29 June 2003
Today is the day for the
BMIHT MG YB
auction. Good luck if you are bidding.
27 June 2003
Please welcome Ken Cowan as the new
owner of Y 6326 to Ys on Parade.
26 June 2003
Paul Chivers and
Y 0734 join
on Parade today,
so please welcome him, and his car, to the site.
25 June 2003
Another new entrant today, please welcome
father and son team, Phil and Paul Vincett with
YB 0475 to Ys
If we can locate YB 0476 we will have a run of three with Robert Goodchild's YB
24 June 2003
Today please welcome Clive Smith and
YB 0640 to Ys
23 June 2003
New for you today are three additions to the
Six days to go until the
BMIHT MG YB
auction. Good luck if you are going for it.
19 June 2003
Today, please welcome David Hilliam
with Y 7207 to Ys
on Parade. We now have 180 cars on the Parade and 200 is realistically
in sight! Excellent and thank you for your contributions.
17 June 2003
Two new Ys today, so please welcome
Alan Taylor with Y 2793, and Mike Lyons with
Y 6594 to
on Parade. Daman Thakore has also sent in some additional photographs
which have been attached to his entry on YTs on Parade.
For those of you
who like statistics, we currently have 10 consecutive pairs of cars on Parade -
3 Ys, 3YTs, 3YBs and one pair that is between a Y and YT (YTs having run in with
the Y chassis number sequence). These are Y 0363 and Y 0364 (both UK), Y
0899 and Y 0900 (Australia and Sri Lanka), YT 2778 and YT 2779 (Germany and
USA), YT 3285 and YT 3286 (Canada and UK), Y 3580 and YT 3581 (both Australia),
YT 4060 and YT 4061 (both Australia), Y 7011 and Y 7012 (both UK), YB 0321 and
YB 0322 (both UK), YB 1219 and YB 1220 (both UK), and lastly YB 1458 and YB 1459
(both UK). It has been really nice to reunite these cars after so many
years! We are also, in two instances, only one missing from a run of four
- where is Y 3579 and Y 7010? This truly is a 'world wide web' with many
'hands across the oceans'. Thank you for making it such - it is your
The lot details of the
BMIHT MG YB are now on the
Bonhams site. Click here for a
full catalogue of the sale. Take a look and make a bid!
16 June 2003
Please welcome Daman Thakore and
4669 to Ys
on Parade. Daman's YT is significant in many ways - it is our 50th YT
on Parade, and also it is our first Y Type in the Indian sub-continent. We
can only echo Daman's comments and say that we too are glad his father kept it!
If we can locate a Y Type in South America, we will have a car on the Parade
from almost every part of the world!
14 June 2003
We are pleased to advise that an Email address has been added to W M
Collingburn's entry on the Links page. Bill is the
sole supply of the correct pattern reproduction hidem banding "bobble lace" for
use when retrimming your Y Type roof line.
This month's reprinted article is from The Autocar 20 August
1948 and covers the special Swiss bodied cars. EnjoY
13 June 2003
Today, please welcome
with Y 1289 to
on Parade. Terry O'Brien has also furnished a very full set of
photographs of the routings of the carburettor overflow pipes for the YT.
The Over flow pipe on the single carburettor on the Y/YB follows a similar route
for any one interested - please see
Technical Advice. A clarification to the original published Technical
note has also been added to clarify where the pipe retaining bracket is actually
12 June 2003
Well the waiting is now over and we
are able to announce the results of the Trivia Quiz 2. A big "thank
you" to all of you who entered and kept Jack Murray amused with
your answers. It was tricky wasn't it? However, there were two
winners, both scoring a very respectable 10 out of 12! The winners are
John Arkley, from Cleveland UK, and Mike Burden from Perth, Western Australia.
Well done to you both and congratulations, your Millennium Y pewter models have
been despatched to you. The quiz page has been modified to remove the form
and the answers have been added to the bottom of the page.
11 June 2003
It is always good to report a pairing
of cars on Ys on Parade, and it is with great pleasure today to welcome Eric
Dodd with YB 1219, and Chris Vernon with
YB 1220 to Ys
on Parade! Also reunited for the first time on this year's UK Spring
Run was Y 0364 belonging to Lionel Reeves with Y 0363 belonging to Steve Randle,
so please welcome Lionel with Y 0364 too.
The Uplink from
on Parade is now working again and apologies for any inconvenience.
Please continue to send in your cars for the Parade - at 175 Ys, it is without
doubt the largest (virtual) gathering of Ys ever and is a great credit to all
you wonderful people who have sent your cars in - If you have not already done
so - now is your chance!
10 June 2003
Back in harness now and thank you to Mike Plumstead for handling the
upload of the files for me at the start of the month.
There have been several things sent in while I was away:
An updated picture of Y 0960 on
Ys on Parade. Y 0960 also won first place in
"Foreign Sedans 1900 - 1978" show in Washington State, well done Rob!
A new Technical Advice from Tony Slattery, on carburettor
overflow pipe routings - together with a picture, and a couple of Oil related
ones from the Technical Boys - David and Neil - on
Adventurers have filed their first report following their arrival!
and Andrew and Arlene Coulson will be running the Y Stand on
the Ripon Old Car Show on 13 July 2003. See Events
Page for more information.
BMIHT to auction off
their 1952 MG YB
interesting breaking news as seen in MG Enthusiast Magazine Issue 36 July 2003 -
British Motor Industry Heritage Trust will be auctioning off their MG YB on 29th
June by Bonhams. Admission by catalogue only, £14 in advance call +44(0)1666
502200 or fax +44(0)1666 505107 or email
The car is roadworthy and estimate is £2,500 - £4,000. Telephone bids may
be available but check with Bonhams directly. This is a good opportunity
to get a rare car! We cannot vouch or guarantee the condition, but it is
reasonable to expect that it is fairly good! If you are successful in
buying it, let us know and send us details for Ys on Parade and remember to
register it with us too. Happy bidding.
1 June 2003
Welcome to another new month - June 2003.
A very soft start this month as the webmaster is current away raising money for
charity - with an MG! As usual, there is a new
Picture of the Month for
you to enjoy, from Daniel Richardson in New Zealand. The winner of the
Millennium Y model for the Trivia Picture Quiz will be announced when the
webmaster returns - as will be the answers!
Meanwhile, please welcome Barry Softly with
Y 0899 and Sandy Henderson with
Y 6089 to
Ys on Parade. Barry's car make yet another
consecutive pair with Chanaka Jinasena's Y 0900 in Sri Lanka and Barry in
Australia! Sandy has (had to) convert
his car into a "tourer" following an horrendous accident on the UK's motorway.
See Interesting Ys for this amazing rebuild.
What a shame it had to happen though to such a stunningly beautiful car.
And finally, for now at least, a ground breaking announcement
that basically shatters a long held belief from our resident YT expert,
David Pelham, and assisted in research by David Lawrence. The following is an extract from the updated MG YT Factory
Records which can be obtained from the side bar of this page.
Now a real ‘Hot Potato’, all of the records state that 877 YTs were
produced. Nobody knows exactly where that number came from, but it has already
been written into the history books. The information now available would tend to
indicate that the total number of YTs produced was at least 881, and possibly a
few more. Why this discrepancy? Well we know that YTs were produced in batches
and we have identified new cars that have extended a previously known batch. It
appears that CKD (Completely Knocked Down) cars exported to Ireland were not
included on the original lists. We have confirmed that B282 Body Plates were not
fitted to CKD cars. YT2706 a recently (January 2003) discovered original Irish
export CKD car has confirmed this fact. Prior to this discovery YT2744 another
Irish CKD was the only known example. It is believed that a total of 16 CKD YTs
were built in 1949, we have accounted for 2 of these to date and believe that
another 4 are included in the Factory Recreated List. David Lawrence and I
continue to research this, but we can say with some conviction, that there were
more than 877 YTs produced, albeit only four more at this stage. As the number
of YTs is likely to be higher than 877 it also follows that the number of YAs
built will be a few less than the 6,158 stated.
I shall have to update the ratios and numbers on the Ys on
Parade index sheet now when I get back!
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