About the Centre
The Abingdon Works Centre is a centre of…
The MG Car Club Limited Registered Office:
Kimber House, 12 Cemetery Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1AS.
Reg. No. 962227: England.
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What is the Abingdon Works Centre?
The Abingdon Works Centre of the MG Car Club has its origins in the Works Auto Club of the MG car factory located in Abingdon from 1929 until it was regrettably closed by British Leyland in 1980 (immediately after celebrating the 50th anniversary) and MG production stopped in favour of the Triumph TR7 being built at Speke on Merseyside.Although it is therefore the newest UK Centre it has a great responsibility in covering what for most is accepted as the spiritual home of MG. Consequently many events organised by the Centre are featured around the MG Abingdon history.
The annual Old Speckled Hen Tour commemorates the association between MG and the Abingdon brewer Morlands (now part of Greene King in East Anglia) who brewed Old Speckled Hen in 1979 as a tribute to the MG factory and the golden jubilee.
Each year we hold an Abingdon Works Car Show where owners of cars manufactured in Abingdon i.e. MG, Austin Healey and Riley RMs plus the famous Competition Department cars meet to commemorate the most famous sports car factory of all time.
We have also inherited two very special trophies which were presented to the Works Auto club.
The Ron Gibson Trophy (left) Ron was the son of the Abingdon Sunbeam motorcycle dealer and started out racing motorcycles. Having transferred to car racing he was successful by coming second in a Double Twelve race at Brooklands in the 1930s and as an MG employee he subsequently presented his prize to the Auto Club. This was used in the 1960s and 70s as a rally trophy and now the Centre award it annually to the Abingdon Works Centre member who takes the highest place in a Triple M race at MG Silverstone International.
The John Thornley Trophy (right) presented by the famous factory General Manager to the Auto club for Motorcycle Trials. As this sport reduced in popularity the trophy was used for auto testing and is now competed for annually by our Centre auto testers.
Like all the MGCC Centres, members get together monthly in local groups known as Natters discussing their cars, experiences and plan visits and tours, using their prized possessions. For details of your local Natter please click here.