MG dealer turns to clas­sics

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Nick Larkin www.wh­

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.

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