MG's Abingdon Factory (Those were the days...) (Paperback)

By Brian Moylan

Veloce Publishing, 9781787111158, 96pp.

Publication Date: September 19, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (8/15/2007)

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Description

This book is a pictorial study of the workers who built the legendary line of MG sports cars. With over 160 period photos depicting factory life, car building, and the war effort, this is a fascinating story.

The demand for these fiery little cars exploded, eventually pushing to a massive facility outside of Abingdon. The factory included everything needed to build the vehicles, as well as soccer and cricket fields, a pool hall, and a hockey rink. The facility even had its own volunteer fire department, it was so well developed.

MG Abingdon‘s famous racing reputation gained in the 1930s made it the obvious place to site BMC's Competition department with its maiden venture the 1955 Le Mans 24 hour race.

The many original pictures in this book chronicle every aspect of the factory, from its opening amidst great euphoria in 1930 to its closing amidst great recriminations in 1980.
 


About the Author

Brian Moylan started working for MG in 1950 as a mechanic in the service/repair shop. In 1955 he was drafted in to the Racing Department, which was the center for all BMC competition work. During his time there he was fortunate enough to work on several rally winning Minis including the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally winner. Just before the factory closed in 1980 Moylan was offered the position of manager of a small satellite Morris Garages outlet. He has always been involved in the MG Car Club, serving on the committee of the local Centre in various capacities. Since his retirement he has started giving slide shows on MG history and  writing articles for the leading Classic Car magazines, plus three books on MG and rally connected subjects. Moylan also works closely with the Abingdon Museum setting up MG Exhibitions.