MG Car Club Auckland is hosting one of the world’s first MG Motor centenary celebrations, with the New Zealand National Rally kicking off this weekend.

There are participants from all over the country, representatives from Australia, USA, Canada, England and Scotland.

2024 is recognized as the centenary of the famous MG marque, and the Auckland chapter is taking to the roads around the North Island with a celebratory parade of vehicles, with the oldest model being the 1931 M-Type, which was produced from 1929-32.

Other notable vehicles to take part include the first MG owned by motorsport legend and New Zealand’s only Formula 1 World Champion Denny Hulme to the dynamic new award-winning MG4 Essence and XPower.

“The rally is for passionate enthusiasts to come together and celebrate a century of MG cars and quite fittingly we expect close to 100 cars to take part,” said MG Car Club Auckland President Andrew Walbran.

The eight-day journey includes overnight stops in Auckland, Taupo and Napier. In addition to the touring stages, Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park in Taupo hosts a track day and a number of National Rally events are open to the public.

“The first of these is the grand opening of the MG Show on Sunday January 14, which takes place at The Cloud on Auckland’s waterfront from 10.30am to 3.30pm, as well as a similar viewing opportunity in Napier on Friday January 19,” he said . Dr Walbran.

MG New Zealand is assisting the organizers with various elements of the event, including providing a fleet of three MG4s for use as support vehicles.

MG4 XPower vs MG4 Excite 51 comparison, parked side by side

“The MG4 is the latest new vehicle from MG, so it will be a great ‘moment’ to have the new models on display alongside some of the historic greats from the brand’s history,” said MG New Zealand Country Manager, Arek Zywot.

“The centenary is an opportunity to celebrate our past, but also an opportunity to look to the future. The new MG4 epitomizes this as it offers zero emission driving, great range, an affordable price, yet is packed with safety, technology and comes with the peace of mind of a five star safety rating.

“MG New Zealand would like to thank the passion and enthusiasm shared by all rally participants and wish them a safe, successful and fun celebration of our great brand.”

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