The MGB gets a race series for its 50th birthday

| 10 Oct 2011

The 50th anniversary celebrations for one of the world’s most popular classics will include a dedicated race series.The Historic Racing Drivers’ Club will hold a series of races in 2012 to celebrate 50 years of the MGB in competition.MGB50 will be an HRDC-organised collective of 30-minute, single-driver races and feature an invitation class for historically interesting MGB-derived racers, such as the WSM MGB and the Jacques Coune-built MGB Berlinette.The series follows a request by long-running MGB racer Barry Siddery-Smith, the 'godfather' of MGB racing in the UK, who started racing them in 1965 with the ex-works Le Mans car DRX 255C.HRDC founder and race director, Julius Thurgood, said "I was thrilled to be asked to help stage these events by Barry. 'Sideways' got me into racing in the first place and – like so many other competitors racing today – I owe him a great debt of gratitude for that great start in motorsport.“Helping him to properly celebrate 50 years of the MGB in racing is a fabulous way to say thank you to a man whose generosity of spirit has helped so many enjoy this great sport.”The first race is set to take place at Castle Combe on 9 April. See <<<HRDC MGB50>> for more.