Rare MG a magnet at Ballina car show
TAKING pride of place at the MG National Meeting at Ballina, the 80-year-old Magnette was older than the vast majority of its admirers.
It is certainly older than proud owner Peter Kerr who believes the car is a bona fide work of art.
"Well, it's in better shape than I am," the 64-year-old said.
Hundreds of people attended the car show at Missingham Park on Saturday with visitors arriving from around the nation to catch a glimpse of some of the popular cars.
Gold Coast MG Car Club hosted the event that featured about 85 MG models from across Australia, including Mr Kerr's rare N-Type Magnette, believed to be the oldest car on display at the meeting.
Only 745 of the MG N-Type Magnettes were built and Mr Kerr, from the Sunshine Coast, said they don't make cars like his aluminium, supercharged racer anymore.
"Lance Motors imported these as a rolling chassis, with engine, dash and radiator and paid no duty because the Australian government was trying to develop the motor industry and the first step was (car) body building," Mr Kerr said.
"They sent them to body builder Charlie Aspinall of Armidale and he built these door-less, racing bodies, which were excellent because racetracks like Philip Island and Bathurst were dirt in those days.
"It's a rare car and I guess, from that point of view, it's a survivor."
Mr Kerr said his first car, acquired when he was a "penniless uni student", was an MG TD that he "fixed up". That vehicle sparked his affection for the simple mechanics of older MGs.
After showing their cars on Saturday, Gold Coast MG Car Club members toured the country roads between Ballina, Eltham, Goonaberry and Bangalow yesterday and will continue today.