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MG enthusiasts flocked to Silverstone Circuit to celebrate all things MG, as the MG Car Club’s showpiece MGLive! event (23 & 24 June) assumed centre stage for a 62nd successive year.

Despite some challenging conditions, MGLive! attracted thousands of devotees from 24 different nations and provided something for all ages to enjoy.

Visitors were treated to a fine array of arena action, car displays, traders and social activities.

The MG Car Club’s comprehensive on-track race programme saw 14 well-supported races take place on the full Grand Prix circuit.

The jewel in the MGLive! crown was the Official MGB50 celebration race, which attracted 58* FIA-spec MGBs. All cars were pre-1966, including four original examples built at the Morris Garages competitions department in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

The race, to mark the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the MGB, was for one or two drivers, with a mandatory pit stop.

The overall winner, after 19 laps, was Callum MacLeod, who finished 8.397 seconds ahead of Tom Smith. Third was the father and son team of Jan and Peter Boyes.

The winner on Handicap was Malcolm Gammons, who also earned the coveted MGCC Driver of the Race and Day awards. David Beresford was second and Adrian Johnson third.

Drivers came from as far afield as the USA and Qatar and every participant was presented with a uniquely-personalised crystal plaque by rally legend and former MG driver Paddy Hopkirk, who was the Club’s Guest of Honour.

MG Car Club are already in dialog with the Guinness Book of Records publishers to have the 58-car grid included in their next edition. On Saturday evening, 200 guests enjoyed an evening with Paddy Hopkirk and other BMC works competition drivers in Silverstone’s Jimmy Brown Suite.

The MG Car Club’s charity partner, Macmillan Cancer Support were on site throughout the weekend and it is anticipated that a large sum has been raised for the organisation.

MG Car Club General Manager Julian White said: “MGLive! once again celebrated everything that’s great about MG and the MG Car Club. We extended a warm welcome to enthusiasts from around the world and it’s clear that passion for the MG brand remains high.

“There are so many people to thank for helping make the MGLive! weekend happen. In particular, I’d like to extend sincere thanks to the traders who attended the event and contended with some tough conditions; we are very grateful for their support.

MGCC Motorsport Director Dave Saunders said: “The Club enjoyed a terrific weekend of on-track action and feedback from the racers has been excellent. The MGB50 celebration race was as spectacular as we’d hoped and I’m sure it will be talked about for many years to come.

“The MGCC’s racing programme continues to go from strength to strength and we now look forward to our next meeting at Oulton Park on Saturday 11 August.”

* 46 classified, 9 DNF & 3 DNS.

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