Seasons Greetings from the MGB Register

Welcome to our latest eNewsletter.
We are always looking for stories of you and your MGB,
please let us have these to add to future eNewsletters.
Enjoy your MGB.

John Watson
Chairman MGB Register


The MGB Register Committee wish you all a
Happy  Christmas and a prosperous  New Year

MGB Register Lecture 2018

Did you go to this event? Couldn’t make it !!
Well here is a chance to relive that day…
You can watch it on You Tube or if you would like a copy, you can buy it on DVD see below.

If you would like a DVD of the 2018 MGB Lecture please email your name and address to: and make a BACS payment to the MGB Register for £10 quoting 2018 DVD.

Bank: HSBC
Sort Code: 40-08-10
Account No: 51660969
Account Name: MGCC-MGB Register

Or post a cheque made out to the MGCC – MGB Register and post with your name and address to:

John Watson, 26, Lucca Drive, Abingdon, OX14 5QN.

MGB Register Spring Run 2019

Starting at Millets farm Frilford – visiting The Classic Car Hub at Bibury and finishing the journey at Kingston Bagpuize House & Gardens. Booking information is available from here.

MGB Register Weekend 2018 brings back memories.

On the Saturday we visited the Midlands Gliding Club and Roger Cooper shared this short story.

When we went up to the Gliding Club I got chatting to one of the older and pretty experienced members, mentioning my brief flirtation with gliding when I was a teenager back in 1953 and was given a place on an ATC gliding course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire at which time I did manage to achieve my three solos to qualify for the most basic licence.  The above senior member said “We have something in the hangar which might interest you!!” so he took Joan and me to have a look, and there suspended from the roof was a Slingsby T21b side by side seat trainer – no longer being used but otherwise in excellent condition.

The T21 in action some years ago at the Gliding Centre

Joan was horrified to think I had “risked my life” in such a primitive looking  (wood and fabric) machine without an engine.  When I told her that the instructor and I had done simple aerobatics with the one I flew at Halton she was even more horrified – especially as it has an open cockpit which pre-supposes you could fall out, though you do have a petty secure safety harness.  I should perhaps say that Joan does not like flying but manages to put up with it in a big jet when overseas travel is needed.

Gliding is seriously addictive and I have to keep away from gliding clubs or I might easily slip from ground based MGs to air based flying machines.”



Safety Fast November 2018

The November issue of the Safety Fast had the MGB Register Weekend & the MGB Lecture covered. Our Safety Fast Newsletter can be read in the news section of our website.
Don’t forget if you want paper or digital issues of the Safety Fast magazine with lots of information and many stories from around the MG world, visit it is included with membership.

Jubilee and LE Owners Club New Website


Another interesting story sent in for the eNewsletter – If you have a story you would like to share send it to

The Story of OPP 199D

Keith Wynn bought an MGB with a Bermuda hardtop in the Summer of 1966 in late 71 sold the car. After more than 40 years, a few colour changes and approx 14 owners later in 2015 got his car back.

Want to find out more? Read the story at

Latest additions to the Photo Album

Lost and Found

1967 MGB GT –  NAC 702F

VIN/Chassis No. GHD3-120249  Engine No. 18GB-RU-H-71543
Tom Cook is looking for history of his car prior to 1978:
‘I am the owner of this vehicle which I purchased in January 2008 and since that time I have been steadily having it restored. It is now nearing completion.  I am unable to find any of the cars early history from August 1967 until 1st July 1978, and wondered if there was any possibility that you could be of assistance in this matter.
I know the vehicle was built 23rd February 1967 and was originally for display in the exhibition hall Longbridge until the 21st July 1967 when it was dispatched to Moss’s agencies limited, Leamington Spa.
The registration mark NAC 702F was issued in Warwickshire in August 1967.’

1973/74 MGB Roadster –  NWL 516M

Peter is trying to trace his mother’s former car:

Please see attached photo of a B owned by my mother in the ’70s (NWL 516M). We would like to trace this car. We last saw it about 10 years ago when it looked much the same and was owned by a man living in the Stratford area. Researches show it was SORNed in 2009 – so presumably not scrapped! Any information would be gratefully received.’

1973/74 MGB  –  PAR 664L

I now own this MGB. It came to me via an amateur restorer who purchased it from Brown and Gammons about 18 months ago. B &G had it as an abandoned restoration project. Regrettably, I have no other history of the car. The B was built in late 1972 and first registered in spring of 1973. It was Harvest Gold. This is all I know.

I would be grateful for any further information that someone might have.
Kind regards,
Colin Tozer

If you have any information about one of these cars please contact
Andrew Vigor, MGB Registrar:

Marathon MGB Update

The October Bicester Heritage Scramble on Sunday 7th October 2018 was the first time we had driven the Marathon MGB for more than a few miles under its own steam, since we found it in a scrap yard in 2015. Until now the car had been trailered to all the previous events.

The journey from Abingdon to Bicester was slow, as we were running in the rebuilt engine and the overdrive was not working.We discovered a couple of oil leaks from the upside down oil filter also the tappet covers, these could be fixed quite easily. As the car has no carpet and trim it was quite noisy but interesting.

When on display with the other MGB Register cars visitors seemed very interested and wanted to ask questions about this very special MGB.

Photo: Andrew Vigor of the MGB Register
Photo: John Watson of the MGB Register

The Marathon MGB was invited to be displayed on the Historic Marathon Rally Group stand at this years Classic Car Show.
As the Marathon MGB is a runner it was decided to drive it to Birmingham this would be a real test of the car.
I collected the car from Kimber House at 9am on the Thursday and started up the A34 to the Small service station before the M40. Here I was met by David Scothorn who was going to be the backup car. We then got onto the M40 and agreed to stop at Warwick Services. I started off at a gentle speed around 50mph but as I got a bit more confident with how the car drove we got up to 65mph and even overtook some lorries on the outside lane. One problem was keeping an eye on passing cars that would start to overtake and then slow up to look at this strange looking MGB.
After a quick stop at Warwick we continued up the M40 our aim was to be at the NEC between 10am and 12pm. We eventually turned off at J6 of the M42  and joined the queue of display vehicles trying to get in. We arrived on time at Hall 8 and we were met by the other London to Sydney Marathon cars being displayed.

Photo: Andy Knott of the MGCC
Photo: Chris Rabbets of the HMRG
Photo: John Watson of the MGB Register
After a very successful show it was decided to return on Monday morning to collect the MGB and drive it back in daylight, Hall 8 looked massive with just 2 cars still there.
The return journey to Abingdon went well and the Marathon MGB is now on display back at Kimber House in Abingdon, if you are close by go and have a look at this very special car.


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This month’s logo has a seasonal twist with a modified design used for the background from Freepik and we hope you liked it.
Have a great time over the month of December and we hope to see you in 2019 with more news.