History of the MG TD

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MG TD Sports cars.

The MG TD was a real sports car in its time. "Stadard" MG TD's were used during road track racing, but also special aerodynamic cars were build, which were used for speed records racing on the Bonneville salt flats for example. Below you will find some information referring to the real sports car MG TD. You are able to see that the MG TD has not always been used as nowadays for a Sunday afternoon drive only.

The story of Alfred Thomas Goldie Gardner

On my web page you will find some adverts and brochures about Goldie Garder, an amazing MG racing car driver. I wanted to know more about this men. This is what I found and I like to share it with you.

Alfred Thomas Goldie Gardner (31 May 1890 - 25 August 1958) was an English racing car driver. He was holder of the O.B.E. and the M.C. He was also awarded the BRDC Gold Star three times.

Gardner, better known as Goldie Gardner, (Goldie was his mother's maiden name) was born in 1890 in Woodford, Essex.. In 1910 he embarked from England to Colombo, Ceylon, to take up a 3 year business appointment. Upon completion of his Ceylon contract he gained a new appointment in Katha, Burma, but it was cut short by a bad attack of typhoid fever with Malaria and he was sent back to England on six months' sick leave.

During his convalescence in 1914, WWI commenced. He enlisted in September of that year and was granted a commission in the Royal Artillery as a second Lieutenant. Gardner had a distinguished military career and was the youngest officer in the British Army to become a Major. He suffered severe injuries to his right hip and leg when his reconnaissance plane was shot down in August 1917. Despite receiving some twenty operations over a period of two years spent in hospital the leg did not return to full function.He was discharged from the army in 1921 as medically unfit for further service.

 

In 1924 he purchased a Gordon England special Austin Seven and despite his disability began racing on the British circuits. 1930 saw him team up with MG Cars and he raced various of these marks with considerable success. He suffered a crash during the 1932 RAC Tourist Trophy race at Ards in Northern Ireland that further worsened the disability to his already damaged leg. By 1934 he was fit enough to continue track racing and in the 500 mile race at Brooklands with co-driver Dr.J.D.Benjafield he achieved third place as well as winning the 1,100cc class.



Goldie's MG after the crash at the 1932 RAC Tourist Trophy


 

After accompanying Sir Malcolm Campbell's expedition to Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1935 to witness the World Land speed record attempt, he returned to England and concentrated on speed racing records. On 31 May 1939 just before the outbreak of WWII driving his special engineered MG, in Dessau, Germany, Goldie Gardner took the 750cc up to 1,100cc class records over 2 km, 1 mile, and 5 km distances, at average speeds of 203.5mph, 203.3mph and 197.5mph respectively. After an overnight engine rebore, on 2 June 1939 at the same venue he gained the 1,100cc to 1,500cc class records over the same distances at average speeds of 204.3mph, 203.9mph and 200.6mph.


During WWII 1939-1945 Gardner offered his service and was accepted as a second Lieutenant in mechanical transport training. He rapidly regained his old rank as Major and eventually in 1942 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.

 

In the 11 peacetime years between 1936 and 1950 he set over 100 international and local speed records throughout England, Europe and the USA. In 1951 at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, with his supercharged MG streamliner EX-135 car he obtained 6 international and 10 American records in the 1,100cc to 1,500cc engine class. In 1952 he returned to Bonneville with the MG EX-135 car and set 21 speed records in the same engine class as the previous year.

Goldie Gardner speed records brochure 1951

This is a rare speed record brochure, in which the excellent speed records results of race legend Goldie Garner are summarised. To view the brochure in colour, click here or on the images below.



MG Speed records advertisemenets

During the sports car events many advertisements have been published. Below you will find a selection of the speed records advertisements which have been published just before and after the period the MG TD was in production.



MG Goldie Gardner advert The Motor, November 6 1946



MG Goldie Gardner advert The Motor, November 6 1946


MG Goldie Gardner advert The Motor, November 6 1946



MG Goldie Gardner advert The Motor, November 6 1946



MG Goldie Gardner advert The Motor, August 12 1947



MG Goldie Gardner advert The Autocar August 15 1947



MG Goldie Gardner advert The Motor, July 30 1947

 


MG Goldie Gardner advert The Motor October 19 1949



MG Goldie Gardner advert The Motor August 23 1950



MG Goldie Gardner advert The Autocar August 8 1947



MG Goldie Gardner advert The Autocar October 01 1948



MG Silverstone advert The Autocar September 09 1948

 


MG Goldie Gardner advert The Autocar September 07 1951


MG Goldie Gardner advert The Autocar September 07 1951

 


MG Goldie Gardner advert The Autocar September 07 1951

 


MG Goldie Gardner advert The Autocar August 31 1951



MG Goldie Gardner advert The Autocar August 31 1951



MG Goldie Gardner advert The Autocar August 31 1951

 


MG Goldie Gardner advert The Autocar August 31 1951

 


MG Goldie Gardner advert The Autocar August 31 1951

 


MG Goldie Gardner advert The Autocar August 31 1951

 


MG Goldie Gardner advert The Autocar August 31 1951

 


MG Goldie Gardner advert The Autocar August 31 1951

 


MG Goldie Gardner advert The Autocar August 31 1951



MG Goldie Gardner advert The Motor October 10 1951



MG Silverstone advert The Motor May 21 1952


 
MG Silverstone advert The Motor May 21 1952



MG Goldie Gardner advert The Autocar July 18 1952

 


MG TD Goldie Gardner advert The Motor August 27 1952

 


MG Goldie Gardner advert The Autocar August 29 1952

 


MG Goldie Gardner advert The Autocar August 29 1952



MG Goldie Gardner advert The Autocar September 5 1952

 


MG Goldie Gardner advert The Motor September 3 1952



MG TF, Magnette & Goldie Gardner advert The Motor October 1952



MG Goldie Gardner advert The Motor May 20 1953




MG Silverstane advert The Autocar May 22 1953

 


MG TD motor racing advert The Autocar January 22 1954


MG Bonnevile Salt Flats advert The Autocar August 27 1954



MG Bonnevile Salt Flats advert The Autocar August 27 1954



MG  advert The Motor September 1 1954



MG Bonnevile Salt Flats advert The Motor September 1 1954



MG Bonnevile Salt Flats advert The Autocar August 27 1954

 


MG Bonnevile Salt Flats advert The Autocar August 27 1954



MG Bonnevile Salt Flats advert The Autocar August 27 1954



MG Bonnevile Salt Flats advert The Autocar August 27 1954

 


MG Laystall motor racing advert The Autocar August 1954

 


MG Salt Flats Utah records advert The Autocar September 3 1954



MG advert The Motor August 29 1956



MG advert The Motor August 29 1956



MG advert The Motor August 29 1956



MG advert The Motor August 29 1956



MG advert The Motor August 29 1956




MG advert The Motor August 29 1956




MG advert The Motor August 29 1956




MG advert The Motor August 29 1956




MG advert The Motor September 4 1957




MG BMC record advert The Motor October 14 1959

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