Ryan Davies 1965 Spitfire

Ryan Davies 1965 Spitfire

Once we got to his house, this friend opened his garage to reveal a tiny car (or mostly a car, there were many pieces strewn across the garage floor). He said, “You’ve got two weeks until you start your job. If you can put this back together before then, it’s yours for the summer.”

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Steve Olson 1980 TR8

Steve Olson 1980 TR8

I was not allowed to test-drive it or even start it.  I thought the price was too high, but the owner refused to budge.  I knew that only 2500 and change had ever been built, and this was likely to be my only opportunity to buy one.

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Shaun Barney 1960 TR3

Shaun Barney 1960 TR3

My TR3 has been in the family for nearly all its life. I remember as a little kid riding in it with my uncle when we would go visit them. It was a metallic plum purple at the time. Then as a pre-teen I had all but forgot about the car as my family was into hunting, fishing, boating and the great outdoors.

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Paul Cowden 1967 TR4A

Paul Cowden 1967 TR4A

I bought this white 1967 TR4A in 1979 from a young lady in San Francisco who was selling it because she "was getting too many speeding tickets." I had been looking around since I'd moved to California for a TR4 to replace the one I had in college back in Ohio in the late 60s.

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Aaron White 1972 TR6

Aaron White 1972 TR6

I bought my '72 TR6 in the spring of '93.  That year I was a senior in high school. My dad who was a British car enthusiast and the one who got me hooked on the little two-seaters, noticed it for sale along the side of a road.  The previous owner had done some body work and painted the car, but to my knowledge, no engine work. 

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Mike Sportsman 1973 TR6

Mike Sportsman 1973 TR6

The car lurched, clanked, sputtered, smoked and required the strength of the Hulk to turn the steering wheel or to put in the clutch.  It had the original red stripe tires, all of which were firmly hardened, except for the one that was flat the morning after I bought it.  On top of it all, it was painted a non-standard, peeling, obscene color of blue that does not exist in nature.

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Bruce Miller 1968 TR250

Bruce Miller 1968 TR250

I wasn’t at all comfortable in the Healey, so-so about the MGC and wasn’t much impressed with the TR color on first look.  But each walk past the 250 while perusing other cars cemented the Valencia Blue as one of my favorite LBC colors.The test-drive and exhaust tone were awesome!  Results: a new favorite car with plenty of pep.

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Mike Fox 1976 TR6

Mike Fox 1976 TR6

In early 1976, while I was in college, a friend asked me to ride with him to the car dealership to pick up his new car. He wanted me to follow him in his original car back to his home. His new car was a 1976 TR6. At that time I didn't even own one car much less two.

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Guthrie Carroll 1962 TR3B

Guthrie Carroll 1962 TR3B

Tony told me that he became the third owner of the car in 1971. He used it every day. He briefly raced the car and he had the engine rebuilt in April of 1975 when the mileage was 62,830. Some body work done in the summer of 1976 and some major front end mechanical and paint work including sandblasting the frame in the summer of 1983.

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Daniel Davis 1970 TR6

Daniel Davis 1970 TR6

You know, none of us really own our cars. Most of us are just the doting curator of our one  exhibit museum. It’s because of our efforts, our waxing, our polishing and our meticulous maintenance that these cars live on. It’s because of us that they are still here to remind  onlookers  of their place in automotive history.

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Rick Dyer 1979 MGB

Rick Dyer 1979 MGB

As we are getting close to retirement, I wanted something that both my wife and I could enjoy. A friend of mine at work purchased a British car. I thought that sounded fun and I enjoy tinkering. With monthly meetings, socializing and events, this sounded like something I wanted to be involved with and a great way to meet new friends.

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Steve Nyquist 1968 MGC

Steve Nyquist 1968 MGC

I was introduced to British cars by my parents. When I turned 16, my parents had a 1960 MGA  that was my daily driver. A few years later when I was 20 years old, I purchased a 1968 MGC. It was my daily driver for a few years. 

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Glenn Wellington 1973 MGB

Glenn Wellington 1973 MGB

I was living in San Francisco when I bought my 1973 MGB the day after I retired in February, 2004. The girl's father had bought if from the original owner and restored it in 1995 for her birthday. In the nine years that she owned it, she had only put some 9000 miles on it, most of the time it was in her garage.

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Ronn McCann 1971 MGB

Ronn McCann 1971 MGB

I have had many "B's" in my adult life time.  Fresh out of school in the mid 60's, I got my first. It was a very pretty Tartan Red 64. Love at first sight. I drove it as an every day car and not before to long it was a rusty basket case. 

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