and main beam circuits. Adding relays is a well-documented modification which I did on my last B; it reduces the load on the light switch and voltage drop in the circuits so increasing the life of the switch and increases the brightness of the lights. I used a pre-wired kit comprising of two relays, a main fused feed and the required cable to join the existing wiring behind the grille. This was simple to fit with the relays fitted next to the existing fuse box in the inner wing and the feed taken from the brown supply wire to number 4 fuse. All the bullet connectors were cleaned or replaced and to me there was a noticeable improvement in light output.
With lockdown and my need to practice shielding for 12 weeks I wanted to do something on the car. I started looking for things to do and upgrade two was to replace the standard H4 bulbs with Philips extreme vision 130% brighter bulbs (half price and free delivery from Euro Car Parts). Another simple change, luckily all the screws around the headlight retaining ring were in good condition, which has given a more modern whiter light. How much better they are in real life will have to wait until I get the chance to take the car out for a good nighttime run.
I have always liked the look of spotlights on a B and for years have looked at the best way to fit them without drilling the bumper. So after looking at various cars and badge bars etc. the need to keep busy led to upgrade three:

Ebay provided a set of new Ring Rally Giants and I set to work. I originally looked at the badge/lamp bar from Moss but apart from the (to me) high price, noticed the small print which said the grille would need alteration. So I decided on fabrication of my own brackets. I started with a plan for a somewhat ambitious and complex bent bracket made from 4mm steel bar from the bumper iron bent around the back of the bumper to a couple of inches just inside the over-rider but a vice, gas torch, various bits of bar to use as formers and a big hammer showed my lack of ability at fabricating tight bends at odd angles. So plan B.
Simple plain flat brackets were made and fixed to the flat panel behind the valance and the cross-member in front of the radiator parallel with the spot welds of the chassis and passing under the grille. Only problem was not much room to get the drill in and one slightly oval hole.

Plenty of Dinitrol should prevent rusting.

The lower edge of the grille had to be bent slightly to give clearance for the brackets but this isn’t visible once fitted to the car. The short length of the brackets and the rigid panel seem to be strong enough to prevent too much vibration.
Wiring the lights was easy but a bit fiddly especially accessing the wiring behind the dash. The lights are wired with their own switch powered from the main beam circuit, via a relay and separate fuse so as required by law can only be used with the main beam on and go off if the headlights are dipped.
I didn’t want to use an illuminated rocker switch so found some toggle switches with an LED indicator similar in style to the Lucas switches on the car. There is a handy bullet connector in the main beam circuit behind the dash and changing this to a double connector allowed a feed to be taken to the switch which I mounted next to the speaker in the centre-console. This was then wired to the relay.

Due to the lack of spare terminals on the standard fuse-box I fitted a new six circuit blade type fusebox (not for the purist I know). A supply was run from the starter motor terminal to the fuse-box and the fuse-box mounted on a stainless steel panel on the inner wing. This panel also provided a good place to mount the relays. (Note: old stainless steel fridge shelves are a pig to cut and form, use of an angle grinder and cutting disc was essential.)

The new fuse-box allowed separate fuses for dip-beam, main-beam and the spotlights with spare capacity for future use. It also gives a power point for connection of my timing light and Gunson Test Tune. The only issue I have with the fuse-box is it didn’t have an insulated cover for the power terminal and so a rubber cover originally covering the end of some brake pipe was pressed into use.
Overall I’m pleased with how it’s turned out and I’m just looking for some spiral cable wrap to tidy up the under-bonnet appearance.

Other jobs:
While doing the above I noticed the anti-roll bar mountings had perished so they have been replaced by SuperPro poly bushes.
A leaking drain tap on the radiator, noticed when doing the antiroll bar bushes, has led to it being replaced with one from my box of bits. Since the cooling system was drained it seemed daft not to give the radiator a good flush, clean-up and free the blocked heater tap, descale and flush the heater radiator and replace all the hoses.
One job always leads to another, electric cooling fan next?

Ed Harvey
Thank You to Ed and the Tyne Tees Centre for sharing this article.

Some interesting links

Peter Cook has kindly translated an article in the
French heritage publication on UMD534F.


To read this story – Click the image above or Click here

The MG Car Club Podcast

The latest news, interviews and members’ stories from Kimber House, home of the MG Car Club.


26 Jul 2020
Episode 16: The history of the Abingdon Works Competition Dept PT1 with Graham Robson and large MG saloons

On this episode of the MG Car Club Podcast, renowned motoring historian, Graham Robson joins Wayne Scott to explore the story of the Abingdon Works Competition Department, where so many successful MG race and rally cars were developed. This year marks the anniversary of its closure so offers an ideal chance to explore the contribution made to the British Motor Industry from within the MG factory in Abingdon.

18 Jul 2020
Episode 15: WSM MG Midgets, COVID and Modifying MGs

On this episode of the MG Car Club Podcast we interview Lorraine Noble-Thompson to hear about her impressive MG collection. The fleet includes two MGAs, a 1950s MG TF, a WSM bodied Midget and a brand new addition in the form of her showroom fresh MG HS.

11 Jul 2020
Episode 14: Your guide to MG track days plus social distancing at the NEC Classic Motor Show
On this episode of the MG Car Club Podcast we find out from Nigel Silman, Chairman of, everything you need to know  about trying out track days for the first time.  Plus, we explore how the NEC Classic Motor Show plans to cope with social distancing following announcement that the show is to go ahead this November.

4 Jul 2020
Episode 13 : Hillclimb and Sprinting an MG Midget and a critical survey

On this podcast from the MG Car Club, we speak to one of the club’s Sprint and Hillclimb competitors, running in the MGCC Speed Championship to find exactly what the sport entails when competing in an MG Midget. Also, we talk to Research Director from the Federation of British historic Vehicle Clubs, Paul Chasney about the crucial National Historic Vehicle survey.

27 Jun 2020
Episode 12 Dr Ian Pogson shares his memories from working for MG plus buying tips for the MG3

On this week’s podcast, sit back and relax because we have some amazing stories from behind the doors of the British Motor Industry. Dr Ian Pogson worked for MG for many years during the MGF era, MGRV8 and also the resurrection of the MG TF.

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Lost & Found News from the Registrar

MGB GT’s: FHD 632L and LFD 7L

Member Keith owns an MGB GT V8, he is trying to trace two B GT’s that he used to own:

FDH 632L. I owned this car from July 1975 to July 1977. It was first registered as JUD 360L but wore my cherished registration number KDB 27 during my ownership. On selling I retained KDB 27 and the car was issued with FDH 632L. As you can see from the pictures I obtained a set of specially made GKN Gemini alloys. It also sported some Cibie Spots. I worked for a company that made screenwash pumps and during this time we investigated making rear screenwash kits for various cars. My car was fitted with a rear wiper from an SD1 which crucially wiped the top right of the rear screen (to see over takers) and parked horizontally. It looked much better than those kits that were fitted centrally.

The car LFD 7L I ordered new in October of 72. With some discount I think it cost £1,474. It was delivered around 12th March 1973. Typical of the time you had to specify first and second choices.  I ordered Damask, with wires and window tints. It came in second choice Teal, no wires, with a servo but with tints. The car was immediately fitted with a set of specially made GKN Gemini alloys.  Hey ho, these were the top selling times for the BGT. I only owned it for few months and sold it to get the deposit for a house and to get married.
MGB LE Roadster  A19 MGB

Member Nigel has already traced one former owner. He is keen to trace as much as he can of the history:
I'm now the proud owner of this MGB LE. The car was built in 1980 but wasn't registered until 1985. I have some history of the car but I'm looking to fill the history folder.
I understand that the car gained its unique number plate around 1993 prior to that it was C889 RPG.
I'm keen to know where it was until it was registered for the road. If anyone has any information or photo's they are willing to share with me please do make contact.
Many thanks
MGB Roadster  GHO 874S 

This lovely old ‘B’ is still on the road, do any readers know of it?
I'm trying to find my late father’s MGB that he owned back in the mid to late 90s. I was only 5 or 6 years old and I was in love with the car as soon as he brought it back home. I used to spend every minute after school sat in it and go to work with him on a Saturday in it too. 
He sold the car while I was at school so as not to upset me seeing it go. This didn't work, I was heartbroken. 
It was sold in the 90s from our family home in Dronfield, Derbyshire.
If you could help me I would be forever thankful,  Ashley
If you have any information about one of these cars please contact
Andrew Vigor, MGB Registrar
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