SIL­VER­STONE HOTS UP FOR MGLIVE!

The action was as hot as the siz­zling tem­per­a­tures at the world’s big­gest all-MG event, last week­end, with clas­sics pack­ing out the UK’s most fa­mous race cir­cuit

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Out & About - Mike Le Caplain and David Simister

Sil­ver­stone echoed to the sound of howl­ing race car en­gines from the track, tor­tured tyres from the Au­tosolo cir­cuit, live mu­sic and the dul­cet tones of Wheeler Deal­ers stars, Mike Brewer and Ant An­stead in the live arena dur­ing another action-packed MGLive! event on 17-18 June.

The sun blazed out of an of­ten-cloud­less sky as more than 3000 MGs con­verged on the UK’s na­tional cir­cuit for two days of top oc­tagon-themed en­ter­tain­ment. Cars were seg­re­gated into model-spe­cific park­ing, al­low­ing vis­i­tors to drool over some of Europe’s finest MGs, with own­ers from Hol­land and Ger­many join­ing their Brit coun­ter­parts.

While ad­ven­tur­ous types took part in the Hu­man Gymkhana in the live arena or en­joyed a ride on a mon­ster truck, oth­ers watched stunt driver Russ Swift mak­ing var­i­ous MGs do the seem­ing im­pos­si­ble or toured the cir­cuit’s in­field area on a va­ri­ety of vin­tage buses.

As al­ways, how­ever, the track took cen­tre stage at the event, with MG races in­clud­ing the MG Car Club MG Tro­phy and BCV8 Cham­pi­onship, the Cock­shoot Cup (or­gan­ised by the MGCC’s North West Cen­tre) and Iconic 50s race for pre-1962 sports cars and sports rac­ing cars. A lit­tle light re­lief was pro­vided by rounds of the Porsche Club GB and Rad­i­cal Chal­lenge Cham­pi­onshps and the Masters Pre-66 Tour­ing Car race, saw Ford Fal­cons and Mus­tangs duk­ing it out, doorto-door, with Mini Coop­ers and Lo­tus Corti­nas.

A lucky few, mean­while, had the op­por­tu­nity to take their road cars around the track dur­ing a lull in rac­ing.

This mas­sive turnout from the MG Car Club’s MGA Reg­is­ter was just one of the model-by-model dis­plays at Sil­ver­stone this year. Sharon An­dews and David Bar­ton brought along this 2001 MGF Tro­phy, which Sharon has owned since new. This was the first time that Sharon had taken her car to MGLive! – and she only got it back from a year-long restora­tion the day be­fore the show!

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