Don Hayter, designer of the best selling British Sports Car the MGB signing the Star Car.
Win, Lose Or Draw – Will It Be You?
As the Star Car project enters its last phase, Still time for a last foray to some MGCC the history pack that the new owner will
there was just one last chance to give it a events though, the Star Car went along to benefit from.
final polish and this fell to a true specialist, the MGCC Council meeting and AGM at And so, “the end is near,” as Frank
David Newton of Sandydown Bodyworks the Heritage Motor Museum at Gaydon, Sinatra sang. The countdown to naming
at Stockbridge in Hampshire. Established Warwickshire. Held twice a year, this the lucky winner is ON, starting with the
over 30 years ago, David Newton restores, meeting gives Centres and Registers a first draw that took place on Friday October
repairs and repaints some wonderful classics chance to discuss the running of the Club 24. At this stage, five of your reply cards
every year. When we visited, he had work with Directors and at this October meeting, were drawn and the lucky finalists were
in progress on a 1960’s E Type. His opinion to elect the Directors and Officers of the notified and sent a free ticket to attend the
on our MGB GT was that “for its age the Club. The following day was rather more NEC Classic Car Show on Sunday
BGT is in extremely good condition”. action packed as the Star Car was out November 16 in Birmingham. On the
David’s advice was to retouch some small recruiting at the final round of the MGCC MG Car Club stand C70 in Hall 3 at
areas of paintwork only. Depending on Midget race championship at Mallory Park 11:00am on the 16th, the final draw will
intended use and the level of restoration in Leicestershire. Mike Parker from take place and we will all know who the
required by the new owner, David said that Abingdon Works Centre drove the BGT up lucky winner is. If you are at the Show,
this could be fine for some years or a there from Abingdon. “The car drives very don’t miss the excitement – do please join
complete restoration and respray would be well now,” he says, “handling and brakes are us for the celebrations.
in order if the owner wanted a perfect spot on and the leather interior is pure
finish. The car was finished off with a luxury!” He seems to be a fan of the
professional waxing and now looks very overdrive gearbox on this car “overdrive
presentable, ready for the NEC show. Our makes the car so much more at home on
thanks to David Newton for his support and faster roads” is how he sums it up.
advice; which was typical of that provided One nice last touch, on Thursday
by MG specialist traders throughout the October 16, Don Hayter, the designer of
project. We’re lucky to have such a skilled the MGB and a Vice President of the
and dedicated group of suppliers helping us MGCC, will drive and autograph the car.
keep our MGs on the road, aren’t we? Photos and a letter from Don will go into
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