The Editor

Welcome to Issue 75 – December 2022.

The introduction to Issue 74 spoke of the sense of stability and continuity which the reign of Queen Elizabeth II brought to post-war Britain.

No sooner than this had appeared in print when the UK Government seemed to have descended into chaos, brought about by a Chancellor of the Exchequer sacking and a Prime Minister resignation. Any sense of stability and continuity very quickly evaporated.

Poor old Larry the cat must have been wondering what on earth was going on. Larry is something of a national celebrity as he is often seen at the door of number 10 Downing Street, the official home of the British Prime Minister. He has witnessed many ‘comings and goings’ since his ‘appointment’ in 2011, but surely nothing on this scale!

The political shenanigans prompted this posting on the Internet, which must have made quite a few people roar with laughter.

The irony of this is that Larry himself was a rescue cat from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

I sense a definite slowdown in the T-Type ‘scene’. My contacts with traders tend to support this. Whether it is due to the current economic climate or a waning interest in T-Types as owners who have passed away are not being ‘replaced’ by younger enthusiasts, I don’t know; I suspect it might be a bit of both.

A recent auction of two poorly shod TFs owned by the late Tony Brier (trader) fetched £3,600 and £7,000 respectively. I have heard it said by one auctioneer (not at this auction) that there is simply not a large enough pool of interest in our cars.

At the end of this Issue, you will find the advert for the ‘MG Centenary Event’ being held at The British Motor Museum, Gaydon on Saturday 27th May next year. This is the premier UK event which is being held to celebrate the centenary and it is supported by all the main MG clubs.

There are rather too many different attractions at the event to list here, so please do go to the advert.

By the time you read this, the dedicated website www.mgcentenary.co.uk should have gone live. You can buy your tickets in due course from the events page of www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk and the dedicated MG Centenary website.

For those coming from afar, a list of hotels and bed & breakfast establishments within the Gaydon area is available from the museum.

There are road runs being planned to arrive late morning at Gaydon on Saturday 27th. It is intended that entrants will have priority parking at the museum on the South Arena. To date, there will be runs starting from Abingdon, Longbridge and the Leicester area.  A road run from the Arkell’s brewery site in Kingsdown, Swindon has also just been planned.

A run from Arkell’s Kingsdown Brewery would indeed be fitting, given that John Oliver Arkell went to The Morris Garages Queen Street showroom in Oxford on 11th August 1923 to purchase a Morris Garages ‘Chummy’. In the event, Wilson McComb, in his book The Story of the M.G. Sports Car, records that Oliver saw a ‘yellow sports car in the window – an unusual yellow, the colour of good butter, and it had black wings.’ At £300, the price quoted by Cecil Kimber, this Raworth-bodied sports was not much more expensive than a ‘Chummy’, so he agreed to buy it.

Following the payment of a deposit, the car was registered FC 5855 on 16th August 1923 and delivered to the family home, Redlands Court, Highworth, Wiltshire on 5th September 1923. 

Shortly after the purchase, Arkell was told that the price should have been £350.

This was the price quoted in later adverts for ……

Returning to the road run, it takes in (fittingly) Highworth and then Lechlade, Filkins, Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, Halford, Pillerton Priors, using some lovely country roads and the good old Fosse Way. Distance is 51 miles and journey time, allowing for the age of some of the earlier cars, about 1 hour 40 minutes.

JOHN JAMES


2 thoughts on “The Editor

  1. Matt says:

    Larry looks a lot like our Patsy who sympathises with him and is happy to live in France.
    Regarding the slow down in T type interest, here they are sought after and expensive. I just bought a TF1500 for €27,000 and thought I had a bargain. A dealer in Paris was advertising a wreck, rusty chrome & bodywork etc, but matching numbers, €27,000!! Mine is serviceable & presentable but needs work. I now own my boyhood dream and am not dissapointed

  2. Carl Straub says:

    Love Larry, what would he have thought of our previous guy here in us–leave him in the pound ?
    About 2 years ago we purchased a 1953 TD for approx $17K. This was with out viewing (another story). It is a very nice driver and is a “smile magnet”. I previously owned a 1952 TD in the 1958-62 time frame. It was a great daily driver then–good fair weather now.
    It appears from prices on BaT that the T series market in the US is weak, however it is a small inventory, most likely from the reasons mentioned.

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