Richard Knudson – MG Enthusiast and Hall of Fame Inductee

Richard “Dick” Knudson is well known as the co-founder of the New England MG T-Register and one of the guiding lights in the British car hobby. Additionally, he has written prolifically about the Sacred Octagon and its many accomplishments. Knudson will be one of 23 deserving individuals inducted into the British Sports Car Hall of Fame on June 2, 2017.

Quoting from the NEMTR history page…

A young man once had a TC and a dream. That man was Dick Knudson and his dream was to form a U.S. based Register of T-Series MG’s, patterned after the T Register of the MG Car Club in the UK. Spotting a photo of Frank Churchill’s TD in the December 1963 issue of SAFETY FAST, the MG Car Club (MGCC) magazine, Dick felt he might have found a kindred spirit. He outlined his ideas in a letter to Frank in the summer of 1964 and asked if the plan appeared to have merit.

Recognizing the lack of, and need for, an organization having as its primary interest the welfare of the T-Series MG, Dick and Frank continued discussing the Register concept, feeling there might well be other owners in New England that would welcome an association where technical and spares data and the companionship of fellow owners could be shared. The response to the announcement of the Register’s existence far exceeded the expectations of the founders and it became apparent that there were owners in all parts of the country who felt a need for this organization. By the summer of 1965, the Register was officially one year old and already had 120 members. Dick assumed the role of Chairman with Frank taking on the Vice Chairman position.

Dick’s background is in education. He was an English professor at the State University College at Oneonta for many years. … In addition, to MGs, Dick has a passion for hot rods, TSD rallyes, and a good story. He is currently serving as the Priest at Church of the Holy Spirit in Schenevus, NY. He continues to be a guiding force in the Register.

In addition to his work with the Register and as an English professor, Dick is an accomplished author. His writing credits include MG Competition Cars and Drivers by Richard Knudson MG Competition Cars and DriversMG: the Sports Car America Loved FirstThe T Type Restoration HandbookThe Cecil Kimber Centenary BookMG Record-Breakers from Abingdon Photo Archive, and others.

For more information on Richard Knudson, please check out the article that appeared in the June 2014 issue of Hemmings, and of course, the New England MG T Register.

Note: British Sports Car Hall of Fame LogoThis is part of an ongoing series focusing on the 23 individuals who will be inducted into the British Sports Car Hall of Fame in ceremonies on June 2nd, 2017, at the Hall of Fame in Petersburg, VA.

Michael Carnell
Editor at Just British
Michael Carnell is the editor and founder of the Just British Online Motoring Magazine. As a lifelong British car fan, he has owned or driven British cars of all ages from Austins and MGs to Jaguars and Triumphs. He currently owns a 1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100, a 1977 MGB, a 1978 Triumph Spitfire, and a 2002 Land Rover Discovery.

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