|NAME: Penny Rawlings
HOMETOWN: Holywood - Northern Ireland (UK)
YEAR OF CAR: 1948
CAR MODEL: MG TC
CAR No: (Chassis or Frame No?): TC4495
ENGINE No: XPAG 5177
COLOUR EXTERIOR: Jaguar Azure Blue
COLOUR INTERIOR: Beige
This car was originally red and we are investigating it's history. We know that it originally came from the County Armagh area in N I and possibly used for smuggling across the border with the Republic of Ireland! It was also owned in the Londonderry area for a while. Other owners included Billy Leeper who we believe practised for the Dundrod TT races. The engine blew up and is now in Simon Thomas' TC special after residing in an ice cream van for a while. Also Jack Watson, the Uncle of Grands Prix star John Watson owned it and gave John one of his first driving lessons in it. When we purchased it as a wreck we ran it for a couple of years, including the UVCC's Ards TT retrospective event in 1993. The car is now campaigned regularly in Trials, Autotests, Hillclimbs, sprints and Rallys. I've attached an old photograph from 1983 at Croft Hillclimb (run on closed public roads) just behind where we live.
Photo 2 is a more up-to-date photo of Penny's TC at the Shane's Castle driving tests with the Ulster Vintage Car club. About 40mph on loose gravel tracks - lovely!