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Speedweek for Motormarques

The Geelong Speed Trials for 2016 were held on Richie Boulevard, bordering Corio Bay, Where the event has been held for 50 years from 1956 until 2016.

Each year the event has attracted a collection of rare and historic competition vehicles to race against the clock over the quarter mile sprint.

It has always included an impressive display of unique, rare. and sometimes priceless automobiles and motor cycles from all aspects and all eras of motor sport.

Geelong's Speedweek trials was one of the rare occasions in Australia where you could see such an array of awe inspiring vehicles in action, hear and smell their engines at full chat while experiencing the time-honoured but carnival atmosphere of classic sprinting.

Monday, 19 April 2021 18:28

MG Magnette K3 - K3 030

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The MG Magnette K3 currently owned by John and Helen Gillett is chassis number K3 030 and better known as the ex Bira car. It was manufactured in 1933/34 and was the last to leave the the factory. It was originally ordered by and painted red for the Italian racing driver Pelligrini for his entry in the 1935 Mille Miglia race.  However, Mussolini banned its import and the sale lapsed. In late 1934 or early 1935 it was purchased by Prince Chula Chakrabongse of Siam (the White Mouse Racing Team) for his cousin, Prince Birabongse (Bira).
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