FROM THE MG AR­CHIVE Think you know MG? With Sil­ver­stone’s MGLive! tak­ing place this week­end, David Simis­ter takes a timely look at the ar­chives and un­earths some amaz­ing new sto­ries

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Think you know MG? Think again.

Gra­ham White­head’s in­tro­duc­tion to MG’s golden ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tions back in 1979 – when he was Jaguar Rover Tri­umph’s US boss – still rings true to­day: MG means sports cars,’ he said. ‘It means driv­ing fun – and it’s not so much a car, as a her­itage.’

Whether they’re on the front of a PA Midget skip­ping through the bends on a tight B-road or strad­dling a ZT’s rear end, squeez­ing those two lit­tle letters into an oc­tagon has gen­er­ally re­sulted in cars with a grin-in­duc­ing feel­good fac­tor.

Chances are you’ll be familiar with what makes MG’s cars a main­stay of the clas­sic world – so we’ve dug a lit­tle deeper to un­earth some of the lesserspot­ted sto­ries be­hind the man­u­fac­turer’s her­itage. With the help of the MG Car Club’s newly ex­tended ar­chive col­lec­tion we’ve dug up some of Abing­don’s long-lost anec­dotes.

All the tales over the next few pages re­veal the very Bri­tish story be­hind a sports car maker that’s loved the world over. There’s med­dling man­age­ment, lost op­por­tu­ni­ties, un­for­tu­nate own­ers and that rare thing – the odd lucky break – be­hind the MGs that we know and love.

If you’re one of the thou­sands who’ll be at MGLIve! at Sil­ver­stone this week­end, re­mem­ber the strug­gles Ce­cil Kim­ber and his suc­ces­sors over­came to make to make the mar­que such an en­dur­ing suc­cess. And as you look at row af­ter row of MGs that own­ers have brought from across Europe, just re­mem­ber what White­head said – MG is about its her­itage just as much as the cars. The nuggets here prove that its suc­cess was all the more remarkable.


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