The Z Magnette is 60!

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The Magnette Register of the MG Car Club invites you to a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Z Magnette, which was launched at the 1953 London Motor Show. The weekend will follow a similar format to our successful GP100 event in 2011 that marked the centenary of Gerald Palmer, and it will be centred on Wroxall Abbey Hotel in Warwickshire. This magnificent former Victorian country house provides a great setting for the cars and first-class catering and accommodation. As at GP100 the weekend starts with a relaxed barbecue on Friday evening at Wroxall.

Registration for the event starts on Friday, 9th August at the Wroxall Abbey Hotel followed by a welcome barbeque in the courtyard of the hotel (indoors if it rains).

The main event is on Saturday, 10 August, when the cars will be on display at the Coventry Transport Museum and owners will have the chance to attend seminars on producing, competing in and restoring Magnettes and will be able to meet some of the ‘stars’. The speaker programme is still being organized, but will include Celia Palmer, daughter of the Magnette‘s designer, John and Lou Shorten who have provided parts for and restored Magnettes for nearly 50 years and Don Hayter, famous for designing the MGB but whose first job on joining the Abingdon staff was to undertake production drawings of the ZB Magnette. Lunch will be available in the Museum cafeteria. Prize giving will take place at 4pm, followed by a celebration dinner at the host hotel with after-dinner speaker.

Sunday will feature a scenic drive to historic Packwood House, a National Trust house with extensive gardens There will be an allocated parking area for Magnettes. As Packwood House does not have a cafe at present, Wroxall Abbey Hotel will provide packed lunches (must be booked in advance), consisting of sandwiches, cakes and soft drinks. Weekend finishes with final farewells at Packwood.

Some visitors may wish to extend their stay beyond the weekend, particularly if travelling from outside the UK and/or taking in the European MG Event in Scotland.

Note: click here for "A Brief History of the Magnette".

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Last updated on March 26, 2013.