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MG

The initials MG are originally derived from the full name Morris Garage, a car dealer in Oxford. The design of these small sports cars was made by Cecil Kimber, who in his early days joined the Oxford company as sales manager in 1921 and then managing director in 1922.
The date of creation of this English company is approximate because some cars already had the MG badge in 1923 while officially, the manufacturer claims that the company was created in 1924.
Originally, MG was a "simple" body shop, as the first MG models were re-bodied Morris models. The growing demand for these re-bodied models forced the manufacturer to move to new premises.
From one evolution to another, by 1928, the company's reputation had grown sufficiently to allow it to have its own identity, separate from the original Morris Garages. The M.G. Car Company Limited was formed in March of that year and in October it presented its first stand at the London Motor Show.
During these glorious years, in its early years, MG was also involved in motor racing, because in 1930, the small manufacturer was already offering special series prepared for motor racing, starting with the "C type", then the Q type in 1934, which was manufactured and sold to enthusiasts who received significant assistance from MG.
Despite the end of the MG racing era following the merger with Morris Motors, MG still kept a foot in sports cars by creating a series of experimental cars to achieve several world speed records with Glodie Garner exceeding 320km/h in an EX135 (an 1100cc) all in 1939, a real feat for the time.
Following these records and after the Second World War, the attempts of speed records will start again with the records in 500 cc and in 750 cc obtained at the end of the years 1940. The decision was then made to return to motor racing and an MGA team was entered in the tragic 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans race, the race with the most significant accident in history.
MG has a real heritage in competition because in addition to speed records and endurance races, the British brand was present in all kinds of categories, even the most special, MG was the last foreign brand to have competed in NASCAR, with the driver Smokey Cook in 1963. After a second attempt at endurance racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans which was not successful for the sports team, MG Sport-Racing ran the British Touring Car Championship (BTTC) with an MG ZS from 2001 to 2003 as a factory team. In 2004, WSR entered an MG ZS as a private team and continues to race with numerous victories to date.
Today, the MG myth is still present on the English side with the MG British Rally Challenge which still continues today despite the liquidation in 2005 of MG Rover which put an end to the turbulent life of the small sports car manufacturer, MG.