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MG Car Club of South Australia SANDOWN . THE HOME OF HORSE - POWER I SANDOWN PARK RACEWAY travelled with Rodney Gibb to the Sandown Park Raceway over the week end of May 22/23 where Rodney was competing in his MGTF Cup Car with MG Racing in the second round of the Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships race meeting, with the Victorian MG Club officiating at the meeting. We left Burton at 4.00am Thursday morning and arrived at Sandown at 3.30pm in time to unload the car and Timing “finger” Pick-up tools etc; and check-in to our motel. Offending grub screw on the bottom Adrian Akhurst had also arrived on Thursday in his big Ford Louisville car Rodney’s MGTF suffered a strange transporter with 4 cars on board, one failure on the Friday during practice, of which was his black MGZT V8 race the engine would run but was missing car. badly, fuel and spark were there so a Friday was a hive of activity in the pits call to Peter Coleman of Triumph with most of the 210 entered cars and Rover Spares suggested checking the crews busy with documentation and crank timing sensor, now unlike norpreparation for untimed practice, with mal MGF/TF engines the Cup car enmost of the 25 MG's and Invited Brit- gine has a cam timing sensor atish cars parked in garages allocated tached to the end of the exhaust cam to the club, the MG grid includes other so while cranking the engine slowly there was the culprit, a small grub British classic cars, Triumphs etc; screw on the rotating component had Saturday was qualifying followed by worked out and was triggering the one 10 lap race, Sunday was an 8 lap sensor before the proper trigger point in the morning and a 10 lap race in resulting with the ECU getting some the afternoon. A relatively new MG to strange inputs, screwing the grub the grid was Phil Chester’s 5.6 litre screw in with a dab of Loctite fixed the Rover V8 powered MGBGT, a truly problem, the car never missed a beat impressive vehicle, I understand Phil from then on. had purchased the car from Peter Bennett in Sydney, while there are a Phil's V8 was fitted with a ‘H’ Pattern number of racing V8's in the club only 5 speed gearbox and Saturday afterPhil and Adrian’s were entered on the noon lost a couple of gears so his mechanics jacked up the car, removed weekend. 36