27 April 2005
Today, please welcome John
Bauer and Y 6093
to Ys on Parade. John lives in Florida and
suffered badly with the hurricanes in 2004 - particularly IVAN - his Y didn't
fare too much better, so I am encouraging him to go for it and restore the car!
Good luck John and we will support you in whatever way we can.
26 April 2005
I was bidding on the February 1953 price list I was also bidding on one from
October 1951. The successful buyer and I have exchanged scans so we are
also able to add the October 1951 Price List to the Brochures page
Also today, please welcome John Whipp and Y 5883
to Ys on Parade. As the photograph of his car
is also of a wedding, he has provided details to add this to our
Ys at Weddings page too.
22 April 2005
in and added to the Brochures page is a Nuffield
Organization English Retail price list from February 1953 for your interest.
21 April 2005
off the press - we have two reports from the
2005 Spring Run, from Andrew Adamson
and Ted Gardner. Thank you gentlemen, wish I could have joined you.
19 April 2005
eventful month with much going on this month - as we breach another milestone,
over 55,000 visitors to the site, and in only just over three years. In
celebration we have added a new Collectible for
your interest. Earlier this month, Andrew Coulson kindly sent me a
detailed report on his Jackall pump refurbishment.
Click here to read this report.
17 April 2005
the weather has turned out fine for the UK Spring Run and everyone will have a
good time on this great event. I sit here sad that I cannot go, but will
try to make up for it by doing an update to the website instead. We are
able to bring you the rally plate from the event and this can be found on the
Artist's Impressions page.
Well, it is the third birthday of the website and in keeping with previous
years, a small present to everyone, I obtained an original copy of an article
that featured in the Scottish Daily Express on 20 June 1947 - probably one of
the earliest press reports on the MG 1 1/4 Litre, and they have very kindly
consented to us to use it on our site under
Reprinted Articles. This was in the same edition as the advert we
brought to you earlier this month.
Also, as promised on the 15 April, an interesting twist on the original sales
brochure has come to light - it isn't, as a matter of fact, the original
after all! There is an earlier version with the interesting addition of
the word NEW in the title, and yet another version of the colour chart!
See the Reprinted Brochures page for details.
To round off today, I have put up a further two new
Reprinted Advertisements. Sadly I cannot advise on the dates or
confirm the publications, but one is a half colour version of a 1953 style Dual
Personality, and the other I believe is an early Maintaining the Breed.
15 April 2005
the cusp of the UK MG Car Club Spring Run, we wish everyone a very happy and
safe run. No doubt we will be getting a report and some photographs in due
course, and hopefully they will have better weather than last year which was the
wettest day of the year. Meanwhile, here is the mid-month
Reprinted Article to keep you going.
We are also only 2 days away from our third birthday on the site so keep coming
back and see what else is
as we have an interesting development of brochures to share.
We have also added Autospeed and Components Direct to the links page as
suppliers of captive nuts - a very frustrating but vital component to anyone
putting a Y back together after a rebuild.
Finally for today, please welcome Ray Hanson, who is the new owner of
Y 2870 to Ys on Parade.
10 April 2005
recently obtained a new contemporary advert which has been added to the
Reprinted Advertisements page. Although the overall
theme is already posted, this one is interesting in that it was placed in the
Scottish Daily Express on June 20 1947 bearing the subscript of a local dealer
in Dundee - is the dealer still going I wonder? Any Scottish owner care to
check it out for me please and let me know? There will be more from this
same paper later I hope!
8 April 2005
Simpson has kindly shared with us four spectacular
Collectibles from 'down under' harking back to the days of the Golden
Jubilee Anniversary of the Birth of the Y - thank you Robert.
Some news for UK Y owners concerning the DVLA's latest moves kindly provided by
Richard Knight concerning your V5 registration documents you might wish to note:
I do not know if you are aware of new legislation regarding the new V5
registrations, which is applicable to the likes of Y owners who have not
registered their cars as currently under repair and whom also are not applicable
to SORN. As of the 1st July 2005 old V5 registrations will not be worth the
paper that they are written on, and due to no longer being valid, in order to
save having to re register the vehicle, it is worth making note that cars need
to be registered. The DVLA web site advice is as follows:
Vehicle keepers who have not received the new certificate and do not need to tax
their vehicle, or make SORN by June 2005 and want one can do so by returning
their V5 registration document to DVLA Swansea SA99 1BA with an accompanying
From 1st July 2005 all existing V5 registrations documents will no longer be
valid. This will not affect entitlement to registration marks. Motorists who
have a valid claim on a vehicle and it's registration mark will not be
disadvantaged . The V765 Scheme which enables old vehicles to be re united with
their original registration marks, will be unaffected by these changes.
6 April 2005
up on a recent Bulletin Board thread on the gear box interlocking pin, Bill
Bennett sent in a full report of the solution to his problem. This has
been added to the Technical Advice section.
2 April 2005
Theobald has sent in a new picture of his YT 3471 for Ys on Parade. Sadly
Ian is selling this stunning restoration as he wants a longer legged 2 1/2 litre
Riley. He says, "The hood still needs
completing but old one is useful for pattern. I have been using a full
tonneau as we have had little rain until recently. The car now has new
leather trim and carpet copied as close as possible to original from what scraps
people loaned me. The motor I believe has been rebuilt prior to my
purchase with upgraded cam and head valves as per the MG TF, and has s/s exhaust
which sounds great at just over 4000 revs. Asking price is aus$19,500.
I can be contacted at home on phone number [Australia] 0244641750 or email me
here when my
computer returned shortly from being fixed.
Too late for me to use on you as an April Fool (apologies for the late update
last night my time, but I got stuck overnight at work and couldn't update
overnight 31 March), but Richard Prior sent me this new "Collectible" for those of you who thought
they were the first to up the power in their Y - it seems the MG Car Company
thought of everything - as early as 1950 and beat everyone to it. Goldie
Gardner was not alone in increasing the power of his Y Type. A good laugh!
Finally for now, the committee line up of Ys on Parade is completed by the
addition of Paul Gresser's MG YB so please welcome Paul and
YB 1446 to Ys on
Parade. Thank you Paul.
1 April 2005
days to go to the Spring Run so sign up and send in your
entry forms now please!
Also, at the beginning of a new month, please welcome Andrew Gilham and
Y 5924 to Ys on
Parade. Andrew's car is the 50th YA from the UK! Thank you
Picture of the Month this month is clearly not for the purists: it is a picture
of Phil Stafford's Y Special YT 4608.
Finally, this month's first Reprinted Article
is from Restoring Classic Cars, November 1988 and describes Brian Hunt's
restoration of his YA.
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