1933 MG K3 - Reader Ride

By: Cliff Chambers, Photography by: Cliff Chambers

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We caught up with Ross Kelly and his MG K3 at the 2019 MG Nationals in Queensland

Racing does improve the breed and cars like Ross Kelly’s MG K3 have spent their lives confirming that maxim. This particular K3 (#04 of the 33 built) dates from 1933 and was raced on the famous Brooklands track. It then came to Australia and was owned by Jim Gullan from 1950-61 – he claimed 3rd in the 1950 Australian Grand Prix in the K3.

With bodywork that bore no resemblance at all to MG’s ‘slab-tank’ design, Gullan campaigned the car in circuit and hill-climb events before selling it. The K3 has resided in Queensland for more than 30 years and passed through the hands of several owners including MG specialist Rod Hiley who undertook a major restoration.

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It was offered to Ross in September 2017 and with help from numerous co-carers has attended various events including the Winton Historics. It was scheduled to compete in the MG Nationals Hillclimb the day after being displayed. According to Ross, the car with its pre-selector gearbox, is an acquired taste but fun once you’re used to it – "Providing you remember what gear you’re in, it’s a very efficient gearbox."


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