home Order Digital Auto Guides

The MG Enthusiasts' BBS

You are not currently logged in as a member which will give you limited access. For member's status login or register and then click on the BBS link from your personalised home page. Membership benefits include: Your details automatically prompted when you post. Access to the archives. Customise the way the BBS looks and works. Post classifieds and contact other members by email. There is no charge for this service.

MG Y-type
Jump to:
Add your comment | New thread | Invert | List threads | List messages | Subjects | Last posts | Help | Advertisers | BBS by email | Search
Thread: Birkbecks Odyssey
Posted 12 October 2017 at 10:57:37 UK time
B Mellem, South Glamorgan, United Kingdom

Just read your account in the 'Octagon' of your journey across Spain and back, well done to both of you. Just shows that the Y type is still a capable car if well looked after. I must endorse your concerns about 2019 I think its best described as rather like the ship of state foundering in the north sea with no hope of rescue, its already listing badly under a trade imbalance. So lets get out and enjoy our cars on the Continent before those reams of red tape are applied. Bryan

Posted 12 October 2017 at 13:06:23 UK time
R E Knight, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Bryan,

I too loved the read up of Birkbecks trip, it was inspirational, and having too enjoyed taking my Y's to France, Holland and Germany I would like to go to Channel Islands, Spain and Portugal at some point too.

2019...as others have so often told me, best leave politics out of BBS. It's well documented that Jerry was against the result, others I'm sure were pleased. One thing is for sure is no European pro or against EU will turn away business, if you have pounds to spend in Europe I can guarentee they will forever be accepted.

Richard

Posted 12 October 2017 at 14:04:42 UK time
R E Knight, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Bryan,

In addition the videos from David Pelham of past european trips now on videos links

http://www.mg-cars.org.uk/imgytr/filmcars.shtml

Shows how some of the Y Types are still going strong and seen at recent events such as the IOW event in September 2017...superb to see.

Richard

Posted 12 October 2017 at 19:11:03 UK time
B Mellem, South Glamorgan, United Kingdom

Since I've been through a war I have no time for fools. History has not yet finished.
I suppose three bottles of duty free doesn't take up much space in the Y type Bryan

Posted 13 October 2017 at 13:01:09 UK time
B Mellem, South Glamorgan, United Kingdom

The first time we travelled to France in the YA was via Southampton to St Malo on board the M V Falaise, in those days the car was loaded by crane into the ships hold. The next day we set off across Brittany to Quimper, the roads at that time proved hard going but we made it by early evening.
The next trip to France we flew the car by 'Channel Air Bridge' from Blackbush to Cherbourg and return, I think the aircraft was a old Bristol Freighter which carried about three cars, two barley sugars and we were there,
The YA proved so dependable that in the later years we were confident enough to tow a caravan as far as Venice, it never once let us down even hauling the van over the Alps in temperatures in the high 80's . The long stroke engine proved ideal for towing and on a climb would pull away from each hair pin bend like a tractor. Those Abingdon engineers somehow worked a little magic into the car. Bryan

Posted 13 October 2017 at 13:43:34 UK time
R E Knight, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Bryan,
I admire your efforts back when travel was not so easy. The biggest regret is the closure of the car railways, this surely would be good for longer trip say if wanting to get to Scotland from south coast for trip, could do overnight sleep wake up with the car in Scotland.

Not sure I would want crane lifting my Y's on ferry now. Sure it would be safe, but somehow doesn't feel as good or safe as simply driving up ramp onto ro-ro ferry.
Richard

Posted 15 October 2017 at 23:54:52 UK time
J P BIRKBECK, United Kingdom

Thanks for your thoughts. The aim was to encourage folk to use their cars and be more adventurous.

2019? well a step into the unknown with the way matters are being dealt with. I just hope it doesnt end with too many uncertainties!

Enjoy the week and hopefully see a few of you at the NEC (11-13 November) @ the Classic Car Show.
Cheers Jerry

Posted 16 October 2017 at 15:57:33 UK time
R E Knight, Hampshire, United Kingdom

We had small local meetup of Y's today for lunch, two YT's and one YB. Great to catch up with some local Y's and their owners

Richard

Image

Posted 16 October 2017 at 15:58:54 UK time
R E Knight, Hampshire, United Kingdom

photo 2 of the YB

Image

Posted 16 October 2017 at 22:52:36 UK time
J P BIRKBECK, United Kingdom

Good stuff Richard which YT is yours? The one with the hood down surely!

Posted 16 October 2017 at 23:01:00 UK time
R E Knight, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Jerry,
My hood was up, big black cloud, whilst in pub didn't want car getting soaked. As it happens it didn't rain, and 52 miles today was very much driven hood down. Had great fun as the weather was mild, roads dry, but sun look very orange, with hurricane effects.
Richard

Posted 18 October 2017 at 03:52:54 UK time
Paul Barrow, Washington, USA

This entertaining story will also be brought to non-MG Octagon Car Club members in due course through the Reprinted Articles page!

Paul

If you would like to print this thread please click here to get a copy of the page without all of the superfluous information (and then use the print option on your browser). Please report abuse immediately.
You must be a member to post on this BBS.
All times are local UK. Currently 09:21
Jump to:

Disclaimer: This information service is not in anyway connected with or authorised by MG Motor UK Limited or MG Rover Group.

All messages on this BBS are the Copyright MG - The Classic Marque, 1995-2017. No information may be republished without prior permission. All rights reserved. We do not accept responsibility for the content within this BBS, but take every care to ensure that it is not offensive, illegal or unsuitable.