The MG marque is a pillar of Britain’s thriving classic car movement and much adored the world over – not least in the US to where a high percentage of the Abingdon-produced cars were exported. It is therefore alarming to recall that the famous Octagon brand came close to running out of road as recently as 13 years ago, and almost certainly would have done had it not been for the Chinese.
There is ample evidence that the vehicles are being embraced by a new breed of customer, as well those already loyal to the brand.
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|Publisher: British Motor Heritage|
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Motoring Classics Winter 2018
The MG marque is a pillar of Britain’s thriving classic car movement and much adored the world over – not least in the US to where a high percentage of the Abingdon-produced cars were exported. It is therefore alarming to recall that the famous Octagon brand came close to running out of road as recently as 13 years ago, and almost certainly would have done had it not been for the Chinese. We decided to bring the story up-to-date and hope you’ll be as encouraged by our findings as we are.
Sadly, another of our great automotive institutions is now in danger, the British Grand Prix. Despite its unrivalled history and immense popularity, it is no longer a financially viable option for its hosts, the Silverstone-based British Racing Drivers’ Club. Incredibly, this means that unless a new mutually acceptable deal can soon be agreed, the 2019 race could be the last – hence our decision to review this much-loved event. Talking of Grands Prix – the saga of the Cuban one of 1958 takes some topping, and will amaze you if you haven’t encountered it before.
Driving is an inherently dangerous pastime, so a 100 percent record in UK road safety is an unobtainable goal. However, it’s incumbent on all of us to help achieve the best result that’s humanly possible on a small island containing almost 40million vehicles. A man who’s devoted most of his working life to this challenge is Paul Ripley, aka ‘God’s Chauffeur’, and his insights are certainly thought-provoking – are you listening Mr Grayling?
This issue’s Missing Moniker concerns the dual purpose Amphicar. There’ve been several attempts to productionise a car that’s as happy in water as on the road, of which this 1960s curiosity is still the most globally recognised.
Our Classic Character this time is Beatrice Shilling, a tiny woman the brainpower and courage of whom has arguably never been sufficiently lauded. Add in the most recent news from BMH and the trials and tribulations of its race team, and that just about covers the last edition of Motoring Classics for another year.
Happy reading and a very merry Christmas!
Gordon Bruce, Editor
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