From the Editor’s Desk – December 2010

by Frank Ochal

'73 B of Peter Dharma Welcome to the new members that have joined since the last issue.

We would like to thank Jack Feldman, Scott Adams, Rhett McGowan, Tony Scarratt, Peter Dharma, Don Boudwin and all of the other contributors to this issue of the Octagon. Also thanks to Art Isaacs for his continued work in answering members’ technical questions and answers. Be sure to send in photos and stories so we can include them in future issues of the Octagon.

We have a new website for mobile phone users at . It is easier to read on smart cell phones than the regular website.

As requested by our members, Tech Sections Volume III in now available in printed format as well as CD format. It previously was only offered on CD. Pricing can be found on the regalia/store page and is priced the same as printed volumes I and II. Combos of more than one volume are also available.

In addition to the items found in our regular club regalia / store, more store merchandise including tote bags, caps, sweat pants, shorts and other items can be found at our Fieldhouse Club Store located at

I am sure you have noticed the improvement in the look and feel of the Octagon. The pages are larger, the paper is better and the quality of the color pictures is considerably better with more vivid colors. We have made a change in printers to make a better looking magazine. Let me know what you think of the changes.

We now have member grille badges and key fobs. This is in response to many member requests. Technical Sections Volume III is now available which continues the great tradition of practical tech advice started with Volumes I and II. In keeping with the times this one is available only on CD for PC or Mac. Another new item in the store is a complete copy of the past ten years of the Octagon available on CD only for PC or Mac.

American MGB Association members receive the Octagon, now published in March, June, September and December and the eOctagon, published in February, May, August and November.

We now offer a 3 year membership or renewal rate which includes a free t-shirt or tech volume III CD. The rate is $95 or $125 for members outside the USA. And in response to many members we now have a 3 year eMembership for $65 which also includes a free t-shirt or tech volume III CD. Save money and get a t-shirt or tech CD!

The club now has a Message Board at , a Blog located at . The sites are available to all but American MGB Association members are able to place ads and access more tech info.

The American MGB Association Photo Gallery is located at . The same login is used for the Gallery as the Message Board. Members can place their car photos directly at this location.

Send us your email address so that we can send you the eOctagon. The eOctagon is sent via bulk email so if you are blocking this type of email you will not get it. Please send in your stories and photos to be used in the Octagon. You will receive a credit toward renewal or regalia.

Send in your list of spare parts that you have for sale as we send out all lists we have received during the year to members that request lists of spare parts available. These lists are also now appear on our web page in the “members only” section!

You need an ID and password to access the “members only” section of our web site at You will find the ID and password on page 3 of the OCTAGON. These change with each issue so be sure to use only the ones listed in the latest issue. Also now you can to create your own id and password for the members only section. Submit the form on the members only page to do this.

Have a happy holiday season!

Top Photo: ’73 B of Peter Dharma

SAIC MG6 Saloon to enter British market in 2011

from Automotive News

SAIC MG6 Saloon The MG6 Saloon will enter the British market in 2011, and be delivered to MG dealers in China at the end of November or early December this year, Mr. Chen Zhixin, Executive Vice President of SAIC Motor and General Manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle Co., said on October 18 at the UK Pavilion of Shanghai Expo, reported Thursday.

Together with Ms. Carma Elliot, Consul General of the United Kingdom (UK) in Shanghai, Mr. Chen Zhixin unveiled the MG6 Saloon (sedan) at the UK Pavilion on the same day, saying that six Saloon models featuring 1.8L and 1.8DVVT engine will be available in the domestic market.

The MG6 Saloon with a 5-speed manual or Tiptronic automatic transmission measures (LxWxH) 4653mm x 1827mm x 1480mm and has a wheelbase of 2750mm (much longer than same-class models). The 1557mm front track and 1555mm rear track offers the Saloon more inner space and makes it look more practical and steadier- and thus more suitable for family use.

Adhering to a sporty look of the MG models, the MG6 Saloon resembles both the MGFastback hatchback and Roewe 550 and is well positioned to meet the vitality, fashion and personality requirements of the consumers.

Chinese MG On Sale in Saudi Arabia

by by Mashfique Hussain Chowdhury at

While the Rover-derived Chinese Roewe models, rebadged as MG, are still undergoing testing in the UAE before its imminent launch, the MG 550 as well as the MG 750 are already on sale in Oman via an official dealer.

As one of our readers, Harish, pointed out, local Omani dealer Mohsin Haider Darwish LLC is offering the compact MG 550 1.8T and the midsize MG 750 2.5 V6 only, each in a single trim level, and both built in China.

The 2011 MG 550 1.8T comes with a 160 hp 1.8-litre light-pressure turbo 4-cylinder engine, 5-speed automatic, 16-inch alloys wheels, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, cruise control, stability control, two front airbags, ABS with EBD, fabric seats, one-press engine start with the key still requiring insertion, steering-mounted radio controls, power windows and mirrors, automatic climate control a/c, CD/MP3 stereo with 8 speakers, keyless entry, illuminated sunshade mirrors, digital gauges and fog lights.

The 2011 MG 750 2.5, based fully on a facelifted Rover 75, comes with a 185 hp 2.5-litre V6, 5-speed automatic, 16-inch alloy wheels, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, cruise control, dual front airbags, stability control, ABS with EBD, leather seats, power-adjustable driver’s seat, adjustable steering wheel, steering-mounted radio controls, automatic climate control a/c, CD/MP3 stereo with 8 speakers, sunroof, keyless entry, auto headlights, cooled central cubby box, illuminated sunshade mirrors and parking sensors.

Prices are reportedly higher than expected, starting above the equivalent of Dhs 60,000, though we don’t have confirmation on that. The warranty is for 3 years or 80,000 km.