Events : MGB50 celebrations at Silverstone

A record-breaking 58 FIA MGBs will compete in the Official MGB50 Celebration race at MGLive! on Saturday 23 June. The MG Car Club’s 62nd successive Silverstone meeting has attracted a mouth-watering grid of the world’s best MGBs and competitors will contest for honours on the full GP circuit.

Supported by British Motor Heritage, the prestigious 50 minute race is for FIA spec MGBs running on Dunlop Historic Tyres and includes a mandatory pit stop. MGLive! is the world’s largest MG event and attracts 20,000 enthusiasts from every corner of the globe. The MG Car Club’s award winning weekend begins a trilogy of high profile MGB50 events in 2012 and celebrations are set to continue at the Silverstone Classic (July) and Blenheim Palace (September).

Off track, the MGLive! MGB50 street party will assume centre stage and thousands examples of Abingdon’s most famous export are anticipated to descend on Silverstone. Notable cars competing in the MGLive! MGB50 celebration race include ex works cars 6DBL, BRX 854B,DRX 256C, DRX255C, 2 GLL and LBL591E along with other historic  period MGBs HGT 576C, 665 FXF, the WSM MGB and a Jacques Coune MGB Berlinette.

In another exciting development, former MG works driver Paddy Hopkirk will be on hand to present awards to the winners of the MGB50 celebration race. Later that evening, the popular Irishman will host the MG Car Club’s annual Silverstone dinner in the Jimmy Brown Suite which will see a host of ex MG works drivers also in attendance.

Aside from the MGB50 celebration race, the MGCC’s usual comprehensive programme of track action will be taking place. Dave Saunders, Motorsport Director of the MG Car Club said: ‘The worldwide response to the official MGB50 race has been overwhelming. The MG Car Club’s annual Silverstone event has tremendous pedigree and competitors were applying to enter the celebration race as early as December last year.’

Keith Adams

Be the first to comment

Add to the debate: leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.