Welcome to the MG Car Club Y-Type Register website where our aim is to foster Y Type ownership and preserve the MG Y Type marque. You will find the site has specific relevance to UK owners but will also be of interest to all Y Type owners worldwide. Apart from keeping a comprehensive Register of all known Y Types, the Y Type Register organises events and is a resource for a wide range of Y Type related information, services, products and regalia.
Our intention is that this site will give access to all of our services. Please enjoy using the site and we would welcome any contribution you may wish to make to it. We are part of the MG Car Club Limited and although we encourage MG CAR CLUB MEMBERSHIP our website is open to all who have an interest in Y Types.
Peter Vielvoye, MGCC Y-Type Register Chairman
Updated 22nd October, 2013.
The Y Register Spring Weekend 2014 details can be found below on this page ( and clicking on the blue title ) or via this link : Spring Weekend 2014
John Thornley has kindly sent us photo's and details of his YB which can now be found in the YB section of the Owners' Gallery by clicking YB0711 Another Y, Y 1153 with details sent to us by Brian Keene will appear in the next few days. New for 2013 Moulded Ashtrays and Surrounds. Original Y Type ashtrays and surrounds have been used to create the moulds for these replacements. For more information and prices please see the following Regalia page, Y Type Ashtrays NEW! The Register can now offer you carpet sets suitable for both Saloons and Tourers through a special arrangement with Coverdale (UK) Ltd. the well known car carpet providers based in Lancashire. Click Carpet Sets to find out more including photographs of examples, or go to the Y Register Shop via the heading Menu.
John Thornley has kindly sent us photo's and details of his YB which can now be found in the YB section of the Owners' Gallery by clicking YB0711 Another Y, Y 1153 with details sent to us by Brian Keene will appear in the next few days.
New for 2013 Moulded Ashtrays and Surrounds. Original Y Type ashtrays and surrounds have been used to create the moulds for these replacements. For more information and prices please see the following Regalia page, Y Type Ashtrays
NEW! The Register can now offer you carpet sets suitable for both Saloons and Tourers through a special arrangement with Coverdale (UK) Ltd. the well known car carpet providers based in Lancashire. Click Carpet Sets to find out more including photographs of examples, or go to the Y Register Shop via the heading Menu.
Peter Vielvoye is arranging an Event in Wales next year for Y Typers and this can be seen below or via this link: Y Tour of Wales 2014.
Peter Vielvoye has written a note which can be read below on the sad passing of David Pelham.
Brenda Pitman has sent us photo's of her late husbands YB at a recent meeting and these can be seen on the Y Types Out & About page.
This year’s Spring Weekend will be based in the Winchester area. We will be holding our traditional weekend with a dinner on the Saturday and a road run on the Sunday.
The Dinner will be held at The Holiday Inn, Winchester (www.hiwinchester.co.uk) or telephone 01962 670 700. The dinner will cost £25 a head for a 3 Course Meal. Menus will be forwarded nearer to the date. Any wine/drinks/extras that you order will be paid by you to the hotel on the day. The exact start time for the dinner will be confirmed in due course.
If you are intending to attend the dinner then please let me know by the end of March 2014 at the latest.
For those wishing to stay overnight, a special rate of £90 per room bed and breakfast has been negotiated. Please book direct with the hotel quoting Chris Callaghan MGY.
MG Y Register Tour of Wales -- July 2014Llanerchindda Farm.
Earlier this year (2013) my local MG Owners Club organised a Tour in Wales which I attended. We were based at Llanerchindda Farm near Llandovery (on the A40 between Brecon and Carmarthen), a family run guest house that specialises in organising classic car events.
Our trip was a real success and all who went raved about the hospitality, the venue, the organisation and the wonderful countryside that the excellent routes explored. I felt that it would be an ideal venue for the Y Register so with the support of the committee I have booked the whole accommodation from Friday 11th July 2014 to Monday 14th July 2014.
There are 13 en-suite rooms and 2 sharing, booking them all has given us the venue to ourselves and the family who run it would organise everything for us. The itinerary that we were given worked superbly and can be viewed below. The Tulip routes are the best I have seen with colour maps and comprehensive points of interest. Rally board for the cars are provided and you even get an O.S Mid and South Wales map included.
The cost is £210 per person for 3 nights which includes breakfast afternoon tea and dinner. This also includes a drinks reception on the first night, a welcome pack containing a memento of the weekend, rally plate, window sticker, road map, road books containing the route for each day and entry to a local attraction.
It is with great sadness that I have to convey the news that David passed away on Friday.
David was a founder member of the Y Type Register and served on the committee until standing down a year ago. He was the authority on the MG YT and passionately researched the Tourer version of our cars. He was always ready to lend a hand to any owner in need of help or advice and he also wrote many articles to share his wide knowledge.
David had very strong opinions and beliefs about the way that the MGCC should be run and regularly kept us informed about the finer details of club affairs. He served as our PR officer in recent years where his skills were much appreciated by the whole Y community.
He will most recently be remembered for the excellent Tour of Brittany that he organised last year for 12 Y Types to retrace the footsteps of previous Y tours to the area.
David will be sorely missed by the many friends he had in the MG community. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his wife Shirley, and daughters Carole and Kirsty.
Peter Vielvoye, Chairman Y Type Register
A Short Introduction to the Y Type History.
The car's correct title is the “ MG One and a Quarter Litre”, the prefix Y, YT and YA were for use by the factory at Abingdon. Note that the YA only became so called after the release of the YB. The 'Y' was put on the market in 1947; the open top tourer YT arrived in 1949 and the YB in 1951. Production ended in 1953. 6,158 YA were built, 877 YT and just 1301 YB. The car used the ohv 1250cc Morris 'X' series engine of 1250cc, termed a 'XPAG' in the MG; in the YA and YB it produced 46bhp @ 4,800rpm, and 58lb.ft torque at 2,400rpm. The YT used the more powerful TC engine with 54bhp.
Original Y Type Jackall System Drawings.
The Y Register have recently acquired the original drawings of the Y Type Jackall system that were rescued from a skip back in 1993.
Jeremy Prince an MGCC member and MG J2 owner has recently retired and ‘as you do’ he decided to clear out his garage. Jeremy an ex employee of the now no longer Smiths Industries Hydraulics Company of Witney had rescued a load of drawings that were destined for the skip in a company clear out and stored them in his garage. Among them were the Jackall drawings and Jeremy gave us first refusal as he felt the Y Register was the most appropriate home for them.
There are 5 Drawings titled CPTE. RED JACKALL SYSTEM FOR M.G. 11/4 LITRE 1946. They are on quality linen type paper and are in excellent condition.
The majority of the detail is of the different size rams but there are views of the pump and its handle, the reservoir, flexible pipe and fittings. The ram drawings show an alternative foot design and interestingly state that the foot should be painted red. It also states that a letter ‘S’ should be stamped on the foot to denote synthetic rubber is used for the seal which doesn’t seemed to have happened in practice. The reservoir is labelled with the original design for the transfers that we now sell in our shop. We do in fact cater quite well for jackal refurbishment as we sell the flexible pipe and a set of seals for the pump.
Please take pleasure in studying them yourself and feel free to download a copy for your personal use.
Neil Cairns our Technical Advisor has been asked to act as a consultant to a research project being undertaken by Manchester University students into the effects of modern fuel on the XPAG engine and the MG Car Club Y Type Register has donated £250 to support the initiative.
Most of us will have come across the problems of fuel vaporisation, overheating and poor hot starting. There were certainly cars on our recent Tour of Brittany that had developed these symptoms after years of being trouble free. So we were delighted to hear that Dr. Paul Ireland has been working with Dr. Rob Prosser at Manchester University where the 4th year M.Eng. students are using an XPAG engine on their test bed to investigate the effects that modern fuel and additives are having on our classic engines.
The MG Car Club Y Type Register was pleased to accept the request for Neil to act as a consultant and we felt the donation to the project to be a very appropriate use of our funds. The Specification issued to the university is detailed via the Link below.
Manchester XPAG Project.
Can I thank everybody for the support and encouragement you have given with this project, especially the project sponsors. Now the project is underway, I plan to send out a monthly newsletter to keep everybody abreast of developments.
There is no finer site than driving over the brow of a hill and seeing 10 differing coloured Y Types glinting in the sun as they stretch out before you on a long straight road. This has been my pleasure over the past week on several occasions as I toured Brittany with the Y Register.
The Register committee had been toying with the idea of organising a venture on to the continent for some time. So about a year ago we were quick to snap up David Pelham’s offer to organise a Tour of Brittany to try and replicate tours made by the Register 10 and 20 years ago. Places were soon snapped up by cars from the UK, France, Holland and Switzerland and the tour was on.
Others will write accounts of our journey and experiences and together with the many photographs taken I am sure they will make very interesting viewing and reading. What I would like to do is openly thank David for taking on the task and providing a stress free and really enjoyable holiday.
He provided each car with a lucky meerkat and prayers to the big meerkat in the sky ensured great weather (hood down all the way) and kept all the cars purring along with only a few coughs and splutters. Thanks David for some great deals on hotels and ferry and the meticulous itinerary and route plans, not forgetting the intriguing quiz, they all made for a superb tour.