>Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 11:31:35 -0700
>From: Keith Wheeler <email@example.com>
>Subject: "tatty" cars
>...and so you get a big field full of non-driven show room condition
>cars, owned by people who want to show off a fat wallet rather than
>"phat" historical knowledge, and frankly, I'd rather spend my weekend
>sliding around cones.
>Saturday morning I was dashing about, running errands, when I saw a
>rather "tatty" blue RB MGB in a parking lot. As I was heading back
>to my car, I saw the owner approach it, and I struck up a conversation.
>This 'B had some dents and dings, a pseudo repaired "crack of doom" on
>the drivers side door, and a couple of scratches in the original
>paint job. As is usual on striking up a conversation in a parking lot
>(much different than trying to talk to an arrogant trailer queen owner),
>this fellow was more than happy to talk about his "tatty" 'B. "Oh yeah,
>I've had this car since 1980, when I bought it new. Of course my new
>BMW M3 is faster and all, but I love the fun of an MG."
I couldn't have said it better myself, Keith. If I wanted a perfect, shiny
example, I would have bought a model and stuck it on a shelf. But I own an
MG for only one reason: the smile it puts on my face every time I drive
it. I sure wish I could get this repainting done faster, I miss her.
'79 blue, soon to be not quite as tatty, MGB