Modern day MG Heroes and Villains
Modern MG history is so fantastically complicated, it is difficult for the outside observer to make heads or tails of it. Who were the good guys and who were the bad? I guess we'll let history decide - and I've purposefully let this page languish as I try to make my own mind up on these key players. And you'll see, I've left the jury out on a number of them. So, with no further ado, here's my own little résumé of who were the heros, and who were the villians!
|Cecil Kimber: the man who started it all. In circa
1924, Cecil started a company called 'Morris Garages,' or MG. This fledgling company
specialised, at least initially, in making family saloons a little more sporty. The
company then progressed to making two seater sports and racing cars- the vehicles that
were to make MG a world renowned brand. And the rest, as they say, is
Now, we fast forward over 70 years to the 1990s and to the millenium...
|Graham Day, MD Austin Rover Group. Day was the man on watch during the post privatisation era for Austin Rover, which became Rover group under BAe systems.
BAe was keen to add Land Rover to its military vehicle portfolio, and being
a British company had managed to buy the whole of Austin Rover from the
Thatcher government at a knock down price. It is said that BAe was able to
recoup much of that investment from the sale of land assets alone. Day would have
sanctioned the shoe-string budget MGF, and was certainly involved in
ensuring that the superlative K-series engine entered production and
continued its development into larger displacements and V-engine
configurations. Day was also involved in the negotiations with the German
firm, BMW, keeping technology partner, and 20% share holder, Honda, in the
dark. Honda was shocked discovering after the fact that BMW had purchased Rover Group - and departed
the scene rapidly. And in doing so, likely as not, dashed future product
plans that BMW would then have had to pick up from scratch. After the sale, Day
left Rover Group to join BAe. Job done.