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Scorpion Racing Group has evolved from an informal branch of Mountjoy’s Autoshop, Inc. The original race team was made up of friends and mechanics who regularly participated in Sports Car Club Of America (SCCA) auto crossing and club racing. The late owner and founder of Mountjoy’s, Thomas “Tim” Mountjoy formed the original team in the 1970’s. It was conceived as a means of recreation for shop employees, and as a form of direct advertising for Mountjoy’s Autoshop within the sports car enthusiast community. Over the last 25-30 years the shop has successfully campaigned three MGB roadsters, sponsored two Triumph TR-7’s, two TR 8’s, an Austin Healey “Bugeye” Sprite, numerous MG Midget roadsters and a host of other cars. Mountjoy’s currently supports two nationally competitive MGB roadsters, a Triumph Spitfire Roadster, and several regionally competitive BMWs carry the Mountjoy’s colors as well. In addition, Mountjoy’s Autoshop has provided parts sponsorships to dozens of racers over the years.

The team designed/built/raced two MGBs over the last several decades; the first, a 1969, sponsored both by Mountjoy’s and by Beck Arnley and the Parts Place in Alexandria and Vienna, Virginia which hit the racetrack in 1976 with a crew consisting of Bob Rappleye, Larry Bell, Bob Lippert, and Tony Bigbee. Bob Vey joined the team shortly thereafter. The original B was regionally successful for four seasons. Early in 1980 the decision was made to scrap the now very tired Beck Arnley car and to build a new 78 MGB from the tub up. With a new crew that added Kenny Robinson and Brandi Wichmann to the mix, the team took on a new attitude and a much leaner look. Working nights and weekends, the new racecar quickly took shape but success eluded the team. After a particularly frustrating early half of the 1980 season, the car and the team’s luck turned around. Tim qualified the “B” first in class in every outing for the rest of the season, finished first in class six out of 12 races and won first overall in the Summit Point 150 endurance race that year. Following that first successful year was a string of National and Regional wins that few racers could duplicate. The car had an active history from the early 1980s through the early 1990s, winning a number of Regional and Mid Atlantic Road Racing Series (MARRS) championships. The members of the crew changed over the years but the spirit of the team was contagious. You couldn’t walk by the Mountjoy pits without catching the excitement. Tim and the team were invited to the SCCA National Runoffs at Road Atlanta three years in a row. While they never won a National Championship, the race team with the Ice Cream White MGB from Hyattsville, Maryland vividly demonstrated what one man with a vision and a group of good friends could accomplish.
It is with great pride that Scorpion Racing has purchased and upgraded this historic and successful MGB racecar to current SCCA National specs. We look forward to continuing the tradition of Tim Mountjoy and the Mountjoy’s Autoshop team.