Rare 1934 MG PA to Compete in Precision Classic Rally in Cairns

Cairns, QLD, Australia – ( June 25, 2012

Rare 1934 MG PA  to Compete in Precision Classic Rally in Cairns

Rare 1934 MG PA to Compete in Precision Classic Rally in Cairns

Among the line up of valuable, historic vehicles participating in next weekend’s Australia Classic 2012 Cairns, is an extremely rare as hen’s teeth, 1934 MG PA.

According to rally organiser, Zoltan Vandulek, this particular MG PA was built on 13 March 1934 in the UK and exported directly to Australia for assembly.

It will be driven by its owner, Tony Basham, a true enthusiast, who also owns a red, 1951 MG TD roadster – this latter automobile will participate in Australia Classic 2012 Cairns as well, driven by tourism industry stalwart, Alan Wallish.

“These extremely rare and historic, open two-seaters will be among the six MGs entered into this year’s ‘regularity rally.’

A very similar event, Italy’s world famous Mille Miglia was won by an automobile from 1933 this year thus this beautiful MG PA has no less chance of winning than any of the more modern vehicles.

“I know the owner, Tony Basham, shares the belief that you can do anything in a classic car that you would in a current model vehicle – it just takes longer.

Just last weekend Tony took his beloved MG down to Townsville for a warm up.

“In a current model car this is a good four hour drive there and back,“ he said.

The full line-up of classic cars entered can be seen at the Cairns Pier car park on Saturday, 30 June and Sunday, 1 July, taking off from 9am and finishing from 4pm both days.

For more information, contact Kristina Jahshan on tel: 0420 533 622 or email: or visit,


About the MG

Morris Garages was one of the primary auto manufacturers in England in the first half of the twentieth century.

MGs were predominantly lightweight cars although they produced a full line of vehicles from roadsters to saloons.

From humble beginnings in 1923 with custom two-seater touring bodies MG had its first breakthrough in 1928 with the Midget and the brand is still active today.

The MG PA was introduced in 1934 and featured an improved overhead camshaft, crossflow 847 cc 4-cylinder engine that produced just 36 horsepower.

At 748 kilograms the MG PA is not particularly fast by today’s standards, but as a surviving example of the mere 1973 cars built, this car will be one of the main attractions of Australia Classic 2012 Cairns.

The P type was never intended as a racing model unlike many of its predecessors however in 1935 a three car team of P types was entered in the 24 hour Le Mans race.

The team consisted of six ladies affectionately known as “The Dancing Daughters” and although they attracted much publicity, they did not fair particularly well against opposition from Singer’s 972cc sports car.

The Singers took 1st, 3rd and 4th places. Along with other factors this prompted MG to produce a more powerful model to be designated the PB, which was introduced in 1935.

The engine capacity was increased to 939cc to give more power and a close ratio gearbox was fitted as well as changing the honeycomb design of the radiator grille to vertical slats.


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