MGB 50th mania starts with C&SC!

| 1 Dec 2011

C&SC has kicked off the celebrations for one of the world’s most popular classics!The January issue of C&SC – on sale today – features a whopping 11-page extravaganza celebrating the 50th birthday of the MG. From Mk1 Roadster to GT V8, we drive the lot to honour Abingdon’s sports car icon as well as some of the heroes and villains that shaped its history. And we give you tips on how to uprate your MGB for daily use.Better still, there is a free events calendar! And since January is the first issue of the magazine’s 30th year, we’ve decided to feature the magazine’s 12 most spectacular photographs ever, as a bonus to the details on the 400-plus events that we've included to help you plan your year.

No easy task, but you’ll be delighted with our choice which includes our brooding studio (and slightly sinister) photo of the Phantom Corsair, the awesome image of a trio of Lamborghini Countachs being thrashed across the Alps and the epic shot of two of England’s finest examples of engineering duelling down a runway: a Jaguar E-type and an English Electric Lightning!January has loads more, too, including a drive in the 530bhp Lola-Chevrolet that served as the prototype for Ford’s legendary Le Mans-winning GT40 and a showdown between a couple of Alfa Romeos: an SZ and Montreal.Other highlights include the return of barge-loving Martin Buckley’s saloon play-off with Battle of the Barge II featuring eight 1970s tin-tops – including a Vauxhall Ventora, Ford Granada 3.0 Ghia and Audi 100LS – going head to head to win Buckley’s affection.

But that’s not all: the January issue also tells the remarkable story of a Porsche 356 that was in the same ownership for 53 years and the amazing career of little-kmown Josef Ganz, who helped design Volkswagen’s Beetle.Finally, we tell you all you need to know before getting the keys to one of the best bargain sports coupés to come out of the 1990s with our Buyer’s Guide on BMW’s range-topping 8-series.

This month we've selected two great images for you to download as free wallpaper:

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Click here for the awesome Lola-Chevy Mk6