Our MGB Roadster Featured in a 500 Mile Challenge
in the March 2015 - Special 500th Issue of

Classic Cars Magazine

Our MGB Features in the 500 Mile Challenge in Classic Cars Special 500 Issue
Our MGB Features in the 500 Mile Challenge in Classic Cars Special 500 Issue
Classic Cars Magazine - March 2015 used our MGB for a 500 Mile Challenge against a Triumph TR4A as part of their Special 500th Issue. This seven page feature had our MGB and a TR4a covering 500 miles in 48 hours in the depths of winter. 


The challenge took in 5 circuits as a good excuse to do a 500 mile round trip: Snetterton, Brands Hatch, Thruxton, Castle Coombe and finishing at Santa Pod.


The Open Road's MGB Roadster at Brands Hatch with Classic Cars Magazine March 2015We have owned and hired out a Triumph TR4a and still own a Triumph TR6, so when Classic Cars magazine called me to borrow the MGB I was intrigued to read the article and see which of the two cars they preferred.


I would have put money on them choosing the TR4A as I think the independent rear suspension makes it score hugely over the solid rear axle of the MGB.  But some of the comments and the conclusion came as a bit of a surprise:


"On the move, that smooth B-series engine goes about its business with a gentle intake purr, dispelling my concerns of breathing problems.  It's about 20bhp down on the TR, and produces nothing like the same amount of torque, but on the M4 it's content to spin at 70 mph.  Sam was clearly driving like a wuss." 


The Open Road's MGB Roadster at Castle Coombe with Classic Cars Magazine March 2015Conclusion


"But for long distances, there are very few Sixties roadsters to beat the MGB.  The Triumph may be more fun in the right circumstances, but the refined, roomy, smoothly damped Abingdon car seems to have a dollop of E-Type blood in its fuel lines.  If we're covering another 500 miles, it's the better place to be by far."




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