Magnette 70th Anniversary celebration 19-21 May 2023

The Z Magnette was unveiled to the press by designer Gerald Palmer at Nuffield House London on 16 October 1953, just before the Motor Show. After working on the MG Y-Type, designer Gerald Palmer had moved to Jowett where he was responsible for the innovative Javelin, but was persuaded to return to Nuffield in 1949 with a brief to develop completely new post-war saloons for MG, Wolseley and Riley. Read more about this on our history pages

You are invited to a Register celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of the Magnette. The weekend will be based at historic Milton Manor, an 18th century house near Abingdon in private ownership, with links to Captain George Eyston. We’ve chosen the weekend before the MG100 launch which will hopefully suit overseas Magnette enthusiasts wishing to take in both events.


Friday - informal gathering for early arrivals at Milton Manor, with dinner at the Plum Pudding in Milton

Saturday - 10:00 - 16:00 in the grounds of Milton Manor:

  • displays
  • concours/pride of ownership
  • gymhkana
  • picnic lunch
  • guided tours of the house

18:30 3-course dinner at the Plum Pudding, with guest speaker John Day (MGCC President) and guest of honour Celia Palmer

Sunday - meet 10:30 at Kimber House coffee at Kimber House, followed by a scenic run. There will be an option to include the 1950s factory test route round which Magnettes coming off the production line were driven. The run includes a photo opportunity at the Barley Mow, Clifton Hampden (used for MG advert photoshoots) lunch at the George Hotel, Dorchester on Thames, and a visit to Nuffield Place, former home of Morris founder Lord Nuffield


Although we're not organizing accommodation for this event, the area has a wide range of hotels and B&B to offer - see list below. It would be advisable to book as soon as possible. We also hope to have a camping area at Milton Manor.

Please complete the Application Form and return it by post or email as soon as possible, together with payment. You're welcome to come for whichever parts of the programme you wish, with costs per person as below. Participants will also receive a complimentary souvenir programme, rally plate, T-shirt and mug, with other regalia also available to buy 

  • Saturday Milton Manor events including lunch, £35 for MGCC UK or affiliate members (£40 non-members)
  • Saturday dinner £30
  • Sunday scenic drive and coffee/snacks at Kimber House £10 (£15 non-members). Pay for own admission to Nuffield Place if not an NT member

Suggested accomodation

  Miles from Milton Manor  
 Plum Pudding Pub  0  
 Courtyard Oxford South  1  
 Premier Inn Oxford South  1  
 Kingswell Hotel 4  
 Milton Hill House  2  
 Cherry Tree pub  2  
 Hilton Garden  5  
 Premier Inn Abingdon  5.5  
 The Cosener's House  5  
The Swan Pub 8