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Subject: [Mgs] searching . . .
From: don <>
Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2010 22:11:15 -0700
Last week I took a trek to look at a '69 B roadster.  I have narrowed 
my search to a steel-dash car, but this one was intriguiging enough 
to look at even with the safety dash and other features that I'd 
rather avoid.  In talking with the owner on the phone, I was told 
that she had owned the car since the mid-'70s, and it was more than a 
car; it was her baby.  Now the car lives (sleeps) in the corner of an 
old industrial building in an old industrial neighborhood.  It 
sounded like a possible "barn-find," but I knew that the chances of 
it being that were quite slim.

Just finding the right door to the old warehouse building was an 
adventure.  Once inside, I found two young men that were working 
there and they directed me to the owner's office upstairs.  She 
explained that she could not leave her desk as the business was 
short-handed, and that she would have the young guys help me.  They 
were quite cooperative, but neither of them knew how to drive a 
standard transmission.  One of them asked if it was a German car, but 
the other fellow knew such cars once existed because he had seen 
Austin Powers movies.  They removed the canvas tarp on the car, and 
pushed it out to daylight where I could look at it better.  It was a 
complete car and I could see no rust on it, but body panels were not 
aligned well.  The interior was on the shabby side.  The car's 
condition was such that repairs and some TLC would not quite do the 
trick; it would require restoration.  It ran, but poorly.  It was a 
rather sad old car, but probably better than many its age.

I decided to keep looking.

What was a shock to me was that the young guys working there not only 
could not drive a standard transmission, but had no clue as to what 
MGs were!  When I was their age, I knew what a Hupmobile or an Auburn 
was.  I knew about Model T Fords.  I think the younger generation are 
never going to be into British sports cars, especially if they can't 
even shift gears!

Don Scott
Calistoga, CA

1962 MGA Mk II
1973 MGB GT (selling)
2001 Miata SE BRG
63-67 MGB (searching)
Suggested annual donation  $12.75

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