MG Trials Cars

Browse pages
Current page

1

Current page

2

Current page

3

Current page

4

Current page

5

Current page

6

Current page

7

Current page

8

Current page

9

Current page

10

Current page

11

Current page

12

Current page

13

Current page

14

Current page

15

Current page

16

Current page

17

Current page

18

Current page

19

Current page

20

Current page

21

Current page

22

Current page

23

Current page

24

Current page

25

Current page

26

Current page

27

Current page

28

Current page

29

Current page

30

Current page

31

Current page

32

Current page

33

Current page

34

Current page

35

Current page

36

Current page

37

Current page

38

Current page

39

Current page

40

Current page

41

Current page

42

Current page

43

Current page

44

Current page

45

Current page

46

Current page

47

Current page

48

Current page

49

Current page

50

Current page

51

Current page

52

Current page

53

Current page

54

Current page

55

Current page

56

Current page

57

Current page

58

Current page

59

Current page

60

Current page

61

Current page

62

Current page

63

Current page

64

Current page

65

Current page

66

Current page

67

Current page

68

Current page

69

Current page

70

Current page

71

Current page

72

Current page

73

Current page

74

Current page

75

Current page

76

Current page

77

Current page

78

Current page

79

Current page

80

Current page

81

Current page

82

Current page

83

Current page

84

Current page

85

Current page

86

Current page

87

Current page

88

Current page

89

Current page

90

Current page

91

Current page

92

Current page

93

Current page

94

Current page

95

Current page

96

Current page

97

Current page

98

Current page

99

Current page

100

Current page

101

Current page

102

Current page

103

Current page

104

Current page

105

Current page

106

Current page

107

Current page

108

Current page

109

Current page

110

Current page

111

Current page

112

Current page

113

Current page

114

Current page

115

Current page

116

Current page

117

Current page

118

Current page

119

Current page

120

Current page

121

Current page

122

Current page

123

Current page

124

Current page

125

Current page

126

Current page

127

Current page

128

Current page

129

Current page

130

Current page

131

Current page

132

The MGCC, the MG Triple Register and other MG organisations have always taken a keen interest in MG history and the cars’ competition successes. In conjunction with the MGCC’s 60th anniversary of the formation of the works team of “Cream Crackers” which we reported last month, the Club was prompted to publish details of the surviving MGs of the one-time Abingdon works teams. This must be of interest not only to MG owners but to those who recall the pre-war mud-storming and MCC classic trials, So it becomes us to summarise these findings, with the MGCC’s blessing.

Of the original “Cream Cracker” cars run during the 1934/35 trials season, in the MGCC cream-and-brown livery during the second season, Centric vane-type superchargers were used on the PA cars driven by Maurice Toulmin and MacDermid, with that of JA Bastock running non-blown. The cars of Toulmin and Bastock, TJ 5000 and JB 3854, have survived, but Mac’s car, JB 3639, has disappeared — which does not automatically mean it no longer exists. During these two seasons TouImin won nine Premier Awards and many other trophies, and retired only twice, from the Experts and SUNBAC trials in 1934.

By 1935/36 the “Crackers” had developed into PB Midgets with Roots-type Marshall superchargers, and it is good to know that all three have survived — Toulmin’s JB 7521, Crawford’s JB 7524 and Jones’s JB 7525. By 1937 the “Cream Crackers” were non-s/c push-rod ohv TA Midgets of which only Crawford’s ABL 952 and Jones’s ABL 962 have survived, Toulmin’s ABL 960 being no more. For 1938 the works’ “Crackers” consisted of the unblown but bored out to 1708 cc VA-engined TA Midgets, of which the only known survivor is Jones’s BBL 80. However, the white car of Geoff Imhof, which was sometimes used as a works’ support car or a reserve for the “Cracker” team, BBL 81 is intact.

Of the MG ‘Musketeer” team cars, all three of the 1935 cars, Welch’s BB 4606 “Athos”, Kindell’s IB 4608 “Porthos” and Nash’s JB 4750 “Aramis” still exist, albeit the first-named only as a chassis. These were NE Magnettes. For the 1935/36 trials, Marshall-blown 1408 cc Magnettes were provided, of which Mac’s “Athos” and Bastock’s “Porthos” have been broken up, but of which Alf Langley’s “Aramis” JB 6867 is still with us. By 1937 the “Musketeers” were non-s/c TA Midgets of which again only the ex-Langley car, ABL 965 has managed to escape destruction. Rather curiously, as one comes to these later cars, the non-survival rate increases. Thus, of the 1938/39 “Musketeers”, of the four these TAs which had Laystall crankshafts giving a shortened stroke, with a capacity of 1250 cc and were supercharged with type 110 Marshall blowers, only one, BBL 82, driven by MacDermid and named as usual “Athos”, is still in existence, unless, of course, anyone out there knows anything. All credit to the owners of those historic MGs that have survived that most of them came to the 60th anniversary reunion and trial. Credit also to Roger Thomas who has disclosed much interesting data about all the MG team cars and the events they competed in, in his book “MG Trials Cars”, reviewed last month.

You may also like

Related products