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 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 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.
Fitting a Revotec cooling fan
Fitting an electric fan upgrade to a 1959 Peerless Phase 1. This will
replace the mechanical fan fitted to the car's original TR3 engine. The fan
has considerably more suction, drawing a higher volume of air through the
radiator core -- and improving the cooling system's efficiency
considerably. Read the full step-by-step fitting guide in issue 204.
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.
STEEL EARTH - 1953 MG TD - AUTO ARCHAEOLOGY
EMMY Nominated TV show "STEEL EARTH"- Host J. Paris discovers a classic
1953 MG automobile in a old abandoned garage. Much to his surprise, he also
finds a dead animal skeleton under the car. To top it all off, J's truck is
accidentally smashed during the show. Will this antique car ever make it to
the restoration shop? Watch and find out.