Let there be Ys Screensaver
Safety Fast Newsletters
A full back catalogue of Newsletters scanned from Safety
Fast, from the first in 1992, to date.
MG YT Factory Production Records ~ recreated
(318kb) A PDF file by David Pelham (updated 3 January 2007).
The MG Y Type Buyer's Guide
A miscellany of resources
and articles to help you decide
MG Y Type Screensaver
5 Speed YB Conversion
(241kb) A PDF by Tony Vernall.
MG Icon and
for creating a desktop shortcut to the website. You may need both
MG Engine History
(330kb) A PDF file by Neil Cairns.
MG Y Ledgers
(310kb) A PDF file with an introduction by Neil Cairns of guarantee plates, chassis numbers
and engine numbers, where this information is known
Post War M.G. Saloon cars 1947 - 1999
(4.5mb including colour pictures) by Neil Cairns.
Luggage straps for the MG Y
Details on the luggage straps that were available as a period
Stories from the Rear view mirror
Historical research on individual cars by their owners.
Models of the MG Y Type
Details of models of the MG Y Type
of Y history events and contemporary world news
Sister Cars to the MG Y Type
by Neil Cairns
The MG Y Type Tool Kit
by Jeremy Havard
Terry Ciantar's original tool kit
Photographs by Terry Ciantar
Trivia and puzzles
Trivia Quiz 1.
Test your skill and knowledge of the Y Type.
Trivia Quiz 2
how well do you know your Y Type?
Picture Puzzle No 1
Picture Puzzle No 2
Picture Puzzle No 3
29 March 2008
Please accept my
apologies for not having posted the mid-month
Reprinted Article earlier in the month, but it is now available. This
article is a reproduction of an original technical article on the Jackall system
25 March 2008
It is with the
deepest personal regret that I am today posting a note concerning Harry
Crutchley. Harry was a personal friend of many years standing and along
with many other MG owners were saddened by the his sudden and unexpected passing
away as announced on the Bulletin Board Service earlier this month by Jerry
Birkbeck. Below is the very fitting personal tribute to Harry that was
circulated with this month's Bulletin magazine.
is with deep regret that we inform you that the founder of the MG Octagon Car
Club, Harry Crutchley passed away on Tues 11th March.
Harry, together with his wife Jill, founded
the Octagon Car Club (as it was then known), in 1969 from their house in
Stafford. Originally combining his work for the new club with his day job as a
postman, Harry worked tirelessly to build the foundations of what was to
become the MG Octagon Car Club that we know today.
Harry had an enormous talent and boundless
enthusiasm for organisation, and from humble beginnings encouraged the Club to
grow to the 2,500 members it has today. Today’s membership encompasses all
walks of life from all positions in society, from countries across the globe,
too many to mention here. To keep the burgeoning membership informed of all
things MG, Harry with Jill as Editor, began a small publication with
information on meetings, natters and cars for sale, which of course became The
Some years ago in The Bulletin a member
recalled that in the early 70’s he came across two young MG enthusiasts
handing out leaflets for a new club for pre 1956 MG’s at Oulton Park. These
two people were Harry and Jill getting the Octagon Car Club off the ground.
Harry’s unparalleled knowledge of the workings
of MGs quickly led him to source and supply quality spare parts to members. A
member ringing Harry at the office would be reassured that the request for an
obscure part would be immediately understood, the part sourced and delivered
before too long. This parts service, along with the Bulletin, is the heart and
soul of the service that the club now provides to members.
Harry’s talent for promotion was best seen at
shows where he enthusiastically gathered members. He insisted that shows were
the key to meeting, greeting and encouraging soon-to-be members to join up. He
wasn’t wrong. Those members that met Harry at shows can testify to his
comprehensive knowledge of MGs and willingness to answer questions. He loved
the shows and relished the opportunity of meeting members both new and old
of course he was always on the look out for the next convert! One of the
projects he was working on was to take the MG Octagon Car Club into shows
around Europe. That certainly would have been worth seeing!
As usual, in spite of ill health Harry managed
to attend the MG Show & Spares Day at Stoneleigh on February 23rd. Those who
were there will recall his delight in meeting members and how he offered his
advice on running the stand the Harry way!
Harry is survived by his wife (and President
of the MG Octagon Car Club) Jill, his sons Toby & Josef, grandchildren Phoebe
(6) and Felix (3), all whom are members of the club. We are sure that members
from all over the world will send their condolences and deepest sympathy to
Jill and family.
There will be a private family funeral
followed by a memorial service to celebrate Harry at a later date. Details
will be published in the next Bulletin. Any other enquiries, please contact
the office on the usual number.
20 March 2008
Johnston Lock (a TD
owner) contacted us recently concerning more information on the YT of S. J. Pereleman (featured in
Interesting Ys). From this we have been able to update the entry
there. Thank you Johnston. We wonder where the car is now?
17 March 2008
A photograph has been
added to the Collectibles
page of YB 1551 - the last ever MG YB. We are looking for information on
this car and anyone with details can contact the webmaster here, and all leads
will be passed on to our search team!
John Ellis (Y
brought to my attention two sites on Flickr.com featuring MG Ys - one is a
rather fetching black and white photograph of an MG Y outside the former Great
Central Railway station in Leicester, UK and the other a compilation of
photographs by Andrew Adamson and others. These have been added to the
page with a couple of other Flickr searches that I came up with.
Gilles Bachand revitalises his Semaphore arms after at least 12 years of
non-use. He was so thrilled, he posted on YouTube! A link has bee
added to the Links page and the original short video has
been captured to Ys on Film page.
7 March 2008
Please welcome David
Busby with Y 6824 to
Ys on Parade. David's car is already well known
having been owned formerly by Paul Rundell who was Chairperson of the Register for
4 March 2008
Murray Grainger has
updated the test to his entry on Ys on Parade
and a link has been added to the
Links page to the
blog he run's for Clara, his Y 5100 too. Scroll down to find the firstitem:
this is a great blog! And if you have been wondering what our North East
(UK) Area Representative looks like, we have added him to the hall of fame (at
last) on the Contact Us page too.
Not sure how this one
escaped my attention until now, but recognition of Rob and Janet Roberson's
slide show is long over due. A link has been added to the
Links page though
now to remedy this oversight! Scroll down to find the seconditem.
February may have
been quiet with news announcements, however we are having very encouraging
contact with the owners of the Cuban YA, and also now a new owner has been in
touch with us from Hong Kong, which with the new Chinese connection is
especially interesting. We look forward to being able to welcome both of
these new owners soon to Ys on Parade. Notwithstanding, we had the busiest
month for visitors ever with an average of 99 a day!
Picture of the Month for March comes from South
Africa, and the Reprinted Article for the
start of the month is the second of the two articles from Light Car Magazine,
from June 1947.
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