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31st december 2018


Following the sale of YB 0279 to facilitate the purchase of an MG VA, I have the following for sale. I will consider sensible offers: Mike Long click for details

20th December 2018

Y Reg Events for 2019

Details of next years events have been posted on the Events Page including

  • The Spring Run Dinner and AGM.
  • MG Live
  • Y Reg Tour of The Isle of Man

13th December 2018

Andrew Coulson’s YA

A letter from Arlene

Dear MG lovers


I thought I would let you know that I will be selling Andrew’s MGYA in the new year. Unfortunately I do not drive her and

she needs to be active!


So I asked Bernard Meynell to come and look her over for a price etc. He thought it better to wait until Spring to advertise but we also thought to get the word out in case anyone is looking. This did happen with Andrew back in 1997 when Dennis Doubtfire told him of the little darling at Harrogate!


After seeing her and a quick drive, Bernard thought of advertising at just under £10,000. I have now completed all the paper work, books, trophies won for the sale and have included all the Monte 1999 rally.


She will need a trip to the garage especially for the brakes-this was not a surprise to me as Andrew always checked them after a spell of non-use! But David Powell, our Ripon garage, agrees better to wait until advertised. If a buyer appears before the garage is prepared for the work-he is very helpful.


So please can you spread the word and I am happy to receive emails -subject MGYA- but I do check spam!


Thanking you all for your help and wishing you a wonderful Christmas and New Year




Arlene xxxx



Parts Wanted

Wanted boot lid and spare wheel cover/lid for my YB. Good (ish) condition please as I could rebuild mine but would prefer ones that no not need repair.


5th november 2018

Jackall ram seal fitting

To help purchasers of our ram seals a page on how to fit them has been added to our Technical page under Jackall Repairs

19th September 2018

Q&A added re YA front brake upgrade to YB


Q&A added re corroded fuel pipe in tank

10th September

Free to Collect morris 10 engines

click for details

7th September 2018

Parts for sale in axminster Devon

For more pics and prices click here

7th August 2018


The car is rust free, Mechanically perfect and essentially original… more

3rd AUGUST 2018

MG YA workshop manual for sale

Maroon original copy, pages are mint but cover is tatty. £25 plus P&P. Contact Pat on 01525 382347.

2nd August 2018

Celebration of 1948 Motor Show by RREC at Stamford

MGCC was invited to show examples of 1948 production cars at the above event at the beginning of July. Both the T register and the Y register attended

Photo attached shows the splendid 1948 maroon and black YA belonging to Simon & Jane Barrett from Oxfordshire and Little Gem standing behind with Burleigh House as the backdrop.

2nd August 2018

New Q&A posted

My question is, if you removed the cylinder head and found all four bores were heavily stamped +.0005 what would you expect the bore size to actually be, read more


30 July 2018

Free to a good home Two XPJM 1140cc

Disposing of two XPJM 1140cc engines. Mostly complete. Absolutely free to collect, although you’ll need some help with you to lift them. Contact Peter Sharp on 01525 861652 or 07725 631718.




23rd July 2018

Removing the Gearbox

Q&A update

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

YB 1048

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.

Click here for details






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   

More photos

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.

 more photos

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

Tricia Roseby

Aston Lodge




18th April 2018

extracts from ‘S J Perelman – a life’

Click to read about Sydneys trip from Paris to Peking in his YT.  

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


Fran Smith with his YB













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 < > 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 or 07958 770617


Mick Breare

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


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.

Click here to view 

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

Casting numbers and tappetsAir filter/silencer

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


9 and 10 tooth bendix

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


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 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

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

Technical Q & A

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:

  • Present
  • 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
  • AOB

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 

No Microchips Here

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











10th March 2017 – Q&A about front springs


New Q&A about front springs 










26th February 2017 – Q&A about YB/TD gearbox


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.