13th July 2018
Y’s to Bedfordshire Spring Run 2018
Jerry's report on this years Spring Run, first seen on the Octagon Bulletin can be read here.
12th July 2018
Mick Breare as the new owner of YB 1048 has sent in an update to the Owners Gallery. June 2018: Here is Olive. A matching numbers car with its original registration, buff log book, full ownership history from new and two folders of receipts going back many years. Present mileage shown is 105,000 miles which, based on old MOTs from1987 (79167 miles) and condition of the interior may well be correct. Originally supplied by Braid Brothers Garage in Colwyn Bay to a Mr David J Clegg of Prestatyn in March 1953 who kept Olive for only 7 months before selling it. During its early years it found a new owner every two to three years so I assume that there were a few folk with sufficient disposable income around at that time. To read more click here
11th July 2018
For Sale Radiator cover and YB front wings.
9th July 2018
For Sale YB 1953 £3000
An easy restoration project due to its originality, Has a very sound chassis, engine not running due to cylinder head being removed for inspection, comes with complete TD twin carb set up, old filter housing and manifold etc, Doors, boot lid and sills have had previous repairs and still need work, One seat frame needs one bottom tube reattaching, Dashboard is complete with all instruments Jackall system is complete and in place but untested, Headlining intact but dirty, The front grille is in great condition with good chrome, New stainless steel exhaust included, For more details click here.
4th July 2018
Llanerchindda Weekend Report and Photos
This year’s visit to Llanerchindda will undoubtedly be remembered for the glorious weather. For me, in the YT, it was four days of wonderful warm, shirt sleeve driving, and for the Y saloons their wind out windscreens and sliding sun roofs got unprecedented use. At the farm the newly refurbished terrace in front of the extended dining room had constant use for morning briefings and afternoon tea, the wonderful view of the Cynghordy Viaduct valley under cloudless blue skies with the Black Mountains in the distance had never been clearer. It was set to be enjoyed by all….. read more
11th june 2018
John Lawson’s “The Classic Y” Newsletters – 1978 – 1983/4
The MG Car Club Y Type Register and the International MG Y Type Register have been working together now for some time on a project to bring all the back issues of John Lawson’s “The Classic Y” into the public domain. We are pleased to announce that the first 6 volumes of from February 1978 to December 1983 are now available on both the MG Car Club Y Type Register and the International MG Y Type Register. Further releases will be made soon so please check back periodically.
24th May 2018
For sale Y type radiator and chrome surround in good condition £120
24th May 2018
Little Gem flying the flag at Croft Castle on the MG South West Centre Wye Valley run on Sunday.
Note Paul and Maggies grandchildren driving and taking grandparents and dad for spin?
15th May 2018
Y Reg Spring Run, Dinner and AGM
A message from Chris and Annette Callaghan
Both Chris and I would like to thank everyone who was on the Spring run this weekend, especially Peter and Gillie Sharp for all their help organising the road run on Sunday. Local knowledge is key.
The awards this year were as follows: Car of the year was awarded to all the participants of the Round Britain Relay. Jack Murray Helping Hand Award was awarded to Maggie Grafham. YA trophy was awarded to Bill and Jan Taylor. YB trophy was awarded to Alan Chick. YT trophy was awarded to Mike and Sue Silk. The Alan Chick Piston Broke Award was not awarded for the run however unfortunately our car has suffered a mechanical mishap which resulted in our car being relayed home on the back of a large AA flatbed lorry. So we have decided to award ourselves the piston broke award for this year.
20 Y types made the Spring Run this year and although they experienced a wet start on Saturday the sun came out on Sunday and everyone enjoyed an excellent run to Shuttleworth where a fantastic collection of early aircraft made very interesting viewing.
The AGM went to plan with all the committee happy to carry on for another year. We were treated to the after dinner entertainment post meeting, as Nick Sharp had a gig to perform at later in the evening, local folk songs were enjoyed by all.
8th May 2018
YA for sale
Slater Reynolds has regrettably put his YA up for sale, click here for details.
radiator and chrome surround for sale
Y type radiator and chrome surround in good condition £120
18th April 2018
extracts from ‘S J Perelman – a life’
Mike Silk has added extracts from Sidney Perelman’s Biography to the previous Safety fast Notes.
10th April 2018
7 Ys brave the rain at Brooklands MG Era Day
5th April 2018
Free to a good home YA front wings
Mike Silk wants to get rid of these YA wings Yorkshire area.
Phone 01924 373866
30th March 2018
Manchester XPAG Tests
Fuel and Tuning – Part 3 Cyclic Variability & Ignition Timing has now been added to the Technical Page
2nd march 2018
Old friend of the Y Register visits
Victor Rodrigues, over from Switzerland talks to Jerry at the Stoneleigh MG Show last month.
1st March 2018
Manchester xpag project
Paul Ireland has sent us the latest report from the XPAG project. The second part of the one we have been waiting for, SOLUTIONS click here to read part 2 of 3.
26th February 2018
Update of Registrars Report 2017
During the past year, we have gained information on a number of cars that were previously unknown to the Register. We now hold information on a total of 1,190 “live‟ cars worldwide an increase of 14 on last year’s figures. read more
29th January 2018
Update to Suppliers Page
I have just collected my rear bumper bar and over riders for my YT from Bob Cooper Chrome Restoration Services, he has done a great job at a very reasonable price, so I have added his details to our Suppliers Page.
Chrome Restoration Services. Bob Cooper 34L Bayton Road, EXhall, Coventry’ CV7 9EJ Telephone 024 7636 4004 Mob 07544 954906
25th January 2018
For sale page update
The YB for sale in our for sale page has been reduced from £9.500 to £8.500
22nd January 2018
Manchester xpag project
Paul Ireland has sent us the latest report from the XPAG project. The one we have been waiting for, SOLUTIONS click here to read part 1 of 3.
18th January 2018
New rules for Historic Vehicles
I hope you are all following the Roadworthiness Testing articles on the FBHVC website < www.fbhvc.co.uk > and how the new rules soon to be introduced by DVLA affect the classification of a “Vehicle of Historic Interest” (VHIs). The relevant regulations are The Motor Vehicles (Tests) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 No.850. Section 7 deals with VHIs and road fund licenses and the exemption of an MoT. The ‘exemption’ for the current pre-1960 for an MoT is to be withdrawn, without examination of their ‘originality’. It is to be replaced with a new ‘exemption’ for vehicles over 40 years old which qualify as Vehicles of Historic Interest by reason OF NOT HAVING BEEN SUBJECT TO SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE (my capitals). Only changes carried out after 1988 will be considered. “Substantial Change” is the key word here, you need to read that regulation to see what is and what is not acceptable. If the vehicle has been changed substantially, it will get a Q plate and be subjected to the requirement for an MoT and not be tax-free. I bet that made a few of you sit up? It will be on a ‘self examination’ system but be warned, if you lie on the form and they find out, you will be charged with Fraud (tax evasion) and get a criminal record.
What amazes me is that so few people even know of this rule change.
15th January 2018
Jackall Ram Seals
The Y Register Shop now supplies Jackall Ram seals. The rubber seal replicates the original, giving a broad sealing surface on the ram. The retail price is £12.50 and completes our Jackall restoration range. Our prices are kept to a minimum and any profits are used to source and manufacture further parts for Y types. Members of the MGCC are eligible for a 5% discount. Go to our shop to order.
The picture shows how these seals work compared to those previously available.
12th January 2018
Mike Breare is still looking for a good solid Y type with its original registration number and engine. He haas missed a couple and had an offer accepted on another but sadly the owner changed his mind. Any help would be appreciated and he can be contacted on email@example.com or 07958 770617
3rd January 2018
Y Ledger Records
These have been added to the Technical Information Page under Introduction & Buyers’ Guides
1st January 2018
A Happy New Year to everyone
We have a new QA on INSTALLING A HEATER
13th December 2017
Mick Breare is still looking for a YB to buy. See the details in our For Sale and Wanted page.
3rd december 2017
Manchester XPAG project.
This next article on the Manchester XPAG tests presents the data that shows the problems caused by modern fuel.
30th November 2017
YB 1953 For Sale
also Radiator with Shell see Cars and Parts for Sale
11th November 2017
Mick Breare is looking for a YB to buy. See the details in our For Sale and Wanted page.
3 November 2017
Two new questions and answers
13th October 2017
Manchester XPAG project. Carburation – Part 1
Paul Ireland has sent us his latest report on the Manchester XPAG Tests. Click here to view.
This article looks at how the SU carburettor works and how it can be adjusted to improve the combustion process, helping to reduce under-bonnet temperatures.
3rd October 2017
More Photos from the Isle of Wight
To view photo gallery click here
26th September 2017
1951 YA for sale
For more details click here.
26th September 2017
Y Register Tour of the Isle of Wight
All home safe and sound having had a superb long weekend.
Here are some photos for a start, look out for the event report soon.
Morning inspection of Ys
Sunday lunch at The Waterfront
9th september 2017
New Article by Neil on Y starter motors
Many people seem to think that once a car is restored, that is it. We all know it certainly is not, as the slow wearing out and ageing process starts all over again. My starter motor is a good example. The many ways an old car can think up of being just damned awkward are legion. Click here to read more
8th september 2017
Round Britain Relay photo competition. the winner
Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance ran a photo competition launched at the start of the Round Britain Relay, offering a voucher for up to £100 worth of insurance to the person who captured the best image of a Y Type taking part in the Relay. Beating-off stiff competition, the winner was Paul Grafham, with his image, above taken moments before the start of the event at Tesco, in Lakeside Shopping Centre, showing MG Y Types lined up and ready to take to the road and organisers wishing the first two drivers good luck for the relay’s starting legs.
Spring Run Weekend 12th & 13th May. 2018
A date for your diary please note it has moved a week from our usual date due to the Bank holiday.
The venue is the Woodland Grange Hotel near Bedford. The Sunday Spring Run is to The Shuttleworth Collection. The Flyer and menu are attached. Please apply to Chris as stated on the flyer and menu
ROUND BRITAIn RELAY – REPORT
The Round Britain Relay finished in style on Sunday 30th July at Kimber House, click here to read the full report.
Round Britain Relay the final leg
MG Parking for the final leg of the Y type Round Britain Event Sunday 30th July 2017.
The Parking is limited at Kimber House and therefore we are asking that only Y type drivers who are on the last leg of the relay park at Kimber House. The other cars need to park at Oxford Engineering Ltd. They have kindly given us permission to park in their car park. There address is: 6 Colwell Drive, Abingdon Business Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 1AU.
The walkway to Kimber House:
From the car park if you cross the road (Colwell Drive) and turn right just before the houses there is a walkway. Follow the walkway and you will arrive at Kimber House.
Winchester MGOC Y-Type article
There is a new article in Safety Fast & Articles reproduced by kind permission of Richard Knight and the Winchester MG Owners’ Club. It first appeared in the July 2017 edition of the Club’s newsletter.
11th July Jackall pipe fittings
The brass compression fittings used to connect the copper pipes on our Y Type Jackall System have a non standard 24 tpi UNF thread and have been difficult to locate. The MGCC Y Type Register Shop now stocks these fittings and olives for our system. There are three different sizes two are available now and the third will be soon. Go to
http://www.mgccyregister.co.uk/shop for details and prices.
30th June Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb
Shelsley Walsh Classic Nostalgia Hill Climb 22 – 23 July
Our Relay sponsors Stewart Millar Peter James Insurance are also sponsoring this event so have invited the Y Register.
If you are thinking of attending please email Maggie firstname.lastname@example.org
The Saturday would be our main day – static display in a car park area and also a parade of Ys at lunchtime.
22nd June 2017 Relay reaches Caerphilly
Caerphilly Castle provided a superb backdrop for the baton handover on Wed 20th June, the YB racked up 160 miles in scorching hot weather with ease. Peter V
19th June 2017 Presentation at MG live
MG Live 2017, Chris Callaghan chairman of the MGCC Y Register on the left presents John Day the President of the MGCC with an oil painting commissioned in respect of the clubs 8 years ownership of Little Gem YB 1170.
The picture depicts the naming of Little Gem when members of the Y Reg committee first viewed the car at Kimber House and Suzie Annell pronounced “she’s a little gem”. Painted in oils by Kevin Parrish the picture will be hung in the new Archive wing at Kimber House.
14th June 2017 Relay baton hits Gloucester
The Southern Route Baton hit Gloucester today brilliantly supported by Gloucestershire MG Owners Club. Seven of their MGs young and old turned out to witness the passing on of the baton. Slater Reynolds arrive spot on time in his early YA and can be seen in the photo handing the baton to Peter Vielvoye with his YT.
6th June 2017 Relay highlights
Northern Route Lunch stop at the Horse and Groom, Cornish Hall End.
The Baton receives the Spirit-of-Morris from the Thaxted Morris Men
4th june 2017 Y round britain relay is off
The Y Round Britain Relay was under the starters gun yesterday at Lakeside Dartford. The Baton was ceremoniously split in two and 5 Ys set off, 2 on the northern route to Chelmsford and 3 south to Hastings. The photo shows Maggie handing over the batons.
23rd May 2017 New Article
It’ll Fit an MG Mate! by Neil Cairns
Imagine you are at an autojumble, or a garage sale, and you spy a rather dusty, dirty engine seemingly going for a song. Upon closer examination it appears to you to be very, very similar to your own MG engine. Do you take the risk?….
16th May Engine Identification question
7th May 2017 Spring Run
Thanks again to Chris and Annette for organizing an excellent run with blue skies and loads of cars. Here’s a few pictures to get us started. Please send in yours.
More pictures hear
More pictures here
5th May 2017 AGM documents & reports
Nomination Form and Agenda here
Chairman’s Report here
Events Report here
Public Relations Report here
Regalia Report here
Registrar’s Report here
Registration of Y Types 2017 here
Safety Fast Scribe’s Report here
Web Editor’s Report here
Accounts Statement here
4th may 2017 – Engine Identification
A new question about engine identification has been answered in Q&As
19th April 2017 – Y Type Register agm, on 6th may
The Y Type Register AGM takes place on Saturday 6th May 2017, at 16:30 at the Elcot Park Hotel, Newbury RG20 2NJ.
The Agenda for the 2017 AGM is as follows:
- Apologies for absence
- Minutes of the 25th AGM
- Matters arising from the 25th AGM
- Chairman’s Report
- Treasurer’s Report
- Technical Report
- Safety Fast/PR Report
- Events Report
- Regalia Report
- Election of Chairman
- Election of Secretary
- Election of Treasurer
- Election of Committee
- Appointment of Accounts reviewer
The Y Register committee is looking for a New Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary. Any member is welcome to stand for election, and the nomination form is available here, and should be completed with the details of proposer and seconder and emailed to the address at the foot of the form.
The AGM is followed by a dinner, and the Spring Run then takes place on the Sunday. Full details on the Spring Run and the arrangements for the AGM, dinner and accommodation can be found here.
3rd April 2017 – MG Era day Sunday 2nd April
Even more than expected, 24 Ys turned up to celebrate our 70th Anniversary at Brooklands MG Era Day. A warm sunny day helped to make it a very enjoyable event with our impressive line of Ys steeling the show. Some new faces were signed up for the Round Britain Relay which was well promoted with its own under gazebo display.
If you were there and took some photos please send them in to Neil and myself for posting on the website and Facebook. You can read Neil’s full report here. Peter
24th march 2017 – Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance sponsors the round britain relay
Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance is sponsoring the Club’s premier event for the Y Type’s 70th year the Round Britain Relay, which starts 3rd June. Managing Director, Peter James, said: “MG is a marque that is particularly close to our hearts so we are delighted to be involved in the celebrations to mark the rare Y Type’s 70th birthday.”
21st March 2017 – No Microchips Here
Neil has posted an amusing insight to our cars
Many people admire the little MG ‘Y Type’ saloon these days, often one will meet a few looking the car over when left parked up and the resulting conversation delays everyone! Its nice they are interested, but few realise just what a 70 year old car does NOT have. Here is a list of the things the MG ‘One and a Quarter Liter Sports Saloon’ is missing compared to a 2017 car;-
14th March 2017 – MG ERa day brooklands
Sunday April 2nd
We now have four YAs, five YTs and eight YBs signed up and hoping to make it to the show. We have 20 parking places reserved in the museum area so it’s not too late to join us. The deadline for discounted tickets is March 22nd. Contact Jerry for details, you can click here for a PDF of his full joining instructions: MG_ERA_Details.
13th march 2017 – MGYB for sale, first reg 4 may 1953
For sale, MGYB registered 4 May 1953. Maroon with beige interior. Family owned since 1967. Last used 1987/8 then dismantled for a restoration project and has been dry stored since in Cambridgeshire. See Parts for Sale and Wanted.
13th march 2017 – MGCC SHOP re-opens
The MGCC shop has just re-opened with a wide range of merchandise. Y owners will be interested in the tin of travel sweets that has a picture of an early Y being assembled at Abingdon. The MG Top Trumps also includes a YB, our old friend Little Gem. See http://shop.mgcc.co.uk/product/mgcc-travel-sweets.
10th March 2017 – Q&A about front springs
26th February 2017 – Q&A about YB/TD gearbox
TECHNICAL INFORMATION PAGE:
New Q&A about YB TD gearbox.
18th February 2017 – yb added to owners’ gallery
Iain Crowther’s YB, which he bought from his father, has been added to the Owners’ Gallery pages.
11th February 2017 – New resource for Y owners
Y Reg Questions & Answers recorded on our Technical Information Page
Neil Cairns is our MGCC Y Register Technical Advisor, he is also on the Technical Advice and Support Panel of the Octagon Car Club specialising in Y Types and receives a wide range of question from Y owners. You can now view past Q&As on our Technical Information Page.