More than 4000 MGs flock to MGLive!

| 28 Jun 2012

Thousands of MG devotees from 24 different countries flocked to the 62nd successive MG Car Club Silverstone meet and its showcase MGLive! event from 23-24 June.

More than 4000 MGs attended the massive festival that featured everything from aerobatic displays to tasting sessions with Old Speckled Hen.

Trade City featured a vast array of parts and accessories with hundreds of traders in attendance, while the Autojumble gave visitors the chance to buy parts from fellow enthusiasts.

The concours attracted MGs of all shapes and sizes with classes including Best MGA, Best MGC, Best MGB and Best T Type being won by Geoff Edge, Mick Richardson, Vicki Edge and Kenneth Knights respectively. Best MG Overall again to Vicki Edge.

Fun wasn’t restricted to the infield as the MG Car Club provided a comprehensive weekend of motor sport with 14 different races taking place on the full Grand Prix circuit.

The most eagerly anticipated was the MGB50 celebration race that attracted – an as yet unratified world-record-breaking – 58 FIA-spec MGBs and included a mandatory pit stop.

All competing cars were of pre-’66 vintage and included four that were built in the Morris Garage’s competitions department in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

Overall winner of the 19-lap race was Callum MacLeod, who finished 8.39 secs ahead of nearest rival, Tom Smith, with father-and-son team Jan and Peter Boyes taking third.

The winner on handicap was Malcolm Gammons, who also won the coveted MGCC Driver of the Race and Day awards, meanwhile second and third place went to David Beresford and Adrian Johnson respectively.

Drivers came from as far afield as the USA and Qatar, with every participant being presented with a plaque from rally legend Paddy Hopkirk.

On Saturday night 200 guests spent an evening with Hopkirk and other BMC works competition drivers, raising a large sum of money for the MG Car Club’s charity partner, Macmillan Cancer Support.

MGCC’s motor sport director Dave Saunders said: “The Club enjoyed a terrific weekend of on-track action and feedback from the racers has been excellent. The MGB50 celebration race was as spectacular as we’d hoped and I'm sure it will be talked about for many years to come.

“The MGCC's racing programme continues to go from strength to strength and we now look forward to our next meeting at Oulton Park on Saturday 11th August."