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We are always looking for stories of you and your MGB,
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Enjoy your MGB.
Stay Safe and Well
John

John Watson 
Chairman MGB Register
MGB Register Mobile 07555 044 528

Quiz

The winners of our December quiz were Alan Lowe with 13/13 in second place was Nigel Pratt 12/13.
Answers to the quiz can be found here.

Why not have a go at the January quiz, 10 questions, entries close 15th January.

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Special Offer

Place a clothing order of £25 (+ delivery) or more and you will receive a free MGB Register shopping bag.

The offer runs from 1st Dec and finishes on Friday 22nd Jan 2021.

For the latest clothing products please visit mgb-register.org/clothing

Latest from the Registrar
2020 Report


This has been a busy year with 256 MGB’s added to our Register. The proportion of later ‘rubber bumper’ cars is growing.
The number of cars on our Register now stands at 19714:
The MGB is still popular all over the world and more than a quarter of our new members this year are from outside the UK.  Here are the many countries from which members have joined us:
The big challenge for us is to keep the Register up to date. If you have not contacted us for a while please go to www.mgb-register.org/register/ and select the tab to join the register or update your details. We look forward to hearing from you!
 
Andrew Vigor, MGB Register Registrar

Marathon MGB Update

With thanks to Brown & Gammons we have now fitted a 1960’s period completion gear knob to the Marathon MGB, this incorporates a toggle switch on the side of the black alloy knob.
When we found the car we discovered that one of the switches on the extra switch panel had been wired up to the overdrive, although it worked it was a fiddle to locate it easily. Now with this 60’s period part it is easy to flip the overdrive on or off.
Thanks also to Mike Barclay for wiring up the new gear knob.
 

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Door Locks


Dear Editor, 

I thought that this year’s enforced stay at home would be a good reason for tackling a long-standing annoyance on my ‘67 BGT: namely the poor fit and closing of the driver’s door. 

The door had been the first thing I’d “restored” back in 1982 when I started what turned out to be a 24 year restoration. As is typical, the bottom had rusted out and the skin gone in the corners. As new skins were cheap and needed virtually no welding, “how hard can it be?” I naively said to myself. I fabricated a  replacement bottom piece and had it fixed in position, then carefully tapped the new skin over. But the result has been a badly fitting door ever since which by last year had worn out the lock fittings. Which brings me to the point of writing. 

I didn’t realise until I’d stripped the door that there are 2 types of door lock mechanisms. From 1968 a modified lock was fitted that has an inverse Y pressed out on the casing. The earlier ones are plain (see photos). The later ones will not fit an earlier car. As mine is a ‘67 it was at this juncture I learnt that the earlier types locks are no longer available. An  eBay search found a few very tired looking ones for around £75 and someone has a new pair available for £500! 
My door remains in bits and the car in the garage whilst I try to see if I can find that elusive replacement (at a same plaice), or somehow repair the old one. 

Perhaps most owners already knew this difference, but just in case some don’t are they own a pre - 68 car, beware (and look after your old locks)

Regards,
George Martin
Colchester

Can you lend a hand?


Bill Mullen wrote into me yesterday 30-12-20 asking for some assistance. Bill has a 78 MGB and he wrote
"I just removed my Starter after experiencing some issues. The issue I'm having is the New Starter is a Bosch High Torque and a good deal larger and heavier. I have Tennis Elbow on my right arm and hurt my left helping a Mate. I hope to find someone who may live in St. Augustine who would be willing to help me get the top bolt in securing the Starter . I can take care of the rest."

If you can help Bill please drop me an email webmaster@mgb-register.org

Take Care and StaySafe

‘Legend’ Series of Classic Car Films

MG The Legend

This film tells the story of the MG through historic and unique production line footage that includes the MGRV8 at Cowley and the MGZ range of cars at the historic Longbridge factory alongside exclusive footage of the MG XPower SV’s debut outing on the race track. Included are interviews with owners and key people involved with the MG’s iconic design including MGB designer, Don Hayter.
YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/bGOWDbxBIIs
MG The Legend (2003)

Is your MGB featured on our Homepage?

A new random selection of 25 images of your MGBs now showing on our homepage.
Is your car in the display ? 
https://www.mgb-register.org/

Is your car in our photo album? Currently less than 10% of cars on the MGB Register are!!
You can check to see if your car is in the album. Visit the ALBUM
Click the magnifying glass or in mobile click search
Enter #(your mgb register number)
Hit enter to see if your car appears.

Can't find your car - send your photo to webmaster@mgb-register.org along with your MGB Register number and your photo will be added.

Event News

 

All events depend on current and future Covid-19 restrictions.


The MG and Triumph spares day has been set for early February 2021 but this may not go ahead due to current restrictions. Click on the image below to visit the website for the latest news on this event.

 

 

11th April 2021

MGB Register Spring Run

Cancelled in 2020 Starts at Millets Farm and finishes at National Trust Stowe

https://www.mgb-register.org/events/spring-run/

 

New dates for the Restoration Show 11-13 June 2021

 
Come and meet the MGB Register at this event. Keep an eye out for our discount code!!
 

Latest Information from the organisers

New Summer Dates for 2021!

Keep up to date

We are delighted to announce that Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, will now take place 11-13 June 2021.

Due to the on-going COVID situation we feel this new timeline will give us the best opportunity to bring the community together to celebrate the world of classic cars and their restoration journey.

While we are still planning on incorporating all the COVID secure measures put in place for the show this year, they are all being implemented in a way that can be scaled back assuming a vaccination programme is well underway.

More details will follow in the new year but we wanted to update you now so you can save these new dates!

Visit the website

Ticket Holders Update

For those of you with tickets that were transferred from March 2020 to March 2021, these will now be valid for the June dates.

You will be contacted directly by SEE Tickets in the new year with further details and they will be able to answer any questions you have regarding your tickets at that time.

Many thanks for your continued support and patience,

The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show team

The British Motor Show - 19th-22nd August 2021

MGB Register to Visit in 2021 - more information to follow....

Some interesting links

FBHVC Newsletters

Newsletters Archive from the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs
You can read the full printed version of Federation News very easily online. Each issue of Federation news is posted out to our member clubs and organisations, but these are also freely available via the FBHVC website.
Just click the image above to read the magazines in the archive.

Steve buys back GT after 30 years

STEER WE GO AGAIN Classic car fan buys back his MGB Jubilee nearly 30 years after swapping it.

Our latest contribution to SafetyFast

 

MGB Owner offers discounted car storage to MGCC members.

https://www.classicconcierge.co.uk/

A mouse, a man, and an old car… what could possibly happen?

 
One of the latest and unusual emails I have recently received was from an American MGB owner called Wayne Truax. He informed me that he had written a book that could be enjoyed by all MGB enthusiasts of any age.

It’s a fun book that small children will enjoy, listening to the story and looking at the illustrations.

Here is the Amazon link:- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mouse-Man-MGB-Wayne-Truax/dp/B08MRW6Q9F

The MG Car Club Podcast

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

 

19 Dec 2020
Episode 37: Xmas special - bizarre MG gifts

In this, our Christmas special, it is present giving time as Adam treats Wayne to the silliest and most bizarre MG related gifts he could find! Find out what he managed to find and hear Wayne's reaction as he tears off the wrapping paper to reveal the surprises within! Also, we look back over half a century of Haynes Manuals as the company announces that no new hard copy Haynes Manuals are to be printed in the future, plus we examine the latest news from the DVLA relating to number plates.

12 Dec 2020
Episode 36: Cream Cracker MGs Part 2 plus is the future electric?

In this episode we pick up part 2 of our conversation with Jonathan Toulmin to discover more details on the stories behind the MG Works Trials Team known as the Cream Crackers. Plus Wayne and Adam discuss new appointments at MG Motor and their ever stronger push towards electric vehicles, is the the future really electric and should we be worried about it?

5 Dec 2020
Episode 35: Cream Cracker MGs with Jonathan Toulmin

In 1935 Maurice Toulmin, was a member of the winning Cream Cracker MG Works Trials team in both the 1935 Exeter Trial and the 1936 SUNBAC/NWLMC Team Competition in his PB. 

The history of trialling is absolutely key to pre-war history of MG and so it’s a great honour to have Maurice’s son Jonathan Toulmin on the podcast with us as we settle in for a two part conversation sharing the stories from that fantastic era of MGs in motorsport.

30 Nov 2020
Episode 34: A young member’s MG journey with Josh Langstaff

In this episode of the MG Car Club Podcast, we talk to Josh Langstaff, one of the younger members of the MG Car Club about his introduction to MG that has not only fuelled a passion for cars but has also a whole new career aspiration for him as well.

Latest Additions to the MGB Register Photo Album


Thank You for Sharing with our Photo Album

Lost & Found News from the Registrar


MGB GT: AIL 4860 – formerly 1111 LZ

 
I am the owner of a 1969 MGB GT which was registered and spent a large part of its life in Northern Ireland and is now in the UK. The history of the car is quite limited and I would like to piece together a background of the car, so I wondered if you would be able to assist me in doing this.

The date of first registration was 1st January 1969 – the original registration number was 1111 LZ

From the information I have obtained from DVLA it appears that the car was first registered in Enniskillen and then has some ownership in Belfast. I have some details of previous owners in Northern Ireland:
- an owner in Cookstown, who owned the car from 01/10/1990 to 16/04/2005
- an owner in Castlederg, who owned the car from 16/04/2005 to an unknown date.
- an earlier owner, for who I have no name, was from Newtown Abbey, County Antrim and owned the car from 14/04/1988 to 03/09/1990
 

A previous dealer advert states that the car was restored using a new Heritage shell in 2006. The date of first registration in mainland UK was 01/11/2012, so this restoration must have been carried out in Northern Ireland.

I would really appreciate any assistance you could give me in piecing together some more detailed history of my car.

Kind regards, Kevin
MGB Roadster: AJB 414B

Hi, I am trying to locate my father’s MGB Roadster, AJB 414B.
He sold the car in the early seventies, he is now in his early eighties, and I would love nothing more than to get this car back for him. If anybody has any info at all I would be very grateful, good bad or ugly, makes no difference.


Regards, Kev
If you have any information about one of these cars please contact
Andrew Vigor, MGB Registrar registrar@mgb-register.org
No personal details will be passed to third parties without your permission.

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