26th June 2012

Last weekend you had the choice to visit MGLive in Silverstone or the Z Magnette Day in Northern Hessia. Here's a first report abou the Z Magnette Day. Once I have pictures of Silverstone this report will follow.

13th June 2012

The first information about the celebrations for Magnette 60 in 2013 are now on our events page.
John and Cynthia have produced a very comprehensive DVD recording of the GP100 weekend last year. The 'trailer' featuring extracts from the DVD is now on youtube. Details how to order will appear later here.

3rd June 2012

The picture of the month June shows a Magnette in the thriller "The Vicious Circle". Thanks Francis!
New on the gallery are :
# 28463 spotted in a Tasmanian museum by Loz Scott and
# 19675 owned by Martyn Robinson from Wales,
# 21246 of Andrew McGee from West Yorkshire, which is our 777th Magnette on the gallery!

31st May 2012

The picture on the right shows the ZB Magnette of Satoshi Ohtsu starting for the 50 years Meeting at Villa Hamanako of the 1100 Club Japan to celebrate ADO 16 (Austin Drawing Office project #16). All 3 faces (incl. dog)  watching the flag.

On the other side of the globe Luis Benito Ruiz Bogarin again made some promotion for Magnettes in Mexico. Read his report...

15th May 2012

A bit late this month, but here is the new picture of the month...
As I'm running out of good pictures, please have a look in you photo books, computer directories or wherever you store your photos. We need magnettes in special locations or old pictures when they were new or just used cars...

6th May 2012

Loz Scott sent a report of the Victorian Concours combined with RACV Classic Showcase 2012 held in Melbourne, Australia.

2nd May 2012

Last weekend Lou Shorten, our President and parts supplier for many decades celebrated her 85th birthday. The Magnette register committee went with her to lunch, where she also received this nice cake, which John is cutting away.

26th April 2012

The new events calendar is now available as a PDF-file to print...
Talking about events: Loz Scott sent a full report of the Australian National Meeting in Hobart...

19th April 2012

The season opener in England for 25 years: Magnettes & Steam. Report & pictures here...
Per Malmros found # 2644 for sale in Sweden, which has been added to the gallery.
Do you remember the Magnette Dragster, which also could have been seen at GP100 at Gaydon last year? They now have a new website at www.enigmaracing.co.uk if you are interested to see the progess. I really hope to see this car running sometime!

12th April 2012

Geoff Pollard probably has one of the rarestbadges on his car. It's from Kenyia and really looks nice: 



9th April 2012

Tom Baumgardner sent this picture from the start of the 1993 Lap of Lake Michigan, part of the annual John Twist University Motors Summer Party. Jim Pesta, the owner of the Magnette and he ran it and won it, an 800 mile race around the Lake beginning and ending in Grand Rapids, Michigan USA.

Carsten Wivel found a nice Danish dales brochure including Magnette, MGA and Wolseley. You can train your Danish language by downloading and reading this brochure. Just click on the picture:

4th April 2012

It's time to refresh the ever growing online gallery:
# 1117 was found by Carsten Wivel in Denmark

1st April 2012

We start this  month with a new picture of the month as usual...

28th March 2012

On Friday 30th March at 9.15 a.m. on BBC1 a programme entitled ‘The 1952 Show’ will be screened. The actress Annette Crosbie will be in conversation with our very own Register President, Lou Shorten, who will be talking about the Magnette she has owned for so long. If you can’t watch it live, record it.

18th March 2012

Rutger Boy found this website with an old Dutch roadtest of a Varitone.
And two more magnettes on the gallery:

First # 15057 , which is Tony Welsh's Varitone "Vera" , and secondly # 15150 owned by Thomas Kim, who still has some work in front of him...

10th March 2012

The MGCC Magnette register president Lou Shorten is set to feature on BBC TV in a programme entitled   "The 1952 Show". Lou was has owned her ZA Magnette since the 1950s and was asked to appear on the show which aimed to highlight connections with the Jubilee celebrations. Apart from filming up in Norwich Lou had a trip to London where she was interviewed by Annette Crosby. Annette's father had owned a pre-war Wolseley Hornet which shares an engine with Lou's F-Magna. 
The show is set to air between 26-30 March. More detailed timing will be posted on this website in due course.

1st March2012

It was very quiet during February. Seems all Magnettes and owners still hold their winter sleep? Well I awoke and got my engine out to see where all the oil is going...

We start the update with a new picture of the month.

Then we have our 770th Magnette on the gallery: It's # 31027 , a CKD (completely knocked down) car assembled in South Africa. It now belongs to Aroon Sukhnandan. The car has also been added to the CKD-report.

Moving from SA to Australia:
Loz Scott (well known to regular readers) made a nice 86 page book called " Delving into the MG ZA/ZB Magnette". As he said it was by necessity printed in limited numbers; to-date sales have been to individuals and MG club libraries Nationally. IE Club Libraries: Melbourne, Sydney, Geelong and Perth.

'Delving into the MG ZA/ZB Magnette' was put together because of my anxiety that some important documentation, history, reference material and techniques may be lost if not preserved in an old fashion hard copy. The book draws noticeably on material sourced from original documentation while four personal accounts of Magnette restorations add to the reality of being involved.
My feeling is this 86 page book, nicely, compliments existing documents and sits happily in its own niche.
There are still some copies available for purchase; by:

[1] E mailing Loz Scott This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to place an order in Australian Dollars

{a} International Purchase
International Cheque made out to : Laurence Scott; No 8 Mahogany Close. Grovedale. Victoria. Australia. 3216
Book = $A40.00; Pack and Post = $A15.00 Total Cost = $A55.00

{b} National Purchase [ Australia Only]
Cheque or Bank Transfer
Book = $A40.00; Pack and Post = $A5.00 Total Cost = $A45.00

[2] UK Purchase
Please ask the register for copies

10th February 2012

The events calendar 2012 has been updated:
The MG Saloon Day added and sadly the Norwich event has recently been cancelled for this year due to a significant rise in costs for the hire of the showground which were not sustainable. We're llokung for something else in September.

1st February 2012

Minus 10 degree and the forecast says it's getting colder... Maybe the weather is fine for a winter rally, but that's all. Henk Kroese sent pics and report of a running winter rally... (look at the dashboard...)
Rutger Boy found # 14132 for sale on the net, which looks quite nice...
And of course it's time for another picture of the month...

30th January 2012

Please find the information and booking forms for the 16th Z Magnette Day here...

21st January 2012

It's quiet in Magnette world so far - but we have another nice couple (or should I say trio) on the wedding gallery...

9th January 2012

Luis Benito Ruiz Bogarin reports from a Paz, where his Magnette  became "Best Exhibition Vehicle " against a strong American competitors. Congratulation!

New on the gallery is
# 13084 of Mick Haywood from Staffs.

8th January 2012

2012 starts promising. Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton, himself owner of # 507, spotted another early Magnette on ebay. This tiume it's # 572 which will need a true enthusiast to bring her back to a glory life.
# 36735 is another car that needs some care and was spotted on ebay by Brian Taylor.

1st January 2012

Welcome to 2012 Magneteers all over the world!
We start with a nice picture of the month...
and we add another Magnette to the gallery:
# 24163 found by Brian Taylor on ebay Australia

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

5th March 2013

I've added 30(!) Magnettes to the gallery. Yes you have read right - thirty. And I need your help. These cars are all not identified by their chassis numbers. In some cases I even don't know the country they are driving or rusting. Have a lok at the gallery and choos the categorie "unidntified cars" to see them all. By the way: we have the first Uruguay Magnette amoung them...

Enjoy! More in this categorie to come during the next days,...

3rd March 2013

I'm still uploading and editing the old stuff from the former website, which you only recognize once you can't find an article you're looking for. Beside some articles of owners, which can be found in the galley, I reloaded the Official Colour Scheme to the History menu. This article includes some Akzo Nobel colour codes. Not sure if these are still helping.


24th February 2013

More old reports are now avail. again. Amoungst the Malcolm Robertson series "living with Alison" - a detailed restoration report. Can be found under reports & stories. I also came across this article:  2004_seattle - a photo report from Seattle. Who is the author please?