MG LE50 New Shell Part 3
Third episode of our exclusive first world interview with Ed Braclik from
Frontline Developments. Ed talks about the ethos behind the work on the new
LE50 shell and announces when and where the first finished car will be seen
in public in November 2011.
MG LE50 New Shell Part 2
Ed Braclik from Frontline Developments talks about specific areas of their
new bodyshell including the sills and rear lamp areas. More in Part 3.
MG LE50 Unveiled at NEC
Exclusive view of first Frontline Developments MG LE50 car as unveiled on
the Classics Monthly stand at the Footman James Classic Motor Show. The
160mph supercar is turning heads and wowing MG and non-MG fans at the show.
Project MGB Pre-Beaulieu Pt1
Two days before Beaulieu Autojumble 2011, our MGB prize car was receiving
last minute attention to get it running and being fitted with new
windscreen seals and chrome trim...
Frontline MG LE50
We've been big fans of Frontline for a long time - for both the amazing
parts they produce to make MGs go, handle and stop better, and the awesome
cars they build for their customers. With the launch of MG LE50, their
awesome Mazda engined new project, it was a golden opportunity to go along
and chat to Tim and Ed about this groundbreaking new project.
British Motor Corporation Story
BMC was the largest British car company of its day, with (in 1952) 39
percent of British output, producing a wide range of cars under brand names
including Austin, Morris, MG, Austin-Healey and Wolseley as well as
commercial vehicles and agricultural tractors. The first chairman was Lord
Nuffield (William Morris) but he was replaced in August 1952 by Austin's
Leonard Lord who continued in that role until his 65th birthday in 1961 but
handing over, in theory at least, the managing director responsibilities to
his deputy George Harriman in 1956.
BMC's headquarters were at the Austin plant at Longbridge, near Birmingham
and Austin was the dominant partner in the group mainly because of the
chairman. The use of Morris engine designs was dropped within 3 years and
all new car designs were coded ADO from "Amalgamated Drawing Office". The
Longbridge plant was up to date, having been thoroughly modernised in 1951,
and compared very favourably with Nuffield's 16 different and often old
fashioned factories scattered over the English Midlands. Austin's
management systems however, especially cost control and marketing, were not
as good as Nuffield's and as the market changed from a shortage of cars to
competition this was to tell. The biggest-selling car, the Mini, was
famously analysed by Ford Motor Company who concluded that BMC must be
losing £30 on every one sold. The result was that although volumes held up
well throughout the BMC era, market share fell as did profitability and
hence investment in new models, triggering the 1966 merger with Jaguar Cars
to form British Motor Holdings (BMH), and three years later leading to the
government sponsored merger of BMH with Leyland Motor Corporation.
Best of MG.mp4
A compilation of classic original promotional films from the MG and BMC
archives remastered for DVD
To buy the DVD go to http://www.motorfilms.com
MGB The Story of the Best Selling MG Sports Car (50 minutes)
The MGB was the most successful MG sports car ever built, quickly achieving
classic status by epitomising the Britishness and winning hearts throughout
the world. More than 500,000 were sold between its conception in 1962 and
the eventual closure of the famous Abingdon factory, where it was built, in
1980. Masses of archive footage, much of which has never been seen before,
is combined with interviews from key people of the era to explore the
myths, legends and facts behind its design, production and competition
history. John Thornley, the legendary 'gaffer'; Don Hayter, its gifted
designer; and Stuart Turner, manager of the successful competitions team;
all speak freely of the camaraderie and the secrets of those times.
Safety Fast (1932) (14 minutes)
This quality black and white silent film made by the Morris Cine Department
follows a young couple on their tour of the factory before collecting their
new car. It features rare period footage of the MG works and personnel.
Exhibit B801 (1950) (17 minutes)
The story of Goldie Gardner's record breaking car EX135 from display at the
Festival of Britain to the land speed record runs on the Bonneville Salt
Flats in the USA. The film includes record breaking attempts using a
standard MG TD.
Magic Carpet (1962) (10 minutes)
A promotional film for the US market showing a young couple test driving
their new MG 1100 on a visit to the UK. On the way the call in at Goodwood
where Graham Hill just happens to be on hand for a test drive.
Total running time 1 hour 34 minutes approximately
1977 MG MGB V8 Roadster
Offered for sale by St. Louis Car Museum & Sales. For this vehicle and
others, please visit http://www.stlouiscarmuseum.com or call (800) 957-5707
MG Racing Legacy
From 1931 MG raced against the best in motorpsorts, Bentley, Bugatti,
Lagonda and others and set land speed records. The cars attracted drivers
such as Tazio Nuvolari. and George Eyston.