Looking back - MGLive! and the earlier annual meetings at Silverstone
As we approach the 45th anniversary of the launch of the MGBGTV8 model in August 1973 and the 40th anniversary of the formation of the V8 Register five years later in 1978, we have a series of articles and features reflecting on many of the memorable moments, news items and photos enjoyed by fellow V8 enthusiasts.

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Updated: 161108
Launched: 161030
2016 - MGLive! 2016
Carl Coxall provided his RV8 for the display on the V8 Register stand in the Main Marquee at MGLive! 2016 which attracted many visitors over the weekend. A popular topic with many V8 enthusiasts was how V8 prices are on the move shown by our price guide update in May. With Carl above are Ken Clayton (elected V8 Tours Coordinator at the V8 AGM) and Nic Houslip. The refreshments at the V8 Marquee included a selection of homemade cakes which were popular with V8 enthusiasts together with the seating providing an opportunity to rest up and chat with fellow members. See our photo report
2015 - reports on the MGLive! 2015 week of events and weekend
As usual the V8 Register had a V8 Marquee with a warm welcome with refreshments and comfortable seating and in the Club's Main Marquee, a display of an RV8 provided by Nic Houslip who regularly uses it for track days. The theme for the Main Marquee this year was "MGs involved in competition". The Club Chairman announced the presentation of the Club's Nuffield Cup to the V8 Register for providing support and services for V8 enthusiasts, recruiting new members and assisting other registers over the years.
See our MGLive! 2015 reports & Gold Cup &
2014 - V8 Register's display in the Club's Main Marquee at MG90
When the MGBGTV8 was launched in August 1973 it featured at the Earls Court Motor Show up on a ramp in a dramatic position. That car, Citron 798, is owned today by fellow V8 Register member Robert MacGillivray who offered to bring his car down from Dumfries & Galloway so it could be on display at MG90 at Silverstone.
MG90 2014 reports & Scenes
from a glorious MG90 weekend
2013 - V8 Register's 35th Anniversary Year
To mark the 35th anniversary of the creation of the V8 Register in 1978 and the launch of the MGBGTV8 model in August 1973, there was a programme of interesting anniversary events which proved very popular. The programme included a V8 Technical Day, visits to country houses, the launch of MGV8 by David Knaowles, and the V8 Anniversary Dinner. One event was a V8 Two Day Highland Tour in August through Glen Shiel and Wester Ross and then on to Assynt. It was based at Dundonnell in the Northwest Highlands and followed the successful European Event of the Year based at Aviemore organised by the Caledonian Centre.
V8 35th Anniversary reports
2012 - RV8 20th Anniversary Display in the main marquee at MGLive! 2012
To mark the 20th anniversary of the launch of the RV8 at the 'British International Motor Show' staged at the NEC in October 1992, the V8 Register had a small programme of interesting anniversary events. The concept of the display in the MG Car Club's main marquee at MGLive! was a "period showroom" for the RV8.
RV8 20th Anniversary programme & RV8 25th Anniversary display
2011 - Hook Norton lunch launches the V8 weekend at MGLive! 2011
This year the lunch was moved from the Pear Tree Inn in Hook Norton because that pub was undergoing a make-over prior to a new tenancy. The Sun Inn made the V8 group very welcome. It was a good start to the MGLive! 2011 weekend.
2010 -V8 enthusiasts at MGLive! 2010
The The MGLive! weekend got off to a good start with a lunch at the Pear Tree Inn at Hook Norton and later the V8 Supper at Sulgrave near Silverstone. Many overseas V8 members were at MGLive! including Steve Foldhazy from Australia, Al Riches from Canada and John Targett from the USA, with Marcus Ormanin from Germany and regulars Brigitte and Walter Kallenberg driving over from Germany. Geoff King was down from north east Scotland in his V8 Roadster.
2009 - V8 enthusiasts at MGLive! 2009 at Silverstone
The RV8 on display in the Club’s main marquee was a popular car with visitors and Ray Ellis was on duty. See our photo report for MGLive! 2009
2008 - new event format as "MGLive!" and a popular dyno at the V8 Marquee
The innovations for MGLive!, the revitalised annual event at Silverstone, were tremendous - not least the display of MGs in the Club’s main marquee, the Coys auction which included many MGs with two V8 powered cars and a dyno providing power runs for members’ roadgoing MGs. Fortunately the weather was good and dry underfoot so the V8s were parked up in great numbers alongside the familiar V8 marquee, the meeting point for V8 enthusiasts. Well over a hundred MGV8s arrived on both days. Report
2007 - V8 Gathering at MG Car Club International MG Weekend at Silverstone
After some five years of dry meetings at Silverstone, the Club's annual International MG Meeting 2007 at Silverstone was wet and very muddy underfoot. The ground was so waterlogged that parking on the grass adjacent to the marquee was banned and was switched to a section of the Club straight nearby. There was the usual V8 Marquee which fortunately was much larger than usual this year providing plenty of shelter from the elements! Inside V8 enthusiasts found a warm welcome and refreshments. Report