Sunday, the first of February 1953. Somewhere not far from El Paso, the members of the Southwest Sports Car club tested the capabilities of the new narrow-wheeled MGs that seem like quaint classics today. With only a little more than 50HP to work with, my uncle managed to turn the quarter mile in 23.9 seconds.

He was presented with a dash plate for this accomplishment, suitable for being screwed into the MG’s wooden dashboard.


My uncle owned several MGs and Jaguars during the 1950s and ’60, and I like to think that my love of fun cars owes a genetic link to him. He passed away several years ago, but the plate and the moment in time it commemorates lives on.

The text on the plate reads:


Southwest Sports Car Club

This MG

was electrically timed at

23.9 seconds for the 1/4mi

standing start



A very different time, but I believe that the fun, support, and fellowship found in the modern car club is not any different from what it must have been back then.

Illustration for article titled Fast MG on the 1st of February, 1953em/em

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