More than 15,000 MG enthusiasts visited a special event at Silverstone to celebrate the 90th birthday of the marque.

The MG90 event on June 21 and 22 also featured a timeline collection of current production and historic MGs worth over £3 million.

The annual event, usually called MGLive was organised by the MG Car Club, and this year, renamed MG90 to celebrate 90 years of the MG marque.

The MG timeline features a spectrum of cars old and new, from the Old Number One to MGs latest production vehicle, the MG3.

 

MG Motor UK joined the event with the UK public debut of three concept models and two MG90 special edition vehicles. The MG3 Trophy Championship concept, based on the current MG3 production vehicle platform and created to highlight in house engineering, design and calibration capabilities by SMTC UK at Longbridge, continues the MG tradition of club racing.

Modifications include tuning of the 1.5 litre, 104bhp, MG3 engine currently featuring 136Nm torque, to achieve a max power output of 204bhp and 260Nm of torque. The vehicle has also undergone a full body-lightening program.

The racing concept was created by a team of SMTC UK engineers in a relatively short timeframe.

The CS concept SUV, originally previewed at the Shanghai Motorshow in 2013, has been confirmed for UK production, and will be the next MG to come out of Longbridge, after the success of the MG3 supermini, launched in September last year.

The MG EV Concept, previewed at SMMT headquarters in central London in April this year, is a display of future technology for the brand, developed in order to fully understand European market demand for a small, fully electric MG. The three concept models on public display at the event are the latest MGs to be created at SAIC Motor’s European Design and Technical Centre (SMTC), located with MG Motor UK, at Longbridge.

Another event as part of MG’s 90th birthday celebrations - the Beijing to Birmingham drive - saw a group of Chinese owners drive over 12,500 miles and through 13 countries in current production MG3, MG6 and MG5, arriving at Longbridge for a commemorative presentation before moving on to join the MG90 celebrations at Silverstone.

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