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MG B&T TC Special - 1958

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Bob Boast's Bruderlin & Thomas Bodied MG TC Special  
 
 
 
 Current owner -  Bob Boast    The car has a Cams log book & C/Description for Lb racing It has a one piece fibre glass body. TC chassis & gearbox & diff TC hubs & axles Datsun steering box conversion Twin brake master cylinders Runs Hoosier 5.000 x 15” tyres & rims J75 Supercharged motor, 1-3/4” twin bowl SU carburetor Runs on Methanol     History provided by Gary Malyon, who owned the car from 1979 to 1986   Constructed in 1958 by John Bruderlin and Leon Thomas (Lynx) using a highly modified MG TC chassis, suspension and gearbox and a TF 1500 cc supercharged motor. The chassis then fitted with fibreglass open wheel body using the mould from the late Jimmy Johnson's TC Special. This mould being a shortened and widened version of the RMV Riley body of 1951. Four bodies were constructed. These were subsequently used on Bruderlin and Thomas TC specials -- originally built for hill climbs and sprints in which they were very successful. Two of the original cars were destroyed in late 1959. The third special competed as both a sports car (with aluminium cycle guards) and as a racing car. This Special passed into the hands of Bill Reynolds in 1960. It ran unsuccessfully in a number of road races in this period before being dismantled for a complete rebuild. It was sold in this state to Tim Shellshear in 1962 and, with the help of his brother, rebuilt and raced for the next three years, when it was sold again.   The Special was dismantled again to effect another rebuild. It was sold in this state to M. H. Kennedy in 1967/68. Then, still dismantled, sold again to P.N.Redhead In 1970. The Special was still in pieces when bought by the writer in late 1970. The rebuild commenced in 1975 and the Special had its first competitive run in over 15 years at the 1975 all historic Oran Park races.    
   
 Above: Tim Shellshear - 1978  Above: Oran Park 1978
    MG Car Club Magazine - Opposite Lock - August 2009  
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  From the MG Car Club Magazine - "Opposite Lock" - Oran Park - 1978 - The B&T MG Special at left
  MG Special   By Brian Woolmer   "The chassis was fitted with a fibreglass open wheeler body using the mould from the late Jimmy Johnson's TC Special. This mould was a shortened and widened the version of the RMV Riley body of 1951. Four bodies were constructed. These were subsequently used on Bruderlin and Thomas TC Specials, which were originally built for hill climbs and sprints where they were very successful." This car competed as both a race car and sports special (with aluminium cycle guards fitted). Two of the original cars were destroyed in late 1959 and two unknown to survive to this day. This car had its first outing in September 1958 and was eventually sold to Bill Reynolds in 1960 and competed in road races. It was sold to Tim Shellshbac (? Shellsear) in 1962 and was raced by him until 1965. The car passed through several hands until it was bought by Gary Malyon in 1970 and the restored vehicle returned to the track in 1978 and was raced by him until it was sold to Ray Robinson in 1986. Ray sold the car to Dick Willis in 1988 and Dick subsequently sold the car to the late Peter Candy in 1990. Bob bought the car from Peter's widow in 2007 and since then has restored the vehicle to its original glory.  
                             
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           1958 -- 60 Bruderlin and Thomas 1960 -- 62 Bill Reynolds 1962 -- 65 Jim Shelshbar (? Tim Shellshear) 1965 -- 68 David Gazard 1968 -- 70 M. H Kennedy 1979 -- 86 Gary Malyon 1986 -- 88 Ray Robinson 1988 -- 90 Dick Willis 1990 -- 2007 Peter Candy 2007 -- Bob Boast                                              
         
   
   
http://www.motormarques.com/images/stories/2010/Bob%20Boast/photofromMGmag1.jpg    The above photos were from the MG Car Club magazine Opposite Lock August 2009      
 
 
 
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