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MG Car Club hosts successful open day

Published 21 September 2015

MG fans flocked to Oxfordshire this month to celebrate a milestone in the history of the MG Car Club. The club held an open day to celebrate the 25th anniversary of returning to its spiritual home in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

The open day on Saturday, May 23, welcomed both club members and non-members, and gave visitors the opportunity to tour the club’s collection of MG memorabilia and talk to former factory workers.

Visitors came from the UK as well as Holland, all keen to come and see the club’s collection, meet the staff, talk about their cars or try their hand at a power lap around Silverstone in the club’s racing MGB GT.

The sheer variety of MGs was impressive with everything from J2 Midgets through to 15-plate MG3s coming along on the day.

While the majority of visitors on the day drove an MG, many didn’t and were keen to know more about the club, the factory and MG’s Abingdon history.

The MGCC was able to return to Abingdon following a massive fund-raising drive. The initiative meant it could the property at number 12 Cemetery Road, which was then restored opened as Kimber House in July 1990.

Kimber House has undergone several changes since 1990, most notably with the addition of the garage block, and the John Thornley Suite, opened in 2010 and remains a favourite destination for MG fans from right across the globe.

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