HRDC Double Celebration All-MG Race at Mallory Park on 4th June

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The HRDC rolls two celebrations into one fantastic race at the MOTORS TV RACE DAY at Mallory Park on 4 June. With the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations taking place over the extended June Bank Holiday weekend and the HRDC's celebration race of 50 years of the MGB in competition taking place on the Bank Holiday Monday 4 June, the HRDC will honour both auspicious anniversaries in a 30-minute feature race at the MOTORS TV RACE DAY at Mallory Park. Under the HRDC banner, 30 historic MGs will take the starter's flag at Mallory - among them will be MGB legend Barry Sidery-Smith, driving the 1965 works Le Mans MGB which he has owned and campaigned for over four decades. Alongside Barry will be Andy Newall in Sir Anthony Bamford's works MGB '8DBL'. But these are not the only uniquely historic MGBs which will be lining up in this one-off, televised, double-celebration race - Paul Campfield will be racing his recently restored works MGB rally car 'BRX 854B'; Bob Ridgard (of Ridgard Race Seats fame) will be out in his fabulous MGB Counes Berlinette; as will be multiple MG Champion Jim Baynam in his trusty MGB 'KAE 155E', the 1967 MGB roadster which completed the first Willhire 24-Hours race back in 1980 in the hands of HRDC's race director, Julius Thurgood. With 16 MGBs already on the Mallory grid and the unique opportunity to race in live TV format, with a viewing audience watching from 39 countries in five languages, the decision was taken to offer the remaining grid laces to MGs which are now very rarely seen together on any historic grid. Historic race ace, Shaun Rainford will take the Motors TV on-board camera for a close-up of this race in his rare MG1100, pairing up with Steve Atkinson in his similar MG1100 'Madge' . Keeping the dynamic MG1100 duo company will be a venerable quartet of MG Z-Series Magnettes: Bruce Chapman in his ZA 'Fanny 1', Richard Dodkins in his earlier ZA 'Fanny 2', Graham Bryant in his immaculately restored ex-Roger Andreason ZA 'Sambo'; and Julius Thurgood in yet another famous ex-Andreason Magnette ZA - 'Bumble'. Between them, the 'Four Magnetteers' have been actively campaigned over some 120 seasons of motor racing!an> This race will also see the 'Bumble' MG ZA and the 'Willhire' MGB race together for the first time since Thruxton 1979 - some 33 years ago! Add a sprinkling of WSM, Lenham and Ashley GT MG Midgets, the Dick Jacobs T-type Special of Stuart Dean, and the much-campaigned 1939 MG TB of XPAG Supremo George Edney (the oldest, but by far, not the slowest car in this all-MG race!) and you will have a perfect - and very proud - British salute to our Monarch's incredible reign and the glorious racing heritage of the now revived MG Marque. All competitor, editorial and media enquiries can be made to: JULIUS THURGOOD Email: Tel: 01926 885835 Mobile: 07850 361159 Website: Tags: