Words and Photographs: Simon Davies/Pegasus Photographics
This year’s MG International Show at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire last Sunday featured the usual mix of Owners’ Club stands and an MG-biased autojumble sale. The first chance to meet friends from the clubs around the country and from across Europe in 2011 was, as usual, an added bonus.
Both the MG Car Club and the MG Owners’ Club had large stands, as did several of the Car Club’s Registers, which took the opportunity to promote summer events as well as selling MG regalia.
A number of major parts and after-market distributors were also present with the usual array of glittering, shiny bits, soft leather seats and interiors to tempt buyers wishing to improve their ‘loved ones’ for the coming season.
Attendance appeared higher than in 2010 – perhaps as a result of better weather as the icy conditions last year probably kept people away. There was a better atmosphere and traders seemed happier. One trader commented that they had only made two sales all day last year in comparison with over a dozen in the first few hours this year.
Cars on sale ranged from absolute “wreaks”, needing a lot of attention, to fully finished examples of pre and post war classics. Prices, as ever, ranged from the low thousands to well over £30,000. Everything could be sourced for complete rebuilds of almost any MG: wood frames, pre-war bonnets, sub-frames, wings and wheels, piled in heaps, together with nuts, bolts, washers of all sizes and interiors for every type of MG in boxes, on tables and on the ground, with sellers open to negotiation on prices. Seats could be recovered, re-padded or simply replaced with new or second-hand examples from scrapped cars.
All the MG enthusiasts who attended were, as usual, able to make purchases or ask for advice about anything and everything relating to their MG. Indeed, all in all, the day proved to be enjoyable, informative and a good start to what promises to be another great year on the MG front.
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