Silverstone MG International Weekend
13 - 15 June 2008
As a Racing Circuit, MG Silverstone can
vary from a total wash out to two days of high speed adrenaline surges – and
that’s just for the spectators! This year we had the latter, along with
thousands of cars, vintage buses and a chance to price up spare chrome work
along the "Trader’s City".
No apologies for stating the blindingly
obvious, as yet again it was down to the regular small number of Y owners that
the Register Parking at Silverstone did not become swamped by the SVW, Z or
MGBs who were our neighbours in the field this year! With 1 car on Friday and
six on each of the other two days, those who came were at least assured that
there would be minimal competition for any rarer Y-type parts from dealers and
A slow but steady trickle of visitors to
the Register Stand saw competition among the volunteers manning (and womanning)
it – with Janet Cairns gaining the
honours for ‘largest sales volume in a single shift!’ Several visitors had cars
undergoing restoration and details were added to Jack Murray’s masterfiles of
all things Y, along with invitations to complete their details with photos for
the web/register records.
This year the K types took centre stage,
but among this ancient and esteemed contingent was another MG very special to
the Y: EX135 was on loan for the event, now with Perspex panels cut into its
streamlined bodywork – and Yes! The engine is clearly and very familiarly
visible as a (rather modified) XPAG. If only I’d taken a few more tools with
me, they’d never have spotted the swop (well they never start EX 135 these
In contrast to previous years, the T-racers
were in very short supply, having one of the smallest grids for a long time, as
indeed did the pre-war cars for the Kimber Trophy. It was heartening to see
however that Richard Last in the Parnell K3 raced away to win the Kimber, and
then, complete with his laurels and still in fireproof racing suit, returned
the car at high speed to the main MG Pavilion to park it in a heat haze and aroma of racing oil for the delight of
visitors! And who says ‘Things ain’t like they used to be!’
On a personal record, our round trip of 400
miles took 3¾ hours down and a nifty 3hours 20 minutes to return on Sunday
evening, at an average of 35 mpg and the obligatory two halves of oil! No
Concours or POO entries for us this year, with three very long runs in the past
two months we have had to leave the “spit and polish” to a minimum and
concentrate on things mechanical and electrical! Which lets me finish with the
latest items brought back from the Silverstone Weekend: one set of springs
(various) to re-fit the troublesome throttle return spring on the YA; one set
of under-bonnet rubbers (rear of bonnet) as supplied from MGA spares to replace
one or more cracked on each of the three Y’; one small pile of brochures for
Norway 2009- the MG European Event of the Year.
Newcastle to Bergen
ferry is now stopping we were advised by those very friendly Norwegians at
Silverstone to “Try Scrabster!” – not sure if that was a local delicacy, a
traditional game or something else, we now know that Scrabster is a small port
just West of John O’ Groats. It seems the only way to get to
Bergen next year will be as part of an even
more heroic adventure than usual. Any takers out there for putting the Y back
Back end of
Fastest XPAG ever!
Yes it is an XPAG
stand in good hands
rear's from the other end of the line ...
were actually 8 Ys at Silverstone ... though only 7 at any one time!
enlarge the pictures, double click on them.