The Magic Midget - MG Racing History
MG was a British sports car manufacturer founded in the 1920s by Cecil
Kimber. Best known for its two-seat open sports cars, MG also produced
saloons and coupés. LIke many manufacturers, MG went racing to generate
publicity and to show off its performance abilities.
From its earliest days MGs have been used in competition and from the early
1930s a series of dedicated racing cars such as the 1931 C-Type and 1934
Q-type were made and sold to enthusiasts who received considerable company
assistance. This stopped in 1935 when MG was formally merged with Morris
Motors and the Competition Department closed down. A series of experimental
cars had also been made allowing Captain George Eyston to take several
world speed records. In spite of the formal racing ban, speed record
attempts continued with Goldie Gardner exceeding 200 mph (320 km/h) in the
1100 cc EX135 in 1939.
After World War II record breaking attempts restarted with 500 cc and 750
cc records being taken in the late 1940s. A decision was also taken to
return to racing and a team of MGAs was entered in the tragedy-laden 1955
24 Hours of Le Mans race, the best car achieving 12th place.
Vintage Racer Group at NJMP Group 2 Race Practice #1
Video taken from Nial McCabe's on-board racecam. Car is '67 Austin-Healey
Sprite. Track is "Lightning Circuit" at New Jersey Mootorsports Park in
Millville, NJ (about 45 minutes south of Atlantic City). The red car is
another Austin-Healey Sprite and the while coupe is a Ginetta with 1.0
liter Imp engine. Great fun!
Sept 18-20 2009
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.
The Loudest Bugeye Sprite in Vintage Racing?
Video from three races of my poor little 1959 Sprite that was wrongfully
accused of being "too loud" and cost me a 1st place finish at Blackhawk
Farms Raceway with the VSCDA. Take a listen and you be the judge. Warning:
I have been told this little 1275cc car is capable of deafening mere