Pre-development V8 rallied by Brian Field

"It's a flyer" on the Harry Platter Eppynt with a 1st in Historic. Brian has been known for his penchant for getting airborne over humped bridges!

Harvest Gold 0097 was one of two prototypes Brian bought from Bill Price at Abingdon with Special Tuning parts from the USA - Holley, Isky cam and lifters, flowed heads with sodium filled valves, a Stag distributor with twin contact breakers, and much more. Brian undertook to develop the car for competition to keep the name of MG prominent. He converted it to RHD. Posted: 161030
Brian Field campaigned his MGBGTV8 (Harvest Gold 0097) for well over 20 years in the RAC, Welsh, Scottish, Manx and Irish rallies and had many successes including winning the RAC historic class in 1990. He was still rallying the car in the 1990s at 80 but in 2002 decided that it was time for the V8 to go as at 86 he no longer felt he could exercise the machine in the style it was used to! It was sold to an enthusiast in Yorkshire for historic rallying.

Brian's competition history with his V8 was extraordinary for an amateur entrant - he did racing and hillclimbs as well as rallies.
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Harvest Gold 0097 was originally a works LHD V8 pre-production development car fitted with the North American emission equipment and used for the US engine emission tests. It was purchased by Brian, converted to RHD and then prepared for rallying with modifications included fitting the stronger SD1 gearbox, an uprated backaxle with a Salisbury limited slip differential with Watts linkages, 14 inch Minilites for 185 x 6 inch rubber, a dual circuit braking system uprated with DS11 pads upfront and VG95 linings at the back, the V8 engine with a Holley, a stainless steel exhaust system and a protective shield for the fuel tank. It had a fully plumbed-in fire extinguishing system. There were twelve Minilites shod with various rally and road tyres. Inside, it was fitted with a Halda twin meter, hi-back rally seats and four point full harness, and a roll over cage. Some of the original parts were still available as spares - the original engine in the same state of tune, V8 gearbox, six original V8 wheels and the original back axle. The car was registered with the RAC MSA for Post Historic Rallying.