V8 Technical Day 2015

This year's V8 Technical Day on Saturday 6th June 2015 was held in the John Thornely Suite at Club Office in Abingdon. The event was organised by Roger Aldridge with Nic Houslip.

V8s parked up at Kimber House.

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Dougald MacNeill and Mike Macartney.

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Richard Martin, Steve Newton and Mark Wanstall alongside an example of a Hoyle suspension upgrade.

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Lunch in the sunshine alongside Dougald MacNeill's MGBGTV8 restored by Mike Macartney. L to R: Phillip Gent, Tony Lake, Mike Russell, Nic Houslip and David Worthington with George Wilder and Chris Allan in the background.

Above: Roy Millar with his RV8

Copies of the slides used for the presentations will be posted via links here later.

Report: Roger Aldridge
Posted: 150607

On Saturday 6 June 2015 the V8 Register hosted the 2015 "V8 Technical Day" at the John Thornley Suite at Kimber House. Thirty five members attended the day which comprised a series of presentations from speakers on the technical side of owning V8 MGs.

Mike Macartney - Building a V8 Roadster
First up was Mike Macartney, well known to members for his excellent series of articles posted on the V8 website covering his current restoration project, a V8 roadster. However at the seminar he talked through his previous restoration of an MGBGTV8, including his planning, budgeting and management of the rebuild, as well as more detailed stories of the challenges involved! The car's owner, Dougald MacNeill, an existing member was present with the car and members were then able to examine it and see the quality of Mike's work. Reports

Mark Wanstall - Hoyle Suspension upgrades
Next up was Mark Wanstall of Fisher Services. Mark is a long term owner of MG V8s and runs a very successful restoration business. However in 2014 he bought out John Hoyle's engineering business supplying high quality upgrades for MGs with independent rear suspension, front suspension and brake upgrades. Mark brought along examples of the Hoyle upgrades, the quality of which were very impressive. One of Mark's customers, Richard Martin, brought along his V8 Roadster which has all the Hoyle parts fitted, and members were able to examine it in detail. More

Nic Houslip - update on V8 cooling issues
Nic Houslip finished off the morning with a short update on cooling issues for V8s, always a favourite! And which prompted a varied discussion of individual's own cooling problems.

George Wilder and Chris Allan - "MG RV8 The Manufacturing Story"
In the afternoon George Wilder and Chris Allan gave a fascinating presentation of the story behind their book, "MG RV8 The Manufacturing Story". This has been a runaway success with over 500 copies sold and has led to thier working on a next edition covering the "Development Story" of the RV8. They finished with video clips of the RV8 crash testing never before seen in public. See a review of the Manufacturing Story book. More

Various updates on V8 prices, VED exemption and ethanol
Our day concluded with some updates from Nic Houslip and Victor Smith on V8 prices, VED exemption and the move to ethanol petrol. All were of great interest to members.

Our initiative - the Tax Paid Disc - was launched during the final session.

Most importantly thanks to Debbie Brading, our register secretary, who put together a first rate spread for lunch as well as tea and coffee throughout. We were blessed with excellent weather which enabled a leisurely examination of members' cars in the summer sunshine during lunch and the tea breaks. All in all a very successful day.
V8 Register - MG Car Club - the leading group for MG V8 enthusiasts at www.v8register.net