Mike Humble (still drying out!)
Well, as we all know, the MGB celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. MG Live! kicked off the celebrations at Silverstone, but MGB50 at Blenheim was the biggie and just for that model alone. Sadly, rain fell on the parade and I was almost inclined to turn back on the M40 during my journey up there – the weather really was that bad.
Thankfully, I persevered and arrived at the superb grounds of Blenheim Palace – the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill – just after noon. The setting for the event was quintessentially English, as was the weather to be fair, but the monsoon-like rain failed to spoil or, indeed, dampen spirits.
MGB50 was destined from the start to be a big event as we will be unlikely to witness a similar gathering of such size in, say, 25 years time. All models in all conditions made the journey to Oxfordshire but some of the events and items on the day’s schedule never happened, mainly due to the dreadful weather.
However, in true ‘the show must go on’ tradition, everyone including myself, seemed to have a good time celebrating one of the world’s most popular sports car. Even MG Motor UK did the decent thing and had a presence there, displaying a brace of MG6 models along with a replica of MG KX Momentum Racing’s BTCC MG6 GT.
The usual autojumble and trade stalls braved the rain, but I thankfully declined the chance of a burger at £6.70, opting to enjoy a free chocolate muffin under the protection of the Classics Monthly magazine stall. Please accept my apologies for the lack of text and pictures – it was a grim sky over Oxfordshire that day – and join me in raising aloft a glass of real ale to say…
Happy 5oth Birthday MGB!