MGC

GTS

With kind permission of the authorDerek Durst


UNSOLVED MYSTERY

The behind the scenes intrigue that has always been a part of the MG competitions Department is legendary and well acknowledged.

British registration numbers and VIN numbers switched from car to car, specialist parts, or indeed whole cars which were supposed to have been scrapped, being sold "out the back door" for cash, and other questionable activities.

Of course just about everything that went on in the Competitions Department, or "Comps" as it was known, was classified top secret and we will never know all the stories.

Today, there are "no records".

Any records that ever existed have "disappeared" or "got lost".

THE TRADITION CONTINUES

We believe that what we have here is a genuine, dyed-in-the-wool, works competition MG.

Unfortunately, there are "certain individuals", well placed members of the UK - MG Car Club, who have personal reasons for refuting our claims and who would even go so far as to rewrite history in their own way to serve their own selfish ends.

They know who they are and - so do we.

In 1967, six (6) aluminum alloy MG-C body shells on standard steel floor pans with beautifully flared wheel openings were delivered to the Abingdon MG competitions department.

This, we can substantiate with multiple written and signed confirmations from people WHO WERE THERE.

Two of those shells were built up into the well known and successful race cars, RMO-699F and MBL-546E. These two great cars have survived well and exist in England with no doubt whatsoever as to their authenticity.

Three of those lovely shells were never completed by Comps, due to BMC ending all competition activity, but were sold to an individual who subsequently completed them. They, also, are known and with no doubt as to their semi-pukka pedigree.

What happened to the sixth?

Well, we feel that we have it right here and we have MOUNTAINS of evidence to support our claim.

We feel that this car, VIN. ADO52/1061 was actually the FIRST car to be completed by Competitions as a test rig and the FIRST to carry the registration RMO-699F and that the registration was simply switched to the other car on its completion (as was common practice).

We have evidence to support our belief that, instead of being scrapped as the MG top brass wished, this car was shipped to Sebring in 1968 and may have even run a couple of laps in practice and that it was then sold off "on the side" after the race.

In 1982, the car's remains were located in a junkyard in San Jacinto, California by a very enthusiastic but far from well heeled young Englishman named Graham Nashe-Wiseman. This dedicated MG enthusiast dutifully crated and had transported the few remaining scraps of steel and aluminum, chassis plate, and English log book back to England where he rebuilt the car over a period of several years.

The result is as you see it in the photographs that will follow.


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Specification

Driving impressions

What's it like to drive a full blown works competition MGC-GT on the street?

Well, lemme tell ya from personal experience, It's definitely the most fun thing you can do with your pants on!!!

This car doesn't just "turn" heads. The heads all but SNAP OFF, eyeballs bug out and jaws drop to the sidewalk.

And yet, it's fully tractable. The clutch is smooth, the steering is light, and it NEVER overheats.

I've driven this car in Newport's tough summer traffic in July without a problem.

I've also taken it out to ocean drive with those long sweeping curves in the early morning hours to put it through its paces with absolutely breath taking results. One experience like this and you KNOW you have a competition bred thoroughbred on your hands.


All pictures courtesy of Andreas Pichler. MGC GTS pictures courtesy of Derek Durst.

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