MG Car Club - Guide to Abingdon and Oxford

MG Car Club Guide to Abingdon and Oxford
MG Car Club Guide to Abingdon and Oxford
Our MGB Roadster was featured in Classics Monthly Magazine in July 2012 - which ran an eight page feature covering three important MG anniversaries:   
  • 65 years of the MG Y 
  • 50 years of the MG B  
  • 10 years of the MG TF

The photos were all taken at Kimber House in Abingdon, home to the MG Car Club


Kimber House has become somewhat of a place of pilgrimage for MG owners and enthusiasts.  It is right next to the gate of the former MG factory and was used as the offices of the factory manager.  Sadly there is nothing of the actual factory left that can be visited, but Kimber House has an exhibition of various MG and MGCC memorabilia, a library of MG and BMC Competitions Department books, an archive of over 10,000 photos, plus records for most MGs produced up to 1950.  They also have a range of items for sale including: club badges, clothing, books and DVDs.


The MG Car Club has produced an excellent pocket 'MG Guide to Abingdon and Oxford', that is included in the information pack that goes out with our MGB Roadster, whenever a customer hires the car.


The 'MG Guide to Abingdon and Oxford' is an excellent guide showing the location of Kimber House, some of its history and details of the surrounding area of Oxfordshire. It covers the following:


  • The MG Car Club - founded in 1930 by John Thornley who later became Director and General Manager of the MG Car Company.
  • Visiting Kimber House - location, post code and opening times
  • Test Routes - before the days of company test tracks, MG used to test their cars on the roads around the Oxfordshire factory and this section details four of the test routes used.
  • Places of Interest - although it is not possible to visit the factory there is an exhibition on MG in Abingdon's County Hall Museum and 16 miles away it is possible to visit Nuffield Place, home of William Morris, Lord Nuffield, the founder of Morris Motor Cars.
  • The Early Oxford Years - covers the rise of Morris Motors and the subsequent birth of MG and gives location of sites in Oxford of MG interest.
  • The Abingdon Years - MG production moved to the site of a disused factory belonging to Pavlova Leather Company in Abingdon in 1929 and continued until 1980.  The section gives details of the factory site and other sites of MG interest around Abingdon.


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