On Sunday the focal point of On The Green is the car show. It is curated by Richard Withington. Here Richard gives us an insight into the background of his 1947 M.G. Midget.
My MG TC Midget, MVW 209, originally black, was built at Abingdon, Oxfordshire in September 1947 and first registered in Chelmsford, Essex, on 11th December 1947.
Nothing more is known until it turned up in Ibstock in 1962 and then passed to owners in Matlock in 1965 and subsequently Somercotes.
I purchased it in June 1970 by which time it was finished in VW Blue with orange underseal to the wings and a chequered grille!
During the 1960’s these cars were changing hands for £25 or £50, depending on how much road tax was included, but by 1970 prices were rising and I paid £260 for it! My father greeted it as an old ‘rattletrap’.
Nevertheless, I used it daily for some time, travelling as far as Beaulieu on the South Coast on at least one occasion, complete with tent and camping equipment.
The usual pressures of work etc. meant that it was then stored for many years and restoration was phased, many rechromed parts were completed during the three-day week crisis.
The engine was removed for rebuilding and the car was towed from Whatton to Allington in 1998 sans engine, bonnet, etc and with very little brakes!
Finally, in 2014 I decided to have it rebuilt with a new timber frame and several steel panels by Naylor Bros. West Yorkshire, probably the last T Type to be rebuilt before they closed in 2017.
The old vinyl upholstery was replaced with real leather, new hood and side screens.