Well I just finished clearing the snow from mine, and some of my neighbor’s driveways and sidewalks. At least I got to use the snow-blower once this year!
Now I bring you some sad news. Some of you may recognize the name Brian Moylan. The MG community recently lost Brian at the age of 88. He was the author of ‘MG’s Abingdon Factory’ and ‘Anatomy of the Works Minis.’
Brian, born in 1928, started work at the MG Car Company in 1950. Five years after joining MG, Brian seized the opportunity of working in the Competitions Department. During his time there he was fortunate enough to work on several rally-winning Minis, including the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally winner. He continued with the Competitions Department until 1979 before leaving to run a satellite of Morris Garages.
Brian was one of the founding members of the Abingdon Works Centre and had been serving as their President since 2012. Before this, he had a long time involvement with the MG Works Auto Club.
Throughout his working and social life, Brian was a true ambassador of the marque and the MGCC. He will be truly missed.
Cheryl was lucky enough to meet Brian at the MGCC headquarters while on one of her trips to the UK for work. He was so kind and gracious as he showed her around the HQ and stocked her up with goodies (they treated her like a real VIP when she said she was the Secretary for our Club!). When he handed her a copy of his book on the MG factory, he immediately turned to a specific page and pointed at an old photograph of a worker in the factory. He then said, “That’s me da!” and instructed her to pass that information on to me as he autographed the book. The memory of that encounter and this sad news both saddened and brought a smile to Cheryl's’ face.
The racing community also recently lost a legend. John Surtees has passed away.
Surtees, the only man to be a world champion on both two and four wheels, passed away at the age of 83. Many thought he should have been knighted along with Jackie Stewart and Stirling Moss.
By the late 1950s, he had won seven world championships on motorcycles. He then decided to switch to motor racing.
He won the F1 championship in 1964 and the Can-Am title in 1966.
He went on to run a Honda dealership in Edenbridge, Kent and was recruited as chairman of A1 Team Great Britain in 2005.