NEWS AND VIEWS
Well this year’s Stoneleigh was certainly well attended and I think they managed to sort the traffic problems out – certainly I didn’t see or hear of any problems! At least 5 D owners present at the large informal Triple M gathering at midday around the Triple M Register stand. As usual not much for sale for pre-war cars but a lot of delivering and collecting going on between interested parties!
The next outing should be MG Era Day at Brooklands on April 2nd – unfortunately I shall miss it but would appreciate some photos if any D Types are there. After that it is ‘Drive it Day’ here in the UK on April 23rd, again pictures of any D outing then would be welcome.
Interestingly D0477 has been owned for the last 2 or 3 years by the grandson of the original owner – Mrs J. V. Rushton. The car has been in the States now for many years and was tracked down when seen in old family photos! It was restored by Don Martine (see link on our website) and bought from him by Simon Rushton; no doubt very much a family heirloom now! (see picture in ‘Survivors’ on the website).
Of the free items mentioned in the last Dispatch – the tonneau cover and hood bag in pieces went to the States, and the instruction manual to India! Thanks again to Alaster Bentley.
Good to see a D Type (albeit to ‘C’ spec!) out on the track. This superb picture is by Colin Murrell and is of D0442 driven by owner Chris Edmundson. The occasion was MGs on Track at Goodwood 18th February this year.
Couple of restorations making good progress are firstly D0456 by owner Vincent Dransart in France. Compare these two pictures with the picture of it as bought currently on the ‘Survivors’ page on our website. (shortly to be changed!).
Also D0258 pictured here in Germany, being restored by Volker Tilly, who incidentally was at Stoneleigh.
The body is now back on compared with our website pic – another website entry needing updating!
Always pleased to receive any D Type pictures whether to update the website or just for the files.
On that topic as some of you may be aware the Triple M Register is putting all its records onto a database, which will have owner access, and is endeavouring to update current owner records and collect a picture of the chassis number shown on the front offside knuckle – ideally together with pictures of the guarantee plate and bonnet hinge. The current engine number would be appreciated to! I am a Sub-Registrar responsible for D Types and J1s and for a lot of cars we already have this information but over the course of the next month or so I will email to those D Types where these items are missing.