The MG Octagon is still one of the most famous and instantly recognisable badges in automotive history.
Very few of today's car brands can boast the passion-fuelled longevity and storied history of MG, a British car brand that began with a wonderful vision in 1924. MG stands for Morris Garages, the name chosen by MG's founder Cecil Kimber as a show of respect for his then boss William Morris. Cecil's vision to produce world-class sports cars quickly became a reality, and by the 1930s MG cars were winning races across Britain and Europe.
MG's iconic octagon badge has changed little in almost a century, a testament to MG's steadfast commitment to its founder's vision for his car company. But Kimber's vision went beyond just building fast, fun-to-drive cars. He was a true visionary who strove every day to break barriers and shatter limitations with innovation and creativity.
No car better epitomises Cecil Kimber's vision like the 1930s MG Midget, a road car that took the MG brand to incredible success on race tracks around the world. In 1930, the Midget helped MG dominate the Brooklands 12-hour race, proving the vehicle's speed and reliability. A Midget also won the Irish Grand Prix and Tourist Trophy in 1931, laying the foundations for motorsport success in years to come.
Early models set benchmarks for their era in light weight, power and dynamism. These three fundamentals have been at the core of every new MG and ensure that the sports-inspired spirit of MG remains true almost a century after this iconic automotive brand was born.