MG Plant gates stolen for scrap
One of our founder members of the V8 Register in 1978, John Dupont, has sent in a copy of an article in the Oxford Times reporting the theft of the large iron gates at the MG Plant in Abingdon. So far we have not been able to trace the date when this news item was published in the Oxford Times.

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Posted: 210119
Looking through his scrap book John Dupont found this report in the Oxford Times of the theft of large iron gates at the rear of the former MG Plant. As usual they were believed to have been stolen for their scrap value. They did not bear the famous MG badge as they were removed when the factory closed in October 1980.

John mentioned that he had been given the news clip by the late Geoff Allen another founder member of the V8 Register in 1978 who was then foreman in the Rectifications Department at the MG Plant. Following the closure Geoff set up his own MG servicing business in Abingdon and had a very successful period before retirment and a move to Congleton. Geoff was the V8 Historian for many years.

Geoff made a handwritten copy of the MG factory production records as he feared that when the Plant closed they might simply be binned and lost. Over several weeks he spent his tea breaks and luch periods in the production office copying the records so today there is a useful record we can consult. This is often useful when providing members with information to help identify the original features of the MGBGTV8.