Sprite & Midget

Robert Arthur 1971 MG Bugeye

Robert Arthur 1971 MG Bugeye

In 2013 or there about, I journeyed back to Texas on court business. My trip lasted for several months. While I was waiting for a solution to a problem I came across a car I could not pass up. It was not my MG, but it led indirectly to my MG. I got that 1953 Ford.

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Sean Lea 1975 MG Midget

Sean Lea 1975 MG Midget

My father is a master storyteller. When we were kids, he would always tell my sisters and me about “The MG Test.” On a first date with a girl, he and his buddies would always pick up their dates with their convertible tops down. If the unassuming girl made it through the first date without complaining about her hair, she was a keeper. If she complained… well, you get the rest.

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Ian Macnab 1970 Midget

Ian Macnab 1970 Midget

It has been over fifty years since my love affair with Spridgets began. After completing high school in 1967 I bought my first car. It was a 1965 Austin Healey Sprite painted British Racing Green and it was love at first sight. I drove my Sprite through four years of university and two years of graduate school.

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Ron Sparrow 1965 Sprite

Ron Sparrow 1965 Sprite

In 1997, when I was a teenager I thought it would be fun to purchase a small sports car. There was one for sale in our town; the man was using it as a commuter car for going to work, it was not in the best of shape but with some small repairs to the steering and the installation of a fiberglass front hood assembly, it was ready, almost.

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Leonard Cooper 1958 Sprite

Leonard Cooper 1958 Sprite

Bought this 1958 Bugeye in 1976 for $1,000. It had the original 948 cc engine, and this was the start of a lifelong love affair. I have long since upgraded to a 1275 engine, and have rebuilt and repainted her three times. She currently is sporting a bright yellow paint job, which for today's world of angry SUV's and congested highways seems a prudent choice in order to be noticed in the melee of everyday traffic.

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Mark Reed 1977 Midget

Mark Reed 1977 Midget

In 1978 I was promoted into a job that required frequent rapid responses - night and day and in any weather. I didn't have room for my B and a new, reliable car, so I decided to sell it and buy a new sedan. When the buyer pulled away in MY MGB my heart sank to the ground and I felt like I was losing my best friend.

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