MG dealer turns to classics
A long established family owned dealership currently selling new MGs is moving into the classic market after the amazing success of its first car rally.
WH Brand, of Whaplode Drove, near Spalding, Lincs, was set up in 1925 and was a Singer dealership before taking on a BMC franchise. This continued through BL and Austin Rover up to the MG Rover days of the early 2000s.
The company held its first MG Car Fest on 18 September, with all sister BMC/BL marques also invited.
Great-grandson of founder William Horace Brand, Martyn Brand says: ‘We had 130 vehicles booked in and 193 turned up, including many we had supplied new. We are big fans of these cars and have our own collection. People here have a lot of experience and were trained in looking after MG Rover and earlier cars when we sold them new. All this, and the success of the rally, means we are now planning to expand into the classic market in both sales and workshop capacities.’
Vehicles from WH Brand’s collection on display at MG Car Fest included a 1934 MG PA Midget, a 1949 JAP-engine Excelsior motorcycle raced with huge success by Fred Brand when he was a speedway champion in the 1950s, an express car MG RV8 and a 1995 Rover 218 VVC coupé.
WH Brand’s premises might well have Maestros for sale alongside new MGs.