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MG Boxing Day Rally

MG Boxing Day Rally
There was a large gathering of MG Cars on Abingdon Market Place as part of the 25th annual Boxing Day meeting and rally.
MG Boxing Day Rally
This included some of the 1.3 million+ MG cars made at the Abingdon Works, off the Marcham Road from 1930 to 1980.
MG Boxing Day Rally
Richard Martin, the Chairman of the MG Car Club – Abingdon Works Centre, gave people instructions about the route.
MG Boxing Day Rally
Cars left in their own time on this mild boxing day morning.
MG Boxing Day Rally
Musical entertainment was provided by Ian Giles who, when not busking in Abingdon, plays for the Oxford Waits.

4 Comments December 26, 2018

Boxing Day MG Gathering on Abingdon Market Place

Boxing Day MGs
There are black and white pictures of the Old Berks Hunt setting out from the Market Place on Boxing Day in years gone by. These years there is a gathering of MGs on Abingdon Market Place on Boxing Day.
Boxing Day MGs
In 2015, MGs started arriving at about 9:30, and the last one came in just after 11:00am.
Boxing Day MGs
I counted over 40 at one point but there were others that came and went after that. Costa were doing a good trade, and the Sales had started at the clothes shops like M&Co and Fat Face.
Boxing Day MGs
Many people and dogs had come to look at the Mgs. This is Morris a one year old Basset Griffon Vendeen.
Boxing Day MGs
Some of the cars were going on a Boxing Day Drive, ending at The Prince of Wales pub in Shippon, and drivers are seen here being given instructions of the route.
Boxing Day MGs
Others came to socialise with other MG owners.

12 Comments December 26, 2015

1969 Bike Sign

Bike Sign
On the perimeter wall of Abingdon’s older Cemetery there is a bike sign. Cycle Racks were there in Spring 1969. They are gone now but the sign remains as a memorial to the cycle racks – presumably they were put there for the workers of the MG Car Plant nearby.

The MG Car Plant held a grand celebration of 50 years of the MG in Abingdon in 1979, ten year later.

After a speech, The Plant Director, Peter Frearson, raised a toast to the Mayor of Abingdon and people of Abingdon. He said “Here is to the next 50 years!”

The following Monday he received a phone call telling him to announce the closure of the Abingdon plant within the next 3 months.

I Read in the book “Turbulent Times in the Car Industry” by David Buckle, the Cowley Shop Steward …

“The stewards began a campaign to save the plant and their jobs and let the public know what was happening to this much respected car factory.

The management said that anybody who did anything to prevent the closure would be dismissed due to industrial misconduct and would lose all their severance pay.

The campaign against closure collapsed and the final irony was that each employee received a letter of thank for ‘assisting the Company in closing the plant down.’

1 Comment October 11, 2014

MG Remembered

MG Trail
Display boards detailing the history of MG, and the MG in Abingdon, have recently been erected by the Mg Car Club in the small park alongside the River Ock.
MG Trail
It is another place for MG Enthusiasts to visit when they visit Abingdon – the town where MGs were made.

There are also:

  • Permanent MG exhibits in the County Hall Museum, and from Mar 17th – July 20th 2014 a special exhibition of memorabilia celebrating 90 years of the MG Marque.
  • The Boundary house Pub on the Oxford Rd – the former Home of Cecil Kimber who created the MG.
  • The MG Car Club along Cemetery Road.

Anywhere else I have missed?

7 Comments April 9, 2014

MGs on Boxing Day Run, and Rivers Flooding

MG Cars gathered on the Market Place this morning from about 9:30.

There was also a Bull Nose Morris.

They met for the 20th annual Boxing Day Run organised by the Abingdon MG Works Centre.

They then set off round the one way system and across Abingdon Bridge into South Oxfordshire.

The River Thames is running fairly high so some walks are only passable with wellington boots and care.

The Ock Valley Walk is now flooded near the town centre. Comments yesterday from the Ladygrove Estate said “Floodwater from the Ock lapping at the back fences of Orpwood Way.”

2 Comments December 26, 2013

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