29th June 2009

Report and pictures of the 13th Z Magnette Day in Germany...
Unfortunalety I wasn't able to make good shots. So anybody who has more and better pictures? Please send to me.

21st June 2009

The Event of the year 2009 in Norway is over. Rikke Nissen from Denmark sent a report from "summerly" Norway...

If you like to see more of Norway, look at my older report of a trip in my Magnette...


15th June 2009

Following is a picture for the royalist  amoung you. Prince Philipp
 is waving to Grant Howlett and his Magnette during the MG Royal Heritage Festival in Windsor.


11th June 2009

Have you seen the new 1/43 models of the Magnette? Look here...
New models on the gallery as well:
# 10627 on auction at brightwells.com . Spotted by Geoff Pollard and Rutger Booy.
# 11049 owned by Cara MacColl and 
# 22456 John Beesley's restoration project, which probaby can be seen at Silverstone.

6th June 2009

Finally weekend - but what a rainy day. I make the best out of it (no 2nd best, as working in the garage would be best) and look into my mailbox and files to update the gallery. Here are a few Magnettes:
# 16101 an unfinished project
# 17249 was for sale in Australia
# 21150 source of picture unknown
# 23454 of Nishad Wijetunga in Sri Lanka
# 27270 a Manumatic car that turned up on ebay
# 28171 Geoff Pollard, Great Britain (car is for sale)
# 32495 David Miles, Brisbane, Australia
# 35594 David Halliday, Australia
# 35895 was on ebay

You're travelling to Silverstone? Why not visit the Beachampton Natter close to Silverstone? See events for more information.

Talking on events. Here is a report from Trevor Jones of the registers event in Somerset last weekend.

1st June 2009

Alan Barnard came across an elderly report which was printed in "Restored Cars", an Australien mag that has been published Down Under for the past 30 years.
And new month - new picture of the month...

28th May 2009

Loz Scott send a short report of Classic Show Case in Australia....

25th May 2009

George Wilder kindly informed and corrected me. I gave wrong information with the picture of the month...
More updates this week, but organisation of the Magnette  Day in June has priority at the moment.

18th May 2009

There was a nice article in Safety Fast!, the magazine of the MGCC, which we reproduce here...
You receive this monthly magazine for free once you are a member. More information on mgcc.co.uk.

10th May 2009

During the last weeks I received several entries for the gallery. Time to get them online, so here we go. Please welcome
# 5137 of Justin Greenwood, South Australia
# 5367 of Des Barker, Wooroloo, Australia
# 9472 was restored by Ron Lomax, Australia
# 10728 of Bob Towns, Australia
# 13445 of Stephen Hicks, UK
# 22850 of John Brumpton from England
# 37061 changed hands to David Watson

By the way. I still receive emails concerning my April's fool. It seems I hit the nerve as many of you were unsure whether it was a joke or another goal from Brussels. Well so far it was a joke, but let's wait and see....

3rd May 2009

New month - new picture of the month...

At the moment Mexiko makes headlines because of the swine-flu. Time to show that they have good news as well:
Luis Benito Ruiz Bogarin sent some pictures of an
exhibition at La Paz in the Sea of Cortez, where his Magnette attracted a lot of interest and won the prize for best European Sedan! Well done Luis Benito!

Isn't that a nice location for an autoshow?

25th April 2009

As promised the report of Magnettes & Steam, the official register season openener, sent by Stephen Tickell.

21st April 2009

Our Australian friends are still very busy: here are some more pictures of the Geelong concours and the Wagga Wagga event has been added to the diary...
On 2nd April I showed two cakes. Grant Howlett informed me that we already had another cake on this site, which his wife baked some time ago. I don't hesitate to show it again:

We meanwhile crossed the 200,000 visitors mark. So it's a good reason for another cake...


19th April 2009

After a two weeks break the first update: Here's a report of the Australian Geelong concours...
Report of "Magnettes & Steam" to follow this week.

2nd April 2008

This month the website celebrates it's 9th birthday! A nice present by you is that our counter  will certainly show  200,000 during next week! Thanks all outside for your input and support!! Adequate for this event I found photos of two nice cakes. Unbelievable what enthusiasts do all over the world.

The right cake was eaten y Udo barthels from Germany, but I unfortunalety renamed the left picture and don't know who had eaten this one. If you read this please sent email.

Back to business. Hans Lubberding informed me, that he made a story for a Dutch magazine, which you can (or can't as it's in Dutch) read  here... 
Of course a new picture of the month... and finally another tech report of Loz Scott, this time concerning the repair of the A-pillar...
Also don't forget our season opener on Easter saturday! See events...

Ooh, I nearly forgot:  I received several emails from all parts of the world of those who wanted access to the "protected gallery". Don't worry about that - look at the date ;-)
(By the way this was a good feedback.Thanks!)

1st April 2009

Bad news from Brussels for those who liked the gallery, where we had more than 600 Magnettes in all states of condition pictured: EU-law hit our website with full force. We received an official notification from Brussels, that our website is in breach of European Data privacy protection and we therefore have to put off the gallery from the web. Otherwise we have to pay a penalty of up to 15,000 Euro. Because of this I will put it off on 3rd April. But if you like the gallery you can send me an email and will send you an access and password for the protected area, where I will put the gallery. This should work. Send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thanks!


29th March 2009

This is a small update as we will have the monthly one the day after tomorrow.
First I got a note from Magnette owner Grant Howlett who offers all Magnetteers a special rate to stay in his hotel during the Easter event "Magnettes & Steam". You can contact Grant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Should you book, please mention this website.

Another email came from Japan. Satoshi Ohtsu sent a nice picture from a Classic car run.


24th March 2009

For us the first event in 2009, for our friends the end of the season: see Loz Scott's report of the Magnette and Y register fun run to Mornington Peninsula

22nd March 2009

The Register has produced an events calendar, with some useful information. You can download the pdf here...

Loz Scott updated the gallery with some bad news. Most of the following cars beeing already scrapped with only the ID plate remaining. Only one car beeing restored at the time:
# 1376 only ID plate remaining
# 3177 only ID plate remaining
# 3766 paddock car. Its future is bleak
# 20218 wrecked as donor car
# 28661 under restoration

15th March 2009

The 620th car on the gallery is Richard Wigley's restoration project , Magnette # 16139.
Malcolm Robertson wrote a nice article about the SA and Magnette taking part in the Paris-Peking-Rally which was publishes in the North American Classic MG Magazine.

8th March 2009

Time for some entries to the gallery. I still had some pictures left in my mailbox:
# 9409 was found on ebay UK
# 11615 was for sale on ebay Australia
# 23180 was for sale in Luxembourg
# 25931 also ebay UK
# 35923 the only Magnette today that is in good ownership. She's in the hands of Tony Brinsdon.

1st March 2009

March! The winter should go to an end by now and we are looking for a new season. Time to make your diary for the Magnette events now and have a look at your car.
The following tech tips might be useful for you:
Malcolm Eades sent me an article he saw in the Octagon Journal, concerning the right choice of engine oil (pdf)....
And Stephen Tickell wrote a nice article about fitting a rear screen heater to a Varitone...(pdf).
Once your Magnette is ready for the road enjoy our new Picture of the month...
Lastly a reminder that the booking date for the Magnette Day ends on 15th March!

22nd February 2009

New on the gallery: # 34782, which currently is for sale in the Netherlands.
Also bad news for the gallery: # 2431 was destroyed by the bushfires in Australia!
On the other hand a fresh restored Magnette is collecting prices: # 7415 was restored by Lyle Constable in Australia and
# 15230 is John Hallidays new toy.

17th February 2009

More traffic on the gallery:
# 13863 of
Alastair Stevenson, UK and
# 19935 which is for sale in South Africa.

16th February 2009

Please welcome # 3713 and Robert Mason from Victoria Australia and # 31040 with Hank  in Pennsylvania, USA

14th February 2009

Please welcome Rod Paxton from South Africa with # 32852

6th February 2009

I’m delighted to report that the dates for MG Live! have been confirmed. The award winning Silverstone event will take place on 10th,11th,12th July 2009.

1st February 2009

Wow, January already passed! Europe is still cold but dry. If there only was some time to get the Magnette out...
For those who have bad weather or want to warm up after hours spent in a cold garage, we got another reprint for you. This time it's from Malcolm Robertson, who made a nice article about his restoration and owners review in North American Classic MG magazine (www.ClassicMGMagazine.com), who gave us permission to reproduce it here.
Another email came from Lionel Burrell, Managing Editorof The Automobile. He sent the picture of the month and also features his ZA in "The Automobile"

25th January 2009

# 32690 belonging to Register committee member Trevor Jones has been added to the gallery.
Also Eddy Lepez uploaded a new movie about Goodwood, where you can see Magnettes racing in a short szene.

19th January 2009

A reprint of MG Enthusiast September 2006 including a Survival Guida has been added to "Articles".

14th January 2009

Four new cars on the gallery. Three of them '54 models:
# 2431 Adrian Zorner AUS
# 2860 Phil May Hampshire, GB
# 3113  Michael Anderson, Nevada, USA
#32990 Mark Michalak, Chicago, USA
Plus an owner change:
# 34482 new owners are Nigel and Bev Bartram, GB
All of you a warm welcome!

11th January 2009

Karel Vermeer asked me wether I ran out of pictures, because the current picture was already published in October 2004! Karel, you are right, it was my mistake. So here we have another picture of the month. My apologies.

I also uploaded information and entry form for the Z Magnette Day at the end of June in Germany.

5th January 2009

Peter Martin had a telephone call from John Warner yesterday to say that Tony Hopkins passed away just before Christmas on 23rd December. Tony had been ill for quite some time and  was in a wheel chair whenever he was at a club event in latter times.

As Tony was at one time a register committee member, it may well be that some of you would like to attend his funeral. Apparently, it will be this coming Friday the 9th at Basingstoke Crematorium at 2pm. John can be reached on 0118-9814592 if you want any further details.

2nd January 2009

Hello Magnette world! I wish you all a happy New Year and a Magnettic season.
We start with a new picture of the month and the first newcomer on the gallery in 2009. # 15378  belonging to Roger Dawson ,Vancouver, Canada. Sady it will be the last picture of the car as it will be scrapped.
Several thousand miles away is # 16324. David Kelvin's shiny ZA in sunny Australia.

27th December 2008

600 !

Another highscore on the gallery. And it's something specal. Another of the very few non-quarterlight Magnettes, that were built in the early days. And it's also the first Magnette here on the gallery which number is in the sevenhundred range. So welcome Ronald Barnes and # 739
And the race is going on. Next target is 666...

23rd December 2008

No. 599 on the gallery is Magnette # 12833 belonging to Wolf Juchem from Germany:

20th December 2008

# 4215 was on ebay Australia. Interesting, it's the first '54 car with a number above 4000! Where are the late '54 cars?
Next are two Magnettes from The Netherlands, kindly sent in by the Dutch Registrar Henk Kroese:
# 9131 belonging to Harry Hilgerdenaar and # 22543 belonging to Kees Wagemans.
Well, 598 Magnettes on the gallery! I'm sure we can hit the 600 this year....
More updates during the next days: But I don't want to miss to say a very big thank you to everybody who sent pictures, reports or any stuff to keep this website alive. A big thank you also to all those visitors!
P.S. Please vote for our poll if you haven't yet!


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19th December 2008

The card is a movie! This was Eddy Lepez' reply just 10 minutes (!) after I uploaded the christmas card below. Look what he means and how the picture was drawn...


Which regalia would you like to purchase in the future?

15th December 2008

Jeroen van den Akker sent
 this nice christmas card.
I thought you might like to see it, if you haven't received it directly from him!

We are closer to the 600 mark on the gallery!
Halvor Asland from Norway registered three Magnettes he rescued from a scrapyard. They will join his collection of appr. (!!) 3 MGA 1500 Roadsters, a NAS 77 MGB and a 67 MGB GT, a TR6 PI and a original mint 25 000 miles 78 Allegro. Well, I wonder when he will find time to restore the Magnettes...
# 12034, #19973 and # 27320

So come on guys, just 5 cars to hit th 600...

Please vote for our poll if you haven't yet!

12th December 2008

We had at least one response on the winterly pictures.
Gilbert W. Hardy wrote: Love the new photos for Dec. Don't see these little cars in hard serious daily use like that much anymore. Slip-sliding on the icy roads looks like fun.
I agree totally!

 The register committee was discussing about new regalia on their last meeting. We are going to produce some new items, but want to know wat you exactly are waiting for. So I created this small poll, where you can tick your favourite items. You can thick more than one item and even write down your own idea! Please use this to help us producing the right regalia for you! Thanks. Günter

4th December 2008

The countdown is running. Will we get the 600. Magnette on the gallery this year? Here are number 591 and 592, bth from England:
# 26241 of David Burgess
# 29727 of Chris Hobden

1st December 2008

Have you seen the new picture on the homepage? Urs Müller from Switzerland sent this, showing his Magnette in truly snowy conditions and carrying contemporary skir on the roof!
I also made another picture of this car to the picture on the month, as it's fitting perfect into the season (at least here in Europe. It's snowing outside, while I type this...)
Also some news on the galley:
We start with  # 6956 purchased by John Cunneen from Australia , who now can share his time with a restorition project.
Followed by Colin Blke's #16722
Next is # 26699 belonging to Edwin Sweeney from the USA and the we switch to Australa again.
Ian Willder's #32214 is finally another sequent number. We don't have many cars listed, that must have been standing aside on the production line.
All a warm welcome!
Will we reach the 600 mark on the gallery this year? I still have a few in my mailbox, but will that be enough? Let's see...

23rd November 2008

MG Enthusiast had a nice article in their November issue, which we are allowed to reproduce here....

18th November 2008

Most of you will know that the nice clock is one of the things that never work. I got mine repaired three times during the last 10 years as I like the tick-tack. Without that it's not a clock!
Despite that Malcolm Robertson made a report about his experience converting the Magnette clock to quartz.
So, his clock makes no noice but shows the right time. I should overthink my opinion...

16th November 2008

Today we have some information on parts:
Andy Brock spooted these reproduction bumpers made of stainless steel at ebay. The manufacturerer is located in Vietnam.
As former Register historian and "Nile-Trial" rally driver Warren Marsh sold his car earlier this year and also sold all his second hands parts I had to delete Zedparts from the suppliers list.     

10th November 2008

Dan Docwra's Magnette has been added to the wedding gallery....
...and to the Magnette gallery, marking the 200th entry for Great Britain. Well done Scotsman!
And the next car on the gallery comes from Wales: David Williams registered # 31797.

5th November 2008

Let's start this month with a bad news.
Former rally driver Pat Moss died after a long illness on October 14, 2008, aged 73. During her career she drove a Magnette on her first continental rally in 1955. Unfortunalety she crashed the Magnette on the journey to the start, when she stopped to read a road sign and then drove off on the wrong side of the road to meet another car head on. The Magnette suffered front end dmage. Here's an obituary...

But we also have good news: here's a report about the M.G. Saloon Day
a new picture of the month...

28th October 2008

Jose de Sousa ("our" Peking-Paris rally-man) loaned his Magnette to a friend for the "Classic Safari Challenge"  across Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland.
Here's a short report:
The Magnette lost a rear wheel, complete with halfshaft, in the middle of nowhere in Namibia. I only read the BBS thread "Hub nut on rear axel for ZA magnette" now ! I have not yet seen the parts but apparently the rear hub nut unscrewed itself ... I had a spare halfshaft but it was not possible to repair/remachine the thread (damaged/split from hitting the ground) where it happened, so Maggie and Roger opted to send the car back to Cape Town and rent a 4x4.

The suspension seem to have performed well. I am now considering further improvements for the 2010 Peking-Paris: a sanction 2 MGB engine with more power, perhaps a stronger rear axle (Morris Marina Van ?), limited slip diff, a ZB steering column, traction tyres, plus ???. Any ideas?

More pictures here...

26th October 2008

More Magnettes for the gallery:
# 10450 of Randall Wharton, Ireland
# 23244 of Rodger Shaver, ID, USA

17th October 2008

Last week I received a letter (with a nice stamp) from Australia. Chris Gray sent some information about four Magnettes (out of ten) he owned. Here they are:
#   9432,  # 11207,  # 23633,  # 29300
Thanks Chris!

9th October 2008

Grant Howlett sentsome nice pictures of the Festival of Speed at Goodwood with racing Magnettes...

3rd October 2008

Some more entries to the gallerie:

# 12864,  # 24134  and  # 33322. All seen on ebay.

1st October 2008

The season in Europe and the rest of the northern hemisphere is going to an end, which means that the Magnettes and their owners in the southern part of the world start into the new season:

Loz Scott sent a report of "Wagga Wagga" in Australia.
And Alberto Cruz in Portugal finished his restoration on # 35929 and brought a nice example back on the road.
And yes, there is a new picture of the month...

28th September 2008

Well no updates for nearly two weeks. But I had to check my  MGA for the MOT and the last reports for our German MG Club magazine had to be written. So unfortunalety this website stood at the end of the list. But here we go again. We start with another wedding picture sent by Robert Schmitz....

16th September 2008

Please welcome # 35983 of Rikke Nissen, Denmark on the gallery.
And back to another part of Europe: Portugal. You all remember the Peking-Paris report of Jose de Sousa. After his return home he started to change his supension, as this was the weakest part during the trial. Read on...

14th September 2008

New on the gallery is
Richard Sherman's # 28607 and
# 2980 of Valentine Venimore from New Zealand and
# 26668 of Mark Michalak, USA

7th September 2008

Last weekend the last formal event of the Register was held in Norwich. See report and pictures by Brian Pollard and Peter Martin...

4th September 2008

Jeroen van den Akker and Karel vermeer sent more photos...

2nd September 2008

Jeroen van den Akker sent report and pictures of the Continental Old Z Meeting in the Netherlands.

1st September 2008

Stephen Tickell sent a report of the Athelhampton House event at the beginning of August. Somehow the report got lost in my email account but luckily Stephen reminded me. Thanks! So here we are....
Also a new picture of the month.

25th August 2008

Please welcome on our gallery:
# 24988 of Colin Heald, New Zealand

17th August 2008

There is another Magnette in France, belonging to Thomas Reiss, which has been added to the gallery: # 34090 .

Your webmaster had a nice scenic drive today to organise the Magnette Day 2009. I found a nice place which hopefully will please many of you.... 

14th August 2008

The Z & Farina Magnette Register has a glittering array of silverware to distribute every year. Much of this is for the usual sort of thing - concours and pride of ownership awards, driving test prizes, etc. There's one award, however, which often causes a lot more debate when the committee meets in the spnng to decide on the winner for the previous year - that for Magnetteer of the Year.

This is for the person who, during the previous year, is judged to have done something special to promote the cause of the Magnette and the Register. The rules for the award are a little vague, hence the vigorous discussions at that spring meeting as members argue in favour of one or other candidate. For the 2007 year our task was easy, however - nobody could deny that Jose & Maria de Sousa's amazing achievement in completing the Peking to Paris Centenary Rally in a ZA Magnette not only took the biscuit, it demolished the whole packet!
Actually presenting the award was a little more difficult; Jose & Maria live in Oporto, Portugal and Register funds would (unfortunately) not stretch to a committee outing there. However Jose and his wife are frequent visitors to the UK so when he said they would be here in May to attend an auction in Newport Ragnell (he also owns an Aston Martin DB2 drophead, which must be almost as much fun as the Magnette) we lost no time in arranging to meet.

Over a delightful meal at my local, the George and Dragon in Upton, we heard many a fascinating tale of adventure from China via Mongolia, Siberia, Moscow, the Baltic States, Poland, Germany, and all the way to Paris, of just how to keep a 51 -year-old car going across trackless stony deserts, through rivers and for thousands of miles of inhospitable terrain. And of the kindness and enthusiasm of the local people whose basic engineering skills, when faced with vehicles from another era and people who must have seemed from a different planet, kept the whole show on the road - quite literally.

But this is a mere trailer for the Register spread in Safety Fast! where you will be able to read, in Jose's own words, all about this amazing feat. And just to prove it wasn't a fluke, they plan to do the whole thing again in 2010!
Paul Batho, chairman

9th August 2008

Rhys Timms and Loz Scott sent a report of the EMR with the Victorian MGCC...

3rd August 2008

Greg & Jill Thornton's MG ZB Varitone was judged "Best Car of the Day" and also the MGCC Z Register concours at the Rover Event at Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre on 20/7/08, which took place in conjunction with MGCC Lincolnshire Centre's MG Day.
Greg says: "We were particularly pleased as there were 277 cars entered in the rally programme. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and the venue, and even the rain held off till the end of the day!"

1st August 2008

New month - new pic of the month!

Also a new picture on  the wedding gallery sent by Robert Schmitz , Germany 

And Lionel Burrell sent an email and picture saying:
My 1955 ZA magnette 4 up with luggage at the 2008 Le Mans Classic. We did 954 miles, the car never missed missed a beat. We averaged between 24 to 30 mpg and only used a cup full of oil. What a super comfortable turing car.

Sure Lionel, this is what the car was built for! It's good to see more and more Magnettes getting used regulary.

29th July 2008

Here are some more entries for our ever growing gallery:
# 7477 an update of Rich McKie's car. Look at the wheels!
# 11712 new entry Andrew Murdoch, Australia
and two more ebay founds:
# 13180 ebay  and # 16865 ebay and finally an update of G.Wayne Hardy's Magnette  # 33170  in new paint...

27th July 2007

Hi Magneteers outside! Just returned from a holiday, so the update-free-time is gone! lets start with an announcement from Wayne Hardy, Texas, USA:
Just a head's up to watch for a soon to be released video called "Inside the Octagon" Part 11. The first part is all about MG in the pre-war days, part 11 is the company since 1946. This is a lovely little showing of the cars and people involved, put together by a couple of MG enthusiasts, one of whome is in the professional film business, doing promos  ads and the like. And most of all watch for the lovely little "Black Cherry" coloured Magnette in a couple of the shots, which is old KAA 3133170. Yes I had the honor of being picked to represent the Magnette family in this video. That said, the video is worth the cost and the 90 or so minutes of time for viewing. I also recommend ITO part 1, which was done a few years ago and has some lovely interviews with some of the now departed MG people in Abingdon, (like John Thornly).

10th July 2008

A handful of pictures of the Magnette Day added...

2nd July 2008

Here is a report and pictures of the Z Magnette Day in Germany....
And a new picture of the month ....

25th June 2008

# 31170 added.

24th June 2008

I know I'm a bit slowly with updates. Several gallery entries lurk in my mailbox. Here is on of them:
# 4767 of Ron Jillard from Australia

17th June 2008

I just returned from a sunny but cold and windy Silverstone. My Magnette did the trip nearly without any fault. Only one core plug disappeared when I was hunting an MGB on the road to Silverstone. Luckily it was the plug above the distrubitor which is the easiest to reach. So the Magnette could be repaired on the road.
Here are a few more pictures of Silverstone...

1st June 2008

One month ago I wrote that time runs by very fast. It seems I've written that yesterday., but we already have June. So it's only two weeks to Silverstone! Hope to meet many of you there!
We start the new month with a nice picture of the month...

22nd May 2008

Matthias Schreiner sent two more pictures for the wedding gallery....

14th May 2008

Michael Heeley owns these two Magnettes that have been added to the gallery:
# 31978
# 32368

13th May 2008

Matthias Schreiner sent a new picture for the wedding gallery.

Also this nice shot that shows that Magnettes still are magnettic and show attraction:


11th May 2008

There was another beyond repair on ebay (# 27205). The last pictures are shown here....

4th May 2008

Let's start the new week with more explored Magnettes:
# 14848 belonging to Alan & Jennie Barnard in Australia,
# 27070 of Ian Shipton,Victoria, also Australia, who looks towards a long restoration and
# 36970 of Trevor Panter from Gloucestershire.
Nice to have some cars that are in good hands and are not going to the scrapyard. All three enthusiasts a warm welcome.

1st May 2008

I feel time is running faster and faster. So we all missed the 8th birthday of this website in April! But nevermind.
As we have the beginning of a new month we have a new picture of the month . That's it for the moment. Want to get my Magnette out for a drive....


30th April 2008

More Magnettes on the gallery:
# 16761 seen on ebay UK
# 27770 found somewhere on the web
# 33028 seen on ebay USA
# 32745 seen on ebay UK

27th April 2008

Our 555th entry on the gallery is Lachlan Story's car # 16101 from Australia! So we nearly have one third of the known cars on the register on the gallery as well. We'll press on to get the rest....
...and we start here with # 31676 belonging to Peter Smithson from the UK.
And after some time there's a new picture on our wedding gallery...

14th April 2008

Please welcome #13870 . Proud owner is Ton Smits from the Netherlands. The next car will be no. 555 on the gallery. So who will be next?

13th April 2008

Diedrich Krahn, organiser of the Magnette Day, asked me to remind you to send the entry form to him if you want to take part! You can download the form here...

Then Roger Tennyson recently checked our gallery and helped providing pictures of the inividual police cars. So we now have # 16375 and # 19625, both Norththumberland police cars with the correct picture! Many thanks!!
# 16375 is exactly the car before another famous Magnette: #16376 is Jose de Sousa's car, that was featured last year when he took part in the Peking-Paris Rally. When looking at the report I found some more pictures of the stage-finish in Koblenz in my folder. These have been added now here...
Well, and it looks as if we get some more nice reports and pictures soon as the car will be used on the Classic Safari Chellenge in Southern Africa next August, where the car will be driven by his aussie friends Roger Allen/Maggie Gray from Sydney. (Jose will also be there but  driving his Volvo 142 S).
But he will be using the Magnette for the 2010 Peking-Paris (different route from the 2007 event) again.

5th April 2008

Again I wasn't quick enough to upload the monthly update on the 1st of the month. But life's not only Magnettes and webistes - unfortunalety. Anyway. But therefore we have some interesting stuff to bring. Let's start with a report from the Melbourne Concours followed by a new Pic of the Month (including a nice story).
More interesting stuff during the next days...

29th March 2008

Here's report from Stephen Tickell of Magnettes &Steam , the traditional season opener. This event never was famous for a warm dry sunny day out, but this year saw a very cold event, as you can see on the faces...

14th March 2008

While we await spring and the season our friends in Australia have their last runs in this years autumn. Loz Scott reports on the EMR last sunday...

Talking on events:
Jeroen van den Akker, organiser of the 2nd Continental Old Z Meeting, asked me to inform interested parties, that registration is still possible until 30th of April !

6th March 2008

# 35345 of Barrie Hope added to the gallery.
Also information of the Wagga Wagga Event in Austalia.

4th March 2008

A few days too late for the monthly update, I know. But I was sure you come back later ;-)
So here we have the new Picture of the Month: Luis Benito is waving the Magnette flag in Mexico!

We also now have more information for the Magnette Day  at the end of June and
at least I've added # 7081 from ebay Australia to the gallery. The first Magnette with Mitsubishi engine...!

24th February 2008

Here we are with four new cars for the gallery:

# 11510 of Austin Graham, England
# 29310 of Kevin Dixon, Australia, who bought his car 1970!
# 34152 John Monico, who brought his car back on the road last week  and
# 35644 from ebay USA
I also included an entry form for the summer gathering.

17th February 2008

# 8130 belonging to Lionel Burrell added.

14th February 2008

Details for the Rover Club Rally added...
Also some more pics of # 31875, a very poor rotten Magnette sent by Pete Wilson... (probably the first and only Magnette with a rear wiper)
# 36534 was recently for sale in Las Vegas

6th February 2008

Gerrit de Graaf sent an Dutch advert from 1958....

1st February 2008

 While we still have a cold and wet winter here in Europe, I gonna warm you up with a Magnette surounded by flowers on Hawaii as the Picture of the Month....

Also Loz Scott tries to bring some light into CKD (Completely Knocked Down) Magnettes, which were exported in this form... I hope this article is a source for discussion and we get some more information from you....

27th January 2008

More cars for the gallery which were for sale on different locations on the internet:
# 4531 Australia, # 8399 UK,  # 28600 Switzerland, # 36219 UK

24th January 2008

There is another Magnette rusting away in the US: # 31875 but therefore another awaits to get finished: # 31005

21st January 2008

No 540 on the gallery is # 26636 of Moira Wallace, UK

20th January 2008

Here are two new entries for the gallery:
# 31513 of Andy Hunt, UK and
# 27793 of Annoni Mauro, from Italy, which marks another Magnettic country now! The 26th magnettiZed country...

13th January 2008

Two new entries for the gallery. Both Magnettes were for auction recently, were they were spotted by Rutger Booy from the Netherlands:  # 28787  # 36225

7th January 2008

Perhaps some considerate readers have recognized that for some time we had no reports from Loz Scott in Australia. Well, my fault. His reports are sleeping in my mailbox (but nothing get's lost!). So a new year and a new technical report, which is for the trained DIY owner, I suppose. Read how to overhaul your swivel pins... 

2nd January 2008

Welcome in 2008! I hope you all had a good and healthy New Year's Eve. I for myself hope that I find enough time to update during the next weeks regulary as I have quite a lot stuff in my mailbox. So watch what happens. Let's start with an update of the gallery: Please welcome:
# 7889 of  Murray Cowley from Devon and
# 34486 of Colin Hall from Norwich.
I've uploaded also a reprint: which Stephen Tickell sent me. It's the the November edition of Classic Cars for sale which included another buyers guide.

1st January 2008

The Magnette events calendar for 2008 is ready now. So, make your diary now!
And of course a new Picture of the Month....

24th December 2007

The Magnette Register wishes you all a
Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year!






17th December 2007

Hi all. Nearly four weeks without an update, but an event of death in my family forced my time.
But here am I again and I'll try to update the last days of the year regulary before we head on for a new season.
First we start with an new Pic of the Month. Secondly I have another story about a V8 Custom Magnette for you...

20th November 2007

Our Magnette gallery was going close to 500 cars. Before I started a counter I thought I better count again and - yes we already hit the 500.
Exactly  535  Magnettes are on the gallery now! Not too bad I think and it's still growing. Is your car still missing? Please send a picture. (I still wonder why I counted wrong before...)
Other matters:
We are just 28 days off christmas, so the right date to think about gifts. There's a new DVD available:
The DVD is aimed at people who are considering purchasing a Magnette or those who already own one and are interested in the sympathetic improvements possible.  The introduction gives a brief history and shows how to differentiate between the models before proceeding to the main menu. 
Firstly John Shorten shows where rust horrors can lurk using a stripped body shell while a complete car shows the areas under discussion. 
Secondly Lou Shorten lets the viewer into some secrets of sucessfully fitting a new roof lining, the entire job being demonstrated as she talks. 
Finally, a thought provoking section mentioning some improvements, many of which are available as commercial kits, sources of more information and little details such as how to align the bonnet.
This DVD is now available for £10 plus p & p from Lou Shorten who will be handling all sales. Phone 01603 872436 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

15th November 2007

Ibiza NOW is a non-motorsport magazine that had a nice article about Brian Pollard's Magnette restoration...

11th November 2007

Its always funny. From time to time I start looking thru my various folders on my computer and discover stuff I haven't published yet because I lost it out of my eyes. But as long as I find it sometime I have something to bring here. This time I have more pictures and details of # 27219, a V8 conversion from Australia...
And for the gallery: # 32113 of Mike Beck, UK

3rd  November 2007

After a long time I found enough time to put some more cars to the gallery. They spread all over the period from '54 to '58:
# 34208 seen on ebay,
# 27175 a ZB from the Netherlands
# 22648 seen on ebay,
# 15333 belongs to Ted Peel, Queensland, AUS,
# 10592 was for sale
# 1221 also seen on ebay

With 481 cars on the gallery we are next to the 500. Can we reach it this year? If you haven't sent a picture of your Magnette please do so and share your Magnette with us!

1st November 2007

The date truly shows us that the season is coming to an end - at least on the northern hemisphere. I personally still enjoy my Magnette daily as we have a dry autumn here. But this might change very soon.
Well, what does this update bring? First a new Pic of the Month.
Secondly I received a nice mail, which I thought you might like to read as well. It gives a nice sight into the good old times when our Magnettes still were young:

I just pulled up your site and thought it was amazing that anyone kept track of the lovely Magnette. Owned a 1958 Magnette and will try and get some data on it from the California Dept. of Motor Vehicles as I don't anything on it anymore. The car was unique in that, according to an MG dealer in San Diego, CA, it was only one of two imported into the US with a Manumatic transmission. You are probably aware of the system I am talking about--shift lever, but no clutch peddle. When I purchased the car it was readily apparent that shifting from 2nd to 3rd was not smooth. I went to the local MG dealer who surprised me by telling me who I bought the car from even though I had not mentioned his name. That is when I found out that the car was quite unique. Being a LT in the US Navy at the time, left me with little money and I could not afford to have it fixed. The dealer recommended I become an expert on the system and gave me  the repair manual on the Manumatic transmission for  nothing! He was right about becoming an expert. Shortely thereafter I discovered that one of the solenoids on the activation system did not work and after some time disassembled the solenoid and discovered a broken wire. Once repaired the shifting was a smooth as glass. It was a wonderful system and worked well until I sold the car to a Chinese gentleman in Taipei, Taiwan where I had been sent for duty.  One story of the problems with this cars transmission might be of interest. I overhauled the engine before leaving for Taiwan and drove it to San Francisco for delivery to the car shipping agent for the US Navy. When I tried to climb up some of the San Francisco hills it was apparent that something was wrong as there was little real power. Took the car to the MG dealer in town to have the carbs tuned up. When I called to pick up the car, they stated it wasn't  ready. This went on for two days and I finally had to tell them that I had to pick up the car for delivery to the agent and we were leaving for Taiwan on a fast approaching flight date. They told me that the car would not shift and that there was something wrong with the transmission and that is when I asked them if they were familiar with the Manumatic transmission system. Of course they said yes, but that was not the problem. I asked to see the car and they said their insurance would not allow me to enter the shop. The talk became rather heated and I had to finally talk to the owner. I told him to have the car pushed into the street so that I could look at it. The bill was going to be $450 and the car would not run. He finally let me into the repair garage and while he watched me, as did the other mechanics, I removed a large spring they had placed on the throttle linkage to get the car to idle. Once that spring was removed, and I made one other minor adjustment, the car shifted perfectly! They had done a terrific job on the tune-up, saying I had not balanced the carbs properly which was my main problem. They test drove the car and were amazed at how well it performed. The dealer, taking pity on my circumstances, reduced the bill to a normal tune-up and we went on our way.  I wish now that I had never sold it as our family had some really great times in that car. I do wonder what happened to it in Taiwan.  If I find out more, will pass it own and hopefully some photographs. P.S. The one think that made the car a standout was the fact that it was a beautiful black, and that I had put a Ford T-Bird trunk mounted luggage rack (chrome and stainless steel) on the roof of the car which completely changed the lines as you looked at it--very elegant, but certainly not stock.   Capt. Edward O. Buchanan, USN (Ret)

28th October 2007

Please welcome Martin Hewstone and # 32081 on the gallery.

21st October 2007

Please welcome Darryl Robert Purvis from Australia and his Magnette # 9132 on the gallery.
Also # 10872 that was on ebay recently. Very seldom we have two cars with following numbers, but we already had 10873...

17th October 2007

Recently there was another very early Magnette for sale on ebay. # 556 has been added to the galley.

11th October 2007

Well, it nearly took as long as shipping a Magnette to Down Under but at least here it is:The report of the Magnette weekend at Wagga Wagga in Australia from Malcolm Robertson

8th October 2007

# 27219  is another interesting V8 conversion from Australia that as been added to the gallery.

2nd October 2007

Unfortunalety this months news start with bad news:
Long time president of the Luxembourg MGCC and Magnette owner Ton Matthuis died last weekend in an accident in his M.G. in Italy. His wife survived with broken legs.
Our sympathies are with Fredry and the family.

The Norwich report has been updated with another picture of Dr. Furnato and his wife, who brought his car exclusively to this show! The car # 23152 has also been added to the gallery with another picture.
Although a new picture of the month.

27th September 2007

You know we report about  everything that has to do with Magnettes more or less. Carsten Wivel from Denmark found a link of someone, who is going to use a Magnette bonnet to build a custom car...(scroll down a bit).

26th September 2007

Yes, I'm still alive,but there's so much work around... Here's another event report. Grant Howlett reports from Norwich, where 36 Magnettes attended, one from Japan....

11th September 2007

August saw another Magnette event on Europe mainland. Here's a report and pictures from the "Continental Z Tour"...

4th September 2007

We had many pictures from the Peking-<Paris rally during the last weeks. So I thought it was time to show something different from another continent, before we show the last P2P slideshow.
Steve Hanegan from Canada sent a nice report about a rally and some nice explenations about the area!
I like this and I wish more of YOU sent pictures about the area they live (and drive) in. Why not share your favourite landscape with us? Let's do a new gallery! Come on, start now!!!

1st September 2007

A new picture of the month added...

26th August 2007

Another Peking-Paris-slideshow. Now we cross  Russia into Poland....

19th August 2007

Last weekend my Magnette was used for a wedding again. Here's a picture at the wedding gallery.

15th August 2007

Today we tie up with sand storm pictures from Mongolia, the crashed rescue vehicle(!), and more pictues from the wilderness and most natural andscape of Mongolia including a uncommon way to transport cars.... Enjoy more Peking-Paris pictures....

6th August 2007

More fantastic pictures from the Paris-Peking Rally. See the start at the Chinese wall  with nice grid-girls ;-), how they got stuck in sand dunes in Mongolia and a sand storm at night....

5th August 2007

Does anybody have the email of Ian Metcalf from Buckinghamshire? He sold Magnette parts recently (dashboard to Australia). Unfortunalety he gave an uncomplete email when registering. Please help, sounds we get a new interesting story...;-)

1st August 2007

New picture of the month added...

30th July 2007

Jose de Sousa kindly sent me a DVD with his best photographs. I will show them in different slideshows over the next days. Let's start with pictures of the cars before the start in Beijing....

20th July 2007

Please welcome #28668 and Arthur Leonhardt from Western Australia on the gallery, also #17021 and Dave Graham, Ottawa Canada, #20295 and John Derrick from Bristol
The following cars were on ebay recently and might have new owners: #15540, #17659 ,  #26763,  #30968.

17th July 2007

Another interesting Magnette on the gallery: This time a supercharged Magnette. See #7477

10th July 2007

Another entry to the wedding Magnettes gallery...

9th July 2007

A month ago I presented some pictures of a nice V8-converted Magnette. This report has been updated with some more information given by Andrew de Bernes

8th July 2007

Here's a report of a wet Silverstone....

4th July 2007

Here's another report from the Peking-Paris saga, unfortunalety with some delay....

3rd July 2007

Well, that really was an long weekend: Thursday driving to Koblenz to meet Jose, Friday heading off to Luxembourg, Sunday driving back home and yesterday having a chat with Malcolm Robertson from Australia! This is the reason I'm a bit slowly with updates from  Silverstone and more... So far here's the Pic of the Month and a pic showing Malcolm and me this morning... And a nice pic looking in the mirror this morning....

2nd July 2007

Just returned from the Z Magnette Day with some pics and a short report... Fully monthly update later...

28th June 2007

Just a picture of Jose de Sousa and me with our Magnettes in Koblenz/Germany. Just two days to paris and finish. Jose will thn drive the ast 1,500 km back home. Still on three cylinders. More later. Will be off for the Magnette Day.
Can anybody please send impressions from Silverstone?

26th June 2007

Latest news from the Peking-Paris rally. I will be off tomorrow to see the Magnette and crew...

22nd June 2007

Part II of Paris - Peking report. Don't miss it!

19th June 2007

You enjoyed the Paris Peking report? Ok, here it goes on with more fantastic pictures and Jose de Sousa's magnettc adventure...  (Part II will follow soon)

14th June 2007

A great update with fantastic photos from Jose de Sousa's Beijing - Paris adventure...

4th June 2007

Although not such an intrepid journey as Jose's Peking-Paris trip, I thought it was worth recording that four Magnettes braved the weather to support the Dorset Midget+Sprite club event at Kingston Lacy on 27 May 2007, on one of the wettest ever holiday weekends even by British standards. Read Stephen Tickell's report...

3rd June 2007

As promised I edited the pictures of the V8 Magnette, seen last weekend in Speyer on the European Event of the Year. It's Andrew de Bernes' Magnette #9600

1st June 2007

New month - new Pic of the Month!
Also Bryan Reading from Bucks designed this cartoon. Seems he still doesn't know that it's a sports-saloon ;-)
We also have our 3rd car from Sri Lanka on the gallery. Please welcome Gihan Salgado from Columbo and #17802
That's it for the moment. Some nice pics of the V8 Magnette to follow...

29th May 2007

Last sunday the big experience for Jose de Sousa started! You may have followed up his preparations for the Peking-Paris rally in his Magnette. The first information from Beijing already arrived:
Today we got our first experience of chinese requirements: we were given plastic car number plate and driving license, both valid for a week.. Read more...

Also last weekend the German MGCC held the European Event of the Year. With 400 M.G.s the event was a great success. Amoung them were 5 Magnettes (one was a V8!). Also some more Magnette owners were spotted in other M.G.s. report to follow.

17th May 2007

Some more cars for the gallery:
# 12728 seen on ebay
# 14357 formerly Register president's car
# 17218 of Pedro Mendes, Valencia in Spain
# 18701 seen on ebay and
# 30739 of Robert Hudd, UK
Welcome to you all!

13th May 2007

Australia saw three Magnettes in a Historic Car Sprint. Read David Dixon's report....

9th May 2007

My Magnette really has a magnettic attraction to woman. Again a woman driver tried to kick Maggy off the road, which resulted in a damaged rear wing...  Nevertheless she managed to bring my family and me to an special MG event. Read more...

1st May 2007

Yesterday the register's president and welknown Magnette parts supplier Lou Shorten celebrated her 80th birthday. The committee presented her an octagon cake as well as some other useful presents:

There is also another entry on the gallery: # 23660 of Dave Newland of Romford, Essex.
And of course a new picture of the month, which also is a new entry to the gallery and for the second time a following number!

26th April 2007

There was another M.G. gathering nr. Norwich last weekend, where some Magnettes attended....

20th April 2007

I linked the wrong pictures with the last update. So please check again  troubles before shipping...

18th April 2007

Jose de Sousa's magnette is now on it's way to Beijing. Read his last minute troubles before shipping...

14th April 2007

Did you survive Friday the 13th? I brought my Magnette to a garage to replace my frontscreen that still lacked from a flying stone on my journay across France last year. I hope it wasn't a bad day to do this. The next rain will show, but luckily the weather is totally untypical at the moment with temperatures up to 28 degrees.
Jose de Sousa sent some more pictures of the Steam event. Intersting to see how different people look through their camera and take shots....

12th April 2007

Some more pictures and full report of Magnettes & Steam event by Stephen Tickell, UK

10th April 2007

Eddy Lepez from begium sent first impressions from last weekends Magnettes & Steam event...

6th April 2007

The Peking-Paris prepared Magnette is now fnished and started it's way to the docks for shipping. See more detailed pictures of the interior and read what happened during the firdst testdrives...

4th April 2007

Last weekend I found an italian advert for la macchina ZA...

1st April 2007

After a long time we can welome another entry on the gallery:
#21789 and Andrew Chambers, UK
and of course a new picture of the month,
but no April fools this year ;-) !!

24th March 2007

Stephen Tickell sent a nice report about his maniflow exhaust system with MGA manifold.
I also recognized that E. Lepez has a nice video on his website.

21st March 2007

The Magnette for the Peking-Paris Rally touched the road for testing....
It seems my idea of an international birthday card for Magnette supplier Lou Shorten wasn't good. I only received two or three greetings, so it makes no sence to start making a small bookllet.

8th March 2007

As every year we start the new season with a full report of the anual concours of the MGCC Victoria  in Australia...

3rd March 2007

I was so busy during the last days I didn't recognized we have a new month and a few might wait for another update. But at least I recognized today. There's not much to report. Your input is a bit low at the moment! Even my request for sending some birthday greetings for Lou Shorten  (see news of 24th)  to me ended in 1 (one) incoming email! So what's going on in the Magnette world? Where are you all?
Updates for now are a new Pic of the Month and a report about horn ring repairs (pdf) from Laurie Scott in Australia. If you like old car brochures have a look at www.car-brochures.nl, a link that Eddy Lepez in Belgium brought to light.

24th February 2007

Jose de Sousa brought some light into the interesting link from 19th February. "The warehouse exists (forget about the barn find story...) and I understand the owner owns a classic car garage in
Ok, so it's not the barnfind we all dram off. But nice pictues at least...
Concerning Jose: Last Sunday he went to England for a training session on GPS handling and orientation (waypoints, routes, etc.). It was a 60 mile practice run, with circa 45 participants, some of them driving their P2P cars (I drove a rented Toyota Prius though…).
I thought you would like to see some of the cars present…

Steve Hanegan from Washington has updated his information on # 35361 with some nice.
Somehing different: MG supplier Lou Shorten will be celebrating her birthday in a few weeks. Beeing a gentleman I don't talk about the age of a lady. But I thought we (the internet community) should send her a birthday card. My idea is that you send me your greetings to her as a word file, including your name, location and chassis number. If possible include a picture of your car. I will put all your greetings together, print it out and hand it over. I hope you like the idea and many of you participate. Many thanks!

22nd February 2007

# 1033 an early '54 model seen on ebay
#18243 John W. Barker, UK

19th February 2007

Simon Fisher from Ontario, Canada sent me this interesting link. At least there's one Magnette... 

16th February 2007

Thwe 450th Magnette on our gallery belongs to Tom Noonan from Australia and is one of the rarer straight ZBs  # 27372 . The next example is in a more bad state: # 8078

14th February 2007

Roger Parker  of the MG Owners' Club informed me, that he received the following information from another enthusiast:

I have come across an MG Magnette which has been stored away for a number of years, and somebody in your club may be interested in trying to buy it. It is in a garage outside Barrow in Furness,Cumbria, I first saw it in 2000, but have not walked that way again until last week, and surprised to see it is still there but the garage is gradually deteriorating. I am not and expert but I would say it is a ZA or ZB around 1960 - it has the registration 792 HTF (it's a Varitone - registrar). If you have member(s) in this area who might be interested ask them to get in touch, it looks like a complete car, one of those that was put away one day and has just sat there.  I don't know who owns it, some detective work would be required as the garage is in the open countryside, or even if the owner is prepared to sell. Worth a try though for a real enthusiast.
If you are interested send an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to John West.

Some more news on the Paris-Peking project...


10th February 2007

Hi Magnette world. Here am I back again. Hope yo've been missing the egulary updates on his site. As there's much to do after a month absence I will start slowly with updates. But I hope to bring a few things over the week.
First there are more information about this years Magnette Day. Also there is a new Picture of the month.

9th January 2007

After 6 months I managed to finish my report about the journey across France. Hope you like the selection of pictures.
By the way: this is the last update for the next four weeks. Will be hiking along the Ho Chi Minh trial and other scenerie in Laos....

8th January 2007

Malcolm Robertson from Australia wrote another episode about Living with Allison...

6th January 2007

Still more and more Magnettes appear and our gallery is stll growing. 449 Magnettes from 25 countries now! Here are the latest additions:
# 2214 a remeining chassis
# 9593 a nice ZA of David and Marion Blaxall, from Australia
# 17078 on ebay in Australia and
# 28106 on ebay in the USA

1st January 2007

Welcome to 2007!  No time for the webmaster to relax (not yet)...
So here we go with the Picture of the Month, and two new pictues on the wedding gallery...
You may also check the updates on Ray Green's V8 conversion.  Also the events diary has been updated...

We start the new months with some pictures. Of course a new Picture of the Month and then we have several Magnettic pictures of the Goodwood Festival of Speed..

27th Dezember 2006

Here is the last update for 2006 with news on the Peking-Paris preparations... and a link to Magnettes in movies.
Thank you all for input, pictures, reports and nice comments! Even if I may forget some names I want to thank Malcolm Robertson and Loz Scott, both from Australia, who provided me with many reports,  José Romão de Sousa from Portugal, who finds some time to send some pictures about his rally project, Rutger Booy from the Netherlands, who finds more and more interesting postcards (not shown yet) and Paul Barrow from the USA, who always keeps an eye on Magnette sales on ebay for me (except if he wants to buy himself). Well, and finally YOU, who visits this site regulary and makes all the work worthwile! Many thanks to you all and a

Happy New Year!

24th Dezember 2006

The Magnette Register wishes you all a
Merry Christmas

Next update next week...

17th Dezember 2006

Well, the year is comming to an end in large steps. Although this time of the year is everything else than calm and reflective I've prepared an international batch of updates for the gallery:

# 4981 of Andrew Bailey from Australia,
# 17261 of Peter Kocher-Schnyder from Switzerland,
# 25599 of John Hastie from Australia,
# 33878 of Arch Boston from USA,
# 34075 of Eric & Gina Nelson from USA,
# 34865 of Bev Croft from England
A warm welcome to you all and enjoy Magnette ownership and this site as well.

11th Dezember 2006

I hope you enjoyed the advent calendar so far? I haven't received any comments so far, so I'm not sure if you like or don't . Please let me know.
Today we update the preparations of José Romão de Sousa from Portugal.

1st Dezember 2006

Dezember? Where is the time running? It's like yesterday that we had some fantastic events under the summer sun.
Ok, the alendar forces me to switch over to the "christmas edition" with our M.G. advent calendar. I hope you like it again with many new and different pictures every day.
Also another picture of the month, snowy as well....

27th November 2006

Here's another reprint, kindly supported by Paul Barrow...

19th November 2006

Some weeks ago several Australian Magnette owners set out for a pleasure weekened. Loz Scott reports....

12th November 2006

The first dates for your diary 2007 are released...
Italian Prince Borghese and his Itala, his rival Dutchman and three other cars set out in 1907 on the first-ever trans-continental marathon, driving the greatest distance between two capital cities. 100 years later several historic cars celebrate this by driving the authentic route from Peking to Paris! Amoung the more than 100 teams is at least one Magnette. Read more....
Still haven't received any pictures for the advent calendar! Please see your archives or do some snapshots now. I accept every picture not only Magnette-related. Can be funny pics, snowy pics, any car pics or or or.

9th November 2006

I found another advert. This time from Sweden!

3rd November 2006

Urgent information for German TV viewers:
Sunday 05th a new episode of "Tatort" (Liebe am Nachmittag). It's playing in an classic car garage and you may recognize at least one MG....

(picture copyrighted to ARD-Foto)

For all others: I need pictures related to snow and/or christmas or just funny for our advent calendar!!

1st November 2006

29th October 2006

Loz Scott wrote an article about Upper cylinder lubrication

22nd October 2006

As promised here's another update with some entries to the gallery:
# 2592 of Jose de Sousa from Portugal,
# 19486 the restoration project of Hiram Kelly from Oklahoma, USA,
# 24490 was on ebay in Australia,
# 32571 of Malcom Wells, England

Classic Car owners in general are quite old, Magnette owners in particular are very old (except for some mid-aged owners). So wat happens in some years when we change the Magnette wheel against a wheel chair? Arch Boston does not want to see his car rotting away so he carefully attracts his grandson to the airsmoothed lines of the Magnette. And looking at the picture it seems to work!
"The flags on the car are official embassy flags (my son who is a lobbyist in D.C., got them for me from an "approved" source). "



17th October 2006

Hi, I had some trouble with my PC and wth my health. Both faults haven't been cured yet. So here's just a very short update. Hope to bring more soon:
Another advert added.

03rd October 2006

Kevin Hoare of zeroexhausts (www.zeroexhausts.co.uk) is looking for a LHD Magnette to use as a jig. He is going to make an exhaust manifold and system for some Magnette owners in the USA. If you can lend your lhd car he is prepared to give the owner of such a vehicle a manifold and system for lending their car! Please contact him directly at:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 01233 638193

This month's update has a new picture of the month, of course and a few more Magnettes on the ever growing gallery:
Göran Johnson had a look htrough the old Swedish archive and found some nice old pictures:
# 4538 , # 14373, #29800, #30926
also from Australia we welcome Jo Reed and # 27929 and from South Africa Kevin Loader and # 21294


24th September 2006

Magnettes make excellent touring MGs and to prove it nine cars converged on Corowa, on the mighty Murray River in Southern NSW, Australia, for the first National Magnette weekend. Malcolm Robertson reports…




17th September 2006

Last year the MGA celebrated is Golden Jubilee. Amoung many events was a tour in South Africa. Why I write this here? Well, amoung many MGAs was at least one Magnette that did the tour. Kevin Loader sent some fantastic pictures...

13th September 2006

Peter Martin sent a report and pictures of the Norwich event two weeks ago...

10th September 2006

Another advert from 1958 added.
And some more cars on the gallerie:
# 666 another early Magnette
# 7472 from ebay
# 27929 of Jo Reed, Australia
# 33768 of Clive Webb, UK.
Isn't it interesting that in between two weeks two early Magnettes appear on ebay? The prices were low (about 300 GBP) but hopefully they will be rescued.

1st September 2006

You may wonder why we had not many updates during the last weeks. But my Magnette suffered from my journey across France. The latest fault was that she first missed the MOT, because the right rear brake wasn't working. Well, no problem I thought, must be the brake cylinder. So I quickly dismantled it, cleaned and reassembled. The following bleeding was a surprise. No brake fluid was comming! Closer inspection showed that the brake pipe along the rear axle was squeezed from the exhaust pipe! Well this happens when you have your car fully loaded and the rear springs are 50 years old...
But enough fairy-tales - or blogs as it would be called nowadays. You want Magnette stuff. So here we go:
A new picture of the month. The greenest we ever had ;-)
and some more interesting entries on the gallerie:
# 22704 owned by John Gunnell, it's the 100th US-Magnette and the second time we have a successive chassis number.Also # 1898 which was on ebay recently. And finally #9320. I'm sure it's the strongest Magnette we ever featured!

28th August 2006

K&R now have images of the built MG ZA Magnette from both the Monte Carlo & RAC Rallies on their website...

19th August 2006

Ebay really brings interesting stuff to light. Recently there  was an early non-quarterlight Magnette # 571 on auction! Bad condition but for historical reasons worth to be saved!
If you're not going to Lou Shortens event in September you might like to see the Goodwood Revival. This year  Magnette # 33212 is piloted by Bruce Chapman, grandson of Nancy Mitchell, the famous lady rally driver (in a Magnette) of the 1950s! More info about Goodwood here... I hope to show more pictures and a report later.



15th August 2006

There's a new nice old advert from 1956 inviting US
 residents to buy their British car in the US and pick it up for a holiday in Europe. A nice  idea of the advertising agency. I wonder if anyone did the trip..

12th August 2006

Four new entries on the gallerie:
# 6960 Bruce Bramhill, from  Australia,
#20927 Philip Jowett; UK.
A warm welcome to you both!
And two other cars without owner (yet):
# 30574 seen on ebay and
# 22705 that was mentioned in the notes of 24th but might be scrapped by now .-(

6th August 2006

I happily can pronounce that another country is Magnettified. This time it's Mexiko. Please welcome Luis Benito from Mexiko with his two cars: # 12441 and # 34739.

And you may have seen the new picture on the homepage. Eddy Lepez (B) banned Roger Webb in the Cambridge area on his camera while giving his car a underfloor washing...

1st August 2006

Here's another event report. This time from the Sledmere weekend.
And of course a new Picture of the month.

27th  July 2006

The Magnette mentioned in the news on 24th probably will go to scrapyard very soon. Noone to rescue her or take as a parts car?
Pictures of restored cars can be seen in the report of the "Event of the year" in France...

24th  July 2006

I received the following mail, which might of interest for someone looking for a parts car:
"I do not know what model the MG Magnette is but I am looking for somebody local to the Worcestershire area who would be interested in a rather tatty Magnette which is about to be scrapped and we do not want that to happen. It has been sitting in a coach house for many years and then the coach house fell on it so the roof is dented but the rest of the car is in a sad state too. My brother, who lives Canada, has asked me to get rid of it. The people who have bought the coachhouse want it out of the way as of yesterday. Is anyone interested.
We do not want to scrap it or leave it to the current owners of the coachhouse to dispose it or smash it up. Maxine Shields, email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

20th  July 2006

The season is in full swing. I have problems to show you all the reports and pictures that fullfill my mailbox. Here are some pictures of MG 2006 in Northern Ameria...

16th  July 2006

Here's another report. This time about the Magnette Day in Germany, that took place on the last weekend in June...

Note: Magnette owners who have had brake shoes from Lou are asked to please return the old units,as there now is no more shoes in stock, if anybody has any spare shoes could they let Lou have them.
Now the GOOD news is that the much wanted and waited for RED furflex that goes around the doors is back in stock
contct Lou on +44(0)1603 872436

9th  July 2006

Here am I back again from a 1,600 miles trip across France. Apart from a blown headgasket, which I could replace the same afternoon,  the Magnette ran fine. Unfortunalety a stone hit my windscreen on the last day, so there's another thing to repair. A full report and some nice pictures of two Magnettes on tour in France will follow. But let's start in the right order. First there are some Silverstone pictures and a new Picture of the Month.
More reports of Magnette Day and European Event of the Year to follow soon.


22nd June 2006

Puuu. That was a busy week! Last Friday I thought I should have a look at the Magnette before she has to take me to France. The normal attendance quickly became a complete replace of brake cylinders and brake pads. Well that's still normal attendance and I got not worried when my supplier had a delay until wednesday. But when I recognized wednesday late night that the flexible brake hoses were worn too. I became a bit worried. Luckily I still had MGA hoses in my garage (yes they are too short, but what could I do?). But next worrying. I turned out that there was a different thread. Closer inspection on thursday showed that the thread seemed to be the same but maybe the brass thread was jolted. Some recut seemed to help (so far).
I really feared my Magnette could miss the 10th Magnette day. Oh this reminds me I have to finish the rally plates, prices.... Bye now for the next two weeks.

But I don't want to hold back a special wedding picture...

19th June 2006

Next weekend we'll see two events where Magnetteers can meet. On the Continent we have the 10th Magnette Day and in England we have the 56th Silverstone!
Please visit the AGM on sunday if you are there! The committee needs your feedback and some votes for elections as well. This year you have to vote a new chairman for the register as David Johnson will step down after many years on the committee. "Many thanks David for all the hard work you did as Safety Fast!  scribe and later as chairman."

Also some new entries on the gallery::

#19185 ebay
#19608 the car we featured on 15th May
#25779 Richard Schaeffer bought it from ebay
#26360 David Overington, Australia
#34177 Richard McKie who is looking for his old love

15th June 2006

Another advertising as been added.
Also Carsten Wivel from Denmark shows another solution for a replacement of the temp gauge...

10th June 2006

K & R Replicas now have both the RAC and Monte Carlo works team cars available for the ZA Magnette. On their website is a kit photographed along with decals. There will be further versions to follow.

Also pictures and report of the Magnette gathering at Kingston Lacy are available now...

3rd June 2006

Again I'm a bit late with the monthly update, but I just returned from Cambodia - no Magnettes there.
This month will be a busy month. Hopefully many of you will visit the Silverstone event, while a dozen will attend at the Magnette Day in Germany. Really a pity both dates clash.
Anyway. here's the new pic of the month.
Those who have their Magnette under restoration or just need a repaint ay be happy to find AKZO NOBEL paint formulas here...
Brian Pollard from Spain sent me a link which lists Magnettes in movies. Look here...

15th Mai 2006

Well yesterday I said the last update for the month and this evening Roger Martin of the MGA-Register sent me some pictures of the regency Run which took place today. To be up to date here they are (can't be quicker!). If you recognize your car please contact me.




14th Mai 2006

Two new Magnettes from Australia on the gallerie:
# 7116 of David Dixon with wire wheels and good looking and # 24560 which had seen better days...
I also started to add the police cars to the gallery as far as we know the chassis no. Maybe your car was built alongside a Magnette that later became a police patrol car?
Loz Scott wrote an article about choices of temp sender units. This is one of the few original parts that were not available for some years and many articles have been written about replacements. But I noticed that Lou Shorten lists them in her latest price list  (price on application).
(Another article with another solution will come soon)
And as there will be no update this month anymore (will be off cycling at Angkor Wat) you get another advertisement as well!

7th Mai 2006

I reproduced another article that appeared last year in the US-magazine Classic & Motorsports.
Also three new entries for the gallery:
#9606 George Berger, Australia
#27109 Des & Beth Lucas, Australia and
#34970 Tim Grover, GB
All of you a warm welcome to the Magnette world!

1st Mai 2006

Another month and still no summer in sight here in Germany, so its still more fun to sit in a warm room in front of a computer instead of in a cold garage, although I had wanted to convert my Magnette to disc brakes before we start for the season...
Well, what can you expect from this update:
Firstly another picture of the month ,of course.
Then you might have read on the board about John Barringer's visit to Down Under. The Aussies made him a nice welcome. Read on...

27th April 2006

There are new price lists of John & Lou Shorten on the supplier page.
And again Rutger Booy has sent an advert which most of us surely haven't seen before. It was published by Molenaar (the Dutch importer) in the magazine De Auto on March 3 1955 and the Magnette looks quite different...
More stuff to come over the weekend...

23rd April 2006

Our beloved Magnettes seem to attract the movie industrie at the moment: some weeks ago Armand Joseph's Varitone  from Luxembourg took part in a film movie with other classic cars and this week my Magnette is on the set for a German crime movie along with a Daimler 250, AH 3000, TR 3, a Rolls and some other classics. I wonder whether my car will be seen in the film.
Anyone out there who rented his Magnette for the movie industrie as well? Let us know.
Finally I received some pictures of Magnettes & Steam the season opener in England. If anyone has more pics please be so kind and send them to me to share with others!

18th April 2006

Are you watchin' the auctions on ebay? Sometimes funny things appear or funny things happen. Recently there was a steering wheel boss which was painted non-original and went for the same sum you can get an original one! Now you can get a bonnet (used) for 1,000 $ ! If that's not a bargin...
But here's something original and free, too: Loz from OZ wrote an article about shackle bushes.
and we have another old advert.

10th April 2006

Another advert has been added. This time it's an Swiss advert from 1957 from Rutger Boy's large collection (I've included a translation). The funny thing is that the advert says the Magnette has air condition! Those were the days when a flap to open and a heater system were something special...
Also added # 34437 as seen on ebay to the gallery...

4th April 2006

Lou Shorten has a new pricelist. Please notice that the following parts are now available on P.O.A (price on application) basis:
Wiper Motor, Dynamo (Positive Earth), Fuel Tank Sender Units, Temperature Senders, Fuel & Temperature Gauges and Interior Light    

 2nd April 2006

I wasn't sure whether the joke about closing the website would work - but it did! Thanks for the kind emails which generally said that the website needs to stay open and you were willing to pay for it. Yes it will!
It was an April's Fool....
But I keep it in mind. Perhaps that a new business idea? But stop joking. For the next 365 days I will be serious again. And let's start right now with a nice article from Australian Classic Car about Malcolm Robertson Magnette 'Alison'.

1st April 2006

Have you seen the new picture on the homepage? This Japanese car under a cherry tree might whet our appetite for another season which hopefully soon starts (sorry downunders, I know you just finished your season).
So what's up? Sure, there's a new picture of the month, and there's also a new tip from Loz in Oz about relettering your heater control (pdf). He also sent a picture of his Varitone for the gallery. It's # 27093 and our 409th entry!

Final call for entries for the Z Magnette Day! Two rooms are left now. After the weekend we have to cancel these rooms and no late bookings are possible. We are sorry. 

And finally: Longterm visitos know that April is this website's birthday. The 6th this year! This website has become a platform for Magnetteers all over the world and over the years we had nice reports, pictures and tech tips.
Unfortunalety increasing cost force us to either delete this site or charge visitors some money. We are talking about 15 $, or 10 GBP or 10 € per year with unlimited access and download.
If you wish to visit this site any longer please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for payment details. Tell your friends as well as if we not have enough payers this website will dim it's (Lucas) light...

28th March 2006

Another old advert added

26th March 2006

There were a lot of Magnettes on ebay recently. So here's another gallery update:
# 16815 on ebay
# 20595 the remains of this car on ebay
# 21844 manumatic car on ebay
# 27425 finally an "ordinary" owner. This car elongs to Ian Messner, Australia
# 34254 one of three magnettes owned by anonymous owner

18th March 2006

Time for another gallery-update. Did you recognize that we now have 403 Magnettes on the gallery? Amazing; isn't it? The new entries represent a good mixture all over the world again:

# 8660 was on ebay UK
# 23872 ebay Australia
# 24385 belongs to Keith Holdworth from Canada and
# 26941 ebay USA
# 31723 is Mr. Itoh Tsuneo's joy in Tokyo (pictures kindly brought from Tokio by David Hague, member of the Y-type register)

12th March 2006

Just a few hours after I complained about the missing report from Melbourne I had the pictures in my mailbox. Anyhow they got lost in the internet on the way from Australia to Europe before. But now here it is: Loz' report from the Melbourne Concours Show 2006.

9th March 2006

You are very sparingly with reports and pictures! Although I hear of a show in Melbourne. Where is the story?
Well, to keep the site up I grubbed a bit on my computer and found this prepared article I forgot to upload a year ago! It's more about Willy Cave and was published in Safety Fast a while ago.

5th March 2006

A new old advert has been added.

1st March 2006

If you liked the story I reproduced on 19th February, here's the continuation: EnjoyingMG 09/1986. If you not liked you can only enjoy the Pic of the Month.
And for those who still don't know whether they should attend the Z-Magnette.Day or not: you only have four weeks to fill in the entry form! Help the organisers and make your entries now! Thanks.

26th February 2006

Press release:

 I've had a call from a guy in Gosport, Hants who's 1956 Magnette ZA has been in a lockup, unused for 20 years. It is complete, non runner, orig reg and V5. He has to vacate garage by end February and if no takers it will go for scrap! He wants nothing for it. Anyone interested contact Andrew Dunn, 02392 584367 , Lets find a home for it
David Marklew
Secretary, Winchester MG Owners Club

19th February 2006

I reproduced an article from Enjoying MG from 1985. I wonder whether TBM 895 is still around?
And a new entry on the gallery: # 16493  

13th February 2006

Quite a long time there has been no update. The reason is quite simple: I have nothing to report! Except the following:
Paul Barrow has found an additional four tool rolls for Z Magnettes.  These will be sold on a first come, first served basis £40 plus shipping.  If you're intersted please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. him.
Can please the person who sent me the picture of # 27740 contact me again? I lost the email and would like to contact you again.
At http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/mgzblife you can see some pictures of a Magnette in Japan. Unfortunalety not best quality.
If you want me to update more often, you have to send me some stuff...

2nd February 2006

Hello I'm back again. Just suffering from jetlag but I know you're waiting for news: So please see the new Picture of the Month and a gallery update:
10191 was on ebay,
27740 for sale in New Zealand
29150 found on the web somewhere,
30622 a French ZB and
35947 this is the Pic of the Month car

15th January 2006

The vísitors of Magnette.org are very clever indeed. Rutger Booy has more news on the Picture of the Month:
I just saw the monthly picture on the Magnette website and wondered where I had seen it before :-) Check the montly picture of august 2002. It's the same car.
Well, this is the last update for this month. I doing  some research about # 33134.  ;-) See you at the beginning of February.
Ok, some of you will need  something to do for the next two weeks. So here is another reprint, which I forgot to upload a year ago. My intention was to show it exactly 50 years later, well now it's nearly 51 years...

9th January 2006

Brian Woolmer from Australia reports about MG Magnettes at Speed on Tweed...

Therewhile Paul Barrow comments: "Nice comparison on the pictures of the month. You mention the number plates are different, but actually one is also a ZA and the other a ZB which accounts nicely for the growth of the plants too."
Actually the visitors of this website look very carefully!

And finally there is progress on the V8 Magnette in New Zealand... (external link)

1st January 2006

Welcome in 2006! I hope you had a good start.
We'll start the new year with a new Picture of the Month and part VI of the Alison-saga.
Also added are information on the Magnette Day in Germany on the last weekend in June.