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Triple M Corner no. 241

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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 22nd August 1931: A hectic scene from the early stages of the 1931 RAC International Tourist Trophy race (T.T.) run on the Ards circuit in Northern Ireland. Here Two Austin Ulsters in the shape of cars driven by Charles Goodacre (37) and Donald Barnes (36) fend off the attention of a whole gaggle of MG C Type Midgets, led by Dan Higgin (52), R.R. Jackson (46), Stan Hailwood (47) and R.T. Horton (45). Although Norman Black in a C Type famously won this race, the MG’s of Hailwood, Higgin and Horton recorded DNFs while Jackson’s car finished in 10th place, ahead of the Austins of Barnes in 12th, and Goodacre in 17th. (LATplate B7016 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Triple M Corner no. 240

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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.

A team of MG C Type Montlhéry Midgets was entered for the 1931 running of the Junior Car Club’s ‘Double Twelve‘ race held on the 8th & 9th May at Brooklands. The winning car on handicap was that driven by Freddie (Earl of) March and Chris Staniland. Their 746 cc Midget covering a total distance of 2441 kilometres over the 24 hour period. It is seen here about to negotiate the Members Banking with March at the wheel. The first five placings went to  C Type Midgets, an amazing feat. However, the Motor Sport magazine correspondent reported  that he found the race “uninteresting”, which may have been part of the reason behind a JCC decision to drop the event from their annual schedule from then on. (LAT photoscan courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Wolseley Hornet Specials no.57

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These Light Car images from the LAT Collection depict a factory model and not a special that emanated from one of the specialist coachbuilding firms of the period. However, there is every possibility that the Wolseley Hornet Semi-Sports body was constructed by a contractor, the most likely candidate for that task being Carbodies of Coventry. The similarities between this body and that of the MG Midget are clearly apparent and as the model was likely to sell in low numbers such an arrangement would likely make economic sense. The model (which was fabric skinned) was only available for the 1931 season, much like the Morris Minor that shared the same model name. (Photoscans courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Triple M corner no.239

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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.

Taken at a very wet Brighton Speed Trials in September 1933, this unidentified and stripped down MG J2 Midget raises spray along Madeira Drive while passing a row of bathing machines. (Extract from LATplate C1954 – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Triple M corner no.238

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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: 17th July 1937 Venue: Crystal Palace, London Event: London Grand Prix

The first running of the London Grand Prix was primarily a British affair although the eventual winner Prince Bira, driving an ERA, was a member of the Siamese royal family. This photo shows ‘Goldie’ Gardner circulating around the recently opened circuit in his streamlined MG Magnette (EX135), although his laps were for demonstration purposes only. He later reported by ‘Tannoy’ that the car was difficult to maneuver around the tight track. Just 14 cars started the race including a late invitee in the shape of  John Bolster in his special. Motor Sport magazine reported that his surprise inclusion was greeted with delight by the crowd, although he held up the start of the race as a magneto required changing on the starting line. (LATplate C12494 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Triple M corner no.237

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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.

May 1930 London registered MG Midget (GJ 406) is seen here competing in the Sunbeam Club’s Speed Trials at Gatwick, Surrey in the late summer of 1931. As can be seen, the rear of the car has been heavily modified, perhaps deliberately or possibly due to an earlier accident, as images of this car competing at that years JCC Member’s Day at Brooklands exist, the body then as originally built. The name of the driver is unknown. (Image extract from LATplate B7171 – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Triple M corner no.236

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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: 4th April 1931. Event: MCC ‘Land’s End’ Trial

March 1930, London registered MG Midget (GF 5384) is seen about to start an observed section on one of the eight hills featured in that years event. The driver is J.H. Illingworth, his Midget equipped with a spotlamp to aid the meagre lighting on the fast overnight run from Virginia Water to the West Country undertaken the previous evening. The windscreen glass is also non-standard and would have provided marginally more protection from the on-rushing slipstream than the glass normally fitted. Parked-up and awaiting his turn, is A.L. Mason in his 1929 Morris Minor Tourer (RY 7890). His car has been fitted with a radiator blind, the moveable louvres aiding control of the engine coolant temperature. Illingworth went on to win a Gold Award while Mason collected a Bronze. (LATPlate courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Wolseley Hornet Specials no.56

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Date: 3rd June 1932 Venue Brooklands. Event: JCC 1000 Mile Race

Here we see a 1931 E.W. Hornet Special being frantically worked upon in the pits during the first half of the JCC 1000 Mile Race on Saturday 3rd June. One of the two white overalled drivers of car no. 31 was  25 year old James Robertson-Justice who later went on to star in many British films of the fifties and early sixties, remembered particularly for his role as Sir Lancelot Spratt in the ‘Doctor’ series. His co-driver that day was the mysterious ‘H.H. Wanborough’; the mystery being that none of the motoring writers of the day knew who was hiding behind this pseudonym, or if they did, were not telling! The race was held in two 500 mile segments over the course of the weekend. Car no.31 however didn’t make it through to Sunday, retiring late on Saturday afternoon after completing 397 miles. (LATplate B8284 coutesy of Motorsport Images)

Triple M corner no.235

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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.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for the Cream Cracker and Musketeer MG teams in the thirties. Here R.A. (Mac) MacDermid manages to roll his P Type MG (JB 3639) whilst competing in the 1936 London-Gloucester Trial. (LAT Motor 35 mm scan courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Triple M corner no.234

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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 Monte-des-Mules Hillclimb section of the Monte Carlo Rally takes place on the steep inclines surrounding the principality of Monaco. This LAT photo (B7488) was taken at the 1932 event and depicts W. Keppel in his MG ‘F’ Type Magna (RX 9413) rounding a hairpin bend above Monte Carlo. He went on to come second in his class behind Norman Black in another MG.  (Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images)