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 May 2008
Alex Bawn has sent in an updated picture of Robin Bawn's
YB 0942 for Ys on
Parade together with some pictures for Ys at
Weddings when their car performed the honours.
24 May 2008
There will be an Extraordinary General Meeting of the MG Car Club Y Type
Register on 15 June 2008. It will be held at the Silverstone Circuit,
Northamptonshire, UK for the approval of the Register Accounts for 2007, the
election of a Treasurer and the appointment of an Accounts Reviewer.
Details of the meeting's exact location at Silverstone will be available
closer to the time when a meeting room has been booked. They will also
be available at the Register's stand in the main marquee.
19 May 2008
Following a recent request as to where to find the chassis number, some
pictures have been added to a note on the Hints and
18 May 2008
Richard Knight has sent in tons of photographs - I think at least everyone's
car appears once now on the
2008 UK Spring Run report! Thank
you for all the pictures sent in, the album is full now for this run.
17 May 2008
Jerry Birkbeck has sent in a report on the
2008 UK Spring Run, and Peter
Sharp has sent in some photographs too.
16 May 2008
In August 2006 we
featured a Y that had been seen on the streets of Havana, Cuba.
Subsequently, after much searching, our man in Havana was able to trace the
owner and we made contact. We are now delighted to bring a first for this
website, and probably even a first in MG history - pictures of an MG Y owned in
a Communist country! Tania and Yasel Perez have kindly sent in four
photographs from their recent wedding and I am delighted to bring you all four
on the Ys at Weddings page! Congratulations are
due to Tania and Yasel not only for their marriage, which normally would be
cause enough, but also for the rebuild and restoration that Yasel did on his car
prior to the big day. Well done!
15 May 2008
Seemingly a fairly
quite month so far, however, for aficionados of our growing library of on-line
Reprinted Articles, we delve back again to
September 1950 and the end of petrol rationing in the UK with a delightful trip
into the Peak District of England with an article by John Penn.
Also, Neil Cairns has
put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and produced an article entitled Y
Type Reliability for his corner spot. Remember, if you have any
suggestions or requests for Neil to write about, this is the place to request
Finally, after a
prolonged hibernation I went to start my car the other week and had a flat
battery. I remembered back in 1993 I cut an article out of Safety Fast on
battery care, rejuvenation and regeneration. This has been added to the
Hints and Tips page as a link, but as it is
essentially an item in it's own right (like the one on seat belt fitting), that
it also has its own page and a PDF has also been
created for it.
Dave DuBois' SU Fuel
Pump Repair Service has been added to the Links
page (under Suppliers, and Fuel Systems including Fuel Tank Restoration).
This month sees the
UK Spring Run weekend over 10-11 May - see the Events
page for details. If you have not already registered,
Jerry may still be able to fit you in. We have a special guest at this
year’s Spring Run in that Dave Lawrence, author of “Let There Be Y’s” will be
joining us from South Africa. It would be great to achieve that MaGic number of
50 Y types that has eluded us for so long. The tour on Sunday will be
‘Flagged Off’ by Dave and he has also kindly offered to autograph any copies of
his book that participants bring with them.
Please welcome Butch
Taras with Y 6757 to
on Parade: Y 6757 makes another matched pair with its sibling Y 6756!
Tony Slattery of
Australia has also advised me that:
Fantastic news - provided we get 6
Saloons and 6 Tourers they will split the Y-Type Class at the 2009 MG National
Meeting at Geelong April 10 - 14. A flyer and invitation can be downloaded
The MG Car Clubs of Australia have
hosted a National Meeting each Easter since 1970 (38 years). At every national
meeting the Y's have been a single class - Saloons and Tourers judged and
compete against each other in Concours and Speed Events. In some years Y's were
even combined with Magnettes! After many years of lobbying the National Meeting
organising committees that Saloons and Tourers are completely different cars,
finally success! I cannot stress how big a step this is for recognition of
Y-Types within the MG Car Clubs fraternity in Australia: long overdue at last.
We now need to muster our troops and
make sure we get those 12 cars. To fail at the first invitation would cost our
interests dearly. Personally I am committed to take YT3861 from Brisbane
to Geelong (1,800km) and have already done a lot of work on the car since
Tamworth. I will be driving it to Melbourne in 3 days about a month before
Easter & then flying home before returning to clean/prepare the car a few days
before Easter. Obviously it will be easier to count on Victorian cars to make up
the other 11 cars, but I hope owners from NSW, Queensland, Western Australia and
South Australia will see the significance in this event and bring the best
Y-Types in Australia to Geelong.
for the beginning of May, is a road test from June 1949, and the
Picture of the Month again comes from
Australia, this time from Robert Ades and shows you something you cannot do in a
Finally, now that
Spring is upon the Northern Hemisphere, a word of caution. Like many, you may
have been working on your Y over the the last few months, before you drive off,
make sure everything is secured - especially the Spare Wheel Compartment lid,
mine was not, but I was lucky and it sustained very minor paint damage. It
could have been a lot worse as it fell out when I was on the highway and it
could easily have been squashed!
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