Slot Classic CJ-42

5th May, 1968, the 52nd edition of the legendary Targa Florio took place at the Picolo delle Madonie racetrack of Sicilia. The model we have chosen this time was one of the many participants there, being our second MGB GT reference overall, and the first one exclusively dedicated to competition.

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At the end of 1966 it was built and registered with plate number LBL591E, with the clear intention of racing in the category “prototypes with more than 2000 cc” of the prestigious 12 hours of Sebring of 1967, therefore its cubic capacity was raised up to 2004 cc.

The unit that was painted in red colour and #30 was entrusted to the official factory pilots, Paddy Hopkirk and Andrew Hedges, which drove it successfully to a 11th position in the general rank and 3rd in its category.

Back in the UK, and during the unload manoeuvre, the car fell to the dock and its body became totally useless. After recovering the mechanical elements, they were built into a new body, keeping the LBL591E registration. But this time the body colour was changed to the traditional British Racing Green, and its engine was transformed to 1945 cc to participate in the “Grand Touring” category, with less competition than the prototypes group.

After this second oportunity, and with its new mechanical and aesthetical configuration, the car kept racing as part of the BMC team, being handed over to several American pilots in the 12 hours of Sebring from ’68, ’69 and ’70, except for the 52nd edition of the Targa Florio from ’68, when it was driven by the regulars Hopkirk/Hedges. With the starting number #130, it was successfully driven to the 12th general position and 2nd in its category.

This is the version chosen by Slot Classic to pay tribute to the wandering life of the one and only MGB with GT body and 4 cylinders that was ever used by the factory from Abingdon through all its history.

PARTICIPATION TABLE:

1st April, 1967 – 12 hours of Sebring
#30 Paddy Hopkirk-Andrew Hedges
11st general and 3rd Prototype +2000 Category
Red / Spoke Tyres

23rd March, 1968 – 12 hours of Sebring
#66 Gary Rodríguez-Richard McDaniel-Bill Brack
18th general and 5th Grand Touring 2000 Category
BR Green / Minilite

5th May, 1968 – Targa Florio ‘68
#130 Paddy Hopkirk-Andrew Hedges
12nd General
BR Green / Minilite

22nd March, 1969 – 12 hours of Sebring
#62 Logan Blackbum-Gerald Truitt
28th General and 4th Grand Touring 200
BR Green / Minilite

21st March, 1970 – 12 hours of Sebring
#60 Robert Kilpatrick-Don Goodrich
DNF Accident
Red / Minilite

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