1965 FIA MGB, raced in Period
As reported in Motorsport and Octane Magazines the MGB has always been a useful track tool. The monocoque as opposed to separate chassis body design was revolutionary in 1962 and is still only just being adopted by other manufacturers. Most importantly an MGB is one of the best and easiest ways into Historic motorsport being relatively low value, easy and cost effective to run but also consistently competitive in their class. Many famous faces have used an MGB as their route into motorsport such as in recent times touring car driver Rob Huff, and British GT driver Oliver Bryant to name but a few. A perfect car to learn race craft, car control and the art of extracting the maximum potential from what is a relatively under powered vehicle.
This famous car which still bears the registration "HGT 576C" is one of very few FIA MGBs racing today to have significant period race history. The car was ordered new by Privateer Andrew Longden who campaigned the car through the mid to late 1960s with podiums and success in a number of club events, Hill Climbs and Sprints, however as John Baggot writes in his book on important MGBs "A long-distance race had always appealed, so having asked Jeremy [Delmar-Morgan] and Mike [Walton] to drive for him, Andrew was successful in obtaining an entry for the 1966 Ilford Films 500 at Brands Hatch". This was a significant International Sports Car race and the grid featured 7 litre Cobras and GT40s alongside Jaguar E-Types, Lotus Elans and even a Ferrari 250 LM to be driven by Mike Salmon! As the book recounts the little MGB had a stellar result amongst the heavyweights on the grid: "Andrew ran the team with Ron Parkes as mechanic, and after six hours (153 laps), most of it in the pouring rain, his two drivers brought the car home ninth overall and fifth in class!" Photos are in the history file. He continues that after the big race "although Andrew did one or two other Brands races, the car reverted mainly to sprint and hill-climb use, before he sold it in 1968".
By the 1970s the car had been sold and was innocently living life as a road car, however the knowledge of the cars illustrious past was not forgotten and following a rebuild into full FIA specifications this MGB has been a regular at some of the most prestigious events for which an MGB is eligible. Between 2006 and 2014 the car was campaigned by well-known historic racer Stephen Radcliffe and visited circuits such as Le Mans and Spa on numerous occasions.
The car was raced regularly and once again became a well-known race car. Including the subject of track test by Mark Hale in Octane magazine, January 2010. Stephen Radcliffe spent vast sums in developing the suspension and handling and this is reflected in the report. A copy is in the history files.
In 2014 the car was sold by DK to an esteemed collector who oversaw a successful race programme in 2015 and 2106. In 2016 the car contested the formidable Spa 6 Hours. At Spa the car went extremely well picking up no less than 44 places during the race finishing a remarkable 40th in 107 strong grid of GT40s Cobras and E-Types. The car was the 3rd home with at least 13 other MGB starters. This historic MGB is offered with 2016 issued FIA papers and an expansive spares package including wheels and lights essential for another attempt at the Spa 6 Hours.
The present owner bought HGT 576C from D K Engineering, in 2018. The car was taken to MG Motorsports, the foremost preparation company for racing MGBs and is maintained by Kendle Adams Motorsport.
Since acquiring the car, MG Motorsport have completely rebuilt the engine, including a new head, block and camshaft. Rolling road results show an impressive 163.6 BHP at 6178 rpm.
A new 80 litre FIA fuel tank was fitted.
Kendle Adams rebuilt both front and rear brake assemblies and at the end of 2019 rebuilt the gearbox with new MG Motorsport straight cut gear set. A new clutch was fitted at the same time.
The car has been raced sparingly, participating in 5 races. It is definitely a race winner – in the right hands – having achieved 3rd place in the very competitive Equipe GTS series, with no use of 2nd gear.
It is in beautiful condition and certainly in ready to race condition and is eligible for all of the major historic motor races, including: Le Mans Classic; Goodwood Revival and Members Meeting; Peter Autos 60s Endurance; Masters Gentleman drivers, Equipe GTS.
10 x rims and Dunlop race tyres; spare diff; complete lighting set for the Spa 6 hours are included with the spares.
Current road log book, 2 large history files and FIA papers until 31.12.26 are included.