2021 Photo Contest Winners

Cover Image- A Car With a Story

Tom Hutson’s image of his MGA cruising down the road won pride & place on the cover of our 2021 Accessories Catalogue. But upon contacting Tom to congratulate him on his win, we found out this is no ordinary MG.

Read on for its story, and scroll to the bottom to see full-size images of the cars used on our back cover

I guess you could say I was always destined to own an MG, my first car journey on the way home from hospital after being born was in my parents’ lovely MGB GT. But for me, the first time I saw an MGA I was smitten.

I came to own “Max” my MGA in 2014. The previous owner had fully restored the car himself in the 1990’s and it was maintained in fantastic condition. The previous owner had also extensively investigated its history and uncovered many interesting facts.

Max was purchased by the Lancashire Constabulary on the 23rd May 1960 for £892 6s 11d. One of approximately 50 MGAs bought between 1955 and 1961 for motorway patrol duties and some of which even formed a synchronised driving display team for public events.

Max on parade on the skid Pan at Hutton, Lancashire Police HQ (Far Right)
Second Car From The Right

During its time at Lancashire Constabulary, Max finally hit the big time, starring alongside Hayley Mills in the 1961 movie “Whistle Down the Wind” produced by Richard Attenborough.

After three years of steadfast service with the Lancashire Constabulary, Max was sold at auction in 1963 for £310 and has had only three owners since.

The picture I submitted is of myself and my father having a blast in Max and was taken by my brother whilst on our way to the Isle of Wight for a family holiday. As for what the future holds, I recently moved to Switzerland and Max has of course joined me. I’m looking forward to some exhilarating drives along with the winding mountain passes and the spectacular alpine scenery.

– Tom Hutson

Cars from the Back Page

With nearly 750 entries, it must be said, it was very difficult to choose the cover image, and so we felt it only appropriate to use some of our favourite shots on the rear cover. So a big shout out and thank you to the following contributors:

  • Stephen Owen
  • Paul Quinell
  • Lewis Pettit
  • Gary Hendon
  • Tom Stuart
  • Andy Brown
  • Paul Williams
  • Frank Breuer
  • Morgan Schaufele
  • Andrew Pitfield

Thank you to everyone that entered!

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