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The Mighty MG Magnettes of 33
The Cars, The Drivers, The Mystery.
Graeme Cocks

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By Graeme Cocks.
Published by Motoring Past.


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Captain George Eyston called the Mille Miglia race in Italy as “the most strenuous, possibly the most dangerous and certainly the most exciting of all the events in the calendar of speed.”

With the construction of the MG Magnette Supercharged, now simply called the K3, in late 1932 the British motor racing community had a car which could compete with the new generation of light racing cars coming out of Europe, particularly Italy.

Two prototypes were built, then three cars were constructed and prepared for the Mille Miglia race.

This is the story of those great MGs which swept the 1100cc class and the team prize at the Mille Miglia in 1933.

It is also the story of the other races of ’33, including the Ulster Tourist Trophy, and how the great Tazio Nuvolari was secured to race the Mille Miglia winning car in the greatest event on the British racing calendar.

But what happened to these five great cars and their drivers?

This book tells the story of MG in 1933, why the MG K3 was such a remarkable car, and how these great cars, particularly the Mille Miglia and Ulster TT winning car was almost lost but for its rediscovery many years later.

Graeme Cocks searched archives in Europe, North America and Australia and spoke to dozens of people around the World to discover the story of the mighty MG Magnettes of 1933. He has put together a story of elation and tragedy, of success and failure, and he has examined the mystery of the ultimate fate of arguably the greatest MG of all, K3003.

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Graeme Cocks is an accomplished Australian motoring historian and author. Born in Perth, Western Australia, his interest in old cars began with a Morris Minor 1000 in 1977, a car he still owns.

Trained as a journalist, he later worked as a travel writer and in tourism promotion.

He also has a passion for replica sailing ships, working with the HM Bark Endeavour Foundation and later as Project Director and then Chairman of the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation which built a replica of the first ship to sail to Australia. He arranged the longest voyage of an “Age of Discovery” replica ship from Sydney to Amsterdam via the Cape of Good Hope in 2002.

His stable of cars now includes a number of Australian racing specials and he has produced many books on early motor racing in Western Australia. Internationally, he collaborated with Dr Clare Hay to produce a book on the first Bentley to race at the Le Mans 24 Hour race, Chassis 141.

As Chief Executive Officer of the Fremantle Motor Museum, he was asked by the museum’s owner Peter Briggs to take a look at the history file of his MG Magnette K3.

The wonderful stories from 1933 and the controversy enveloping the restored car intrigued him and set him on a path to get to the bottom of the story.

This book is the result of his passion to tell this wonderful story of how the motor racing planets aligned for MG in 1933 and for a season its cars were almost unbeatable.

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The Mighty MG Magnettes of 1933

“Never was a great enterprise more thoroughly prepared.” Captain George Eyston

The story of the Mighty MG Magnettes of 1933 covers the creation of the most admired British sports racing car of the 1930s, the K3, and how this car was campaigned with great success and a legend was born.

For a fleeting time, the cars from Abingdon were admired across Europe and found customers in far off lands including Australia and Japan.

Some of the greatest drivers of the era including Tazio Nuvolari, Sir Henry (Tim) Birkin and Captain George Eyston raced them and won.

This book re-examines the legend of the K3 to tell the real story of 1933. It traces the cars to the present day. Using many previously unpublished photographs from archives and collections around the world, this major work is an important contribution to the study of the history of Great Britain’s iconic sporting car.

  • 464 pages
  • More than 500 photographs
  • Book size: 315mm x 240mm
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Author Biography

Graeme Cocks is an accomplished Australian motoring historian and author. Born in Perth, Western Australia, his interest in old cars began with a Morris Minor 1000 in 1977, a car he still owns.

Trained as a journalist, he later worked as a travel writer and in tourism promotion.

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The Mighty MG Magnettes of 33, by Graeme Cocks July 18, 2016
Reviewer: Chris Nowlan from Estero, FL United States  
Highly recommended for the serious MG history buff.  Fascinating story told really well, particularly the full and accurate saga of the '33 Mille Miglia and "'33 Ulster TT.
Really good detailed info on the early K3's. Unraveling the history of the most famous K3 is better than an Agatha Christie mystery.  Full of twists and turns.


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Mighty MG Magnettes of 33 The Cars, The Drivers, January 7, 2015
Reviewer: Bill Weldon from Fredericksburg, TX United States  
An excellent coverage of the events of the big year for MG, but not as technical as I might wish.

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