Below are some of the reactions, comments and queries received via the Feedback Form. I should be very pleased to receive your own comments, queries and any information and photos you can provide relating to the Jacobs and other special MG Midgets. Just go to Feedback and send your message.
|Pat Harris||25 May 2015||MILL GARAGE||Hi Martin,
I've just seen the mention of the Mill Garage in Woodford which brought back a lot of memories, as I only lived about 2 miles away. This was my local BMC dealer and although I didn't own a sports car myself at the time my Morris Minor 1000 had all the 'Sprite bits', so regular visits ensued.
Anyway I thought this page from a book titled 'Woodford then and now' might be of interest. The photo at the bottom is as it is now, taken from roughly the same spot.
Regards Pat Harris.
|Dennis Wharf||22 May 2015||MILL GARAGE||Hi Martin, What a lovely picture,(see 'news' page) I've never seen it before, looks like Dick at the wheel. Having bought my first MG in 1971, a Mineral Blue Midget registration XYK 824G and being an Essex resident, the Mill Garage became my first stop for spares etc. Seeing this picture was a real memory jerker, for the forecourt and buildings remained unaltered until being demolished in 1975 to make way for the M11. By that time I'd met Dick a couple of times, and had been shown all around the place, and all the racing stuff he'd collected over years and kept in the office. Great times, thanks Martin. Cheers Den|
|Mike Wylie||3 Aug 2013||Craigantlet & alloy-bodied Midgets||
Trevor McIlroy was competing with his Sebring Replica, and there were a couple of local Midgets with largish K-series engines (one was 1800), and Michael Adams, the son of Ronnie Adams who won the 1956 Monté Carlo Rally in a Jaguar Mk.VII, in the Spitfire-engined Midget he has used for similar events for many years. I imagine Trevor will be contributing a suitable report, and I wasn’t in a position to take photographs, but at least this adds to your alloy-bodied knowledge.
Cheers for now, Michael.
|Shaun Taylor||7 Dec 2011||138 DJB||
Hi, My father, John Taylor (Jock) worked at Caledonian Motors, Leven, Fife as foreman for Bill Shepherd and Peter Stewart. He and Tom Westwood looked after John Milne's cars. He regailed us with stories of Croft ,Ingliston, the Rest-and-be-Thankful, etc He even went with the car to the Nurburgring for a relay race. He rated Milne as a very good driver...clever. He loved that car.
|David Bruzas||18 Nov 2011||Brabham Midget||
Hello Martin, Thank you for the e-mails re the Brabham brakes.I think that during its life (approx 8 owners) it must have been upgraded. It was fitted with later type uprights for caliper mounting. I assume that the early Lockheed thin disc set-up would have used a calliper mounting casting ?
|David Bruzas||17 Nov 2011||Damaged Jacobs Midget||
I just read the article (p.4, btm RH corner) re: the comment about the damaged car. I was at the same meeting The Jacobs transporter was double deck and most other transporters were single, we arranged a transporter race after the meeting was over and made one lap of the circuit. It all came to a sudden end when the top car became wedged under the old arched bridge, all the officials had left before we had the escapade.
I think that enough time has elapsed so it seems OK to tell the tail. I was running the Marcos for Tommy Weber.
Kind regards David.
|Jonathan Whitehouse-Bird||17 Nov 2011||Brabham Midget||
|Peter J D Smith||19 Sept 2011||"An MG Experience" by Dick Jacobs||
Recently Paddy Willmer sent me a photograph of Dick Jacobs following my request for any photographs he may wish to share for inclusion in my FaceBook Album - Goodwood Revisited. I captioned the photograph thus: This photograph is a second-in-time at the start of a Handicap Race at Goodwood sometime in the 50s . . . . the Scratch car, No 1, is Dick Jacobs's M.G. . . . . the photo was taken by Guy Griffiths and contributed by Paddy Willmer . . . .
The contents of your excellent website has raised my interest in Dick Jacobs. Jacobs wrote a book entitled "An MG Experience". I wonder whether you would be able to source a copy for me so that I may have the opportunity of learning more of this interesting man and his Team.