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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.

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Lou Shorten, 1927-2015

Register President Lou Shorten passed away on Friday 3rd April, after devoting much of her life to keeping MG Z Magnettes on the road through the 'MG Specialists' business that she established in 1964 and ran with her husband John, providing spare parts, panels and restoration services to customers around the world.
As a young but independently-minded farmer's wife, it was almost by accident that she bought a Magnette after seeing it on a garage forecourt, although as a woman she had to have her husband guarantee the hire-purchase payments ! YPG136 was to be a life-long treasured possession.
In the 1960s Lou was involved in establishing an East Anglian Magnette group, one of several local groups that eventually led to the formation of the Magnette Register in 1974. In recognition of her contribution over many years, the Register appointed her President in 2001, following the death of Dixon Morris. For nearly 20 years Lou and John hosted an annual open day at their home in Lenwade, Norwich, and Lou was always ready to receive Magnette owners visiting Lenwade in search of parts or advice about their cars.
Here's some stills from Lou's appearance on 'The 1952 Show' with Len Goodman, in 2012 on youtube -
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Goodwood Revival 2014 - Magnette taxi driver

by Stephen Tickell

I spent an interesting three days as a taxi driver on the Goodwood Revival 'Transport Corps' (GRTC), transporting visitors to and from this event in my 1958 Varitone.

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Get together to meet Gunter Graskamp at Paul and Sue's house

Words and photos by Loz Scott

I was fortunate enough to meet up with Gunter Graskamp, his partner Anja and Gunter's 20 year old son Alexander on two occasions: On the 18th April at Bruce Bramhill's residence {hope Bruce will provide a photo and some comments} and again on 19th April where Paul and Sue Vermont generously made available their lovely house and invited us to have a get together and spend some time with Gunter, his partner and son.
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Barco rescue

On Saturday ist December a rescue team travelled to Bargo, a town about 80km south of Sydney, to rescue some Magnettes from a shed. The cars were part of a deceased estate and they were destined for the crusher after failing to sell on e-bay.