has tested the ability of drivers to handle a performance car safely, under
the influence of ‘acceptable’ levels of alcohol and found that ‘none for the
road’ is the only safe policy to adopt. Even after just one drink, drivers
drove through red lights, veered dangerously across the centre of the road
and caused a collision by failing to brake.
The results of the study,
commissioned by MG, will be used to promote safe driving in all of its
markets, particularly to young drivers, who are attracted to the sporting
qualities of the MG brand.
Drivers of mixed age, sex
and ability were put through a series of handling tests, under the
supervision of police and medical experts. After each circuit they would
consume one alcoholic drink. Alarmingly, a high number of potentially fatal
errors occurred before drivers reached a blood-alcohol level considered
unsafe for driving.
The MG ZR ‘hot-hatch’ was
driven during the study. It is the company’s best selling car and has
massive appeal to young drivers, a vulnerable group during the Christmas and
New Year party season. "MG cars are designed to be fast, fun, and safe. They
are high performance machines and therefore require 100 per cent
concentration. The lethal connection between alcohol and driving is well
known. We hope that this study, conducted in a strictly controlled
environment, drives home the message that just one drink brings its risks,"
said Rob Oldaker, product development director, MG Rover.
Drivers were tested for
steering reaction, road positional accuracy, peripheral visual awareness,
braking response and speed control in conditions that would normally be
experienced on the road.
The tests were carried out
in Madrid – Spain has introduced some of the toughest drinking and driving
legislation in Europe, in response to increasing levels of alcohol related
accidents. The study is part of a high profile TV, press and poster campaign
by MG Rover Spain, against drinking and driving.
His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al Faisal, Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the
United Kingdom and Ireland, son of the late King Faisal of Saudi
Arabia, visited MG Rover Group at Longbridge.
Underlining His Royal Highness’ keen interest to see car manufacturing at
first hand Prince Al Faisal toured the key stages of car production at
Longbridge. He saw the full product range of MG and Rover models and, as a
classic car enthusiast and collector, His Royal Highness received a personal
tour of the Heritage centre, which houses cars from each period of the
"We are delighted the Ambassador has visited MG Rover at Longbridge and
shown such interest in our company and its products," said John Edwards,
director sales and marketing, MG Rover.
The company is no stranger to Royal visits. Many high profile members of the
Royal household and VIPs have visited in the past two years. His Royal
Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Princess Royal and HRH Prince
Edward, Earl of Wessex have all toured the facilities and met with members
of the workforce. The British Royal family have both MG and Rover vehicles
within their car portfolio.
ther senior diplomats from the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia accompanied His
Royal Highness on this prestigious visit.
is with regret that the death of Austin and Morris engineer W.J. "Jack"
Daniels is announced. Jack was 92 and had been battling cancer for the last
two years, but died peacefully in his sleep on November 27th,
2004, at his home near Bournemouth.
Jack was affectionately known as the man who was ’90 per cent perspiration
behind Alec Issigonis’s 10 per cent inspiration’ in designing the Morris
Minor and the original BMC Mini. Jack was also the first MG apprentice.
Speaking about Jack, product development director, Rob Oldaker, said: "Jack
was a talented development engineer, who will be remembered for his
pragmatic input to many cars, the most famous of which were the new era of
front-wheel drive cars, starting with his work with Sir Alec Issigonis and
Alex Moulton on the Mini.
"His characteristic pipe caused a few communication difficulties for the
young and uninitiated, but he guided many towards successful careers in the
Jack’s funeral has yet to be finalised, but is likely to be at St. Marks,
Highcliffe, sometime in the next two weeks.
The man who was the 90 per cent perspiration behind Alec Issigonis’s 10 per
cent inspiration in designing the Morris Minor and the original BMC Mini,
was also the first MG apprentice.
The books of the Morris Minor and the Mini, and the many videos of that era,
usually refer to Jack as Issigonis’s 'Right Hand Man'. There is a lot of
truth in that. He often said: "Issigonis’s was the inspiration – mine was
Jack was born in Oxford in 1912, into a farming family. The family’s land
ran alongside the river between Witney and Ducklington, and got filched to
aid the 1914-18 war. Another part of the family owned House’s farm and dairy
shop in the Parade, Botley, and land where the A34 Oxford Bypass now runs.
He went to Oxford Central School, a technical and commercial place (as
opposed to the City of Oxford High School, a grammar) where among his best
subjects were woodworking (which may explain his delight with the design and
style of the Minor Estate) and technical drawing. He originally sat an exam
to get him into the railway commercial side, but (having passed) nothing
happened and he went back to school for a while.
Then came a call from the MG Car Company to the school, seeking trainees.
The head master sent Jack along and he got the job at MG’s (then) new
factory in Edmund Rd, Cowley, and was MG’s first (unindentured) apprentice.
One of his abiding memories was the delivery of chassis from the Cowley
Morris factory downhill to Edmund Rd, towing five in a line! Then they had
to strip them down, remove redundant brackets, and strip the engines – to
tune and rebuild them. The chassis were rig-tested inside the factory after
After about two years, Keith Smith was engaged to run the MG drawing office,
and Jack was invited to help out. Facilities at Edmund Rd were primitive,
and to reproduce their drawings they had to visit an architect’s office in
Headington. A year later Keith Smith was replaced by George Gibson, and the
pair were the first of the MG personnel to be transferred to Abingdon.
One things settled there, H N Charles came in as chief designer and events
really began to hum, starting with the ‘C’ type Midget through to the ‘S’
andoned then following the merger. Charles, who was a very sound engineer,
became Jack’s real tutor in vehicle engineering.
When the MG racing programme was ended in 1935, Jack (with Hubert Charles
and George Cooper) was moved back to Cowley. He was immediately involved
with the production of the ‘T’ series MG, utilising more factory-available
Morris components. Together they designed the coil spring IFS combined with
an early rack and pinion steering as eventually used on the production 1947
With the merger in 1935, a new set of five key designers under Robert Boyle
were introduced at Cowley, but just a year later only Alec Issigonis
remained from the group. Robert Boyle was replaced by A V Oak and shortly
after that Jack was introduced to Issigonis officially, thus starting the
famous pairing. They were involved in some of the earliest UK designs for
unitary chassis, which appeared first for Morris on the 10 M-series in 1938.
Within two years they were almost joined at the hip – Nuffield’s Vic Oak
ensured Jack provided the practical experience which Issigonis, the
visionary, needed. "Most people found Issigonis ‘hard to get on with’", Jack
said, "but he and I just gelled!"
During the war, he was in a reserved occupation, designing a number of light
armoured vehicles. Videos exist of a small all-terrain ‘communication
vehicle' moving over Shotover Hill in which Jack had a big hand. He was also
pushed into designing a mobile winch with 10,000ft of cable, onto which box
kites could be attached to carry explosives (an alternative to barrage
balloons). His next task was an amphibian, designed to carry 11 tons in a
calm sea, 9 tons when rough! The payload had to include a 17-pounder gun. It
had a 350hp engine at the back driving either the tracks or two 2ft. props
through a transfer gearbox. Jack drove the first prototype from Oxford to
Woodstock, where (with the Duke of Marlborough on board) he drove it in and
out of Blenheim Lake! These amphibians later did sterling work unloading
cargo at Westward Ho, venturing out in rough seas where other such vehicles
were unable to function. Then it was on to a really heavyweight torsion bar
suspension system for the Tortoise, a tank vehicle intended to attack the
Siegfried Line frontally. This was the heaviest tank (at around 90 tons)
ever conceived by that time, due to its incredibly heavy armoured plating.
After the war, Issigonis and Jack got down to finishing the design of the
new Morris small car (initially called the Mosquito after the famous war
plane). About this time the famous story about the Mosquito body (later to
be the Minor) occurred. Issigonis decided the prototype body was too narrow.
He had Jack and some others literally saw down the middle of the prototype
chassis, and with each half on a trolley, he moved them apart until he liked
the design, whereupon Jack and co. welded it together with some spare steel
plate! Which is why all Morris Minors have a 4-inch-wide strip down the
bonnet – it somehow got into production that way!
Jack and Issigonis also played around with their first design for a
fascinating car – a transverse engined front-wheel-drive design in a Minor
body. It took 4 years to complete and proved amazingly effective as a road
vehicle, having far superior road-holding characteristics to the then (other
than Citroen) conventional front lateral engine RWD designs. Nothing could
persuade Morris management that this was the future for small cars, although
Jack became a believer in FWD.
At this point (’52) Issigonis left Morris for Alvis, but when Len Lord
persuaded him back in ’55, Issigonis immediately requested Jack to re-join
him, which was agreed. Two Alvis people, Chris Kingham and John Shepherd
followed shortly and a new design team was created. Jack had to wind up his
then design efforts on the Ferguson 4WD car and the Salerni torque converter
to start on XC9001, a vehicle within the plan rectangle of the Minor, but
which also had an early version of the Moulton Hydrolastic suspension.
After the Suez Crisis in 1956 fuel economy became a top selling point and
smaller cars became de rigueur. Len Lord, head of BMC that combined
Austin and Morris, set the team briefly on to XC9002, a downsizing to 1100cc
and then very shortly after that onto a new project, XC9003 - this is where
the true Mini story began.
Everything Issigonis and Jack had done up till then came together at ‘the
Austin’. Jack and family moved to nearby Kings Norton.
Issigonis started sketching baby Minor-styled cars on envelopes and
serviettes, and Jack and his team turned them into practical structures.
Alex Moulton and John Morris of SU carburettors were also involved, and John
Wagstaff and a man called McKenzie became part of his team.
"Len Lord and George Harriman suddenly gave the urgent go-ahead – they
wanted this small car urgently - and things progressed very fast!" said
"The first prototype (nicked named the ‘Orange Box’ because that’s what they
used initially for seats) was completed in late ’57! Issigonis demanded the
first test drive, and got 100 yards before the suspension collapsed. The
very high loadings on the spring unit simply pushed apart the upper and
lower fixings, which is why the subframes were added as a design fix!"
Jack and Co. were pushing small car design in ways it had never gone before.
For examples, many of the welded body seams were on the outside of the car!
The universal joint for the FWD was based on a Rezappa submarine conning
tower control gear, which gave constant velocity and was self-supporting.
This was the real secret of the Mini and it was this successful detail that
made the drive system such a success - and the Mini such as capable and
nimble little car. The tiny tyres were an industrial novelty. Tyre testing
was carried out at Halfpenny Green near Wolverhampton in conjunction with
Dunlop, at the time the only people prepared to make tyres that small size.
The Austin / Morris Mini became a cult as we all know. It was the ‘In’ car
in the ‘60’s, and lasted almost unchanged until the late ‘90’s. The great
(Lord Snowdon, Peter Sellers, various leggy models including Twiggy and film
/ TV stars) were all pictured in them; up-market variants appeared
With the Mini in production, Jack became involved with other FWD cars such
as the (ADO16) 1100/1300 series, the Maxi, and later the Allegro.
Issigonis went off to his own tiny ‘R&D’ unit to produce an array of concept
cars; but this time Jack did not go with him. He continued to develop Minis
and had a hand in developing the race and rally-successful Mini-Coopers with
the late John Cooper. He also used to regularly drive prototype No 5 to
around 250,000 miles. He also put together a twin-engined mini, which was
notorious for enormous speed at the time, although then a difficult concept
in gearbox terms. A small engine at each end of a larger car is a concept
yet to come in production.
Jack retired in 1977 after 50 years of continuous service. Many at this
point would have called it a day, but Jack never lost his car enthusiasm. He
still turned up at historic Austin, Morris and Mini related events such as
car rallies, Mini-Cooper days, and even the Las Vegas Car of the Century
Awards (as we said earlier – The Mini was Car of Europe and 2nd in the
World, and the Minor was in the listings too). And he still had frequent
visitors from the trade and trade press.
He was truly one of the last icons of the motor industry’s pre-computer era.
MG from A-Z – Jonathan Wood (1998, MRP Publications)
Motor Guide to makes and Models 1945-56 (David J Culshaw (1956, Temple
Mini Magazine – June 1998 (Interview by Graham Robson).
MiniWorld - Dec 1996 (Interview by Richard Williamson)
Various books about the Morris Minor and the Mini, and several other
partial texts and videos from various sources.
Plus of course Jack’s own very important input and my own recollections!
celebrates Rover’s centenary, with the first car produced 100 years ago
today, 1st December 1904. It is fitting then, that Classic &
Sports Car Magazine has awarded the Rover Sports Register with their Event
of the Year award.
The award was
given because Rover’s centenary celebrations incorporated a re-enactment of
the Midland Automobile Club (MAC) hill climb, tackled by some of the oldest
existing Rovers, a visit to Coventry’s newly revamped Transport Museum with
the grand finale seeing over four hundred Rover cars (double that of
previous years) spanning 100 years meeting at Ragley Hall near
Stratford-upon-Avon, in July.
Sports Car Magazine’s Clubs Editor, David Evans: said: "It’s with great
pleasure that I present this award to the Rover Sports Register for the
Rover Centenary Celebration event. This event won our award because it
wasn't just a 'cars in fields' event. The weekend combined lots of great
elements but unlike most of the other contenders, it wasn't just a
single-club event, all the Rover single-model clubs were invited to the
finale at Ragley Hall. It was the overall combination - particularly the
cooperation between different clubs – that tipped the decision towards the
Sports Register organiser, Tony Atkins, said: "It gives me great delight to
accept this award on behalf of everyone who was involved in making this
milestone event so memorable. We were overwhelmed by the support of everyone
and were delighted with the biggest turnout ever, and to now receive this
award, is the icing on the cake."
event at Ragley Hall had displays that included bicycles and motorcycles
that also bear the Rover identity. The vehicles were displayed in a period
line-up with the impressive Ragley Hall as a backdrop. As well as the many
Rover product related displays, other activities included a centenary car
display, auto jumbles, Ragley Hall tours and a Concours de Elegance prize
competition for the most immaculate Rover car in each class. The event was
organised both by the Rover Sports Register and MG Rover Group and
supporting individual Rover model clubs.
Constables in Wandsworth are to receive a boost from the community in
tackling crime with the launch of a brand new sponsored car.
Commissioner Sir John Stevens and Mayor of London Ken Livingstone officially
presented the Rover 75 to Fred Ahmed MBE, Wandsworth Divisional Officer for
the Metropolitan Special Constabulary, outside City Hall.
The new Rover 75 replaces the original sponsored car, the first of its kind
in London, which had been in service since 1994. The car is sponsored by
local business including TFL Motor Group and JR Halal Butchers, and the
Wandsworth and Putney Crime Prevention Panel.
Commissioner Sir John Stevens said: "The length of time this sponsorship
deal has been in place is a testament to the strength of the relationship
between the Special Constabulary in Wandsworth and the local community. It
is a reflection of the hard work and dedication by our volunteer Specials to
making Wandsworth a safer place to live and work and this new car will prove
invaluable in this work."
Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said: "The dedication of the Special
Constabulary in London is extraordinary and the work of individuals such as
Fred Ahmed is vital to successful community policing in our capital. This
sponsored car will help provide even better public access to their local
police service and I commend all those involved in making it a success."
Other organisations that have contributed to the sponsorship are MG Rover
Group, Tracker UK, Microbus Data Comms, Comtec and Madison Security.
The Metropolitan Special Constabulary (MSC) is a force of volunteers who
work with and offer support to regular Metropolitan Police officers.
Specials are everyday people who are prepared to give up at least four hours
of their spare time each week to do something positive for themselves and
their community. They perform police duties under the supervision of, and
supported by, regular officers. Specials have the same powers as regular
officers and wear a similar uniform. At the end of August 2004 there were
765 Special Constables in the Met.
More information on the MSC can be found at www.metpolicecareers.co.uk/specials.
The Met's Recruitment Centre can be contacted on 0845 727 2212.
As well as having a sponsored area car, the Wandsworth MSC also has a
caravan sponsored by local businesses. This has a number of uses including
as a mobile police station, for crime prevention work, as a hotspot control
vehicle and for recruitment events. The sponsors of both the car and the
caravan are from a range Wandsworth's ethnic communities, demonstrating how
groups and organisations from different backgrounds and faith groups are
working with the police to help make their borough safer.
The Wandsworth MSC also runs the Community Policing Contact Centre (CPCC) in
Tooting Mosque. This is open every Saturday from 11:00-13:00 (2 hours every
week) and more than 7,000 people have visited it since April 2002.
The unit has also started the Wandsworth Youth Crime Prevention Panel, made
up of young people from across the borough who help out with various
projects including assisting at the CPCC and giving out crime prevention
Cars is taking an active part in the second Frieze Art Fair in Regents Park
with 15 Rover 75s chosen as the ‘canvas’ by Pae White, one of the world’s
leading contemporary artists. Frieze commences today (Friday October 15) and
Rover was approached to provide VIP chauffeuring facilities between Regents
Park and the other Fair venues.
Pae White often uses graphics and decals in her works and she has produced a
series of graphic treatments, unique to each vehicle, entitled ‘Rover
Momentum’, using an interpretation of the dusks and dawns of the countries
represented at the Fair. Her designs create a striking and dynamic ‘vehicle’
for the Fair as the vehicles move across London during the days of the
The Fair will take place over four days (15-18 October) in a custom-designed
facility in Regents Park, supported by complementary reviews and talks
across the capital. Frieze is already the second biggest Contemporary Art
Fair in the world. In its first year it attracted very positive PR and
reviews, with a comprehensive range of exhibitors and a wide spectrum of
celebrity visitors, from Damien Hirst to Hugh Grant.
The Rover cars are all Contemporary SE Saloons, so passengers will
experience the highest quality and most contemporary execution of the Rover
brand. Frieze has commissioned a number of artists to produce specific works
for the fair, and will also exhibit a very broad range of other contemporary
cars have been selected for the first Bush2 dealer 6000 charity challenge to
visit all 6000 franchised motor dealers throughout England, Scotland, Wales
and Northern Ireland in just six days to raise money for charity.
At 9.00am on Monday 4 October, the largest charity challenge in the motor
sector, which will also raise money for BEN – The Motor and Allied Trades
Benevolent Fund – will start from Longbridge, in South Birmingham. The MG
cars have been supplied by MG Rover Group and will return at midday on
Saturday 9 October. The MG cars are from the sports saloon range and include
fully liveried MG ZS and ZTs supplied in distinctive red, green, yellow or
blue colours to complement the event sponsor’s logo. Each car has been
specified with Smartnav – a satellite navigation system from Trafficmaster,
also a key sponsor of the event – to locate each dealership quickly and
The challenge is an idea from David and Gordon Bush, twin brothers and
co-directors of Bush2, recruiters, trainers and consultants to the
automotive sector, which aims to establish a new ‘Dealer Visit Record’ but
also to raise close to £250,000 from charitable donations during the event.
David Bush explained: "The idea was conceived initially to raise the profile
of Bush2, the sponsoring companies and BEN, but as part of a much larger
ideal – to help re-create the good perception of the motor trade. The
automotive trade is both dynamic and vibrant; it can offer fantastic career
prospects. It can be unparalleled in its levels of professionalism and
customer service, and more importantly, it is a constantly developing
marketplace, making every day new and distinctive for those who work within
Simon Wheeler, MG Rover Group's Director of Company Vehicles, said: "We were
delighted that David and Gordon Bush chose to call us so early in the
process. We recognised that this was going to be an exciting and innovative
fund-raising concept to benefit BEN, a charity we have always strongly
supported. It’s a coup that our British MGs will be represented at every
single franchised dealership in the UK and we look forward to playing our
part in raising several hundred thousand pounds in the process."
To further raise the profile of this unique event, celebrities will be
present at the start and finish lines, including Imogen Bailey, the
Australian model and singer, and will attend the large number of independent
charity events that are being hosted simultaneously up and down the country
during the charity week, all of which are looking to receive radio and TV
The final totals will be calculated and presented at the BEN Christmas Ball
at the Grosvenor Hotel, London on 8 December.
International Polo player Mark Tomlinson aims for more horsepower with the
delivery of his brand new 54 registration MG ZR valued at over £14,000 at
his home club, Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucestershire.
Mark who is one of England’s
best international polo players and last season won the British Open, the
French Open and the Indian Open is delighted with his new MG ZR, part of a
new sponsorship deal with MG Rover Group which will be supporting the World
Championships in Chantilly, France in September with the use of two MG ZT-Ts.
Mark added: "I’m thrilled
with my new MG ZR and hope that this is the start of a great relationship
with MG Rover Group. Having achieved success on the polo field, it’s great
to be associated with a great British sporting brand."
The MG ZR is the UK’s most
popular super-mini, hot-hatch which has recently received new exterior and
interior styling featuring new clear lens covered twin halogen headlamps
that give a cleaner and more sculpted exterior form to the front, to the
rear a new boot and bumper style, complemented by new alloy wheels and
UK’s newest pop band, POP! are thrilled with their brand new Rover
Streetwise cars. They took delivery of the new *54* registration cars valued
at over £10,000, which they have had to celebrate the launch of their second
single, Can’t Say Goodbye.
Having supported bands like
Blue and Westlife on their UK tours, they’ve also been causing a sensation
appearing at all the big summer road shows. POP! have already had a top 20
hit with Heaven and Earth and band members Jamie, Jade, Glen and
Hannah chose the cars to reflect their streetwise and stylish image.
Streetwise is a tough small car designed to survive urban life. Raised
suspension gives better ground clearance and a more commanding driving
position making it fun to drive and easy to manoeuvre.
Band member Jamie added:
"I’m so excited; I’ve only got a provisional licence so I’m lucky to be
learning to drive in my own brand new car."
The band, who are on a
nationwide tour to promote their new single are planning to launch an album
towards the end of the year, and with so much touring they are all looking
forward to travelling in the comfort of their new Streetwise cars.
triumphant Olympic Team GB arrived home on Monday afternoon to a rapturous
welcome from hundreds of celebrating supporters at Gatwick airport.
home press conference and tearful family reunion, follows one of the most
memorable British Olympic moments, when Powerhouse Pinsent, CBE and Four
times Olympic Gold Medallist broke down in tears on the podium as he
collected his fourth consecutive gold for his win in the men’s coxless
from the Meriden Hotel in his chauffer driven Rover 75 V8, Pinsent added
that he was looking forward to getting home and trying to get a little
quality time ahead of his hectic media schedule.
The Rover V8
incorporates a bespoke Monogram interior and is distinguished by a new
exclusive front-end treatment with large grille, wholly reminiscent of
previous V8 engined Rover cars. The Rover V8 marks the return of this
illustrious derivative, first introduced as the archetypal Rover P5B.
derivative provides effortless performance to the Rover range. Available
initially as a highly specified flagship derived from the Connoisseur SE
specification, the bespoke interior brings new levels of luxury to a car
already renowned for its inherent comfort and quality. The lavish trim
specification is complemented by a prestigious new development of the latest
2004 Rover 75 exterior style theme, incorporating a new full depth radiator
grille and imposing front bumper design.
The Rover 75
V8 has an On The Road (OTR) price of £31,995 for the Saloon Connoisseur SE
and increases to £36,495 for the range topping Contemporary SE Navigation
Farnborough Airshow is again being well served with displays from MG Rover
Group with product arenas, a specialist chauffeur service and high-speed
demonstrations along the main runway.
Visitors to the international event are greeted
by product displays that include the latest Rover 75 V8 and MG XPower SV
sports car. The entire MG and Rover portfolio are displayed at key
locations around the show ground.
VIP visitors to the show are personally
chauffeured by a fleet of Royal Blue Rover 75 Saloon and Limousine cars, to
a destination within the event, of their choice.
The afternoon air displays are initiated by a
high-speed run of a specially prepared MG ZT-T V8 – believed to be the
world’s fastest estate car – which is driven by Gwyndaf Evans at speeds
approaching 200mph - before the parachutes are deployed. The same car
achieved 225mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA.
The Farnborough Airshow is on until Sunday July
Egan, otherwise the acting character figure ‘John Bull’, has recently taken
delivery of a low-mileage used, but perfectly prepared and maintained, Rover
25 car from MG Rover Direct – the Longbridge based used car operation. Until
now, Ray has been using a Longbridge-produced Metro for over 10 years.
Even before MG Rover Group’s independence in 2000, Ray has supported the
cause for producing British-built cars at Longbridge and many other related
UK promotional supported initiatives by taking on the character of John Bull
– the epitome of ‘Mr England’ in his red tunic jacket, white jodhpurs and
On collecting his car, Ray commented: "I’m delighted to be taking delivery
of a British-built Rover 25, as my character John Bull simply wouldn’t buy
anything else! I’m truly proud and very pleased with the beautifully
pristine Rover car made by the skilled men and women at Longbridge."
Terry Hunt, general manager MG Rover Direct, said: "Ray, as John Bull,
represents the epitome of Britain so it’s appropriate he should continue to
drive the Longbridge-produced British Rover 25, and we’re absolutely
delighted to see he enjoys his new car. For anyone looking for a used MG or
Rover car, they can view our stock at www.mg-rover-direct.com and take a
look at the selection we offer."
MG Rover Group is holding a national ‘Big Birthday Quiz’ night, setting a
challenge to raise over £100,000 for Macmillan Cancer Relief. Any team of
four people can enter the quiz, to be held on the evening of Wednesday July
14, and the winning finalists will each win a new MG ZR or Rover 25 car.
The national ‘Big Birthday Quiz’ will test entered teams simultaneously
throughout the network of regional MG Rover dealerships across the UK. Held
at the time of MG’s 80th and Rover’s 100th birthdays, the quiz is thought to
be the largest, non-televised, national event of its kind. Contestants will
be competing to answer a broad range of general knowledge topics.
Phil Tufnell, the former England cricketer and current captain on BBC's
'They Think It’s All Over' and soon to be Presenter on ITV's 'Simply The
Best', who recently raised many thousands of pounds for Macmillan in a Rover
supported 500-mile charity walk, is the event’s nationwide Big Birthday
Quizmaster on the night.
Paul Stroud, UK Commercial Director, commented: “The Big Birthday Quiz is a
great national event for us to also celebrate MG’s 80th and Rover’s 100th
year, and combine with it the launch of our latest 2004 new car range. We
aim to raise over £100,000 for Macmillan with this innovative quiz, that
will see the final winning team members each win a brand new MG ZR or Rover
Teams of four can enter the national Big Birthday Quiz by registering at
their local MG Rover Dealership before July 10. The team entry fee of £20
goes entirely to the Macmillan Cancer Relief charity.
Peter Cardy, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Relief, said: “We are
delighted that MG Rover Group is celebrating their marque birthdays with
this innovative nationwide event, with all monies received going to
Macmillan Cancer Relief. There are now over a million people living with
cancer in the UK and all funds raised from this event will go towards
helping us to provide the expert care and emotional support that cancer
patients so desperately need.”
Phil said: “I'm delighted to be working on this great initiative with MG
Rover Group, supporting them to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Relief. The
thought of being 'Question Master' for such a huge and worthwhile event
makes me feel very proud and I am looking forward to continuing to work both
with Macmillan and MG Rover Group. As some of you may be aware I lost my
mother to leukaemia and understand the difference that a charity like
Macmillan can make to people living with cancer.”
During the weekend commencing Friday July 8 2005, the largest ever
gathering of Longbridge built motor vehicles will be amassing at Cofton
Park, opposite the factory at Longbridge in South Birmingham. The event is
being staged to celebrate and commemorate the founding of the Austin Motor
Company and 100 years of continuous motor vehicle production at the
The event is being organised by the Federation of Austin Clubs, Registers
and Associations in conjunction with Greenwood Exhibitions of Bromsgrove.
Phoenix Venture Holdings Ltd (owner of MG Rover Group, Powertrain Ltd, MG
Sport & Racing, XPart Ltd,etc) will be supporting the event, together with
Footmanm James Classic Car Insurance.
The event will commence on Friday 8th with a celebratory dinner at the
Chateau Impney, Droitwich, while on the Saturday and Sunday Austin and
Longbridge built vehicles will assemble from all over the UK and further
afield, for what is envisaged to be the greatest UK factory gathering.
Birmingham City Council has approved a parade of 100 Austin and Longbridge
built vehicles spanning the one hundred years, from the earliest known
surviving examples right up to the latest MG and Rover products, to drive in
a procession from the heart of Birmingham, via the factory site and onto
Cofton Park where they will remain on view as part of a display for the
It is planned to have the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Avro Lancaster
Bomber PA474, the 'City of Lincoln' fly over the event during the course of
the weekend to represent the time when, during the Second World War,
Longbridge focused on military vehicle, armament, munitions and aircraft
production (including Stirling and Lancaster bombers).
At the Park, visitors will be able to see many examples of Austin vehicles
assembled by the 22 clubs affiliated to the Federation: stately Sheerline
limousines, diminutive Austin Sevens and Minis, taxicabs, military vehicles,
Devons, Cambridges, 1100s, 1800s, Maxis, Allegros, Montegos, sporty Austin
Healeys, Princesses with their distinctive wedge front and even a replica
Austin Whippet bi-plane from the 1920s.
The number of Austin vehicles participating in this strictly 'one-off' event
will be in the thousands. This will be a once in a life time opportunity to
view as many products from the Longbridge factory as are ever likely to be
assembled together in one place.
Additionally, visitors will have the opportunity of browsing through some of
the many autojumble and trade stalls, or may bid for their own Austin at the
proposed auction. Whether enjoying a pint of 'Centenary Ale', courtesy of
Hook Norton Brewery, or viewing the latest MG and Rover products produced at
Longbridge, there will be plenty to interest visitors and enthusiasts. Other
proposed events include a tour of the nearby Austin Village and Austin
related sites, and
factory tours of the sophisticated Longbridge production facility.
celebration of Rover’s Official Car Supplier status to Team GB and the
British Olympic Association, a commemorative Olympic Streetwise LE model has
been produced to combine with the team’s participation in the Olympic games
The Olympic Streetwise LE incorporates all the high-level features of the
‘S’ specification that include body coloured internally adjustable door
mirrors, anti lock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), electric
front windows, steering wheel mounted remote controls for ICE with front and
rear speakers and Black Monaco fabric sports shaped seats.
Available in either 3- or 5-door body styles, the 500 Olympic Streetwise
LEs feature the high-output 103Ps 1.4-litre K Series engine. Additional
equipment distinguishes the Olympic Streetwise LE, and includes front fog
lamps, body coloured lower bumper inserts and 17" 6-spoke alloy wheels with
205/45 R17 Pirelli P Zero tyres. A powerful MP3 player is specified for
audio entertainment and the Team GB Lion and Olympic rings graphic
identifies this as a product of Olympic performance and exclusively
available in the new Sonic Blue metallic paint finish, included within the
£10,795 UK price.
Options available include, air conditioning, front passenger airbag,
five-seat rear configuration, cigar lighter, driver’s seat height and lumbar
adjustment, electric door mirrors, electric rear windows, electric sunroof,
rear park distance control and a part leather seat upgrade.
than 100 volunteer staff from MG Rover Group’s Longbridge headquarters will be
on the company’s stand (9-140 in Hall 9) at the forthcoming Sunday Times Motor
Show Live event, that opens to the public on 27th May, to assist
potential customers with their interests in the new MG and Rover products. The
team will include experts in the field of Product Engineering, Sales,
Marketing, Aftersales, with senior management and personnel from other
The initiative follows a similar approach taken by
the company at the 2002 Birmingham Motor Show, which was deemed a great
success, and remains a rare activity among other major manufacturers. Staff
work in teams of 25 and spend several days at the show on a rotating shift
Colleagues who work at the Motor Show find it
provides a useful opportunity for the company to get closer to its customers,
providing staff with an insight into their product and service requirements.
It’s also popular with show visitors, who can get a direct answer to requests
and enjoy the more informed assistance.
The latest MG and Rover cars display includes the
very latest ‘new-look’ brand identity. The lineage of new design style runs
consistently across all models and includes new specification features and
options. For visitors who desire the ‘live’ experience, the MG ZS 180 and
Rover 45, which make their show debut, and the latest Rover 75 Tourer and MG
ZT are available for the Show’s visitors to test drive in a special active
Tufnell, the I’m a Celebrity star, came to MG Rover Group’s Longbridge
headquarters to collect his distance no-object Rover support vehicles in
preparation for the npower 500 - a 500-mile walk around the
cricket grounds of England in his attempt to raise £250,000 for the charity
Macmillan Cancer Relief, which cares for people with cancer.
The former England cricketer – now a team captain on the popular TV game
show They Think It's All Over – will be walking toa total of 21
village cricket clubs and six Test Match grounds, starting at Hove in Sussex
on Sunday May 16 and finishing 28 days and 500 miles later at Trent Bridge,
Nottingham on June 12, the Saturday of the final Test of England's npower
series against New Zealand.
Phil is supported by five liveried Rover cars – two Streetwise (the urban
on-roader) and three stylish 75 Tourer (estate) vehicles. Rover, as a brand,
is celebrating its Centenary in 2004. While Phil is pounding the miles, the
Rover cars will be supporting his pursuit in advanced scout and announcement
duties as a mobile medical and support vehicle and for en route traffic
protection patrol. Some of the Rover cars are being driven by Company
employees who volunteered to support this worthwhile cause.
Phil said: 'The npower 500 is going to be my biggest test yet
but it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to. There are very few of us who are
not affected by cancer and I have a very personal connection – I lost my
mother to leukaemia and understand the difference that a charity like
Macmillan can make to people living with cancer.
'I am really committed to raising as much money as possible knowing that it
will help Macmillan Cancer Relief to continue their excellent work.'
Phil follows in the footsteps of cricket legend Ian Botham, whose own walks
raised huge amounts for charity. Phil said: 'I’ve spoken to Ian about the
event. He says I’ll be in a lot of pain with blisters and so on but he’s
passed on a few tricks of the trade – including a secret ‘rocket fuel’ drink
to keep me going when it gets really tough.'
Village cricket clubs have already been invited to get involved and many
are throwing money-raising parties to welcome Phil as he completes each of the
Phil said: 'It's great to be taking in so many village cricket grounds –
and very heartening to know that people are getting behind the npower
500 and looking to raise some money whilst having fun. Happy - but
hard - days ahead, I think.'
Peter Cardy, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Relief, said: 'We are
delighted that Phil Tufnell is undertaking this personal challenge on behalf
of Macmillan. Four in ten people, during their lifetime, will undergo their
own challenge of a cancer diagnosis and the need for cancer care services has
never been greater. Money raised from the npower 500 will help
provide the practical and emotional support which will change the lives of
people living with cancer today.'
Steve Robertson, Head of Marketing at MG Rover Group, said: ‘We wish Phil
every success in his attempt to raise considerable funds for Macmillan and are
delighted to provide him with our support with five long-distance Rovers.’
People can visit
www.npower500.comto follow Phil’s progress and donate money online to Macmillan Cancer
Relief! Donations can also be made by cheque, payable to Macmillan Cancer
Relief (npower 500) to Macmillan Cancer Relief (npower 500), 89 Albert
Embankment, London SE1 7UQ or by phone Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm 020 7840 4642.
Macmillan Cancer Relief helps people who are living with cancer. In the
UK, over a million people are living with cancer and four in ten people will
be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. These figures are forecast
to increase, and so will the demand for our services.
As well as taking action today to support people with cancer, we’re
shaping the future of cancer care. Our increasing range of services,
including our Macmillan nurses and doctors, cancer care centres, a range of
cancer information and even direct financial help for those who need it
most, is funded entirely through the generosity of our supporters. Thanks to
them, Macmillan provides the practical and emotional support which will
change the lives of people living with cancer today – and tomorrow.
For cancer information and support, contact the Macmillan CancerLine
(Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 6.00pm) by freephone: 0808 808 2020, textphone:
0808 808 0121 or email: [email protected]; or log on to
npower is one of the UK’s top three energy suppliers and draws on 50
years experience in supplying electricity and gas. npower offers a range of
essential home and business services including conveyancing, to 6.5 million
customers across the UK. npower is owned by RWE Innogy.
npower is a ‘Percent Club’ member - one of only around 100
companies nation-wide who invest more than 1% of its pre-tax profits into
the communities in which it operates.
npower is the sponsor of domestic Test Match cricket, Twenty20
tournament, Women’s Test cricket, Village Cup and is the lead sponsor of the
Daily Mail Ideal Home Show. 2004 is npower’s 4th summer of Test
Cricket and first summer of Village cricket.
npower supplies renewable energy to more UK households than anyone else
with its clean electricity product Juice and is the only supplier to offer
electricity from renewable sources at no extra cost.
latest mortgage offer from the West Bromwich Building Society and MG Rover
beats the lot - a 'Rover 25' when you take out a 'Brum Brum' mortgage with the
Society. The offer is open to first time buyers and borrowers who re-mortgage
to the West Brom - which is great news for anyone who wants a shiny new Rover
25 with their mortgage.
On top of a new car, the 'Brum
Brum Mortgage' also comes with:
Free loan protection insurance
for 6 months
No higher lending charge up to
Refund of valuation (max.
Standard variable rate paid
The new Rover car
Model – new Rover 25 (3 door
Technically advanced and
lightweight K Series engine
3 years extended warranty (or
60,000 miles -which ever comes first)
The 25 is Rover’s 25
Once a mortgage is completed, the customer is
contacted by MG Rover Group to arrange colour, specification and delivery.
The only cost to the customer is
insurance, road fund licence, a first registration fee, with the option to
upgrade to a higher specification Rover car if required. A redemption charge
will apply to compensate the Society for early repayment of the mortgage.
Stephen Karle Group Services
Director and Group Secretary, West Bromwich Building Society, said; "Through
the combined forces of the West Brom Building Society and MG Rover Group, we
are able to provide West Midlands homebuyers with the deal of a lifetime.
"For first time buyers it means they can now own both a new home and new car -
something prior to this offer, many could only dream about. It's also a
great boost for MG Rover
Group, the Midlands top car manufacturer supporting local industry and jobs."
Paul Stroud, UK Commercial
Director, MG Rover Group, said: "This offer represents a unique value
proposition for individuals, or couples, wanting a new house with ALL the
trimmings – a new Rover car! The concept to incorporate a new Rover car
within a mortgage, is a class-leading product incentive and an industry first,
that will be wholly supported by MG Rover Group.”
International and Birmingham City Midfielder Robbie Savage has taken delivery of
a new £25,000 MG ZT 190. Robbie, a recent owner of Bentleys and Lamborghinis,
says: "I had some great cars in my time, but the ZT is the one that delivers at
all levels. It goes like a storm, looks really striking and I can actually park
Robbie chose a Green pearlescent paint finish, despite
his obvious allegiance to wearing the Blues shirt. MG Rover Group is the
platinum sponsor and official vehicle supplier for Birmingham City Football
Terry Hunt, General Sales Manager at MG Rover Group
said: "The MG is a great performance saloon and a good all rounder. We’re
naturally delighted that Robbie has specified the ZT as his daily transportation
and I know it will serve him well."
Note: The MG ZT range
starts at £16,225 with the 120 and rises to a V8 powered 260 at £28,495, and
available in saloon or ZT-T estate body styles.
purchased Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, Snetterton and Cadwell Park race circuits,
MotorSport Vision is now the market leader in driving experience events and is
already initiating substantial changes to revitalise the motor race circuits
business for the future. MotorSport Vision is completely revamping its retail
motorsport experience programme and has chosen MG Rover and its sporting brand
MG to provide more exciting cars for its guests to drive at Brands Hatch and
In the MG ZR and ZS models, motorsport enthusiasts will have a choice of
two of the finest sporting car ranges available for their track day experience.
They can then follow that up with high-speed demonstration laps in the latest
rear-wheel-drive ZT 260 V8. Motorsport Vision has also selected the ZT 260 V8 for Course
Car duties at race meetings and the ZT-T estate for a quick-responding Doctor’s
John Parkinson, Managing Director, MG Sport & Racing Limited, commented: “MG,
fundamentally a sports motoring brand, has a key role to play in the
perpetuation of British enthusiasm for motorsport. This new alliance is a
win-win for both parties, with the real winner being the enthusiast himself.”
Jonathan Palmer, Managing Director, MotorSport Vision, said: “The circuit
driving experiences available to the public at Brands Hatch and Oulton Park are
already popular with some 20,000 participants per year experiencing the thrill
of driving on two of the most dramatic circuits in the world. Like MG, the names
of all our circuits are steeped in British motorsport history and we share a
commitment to build on our reputations for providing affordable driving
“During our product evaluation process I drove both the MG ZR and ZS models at
Brands Hatch and the driving experience was so satisfying even to me as a former
F1 driver that I kept just wanting to do one more lap! I was particularly
impressed by the chassis that provided great turn in on cornering with none of
the frustrating understeer that can dog many cars on a circuit. Our instructors
think the same so of course our participants in our new RaceMaster activities
run at Brands Hatch and Oulton Park are having the thrill of their life!
“We will run around 150 race events at our circuits this year and as part of our
drive to provide a more professional and entertaining show with a smart coherent
presentation all MotorSport Vision circuits will have an MG ZT 260 V8 for Course
Car duties and the ZT-T estate for a quick-responding Doctor’s Car.
“MotorSport Vision is delighted to be supported by MG as partner. To develop
this interest with British product at great British circuits is a huge bonus,
and is one that may even help identify another British Champion.”
A partnership of motorsport enthusiasts is the thread that runs through the
entire MG car business. From its inception 80 years ago to the current day, MG
has built sporting cars which enthusiasts can compete in and win. Its current
products are regularly campaigned through MG Sport & Racing Limited in a number
of motorsport disciplines that include rallying and circuit racing. MG ZRs won
the GpN class in the UK round of the 2003 World Rally Championship, the Wales
Rally GB, and MG ZSs won races last year and took eight fastest laps in the
hugely competitive British Touring Car Championship.
The arrival of the MG XPower SV, itself a race-developed chassis using
specialist composite light-weight materials has a clear competitive pedigree.
Promoting British talent is already an MG objective, with the recent MG ZR rally
Scholarship programme, which is a unique opportunity for young drivers to win a
drive in a competitive rally championship and, for the eventual winner, a drive
in a works MG ZR rally car. A truly outstanding initiative.
MG has a larger worldwide enthusiast club following than any other brand
(c100,000 members) and its products are either race-developed or proven on the
track, with a continuous track development programme.
The arrangement with MotorSport Vision provides MG with a prominent presence at
its four circuits; Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, Cadwell and Snetterton. The
‘RaceMaster’ programme will use MG ZR and ZS road cars for the circuit driving
days, which is expected to draw a potential of 20,000 people annually, to enjoy
and learn motorsport at an elementary level. Hot lap demonstrations in the new
MG ZT 260 V8 will leave any prospect wanting more.
John Parkinson, added: “Enthusiasm for motorsport is a key aspect in MG
ownership, so to have a relationship with great British circuits in the UK is
important to us. With the MG ZR the UK’s best-selling hot-hatch and the TF
roadster the UK’s best-selling sports car, it makes perfect sense to support
this enthusiasm for enjoying the thrill of driving.”
BBC’S CHILDREN IN NEED WINNER
COLLECTS HER STREETWISE CAR
Prize winner Mrs Anne Walker of Sudbury
collects the keys to her gleaming new Rover Streetwise S valued at £12,000 and
won in a competition to raise money for BBC’s Children In Need.
Readers of the Daily Mail entered the competition to win the Rover
Streetwise S by calling a dedicated line leaving their name and telephone
number; each call raised over 9p towards the charity. A winner was randomly
selected on three consecutive days.
Mrs Walker said: "I’m delighted to have won the Streetwise car, while also
helping to raise money for such a worthwhile cause and can’t wait to drive it.
It’s come at a great time, my nephew has just passed his driving test so now I
can give him my old car!"
THE GREAT BRITISH DRIVING TEST – WINNER COLLECTS CAR
TV’s ‘The Great British Driving Test’ proved to be one
of the most popular battles of the sexes televised. Lucky winner from the show,
Andrew Burnett of Braintree collects the keys to his prize Rover Streetwise at
local MG Rover dealership Jones of Rayne from Dealer Principal Peter Jones and
Jarvis Simpson, Regional Manager for MG Rover Group.
Andrew correctly answered the multiple choice questions
asked on the show, sending his answers via text. His name was randomly chosen
and he was called live from the studio. A final question was asked: ‘What colour
are the cats eyes set between the motorway and it’s slip road?’. Andrew
correctly answered ‘Green’ to be the winner of the new Rover Streetwise S valued
"I’m absolutely thrilled to have won the Rover," said
Andrew. "I can’t believe I was so lucky to be picked. I was a little nervous at
first but felt confident I knew the right answer and now I can’t wait to drive
the Streetwise car."
WINNER IS HANDED KEYS TO HER STREETWISE CAR
Delighted prize winner Miss Katherine Cowey collects
the keys to her gleaming new Streetwise, a new car by Rover valued at £9,295, at
local MG Rover dealership Dutton Forshaw Blackpool.
Miss Cowey from Marton won the Streetwise in a
nationwide competition run by MG Rover Group. Visitors to MG Rover showrooms
throughout the UK were entered into a prize draw in which a Streetwise was won
every day throughout November.
Peter McKiernan, Sales Manager said: "The chance to win
a new Streetwise car every day, simply by visiting an MG Rover dealership has
generated a lot of interest and is a great way to promote our new Rover model."
For further details on MG or Rover cars contact Dutton
Forshaw on 01253 767811
prize winner Mr Stephen Jones of Dallington from Phoenix Northampton collected
the keys to his gleaming new Streetwise, a new car by Rover valued at £9,295 and
won in the nationwide competition run by Rover.
Visitors to MG Rover showrooms throughout the UK were
entered into a prize draw in which a Streetwise was won every day throughout
Nigel Austin, Sales Manager said: "The chance to win a
new Streetwise car every day, simply by visiting an MG Rover dealership has
generated a lot of interest and is a great way to promote our new Rover model."