MG tradition continued this September with SVRA’s 26th running of the historic “Vintage Collier Cup” all MG race at Watkins Glen, New York. The weather cooperated to give 33 MGs – of all ages and models, from MGTC’s to MGB-GT V-8’s – a wonderful go at this year’s Collier Cup race on the Glen’s 3.4 mile winding road course, to the thrill of thousands of spectators and MG enthusiasts. It was an exciting MG race, but after the checkered flag fell, special honors went to the following racers: Top honor went to MGB-GT V8 racer Les Gonda who was voted by his racing peers to receive the prestigious SVRA “Vintage Collier Cup”; Mike Barstow racing his 1953 MGTD received the MG ‘T’ Cup (1st MG-T); Todd Treffert with his 1961 MGA was awarded the Bucher-Decker Cup (1st MGA); Charles Guest racing his 1967 MG Midget received the Bill Glanville Cup (1st MG Midget) plus the Cornett Trophy for the 1st overall MG. As the MG vintage racing scene for 2010 is winding down, MG racers are now turning their focus to two particular MG Vintage Racers’ designated “Focus Events” for 2011. First will be their Focus Event West, with CSRG at Infineon Raceway in California, the weekend of April 8-10. Then in September their designated Focus Event East, will be in Connecticut at Lime Rock Park’s Historic Festival, Labor Day weekend. More information on these events, and on the MG Vintage Racers, can be found on their Website: MGVR.org.
This September 2010 Octagon issue’s Queen B is the ‘78 Midget of Joe Rogucki. Here is his story:
Here is my 1978 Midget, I found it languishing in a friends yard with lots of work to do. It had well over 100,000 miles on it and all the underpinnings needed updated or replaced. It was painted red, and had lots of body work due to an accident. I bought her 5 years ago, started to work on her myself, after fixing the breaks and suspension. I replaced the 4 speed transmission with a 5 speed ford T9 kit, added a Weber downdraft carb and headers. I found a body shop willing to take on the
project, they returned her to her original “brooklands green” and the Union Jack on the back was added on a whim. The engine was re-built by Medina Motorsports in Medina, Oh. I added new wheels, and interior, and steering wheel. It is a “daily driver’ when the weathers good and it’s so much fun to drive I have a hard time sitting around at shows. Enjoy the photos; red before, green after.