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Just discovered that The MG J2 my dad restored & which is now owned by my lad Adam has an extensive Rally history.

Amongst other events it did the RAC in 1934 & 36.

Any suggestions as to where I can find more info would be much appreciated.
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Article from Motor Sport March 1934 with the entry list

https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/arch ... -rac-rally

And event report here

https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/arch ... -rac-rally

1936 Entry list here

https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/arch ... ompetitors

And event report here

https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/arch ... -rag-rally


There maybe a snippet you can work out from the info
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Cheers Stu,
Some great leads there.

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I don't have much stuff going that far back, but with dates and names of drivers it gets a lot easier.

The owners club, obviously will have stuff, but local papers can be great. Despite the bit of bother in Spain, things looking a bit dodgy over in Germany etc. motorsport with local entrants got a surprising amount of coverage in the local press between the wars, with great details the specialist press wouldn't mention, particularly about the drivers. My Mum's local Doctor did the Monte in the '50s and I think he pretty much filled half the local paper for weeks!

The Autosport website 'Nostalgia Forum' used to be great, with VERY knowledgeable folks on it, but if seems to have largely died off in the last few years, but there is a 'TNF on Facebook' group / page, where many folk seem to have migrated, though I know you don't indulge Mt Zuckerburg with your presence :lol: , Adam may have some joy there.

Any (or all) of the classic mags would be delighted to publish a request for info, I'm sure, especially at the moment as they are desperate for copy. I'd drop the letters page a line with a decent period photo and see what that produces.

Michael Ware at Beulieu is worth a shout, as is the LAT photo archive (part of Haymarket group which owns C&SC).

Oh, and being an all female crew, by the looks of it, your chances are even better. Worth trying the Pathe website as well. If you find out their names, they may be in a book called 'Fast women' which I have, and whilst interesting, is not as interesting as you are thinking it might be..... but may be of use. :lol:

That should keep you indoors out the sun for a bit!

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It was also a "Chick Magnet"
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Miss M. J. Dobson, 8 h.p. M.G. Midget is in both 1934 and 1936 entry lists. Could that be your driver?
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Bought the car, got the jigsaw?

http://www.artprintsforpleasure.com/mot ... 19229.html

Isn't google great / weird......

Seems E.M Dobson has the cine camera, whilst her sister M.J attaches the pennant (if the photo credit is right)

A quick google shows a Miss Dobson entered a Rover on the '35 Monte, I think it was E.M, who also shows up driving an OM 4 seater in a Welsh Trial, so they had some good cars, and a fair old time, by the sounds of it!

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Thanks for the extra info. Yes, Miss Dobson does appear to have had some very nice cars indeed. Adam is currently trying to find more info out. I'll post it here if anything that crops up.
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This is quite amazing Mark. Fancy finding out all this history after all this time. Bet you have ordered the jigsaw. :D

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Is the original picture Belle Vue speedway stadium?
Clearly not !!!!
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