100th Anniversary of MG Sports Cars - 2023 Centenary Event Calendar
MG’s Centenary celebrations begin June 1, 2023, 100 years after the first Raworth bodied Chummy was
sold and delivered on June 1, 1923. Worldwide celebrations continue through June of 2024 to
commemorate the success of the MG marque begun by Raworth Chummy’s and M.G. 14/28’s.
1923 Morris Garages Cowley Chummy, an 11.9 h.p. two-seater with a Dickey (Rumble) seat produced at Alfred Lane, Morris Garages, Oxford location.
1921 Cecil Kimber was appointed Sales Manager of Morris Garages and General Manager in March of 1922 at the Queen Street sales office
1923 First Advertisement with Octagon mark with Morris Garages Cowley Chummy
1928 MG Car Company (proprietor Morris Garages Ltd) formed.
1888 April 12, 1888 - Cecil Kimber’s birthday
1923 London – Land’s End Trial, Cecil Kimber wins gold medal in Morris Garages Cowley Chummy
1923 Six, two seat sporting bodies ordered from Raworth and placed on Cowley chassis
1924 London – Land’s End Trial, Cecil Kimber wins gold medal in Raworth Cowley Chummy
1924 Introduction of M.G. Special four-seater Sports on modified 14/28 Morris Oxford chassis
1925 London – Land’s End Trial gold medal in Kimber special, Old No. 1, License # FC7900
1928 MG Octagon registered as trademark.
1924 “MG” Trademark and patent retroactively claimed from this date
1923 First Raworth bodied Cowley Chummy purchased 1 June, FC5581. Oliver Arkell, of the Arkell Brewing family, purchased his yellow Raworth Chummy in August, FC5855
1924 London – Edinburgh Trial, gold medal in a Bullnose Morris 14/28 Morris Garages Super Sports, License # MF8068.
1926 Announcement of MG Flat Radiator 14/28 Super Sports
1930 MG Car Company Ltd registered
1923 August 11th , Oliver Arkell, of the Arkell Brewing family, purchased his yellow Raworth Chummy, FC5855. This purchase is the first MG sale documented by photos.
1927 First batch of chassis collected from Morris Motors for MG 14/40 Sports Mk IV production at Edmund Road factory.
1877 October 10, 1877 - William Morris birthday, founder of Morris Motors, was born in Worcester.
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