My father gave me his Sprite out of my seven brothers. This means so much to me, even more now that he has passed. I know he is always looking down as I work on it. I’ve had the car around ten years. Now it is almost 100%. Thanks to my son, who has helped me with it. I get so many thumbs up when I drive it around. I will be passing it down when the time comes, so it will always be in the family.
The story began in the early ‘90s at the age of 15, when I spotted an already 20-year-old MGB at a small used car lot across from an A&W Root Beer Drive-in located in a small town in Southern Minnesota. It became my first car and throughout the years was my summer car being stored in the winter. It spent its early years barely running due to my young age and lack of automotive knowledge.
Nancy (wife) said "Did you see that green car at the estate sale? I think it’s a MG."
“Oh really, maybe I'll go look.” I did go and I figured it had to be a kit. I raised the hood (bonnet) and it’s a real MGB. It needs a lot of TLC, but a MGB.
Back home I tell Nancy, “Yeah, Mom, it’s a MGB and goes to the highest bidder.”
A while later Nancy hands me a paper with a number on it and said, "This is what you can pay for it." So off I go with paper in hand and place my bid. Saturday at noon I go back with check book in my pocket and they tell me I just bought a car. Now It’s all her fault that I spend lots of time and the kids’ inheritance on my MGB. At my age, I deserve it.
I purchased my car three years ago from the original owner. Garaged kept with 43577 miles. Runs great and NEVER driven on wet roads or rained on.
In 1991, my fiancé Adrienne and myself decided to purchase a British Sportscar and take it on our Honeymoon which would happen shortly. Having owned Triumphs and MGAs in the past, I felt quite knowledgeable and not concerned that I couldn't handle any roadside emergency we might encounter.
We left Michigan in a shiny black 1975 MGB roadster heading for our first stop...
It was summer of 1971. I just graduated from Tampa Catholic High School and was headed to Indian Rocks Beach, Florida for what was then called… “Beach Week.” By the end of that week, I was in LOVE. I met Val Sumner, (now Mrs. Valerie Morales). That was also the summer I met, “THE COLONEL”, Bob Sumner, Val’s dad and his 1953 MGTD, affectionately known as “Old Red One” (OR-1).Read More
It was September 1994, and I had noticed on an almost daily basis a chrome bumper MGB roadster in the driveway of a house a few blocks from where I lived. It was obviously a project long “gone to seed” with a torn convertible hood, very oxidized maroon paint and flat tires. Since my birthday was approaching, I decided that would be a nice gift and a restoration project worth tackling.Read More
In 1984 I bought a 1974 MGB with 60,000 miles on it and it was in good shape except it was a butterscotch color, which we called baby poop tan. Over a period of three years, I upgraded the little car. I pulled the engine and stripped the body completely of all interior and exterior fittings so that I could paint it British Racing Green.Read More
My uncle a retired NASA “Rocket Scientist” purchased this 1977 MGB from a friend, with the intent of upgrading the running gear Ford. After contacting Johns Cars out of Dallas, Texas, the plans were drawn up to fit a Ford V6 and a Ford C-4 transmission in place. This was a 2 year secret project, but on Christmas day, 1980 he drove it up to the door and gave her to my Aunt. The 3 lived happily ever after, driving to the lake cottage of the weekends, and local shows, winning lots of trophies. In 1986, I inherited this little classic. So I got to work, pulling the motor and transmission for a complete rebuild, a color change from Mallard Green to MG Flame Red, and an interior change from Tan to Black. I reconditioned the wheels to like new; I installed new tires, and then came a new top and boot. I replaced all of the old gauges with new VDO, even the clock works, new suspension and exhaust. She is a great car, lots of fun to drive, now I’m getting to old to get in and out of her so now the prospect of selling her is on the horizon. But for the last 24 years our family has enjoyed owning this Classic British Touring Car.