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The David Johnson Challenge Trophy

Following the sad passing of ex-chairman David Johnson in 2017, his partner Jean has asked that there should be an award in his memory, and has made a donation. After some deliberation the committee decided on a Challenge trophy to be presented each year for a notable journey or exploit in a Magnette. This could for example be a long-distance rally - David was involved in several himself, hence we feel it would be particularly appropriate. But there’s no hard and fast rules, so please feel free to submit a suggestion, or indeed to nominate yourself.

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ZB Factory styling model

In December 2017, quite unexpectedly, a 1/4 scale ZB ‘styling’ model appeared in Bonhams auction catalogue (although wrongly described there as a ZA model from 1953). Particular thanks are due to Peter Cadman who saw the catalogue and alerted the Register. Paul Batho then investigated to establish its provenance, and MGCC management quickly agreed that the Club should try to acquire the model for the club archives. Finally board member Dave Saunders was able to successfully bid for it at Bonhams on 6 December

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Restoration of early Magnette 528

Paul Dalkov in Denmark has recently completed the restoration of a very early ZA, which may be the second-oldest still existing. With chassis no. 528, it was originally exhibited at the Copenhagen Motor Show, and was offered for sale a few years ago, in need of considerable work. Paul bought it and embarked on a careful restoration project, keeping the many detail differences which distinguish this car from later production - he has had several other Magnettes so is very familiar with their construction. As might be expected it has no front quarterlights, but there are many other interesting points:

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New Silk Road Rallye Hamburg - Shanghai 2015

In autumn 2015 a MAGNETTE took part in a journey from France to Shanghai. Here's the story of two brave Frenchman and their ZB MAGNETTE:

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Farewell to Lou Shorten

The funeral of Lou Shorten took place on Monday 11th May, starting with an assembly of Magnettes at the home of Lou and John in Lenwade. The 12 or so cars formed into a procession behind the hearse and Lou’s family in her beloved YPG 136 (driven by Peter Martin) for the journey of about 10 miles to the crematorium near Norwich, where many others had already gathered.