As reported in Motorsport and Octane Magazines the MGB has always been a useful track tool. The monocoque as opposed to separate chassis body design was revolutionary in 1962 and is still only just being adopted by other manufacturers. Most importantly an MGB is one of the best and easiest ways into Historic motorsport being relatively low value, easy and cost effective to run but consistently competitive in their class. Many famous faces have used an MGB as their route into motorsport such as in recent times touring car driver Rob Huff, and British GT driver Oliver Bryant to name but a few. A perfect car to learn race craft, car control and the art of extracting the maximum potential from what is a relatively under powered vehicle.
This famous car known to many as "665 FXF" was one of the very first MGB racers and was purchased new from a showroom in Fulham by the well-known Lady Racing Driver Jennifer Tudor-Owen with some money left to her by her Grandmother in April 1963. Racing in the Eagle Trophy at Brands Hatch and at the 1963 Goodwood Members Meeting she so impressed that Barwells, who at that time had prepared the Semi-Works car driven by Alan Hutchenson "6 DBL", agreed to sponsor and prepare "FXF". Later Tudor-Owen remarked that the car was "so bloody noisy, you couldn't drive it on the road". In "FXF" Tudor-Owen won the opening round of the "British Women's Racing Drivers Trophy" and it is rumoured that she also won "three on the trot", as well as considerable success in the UK including participating in the Autosport 3 Hours, the car was also raced by Tudor-Owen in Denmark. In 1965 the car was sold to George Konig. In 1966 driven by George Konig the car took part in both the 69th and the 70th Goodwood Members Meetings (finishing 8th and 10th). Later in 1967 and 1968 (by this time owned by Barry Siddery-Smith) the car also participated in the Brighton Speed Trials.
In 1977 Anthony Binnington was "leafing through" an old magazine and spotted "FXF" for sale, presuming that the owner had no idea of the significance of what he had, Binnington promptly bought the car and would 6 months later sell the car on, for twice the amount, to Freddie Yhap. Freddie raced the car extensively until it passed into the hands of Colin Pearcy, a British Touring Car Champion and prolific with MGBs who had the car beautifully restored and in 1987 sold the car to Gerry Marshall, considered to be one of the greatest drivers of all time. Marshall in turn sold the car Malcolm Young in 1995 from where the car passed to Geoff Moir.
Having been raced from new the period competition extended into these ownerships and the car competed throughout Europe including at Spa, on the famous Tour Auto and finishing 1st in class in the prestigious Modena Cento Ore Classic.
This wonderful car's illustrious race history has continued to the present day and this competition ready MGB is ready to be raced and rallied by its new custodian. With such a fascinating and rich history this car is eligible for a huge variety of prestigious events throughout Europe and is an important part of Abingdon and British motor racing history.
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