MGCC - News (Apr 96)

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Roadster Productions, Incorporated is proud to announce that Inside the Octagon, M.G.: 1921 - 1945, a video production chronicling the pre-war years of the M.G. Car Company, has been recognised by professionals within the film and video production industry as an outstanding documentary. Inside the Octagon, M.G.: 1921 - 1945 was selected as the Gold Award winner in the Film and Video Documentary category of The Charleston International Film Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.

Inside the Octagon has been well received by British-car enthusiasts around the world since its home video release in May of last year. The critical response has been positive, and sales have been steady. The 90-minute documentary is based on interviews with John Thornley, Jean Cook, Wilkie Wilkinson, and others connected with the M.G. Car Company during the 1930s. Combining these interviews with archival photographs and 1030s newsreel footage has proven to be a popular format that has had broad appeal for motoring-history enthusiasts.

For more information about Inside the Octagon, M.G.: 1921 - 1945, contact: Gary Watson; Inside the Octagon, Limited; P.O. Box 272268; Houston, Texas 77277-2268; USA.
or visit the pages here at the MG Web Site.


Over 40 friends of veteran racing driver and motoring personality Rivers Fletcher came together recently to spring a surprise party in his honour marking an incredible 70 years of Rivers' association with Brooklands and motor racing.

The cars selected for the painting were Delage, Bentley, Bugatti, ERA, M.G. and Alvis, representing various parts of Rivers' life at Brooklands with the great drivers Malcolm Campbell, S. C. H. Davis, Woolf Barnato, Earl Howe, Dr Benjafield, Humphrey Cooke, Raymond Mays, Hon. Brian Lewis, George Eyston, Charles Follett and The Earl of March.

The event was organised by David Holland, Vice President of the Brooklands Society, who had commissioned a magnificent painting by artist Peter Gregory depicting Rivers and his cars at the famous banked track, with subscriptions from Rivers' friends, many of whom had travelled vast distances to be present, including Rivers' old friend and Brooklands driver John Dugdale who jetted from America in order to present the painting.

Famous names included John Cooper, Stirling Moss, Raymond Baxter. The Earl Howe, Sir John Venables-Llewellyn Bart., Victor Gauntlett, Donald Day, Nick Mason and David Boshier-Jones. Many motor clubs, headed by The Brooklands Society, were represented including the BRDC, VSCC, AMOC, ERA and Benjafield's Racing Club.

Thanking all his friends, Rivers in turn presented the painting to the Brooklands Museum where the painting will be hung in the Club House in perpetuity through the kind permission of Sir Peter Masefield and the Trustees.

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