Momentous Moments In MG History
Octagon Newsletter … August 1992
By Phil Winterbottom
1888 … Cecil Kimber is born !
1925 … Cecil Kimber wins a gold medal in the London to Lands End Trial in his modified trials special, eventually becoming known as the first MG!!
1927 … MG model 14/40 introduced with a speckled fabric body, is nicknamed "Old Speckly Hen", which leads Moorlands Brewery to produce "Old Speckled Hen Beer", now known the world over as the beer associated with MGs!!
1929 … MG factory moves to Abington!!
1933 … Joe Smith, a new apprentice on his first day at the MG factory, looking for the traditional left-handed spanner, grabs a Brooklands Exhaust in frustration, thereby causing the first New Year's Day Burn, an event that is still celebrated by the Victoria MG Club, although without the burn!!
1933 … The MG Car Company denies rumours that Al Capone used a MG as a getaway car after the Valentine's Day Massacre!!
1933 … 'Tommy' Thompson, wins the MG Car Co. slogan contest with his entry, 'Safety Fast', beating his cousin's entry of 'Safety Last'!!
1935 … Tom Lucas, scion of the well known auto electrical firm bearing his family name, invents the Intermittent Electrical Malfunction Device, thereby predating Computer Viruses by several decades!!
1944 … General Eisenhower overrides Churchill's plans to distract German soldiers by racing MG's on the Normandy beaches!!
1945 … Cecil Kimber, Founder of the MG Car Company, is killed in a freak train accident.
1955 … MG's assembled in Australia , are found to have a 20 gallon beer tank under the dashboard!!
1955 … George Cuthbertson designs the MGA door sills and later designs the MGB jacking points. George is reported to be living in a Mediterranean villa on a large pension provided by the Association of Body Shop Owners!!
1956 … Ash wood frames discontinued due to Sierra Club environmental pressures!!
1957 … Sterling Moss sets record at 245 MPH in 1500 cc EX 181!!
1962 … 100,000th MGA built!!
1980 … 'Chummy' Campbell retires after 50 years as Head of MG Model Designation Department. At his retirement party, 'Chummy' agreed that in his earlier days he had been rather erratic, using a variety of M, N, S, V, W, but that his greatest string of inspiration was the T-Series, A, B, C, D, F. His only regret was missing so many of Miss Mosley's alphabet classes in school which meant he had to revert back to models A, B, C. 'Chummy's retirement gift was a complete set of alphabet blocks !!
1980 … MG factory closed for ever.
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