MGA racers set for amazing USA reunion

| 24 Nov 2011

A once-in-a-lifetime gathering of ex-works MGAs is being planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the last MGA team’s participation at the Sebring 12 hours, in 1962.

Nine known surviving factory team cars will be reunited, kicking off at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on March 8-11, where a special ex-Sebring MGA class will be a highlight.

Participating cars include a 1957 MGA 1500 roadster, a 1959 MGA Twin-Cam Coupé, the entire 1960 team of three Twin-Cam roadsters, the entire 1961 team of two 1600 MkI Deluxe Coupés, plus two of the surviving 1962 Mk2 Deluxe Coupés.

Of the nine, the 1959 and one of the 1962 examples will be making their debuts after years of being assumed lost. The 1959 example is thought to be the car that former AutoWeek Publisher Leon Mandel bought after the race and drove across the States.

After Amelia, the cars will make their way to Sebring  from 14-17 March for celebrations surrounding the 12-hour race.

At least one MGA will be on display at the Sebring Gallery of Legends display at the track and the remainder of the cars will be pitted together in the paddock area. Some of the cars are also scheduled to compete in the SVRA’s  historic race at Sebring. 

Additional information regarding the events will be posted as it becomes available on the website of the North American MGA Register.