Gate 3 at the MG Plant
One of our founder members of the V8 Register in 1978, John Dupont, has sent in some photos of his visiting Gate 3 at the MG Plant in Abingdon two days after the Plant closed for the last time.

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Posted: 210119

The last MGB bodyshells to be delivered to be delivered
to Cowley from Swindon seen on Sunday 12th October 1980.


John Duponts new MGB Roadster outside Gate 3 at the
MG Plant at Abingdon

Two days after these famous gates at the MG Plant in Abingdon closed for the final time on Friday 24th October 1980,
John Dupont and his father parked up by Gate 3 on Sunday with their then new MGB Roadster and John's
MGBGTV8 (Teal Blue 0534) which was 7 years old at the time. John was a founder member of the V8 Register
in 1978. (Photo: John Dupont)

The first meeting of the V8 Register was held at the Crossroads Inn at Weedon Bec on the A5 north of


Towcester on the Saturday of the MG Car Club's annual meeting at Silverstone in May 1979.

Alongside, left to right: John Dupont, Alan Kingwell, Geoff Allen, Jerry Bright, Charles Williams, Howard Gosling, Peter Beadle, Tony Hilton, Victor Smith and Mike Maude-Roxby. Jim Gibson, Tom Studer and Eric Prasse were at this initial meeting but somehow missed the photo.Above is a line up of 14 MGBGTV8s in the car park of the Crossroads Inn at Weedon Bec in May 1979.