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MG Motor Centennial New Zealand National Rally

One of the world’s first MG Motor centennial celebrations in 2024 got underway Sunday with the
start of the New Zealand National Rally, hosted by the MG Car Club Auckland.

Organisers estimate in excess of 4,000 people visited The Cloud on the Auckland waterfront to
view almost 100 MG vehicles which are participating in the rally.

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MG New Zealand Country Manager, Arek Zywot, presents a commemorative bottle to MG Car Club Auckland President, Andrew Walbran

MG NZ Country Manager, Arek Zywot, was on hand to speak with guests whilst viewing the display
on Sunday.

“This is a truly remarkable collection of cars and provides an incredible snapshot of the rich and
proud heritage which is the MG Motor brand. It’s events such as this which reinforce the passion
behind the MG badge,” said Mr Zywot.

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Frank Langridge’s winning 1935 MG NB

“Whilst acknowledging, respecting and celebrating history is important, this is also an opportunity to
cast an eye to the future as there are some exciting times ahead in the form of the recently launched
award-winning MG4, upcoming Cyberster electric drop-top sports car and other new models
awaiting debut.

“The coming months are going to provide a great start to MG’s next one hundred years.”
MG Car Club Auckland President, Andrew Walbran, said the eight-day long event couldn’t have got
off to a better start.

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1933 MG J2, 1955 MG TF and 2023 MG4 at the entrance to The Cloud

“Auckland turned on a hot summer day, there were thousands of people out and about enjoying the
weather around the waterfront and who spent time looking at the wide assortment of MG models.

“Our international guests from Australia, USA, Canada, England and Scotland had a fantastic
introduction to the City of Sails and were impressed by the level of interest in the vehicles.

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Timeline Feature cars representing the 1930s – 1932 MG K1 (green) and 1934 MG KN (red), both built to K3 race car specification, with 1933 MG L-type (white) in the background

“New Zealand has a strong motorsport heritage and this really resonates with MG enthusiasts, as
the brand was responsible for making small, affordable sports cars more attainable. It’s no small
wonder that one of the most popular cars on display was the late Denny Hulme’s MG TF.”

Members of the public were invited to vote on their favourite MG, with Frank Langridge and his
1935 MG NB winning both the People’s Choice and the Concours d’Elegance.

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1955 MG TF, 2023 MG4 and 1951 MG TD outside The Cloud

Other highlights included a 1938 MG TA Tickford drophead coupe (one of 252 produced) and a
1939 MG TB Tickford drophead coupe (one of 40 produced), two very rare cars and even rarer for
them to be seen together; a 1931 MG M-Type – the first MG Midget which became the basis of MGs
history; and a 1931 MG C-Type, a racing version of the M-Type available for sale to the public. This
particular car, owned by Laurie Poolman, is used as a daily driver and race car.

Photo credit: Cameron Walbran, MG Car Club Auckland

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