A CLASSIC piece of British motoring has been restored – for the second time.

John Denton, owner of Quarry Garage in Mount, has spent two years bringing the 1929 MG Midget M-type back to life.

Linthwaite man Herbert Swallow first brought the classic car to Huddersfield in 1970 and restored it over four years.

John bought the Midget from his friend Stuart Baxter in 2009.

“As soon as I heard about the car I set my heart on owning it,” said John.

“When I got it home it was all in one piece but in a very tired state and I decided there and then it would have to be completely stripped to enable a restoration to current standards.”

John used the notes of Herbert, who had reconstructed the car in the early 1970s.

The Midget had been welded to a garage roof in Middlesbrough in the 1960s before being bought by a Halifax man.

Herbert bought the sackful of pieces from him in 1970 and spent the next four years reconstructing the classic car.

John appreciated how much work was involved when he took his turn to restore the Midget 40 years later.

“Even with a supply of bits and contacts you still have to put in hundreds and hundreds of hours to achieve anything like a workmanlike rebuild,” he said.

“All parts of Quarry Garage were involved at some point during the renovation, whether it was painting, welding or the final test.”

The Midget was finally ready for its first outing last month.

John said: “It’s always a bit of a tense time putting in the oil, water, petrol and finally connecting up the battery before pressing the starter button.

“After three compressions the engine fired, built up oil pressure and settled down to a smooth idle speed.

“I felt very proud and relieved that all was well.

“It’s real vintage motoring from a bygone era of more than 80 years ago. It’s not very fast by modern standards but it’s great fun to drive and everyone remarks what a pretty little car it is.”

The Midget and other classic cars will be on display at Quarry Garage on New Hey Road this weekend.


The MG company was founded in 1924 by Henry Morris and Cecil Kimber

The name came from Morris Garages, where the first of the company’s cars were sold in Oxford

The first car, a cheap two-seater, was developed soon after

The company’s base was in Abingdon, Oxford

MG was absorbed into the British Motor Corporation but is now owned by the Chinese giant SA/C