MGs mass at Arundel Castle

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Arundel Castle made an ideal backdrop for the 500-plus MGs that attended a rally by the Chichester (West Sussex) MG Owners' Club and held on the castle's lower lawns on Sunday 1 April.

This made an extra attraction for the visitors attending the castle on the first day of the opening to the public for the start of another season. This well attended event was open to any MG  and attracted many from the UK and Europe.

David and Pat Marklew drove over from Winchester to display the 1957 MGA 1500 that they have owned for 20 years. David has overhauled the mechanicals over the years, but the bodywork is just as they bought it.

Phil and Sue Chapman from Chichester were showing the Mk3 Midget that they bought from a scrapyard for £300 36 years ago.Phil spent over a year rebuilding and restoring it to its former glory.

This MGB Limited Edition roadster was just one of 420 built and left the factory just six weeks before production ended. Owners Clive and Nicola Wells from Aldershot have owned the 38,000-miler for 11 years and are its fourth owners.

David Jump from Portsmouth became this 1998 MGF's third owner when he bought it six years ago.

The owner of this 1989 Metro 1300 for the past four years is Trevor Hall from Fleet in Hampshire.

Some of the MG enthusiasts enjoying a picnic and chat in the spring sunshine.

Words and pictures: James Clevett

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