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The next Burblenat will take place at the Bird in Hand, Wreningham on Friday September 23rd  2016. Reminder: Seething air show Sunday September 4th and Oaksmere Hotel (Eye) Classic Cars on Sunday 18th September.

 Helmingham Hall  was probably the best ever! Thanks to John Cumming for organising our excellent pitch on August 7th. 

 

 

And… let the drums roll…

Tony Burgess is Burbler of the Year 2015 for P5 perseverance.

Congratulations Tony!

                 

                   

Burr elm gearknobs . . . To order, email Terry direct at  terry@starkey.uk.com   Specify which shape you’d like and supply your postal address. Terry will give price and payment details. Please click item on sidebar menu for pics of gearknobs. 

 

 

New badge for RV8s

ALL SOLD!You may recall the 200th gearknob which sported a superb new RV8 logo or badge. Roel Stassen in Holland asked me if a badge suitable for mounting on the RV8 radiator grille could be made and, after quite some time, it is now available. The badge (55mm deep x 62mm wide) could also be adhered to other parts of the car if desired. I will supply a kit comprising: 1 laser cut polished stainless steel RV8 badge, which can be glued onto a laser cut plastic backing ‘plate’. This is then glued onto the second plate (with two screw holes) after it has been affixed to the grille with appropriate screws, nuts and washers to safely hold the badge in place on the grille.
The kit (not including glue) is priced at £15 plus p&p and, once the considerable initial outlay (financed by John Cumming and myself) has been recovered, we will make a donation to charity.
The badge is the only one available in the correct typeface as taken from the sales brochure. It really does look good on the car.
Please contact Terry Starkey (as gearknob address) if you would like one.

RV8 badge kit

One thing leads to another.

It rained at this year’s summer picnic at Blickling Hall so Brenda and I sat in the RV8 eating our sandwiches and waited for the better weather to arrive. Eventually it did, so down went the hood and we sat around the car chatting to friends in the usual manner. Brenda then noticed the interior courtesy lights were still on so I opened and shut the doors etc. but they wouldn’t go out. With john Cumming’s help I disconnected the bulbs, breaking one of the lenses in the process and made a mental note to get the wretched thing fixed. John thought the cause might be a broken relay so, knowing nothing about these things, I called a couple of auto electrician cos. but was told they were too busy to see me for a week or so (grrr). I phoned my favourite accessory and tyre supplier, Wilco, who recommended P&P Auto Electrical in Norwich. I phoned them expecting the usual offhandedness but was greeted with ‘could you bring it round now sir?’. Full of surprise and expectation I roared off to their premises in Roundtree way and drove straight into their spacious workshop. As usual the RV8 attracted attention and 2 very helpful chaps asked me what was wrong. One of them got straight into the job and reconnected the bulbs, opened and shut the doors then … he noticed that the courtesy light switch on the dash indicated it was in the on position! Click. Off went the lights. I felt very silly! While eating in the car we must have accidentally pushed the switch. We all had a laugh at my expense while their man reassembled the housing for the lights. Suddenly he went off to his workshop and returned with a new lens which he inserted into its rightful place. Wow and wow again! Such service! I was absolutely delighted. I then asked them if they might have a switchable version of the boot interior light as I often leave it open when we’re picnicking at events. ‘Nah, you don’t need that,’ said my friend, ‘just click the bootlid catch down with your key and the light will go off, when you’re ready to go insert the key in the lock, turn it and the lock will return to its rightful place.’ I couldn’t have been more impressed with such service and friendliness especially when they told me they wouldn’t charge me as they hadn’t done anything. Needless to say I thanked them in the usual way. So guys, if you need anything auto electrical or vehicle tracking, go and see these very good people: P&P Auto Electrical Ltd., 44 Roundtree Way, Norwich NR7 8SG tel. 01603 407080 www.ppautoelectric.co.uk  Terry

If you like good journalism and motor sport, read this, the best ever piece of motor sport journalism.

By DSJ – Denis Jenkinson, ‘Jenks’ – of course!

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Please scroll down  .  .  .  newest items at the top

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And Burbler of the Year Award 2013 goes to . . . Sheila Cumming

NEW! Paul Ireland’s RV8 Cooling Fan Delay

 

 

Part One of Motor Racing in Art. It’s still work in progress so check back often for more pictures.

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A nice short story about a Hurricane . . . but perhaps not what you expect. Especially as Mr Starkey used to pilot one in his youth.

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The Burblers have joined the new Association of Norfolk Vehicle Clubs – check out their website. We wish the new venture much success.

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Peter Harrison, who helps to run the Norwich MGOC and is also a Burbler, is organising a repeat of last year’s very successful MG Seaside Picnic, to be held on 11th August 2013. Click for full details and the booking form. Number of cars is limited to 70, so book early!

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Lots of news in the March bulletin from MGCC.

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Just the beginning of a big new section of our website

 


The history of the MG Car Company

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This has been linked before but what the hell!

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Guess how many RV8s now in Holland and then click the link

 

 

Get under the skin of a B

 

 

Even an Aston doesn’t have the soul of an RV8

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Take a look at and read about this superb V8 Pilot – a very special car.

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Wonderful Healeys in Oregon owned and restored by John Wilson & Son

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Last MGCC race day of 2012 at Snetterton. Pics by Tom Marrison and Peter Harrison.

AND MORE!. Scroll down to the bottom and take a look at the Plus 8 Morgan driver we spotted in the collecting area! Dream on. 

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Paul Ireland, his RV8 and some magnificent roads.

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More ‘legendary’ pics from Andy

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Andy Marrison’s fabulous Old Buckenham and Lowestoft airshow pics

 

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Great pics of the mid summer run on June 10th

Thanks to Don Avery

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High Standards at the Open Afternoon
See new pics from Freddie

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Fantastic find with only 62 miles on the clock!

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Don’t miss the Tibenham Heritage Air Festival July 8th

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T- Racks make good tea racks!

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Burblerette goes F1

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David Boughey’s wonderful aviation photographs.

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Steve’s Healey returns to its former glory.


And this year’s Burbler of the Year award goes to … See New Photographs


From New Zealand – Dominic and Jennette Scott’s MGs


Take a look at the For Sale page.


The new TD Midget, going places in 1948.


Here’s what to do between Christmas and New Year . . .


A good short film on the inspiration for the Jaguar C-X75, with archive footage rarely seen.


RV8s go home.  Also see the item, “A new book . . . ” below.

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A gorgeous Mercedes 300SL from Van den Burbler land.

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Interesting stuff from Oz, including news of a scrapped RV8. The ADDER newsletter.

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Rod’s fabulous, original ’55 Chevvy

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Ken Wallis – a test of time

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John van den Boorn’s fine MGs.

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A new book destined to become a Burblers’ Must Have!

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Photos of the Stag Owners Club National Weekend.  ++More photos now added.

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Avro Vulcan XH558 – the greatest Burbler of all?

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Fast shooting at Snetterton by BurblingDon.

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Steve Shurey, motorsport photographer, has a 5-page gallery of photos of the racing at MGLive! in June.………… (He also has galleries of other race meetings – see here)


A couple of good shots of RV8’ishness, courtesy of the MGCC RV8 Register in Sydney, added to the Gallery.

Helmingham, 2011 – photographs of another marvellous day.  ++ More photographs now added.

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Caspar Hendrix has sent a link to a great set of photographs of a RV8 meet during June in Holland.

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The Transformation.

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Lovely RV8 and equally lovely passenger in Oz.

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Goodbye WB. You were the very best.

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Taz at Midget 50

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Chance encounter in Reno

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Pilgrimage to British Motor Heritage

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Photos from our All-Marques Open Afternoon on 29th May. More will be added as they arrive, so check back at intervals.

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Don Gilham’s newly-acquired BGT has been added to the Gallery, in all its black and white glory!

 

Burblers on two wheels . . . no, not going round bends too fast.

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A Burbler if ever there was! Actually, I think this is beyond Burbling . . .

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Col Ward in Sydney, Australia, has sent some photographs of the burgeoning MGCC scene there.

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As many of us already know, Terry’s enthusiasm and love for his RV8 knows few bounds. Here, he puts it into words.

 

Chris Heys’ TVR V8S added to the Gallery.

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This guy has power at his fingertips. A short video clip, courtesy of Hy Kurzner via VK.

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Godfrey Barnes’ RV8 in Caribbean Blue and 1932 Austin Seven added to the Gallery.

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The E-type recently turned 50, being officially launched by Jaguar at the Geneva Salon in March, 1961.

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As soon as you have an idle few minutes, you must watch these. Thanks to Rick for finding them.

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Breathing new life into a Midget. Taz the Mad Midget wasn’t always dark blue – photos to prove it from Mr Burgess.

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Click on your answer . . .

 

 

Erik in Sweden joins the select ranks of Global Official Burbler Correspondents.

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Time for a chuckle . . .

 

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Some words and pictures from Mr Strauss in Chicago, where they have real snow!

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STOP PRESS! The full range of magnificent Burblers’ clothing has finally arrived!Wear the Burblers’ logo with pride.

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Yet another new page – MG pictures by various artists. Some cracking pictures here, from the MGs of the 1930s to those of the late 1950s. Check ’em out and reward me for hours slaving over a hot computer!

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Well folks, she’s gone and done it! Marion Quarrington can now keep those racers in line . . . with all due authority!

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Burblers Around the World.  We now have Official Burblers Correspondents in New Zealand (Simon Betney), Germany (Peter Garton), Canada (Simon Austin), the United States of America (Major Matt Bertsch, Landon Hunter, Phil Taggart and Michael Strauss), Australia (David Sutcliffe) and Sweden (Erik Persson). If you’d like to become a Correspondent from a far-flung land and contribute news, articles or photos, please do mail me at  stuart((at))lsak.fsnet.co.uk – the more, the merrier. See Burblers Go Global to the right.
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It should be noted that all Burblers’ events are not only MGCC V8 Register-wide events, but MGCC-wide events – naturally!

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Another Bird plus the inspiration for the MX5 added to our glamour page. Black leather and martial arts – can you guess who she is?

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Another brand new page – how do we do it? MGs and Breaking of Speed Records, through the British Pathé lens. Pendine Sands, Bonneville, Montlhery, Brooklands, the Queen Mary; MGs certainly got around in those days and lived up to the slogan, “Safety Fast!

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The wonderful opening chapter of a book about the author’s travels in a F-type Magna, sent in by Peter Steyn in South Africa. Abingdon memories. One to read and re-read.

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