IN the era before the V8 Supercars and the once a year overnight dash by exotica the famous Mt Panorama circuit was home to the Easter race meeting that for the most part attracted a vast selection of home grown specials.
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And much of the program was filled with specials based on perhaps the best known sports car marque of that time, the legendary MG.

MG specials came in all shapes and sizes and with varying degrees of success and today the survivors bring big money on the classic car market.

This weekend classic MGs return to Bathurst for the Fifth Biennial Pre-War MG National Meeting.

It is expected that more than 65 vehicles will take part, coming from all over Australia and possibly overseas.

Among them an MG NE series imported to Australia to compete in the 1938 Australian Grand Prix at Bathurst.

It failed to finish but came third the following year in the Easter Bathurst 100 (that, by the way, is 100 miles).

Its current owner is bringing the car from Perth.

The cars will be on display outside Bathurst Court House from 9am to midday on Saturday and will then take part in activities at Mt Panorama and various club runs organised by the MG Car Club.

A MORE RELAXED ERA: Believe it or not this was the ‘pit area’ at Mt Panorama in the late 1950s-60s — just find a spot in the paddock beside pit straight. Among the most successful of the MG specials were those prepared by Bathurst enthusiasts Warren Blomfield and (pictured) Max Rowling. The immaculately prepared specials also enjoyed successes at the old Mt Druitt circuit that operated at that time before being swamped by urban sprawl. lm102313mg

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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