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The Y has featured in a number of films and TV shows over the years, and even songs! Through these pages we hope to bring these appearances to your attention. If you have any stills or video clips (preferably both), please send them to the Webmaster and we will try to feature them here.

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Deadly Strangers is a 1975 film about a patient at Greenwood, an institution for the criminally insane, has escaped. Concurrently, a young woman named Belle Adams, traveling on her own, is trying to make her way from the Greenwood area to the south coast, specifically to Wickham, where she has not been since she lived there when she was a child. Following the deaths of her parents in a car accident, she became a ward of her uncle, that being the reason for moving from Wickham. Out of circumstance, she changes what was her original plan of taking the train to Wickham, to accepting vehicle rides from strangers, including Jim Nicholls, a lecherous lorry driver, and Malcolm Robarts, an eccentric older American expatriate who still retains a romantic sensibility. Who Belle ends up spending most of the time with on her trek is a young Birmingham based traveling salesman named Stephen Slade, who demonstrates that he has a bit of a temper and imbibes just a little too much, perhaps to calm his nerves which can spark his temper. Both Belle and Stephen's interactions with each other are colored by relationships from their past, Belle's with her uncle and Stephen's with an ex-girlfriend. Their time together is also overshadowed by a potentially violent encounter they have with a couple of bikers. Still with no news of the escapee in the papers, Belle catches Stephen in what look to be a couple of lies. Could these lies be hiding that he is the escapee and thus a murderer?

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Five home videos from the late David Pelham's collection.

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Hope and Glory is a film made in 1987 about Bill Rohan, a young boy living on the outskirts of London experiences the exhilaration of World War II, as seen through the eyes of director John Boorman, who also wrote and produced the autobiographical film. During this period, Bill learns about sex, death, love, hypocrisy, and the faults of adults as he prowls the ruins of bombed houses on Rosehill Avenue. His childlike father is off chasing patriotic dreams of glory from behind a military clerk's typewriter; his teenage sister runs wild; his mother can't cope; and everything in the end will eventually turn out all right.

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YT 4127 in Israel - Beautiful cars in Israel.

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Charles Wiggins drives YT 4313 through the beautiful Maine countryside in Fall 2016.

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Restoration of an MG YT by Gassman Automotive, Waynesboro, Virginia 22980 USA.

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1949 MG YT - for sale in Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034 from September 2013 through Amelia Dream Cars.

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MG Car Club Y Type Register 2014 Spring Run.

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Unknown MG Y Type engine under test in November 2012 with good oil pressure!

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A black MG Series "Y" from 1948, here at Gothenburg Motor Historic Club in Gothenburg, Sweden in May 2017.

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Here at Bridge Classic Cars we are rebuilding a beautiful 1949 MG YT. You can view the full restoration journey on our website.

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Two excellent videos from YouTube of MG Ys recently climbing the Shelsey Walsh Hillclimb on July 22, 2017.

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David Jones and MG Y 4002

John Grafham and MG Y 0614

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An excellent "Look at life" video clip from The Rank Organisation dated September 1965 looking at what's being done to clear the streets of dumped cars, contains some very upsetting scenes! The full video can be see on YouTube at here. Meanwhile, here is one of those distrssing images.

Look at Life - 1965, The Rank Organisation

1948 MG YT from Japan

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1948 MG YT Test Drive from Japan

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1949 MG Y Series - Waimak Classic Cars - New Zealand July 25, 2015

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Dave Edwards, a Toyota dealer in upstate South Carolina with a 1947 MG Y

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A picture collage from a hot rod build with a 1947 MG Y, a home-built frame and a Chevrolet 350 V8.

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An MG Y Type at Lake Mirror Florida, USA. On YouTube this is badly described as '1947 MG Magnette YA Four Door Sedan Grn LakeMirrorB101814' but the details do say 'A very civilized MG sedan made it here to the U.S., and this one looks perfect! It's nice to see what was current in 1947 "across the pond"!'.

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An MG YA on "Jungfernfahrt" in old Europe on the way to Sommertreff 2013.

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MG YB 0480 competing in the 1954 Monte Carlo Rally.

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Marc Hanson with MG YB 0480 competing in the 2016 Monte Carlo Classique Rally.

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Paul West's Y 7195. (The video consists of a single shot and does not move.)

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1949 MG Y Type 1 1/4 Litre Tourer Convertible is for sale in Headquarters in Plano, TX 75086 at Motorcars Financial, LLC. in February 2014.

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Charles Wiggins and his MG Y/T 2015.

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An MG Y/T at Greenwood Car Show, Washington USA 2012.

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Ruth Rendell Mysteries Series 10 Episode 1 The DoubleYB 0781 being used in the Ruth Rendell Mystery series, Series 10 Episode 1 'The Double' where two identical women, one virginal and good and the other sexy and seductive, vie for the affections of a young stockbroker.

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From the Ground UpFrom the Ground Up was a short 15 minute documentary film directed by Cyril Frankel and starring Clive Dunn and Jack Ralph made in 1950. the MG Y Type can briefly be seen in the background on the left of the monument in the still.
A Dark Adapted EyeA Dark Adaptive Eye is a psychological mystery/thriller movie made for TV in 1994, adapted from Ruth Rendell's novel of the same name, depicts a family on the edge. Two sisters, the elder obsessive Vera, and the younger, manipulative Eden, cut a path of jealousy, murder and revenge that leads to the destruction of their entire family. The MG Y Type appears in episode 2.
UnforgottenUnforgotten is a British TV Series in 2015. The plot is set when Police start to investigate when the bones of a young man are found under the footings of a demolished house 39 years after his murder. The MG Y appears in episode 1.
Lease of LifeLease of Life is a British movie made in 1954 about a parson of a small rural community who knows he is dying and this makes him reconsider his life so far and what he can still do to help the community. Unfortunately the still is to blurred to make out the licence plate of the MG Y.
Rosamunde Pilcher - Lass es Liebe seinRosamunde Pilcher - Lass es Liebe sein (Let There Be Love) is a German movie made in 2009 about Tom Richmond refused, although gifted, to succeed his father George as CEO of the family's private bank, to run an old-timer restoration firm with buddy David Fenner. It's love at first sight when Tom meets younger student Natalie Blum from Georgia, who is however focused on her intern job in the bank, as George's assistant to assess to damage caused by a trusted, disloyal key employee. George, who left Tom and his mother years ago, presumably for a younger woman, falls for Natalia, but she won't commit without love, despite pleas to be 'sensible' from her brother Victor, who points out they must provide for her young son Sascha. The MG Y/T shown in the titles is Y/T EXR 3253 currently owned by Anil Koshti.
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Rafael Vogt (star) with co-stars Stefan and Eva

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Rafael Vogt (left)

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Co-stars Stefan and Eva

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Cars lined up for opening credit sequence

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Anil Kosti's daughter Natasha with the YT on the rally route

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Natasha with Michael Kissaum the Deputy Director

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Natasha with the star Jenina Flieger

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The YT by the Berliner Union Film van

Huihun ye - The Haunted NightMade in 1962 in Hong Kong, Huihun ye (The Haunted Night) is an unauthorised reprise of Hitchcock's Vertigo. The film is based on the same plot with some alterations, most significantly the detective is prone to a heart attack instead of vertigo.
Agent CarterSet in 1946 (so it actually predates the MG Y's birth by one year) Peggy Carter is relegated to secretarial duties in the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR). When Howard Stark is accused of treason, he secretly recruits Peggy to clear his name with the help of his butler, Edwin Jarvis. The MG Y appears in Season 2 Episode 8. Agent Carter was made in 2015 - 2016 as a TV series.
The Evolution of the Drift Angle – 50 years of rallyThe Evolution of the Drift Angle – 50 years of rally is a documentary made in 2002.

My neighbour and I have a Xmas Day Treat for the grandkids when we take them for a drive to see if Santa is still about the neighbourhood. But every year we get ambushed by "Bad Santa's" with water guns - the kids just love it. Just at the end you can hear one of them saying - "do it again". All good clean fun in a YT ...

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Sleeping Murder

An MG Y features in the second episode of Agetha Christie's Sleeping Murder (1987) staring Joan Hickson as Miss Marple. This is a still picture only.

A YouTube Channel programme from The Great British Channel entitled Classic MG Cars. The programme was made at MG Car Club Summer Day Out, Blenhiem Palace, Oxfordshire, UK 29, June 2001. Watch out for the MG YT at about the 17 minute 20 second mark! There are lots of other lovely MGs in the video too. The overall programme length is nearly 59 minutes.

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A television report from 2014 Sommertreff meeting by German TV channel RS1.

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A 1952 MG YB brought to you by Beverley Hills Car Club, California, USA.

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MG Y Type MGs on the MG Cars Channel.

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Two video clips from Karl Borches participating in Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips-Gedächtnisfahrt. Graf Berghe von Trips was the Michael Schumacher of the 1950s. He died at Monza 1961.

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Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips-Gedächtnisfahrt.

Oldtimerausfahrt im Rahmen der TripsTour 2014

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Atul Anand and YT 2548 appearing at the Heritage Motoring Club of India at 12th Auto Expo 2014 Greater Noida, India

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A Sunday trip down Moel Famau in a 1952 MG YB motor car and back along A494 with David Mullen.

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A short video clip from Sommertreff 2013.

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A short film of Y 6824 and found on YouTube. It looks like this film was made by some hikers who came across the car in a car park somewhere and liked what they saw!

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A film made about YB 0538 and found on YouTube.

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A sales promotional video made by Hampton Motors, Quogue, New York, USA of YT 2851 and found on YouTube.

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John Twist, University Motors Michigan, Illinois, USA talks about the MG YT. Found on YouTube. Contains a few factual errors, but in nonetheless a good view of our cars.

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A short clip celebrating 65 years of MG Ys in Abingdon, UK from 2012 found on YouTube.

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Three videos shot on Boxing Day. 26 December 2012. These videos are also on YouTube!

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Hiroshi Ogawa's MG Y 1857 from Japan. This video is also on YouTube!

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YT 4127

YT 4127 is unveiled to an appreciative reception after audience after it's restoration in Israel. This video is also on YouTube!

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Yorkshire Dales Tour of 1993

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Another of David Pelham's "home movie" collection, this time from the Yorkshire Dales Tour of 1993.

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MG Ys at Silverstone 1997

Silverstone 1997

David Pelham shot this "home movie" in 1997 at Silverstone when the MG Y Type celebrated it's Golden Jubilee with loads of MG Ys present and three "parade" laps of the circuit. Owners were asked to "drive" their cars around the circuit for three laps ... but needless to say, they were very determined to give great spectator value to the audience and gave a great show. Sadly there is no footage of the laps from David, but you do see all the cars lined up in the Paddock with Frank Vautiers's MG Y upfront and also the redoubtable Dennis Doubtfire marshalling us all into line!

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 My week with Marilyn

My week with Marilyn (2011)

"In the early summer of 1956, 25 year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of "The Prince and The Showgirl", the film that famoulsy united Sir Lawrence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott).

"Nearly 40 years on, his diary account The Prince, the Showgirl and me, was published, but one week was missing and this was published some years later as My Week with Marilyn - this is the story of that week. When Arthur Miller leaves England, the coast is clear for Colin to introduce Marilyn to some of the pleasures of British life; an idyllic week in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from her retinue of Hollywood hangers-on and the pressure of work."

Synopsis from http://myweekwithmarilynmovie.com/

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The Iron Lady

The Iron Lady (2011)

In The Iron Lady (2011), an elderly Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British Prime Minister, intervene. The real star though has to be the MG Y!

 

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A short 1 minute home move made by Jerry Birkbeck featuring his MG YT dressed for use as a wedding car.

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Two videos of an MG YT!.

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A 2 minute video of Len Shaw's YB at the Gaydon Motor Museum.

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A 3 minute video of Dave Hillman's YB 1470 at a car show.

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A short video of the Van der Veer family on Sommertreff 2008in Remscheid, Germany. This video is also on YouTube and is aptly titled MG YA, the perfect family car.

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A video on YouTube uploaded by anystreet51, believed to be taken at the Sarasota Motor Museum, Florida, USA.

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Two great videos from MG Enthusiast Magazine. You can Subscribe here to MG Enthusiast.

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Y 1901

Y 1901 of Dave Edwards, South Carolina undergoing restoration at Elite Customs, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA.

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Sadly we do not know who to credit, nor what MG Y this is, or where it was filmed. If you know, please contact the webmaster here.

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Willem Van der Veer and family tackle the Klausen Pass in Switzerland in 2008 in their MG Y.

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Andrew Moreland talks to Car Bob on AutoTalkVideo.com about his MG Y/T.

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Two great videos from David Jones!

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M.G. Y driving through Aberaeron

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Lipstick on your collar

Lipstick on your collar (1995)

During the Suez Crisis of 1956, two young clerks at the stuffy Foreign Office in Whitehall display little interest in the decline of the British Empire. To their eyes, it can hardly compete with girls, rock music (including "Lay Down Your Arms"), and the intrigue of romantic entanglements.

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Heights of Danger

Heights of Danger (1953)

In "Heights Of Danger" (1953, 57 minutes), A big garage profiteer seeks to sabotage a British father and his children's chances of winning an Alpine motor car rally, the £500 prize money from which would preserve their small and struggling garage business.

Continental motor racing adventure Heights of Danger (1953) features Basil Appleby and Freda Bamford but the real star is the MG TD Sports Car - tenacious and reliable to the last amidst the twisting and mountainous road conditions, through the picturesque "Edelweiss Pass" and through all the villain's devious attempts to scupper its ultimate victory!

Directed by Peter Bradford Produced by Howard Thomas for the British Pathé Documentary Unit in 1953.

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CD Bonus Tracks (1953)

Bonus Features on the CD include: Safety Fast (1948, 9 minutes) MG Sports Car Promotional Film featuring 38 American and English amateur racing car drivers zoom around a course in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Goldie Gardner on German autobahn at Dessau breaking the International kilometre record. And a fascinating insight into the MG Production line at their Abingdon workshops, including several shots of MG Y Saloons.  Goldie Gardner : MG EX-135 At Bonneville (1951, 3 minutes) Sterling Moss : MG EX-181 At Bonneville (1957, 3 minutes), and MG A Twin-Cam Production Model (1958, 3 minutes). Produced for the British Pathé Documentary Unit.

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Additional items on www.strikeforcetv.com for the avid car enthusiast are:

British Motor Shows Of The 1950s

British Motor Shows Of The 1960s, and

Monte Carlo Rallies 1958 - 1965

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YT 5143

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Marie Gould's father bought the car second hand from its first owner in 1954 and used it as his daily driver until the mid eighties. It was last registered in 1986. He gave it to us when he moved house in 2006. YT 5143 first ran again on 20 February 2011 after 25 years, with only a new battery, coil, some fuel lines, oil and water. Next step is to get rid of some chassis rust on the driver's side and make the brakes work.

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They do it with Mirrors

They Do it with Mirrors

In "They do it with mirrors" Ruth van Rydock is worried about her sister's health and well-being and asks their mutual friend Jane Marple to visit her for a awhile. Her sister, Carrie-Louise Serrocold, is married to Lewis Serrocold and he has turned their estate into an institute of sorts for young offenders. Miss Marple is more than happy to visit and finds an odd assortment of characters on the premises. When Christian Gulbranson is found shot while sitting at the typewriter in his room, Miss Marple has a murder to solve. Gulbranson, a trustee of the institute, had only arrived that day on urgent business and Lewis Serrocold found a partly completed letter in his typewriter saying that someone was poisoning Carrie-Louise. Assisting Inspector Slack, with whom she had previously worked, she soon knows who committed the crime but is not quite sure how they did it.

Joan Hickson stars as Miss Marple.

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Marc Hanson and YB 0414 tackle the timed lap track at London's Crystal Palace - May 2010.

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John Sanderson posted this video of the engine from Y 5729 on YouTube. Fasten your seat belts, go full screen, and turn up the volume!

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 The Fast Lady (1962)

In The The Fast Lady (1962). Murdoch Troon (Stanley Baxter) is a shy Scotsman from a rigid moralistic background, working in England. He's passionate about cycling until he meets a beautiful girl (played by the gorgeous Julie Christie) and falls in love with her. She's equally attracted to him. Just one problem; her wealthy/disciplinarian father owns a sports car firm, HATES cyclists and won't let Murdoch take her out until he passes the driving test. Enter Troon's slippery friend, a used car salesman desperate for commission, who promises to teach him to drive if he buys "The Fast Lady", an old sports car he's anxious to get rid of. The casting of this film is near-perfect.  As in all the best farces this film starts quietly and then gradually moves the pace up and up until the frantic side-splitting finale. The Fast Lady delightfully pokes fun at the British class system and figures of minor authority  and the recurring theme tune is 'catchy'. So, if it's ever on TV again, I'd advise you to watch it. You'll laugh throughout and be left with a nice warm feeling by the end.

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An MG YT overtaking an MG TC.

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Willem van der Veer posted this "video nasty" on You Tube ... after taking the useful bits off Y 4548.

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 The Damned, aka These are the Damned (1963)

In The Damned, aka These are the Damned (1963) an American tourist with a boat is robbed by a gang of teenager boys, assisted by the leader's sister. But soon afterward she jumps to the victim's boat to escape her brother's incestuous jealousy. The couple fly together and is hunted by the entire gang. Both happen to enter high-classified military territory. There might be a third and atomic world war, after which no ordinary man could survive. But now and then children are born who are "naturally" radio-active and have cold blood. They might survive in the post-war world and carry on mankind. They are fetched and brought to an underground construction where they are educated by TV. They are told that they are on a space ship moving toward the earth, which they should eventually colonize. This military project seems to be a failure because of a high mortality among the children. - The military soon finds the gang. The couple finds the children and tries to help them to escape. This situation will develop into psychological and other horror. Written by Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden.

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The Stone of Destiny (2008)

In The Stone of Destiny (2008), Ian Hamilton a lawyer and the protagonist, is very angry at what he sees as the political and economic subjugation of Scotland by England, and sad that Scots are somewhat ashamed to be Scottish (symbolised by the description of Scotland as "North Britain" in much material of the time) so he decides to perform a symbolic act to put heart into the marginalised Scottish nationalist movement. He creates a daring scheme with a friend to liberate the Stone of Scone (a.k.a. the Stone of Scone) back from Westminister Abbey in London, where it had resided for centuries following English military victories over the Scots in the Middle Ages. They both research the Abbey and create their scheme, but once his friend realized that Ian was actually serious about liberating the stone, he backed out. So Ian decided he would liberate the stone by himself, but before he left, he went to see the head of the university (a prominent campaigner for Scottish Nationalism, played by Robert Carlyle) to ask for funds for basic necessities. He provided, and later, at a party, referred Ian to Kay Matheson, a girl with strong Nationalist ideas, would help him retrieve the stone. After a variety of rather comic mis-chances, the group retrieve the stone from Westminster Abbey and return it to Scotland. After repairing damage, they return it to the authorities (having achieved their political aims) and are arrested and charged, but not prosecuted, on charges relating to the case. The final narration on screen points out that though the Stone is now in Scotland, it is only 'on loan' and will return to Westminster for the next Coronation of a British monarch. Anon.

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Another You Tube film - this time featuring Y 5888 of Willem van der Veer.

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March to Aldermaston (1959)

March to Aldermaston is a documentary looking at the anti-war, anti-nuclear bomb march starting on Good Friday in 1958. With interviews with those involved and footage from the entire march, the film captures the spirit of those trying to force change for the better as they get closer to the factory in Aldermaston.

The film does make important points through narration Richard Burton but it spreads them too thinly across too much footage. If it had done a better job of providing more interest in the footage then it would have covered the gaps but it doesn't manage it and the film feels too long as a result. It ends strongly with pictures of the victims run against the march and with a challenge from the film to the viewer, which does rather save the film because this is the impression one is left with, but it is difficult to ignore the bagginess and length as you are watching it.

Critique courtesy of International Move DataBase website.

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Gilles Bachand revitalises his Semaphore arms after at least 12 years of non-use.  He was so thrilled, he posted this video on YouTube!

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Hoi seung fa (1986)

Hoi seung fa was released in 1986.  The Mandarin title literally translated means Sea Top Flower, although the international title is Immortal Story.  Recorded in Cantonese and staring Sylvia Chang, Paul Chun, Sui-Wong Fan, Shingo Tsurumi, David Wu, Wai Yiu, and Yonfan.  Apart from that, ... I have not been able to  find out anything about the plot!

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YouTube (2005)

This clip was found by Willem Van der Veer on the YouTube website.  You are advised that this clip may show scenes that could be considered to be of a disturbing nature and viewer discretion is advised.  Those of a weak disposition might prefer to turn away!  The narrative on the YouTube site says "I'm not sure what model MG car, but it had been in my neighbour's drive for the last 28 years at least - they decided to get rid of it in 2005. Here it is being loaded onto the back of a skip truck".  Although it is hard to be certain, it is probably a YB as you can just make out an over rider on the front bumper as it is pushed through the hole for the sun roof and there are shadows of twin windtone horns on the fire wall.

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Malta Story (1953)

This film, Malta Story, was produced at Ealing Studios in 1953 and was directed by Brian Hurst.  Staring Alex Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Steel and Muriel Pavlow.

In 1942 Britain was clinging to the island of Malta as it was critical to keeping Allied supply lines to North Africa open. The Axis also wanted it for their own supply lines. The film contains many realistic re-enactments and archival combat footage, as the British are besieged and fight off the Luftwaffe. Against this background, an RAF reconnaissance photographer's romance with a local girl is endangered as he tries to plot enemy movements.  This film is a great credit to the magnificent fortitude of the Maltese people, and the Armed Forces stationed on the island, and those who sought to supply them against seemingly overwhelming odds.  A slight bit of directorial discretion then in the use of a YT, but it is a great film about a phenomenally dark time (great flying scenes and also features contemporary news reel film clips in the film too).

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Evelyn (2002)

Evelyn was made by United Artist in 2002 and based on a true story.  Produced by, and staring Pierce Brosnan, Evelyn is set in 1953 in Dublin, Ireland.

Times are tough, but no one has it tougher than Desmond Doyle when his wife runs off, with a guy in an MG Y, (Pierce Brosnan, or an MG Y owner - which would you choose ladies!!): his beloved daughter Evelyn and two young sons are sent to an orphanages by the government under the 1941 Children's Act (Ireland).  Enlisting the help of loyal friends (Juliana Marguiles, Stephen Rae) and a feisty American lawyer (Aidan Quinn), he takes his case to Ireland's Supreme Court in a history-making quest to topple an ironclad law ... and wins back custody of his children!

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Cinevelyn Internationale Filmproduktionsgesellschaft Mbh & Co. 1

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Dance with a stranger (1985)

Dance with a stranger is based on the true story of the last woman hanged in England. Staring Miranda Richardson in her "spectacular movie debut" (Vogue), along with Rupert Everett and Ian Holm, Dance with a stranger is the "stunning, powerful [and] fascinating" (Vogue) winner of the 1985 Cannes Best Picture Award.

Ruth Ellis (Richardson) is a private dancer with a tough exterior.  But her armour begins to crack when she meets wealthy racecar driver David Blakely (Everett).  And despite warnings against the affair by her friends and would-be lover Desmond Cussen (Holm), Ellis is quickly seduced by Blakely's charms.  But when his passions turn cold, she is caught in a dark dance of obsession which gives way to desperation and finally culminates in a deadly confrontation that shatters the stillness one fateful night with a shocking act ... that may ultimately destroy them both.

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Dance with a Stranger © 1985 National Film Trustee Company, Ltd.

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Le Petit Soldat (1963)

This film, Le Petit Soldat directed by Jean-Luc Godard, was made in 1960. It was subsequently banned by the French government and not commercially released until 1963, when the war in Algeria was over and Algeria had gained its independence. It is sometimes difficult to recall, so many years after the fact, that the Algerian conflict was then tearing France apart and, had anyone but a World War II veteran like De Gaulle been in charge, probably would have led to civil war.

The lead character is a somewhat reluctant and half-hearted member of a right wing terrorist group, opposing Algerian independence, planning assassinations and tortures of members of left wing terrorist groups supporting Algerian independence. Godard demonstrates that there is really no difference between the two, that they are both morally bankrupt and ultimately nihilistic. Members of both groups are shown with remarkable objectivity - remarkable if you know Godard's own political leanings, which were far to the left, Maoist in fact.

Stylistically the film has a documentary, cinema verite feel. Godard used hand held cameras decades before they came into vogue. The characters seem real, so much so that, except for the beautiful Anna Karina, it is necessary to remind oneself that these are actors.

By the way, probably very few viewers, except those who may have been in France at that time, will know the significance of a scene where, several times in succession, several cars blow their horns "ta ta tum, tum tum". That was a very public code that existed in France at the time and stood for "Algerie Francaise," or loosely, "Keep Algeria French." A very topical film.

Review by William Fickling of South Carolina, USA.

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

© 1984

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Indiana Jones is almost a household name for home entertainment, and never more so than in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, especially given the cameo appearance of an MG Y saloon (just to the right of the door to the door with the neon bar sign for Club Obi Wan).

In this fictional action adventure film, Indiana Jones (aka Harrison Ford), having escaped the Singapore night club Obi Wan (shades ofStar Wars??), crash-lands in India and uncovers a sinister scheme that has enslaved a remote village's children to dig in the mines for the mystical Shankara Stones.  Indiana Jones has to outwit the villains and there is a great chase through the mine in mining carts, ... oh and save the children of course!

The film is set in the 1935 so what a Y is doing there? Who knows, it's as big a mystery as any Indiana Jones was involved in!

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Murder at the vicarage (1986)

There are multiple versions of this on release so ensure that you purchase the 1986 version.

Staring Joan Hickson as Miss Marple and Paul Eddington as Reverend Clement, Agatha Christie's most popular character, prim and proper Miss Marple overhears the mild mannered Reverend Clement swearing in anger about the most unpopular Colonel Lucius Protheroe.  Throughout the day, Miss Marple learns that certain other villagers have reason to hate the Colonel, so that when his body is found the next day, there is no shortage of suspects. To complicate matters, some villagers have alibis, others have confessions.  It will take all of Miss Marple's intuitive powers to separate the killer from the pretenders.

Directed by Julian Amyes, produced by George Gallaccio, Murder at the Vicarage was filmed on location in Middle Wallop and Romsey, Hampshire, UK for the BBC in1986 by Lionheart Television International Inc. The Hampshire scenery is beautiful too! All clips and stills are copyright of the BBC and are used here by kind permission of the BBC.

YB 0481 is currently owned by Geoffrey Wilson, Hampshire, UK.

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Sweeney 2 (1978)

Sweeney 2, the sequel to Sweeney!, were spun off from an original TV series made in the UK from 1975 - 1978. The Sweeney was a hard-hitting (for its time) police series set in the world of the Flying Squad. In Cockney Rhyming Slang 'Sweeney Todd' is 'Flying Squad', a team of plain clothes detectives based in London's New Scotland Yard, dealing with serious crime. The show mainly concerned itself with the exploits of Detective Inspector Jack Regan, played by John Thaw, and his sidekick, Detective Sergeant George Carter, played by Dennis Waterman. The show was generated quite a lot of complaints from those who liked their policemen to be seen politely helping little old ladies across the road... I guess you could say it was the NYPD Blue, or The Shield, of it's day.

Sweeney! and Sweeney 2 are really two extended episodes of the show, but they do reign in the rhyming slang that was such a part of the TV series as the films were obviously intended for a wider audience. Sweeney! opened out the usual TV format and involved Regan and Carter in dirty goings on in high places, corrupt politicians, murdered prostitutes, and blackmail, while Sweeney 2 took them back to their roots, in having to deal with a ruthless team of 'blaggers' or bank robbers. In Sweeney 2 Regan and Carter are chasing around London after a gang of 'blaggers' who wave gold-plated sawn-off Purdy shotguns in peoples faces to get what they want, and they're not shy about using them either! There are some blackly comic scenes, especially the one where a young lady returns Regan's keys to him - in a very "personal" place - while he's sleeping off the booze and, as was their trade mark, a spectacularly violent ending.  All clips and stills are copyright of the Granada TV and are used here by kind permission of the Granada TV.

YB 1533 is currently owned by Gerry Belton.

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annA rydeR

Singer-songwriter and musician annA rydeR wrote a song featuring, among others, a Y Type - well two Y Types actually.

annA say's:

The song is called Put Another Car In My Graveyard and I wrote it some time ago.

'I have a friend called Pete Jones, who "suffers" from a compulsive obsessive car-type syndrome and thinks "cars are kind of alive".

'He lived in Leamington not far from me and had several old bangers in his front drive. He also would put cars in his garden which he could not resuscitate. When he moved to Wales guess what he did? He took all 17 of these cars out of his garden and front drive on a trailer from Leamington to Wales. Personally I think he is strange. He actually has an MG Y-type saloon and the names of cars in the songs are what cars he actually has in fact. Yes it's true. That is the extent of the knowledge I have of the reason I put this car in my song. I love the names of all the cars and I have no idea why it's a Y-type but I expect you do!'  (annA now knows the answer to that  - webmaster.)

Click here to download and play the song in MP3 format (playable via any Windows compatible media player - file size is 5mB, but huge fun and worth the download - webmaster! ), and the full lyrics for the song can be downloaded here in PDF format

This is a private exclusive recording for the MG Y Register.  Both lyrics, and the recording are copyrighted to annA rydeR and are not to be copied or otherwise used except for personal use. Please contact annA through her site to obtain copyright permissions for use.