The much talked-about HRDC MGB50 Series got underway at Goodwood on 1 November, with an auspicious reunion between four original works MGB competition cars and some of the luminary figures who were instrumental in the success of these fabulous racers.
Long-term MGB stalwart Barry Sidery-Smith and Julius Thurgood, founder and race director of the HRDC, hosted this special gathering at Goodwood, with the support of long-term HRDC sponsor CCK Historic. Guests included: works driver Alec Poole, BMC Competition Department guru Bill Price, BMC Competition Department Manager Peter Browning, BMC 'Comps Shop' Manager Basil Wales, BMC 'Comps Shop' mechanics Den Green and Brian Moylan, MG guru Malcolm Beer, veteran MGB racer Paul Campfield and MG historian John Baggott.
The Works MGB cars were not just on static display, but were put through their paces on the Goodwood circuit by Barry Sidery-Smith, Tony Dron and Paul Campfield, to the amazement of the many MG aficionados present, who all agreed that this was probably the first time that the four works cars had ever run together!
WORKS MGB COMPETITION CARS AT GOODWOOD:
DRX255C - Le Mans car - Owner: Barry Sidery-Smith
GRX307D - 'Old Faithful' Marathon de la Route car - Owner: Malcolm Beer
BRX854B - Spa-Sophia-Liege rally car - Owner: Paul Campfield
1964 #47 - Sebring car - Owner: Anthony Binnington
The HRDC MGB50 Series will consist of six rounds, each a 30-minute, single-driver race for pre-'66, FIA-specification MGB race cars, with an invitation class for historically important MGBs which do not comply to FIA Appendix 'K'.
The first round of the series takes place at Castle Combe on 9 April 2012.