There’s nothing like the hottest weekend of the year to get motorsport and motoring fans flocking to Silverstone for MGLive! The MG Car Club’s annual celebration, combining an incredible line up of racing with the World’s biggest static display of MG models spanning 90 years welcomed around 15,000 attendees across the two-day event.
On Silverstone’s Grand Prix Circuit, a packed grid of over 550 entries kept racing fans entertained across 16 races, including four MG championships and guest races from Petro-Canada Lubricants Porsche Club Championship, Masters Series Pre-1966 Touring Cars, and the single-seater Radical Challenge Championship.
The biggest grids came from the eclectic mix of Equipe GTS, with a range of vehicles from Alfa Romeos to TVRs and of course MGs – with Midgets and MGBs completing a varied line-up with a total of 80 Equipe entries including two genuine ex-works MGBs.
Saturday’s California Cup Autotest gave the various MGCC Registers whose owners like their driving more precise and a challenging route the chance to showcase their skills. The Ulster Centre came out victorious with the T-Register picking up the Register Trophy, while the Lincolnshire Centre won both the BMC and Longbridge trophies.
On Sunday, private owners had the chance to compete in the Autosolo in two classes – Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) and Front Wheel Drive (FWD). The overall RWD class winner was Ian Webb in the Midget Sprite, while the FWD class winner was Simon Ayris in the MG ZR.
For those who prefer polish to power, there was the Pride of Ownership and Concours sponsored by Meguiar’s. Whilst there was a raft of class winners, the three major trophies went to Louise Allen in her MG ZR for Best Modified MG, David Laidlaw in his MGB for Overall Pride of Ownership winner, and Nigel Scutt in the MGF for Overall Concourse Winner.
Away from the track, around 3,000 MG models spanning over 90 years of motoring heritage were displayed from the Club's various registers, along with a collection of models that have all made their mark in motorsport in the main MGCC marquee
The Smartdriver Club Live Arena saw hosts Wheeler Dealers' Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead entertain the crowds with their own Father & Son relay race, daily car clinics, and the UK’s only performance in 2018 of stunt driving legend Russ Swift, who celebrated 30 years since his first appearance at Silverstone.
The new Village Green area proved extremely popular as visitors enjoyed the festival vibe, listening to a fantastic line-up of bands throughout the day and into the night, ranging from the stunning Glamophones with their swing-style retro harmonies to the foot-tapping rock classics from TFI Live.
MGLive! will return in 2018 with dates to be announced shortly.
Once again a sea of MG fans descended on Silverstone for MGLive! 2016. With everything on show from the earliest bull-nose Super Sports through to the newest GS, MGLive! Had something for everyone.
2016’s designated charity, Headway Oxfordshire made an impressive splash with a large marquee showcasing generations of the Club’s Safety Fast! magazine as well as MG’s experimental MGB GT Safety Vehicle, kindly lent for display by the British Motor Museum at Gaydon.
A full weekend of racing on the historic GP circuit, live action arena, register displays, traders, sprint, concours, Lifestyle Marquee, live bands, camping and more!
2015 MG Car Club were celebrating several anniversaries at Silverstone during MGLive! with the MGA celebrating 60 years since its introduction, the MGB GT celebrating 50 years, the MGF celebrating 20 years and the Abingdon Competitions Department celebrating 60 years.
On the morning of June 20th , MGLive! Started with light drizzle later turning to heavy rain, but that didn’t put people off with queues forming at the main gate, eager to start their MGLive! weekend. The sight before them as they entered the Silverstone circuit was of 100s of MGs filling the infield area. In addition, the California Cup Autotest, which was run by Neil Lock and fellow members of the South West Centre, was held in car park 49, with 22 participants. This year the prestigious California Cup was won by the Lincolnshire Centre, with the Midget Register winning the BMC Autotest Trophy.
The Sprint, which was run by David Rainsbury and fellow members of the North West Centre, was held on the Stowe Circuit on Sunday morning. This was well subscribed this year with 110 entrants. Andy Walker recorded the fastest MG time of day in his MGB V8. What’s more, A separate tour was held on Sunday to parade cars celebrating anniversaries this year. This was officiated by Noel Lindford with help from fellow members of the Tyne Tees Centre, who did a great job in signing on entrants and organising the line-up of cars before the tour commenced.
MG Motor UK had a display of their current range of MG3 and MG6 cars, and were actively showing people round the cars and taking bookings for test drives. A representative of MG said they were extremely pleased with the interest people had shown in the cars and were kept busy all weekend.