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Updated November 2008: Get a Birth Certificate for your B (and other MG models and marques). Direct from BMIHT, price (at last time of checking) is £40 and should be with you in less than 28 days. There are extra charges for searches on engine/body number if the chassis number is not available. There is also an expanded version with technical specification for £68, and if you just want a dating letter e.g. to change its taxation class to Historic and be eligible for free UK Road Tax that is £21.
Also see British Motor Heritage Ltd. for OE shells, panels and other parts.
Team.net MGs mail list Learn all about the role and Frank Zappa play in owning an MG. Two versions are available - 'real time' and the digest. The last time I used the digest it arrived a day or two later than the 'real-time' messages would have, and the messages were in date/time order making it awkward to follow and contribute to threads. However the digest means that if you only access your mailbox once a week, you only get five messages instead of five hundred! (Those were the days, probably only get about 70 per month now. (Did I say 70 per month? More like one per month now)). The Yahoo MG-MGB list seems to have replaced it, but even that doesn't generate anywhere near as much as Team.net in its heyday.
The Team.Net MG Mail List and MGB V8 Mail List archives - Retrieve past pronouncements on all MG topics under the sun, rather than asking "Why don't my turn signals work?" or "What does mean?"

The most important MG site on the Internet

The MG Web Ring originally set up by Ben Russet.

The original MG club ...

... and its V8 Register

The MGB Register of the Car Club

The largest one-make car club in the world

The square-riggers club

Marc Feig's site specialising in early MGBs

Steve Baker MG

A true enthusiast, even though he is now trading commercially, so well worth including here.

MG Car Club Northern Transvaal, South Africa

The North American MGB Register

British Car Cottage Industries

Devoted to enthusiasts who have developed items for British cars not normally available from commercial sources, by Barrie Robinson of Canada.

Scions Of Lucas

Rendez-vous des Anglaises is the British car club located on the east coast of Canada in the Province of Québec.

The Victoria (British Columbia Canada) MG Club purveyors of that fine 1999 MG calendar that is now a valued part of my archive. The calendar came to me via Larry Unger in Woodbridge, Virginia as a barter for a water pump pulley I had located for him in the UK.

Kentucky club site with newsletter, events, discussion board ...

Skye Poier's Historic MGB Race Results

Erm an automotive web site for geeks?

Paul Tegler's MGB colours - codes and examples

PARTS SUPPLIERS

Neil Cairns' Parts Suppliers list, mainly UK

Not MG but not a million miles away either. Just a friendly link-swap.

Classic MGs photo archive from Rick Jones, who has two other sites at Classic Wheels and OldClassicCar

Austin Memories

Commemorating Longbridge and the cars made there. Primarily Austin, with some MG

Car Acronyms, surprisingly 'Mostly Garaged' isn't in this or any of the other sites I looked at.

Image from Deposit Photos

MGs in Cinema

A big omission is one particular SA that appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca. It also appeared in The Invisible Man, Love Letters, and Woman in Green.

'British V8' online magazine

Tidewater MG Classics of Norfolk, Virginia, including the award-winning 'Dipstick' newsletter.

Links to various MG sites around the world by opzijnbest of Holland.

 

Commercial links:

 
Hopefully not needed for your MG
But in any event there are a number of rules that need to be followed to protect yourself and the environment, and can help others.

Car Guy Garage - Garage Cabinets, Storage, Flooring, Accessories, Lighting and Decor

Services and advice for the young car driver

Trailer and garage cabinets and accessories

Vintage, veteran and classic electrics components

Lancaster Classic Car Insurance

Sussex MG Car Parts

Sussex Classic Car Parts sells parts for MGs, Midgets, MGBs, MGFs, Austin Healeys and Sprites.

John Twist's University Motors site

Lawrie Alexander's British Sportscar Center in Sacremento, Northern Fornicalia

Tends to be more 'techy' than the MGOC mag (Enjoying MG), which tends to be more 'clubby'

MG Motor, successor to MG Rover

BMIHT Gaydon - the No. 1 LBC museum by far.

Beaulieu, pronounced "BEWly" i.e. with the emphasis on the first syllable only

Haynes - the author of all those auto manuals

Unipart Parts Direct. "Thousands of parts for millions of cars" - service and repair. From the Magnette to the MGF

The Automotive and Motorcycle restorers first shop for specialist tools and equipment. With over a thousand items, products can be purchased securely online or by telephone or fax.

SU fuel systems - Australia

SU and Zenith fuel systems - UK

Parts Suppliers Prices

K&N Filters - Filter Facts, cleaning etc.

K&N Europe - includes worldwide dealer list

Hundreds of 'MG' collectibles on eBay, and most of them are Octagonal

Swattons Sports Cars
MG Specialists in Swindon, UK

R&S Coachbuilts of London supply and fit complete kits or replacement parts for the original (that is, aftermarket) Webasto folding roof.

Europe
US

Moss Motors - Europe at the top and USA at the bottom, with free snail-mail and on-line (USA only) catalogues. Also their Moss Motoring on-line magazine.

Fancy having a stained glass window of your MG?

 

Some sources of classic car hire in the UK and elsewhere:

The Getaway Driver Choose from MG, Jaguar, Aston Martin and many others in various parts of the UK
Porsche and RV8 hire in Devon
UK-wide Guild of classic car hirers
Choose from an Jaguar E-Type, Lotus Elan, MGB Roadster, Triumph TR4A, Triumph Stag or Triumph Spitfire for a memorable and thrilling day out touring this unique area with its host of scenic and historic attractions, including Stately Homes, Castles, picturesque villages and The Cotswolds. Priced at UKP100-200 per day, picnics extra.
Bespokes, Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire
Tunbridge Wells, on the Kent/Sussex border
Cornwall Classic Car Hire incorporating Devon Classic Car Hire, Bude, Cornwall
Clackmannanshire, Scotland (between Edinburgh and Glasgow!)
Self Drive Classics 01889 504040 MGB, Midget, Healey etc. in the Lichfield, Staffordshire area
Historic motoring relived, Scottish Borders.
Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.
Mid-Wales.
Vintage Classics, Wiltshire.
Classic Motoring, Cotswolds.
Scotland.
Hire a classic MGB Roadster (choice of 1.8 or 3.5 V8), a BMW Z3 Roadster or a Triumph TR4A and take off on a sightseeing tour of the Limousin and Dordogne, in west central France.
Renting Classic Convertible Sports Cars in the Charlottesville, VA area. LBCs and others, including Sports Car tours of Virginia.
A UK-wide (well, England anyway) listing for all classics
And finally ... ... a link to an MG Enthusiasts news item on MG hire.

 

Start them young, get them a classic pedal or electric car:

Totcars, classics include Citroen 2CV, Beetle, Mercedes 300 SL, Ferrari 250 GTO, Citroen DS
Premier Pedal Cars Generic classics including a hot-rod, fire engine and pick-up
'Brum' the children's favourite, Comet racer, Chevy 55, tow truck, fire engine, police car, Ferrari 50s F2 racer
Includes Comets, Classic 55s, Nascar, Indy racer, Mustang, Porsche Boxter, Ferrari F1, tractors
Links to UK pedal car sites

 

And last but not least my favourite parts suppliers:

 Clive Wheatley. Clive specialises in V8s both factory and conversions, but can also supply parts and services for all MGBs. He has an agent in Washington DC who can deal with the transport and currency issues for North American customers, or he will deal direct. Although Clive has a web site and email I would advise you to contact him by telephone. Clive can now be contacted at:
Clive Wheatley
High Grosvenor Workshops
Worfield
Bridgnorth
Shropshire
WV15 5PN
ENGLAND
Phone +44 (0)1746 710810
(Fax +44 (0)1746 710999)

Quite local to me in Brum and a huge stock as well as a good online store with many items photographed.

Solved a long-standing wheel wobble problem on the V8 with their highly specialised 'Road Force Measurement' machine which uses precision stud hole adapters rather than the centre hole.

Good rates (only 5% increase for 2011 whereas the AA indicates many providers are increasing rates by 20% or more) for both classic and modern, efficient courteous service, a months notice of renewal rate to give you plenty of time to look around, and finally a sensible approach to agreed value revaluations. In this last aspect I had had the roadster with another broker for very many years, and they always insisted on a 'professional' valuation every couple of years. This wasn't too bad when I could get it done locally by a classic repairer for a bung to his tea-club, but he eventually closed down. The broker wouldn't accept my photos and valuation, but they would accept a valuation from another insurance company if I sent my photos to them - ridiculous! By contrast for cars like the MGB Footman James will accept the owners photos and valuation, and what's more have just extended the interval from 2 years to 4. With the ZS insured elsewhere I've just (January 2014) found they insure 'fleets' of three or more classic and modern cars where there are more classics than modern - awaiting my quote!