All it took was an email
In April 2015, the MG Car Club received an anodyne email which could have easily ended up in the trash. Indeed, it seemed of little interest as a second-hand dealer reported having recently cleared a large house and that he had found an MGB convertible with a fair amount of rust… Just another MGB it seemed which reappears too late to be saved. This though did not stop the author of the e mail to asking for £1000. … Was this really of no interest?
However, fortunately the photo of the sorry-looking car was seen by a certain Bill Price. The latter is a member of the MGCC but not just any member, he is a former director of the BMC Competition Department. He clearly identified two accessories as being parts supplied at the time by his department: the half-roll bar, and the additional spare wheel support on the boot. The club’s archivist (Peter Neal) then researched the registration number of the car, the famous UMD 534F. Very quickly, the link was made with the MGB entered in the London-Sydney Marathon by the mixed crew of Jean Denton / Tom Boyce.