|Oily Hand's Life with MGs
I found this super video of the day, made all the more intersting to me as our 1971 MGB GT shows its rear end around the 1.19 mark
This one of the 2012 Beamish Reliability Trial. some good shots of Numbum at 2.32 and 7.52
MGB50 was an event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the start of production of the MGB in 1962. Held in the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace over 2000 MGBs and variants turned up, plus many other MGs.
During the week before this event I realised that I didn't have anywhere to mount the rally plaque, which had to be displayed on entry, so I made up a plate for it from some scrap plastic and used one of the bumper bolts to fix it on. It did the trick.
We made the trip in Bruise, the 1971 MGB GT and travelled down in blazing sunshine on the Saturday. We made good time on fairly quiet roads and arrived at our hotel early afternoon. We weren't the only ones staying there.
Once we'd freshened up we set off to Abingdon to have a look around and eventually found Kimber House, headquarters of the MG Car Club.
After a stroll round this lovely town we returned to our hotel for our evening meal and settled down for the night.
Sunday dawned, cold & grey, a big change from the Saturday. We set off for the 11 mile drive to Bleheim and soon found ourselves in a convoy of MGBs. As we were early we didn't have to queue much at all compared to some later arrivals. One guy we spoke to said he'd queued for 4 miles!
We got parked up and went for a wander around. Cars were streaming in.
We wandered around the trade stands and in doing so we met a few people that we knew, then we wandered round the park looking at the cars.
Just as forecast the rain appeared at 11 o clock and it lashed down, putting a real dampener on the day.
At noon we had a pre-arranged meeting with some forum members, we'd been in touch with but never met and whilst there we also met some readers of this site. Standing around in the rain wasn't too pleasant so the meeting was brief but enjoyable. It was good to see you all.
As we were wandering down the timeline we saw two people we hadn't seen for years arriving in their MGB but we didn't see them after that. Also there were Geoff & Vicki Edge with Vicki's beautiful Iris Blue MGB on the timeline. We met Geoff & Vicky at the Lincolnshire Poacher Concours show earlier in the year and it was good to see them again.
You had to remember where you left your car.
It's there somewhere.
Yes, there it is. Thanks to Pam for these pictures.
Soaking wet, we decided to leave early and joined the queue to get out. Eventually we made it out of the grounds and we were on our way home. Busy traffic on a rain lashed M1 kept our speed down, but the traffic lightened and the rain eased and normal cruising speed was resumed. Parts of me were still damp when we got home.
Was it a good day? Meeting the people was great, but I found the day to be somewhat lacking. I don't know what I was expecting but this wasn't it. I know the rain didn't help but it can't all be down to the rain.
Did you go? What did you think of it?
Hi, I'm Owen and I've been having fun with MGs since 1970, starting with my 1937 MGTA. Since then I've had three Y types and a couple of Z Magnettes. I now have a 1971 MGB GT along with the TA and my wife and I are still having fun