The Editor

Welcome to Issue 17 (April 2013)!

I’d like to thank all of you who visited the stand at Stoneleigh (MG Spares Day) on 17th February. It was a very successful day and it was good to ‘fly the flag’. What flag? – Well…. perhaps we’ll have one for next year’s event!

The generosity of T-Typers who make donations never ceases to amaze me. My first visitor to the stand (which was before the Show officially opened) was a gentleman from Switzerland, who gave me £50. This was followed by a donor with a Building Society cheque for £50 and yet another cash donation of £50. Also donated was a new pair of bushed top leafs for TC front springs and a brand new set of (black) carpets for a TF. These are advertised in the covering e-mail which is sent to the 2565 subscribers who have registered to be notified whenever a new issue of TTT 2 is launched.

The photo shows ‘yours truly’ with Brian Rainbow (left) taking a breather from setting up the stand.

I had on sale at the Show some of the newly manufactured Nylatron interleaf pads for the rear springs on the TD & TF. Details of these are given under the ‘Bits and Pieces’ section of the magazine.

Planning for the Tour of Rutland in September is progressing and we now have a sponsor for the rally plates. It looks as though we will have 40 cars on the Tour. Still to be confirmed is the entry fee and we are trying to keep it down to £20. I have set myself a target date of June to send out a ‘round robin’ to participants.

Expressions of interest are coming in for the Tour of the Isle of Wight in September 2014 – feels a long way off but with time seemingly on wheels it will soon come round!

Rob Dunsterville has asked me to mention the 5th biennial National Weekend Rally of the Pre-War MG Register of Australia which is set for 25-27 October 2013 in the historic city of Bathurst – 200 kms West of Sydney. With only 350 MGs built before 1940 spread across Australia, which is an area larger than all Europe, the Register is proud that participants with 70+ year old cars make the effort to drive long distances to attend and enjoy the social interaction and camaraderie.

Rob sent a great deal of background information about the Rally which I’ll use to preview the event in the June issue.

Those of you who receive the covering e-mail mentioned previously will have noted that we have arranged a discount for our UK readers with Hagerty Insurance. To qualify for this offer, please call them on 0844 824 1130 and quote the Hagerty promotional code CCTTT.

By all means feel free to test the market but I have found Hagerty to be very competitive with quotes and I value their service excellence.

The mention of the Pre-War Rally in Australia has reminded me to ‘give a plug’ to the third Pre-War Prescott Garden Party on Saturday 20th July. Prescott Speed Hill Climb, home of the Bugatti Owners’ Club is set in glorious Gloucestershire countryside and is well worth a visit. There are a number of attractions this year, including a no-reserve auction of donated spares and automobilia organised by Hereford Vintage Auctions during the lunch break and also a display by aircraft from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The event is open to all Edwardian, Vintage and thirties cars. For further details go to

Simon Clay has contacted me about TC9581 (KKD 600) which was his father’s first car while he was a midshipman in the Royal Navy at Dartmouth College in the early 60s. Simon would dearly like to talk to the present owner. If s/he reads this please e-mail me via the website contact form.

Finally, I dedicate this Issue to my brother, Eric, who died on 1st February from pancreatic cancer.





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