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4th March 2004

Historic MG Reunion Honors Marque's Racing Success, Pays Tribute to Legends

March 20 & 21, 2004 ­ MG Clubs Invited to Participate

The Historic Motor Sports Association will honor MG in American racing with a special historic race weekend March 20 and 21, 2004, at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.

The celebration will feature many race-winning MGs from the fifties and sixties, including the 1950 MG TD Von Neumann Special, and the famous Ken Miles R1 and R2 Shingles.

The event will also pay tribute to the Kjell Qvale's San Francisco BMCD Sebring team. It will be 40 years ago to the day in 1964 that two MGBs from the three-car team finished 17th and 22nd overall at the 12 hours of Sebring. Those two cars will be reunited with Qvale; Joe Huffaker, who prepared the cars; surviving drivers Ed Leslie, Jim Parkinson and Jim Adams; crew chief Frank Morrill; and other members of the original team.

In addition to a full weekend of historic racing, other scheduled highlights include an all-MG race and special paddock displays including the first MGB out of the factory.

The Historic MG Reunion is produced by the Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA). For more information contact HMSA at 818-249-3515 (Cris Vandagriff) or visit www.hmsausa.com.

MG Club Participation:

Free Admission to all MGs (Obtain special pass by RSVP below)
MG Corral in the Paddock (No charge with pass)
Noon Time Track Tour (No charge with pass)
Saturday Evening Dinner
MG Clubs Designated Hotel with Special Rate

All MG owners are invited to park in the MG Corral located in the main racing paddock. You may also take your MG on the track during a special session at noon on both Saturday and Sunday. For the track tour event, your car will need to be safe and have seat belts. Drivers and passengers will need to have helmets of any type including motorcycle helmets. (No bicycle type helmets.)

HMSA needs an estimate of the number of MGs attending so an RSVP is required and please advise if your plans change. (See below.) HMSA will provide passes for MG club participants that will allow entry into the track, paddock corral, and track tour. Passes will be provided to those who RSVP. Gates open at 6:30 and HMSA asks the MG clubs to help with the corral. Advise if you’d like to do that when you RSVP.

Note that the county may collect a minimal entry charge, perhaps $5 per car.

MG Clubs Participating: MG Owners Club, Sorry Safari Touring Society, Abingdon Rough Riders, Cypress MG Club, Sacramento Valley MG Club, Peninsula MG T Register, Reno MG Club, Redding British Car Club

Designated Hotel: You are welcome to make your own arrangements, of course. For those who wish, we have negotiated a special rate at the Laurel Inn, Salinas. This is a large, clean motel that is convenient to Laguna Seca. Room rates for up to 4 persons are $61.00 per night. Please make your room reservation right away at (831) 449-2474. Mention "MG Club." Web: www.LaurelInnMotel.com

Saturday Evening Dinner: A group dinner is being organized that will include the reunion MG group, current MG vintage racers and MG club members. The dinner will be held at Tarpy's RoadHouse near the track. Please indicate interest in attending when you RSVP.

RSVP & Further Info: Daniel Shockey, (408) 923-3927 (Caliornia), DPShockey@earthlink.net

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