SPENDING an idle few moments reading the forums at mg-rover.org, I stumbled across a thread that made me smile. Discussing prototype MGs, it went on to talk about RDX60 mules and prototypes, and in particular the Wedgewood Blue cut ‘n’ shut pictured above.
The image first appeared in Autocar back in 2001, where the magazine went on to discuss the excitingly titled RD60 programme. We knew the rest, of course, but it’s interesting to learn how the magazine came into possession of the facts. Basically someone working at MG Rover met someone working at the magazine; he ‘accidentally’ dropped a couple of images – this being one of them – before leaving. Said member of Autocar dashed back to Teddington, held the news page and ran the story. Ancient history now, you understand.
However, the subterfuge went an awful lot further than that. Said MG Rover employee spent a busy afternoon taping bin bags to a standard 75 at a wind-swept Gaydon and deploying a black tape. You notice I said standard 75? That’s because the truncated rear end was added on later by an imaginative Photoshop artist at MG Rover. The ruse was sufficient enough to convince the world that plans for RDX60 were further advanced than they may well have been – and gave us hope for the future.
As it is, we all know just how far RDX60 actually progressed… but for a while, it was nice that we could all dare to dream.
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