A Suffolk MG car enthusiast is setting up an owners club for like-minded fans of the motor.

Alastair Shaw, who lives at Blaxhall, is starting the Suffolk Coastal MG Owners Club to enable people to meet each other and share technical expertise about their cars, as well as being able to access parts that they need.

Mr Shaw said he had been involved in restoring and running MGs for 40 years, starting off with MG Midgets, and that the club would be a way of helping people with their cars at a time when money was tight.

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His passion for the car stemmed from when he lived in the West Country as a child and his father Euan Sinclair Shaw owned MGs and was a regular visitor to the MG factory at Abingdon in Oxfordshire.

Since then, he has been involved in rebuilding and restoring MGs and had established a reputation as the 'Midget Man' because of his love for that particular type of MG.

He said: "Most of my cars are total wrecks and I turn that vehicle around from being basically scrap."

East Anglian Daily Times: Alastair Shaw has a passion for restoring MGsAlastair Shaw has a passion for restoring MGs (Image: Alastair Shaw)He shares videos of his work on the social media sites Facebook and Instagram and described his 'satisfaction' when he was approached at an MG 50th anniversary event by an MG fan who told him how getting a vehicle back on the road was 'unbelievable'.

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"What we are doing is restoring a vehicle, but also saving it for future generations. We are passing the MG make on to the next generation to enjoy. We need to start getting more teenagers involved in preserving the symbol," Mr Shaw added.

The former Coastguard said one of his oldest restorations was a 1962 MG Midget he had bought for £100.

Meetings of the Suffolk Coastal MG Owners Club will start in November and take place on the second Thursday of every month at the Crown Inn in Snape.

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