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08/01/2018 : New appointments to the Committee 
We are very pleased to report that the MGCC Triple-M Register committee has two new members!

Barny Creaser has been co-opted as Registrar Co-ordinator and Duncan Potter will be involved in many aspects of racing and competition.

Barny is a PA owner (and also a Lea Francis enthusiast) and his main job will be overseeing the Register of cars and supporting the activities of the nine registrars who look after the individual model types.

Duncan is a second generation Triple-M enthusiast and is best known for his racing success with his C-type in which he has scooped numerous awards. He will be working alongside Racing Co-ordinator Mark Dolton and the competition Secretary Mike Linward.

Please support them in their new roles!

18/12/2017 : Racing Co-ordinator 
We thought you'd like to know that Mark Dolton has been promoted! In saying this, quite honestly we are catching up with reality, so instead of being described as 'Events Reporter' he is now our Racing Co-ordinator - a task which he has been doing for a while now, and with great aplomb!

02/12/2017 : A Statement by the Triple-M Register of the MG Car Club Ltd. 
The committee of the Triple-M Register ('the Register') has been concerned to note various comments made on social media and in other areas about the purpose, function and operation of the Register. These comments indicate that these matters and the significance of inclusion of Triple-M cars in the Register's Listing of cars is not fully understood, or is being disregarded.

For the avoidance of doubt the Register makes the following statement:

1. The objectives and guidelines for the operation of the Register are set out in full on the Register's website and in the Register's Listing of cars, which is published annually;
2. The most recent Objectives and Guidelines were revised and approved by the Register committee on 1st December, 2017;
3. The Register Listing is a compilation of information kept for the Register's own purposes. It is maintained and published for general information. The inclusion of any car in the listing does not in any way signify or confer authenticity to that car;
4. Neither the Register, its committee, nor the MG Car Club Ltd. ('MGCC') accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy of the information in the Register Listing;
5. The Register Listing has been compiled since the formation of the Register in 1961. The compilation of information is done by unpaid volunteer members of the MGCC. Information about listed cars is drawn largely from information provided by their owners, historically in most cases without detailed enquiry;
6. The Register now has a policy and practice of engagement with owners to ensure that all relevant information about a car may be recorded as reliably as reasonably possible for the benefit of current and future owners. Increasingly that means that the Register will ask owners to provide detailed images and information about their cars;
7. When a car is first accepted for inclusion in the Register Listing it is assigned a Register number. A function of that number is to 'date stamp' the car's inclusion in the Register Listing. It does not signify an endorsement of the car's identity or authenticity, its history or provenance;
8. Private and trade sellers and auctioneers of cars have on occasions mistakenly advertised cars for sale on the basis that they 'are listed on the Register and are thus 'authenticated' by the Register'. Statements such as "MGCC MMM Register No. confirming its authenticity" are commonplace. Such statements misrepresent the situation;
9. At no time does the inclusion of a car in, or its exclusion from the Register Listing, or the possession or lack of a Register Number, signify an endorsement of the car's identity or authenticity, its history or provenance or lack thereof;
10. All would-be purchasers of a Triple-M car and/or those wishing to deal in them are therefore strongly advised to make their own enquiries about the car before entering into a commitment for purchase or sale;
11. The Register Committee's general policy is that it will not comment publicly about the registration details of any particular car;
12. Any owner of a listed Triple-M car may discuss the classification of their car with the Committee;
13. Interested parties may contact the Register committee for guidance about this statement and its practical implications.

This statement was approved by the Committee of the MGCC Triple-M Register on 1st December, 2017


10/10/2017 : Register Committee change 
We have to announce that Simon Johnston has decided to leave the Triple-M Register Committee today. Simon has been a member of the committee since June 2016 and is the Editor of the Register's acclaimed Yearbook. In thanking him for his contribution to date we're glad to say that he is willing and able to continue as Yearbook Editor, for which we are very grateful.

We are looking to refresh committee membership and succession generally and would welcome approaches and offers from any member who would like to become involved in any aspect of the Register's work.

Dick Morbey
Register Chairman

09/07/2017 : Peter Green Honoured with MGCC Marque of Friendship Award 
At the Annual Register Summer Gathering, Peter Green received a surprise presentation of the MGCC's Marque of Friendship Award.

The Award which is granted infrequently, honours Peter's contributions to the MGCC and the Triple-M world in particular over many years.

The citation included this tribute:
"Peter's endearing characteristic is the unfailing generosity with which he gives his time and encouragement to support Triple-M owners anywhere in the world. He does this unselfishly and with the indulgence of his family. There are many Triple-M cars out on the roads that would never have been there were it not for the advice and wisdom that he has imparted to their owners.

"His stated aim is that the present and future owners of our cars will encourage their children and grand children, when they are old enough, to drive their cars and attend Triple-M events in them where they will meet like minded people."

25/06/2017 : Register AGM report 
The Triple-M Register held a thinly attended AGM on 25th June when the attendees were given a run down on our activities during 2016 and future plans. The finances were also reviewed and found to be in good order.

MGCC members re-elected two of the three current officers, Dick Morbey (chairman) and George Eagle (secretary) for another year. The Chairman is now in year 6 of the normally 5 year period permitted by the MGCC, who have given dispensation for this additional period.

Bob Milton (treasurer) retired from office and Charlie Cartwright was elected in his place.

Two committee members retiring by rotation, namely Jeremy Hawke (Safety Fast Scribe) and Mike Linward (competion secretary) were re-elected. Richard Stott, (Register Librarian) was also elected to the committee.

Thanks were recorded to Peter Hemmings (former Librarian) and Bob Milton.

The committee needs a succession plan, because a number of posts needs to be refreshed. As always we would be very grateful to hear from anyone who feels that they might be willing to support the Register's endeavours either on or off the committee. The door is open!

The present committee line up is as follows.

Dick Morbey, Chairman
George Eagle, Secretary
Charlie Cartwright, Treasurer
Graham Arrondelle, Registrar
Peter Green, Technical Advisor
Mike Linward, Competition Secretary
Richard Stott, Librarian
Digby Gibbs, Bulletin Editor
Jeremy Hawke, Safety Fast Scribe
Simon Johnston, Yearbook editor (left the committee 10/10/2017)
Elizabeth Taylor, Advertising co-ordinator
Mark Dolton, events reporter and race co-ordinator

08/01/2017 : Two new titles available from the Library  
Our Librarian has just taken delivery of two new booklet reproductions which have been specially produced by the Register:

Reproduction of a rare multicoloured 14 page publicity brochure celebrating the International racing success of MG with many rare captioned photos.

Reproduction of a rare 14 page publicity booklet written by H.S Linfield and E.C. Linfield of the "Autocar" telling the story of the Montlhery Midget racing success in the early 30's. Includes a superb
centre spread illustration by Gordon Crosby of Captain Eyston's successful one hour at over 100mph record acchievement at the famous banked track.

Each booklet costs £12 including postage - details are on the Library page.

10/07/2016 : MGCC Member of the Year award to Mark Dolton 
It is with great pleasure that we can report that the MGCC's board of directors has unanimously agreed to award the Geoff Coles Trophy for member of the year to the Triple-M Register's Mark Dolton.

The award was presented to Mark at today's Register Summer Gathering by Club Director George Wilder at a ceremony also supported by Club Chairman Ian Quarrington.

The award was given in recognition of Mark's exceptional commitment and success in promoting the renaissance of Triple-M racing at Club events. Not content to rest on his laurels, Mark is continuing his efforts with the aim of achieving even larger grids in 2017 at MGCC and in VSCC and other events.

Hearty congratulations!

10/07/2016 : Triple-M Register donates to MGCC archive  
The Triple-M Register's finances are in a healthy state and this has enabled our committee to make a £1,500 donation towards the Bill Wallis archive facility at the MGCC's Kimber House HQ in Abingdon.

The funds will be put towards the ongoing project to equip the new facility and provide for the future digitisation of the invaluable historic materials that are held there.

The Register's contribution was presented to MGCC Chairman Ian Quarrington by Register Treasurer Bob Milton at today's Register Summer Gathering at Peter Green's home, which was attended by 120 participants.

A Register team has been working very hard over the past months to create the framework for a totally new database of all known Triple-M cars and their current and former owners. The database content, which is the M.G. Car Club's prime record of surviving Triple-M cars, has been assembled from a variety of sources. These sources include the existing Triple-M Register records, including many thousands of paper files and other records and, importantly, information and material provided by current and former owners.

We are pleased to report that we have now reached a stage where the database is now able to be launched.


We encourage everyone to look at the database - access details are below - and feed back any general questions or comments to a special area in the discussion Forum which our webmaster Nick Feakes has created. Any specific questions or suggested corrections about a specific car should be addressed to the Registrar at grahamarrondelle@yahoo.com

We are rolling the project out in two stages. STAGE ONE IS NOW LIVE. Stage two will follow shortly.

To access this information, click on 'Register database' on the left hand side of the main menu on the website home page. From there you can select three options:

1. 'Register your car'. This is a facility for owners to register their cars with the MGCC Triple-M Register;
2. 'Browse the Register'. This is a chassis number search facility which will show summary details and, where available, pictures of each registered car;
3. Statistics. This area shows the total number of currently registered Triple-M cars as well as model by model.

By following options 2 and 3, anybody at all can access the database to see a limited amount of general data about all registered cars. No personal data will be revealed.

The 'Pictures' menu on the website home page also has a link to members' cars, where some of the above information is also available.

When the database goes fully 'live' shortly, owners can apply to have direct access to data for their individual car. They will be able to view information and images of their car (but nobody else's car!). Importantly, owners will also be able to use the on-line facility to request amendments to their car details and their own personal details. Indeed, owners will also be actively encouraged to submit photographs of the car and its main identifying features, documents and other information.

This facility for owners to view their records will be available solely to owners who are recorded as the owner of a Triple-M car that has a Register number.

Owner access to car data will be restricted and safeguarded by a personal ID and password. We will shortly be contacting owners by e-mail to advise them how to apply for their personal ID and password. This means that we must have your current e-mail address on record! Please visit your Website Discussion Forum profile as soon as possible to check that all your details are up to date!

Please note: It will be a pre-condition for owner access to the database that owners first send the Register an image of their car's chassis number stamping, preferably of the front chassis dumb iron or, if that is not possible, the stamping on the inside of the bonnet hinge.

Cars without a Register Number.
If you own a car that does not have a Register number we would welcome hearing from you to discuss whether your car may be eligible for inclusion on the Register. The criteria for inclusion on the Register can be seen at http://www.triple-mregister.org/registerlogin.asp

How we manage the database
The database framework has been created by Koen Struijk, a Dutch MG enthusiast who owns a Triple-M car (PA) and an MGA. The Register is extremely grateful to Koen for the many hours that he has devoted to the project and its future management, without which none of this could have happened. We're also grateful for the work that webmaster Nick Feakes has done to enable access to the database via our Register website.

All information held on the Register is under the control of the Registrar, Graham Arrondelle, who is a Triple-M Register committee member. With around 4,000 cars to be accounted for, his is a huge task. In order to make things more manageable the Register committee recently decided to allocate responsibility for particular models to 'sub-registrars'.

The sub-registrars will deal with day to day matters and owners will find that communications about their cars will increasingly be dealt with by the sub-registrars.

The following people are the sub-registrars:
M-types Mike Dalby
D-types and J1 Ted Hack
C-types Cathelijne Spoelstra
J2 John Emmett
PA Dick Morbey
PB Graham Arrondelle
J3, J4, Q and R Bob Milton
K-types Peter Green
F, L, N-types & Comp cars George Eagle

Lew Palmer of the North American NAMMMR in the USA will also be working with us to ensure that the records of USA-resident cars are complete and consistent with the main Register.

We are very pleased that we have been able to bring about this improvement in our systems. It is now up to all of us to ensure that information held by the Triple-M Register is accurate and up to date - something that will be to the benefit of present and future owners.

Dick Morbey
Register Chairman

16/01/2016 : Hawke History of MMM Competition Cars 
A further batch of the very popular and fast selling "Hawke History..." has been received from the printers in Germany and is now available from the Triple M Library. Apologies to all those who just missed out in December when the Christmas rush exceeded all expectations. The other good news is that the price has been held at £20 (plus post and packing)even though the printers have increased prices.I look forward to receiving your orders via the webshop just a few keystrokes away from the home page.

Peter Hemmings
Hon. Librarian

14/09/2015 : Mille Miglia book back in stock 
I am pleased to report that the authentic reproduction of the very rare contemporary booklet celebrating success of the MG K3 Magnettes in the 1933 Mille Miglia is now back in stock in the Library.It is available for £12 plus P&P, the price held as previously.Go to the "Library sales" section of the website for further details of this and all other publications currently available.
New items appear on a reglar basis.

Peter Hemmings
Hon. Librarian

12/03/2015 : Eligibility for inclusion in the Register of Cars 
UPDATE 12-March 2015

The Triple-M Register guidelines set out the criteria for inclusion of cars on the Register Listing and the allocation of a Register number.

In March 2014 we brought in some changes which were designed remove doubt or ambiguity.

After further thought and in the light of recent experience, the Committee has decided that the guidelines should describe certain chassis features in more explicit detail. We have therefore made some further changes to the guidelines.

These include new definitions for:
'Original Triple-M chassis'
'Altered chassis'
'Reconstructed chassis', and
'New chassis'

There is also a new section dealing with 'Replacement engines and cylinder blocks'.

A copy of the new guidelines will be available shortly at http://www.triple-mregister.org/registerlogin.asp. It can also be accessed via the home page, or on the "Register your Car" page.

The guidelines will also be reproduced in the annual Register Listing of Cars when it is re-published in time for Silverstone 2015

We would encourage all owners of Triple-M cars to familiarise themselves with the new guidelines and ensure that their ownership and other details of the vehicle are correctly recorded with the Registrar, Graham Arrondelle. You can do this electronically via the website or by post.

Dick Morbey

10/10/2014 : Factory Photographs Gallery 
Triple-M Register Factory Photographs Gallery.

The Register team has been busy creating digital images of period Factory photographs contained in the Register’s archives. These contain a wealth of information about the original assembly and finish details of our cars. We’re happy to announce that we have now teamed up with a supplier, Photobox which means that you can now view and buy high quality prints of these photographs on-line via the Register Library at a reasonable cost.

Altogether over 350 images are available and they can be viewed and purchased via the on-line Register Library at http://www.triple-mshop.org or by visiting the Gallery at: http://www.photoboxgallery.com/triplemgallery

The images are arranged by model types and there are additional sections, one showing Competition Cars and the other, ‘Other Photos', showing pictures of cars in production at the Works, some vintage models, experimental cars etc.

Some of the original photos are non-standard sizes, so during the order process you will be able to check and adjust the fit of your chosen image within your requested print size. We have a number of print sizes available from 6”x4” up to 12” x 8”. Several interesting products are also available, at this stage including coasters and mouse mats on offer. Other items of regalia may be available at a future stage.

Purchase, production, shipping and any queries will be handled directly by Photobox and not the Triple-M Register. However if you do have any general questions or feedback Mark Dolton can be contacted via email at: Triplemgallery@gmail.com

This project has taken a while to finalise and thanks are due to Robin Hamblett for many hours spent scanning and optimising the original photographs and to Mark Dolton who has been instrumental in launching this on-line facility. We hope that owners will find the facility useful and will support it by purchasing some of these invaluable images.

10/03/2014 : Technical Pictures on our website - a further update 
I'm pleased to say that the project is ready to receive your contributions. Here's what to do:

Each model is covered except for Q and R-types.

We have now created e-mail addresses for each model - one address being for mechanical components and another for body/trim components.

All you have to do is send your digital pictures - not smaller than 1.5Mb and definitely no larger than 5Mb - the the appropriate address given in the list below. Please remember that what we are looking for are pictures, each with a description, showing individual components, part-assemblies or complete assemblies. The aim is that these should be representative of what went into the cars 'originally' as well as variations that were introduced at the time of manufacture and subsequently.

Here is the list:

Update 11th March 2014

As you know, the project is now able to receive images of mechanical and body components for each of the models.

To achieve this we created and published a number of e-mail addresses to which you can send these images to us. Unfortunately the publication of these e-mail addresses has opened the door to a tsunami of spam messages emanating from the Far East.

In order to overcome this problem I am now re-publishing the list but this time without the dot and '@' symbol. It means that you will have to type the correct e-mail address in full rather than simply clicking on it but we feel this is a small price to pay.

Here is the list, and do please continue to send through your pictures. Your Register needs you!

Mtypemechanical [at] triple-mregister [dot] org

Mtypebody [at] triple-mregister [dot] org

Ctypemechanical at triple-mregister dot org

Ctypebody [at] triple-mregister [dot] org

Dtypemechanical [at] triple-mregister [dot] org

Dtypebody [at] triple-mregister [dot] org

Jtypemechanical [at] triple-mregister [dot] org

Jtypebody [at] triple-mregister [dot] org

Ptypemechanical [at] triple-mregister [dot] org

Ptypebody [at] triple-mregister [dot] org

Ftypemechanical [at] triple-mregister [dot] org

Ftypebody [at] triple-mregister [dot] org

Ktypemechanical [at] triple-mregister [dot] org

Ktypebody [at] triple-mregister [dot] org

Ltypemechanical [at] triple-mregister [dot] org

Ltypebody [at] triple-mregister [dot] org

Ntypemechanical [at] triple-mregister [dot] org

Ntypebody [at] triple-mregister [dot] org

We hope you will be able to contribute to this project, from which we all stand to benefit!

Dick Morbey

08/02/2014 : Technical Pictures on our website - an update 
Regular followers of the Register’s website discussion forum will know that there has been a fair bit of chat about improving the availability of pictures of Triple-M cars on our website. We understand this and have been doing something about it!

The following message is mainly about ‘Technical Pictures’, for which we would like to have your assistance! By ‘Technical Pictures’ we refer to pictures which have been accumulated by the Register and by individual members, which show technical details of cars, individual components and assemblies.

Thanks to a band of unsung heroes we have now made a start in creating a ‘Technical pictures’ library. The following is an update to let you know the current situation.

Starting with the P-type, we have started to put together a library of pictures of components, sub-assemblies, etc. These pictures, as well as pictures of all other Triple-M models except the Q and R-types, will be viewable when we launch the Technical pictures library very shortly.

But first, we need to obtain more pictures, and this is where you come in!
We invite you to search through your recent or past photographs and send us any digital images you may have of:

- Mechanical components – either individual components, part-assemblies or complete assemblies, and
- Body and trim components – again individual parts or assemblies

Alternatively, if you have prints or transparencies of these pictures, perhaps you could scan them? (We might be able to assist if you do not have the necessary equipment to do this.)

It is important that these are accurate and properly representative of the cars ‘as built’ at the Works.

At this stage we are not quite ready to receive your images, so for the time being would you please just gather them together?

We will be creating two specific e-mail addresses for each model – one for mechanical and another for body/trim (for example, Mtypemechanical [at] triple-mregister.org or Ktypebody [at] triple-register.org) to which you can send your pictures. We will let you know when these are up and running.

Images should preferably be not smaller than 1.5Mb and definitely no larger than 5Mb.

By submitting your pictures you confirm that they are your property and you also consent to allow the Triple-M Register full rights to publish and circulate them.

We would like as many people as possible to be involved in this exercise, for which we thank you in advance.

In order to ensure that the pictures are properly representative, all images for each model type will be checked by a small number of volunteers with knowledge or experience of particular models.

If you have any questions about any aspect of the exercise please feel free to contact Dick Morbey or Nick Feakes.

Thank you!
Dick Morbey

Factory Pictures
In response to requests, we are also assembling a collection of ‘Factory pictures’ taken during the years in which Triple-M cars were being constructed.

In the next few weeks we hope to have a section on the website where you will be able to view a selection of Factory pictures of our cars. Where these images are accepted as being in the ‘public domain’, they will be generally available to download. Where the Register has rights to the pictures, they will still be viewable on-line, probably as thumbnail images or water-marked images and you will be able to purchase high resolution un-watermarked copies of these via the Register Shop. We will bring you more news about this shortly.

16/12/2013 : The Triple-M Register - Our role and car identity issues 
Most of us who visit this website are Triple-M enthusiasts, the majority of whom are very familiar with the cars and the way in which the Triple-M Register exists to serve their interests. For those less familiar with the setup, it may be helpful to be reminded that the Triple-M Register is a specific Register of the M.G. Car Club Ltd., catering for the ohc-engined MG cars built from 1929 to 1936.

What is sometimes less well known by the typical owner is the significance of having a car included in our ‘Register Listing’ and the ground rules and guidelines which govern the compilation of that Register. The criteria and guidelines relating to inclusion of a car in the Register and the allocation of Register numbers to individual cars are set out in full on this website on the ’Register your car’ page at http://www.triple-mregister.org/registerlogin.asp

The reason for drawing this to everyone’s attention is to allay possible confusion that may exist in people’s minds about the ‘Register Listing’.

The role of the Triple-M Register is not to be the ultimate adjudicator on car identity issues. The purpose and objectives of the Register are clearly stated as being, amongst other things, to “maintain a register of surviving cars, recording their history and other relevant information.”

The Register Listing is therefore “a compilation of information kept for the Register’s own purposes. It is maintained and published for general information only and does not confer authenticity”.

It is important to keep this in mind, because some owners as well as some external organisations such as dealers and auctioneers tend to attribute more significance to a car’s inclusion in the Register than is perhaps appropriate.

Nevertheless our Registrar Robin Hamblett has the unenviable but fascinating task of keeping the Register Listing up to date. In doing so he relies on all owners keeping him informed about changes of ownership or other changes affecting their cars.

Following a recent development, and in order that our records can be as accurate as possible, Robin is now aiming to collect more detailed information about individual cars, which he will typically do whenever a change of ownership is notified. From now on, he and the committee will also be looking more closely at cars currently included in the Register Listing with the aim of clarifying anomalous or ambiguous situations whenever these come to light.

Considering that most Triple-M cars were built 80 or more years ago, it is scarcely surprising that many of them have undergone changes over the years. Some parts of our records date back several decades and most are based on information volunteered by owners or former owners. Keeping track of this is no mean task!

The committee is nevertheless currently focused on doing whatever we can to ensure the integrity of our records and thereby ‘Maintain the Breed’; we would be grateful for everyone’s co-operation in ensuring that our records of your own car/s are as accurate as possible. Please feel free to contact Robin or a Committee member if you’d like to discuss your own car or any particular vehicle.

Thank you.
Dick Morbey

27/06/2003 : Welcome to the Triple-M website! 
Please browse these pages, digest the information, give us your comments, and most important of all, send us items that you think will be of interest to other Triple-M owners. Remember this is your site.

This News Page will let you know of important changes or updates to the site as well as highlighting news of other Triple-M activity.

Tell us of events in your area which you think would attract Triple-M owners. Send us the details, including organisers contact details, and we will add them to the Events Page. And don’t forget a few lines for the Event Reports Page, to tell others what happened or remind people what they missed!

If you have any Triple-M related pictures you would like to share with other Triple-M owners just send them to us and we will fill a library that others can enjoy. Include the approximate date taken (the library is structured in Monthly blocks) and a brief description. If you already have a web site that stores photos you have taken and you would like to share them with a wider audience, advise our Webmaster and a direct link can be arranged.

The latest Car Of The Year, Speed Championship and Slade Trophy tables are listed along with the Rules for each competition. You can send your COTY claims to the Competition Secretary by e-mail or post.

A Retro page is included which will reproduce a selected number of old MG Magazine articles.

Register your Triple-M car, or update the details we hold on your Triple-M car by using our on-line service. Updates will be sent direct to our Registrar.

If there is a topic, technical or otherwise, you wish to discuss with a wider audience, check out the Forum page. You can view the content of any Forum but you will have to Register and Login to add to the discussion or raise your own topic. Registration is simple but essential. Please follow the instructions from the relevant pull-down menus. The area is under the overall control of the Webmaster. Please do not add inappropriate or offensive comment which, in any case, is liable to be removed and may result in your Registration being withdrawn.

If you want to buy or sell a Triple-M car please use this site, it's free. Supply a description of your car and an optional photograph. Please indicate if the picture is not of the actual car for sale and, most important, please indicate if it is a private or trade sale.

It's now up to you! Please help to keep this site topical, it is for your benefit. Don't delay, do it NOW!

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