Motor sport

Recreating the MGC GTS that raced at Sebring

Richard Adams only met John Piper through a mutual friend, but it didn’t take much to convince this serial classic car owner that Piper Special Vehicles should be given an expensive project: build a loose homage to the MGC GTS coupés the Abingdon factories raced with in the late 1960s, including the 1969 12 Hours of Sebring.

The factory only built two of the lightweight racers, with an aluminum roof, door skins, front valance, bubble fenders and plexiglass tailgate.

There was ‘Mabel’, registered MBL 546E (which finished 34th overall at Sebring), and ‘Romeo’ – RMO 699F (a very respectable 15th, driven by Andrew Hedges and Paddy Hopkirk). Adams based his rejoinder on the latter.

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“I’ve always liked the idea of ​​the Sebring, but since they only made two, you can’t buy a real one,” Adams says. “I started talking to John about something completely different, a scooter based on a KTM motorcycle that does about 150 mph! I wasn’t convinced…but I thought maybe one day we’d find something else to do together and that’s when we got into MGs. He said, ‘We’ve always wanted to do a Sebring’, so it was a gathering of like minds. We pay homage. This It’s not like we’re trying to pass it off as original, it’s just my modern version of Romeo.