MG and Speed Records

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MG EX181.  245mph in 1957.  By Gordon Horner.

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As you all know, The MG Car Company was involved with many speed record attempts from almost its inception. So many well known and famous names have been concerned – Cecil Kimber, John Thornley, Syd Enever, George Eyston, Goldie Gardner, Stirling Moss, Phil Hill and many others, all of whom played their part in setting the records in the various EX cars and helping to improve the technology behind normal production cars – “maintaining the breed”, as it was known at Abingdon.

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And so many places – Brooklands, Montlhery, Pendine Sands, Bonneville – with so much travel and time involved. All to make and sell better cars. Well, also for the glory and for Great Britain!
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British Pathé recorded many of these attempts on film, which now serves to illustrate just what went into these endeavours. Below are some links to these films. All but one have a soundtrack. The first viewed will have a short, preceeding advert – if you then successively view others, there will be no repeat of the adverts.
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Click on the British Pathé cockerel. Gently, don’t ruffle his feathers! The Pathé brothers would not approve.

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1931. George Eyston and a “baby” Midget……….1932 – George at the Welsh seaside.
George again, in 1932………………………………….George samples French delights, still in 1932.
Gardner in 1948………………………………………….Gardner again, 1948

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Gardner and EX135 in 1951…………………………..Reel 2 of Gardner and EX135
Eyston at Bonneville, 1954……………………………EX179 with Eyston again, 1954
EX181, 1957……………………………………………….EX181 being built at Abingdon, 1957
Phil Hill in 1959…………………………………………..Not quite a speed record but a good film nonetheless
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More Abingdon cars at Bonneville
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click on ‘The End’

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