27th March 2013

In view of the atrocious weather at present and after consultations with local inhabitants regarding travelling conditions near the Churnet Valley Railway it has been decided to CANCEL the event on Saturday March 30th. Please keep watching this space as we shall endeavour to run it again later in the year.   Thought for today, Easter is early this year but next year it is late in April (the weather might be better). Here’s to salt free Magnetteering later this spring.
John Harris, Secretary MGCC Magnette Register

21st March 2013

I'm a bit dissapointed that I received not any information about the "unidentified magnettes" on the gallery. I really hoped to get a few information, as some cars were photographed at events and must be known to club members. So if ou haven't doen yet, please have a look at the gallery and choose categorie "unidentified cars". Perhaps you recognize a car. many thanks!


16th March 2013

A new Monthly Picture has been added. You have intersting pictures, too? Send them to me!

12th March 2013

Tony Don (NZ) and his Magnette # 33495 wuith a nice history are new to the gallery.
Click on "date" on top of the gallerie to sort the newest entries first.

9th March 2013

When I relaunched the website some weeks ago, I asked for a picture of a model of Abingdon Classic ZB for the model-page. Within a few hours Steve Hanegan sent me a picture of his model. So there is another scale Magnete model on the Model Cars page.

8th March 2013

We have the first car from Finland on the gallery! #8178 belongs to Marjo Korhonen, who is going to restore her.
Andy Knight from Austrial comes with two Magnettes # 7360 and  # 23871.
Wayne and Dee Johnson show their nice # 33043 in a beautiful landscape.

Simply click on "Date" in the galleries headline and the newest cars are on top!

7th March 2013

Peter Tothill, BMC test and development engineer

Magnette enthusiasts will be sad to know that Peter Tothill passed away on 1 January 2013. Those who attended the Register’s GP100 event in 2011 were privileged to hear him speak entertainingly about his involvement with Gerald Palmer and BMC development, and we had hoped to have him as a guest at the Magnette 60th celebrations this year.

Peter joined the Experimental Department at Cowley in November 1950 as a technician, working on prototype and pre-production models of the Wolseley 4/44, Riley Pathfinder, MG Magnette ZA and Wolseley 6/90. He was therefore closely involved with Palmer’s designs as they were prepared for production. Cars were exhaustively tested for performance, economy, structure, suspension and damping, noise, vibration, cooling and braking. Much of this testing was done on public roads, where the infamous axle-tramp problem was discovered (leading to deletion of the rear radius arm), but visits were also made to the MIRA track and to Chalgrove aerodrome. Speaking at GP100 Peter recalled how the Magnette was able to survive a gruelling 1000-mile test on the MIRA Pavé surface, unlike most car designs of that time.

Peter moved to the Cowley factory in 1955, where his various roles included design of the Mini production line and assembling the very first production car in 1959. He also worked on the BMC 1100, and finally left Cowley in 1982 to open a motor supplies shop in Abingdon. He retired from this in 2001 but continued his strong links with MG and motorsport - he attended several Register events with his ZB Varitone, was restoring a ZA with Derrington head, and had been Chairman and President of the Oxford Motor Club.

written by Stephen Tickell