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This week’s cover image – just 2-weeks after the launch of the Morris 1100 the BMC Abingdon Works Department entered two into the tough Liège-Sofia-Liège Rally, 29th August to 2nd September, 1962. The car driven by Pat Moss and Pauline Mayman (677 BRX, Car Number 72) is probably best known and is one we’ve featured often. Lesser known was the second car crewed by Peter Riley and Tony Cash (877 BRX, Car Number 38)... ...if you search the event on our page you can read all about the 2-cars.

13 hours ago
ado16.info club desk

This week’s cover image – just 2-weeks after the launch of the Morris 1100 the BMC Abingdon Works Department entered two into the tough Liège-Sofia-Liège Rally, 29th August to 2nd September, 1962. The car driven by Pat Moss and Pauline Mayman (677 BRX, Car Number 72) is probably best known and is one we’ve featured often. Lesser known was the second car crewed by Peter Riley and Tony Cash (877 BRX, Car Number 38)...

...if you search the event on our page you can read all about the 2-cars.
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This week’s cover image – just 2-weeks after the launch of the Morris 1100 the BMC Abingdon Works Department entered two into the tough Liège-Sofia-Liège Rally, 29th August to 2nd September, 1962. The car driven by Pat Moss and Pauline Mayman (677 BRX, Car Number 72) is probably best known and is one we’ve featured often. Lesser known was the second car crewed by Peter Riley and Tony Cash (877 BRX, Car Number 38)... ...if you search the event on our page you can read all about the 2-cars.
16 hours ago
ado16.info club desk

ADO16 Washers – Charles (Wednesbury) Limited

We like to cover every nut and bolt of the ADO16 and even the washers!

Charles (Wednesbury) Limited dates back to at least the 1940’s and actually only became insolvent as recently as 2018 – the company was located in the industrial heart of England, in the Black Country...

...the Black Country gained its name in the mid-nineteenth century from the smoke from the many thousands of ironworking foundries and forges whilst for the traditionalists the Black Country is the area where the coal seam comes to the surface and in places it’s as much as 30 feet thick!

Admittedly it’s highly unlikely that nuts, bolts and washers were shipped for ADO16 CKD assembly but in the UK, Charles (Wednesbury) Limited supplied the BMC for the Morris 1100 at least.

We’re the global umbrella for the ADO16, the BMC/British Leyland 1100/1300 – in well over 60 countries and with a Facebook Group in excess of 2,750 members! You can join us too; the only ADO16 club with a FREE membership level: www.ado16.info/membership-join
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ADO16 Washers – Charles (Wednesbury) Limited We like to cover every nut and bolt of the ADO16 and even the washers! Charles (Wednesbury) Limited dates back to at least the 1940’s and actually only became insolvent as recently as 2018 – the company was located in the industrial heart of England, in the Black Country... ...the Black Country gained its name in the mid-nineteenth century from the smoke from the many thousands of ironworking foundries and forges whilst for the traditionalists the Black Country is the area where the coal seam comes to the surface and in places it’s as much as 30 feet thick! Admittedly it’s highly unlikely that nuts, bolts and washers were shipped for ADO16 CKD assembly but in the UK, Charles (Wednesbury) Limited supplied the BMC for the Morris 1100 at least. We’re the global umbrella for the ADO16, the BMC/British Leyland 1100/1300 – in well over 60 countries and with a Facebook Group in excess of 2,750 members! You can join us too; the only ADO16 club with a FREE membership level: www.ado16.info/membership-join

January, 1963 – Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo – 1963

A week ago we featured the first MG 1100 known to us to be involved in rallying but the next event in January, 1963 would see several of them competing in The Monte Carlo Rally (officially Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo) held from the 20th to 24th January, 1963...

...Following the Liege-Sofia-Liege Rally of 1962 this was also the second time ADO16 works rally cars competed but the ADO16 was actually represented by a combined total of 14 entries!

The Morris 1100 was represented by four entires; from France, car #11 Venholes; from Great Britain, car #74 Milton/Milton and #131 Campbell/Simpson and from Monaco, car #217 Weeks/Huddlestone.

The MG 1100 was prolific – ten entries! From Great Britain, car #158 Jones/Morgan , #163 Hill/Shaw, #175 Judge/Seward, #179 Miller/Petch, #181 Scott, #199 Meredith-Owens/Bradley; from Netherlands #328 Malakopoulos/Kritikos and from Norway, #231 Skotvedt/Strandrup. Also two works rally cars, prepared by the BMC Abingdon Competitions Department; one was on loan to John Cuff & Anderson in car #162 but this MG 1100 was written off after being run into at the back by a Triumph TR4, which in turn pushed it into a Mercedes in front. However, the other was the official entry of the BMC; car #268 – 399 CJB, crewed by Raymond Baxter and Ernie McMillen.

The overall race winner was a Saab 96, car #283 Erik Carlsson & Gunnar Palm whilst the winner of Class 4 (for 1001 to 1300cc) and 15th overall was a Skoda Octavia, car #271 Edward Gjolberg & Karl Karlan and fourth in Class 4 and 66th overall was the BMC entry, car #268 – 399 CJB – this would be the best international rally result for an ADO16.

Our post features 399 CJB in action – we’re at a loss to explain the first two images, was there a finishing circuit? We also feature images from November, 1962 at the Abingdon Competitions Department whilst the Monte Carlo works cars were being prepared – fascinating to note the two different dashboard layouts.

With thanks to Jean Sejnost.

We’re the global umbrella for the ADO16, the BMC/British Leyland 1100/1300 – in well over 60 countries and with a Facebook Group in excess of 2,750 members! You can join us too; the only ADO16 club with a FREE membership level: www.ado16.info/membership-join
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January, 1963 – Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo – 1963 A week ago we featured the first MG 1100 known to us to be involved in rallying but the next event in January, 1963 would see several of them competing in The Monte Carlo Rally (officially Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo) held from the 20th to 24th January, 1963... ...Following the Liege-Sofia-Liege Rally of 1962 this was also the second time ADO16 works rally cars competed but the ADO16 was actually represented by a combined total of 14 entries! The Morris 1100 was represented by four entires; from France, car #11 Venholes; from Great Britain, car #74 Milton/Milton and #131 Campbell/Simpson and from Monaco, car #217 Weeks/Huddlestone. The MG 1100 was prolific – ten entries! From Great Britain, car #158 Jones/Morgan , #163 Hill/Shaw, #175 Judge/Seward, #179 Miller/Petch, #181 Scott, #199 Meredith-Owens/Bradley; from Netherlands #328 Malakopoulos/Kritikos and from Norway, #231 Skotvedt/Strandrup. Also two works rally cars, prepared by the BMC Abingdon Competitions Department; one was on loan to John Cuff & Anderson in car #162 but this MG 1100 was written off after being run into at the back by a Triumph TR4, which in turn pushed it into a Mercedes in front. However, the other was the official entry of the BMC; car #268 – 399 CJB, crewed by Raymond Baxter and Ernie McMillen. The overall race winner was a Saab 96, car #283 Erik Carlsson & Gunnar Palm whilst the winner of Class 4 (for 1001 to 1300cc) and 15th overall was a Skoda Octavia, car #271 Edward Gjolberg & Karl Karlan and fourth in Class 4 and 66th overall was the BMC entry, car #268 – 399 CJB – this would be the best international rally result for an ADO16. Our post features 399 CJB in action – we’re at a loss to explain the first two images, was there a finishing circuit? We also feature images from November, 1962 at the Abingdon Competitions Department whilst the Monte Carlo works cars were being prepared – fascinating to note the two different dashboard layouts. With thanks to Jean Sejnost. We’re the global umbrella for the ADO16, the BMC/British Leyland 1100/1300 – in well over 60 countries and with a Facebook Group in excess of 2,750 members! You can join us too; the only ADO16 club with a FREE membership level: www.ado16.info/membership-join

Chile Independence Day

Chile Independence Day, the Fiestas Patrias of Chile is today and of course we celebrate with a rather unique ADO16 variant – the Chilean manufactured fibreglass MG 1300...

...there is much to be said about having a fibreglass ADO16 and there’s no doubt plenty more would have survived around the world if they’d all been fibreglass but it’s worth remembering that if the gel coat is breached and water penetrates then the fibreglass body is beyond repair!

Outside of Chile very few of you will have seen a fibreglass MG 1300 but today is your chance to have a really close look at Jorge’s 1971, MG 1300; the car is very original but the Mk II badge is Jorge’s addition – the MG 1300 was the only ADO16 to be manufactured or even sold in Chile.

We’re the global umbrella for the ADO16, the BMC/British Leyland 1100/1300 – in well over 60 countries and with a Facebook Group in excess of 2,750 members! You can join us too; the only ADO16 club with a FREE membership level: www.ado16.info/membership-join
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Chile Independence Day Chile Independence Day, the Fiestas Patrias of Chile is today and of course we celebrate with a rather unique ADO16 variant – the Chilean manufactured fibreglass MG 1300... ...there is much to be said about having a fibreglass ADO16 and there’s no doubt plenty more would have survived around the world if they’d all been fibreglass but it’s worth remembering that if the gel coat is breached and water penetrates then the fibreglass body is beyond repair! Outside of Chile very few of you will have seen a fibreglass MG 1300 but today is your chance to have a really close look at Jorge’s 1971, MG 1300; the car is very original but the Mk II badge is Jorge’s addition – the MG 1300 was the only ADO16 to be manufactured or even sold in Chile. We’re the global umbrella for the ADO16, the BMC/British Leyland 1100/1300 – in well over 60 countries and with a Facebook Group in excess of 2,750 members! You can join us too; the only ADO16 club with a FREE membership level: www.ado16.info/membership-join
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