August 2014 – 1953 MG YB
History (by Colin Grant):
“Tim Pennicott was an MG enthusiast and it showed in the way he kept his cars, an MG Y Type (YB) and an MGBGT, maintained and restored over a period of years. He was a regular visitor at the Club’s annual event at Silverstone and, I am sure, other local events around where he lived at Sidmouth in Devon. His love not only for MGs but also his great affection for our Club meant that he bequeathed his beloved MGs to the Club in his will, and as a result of his untimely death last year at the age of sixty, his cars came into our possession.
From the vast amount of documentation that came with the cars, it shows that no expense was spared in keeping his cars in tip top condition, culminating in the restoration of both cars.
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From the records, Tim took possession of the Y Type in 1997 after purchasing it from Chris Sweby in Plymouth. But from the collection of receipts for various parts and service work carried out it shows that Tim had been a previous owner and had bought the car again, as some receipts made out to him are dated in the seventies. In fact from a conversation with Tim’s brother, Anthony Pennicott, he had restored the car twice, the first time after buying it from a David card, and again during his second ownership where extensive body and engine work was carried out. The engine having been first been reconditioned by Brown and Gammons, at Baldock in Hertfordshire, in 1978 when Tim lived in Chesham.”
“It is arguably one of the nicest Y Types around, which led members of our Y Type register christening it “Little Gem”, after coming to see it at Kimber House. The Y type technical guru, Neil Cairns, gave the car a thorough check over at his home after it arrived by trailer from Sidmouth, and even kept a diary of the work he carried out on the register web site. Needless to say the car is running beautifully after his endeavours. The Club has decided to keep the car and put it on display in the new John Thornley Suite, at Kimber House. It is also being used on various runs and displayed at shows up and down the country.
The club is indebted to Tim Pennicott for his generosity in leaving these two cars to us with no strings attached as to what we do with them, only that they should in some way benefit the Club. We will remember him with a plaque that will be situated near the car when on display, a dedication to a true MG enthusiast.
Penning this tribute to Tim has led me to think that maybe all of us of an older age should think what will happen to our beloved cars when we pass on and make suitable arrangements in our wills.”
Owner: MG Car Club
Make/model: MG YB
Month/year of manufacture: 27th February 1953
Colour: Black with Green interior
Engine size/type: 1250cc XPAG
Top speed: 71mph
Gearbox type: 4-speed
Date purchased: Late 2009
Pet name of car: “Little Gem”