Save our ZED’s Campaign 2019
MG ZR, ZS and ZT cars are disappearing from our roads fast with over 78% of the cars ever built gone.
The MG Car Club and the ZED Register are hoping to reverse this trend with the launch of Save Our ZED’s; a campaign to highlight the decline of ZED MGs and help equip owners with the right tools to keep enjoying and running their cars, rather than consigning them to the scrapheap. At the end of production in 2006, the total number of cars on the road was 90191 and today that sits at 19618, a 78% decline. A staggering 43152 (84%) of MG ZR’s built are no longer on the road.
One of the aims of the ZED Register is to help owners to keep their cars on the road, support with technical advice and queries plus being friendly faces out and about at various events during the season.
John Thompson, Chairman of the ZED Register, commented:” Today’s culture of financial incentives to scrap older cars when purchasing cars on PCP or lease deals versus the cost of repairing an older car appears to rule out repairs as a viable option. There are many quality MG specialists and parts businesses across the UK, and the MG Car Club offer member discounts with some of these suppliers, so repair really is a good choice “. “The ZED range of cars is an affordable way into MG Ownership and the growing modern classic scene, with good condition cars available from as little as £350. This makes a ZED car a great option for a young driver as a first car, as well as a fun driving experience “.
The MG Car Club has also recently formed a Young Members Branch, who arrange events and an online community to support the younger end of the club membership with everything they require. The ZED’s are an ideal range to appeal to this younger generation.
Adam Sloman, General Manager of the MG Car Club, added: “This decline in ZED Cars is something we as a Club have heard many stories about at classic car events up and down the country. We are concerned that an important part of the MG brand’s heritage is going to be lost, and future generations are going to miss out on these much-loved cars.”
The campaign is scheduled for launch at the Practical Classics and Restoration Show at the NEC, Birmingham on 22/23/24th March and will gather momentum at shows and ZED Register events throughout 2019. Members can follow the campaign’s progress on this webpage, in forthcoming editions of Safety Fast and on our facebook page.