24.12.01

Merry Christmas
 and a 
Happy New Year
 to you all !

I wish you always a handful tar under your wheels and a lucky 2002 to you and your families! 
As a small present the Register has a brand new screensaver for you. This time it features 12 different pictures from contemporary sales brochures. Again it is easy to install and even uninstall if you wish. Download here and enjoy it ! (1,5Mb) 

For those who can't get enough of Magnettes on their screen we also offer this picture for your desktop. Here's a description how to save the picture as wallpaper on your desktop. Please select  for 17" screen or 19" screen.  
At this time I would like to say thank you to everybody who helped to keep this site interersting with pictures, reports or just a note. Mainly I have to thank Paul Barrow,UK, for his enormous work creating the old articles from various magazines as pdf-files. 
Don't get tired sending pictures i.e. for the owners gallery.
That's all for the moment. Next month will see a bigger update...
Magnettic MotorinG
Günter

21.12.01

If you like to repair your windscreen washers to original  standard or just like to understand how it works with the vacuum pipe from the manifold you may find the windscreen washer article at "Hints & Tips" of interest (pdf-file 500 kb). 
I also received an hint on repairing tie-bars from Carsten Wivel, Denmark. Read it here.
And also another poll. Let's see what's the favourite colour nowadays and I will compare it with the sales figures 40 years ago.
And don't forget to visit us at christmas, a gift is waiting for you!
Günter

17.11.01

A few weeks ago we had our first poll. The question was: What is your favourite Magnette model? Here is the result:


This mirrors the figure sales of the 50's. Personaly I'm astonished that ZB's are the loosers. Although I own a Varitone I love the straight line of the ordinary ZB.   

We also have another nice article to download. It's a brand new article from Practicle Classic covering MG saloons from Z to Z! Look at Articles "Practical Classic 11/2001" . Thanks to Practical
Classics, who supplied us with some of the pictures!

Finally I have a request from our Register Historian Warren Marsh. He's looking for a representative in Australia. This person should act as co-ordinator in collecting information about all known Z's in Australia. Warren would like to be able to write (no e-mail) to one person over there rather than several people in different states. Please contact me at my e-mail address for more information if you're interested in this job and I will make contact to Warren.
Günter

07.11.01
I remember my first visit to the MGCC event in Silverstone in 1994. Amoung thousands of cars and spares I saw a couple who attracted my attention. They had a ZA and the dashboard was full of brass labels from car shows and MG events. 
Later I found out he was the President of the MGCC Z-Register. During the following years I saw him at different shows and found out that we not only had the love for Magnettes in common. He also was a racing cyclist like I was (when I was young).
With great sadness I heard of the death of Dixon Morris. Read Paul Batho's obituary here.

01.11.01
After two years with a leaking frontscreen it really was time to get it repaired. This time I thought it's better to get it done by a specialist. So I drove 100 km only to find out, that there was too much rust under the rubber, which had to removed first. But we managed to fix the frontscreen with tape so that I could drive home again. Hopefully during the next week I get the frame resprayed and then it's time for another try. 
This month we have some technical articles for you: 
First we have another article (pdf) about the very sensible Temperature Sender unit at our "Hints & Tips" corner.
The other is a "Safety Fast"-Tip from myself looking at the tie bars. 
Then we have another re-creation of an Magnette article as pdf-file. This time it's from a German Classic Car magazine (English translation will follow).
We also have some more cars on the owners gallery (where is YOURS??).
And finally we have another report from our East Correspondent Hideo Ohba from Tokyo: Japan III
Günter 

27.10.01
This year we had a lot of fantastic meetings with a lot of cars. One car surely was outstanding: it was Pat Gedney's blue ZB. Those of you who saw the car will agree. The result was a collection of trophies in Silverstone and also Norwich. Perhaps Pat fears to fill his loft with trophies if he doesn't get rid of it right now. I don't know, if  he really wants to sell it! Read "To sell or not to sell..." if you're interested in buying a lovely ZB. 

09.10.01
I just added a few more contemporary adverts, which Peter Bonthrone kindly sent to me and we have a few more pictures on the owners gallery.

01.10.01
Onlya few month ago I was happy to announce the beginning of a new season and suddenly it's over again! It seems times flies by at the moment.
You may have recognized that there's a new navigation bar. I hope you like it. There are some new buttons, but "Collectibles_site" has to wait until winter. At the moment your input is very low, so keep this site running with reports and pictures. May I remind you to send a picture for the owners gallery!
I hope to find some time to do more during this month. So far enjoy our new "Adverts-site", which contains contemporary adverts.
Günter

20.09.01
The latest Register newsletter from Safety Fast can be read here
Paul Barrow doesn't get tired to create pdf's from old magazines. This time it's an article from Practical Classic 1997. Look at Articles.
And at least I received the following mail:
Hi Günter
I know you're in favour of using Z types. Here's one of me and Wendy Tomlinson doing the ghymkhana at MGCC East Yorkshire's Sledmere show this year. We didn't trouble the awards (though Wendy did it later with her dad in his MGB GT and won the "closed" class).
Cheers Greg Thornton
Here is the picture.

01.09.01
Again time for an update. My hands are still dirty as I had to stop working in the garage to get you punctually informed. So wat's new?
Well, we have an short article about a restoration. But there's a difference to a "normal" restoration. Look here what I mean.
I also added the winners of the Norwich event. So look here if you're interested.
Also visit the Articles and Owners gallery pages. They are under permanent work and change often. I still have to create a button for quick and easy access, but time is limited at the moment.

Finally I received some news of another trophy win:
As you may recall, I'm a fairly new Magnette owner (though not new to MGCC), having bought my 1958 ZBV, VRU 976, in April this year. Since then, I've renewed the carpets, spruced up the interior trim & leather, and detailed and cleaned the engine bay. 
I'm pleased to tell you that I won the Y&Z Concours class at MGOC's Northern National, held at Pateley Bridge in the Yorkshire Dales on 12th August, particularly as cars have to achieve a minimum 72.5% of the available marks to be eligable for an award. This fact had concerned me a bit, it was my first entry at Concours, I'd only entered Pride previously.
I'm really pleased with the car, and have used it a lot since I bought it, but I did find out they're not really suited to doing gymkhanas on sloping fields of wet grass at MGCC's Yorkshire Centre show at Sledmere House this July!
Jill Thornton
Here's a picture of the car

Congratulation Jill !  But Magnettes are not to bad for ghymkhanas and driving tests. You just need a bit more space...

I think that's enough for the moment. I will update in a few days again, as there are some interesting articles and pictures in my postbox.

Please notice that there are also new price lists on the suppliers page. 
Günter

22.08.01
The biggest Magnette event of the year has gone by now. 56 Magnettes attented Lou Shorten's event in Norwich. They came from all over England and also Scotland (and myself from Germany). I met a lot of people who congratulated for the website which encourages me to carry on. It was nice to meet you all and I hope to see you again next year.
My Magnette did the 1,200 mile journey without any problems. The engine ran beautiful at an average speed of 65 to 70 miles for hours!  Water temperature was o.k. all the time and oil consumption was 1,5 litre. Now it's again time for the 6,000 m service.
Click here for report and pictures of Norwich.
The owner's gallery is growing slowly. There are some new Magnettes. Have YOU already send your car details and a picture?
Much more next month!

Günter

01.08.01
Some of you may have found out that the Magnette's temperature gauge often reads wrong. The fault is quite often the sensor which is one of the parts that are unobtainable. We have a report from David DuBois about the operation, and for the more electric-experienced a manual how to calibrate the MGB-units for your Magnette on our "Hints and tips" page.  

I also started with the Owners Galley. Please help to make this the largest collection of all Magnettes! Your pictures are needed!! Please send a picture and some details if you like. If you don't want to see your name or location on the gallery for any reason please give me a note. Those of you who already sent pictures to me please give me permission (and car details) to include them!

While surfin' around the net I found some new sites that contain Magnette stuff. They are marked at "Other Links".

There are good news for our European friends. The Z-Magnette-Day 2002 will be organised by our Dutch friend Henk Kroese near the Dutch/German border (what really is a nice place). So mark the the last weekend in June 2002! Thanks Henk for your offer! Perhaps this time we can say hello to Belgian and some Dutch cars? More information to follow.

And finally there are two more pdf-files of older Magnette-reports on our brand new "Articles"-site. 

I think that's enough for August at the moment. I hope to see many of you in Norwich. Can Lou top her last year record with 54 Magnettes ? I gonna tell you next month!

Now it's up to you with owner'spictures ! Im waiting.

Günter

11.07.01
Good news for those of you who wanted to read Ken McKimmie's book, but didn't want to order it from Australia. The book is now available in UK from the Register via Andy Brock (for contact details look on the Regalia site). Also Lou Shorten has some too. However, there are only a few copies left. So hurry to get yours.
If you don't know about this book look at the Books site.  It is a very good non-technical, adventure book and is extremely well written and an easy read as well as a"must have".
 

10.07.01
There's a new price list from John & Lou Shorten on the supplier page. I also added somemorepictures of Silverstone

02.07.01
Another Magnette weekend has gone by. The German Z-Magnette-Day was a big success with 12 cars from four countries! It was good to see so many of you and talk to. Hope to see many of you next year in Germany! Look here for a photo gallery and a short report.
More pictures of this event and Silverstone to follow this month. So watch the updates.

Again we offer a reprint of an old article as a pdf-file. We don't know where it's from and when it was first printed. Should anyone know more about this article, please send us an e-mail. Here is "Magnette.pdf" (498 kB). Credits for creating the file go again to Paul Barrow. Many thanks! 

A few weeks ago we asked our American friends, who were interested in a "get-you-home-service" and who were able to help other Magnette owners. The result was depressing. No answer at all arrived in my postbox !

29.06.01
Back from Silverstone! Here are the first pictures. More to follow next week. I have to hurry as the next Magnette event takes place  this weekend in Minden/Germany and the Magnette awaits it's 1,000 miles service.
Here you'll see the California Cup team (Paul Batho, Günter Graskamp and John Hale).
Here is the Le Mans MG
On the MGCC homepage are more impressions of Silverstone.
Excuse this telegram style but I'm really in a hurry! More on the beginning of July.
Günter

08.06.01
We have just noticed that the email address for John and Lou Shorten has been mis-stated. Please update your address books as follows: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you wish to make a manual change please put a dot (.) between mg and specs, there should also be one between virgin and net. We apologies to you, and to John and Lou, for this mistake and in the length of time it has taken to correct our error. You should now have no difficulty in reaching them by email. 

01.06.01
This month will bring us two big MaGnette events:  Silverstone and the German Z-Magnette-Day with a lot of European friends. I will attend both events and hope to show some pictures as soon as possible. 

During the last weeks I had to inspect some Magnettes for a friend who is looking for a classic family transport. It's always interesting to find out how often the describtion "rustfree" is used for cars that show rust at the first sight. Why aren't sellers not honest enough to describe a car what it really looks? This saves time and money for both. One of those cars was offered on the net and has an "interesting" colour scheme. Look here what I mean. 

People show great interest at Magnettes nowadays. This surely is also a result of the active owners and representatives in the clubs. The Netherland MGCC vote their Z & Farina Magnette Register for the most active Register. Our congratulations to Henk Kroese, who does a good job in the Netherlands. Here's Henk with his new trophy.

Our Safety Fast scribe Paul Batho sent me a preview of July's issue with some some very interesting articles:   
- 'Gerald Palmer's independent front supension' - an article by Neil Cairns on the design of the Z-type front suspension and how to deal  with maintainance when it is over 40 years old

- 'KAC33/528 - an historic discovery' - Our historian Warren Marsh's article on the discovery of the Danish motor show car, one of the earliest known to exist. Here's a picture of her after 20 years in a shed. 

- 'The Magnette Connection - an interview with Don Hayter' - Don is best known as the designer of the MGB, but what is less well known is his involvement with the development of the Magnette (including a 6-cylinder prototype!). Paul Batho has interviewed him to discover what he did in the 1950s
We hope this whets your appetite!

20.05.01
The Register’s season opener saw several Magnettes (and other M.G.s) at the "Magnette and Steam" event
at Quorn and Woodhouse. Click here for a photo.
The next big Magnette event will be held in Silverstone, the home of British Racing sports. As I wrote before you can participate without 
a racing license. Navigate your Magnette around a few (hundred) cones. It’s not a race and you will not destroy your car. But you have to hurry up: entries must be done until 4th June! Remember it's a sport-saloon [1o% sports - 90% saloon :-) ]

Also the 5th German Z-Magnette Day has a good turnout yet. About 10 cars from four countries already booked. If you haven’t sent your entry form yet do it now. Early booking helps to organize!!

Now we leave the European area and have a look overseas:

Paul Casarona from USA was asking for a list of Magnette owners offering help in their areas in case of a breakdown. As the Register does not give the addresses of owners registered with us to anybody, all we can do is compile a new list of owners willing to give assistance to owners travelling in their area. (Perhaps the M.G. clubs overseas already offer something like this?). 
If you live in the USA and are willing to help and contact other Magnette owners either by e-mail, phone or snail mail, send me an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . I will compile a list of all owners and distribute the list to them. 
I think that’s all the Register can offer by now. Now it depends on our American friends...

Now I have to turn my computer off – my Magnettes awaits it’s 3,000 miles service. You know: drain the sump, refresh oil in air filter and so on...
See you on the road!
Günter

01.05.01
Hi all !
This monththe Register has a very small jubilee to celebrate: This website has it's first birthday! Well this is not much in relation to our Magnette's age (and sometimes owners too) but on the net it's ages.
Anyway. We got in touch with enthusiastic owners all over the world, who we wouldn't have met without this modern  media. 
I hope we have enough good ideas and infos in the future to keep you surfin' in! 
During the last weeks was a discussion on diffs. on the Magnette BBS. Because of this I publish an extract from the Register's Modification Manual on our "Hints and tips" page. It's called "Choice of rear axle ratio". Perhaps this helps a little.
At least I want to encourage our visitors to subscripe our guestbook. It will be removed next month and put to archives. 
Magnettic MotorinG
Günter
 
15.04.01
If you missed the Magnettes and Steam event this weekand think about Silverstone in June. This is the biggets M.G. event worldwide with M.G.s from the very early 18/80 to the MGF. Of course there are also Z-Magnettes and a few Farinas (were are they?).
Those of you who still have competition in their blood and wish to handle their Magnette around a few cones, may take part in the California Cup. It's a lot of fun and we look forward to seeing a lot of you there! Please contact our Competition Secretary Peter Martin at ++(0)1959 572573 if you want to take part.
The winner will receive the "Gerald Palmer Trophy". Click here for  a picture of Gerald Palmer, the designer of the Z-Magnette, with this trophy. This picture was taken in 1993 by Warren Marsh.
I also added some impressions of Silverstone 2000 here taken by Mark Bunce. 

01.04.2001
Finally the winter is over. Hopefully the weather knows that too! The first event of 2001 starts on 14th April and the Register hopes to see YOU at "Magnettes and Steam". More updated information are on the "Event page".
Committee member Peter Bonthrone updated the Calendar of Events. This is a small leaflet with dates and other useful informations. You can get this for free at events or download it here!(530 kB). 

15.03.01
Again we have permission to reproduce an article that appeared last year in Autocar. Download "Magnetic attraction" as pdf-file (300Kb). It's not the same article that appeared in MG World as Magnettic Attraction (with double t)! Thanks for this to Paul Barrow (again).
And to whet your appetite we have several photos of last years event in Norwich. Thanks go to Mark Bunce (UK) for these great photos! 

I also received the information that John and Lou Shorten have moved (email address only):
Following a degree of difficulty in both sending and receiving emails, John and Lou Shorten announce that they have moved their email address. Please download the revised price lists from the Suppliers page and update your address book accordingly. Please note the old address should not be used from now on. If you have previously sent an email and have not received a reply, please accept their apologies and resend the email to the new address. Thank you. 

01.03.2001
Now you can buy your brandnew MG Z! It's not a Magnette, but it continues the tradition of sport saloons as the advert says. Look here.
But now more on real MGZs:
This time we have wonderful pictures from the roaring sixties. They are from Japan again and unpublished yet! Enjoy the report Magnettes in Japan II.
Did you already download our free screensaver, but found the yellow writing in the left corner bothersome? You can download it now without it plus a bonus picture.
If you are interested to see the who is behind the Register, look at "Join us", where I added a picture.
And finally some news from Paul Barrow: 
Progress on the reproduction tool roll continues. We are currently just below break-even and if I get one or two more orders, we shall be in the clear. (Any profits on the deal will be going to the MG Car Club funds and will not be retained for any personal gain.) It is hoped that we shall be able to proceed soon and achieving break-even will be important for securing funding of this "once in a life-time" opportunity. Please bear with us during this time and keep looking here for updates or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. me for any news. Thanks, Paul Barrow 

01.02.2001
This month we (finally) have a picture from America with several Magnettes beside (look at Monthly Picture). I can't believe that we have most visitors from the States but only a few pictures! What are you doing with your Magnettes? No pictures of a tour over the Rocky Mountains or on Route 66? I believe you have a lot of photos. So show it to the others (contemporary photos from the 50's and 60's preferred, but not essential). 
This month we also have a report of Magnettes in Thailand. Not only do they have smiling girls and delicious food, they still have two (or more?) Magnettes. This will be the continuation of our series "Magnettes abroad". Be sure I can top this article next month with superb pictures. Watch out!
And last but not least I can offer a video! 
By kind permisson of the MGCC Germany we have a scene from their last Whitsunday event. We were in different groups with different road books, what explains the different directions... Switch on your speakers!!! It's called:
 The tricky crossing!
If you wish to see more videos visit the MGCC Germany.
Now enjoy our site and look through your private photo album for pictures and stories! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. everything to me.
In Varitone
Günter

17.01.2001
Last weekendI enjoyed a wonderful scenic winter drive with snow beside the roads, temperature near 0 degrees and a blue sunny sky. The Magnette ran beautiful with a winter waterthermostat of 82°C. But the winter will last too long. To shorten this time read January's Safety Fast!. It contains the Register's 4 page centrespread with a fascinating article of the 2000 Mile Trial and the second part of Bob Pulleyblank's report "Twin Cam Magnette - Or how to become a pauper".
While I enjoyed my scenic drive Paul Barrow was sitting in his office to create a new pdf-file for you! This time it's called "Magnetic Attraction"(300Kb). This article was originally published in MG World magazine June/July 2000 and is reproduced here by kind permission. 
Also updated is the events page.
Magnettic Motoring
Günter

01.01.2001
It's the beginning of a new year and time to think about holidays. Over the last years I planned my holidays around M.G. events and it was great fun. I visited places I had never heard before and where I wouldn't have been without the magic of M.G. 
For those of you who like to do the same have a look at the updated events diary for 2001 and meet likeminded people!
This month we also have a short report and some pictures titled "Magnettes in Japan" from our Japanese friend Hideo Obah.
This could be a new contest: write about your life with Magnettes! What do you think about it?
I think it's also time to say a big thank you to all our visitors. It's you that keep this site alive! Also thank you for registering your cars. The Register's file is growing and growing and we had a lot of new registrations of cars unknown to still excist: For example chassis no. 18578. This is the second real ZB. Real because some hybrids (ZA's with one or more ZB specifications) were built before.
The Register also is delighted that the oldest excisting Magnette (chassis no. 528) has found a new owner, who is willing to restore it to it's former glory. You can see here some pictures of this Magnette stored in a barn.

9th October 2014

More pictures by Barrie Hope added to the Norwich event.

23.12.2000
Hello Magnettiers from all over the world!

The MGCC Z & Farina Magnette Register wishes you 
a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

I announced it several times and I hope I don't dissapoint you. Here's your free christmas gift. Download your own Magnette-screensaver now! (1,5 MB).  It's easy to install and even uninstall. I  hope you enjoy it.
But we have more. There are several updates:
Paul Barrow kindly sent me two new book reviews, which can be read at BOOKS and he also sent me the following  
latest News on Reproduction of Magnette ZA / ZB Tool roll:
Following recent enquiries, it will be possible for a limited production run of 30 only to be made of the tool roll. 
The biggest problem has been the sourcing of the bitumen backed hessian and this is now possibly over come. As to pricing, the likely outturn will be £40.00 including UK VAT (£34.04 export and VAT Exempted Sales). In order to secure the financing, I am now interested in receiving firm indications from people who are seriously interested in taking advantage of this limited run. If there is sufficient excess demand we may be able to extend the run, however, due to the supply of the raw material, a second run can not be guaranteed.  Please email your intentions to Paul Barrow as soon as possible please on the link below. Thanks.
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01.12.2000
I hope you all enjoyed this month's entry page with Santa Claus and some snowfall. 
In my last notes  I promised a christmas gift for our visitors. But it's still not christmas, so you still have to wait...and come back at christmas!
But to shorten time I created a test for you. Find out whether you are an Magnette-expert. Click here for the
Magnette-expert-test.
Again it's necessary to activate JavaScript in your browser (most surfers already have).
See you again at christmas for the free christmas gift. 

17.11.2000
The price lists of our suppliers are much quicker to download now.  I'm just preparing a Christmas gift for you... Worth waiting for it !
Please sign our guestbook. Let's get it a "Who is who" or better "Who got one" (Magnette).

06.11.2000
We now have a site for Magnette suppliers, where you can download a price list! Should you order from them, please mention our website !
One of our regular visitors is going to look into the feasibilty of remanufacturing the M.G. Z Magnette Tool roll. Selling price may be £20-£25 (without tools, of course) but this is subject to confirmation depending upon if anyone is interested. If you are interested, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

01.11.2000
Whilethe season has ended in Europe, it should start in the southern hemisphere. So you people out there, where are your reports?
For those who couldn't manage to get the classic & sports car article in October, we have it here as a pdf-file:
"Grace but no heirs" (1MB)
Thanks to Paul Barrow for making this file.
If you do not have AcrobatReader yet, you can downlad for free here:


What else? My cry hor help for more pictures died away in the web's nirvana. The register would really like to have more input from you!  

Use the cold autumn's evenings to get your car greased!!
Bye 
Günter

01.10.2000
Here is a short reportwith some pictures of the Y-type & Z-Magnette tour to Luxembourg and the 4th German Z-Magnette-day. 
I also promised another special Magnette. Here it is:  It's No. 28 from the production line! One of the oldest known Magnettes. And it is for sale... Click here to see some pictures 

21.09.2000
A lot of news now. First we have to announce, that there are some nice articles on Magnettes in several magazines. September's issue of "The Automobile" has a three pages report on Magnettes. 
In October's issue of "Classic & Sportscar" is a article that is very well written and very favourable towards the car. So hurry to get your copy..
But that's not all. I received an interesting articel on Magnette models from Paul Barrow that you can find here.   
Nothing for you? Well if you are not only interested in Concours cars and like conversions look at this Hot Rod Magnette. I've often seen the letters H.R.M in the UK, now I know what they mean ;-). 
 
P.S. I'm running out of good pictures for our "Monthly Picture". So help! 
Well for the next time I can announce another special Magnette. No conversion, no racer but was built for a motorshow. Watch this space....
Bye and enjoy the site.

Günter

08.09.2000
During the last few days I have found some interesting links, so I have updatd again. Look at "Other links" at the bottom to see  what has been added. 
A few weeks ago I wrote about our Historian Warren Marsh and our Registrar David Johnson, who both took part in a rally through East-Europe and Scandinavia. Follow this link to the organiser's homepage with some nice videos and pictures (unfortunalety only in Dutch), or click here to see the "Magnette team".

01.09.2000
The summer (or what it is called) in Europe is passing now and the last Magnette event in the UK is already over. Lou and John Shorten managed to get 53 (!!) Magnettes to their event in Norwich. It's nearly imposssible to get so many cars on a picture, but our new chairman, Roy Smalldridge, took a picture to give you an impression of this big event. 
Well the feedback from YOU , our visitors, is very very low. Maybe nobody visits this site? Or everybody is bored? Or just happy to surf on? Anyway, the Register makes this site for you, so we would like to know what you think about it and what you like to see in the future. Feel free to send me an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or scripe our guestbook. Thanks! 
For the next time I have a really special Magnette for you. So watch this space...

Bye
Günter

29.08.2000
Not too many news for now. I managed to get the dia show of my Scandinavia tour ready for you.  This is more or less an experiment for further shows. Tell me what you think about it! Also tell me what you like to see, what you miss or just what you don't like
Scandinavia tour 2000:
The Varitone was packed with two children, two adults and all the camping equipment four people need during a 14 day trip in a cold climate! The journey took us from Germany to Denmark, further north to Bergen in Norway. Then we crossed Norway eastwards, visited the MGA & Magnette representative, before we headed home via Sweden and again Denmark. The beginning and end of the tour was marked with M.G. events and in between a lot of driving in beautiful scenerie. 
The whole journey was about 2,500 miles during 14 days. The Magnette did all without problems. I only had to tighten the fanbelt once. And later at home the brake master cylinder needed new rubber bushes, because it didn't held the pressure.
Why I write this? Just to encourage you to use your cars whenever possible. 
Remember:You can do it in an M.G.! 

Magnettic MotorinG
Günter

25.07.2000
Another event has gone by now! Many of you missed the annual event at Old Warden. We were lucky to have flying conditions on the saturday evening and see a Spitfire and a Hurricane flying beside, amoung a lot of Vintage Doubledeckers. I would have preferred to see a Messerschmitt, but after seeing the Spitfire I understand, that not many survived the airfights.
Anyway. It was a cold and wet week. But the stay with the Shorten's was worth getting cold in the tent! John found some of his spare time to show me how he builds repair panels. Really impressing.
I plan to progam a little photo show for you. But as this site is run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts it will take some time. So have a look from time to time. Normally we have every 14 days something  new. 
This time I'm happy to announce the completion of our Regala-site with brand new register regalia!
I also added some new "Other links" and a new "tip".
Bye for now
Günter

01.07.2000
The season is in full swing now with a lot of M.G. events to choose. I hope you all have your Magnettes on the road now and enjoy driving in the new airsmoothed style. My family and I returned after a 2,500 miles through Germany, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, which we all enjoyed. The Magnette ran without problems and seemed to enjoy the lonely roads in Norway.
But this seems to be nothing against Warren Marsh's trip. He did nearly 5,000 miles in his ZA on a rally through Poland, some of the new states formerly belonging to Russia, and Sweden! Anybody out there, who can beat this?

I added a report of a Ford Sierra 5 speed gearbox conversion at "Hints & Tips". All other things still have to wait, as my diary announces the European Event in the Netherlands on 8./9. July. From there I will travel directly to England, "waste" one week in beautiful landscape with long and winding roads, just to arrive at the Register's Summer event in Biggleswade just in time.

For those who have already registered their Magnettes online - a big thank you. All cars were unknown on our file. Please also register your Magnettes, which are scrapped or you want to sell. Let's find out, how many survived!
Magnettic MotorinG
Günter

08.06.2000
Just two days before I'm gonna leave for the MGCC Germany's Whitsunday event, I managed to get my car ready after a half years rebuilt. It all started with the idea to do some necessary welding and replace some rubbers and ended in a nearly total restoration.
Anyway. I just want to tell you, that there will be no update during the next 14 days (except the classifieds), as I will drive via Norway, Sweden and Denmark to the next MG event, which  is held on the island Als in Denmark.
After this we have some interesting reports for you: I received an interesting report on a Ford Sierra gearbox conversion and also a report of the season's opening at Magnettes & Steam is in preparation.
If you go to Silverstone, have a look at our stand and park your Magnette in the Register Parking Area!    
Magnettic MotorinG
Günter 

07.05.2000

The season has started now with the Register's first event "Magenettes and steam". Weather conditions were fairly wet as you could see at the Silverstone Grand Prix, but a dozen Magnettes ignored the weather and attended.
I received the information from Malcom Eades, that a conversion kit for Ford Sierra gearboxes is under development. Many MGA owners already converted their cars with this gearbox. These boxes are very small and 1st to 4th gear are nearly the same as the original , with the advantage of a 5th gear with a ratio of 0.82. The kit will include a cast aluminium bell-housing, clutch release mechanism, special prop shaft and all bolts & fasteners. Not included is the gearbox, which can be found easily and cheap at scrapyards. Futher informations will appear.  This conversion is surely a good thing for long distance runners.
Also new is our "tips & hints" section, which should become the buyers and restores First Aid in the future. If you have tips that could help others send them to me.

13.04.2000
Welcome, Willkommen, G'day, Bonjour, Sawasdee,

although we care for old cars, the Z & Farina Magnette Register now uses new technlogies to inform and help Magnette owners on all continents.
Beside the fnished sites of history and books etc. we will inform you frequently about the Magnette sZene. The section "Regalia" is still under construction, but I think there's enough to surf around in the beginning.
Please use our classifieds at "market" if you want to sell or buy Magnette parts or cars.
At the moment there is not too much about the Farinas, but that will change in the future. At the moment I can only recommend the Farina website. You'll find a link at "Other Links".
We also plan to include a section with technical tips etc. More informations will arise over the year. But your webmaster has to get his own Varitone back on the road for this years events. Hopefully I meet o lot of you!
As this site is YOUR site, comments are very welcome. Write what you like, what you missed and what you don't like to see. Please use our guestbook for your comments or send an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
For historical reasons we like to know about all Magnettes, whether they are owned by members or not, so anyone is welcome to send in their car details. You can do this on our "Register your MAGNETTE" . To prevent you of spamming, your dates will be coded!

Bye for now and enjoy our site.
Magnettic MotorinG
Günter Graskamp