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Simon Holt - MGF Trophy 160 SE - Y166 UOB

It started life as one of a small number of pre-production cars owned by the MG press office. These cars were used to promote this new model in motoring publications, TV and Motor shows.

In this role Y166 UOB appeared in various motoring magazines including the Top Gear publication. It further appeared on the Top Gear TV programme in May 2001 where it was reviewed and taken round their test track by Jason Barlow. — A video of the test drive round the track can still be found by searching ‘Old Top Gear MGF trophy 160’ or visiting the MG Revival Facebook page. This car is now owned and maintained by MG Revival based in Sussex. It is in regular use and appears at various shows and club meetings, as well as being used for the fun of it

Extract from the official MG Rover Group Press release for the MGF Trophy 160 SE

Lifting the MGF to a new level of performance is the MGF Trophy 160 Special Edition, with a specification derived from extensive racetrack action around the world. A tuned version of the advanced K Series 1.8-litre VVC engine with a wide-bore sports exhaust system develops 160PS – over 10% more power than the already potent 145PS of the standard 1.8 VVC model. Handling and braking capabilities have been upgraded in line with the greater performance.

Top speed of the Trophy 160 SE is close to 140mph and it can accelerate from 0-60mph in under 7.0 seconds. There are four striking paint colours – Trophy Yellow and Trophy Blue (both created for the model), Solar Red and the popular Anthracite metallic black. Other distinguishing features include bright mesh grilles for the front and side air intakes and black bezels around the headlamp reflectors.

Inside the Trophy there are new body-colour inserts in the door casings and the centre console, sections of the leather steering wheel trim also colour-keyed to the body, a special leather/fabric seat treatment with ‘Trophy 160’ badging, and an alloy/leather gear knob. UK market versions of the MGF Trophy 160 SE go on sale in early spring 2001 at a price of £20,995 OTR. The MGF Trophy to be presented to the public during the Geneva Motor show in 2001

Simons MGF was 1 of 4 cars displayed on the clubs first stand at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Car Show with Discovery in November 2018.



Rob Johns – MG ZR 105 Biomorphic Green – SW04 LRU

Purchased in August of 2017, this ZR is painted in Biomorphic Green, one of the Monogram paint options available from MG Rover Group.

The car was purchased from fellow MGR & Monogram Enthusiast Stephen Golder.

This ZR is the base 105 Model, original specification is 103 BHP 1.4 Litre K Series Engine, Central Locking, Sports Suspension, Power Steering & Drivers Airbag.

Front Fog lamps had also been fitted at some point along with aftermarket electric front windows.

Front Fog lamps had also been fitted at some point along with aftermarket electric front windows.

Interior wise the following changes have been made so far:

Pre-project drive dashboard from an Early Rover 25 – the dash inserts and heater surrounds have been colour coded in Biomorphic Green

Pre-project drive door cards from an Early Rover 25, with door pulls colour coded in Bio Morphic Green and Speaker Grills from a Rover 200 BRM

Full door looms and mechanisms for OEM front electric windows and Door mirrors – Mirrors fitted and working

Half leather and Grey Alcantara Seats, both front seats have height and lumbar adjust, along with rear seats with headrests

Now I also have 2 rear pre-project drive panels from an Early Rover 25 are awaiting fitting, also currently figuring out the dash wiring loom and fuse board to activate the newly installed OEM electric front windows!



Mike Stafford – MG TF VVC Turbo Conversion – RE03 VBL

Mike is Managing Director of MJS Auto & Marine who are one of the premier MG Rover Specialists on the South Coast.

Mike served as an apprentice with Rover, also going to work with many other businesses including Pro drive & The RAC.

Through his work with the RAC Mike noticed there was a demand for a Rover specialist within his area and MJS Auto & Marine was born. Initially starting out as a Mobile business, Mike soon moved into his first garage in Portslade then moving to his current garage in Littlehampton.

Mike decided he would like to experiment with the idea of a turbo powered MG TF and his garage now offer a service converting a standard TF to a turbo version either in standard 135 turbo format or in VVC turbo format.

This car is Mikes development mule and even now still undergoes refinements and developments as new equipment and improved parts become available.

Specifications of this car are as follows:

Fully rebuilt 1.8 turbo block; Ported VVC cylinder head; Focus STI injectors; New Turbo core; Intercooler with silicon hoses, KMaps ECU; Up rated fuel pump; Up rated fuel pressure regulator; High flow inline Fan to intercooler; 209 BHP 285 NM torque



Peter Cooper – MG Maestro Turbo – G831 EOP

No. 436 of 505 built

Originally purchased, sight unseen, in March 2014 from an internet auction site. Major issue at the time of purchase was that the engine apparently had had a petrol and oil line misconnected, causing failure of the main bearings. During the first check, many bodywork issues were located that meant a major rebuild was going to be required, rather than just a mechanical overhaul.

Originally purchased, sight unseen, in March 2014 from an internet auction site. Major issue at the time of purchase was that the engine apparently had had a petrol and oil line misconnected, causing failure of the main bearings. During the first check, many bodywork issues were located that meant a major rebuild was going to be required, rather than just a mechanical overhaul.

The engine rebuild commenced with a crank regrind, 1mm overbore (but finding pistons of that size proved both elusive and time-consuming), new flywheel to accommodate a larger clutch, fully balanced bottom end and a clean and repaint of all components before reassembly. A new oil pump was sourced that needed “conversion” to Turbo spec by adding the turbo oil feed connection. Broken or missing studs and bolts were replaced throughout. The turbocharger was found to have excessive end float on the bearings, so was stripped and rebuilt with new components, under the watchful eye, and tutelage, of a turbo specialist.

12 months after being trailered away the shell was recovered from what turned out to be, no more than, an enthusiastic amateur whose welding skills were very poor. The shell was then passed to a local professional body repair specialist who completed the work required through to a complete, bare shell, respray. At the same time I needed to sort the problem of incorrect interior trim that was originally fitted in the car.. A local company was able to provide material that was very close to the original that is no longer available. The opportunity was taken to add a couple of individual enhancements including map pockets in both front seats and an armrest in the rear seat. Major suspension components were powder coated for protection, and all other parts were cleaned, and inspected before being replaced.



Melissa Farrow – 1978 MGB GT

My name is Melissa I am 22 currently restoring a 1978 MGB GT.

My first car was a MG ZR that went by the name of Donald. That car started my interest in mgs. After owning my zr for serval years and a lot of modifications I wanted something different.

This is when I found my MGB Mr Morris. I Found my MGB in a field and it had been sat there for several years. Last on the road in 2009.

After dragging it out the field me and my friends got it started. It only needed patrol, spark plugs and new ht leads and fired straight up.

I learnt how to weld as it needed two sills and other major welding work. Then needed painting that is what I am trying to do now. On my drive way so taking its time in English weather. It's still running the original 1800 b series engine which will remain with the car, but other modifications are on the way.

I also currently own an MG ZS 180 as my daily after having 4 other mgs after Donald.