MGA Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

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Celebrations of 60 years of the MGA are happening all over the world this year. In Vancouver, Canada, the 3-day MGA60 (Western Canada) event runs from May 15-17. In Frankenmuth, MI, GT-40 recognizes the 60th anniversary from June 15-19.

If you are traveling to Europe this year, there are several celebratory events:

The Dutch Windmills and Waterways Tour - April 24-27

MG Club de France weekend at Beaune - May 22-25

MGLive! 2015 at Silverstone - June 20-21

MGLive 2015

MGA Day Motor Heritage Centre, Gaydon - August 2

Land's End to John O'Groats Road run - September 7-17

Return to Dundrod (Northern Ireland) - September 18-21 (see article below)

Details of each of these events can be found on the MG Car Club website.

MGLive at Silverstone will also celebrate 60 years of the BMC Competitions Department.

Return to Dundrod in NortherN Ireland

On September 17, 1955, three MGA EX182 Le Mans cars raced at Dundrod in Northern Ireland in the RAC Golden Jubilee Tourist Trophy Race, in what was Round Five of the World Sports Car Championship. There were factory teams from Mercedes, Jaguar, Aston Martin and Porsche as well as MG, with top drivers including Sterling Moss, Mike Hawthorne, and Fangio.

As part of the 60th Anniversary of the MGA, and to mark this event, the MGCC UK will return to Dundrod in September 2015. The event will be supported by the MGCC MGA Register, MGCC Ulster Centre, MG Enthusiasts Club ROI, and the MGOC NI.

Dundrod

The host hotel will be the Dunsilly Hotel in Antrim. They offer a two or three night package to include dinner and breakfast with a Gala Dinner on Sunday, with an option to stay longer for those traveling from further afield.

The program of events after arrival on Friday, September 18 is as follows:

Saturday, September 19th - drive the famous Antrim Coast Road, tour the Glens and visit the Giant's Causeway, World Heritage Site.

Sunday, September 20th - At the Dundrod Circuit, with use of the Paddock and circuit tour. The organizers hope to have use of a new club house which will be built by then.

Monday, September 21st - Option of either Ards Tourist Trophy Circuit/Mourne Mountains tour, or a visit to the award-winning Titanic Exhibition in Belfast.

There are 30 rooms available now at the Dunsilly Hotel for advanced booking. The minimum stay is two nights (Saturday and Sunday) the cost of which, based on two sharing is British Pounds 253, dinner, bed and breakfast including the Gala Dinner on Sunday. Each extra night is British Pounds 97. Single occupancy is British Pounds 68/night. Those not wishing to stay may attend the Gala Dinner at a cost of British Pounds 27.50 a head.

The recreations 1955 BMC Competitions Transporter, which has been seen at Le Mans Classic, Goodwood, and other events, is already booked in! This will be its first trip to Ireland and it will be bringing the ex-works ex-Fitzwilliam race car EX182/38 LBL 301. Also participating is the ex-works Twin Cam Coupe RMO 101, which was famously campaigned by BMC team captain, John Gott.

For more details and an entry form contact Marvyn Gillespie by email or call +44 7808 008700.

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Last updated on February 18, 2015.

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