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    Speed trials of the EX 179 on the Bonneville Salt Beds, Utah U.S.A.

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    Speed trials of the EX 179 on the Bonneville Salt Beds, Utah United States of America. 1954?

    The B.M.C. developed EX 179 Speed trials. Various shots of the car dwarfed by the desert mountains as it speeds across the flat sands of Utah. The track seems to be a black line on the sand. The Official Timing Stand is seen being towed in the desert, as is the EX 179 as it arrives for the trial. The EX 179 drives in and out of a large Castrol shed as team mechanics gather around the car, and assemble the bonnet onto the chassis. The car is seen being pushed up onto a low loader. "Welcome to Utah" by the side of the road. A small desert settlement is seen with another enormous sign of a cowboy saying "welcome to Utah".

    The B.M.C. team gather round the car with many a smile as the driver climbs out, it looks as if the trials are a success.

    Driven by George Eyston and Ken Miles, EX 179 took 8 international and 28 national records in 1954. Eyston drove the EX 179 with the 1466 cc engine at Bonneville in 1954 and did 153.6 mph Class F. The EX 179 went on to take at least 86 other speed records in 1956 and 1957.

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    01:00:06:00 / 01:14:56:00

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  1. Unknown user says

    A correction and a few comments. The MG EX 179 first set records at Bonneville in August of 1954. These runs of the EX 179 were made in August of 1957 without MG branding. According to noted MG scholar and author, Richard Knudson, in his book, "MG - Record Breakers from Abingdon", the 1957 attempts documented in this footage used two engines, one for endurance, and one for top speed. During 12 hours of endurance testing, running a normally aspirated and modestly tuned 948cc Morris Minor engine, the car averaged 118.30 mph and 49.8 miles per gallon - a true testament to the car's aerodynamics. Later during the testing, a supercharged version of the Morris Minor engine was installed, and Ken Miles took the car through the flying mile at 143.47 mph.

    The car - or at least the body of the car - would appear once more in 1959 under the Austin-Healey name, renumbered EX 219 and referred to as an Austin-Healey Sprite - again with a tuned A-series engine.

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