MGs reunite for culmination of Y-Type 70th anniversary relay
The spiritual home of the MG provided the perfect setting for the finale of an innovative event to mark the 70th anniversary of the MG Y-Type on Sunday 30th July. A gleaming array of Y-Types and their owners gathered at Kimber House in Abingdon to welcome in the last two drivers as they completed the final legs of the MG Y-Type Round Britain Relay. Launched almost two months earlier at Lakeside Shopping Centre near Dartmouth, the event brought together 52 MG Y-Types and their intrepid owners who traversed the roads of Britain to raise awareness of this rare model in its 70th birthday year.
Sponsored by Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance, the Relay featured one of the biggest collections of the model to take part in any single event, and saw vehicles cover an undulating 1,834-mile route around the UK. Split into a southern and a northern route, the event’s 37 stages took drivers to locations throughout the length and breadth of England, Wales and into Scotland, including the Severn Valley Railway, British Ironworks Centre in Oswestry, The famous hillclimb venue Shelsley Walsh, Gateshead’s The Angel of the North and Bamburgh Castle.
Organised by the M.G. Car Club Y-Type Register, the MG Octagon Car Club and the MG Owners Club, the event was the brainchild of Y-Type Register member Julian Bosworth who wanted a 70th anniversary celebration that would involve Y-Type owners and enthusiasts’ from across the country. In the sunshine on the Kimber House drive, Y-Type owners Mike Brown and David Gregory, fresh from completing the last legs of the route, brought together the two halves of a specially-crafted wooden ‘Y’ baton – each of which had accompanied each driver throughout each leg of the northern and southern routes – to signify the event’s culmination.
Following a celebratory reception featuring restorative tea and cupcakes, the completed baton was presented to Ian Quarrington, MG Car Club Chairman, alongside route co-ordinator Maggie Grafham, MG Y-Type Register Chairman Chris Callaghan and event sponsor Peter James, who praised both the organisers and those who took part. “MG is a marque that is particularly close to our hearts, so to be at Kimber House, celebrating the 70th birthday of such a rare model among those who are most passionate about it is a very special experience indeed,” he explained.
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.
The MG Y-Type was constructed in 1939 with a view to a launch the model at the 1940 Earls Court Motor Show. However, the onset of WWII delayed its launch until 1947. The styling of the body had its roots in the Series E Morris 8, though the new Y model used a separate chassis. New independent front suspension, designed by Jack Daniels and Alec Issigonis (better known for his innovative ‘Mini’) was incorporated and although this had been used in racing ‘R’ Series MGs in the mid-thirties, the Y was the first Nuffield production car to include this set up. This arrangement became standard in all subsequent MGs – a fact that not too many MG owners are aware of. The Y (only later referred to as the YA) was complemented by a Tourer version – the YT, from 1948 to 1950, most of which were produced for export, and in 1952 the YB was launched, boasting enhanced braking, a hypoid rear axle and smaller wheels.
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