MG Working on Open Top Sportscar

MG open top TF There are optimistic reports from UK asserting that MG is currently working on three new models in addition to the TF LE500 roadster. Just a few years ago, MG was reported to be planning new models with its Chinese parent company Shanghai Automotive (SAIC).

Since the release of the refreshed TF LE500 roadster, there have no recent developments shared by MG. According to the recent UK reports, the new cars will be produced at the former Austin factory in Birmingham, UK, with the first model rolling out this October. To be produced first is the MG6, a compact sedan and hatch similarly sized to the Ford Fusion. The MG6 is essentially a rebadged version of the Roewe 550 sedan sold in China, which itself is based on a modified version of an old Rover 75 platform. Next to be produced will be a smaller hatchback based on the Roewe 350 that will compete against cars like the Volkswagen Golf. Lastly, MG is expected to launch a new minicar model that will be shown in concept form at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show this April. Unfortunately, MG plans to distribute the cars only in Europe.

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American MGB Association Octagon Adveritsers

These are the people and services that help bring information to our club members by advertising in our club publication, the Octagon.  Please support them.

Insurance, Parts, Service

Insurance

J. C. Taylor Insurance, 1-888-ANTIQUE, www.JCTaylor.com
collector car agreed value insurance

Parts

Moss Motors, 1-800-667-7872, www.mossmotors.com
parts, tech tips and more!

Victoria British Ltd., 1-800-255-0088, www.VictoriaBritish.com
great prices on original equipment, reproduction and high performance parts and accessories

Apple Hydraulics, 1-800-882-7753. www.applehydraulics.com
shock absorbers, brakes, carburetors

Little British Car Company, 1-800-637-9640, www.LBCarCo.com
British car parts, their service puts them apart from the rest

British Wiring, 1-866-461-9050, www.BritishWiring.com
wiring harnesses, wire and terminals for all British classic cars & motorcycles

British Automotive, 415-883-7200, www.mgbmga.com
brakes, engines, suspension for MGAs and MGBs

British Car Specialists, 209-948-8767, www.BritishCarSpecialists.com
restoration, service, repairs, parts for British cars

British Car Part Restoration, 951-678-4182, Lake Elsinore, CA
restorations, parts and service for all British cars

Parts for your MGB, MGB-GT and Midget, http://partssearch.mgclub.org
parts for all MGs and other vehicles!

Publications and Literature

Books4Cars, 1-888-380-9277, www.books4cars.com
books and manuals for all MGs

MG original sales literature, 315-432-8282, www.autolit.com
original sales brochures for most cars & trucks

British Marque, 401-766-6920, www.britishmarque.com
car club news from clubs across the country and the U.K.

Service

Dayton Wheel Concepts, 1-800-862-6000, www.daytonwirewheel.com
spline drive wheel restoration

Christopher’s Complete Car Service, 609-399-2824, Ocean City, NJ
car service for all cars

New Club Store Items

Additional merchandise including the following can be found at our Fieldhouse Club Store located at www.fieldhouse.com/amgba .

Men’s Women’s Youth Baby & Toddler
Dress Shirts Dress Shirts Dress Shirts Accessories
Jerseys Jerseys Jerseys Onesies
Outerwear Outerwear Outerwear Outerwear
Pants Polos Polos Tees
Polos Shorts Shorts
Shorts Sweatpants Sweats
Sports Shirts Sweatshirts Tees
Sweatshirts Tees
Tees
Bags Headwear Accessories Big Deals!
Backpacks Baseball Hats Gift Cards New!
Briefcases Other Headwear Novelty Top Items
Duffel Bags Youth Headwear Blankets Seasonal Items
Tote Bags Towels

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From the Editor’s Desk – March 2010

'74 B-GT of George Galyean Welcome to the new members that have joined since the last issue.

We would like to thank Joe Marasco, Art Isaacs for his story, Tom & Lynette Hummel, George Galyean, Jeffrey Louis and all of the other contributors to this issue of the Octagon. Also thanks to Art Isaacs for his continued work in answering members’ technical questions and answers. Be sure to send in photos and stories so we can include them in future issues of the Octagon.

American MGB Association Meet 2009 will be held in Sussex, Wisconsin in June. This is just outside of Milwaukee and more details will follow with up to date information always on our website at www.mgclub.org.

I am sure you have noticed the improvement in the look and feel of the Octagon. The pages are larger, the paper is better and the quality of the color pictures is considerably better with more vivid colors. We have made a change in printers to make a better looking magazine. Let me know what you think of the changes.

We now have member grille badges and key fobs. This is in response to many member requests. Technical Sections Volume III is now available which continues the great tradition of practical tech advice started with Volumes I and II. In keeping with the times this one is available only on CD for PC or Mac. Another new item in the store is a complete copy of the past ten years of the Octagon available on CD only for PC or Mac.

American MGB members receive the Octagon, now published in March, June, September and December and the eOctagon, published in February, May, August and November.

We now offer a 3 year membership or renewal rate which includes a free t-shirt or tech volume III CD. The rate is $95 or $125 for members outside the USA. And in response to many members we now have a 3 year eMembership for $65 which also includes a free t-shirt or tech volume III CD. Save money and get a t-shirt or tech CD!

The club now has a Message Board at http://board.amgba.com , a Blog located at http://blog.amgba.com . The sites are available to all but American MGB Association members are able to place ads and access more tech info.

The new American MGB Association Photo Gallery is located at http://photos.amgba.com. The same login is used for the Gallery as the Message Board. Members can place their car photos directly at this location.

Send us your email address so that we can send you the eOctagon. The eOctagon is sent via bulk email so if you are blocking this type of email you will not get it. Please send in your stories and photos to be used in the Octagon. You will receive a credit toward renewal or regalia.

Send in your list of spare parts that you have for sale as we send out all lists we have received during the year to members that request lists of spare parts available. These lists are also now appear on our web page in the “members only” section!

You need an ID and password to access the “members only” section of our web site at www.mgclub.org . You will find the ID and password on page 3 of the OCTAGON. These change with each issue so be sure to use only the ones listed in the latest issue. Also now you can to create your own id and password for the members only section. Submit the form on the members only page to do this.

Make plans to get your car back on the road in the spring and then we will see you at the many shows this year!