Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
7/20/09 1:57 p.m.

Along with the Le Mans, Nürburgring and Targa Florio races, the 12 Hour Florida International Grand Prix of Endurance at Sebring had become one of the world’s major tests of automotive excellence by the early 1960s. Success at Sebring could give a new sports car instant credibility. It’s not surprising, therefore, that the newly introduced MGB was raced there by the factory in 1963, while a U.S. dealer fielded a team the following year.

What is surprising is that two of the three MGBs that achieved success in 1964 still survive, and have just been restored to the exact specifications in which they raced that year.

These two cars were the centerpiece of the Sebring MGB reunion staged this past March at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca by the Historic Motor Sports Association. Kjell Qvale and Joe Huffaker—the men who put the cars on the track at Sebring—attended along with several team representatives to share in the veneration of an enthusiastic contingent of current MG owners and vintage racing drivers.

The two MGs open a window on sports car marketing and racing in the 1960s.

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