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The National Corvette Museum Wants a MG TA, TB or TC

July 17, 2020 1:54 PM | Bob Chalker (Administrator)

We received the following notification from a member of the New England MG T Register:

The National Corvette Museum (www.CorvetteMuseum.org) in Bowling Green, KY wants a MG TA, TB and a TC to display in its museum.  The museum displays the continuing the history of the Corvette (past, present and future) and it looks at the Corvette’s influences, competition and significance in automotive history as America’s sports car. 

The MG has been called “The Sports Car America Loved First.”  America did not have anything like a MG in the ‘40s.  GIs saw MGs during and after WWII in England and started bringing the little sports cars back to America.  The first SCCA sanctioned race was held about noon on October 2, 1948 in Watkins Glen, NY on public roads.  A local named Cameron Argetsinger, who had a new MG TC, organized it.  Eight of the ten cars to finish that first race were MGs.

MGs were an important part of starting sports car races in America.  They were quick and fun to drive during the week, and race on the weekend.  And they were affordable.  Sports car races started drawing crowds of many thousands to Watkins Glen, Elkhart Lake and other public road courses.  Harley Earl, a vice president at GM, saw those sports car races, the crowds and MGs.  He realized that GM needed a sports car, so he formed a team to secretly design and build one – the Corvette.

Because MG played an important part of sports cars in America and in the creation of the Corvette, the museum has a display with a TC on loan, but the museum wants to have a permanent MG on display.  They are looking for a donation of a MG TA, TB and a TC.

What is going to happen with our beloved MG Ts when we are gone?  In recent years I have sadly helped heirs fix and sell their dad’s old MG because they do not want them.  Is this what you want to happen to your MG?  How about donating it to the National Corvette Museum which is a 501 (c) (3) organization knowing that your MG will have a resting place in history and be looked after?

Please think about where you want your MG to go.  Do you want to leave a legacy for many generations to see, admire and learn about?

Contact the Director of Collections and Curator of the National Corvette Museum: Derek@CorvetteMuseum.org or Leah@CorvetteMuseum.org.

Story by Russ Sifers of the KC MG Car Club.  Photograph by NCM.  MG TC on loan from Bill Richey of Bowling Green, KY.

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