Roger Friend reminisces:
"I used to work at the Chequered Flag (Garage) Edgware, and my boss was Alan Foster one of Dick Jacobs' drivers. The 'Jacobs Midgets' were delivered to the Chequered Flag from Abingdon by men in white coats and before they where loaded on to the Mill Garage transporter Alan Foster decided he wanted to give them a blast up the Edgware Road. He asked me to jump in and off we went; my impression was that it was not quite as quick as a race-prepared Lotus Elite but the road holding was as good, if not slightly better. Andrew Hedges was also there along with Dick Jacobs, and everybody agreed they looked like baby Ferraris. There you go, Martin ~ Happy Days for me as a spotty teenager. Regards, Roger".
Bill Pricehas has kindly provided two photos which were originally published in his wonderful book "The BMC/BL Competition Department":
From Joe Armour in NSW Australia: "
This (MG Midget) was built in Australia using UK parts. Gearbox was a 4 speed MGA unit so this had to be related to the LeMans/Sebring cars like mine that had 4 speed MG gearboxes with overdrive for 1966 and then were modified to include a 5th gear for 1967 & 68. I I had a ride in this Midget at the Albany Around the Houses Race meeting back in 199? I believe it is now in Queensland ".
Read the Article from Sports Car World, Dec, 1967.
A very atmospheric shot of 770 BJB at Mill Garage in 1962.[Photo supplied by the Revs Library]
See "Your Comments" for messages from Dennis Wharf & Pat Harris
"Looking back with Dick Jacobs" ~ an article from 'Motorsport' in 1974 written just after the closure of Mill Garage
Midget Mark 1 BMC hardtop for sale in good original condition.
A rare 'works' Midget Mk 1 hardtop which used those unusual side-screens with sloping backs. In amazing condition Angelo van der Rijt is looking for a fair offer (around 400 Euros). (Sorry NOW SOLD)
Letter from Bill Price of BMC Competitions Dept
to Dick Jacobs about the homologation of the Lockheed disc brakes and wire wheels on 770 BJB and 771 BJB. [courtesy of Jonathan Whitehouse-Bird]
Another Jacobs Midget?
This Facebook post from Per Roxlin in Sweden tells of the car he owns and about which more photos and information can be seen on his website :
Dennis Wharf has kindly supplied a lovely photo (top right) of 771 BJB in the hands of its owner Malcolm Beer. He says:
"It was taken at the 1995 MGCC Silverstone International Meeting, during what must have been one of the last high speed trials to be included in the annual Silvers programme. Malcolm is driving, and has fitted what appears to be 14" minilites. It also has non-period door mirrors which were fitted in early 1987 to comply with the regs for the first Mille-Miglia re-runs, something Syd (Beer) had embarked upon with Keith Guerrier as co-driver. Sadly they didn't get very far before terminal electrical problems intervened. I'm not sure how the mirrors were fitted, for they were removed shortly after I took this picture without any noticeable trace. I think the car looks simply lovely in this shot, leaning slightly towards the camera through the old complex behind the BRDC suite, it looks very poised".
Kurt Larson, from California, has built a pretty accurate copy of YRX 747 (though presumably without the lightweight aluminium panels):
Another article (believed to be from Autosport)
and a link to some early Jacobs Midget photos
by John Hendy at http://john.shendy.co.uk
[kindly mentioned to me by David Morys]
WANTED - MIDGET MK 1 ANGLED NEARSIDE SIDE-SCREEN
Martin Cunningham of Dublin is looking for one of these unusual raked side-screens for the nearside of a Midget Mk 1. He has 2 offside (RH side) ones so could swap.
Contact him if you can help, please.
More on the works rally cars:
Karsten Stelk has kindly supplied photos of the RAC Trophy awarded to Astle and Roberts for their class win in 1961 and I have added an additional photo and paragraph to YRX 727 telling how superbly Paddy Hopkirk drove the car in the Ards Airfield driving test, 1962.
Lightweight works rally cars for 1961 A few amendments to YRX 747'.
A new web page featuring the Midget and Sprite Competition Register has now been added to the site. If you own a competition Midget or Sprite the registrar, Steve Luscombe, would be grateful if you would register its details with him.
Period photos of 138 DJB in its early life with John Milne supplied by The Bill Henderson Collection
Klaus Weddell kindly sent in this photo right showing the start of the 1000kms race at the Nurburgring in 1964 in which all three of the Midget coupes took part. The two Jacobs cars are clearly visible, as also is the Healey's prototype Targa Florio car, numbered 122.
A new link has been added to the site connecting it with that of the MG Car Club's Midget Register - see Links
New photos of the ex-works Midget 6 GRX before its meticulous restoration
Malcolm Beer and 771 BJB at Silverstone in 1995
James Willis at the Goodwood Revival 2010
1000kms Nurburgring 1964
photo: Günther Molter