Dec. 1951 MG test drive

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    edward ericson
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    @edsnova

    Googlin’ around I just ran across this reprint from the Dec. 1951 issue of “Science and Mechanics Magazine,” wherein they flogged a TD up Mt. Washington.

    http://www.mgcars.org.uk/mgtd/mgtd_dec51_sci_mech.htm

    Excellent (also grainy & B&W) photos of a bone-stock ’51 Sportster. Note the wheels–different from the 15-hole jobbies we see today.

    These guys loved this car. Fave quote:

    In
    the acceleration tests, the car went from 0 to 50 mph in the
    exceptionally fast time of 14.9 seconds – there’s no doubt this car was built
    for sparkling performance. Its pickup from 0 to 60 mph is measured at 23
    seconds. And its best cruising speed or harmonic balance point – is around 67
    mph.”

    Sounds a lot like my 1300cc VW-powered version. Only maybe slower.

    Piece makes a great contrast to the oft-cited Car Talk guys’ test drive report on Tommy’s ’52.

    Anyway, if y’all already seen it, sorry. I did a search before posting.

    #240183
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    That is a great find Ed! Thanks.

    If you ever get a chance to drive the road up Mt. Washington NH…do it.

    Great drive, and simply awesome at the top.

    The day we did it, in a kit car by the way, but not my TD, it was t-shirts and shorts weather at the base of the mountain…and snowing at the top!

    Highest wind speed ever recorded in the world was at the top of Mt Washington; 231 mph in April 1934.

    ┬áThe Mt Washington Observatory web site proudly proclaims to be the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather”.

    Check it out… http://www.mountwashington.org/

    PMOSSBERG40152.9819444444

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

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