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Lou Shorten, 1927-2015

Register President Lou Shorten passed away on Friday 3rd April, after devoting much of her life to keeping MG Z Magnettes on the road through the 'MG Specialists' business that she established in 1964 and ran with her husband John, providing spare parts, panels and restoration services to customers around the world.
As a young but independently-minded farmer's wife, it was almost by accident that she bought a Magnette after seeing it on a garage forecourt, although as a woman she had to have her husband guarantee the hire-purchase payments ! YPG136 was to be a life-long treasured possession.
In the 1960s Lou was involved in establishing an East Anglian Magnette group, one of several local groups that eventually led to the formation of the Magnette Register in 1974. In recognition of her contribution over many years, the Register appointed her President in 2001, following the death of Dixon Morris. For nearly 20 years Lou and John hosted an annual open day at their home in Lenwade, Norwich, and Lou was always ready to receive Magnette owners visiting Lenwade in search of parts or advice about their cars.
Here's some stills from Lou's appearance on 'The 1952 Show' with Len Goodman, in 2012 on youtube -
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#21 Colin Mackay 2015-06-10 14:09
Like many others here I was saddened to read of the passing of Lou.
I met her and John once sadly after I had sold my Magnette. She had a wonderful memory: I called to order sills and a couple of other parts and she instructed me that I must remove the doors to fit them properly. When next I called she immediately recognised me and asked if I had done the job properly! It was about 5 r 6 years later when we visited and she recalled what I had bought - Amazing. John showed us proudly round his 'bodyshop'!
I still hanker after a Magnette maybe one day!

Characters like the Shortens are few and far between in these days of commercial, rake in the cash business- so refreshing to meet people like them whose interest was the product and the people to whom they were allowing to endulge in a common passion: Magnettes!
#22 Reg Barnard 2017-02-23 18:12
I met Lou and John back in the early 1990s a lovely couple with a true passion for their cars and preserving the marque.
Sad to to hear of Lou's passing but uplifted that John is still making panels fantastic.
Fond wishes to him.
Reg and Caroline (Cheltenham)

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