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Triple M Corner no.281

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The Triple M series of MG’s all belong to a family of models that commenced with the 1929 MG Midget and continued through to the mid-thirties via a long string of four and six cylinder OHC engined cars that forged the marques identity.

The 1935 Le Mans 24 Hour Race famously featured the three-car ladies team entered by George Eyston, with Barbara Skinner sharing  one of the M.G. P Types with Doreen Evans. However, they are not to be found in this image taken at the start of the race. The interest here centres upon car no.39, an M.G. K3 Magnette entered and driven by Maurice Baumer and his co-driver, Ford. Here, he competes for position with two Alfas and a Talbot Saloon. Sadly he didn’t finish the race, retiring on lap 99 with a serious engine problem. Of the remaining three cars only Guy Don in Alfa Romeo no.21 lasted the full 24 hours, coming home in 6th place. (LAT photoscan from Autocar 28th June 1935 – Courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Wolseley Hornet Specials no.69

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The Scottish Sports Car Club were hosts to the The Edinburgh Half Day Trial held at the tail end of April 1935. This heavily retouched image of 1934 E.W. Hornet Special (US 4663) appeared in the 5th May 1935’s edition of The Autocar (P593) and is captioned on its reverse as “…entering the watersplash”. The driver’s name was not provided. (LATphotoscan courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Triple M corner no.280

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The Triple M series of MG’s all belong to a family of models that commenced with the 1929 MG Midget and continued through to the mid-thirties via a long string of four and six cylinder OHC engined cars that forged the marques identity.

1932 MG J2 Midget (J2625 – WD 4642) was first registered in Warwickshire having been initially supplied by Morris Garages. It was owned from new by A.R. Taylor who competed in the car for three years winning a number of awards during that period. He is seen here taking part in difficult conditions on 18th February 1933 in that year’s SUNBAC Colmore Trial where he gained a 1st Class award. (Latplate B9470 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Triple M corner no.279

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The Triple M series of MG’s all belong to a family of models that commenced with the 1929 MG Midget and continued through to the mid-thirties via a long string of four and six cylinder OHC engined cars that forged the marques identity.

Yet another great LAT image from the 1931 RAC International Tourist Trophy race held on the Ards Circuit on 22nd August 1931. Here third place finisher S.A. Crabtree in his MG C Type Midget fends off B.O. Davis in his Mercedes-Benz SS. While Davis did not finish the race, his car being involved in an accident on lap 12, Crabtree crossed the finishing line just five seconds behind second placed Borzacchini in his Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 LM. (LATplate B7006 courtesy of Motorsport Images.)

Triple M corner no.278

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The Triple M series of MG’s all belong to a family of models that commenced with the 1929 MG Midget and continued through to the mid-thirties via a long string of four and six cylinder OHC engined cars that forged the marques identity.

Denis Evans successfully campaigned MG NA Magnette (BLL 493) throughout 1935. This evocative photo was taken on 20th April that year during the MCC London-Land’s End Trial (hill unknown) in which Denis gained a Premier Award. (LAT photo C5786 from the LAT Collection – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Triple M corner no.277

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The Triple M series of MG’s all belong to a family of models that commenced with the 1929 MG Midget and continued through to the mid-thirties via a long string of four and six cylinder OHC engined cars that forged the marques identity.

This photograph was taken on a very cold 18th February 1933 and features a late 1931 Staffordshire registered Jarvis bodied MG Midget (RF 9229) driven by Miss M.H. Lund who took a 1st Class award that day. The event was SUNBAC’s Colmore Cup trial. (LATplate B9468 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Triple M corner no.276

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The Triple M series of MG’s all belong to a family of models that commenced with the 1929 MG Midget and continued through to the mid-thirties via a long string of four and six cylinder OHC engined cars that forged the marques identity.

Date: August 22nd 1931: Venue: Ards Circuit: Event: R.A.C. Tourist Trophy

Robin (R.R.) Jackson, MG C Type Midget, leads Giuseppe Campari, Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 LM, and C. W. Fiennes, MG MG C Type Midget at the Dundonald hairpin during the Tourist Trophy on August 22, 1931. Camapari went on to finish 6th in his Alfa with Jackson four places further back. Fiennes completed 27 laps before retiring in a race famously won by Norman Black in another MG C Type Midget. (LATplate B6970 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Triple M corner no.275

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The Triple M series of MG’s all belong to a family of models that commenced with the 1929 MG Midget and continued through to the mid-thirties via a long string of four and six cylinder OHC engined cars that forged the marques identity.

This is one of eleven MG Midgets that were entered for the 1933 RAC Hastings Rally. This particular car (1932 MG J2 XJ 4210) is seen here undergoing braking tests on the streets of the East Sussex holiday resort on 18th August 1933, the event’s final day. Unfortunately, the Midget’s competition number is unknown, as is its driver. (Latplate B9732 – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Wolseley Hornet Specials no.68

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Throughout the thirties Eustace Watkins were the London main dealer for the Wolseley brand and were located in affluent Chelsea. After the launch of Wolesley’s Hornet model in April 1930, the prospect of a lightweight six-cylinder sports car based upon the Hornet chassis proved to be irrisistible. Eustace Watkins turned to coachbuilder Whittingham and Mitchel who were based close-by in the New Kings Road. The result of that collaboration was this car (photo appeared in The Autocar in April 1931), the first in a long line of Wolseley Hornet E.W. Daytona Specials. The body styling of these handsome early E.W. cycle wing cars became a visual template adopted by many other coachbuilders when bodying  both Hornets and chassis’ from other marques.

Triple M corner no.274

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The Triple M series of MG’s all belong to a family of models that commenced with the 1929 MG Midget and continued through to the mid-thirties via a long string of four and six cylinder OHC engined cars that forged the marques identity.

1929 MG Midget (FG 5585) was originally registered in Fife in the latter half of that year. It survived at least until January 1945 when it was the subject of one of The Autocar’s ‘Talking of Sportscars’ series of articles, these being published in the magazine throughout the wartime period. The editor’s pre-amble to the article casts doubt over the cubic capacity of its power unit but it makes for an interesting read none-the-less. The scan of FG 5585 as seen here is one of three original prints submitted to the magazine for consideration. The editor decided to publish all three of them as can be seen in the attached PDF of the article.  Sadly it doesn’t look as if FG 5585 has survived, as the registration draws a blank when entered into the DVLA database’s search engine.

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