Golden days for MGB

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Gath­er­ing: The Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic this year pays trib­ute to 50 years of MGB.

THIS June’s Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic will be one of just three of­fi­cial show­piece events cel­e­brat­ing the 50th an­niver­sary of the MGB, widely hailed as one of Bri­tain’s most cher­ished sports cars.

The world’s big­gest clas­sic mo­tor rac­ing fes­ti­val has teamed up with the MG Car Club and the MGB50 com­mit­tee to es­tab­lish a spe­cial tril­ogy of birth­day par­ties to mark what is a very spe­cial golden an­niver­sary for the en­dur­ing and en­dear­ing MGB.

Cel­e­bra­tions for the world fa­mous “B” open with Mglive! in June and con­clude with a static show­case gath­er­ing at Blen­heim Palace in Septem­ber. In be­tween comes this year’s all-ac­tion, three-day Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic, staged at the home of the Bri­tish For­mula 1 Grand Prix from July 20-22. All MGB own­ers at­tend­ing these three spe­cial tril­ogy events will be pre­sented with a com­mem­o­ra­tive rally plaque ex­clu­sive to the in­di­vid­ual fes­tiv­ity.

As well as fea­tur­ing the very best of his­toric rac­ing and live mu­sic from clas­sic rock bands, the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic is renowned for its huge car club dis­plays of­ten high­light­ing sig­nif­i­cant mile­stones in the his­tory of iconic mar­ques. Last year’s Clas­sic marked the 50th an­niver­sary of an­other truly great Bri­tish sports car when more than 1000 E-type Jaguars helped to es­tab­lish a new Guin­ness World Record. Now the fo­cus will switch to the much-loved MGB, first launched to the public at the Earls Court Mo­tor Show in 1962.

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