Triple M corner no.163

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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.

MG J2 Midget YY 4 was first registered in London in September 1932 and was owned by A.W.F. Smith (Alan) into the 1960s. This photo of the car was taken somewhere in the Chilterns during the 1935 MG Car Club’s Abingdon to Abingdon Trial. Smith competed in many national trials driving YY 4, from late 1932 until 1937, picking up plenty of awards in the process.  (LATplate C6033 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Triple M corner no.162

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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.

By the 12th December 1931 (the date of that years MCC London-Gloucester trial) MG Midget RX 7206 had been converted from a normally aspirated car and was now supercharged. It’s not clear if the car was converted at the MG factory in Abingdon or by its unknown owner, but many images of it survive in both pre and post conversion mode. By February 1932 MG had officially announced the arrival of a supercharged M Type and The Autocar road tested RX 9153 in that guise. The price premium over the standard model was a whopping £65, customers paying £250 for the privilege. It’s not known how many were sold. Unfortnately, who was driving RX 7206 at that year’s ‘Gloucester’ is unknown, the car’s competition number is presumably attached to the front of the car thus rendering Cowbourne’s book of little help in identifying the driver. (LATplate B7404 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Wolseley Hornet Specials no.51

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Cynthia Labouchere‘s name can be found on many rally and concours event entry lists during the early thirties. Although she drove a Singer Nine in 1934, she very actively campaigned a 1932 E.W. Hornet Special throughout the latter half of the 1932 and 1933 driving seasons. Her first recorded event in 1933 was the Monte Carlo Rally, where she started from John o’ Groats’, although sadly failing to finish. This LAT Autocar photoscan shows her Hornet, GY 3131 being inspected prior to the start of the rally, possibly at the Eustace Watkins premises in Chelsea, SW3. (Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images).

Triple M corner no.161

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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.

During the 1950’s and early 60’s Sunday lunchtime on the BBC’s Light Programme featured a 30 minute music hall spot entitled the ‘Billy Cotton Band Show’.  The band’s popularity went back to the late twenties and continued thereafter, although in the thirties Billy Cotton’s skill behind the wheel of racing cars threatened to eclipse his light entertainment career. This photo of Cotton was taken on 4th July 1936 where he is seen seated behind the wheel of his supercharged MG awaiting the start of a race at Donington Park. (LATplate C9389 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Triple M corner no.160

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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 scanned from the pages of a November 1930 SMT Magazine – SMT being an abbreviation for the words,  Scottish Motor Traction, which as its name suggests was a Scottish bus company. Their magazines are packed full of travelogues and details of interesting places to visit around Scotland and the rest of the U.K. https://www.flickr.com/photos/36844288@N00/sets/72157618355483278/ as well as plenty of fascinating motoring advertisements. Here an unidentified MG Midget travels alongside a river or small loch, the caption writer giving very little away.

Triple M corner no.159

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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.

At the time this photo was taken in July 1937, the MG Midget WX 6937 was already six years old, having first been registered in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1931. The occasion was the driving test element of the Welsh Rally, which was held over four days (30th June – 3rd July). Here K.G. Settle negotiates a gate under the watching eyes of the adjudicators. The photo was taken by noted photographer Bill Brunell.

Triple M corner no.158

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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 later MG Magnette models rarely feature here. To partly correct that anomoly, here is a November 1935 London County Council registered Magnette (CGP 878) being driven by D.E. Harris whilst taking part in the 1937 Colmore Trophy Trial. An intrepid marshall with clipboard in hand closely watches the Magnette’s progress up a long green lane incline. Harris collected a second class award for his efforts that day. (Image scanned from an uncatalogued ‘Motor’ 35mm negative courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Triple M corner no.197

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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 (YY 4) appeared in four of the eight RSAC Scottish Rallies held in the thirties and was driven on each occasion by Alan W.F. Smith. This Motor photo, was taken at a checkpoint during the running of the 1937 ‘Coronation Scottish Rally’ which commenced just five days after the investiture of King Geoge VI on 17th May, the rally concluding on the 21st. Smith was a member of the Motor Cycle Club’s no. 2 team, although Donald Cowbourne’s book British Rally Drivers Their Cars And Awards 1925-1939 doesn’t record if the team were successful or otherwise. (LAT Motor 35mm negative – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Triple M Corner no.196

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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 LAT Collection image (C952) was taken on ‘Doverhay’  on 24th June 1933 during the BHMC’s Brighton-Beer Trial. Unfortunately, Cowbourne can not help identify the driver and passenger of MG no. 34 (ACD 134). Perhaps a Triple M enthusiast can oblige? (Courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Trople M corner no.195

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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 scan of LATplate E9340 depicts an MG P Type Midget. A view from the front would help indicate if this is a PA version or the later PB type with the increased capacity engine. The PA was fitted with a honeycombe radiator while the PB version adopted the vertical slats as favoured by the stylists at that time. Perhaps an MG expert can positively identify the model from this profile view? (Photo courtesy Motorsport Images.)