Trilogy of Events Unveiled to Celebrate The 50th Birthday of the MGB
Britain’s favourite sports car will enjoy a 50th birthday bash to remember in 2012 with a trilogy of showpiece events set to honour Abingdon’s most famous export. Over 550,000 MGBs were produced in the Oxfordshire town and the car is still revered throughout the world. And with Olympic fever poised to engulf Britain next summer, the MGB50 celebrations are set to attract enthusiasts from all five continents.
The MG Car Club, Silverstone Classic and the MGB50 committee have teamed up to offer MGB owners the chance to participate in an exciting trilogy of events – with something unique happening at each venue. MGLive!, Silverstone Classic and Blenheim Palace form the basis for the 2012 trilogy with each event presenting MGB drivers with a rally plaque that is unique to that particular celebration.
Proceedings will commence at MGLive! on 23-24 June when the MG Car Club descends on Silverstone for the world’s largest MG event. Welcoming all models of MG, the Club’s award-winning annual event has taken place at the home of British Motor Racing since 1949. In 2012 MGLive! will pay homage to the MGB by staging a huge Saturday lunchtime street party with all MGB owners invited to attend.
Then, on 20-22 July, all eyes will turn to the Silverstone Classic where the backdrop for the famous ‘B’ will be the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival with over 800 historic race cars competing and 7,000 classic display cars across the weekend. There will be flat out family fun for everyone with live music from Mike & The Mechanics and Adam Ant plus a free fun fair, retail village, air displays, demos and the new AA World feature with a wealth of attractions. MGB owners will have a truly memorable 50th three-day celebration.
Concluding the MGB50 trilogy in fine style, will be a birthday celebration at Blenheim Palace on 23 September where all MGs are invited. A 120 strong MGB timeline will be on display for visitors, a factory workers re-union, interviews with famous MGB drivers in the arena, trade area and much more. The Blenheim celebration will be the perfect way to bring the curtain down on what promises to be a fabulous MGB50.
MG Car Club General Manager Julian White said: ‘The MG Car Club is thrilled to form part of the MGB50 trilogy – it’s shaping up to be a tremendous year for the B!’
More information at the MGCC website.
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