13th February 2013

Dear Magneteers!

In April 2000 our website magnette.org went alive. That's a long time ago and the internet has changed a lot since. Our website was technically oldfashioned for some years now, but like our Magnettes - it worked! Butit was time for a change and so I took "some free time" to build up a modern (even if it looks old-fashioned) new website. Many old reports and pictures are still missing, but these will be reloaded one by one, once this site is running.

So enjoy! There are some new features, like the forum and a much more user-friendly gallery. Try it and let me know, what could be done better...

Magnettic MotorinG

Günter

23rd January 2013

Three more Magnettes for the gallery. They don't stop turning up (luckily):
# 2783 an early car owned by Brian Melville, England
# 23947 a restoration project in Australia
# 25642 Peter Yarham nice runner in New Zealand

20th January 2013

Brian Woolmer from the MGCC Sydney sent a nice report, on how they rescued 5 Magnettes from the scrapper...

14th January 2013

The Magnette's Diamond Jubilee gets some good feedback. See here...

You want to take part at this event? No problem, online booking is available now. Look here...

9th January 2013

Today we have 4 new Magnettes on the gallery. We nearly reach the 800 mark!
We start with
# 24234 owned by Ian Cox
# 27790 A restoration project for our well-known Loz Scott
# 32901 Adrian Tomlinson with another restoration project and
#
33597 David Wahl, USA

The events calendar 2013 has been updated. Please make your diary now and remember that Magnette60, the Diamond Jubilee of the Magnette, is the main event in August. WE WANT YOU THERE!

3rd January 2013

A happy new year to all Magneteers worldwide!
I'm sorry there haven't been any updates for some time, but as I said, I'm working on a relaunch. Bút there are information, that can't wait:
Stephen Tickell asked me to make the following note:

Magnette60 online booking coming soon !
We will be taking bookings for Magnette60 very soon. It was announced in Safety Fast! magazine that the online system would be available at the beginning of January, but as usual the technical side of things is taking a little longer than planned. Thanks for your patience, and please check back here shortly. If you register your interest by mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. we'll make sure you're informed immediately when we're open for bookings. Please don't contact Wroxall Abbey hotel directly, as they won't be able to offer you the preferential pricing and package deals available through the Register.

9th December 2012

A big update on the wedding gallery with three new wedding cars and their passengers...

Please notice: this is the last update for the year as I'm working hard on a relaunch of thsi website and can't do both websites. I hope to have the new website running by the end of the year...
So pleaxse come back!

 

 

 

1st December 2012

Due to some circumstandes the last weeks seem to be quiet on the website. But there is a reason you will see some time, not this year...
Anyway: the work goes on. First I had a lot of pictures and registrations in my mailbox that need to be included in the gallery. here we go in ascending order by chassis numbers:

# 11492 these are the sad remains of a once glory car sitting in CA, USA and waiting for to be kissed by a prince. This prince shouls have some skills!
# 18026 was for sale in Sweden and needs some helping hands, too.
# 20223 is a nice example, that now belongs to David Rawlins from Australia
# 23083 This is quite intersting on how this website and the register brings people together: we had an enquiry of David Taylor, who's father owned this car in the '60s and he found some pictures and papers. Due to our database we could get him in touch with the current owner, who very much appriciated this file of history of his car.
# 30823 Kurt Nagl from the States is new proud owner of this ZB (not Varitone) and finally
# 36349 John Clark from Hampshire owns this car since 40 years now.

There is also an intersting comment from our register historian Peter Martin to the last picture of the month.

The next update will come soon with some nice wedding shots! And the new picture of the month!

9th November 2012

I missed the update on 1st of the month, but again there was so much to do. There was also a register meeting in Germany, which I organised. We had some lovely time around the meeting in Boppard on the Rhine. Well, bute here we go with another update:
The first dates for the 2013 events calendar are fixed...
And of course a new picture of the month...

23rd October 2012

Goodwood report with pictures of Rikke Urbansen Nissen and Dietrich Krahn added...

3rd October 2012

Already some weeks ago the register had it's annual AGM. After a five years period as chairman, Paul Batho stood down. New chairman of the register is David Halliday. It's the first time a Aussie takes over this role in the UK. So our register committee is well international now.
This is a good bridge to turn over to the Wagga Wagga event in NSWm Au´stralia. Loz Scott send a full report and pictures...

Also some news on thegallery which climbed to 783 cars! Is your car still missing? Please send a picture. So did Noel Willis from Ireland with  # 16404 , and  Rod Smith from Victoria, Australia with # 36082
 

Finally we have a new picture of the month

23rd September 2012

Grant Howlett's wonderful one-family-owned ZA again was the star in a report. This time it is compared with the new MG6 in Enjoying MG, which the author Jon Presssnell along with the MG Owners' Club made.

 

21st September 2012

Per Malmros found another car from Sweden for the gallery: # 14322.
And Mark Bunce sent some pictures from saturday in Norwich...
After a long period there are two new entries on the wedding gallery. Committee member Clive Webb married in style and our Mexican Magnette owner Luis Benito Ruiz Bogarin chauffeured his daughter to her wedding.

 

 

 

18th September 2012

Here's a report from Norwich...

6th September 2012

Two more cars for the gallery:
# 12681 and # 37085
And I found this picture in my folder and thought it's ok to congratulate HM for her Diamond Jubilee in 2012

which marks 60 years as queen.

And of course a new picture of the month....

 

 

 


 

26th August 2012

Here is the Silverstone MG LIVE report (with some delay)...

But plannings for Magnette60, our main event in 2013 to celebrate the diamond jubilee, are getting more detailed. Read more...

21st August 2012

Here's the report of our AGM at Middleton Hall last weekend.

Daniel Pope's Magnette # 28909, still under restoration, is new on the gallery.

 

And looking over the pond I heard that the 1957 MG Magnette saloon "Geraldine" of our Allen Bachelder, of Michigan, won class at the North American MG Register show in Dayton, Ohio!

 

 

 

 Congratulations!

2nd August 2012

I haven't done a lot of updates during the last weeks, but my ar kept me busy! So quite a lot of news wait to be spread around. Here we go:
Please note that the event on 8th/9th September in Norwich has been reinstated for 2012! Saturday, there will be a lunchtime barbeque, followed by a short petrol saving walk and an evening Dinner. Alternatively just sit and chat with John and Lou Shorten. Sunday will be held at Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens. See events page...

Then we are very happy to announce our new regalia shop. You can now order clothings for men and ladies with the Magnette Register logo. Just follow this link or use the button on the left navigation (Regalia Shop).

The GP100 souvenir DVD compiled by John and Cynthia Harris features extensive extracts from the guest speaker sessions, as well as showing all the other events of the Gerald Palmer celebration. Copies will be available to buy at the AGM (Middleton Hall) for only £10, or alternatively John and Cynthia are prepared to send them by post. This will cost an extra £1.20 in the UK, or £3 outside the UK. Please contact us if you would like a copy"
A trailer can be seen on youtube.

There is also a new picture of the month. But it could be one of the last, if you don't look your archives and photobooks and send some interesting pictures  to me! It would be a pity if we have to stop with this as we had so many nice pictures over the years.

More during the next days with the Silverstone report...

 

1st July 2012

The Magnette Register day at the Kop Hill Climb is getting closer and spaces are filling fast. We would really like to have a good presence from the Magnette Register at this wonderful historic event, if we don't get a few more cars along, we may risk losing our space. That would be a real pity and it is a wonderful opportunity to show off our wonderful MG Magnettes to the classic car and classic motorsport world. It is a great day out for classic car enthusiasts of all ages.

As this is organised by the Kop Hill Climb committee, it is very important that you get on and book sooner rather than later. Like Goodwood, they will sell out and you cannot just turn up on the day to display your car. So please go to
http://www.kophillclimb.info/ get your entry in and make sure that you say you are wanting to join the MGCC Magnette Register.

Just to reiterate the key point;
The Kop Hill Climb is one of the oldest motorsport events in the UK. It was revived in 2009 and 2012 is the fourth running since it was revived. There is a fantastic line up of prewar and postwar cars. Many of the cars at Kop Hill will have been at the Goodwood Revival the previous weekend. It is a wonderful opportunity to see some wonderful cars in a very relaxed and friendly environment.

Come along in your MG Magnette, join the classic car display or even apply for a chance to run up the hill. We would like to see a good turn out of Magnettes at this wonderful event. Bring a picnic lunch while watching some wonderful cars of enjoy the comprehensive catering.

It is important that you book early is there are a limited number of places and they fill fast. Information and bookings can be done at the website; http://www.kophillclimb.info/

Click on the "Classics and Clubs" link in the left hand side menu. Work your way through the registration and ensure that you choose the MG Car Club Magnette Register in the "Individual or Club" part of the registration page.

This is an official Magnette Register event for the Saturday only because many of us will want to attend the MGB 50th event at Blenheim Palace in Sunday the 23rd of September. Blenheim Palace is very close to Kop Hill, so why not make a weekend of it. It would be great to have a nice turn out of Magnettes to support the MGB Register in their principal event.

We look forward to seeing you there, but please, please book soon.

8th July 2012

Again I'm a bit late with the picture of the month, but here it is...
A note for those who wish to attend the Kop Hill Speed Hill Climb in September has been added to the events page. Early booking is necessary!

26th June 2012

Last weekend you had the choice to visit MGLive in Silverstone or the Z Magnette Day in Northern Hessia. Here's a first report abou the Z Magnette Day. Once I have pictures of Silverstone this report will follow.

13th June 2012

The first information about the celebrations for Magnette 60 in 2013 are now on our events page.
John and Cynthia have produced a very comprehensive DVD recording of the GP100 weekend last year. The 'trailer' featuring extracts from the DVD is now on youtube. Details how to order will appear later here.

3rd June 2012

The picture of the month June shows a Magnette in the thriller "The Vicious Circle". Thanks Francis!
New on the gallery are :
# 28463 spotted in a Tasmanian museum by Loz Scott and
# 19675 owned by Martyn Robinson from Wales,
# 21246 of Andrew McGee from West Yorkshire, which is our 777th Magnette on the gallery!

31st May 2012

The picture on the right shows the ZB Magnette of Satoshi Ohtsu starting for the 50 years Meeting at Villa Hamanako of the 1100 Club Japan to celebrate ADO 16 (Austin Drawing Office project #16). All 3 faces (incl. dog)  watching the flag.

On the other side of the globe Luis Benito Ruiz Bogarin again made some promotion for Magnettes in Mexico. Read his report...

15th May 2012

A bit late this month, but here is the new picture of the month...
As I'm running out of good pictures, please have a look in you photo books, computer directories or wherever you store your photos. We need magnettes in special locations or old pictures when they were new or just used cars...

6th May 2012

Loz Scott sent a report of the Victorian Concours combined with RACV Classic Showcase 2012 held in Melbourne, Australia.
 

2nd May 2012

Last weekend Lou Shorten, our President and parts supplier for many decades celebrated her 85th birthday. The Magnette register committee went with her to lunch, where she also received this nice cake, which John is cutting away.

26th April 2012

The new events calendar is now available as a PDF-file to print...
Talking about events: Loz Scott sent a full report of the Australian National Meeting in Hobart...

19th April 2012

The season opener in England for 25 years: Magnettes & Steam. Report & pictures here...
Per Malmros found # 2644 for sale in Sweden, which has been added to the gallery.
Do you remember the Magnette Dragster, which also could have been seen at GP100 at Gaydon last year? They now have a new website at www.enigmaracing.co.uk if you are interested to see the progess. I really hope to see this car running sometime!

12th April 2012

Geoff Pollard probably has one of the rarestbadges on his car. It's from Kenyia and really looks nice: 

 

 

9th April 2012

Tom Baumgardner sent this picture from the start of the 1993 Lap of Lake Michigan, part of the annual John Twist University Motors Summer Party. Jim Pesta, the owner of the Magnette and he ran it and won it, an 800 mile race around the Lake beginning and ending in Grand Rapids, Michigan USA.


Carsten Wivel found a nice Danish dales brochure including Magnette, MGA and Wolseley. You can train your Danish language by downloading and reading this brochure. Just click on the picture:

4th April 2012

It's time to refresh the ever growing online gallery:
# 1117 was found by Carsten Wivel in Denmark

1st April 2012

We start this  month with a new picture of the month as usual...

28th March 2012

On Friday 30th March at 9.15 a.m. on BBC1 a programme entitled ‘The 1952 Show’ will be screened. The actress Annette Crosbie will be in conversation with our very own Register President, Lou Shorten, who will be talking about the Magnette she has owned for so long. If you can’t watch it live, record it.

18th March 2012

Rutger Boy found this website with an old Dutch roadtest of a Varitone.
And two more magnettes on the gallery:

First # 15057 , which is Tony Welsh's Varitone "Vera" , and secondly # 15150 owned by Thomas Kim, who still has some work in front of him...

10th March 2012

The MGCC Magnette register president Lou Shorten is set to feature on BBC TV in a programme entitled   "The 1952 Show". Lou was has owned her ZA Magnette since the 1950s and was asked to appear on the show which aimed to highlight connections with the Jubilee celebrations. Apart from filming up in Norwich Lou had a trip to London where she was interviewed by Annette Crosby. Annette's father had owned a pre-war Wolseley Hornet which shares an engine with Lou's F-Magna. 
The show is set to air between 26-30 March. More detailed timing will be posted on this website in due course.

1st March2012

It was very quiet during February. Seems all Magnettes and owners still hold their winter sleep? Well I awoke and got my engine out to see where all the oil is going...

We start the update with a new picture of the month.

Then we have our 770th Magnette on the gallery: It's # 31027 , a CKD (completely knocked down) car assembled in South Africa. It now belongs to Aroon Sukhnandan. The car has also been added to the CKD-report.

Moving from SA to Australia:
Loz Scott (well known to regular readers) made a nice 86 page book called " Delving into the MG ZA/ZB Magnette". As he said it was by necessity printed in limited numbers; to-date sales have been to individuals and MG club libraries Nationally. IE Club Libraries: Melbourne, Sydney, Geelong and Perth.

'Delving into the MG ZA/ZB Magnette' was put together because of my anxiety that some important documentation, history, reference material and techniques may be lost if not preserved in an old fashion hard copy. The book draws noticeably on material sourced from original documentation while four personal accounts of Magnette restorations add to the reality of being involved.
My feeling is this 86 page book, nicely, compliments existing documents and sits happily in its own niche.
There are still some copies available for purchase; by:

[1] E mailing Loz Scott This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to place an order in Australian Dollars

{a} International Purchase
International Cheque made out to : Laurence Scott; No 8 Mahogany Close. Grovedale. Victoria. Australia. 3216
Book = $A40.00; Pack and Post = $A15.00 Total Cost = $A55.00

{b} National Purchase [ Australia Only]
Cheque or Bank Transfer
Book = $A40.00; Pack and Post = $A5.00 Total Cost = $A45.00

[2] UK Purchase
Please ask the register for copies

10th February 2012

The events calendar 2012 has been updated:
The MG Saloon Day added and sadly the Norwich event has recently been cancelled for this year due to a significant rise in costs for the hire of the showground which were not sustainable. We're llokung for something else in September.

1st February 2012

Minus 10 degree and the forecast says it's getting colder... Maybe the weather is fine for a winter rally, but that's all. Henk Kroese sent pics and report of a running winter rally... (look at the dashboard...)
Rutger Boy found # 14132 for sale on the net, which looks quite nice...
And of course it's time for another picture of the month...

30th January 2012

Please find the information and booking forms for the 16th Z Magnette Day here...

21st January 2012

It's quiet in Magnette world so far - but we have another nice couple (or should I say trio) on the wedding gallery...

9th January 2012

Luis Benito Ruiz Bogarin reports from a Paz, where his Magnette  became "Best Exhibition Vehicle " against a strong American competitors. Congratulation!

New on the gallery is
# 13084 of Mick Haywood from Staffs.

8th January 2012

2012 starts promising. Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton, himself owner of # 507, spotted another early Magnette on ebay. This tiume it's # 572 which will need a true enthusiast to bring her back to a glory life.
# 36735 is another car that needs some care and was spotted on ebay by Brian Taylor.

1st January 2012

Welcome to 2012 Magneteers all over the world!
We start with a nice picture of the month...
and we add another Magnette to the gallery:
# 24163 found by Brian Taylor on ebay Australia

24th December 2011

The MGCC Z Magnette Register wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

18th December 2011

# 6960 belongs to Bruce Bramhill and is another Magnette that has undergone a complete restoration and is prepared for the next 50 yrs.
# 7846 was bought by David Holland a few days ago and he is going to change her back into original style.
# 25590 will be dismantled this winter by James Frogatt and finally owner of # 17325, Henk Kroese updated his picture.

17th December 2011

The Dates for 2012 are released now. Make your diary and show up at the events!

1st December 2011

New month - new picture of the month. Have a look...

27th November 2011

It's been quiet on the Magnette frontier so far, so here are just a few more updates for the gallery:
First # 9674 which is running in Roma, so accordingly a lhd car. The current owner wants to sell this car. If you are interested, please contact me.
Then we have # 9712, which as completed restoration by Sylvester Earl Harvin

17th November 2011

James Froggatt came across these reviews/ buying guides in smaller classic magazines in the UK:
ClassicCars4sale and ClassicCarMart. Both are very positive reports about our beloved Magnette, although there are some mistakes written.

14th November 2011

The Classic car of the year was voted last weekend at the NEC classic car show. You know that Grant Howlett made it into to top five amoung 20 other classiccs and was invited to present his car at the show. The Magnette was the runner up, the first place went to the E-type Jaguar, which was well deserved, it was a superb car with a great owner. (Well, this could be said for the magnette as well!). So a BIG Congratulation Grant from the Magnette world! You did a superb job and good publicity for the Magnette. Here are some shots:
   

13th November 2011

Dietrich Krahn informed me about this link, showing a ZA with a Eriba caravan.

10th November 2011

Three new cars on our gallery:
# 13902 of John Doublet, Jersey,
# 14210 of Jorge Lino, Portugal and
# 22026 of Ron Mc Innes, France.

1st November 2011

Again another picture of the month...
and # 16464 a rough car, seen on ebay has been added to the gallery.

24th October 2011

We welcome three new entries to our gallery:
# 8632 Andrew Fuller from Oxon, # 16137 David Harrison and # 33089 Andrew Stevens, Cambridge

17th October 2011

Well done Magnetters! The Magnette is now in the Grand Final of "Classic Car of the Year competition" ! The final 5 cars that will be judged at the International Classic Car Show in November are: MG Magnette, Austin MINI Cooper, Jaguar E-Type, Ford Capri and Jensen Interceptor. last year over 60,000 car enthusiast's went to the 3-day show. Grant, owner of the Magnette, has some free tickets left. Contact the webmaster and I'll forward your email...

11th October 2011

The classic car of the year (see notes of 19th Oct.) voting finishes this thursday the 13th, so thank you all Magnette owners that have voted, if you have not yet, you still have time untill midnight on the 13th-this thursday!
Please give your vote at www.ccoty.co.uk and make the Magnette the Car of the Year!

8th October 2011

The picture of # 22809 has been updated after restoration by Cliff Hughes and # 22856 of Colin Richardson is new on the gallery.
Already a month ago Brian Pollard sent this picture saying: "This is a recent foto of my Magnette getting blessed by the Bishop of Ibiza at the Saint Christopher day celebrations. Shortly after the car lost a core plug and I lost faith!

 

4th October 2011

Again another nice picture of the month, sent by our chairman Paul Batho.

29th September 2011

Loz Scott send a report and pictures of their "Gathering of the Faithful". While we start to prepare for the long and cold season, they start with a new season...

19th September 2011

Great news for Magnette lovers: Grant Howlett's one family owned ZA has been chosen by Classic Cars, Classic Car Weekly, Practical Classics and their partners Lancaster Insurance as one of their top twenty cars in this year’s Classic Car of the Year competition!
Please give your vote at www.ccoty.co.uk  and make the Magnette the Car of the Year! (Don't forget to tick that you don't want any advertising from them, if you don't like! They also don't check the email...)

Two weeks ago I mentioned the Cape to Cairo rally. You can follow the Magnette and other classic cars on their blog at www.afriod.co.za/

Well and another tour and another blog, but a bit more relaxed than an Africa crossing. Some cars, including a Magnette will leave from from Sheffield to drive to Limoges in France to raise money for the Wooden Spoon Charity. Follow them at http://sherlockholmesandwatson.blogspot.com/?spref=fb

14th September 2011

New on the gallery are Adrian Hollington-Sawyer from Canada, who is the new owner of # 17758 and Nigel Younger with # 26173 and
Phil Dean wrote:
It may look like name dropping but we of the EYTCC were invited to take part in the filming of an episode for the latest series of Sarah Beeny's show featuring the restoration of her own home at Rise Hall here in the wilds of the East Riding. In the enclosed shot there are two Magnettes, mine ( ZA RXH 423) and NBW 333 which has just returned to the road after extensive renovation by the current owner Alan Finney. It carries the vin number 32419 and has covered about 100 miles since finishing.


 

12th September 2011

Robert Schmitz spotted these cars on ebay: # 8278 and # 31830 and Jürgen Rheintal updated the picture on # 22261
James Hamilton sent a scan of a lube chart, which I added to the technic page. It's a good scan and you might print it for your garage if you like. By the way: this is the old technic site. Have you seen our own technical website? Link from technic as well

6th September 2011

Another nice couple with a nice Magnette on the wedding gallery...
Today starts the Cape to Cairo challenge. An event with 11 cars, amoung them Roger Pearce in an MG Magnette

4th September 2011

Here is the picture of the month for September...

26th August 2011

More Magnettes for the gallery. We hit the 750th picture...
First we have an original Italy-Export car, runnibg in Roma.  #11739 belongs to Roberto Martinangeli.
Per Malmros found two Magnettes on the net, that are for sale currently in Sweden: # 14938 and # 2747
Then # 22037 of Harald Sonesson in Sweden. This is his scrap car. We had his 3 other cars with the last update.
# 26362 is of Mike Greenwood in Australia and
# 35478 is Tony Smith's  Magnette

8th August 2011

Today we'll do an update on the owners gallery. It's interesting that I still get pictures of cars that haven't been on the gallery or register before. Still cars turn up that are unknown! How many beauties are still sleeping around the world?
We start with Harald Sonesson from Sweden, who owns 4 Magnettes! Three of them are now on the gallery:
# 3033, # 4038 and # 17464.
While we are adding early bult cars, here's one from ebay:  # 2576
And at least the only remains (VIN plate) of # 32159

And finally Heinrich Koncki finished his one year restoration of # 23521

1st August 2011

I hope you ad a better summer than we had here in Germany. July was a wet and cold month and the summer is nearly gone. But luckily the Magnette has no soft top but a heater. So there was no excuse not to use her!
As always we'll strat the new month with a new picture of the month. Martin O'Brien sent a truly contemporary picture when the world was still fine. Have a look to find out what I mean...

24th July 2011

Rikke Nissen sent spome photos from this year’s European event in Spa, Belgium, June 3rd-June 7th. 3 ZBV Magnettes and 1 ZA Magnette took part, and as you can see they also managed the Spa-Franchorchamp racetrack.
     

23rd July 2011

Malcolm Eades was clearing out some cupboards and found a nice wedding picture. This car is since several years now mine and parks at least once a year in front of Malcolm's garage!

21th July 2011

Mark Bunce send pictures of this years MG Live! at Silverstone. Thanks Marc!
Talking about events. The date for the Magnette Day 2012 is fixed. It will be on 22. - 24.06.2012. So make your diary now!

19th July 2011

Here is a sales brochure of the brand new MG6 GT Magnette. Not do they only write Magnette like on the Farinas, no, they also feature a Z in it (unfortunately they say ZA and show a ZB).

12th July 2011

Most of you will know the "Living with Alison"-tales of Malcolm Robertson from Australia. In his latest report he muses about using his 1957 MG Magnette as a daily driver…

10th July 2011

We have our 100th Australian Magnette on the gallery! # 7115 belongs to Les hall from Victoria who is doing "a slow restoration" as he says. Next on the gallery is Martin O'Brien's Magnette # 29272 from Ireland.

3rd July 2011

I'm still looking for pictures of MG Live at Silverstone. Nobody been there and taken a few shots of Magnettes? I can't believe.
New month - new picture...

26th June 2012

Last weekend you had the choice to visit MGLive in Silverstone or the Z Magnette Day in Northern Hessia. Here's a first report abou the Z Magnette Day. Once I have pictures of Silverstone this report will follow.

13th June 2012

The first information about the celebrations for Magnette 60 in 2013 are now on our events page.
John and Cynthia have produced a very comprehensive DVD recording of the GP100 weekend last year. The 'trailer' featuring extracts from the DVD is now on youtube. Details how to order will appear later here.

3rd June 2012

The picture of the month June shows a Magnette in the thriller "The Vicious Circle". Thanks Francis!
New on the gallery are :
# 28463 spotted in a Tasmanian museum by Loz Scott and
# 19675 owned by Martyn Robinson from Wales,
# 21246 of Andrew McGee from West Yorkshire, which is our 777th Magnette on the gallery!

31st May 2012

The picture on the right shows the ZB Magnette of Satoshi Ohtsu starting for the 50 years Meeting at Villa Hamanako of the 1100 Club Japan to celebrate ADO 16 (Austin Drawing Office project #16). All 3 faces (incl. dog)  watching the flag.

On the other side of the globe Luis Benito Ruiz Bogarin again made some promotion for Magnettes in Mexico. Read his report...

15th May 2012

A bit late this month, but here is the new picture of the month...
As I'm running out of good pictures, please have a look in you photo books, computer directories or wherever you store your photos. We need magnettes in special locations or old pictures when they were new or just used cars...

6th May 2012

Loz Scott sent a report of the Victorian Concours combined with RACV Classic Showcase 2012 held in Melbourne, Australia.
 

2nd May 2012

Last weekend Lou Shorten, our President and parts supplier for many decades celebrated her 85th birthday. The Magnette register committee went with her to lunch, where she also received this nice cake, which John is cutting away.

26th April 2012

The new events calendar is now available as a PDF-file to print...
Talking about events: Loz Scott sent a full report of the Australian National Meeting in Hobart...

19th April 2012

The season opener in England for 25 years: Magnettes & Steam. Report & pictures here...
Per Malmros found # 2644 for sale in Sweden, which has been added to the gallery.
Do you remember the Magnette Dragster, which also could have been seen at GP100 at Gaydon last year? They now have a new website at www.enigmaracing.co.uk if you are interested to see the progess. I really hope to see this car running sometime!

12th April 2012

Geoff Pollard probably has one of the rarestbadges on his car. It's from Kenyia and really looks nice: 

 

 

9th April 2012

Tom Baumgardner sent this picture from the start of the 1993 Lap of Lake Michigan, part of the annual John Twist University Motors Summer Party. Jim Pesta, the owner of the Magnette and he ran it and won it, an 800 mile race around the Lake beginning and ending in Grand Rapids, Michigan USA.


Carsten Wivel found a nice Danish dales brochure including Magnette, MGA and Wolseley. You can train your Danish language by downloading and reading this brochure. Just click on the picture:

4th April 2012

It's time to refresh the ever growing online gallery:
# 1117 was found by Carsten Wivel in Denmark

1st April 2012

We start this  month with a new picture of the month as usual...

28th March 2012

On Friday 30th March at 9.15 a.m. on BBC1 a programme entitled ‘The 1952 Show’ will be screened. The actress Annette Crosbie will be in conversation with our very own Register President, Lou Shorten, who will be talking about the Magnette she has owned for so long. If you can’t watch it live, record it.

18th March 2012

Rutger Boy found this website with an old Dutch roadtest of a Varitone.
And two more magnettes on the gallery:

First # 15057 , which is Tony Welsh's Varitone "Vera" , and secondly # 15150 owned by Thomas Kim, who still has some work in front of him...

10th March 2012

The MGCC Magnette register president Lou Shorten is set to feature on BBC TV in a programme entitled   "The 1952 Show". Lou was has owned her ZA Magnette since the 1950s and was asked to appear on the show which aimed to highlight connections with the Jubilee celebrations. Apart from filming up in Norwich Lou had a trip to London where she was interviewed by Annette Crosby. Annette's father had owned a pre-war Wolseley Hornet which shares an engine with Lou's F-Magna. 
The show is set to air between 26-30 March. More detailed timing will be posted on this website in due course.

1st March2012

It was very quiet during February. Seems all Magnettes and owners still hold their winter sleep? Well I awoke and got my engine out to see where all the oil is going...

We start the update with a new picture of the month.

Then we have our 770th Magnette on the gallery: It's # 31027 , a CKD (completely knocked down) car assembled in South Africa. It now belongs to Aroon Sukhnandan. The car has also been added to the CKD-report.

Moving from SA to Australia:
Loz Scott (well known to regular readers) made a nice 86 page book called " Delving into the MG ZA/ZB Magnette". As he said it was by necessity printed in limited numbers; to-date sales have been to individuals and MG club libraries Nationally. IE Club Libraries: Melbourne, Sydney, Geelong and Perth.

'Delving into the MG ZA/ZB Magnette' was put together because of my anxiety that some important documentation, history, reference material and techniques may be lost if not preserved in an old fashion hard copy. The book draws noticeably on material sourced from original documentation while four personal accounts of Magnette restorations add to the reality of being involved.
My feeling is this 86 page book, nicely, compliments existing documents and sits happily in its own niche.
There are still some copies available for purchase; by:

[1] E mailing Loz Scott This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to place an order in Australian Dollars

{a} International Purchase
International Cheque made out to : Laurence Scott; No 8 Mahogany Close. Grovedale. Victoria. Australia. 3216
Book = $A40.00; Pack and Post = $A15.00 Total Cost = $A55.00

{b} National Purchase [ Australia Only]
Cheque or Bank Transfer
Book = $A40.00; Pack and Post = $A5.00 Total Cost = $A45.00

[2] UK Purchase
Please ask the register for copies

10th February 2012

The events calendar 2012 has been updated:
The MG Saloon Day added and sadly the Norwich event has recently been cancelled for this year due to a significant rise in costs for the hire of the showground which were not sustainable. We're llokung for something else in September.

1st February 2012

Minus 10 degree and the forecast says it's getting colder... Maybe the weather is fine for a winter rally, but that's all. Henk Kroese sent pics and report of a running winter rally... (look at the dashboard...)
Rutger Boy found # 14132 for sale on the net, which looks quite nice...
And of course it's time for another picture of the month...

30th January 2012

Please find the information and booking forms for the 16th Z Magnette Day here...

21st January 2012

It's quiet in Magnette world so far - but we have another nice couple (or should I say trio) on the wedding gallery...

9th January 2012

Luis Benito Ruiz Bogarin reports from a Paz, where his Magnette  became "Best Exhibition Vehicle " against a strong American competitors. Congratulation!

New on the gallery is
# 13084 of Mick Haywood from Staffs.

8th January 2012

2012 starts promising. Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton, himself owner of # 507, spotted another early Magnette on ebay. This tiume it's # 572 which will need a true enthusiast to bring her back to a glory life.
# 36735 is another car that needs some care and was spotted on ebay by Brian Taylor.

1st January 2012

Welcome to 2012 Magneteers all over the world!
We start with a nice picture of the month...
and we add another Magnette to the gallery:
# 24163 found by Brian Taylor on ebay Australia

24th July 2011

Rikke Nissen sent spome photos from this year’s European event in Spa, Belgium, June 3rd-June 7th. 3 ZBV Magnettes and 1 ZA Magnette took part, and as you can see they also managed the Spa-Franchorchamp racetrack.
     

23rd July 2011

Malcolm Eades was clearing out some cupboards and found a nice wedding picture. This car is since several years now mine and parks at least once a year in front of Malcolm's garage!

21th July 2011

Mark Bunce send pictures of this years MG Live! at Silverstone. Thanks Marc!
Talking about events. The date for the Magnette Day 2012 is fixed. It will be on 22. - 24.06.2012. So make your diary now!

19th July 2011

Here is a sales brochure of the brand new MG6 GT Magnette. Not do they only write Magnette like on the Farinas, no, they also feature a Z in it (unfortunately they say ZA and show a ZB).

12th July 2011

Most of you will know the "Living with Alison"-tales of Malcolm Robertson from Australia. In his latest report he muses about using his 1957 MG Magnette as a daily driver…

10th July 2011

We have our 100th Australian Magnette on the gallery! # 7115 belongs to Les hall from Victoria who is doing "a slow restoration" as he says. Next on the gallery is Martin O'Brien's Magnette # 29272 from Ireland.

3rd July 2011

I'm still looking for pictures of MG Live at Silverstone. Nobody been there and taken a few shots of Magnettes? I can't believe.
New month - new picture...

29th June 2011

I met the owner of # 6443, Hans and Monique Evers at the lat Z Magnette Day. During the chat I found out his car wasn't on the gallery. We gonna change this now!

26th June 2011

I'm just back at home from the 15th Z Magnette Day. The tent is now in our garden to dry, also shoes and socks. What a wet weekend! But it was a great weekend nevertheless. Read on...
And how was Silverstone? Can I have some pictrues please?

20th June 2011

Here is a short report from Reno, Nevada, USA. If someone has more pictures, please send!

19th June 2011

More pictures have been added on GP100.org

15th June 2011

Come-back of the name "Magnette"? Look here...

14th June 2011

Should you have already sent an email to Lou, please do again! I had a misspelling. Thanks to Carsten Wivel, who spotted this!

13th June 2011

I received the following information from Lou Shorten:
I have at last managed to find a company who is prepared to manufacture and supply those dreaded 'Monkey metal' parts. These will be chrome on brass. they are only prepared to make these parts in large quantities, but at a very reasonable price.
The quotations I have so far are for
boot light cover
door handles
bonnet hinges and
ZA door spikes
several other parts such as ZA hckey sticks are also on the cards. ANYONE who is interested in any of these parts please contact us for further details. Because of the large badges and costs involved it is essential that we have your support in this project, or we will all have to struggle on with MAZAK. These parts will cost less than temorary refurbishment of mazak. the sooner I get feedback the sooner these parts will be available.
I have already started the first step to get the boot light covers made. The price cannot be fixed until they are delivered when I will know the exact import duties that have to be paid. The price will be for all 4 parts, Main part, 2 blanking plates for the top & also the panel that covers the boot lamp.
I should receive samples of these in 5 to 6 weeks. Provided they are OK the whole batch will be delivered a few weeks after that. I do know that they will be cheaper than fancy refurbishment & being Chrome on Brass will last a very long time!
As the minimum quantity is 200, I would very much appreciate any feed back from anyone interested! Quite obviously if I cannot move these in a reasonable time I will not be able to proceed with other parts. I have already had definate commitments from several owners. I only hope these turn out well!
Lou Shorten, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

10th June 2011

Rikke Nissen from Denmark sent me this link of transport-art.co.uk, where you can buy the picture shown on the right.
He also sent a new nice picture fo the wedding gallery...

Mike Green of NTG send me the following email:
At the Gaydon GP100 event we met someone who had some top inner wishbone pivot shafts made that go through the front chassis members and take the inner wishbone bushes. These items don't appear to have an OE part number. Does anyone know of the Z owner we soke to who has had a few made, or has anyone any good used ones? Mike Green. NTG Ipswich  01473-406031 (or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

5th June 2011

Here is this month's picture which was sent by Terry Drinkwater.
I also added # 34483 of Geoffrey Elliott to the gallery.

1st June 2011

Malcolm Eades was kind enough to write a more detailed report about GP100.

31st May 2011

My Magnette has done another 1000+ miles on the speedometer to take part at GP100 in Gaydon. Here's the report and pictures with about 50 Magnettes....

 

23rd May 2011

Looks like a few of you are on facebook, as we already have a few friends.Let's see how it's going on...
I spent the last weekend with Jeff Becker & his wife Debbie, while they were here on holiday. It was nice to share some experiences with an owner from abroad (while it must has been boring for his wife). The picture shows the Beckers beside my Magnette.
Next weekend we have the Magnette main event 2011 with many attractions. If you haven't registered you can still turn up on the day and be part of GP100! A full report will appear here next week.
Still more and more Magnettes appear that are neither on our database (with about 1600 known cars) nor on our gallery which has pictures of as much as 737 Magnettes!
To keep the gallery going here are more entries:
# 11948 of Terry Drinkwater, GB
# 25462 of Tom Baumgardner, USA
# 31870 a nice (but expensive) example on ebayUSA

20th May 2011

We're now on facebook! Look for magnette.org and add-us. We'll bring the latest ews via facebook as well, once we have enough friends.

19th May 2011

Robert Schmitz found this oil can featuring a Magnette. This is from a German Dealer who now sells oil for classic cars under his name and who owned and raced a Magnette some time ago. This Magnette was restored by the new owner and is still in germany.

16th May 2011

To all Magnette owners attending the Shuttleworth event on 21st May: We have been awarded a dedicated parking position so we can be together. Please tell the marshalls that you want to be in this area or you may well be placed in the public lines.
 

12th May 2011

Please note that tomorrow is the last date to register for GP100, the very BIG event in Gaydon. As far as I know we have far more than 50 Mgnettes plus more Palmer-designed cars. So don't miss it and register at www.gp100.org.
Are you ma(d)gnettic? Always your Magnette on mind? Hans Lubberding has! He wrote:
Last year I was in England and visited the soccer stadium of Nottingham Forrest, Europe Cup Winner in 1974 and 1978 I believe. There the rows were numbered from AA, AB until Z...... - I made a picture of ZA and ZB.

9th May 2011

Here's the promised report of the Magnette Run in the Southern Highlands, not far outside Sydney. Thanks Malcolm Robertson for the reprt and thanks to all those waving to us...

3rd May 2011

Here's the picture of the month witf a few days delay and Magnette # 33013 of Paul Nodtvedt, USA is new on the gallery. With the next update I'll bring pictures and report of the Aussie Magnette Day...

 

1st May 2011

Last month was a bit quite in the Magnette world, but with the season starting to befull swing this month we'll surely have more updates. At the end of May we will have GP100, the Magnette main event at Gaydon. Please make your reservation until 11th of May! This is surely an event not to be missed!
Talking about events, Radboud Meijerink send an link about the Waalwijk Car Jumble, which is part of this years Magnette Day. Please also fill in your inscription soon now. Full details are at events. Also the MG Saloon Day has been added to the calendar.
John Harris sent a report about Magnettes at the Longbridge plant as part of the new MG6 release to the public.

3rd April 2011

Luis Benito Ruiz Bogarin reports from the classic and antique car show in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico and there is a new picture of the month.

24th March 2011

With great sadness I heard of the death of Colin Pratt. Colin was a true MG enthusiast not only in his Magnette. He attended many events all over Europe and his always friendly and smiling face will be much missed. Our thoughts are with Lis with Nigel and Jan.
The funeral will be on Friday 1st April at Porchester Crematorium in Hampshire (near to Fareham) at 1.30 pm UK time.

11th March 2011

Some days ago I didn't know much about the picture of the month. Luckily the owner recognized his car...

1st March 2011

Two weeks ago a Magnette was awarded the Pride of Ownership award at the International MG show and spares day at Stoneleigh. It was Thomas Strickland's ZB Varitone 873 CHU, which will appear in the MG enthusiast mag soon. Good to see a Magnette winning and congratulation to Thomas. We hopefully see the car as well at GP100?

We welcome on the gallery new cars and owners:
# 1739 Michael Rolls Dorset
# 4215 Paul Stampton, Australia
# 14161 Stewart Roy and
# 24741 Stuart Silvey both from Scotland

And well again a picture of the month...

22nd February 2011

we just received the note that this year the Shortens are not able to do an open day before the Norwih Gala Day in September. Please keep this in mind when planning to attend. Further information will appear soon. So you have another free in your diary, Why not attend GP100, the main Magnette event in 2011?

18th February 2011

Clive Shelley sent another picture for the wedding gallery...

6th February 2011

All we see on TV about Australia at the moment, are the pictures of the great flood and large thunderstorms. Magnette.org offers you something different: Here are pictures of the Victorian Concours, held in Melbourne this weekend. This event opens the season on this website, even if it's going to an end there.
It still takes a while until the events in Europe start, but beside GP100 we now have the the entry forms for the Z Magnette Day on the last weekend in June online.

1st February 2011

Updates have been a bit slow on this site, but there was a lot of work on www.GP100.org. Have you registerd yet? The programme will have something for everybody and we expect a bunch of Palmer-designed cars. Don't miss it!
Back to here: We start February with a new picture of the month.
And we go on with the owners gallery. I wonder if we can reach 800 cars by the end of the year? Although we already have a large number listed, more and more cars turn up. Well, let's start and count up to 733 Magnettes:

# 23228 for sale in the USA
# 25944 believed to be the '57 Motor Show car
# 32114 a car from Hampshire

I also added The Gauge Shop to the suppliers page, as this shop was recommended for repairing Magnette clocks.

27th January 2011

Entry forms for GP100, the big event in May, are now online on www.gp100.org. You can use the form on the website and pay safe with paypal!

20th January 2011

Robert Schmitz spotted a few cars on ebay:
# 13064 has been added to the gallery. this Varitone is for sale at  £17,995 ! This one is cheaper: just £13,995....

15th January 2011

Well I should have noted with the last news, that credits for the technical website go to Stephen Tickell and Malcolm Eades, who set up this great website and reminded me how oldfashioned mine is. I really should plan a relaunch... ;-(

Paul Barrow has some information behind the trophies from the NAMGAR event...
 

11th January 2011

NEW TECHNICAL SUPPORT WEB SITE LAUNCHED TO HONOUR GERALD PALMER'S CENTENARY!

Today is 11th January 2011, which is the centenary of the birth of the Z Magnette's designer, Gerald Palmer. You already know that we are celebrating this special anniversary with a major event, GP100, later this year but we are also making it a very special day with the launch of the Magnette Register's brand new Technical Support web site.
We know that the Modifications Manual is a very popular resource for Magnette owners, but when it came to embarking on the latest update, we decided it would be far more useful to convert it to a website that can be constantly revised and updated and is much easier for everyone to access. You can even submit your own articles if you register as a user.
The new site draws heavily on the material in the Modifications Manual but a lot has happened since that was last updated in the year 2000, so we hope the new website offers the very latest in knowledge and experience for Magnette owners worldwide. It also aims to cover Routine Maintenance and broader Rebuild subjects that were not included in the Modifications Manual.
To some extent it is still a work in progress and we will be constantly adding material and improvements. In particular we want to add more pictures, so if you have a gallery based on your rebuild or you took pictures of a particular modification then we would be grateful for your permission to use them for everyone's benefit.
And thanks to all the Magnetteers who have contributed material to the Hints and Tips on this website and also on the bulletin board. These have both been valuable sources of practical information based on your projects.
Feedback is the breakfast of champions, so let us know what you think of the new site. We want to know your reactions and any suggestions for improvements will be gratefully received.
 

10th January 2011

Brian Pollard sent two pictures of the presentation trophies from NAMGAR GT-35 last July, which were given to John  & Lou Shorten. Truly nice trophies! Unfortunalety I haven't received any pictures when the presentations were handed over.
And more for the gallery:
6048 owned by Trevor Morris # 32448 Mike Knights-Whittome # 28394 Jon Hall, Northants, all three from England. Welcome!
 

7th January 2011

Graham Hamilton informed me that there were 2 Magnettes on the South Australian MG80 run, his ZA and Tony Welsh's Varitone. So we had 5 Magnettes worldwide at the MG80 run. Anybody else?

Please welcome # 36078 of Christopher Sharpe, UK on the gallery and
Cartsen Wivel from Denmark has another picture for the wedding gallery...

 

2nd January 2011

Welcome in 2011 ! Hope you all had a nice christmas and entered the new year peaceful and happy.
we start the new year with a short report from a exhibition in La Paz, Mexico, where Luis Benito Ruiz Bogarin's Magnette took part. Nice to see some warm sea and palms as we still have cold snow here.
And a new picture of the month...

22nd December 2010

 

 

 

The Z Magnette Register wishes you all a
Merry Christmas
and
A Happy New Year!

Another year passed and you were able to keep the website active and informative. My thanks go all who sent reports, pictures and other stuff and to everybody who visited the site. Keep it alive!

Günter

 

21st December 2010

Bran Pollard from Spain sent me two articles some time ago. The first is from Thoroughbred & Classic Cars 1978, when my car, still in the hands of the former owner, and Malcolm Eades' car (this is the nice Varitone in Clausagers book "Saloon Cars") were taken as the "beauty & the beast". The funny thing is that mine was the beauty then... ;-))
Brian then sent the cover of a Spanish magazine were they wrote about the "MG Magnete" (this is not my misspelling!)
 

19th December 2010

Getting the ´restored car back from the painter sounds like a big christmas present, but read what happened to Heinrich Koncki from South Africa:
In the last minute before Christmas closure, Maggie or Winston or Buster - I cannot decide which is the most suitable name - arrived home from the paintshop. Historic Racing driver and car enthusiast and also my neighbor, Lew Baker, was hired to drive my Volvo station wagon and I followed closely behind using a towbar. Somehow Lew did not like to be chased and tried to outbreak me at a traffic light. Having no brakes at all and sitting on a plastic box, I tried to overtake him but he held his ground. What followed was a modification of the Magnette´s aerodynamics, by changing the shape of he right front fender. We wrecked the painters Christmas Holidays when we returned to the shop asking him to undue the modifications, as no improvement of the cars performance was noted. The tailgate mods on the Volvo achieved also nothing, except looking odd. This will be rectified next year.
At least I have now the time to put the car together again. Sure, I start with the brakes!

10th  December 2010

Please welcome another Austrian (not Australian!) car on the gallery:
# 31016 belongs to Jörg Wiefler from Salzburg and is our 725th Magnette here!
And Heinrich Koncki from South Africa wrote:
Reading in the news on the website, that hardly any Magnettes took part at the MG 80 celebrations, allow me to send you an article from a local newspaper. The Magnette on the trailer is KAH5/23521, which I bought earlier this year and is currently undergoing a total rebuild.
Thanks Heinrich, so we count three Magnette on the worlswide MG80 event so far. Any more?

If you haven't seen the nice christmas movie last year, look on Eddy Lepez' website and see how a Magnette christmas painting occurs...

7th  December 2010

Three weeks ago I mentioned the MG80 event around the globe and was wondering if there was only one Magnette. Rikke U. Nissen gave the answer:
A response to the article on MG80. Yes, other MG Magnettes took part in the celebration of the 80th anniversary. In Denmark at least two were present when we took the “baton” – a glass MG Logo with Denmark and the route on it – around Denmark. I myself took part as can be seen in the enclosed photo. It is my father handing over the baton to me. The 1958 Magnette and the 1964 MGB in the background both belong to me.
In the western part of the huge country that is Denmark another Varitone Magnette was present. A local newspaper took some photos which can be seen here...
Regards from Denmark.
Med venlig hilsen
Rikke U. Nissen

And Paul Barrow, webmaster of y-types.org, informed me that he is selling now manuals of the ZA and ZB. Have a look here...

6th December 2010

Here we go on with three more cars on the gallery:
# 11876 the love of Mauro Bensoni in Italy, only the second from Italy,
# 17002 belongs to John Miller in Australia, and
# 22262 belonging to Graham Mayes from Kent, England.

John Beesley found a good source for some Magnette parts like clips etc. The address is added to the supplier site...
and Hans Lubberding from the Netherlands added his car to the wedding gallery. I was astonished to count 32 Magnettes meanwhile on this gallery. Let's go on!

1st December 2010

Is it true? Already December? Well, this means it's time for our snowy homepage. And a new picture of the month. But as the days are short and cold there's also something to read: # 4843 has a nice story behind the wheel, told by her new owner Steve Kirby. Read the story about Millicent Rose...
It's a nice story that fits into the pre-christmas season, doesn't it?

28th November 2010

Ray Green in New Zealand is making progress with his V8 conversion after his start 6 and a half year ago. He says it goes well on very short (illegal) run up the street. Check out the progress...
Well and some more Magnettes for the gallery:
# 8387 John Robinson, GB
# 9473 Ken Wasley, Brisbane , Australia
# 19430 belonging to Kevin and Pam Evans, GB
# 35535 Mike Jacobsen, USA

23rd November 2010

First we have an important notice: the date for GP100, the big event in May has changed! Please see www.gp100.org for further details!

Just a month until christmas! No presents yet? Just in time a new book arrived on the market. It's not a manual or technical stuff, but a novell with a Magnette as a star. Just the right thing to lean back on a cold winter evening, have a Whiskey and read. More...

And another entry for the gallery: please welcome # 29394 and George Hewson

14th November 2010

# 21386 from Bill Leese, IL, USA has been added to the gallery
Pictures of the restoration of # 931 can be seen here...
Buckey McChesney from, AZ, USA send a picture from the MG80 run. This run was part of  a worldwide celebration of the founding of the MG Car Club 80 years ago. I wonder if this was the only Magnette? You may have a look at the MGCC's website how many clubs worlswide took part... Click on Arizona MG Car club and then click on the video to see the Magnette.

And yes finally: the register changed it's name from "Z & Farina Magnette" to the much simpler "Magnette Register". I personally would have loved the old name "Z Magnette Register" and the old badge, but this one is nice, too!

7th November  2010

Already in September the Goodwood Revival Festial took place. There were two Magnettes racing and a few in the parking area. See report...
On the way to Goodwood the speedometer of my Magnette reset to zero. I suspect it was the second time in her life, of which I have done now more than 70K myself. I couldn't resist to make a picture, although I had to slow down a bit ;-)

3rd November 2010

# 23011 is new on the gallery.
Also deep in my mailbox was an email from Satoshi Ohtsu, who took part with his Magnette at the Kobe MG meeting in Japan. The Japanese are very MGenthusiastic and it's good to see at least one Magnette amoung! Keep the Magnette-flag waving Satoshi-san!

2nd November 2010

I have to apologize to all who sent reports or whatever that haven't been published yet. I start to upload these during the nxt weeks, so we have enough stuff over the winter, which in no matter means that you stop sending!
We start with Peter Baldry's review of the Australian "Gathering of the Faithful" at Wagga Wagga...
And another month means another picture of the month....

27th October 2010

Here are the last pictures of the Peking to Paris Rally arrival in Paris and I also sorted all these reports so that you can find them easily now...
Now I'll start to bring all those stories and updates that had to wait during the last weeks....

20th October 2010

They did it! Jose and his wife Maria arrived after 37 days and 14360 km (8923 miles) with their ZA Magnette in Paris. Well done and thanks for the nice reports and pictures! Read the report of the last two stages....

17th October 2010

The Peking-Paris party now leaves Turkey....

15th October 2010

The Magnette is known for it's strong body work, thus why it was so popular for stockcar racing. But it looks to me that stockcar racing does have nothing on the Peking-Paris Rally. Read report 9 - a quiet day of repairs...

13th October 2010

Here is report 8 (from turkey)  - this time a bit muddy and only a few small things that shouldn't happen...

10th October 2010

Jose's report from Iran arrived now (Report 6 - Impressions on Iran). He also could fix a misfiring problem on the Magnette that occured for several days. Read report 7 - the mechanical backup teams.

6th October 2010

The Peking-Paris participants have reached Iran now. Jose sent some pictures - report to follow...

3rd October 2010

Jose sent some impressions from Uzbekistan...
And I added the picture of the month...

1st October 2010

I don't think any of us ever had a engine bay fire on the border to Uzbekistan - Jose de Sousa had and reports....

29th September 2010

Today we do a small update for the gallery. I'm weeks behind my emails...

# 931 an early '54 car owned by Neil Golding,
# 11438 of Mike Bean and
# 18512 a former Swiss car now in Germany owned by Peter Duell. All of them a warm welcome!

28th September 2010

Jose de Sousa had a rest day in Almaty, Kazakhstan during the Peking-Paris-Rally. If you think nothing happened you're wrong! Read on...
We also have the first date for the events calendar 2011...

26th September 2010

Well, here is another full report from Jose de Sousa on his Peking-Paris "journey"....


 

22nd Septemer 2010

No news so far from Jose. But it looks as if they are out of Mongolia back in China and to enter Kazahkstan. You can follow them up on Skytrack.
But we have a report from Australia: Laurie Scott reports about the evnt at Wagga Wagga...

14th September 2010

Here's an adventurous report from the Peking-Paris Rally directly from the Mongolia...




 

13th September 2010

Here's a movie about the COZM ebent in the Netherlands last weekend (click on the left menu on "Tour 2010", at about 2/3 of the film you see the Magnettes on the road).

9th September 2010

Jose de Sousa is going to start his 2nd Bejing - Paris rally. Here's are his first notes:
We collected the cars yesterday from a warehouse some 30 Km from the Hotel. Scrutineering and final briefing plus last minute preparations took virtually the whole day today and this will be topped up by an official dinner in an hour. Here is the Magnette and the two SA's at the hotel car park this afternoon. The rally start will be tomorrow from 7.30 am at the Wall at Badaling, about 60 Km from here, so an early start...
Hope to be able to send you some pictures from Day 1, tomorrow night from Daihai.
Jose

7th September 2010

Last weekend there were two Magnette events. The one being the famous Norwich gala with an open day at the Shortens, the other being the 4th (and as they said last) Continental Old Z Meeting (COZM) in the Netherlands. First we have pictures of the COZM....

1st September 2010

Here is an interesting new picture of the month and an gallery update all cars which were recently for sale:
# 1396, # 28028 and # 32585

 

26th August 2010

Summertime - holiday time!
Hopefully a lot of you used their Magnettes for relaxed trips.
Thomas Nebauer took his ZA from Salzburg in Austria to Lands End in England  and back. As he said he had no trouble at all during his 13 day trip!
 
Did you do a trip as well? Send some photos !

Here is also an update on the gallery:
# 23521 was bought by Heinrich Koncki in South Africa, therefore the CKD-article has been updated
# 27156 also from SA, but was for sale
# 27497 a very original single-tone-Varitone belonging to Christer Svensson from Sweden
# 36588 seen on ebay in July

24th August 2010

Bill Wallis the MGCC President passed away on the 22nd August.
The Magnette Register pass on it’s condolences to Bill’s family.
Follow this link for a statement by John Day.

22nd August 2010

Malcolm Eades sent a report from Christal Palace with the Mercedes-powered Magnette. Read on....

20th August 2010

First my screen blew off at the end of last week, then my harddrive gave up! That's why I'm a bit behind with updates. So no time to hesitate anymore, here we go:

Sunday August 1st was the date for the BMC/BL Rally at Ferry Meadows Park Peterborough. The weather was perfect as was the collection of cars, many of which were marques from the BMC amalgamation. The Magnette's dedicated parking area had 6 cars including an immaculate Farina version which attracted a lot of attention. A stand which won a club award was the Wisbech Historic Vehicle Society, who were celebrating their 25th anniversary, and featured a home restored steel blue ZB which has had one owner for the last 27 years.
With so many classic vehicles to admire everybody was kept amused without sampling the other attractions which this excellent venue provides.
Next year's event will be August 7th - make a note in your diaries.

John Harris

Another report comes from Stephen Tickell, he brought pictures from Athelhampton...

Mark Bunce gives a reminder for anyone who is planning to attend Norwich but has not yet sent him the application form. Please find the pdf version here to print out fill and return.
 

5th August 2010

...and here's the pictrue of the month.

1st August 2010

Ali Bairos from Hawaii sent me this link on YouTube about the NAMGAR event:

Collin Pratt found this poster of the hard times in Magnette life...

And finally a last report from Europe from Jose de Sousa...

29th July 2010

Namgar GT 35 is still going on in Delevan Wisconsin (farewell is tomorrow), but here are already the first impressions kindly sent by Thomas Webb. What a great thing they did overseas with more than 30 Magnettes....
Hope to get a report and more pictures of any of the participants!

18th July 2010

Jose de Sousa will take part  in another Peking-Paris adventure. Read his report about preparing his Magnette for the second round...

13th July 2010

Sorry for the long break, but we have a very hot summer with temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius. That's unusual, and  hot!
I have to upload a few more entries for the gallery, before I loose control of my mailbox:
# 18452 Wattinne Patrice from France has bought "Emma", one of the two race prepared Magnettes of Roger & Judy  Andreason
# 25037 another racer that was for sale in New Zealand, spotted by Ray Green.
# 33004 was spotted by Kent Edlund on ebay
 

And finally after a long period there's a new entry on the wedding gallery, kindly sent by Hans Lubberding from the Netherlands.

Romours say that there will be 35 Magnettes at NAMGAR....

 

1st July 2010

With temperatures around 30 degrees celsius I don't want to sit long time an my computer. So here's only a new picture of the month. All of those who sent in pictures and reports, don't worry , they will appear later...

27th June 2010

Here are the first impressions of the Magnette Day 2010...

21st June 2010

Stephen Tickell wrote a report about Silverstone...

13th June 2010

Has anyody been to Silverstone and can send a short report with some pictures?
To shorten the waiting time here is another report from the spring festival in Mexico and an update on the gallery:
# 4936 from Sweden
# 19171 and # 29850, both belonging to Tobias Riobinson, Oregon, USA.

1st June 2010

We start June with a new pic of the month

25th May 2010

Last weekend the MGCC Germany had it's annual Whitsunday Meeting, celebrating the club founding 40 yrs ago. 3 Magnettes attended, but unfortunalety they never parked aside.
I hope that our American friends can get more Magnettes together. NAMGAR GT 35 has the Magnette featured! So make your diary and take part. You also have the chance to meet John & Lou Shorten! I also hope that some of you send pictures and a report!

Talking on events. Here's a short report of the register main event, held in Abingdon...

After a long time I can update the wedding gallery...

 

14th May 2010

Time to extend the gallery and get the counter up to 697 cars! These are cars that were spotted on ebay or elsewhere:
#1594, #11473, # 13029, # 15731, # 19799, # 26350, # 30879

7th May 2010

# 25778 from South Africa is added to the gallery.
The MG Saloon DAy has been added to the events diary and
there's also a new (old) book added the the books-site. (Sorry I can't find the name of the person who gave the hint).

And John Beesley has some good news for all you that are doing a restoration:
I am writing about some previously unobtainable Magnette parts that Clarke Spares & Restorations reproduce. These parts are unique to the Magnette. The large clips that fit around the heater fan air pipe, the big clips that hold the heater drain pipes to the inner wing and all the wiring loom clips, fuel overflow etc.
Unlike some poor quality UK sourced cable clips the ones that Todd Clarke has made are plated the correct silver colour and their shape is indistinguishable from the original.
Clarke Spares are also making the Magnette small tools roll that straps down in the boot, this is made from the original hesian based material not plastic - it looks fantastic.
Clarke spares will supply a Magnette clip set - this is new addition to their range of MG spares.
Regards John Beesley

I will ask John for the address of this company and add them to our supplier.

1st May 2010

The winter is far behind us now and I hope most of you use their Magnettes regulary now. While writing this, some Magnettes assemble for the main register event in Abingdon. I hope to have a report soon.
But before I have a report from Malcolm Robertson of  the Australia-Southern Highlands Magnette Day...
Well and of course a new picture of the month...

27th April 2010

Please note that the postcode given in the information sheet for the Register event on 1st May is wrong! Please see events...

 

21st April 2010

I'm very very late with the picture of the month, but too many other things have to be done. By the way: I'm runnibg out of good pictures! Please send me your snap-shots.
Nevertheless I have a few updates for the gallery:
# 9712 Sylvester Earl Harvin is giving her a restoration,
# 23463 is now in Florida with Jim Basque,
# 28177 Rachel Dean from New Zealnad bought this one and
# 30080 has changed to Sheron Bewick

I also added more details of the main event at Abingdon are added, as well as the registers events calendar.

13th April 2010

Stephen Tickell added a report to the Magnette&Steam event.

11th April 2010

Well here am I again. Hope you missed the updates. As said in the latest notes this website celebrates it's 10th birthday this month as I went online on 13th April 2000. What a long time! Well enough about that, here are pictures of the Register's first event in 2010, the Magnettes & Steam...

23rd March 2010

There will be no update until mid April! But you can use this free time to think about a present for the webmaster, as the website will celebrate it's 10th birthday in April!


C U then again!

 

 

 

20th March 2010

Input is a bit low with the season just to start (here in Europe). So there is enough time to update the gallery. I had a handful of pictures in my folder:
# 2142 from Sri Lanka,  # 9841, # 14099, # 24085, # 27588, # 28400, # 30084, # 32314,and 35976

I also came across an old article of John Monkman. Some of you may recall the name, as he was selling Magnette parts worldwide before he retired.

And finally the events page has been updated.

14th March 2010

It's time again for an update on the gallery. This time we go across the years of construction (sounds a bit like Barry McGuire's song). Please welcome:
# 1184 Alan Sanders, England
# 8791 Jeremy Woolley, England
# 16100 Ivor Croft, Tasmania
# 35796 unknown owner in England

1st March 2010

New on the gallery are:
# 17664 an # 23815 both of Jeremy Woolley, London
You all may have recognized that Oxford Models now offer a grey ZA (after the very red one), but only few of you will have recognized the number plate. This car is our chairman's car!

Well and of course a new picture of the month...

16th February 2010

John Hastie sent two more pictures of the Melbourne concours...
Also the events calendar has been updated

14th February 2010

Today our Australian friends met for the Melbourne concours. And here is already a report sent by Loz Scott.

Also more for the gallery:
# 8476 a nice old picture from Trevor Jones and
# 27847 another one of committee member Trevor Jones' cars. Also
# 25640 Barn find in New Zealand, spotted by Colin Heald.

Please find also the entry form for this years' Magnette Day on the events page.

1st February 2010

I nearly missed this monthly update as the winterly weather with more snow than usual keot me busy. Is this the global warming? Anyway. Here we go with some more updates on the gallery:
First we have # 1228 of Justin Greenwood, Australia
# 24223 of Alastair Clements, Surrey, England
# 14206 John Hunt, England
# 22378 spotted y Göran Johnson, Sweden

Paul Barrow gave me a hint that the Brookland Road Test Book has been re-released. It replaces the old black and white covered one published by Brooklands and includes more tests.

And finally we have a new (and sad) picture of the month...
 

24th January 2010

Time to do some updates on the gallery:
Please welcome

# 5079 Davies Digger, Qld. Australia
# 7227 Chris Moore,USA
# 16339 Steve Adlem ,UK and
# 23749 Pascal Pignolet, France

18th January 2010

"When Steve peeled a sticker from below the rear window it came off with a lump of filler 10mm thick attached to it. Further investigation revealed that we could actually remove the paint with a chissel as the filler seemed to extend over the entire car."
Read on the dragster-story...

13th January 2010

Silverstone, or MG Live what it is called nowadays is now confirmed for 4th - 6th June 2010.
And here are more Magnettes on the gallery:
# 15720
# 15944 the last remains:the logbook
#16518 from Ebay USA and # 20110

11th January 2010

Some time ago Charles Reece made a batch of new steering motifs (see report here...).
He is now planning to do another batch, but wants to know how many are interested.
I had one of the first made, and all I can say is that you can't see a difference to the original, except it's not faded. So if you are interested please contact Charles at "candbreece(at)msn(dot)com".

6th January 2010

John Barringe had some more information on the picture of the month...

3rd January 2010

Hello Magnetteers all over the world. Welcome to a new year. We start the new year with a unbelievable story. Some of you might alraedy heard about it or met the guy. This sory is absolutely nothing for purists and Concours d'Elegance-lovers. But it's an absolutly magnettic story. Read part one...
Also there is a new picture of the month...
I had an information from John Weston-Smith saying that our December picture shows the village of Burwash in the county of Sussex in South East England, which  is famous being the home of Rudyard Kipling, who wrote the Jungle Book.