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RE: MGF - is it a real MG?

To: "'Feldman, Jack (Jack)'" <>, "'Bob MGT'" <>
Subject: RE: MGF - is it a real MG?
From: Christopher Delling <>
Date: Thu, 2 Apr 1998 09:57:20 -0500
Gee, can we all start using outhouses again too?  You don't need =
anything more than that, so why bother will all that fancy stuff.  Oh =
yeah, a tree with some large leaves growing on it to wipe our arse when =
we're done.

You may not like the MGF because it is modern.  The fact is though, and =
you can argue this till the cows come home, there is not enough demand =
for a minimalist sports car in the world to make it a viable commercial =
enterprise.  Even the all-time retro-mobile champ from Mazda has =
creature comforts on a par with those of modern vehicles.  You can say =
all you want that "it's not a real sports car".  If you mean that it =
doesn't have a leaky top, a leaky engine, and is so hot to sit in that =
you're tempted to leave it in the garage when the mercury hits 90=B0 F, =
then I guess your right.  To me, a sports car is a nimble, quick, and =
competent car, that can be used for racing or road use.  On that score, =
the MGF/MIATA/BOXSTER/Z3 all qualify (and BTW will do a hell of a lot =
better on the track that our A's, B's, C's. T's or Midgets).  The rest =
of the crap is just the fluff needed to give the car mass appeal.  Like =
it or not, building a $12K - $15K stripped down roadster for the O.F. =
segment isn't going to be a money making venture!


Chris Delling

-----Original Message-----
From:   Feldman, Jack (Jack) []
Sent:   Thursday, April 02, 1998 8:16 AM
To:     'Bob MGT'
Cc:     ''
Subject:        RE: MGF - is it a real MG?


Right on! You should drive the car, not the car drive you. I was
surprised when I took that 700 mile trip in the C. AT the end I was as
fresh as when I started at 3:00AM. It was because I was actually driving
the car instead of pointing it while siting in a soft chair.

>From:  Bob MGT[]
>Sent:  Wednesday, April 01, 1998 9:36 PM
>To:    Feldman, Jack (Jack)
>Subject:       Re: MGF - is it a real MG?
>In a message dated 98-04-01 12:42:21 EST, you write:
>> Paul K said "As long as us Yanks only have pictures to look at, there
>>  will be a certain amount of badmouthing when it comes to the F".
>> =20
>>  Last January when I came back from a trip in which I made a point of
>>  going to see an F, I said it was not a sports car. No one would rise =
>>  the bait of defining a sports car. My point is that the true sports =
>>  is a simple car without a bunch of junk hanging off of it which the
>>  owner can then shape to his own wishes. The owner can make it into a
>>  race car, or a touring car as they wish.  No power accessories, no =
>>  appointments, just a simple car that allows us to communicate with =
>>  road when we drive, not isolate us from it. =20
>> =20
>>  I agree with whoever said the MGF might as well have been a Miata.
>> =20
>> =20
>>  Jack
>I like your definition of a sports car. May I add that a true sports =
>should make driver, road, and drive train as one. The modern sedan has =
>sensation of speed, road or drive train. I suppose that's what most =
>want. When I drive the wife's car
>I often forget the engine is running and try to re-start it. The =
engine's so
>smooth and
>quiet I can't tell it's running!
>Bob Donahue (Still stuck in the '50s)
>52 MGTD - under DIY restoration NEMGTR #11470
>71 MGB   - AMGBA #96-12029, NAMGBR #7-3336

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