XPart : MG Rover competition winners revealed

John Newey of Summit Garage with his XPart competition-winning MG SV-R

John Newey of Summit Garage with his XPart competition-winning MG SV-R

MG Rover parts specialist XPart has announced the winners of its recent competition to identify the country’s MG or Rover with the most interesting history. John Newey of Summit Garage and Kevin Hogan of Hogan Bros Car Sales were both awarded ultra-bright LED handlamps for their competition entries. Newey’s collection of MG V8s includes an MG ZT 400SE, an MG RV8 and an MG SV-R, while Hogan is the proud owner of a 1958 Austin A55 with over 700,000 miles on the clock.

“Amongst the interesting entries we received, we were struck by the enthusiasm and passion of these two men, whose cars are both rare and in superb condition,” comments Barry Smith, UK Sales Manager, XPart. “The time and energy that they have spent in maintaining, modifying and caring for their cars is quite admirable. MG in particular is a brand that has inspired a great deal of devotion among owners.”

As you can see, I’m a real MG V8 enthusiast. I’m probably the only person in the world who owns three MG V8-engined cars and I love each and every one of them in their own way. I just need a MGB GT V8 now to make up the full set!” John Newey, XPart competition winner

John Newey’s MG SV-R is one of just 56 SV-R supercars to be built. It has a 5.0l V8 front mid-engine layout, and can reach 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds. The car’s top speed is 175 mph, although Newey claims that 207 mph was achieved at Italy’s Nardo Ring during testing. It was designed by acclaimed supercar designer Peter Stevens, whose work includes the McLaren F1 and Jaguar XJ220.

Built in December 2004, the car has a carbon fibre body and is British Racing Green with an Umbrian Tan leather interior. It was collected in person by Rowan Atkinson in January 2005 from MG Sport and Racing, and was used for a long-term road testing project with EVO Magazine. Newey purchased the car in October 2008.

“As you can see, I’m a real MG V8 enthusiast,” says Newey. “I’m probably the only person in the world who owns three MG V8-engined cars and I love each and every one of them in their own way. I just need a MGB GT V8 now to make up the full set!”

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XPart competition winner Kevin Hogan’s 1958 Austin A55

[Source: XPart]

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Clive Goldthorp

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Clive claims that his interest in the BMC>MG story dates back to his childhood in the 1960s when the family’s garage premises were leased to a tenant with an Austin agency. However, back in the 1920s and 1930s, his grandmother was one of the country’s first female Garage Proprietors so cars probably run in his genes! Admits to affairs with Alfa Romeos, but has more recently owned an 06/06 MG TF 135 and then a 15/64 MG3 Style… Clive, who was AROnline’s News Editor for nearly four years, stood down from that role in order to devote more time to various Motor Racing projects but still contributes articles on as regular basis as his other commitments permit.

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