To celebrate fifty years of the 1100/1300 we took our great cars on an epic adventure from Land's End to John o' Groats and completed our historic journey at the National Rally in Gaydon, Warwickshire.
The journey took place over six days, starting at Land's End on Sunday 5 August 2012, and visited sites where the car was manufactured, including a visit to the designer of the Hydrolastic suspension, Dr Moulton and some interesting sightseeing tours along the way.
The journey involved travelling approximately 1600 miles (yes, that's right, one thousand six hundred miles) and provided something for everyone.
Judging at the National Rally: a few surprises for the tour participants. Read all about it...
A safe arrival at the finish line at the National Rally. Read the final report...
The Tour arrives in Goathland and 1100s surround The Aidensfield Arms! Read all about it...
A suberb day spent on the road travelling a distance of over 300 miles from John o' Groats to Edinburgh. Read all about it...
The Tour travels through Scotland and reaches John o' Groats! Read all about it...
A visit to the MG Plant at Longbridge and some TV coverage! Read all about it...
A superb day visiting Dr Moulton, designer of the Hydrolastic Suspension; and later Kimber House, the home of MG. Read all about it...
As promised, the sun shone on the starting line at Land's End and the tour got underway - although some heavy rain was in store. Read all about it...
Saturday evening witnessed a great collection of 1100s at the Land's End Hotel with a gathering of fellow enthusiasts for a few Drinks (Well the first round was on Dean Oakey).
Only one casualty to report with Peter Simmons having engine trouble and recovered back home, he hopes to join us at Bradford with his other 1100 (that's commitment Peter). Dave Wilkins also suffered a blown exhaust with a drive coupling bolt coming loose and making a nice hole in his exhaust!! A quick stop at Penzance on the way up for an exhaust Bandage from Halfords will be the running order on Sunday.
Martin Williamson suffered a non starter at the end of the evening's festivities but was no more serious than a loose battery terminal.... Phew!
Our continental cousins however arrived trouble free and not niggle amongst them but what did steal the show was Jose Ambel's stunning Innoncetti, even in the dark night of Land's End it can be simply described as stunning!!!
Well that's all for the eve of our epic historical run. The Tour commences at 0900 Sunday morning when Dean has assured us he's booked the weather!!!